Training Camp Notes – Wednesday, August 6th
August 6, 2014 | Ian Goldsmith
As we all wait for a decision in the Josh Gordon appeal, it seems as if the star wideout will take the field in Cleveland’s first preseason game in Detroit on Saturday. Coach Mike Pettine will give the 2013 NFL receiving yardage leader playing time as long as a ruling doesn’t come before kickoff (it is not expected for at least a week or so).
In other Cleveland news, Brian Hoyer has been listed as the first string quarterback on the Brown’s first official depth chart.
Martellus Bennett has been suspended by the Chicago Bears. The star tight end will also face a fine after throwing teammate Kyle Fuller to the ground during Monday’s practice. While the length of the suspension has not yet been given, Bennett faces a maximum of four weeks away from the team. The more likely scenario, in my opinion, is a suspension of no more than one week. While GM Phil Emery is keen to make a statement to his players, I doubt that he wants to risk the loss of chemistry between Bennett and Cutler. Bennett caught 65 passes for 759 yards and 5 TDs last year, all career highs. While he represents low-end TE1 potential, be aware that he was inconsistent and his stats were highly bunched toward the beginning of the 2013 season. He caught 31 balls for 349 yards and three of his five touchdowns in the first six weeks of last season.
A day after having been released by the San Francisco 49ers, Kendall Hunter – who is out for the season with a torn ACL – is back on the team’s injured reserve list after no other team claimed the RB off of waivers, according to Field Yates.
Adam Schefter reports that free agent WRs Santonio Holmes and Ben Obomanu worked out for the Chicago Bears. There is no indication that either player will be signed.
After having been promoted Tuesday to the number two spot on the NY Giants’ RB depth chart in the wake of David Wilson’s retirement, veteran Peyton Hillis left practice with an ankle injury. While there is no word yet on the severity of the severity of the injury, this has to be concerning to Giants fans. Rookie Andre Williams will continue to get carries in Hillis’ absence and is a fantastic pickup in dynasty leagues.
In a not-so-shocking move, Adrian Peterson will be held out of Friday’s preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. The Vikings are wise to protect their best player. He has nothing to prove and should fall no later than the fourth pick in your upcoming drafts. If he does, e-mail me with your league details so that I can join and dominate you and your fellow Fake Footballers!
PFT’s Josh Alper reports that Philadelphia WR Jeremy Maclin was again held out of practice on Tuesday. Maclin, who didn’t play last year due to a torn ACL, says that he will play against Chicago on Friday.
Mike Jones of the Washington Post tweeted that Washington WR Pierre Garcon was held out of Tuesday’s practice due to a lingering hamstring issue.
If you are interested in which players are still on the sidelines waiting for a call from a team, PFT has updated their 2014 All-Unemployed Team.
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