Training Camp Notes – Wednesday, July 30th
July 30, 2014 | Ian Goldsmith
The Marshawn Lynch situation continues. For you dynasty players and those unfortunate enough to have drafted him already (are July drafts even legal?), the Seahawks organization seems content to play this season without him. After spouting a few obligatory niceties about Beast Mode, GM John Schneider – in an interview Tuesday with ESPN’s John Clayton – reiterated that his franchise will not let one player ruin the team’s mentality:
“We’re just going with our plan, and I know it’s cliché-ish but next man up. We’ve had a plan in place here for a number of years, and we can’t veer from that plan for one person because it’s the ultimate team sport.”
Although I think Lynch will soon realize that he is on the losing side of the bargaining table and show up to practice, Christine Michael and Robert Turbin are looking more and more fantasy-relevant by the day…
It seems like David Wilson just can’t catch a break. The NY Post’s Brian Schwartz reported that he had to leave practice Tuesday due to a neck burner. After having just been given clearance for full contact workouts last week, this has to be devastating news to the NY Giants club and fan base. The Giants backup RB and kick returner will undergo tests at the Hospital for Special Surgery, which is where he had neck surgery last season. If this issue lingers and Wilson remains limited or can’t go, look for rookie RB Andre Williams to have an even bigger role for the Giants this year.
After a plethora of incredible signings during the offseason, the Denver Broncos defense got more good news as starting CB Chris Harris officially passed his physical. Dr. James Andrews gave the go ahead, which indicates Harris will likely be able to practice with the team soon. I am very high on the Denver DST this season. Even the Kansas City blood that flows through my veins can’t stop me from admiring their additions and potential. The roster is full of smart, veteran, Pro Bowl players whose biggest worry is Peyton Manning scoring too quickly and not allowing them to have enough of a breather.
PFT’s Mike Florio wrote an interesting piece Tuesday regarding Josh Gordon’s upcoming appeal and the NFL’s drug-testing procedure. Regardless of your opinion of marijuana use by NFL players, it’s worth taking a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the drug-testing process that these athletes have to go through. Adam Schefter reported that Gordon has hired Maurice Suh for the appeal, the same lawyer that successfully defended Richard Sherman in 2012 from potential suspension. Gordon obviously represents a tremendous fantasy bargain if his suspension is eliminated or reduced significantly.
Yahoo Sports’ Rand Getlin reported that Patrick Peterson may be close to signing an extension with the Cardinals. With Richard Sherman and Joe Haden receiving $40 and $45 million guaranteed in their new deals, respectively, look for Peterson’s new contract to be equally eye-popping. Arizona is well worth taking as your DST this year. Our writers have them ranked sixth in TFF’s preseason rankings. In fact, the entire NFC West is in the top six in our defensive rankings!
Word out of Atlanta is that, brace yourself, Steven Jackson has a hamstring injury that will hold him out “indefinitely.” Coach Mike Smith did give the reassurance that he will be ready for Week 1 action, but that is an awfully difficult proposition as we enter fantasy draft season. Devonta Freeman is looking more appetizing as a bench addition right now, and FFCalculator.com lists his current average draft position in the 10th round. Let’s see if SJax squeezes in a few practices in August but I would avoid him and migrate towards Freeman if you want a piece of the Atlanta backfield.