Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 9:25pm
The Union-Tribune considered Chargers WR Malcom Floyd the training camp MVP in a runaway. Newcomer and Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers said Floyd, soon to be 33, moved like he's just three years into the NFL.
There wasn't a cornerback who faced him that Floyd failed to roast once.
Floyd took another step Friday in his comeback from the scary neck injury that ended his 2014 season. Against Seahawks starters and second-stringers, he caught one Philip Rivers pass in traffic and another over the middle.
Floyd said the contest's speed and contact, which included crack blocks against safeties, was vital to scrape barnacles off his game. He pronounced himself "pleased and confident" after facing the Super Bowl champs.
Floyd isn't getting drafted in typical leagues but he's trending up our WR draft board and may be someone you make your late-round flier if you find you need some depth with your WRs.
Now we know it was really a serious injury. Kaepernick told The Bee that he'd suffered a chipped bone on his forefoot and ruptured the capsule in the ball of his foot when he tried to run away from a Seahawks defender along the visiting sideline.
Even with the injury, Kaepernick rushed for 524 rushing yards last season, his first full year as San Francisco's starter. It was also the second-most single-season rushing yards by a 49ers quarterback behind Steve Young's 537 rushing yards in '92. It probably could have been more if he was healthy. He never had surgery and said the injury is not an issue, and it was corrected with rest.
Monday, August 18, 2014, 8:15pm
Veteran Josh Morgan receives his turn on the No. 3 receiver carousel Friday when the Chicago Bears face the Seattle Seahawks on the road for preseason game No. 3, according to Bears coach Marc Trestman.
"It's still wide open," Trestman said of the club's search for a No. 3 receiver. "In terms of how we're doing it, Josh Morgan will get some work this week. We'll see where the other guys are as we move through the end of the week, but Josh will get the first shot at it as we work into this week's practice and as we work into the game."
Although the club signed Santonio Holmes on Saturday, it's expected he won't receive sufficient repetitions at practice this week to make an impact against the Seahawks. Holmes spent several minutes after practice Monday working with backup quarterback Jordan Palmer and receivers coach Mike Groh in an effort to quickly acclimate himself to Chicago's system.
The Bears WR3 likely won't be a factor in typical fantasy leagues, but in slightly deeper leagues the winner of this battle could have some value. Morgan could have the edge right now due to Holmes not knowing the system.
Seahawks RB Robert Turbin took a turbo-charged step forward. Playing with the first-team offense in the first half, Turbin exploded for 81 yards on 12 carries, highlighted by a 47-yard scamper that might have caused seismic activity, had it been in the regular season.
Christine Michael, on the other hand, fumbled on his first carry, which is the quickest way off the field in Pete Carroll’s offense. Michael recovered the ball, as he did last week against the Broncos, but two fumbles in two games will not sit well. With Turbin doing the bulk of the rushing, the Seattle offense hummed beautifully in the first half, the story said. The RB2 handcuff to Marshawn Lynch may be a spot to think about covering. With a lot of early hype about Michael, things appear to be trending toward Turbin.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was a question mark going into last week’s preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks, and he’s a question mark going into Sunday’s preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Sanders, who had sat out Monday’s practice before participating in Tuesday’s and Thursday’s work, was held out of Friday’s morning practice with a thigh injury.
Sanders was the #35 WR in 2013, when he saw WR2 targets (112) for the Steelers. Eric Decker (138) and Wes Welker (111) saw a combined 249 targets as Denver's WR2 and WR3. With Decker gone, Welker (and TE Julius Thomas) could see a bit more work, but Sanders should be stepping into a big role. As OC Adam Gase said, Sanders is a good fit for his system and is versatile to play both inside and outside. He is very quick and is adept at making people miss, so he should thrive in Denver’s screen game. Quad injuries usually aren't a big deal; we expect he'll get some rest and be ready to go later in camp.
Friday, August 15, 2014, 11:39am
Seahawks RB Robert Turbin is listed as No. 2 on the depth chart for now, but Christine Michael is the more explosive runner and will win this job if he continues to prove he can do the job as a blocker in pass protection.
Michael is considered by the fantasy community to be Marshawn Lynch's primary backup, but it's not clear if the Seahawks agree.
Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10:41pm
Broncos RB C.J. Anderson, who had suffered a concussion in the preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks, was back on the practice field Thursday morning, a week after leaving the Broncos' 21-16 victory. The Broncos will steadily work him back in, but Anderson did take a smattering of snaps with the starting offense while sporting a new type of helmet, similar to what Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker wears. With Montee Ball still working back from an appendectomy, Ronnie Hillman took most of the work with the starters. Anderson and rookie Juwan Thompson also got snaps as well. Asked how he felt Thursday, Anderson said he was sluggish. "I mean, I've been off as far as conditioning. Headache and all that, all that's done. I've got a new helmet. It's brand new, so I'm trying to break it in. Kind of tight at times, but I feel fine and you don't miss a beat."
Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10:14pm
Seahawks beat writer Terry Blount named RB Christine Michael the "most improved" player in camp: Second-year running back Christine Michael, who is doing all the little things right that he didn't do as a rookie. Michael has matured on and off the field. He is making the right reads on his runs and making the blocks he need to make in pass protection.
While we still believe that Marshawn Lynch will still be the clear RB1 in 2014, Michael’s role should grow. He’s a high-upside handcuff for Lynch.
Thursday, August 14, 2014, 5:23pm
With the Seahawks officially wrapping up training camp yesterday, Seahawks.com's Clare Farnsworth doles out his annual camp honors where he labels wide receiver Percy Harvin the camp's Most Impressive Player.
Doug Baldwin won Best Offensive Player.
Once Sidney Rice went down, Baldwin emerged as a productive starter, averaging 3.6 catches for 55 yards and 0.45 TD in his final 11 games (including three postseason games where he caught 13 passes for 202 yards and a TD). Those are solid fantasy WR3 numbers, driven by his #11 FP/T (1.48). The Seahawks recently locked him up to a lucrative long-term contract, which indicates that they view him as a starter. If that’s the case, he should continue to post WR3 numbers in that role, and he has considerable upside playing with the injury-prone Percy Harvin. Baldwin only played 74% of his team’s snaps in 2013.
Police in Washington have officially cleared Marshawn Lynch. The Bellevue (Wash.) Police Department released a statement on Wednesday night confirming the Seahawks beliefs that Lynch had no involvement in an incident that allegedly took place on Aug. 10.
Drama has followed Lynch around this offseason. The team also implied it was ready to play RBBC given how well Christine Michael played at OTAs, but later backtracked. Then he held out for more money. Still, he has three straight top 5 finishes under his belt, so he should once again be a rock-solid pick in the late 1st round (or 2nd round in PPR formats).
Arizona went 7-2 over the final nine games, and the offense, a complex system that HC Bruce Arians installed after being hired in January 2013, was finally understood and, as cliché as it sounds, began clicking on all cylinders.
It's just gotten better during this season's training camp.
Quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald have said it. Arians has repeated it. The Cardinals are “light years” ahead of where they were last year at this time. It's obvious in the route running, which is crisper, and the formations, which aren't discussed by receivers pre-snap.
Palmer was the #22 QB through eight weeks, but was #6 from Week 10 to Week 17, after the team’s Week 9 bye. He said he felt much more comfortable in Bruce Arians’ offense down the stretch and his numbers reflect that. His receiving corps is good with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who had a breakout season in his second year. Still, it’s hard to get too excited about Palmer as anything more than a committee type given the fact that one-quarter of his schedule consists of matchups against the Seahawks and 49ers. He’s a very cheap option and ideal for a QBBC.
Thursday, August 14, 2014, 11:35am
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch missed the first eight days of camp because of a contract holdout, but he’s in good shape and appears ready to carry the load again this season. "Marshawn is such a disciplined runner," Seahawks running back coach Sherman Smith said. "He understands the run game and understands what he has to do. Marshawn knows what his reads are, and that’s his big thing. Marshawn has been there and done it. He’s got a track record of being able to make plays. I think one of his special skills is making something out of nothing. That’s what he does."
When you consider that, entering camp, Harvin wasn't supposed to partake in three consecutive days of practice to stay healthy, it's even more impressive.
"I was supposed to be sitting out every other practice," he said. "But I've been going every day. Like I said, I'm feeling very good. I'm explosive. I'm coming out of my breaks with no problem at all. I'm feeling very confident and I'm ready to go."
"My body is feeling tremendously good," he said. "I've actually reached some gears that I didn't know I had. I'm feeling very, very fast right now."
Harvin has averaged 9.9 fantasy points in 55 career games, which would have translated to #16 WR numbers in 2013. The big question is will he be able to stay healthy. After missing just three games in his first three seasons, he has missed 22 games in his last two. He's going to be a huge part of the Seattle passing game when he's on the field.
Tuesday was the final day for the public to view practice and the fans got quite a scare when Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin went down holding his lower right leg after catching a hitch pass in team drills.
Harvin was in obvious pain as he limped off the field and returned to the locker room, but he came back on the field a few minutes later without limping.
“He got stepped on at the back of his heal,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “He got scraped up pretty good. He’s OK though.”
Quite a scare for the Seahawks. Harvin is ranked 21st on our PPR list for WRs and is available in the fifth round. It sounds like Harvin will be fine.
Monday, August 11, 2014, 5:37pm
Cardinals TE John Carlson made a play that didn’t count within a game that didn’t count.
Some would call that worthless, but Cardinals coach Bruce Arians knew its impact as he grinned from ear-to-ear when discussing it on Monday.
The veteran tight end chewed up No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney with an out-and-up route in the preseason opener against the Texans on Saturday night, finishing it with a 13-yard touchdown reception early in the first quarter. The score was called back for illegal use of the hands on center Ted Larsen, but it was an in-game glimpse of what Carlson has shown in practice for the past several months.
It has never been a question of talent with Carlson, who averaged 53 catches, 600 yards and six touchdowns per season in his first two years in the NFL with the Seahawks. Instead, it was the risk of concussions which allowed the Cardinals to take a low-risk flier – a two-year, $4.65 million deal with little guaranteed money – on him after the Vikings waived Carlson in March.
Carlson quickly ascended the depth chart upon arriving in Arizona and played seven snaps with the first-team offense against the Texans. While he didn’t officially record a catch, there seems to be little doubt Carlson can be a productive player if he can stay on the field. Carlson ranks just 25th on our list, but is ahead of teammate Jake Ballard, so we think there are better TE options out there.
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