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Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7:59pm
Shaquelle Evans had a rough day. The rookie receiver muffed a punt not long after practice started, then dropped at least two passes. Evans, a fourth-round draft pick, couldn't report to the Jets until mid-June, after he graduated from UCLA, which is on the quarter system. Evans is a bit behind in getting up to speed. But he certainly didn't help himself on the first day.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7:54pm
No one who was worried about Giants rookie running back Andre Williams' ability to catch the ball out of the backfield went home Thursday feeling any better about it. It's not just bad hands. Williams seems to pick up the ball late and doesn't get himself or his hands in position to catch it. They can use him as a goal-line back right away, and he does show more speed and shiftiness getting through the line than his reputation may indicate. But there are plenty of parts of his game that need work, as he himself has admitted.
Marshawn Lynch expected to hold out
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7:50pm
That’s according to former Seahawk Michael Robinson, who is now a commentator on the NFL Network and said on-air moments ago that Lynch will hold out.
There's no telling how or when this will end, though the Seahawks are less likely to bend to Lynch's will than the Chiefs were with Jamaal Charles. Expect Christine Michael's ADP to shoot up and Lynch's to potentially fall into the 3rd or 4th round, depending on how long this drags on. Holdouts seem to lead to injuries and lackluster play, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect the usual Lynch in 2014.
Colts would like to have a 'bell cow' RB
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 4:50pm
Trent Richardson is expected to get the first shot at starting because not doing so would be a sign of admission of the trade not working in the Colts’ favor. Don't expect the Colts to stick with Richardson in the starting lineup for as long as they did last season if he struggles like he did last season. He’ll be pushed by Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard for playing time.
“I think through the course of camp it’s all going to take care of itself, shake itself out,” Pagano said. “You’d like to have a bell cow. We’ll see if that happens…We’ll do a good job of getting the guys the necessary reps to make evaluations. If someone separates himself and becomes that guy then that’s your bell cow.”
Richardson averaged a woeful 2.9 YPC after joining the Colts, but he blames the learning curve he faced after joining a new offense midseason. Since they gave up a first round pick for him, he’ll have the backing of this Colts regime, but OC Pep Hamilton wasn’t afraid to give more work to Donald Brown given the disparity in the quality of play between the two backs. The offseason has gone pretty well for T-Rich — Brown is now out of the way, but the Colts did re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw while Vick Ballard is back from a knee injury. As the #20 RB off the board in the 5th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output.
Chris Ivory (hamstring) limited in camp
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 4:19pm
Jets running back Chris Ivory tweaked his hamstring while working out on his own between last month’s minicamp and training camp, according to his position coach, and that’s why he was limited Thursday when training camp began.
Last year during training camp, and then again early in the season, Ivory was significantly limited by hamstring pain.
As the article states, this has been an ongoing issue for Ivory, and it's one reason that we predict Chris Johnson to get the lion's share of the carries this season. Ivory will have a role, but he'll have to stay healthy to get a significant amount of work.
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 4:16pm
The Packers don't view keeping WRs Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson as an either-or situation. They believe they will be able to get both players signed to long-term deals before free agency next March and for the sake of continuity in one of the NFL's most prolific offenses, re-signing Nelson -- even at that price -- and Cobb is worth it.
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 4:10pm
The Giants don't have a definitive starter at tight end no matter what the depth chart says, and, as we wrote yesterday, that is not a problem right now.
In the meantime, Tom Coughlin said he's giving equal reps to each player in hopes that a few will separate from the pack and that all will be able to play in games.
In the short-term, it appears that Coughlin has no interest in making a snap decision. Injuries, inevitably, will also help him parse out the depth chart.
"Plenty of time for that," Coughlin said. "We don't have to rush into anythi
Rob Gronkowski (ACL) limited in first practice
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 2:25pm
Rob Gronkowski practiced for about an hour and 15 minutes before watching the remainder of the workout, which spanned almost two and a half hours. Gronkowski was limited during his drills, mostly watching the walkthrough portion before jogging and stretching with the team and then participating during positional drills, which included ball control and agility work, blocking and route running. He wore a sleeve around his right knee and the bulky brace on his left arm.
Gronkowski did not take part in any of the team’s 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills, so all of his reps were against air. He lined up when the offense went through running formations and caught a handful of passes from Tom Brady in simple route-running drills. He did take part in one basic ball control drill midway through the practice when a defensive player would try to strip the ball, but Jamie Collins took it easy on Gronkowski as they jogged sideline to sideline.
On two occasions when the Pats practiced kickoffs, Brady, Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Kenbrell Thompkins worked on an adjacent field. They ran through a variety of routes, including fade patterns, screen passes and crossing routes. Gronkowski actually came down flat-footed after one leaping catch, which looked awkward from this vantage point, but he jogged back to the line without pause.
After practice, Brady and Gronkowski worked together going through the route tree as they traversed the field. Again, it looked like some quality conditioning work.
Gronkwatch 2014 is underway. The team is expected to ease him in as he continues to recover from ACL surgery. At this point, he is in the seventh month of his recovery and is aiming for a Week 1 return. Owners who draft Gronk in the early rounds should expect a setback or two. Delanie Walker is an ideal backup with his low cost (13th round ADP) and Week 9 bye.
Terrance Williams (NFI) cleared to practice
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 2:19pm
Terrance West’s stay on the Browns’ non-football injury list was a short one.
The Browns announced Thursday that West, a rookie tailback from Towson, has been removed from the list, clearing the way for him to be on the practice field when Cleveland’s training camp practices begin Saturday.
According to multiple reports, West’s inclusion on the list was related to the club’s conditioning test, but the matter looks to have been quickly squared away — good news for a rookie who could challenge for major work in Cleveland’s backfield.
West is expected to compete with Ben Tate for carries behind a good offensive line. Given Tate's injury history, there's a good chance that West will start at least one game in 2014.
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 2:15pm
It's early, but notable. The Giants may be working Williams in to get some goal line reps knowing what they have in Jennings. Or this could carry over to the season and Williams could turn into a TD vulture. Stay tuned.
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 1:32pm
At least that is what Randle is claiming now that the Giants are running a new offense under a new coordinator that has universally been declared simpler for the receivers. Coordinator Kevin Gilbride is gone and Randle doesn't seem all that disappointed that his offense (which asked for receivers to often run option routes depending the defense) is gone, too.
Manning threw 27 interceptions last season. Seven were on passes intended for Randle.
"At least a majority of them [were miscommunication]," Randle said. "Maybe some were not being competitive or open a lot on my part. But at least 80 percent of them are miscommunication, not being on the same page."
This is one of the main reasons we're expecting better seasons from both Manning and Randle in 2014. After eight straight top 15 finishes, Manning (and the Giants offense) tanked in 2013. He finished #21, but his play seemed even worse than that. A bounce back season is likely given his talent and the arrival of OC Ben McAdoo, who is installing a quick hitting offense from his days in Green Bay. Hakeem Nicks is gone, but Odell Beckham and Rueben Randle are expected to emerge.
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 1:12pm
Andre Roberts currently sits atop the Redskins’ depth chart at punt and kickoff returner, the wide receiver said Thursday.
“Right now, I am,” Roberts said as training camp opened at a rain-soaked Bon Secours training center. “You never know during training camp what they’re going to do. [It could] depend on how much they use me on offense ...Right now, I’m on top. But we’ll see.”
Breaking down the Patriots' WR corps
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12:59pm
Nick O'Malley of Mass Live broke down the Patriots' WR depth chart this way...
WR1 (Z - off line): Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell, Matthew Slater, Derrick Johnson
WR2 (X - outside): Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins, Greg Orton, Wilson Van Hoosen
WR (slot): Danny Amendola, Josh Boyce, Jeremy Gallon
So according to this depth chart, LaFell is playing behind Edelman, which means Dobson and Thompkins are competing for snaps at WR2. Dobson has the inside track, but his foot injury is worrisome.
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12:43pm
How much does Steven Jackson have left in the tank? The veteran running back just turned 31 on Tuesday and enters his 11th NFL season. The Falcons would be happy to get one more good year out of him. Jackson averaged a career-low 3.5 yards per carry last season, but he suffered an early season hamstring injury and ran behind a pathetic offensive line. A revamped front five and a renewed emphasis on the run should help Jackson's cause. He never appears to be out of shape and has a little added motivation with rookie Devonta Freeman now in the mix.
Jackson pulled his hamstring last season, which was just one of the many injuries that plagued the Falcons in 2013. However, his FP/touch of 0.607 was not far off his career average of 0.617 prior to arriving in Atlanta. So while he was on the field, Jackson was pretty much himself from a fantasy standpoint. He’s no longer a 1st/2nd round pick, but with his ADP down in the 6th/7th round, he’s shaping up to be a good value assuming he can hold off rookie Devonta Freeman.
Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) to miss 1-2 weeks
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12:37pm
Stewart has been injury-prone and this hamstring pull will do nothing to endear himself to the fantasy community heading into 2014 draft season. It's not a serious injury but it's a reminder that he's not physically dependable. His ADP is in the 15th round, so he's a very low-risk option at this point.