2014 Training Camp Report: July 21st
Jeff Mans takes a look around NFL training camp 2014 and picks out all of the fantasy relevant information you need to stay ahead of the competition
Welcome to the 2014 NFL Training Camp Report!! Loyal readers of Fantasy Alarm know that every summer I like to keep a finger on the pulse of NFL training camps. I am so excited this year as for the first time I will have a lot of help. The Fantasy Alarm news department who are always on top of every breaking and developing story will be aiding the cause of keeping our readers informed.
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Gone Too Soon
No sooner did Giants camp open up this morning that they suffered a pretty big loss. Veteran offensive guard Chris Snee announced his retirement from the NFL today. After ten very impactful seasons his body and specifically his hip could no longer take the abuse of professional football.
The loss of Snee puts an exclamation point next to the selection of Odell Beckham by the Giants with the 12th overall pick. As anyone who has read the Fantasy Alarm Draft Guide knows, offensive line is dramatically important to the performance of skill position players. Having a speedy wideout means nothing if the QB doesn’t have the time and protection to deliver him the football. The Giants are bleeding along the offensive line. Although they spent their second round pick on Weston Richburg out of Colorado State, it just isn’t enough to heal the wound of losing Snee and David Diehl in back to back years. The Giants offense has barely ran its first practice and already they are a complete disaster.
In Other Giants News
David Wilson has officially been cleared to “do everything” which I hope means play the RB position for the Giants this season. If Wilson could prove to be healthy and regain any of his previous form, he would be a very interesting compliment to RaShad Jennings in the running game. Monitor his progress this summer and be ready to pounce if he proves to be a viable handcuff for the bruising Jennings.
Mario Manningham is back in New York and has evidently avoided the PUP list. Manningham spent most of last season and this offseason recovering from knee surgery but appears to be close to being a full go as training camp opens for the G-men.
Bills WR/KR Marquise Goodwin says that he left practice early on Sunday because of Asthma and not because of any new injury. Of course a diminutive kick returner who relies heavily on his speed and thus his lungs, Asthma isn’t great news either.
So my #1 ranked dynasty league QB Zach Mettenberger was punched in the face over the weekend in a Nashville bar appropriately named “Loser’s Most Wanted Bar & Grill.” Evidently somebody yelled “roll tide” or some other stupid college catch phrase and when Mettenberger didn’t react he got sucker punched. Luckily, the bar patron wasn’t trained by sensei John Kreese which could have really derailed Mettenberger’s ACL recovery. NO MERCY!!
Added To The PUP List
Here is a quick list of player’s who have been added to the Physically Unable To Perform (PUP) list:
Terrence Cody – Ravens – Hip
Randell Johnson – Bills – Illness
Geno Atkins – Bengals – Knee
Leon Hall – Bengals – Achilles
Joe McKnight – Chiefs – Knee
Aaron Dobson – Patriots - Foot
Tommy Kelly – Patriots – Knee
Jon Beason – Giants – Foot