With the calendar turning over to August and NFL Training Camps getting ramped up to full force, the Morning Buzz has now switched over to an NFL-centric piece. It will be your early morning stop for the news from camps around the NFL and what we’re watching for going forward.
Much Ado About Dak
Cowboy nation, which includes several of FA’s staff, has started getting concerned because they’re $160 million man has been having issues throwing the ball, or not throwing as the case currently is. He’s been slowed by what they’re calling a tired arm or what we call dead arm in baseball. The concern is that he’s had time to build up after missing time with the injury last year, however Prescott has been doing so much work on building the legs back up, the arm could be coming in second. Dallas has also been in camp a week longer than most of the rest of the league as they gear up for the Hall of Fame game against the Steelers and so that could be adding to the tiredness as it’s a week of working out compared to a few days. He’ll be fine, though expect the Cowboys to slow play it this early in camp.
Wentz The Foot Gonna Heal?
News came a few days ago that new Colts’ QB Carson Wentz suffered a foot injury at camp and was removed from practice. Since then, he’s visited a specialist to sort out exactly what the injury is and whether it’ll require surgery or not and what the recovery timeline looks like. Wentz has reportedly elected for the rehab route on the foot rather than having an immediate procedure. The rest and rehab will keep him out another few days at least but he could still need the procedure. Though it’s not a major procedure it still would require a recovery time that could bleed into the start of the season in a worst-case scenario. Either way he’s likely to miss the entirety of preseason which isn’t great when joining a new team and having so much to prove. While Wentz has been sidelined, Jacob Eason and Brett Hundley have been splitting the starter snaps with rookie Sam Ehlinger getting the remaining chances. If Wentz is out for a lengthy period of time, it could drastically change the fantasy values of guys like Jonathan Taylor.
Getting Crowded In The Crescent City
Alvin Kamara gets all of the headlines in the New Orleans backfield, but the battle for his backup is heating up. Latavius Murray is still on the roster along with Tony Jones, Dwayne Washington, and Ty Montgomery, and now Devonta Freeman. Freeman was just signed on Sunday after visiting the Saints on Saturday and will add depth to the second and third string RB competition. It’s not major news right now, but if he takes reps from Murray, it could devalue Murray’s handcuff value.
Bateman Making Statements
The Ravens’ GM stated before the draft that he had the utmost confidence in their group of wide receivers and didn’t need to draft one...then he did. Rashod Bateman continues to be the talk of Ravens’ camp as he continues to put on show after show at practice.
In that video he beat Marlon Humphrey on a pass from Trace McSorley. It’s not necessarily surprising to see Bateman doing this as he came in as one of the higher ranked wideouts in this draft class, though the question in Baltimore has been just how well the passing game will do with their collection of quarterbacks under center. While Bateman’s skill and talent should put him in the running to be the top target in Baltimore this year, Just how effective of a passer Lamar Jackson will be is the biggest factor in what Bateman’s upside is.
More Of Moore
The Jets took Elijah Moore in the second round to continue to rebuild their inept receiving corps from last year and early in camp, it looks like Moore will be getting a lot of work in multiple different ways. At Ole Miss, the 5’9” receiver was used primarily in the slot with 78-percent of his snaps this last year coming in the slot but at Jets’ OTAs, Moore has been used out wide, in the slot, and in the screen game as well. It’s still early in camp and the secondary isn’t exactly playing close as they aren’t in pads yet, but the use of him in different looks is impressive to see as is the rapport he’s quickly building with Zach Wilson.