2014 NFL Training Camp Report: August 18th
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
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Let’s see what is going on in and around NFL Training Camp on this Monday August 18th:
Anytime you hear the term “turf toe” when speaking of a starting NFL RB there is reason for concern. When that starting RB is the Philadelphia Eagles and fantasy football stud LeSean McCoy there is pretty much reason for panic.
McCoy was back at practice on Monday after missing the Eagles Sunday session due to a sore big toe on his left foot. Evidently the injury first popped up last week when the Eagles were scrimmaging against the Patriots and is nagging him on an almost constant basis. McCoy had X-rays and an MRI on the foot which came back clear. But it is very troubling to think that one of the top picks in every draft could be plagued with a turf toe injury right at the start of the season. This is definitely a situation to monitor as we go forward.
R’oh-Roohh Part 2
Another injury scare for an elite RB as JaMaal Charles rolled his ankle while moving out of his dorm at Chiefs camp last week which lead to him missing the teams second preseason game last week. The team had said that his absence was just precautionary but that wasn’t the case. Charles had an X-ray and an MRI on the injured foot over the weekend of which the results came back clear.
At this point it doesn’t seem like the injury to Charles foot is significant enough to force him to miss any regular season time but it’s something that needs to be monitored closely in the coming days and weeks.
A Changing Of The Handcuffs
I’ll have to admit defeat on this one but it looks as though the Chicago Bears indeed are not going to give the backup RB job to rookie RB Ka’Deem Carey. Carey has been less than inspiring in the first two preseason games and has been struggling at times with play recognition in camp.
At this point it appears that fourth year RB Shaun Draughn will be the primary backup to Matt Forte to begin this season. Draughn is a raw RB who only began playing the position his third year in College. He has good hands out of the backfield and is more of a power runner than big play guy. In Chicago the RB position wields immense value as Marc Trestman uses his RB’s a ton in both the passing and running games.
For Whom The Bell Tolls
All summer long I have been getting hate mail about my low ranking of Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell. I have Bell sitting as my #16 RB right now and think that is a very fair spot for him. Many others in the fantasy industry have Bell much higher even putting him in the top 10 of fantasy RB’s this year.
But Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin came out today and said that he fully expects to use LeGarrette Blount as the team’s goal line back this season. He even went on to praise Blount for his work ethic and short yardage skills. This news combined with the constant talk of having to get the ball into Dri Archer’s hands should cool just about everybody from reaching on Le’Veon Bell now.
It’s Not Over Yet
Many Saints fans and fantasy football players are thrilled to see QB Drew Brees back at practice these days after missing most of camp with a pretty significant oblique injury. Perhaps nobody is happier to have Brees back though than WR Marques Colston.
Colston has been said to be looking even older and slower this camp and appeared near the end for sure. But in back to back days now Colston has made a significant number of big plays that has the coaches really excited about him for the first time in quite awhile.
This is just another reason why you can’t even underestimate the QB/WR dynamic. When one or the other goes down it can significantly affect the results on the field as well.