NFL Training Camp is a busy time of year. This is when the coaches implement their system, playbooks are drawn up and every position on every team is up for grabs. Injuries are as common as practice cones and tackling dummies. If you blink, you could just miss the preamble to a breakout season. Fortunately, I’ll be keeping up with all of it in order to ensure Fantasy Alarm Nation stays in the know all summer long.
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What a morning it has been for those who are either Texans fans or who have already drafted WR DeAndre Hopkins. It was reported earlier today by ESPN that Hopkins walked out of Texans camp but the truth of the matter is that he never reported. There are reports that he was at the facility on Friday night but then never showed up this morning.
No matter what the details are the fact of the matter is that Hopkins is not at Texans camp and likely to not be there until he gets a new deal from the team. As we talk about all the time, QB/WR chemistry cannot be understated. When you have a brand new QB in place especially one that they paid $72mm for, he is going to need as much time as possible with all of his receivers to build that chemistry. Every day that Hopkins misses is less of a chance he has for a big season.
I am not going to panic on Hopkins value yet however. The first couple of weeks of camp is more about learning the playbook, getting in shape and getting back to work. Osweiler and Hopkins worked out together this summer so I am confident they can find a groove quickly if and when Hopkins returns. At this point I’ll set a date of August 15th before I start lowering him in my rankings.
A year ago OT Anthony Davis was one of four San Francisco 49ers players to decide that it would be better to walk away from the game than to play for new coach Jim Tomsula. It’s hard to argue with them considering how miserable the 49ers were in 2015. Well, the 26-year-old tackle has decided to come back now that the team is in a better place with new coach Chip Kelly.
Davis graded out as the 40th best offensive tackle in 2014 according to ProFootballFocus and is known as a better run blocker than he is a pass blocker. Erik Pears started 14 games at RT for San Francisco last year and had well below average grades across the board.
The return of Davis, assuming he can still be a middle to above average performer, along with the addition of first round pick RG Josh Garnett should help the 49ers improve pretty quickly. Chip Kelly’s system calls for depth along the offensive line because it is very difficult for those big guys to sustain the abundance of plays that this offense creates.
At this time of year there are always a lot of injuries to sort through. Some are just minor aches and pains that will clear up in a matter of days while other more impactful injuries tend to get lost in the shuffle. I’ll be updating you on injuries throughout the summer and letting you know which will have the greatest impact on your fantasy teams.
Let’s start out though with just reviewing some of the players who have been put in the NFI, PUP or IR list as training camp begins.
Trent Richardson, Ravens, Knee
Lorenzo Taliaferro, Ravens, Thigh
Lance Dunbar, Cowboys, Knee
Jamaal Charles, Chiefs, Knee
Arian Foster, Dolphins, Achilles
Damien Williams, Dolphins, Leg
Dion Lewis, Patriots, Knee
Khiry Robinson, Jets, Leg
Thomas Rawls, Seahawks, Ankle
Breshad Perriman, Ravens, Knee
Steve Smith, Ravens, Achilles
Marcus Easley, Bills, Knee
Sammy Watkins, Bills, Foot
Marquess Wilson, Bears, Foot
James Wright, Bengals, Shoulder
Seth Devalve, Browns, Hamstring
Corey Fuller, Lions, Foot
Kenny Cook, Chiefs, Quad
Danny Amendola, Patriots, Knee
Julian Edelman, Patriots, Foot
Vincent Brown, Saints, Calf
Devin Smith, Jets, Knee
Shakim Phillips, Steelers, Hip
Louis Murphy, Buccaneers, Knee
Reggie Diggs, Redskins, Foot
Josh Doctson, Redskins, Foot
Tyler Eifert, Bengals, Ankle
James Hanna, Cowboys, Personal
Brandon Pettigrew, Lions, Knee
Tim Wright, Lions, Knee
Jared Cook, Packers, Foot
Rhett Ellison, Vikings, Knee
Michael Williams, Patriots, Knee
Ladarius Green, Steelers, Ankle
Jimmy Graham, Seahawks, Knee
Derek Carrier, Redskins, Knee