WARNING: This post may only of interest to folks who are into media criticism (which should be everybody, if you ask me, since we now live in the era of “fake news”) or the Marlins’ farm system, but as I’m dead center on that particular Venn diagram, I’m going to write it anyway.
With the beginning of the regular season just three short days away, NFL teams are settling into the normal routine of daily practices, and with daily practices come daily reports regarding who’s on the field and who’s not. For the sake of you late drafters, let’s look at the three key non-QB positions and some of the bigger names at those spots to see who’s likely to see action in Week 1 and who isn’t.
Teams began paring down their rosters in earnest today prior to the August 30 deadline to get down to 75 players (and then down to their initial 53-man rosters by September 3). While there have been no big surprises yet and likely won’t be until that second roster deadline, the roster churn did create a little transaction action and settled at least a few vaguely fantasy-relevant job battles.
- while Ezekiel Elliott gets back up to speed for the Cowboys and prepares for his possible preseason debut Thursday, the depth chart behind him is starting to get crowded. Alfred Morris has looked revitalized in a Dallas uniform, sixth round pick Darius Jackson has flashed his speed through the first two exhibition games and passing down specialist Lance Danbar (knee) also began taking part in individual drills Monday. If Dunbar is ready for Week 1, and at this point it seems as though he will be, it’s hard to see how there’s room on the roster (much less many touches) for last year’s team rushing leader Darren McFadden, who’s still sidelined with an elbow injury
While the league’s brain trust ponders whether or not to suspend star players who don’t want to talk to them, training camps plow forward. Miraculously, a number of injured players are suddenly well enough to take the field and come off the PUP list now that the first preseason games are in the books. Funny how that seems to happen every year.
Sunday’s cancelled Hall of Fame Game (due to what I guess you’d have to call a paint-out) delays the return of football for another week but for teams other than the Colts and Packers it’s been business as usual, which means the release of depth charts put together by PR departments that may not have much relevance by the time Week 1 rolls around. There’s plenty of real news to sift through too, so let’s get to it.
While the rest of the sporting world tries to figure out who won MLB’s trade deadline frenzy, the NFL entered its second week of training camp with the Hall of Fame Game between the Colts and Packers just seven days away. Here are some of the highlights of today’s practices and positional drills from around the league: