Articles by David Phillips

A listing of all the articles written by David Phillips for the RotoWire Blog.

NFL Training Camp Notes: OBJ could play Saturday, Luck in Week 1 limbo

Much of the news out of camp today regards some key fantasy assets. With the next round of preseason clashes due to start in less than 24 hours, let’s check the latest updates from around the league.

  • Odell Beckham has been absent from practice since Aug. 6 with a minor hip issue but is expected back soon. Coach Freddie Kitchens left open the possibility the star wideout could play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Colts. Whether he does or not, let this be a reminder that OBJ missed half his team’s games over the past two years, and at least four games in three of his five NFL seasons. Something to consider when taking him in the first round of fantasy drafts.

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NFL Training Camp Notes: Still no Zeke or AB, but Hill and Fournette looking good

We get 11 preseason games tomorrow, and naturally, there are developments flowing out of camps.

  • Bad news on the Ezekiel Elliott front: the league’s leading rusher in 2018 isn’t expected to end his holdout before the Cowboys break training camp 10 days from now, per Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News. The good news is this standoff shouldn’t extend into the regular season as Elliott will neither get paid nor accrue time towards free agency while he is absent, so the fourth-year vet has every incentive to show up for the regular season.

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NFL Training Camp Notes: Thomas gets paid, Green likely to miss opener

We are yet another day closer to the NFL season, and the news keeps rolling in.

  • We’ll start with a big payday as the Saints and star wideout Michael Thomas agreed to a five-year, $100 million extension that will keep him in New Orleans until 2024, per Adam Schefter. Whether Drew Brees will still be throwing the three-year vet the ball then remains to be seen, but for now, rest assured at least that that connection remains intact for the upcoming regular season.

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NFL Training Camp Notes: Gordon doesn’t show, Guice fully cleared, Luck limited

Another day, another training camp round-up. Every team has at least had its rookies report to camp save for Dallas and San Francisco and news abounds. Let’s get right to it.

  • Melvin Gordon stayed true to his word and didn’t show up to camp. He wants a new contract, and the two sides are reportedly far apart in negotiations. Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson will take first-team reps in the 26-year-old’s absence and would be the main beneficiaries if he were to get traded or if this becomes Le’Veon Bell, pt. deux.
  • Washington’s Derrius Guice has been cleared for full participation in practice according to John Keim of ESPN. The 2018 second-round pick is expected to share carries evenly with Adrian Peterson to begin the season and has feature-back potential if he can stay healthy in his first year back from an ACL tear.

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NFL Training Camp Notes: Camps are open! Updates on Sanders, Lindsay, Garappolo

The NFL is back! Training camp began Wednesday for the Cardinals, Ravens, Seahawks, and Broncos. In just over two weeks, we’ll have preseason games to evaluate, and there are just 50 days remaining until the first regular-season game.  For now, we’ll glean what we can from the four teams that started up today along with any other pertinent fantasy news.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos were the only team which had veterans in camp this early, so naturally, the most news came out of Denver. John Elway said that Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) won’t be placed on the PUP list at the start of camp, according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN. The 32-year-old seems to be ahead in his recovery from surgery having already progressed to cutting sharply while running routes, but he will be eased into action to prevent setbacks. His progress will need to be monitored going forward to see if he’s lost a step, a common effect of this type of injury.

Also being eased into action is Phillip Lindsay (wrist), who is reportedly fully healed and, with an improved situation in Denver, will look to build on a fantastic rookie season. Second-round pick Drew Lock signed his rookie tender today. He could see time under center later in the year or possibly sooner if something happens to Joe Flacco.

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