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NFL Training Camp Notes: White Inks Deal in Time for Camp

Here we are. Less than two weeks away from the 2019 NFL preseason kicking off with the Hall of Fame Game between Denver and Atlanta. The Broncos will see the late, great Pat Bowlen enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame alongside legendary cornerback Champ Bailey, while the Falcons will celebrate Tony Gonzalez — who made four Pro Bowl appearances in five years with the club — as he makes the cut in his very first year of eligibility. In the meantime, though, training camps are opening up around the league, and we know you’re hungry for injury updates, insider information on depth chart developments, and any other miscellaneous narratives that may be going on in the NFL at the moment. We got you, baby. For the diehard NFL fans and newcomers alike, welcome into a Saturday edition of the often imitated, never replicated Rotowire Training Camp Blog.

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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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The Agnostic Auction

Last Monday I participated in Brad Evans’s first annual Sin City Auction in Las Vegas, preceding RotoWire’s annual company trip there during the MLB All-Star break. It’s a 14-team league a pretty unique roster structure – QB Flex, another Flex, two TE’s, plus three WR’s – essentially patterned after the Stopa 10K League that a number of us have played in the last few years, but without kickers. It was a little bit of a bummer that the RotoWire Vegas League drafts occurred one day after instead of prior to this auction, only so that I could get a better feel for the position tiers before heading into an auction.

In auction leagues this deep (14 teams, 10 starting spots), I prefer a spread-the-risk approach rather than a Stars-and-Scrubs draft. Once you hit the bye weeks, it’s incredibly tough to start a full productive roster, especially when the league is full of engaged, experienced players. So while I didn’t have fully mapped out slots, I had a good general idea of how I wanted to stock my roster. Before I post the results, here are the participants in the league:

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Vegas League Draft Review

Every year RotoWire gets together at the All-Star break in Las Vegas. It’s a great time for everyone to relax, do a football draft or two, play in a poker tournament or just hang out by the pool. It allows us to recharge the batteries for the baseball stretch run and NFL draft season.

This year we had two 14-team leagues drafting at the same time on Tuesday afternoon. The leagues are standard (non-PPR) – RotoWire President is the commissioner for each league and he *hates* PPR leagues, using three WR’s and a flex spot, along with team kickers instead of individual kickers. Before divulging the results, just remember when you look at the rosters that nearly every 14-team roster looks terrible if you’re used to playing in 12-team leagues, let alone 10-team leagues. That horribleness is exacerbated by the early draft date, when so much news happens in training camp and the preseason.

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