On a typical Tuesday in preseason, we tend to see quite a bit of generic reports, but that’s not the case today- we have a lot of information to look at that could impact the first-five rounds of fantasy drafts.
Scheme and Metrics fantasy team preview- we’ll take a look at each of the 32 teams and look at a combination of offensive scheme/philosophy and some player metrics to give us something else to think about when drafting our fantasy squads this summer. In this edition, we’ll look at the Denver Broncos.
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.
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.
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.
A total of 12 teams did battle Friday night during what is traditionally the most relevant exhibition game as far as first-team units are concerned. Despite the established formula of most starting offenses playing a full half, injury concerns and other considerations specific to each team saw some straying from that formula. Nevertheless, as is typically the case in this week of the exhibition slate, there were extended previews of what some team’s skill players may be capable of during the regular season, and plenty of job battles that continued to unfold. With lots to review, let’s jump in without further ado!
– The Steelers may have lost some more firepower to start the season. After ranking second in the league in yards in 2014, Pittsburgh was already set to be without running back Le’Veon Bell for the first two games of 2015 as he serves a suspension. Now, the team may be without second-year receiver Martavis Bryant for its first four games as he faces a suspension for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy.