NFL Training Camp Notes: Zeke and Mellie still holding out, McKinnon has setback

More preseason action is coming to us in less than 24 hours and more news along with it. Contract negotiations, injuries, and job battles are still the main topics of the day. Let’s start with the stars.

  • Will they or won’t they? Perhaps the biggest questions of the 2019 preseason are when and if Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon end their holdouts in time to suit up in Week 1. Conflicting reports have emerged from a combination of media and team sources. In Dallas, the Joneses can’t seem to get their story straight, with executive vice president Stephen expressing confidence in reaching a deal with Zeke before the opener while owner Jerry is saying he isn’t worried if they don’t. In Los Angeles, you have Erik D. Williams of ESPN projecting Gordon to be on the opening 53-man roster while Ian Rapoport says the Chargers may be without their star back for a few games. The market is taking Gordon’s threat more seriously as he’s dropped to the third or fourth round in NFFC ADP this month while Elliott is still going fourth overall. Personally, I am shying away from each until I hear their deals are done or they fall to me at a significantly lower cost.

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NFL Training Camp Notes: Who’s playing and who’s sitting this week

Injuries, injuries, and more injuries seem to dominate Wednesday’s NFL news. Fortunately, much of it is related to players nearing a return. However, the biggest story involves a player choosing not to play.

  • Melvin Gordon’s holdout is expected to last into the regular season, according to Ian Rapoport, who unfortunately didn’t say just how far into the year that might last. At the start of camp, there were reports the running back may hold out till midseason, which scares me too much to draft him even at no. 30 overall where his ADP has been in NFFC leagues over the last two weeks. However, the less risk-averse willing to take him in the third round could find themselves with quite a steal if the situation resolves itself in a timely manner.

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