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2021 Dynasty/Fantasy SUBSCRIBER Training Camp News, Notes, Rumors, Commentary 7/31/2021 (Penny Hart, Elijah Mitchell, and more)

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July 31, 2021 2:46 PM
July 31, 2021 2:44 PM
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July 31, 2021 2:46 PM

2021 Dynasty/Fantasy SUBSCRIBER Training Camp News, Notes, Rumors, Commentary 7/31/2021 (Penny Hart, Elijah Mitchell, and more)

 

 -- Notes that caught my attention from Seattle camp…

1) WR Penny Hart is scrapping his way to the lead position in the race to be the #3 WR…because D’Wayne Eskridge is out with a toe injury and is losing valuable camp time that rookies need to make their move.

Eskridge will eventually be the #3 WR…and then #2 WR…and then the best WR on the team (better than Metcalf and will make Metcalf better) but the daydreams of that being true are on hold while Eskridge is hurt.

It’s not John Ursua or Freddie Swain getting the buzz in Eskridge’s absence…it’s Hart. And Hart is a scrappy, smaller-skinny Randall Cobb-like(?) or really slow Brandin Cooks-like(?) WR…with terrible Pro Day/measurables that sunk his draft stock. I thought Hart was a pretty talented receiver in hands and instincts in my scouting of him pre-Combine and pre-Draft a few years back, but then he died with a bad Pro Day, despite an excellent college career.

Hart probably won’t FF-matter behind Lockett and Metcalf, but he could be a shock starter Week 1…if that’s worth anything to you.

 

2) Pete Carroll is glowing about Rashaad Penny…but we’ve all heard that before. But…he’s also been a couple years removed from his 2019 injury now and has had relatively low mileage put on in the NFL, as he enters a contract/make-or-break season – and he’s lost 10 pounds in effort to transform his body/career.

If Penny is ever going to do something…it’s 2021.

The RB people are talking more about, unbelievable, is Alex Collins. My Seattle sources swear Collins is making the team over the top of some of the younger names. I’ll believe it when I see it…but that talk is happening locally.

3) Everyone is buzzing about Gerald Everett. I’m resistant because I think he’s wildly overrated (in general) and I believe Colby Parkinson is a star waiting to happen. But my thoughts, and reality can often detach from each other and not materialize for years. I’m starting to think my anti-Everett stance is going to be a bad one…that Seattle is going to make this happen whether I like it or think it’s smart, or not. I keep moving my Everett projections higher and higher, but still resisting the notion…but he might end up being among my top 12 before long – then you’ll know I’m giving into the ‘talk’…the ‘glowing talk’ from Pete Carroll.

 

 -- Trey Sermon was taking 1st-team snaps as Raheem Mostert is held out for reasons (a veteran who doesn’t need this time yet). It’s good news for Sermon – he’s getting a chance that some/many mid-round draft pick RBs don’t get.

Mostert being given the veteran treatment is also a sign that the 49ers plan to start with Mostert as ‘the guy’, but someone is going to run with him – and that will likely be Sermon (with Jeff Wilson out hurt).

I’m also not ruling out that the 49ers might trade Mostert, and that’s why they are treading lightly with him. But there is such a sensitivity to injury in San Francisco right now that they are keeping as many players as they can under wraps to be safe for Week 1…so, I assume that’s why Mostert is being held back. Still, it’s a shot/chance for Sermon to get up to speed faster for a takeover of the lead role or just running the split role this season.

My reports from SF have been people telling me Sermon running 1st-team, but no one is sharing any ‘wow’ news about his play (not good or bad, just quiet)…but, on the other hand, they are telling me they are shocked about how fast and how good Elijah Mitchell looks as a pass catcher/3rd-down role worker right now.

We could see a three-headed monster attack as we go for SF…with Mostert as the 50-60% touch count share leader with Sermon 20-30% and Mitchel running the 2-minute drill and some 3rd-down passing game work for the remaining % of touches.

Moving/cutting Mostert could save $3M in cap space. I think the Rams would love to acquire Mostert…but there’s no way the 49ers will allow that move in-division. But watchout for Mostert to the Jets, potentially. Odds are he stays put, but it’s not 100% sure odds.

 

 -- An FFMer at Jags camp had two notes sent to me that I found interesting…

1) SAF Andre Cisco has caught everyone’s attention. He is looking 100% healed from his ACL. I think he’s going to start Week 1, and I’ve thought that all along. He was probably the #1 SAF in this draft class (him and Richie Grant) and the Jags stole him.

The Jags could have a killer young secondary with an emerging defense…and with a safe QB and an experienced Walter White-esque head coach who will stop at nothing (not even laws) to win…all while acting like low-key Mr. Rogers (see my Urban Meyer scouting report from a few months ago on FFM)…this Jags team is going to be a tough out. They get more interesting as the Colts season is under collapse already with the Wentz injury.

2) Travis Etienne is winning over the fans with his charm/engagement of them …and he’s winning over the fans and the coaches and media with his early play.

I don’t love Etienne as a ball carrier in the interior, but he is great out in space…and if the Jags are using him as an RB/WR – I really need to blow up my old ‘RB scouting’ and reconsider him as a ‘weapon’ for FF, not as a traditional RB. Pairing with Trevor, the relationship there…everything is set up for Etienne to be a hit right away.

 

 -- Any of you going to training camps? Like in the past – feel free to send me any things you’re seeing. It is very helpful!!! I’m communicating with people all day on camp things, but I trust our audience more than the many ‘football people’ on what they see…and especially to look at under the radar players and not just always watching the QBs. Send any info to rc4metrics@gmail.com

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