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*Quick notes, moving fast on them...forgive any typos*
Camp Notes, of interest to me, that I’ve seen from bootleg tape or heard from my ‘secret’ sources (no particular order):
*Next camp notes on Saturday, no evening notes session tonight as I work on Ravens-Bears today.
-- Despite the signing of Shane Vereen and Terrance West, there’s a bit of a push that Boston Scott is the best backup RB/getting plenty of work/looks. Could be they are taking it easy on the veterans and getting the rookie experience, but some believe it’s that Scott is going to make this roster and contribute those first four non-Ingram weeks. I’d be inclined to believe Vereen-West will be ahead of Scott, but I hope Scott breaksthrough.
-- In limited video of Saints practices, I’ve not seen Cameron Meredith involved in anyway. Not sure if/when he gets cleared for full workloads/hard practicing.
Rookie Tre’Quan Smith is picking up steam as a Saints WR to have for fantasy, but if/when Meredith is back…Smith is going to #4-5 in the rotation. Smith is a Ginn replacement someday, he doesn’t work in the role that Meredith would (or Snead did).
-- In most of the 1st and 2nd-team offensive work I did see, WR Austin Carr seemed to be running with the 2s. I thought he might make a push to start with Meredith out, but I didn’t see signs of it.
I could see the Patriots making a deal for Carr (who they had first) in the midst of their WR issues.
-- Rookies P.J. Hall and Chris Warren are finally back at practice. Hopefully, they can make some noise quick as they’ve fallen way behind. Warren just trying to make the team.
-- The rookie getting a lot of praise from Jon Gruden is WR Marcel Ateman. People I’ve talked said Ateman’s been nothing special this camp. He strikes me as the kind of guy that would flourish in non-contact work.
-- When talking to people about impressions from Raiders camp among the WRs, I hear the most about Jordy Nelson. I hear praise for Ryan Switzer. I hear Martavis Bryant’s name pop up time to time as making a play. Gruden praising Ateman. Whom I’ve almost not heard a peep on so far – Amari Cooper.
-- The feedback I’ve been give and some of what I’ve seen with my own two eyes -- the Steelers have several rookies popping…
James Washington is a no nonsense, professional WR…better than his analytics because he’s just good at what he does. At worst, he cuts into JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Terrell Edmunds was forced into the 1st-string when Morgan Burnett got dinged up, and Edmunds has been straight fire making plays.
Everyone is praising Jaylen Samuels…his ability to play all over the field. He won’t start, but may play 50-75% of the snaps in games pretty quickly.
Mason Rudolph is the Big Ben heir apparent they needed.
The Steelers are set up for the next decade with Rudolph and a few of his fellow rookies, but mostly because of Rudolph.
-- The Steelers signed TE Bucky Hodges, and you know that got me excited…but this was a move by PIT out of camp need -- because several TEs are sidelined with minor injury right now. At least, Bucky has another chance.
-- The Jonathan Cyprien injury forces the Titans to look at signing one of the big-name safeties. It will be an interesting situation to watch. Do the Titans pay up for the ‘name’ safeties, or do they just work with what they got/trade for a lower name or sign a cheap veteran – basically, do they acknowledge the safety market is unworthy/depressed/saturated as a I believe it is?
My guess is Tennessee doesn’t sign Eric Reid or Kenny Vaccaro…a further blow to their perceived values.
-- Rishard Matthews has been putting in work on the sidelines and doesn’t look all that hobbled. The fear that he’s got a bigger injury than let on might be overplayed. We’ll see if he can go full tilt in another week or so.
-- The last two practices rookie OLB Harold Landry has been a force and has people buzzing. He’s not going to start unless a main starter gets hurt but he’s pushing for much more time in the rotation right away.
-- No one believes me, but I think we’re inching closer to it…Cortland Sutton has been so stellar in training camp that it could allow the Broncos to straight up cut Demaryius Thomas. Not because Thomas is so awful, but the huge money savings that can be deployed elsewhere.
-- In the midst of all Denver’s talented WRs, Jake Butt is quietly emerging as a stable go-to for case Keenum. I would not be shocked if he ended up in the top 15 in FF scoring this season, especially in a non-PPR format.
-- People may be telling me what I want to hear, but I’m getting more and more notes on how Keelan Cole is by far the best WR on the Jags this training camp. I want to believe it…actually, I want to believe the Jags see it, but I fear they have their heads crammed up Dede Westbrook’s arse they can’t see the obvious next-Antonio Brown in their midst.
-- Speaking of WRs on the Jags -- D.J. Chark getting good reports, and I never hear a peep on Donte Moncrief.
Coming up on FFM and CFM…
-- Draft Guide Update today
-- My podcast appearance will be up tonight or tomorrow on iTunes, etc. We’ll post an alert when it hits.
-- Ravens-Bears Hall of Fame snooze fest/game recap posts later today
-- Jason Katz and I did a mock draft and chatted about it the whole way through…and it’s 14,000+ words…and the transcript of it will be posted Saturday for Draft Guide subscribers (in the draft guide section/tab).
-- The Xavier Cromartie/RC Fischer top 3 over/under win total discussion will post Monday
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