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Camp Notes, of interest to me, that I’ve seen from bootleg tape or heard from my ‘secret’ sources (no particular order):
-- Royce Freeman shown as 2nd-team to Devontae Booker’s 1st-team, right now. You want to go: “I know Freeman will win this by Week 1!” But, do you really trust Vance Joseph, known lover of Booker? That’s a real question and dilemma for Week 1. If Freeman takes 7 carries for 25 yards and no TDs in Week 1 as a relief back/split with Booker, there will be panic on him – and opportunity to acquire cheaper. IF it happens that way.
The preseason will tell the story, not the early depth chart.
Phillip Lindsay was shown dead last on the depth chart. I don’t think that’s real either.
-- Sutton-Hamilton were both placed 2nd-team on the camp depth chart.
-- Jeff Heuerman is ahead of Jake Butt as starting TE…not sure that will be true Week 1 either.
-- Bradley Chubb is listed as a starter, so that’s obviously real. No games played with that depth chart placement.
-- I’ve seen/heard several different people communicating to me that former Raiders punter Marquette King is such an incredible jackass -- to look for him to be cut soon. That he’s very talented, but he’s just a punter and most people hate him from player to coaches to media.
-- A.J. McCarron seems to have the step ahead of Nathan Peterman from all my intel. Josh Allen is still working as being treated as a backup for sure. However, no one is really pleased with the offense and are hoping someone grabs the mantle in the preseason. This race is not over yet. If it was today, it would be McCarron.
-- Depth chart notes…
IDP DT Harrison Phillips named starter…wasn’t sure they’d do that since they like to make rookies ‘work for it’/sweat a bit. But Phillips is listed as starter, and he should be.
Andre Holmes is starting with Jeremy Kerley (and Kelvin Benjamin). Let that sink in. I’m pretty sure Corey Coleman will crack the Week 1 starting lineup.
Phillip Gaines and Vontae Davis as CB starters with Tre’Davious White.
LB Matt Milano starting on the inside…and he may be better suited for the inside than Trumaine Edmunds.
-- Tyler Eifert is back practicing. Not likely playing this week to be kept safe.
-- C.J. Uzomah got a lot of time with the 1s while Eifert was out…Tyler Kroft splitting reps with him. Not good for my Kroft as very deep sleeper theory, but last year it was all Kroft when the opportunity was given.
-- Jatavis Brown STARTING at OLB Bay-beeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Finally. Now, I’m willing to talk about the Chargers winning the Super Bowl with Xavier. People have told me Brown has been a stud in camp this year, but I was reluctant to believe it – but him listed as starter give me (false) hope.
-- Tyrell Williams also listed as starter (as expected), and many telling me he is smoking in camp this year…even better than before.
-- Rookie WR Dylan Cantrell has a bone bruise and may miss several weeks, and into missing regular season games. Sad, it undercuts what was a promising camp for him.
-- Chris Warren got in some 1st-team work as a goal-line back. Jon Gruden was spending time with him, correcting stuff. Good to see he’s getting in the mix and the coaches are at least acknowledging him.
-- Sleeper IDP, gigantic safety/CB Obi Melifonwu finally got some 1st-team work…and then promptly got hurt and had to leave practice. The king of minor injuries…killing his early career.
-- Am I going to review the Cleveland Browns Hard Knocks show this season? Yes, but not now. Likely it will be after the season.
Why wait? Multiple reasons…
I know everyone on this Cleveland Browns coaching staff…I know they are awful at football coaching and are just going to swear a lot and be fake tough guys for five episodes while Hue Jackson speaks empty words to a forgiving press.
The Dallas Cowboys/Amazon documentary showed us awful coaching as well, but their awful is harmless. The Browns awful coaching is dangerous – they have a ‘system’ and a ‘way’, and a lot of young players needing guidance…and they’re getting awful leadership from the O-C, D-C, and empty, arrogant coach.
I already know Gregg Williams and Todd Haley are complete jackasses, and I’ve already seen them acting as such in preview clips I was sent. I don’t need to waste my time re-confirming it and writing about it anymore. They are who I know them to be.
I got a million and one ‘real’ football things I’m working on in the preseason. I wish I had time to write funny/sarcastic lines about how bad the Browns’ coaches are in this TV show, but I got bigger, more fruitful work to do rather than waste time on them.
-- I did see the clips of Carl Nassib trying to school some players on saving money and the perils of social media. I assume he’s a big nerd for Gregg Williams, not tough enough for him. The Browns hate responsible, even-keeled players. They celebrate and protect lunatic coaches and bad actor players. They will go to the ends to defend Josh Gordon and Antonio Callaway, and then mock Nassib…and not fully play/unitize Nassib either.
-- You want to see where the Browns are headed, go see the clip of Jarvis Landry acting like a deranged, nonsensical lunatic with his profanity laced, illogical tirade to the players. That’s what Todd Haley wants…fake tough guys with all talk. That’s what Gregg Williams wants as well. Somehow this is all perceived as ‘passion’ and ‘wonderful’ in the media and by most fans.
You never see this derangement and incessant swearing with the Rams, Patriots, Eagles.
I’m sure it will work out well for the Browns. They’ve been so good the past couple years, but hey – they got Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry now – so, skies the limit.
It’s not a player problem it’s management problem in Cleveland – it’s a playoff roster. The same people who’ve failed at creating winning cultures where ever they have been fully off the leash (Hue, Haley, Williams) are now tasked with changing a culture again. Some of the ones who broke it are now tasked with fixing it.
-- Athletic, WR-to-TE convert, former Very Deep Sleeper, Darren Waller got reinstated. Too many problems for too many years on him.
-- To add Waller, small-school rookie WR Jaelon Acklin was released. He’s got some raw skills. He’ll get a shot somewhere. But it looks like it’s over before it begins for Acklin…
-- I communicate with a Rams-Ravens joint practice observer. It was real quick, but he wanted to tell me that the Rams toyed with the Ravens – that the difference between the talent and approach of the two teams was laughable.
-- IDP Daniel Sorensen, whom I have loved for years, hurt his ACL, to an unknown extent. They think he’ll miss 6-10 weeks. Bad news for KC.
-- Rookie OLB Leon Jacobs is getting a push past Blair Brown for the starting job for the Jags…a surprise.
Coming up on FFM and CFM…
-- Draft Guide update later today
-- Very Deep Sleepers publishes today or tomorrow, waiting on FantasyPros
-- Tomorrow, I’ll give the ‘what to watch’ (and maybe bet/lose) on the first preseason games.
-- Friday begins the game recap carnival for the rest of the week.
-- My special hinted project for Draft Guide subscribers. Testing it today and tomorrow and will let you know – it could be a Saturday night surprise for you. More details tomorrow.
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