NFL Training Camp News & Notes: August 10


This article is part of our Notes on Training Camp series.

Tomorrow we begin the first full weekend of pre-season action! Here’s a breakdown of Wednesday’s NFL news and ratings.

Boot Camp Scenario

Eagles pass attack

Jalen Hurts and AJ Brown would play in the preseason opener. With the Eagles having traded for Brown in the offseason, it looks like the team wants to give the duo a chance to get on the same page before the start of the regular season.

After being a good fantasy starter last year, Hurts is selected just outside the top 5 QBs in middle drafts. In addition to his rushing ability, the addition of Brown should allow Hurts to attack the court in the middle with shots from deep. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see it match or exceed last year’s production. With defenses needing to prepare for the team’s excellent rushing offense, it’s possible Brown will see favorable coverage frequently. However, the blow to Brown has been health, as he has missed seven games while limited in others over the past two years. He’s a reasonable value with an ADP of WR13, though it’s fair to wonder if he’ll see enough targets to be a consistent producer.

As we saw last year, Hurts seemed comfortable shooting in midfield. This comfort allowed Dallas Goedert to have fun. In the last five games (including the playoffs), he’s gone for 90 yards three times. Don’t be surprised if he is the second option in the passing game. That leaves DeVonta Smith (groin day to day). Having posted just 64 catches last year, it’s hard to imagine he’ll increase that number with the addition of Brown. Although very talented, his ADP of WR40 shows that the fantasy community is also concerned about his target share.

Job battles

  • Nyheim HinesFollowing coach Frank Reich’s comments in the offseason that his RB was a big part of the offense, Hines is expected to get at least 60 assists this year. That’s no major surprise, as he caught 63 passes in two of his first four seasons. And last year, it was clear that Carson Wentz had little interest in pitching his RBs as receivers. With Matt Ryan now under center, Hines should be much more active as a receiver. Of course, with Jonathan Taylor as the star RB, it will be hard to predict which weeks Hines will do well. He’s drafted outside of the top 40 RBs, and he could be a solid value at ADP.
  • Albert Okwuegbunam After Greg Dulcich stirred up the hype during the offseason program, Okwuegbunam finally got some positive news. Coach Nathaniel Hackett says TE are getting more and more comfortable in attack and are lining up everywhere in the lineup. After being drafted into the top 12 TE earlier in the offseason, his ADP dropped to TE15. If he can claim the lead TE role, he could be a value at ADP.
  • Joshua Palmer, Jalen Guyton Palmer would have played as the No. 3 WR for the majority of camp. Although Guyton seemed like a better option to stretch the field, Palmer was a good road runner while playing with the first-team attack. Although the pecking order could change at any time, Palmer could be exceptional value at his ADP, which sits outside the top 60 WRs.
  • Eno BenjaminAlthough James Conner should see most of the backfield work, backup work could be important for the fantasy, especially if Conner is running out of time. Coach Kliff Kingsbury praised Benjamin, saying he “never expected him to go this far”. With Darrel Williams and Keaontay Ingram competing for backup duties, Benjamin will have the rest of the month to claim an important role, but as of now, nothing definitive has been settled.
  • Simi FehokoAfter being drafted in the fifth round last year, Fehoko showed his athleticism in practices. With James Washington (foot) and Michael Gallup (knee) struggling with injuries, the Cowboys will likely need WRs to step up. While it’s hard to draft him other than as a late dart in the deep leagues, he’s a player to keep on the radar this month.
  • Marlon Mac, Rex Burkhead, Dameon Pierce We can’t always rely on official team depth charts in pre-season. That said, Mack and Burkhead are listed in the lead with Pierce behind the group. Most of the positive camp reports were about Mack and Pierce. Fantasy managers draft Pierce as roughly a top 40 RB while Mack is drafted outside the top 55. If one of them emerges as the clear starter, they should surpass ADP.

Injury Updates

  • Melvin Gordon Gordon missed practice Wednesday with a foot injury. Coach Nathaniel Hackett said the foot needs to be managed during camp. At this time, this is not a sufficient report to draw a definitive conclusion as to whether Gordon’s status is in question for Week 1.
  • Kadarius ToneyToney honed his hamstrings on Wednesday. While this is far from definitive news, the WR has been restricted in four of 11 practices so far. It’s unclear if the partial workouts are part of a maintenance plan or due to injury, but if he continues to run out of time it could become a problem for a player who has struggled to stay on the pitch. land last year.
  • Jakeem GrantIn practice Tuesday, Grant suffered a torn Achilles and will miss the season. Although he’s unlikely to be heavily involved as a WR, he was certainly ready to be a big factor in the return game.

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