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Training Camp Daily Dose

Drake In a Walking Boot Monday

by Nick Mensio
Updated On: August 27, 2020, 12:41 pm ET

The sight of Kenyan Drake in a walking boot Monday caused an uproar and widespread panic across #FantasyTwitter. Many immediately thought the worst, whether it was a severe ankle sprain or broken foot. But coach Kliff Kingsbury ultimately brushed it off, labeling it as a “precautionary” measure due to “soreness.” And Drake later tweeted that he is “good,” pointing to last summer when he spent some time in a boot while with the Dolphins. It doesn’t sound like something to be overly concerned about with Week 1 still 2.5 weeks out, but we will definitely keep an eye on things. Chase Edmonds would benefit in a huge way should Drake ever miss time. As of now, Drake is still being drafted as a top-12 running back in the second round.

 

Montgomery Slims Down

David Montgomery said he "slimmed down" over the offseason and now weighs 218 pounds. He officially only lost five pounds, but Montgomery cut out junk food from his diet and made eating right a focal point of the offseason. "I was a lot slower than I know I was capable of moving at," said Montgomery of his rookie season, "and it affected the game. I kind of let myself get in the way of myself as far as what I ate last year." Montgomery rushed for 889 yards in year one, but he averaged a pitiful 3.67 yards per carry. He wants to be more explosive with the dropped weight. Montgomery remains the clear lead back in Chicago and could be in for a big second season if he's able to become more efficient with his touches. Montgomery makes for a strong RB2 based solely on volume. If he can hit some more big plays, then the upside is there.

 

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Mike Williams Bangs His Shoulder

Mike Williams was forced from Sunday’s practice after landing hard on his shoulder. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Williams has been diagnosed with a sprain and is week to week. This is pretty much best-case scenario for him. He's still viewed as questionable for the Week 1 opener, which is three weeks out. In his absence, rookies Joe Reed and K.J. Hill should pick up more reps with the ones and twos, while Jalen Guyton also gets some looks alongside Keenan Allen. Williams is fresh off leading the league in yards-per-catch last season.

 

Chiefs GM Very High on CEH

Chiefs GM Brett Veach spoke very highly of rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, raising expectations for the first-rounder by saying he’s “on pace to have a big year as our primary ball-carrier.” NBC Sports’ Peter King noted that the Chiefs have been scheming CEH touches during scrimmages and that the rookie "could not have been much more impressive in the two practices I saw." Many well-connected national media members have been dropping random CEH praise on Twitter, and this report just piles onto that. The fantasy community has adjusted CEH from a third-round pick to a first-round pick following Damien Williams' decision to opt out, so if you're buying the hype, you'll likely have to spend a top-10 pick to draft Edwards-Helaire at this point. It goes without saying that his upside is enormous. The argument surrounds his floor.

 

Washington High on Sophomore Love

Coach Ron Rivera spoke glowingly of second-year RB Bryce Love, saying he has the skill set to be an “every-down back.” Many have pegged rookie Antonio Gibson as the big winner in the Washington backfield following the surprise release of Derrius Guice, but it may be Love who gets the first crack at things behind Adrian Peterson. Love has been setback-free in training camp and has shown he’s nearly back to pre-injury form after missing his entire rookie campaign. Love has veteran status over Gibson, potentially giving him the edge in carries. It’s looking like there’s a real chance Love has a Week 1 role.

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Quarterback & Running Back Quick Slants

Benny Snell has emerged as the clear No. 2 back behind James Conner in Pittsburgh. Snell reshaped his body over the offseason. … Undrafted rookie RB JaMycal Hasty has impressed 49ers beat writers early in camp. … Raiders third-rounder Lynn Bowden hasn’t been flashing much at Raiders camp to this point. … Marcus Mariota has been “no threat” to Derek Carr’s starting job at camp. Making Mariota one of the league’s highest-paid backups will likely go down as a silly decision by GM Mike Mayock. … J.K. Dobbins has been a human highlight reel early in Ravens camp. He’s pushing hard for year-one work alongside Mark Ingram. … Alex Smith has yet to show he’s really in position to challenge Dwayne Haskins for Washington’s starting job. … With Jarrett Stidham “fading out” of the starting picture in New England, the quarterback job appears to be Cam Newton’s to lose. He’s fully bought into Bill Belichick’s ways. … AJ Dillon isn’t expected to have a major offensive role early on as a rookie. … Raiders signed pass-catching RB Theo Riddick to a one-year deal. It’s another potential hit to Josh Jacobs’ upside in the passing game. … Nick Chubb cleared the concussion protocol.

 

Wide Receiver & Tight End Quick Slants

Dan Arnold has emerged as the Cardinals’ top pass-catching tight end. Maxx Williams has been battling an injury early in camp. … Rams coaches and teammates have routinely raved about second-round WR Van Jefferson throughout camp. … Steelers second-round WR Chase Claypool continues to stand out at Steelers camp. He’s been getting more reps with the ones with Diontae Johnson (leg) absent since last Wednesday. … A.J. Green (hamstring) resumed running Monday. … O.J. Howard has been impressive early in Bucs camp. His expectations aren’t as high with Rob Gronkowski now in the picture, and the limelight being off him may have helped Howard. … First-round WR Brandon Aiyuk has been “as good as advertised,” according to 49ers beat reporters. He’s going to have a large year-one workload. … Coach Kliff Kingsbury is still of the belief that Christian Kirk is an “ascending” player out wide. A second season in the same offense should help Kirk. … Chargers rookie WR Joe Reed has repped with the running backs at times in camp. … Bucs second-year WR Scotty Miller reportedly looks like a “totally different player” in his sophomore summer. He’s expected to push for No. 3 duties. … Bills fourth-round WR Gabriel Davis has routinely “stood out” in his rookie camp. … Patriots rookie TE Devin Asiasi has performed well as a blocker early in camp. That’s a surefire way to find the field. … Preston Williams appears to be all the way back from his ACL surgery, per practice onlookers. He could be in for a huge second season, if true. … Logan Thomas has emerged as the favorite for Washington’s starting tight end spot. … Tyrell Williams has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his shoulder but is going to try and play through the injury. Good luck. … Tee Higgins (hamstring) is back at practice for the Bengals. Meanwhile, Auden Tate has been the “MVP” of camp in Cincy with all the extra reps. … Gunner Olszewski has been the “second best” receiver at Patriots camp, according to beat writer Doug Kyed. That’s an indictment on N’Keal Harry. … Tyreek Hill (hamstring) returned to individual drills Monday. … JJ Arcega-Whiteside has stood out in Eagles camp following a rough rookie year. … Marquez Valdes-Scantling is considered the favorite for No. 2 receiver duties in Green Bay due to his downfield speed. … Washington released WR Cody Latimer. … James Washington continues to make big plays at Steelers camp. … David Njoku is missing practice time with a wrist injury. He, of course, missed 10 games last season with a broken wrist. … Dede Westbrook is battling a shoulder injury. … Jack Doyle has a neck injury.

Nick Mensio

Nick Mensio has been covering the NFL for Rotoworld since 2012. He can be found on Twitter at @NickMensio.