Posted by Matt Olson

Training Camp Recap 8/15/2022

August 7, 2023

New Orleans Saints

Alvin Kamara – it is looking increasingly more unlikely that Kamara is suspended to start the season and the new expectation is that discipline will come in 2023.

“ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that it’s ‘more and more unlikely’ Alvin Kamara will be suspended in 2022, with his latest court date delayed until after the season starts.”

New England Patriots

Rhamondre Stevenson – Stevenson has a shot to claim the lucrative James White 3rd down role for the Patriots so this is a positive development for the 2nd year RB.

“Patriots starters finished practice with some 2 minute work. Rhamondre Stevenson was repping in the James White role.”

New England

Jonnu Smith – Smith has had a few good camp reports this offseason and as fans hope to see him have a bounce back year with the Patriots investing heavily in him and Hunter Henry last offseason.

“All of the shorter variety in the flats. But Jonnu has approximately 1,000 catches today during team.”

New York Giants

Collin Johnson – Johnson flashed in the Giant’s first preseason game and has consistently impressed in camp this offseason. Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney both have had trouble staying healthy so he may be a name to stash away with Darius Slayton mostly playing with the 3rd stringers.

“Collin Johnson, who has been one of the more impressive Giants receivers at camp.”

New York Giants

Saquon Barkley – Barkley has continued to impress in camp and should be in store for a bounce back season now a year removed from his ACL tear.

“Saquon just threw on the afterburners for a long TD run in 11-on-11.”

Chicago Bears

Tajae Sharpe – the veteran receiver has bounced around on a few teams and may have found a home with this muddled Chicago Bears WR depth chart. He had a nice catch in Justin Fields and co. preseason debut but there’s probably not much value in this passing offense outside of Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet.

“Tajae Sharpe is the main reason the #Bears haven’t made any moves at WR despite so many injuries. The added reps allowed him to mesh with Justin Fields, and it paid off. Maybe he’s another Rodney Adams, but his hands and route-running suggest otherwise.”

Justin Fields – Fields looked sharp in his preseason debut but was under a good amount of pressure with this weak offensive line but it was good to see the 2nd year QB look more comfortable in and out of the pocket this year.

“Justin Fields only played 18 snaps vs. the Chiefs. It wasn’t smooth, but there was one encouraging sign. His ability to sense pressure improved. There were multiple cases a defender had him dead to rights, but he got the pass off or slipped away on a scramble.”

San Francisco

Trey Lance – I’m not sure if this should be a stock down for Trey Lance who’s clearly working through some ups and downs in training camp this year getting all the 1st team reps. He shined in his preseason debut so hopefully he can work the kinks out before week 1.

“Lance finished only 4-of-15 on Sunday, perpetuating his mercurial pattern of this camp — at least when it comes to accuracy. He did connect with George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk on pretty touchdown passes in red-zone work, but those passes were surrounded by several misfires.”


Pittsburgh Steelers

Jaylen Warren – Warren impressed in his preseason debut and is fighting for a roster spot to be one of the backups to Najee Harris.

“Backup RB update: Jaylen Warren getting some first team reps. Benny Snell still isn’t practicing.”

Baltimore Ravens

Isaiah Likely – Likely flashed his highlight catching upside in his preseason debut and continues to get positive reports out of camp seemingly everyday.

“Ravens’ play of the day: rookie TE Isaiah Likely elevates to pull down a pass in between three defenders. Every day in this year’s camp, the rookie fourth-round pick does something that catches your attention.”

It says a lot about Isaiah Likely that this catch was arguably only his second-best of the day.

New England

Tyquan Thornton – Thornton scored a TD in his first preseason game and his speed seemed to translate from college and practice. Thornton has continued to flash and impress in camp this year in an ambiguous NE Patriots WR room.

“Tyquan Thornton just showed off his insane pull away speed on a go route. He was gaining separation up the sideline but it looked effortless.”

New York Jets

Garrett Wilson – let’s remember that Ja’Marr Chase was dropping passes last offseason so let’s take this report as a small issue for a very talented and young player.

“Garrett Wilson drops a White pass. He’s had a few already in camp.”

Seattle Seahawks

Ken Walker – Walker has flashed in camp and with reports that Pete Carroll could see him playing on all downs, it looks like at least for now that Travis Homer will be rotating in on clear passing downs and 2-minute drill situations.

“Seahawks RB usage from Geno Smith with Rashaad Penny (groin) out:

Ken Walker 12 snaps, 5 carries, 3 routes, one 3rd down snap

Travis Homer 16 snaps, 4 carries, 8 routes, five 3rd down snaps

Homer out-snapped Walker 9-0 during Seattle’s two-minute drill to end the half.”

Pittsburgh Steelers

George Pickens – If you haven’t seen the TD catch he had in his first preseason game this past weekend – go check it out…

“No Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, or Pat Freiermuth Saturday, which allowed George Pickens (140.5 ADP) to run wild.

From Trubisky (13 snaps):

* 9 routes

* 2 targets

* 28.5% share

From Rudolph (8 snaps):

* 7 routes

* 3 targets

* 60% share”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rachaad White – White may be the most talented back behind Leonard Fournette but he’s still a rookie and TB has Gio Bernard and Ke’Shawn Vaughn who have been mixing in in practice and in the first preseason game.

“Is Rachaad White the true Leonard Fournette handcuff?”

Houston Texans

Dameon Pierce – Pierce showed out in his first preseason game and definitely seems like the most talented runner on this team with veterans Marlon Mack and Rex Burkhead hanging around. Hopefully Pierce can carve out a role in this offense sooner rather than later.

“If rookie RB Dameon Pierce isn’t starting the first game against the Colts, the Texans aren’t putting their best lineup on the field.”

“Texans safety Jalen Pitre on rookie running back Dameon Pierce: ‘He was turnt. You could see it when he gets tackled. He doesn’t stay down long. That shows in the way that he runs. He runs very hard and physical and downhill. I’m glad he’s on my team’”

Minnesota Vikings

Ty Chandler – experts in the fantasy community have compared Chandler to Elijah Mitchell as a prospect due to his excellent explosiveness which was on display this Sunday in his first preseason game. With rumors of the Vikings not signing Alexander Mattison next year, there could be value in Chandler in dynasty leagues.

“Vikings rookie Ty Chandler is listed as fourth on the depth chart at running back and third at kickoff returner but he put on a show in his preseason debut against the Raiders, having five carries for 50 yards and a 56-yard kickoff return.”

Atlanta Falcons

Drake London – London gave us a scare when he went down with what appeared to be a knee injury but was able to walk off the field on his own and it seems as if the rookie WR avoided a serious injury.

“Atlanta Falcons rookie WR Drake London (knee) likely to sit out practice this week.”

Kansas City Chiefs

Skyy Moore – I agree with Levitan here that I wouldn’t read too much into a rookie WR from a smaller school not running with the first team offense from the jump. Patrick Mahomes has multiple new wide receivers he needs to gain chemistry with. Moore still has plenty of upside in dynasty leagues and as a sleeper for the second half of the regular season in redraft especially if any of the starting WR’s for the Chiefs were to get injured.

“Would not ding Skyy Moore for not playing with the Mahomes group. Rookies often have to ‘earn it.’

But here are the WR snaps on Mahomes’ 11:

* Juju Smith-Schuster 11

* Marquez Valdes-Scantling 9

* Mecole Hardman 4

* Justin Watson 1

* Skyy Moore 0”

Kansas City Chiefs

Isiah Pacheco – I’m not sure if the drumbeat can get any louder for this 7th round rookie Isiah Pacheco. Ronald Jones legitimately looks like he could be cut with the rookie continuing to impress.

“Patrick Mahomes played 11 snaps yesterday.

* Clyde Edwards-Helaire started, got first 7 snaps

* Isiah Pacheco got the next 3 snaps

* Jerick McKinnon got last 1

* Ronald Jones 0”

Quick hitters

Seattle Seahawks

JJ Arcega-Whiteside – I’m not sure this has any impact on the fantasy football world but it may ding Noah Fant’s upside in an already low volume, low upside offense.

“On move to TE: ‘I’m always open to challenges. Last year, I was a big-bodied WR who was good at blocking, so I figured why not try doing it in the trenches and see how it works. If not, I’m still a big-bodied WR. Nothing really changes.’”

“One thing to add about Arcega-Whiteside: His problem in Philly was never about attitude or desire — he put in the work, did what was asked. It just didn’t work out on the field. They liked him behind the scenes.”

“The Seahawks plan to use Arcega-Whiteside as a hybrid WR/TE, I’m told. The Eagles moved him to TE earlier this offseason and list him at 6-2, 237.”

New England Patriots

This roster projection for the Patriot’s RB room has JJ Taylor and Kevin Harris being cut – both back played in the first preseason game so this will be a situation to monitor with James White retiring.

“In: Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson, Pierre Strong, Ty Montgomery

Out: J.J. Taylor, Kevin Harris”

San Francisco 49ers – it looks like the 49ers will continue to be creative with Deebo Samuel in this offense with Trey Lance under center. I’m very curious what this offense looks like once the regular season gets under way.

“Trey Lance and the first team took every rep during today’s shortened practice. It looked like the second half of last season with how they used Deebo Samuel.”

“No fans at today’s light #49ers practice. Kyle Shanahan started getting creative with offensive play calling. A few unique looks taking advantage of Trey Lance’s athleticism and his play makers as the team gears up for the regular season.”

“Samuel and Ray-Ray McCloud spent almost the entirety of practice lined up in the backfield. The first 8 plays of team looked like something you’d see in a college football game. It was a mesh of zone read with outside option and several deep play-action passes coming off of it.”

Injury News

Denver Broncos

Melvin Gordon

“Melvin Gordon appears to be a full participant in practice.”

“Melvin Gordon III (foot) and Ronald Darby (chest) are day to day. Gordon may be back a little sooner.”

Pittsburgh Steelers

Calvin Austin

“Do not see WRs Calvin Austin (foot) or Anthony Miller (shoulder) on the field to begin practice. Both missed Saturday’s game.”

Washington Commanders

Cole Turner

“TE Cole Turner is going through stretching. First time back with the group since tweaking his left hamstring on Aug. 5. Don’t know what else he’ll be doing today.”

Pittsburgh Steelers

Chase Claypool

“WR Chase Claypool also in pads after missing time. Good news.”

Green Bay Packers

Christian Watson

“For the first time this summer, Packers’ OL Elgton Jenkins, TE Robert Tonyan and WR Christian Watson all returned to practice Sunday.”

Cinncinati Bengals

Joe Burrow – No one seemed to be too worried about Joe Burrow missing time but it’s nice to see the Bengal’s QB1 back at practice.

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