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Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon isn't expected to receive an extension anytime soon, as the team has reportedly 'dug in' on its stance. Barring a change in his camp's expectations, Gordon's threat to potentially hold out will be put to the test, according to Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson via multiple sources.
Watch this one closely as we think it has the potential to get messy. Gordon will have to decide if he is willing to give the Chargers any more than the bare minimum to get his unrestricted free agent status next year - which could still be preempted by a franchise tag. He feels too risky for the first round right now. Justin Jackson and Austin Ekeler would form a committee to replace Gordon if he holds out into the season.
This sounds like nothing, but we'll be watching to make sure that he's ready by the third preseason game. Edelman has a chance to lead the league in receptions this year, so this is an important situation to monitor. In the meantime, Braxton Berrios will have a chance to impress in Edelman's place during camp, and undrafted rookies Jakobi Meyers and Ryan Davis should also get more snaps in practice.
This after a lot of buzz that Jones looked better than Manning - or at least more promising - in OTAs. Manning might be the starter Week 1, but it seems clear that he will sit if the season is lost, and it's possible that he declines enough to force the team's hand before that. This will still be a situation to watch this summer to presage in-season developments.
Seattle Seahawks DT Jarran Reed was suspended six games Monday, July 22, due to violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. The suspension stems from an alleged 2017 incident in which Reed was accused of assaulting a woman. He was not arrested by police.
Reed is a key part of a Seahawks defense that will be looking for pass rush help after Frank Clark was traded. This is a blow to a unit that was already going through adjustments and it could lead to more high-scoring games early in the season.
Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay might get more touches as a receiver out of the backfield, offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello hinted Sunday, July 21. He was seen splitting out wide and matching up against various linebackers during 11-on-11 drills.
Lindsay's value could grow this year if he is more involved in the passing game, although Royce Freeman's role as a runner could grow enough to offset that. His ADP is fair even though it doesn't quite give him full credit for an astoundingly successful rookie year.
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) continues to participate in the early portions of practice with the team before leaving to work with trainers, head coach Vic Fangio said Sunday. July 21. 'It's a slow but sure process,' Fangio said. 'Everything is good so far. He's where we expected him to be and even a little bit more.'
Sanders is at least doing well enough to convince the team that he'll be ready before Week 7 since they didn't keep him on the active PUP and Week 1 is still a potential target return. He should be the #1 receiver as long as he's healthy. The uncertainty around his status is more than baked into his ADP, and he is at least a big threat to keep Courtland Sutton from hitting his ceiling this year.
A sixth-round pick of the Jaguars in the 2015 NFL draft, Bennett was picked up by the Falcons last October and appeared in a couple of games last season. Bennett is not eligible for the PUP list since this injury occurred in training camp. We might see the Falcons put him on Injured Reserve.
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is the unquestioned starting running back, but the team may ultimately decide to use Ito Smith, Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison to replace Tevin Coleman, who left for the San Francisco 49ers in free agency this spring.'It's a position that has good talent for us. And now to be talented as a group, it may be a combination of those roles and featuring what those guys can do best. ... That's deeper than we've been at that position for a while, and I'm looking forward to the unique stuff that the guys do have,' head coach Dan Quinn said.
If Freeman can't stay healthy, the team is likely to employ a committee to replace him, so there's no clear handcuff here. Ollison vs Hill is a good battle to watch, as the winner should get the bulk of early down work if Freeman goes down.
Ryan Pace said "We're watching all the teams, all the competitive situations around the league. One of them will be kicker. We're just watching that progress as we go forward. We know right now where we stand, where some of those battles are occurring. We're watching those. And I'm sure there will be ones that will pop up that might surprise us", so expect that the Week 1 Bears kicker is someone not currently on the roster.
Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant caught a touchdown in the red zone and was able to create separation and 'rip off gains' of 20-plus yards on passes in the flat during practice Sunday, July 21, according to Andrew Mason of DenverBroncos.com.
Denver Broncos WR Juwann Winfree has made 'catch after catch' during training camp, according to Andrew Mason of DenverBroncos.com. 'I see him every day catching a lot of balls, having great routes,' CB Chris Harris Jr. said Sunday, July 21. 'He's stronger than a lot of people would think as a young receiver.'
Winfree is a big receiver, so he might have trouble overtaking Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick on the depth chart, but he could also create enough buzz that the team can't sneak him through the practice squad. After hitting on Phillip Lindsay last year, Denver could have lightning strike twice with unheralded Colorado players making their team if Winfree keeps this up.
Winfree, a 2019 sixth-round pick out of the University of Colorado, has looked good so far in training camp. The Broncos have an inexperienced group of WRs behind Emmanuel Sanders. Courtland Sutton should be their No. 1 WR, Sanders as their No. 2 and the rest of the group (including Winfree) are vying for the pecking order behind those two.
Butt has talent but he is oft-injured and is coming back from the third knee injury of his football career dating back to high school. The Broncos have 2019 first-round pick Noah Fant and second-year pro Troy Fumagalli competing for the top pass-catching target at tight end. Butt, when healthy, is just trying to make the final roster.
The Patriots are hurting at the position right now and could use a camp body. Both Julian Edelman and Demaryius Thoams are banged up entering camp, so we'll see if the Patriots go ahead and make a move at the position sometime soon.
Kicker injuries can be tricky, so we'll watch if the Titans sign anyone to hedge against the possibility of Succop being unable to play Week 1. Casey is a key member of the defensive line who is still recovering from a December injury, so we'll keep tabs on his return.
The Browns don't have a true between the tackles grinder to back up Nick Chubb on the roster. Darkwa could be that guy, although he doesn't have much overlap with Duke Johnson's skillset if any at all, so this probably doesn't reflect at all on the chances of Johnson being dealt before the season.
Hunter has size and speed, but has never put it together in the NFL. He can contribute on special teams to help his chances, but he is likely just being brought in as a potential camp body to take snaps while Julian Edelman is out.
Indianapolis Colts WR Daurice Fountain (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury List, while DE Carroll Phillips (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 22.