Jarvis Landry, Dolphins
Doesn’t shock me at all to hear of Jarvis Landry impressing down at #Dolphins camp. Combine 40s be damned.
— Luke Easterling (@LukeEasterling) July 28, 2014
You know RotoViz values 40 times and other measurables.1 But it’s also possible to overdo it. The Dissenting Costanzan examined the 40 time conundrum, and pointed out several problems relating to using 40 times as a component of player projections. As I discussed here, we might be focusing on the wrong 40 time, and Landry is probably a better athlete than we know. Regardless, he’s generating a lot of buzz so far in training camp. He looks even better in pads, and does the little things right, has great hands, and should play a lot. He’s still off the redraft radar, but keep an eye on him in dynasty formats.
Kenny Britt & Brian Quick, Rams
Interesting Kenny Britt & Brian Quick been getting most all first-team reps at WR. Tavon slot/RB. Chris Givens running mostly with 2s. #Rams
— Nick Mensio (@NickMensio) July 28, 2014
Wow, wouldn’t that be a fantasy surprise? At least one other training camp observer reported the same thing. Brian Quick is someone we liked a lot going into last year. More recently, our own Matthew Berry2 tagged him as a late round target to keep tabs on. Quick hasn’t done much yet, but there’s a good chance that if he hits, he hits big. Kenny Britt is frankly in a similar position. He’s offered glimpses in the past, and he’s someone we have a hard time quitting. Projecting the St. Louis offense is a challenge, given the sheer number of wide receivers, Sam Bradford’s return from injury, and a variety of other factors. But this development is worth monitoring, since Bradford was on a decent fantasy pace last season.
Charles Johnson, Browns
Julio Jones, Falcons
Ryan Grant, Washington
New York Giants, surprise surprise.
This camp update reinforces the idea that the G-Men are trying to run an uptempo offense, which could spell a big season for Eli Manning. It also discusses the return of David Wilson, about whom we recently staked our flag(s). Finally, it updates the “wide open” tight end battle. “Wide open” is apparently code for “holy crap our TEs suck.”
Just not very good at fb RT @ebenezersamuel Not good play for Adrien Robinson. Eli had to line him up. Then JPP of TEs drops easy swing pass
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) July 27, 2014
In fact, it’s now being suggested that Larry Donnell could be the Giants’ starting TE. Just a few days ago it was Daniel Fells. Either way, the implication is the same.
Bobby Rainey, Buccaneers
Based on what I’ve seen here today, Bobby Rainey has the inside track on the backup RB spot. He’s been featured a lot.
— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) July 26, 2014
So . . . Charles Sims? Doug Martin reportedly feels good so presumably he’s still on track to be the starter. Obviously way too early for any conclusions, but maybe keep the door open for Rainey. Here’s a profile from last season.
Allen Robinson, Jaguars
Allen Robinson consistently beating any DB he lines up against in 11v11
— Tyler Holder (@TylerHolder15) July 27, 2014
Because of Cecil Shorts’ injury, both Marqise Lee and Robinson are running with the first team right now. It’s conceivable both could be starters this season, too. Robinson is a first-round talent and Lee could be the top rookie wideout.
So this is tantalizing:
Talking w #Colts OC Pep Hamilton is always an education. Gave great insight today into plans for uptempo and dramatic expansion of TE usage
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) July 27, 2014
“Dramatic expansion of TE usage” makes Dwayne Allen even more enticing, and bolsters the case for Andrew Luck as this year’s top fantasy quarterback.