Monday, July 28, 2008

The First THUNDERING BLURB Training Camp Stampede

Sorry for the lateness of this post - there has been a little illness in the house that I needed to deal with.

As such, let's do a quick Adam Shefter-like 'Around the NFL' - a Stampede of opinions as it were? (See what I did there? Herd? Blurb? Stampede? Is this thing on?)

Let's get this quick hits started with the news that just won't go away -

Green Bay Packers
Favre still clings (allegedly) to the illusion he can force an outright release. It's foolish for him to think the Pack will let him go and potentially end up with Minnesota or Chicago. He's not foolish. He really doesn't seem to want to play in Tampa or New York. But he needs to get his head together and decide if he really wants to play. But this is classic Favre. He can't figure out what his priorities together (play, not play) and deal with the fact he is NOT in charge. Which he is not.

Jamie Dukes just compared him to Brooks in Shawshank Redemption - the guy who couldn't make it outside prison and hung himself. Uncomfortable......

San Francisco
Vernon Davis is still being touted as an important option for the 49rs offense and he could see the targets and points volume that normally go to the #3 reciever in a Martz offense... Michael Robinson sprained his right knee this weekend and a MRI revealed he might need it scoped.... Ashlie Lelie is still waiting for his MRI results on his knee, and the longer, the worse his odds to make the team...

Chicago Bears
New contract in hand, Devin Hester is in camp and starting at reciever..... Kevin Jones hasn't started practicing yet but the club wants him to drop some wieght during camp. I still think he gets brought along slowly, primarily in spot duty and 3rd down work for a while, unless rookie Matt Forte stumbles badly....

Cincinnati Bengals
Chad Johnson has come to an agreement with the team that they will review his contract after the season, but he's out with an ankle sprain right now.... Defensive Lineman Antwan Odom is sprained his foot this weekend and there is no set time for him to return - just what the Bengals need this season - more defensive injuries.....

Buffalo Bills
Running Back Marshawn Lynch will not face a suspension for his hit and run earlier this year, good news for late first round picking fantasy teams everywhere..... Fred Jackson has been splitting carries with him - there's your handcuff.... Roscoe Parrish is working the slot for what that's worth - the points will be to Lee Evans and James Hardy and let me again pimp Steve Johnson as a late season surprise (or sooner)......

Denver Broncos
The Broncos are still awaiting any news of Brandon Marshall and any upcoming suspensions... In case of suspension, break glass: Darrell Jackson and Keary Colbert would be your starting wideouts.... Jackson is practicing ahead of Colbert right now.... Selvin Young still looks like the starting RB, Anthony Alridge is working hard to catch on as a Special teamer - check out what Frank Schwab of the Colorado Springs Gazette said about Alridge back in June (cecil says the transcription is comign for reading)...

Cleveland Browns
Donte Stallworth is back from his hammy injury, but still has questionable Fantasy value behind Edwards and Kellen Winslow....

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jeff Garcia came into camp, despite his issues with his contract and said if Favre shows up a competition is 'nothing new' and he'll fight for a job as he always has.... Joey Galloway is still sidelined by a bad groin pull though the team might also be letting the vet catch a few extra days of rest as well... Carnell Williams says he is targeting being back the first part of a season as 'a good goal'. Stay away on draft day......

Arizona Cardinals
JJ Arrington is runnign with the 4th squad... sorry I lost interest, what was I saying? ...Tight End Leonard Pope practiced for the first time since he dislocated his ankle last season but may have lost his starting job....

San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers has looked to have a stronger arm post-surgery in camp so far.... It's hard to say whom to use as a handcuff for Tomlinson and both Darren Sproles and rookie Jacob Hester are playing well in camp....

Kansas City Chiefs
William Franklin, chosen in the 2008 Draft at spot 105, has looked good enough to pass Jeff Webb and might get Devard Darling before the camp is done.... After signing a pretty good sized contract, Linebacker Demorrio Williams isn't getting alot of quality reps, stuck behind Napoleon Harris and Donnie Edwards - this is an important IDP camp battle...

Indianapolis Colts
Still no Manning, but they have Jared 'Pillsbury Throw Boy' Lorenzon so it's OK...

Dallas Cowboys
Sam Hurd and Miles Austin are fighting for the #3 spot - Isiah Stanback is falling behind. My money is on Austin. With Crayton in the slot, the #3 spot could be productive...

Miami Dolphins
Ronnie Brown is practicing twice a day - good news for his knee recovery and hopefully he survives contact... David Martin has been workign as starting TE in camp so far, of course, we expected him to do well last year and he didn't....

Philadelphia Eagles
Brian Westbrook joins the chorus of folks openly desiring a new contract - so he says in a press conference Monday... Left Defensive End Victor Abiamiri is out with a wrist fracture for the forseeable future - competition for his spot comes down to Juqua Parker and maybe Chris Clemons.

I'll be back with more later or tomorrow morning and we'll his the rest of the camps...

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