Mid Week Update 27/07/2016
Lets take a look at some of the stories doing the rounds in the NFL at the moment.
Randy Gregory Suspension
Randy Gregory, the Cowboys trouble-making defensive end is set to be suspended an additional 10 games to start the season. This comes on top of the 4 game suspension he was already due to serve. Entering his second year, Gregory is no stranger to negative press. He fell during the draft process due to a failed drugs test and hasn’t be able to rectify this problem. The Cowboys already have major issues on the defensive side of the ball with a torrent of injuries and further suspensions. This serves as further bad news for them.
Training Camp is back
The days of longing for some kind of football news is nearly over as training camps kick off around the NFL this week. The NFL-sphere will be full of injury updates, players on the bubble and way-too-early predictions, but at least it’s nice to have football back. For the latest and best looks at individual camps, I suggest you read the MMQB with Peter King. He and his staff will be visiting a shed load of training camps and keeping us all up to date with his observation.
More Retirements, More Cuts
A few more players have retired over the last week or so. Greg Jennings, who played 10 seasons with the Packers, Dolphins and Vikings called it a day. Jennings played very well in Green Bay, but could never really replicate that success anywhere else. Charles Tillman aka Peanut Tillman also hung his cleats up for the last time. Tillman’s ability to force a fumble was a marvel to watch and his absence will be felt in the Bears secondary. My own Falcons moved on from arguably the best returner in NFL history Devin Hester. Hester has played an ever diminishing role in Atlanta where he was originally slated to be 3rd or 4th receiver. Is Hester HOF worthy?
Rookies Competing For Spots
Training camp gives us an opportunity to see rookies get their reps with the first teams and a number of questions look set to be answered over the coming weeks. Will Carson Wentz wrestle the starting job from Sam Bradford (no)? Will Jared Goff be the hero that the Rams need this season (sort of)? Can Laremy Tunsil put his draft fall behind him and win the starting LT position for the Dolphins (yes)? Who looks to be the favourite to win ROTY awards? All will be answered in due course, but my favourite part of training camp is watching how these rookies settle in to life in the big leagues.
Remember to sign up for your fantasy football league and weekly pick’ems on NFL.com. I’ve got my fantasy draft on Monday so I’ll let you all know how it goes.