Continuing our Training Camp Series, it’s time for the NFC East training camp update. Here we go!
- I guess we have to start this off by mentioning Ezekiel Elliott is still holding out and there haven’t been any progressions in contract talks. The Cowboys current running back depth chart includes two 2019 rookies in Tony Pollard and Mike Weber, with veteran Darius Jackson and recently-acquired Alfred Morris joining them. Hopefully we’ll get a clearer picture with this group as camp progresses.
- Dak Prescott has been throwing the ball downfield more often this year than previous training camps. More importantly, he’s doing so accurately. Michael Gallup may be the most common recipient of those passes. In the offseason, Gallup and Prescott worked regularly on their deep-ball chemistry.
- The fact that Cowboy fans are even seeing an attempt in deep balls is apparently exciting. This hopefully means that new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is going to open the offense up more than previous years.
- Prescott has been a fantasy QB1 since taking the starting job as a rookie. If he’s able to take more deep shots with Gallup and Amari Cooper, could we see a top-5 fantasy season for Prescott? Fantasy Football Calculator has him coming off boards as QB18 (11.12) which makes no sense, but is a massive value for late-round quarterback drafters.
- The offensive success for the Cowboys starts upfront with the big uglies. Zack Martin was struggling recently with back spasms, to the point he needed an MRI. No damage was shown, but it’s something to keep an eye on.
- Carson Wentz is back and all indications point to him returning to MVP form. It’s only one week of camp, but he’s been absolutely on point. His current ADP of 10.08 (9th QB) is an absolute steal, get him while you can.
- Jordan Howard or Miles Sanders? That’s the question most fantasy players want the answer to when it comes to the Philadelphia Eagles this draft season. After one week, Howard seems to have the lead role locked down, but according to Eagles reporter Brandon Lee Gowton, “it’s clear that Sanders is much more dynamic and explosive than any other Eagles running back.“
- The starting receiving core seems locked in already, with Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and Nelson Agholor. There’s a lot of young talent here, but JJ Arcega-Whiteside is the man to keep an eye on. He’s not yet on the same page as QB Carson Wentz, but his jump-ball ability has gotten him reps with the first-team red zone offense in just the first week of camp.
- Great news regarding the offensive line, as starting guard Brandon Brooks did not hit the PUP list and is on pace to start sooner than expected. He suffered a torn Achilles in the divisional round of the playoffs. It was thought by many that he may miss up to half of the regular season.
New York Giants
- The biggest development in Giants camp is the receiving corps. Golden Tate is suspended for the first four games following a positive PED test. Sterling Shepard fractured his left thumb but is expected to be ready for week one. Corey Coleman tore his ACL. It’s unclear who will fill in for Tate during his absence, but whoever it is won’t have any season-long relevance. The Giants depth chart at wideout leaves a lot to be desired.
- Who will be throwing to these receivers becomes the next question. Eli Manning is impressing the team with his arm strength and noted “zip” on the ball. Not to be outdone, rookie Daniel Jones has been showing off arm strength of his own, particularly on deep throws. I think Manning starts the season, but Jones finishes it.
- Kevin Zeitler and Mike Remmers were offseason additions to the G-Men’s offensive line. With the amount of running they plan to do, along with the human statue Eli Manning (currently) behind center, this offensive line needs to be their biggest strength.
- Head coach Jay Gruden recently said he still “needs to see more” before naming a starting quarterback. This will be the main story for Washington throughout training camp. Rookie Dwayne Haskins and veterans Colt McCoy and Case Keenum will be vying for the job. You’ll only be considering one of these quarterbacks in Superflex leagues (maybe?), but unless Haskins completely falls on his face, we’ll see him at some point.
- The receiving corps for Washington is completely up in the air. The player receiving the most hype, however, is slot receiver Trey Quinn. Rookie additions Kelvin Harmon and Terry McLaurin have had their moments, joining Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, and Cam Sims. Quinn appears to be the only “lock” so far, after Gruden already declared him the starter just a few days into camp.
- Someone who might provide drafters with massive value is none other than Jordan Reed. Multiple reports are mentioning Reed has looked like a completely different player compared to last year. Matthew Paras of the Washington Times went as far as calling him dominant and explosive. Currently being drafted at the beginning of the 14th round as TE18, Reed could pay huge dividends if he’s able to stay healthy.
- After tweaking his hamstring right before the start of training camp, Derrius Guice has been a full participant so far. Washington is planning on adding to his workload as camp progresses, but he has no restrictions. To be honest, I’m not sure what to think about Guice’s draft price. He’s currently coming off draft boards at 6.12, RB32. If I thought he’d have the backfield to himself, it would be an easy choice. The problem, however, is that Adrian Peterson will certainly siphon touches and Gruden loves himself some Chris Thompson. Thompson’s involvement in the passing game lowers Guice’s ceiling. There are receivers going after him I’d most definitely rather have, such as Allen Robinson and Christian Kirk. I’ll be watching Guice’s ADP closely as August wears on.