Welcome to my first NFC North Training Camp Update! This August, I’ll be breaking down the big news and notes from your favorite NFC North teams. Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, and Minnesota all hit training camp this week. I’ll break down what you need to know–summed up in one place every week!
- RB David Montgomery struggled in pass protection this week. It could be because the Bears’ defense is truly great, but it’s still something worth watching. Several analysts penciled him in as the three-down back. Leaving Tarik Cohen only sprinkled in for set plays as the satellite back. If Montgomery struggles in pass protection, he could come off the field more frequently. This would give more snaps to Cohen or Mike Davis.
- Matt Nagy says the team is still being cautious with TE Adam Shaheen. Since being drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Shaheen has been a disappointment. This injury is something to monitor as it could boost Trey Burton’s stock a little more. Currently going as TE14, Burton showed flashes of potential in 2018. He should only grow in year two of Matt Nagy’s offense.
- Second-year WR Javon Wims is showing out early in camp. It’s currently a crowded depth chart behind Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller. But, there’s hope that Wims can not only make the roster, but push journeymen like Taylor Gabriel and Cordarrelle Patterson for snaps.
- The big news in Lions’ camp this week was the release of pass-catching RB Theo Riddick. This all but opens the door for Kerryon Johnson to be a three-down workhorse, with pass-catching chops of his own. So far, he’s the darling of early ADP risers, and I expect it to continue as the preseason progresses.
- Veteran WR Marvin Jones Jr. is showing that he is healthy in camp thus far. Coming off a disappointing, injury-riddled 2018 campaign, it’s easy to forget that he was WR5 (standard scoring) just two seasons ago.
- Rookie TE TJ Hockenson has been as advertised so far, and his ADP continues to rise. He’s up to TE12 according to FantasyPros ADP data. At an otherwise weak position, I’m buying the hype. After the big boys come off the board—give me the upside! That said, be wary of rookie tight ends. There is typically a very steep learning curve before things finally click.
Green Bay Packers
- Former Illinois Fighting Illini WR Geronimo Allison confirmed that he will be the team’s starting slot receiver, as I previously predicted.
- That means second-year WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling will occupy a role on the outside. He was getting some individual work with Rodgers yesterday. MVS is quoted saying, “Davante didn’t build his trust over one play; it took time, so I think that’s just what it is.” Given time to build chemistry with Rodgers in each of their respective roles, I actually like both guys for this upcoming season.
- Third-year TE Robert Tonyan has spent time with the 1’s early in training camp. He’s a deep sleeper at tight end worth monitoring for two reasons. First, Jimmy Graham isn’t getting any younger or more explosive. Second, his workout metrics make Tonyan an athletic freak at the position.
- RB Jamaal Williams has been banged up early in camp, which bodes well for Aaron Jones as he attempts to lock down the starting gig. It also opens the door for rookie RB Dexter Williams. Williams looked good in camp and even ran some reps with the starters. Ho-hum, I tried to tell ya.
- QB Kirk Cousins had nothing but nice things to say about TE Kyle Rudolph. Cousins said he didn’t use him enough in the red zone last season. Rudolph is the quintessential boring tight end target this season. But, he did get a lucrative contract extension this offseason, making it likely that the Vikings plan to utilize him more going forward. At his current TE15 ADP, you could do a lot worse. For those of you that punt the position early in drafts, Rudolph could be an option.
- WR Chad Beebe appears to be the odds-on favorite for the role of third wide receiver behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Word is, the second-year pro and son of former Buffalo Bills’ and Green Bay Packers’ legend, Don Beebe, has been “wreaking havoc” on the first-team defense.
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