NFL Training Camp News & Notes: August 12
This article is part of our Notes on Training Camp series.
We’ve reached the first week of pre-season games, so news will start rolling in more regularly. Zach Wilson was the biggest injury on Friday’s small slate of games, but there are plenty of other notable developments to cover in practices around the league.
Boot Camp Scenario
Raiders passing the attack
Darren Waller has been sidelined from training since early August, although the issue was not previously disclosed. Waller is only expected to miss one more week with a hamstring injury, so he should have plenty of time to return before Week 1. It’s also a natural sequel to discuss passing attack of the Raiders, who has a new alpha after acquiring Davante Adams this offseason. Hunter Renfrow finished 17th in the league in goal share last season but is unlikely to replicate that number again due to Adams’ presence. Renfrow will also face targeted competition from Waller, who maintained a target share 2.5 percentage points higher than Renfrow last season.
Derek Carr is the last piece of the equation. He finished 19th in fantasy points per game last season, but is drafted 13th overall in the NFFC Rotowire Online Championship Leagues. While some of that bump may come from Josh McDaniels taking over as head coach, fantasy managers are also anticipating significant improvement for Carr with the addition of Adams.
- Elijah Mitchell is likely out for the entire preseason with a hamstring injury. There’s optimism he’ll be ready for the regular season, although Mitchell’s absence could provide an opening for any of Jeff Wilson, Tyrion Davis-Price or Trey Sermon to challenge for the role. main in San Francisco’s backfield.
- Zach Ertz is “recovering well” from a calf injury that has sidelined him since August 4. He missed Friday’s preseason game, but appears to be in line to play at full strength for Week 1. Ertz could also get off to a quick start, as DeAndre Hopkins will be out for the first six games and rookie Trey McBride was also sidelined for a significant portion of camp with a back injury.
- Drake London suffered a knee injury in Friday’s preseason game against the Lions. The team is optimistic the injury is not serious, but more information will come on Saturday. London is expected to partner with Kyle Pitts to serve as a potentially dynamic Marcus Mariota duo to target in Atlanta.
- Kirk Cousins has COVID-19 but it shouldn’t have a significant impact on the outcome of his season as he is due as early as Tuesday.
- We have a few running back competitions to catch up on. In Cincinnati, Samaje Perine appears to be nearing the end of the backup job behind Joe Mixon. Perine won’t contest the lead role with Joe Mixon in the fold, and he’s had 27 receptions in 2021.
- Meanwhile in Tampa Bay, Rachaad White challenges Ke’Shawn Vaughn for running back. Both players seem to have impressed in training camp, and it’s a battle to watch for the rest of the preseason. Starting running back Leonard Fournette has missed six games combined over the past two seasons with a pair of ankle sprains and hamstring strain. This could open up an opportunity at some point in the campaign.
- After James White’s retirement, the setter role in New England’s backfield became vacant. Rookie Pierre Strong could eventually fill the role, but for now Ty Montgomery appears to have the inside track according to reports from the Patriots’ official website. Even with this development, the backfield will likely remain confusing enough that no real fantasy contributors can emerge.
- Ja’Marr Chase reportedly worked out of the slot. He lined up inside at a rate of just 12% in his rookie season, but it’s no big surprise that the team will be looking to deploy him in different scenarios in 2022. It’s unclear if it will turn Tyler Boyd into a part-time player, up from his 75% slot last year.