Updated Injury Notes From Dr. Bramel
Our Dr. Jene Bramel, MD with updated thoughts on the injury questions you have. When is it safe to draft Saquon Barkley, Jerick McKinnon, Doug Baldwin, Josh Gordon, Rex Burkhead, Carson Wentz, Andrew Luck, Jordan Reed, and others?
Hollister is an interesting tight end for deep dynasty GMs. He's a classic 'F' tight end who can create mismatches as a receiver. We'll monitor him as he tries to get opportunities behind Rob Gronkowski.
Gordon's tweaked hamstring is the downside of missing camp. His conditioning isn't quite there. Still, we have high hopes this season, as do many Fantasy GMs who are taking him with an ADP of 21st receiver off the board. Gordon could conceivable out-produce that, but it feels like a safe floor at the very least.
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski reworked his contract, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. The Patriots will add $4.3 million to Gronkowski's contract this year, increasing the maximum value to $13.050 million if he reaches all the incentives.
Regardless of how much he gets paid, Gronkowski is arguably the top fantasy tight end in any draft. That's where his TE ADP is and where it should be. His overall ADP is 21, which may be something you can't wait for if you really want him.
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) may not be ready for Week 1, The Athletic's Jeff Howe reported. Michel had his knee scoped in early August and just returned to doing individual drills in practice last week.
Call it the "Curse of Laurence Maroney." With Michel out, it looks like Rex Burkhead will lead this RBBC monster, but he's dealing with a slight tear in his meniscus. The Patriots backfield is always a riddle, but seems particularly hard to parse this year. We lean towards Burkhead, and his ADP of 28th back off the board as we are concerned with Michel's knee and recovery.
New York Jets QB Sam Darnold learns from his mistakes and rarely makes the same mistake twice, according to head coach Todd Bowles. One practice, Bowles blitzed the house at Darnold, and he quickly threw to a crossing receiver in heavy traffic and was picked off. Bowles sent another blitz at Darnold, and he checked it at the line and went to his next read. It would be a major upset if Darnold doesn't open the year the starter, in the opinion of MMQB's Albert Breer.
It's not just Bowles or a smitten Jets media crew. Darnold has received praise from backup quarterback Josh McCown and numerous players on both his team and those he has faced. It's likely to be a rough year behind a shaky offensive line and with what will probably be a fairly conservative offense, so we wouldn't waste a roster spot on him, even as a late round flier.
Los Angeles Rams OT Andrew Whitworth and WR Robert Woods restructured their contracts Thursday, Aug. 30, to create $7 million in salary cap space. Financial terms weren't disclosed, but it's a suggestion DT Aaron Donald may be close to receiving a new deal.
One had to wonder if this is to help with the Aaron Donald situation. There have been reports of progress, and given the contracts the Rams gave Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks, they may just need to re-arrange some money. Stay tuned.
New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill is expected to be one of the team's core special teams players following the acquisition of QB Teddy Bridgewater. Hill had been competing to be the team's No. 2 quarterback, but that role will now go to Bridgewater, freeing up Hill for extended special teams duty.
That's unusual and may not be a great sign for his future as a quarterback. On the other hand, when you're on the roster bubble, special teams can save your spot. Kudos for Hill's willingness to contribute when he plays a position which normally can avoid special teams duty.
Dallas Cowboys C Travis Frederick (illness) will be on the 53-man roster after the final cuts, but the team has not decided if he will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list or if he will stay on the active roster. Frederick would have a chance to return later in the season if he is placed on IR.