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OFFICIAL 2019 Training Camp & Preseason: News & Tidbits Thread

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Raiders OC Greg Olson is "really excited" about fifth-round WR Hunter Renfrow.

Renfrow is more experienced and older than just about any rookie in the NFL, so it's not overly surprising to see him showing well in camp. But Renfrow's overall ceiling is low, even in dynasty leagues, since he's a below-average athlete on a below-average offense. Most of Renfrow's fantasy value will come in preseason DFS where he should get extended looks in the slot.

SOURCE: Michael Gehlken on Twitter

Jul 28, 2019, 3:03 PM ET

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Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf were the starting receivers in two-receiver sets at Sunday's training camp practice.

Since being drafted with the No. 64 overall pick, Metcalf has been praised by both Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson for his work during offseason practices. Carroll believes Metcalf can run all routes in the route tree -- not just verts -- and Wilson is impressed with Metcalf's understanding of the Seahawks' offense. Even in this run-first offense, Metcalf has upside at ADP as a deep threat and red zone option who gets the benefit of playing with one of the league's most efficient passers.

SOURCE: Bob Condotta on Twitter

Jul 28, 2019, 2:16 PM ET

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Saints rookie WR Emmanuel Butler has been "turning heads" this offseason.

Butler (6'3/221) is an undrafted free agent out of Northern Arizona who showed 4.48 speed and a 36-inch vertical at the Lumberjacks' Pro Day. At NAU, Butler posted 3,217 career yards and 33 career touchdowns with a 17.2 yards per reception average. Butler will be battling for a roster spot in the preseason.

SOURCE: Herbie Teope on Twitter

Jul 28, 2019, 2:10 PM ET

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Coach Mike Zimmer has not been pleased with rookies Dillon Mitchell and Olabisi Johnson this offseason.

Mitchell and Johnson were Day 3 picks, but there was some hope that one of the two could challenge Laquon Treadwell for the third receiver spot behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. That has not happened. The rookies have been struggling to grasp the playbook, allowing deep sleeper Chad Beebe to climb the depth chart. Twin Cities' Chris Tomasson believes Mitchell and Johnson are battling just to make the team.

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SOURCE: Twin Cities

Jul 28, 2019, 1:14 PM ET

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10 minutes ago, Faust said:

Saints rookie WR Emmanuel Butler has been "turning heads" this offseason.

Butler (6'3/221) is an undrafted free agent out of Northern Arizona who showed 4.48 speed and a 36-inch vertical at the Lumberjacks' Pro Day. At NAU, Butler posted 3,217 career yards and 33 career touchdowns with a 17.2 yards per reception average. Butler will be battling for a roster spot in the preseason.

SOURCE: Herbie Teope on Twitter

Jul 28, 2019, 2:10 PM ET

Might be worthy of his own thread.

Undrafted rookie Emmanuel Butler making early mark with Saints in training camp

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...Butler has been hard to miss at Saints training camp.

Butler’s hauled in numerous acrobatic catches during the first three days of practice...

...Saints coach Sean Payton said Friday that Butler is “somebody we’ve noticed.” And Saturday, Payton said he was "excited" about Butler and called him "intriguing." Payton also noted that Butler has made multiple plays each day of camp.

...Quarterback Drew Brees has raved about him too, saying Butler “keeps making plays when he is given big opportunities.”

Butler stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 220 pounds. 

...Brees sees Butler as the ideal target because of his physical characteristics.

“He's got a big catch radius. You feel confident throwing to a guy like that because there's a lot of places you can throw it where he has an opportunity at it, plus he's big, physical, good body control,” Brees said after the first day of camp Friday. “(I) just look forward to working with him more and seeing what he might be able to offer.”

 

Emmanuel Butler starting to steal the show at Saints training camp

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...Emmanuel Butler first joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent earlier this year, signing with the team after playing well at Northern Arizona University. He accounted for seven of his team’s sixteen touchdown receptions last year while returning from shoulder surgery, with four different passers each getting their shot at commanding the offense. He was the best player on his team.

And the skills Butler put to such good effect appear to have translated to Saints training camp. He’s earned praise from quarterback Drew Brees...

...Butler’s made difficult plays look routine, showing good speed when asked to outpace defensive backs on comeback routes and using his frame (he weighed in at 6-foot-3, 217 pounds at the combine) to win “above the rim” by getting vertical, winning often on what are at-best 50/50 balls. And his coaches are starting to track his number a little more carefully.

...Butler also noted that one player he’s looked to for guidance was Saints great Marques Colston, after one of New Orleans’ scouts made the comparison to him during a pre-draft meeting earlier this year. Since then, Butler has been watching all the highlights he can find to pick up some of the tricks that made Colston such an effective receiver.

There’s still several weeks of training camp practices — and four preseason games — ahead of us, so the depth chart at receiver will continue to evolve as guys jockey for position. But so far, Butler appears to be someone with a lot of momentum behind him as he competes for a roster spot.

 

 

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Buffalo Bills training camp: Injuries add to concern about tight end position

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Tight end is a vexing problem

With Tyler Kroft possibly unavailable until after the regular season starts, Jason Croom sidelined since the first day of camp with a hamstring injury, and rookie Dawson Knox hurting his hamstring Saturday, the Bills have some problems at tight end.

It’s uncertain when Croom and Knox can return, so even though the Bills still have four tight ends to trot out in Lee Smith, Tommy Sweeney, Nate Becker and Keith Towbridge, they signed Kyle Carter Monday. To make room on the roster, linebacker Juwan Foggie was waived.

Carter was on the Bills' practice squad briefly in 2018. He has also spent time with the Vikings, Giants and Seahawks.

Knox has been building a resume since the spring, and it would be a shame if he gets derailed. “He was doing a really good job for us and unfortunately tweaked a little hammy, but I (told him) he’ll be back before you know it and you just have to stay ready mentally, so I have no doubt that he’ll do that,” said quarterback Josh Allen.

 

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Speaking Tuesday, Bucs coach Bruce Arians said he expects a "good battle" between Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber to be the team's starting running back.

Arians' comments were peppered with praise for Jones. The Bucs media has been giving Barber the upper hand, but no-filter Arians keeps complimenting Jones. 25-year-old Barber has proven himself to be a textbook grinder. Second-rounder Jones, at least in theory, still has untapped upside. "He's an explosive player," Arians said. "He's going to make big plays like that for us." For what it's worth, Arians also said Tuesday that regardless of who earns No. 1 duties, both players will get touches.

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SOURCE: Greg Auman on Twitter

Jul 30, 2019, 6:38 PM ET

 

 Bruce Arians: Barber-Jones 'heck of a 1-2 punch'

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