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Training Camp Updates from August 5th
Training Camp Updates from August 5th

September 2, 2022

Noah Gray and Skyy Moore

Per Nate Taylor of the Athletic, both players have been impressive the past week when they’ve had repetitions with Patrick Mahomes.

It seems that Moore’s jersey number of 24 has also earned him reps in the backfield.

I would be hesitant with the Gray news as he’s currently behind Kelce and even if something were to happen, doesn’t offer the most intriguing profile with upside.

Skyy Moore  is very intriguing and it’s encouraging to see him perform  early on. Moore is still only 21 years old with an impressive production profile coming out of college. It’s important to note that even though  he is performing well, opportunities for 2nd round rookie wide receivers tend to be limited in the early parts of their rookie season. If Moore is to be productive as a rookie, it will most likely be a gradual process.

Michael Thomas

Welp, it seems like Michael Thomas just might be back? Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football  had a very simple but telling tweet here.

The last full season of Michael Thomas was one of the best wide receiver seasons of all-time. He broke the record for receptions and also lead the league in receiving yards.

Due to the time Thomas has been off the field, it’s very easy to forget just how dominant Thomas has been in the early part of his career. Normally these wide receivers who are elite producers for a sustained time in their first couple years tend to age very well and bounce back much better historically.

Assuming full health, it’s more probable than not that we get to see Michael Thomas closer to his elite levels than a washed up Thomas.

Chris Godwin

Chris Godwin is back! Today he participated in drills for the first time since tearing his ACL at the end of last season.

While Godwin is clearly an elite WR in the league, it’s important to temper expectations this year for him. Players coming off an ACL injury tend to see a decline in production in their first year off the injury. The fact that Godwin got hurt at the end of last year only makes that more relevant.

It’s normally a bad to bet against somebody as talented as Godwin - especially in the Bucs pass heavy attack - but it’s good to be aware that there may be some minor bumps in the road for him off the bat.

KJ Osborn

Anytime you can get a full article dedicated to you as the number three wide receiver on your team, it’s generally a good thing. That’s exactly what happened when Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune did for KJ Osborn after seeing him be an “early standout” in Vikings camp.

With Kevin O’Connell coming in as the head coach, there’s likely going to be a lot more three wide receiver sets as the base personnel grouping. This naturally makes the third wide receiver essentially a starter in the offense.

For a fifth round pick in 2020, Osborn was quite productive in his first full season with playing time. Osborn is a sneaky under the radar player who doesn’t have the hype right now, but can produce in the right circumstances.

Dameon Pierce

Cole Thompson of Fan Nation, made a bold statement saying that “Dameon Pierce is the RB1. It’s the third day in where the gap between him and the other Texans RBs is staggering.”

John McClain also said Pierce “should be a starter when the season begins”.

There’s a lot of hype and talk about Pierce being the starter for the Texans this year. While this should say a lot about Pierce, it also says a lot about the talent behind him, as it’s putrid.

We really have to tone down expectations with Pierce despite all this hype and optimism. Pierce was drafted in the 4th round and that is very important for expectations. Only one (out of 47!) 4th round running backs have seen excess of 200 carries as a rookie over the past 10 years. While it’s possible Pierce bucks the trend, it’s very important to understand history is not on Pierce’s side when it comes to year 1 production.

Dalton Kates is a full time employee of Mojo. All trades you make are with Mojo, which sets the lines as the “house”. Recommendations are for entertainment purposes only. Please use your own judgment and data to make trades. 21+. Must be in NJ to trade. Gambling Problem? 1-800-GAMBLER
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