Derrick Henry says he’s better “in all aspects” of his game.
The second-year back understands his role behind DeMarco Murray and says he is “just trying to get better, and help the team” while taking on the mindset as a starter when he’s on the field. It might not seem possible for someone as big as Henry, but the former Heisman winner says he put on more muscle this offseason. Henry said, “(my mindset) is to be better than last year in all aspects of my game. I was training, working out hard (this offseason). I just want to try and do everything I can do to be better than I was last year, from running to catching to blocking.” As a very hard worker out of Nick Saban’s program at Alabama, Henry is an uncommon player that is likely to be a future star. The presence of DeMarco Murray probably won’t allow him to be a great fantasy option yet, but don’t be surprised if he comes a solid FLEX play in 2017.
Adam Schefter reports different timeline than NFL Network for Joe Flacco’s back injury
Schefter tweeted Flacco suffered the injury while lifting, had an MRI, and the “team does not think it is serious, per two sources who expect Flacco to miss one week.” This is clearly different than the timeline offered by Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, who said Flacco will miss two weeks and potentially three-to-six. Schefter has differed in recent days with NFL Network, as he reported Chargers rookie receiver Mike Williams was in danger of getting surgery and missing the season, while Ian Rapoport then reported surgery was not on the table for Williams. Hopefully Schefter is right on this one and Flacco can get on the field soon.
The Jets claimed receiver Bruce Ellington, according to Adam Schefter.
The soon-to-be-26-year-old might be thrown into the young receiving group for the Jets. The team also claimed receiver/returner Lucky Whitehead from the Cowboys last week. The Jets are acquiring a ton of young talent at receiver, probably with the hopes of five or six of them rising up to be great contributors to the team in 2017 and beyond. Ellington does also have the ability to play running back, though, so maybe that’s where he’ll be with the Jets.
Joe Flacco will miss at least two weeks with a disc issue in his back, according to Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport and Tom Pelissero report Flacco is “preparing” to miss 3-6 weeks. This is not good, obviously. The high-end (six weeks) of the timeline would have Flacco as being ready for the Wednesday of the Sunday opener, but that’s assuming nothing goes wrong. The Ravens are having some serious bad luck with injuries already, as Kenneth Dixon is already out for the season with a torn meniscus. We’re hoping for the best for Flacco. Ryan Mallett will fill in with the first team while Flacco is out, and they will almost certainly look at bringing in another quarterback. This could downgrade the fantasy value of the team’s new acquisition Jeremy Maclin, as Flacco and Maclin were looking to gain chemistry during valuable training camp time.
Mike Silver of NFL Network says there’s “nothing new” on a Devonta Freeman extension.
Silver reports the “parties remain cordial” and are still working on a five-year extension. The team wanted to get a deal done for the start of training camp last Thursday, which obviously didn’t happen, so it’s fair to wonder whether a deal gets done or if Freeman plays out the final year of his contract this season.
Joe Flacco is dealing with back soreness, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun.
Obviously, this isn’t great news, though Zrebiec tweeted “team officials don’t sound if they’re especially concerned.” It’s possible it’s just a minor issue, but we’ve seen what back injuries can do to players—and Flacco is surprisingly already 32-years-old. The team or Flacco will likely address the issue soon—probably tomorrow.
Leonard Fournette, Chris Ivory, and T.J. Yeldon listed as co-starters on Jaguars unofficial depth chart.
The fourth overall pick is the favorite to start for Jacksonville, but he’s going to have to earn it. Look for them all to get work with the first team offense when they face the Patriots in their first preseason game on Thursday.