The NFL off-season has twists and turns every year. Some players are headed to the voluntary training camps while other are skipping out. Some players are being signed while others are being cut. Some players are healing up while other are going into surgery. Some are laying low while others are going to jail. The point is this: there is plenty going on even when nothing is happening. This is the NFL off-season.
One thing for sure, there is always plenty of reporting. Every camp has a team of reporters and journalist outside every practice before the players arrive until after they leave. There are no games so what else are these poor guys supposed to do… Because of this, you get a ton of non-stories. The stories that will have no effect on any game next year. The stories that are written in pure speculation due to pure speculation. This week we are going to ignore those stories and focus on the few that may actually make a difference in the game. Nothing about anthems, Richie Incognito, or Aaron Rogers’ family feud. Players win games of the field so let’s focus on that.
There will be talk about players missing the OTA’s. And they will be spoken of as if they missed the gameday bus to the stadium. OTA’s are voluntary workouts. That’s it. Organized Team Activities. That’s all they are. Players don’t have to be there and many choose not to be. Players like Brady and Bell don’t need to be there and they won’t miss a step. What is important is who is there. These players tend to have something to prove. One of those players is ODJ.
Odell Beckham Jr. is still recovering from the ankle injury that sidelined him last season but he is there and looking good according to coaches. Apart from coming back from injury, Beckham wants to have a big year. It’s his contract year after all and scoring for a big, long term deal is easier when you are injury free and making big catches. Keep an eye on his progress because a healthy ODJ in a contract year could be a game changer at the sportsbook and a steal in fantasy football.
Another guy with something to prove is Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The NFL Network dropped its rankings of the top 100 in the NFL. Elliott came in at 54 and, as you can imagine, he isn’t thrilled with the ranking. “I know the player I am.” Zeke was poised for a big year without any extra motivation. After leading the league in rushing as a rookie, Elliott fought the NFL and his suspension in the courtrooms all year long and finally missed six games to suspension. This all took a toll on him as well as the Cowboys’ offense. Well, this year he is back and more motivated than ever. He, like ODJ, is everything to his team and a great guy to have on your fantasy team.