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NFC West Training Camp Preview

Sigmund Bloom runs down injuries, position battles, and offensive changes to watch for the NFC West and gives his view on the direction the team is headed.

Training camp openings are coming, so it's time to focus our attention on the changes, injury recoveries, and position battles that will inform our last tweaks to our draft boards before we draft. It's also good to record our thoughts on the direction of the offense as it affects fantasy bottom lines before camp and preseason twists and turns make us doubt what we have spent months mulling over waiting for football to come back. I'll try to give insight into where I think the puck is going with these teams, because like Wayne Gretzky said, we should skate there instead of where the puck has been, i.e. last year's results.


Offensive Change(s) to Watch: This is basically status quo from the 2015 offense at the end of the season. Second-year back David Johnson has become the lead back after a strong end to the season. On the offensive line, we’ll watch 2015 first-rounder DJ Humphries try to hold down the right tackle spot. No news is good news overall for a very potent offense.

Injury Situation(s) to Watch: John Brown is already sidelined with a concussion. The team will take it slow, but we would hope to see him ready to play by the first or second preseason game to quell worries, and we’ll certainly be concerned if he suffers another injury in-season. Andre Ellington is slated for a smaller role this year, but we still want to see him get through the summer healthy to secure that and create some confidence in his ability to hold up if he is pressed into a larger role.