Surely it’s just coincidence that on the same day LeSean McCoy mentions he has a “little bit” of turf toe the Eagles trade a conditional draft pick for Carolina running back Kenjon Barner. Barner is certainly a known commodity to Chip Kelly, having played his college ball at Oregon. And while McCoy’s news is a little disconcerting, that he was back at practice suggests the emphasis is on “little bit”. Barner, meanwhile, could carve out his role in Philly as a kick returner—where he could share duties with fellow Duck alum Josh Huff and take some special teams work off of Darren Sproles’ plate. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if the long-term plan was for Barner to fill the Sproles role at some point down the road.
Adding Barner jammed up the Philly backfield, so Wednesday they turned around and traded rookie David Fluellen to Indianapolis for kicker Cody Parkey. Fluellen, a UDFA from Toledo, provides depth for a Colts backfield that already lost Vick Ballard and has yet to get Ahmad Bradshaw back in the mix. Parkey will provide a wakeup call to Alex Henery, who missed a field goal in the Eagle’s preseason loss to New England. More importantly, he led college football with 69 touchbacks last season and could be used as a kickoff specialist.
- Be sure to check out this week’s “Preseason Injury Update: Week 2.”
While yellow flags have been all the rage this preseason as league officials actually enforce the illegal contact rule Miami’s Mike Wallace is feeling a bit left out, telling the Palm Beach Post “we don’t get those calls. Wallace is likely frustrated that the Dolphins passing game is still in the “gelling” stage, as are fantasy fans and Miami faithful waiting for him to live up to his contract. With five brand new offensive linemen in front of Ryan Tannehill to open the season, expect the growing pains to continue. And at least Seattle’s physical secondary isn’t on the Dolphins schedule this season.
Colin Kaepernick knows about playing hurt, revealing to the Sacramento Bee earlier this week that he played almost all of 2013 with a chipped bone in his forefoot and a ruptured capsule in the ball of his foot. The injury showed up in his statline; following the Week 2 game in which he suffered the injury (while rushing for 87 yards), Kaep rushed for a total of just 63 yards with zero touchdowns over the next month. Kaepernick’s overall production was also down, as he averaged 15.1 fantasy points per game during that span compared to his season average of 20.0. Presumably healthy, Kaepernick is beginning to look like a fantasy bargain going off the board as a QB2.
Finally, the battle in Cleveland is over, at least for now. Brian Hoyer is your starting quarterback, and head coach Mike Pettine indicated that he needn’t be looking over his shoulder for rookie Johnny Manziel. We reserve the right to revisit that statement after the Browns face Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and Baltimore leading into their Week 4 bye, but for now at least Johnny Football will be Johnny Clipboard