If either of early-round guards Forrest Lamp or Dan Feeney were to suffer a serious injury, on the other hand, the Bolts' revamped offensive line might once again make life miserable for Philip Rivers. That lamentable scenario played out late Wednesday afternoon when Lamp was diagnosed with a torn ACL of his own.
Here's what else we learned on Wednesday:
- The Giants had an injury scare of their own when Sterling Shepard was carted off the practice field with a lower-leg injury. As it turns out, though, Shepard simply rolled his ankle, coach Ben McAdoo announced. The initial diagnosis is a low-ankle sprain, which should allow the second-year wideout plenty of time to recover before Week 1.
Depth Chart Drama
- For all of the offseason handwringing in fantasy football circles, Carlos Hyderemains the No. 1 back in San Francisco. General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan have raved about Hyde's conditioning this week, while rookie Joe Williams has yet to make an impression, per CSN Bay Area. We expect Hyde to open the season as the primary ball carrier with veteran Tim Hightower handling passing downs.
- Speaking of fantasy football, drafters should look to the past to decipher the running-back workload in New Orleans. The best offenses of the Sean Payton era have featured triumvirate backfields, with a power runner (Deuce McAllister, Mike Bell), jack-of-all-trades (Pierre Thomas) and satellite back excelling in space (Reggie Bush, Darren Sproles).
A clearlyrejuvenatedAdrian Peterson is headed for the McAllister role, leaving Ingram to round out his game with an increased role in the passing attack. If rookie Alvin Kamara isn't ready to handle Bush/Sproles duties, Ingram could siphon a portion of those snaps in addition to channeling Thomas as the backfield glue.
- Treadwell isn't the only enigmatic wideout resurrecting a stalled career. Nelson Agholor has been "outstanding and 180 degrees different" from last season's drop-plagued disaster, according to the Eagles' team site. One of the NFL's weakest position units in 2016 might just be a competitive advantage this year.
- The news isn't so rosy for Phillip Dorsett, who is threatening to flame out in Indianapolis. Chester Rogers, undrafted last offseason, continues to run ahead of Dorsett and veteran Kamar Aiken as the No. 3 receiver, per the daily PR notes emailed by the Colts. "Early returns indicate that Rogers is a virtual 12th starter for the Colts," beat writer Kevin Bowen added.