Here are a few major training camp developments as we hit the the middle of the week:
Mike Williams - looking very impressive so far: Williams has been working with the Bucs' starting offense in training camp so far. Though Williams is a fourth-round pick rookie, he has surged ahead of every other WR on the roster, including fellow rookie and second-round pick Arrelious Benn in the battle for starting receiver spots on the Buccaneers. In addition, Williams has been developing a strong bond with QB Josh Freeman. His skills combined with his bond with Freeman could make him the team's No.1 WR to start the season and warrant him some fantasy consideration even as a rookie WR. I would really keep an eye on this guy, he fell in the draft because of character concerns but he produced at a very high level in college when he was on the field.
Michael Jenkins – trying to keep his job: Jenkins, who has had a disappointing career to this point, has been having a great camp so far. Jenkins has a lot of competition (Harry Douglas, Kerry Meier) for the No. 2 WR position behind Roddy White, but he is off to a great start and currently has the inside track to keep his job. That being said, Jenkins has never really lived up to expectations even when starting so keep him low on your draft board at this time.
Sidney Rice – some early concerns: Coach Brad Childress said Wednesday that Rice (hip) is "a ways away" from coming off the PUP list. Rice says that he'll be ready for Week 1, but the lack of a concrete timetable for his return, combined with the current uncertainly at QB for the Vikings, are definitely cause for some concern at this point. Rice exploded in 2009 with the arrival of Brett Favre combined with improvements he made on his own. If Favre doesn't come back and his hip is not 100|PERCENT|, Rice's fantasy value could take a nosedive in 2010. Hopefully, your draft is late in the preseason, as you want to be sure Rice is healthy and hopefully catching passes from Favre.
Ndamukong Suh – finally signs: Suh reached an agreement with the Lions on a five-year contract Tuesday. Suh himself may not have a ton of fantasy value in IDP leagues given he is a DT and may play a fair amount on the inside, but he definitley bears watching based on his stellar college career. Suh's presence will be a major key if the Lions are to improve on defense this year and he should help increase the fantasy production of LB's D'Andre Levy and Julian Peterson as well as DE Kyle Vanden Bosch.