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2018 NFL Injury Guide: Corey Davis

Dr. Thomas Protopapas

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Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Corey Davis

Age: 23 years old

Team: Tennessee Titans

2015 Stats: N/A

2016 Stats: N/A

2017 Stats: 11 games, 34 receptions for 375 yards, 0 TD

2018 Projections: 64 receptions, 759 yards, 4.5 TD

Projected 2019 Fantasy Value: WR28

Injury: Davis injured his hamstring (unclear which side), in August during the preseason. He played weeks 1 and 2, then re-injured the same side week 2. This caused him to miss the next 5 games (plus a bye week), and he returned week 9. Depending on severity, hamstring strains can take 2-10 weeks for return to play, so he fell right in the middle of that. He was pretty unproductive during the rest of the season, but was able to finish without injury. He posted his best game of the season in the playoffs, and appeared fully healthy.

Davis has a history of hamstring strains during college (again, unclear which side).

 

2018 Health Outlook: Hamstring strains are very common in sports, and tend to recur. If they become chronic, they can greatly diminish performance. It doesn’t seem like Davis is at that point, as he improved over the season, but it’s something to watch out for. Assuming he’s taken his training seriously during the offseason and strengthened the hamstring, he should come into 2018 healthy and successful. Remember, OBJ missed the first 4 games of his career with a hamstring injury and hasn’t had problems since.

 

Risk of Re-Injury: Moderate

 

Recommendations: Don’t worry about the injury when deciding to draft him. I’d be more concerned about the Titans offensive struggles than his injury history. Pay attention to how the team is running during training camp and preseason. The hiring of Matt LaFleur as the new OC should help the team improve over their dreadful 2017 showing, but there’s still a lot of concerns surrounding them.

Thomas Protopapas, PT, DPT, CES, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Corrective Exercise Specialist. He received his Doctorate from Touro College, where he graduated with Academic Excellence and earned the prestigious Maimonides award. Tom currently practices in Westchester, NY, where he is a Clinical Director at JAG Physical Therapy, a high level outpatient orthopedic clinic, well-respected throughout NY and NJ. He has been a teaching assistant at DPT programs at Dominican College and Touro college, where he helped teach therapeutic exercise and soft tissue techniques.

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NFL Draft Guide 2019-D’Onta Foreman

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Foreman is coming off Achilles tendon surgery from late 2017, yes so its been well over a year. I knew, because of the bad data with these injuries, that Foreman would NOT be very effective in 2018. I told everyone who would listen that. Maybe you’ll listen this time.  So how did he do in 2018? He rushed a total of 8 times for 2 yards. Will he be better in 2019? Yes. How much better? That’s really anyone’s guess.

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Injury Risk: High. 7/10.

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NFL Draft Guide 2019-Will Fuller

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Fuller has loads of talent, I don’t think there’s a question about that. The problem is he seems to get injured a bit too often. His games played since entering the league is heading in the wrong direction: 14 (in 2016) to 10 (in 2017) to only 7 games in 2018. Let’s review his injuries. In 2016 he suffered with hamstring injuries and then a knee sprain. In 2017 his season started off the wrong way; he missed the entire preseason and the first 3 games with a broken collarbone, then he missed 3 more games in November/December with broken ribs and finally had minor knee surgery after leaving Week 17 early with a left knee injury. Then last year he suffered a moderate hamstring strain in August, costing him the regular-season opener. Finally, Fuller tore his right ACL in late October. So over the past 3 years Fuller has injured his hamstring at least twice, broke his collarbone and multiple ribs, tweaked his left knee and tore his right ACL. Can you say injury prone? Whether he’s the #2 WR for Watson and the Texans, his risk is simply too high for me. I’m completely fading him in 2019 fantasy unless its at a serious discount. (like round 8 or later).

 

Injury Risk:  High. 7/10.

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NFL Draft Guide 2019-Marvin Jones

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Injury Risk:  Moderate. 4/10.

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