One of the best and most comprehensive features we do every year is our Footballguys Training Camp Updates. Every week in August, our Bob Henry and Jason Wood and their team of Footballguys Staffers cover every player that matters from every NFL team. It's incredible and frankly, probably worth the price of the Footballguys Season Long Pro subscription just by itself. Each edition is almost 40 pages long.
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- Quarterback Sam Bradford continues to impress in camp while Josh Rosen failed to stand out in his Preseason debut.
- Running back David Johnson looked great on two carries in the preseason game and declared himself "back".
- Running back Chase Edmonds has been the darling of the offense all offseason and continues to demand playing time even behind David Johnson on the depth chart.
- The battle continues at the wide receiver position J.J. Nelson, Chad Williams, Christian Kirk, Brice Butler, and Greg Little have all failed to emerge as WR2.
- Tight End Ricky Seals-Jones has chemistry with Josh Rosen and also has Sam Bradford who has been known to favor the position over the years.
- Veteran linebacker Gerald Hodges was signed Sunday while Jeremy Cash was injured Saturday and Deone Bucannon remains out.
- Wide receiver Julio Jones told the media that he and quarterback Matt Ryan will do more to get on the same page for red zone work.
- Wide receivers Justin Hardy and Calvin Ridley were included in isolated route combination work in the red zone with Matt Ryan, which hopefully translates to in-season red zone looks.
- Tight end Austin Hooper is developing chemistry with Ryan in the red zone and two-minute drills.
- There are conflicting reports about starting linebacker Duke Riley's play that bears further monitoring.
- Undrafted free agent running back Justin Crawford is performing well enough to earn a spot on the roster.
- Quarterback Joe Flacco is healthy and confident. A very different state from this time a year ago where he was recovering from a back injury.
- In the backup quarterback ranks, Lamar Jackson played ahead of Robert Griffin III on Thursday, though Griffin still seems best suited to be the backup if a regular-season need for such contingency existed today.
- Running back Alex Collins is being given the starter treatment – and rightfully so – with just two carries in Thursday's game; he's a key to the entire offense.
- Michael Crabtree is the team's WR1, but John Brown is the one surprising every day in camp and distancing himself from his WR2 competition
- The tight end group doesn't have one player head and shoulders above the rest but is showing improvement as camp progresses.
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