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 will be the team's starting quarterback in Week 1 as the team continues to use caution with Josh Rosen.
- Running back David Johnson will rest the last two preseason games and is locked in as the team's offensive threat.
- Running backs Chase Edmonds and T.J. Logan looked explosive against the Cowboys and sit right under David Johnson on the depth chart.
- Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald continues to get the offseason veteran treatment and sits out the preseason games.
- Wide receivers Christian Kirk and Chad Williams still have a handle on WR2 and WR3 duties even with a quiet week.
- Quarterback Matt Ryan hasn't turned the ball over during the preseason and has put in extra work as a red zone decision-maker, but he will remain vulnerable to pressure against the better defensive units in the league.
- Wide receiver Calvin Ridley has made big plays and will see significant red zone targets but has also dropped the ball enough that he could struggle for periods of the season if he begins overthinking his assignments.
- Tight ends Austin Hooper and Eric Saubert will be productive players in the play-action passing game and Hooper could become of the biggest beneficiaries of red zone targets from Ryan.
- Newly signed fullback Jalston Fowler is a running back/fullback hybrid with receiving skills, special teams experience, and ball carrying talent to earn the No. 3 spot on the running back depth chart and the No. 2 spot behind starting fullback Rick Ortiz.
- Quarterback Joe Flacco has great chemistry with his new receivers – a group that is much deeper than it was in 2017.
- There has been little news on running back Alex Collins throughout the preseason – a good sign that his health is as expected and his role is secure.
- Wide receivers Michael Crabtree and John Brown have excellent skills that complement each other well, with Crabtree able to run routes at all levels and Brown being a big-play specialist.
- The wide receivers group is legitimately four players deep, with Willie Snead IV a capable slot player and Chris Moore's deep speed being an asset that will get him on the field.
- Tight end Hayden Hurst is out three to four weeks after a procedure he required for a stress fracture.
- Rookie quarterback Josh Allen had a rough start against the Bengals, getting sacked 5 times as the offensive line gave him very little protection.
- Quarterback Nathan Peterman continued his strong preseason and looks like the favorite to open the season as the starter.
- Running back LeSean McCoy sat out with a minor groin injury while Chris Ivory and Marcus Murphy split time with the starting offense.
- The tight end position looks deep and continues to be a focal point of the offense, pointing to good things for Charles Clay this year.
- Cornerback Vontae Davis appeared to be benched in the Bengals game, which opens up a new competition for the starting position.
- Quarterback Cam Newton's competitive "Superman" nature has been rearing its head, but he has made great strides in assimilating to Norv Turner's system with an emphasis on quick, often shorter throws.
- Quarterback Taylor Heinicke looks to have won the backup spot over Garrett Gilbert.
- As much as head coach Ron Rivera seems to like wide receiver Damiere Byrd, he will most likely be relegated to the special teams unit.
- Running back Christian McCaffrey looks much-improved between-the-tackles and will continue to be a primary target for a quarterback who will be looking to dump off a lot of balls behind a struggling offensive line.
- Although McCaffrey will see a lot of work in the Panthers offense, tight end Greg Olsen remains an important go-to guy for his quarterback.
- Head coach Matt Nagy rested nearly all of the Bears starters in their second-to-last preseason game on Saturday afternoon.
- Nagy continues to insist that running back Jordan Howard will remain on the field on third downs, which would bump up his fantasy value and likely hurt Tarik Cohen.
- Rookie wide receiver Javon Wims exploded for 114 yards and a touchdown to make a strong case for a depth roster spot.
- Tight Ends Adam Shaheen and Dion Sims both are out indefinitely with injuries, but Trey Burton could be very productive in this tight-end friendly offense.
- Rookie linebacker Roquan Smith missed time this week with a hamstring problem after a 29-day holdout, leading to concerns about his readiness for Week 1.
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