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- Quarterback Kyler Murray struggled in his second preseason game completing just 3-of-8 passes for 12 yards and collecting a pair of false start penalties.
- Running back David Johnson did little in preseason loss, while Chase Edmonds was involved in the receiving game.
- Wide receiver Andy Isabella stood out in a crowded receiving group with a 59-yard touchdown.
- Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones continued his struggles collecting two holding penalties, and his roster spot could be in danger
- Cornerback depth is an issue as Patrick Peterson will serve a six-game suspension and now Robert Alford is injured.
- While no running back has been more impressive in camp than Brian Hill, he dropped an end-zone pass that could have helped his opportunity to earn the No.2 job.
- RB Devonta Freeman appears back to form and ready to go.
- Local Falcons'writers think there’s a chance that one of the better performing running backs in camp—Ito Smith, Brian Hill, or Kenjon Barber—could be traded or cut
- Receiver Julio Jones is running routes at full speed during practice.
- The Falcons traded tight end Eric Saubert due to the play of Austin Hooper and Jaedon Graham.
- Quarterback Lamar Jackson is optimistic for a “Year 2 leap.” His mechanics are better as he works on becoming a better passer. But his rushing ability and instincts are evident.
- The team’s running back competition behind Mark Ingram II is open and fierce. Gus Edwards appears to be in the lead, but Justice Hill is more dynamic. And Kenneth Dixon is making a push for the final roster.
- A wide receiver group once considered among the weakest in the league now feels deep. At the top, Marquise Brown is practicing in full after his offseason Lisfranc injury. His game-breaking speed is an asset that will likely keep him on the field at all times.
- Behind Brown, Miles Boykin continues to stay ahead of schedule. Meanwhile, Chris Moore had his second straight standout game and appears determined to carve out a larger offensive role. Willie Snead IV led the 2018 Ravens in receiving and is still around, providing a veteran presence.
- The receiver depth could reduce the number of two-tight end sets. Mark Andrews is still the best playmaker of the tight end group, but Hayden Hurst had a nice week, showing that he can make noteworthy touchdowns catches as well.
- QB Josh Allen is showing clear signs of progress in his development as a quarterback and had a strong showing against the Panthers.
- Running back LeSean McCoy scored a touchdown while playing a quarter in his preseason debut and should remain a focal point.
- Slot receiver Cole Beasley is working hard to build rapport with Allen and caught all five of his targets, adding a much-needed dimension to the offense.
- Rookie tight end Tommy Sweeney continues to work with the starters while Tyler Kroft (foot) and fellow rookie Dawson Knox (hamstring) remain out with injuries.
- Defensive end Trent Murphy looks rejuvenated this year and could provide a much-needed boost to the pass rush.
- There is optimism around QB Cam Newton's arm and the change in his throwing motion.
- Backup quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Will Grier both had poor performances in the game against Buffalo, which could possibly give Taylor Heinicke a chance to reinsert himself into the mix.
- After returning from a back injury, running back Jordan Scarlett finally saw playing time and had a decent showing.
- The battle for the last wide receiver spot continues to be tight between Rashad Ross, Terry Godwin, and Jaydon Mickens, none of whom set themselves apart in game action.
- Tight end Ian Thomas was out most of the week with a rib injury but returned to practice following the second preseason game.
- After an impressive performance in Chicago, both linebackers Brian Burns and Marquis Haynes failed to build upon their momentum.
- Few coaches place as little emphasis on the preseason as Matt Nagy does, so all starters and several backups sat out the second preseason game against the Giants.
- Quarterback Mitch Trubisky continues to draw mixed reviews in practice with the defense earning most of the credit for his struggles.
- RB David Montgomery continues to impress and Yahoo Sports Terez A. Paylor says the team is "in love" with him.
- Wide receiver Allen Robinson has been the star of training camp on offense and appears headed for a big season thanks to his ability to win contested catches.
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