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 his 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 Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins are working on chemistry off the field as well as on the field.
- Running back Kenyan Drake shed walking boot early in the week and is ready for the start of the season.
- Running back Chase Edmonds is viewed as more than a backup running back by the coaches and by himself.
- Tight end Dan Arnold continues to impress as Maxx Williams is off the field with an undisclosed injury.
- Safety Budda Baker because the highest-paid player at his position, as his salary jumps up to $14.75 million per season.
- The Falcons staff has limited Todd Gurley to keep him healthy and Gurley's top-end vision, speed, agility, and quickness showed up during Friday's scrimmage with multiple big gains with and without the help of the offensive line.
- Dann Quinn says reserve Brian Hill "is on a mission" during training camp and every phase of his game has improved over the summer.
- Calvin Ridley has had an excellent training camp and made multiple big plays in scrimmages, including a long touchdown from Matt Ryan against rookie cornerback A.J. Terrell on Friday.
- Backup Matt Schaub has had an inaccurate training camp but he found his groove during Friday's practice while third-stringer Kurt Benkert hasn't played well enough to make a move for Schaub's job.
- Keanu Neal appears sufficiently recovered from his Achilles tear and has performed well during training camp.
- Hayden Hurst earned a big play up the seam during Friday's scrimmage against Neal.
- Quarterback Lamar Jackson missed two practices early last week with a groin injury but has since returned and played in the team's scrimmage Saturday night.
- Running back J.K. Dobbins is making "highlight reel submissions" seemingly every practice.
- Wide receiver Marquise Brown hauled in a 40-yard touchdown from Jackson in the team's scrimmage Saturday. Their chemistry is evident, as noted by head coach John Harbaugh.
- Wide receiver Miles Boykin has stepped up since the team entertained signing Dez Bryant.
- Tight end Mark Andrews continues to be Jackson's most frequent target.
- Quarterback Josh Allen had a solid week of practice and is focused on running less and making more plays from the pocket this year.
- Running back Devin Singletary remains the starter but ball-security concerns could allow rookie Zack Moss to take on a bigger role than expected.
- Receiver Stefon Diggs caught everything thrown his way while rookie Gabriel Davis has been the star of camp.
- The Bills defense should remain among the best in the league with excellent talent at all three levels.
- Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater continued to build rapport with his offensive weapons, particularly running back Christian McCaffrey and wide receiver D.J. Moore.
- Running back Christian McCaffrey showed himself to be a favorite target for Bridgewater.
- Wide receivers D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel both performed so well, onlookers are hopeful they will both take the next step in their career.
- Tight end Ian Thomas became more involved, while Manhertz put in extra work to break out of his blocking tight end mentality.
- Rookie defensemen Derrick Brown, Jeremy Chinn, Yetur Gross-Mator, and Troy Pride Jr, Jr. all earned spots on the first string.
- Neither Mitch Trubisky nor Nick Foles has played well enough to clearly win the quarterback competition to this point.
- Running back David Montgomery suffered a groin injury that will keep him out for 2 to 4 weeks and possibly create an opening for Ryan Nall or Artavis Pierce.
- Receiver Allen Robinson remains sidelined with an ankle injury but isn't expected to miss the opener, while Anthony Miller recently returned to practice.
- The tight end position has drawn raves as both Jimmy Graham and rookie Cole Kmet look capable of making an impact.
- On defense, Robert Quinn returned to practice but the #2 cornerback spot remains a concern with Buster Skrine expected to open as the starter.
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