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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. Each edition is 30 plus pages long. It's incredible and, frankly, probably worth the Footballguys Season Long Pro subscription price just by itself.
While I encourage you to read every word of every week, I also understand Life Happens. And one of the more valuable services Footballguys can add is saving you time. For this article, I had the idea of taking the comprehensive Training Camp Update and asking our team writers to distill it down into 80 proof shots of the Need-to-Know material. Some teams will have more news than others because that's how it works in real life. Much of it will be from the Camp Updates, some of it will be my takes, but all of it will hopefully be useful to you. And make sure to jump on our Season Long Pro subscription to continue seeing this type of stuff all year long. And if this feature is helpful to you, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.
Plus, a new addition for this year. I've included a link to our Depth Charts and the Full Camp Report for each team. If you like these bullets and want more detail, check out the Full Camp Report for each team.
Let's get to it.
- Quarterback Kyler Murray sat out the preseason game letting Colt McCoy and Chris Streveler get in some reps.
- Running backs Chase Edmonds and James Conner continue to be viewed as RB1 and RB1A.
- Running back Eno Benjamin had a solid showing and is in line to make the roster as the team's RB3.
- Wide receiver Rondale Moore impressed in his NFL debut as the Cardinals looked to manufacture touches to him.
- Wide receiver Christian Kirk is back at camp healthy and looks locked into the slot wide receiver role.
- Tight end Demetrius Harris was signed this week to compete with Maxx Williams and Darrell Daniels.
- QB Matt Ryan quickly adapted to the new scheme due to crossover with experience, and a new emphasis on his speed could add a rushing point or two onto his weekly total.
- Mike Davis is the clear lead running back, with Qadree Ollison as his current handcuff.
- Look for Cordarrelle Patterson to potentially emerge in a hybrid dual running back - wide receiver role as he has consistently made plays throughout camp.
- WR Calvin Ridley is healthy and ready to take on the alpha mantle in the offense.
- The team is moving TE Kyle Pitts around the formation to scheme ways to create mismatches and giving particular focus to prime him for a significant role immediately.
- QB Lamar Jackson returned from COVID-19 looking like he had never missed any time.
- RB J.K. Dobbins is the clear top running back, and the team should still be run-heavy with Dobbins, Jackson, and Gus Edwards all expected to contribute.
- WR Rashod Bateman is likely to miss at least one game in the regular season after a groin injury that required surgery.
- WR Marquise Brown has a hamstring injury and has been out of practice for over a week.
- WR Sammy Watkins is flashing speed and looking like a player much younger and more dynamic than his age would suggest.
- TE Mark Andrews should remain Jackson’s most-targeted player, especially with the injuries to the receivers.
- Quarterback Josh Allen and most starters got the night off as the Bills beat the Lions on Friday night on a late field goal.
- RB Zack Moss sat out the Lions game with a hamstring injury while Devin Singletary took advantage with a strong performance, further ensuring a role in the backfield.
- WR Emmanuel Sanders has missed practice time with a foot injury, and WR Jake Kumerow appears to be staking a claim for a depth spot.
- On defense, rookie DE Greg Rousseau looks ready to contribute right away as he recorded a sack and several pressures against the Lions starters.
- Ian Thomas and Dan Arnold are listed as co-starters at tight end in the first official Panthers depth chart.
- Quarterback Sam Darnold is showing excellent decision-making and has been protecting the football.
- The offense has started to look better in practice but to the detriment of the defense.
- Most of Carolina’s starters did not play in their first preseason game.
- The defense is emphasizing getting after the quarterback and recording more sacks.
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