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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 email@example.com 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 appears locked in for a big 2021 season despite a lack of preseason opportunities.
- Running backs Chase Edmonds and James Conner could both be on the field at the same time.
- Running backs Eno Benjamin and Jonathan Ward continue to battle it out for the RB3 role on the team.
- Wide receiver Rondale Moore can do everything as he is playing out of the slot, running, catching, and returning kickoffs and punts.
- Wide receiver A.J. Green continues to turn heads in camp as he looks like his old self.
- J.J. Watt continues to nurse a hamstring injury but will be ready for Week 1.
- The Falcons became the first team in the league to achieve a 100% vaccination rate for Covid 19.
- Tipped passes and interceptions have plagued quarterback Matt Ryan, but he is starting to round into form.
- Running back Mike Davis is the back to own in a situation that lacks clarity on work share.
- Wide receiver Russell Gage has a lock on the second receiver role but continued strong performances by wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus and wide receiver Tajae Sharpe could create more situational utility.
- Tight end Kyle Pitts has been used all over the formation and left dual practices with the Dolphins to rave reviews.
- QB Lamar Jackson has looked sharp in every practice, even without some of his top pass-catchers.
- RB J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards might be closer to “1A and 1B” than many think after Edwards played more and out-produced Dobbins in the most recent preseason game.
- WR James Proche performed admirably with other receivers injured, but he’s not likely to be on the field much when Marquise Brown and Rashod Batemen return to full health.
- WR Marquise Brown still has not returned to practice and has been out for three weeks with a hamstring injury.
- WR Sammy Watkins will be the team’s top receiver to start the season, but Baltimore should remain a run-heavy offense due to its injuries.
- TE Mark Andrews should remain Jackson’s most-targeted player, especially with the injuries to the receivers.
- Quarterback Mitch Trubisky dominated his former team in the preseason game and showed this offense can still produce if Josh Allen misses any time.
- The Bills will use a committee approach at running back, but Devin Singletary may have pulled ahead with another strong preseason showing.
- Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has missed over a week with a knee injury but is expected back soon, while the top backups continue to play well.
- Tight end Dawson Knox remains the starter but may be pushed by Jacob Hollister if he doesn’t improve his reliability.
- The biggest story on defense is the much-improved pass rush, led by rookie DE Gregory Rousseau.
- Recent injuries to the offensive line have increased the offense’s focus on short and intermediate passing.
- Wide receiver Robby Anderson signed a nice contract extension and said the Panthers are who "I want to be with for my future."
- Chuba Hubbard is trending towards being the team’s No. 2 running back.
- The defense has looked better every week and seems set up exceptionally well to force turnovers.
- Tight end Dan Arnold has struggled with drops since his hot start to camp.
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