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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. For each team, I've included a link to our Depth Charts and also to the Full Camp Report. 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 is locked in for a big 2021 season despite a lack of preseason opportunities.
- Running backs Chase Edmonds and James Conner are the RB1 and RB1A entering Week 1.
- Running backs Eno Benjamin and Jonathan Ward have battled hard all offseason and are in a dead heat for the RB3 role.
- Wide receiver A.J. Green is seeing one-on-one coverage and opening up things for Deandre Hopkins.
- Defensive lineman J.J. Watt is back on the field after dealing with a hamstring injury.
- Quarterback Matt Ryan has made strides in practice lately and is displaying better ball security and grasp of the offense.
- Running back Mike Davis is the lead ball carrier but expect a committee with running back / wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson playing a crucial yet unknown role with the first team.
- Draft wide receiver Calvin Ridley with confidence as he is ready to step into the alpha role and deliver due to his familiarity with Matt Ryan.
- Kyle Pitts received his first taste of preseason action against the Browns and displayed explosive after the catch ability on his sole touch.
- Most importantly, this offense made it through the preseason healthy and has a prime scoring matchup in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
- QB Lamar Jackson got his first preseason action and was happy to get some reps at game speed.
- RB J.K. Dobbins tore his ACL and is out for the season.
- RB Gus Edwards takes over as the lead back, but the team is likely to add a veteran free agent or a player cut by another team.
- RB Ty'Son Williams is ahead of RB Justice Hill on the depth chart and would serve as the team’s second back if another player is not added.
- WR Sammy Watkins missed multiple practices this week, but John Harbaugh said it’s for rest purposes and not an injury.
- WR Rashod Bateman resumed light running and catching and is targeting Week 1, though that might be an optimistic target.
- WR Marquise Brown still has not returned to practice and has now been out for four weeks with a hamstring injury.
- TE Mark Andrews should remain Jackson’s most-targeted player, especially with the injuries to the receivers.
- Quarterback Josh Allen dominated a Packers team that rested most of their starters and appears on track for another MVP-type season.
- The Bills may not run the ball enough for any of their running backs to become fantasy relevant individually, but they have a good mix of players who should produce collectively.
- Top receiver Stefon Diggs returned to practice last week but sat out the Packers game, which allowed Gabriel Davis to stand out and make a case for a bigger role.
- The tight end position may be de-emphasized even more this year as the team seems likely to keep just two players at the position.
- On defense, the pass rush looks deep and much improved while several injuries could quickly expose a lack of depth at cornerback.
- Quarterback Sam Darnold looks like a different player than he did in New York, and he has sneaky upside with all of the weapons in this offense.
- RB Christian McCaffrey is ready to go for Week 1, despite playing no preseason football.
- The Panthers will utilize a lot of three wide receivers sets with DJ Moore, Robby Anderson, and rookie Terrace Marshall Jr all being a big part of the offense.
- Dan Arnold will start at tight end for the Panthers and could have a significant role on third down.
- The Panthers’ defense is better than most think and may surprise opposing teams and fantasy managers to start the season.
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