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One of the best and most comprehensive features we do every year is our Footballguys August Updates. Every week this month, our Bob Henry and Clayton Gray and their team of Footballguys Staffers cover every player that matters from every NFL team. It's 32-plus pages of some of the most comprehensive coverage you'll find. It's probably worth the Footballguys Premium Subscription by itself.
While I encourage you to read every word on every team for 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 full August Updates 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 August 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 Premium 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.
- QB Kyler Murray signed his contract and returned to practice on Monday after recovering from COVID.
- RB Eno Benjamin has the early lead as the RB2 in this offense and continues to impress.
- While unlikely, WR Marquise Brown’s speeding ticket could lead to a suspension from the NFL.
- WR Rondale Moore is practicing as an inside and outside receiver.
- LB Isaiah Simmons will take snaps at safety in his new star-backer positions.
- The quarterback competition is ongoing, but Marcus Mariota is ahead, and all expectations have him starting the season over rookie Desmond Ridder.
- RB Cordarrelle Patterson will continue to be a star of the offense, though Tyler Allgeier and Damien Williams are expected to work in the rotation.
- WR Drake London is as advertised and solidifying himself as the team’s WR1.
- TE Kyle Pitts has continued his ascension as the team’s primary target, lining up exclusively in the slot or out wide. The hype appears real.
- TE/QB Feleipe Franks is an intriguing name to monitor in the preseason.
- QB Lamar Jackson has gained noticeable muscle, reportedly now weighing 220 when he'd been 205-208. He is practicing and looks improved on the perimeter and deep passing.
- RB J.K. Dobbins is rehabbing from his ACL tear and is likely to return to practice soon.
- RB Gus Edwards is behind Dobbins in his rehab and is questionable for Week 1.
- WR Rashod Bateman is the unquestioned WR1 and is building chemistry with Jackson.
- WR Devin Duvernay and WR James Proche are behind Bateman and battling for WR2 duties.
- TE Mark Andrews should remain Jackson’s most-targeted player, especially with the lack of wide receiver depth.
- The main story is how QB Josh Allen and the offense perform under new coordinator and play-caller Ken Dorsey.
- At RB, Devin Singletary should see a heavy workload with rookie James Cook mixed in on passing downs and Zack Moss in short-yardage situations.
- WR Gabriel Davis impressed in the first week and seems poised for a breakout season, while Isaiah McKenzie is making a strong case to handle slot duties.
- At TE, Dawson Knox is playing for a new contract while O.J. Howard gives the team more versatility to run 2-TE sets.
- On defense, OLB Von Miller boosts the pass rush, but rookie CB Kaiir Elam’s struggles are a concern.
- The battle for the starting quarterback should go through the second preseason game, but Baker Mayfield has a slight lead right now.
- RB Christian McCaffrey is healthy but will be handled carefully in the preseason.
- All three wide receivers, D.J. Moore, Robbie Anderson, and Terrace Marshall, have played well with both quarterbacks.
- There will be a rotation at tight end, but none will likely be of value for fantasy purposes.
- The defense is young but will have an excellent starting secondary if everyone can get healthy.
- QB Justin Fields is the clearcut starter and is expected to run much more than he did as a rookie.
- RB David Montgomery may not be a workhorse this year as the new staff looks to be implementing a committee approach.
- WRs Darnell Mooney and Velus Jones are separating from the pack to be the team’s Week 1 starters.
- TE Cole Kmet has impressed thus far, setting the stage for a breakout in Year 3.
- Despite the offseason losses, the defense has been playing well and should be the team’s biggest strength.
- LB Roquan Smith and OL Teven Jenkins have not practiced, with Smith wanting a new contract and Jenkins’ holdout being more ambiguous
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