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Alec Pierce

WR | IND

Two receptions in preseaon debut

Pierce had two receptions for 27 yards on three targets in Saturday's preseason loss to Buffalo. He began the game as a starting receiver when the Colts opened in a three-receiver set, 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Pierce made both his receptions with the second team offense as he stayed on the field after Matt Ryan left after four series. Saturday's game showed he's set to be a significant part of the offense right away even if he comes off the field in two-receiver sets (as has frequently been the case in training camp).

George Pickens

WR | PIT

Makes impressive TD catch Saturday

Pickens hauled in three of five targets for 43 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 32-25 preseason win over the Seahawks.

Pickens served as a starter during Saturday's preseason opener since Diontae Johnson (hip) and Chase Claypool (shoulder) were kept off the field. Pickens was targeted by starter Mitch Trubisky twice and drew three targets from Mason Rudolph between the first and second quarters. Pickens' highlight of the night was an impressive 26-yard touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone late in the first quarter. The 2022 second-rounder was listed as a starter on the Steelers' initial preseason depth chart, but coach Mike Tomlin downplayed the significance of the listing. However, Pickens has made a continual impact over the first few weeks of training camp and could be a factor in the team's offense early in his professional career.

Mike Gesicki

Mike Gesicki

TE | MIA

One catch in limited action

Gesicki brought in his only target for 13 yards in the Dolphins' 26-24 preseason win over the Buccaneers on Saturday night.

The talented tight end was one of the only regulars on the Dolphins offense to see action. Gesicki heads into his fifth season looking to improve on the impressive 73-780-2 line he mustered in 2021, one that featured career highs in receptions and receiving yards, and he should have a firm grasp on the top spot at his position once again.

Sony Michel

Sony Michel

RB | MIA

Minimal action in preseason opener

Michel rushed twice for minus-2 yards and secured his only target for four yards in the Dolphins' 26-24 preseason win over the Buccaneers on Saturday night.

The veteran opened the game with Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert both sitting out the contest, but Michel had minimal impact, as his final numbers corroborate. On the one hand, the 27-year-old has little to prove in the preseason in terms of his ability to produce at the NFL level, but he's also in a legitimate battle with Myles Gaskin, who carried four times for 27 yards, for a depth back role. The battle between the two players will continue to unfold in next Saturday night's exhibition matchup against the Raiders.

Parris Campbell

Parris Campbell

WR | IND

No receptions in preseason debut

Campbell was targeted twice in Saturday's preseason loss to Buffalo, but didn't have a catch and had a drop.

Indy's passing game was sluggish as Matt Ryan had just 58 yards passing in four drives. The good news is that the oft-injured Campbell is healthy after having a sore hamstring last week in practice. Campbell started at wide receiver in a three-receiver set and has mostly started over rookie Alec Pierce in two-receiver sets in practice. Despite the lackluster first game, Campbell should get every chance for a sizeable role if he can stay on the field.

Mason Rudolph

Mason Rudolph

QB | PIT

Throws for 93 yards in win

Rudolph completed nine of 15 pass attempts for 93 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 32-25 preseason win over the Seahawks.

Rudolph was the second Steelers quarterback to enter Saturday's preseason opener, and he connected with rookie receiver George Pickens for a 26-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone late in the first quarter. Rudolph has had some reps with the first-team offense over the first few weeks of training camp, but Mitch Trubisky has looked like the frontrunner for the starting job under center. However, Rudolph certainly didn't hurt his case with his efficient performance against Seattle.

Kyle Trask

Kyle Trask

QB | TB

Extensive action in opener

Trask completed 25 of 33 passes for 258 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason loss to the Dolphins on Saturday night. He also lost a fumble.

Trask's night got off to an encouraging start when he led a 15-play, 86-yard march that culminated in a Ke'Shawn Vaughn one-yard touchdown on his first possession. The Florida product struggled with turnovers on the next two drives, however, throwing an interception at the Buccaneers' 22-yard line that led to a Dolphins touchdown on the next play and then getting separated from the ball on a sack three plays later and seeing that fumble returned for a score as well. However, Trask did partly make up for the gaffes with a 19-yard touchdown toss to Jerreth Sterns in the third quarter and finished with impressive numbers overall while logging some much-needed reps. With Tom Brady (personal) still slated to be away from the team for next Saturday's road exhibition matchup against the Titans, Trask is likely set for another hefty workload.

Phillip Lindsay

Phillip Lindsay

RB | IND

Totals 33 yards

Lindsay carried the ball five times for 24 yards in Saturday's 27-24 preseason loss to the Bills. He added two receptions on three targets for nine yards.

Lindsay didn't tally a carry until Nick Foles entered the game in the second quarter, as he worked behind Nyheim Hines. Lindsay was stymied for much of the day, though he did manage rushes of 10 and six yards as well as a 10-yard reception that helped set up a Colts touchdown. Despite some promising signs, Lindsay appears clearly behind both Jonathan Taylor and Hines on the depth chart.

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

QB | IND

Sluggish in Colts debut

Ryan went 6-for-10 passing for 58 yards in his Indianapolis debut in Saturday's preseason loss to Buffalo.

Ryan played four series as the Colts said they would play their starters earlier in the preseason. Indy's passing game was sluggish and Ryan was just 1-of-4 passing on third and fourth down. Still, it's hard to read too much into a first preseason game for a veteran. Ryan's passes looked crisp and the offense lacked Jonathan Taylor, who will be rested for the preseason. Ryan and the offense should improve, though it's not clear how much more Ryan will play this preseason.

Drew Lock

Drew Lock

QB | SEA

Throws for two touchdowns in loss

Lock completed 11 of 15 pass attempts for 102 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while rushing once for three yards during Saturday's 32-25 preseason loss to Pittsburgh.

The 25-year-old has made strides in practice over the last few days, and coach Pete Carroll recently said that Lock will get more reps with the first-team offense in the near future. Lock played the second half during Saturday's preseason opener and accounted for the team's only two passing touchdowns during the narrow loss. Although Lock played well Saturday, Geno Smith also had an impressive performance, completing 10 of 15 pass attempts for 101 yards while rushing for a touchdown. Smith still appears to be the frontrunner for the starting job at quarterback in Seattle, but Lock has closed the gap recently.

Geno Smith

Geno Smith

QB | SEA

Tops 100 yards in preseason start

Smith completed 10 of 15 pass attempts for 101 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions while rushing twice for nine yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 32-25 preseason loss to the Steelers.

Smith operated as the starting quarterback during Saturday's preseason opener and played the entire first half. While he didn't pass for any touchdowns, he showcased his rushing ability with a score on the ground late in the second quarter. Although Drew Lock has outplayed Smith in practice in recent days, Smith has worked mainly with the first-team offense early in camp and turned in a solid performance during the preseason opener.

Kenny Pickett

QB | PIT

Efficient in preseason opener

Pickett completed 13 of 15 pass attempts for 95 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while rushing three times for 16 yards during Saturday's 32-25 preseason win over Seattle.

Pickett worked with the Steelers' third-team offense during Saturday's preseason opener, but he led the team in passing yards and touchdowns. The rookie made some late plays to keep the team in contention in the closing minutes and connected with Tyler Vaughns for a 24-yard touchdown with three seconds remaining. Pickett has appeared to be the Steelers' No. 3 quarterback early in camp, but it's possible that he earns some more opportunities following Saturday's efficient performance.

Mitch Trubisky

Mitch Trubisky

QB | PIT

Efficient in starting role

Trubisky completed four of seven pass attempts for 63 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions while rushing once for four yards during Saturday's 32-25 preseason win over the Seahawks.

Trubisky began Saturday's preseason opener under center and worked with the first-team offense for the first two drives of the game. While the 2017 first-rounder had the least volume of the three Steelers quarterbacks during the victory, he was efficient with his opportunities and connected with receiver Gunner Olszewski for a touchdown on the game's opening drive. Trubisky has appeared to be the most likely starting quarterback early in camp, and his usage and performance Saturday seemed to help his case.

Giovani Bernard

Giovani Bernard

RB | TB

Picks up ankle injury

Bernard won't return to Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins due to an ankle injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

With Leonard Fournette a healthy scratch in Tampa Bay's exhibition opener, Bernard received all the RB touches on the team's first two possessions, finishing with seven carries for 19 yards and one catch for minus-four yards. Bernard's last touch came with 3:09 remaining in the first quarter, and the Bucs waited to rule him out until midway through the third quarter, so he was unlikely to log another snap anyway with second-year quarterback Kyle Trask directing the offense. The severity of Bernard's issue isn't known, but his health could be clarified by his on-field activity, if any, ahead of next Saturday's outing at Tennessee.

Case Keenum

Case Keenum

QB | BUF

Rough debut for Buffalo

Keenum completed 11 of 18 passes for 86 yards with no TD passes and two interceptions in Buffalo's preseason win over the Colts on Saturday.

While those numbers are rough on their own, Keenum also lost a fumble and was sacked six times, and his 33.3 rating paled in comparison to teammate Matt Barkley's 86.1 figure. Keenum was brought in to be the main backup to Josh Allen and it's doubtful the Bills would punt on that plan after just one lousy preseason performance, but Keenum will have to at least show something better over the last two preseason games.

Curtis Samuel

Curtis Samuel

WR | WAS

Two catches against Panthers

Samuel caught both of his targets for 14 yards in Saturday's 23-21 preseason loss to the Panthers.

Samuel was the target of Carson Wentz's first pass, which went for a gain of six yards. Two possessions later, he chipped in an eight-yard reception to give the Commanders a fresh set of downs. Most importantly, Samuel appears to be fully healthy after he managed only 79 total snaps with Washington in 2021.

Matt Barkley

Matt Barkley

QB | BUF

Shines in Saturday's exhibition

Barkley completed 18 of 24 passes for 224 yards with no TD passes and one interception in Buffalo's preseason win over the Colts on Saturday, good for an 86.1 rating.

Case Keenum was brought in to be the main backup to Josh Allen this season, but no one has said that's set in stone and it looks like Barkley plans on making a case to be the No. 2. Keenum struggled Saturday with two interceptions and a 33.3 rating, though in fairness this was his first game with the Bills, while Barkley played for the team and a similar offense from 2018-20 as Allen's backup. The situation should continue to sort itself over the last two preseason games, as it's doubtful the Bills would make a fairly significant depth chart move based on one preseason performance.

Terry McLaurin

Terry McLaurin

WR | WAS

Tallies 16-yard reception

McLaurin recorded one catch on two targets for 16 yards in Saturday's 23-21 preseason loss to the Panthers.

The Commanders' offense sputtered on their first two possessions, but McLaurin began the third drive with a 16-yard catch on a pass delivered by Carson Wentz. McLaurin is coming off a relatively disappointing 2021 season, but an upgrade at quarterback provides some optimism that he will be able to return to his 2020 form when he tallied 87 receptions for 1,118 yards across 15 games.

CeeDee Lamb

CeeDee Lamb

WR | DAL

Not likely to play Saturday

Lamb isn't slated to suit up for Saturday's preseason game in Denver, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

All of Lamb, quarterback Dak Prescott and running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard are in store for no action in the Cowboys' exhibition opener. With Michael Gallup (knee) still on the PUP list and James Washington out until late September due to a broken foot, rookie third-rounder Jalen Tolbert, Noah Brown and Dennis Houston, among others, are the team's available wide receivers Saturday.

Jahan Dotson

WR | WAS

Not targeted in preseason debut

Dotson played in Saturday's 23-21 preseason loss to the Panthers but did not see a target.

Carson Wentz directed a pass toward Dotson deep down the right side of the field late in the first quarter. However, it wasn't counted as an official target because defensive holding was called on the play. Dotson has reportedly shown strong rapport with Wentz during training camp and drew a start in the Commanders' first preseason game, but he'll have to wait at least another week before showcasing his skills in game action.

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott

QB | DAL

Unlikely to suit up Saturday

Prescott isn't slated to play in Saturday's preseason game at Denver, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

As expected, Prescott won't be available Saturday and likely won't suit up next Saturday at the Chargers, either. Coach Mike McCarthy said as much in late July, noting the Cowboys will evaluate whether the team's top skill-position talents will make an appearance in a game before Week 1. In Prescott's stead, Cooper Rush, Will Grier and Ben DiNucci will handle QB duties for Dallas.

Marlon Mack

Marlon Mack

RB | HOU

In line to play Saturday

Mack is slated to play in Saturday's preseason contest versus the Saints, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Meanwhile, Rex Burkhead is not expected to suit up. Notably, Mack was listed as the top running back on the Texans' first unofficial depth chart, so it stands to reason the coaching staff may hold a different view on the situation. In any case, rookie fourth-rounder Dameon Pierce will sub in for Mack and likely get a fair amount of action before halftime, while the teams remaining healthy RBs are Dare Ogunbowale, Royce Freeman and BJ Emmons.

Sitting out Saturday

Fournette isn't slated to play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Dolphins.

This comes as no surprise, as Tom Brady is away from the Buccaneers tending to a personal matter, while the team's top three wide receivers (Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Russell Gage) are dealing with health issues. Considering Fournette is sitting out, rookie third-rounder Rachaad White, Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Giovani Bernard and Kenjon Barner are the running backs available to the team.

Russell Gage

Russell Gage

WR | TB

Not playing Saturday

Gage (leg) isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Dolphins.

Fellow wide receivers Mike Evans (hamstring), Chris Godwin (knee) and Julio Jones also won't suit up in the Bucs' exhibition opener. With Tom Brady tending to a personal matter at the moment, Tampa Bay's offense won't trot out its primary skill-position talent until next Saturday at Tennessee, at the earliest.

Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks

WR | HOU

Not likely to play Saturday

Cooks isn't slated to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Saints, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Among the Texans' skill positions, only running back Rex Burkhead is expected to join Cooks in street clothes. With Cooks unavailable to the offense, Nico Collins, Chris Conley and Chris Moore, among others, are the next players up at wide receiver.

Davis Mills

Davis Mills

QB | HOU

In line for some drives Saturday

Mills is slated to play the first few possession of Saturday's preseason contest versus the Saints, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Mills is unlikely to have Brandin Cooks and Rex Burkhead at his disposal in the Texans' exhibition opener, but he should get some work in with running backs Marlon Mack and Dameon Pierce and wide receivers Nico Collins and Chris Conley, among others. Behind Mills, Kyle Allen is unavailable after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leaving all remaining quarterback reps to Jeff Driskel on Saturday.

Rex Burkhead

Rex Burkhead

RB | HOU

Unlikely to play Saturday

Burkhead isn't slated to play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Saints, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Burkhead doesn't have much to prove to the Texans' coaching staff after racking up 613 yards from scrimmage and three rushing touchdowns in 16 games last year. It's unclear if any of his backfield mates will join him on the sideline Saturday, but if not Marlon Mack, rookie fourth-rounder Dameon Pierce, Dare Ogunbowale, Royce Freeman and BJ Emmons are the other healthy options for Houston.

Benny Snell Jr.

Benny Snell Jr.

RB | PIT

Not likely to suit up Saturday

Snell (knee) is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason game versus the Seahawks, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Snell took a seat at Thursday's practice, where he was seen with a large wrap on his right knee. That was scaled down to a sleeve by Saturday, but he wasn't in uniform ahead of the contest. It's unclear if top running back Najee Harris will join Snell in street clothes, but if both sit out the Steelers backfield will consist of Anthony McFarland, Jaylen Warren, Mataeo Durant and Master Teague.

Raheem Mostert

Raheem Mostert

RB | MIA

Unlikely to suit up Saturday

Mostert isn't in line to play in Saturday's preseason game at Tampa Bay.

Mostert and Chase Edmonds will be joined on the sidelines by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. In place of Mostert and Edmonds, the Dolphins backfield will be occupied by Sony Michel, Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed, Gerrid Doaks and ZaQuandre White on Saturday.

Chase Edmonds

Chase Edmonds

RB | MIA

Not on pace to play Saturday

Edmonds isn't slated to play in Saturday's preseason game in Tampa Bay.

Both Edmonds and Raheem Mostert will be unavailable in the Dolphins' preseason opener, joining starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle on the sideline. With Edmonds and Mostert out, the team's backfield will consist of Sony Michel, Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed, Gerrid Doaks and ZaQuandre White.

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa

QB | MIA

Not likely to play Saturday

Tagovailoa isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game in Tampa Bay.

Along with Tagovailoa, the Dolphins are keeping top wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle and running backs Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert on the sideline. In Tagovailoa's place, Teddy Bridgewater and rookie seventh-round pick Skylar Thompson will be under center for the team Saturday.

Jaylen Waddle

Jaylen Waddle

WR | MIA

Unlikely to play Saturday

Waddle isn't slated to play in Saturday's preseason game in Tampa Bay.

All of Waddle, fellow wide receiver Tyreek Hill, starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and running backs Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert are sitting out the Dolphins' exhibition opener. As a result, the receiving corps will feature Cedrick Wilson, Preston Williams and Trent Sherfield, among others, Saturday.

Tyreek Hill

Tyreek Hill

WR | MIA

Not in line to play Saturday

Hill isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game at Tampa Bay.

The Dolphins are sitting the vast majority of their starters in the exhibition opener, with fellow wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and running backs Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert taking a seat. With Hill and Waddle out, the team is rolling with Cedrick Wilson, Preston Williams and Trent Sherfield at wideout Saturday.

Brian Robinson

RB | WAS

Makes most of opportunity

Robinson gained 26 yards on six carries and a touchdown in Saturday's 23-21 preseason loss to the Panthers.

Robinson recorded his first carry on the team's third offensive possession. He ripped off gains of 11, six and five yards before finishing the drive with a one-yard plunge into the end zone. Robinson could continue to earn more of a role in the offense, particularly after Antonio Gibson fumbled deep in Washington's own territory Saturday.

Antonio Gibson

Antonio Gibson

RB | WAS

Fumbles against Panthers

Gibson carried the ball two times for four yards and caught his only target for two yards in Saturday's 23-21 preseason loss to the Panthers.

Gibson didn't make much of his limited opportunity and also fumbled deep in Washington's own territory to end the team's second offensive possession. He re-entered the game with the second-team offense but added little to his stat line. It's unclear what this performance means for Gibson's potential to contribute during the regular season, but rookie Brian Robinson tallied six carries for 26 yards and a touchdown.

Danny Gray

WR | SF

Dealing with pair of injuries

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Gray will miss a few days due to hip and back soreness, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Gray broke loose for a 76-yard touchdown down the left sideline during Friday's preseason win against the Packers, connecting with Trey Lance in the process. Overall, Gray hauled in two of four targets for 99 yards and the score. That said, the rookie third-round pick emerged with a pair of health concerns, which could impact his availability for upcoming joint practices with the Vikings and next Saturday's exhibition in Minnesota.

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz

QB | WAS

Extended run in preseason opener

Wentz completed 10 of 13 pass attempts for 74 yards in Saturday's 23-21 preseason loss to the Panthers.

Wentz led three offensive possessions, with the final one ending in a touchdown. He connected with Terry McLaurin and J.D. McKissic for gains of 16 and 15 yards on the scoring drive and competently managed the offense. Wentz also targeted rookie Jahan Dotson, though the pass fell incomplete. Perhaps most importantly, Wentz didn't turn the ball over as he prepares to be the Commanders' Week 1 starter.

Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold

QB | CAR

Limited work in preseason contest

Darnold completed two of three passes for 16 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 23-21 preseason victory over the Commanders.

Darnold played on Carolina's second and third offensive possessions. The former began deep in Washington territory after an Antonio Gibson fumble, which Darnold capped with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins. Darnold appears to be slightly behind Baker Mayfield in the competition to be the Panthers' starting quarterback in Week 1, but after the game coach Matt Rhule said that no decision has been made to this point, per Schuyler Callihan of SI.com.

Khalil Herbert

Khalil Herbert

RB | CHI

Rushes for 20 yards

Herbert carried the ball seven times for 20 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs.

Herbert looks like the Bears' number two running back this season, but that meant he was the top back on the depth chart Saturday with David Montgomery (undisclosed) out. Herbert wasn't particularly efficient with his touches and also failed to pull in any of his three targets.

Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield

QB | CAR

Makes Carolina debut

Mayfield completed four of seven passes for 45 yards in Saturday's 23-21 preseason win over the Commanders.

Mayfield started the game and led the offense to a field goal on his only possession. He connected for gains of 19 and 15 yards with Shi Smith and also dumped off a few passes to fullback Giovanni Ricci to account for most of his yardage. It was a relatively positive appearance for Mayfield as he battles for the starting job in Carolina with Sam Darnold. However, after the game, coach Matt Rhule said that no decision has been made about the Week 1 starter, per Augusta Stone of the Panther's official site.

Darnell Mooney

Darnell Mooney

WR | CHI

Catches one pass

Mooney caught one pass for 26 yards in Saturday's preseason win against Kansas City.

Mooney's lone target came in the Bears' second series while Justin Fields was still in the game and represented the team's longest reception of the day. He should be the Bears' top wide receiver this season.

Isiah Pacheco

RB | KC

Gets three touches

Pacheco carried the ball twice for six yards while adding one catch for five yards in Saturday's preseason loss to Chicago.

Pacheco seems to be buried on the Chiefs' running back depth chart, but two of his three touches came during the first series of the game, Patrick Mahomes' lone drive. Clyde Edwards-Helaire received Kansas City's first two carries, but it was Pacheco, not Ronald Jones, who received the third. That follows reports of Pacheco impressing Andy Reid in training camp, so it's possible the seventh-rounder has a chance to push for a meaningful role this season.

Skyy Moore

WR | KC

Catches three passes

Moore caught three passes for 23 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Bears.

Moore wasn't a factor in Patrick Mahomes' lone drive of the night, but he caught one pass from Chad Henne in the first quarter and two more from Shane Buechele in the second. He'll be using the preseason to prove he deserves a meaningful role this season, though he may be stuck behind Juju Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Mecole Hardman on the depth chart.

In line to return to practice

Coach Matt Rhule expects Marshall (lower leg) to take part in joint practices with the Patriots on Tuesday and Wednesday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Marshall has been dealing with a lower leg strain for more than a week, donning a red non-contact jersey in practice and sitting out the Panthers' preseason opener Saturday at Washington. Assuming he's able to get back on the field for one or both of the joint sessions with the Pats, he'll have a decent shot to be available for Friday's exhibition at Foxboro.

Untargeted in preseason contest

Smith-Schuster started Saturday's preseason opener against the Bears but did not receive a target.

The game was Smith-Schuster's first chance to connect with his new quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, but he failed to receive any looks during Mahomes' lone drive. The pair will still have two more chances to sync up before the start of the regular season.

DJ Moore

DJ Moore

WR | CAR

Tending to sore shoulder

Coach Matt Rhule said after Saturday's preseason win at Washington that Moore didn't play due to shoulder soreness, Schuyler Callihan of SI.com reports.

Neither of the Panthers' top two skill-position players (also, Christian McCaffrey) didn't suit up for their exhibition opener, but the reason for Moore's absence was health-related instead of a healthy scratch. Moore's next chance to mix into game action arrives Friday at New England, but whether or not he takes the field remains to be seen. In the end, he should make an appearance in the preseason to continue working with Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold, the two candidates to start at quarterback for Carolina in Week 1.

Starts preseason opener

Valdes-Scantling started Saturday's preseason opener against the Bears, catching one pass for 11 yards.

Valdes was targeted twice in Patrick Mahomes' lone drive. His lone catch kept the drive alive on third down. Mecole Hardman was the only other wideout targeted by Mahomes, with JuJu Smith-Schuster failing to receive a look.

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

QB | DEN

Not suiting up Saturday

Wilson isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports

Wilson's first game action as a Bronco will have to wait until Saturday, Aug. 20 in Buffalo, at the earliest. In Wilson's stead, Josh Johnson will direct Denver's offense first, with Brett Rypien taking the field at some point after him.

Ronald Jones

Ronald Jones

RB | KC

Ineffective in preseason debut

Jones carried the ball four times for just one yard in Saturday's preseason opener against the Bears.

Jones has been working as the team's No. 2 running back in camp, and it played out that way against the Bears. Jones' first carry didn't come until the team's third series, and he wasn't able to do much with his limited touches.

Justin Fields

Justin Fields

QB | CHI

Plays three series

Fields went 4-for-7 for 48 yards in Saturday's preseason opener against Kansas City. He added one rush for 10 yards.

Fields led the Bears' first three drives on the day, all three of which ended in punts. Two of his four completions went for two or fewer yards, and he was also sacked twice. While it wasn't the most impressive preseason debut for Fields, he'll nevertheless enter the season without any threats to his starting job.

Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes

QB | KC

Smooth showing in preseason opener

Mahomes went 6-for-7 for 60 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason opener against the Bears.

Mahomes only got one possession in his first tune-up game, but it could hardly have gone much better. He marched his team down the field before tossing a five-yard touchdown pass to Blake Bell. It's possible he'll remain in the game longer next week against Washington.

Devin Singletary

Devin Singletary

RB | BUF

Expected out for Saturday

Singletary is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason contest, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

This shouldn't be surprising as Singletary is locked in as one of the team's top running backs. Expect a bevy of backs, including James Cook, to get extended work with the majority of the Bills' projected starters being healthy inactives.

Stefon Diggs

Stefon Diggs

WR | BUF

Likely unavailable Saturday

Diggs is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason opener, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

The Bills seemingly are choosing not to play the majority of their starters to open the preseason. Expect Khalil Shakir, Isaiah Hodgins and Jake Kumerow to see extensive work among the Bills' pass catchers.

Devon Williams

WR | BAL

Let go by Ravens

Williams (undisclosed) was waived by the Ravens on Saturday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Williams has been sidelined with an undisclosed injury. If he ultimately goes unclaimed on waivers, he will subsequently revert to the team's injured reserve. From there, he will be sidelined for the remainder of the season unless both parties can reach an injury settlement down the line.

Julio Jones

Julio Jones

WR | TB

Not expected to play

Jones is not expected to play Saturday against the Dolphins, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Jones is technically one of the only healthy receivers among the Buccaneers' top four targets, but the long-time veteran doesn't stand to gain much with Tom Brady expected to be out the next two preseason matchups. Tyler Johnson, Cyril Grayson and Scotty Miller are projected to shoulder the majority of the first-team reps in the preseason opener.

Chris Godwin

Chris Godwin

WR | TB

Likely out for Saturday

Godwin (knee) is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason tilt against the Dolphins, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Godwin has been running routes throughout training camp and participating in positional drills, but the star wideout has yet to play in meaningful game situations, something that's not expected to change Saturday. The Buccaneers are expected to rest the majority of their top pass catchers, opening the door for Tyler Johnson, Cyril Grayson and Scotty Miller to get extended run.

Tyler Davis

Tyler Davis

TE | GB

Quiet in exhibition opener

Davis was targeted twice but did not catch a pass in Friday's preseason game against the 49ers.

Davis started Friday's contest and saw a red-zone look from quarterback Jordan Love in the first quarter, but the ball went through his hands and resulted in an interception for the opponent. Davis came on late last season and has made some noise since the offseason began, but in addition to the drop he also had some issues in the blocking department, so that was not the start to the exhibition season he was looking for.

Mike Evans

Mike Evans

WR | TB

Likely not playing Saturday

Evans (hamstring) is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason opener, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

This should come as no surprise considering Evans is still dealing with the minor hamstring injury he sustained last week. Most of the team's top pass catchers are not expected to play in Saturday's preseason contest, which could set the stage for Tyler Johnson and Cyril Grayson to see the majority of the first-team reps.

Tyler Goodson

RB | GB

Tallies 14 touches in debut

Goodson had 12 carries for 37 yards and two receptions for 24 yards in Friday's preseason opener against the 49ers. He also returned a kick for 19 yards.

Goodson did not run for more than seven yards on any of his 12 attempts, but he ripped off 23 yards on a screen pass in the first quarter and finished the night with a team-high 14 touches. With fellow running back Kylin Hill (knee) still on the PUP list, the third running back spot on the Packers' depth chart is up for grabs, and Goodson has done enough to challenge Patrick Taylor for that spot.

Patrick Taylor

Patrick Taylor

RB | GB

Takes it easy in preseason opener

Taylor had three carries for 10 yards in Friday's preseason opener against the 49ers. He was also targeted twice but did not catch a pass.

Taylor played only 19 snaps Friday, and that may have been at least partly because he missed practice time earlier in camp with an injury. He did not have a rough night, but he was also the only player among the four Packers running backs who took the field that did not make a big play. With Kylin Hill (knee) on the PUP list, Taylor is the favorite to open the season as the Packers' third running back, but he is by no means a lock to do so. Tyler Goodson looks like his primary competition at this point.

Danny Davis

WR | GB

Finds paydirt in debut

Davis was targeted twice and caught two passes for 45 yards and a touchdown in Friday's exhibition opener against the 49ers.

Davis made a nice adjustment on a pass from quarterback Jordan Love and scampered in for a 33-yard touchdown with under a minute to go in the first half. Davis made a mark in his first professional appearance, but he also played the fifth most snaps among Packers wideouts on a night where five receivers were held out. It will be tough for him to break camp on the active roster, but he has at least put himself in position to snag a practice squad spot.

Still missing time

Marshall (lower leg) will not play in Saturday's preseason matchup against the Commanders.

This isn't a particularly surprising decision as Marshall has been dealing with a lower leg strain for most of training camp. DJ Moore and Christian McCaffrey are both healthy absences for the preseason opener, which means Rashard Higgins should see the majority of first-team reps at wide receiver.

Samori Toure

WR | GB

Three catches in first appearance

Toure was targeted four times and caught three passes for 42 yards in Friday's preseason game against the 49ers.

Toure was busy in his first professional appearance, playing more snaps than any receiver besides Amari Rodgers. He made the most of his opportunity, turning two of his catches -- and nearly the third -- into first downs. The seventh-rounder certainly didn't hurt his chances of earning a roster spot, but he still faces an uphill climb to come away with one.

DJ Moore

DJ Moore

WR | CAR

Healthy absence Saturday

Moore will not suit up for Saturday's preseason matchup against the Commanders.

The Panthers are also sitting star running back Christian McCaffrey as they manage the reps of their star offensive weapons. Expect Rashard Higgins to see a decent amount of first-team reps in the absence of Moore.

Not playing Saturday

McCaffrey will not play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Commanders.

This shouldn't come as a surprise given the Panthers want to be extra cautious with their star back. Expect the likes of Chuba Hubbard and D'Onta Foreman to see the majority of the first-team reps as the Panthers kick off the QB competition between Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold, who both are expected to play at least a series in Saturday's contest.

Juwann Winfree

Juwann Winfree

WR | GB

Garners start in exhibition opener

Winfree started Friday's preseason opener against the 49ers and caught three passes for 27 yards.

Winfree did not stand out in Friday's contest, but he did make a nice catch off a tipped pass and hauled in the football all three times he was targeted. Of greatest import is the fact he -- along with Romeo Doubs -- was one of two receivers who opened the game on the field. The Packers held out a handful of wideouts, but the starting assignment confirms Winfree is in good standing among the group of receivers competing for a spot on the Packers' roster for Week 1.

Zach Wilson

Zach Wilson

QB | NYJ

Out multiple weeks

Wilson suffered a bone bruise and a meniscus tear during Friday's preseason win, which will require minor "trimming" surgery, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports. He's expected to miss 2-4 weeks.

This is probably the best-case scenario for the Jets considering the injury appeared to be far more serious after Wilson limped off the field from a non-contact knee injury. While a meniscus tear can have varying degrees of severity, it doesn't seem as if the 2021 No. 2 overall pick will miss significant time, and he could even be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. Expect Joe Flacco to take all the starting reps in the meantime.

Zach Wilson

Zach Wilson

QB | NYJ

Reportedly suffers bone bruise

Wilson reportedly suffered a bone bruise during Friday's preseason win over the Eagles, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

The news appeared to be dire immediately after Wilson limped to locker room Friday after going down due to a non-contact knee injury, but there seemed to be some growing optimism late in the evening that the second-year signal caller didn't suffer a major injury. This report would certainly seem to echo that statement, but the Jets are reportedly doing additional tests to determine whether Wilson injured his meniscus during the aforementioned play. Expect the Jets to release more information as the weekend progresses.

Tom Kennedy

WR | DET

Tops century mark

Kennedy racked up 104 yards on eight receptions during Friday's preseason game against Atlanta.

Kennedy saw over three quarters of action thanks to the absences of Quintez Cephus (leg) and Josh Johnson (undisclosed). While the 26-year-old Bryant product still sits on the roster bubble, Kennedy could not have made a better case for a back-end roster spot as Detroit assesses its backups in the continued absence of Jameson Williams (knee) - especially given the lack of depth at slot receiver behind Amon-Ra St. Brown. It is possible that Kennedy could again see considerable snaps in the next exhibition game Aug. 20 in Indianapolis depending on the health of his teammates.

Jeff Driskel

Jeff Driskel

QB | HOU

In line for heavy work Saturday

Driskel will play a majority of Saturday's preseason opener against the Saints after the Texans announced Kyle Allen (illness) will not be available, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Allen normally runs with the second-team offense, but he did not participate in Thursday's evening practice session and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Davis Mills will play the first two series of the game, and Driskel will handle the rest of the contest.

Tim Boyle

Tim Boyle

QB | DET

Mixed results in preseason opener

Boyle completed nine of 16 passes for 111 yards with one touchdown and one interception during Friday's preseason game against Atlanta.

With the Lions looking to keep only two quarterbacks on the active roster this year, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Boyle did not do himself many favors in this one. Not only was he generally outplayed by David Blough, but Boyle threw a bad interception early in the third quarter after airmailing an open receiver downfield in the second. However, Blough's game-losing mental error in the fourth quarter -- in which he fumbled the snap when Detroit could have run out the clock -- may have evened the score. Expect both signal callers to again see considerable snaps when the Lions take on the Colts in the second preseason game Aug. 20.

Devin Funchess

Devin Funchess

TE | DET

Finds end zone in Lions debut

Funchess caught four of four targets for 19 yards and one touchdown during Friday's preseason opener against Atlanta.

Funchess didn't get much work with the first-team offense, but the 6-foot-4 former wide receiver found paydirt on a back-corner fade on a pass from Tim Boyle just before halftime. Funchess then gained first downs on two more catches later on, the first of which included a broken tackle and the second involved the 27-year-old hurdling a defender. While Funchess probably remains firmly on the roster bubble, his effectiveness as a short-range receiving weapon could give the Lions something to think about when it comes time for roster cuts.

Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield

QB | CAR

Starting Saturday

Mayfield will start Saturday's preseason contest against the Commanders.

Mayfield is currently embroiled in a battle for the starting QB job with Sam Darnold, but it does appear as if the former Browns signal caller has the upper hand at the moment. Both quarterbacks are expected to play only about a series apiece, with the following week of practice likely determining who will enter Week 1 as the starter.

David Njoku

David Njoku

TE | CLE

Catches lone target

Njoku caught his lone target for seven yards in Friday's 24-13 preseason win over the Jaguars.

Njoku had the distinction of catching Deshaun Watson's first completion in an NFL game since 2020. The tight end and the rest of the starting offense were limited to a few series before taking the rest of the night off.

Joshua Dobbs

Joshua Dobbs

QB | CLE

Leads all scoring drives

Dobbs completed 10 of 13 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 24-13 win over Jacksonville in preseason action.

Dobbs led the offense's three scoring drives -- the defense produced one touchdown -- and got the bulk of the snaps at quarterback after the coaching decision to rest top backup Jacoby Brissett. There are no changes in the quarterback depth chart, as Brissett will fill in for Deshaun Watson, whose suspension will be at least six games. It is clear that Dobbs is the No. 3 ahead of Josh Rosen, who engineered the final three possessions.

Gets first crack as returner

Bradley returned two kickoffs for 31 yards and two punts for five yards in Friday's 24-13 win over Jacksonville in preseason action.

Bradley put the Browns in a hole on the opening kickoff, getting stuffed inside the 15, and the Deshaun Watson-led offense followed with an uninspiring opening series. Bradley got the first crack at replacing Jakeem Grant (Achilles) in the return game, although the Browns are expected to cycle in others over the remaining weeks before the regular season kicks off Sept. 11 at Carolina. Demetric Felton, D'Ernest Johnson and possibly Anthony Schwartz could also challenge for the lead job.

Jerome Ford

RB | CLE

Shines in preseason opener

Ford had 10 carries for 57 yards, caught four of five targets for 45 yards and scored touchdowns as a runner and receiver in Friday's preseason win over the Jaguars.

A nice start for Ford, a fifth-round draft pick in 2022, who showed off his versatility as a runner and receiver. The Browns clearly have a lot of faith in him, but Ford faces a a crowded backfield in front of him. His selection was more about 2023 and beyond, but the University of Cincinnati product could have a role this season if the Browns are eventually forced to trade a running back, like Kareem Hunt or D'Ernest Johnson.

Jalen Reagor

Jalen Reagor

WR | PHI

Works with second team

Reagor recorded three receptions on four targets for 26 yards in Friday's 24-21 preseason loss to the Jets.

Reagor played with the second-team offense and caught passes from Gardner Minshew rather than Jalen Hurts. Nevertheless, he put in a solid performance -- highlighted by a 17-yard catch -- and also served as Philadelphia's top punt returner. Due to the acquisition of A.J. Brown, Reagor is fighting for a roster spot this preseason and this performance should help him in that effort.

Quez Watkins

Quez Watkins

WR | PHI

Flashes as deep threat

Watkins recorded two receptions on three targets for 32 yards in Friday's 24-21 preseason loss to the Jets.

Watkins opened the game with a 28-yard reception, finding open space after Jalen Hurts rolled out to his right to extend the play. He figures to open the season as the Eagles' third receiver, but he'll clearly be prioritized behind A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith (groin) and also potentially Dallas Goedert in the passing offense. Watkins is coming off of a relatively strong 2021 season, during which he recorded 43 receptions for 647 yards and one touchdown.

Miles Sanders

Miles Sanders

RB | PHI

Active as receiver

Sanders did not receive a carry but tallied two receptions on two targets for 20 yards in Friday's 24-21 preseason loss to the Jets.

Philadelphia's offensive starters played only one series to begin the game. On that possession, the team did not take to the ground, explaining why Sanders only made the stat sheet as a receiver. His involvement as a pass catcher is encouraging, as he tallied 50 receptions in his rookie season, but Sanders managed only 26 receptions in 2021. Despite working with the second team early in training camp, Sanders should open the regular season as the top back in Philadelphia's rotation out of the backfield.

Jeff Wilson Jr.

Jeff Wilson Jr.

RB | SF

No action in preseason opener

Wilson did not log a carry or target in the 49ers' 28-21 preseason win over the Packers on Friday night.

The fifth-year pro opened camp as the projected No. 2 back, yet even with Elijah Mitchell (hamstring) sidelined Friday, Wilson didn't see the field. Head coach Kyle Shanahan opted to give extensive playing time to rookie Tyrion Davis-Price, Trey Sermon, JaMycal Hasty and Jordan Mason, but with none of the quartet actually doing much to stand out, Wilson's depth-chart slotting likely wasn't affected by the night off.

Danny Gray

WR | SF

Scores 76-yard touchdown Friday

Gray secured two of four targets for 99 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' 28-21 preseason win over the Packers on Friday night.

Gray's yardage total paced the 49ers' pass catchers on the night, and he also recorded a game-long reception when he hauled in a 76-yard touchdown pass from Trey Lance late in the first quarter. The rookie third-round pick's 4.3 speed was evident on the splash play, and Gray will continue his bid to secure a potential No. 3 or No. 4 receiver role during a road preseason clash against the Vikings a week from Saturday night.

Amari Rodgers

Amari Rodgers

WR | GB

Stays busy in preseason opener

Rodgers brought in one of two targets for 22 yards, rushed once for four yards and returned two kickoffs for 69 yards in the Packers' 28-21 preseason loss to the 49ers on Friday night.

The second-year wideout made his presence felt in the preseason opener as he aims to secure a role in a Packers receiving corps that's in transition following the trade of Davante Adams. Rodgers' performance as a returner was the most productive aspect of his night, but his 22-yard grab was encouraging as well. The Clemson product will look to continue jockeying for depth-chart positioning in a home preseason matchup against the Saints next Friday night.

A.J. Brown

A.J. Brown

WR | PHI

Not targeted in Philly debut

Brown was not targeted in Friday's 24-21 preseason loss to the Jets.

Brown was on the field for the Eagles' first offensive drive with the first team, though he didn't make it on the stat sheet. This performance is no indication of Brown's involvement once the regular season begins, as he'll lead Philadelphia's receiving corps and has the potential to form a strong duo with second-year wideout DeVonta Smith (groin).

Trey Sermon

Trey Sermon

RB | SF

Inefficient in preseason win

Sermon rushed six times for 11 yards and brought in his only target for five yards in the 49ers' 28-21 preseason win over the Packers on Friday night.

The 2021 third-round pick is coming off an underwhelming rookie season, and he didn't exactly get his second campaign off to a rousing start Friday. Sermon's 1.8 yards per carry was the lowest figure of any 49ers running back for the night, and he saw backfield mates JaMycal Hasty and Jordan Mason turn in far more efficient efforts. Sermon will aim to give a better accounting of himself in his bid for a roster spot when San Francisco takes on the Vikings in a road exhibition clash a week from Saturday night.

Elijah Mitchell

Elijah Mitchell

RB | SF

Not playing preseason Week 2

Mitchell (hamstring) isn't expected to play in the 49ers' second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 20 at Minnesota, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Coach Kyle Shanahan relayed the news after Friday's exhibition win against the Packers, noting the 49ers then will make a decision regarding Mitchell for preseason Week 3 (Thursday, Aug. 25 in Houston). Shanahan's statement seems to contradict a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN earlier Friday that Mitchell likely would miss the entire preseason. With a new starting quarterback in Trey Lance in San Francisco, the team should have a dress rehearsal of sorts with most of the first-team offense working together, so perhaps Mitchell, Deebo Samuel and company will see game action before Week 1.

Modest production in preseason win

Davis-Price rushed 10 times for 36 yards and failed to bring in his only target during the 49ers 28-21 preseason win over the Packers on Friday night.

The rookie third-round pick paced the backfield in carries on a night when Elijah Mitchell (hamstring) and Jeff Wilson (coach's decision) didn't see action. However, Davis-Price's backfield mates JaMycal Hasty and Jordan Mason averaged 7.2 and 5.0 yards per carry, respectively, shining the light on the LSU product's struggles a bit more. Davis-Price's next opportunity to make a case for a backup role comes in a road matchup against the Vikings a week from Saturday night.

Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts

QB | PHI

Sharp to open preseason

Hurts completed all six of his passes for 80 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 24-21 preseason loss to the Jets.

Hurts played one offensive possession but showed accuracy to all areas of the field. He opened the performance with a 28-yard completion to Quez Watkins and moved the ball patiently down the field before capping the drive with a 22-yard touchdown toss to Dallas Goedert. Hurts is locked in as the Eagles' starting quarterback in 2022, and he'll look to build on his strong 2021 season when he completed 61 percent of his passes and averaged 7.3 yards per attempt.

Romeo Doubs

WR | GB

Finds end zone in preseason loss

Doubs secured three of seven targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' 28-21 preseason loss to the 49ers on Friday night.

The rookie fourth-round pick carried over some of the momentum from what has been a noteworthy training camp, recording a 33-yard touchdown reception down the right sideline in the first quarter in which he gained some impressive separation. Doubs was subsequently the intended receiver on one of Jordan Love's three interceptions, but he certainly had an encouraging night overall. Doubs has been making a push for significant playing time on a Packers receiving corps that's ripe with opportunity for the coming season, and he'll have another chance to continue making his case against the Saints next Friday night at Lambeau Field.

Trent Taylor

Trent Taylor

WR | CIN

Strong showing in preseason opener

Taylor caught all four of his targets for 74 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

Getting the start at wide receiver with Cincinnati sitting its regulars and top backups, Taylor had three catches of 10 or more yards on the team's second drive to help set up a field goal. The former 49er suited up for only four games in 2021 during his first season with the Bengals, but Taylor could offer some veteran depth behind the dangerous trio of Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins (shoulder) and Tyler Boyd if he wins a roster spot.

Jordan Love

Jordan Love

QB | GB

Mixed bag in preseason opener

Love completed 13 of 24 passes for 176 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions and added 24 yards on four rushes in the Packers' 28-21 preseason loss to the 49ers on Friday night.

With Aaron Rodgers sitting out, it was Love who started the game and played the entirety of the first half. The 2020 first-round pick's night got off to an encouraging start when he connected with Romeo Doubs for a nifty 33-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline to answer an early 49ers field goal. However, Love then short-circuited each of the Packers' next three possessions with interceptions, all which came in San Francisco territory. Love did finish the night on a positive note when he helmed a nine-play, 75-yard march just before halftime that culminated in another 33-yard scoring toss, this time in conjunction with Danny Davis. The Utah State product could see another solid allotment of playing time in next Friday night's home exhibition battle against the Saints, even if Rodgers makes a brief appearance to start the game.

Elijah Moore

Elijah Moore

WR | NYJ

Once catch in preseason opener

Moore recorded one reception on one target for nine yards in Friday's 24-21 preseason win over the Eagles.

Moore played with the first-team offense for three possessions. He made the most of his one look, hauling in a pass from Zach Wilson (knee) to earn the team a fresh set of downs. Moore had a fairly strong showing in his rookie season -- he managed 538 yards on 77 targets -- and should be in for a strong 2022 campaign working opposite Garrett Wilson among the Jets' receiving corps.

Zach Wilson

Zach Wilson

QB | NYJ

Injury may not be season-ending

The Jets are hopeful that the knee injury sustained by Wilson during Friday's preseason win in Philadelphia isn't season-ending, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Coach Robert Saleh was less committal in a media session postgame, only noting an initial evaluation of Wilson indicated the ACL in his right knee is intact, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post. In the end, an MRI on Saturday will provide a more official diagnosis. If the optimistic scenario comes to pass, the best-case recovery timetable would be 2-to-3 weeks, with the worst case 4-to-6 weeks, per Hughes. Behind Wilson, Joe Flacco, Mike White and Chris Streveler are the current quarterbacks on the Jets roster.

Trey Lance

Trey Lance

QB | SF

Tosses TD in preseason cameo

Lance completed four of five passes for 92 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions and added seven yards on one carry during the 49ers' 28-21 preseason win over the Packers on Friday night.

The second-year signal-caller made good use of his brief time on the field, connecting with Danny Gray for a 76-yard touchdown pass to cap off the 49ers' second possession. Lance led the 49ers to points on both of his drives, as San Francisco's first possession also culminated in a Robbie Gould field goal. It was a solid start to the preseason for Lance, who's likely to see more playing time in San Francisco's second exhibition a week from Saturday night against the Vikings in Minnesota.

Chris Evans

Chris Evans

RB | CIN

Poor effort Friday

Evans carried the ball eight times for minus-three yards and caught his only target for nine yards in Friday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

Getting the start in the backfield with both Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine held out, Evans had an absolutely awful showing as a lead back. The second-year player out of Michigan averaged 4.5 yards per carry as a rookie while flashing some receiving skills, but performances like this could make it tough for Evans to even hang onto the No. 3 spot on the depth chart ahead of Trayveon Williams.

Jake Browning

Jake Browning

QB | CIN

Sees extended action Friday

Browning completed 13 of 24 passes for 190 yards and gained 14 rushing yards on four carries in Friday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

Brandon Allen got the start for Cincinnati but was knocked out of the game with a concussion after just one series, leaving Browning to run the offense well into the fourth quarter. The 26-year-old held his own, although he didn't lead the Bengals on a scoring drive until late. An undrafted free agent out of Washington in 2019, Browning has yet to attempt a pass in the NFL, but if Allen winds up being sidelined into the regular season he could find himself No. 2 on the depth chart behind Joe Burrow (appendix) for Week 1.

Garrett Wilson

WR | NYJ

Tallies 25 yards in preseason debut

Wilson recorded two receptions on three targets for 25 yards in Friday's 24-21 preseason win over the Eagles.

Wilson was targeted on Zach Wilson's (knee) first dropback of the game, though the pass fell incomplete. He remained on the field for a total of three possessions and tallied gains of 15 and 10 yards on his two receptions. Wilson is expected to have a prominent role in the Jets' offense during his rookie season, though Elijah Moore may have the upper hand as the team's top wideout early on.

Andy Isabella

Andy Isabella

WR | ARI

Leading receiver Friday

Isabella caught four of seven targets for a team-high 57 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Bengals.

The Cardinals' wide receiver depth could be tested to begin the season with DeAndre Hopkins suspended and Marquise Brown (hamstring) and Antoine Wesley (hip) both banged up, although Brown at least seems likely to be ready for Week 1. That could be enough to give Isabella, a second-round pick in 2019 who has been a bust in the NFL, one more chance to carve out a role in Arizona. He remains firmly behind A.J. Green and Rondale Moore -- both of whom got the night off along with the other projected starters -- and Greg Dortch posted nearly identical numbers to Isabella in Friday's game, so the speedster out of UMass has more work to do in training camp to even claim the No. 4 spot on the depth chart.

Jonathan Ward

Jonathan Ward

RB | ARI

Scores two TDs Friday

Ward carried the ball six times for 15 yards and two touchdowns and caught both his targets for 26 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Bengals.

The third-year player out of Central Michigan was the second running back into the game for Arizona after Eno Benjamin, and Ward made the most of his opportunity by scoring a pair of one-yard TDs in the second quarter. His work on special teams could ensure he has a spot on the 53-man roster, but Ward's role on offense will likely be minimal as he seems to be at best No. 5 on the depth chart behind James Conner, Darrel Williams, Benjamin and rookie Keaontay Ingram.

Keaontay Ingram

RB | ARI

Finds end zone in preseason opener

Ingram carried the ball seven times for 27 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for 10 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Bengals.

The 2022 sixth-round pick out of USC was the third back into the game for Arizona behind an ineffective Eno Benjamin and special-teams ace Jonathan Ward, but Ingram was able to make an impact, punching in a one-yard TD late in the third quarter. His 3.9 yards per carry also led the trio of Cardinals' depth RBs as veterans James Conner and Darrel Williams got the night off. Benjamin has been drawing praise early in training camp, but if Ingram keeps out-performing him in actual game action, he could steal away the No. 3 spot on the depth chart.

Eno Benjamin

Eno Benjamin

RB | ARI

Fails to impress Friday

Benjamin carried the ball five times for 14 yards and failed to catch his only target in Friday's preseason game against the Bengals.

Veterans James Conner and Darrel Williams both got the night off, leaving Benjamin to handle the opening series for the Cardinals before he too sat down. The third-year back didn't do much with his opportunity however, squandering the momentum he'd been building up in practice that marked him as a threat to Williams' hold on the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. In fact, it might now be rookie Keaontay Ingram who's pushing Benjamin for the No. 3 job. Barring an injury to Conner in the regular season, none of the three is likely to make a big fantasy splash, but Benjamin's chances of emerging from the pack may have taken a hit Friday.

Snoop Conner

RB | JAX

Used in second-string role

Conner rushed seven times for 21 yards and caught both of his targets for 11 yards in Friday's 24-13 preseason loss to the Browns.

Conner also had a 21-yard kickoff return. Travis Etienne got the start in the backfield on Jacksonville's first-team offense, but Conner checked in next once second-string quarterback C.J. Beathard entered the game. James Robinson (Achilles) is expected to platoon with Etienne once Robinson's back to full health, but Conner appears to be the leading candidate for the third-string running back role, and the rookie's ability to contribute on special teams should help him secure a roster spot.

Breece Hall

RB | NYJ

First game action as pro

Hall carried the ball five times for 15 yards in Friday's 24-21 win over the Eagles in preseason action.

Hall split work with Michael Carter during the team's first two offensive possessions and then watched the rest of the contest from the sidelines. It was a fairly nondescript performance from Hall, though he did close his debut with an eight-yard rush. Most importantly, he appears to have left the game fully healthy, which keeps him in line to serve as the Jets' lead back in Week 1 of the regular season.

Trace McSorley

Trace McSorley

QB | ARI

Strong showing in preseason opener

McSorley completed 13 of 22 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown while adding 32 rushing yards on four carries in Friday's preseason game against the Bengals.

With neither Kyler Murray (wrist) nor Colt McCoy in the lineup, McSorley played the entire first half for the Cardinals and led his club to four scoring drives, capping the first with a four-yard TD strike to depth wideout Andre Baccellia (ankle). McSorley is competing with undrafted rookie Jarrett Guarantano for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart, and the former Raven likely has a leg up in the battle after this performance.

Zay Jones

Zay Jones

WR | JAX

Shows chemistry with Lawrence

Jones caught two of four targets for 47 yards in Friday's 24-13 preseason loss to the Browns.

Starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence connected with Jones on a 32-yard deep ball on Jacksonville's first offensive play of the game, and they linked up again for a 15-yard gain later in the first quarter. Jones finished as Jacksonville's leading receiver in the game, and this performance coupled with what has reportedly been a productive training camp has Jones in the hunt for a starting job in a receiving corps that also includes Christian Kirk (ankle), Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault (hamstring). How the wide receivers are deployed in Jacksonville's next preseason game against the Steelers on Aug. 20 should help define where Jones stands in the pecking order.

Trevor Lawrence

Trevor Lawrence

QB | JAX

Connects with new TE for TD

Lawrence completed six of 12 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown while adding an 11-yard run in Friday's 24-13 preseason loss to the Browns.

After leading a pair of field-goal drives in the first quarter, Lawrence connected with tight end Evan Engram for a nine-yard touchdown to take a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter on his final pass of the game. Cleveland's backups staged a comeback after that, but this was an encouraging performance from Jacksonville's starters on both sides of the ball. Lawrence will look to build on this performance in Jacksonville's next preseason game, Aug. 20 against the Steelers.

Gets 10 touches in preseason game

Etienne rushed nine times for 23 yards and caught one of three targets for 10 yards in Friday's 24-13 preseason loss to the Browns.

Etienne suited up after sitting out Jacksonville's preseason opener, but he was held in check by Cleveland's defense. Fellow running back James Robinson (Achilles) didn't suit up for this one but has been splitting first-team reps with Etienne in practice, so the Jaguars seem likely to employ a backfield timeshare when the games start to count. Jacksonville's next preseason game will be Aug. 20 against the Steelers.

Zach Wilson

Zach Wilson

QB | NYJ

Set for MRI on Saturday

Coach Robert Saleh said Friday that Wilson will undergo an MRI on his right knee Saturday, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

Wilson left Friday's preseason win at Philadelphia early in the first quarter after he came up limping at the end of a seven-yard scramble. Eventually, the Jets ruled out a return for their franchise quarterback, and afterward Saleh told Brian Costello of the New York Post that an initial evaluation of Wilson's right knee implied the ACL is intact, which will be confirmed, one way or another, by Saturday's test. Assuming Wilson has to miss time, the team currently rosters QBs Joe Flacco, Mike White and Chris Streveler.

Anthony Schwartz

Anthony Schwartz

WR | CLE

Three targets in preseason opener

Schwartz failed to catch any of his three targets in Friday's 24-13 preseason win over the Jaguars.

On the bright side, Schwartz suited up for the preseason opener despite recently battling a knee injury and was targeted three times by starting quarterback Deshaun Watson. Unfortunately, they were unable to connect on any of those three passes. Schwartz looks like a safe bet to make Cleveland's roster, but he'll likely continue to jostle with Donovan Peoples-Jones and David Bell for playing time alongside clear No. 1 wideout Amari Cooper. Schwartz will look to make a larger impact in next Sunday's preseason game against the Eagles.

No targets in preseason opener

Peoples-Jones wasn't targeted in Friday's 24-13 preseason win over the Jaguars.

Peoples-Jones suited up for the preseason opener but wasn't thrown to by Deshaun Watson, who completed just one of five passes in three drives of action. While Peoples-Jones has drawn some fantasy interest as the potential No. 2 wide receiver in a Cleveland passing game that could feature Watson under center after Watson serves a six-game suspension, the wideout failed to establish a rapport with the Browns' new quarterback in this one. They'll try to get on the same page when the Eagles come to town for Cleveland's next preseason game Aug. 21.

D'Ernest Johnson

D'Ernest Johnson

RB | CLE

Fumbles in preseason opener

Johnson rushed for no gain on three attempts and lost a fumble in Friday's 24-13 preseason win over the Jaguars.

Johnson got the start with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt sitting out the preseason opener, but the 26-year-old running back failed to capitalize on the opportunity. While Johnson played well when injuries cleared a starting role for him last season, his touches will likely be limited as long as Cleveland's top two backs are present and healthy, and this outing did little to bolster Johnson's case for more touches. He'll look to rebound against the Eagles on Aug. 21 in Cleveland's next preseason game.

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

QB | CLE

Struggles in Browns debut

Watson completed one of five passes for seven yards in Friday's 24-13 preseason win over Jacksonville.

Watson played the first three drives, and the team failed to pick up a first down during his time in the game. He was understandably rusty after sitting out all of last season, but Watson should continue to get ample opportunities to find his game throughout the remainder of the preseason before sitting out at least the first six games of the regular season due to a suspension. Watson will look to put forth a sharper performance in Cleveland's second preseason game, Aug. 21 against the Eagles.

Drake London

WR | ATL

Knee injury likely not serious

The knee injury that London suffered during Friday's preseason victory at Detroit isn't believed to be a serious one, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

London's pro debut included a 24-yard catch and run, followed by a stay in the medical tent before the Falcons ruled him out of the contest. The decision appears to be one of precaution with his long-term health in mind, but the specific nature of the injury won't be known until Saturday, per coach Arthur Smith via Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site.

Tyler Allgeier

RB | ATL

Garners three carries

Allgeier rushed three times for 25 yards in Friday's 27-23 preseason win over the Lions.

Allgeier didn't enter the game until the third quarter, but he was efficient with his workload, which included a long gain of 15 yards. The rookie fifth-rounder will now hope to build on his exhibition debut when the Falcons take on the Jets next Monday night.

Desmond Ridder

QB | ATL

Leads comeback win

Ridder completed 10 of 22 passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's 27-23 preseason win over the Lions. He also rushed six times for 59 yards.

Ridder's night was highlighted by a 21-yard touchdown to Jared Bernhardt to give Atlanta the lead with a minute-and-a-half left. The rookie third-rounder threw a one-yard score earlier in the game, and like starter Marcus Mariota, Ridder showed his wheels as a runner as well. In playing only the opening series, Mariota completed both his attempts for 36 yards and rushed three times for 23 yards and a touchdown. While Mariota could play more in the Falcons' next preseason game versus the Jets, Ridder's game-winning effort will make his progress interesting to track too.

Drake London

WR | ATL

Clarification on injury to come

Coach Arthur Smith didn't provide an update on London's (knee) health after Friday's preseason win at Detroit, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.

Prior to his early exit, London recorded a 24-yard catch and run, looking the part of a first-round pick. However, the rookie wide receiver had his right leg examined in the blue medical tent and eventually was ruled out with a knee injury. Bridget Condon of NFL Network later reported London was walking about the sideline and didn't seem to be dealing with anything too severe. Afterward, Smith relayed that the Falcons will have a better idea about London's injury Saturday, likely after he goes through a battery of tests to learn the precise diagnosis.

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota

QB | ATL

Rushes for score

Mariota completed both of his passing attempts for 36 yards and rushed three times for 23 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 27-23 preseason win over the Lions.

Mariota only played Atlanta's opening series but made his presence felt. The signal-caller connected with first-round pick Drake London on a 24-yard gain prior to capping the series with a six-yard scramble for a score. Although London was banged up following his reception, he was reportedly walking around on the sideline afterward, which could offer a relief to Mariota as he prepares for the upcoming campaign. Behind Mariota, rookie Desmond Ridder completed 10 of 22 throws for 103 yards and two touchdowns, including a 21-yard, go-ahead score with a minute-and-a-half remaining. Ridder also rushed six times for 59 yards, helping his case to push Mariota for reps early on.

Makes two grabs

St. Brown caught both his targets for 29 yards in Friday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Falcons.

St. Brown picked up where he left off last season, hauling in a pair of passes from Jared Goff on Detroit's opening drive. Coming off 90 catches for 912 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie, St. Brown figures to remain a key to the Lions offense in 2022.

No touches versus Lions

Patterson played but didn't get any touches in Friday's 27-23 preseason win over the Lions.

Patterson was on the field for Atlanta's opening snap on offense, but he never got his number called during his brief appearance. The utility tailback should garner more work in the Falcons' next preseason game versus the Jets.

Kyle Pitts

Kyle Pitts

TE | ATL

Suits up to start preseason

Pitts played but was not targeted in Friday's 27-23 preseason win over the Lions.

Pitts suited up as Atlanta opened their exhibition slate. In making a brief appearance, though, he didn't get any passes thrown his way. Pitts will hope to get more work in the Falcons' next preseason game versus the Jets.

D'Andre Swift

D'Andre Swift

RB | DET

Scores in exhibition opener

Swift rushed four times for 20 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Falcons.

Swift capped Detroit's opening drive with a nine-yard touchdown rush. That proved to be his final carry of the game, making for a short but effective showing to begin the preseason.

Brandon Aiyuk

Brandon Aiyuk

WR | SF

Sitting out Friday

Aiyuk isn't slated to play in Friday's preseason game versus the Packers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

The same can be said for fellow wide receiver Deebo Samuel, running back Elijah Mitchell (hamstring) and tight end George Kittle. With Samuel and Aiyuk in street clothes, Jauan Jennings, Danny Gray and Ray-Ray McCloud, among others are the WRs available to the 49ers.

Zach Wilson

Zach Wilson

QB | NYJ

Injures right knee Friday

Wilson sustained a right knee injury during Friday's preseason game in Philadelphia and is questionable to return.

At the end of a seven-yard scramble in the first quarter, Wilson dove, had a visible limp when he got to his feet and then fell back to the turf, where he remained for multiple minutes. He then made his way to the locker room. Last year, he missed four games in the middle of the season due to a sprained PCL in his right knee, but it remains to be seen if he'll suffer a similar fate this time around. If Wilson misses any time, Joe Flacco, Mike White and Chris Streveler will handle quarterback duties for the Jets.

George Kittle

George Kittle

TE | SF

Unlikely to suit up Friday

Kittle isn't expected to play in Friday's preseason game against the Packers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Kittle will be among a number of 49ers regulars sitting out their exhibition opener, including running back Elijah Mitchell (hamstring) and wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk. Tyler Kroft, Ross Dwelley, Tanner Hudson and Troy Fumagalli represent the team's healthy and available tight ends Friday.

Zach Wilson

Zach Wilson

QB | NYJ

Leaves Friday's game

Wilson went to the locker room after sustaining an undisclosed injury during Friday's preseason game at Philadelphia, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The injury occurred at the end of a seven-yard scramble, after which he dove forward, attempted to get up and then remained on the turf for a few minutes, according to Connor Hughes of The Athletic. With Joe Flacco sitting out Friday, the Jets are down to Mike White and Chris Streveler at quarterback.

Elijah Mitchell

Elijah Mitchell

RB | SF

Tending to hamstring injury

Mitchell is dealing with a hamstring issue that may keep him sidelined for the entire preseason, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Prior to kickoff of Friday's exhibition against the Packers, Mitchell wasn't seen in uniform along with a number of the 49ers' top skill-position talent, per Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com. But Mitchell's absence is related to an injury. While he may not make an appearance in a game in August, he is slated to be available when the team opens the regular season Sunday, Sept. 11 in Chicago.

Darius Slayton

Darius Slayton

WR | NYG

Pulled Thursday to avoid injury

Slayton played only five snaps in Thursday's preseason opener against New England because he "tightened up" in the first quarter, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports.

Slayton mostly played with the second- and third-teams during camp, but he logged all of his time with the starters Thursday. However, that time was limited to just five snaps because, in the words of head coach Brian Daboll, the receiver "tightened up." Daboll indicated that Slayton impressed in recent practices to earn time with the starters in the exhibition opener, and the decision to pull him appears to be precautionary rather than the result of an identifiable injury. Slayton is on the cusp of making the 53-man roster, so it will be important for him to stay on the field throughout the preseason.

Deebo Samuel

Deebo Samuel

WR | SF

Not likely to play Friday

Samuel isn't on pace to play in Friday's preseason game against the Packers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

The same goes for fellow wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, tight end George Kittle and running back Elijah Mitchell, meaning second-year quarterback Trey Lance will be operating without most of the 49ers' top skill-position talent. Without Samuel and Aiyuk in the lineup, the team's available wide receivers are Jauan Jennings, Danny Gray and Ray-Ray McCloud, among others.

Jared Goff

Jared Goff

QB | DET

Leads TD drive in preseason opener

Goff completed three of four passes for 47 yards during Friday's preseason game against Atlanta.

Detroit only let its starting offense play one series, but Goff largely made the most of it by leading a long scoring drive that ended with a D'Andre Swift touchdown. It wouldn't be a surprise if this was the last we see of him until the regular season since the Lions still need to figure out whether to trust Tim Boyle or David Blough with backup quarterback duties before Week 1.

Kenneth Gainwell

Kenneth Gainwell

RB | PHI

Not expected to play Friday

Gainwell (hip) isn't slated to play in Friday's preseason contest versus the Jets, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.

Gainwell was held out of Tuesday's practice due to a hip issue, which seemingly will keep him in street clothes for the Eagles' first exhibition. With Boston Scott currently in the concussion protocol, Miles Sanders, Jason Huntley, Kennedy Brooks and DeAndre Torrey are the team's options out of the backfield Friday.

DeVonta Smith

DeVonta Smith

WR | PHI

Unlikely to play Friday

Smith (groin) isn't in line to play in Friday's preseason contest against the Jets, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.

Smith picked up a groin injury late last week and hasn't practiced in the interim. On Wednesday, coach Nick Sirianni termed Smith day-to-day, but the wide receiver hasn't made enough progress to be cleared for game action. With Smith on the sidelines, the Eagles' top options at wide receiver are A.J. Brown and Quez Watkins, with the likes of Zach Pascal and Jalen Reagor also on hand.

Drake London

WR | ATL

Hurts knee Friday

Though London was forced out of Friday's preseason game against the Lions with a knee injury, NFL Network's Bridget Condon noted that the rookie wideout was subsequently spotted walking around on the sideline.

Per Condon, "whatever the issues is, it doesn't appear to be too serious." Though that's an encouraging initial report, London's status is nonetheless worth monitoring in the coming days. Prior to his first-quarter exit from the contest, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft caught his lone target for 24 yards.

Drake London

WR | ATL

Exits game with knee injury

London was forced out of Friday's preseason game against the Lions after hurting his knee on the Falcons' first drive, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

The report adds that the rookie wideout won't return to the game. The severity of London's knee issue remains to be seen, so until further information is available, consider him day-to-day.

Jared Goff

Jared Goff

QB | DET

Suiting up Friday

Goff will play in Friday's preseason game versus the Falcons, Bridget Condon of NFL Network reports.

On Monday, coach Dan Campbell implied Goff and the rest of the Lions' healthy starters would log about one quarter of action, and that seemingly will come to pass in the team's first exhibition. He'll thus be working with running backs D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams, wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and DJ Chark and tight end T.J. Hockenson.

Christian Kirk

Christian Kirk

WR | JAX

Taking seat Friday

Kirk (ankle) isn't expected to play in Friday's preseason game against the Browns, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

After not suiting up for the Hall of Fame Game, Kirk was spotted working on the side at Wednesday's practice due to an ankle issue, which will keep him in street clothes for the Jaguars' second exhibition. He'll have two more chances to get some work with quarterback Trevor Lawrence before the regular season, the first of them Saturday, Aug. 20 versus the Steelers. Along with Kirk, Laviska Shenault (hamstring) and Jamal Agnew won't be available Friday, leaving Marvin Jones, Zay Jones and Laquon Treadwell, among others, as the team's active wide receivers.

James Robinson

James Robinson

RB | JAX

Won't play Friday

Robinson (Achilles) won't play in Friday's preseason game against the Browns, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Robinson is in the process of recovering from a torn left Achilles' tendon, so it's no surprise that he'll sit this one out as the team continues to manage his training-camp workload. At this stage it's unclear if he'll see any reps in either of Jacksonville's next two preseason contests, but once Robinson returns to 100 percent, he'll look to regain a key role in a Jaguars backfield that he led last season while Travis Etienne was sidelined with a foot injury.

Amari Cooper

Amari Cooper

WR | CLE

Not in line to play Friday

The Browns have announced that Cooper is among the team's players not expected to play in Friday's preseason opener against the Jaguars.

The same applies to top running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, with the team electing to rest a number of key players Friday. With Cooper -- the team's clear-cut No. 1 wideout -- not in the mix Friday, the Browns' coaching staff will presumably focus on evaluating some of the WRs who are competing for slotting behind him on the team's depth chart.

Sean Mannion

Sean Mannion

QB | MIN

Will split preseason reps Sunday

Mannion and Kellen Mond will get a "50-50" split of reps in Sunday's preseason game against Las Vegas, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Mannion and Kellen Mond are in a tight competition for the backup role to starter Kirk Cousins and their preseason will go a lot way to determining the winner. Cousins will miss the game after testing positive for Covid-19, but he was unlikely to play in the game even if healthy. Head coach Kevin O'Connell did not say whether Mannion or Mond will start Sunday's game, however.

Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt

RB | CLE

Not suiting up Friday

Hunt isn't slated to play in Friday's preseason game in Jacksonville.

Hunt recently held himself out of team drills in training camp due to his desire for a new contract, but he eventually returned to full capacity at practice after two days. Still, he won't be available to the Browns offense, along with top running back Nick Chubb. With those two unavailable, D'Ernest Johnson, Demetric Felton, Jerome Ford and John Kelly will be the team's active members of the backfield Friday.

Jacoby Brissett

Jacoby Brissett

QB | CLE

Not in line to play Friday

The Browns have announced that Brissett is among the team's players not expected to play in Friday's preseason opener against the Jaguars.

Other key players not in line to see action include top wideout Amari Cooper as well as running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. While Brissett is not expected to play Friday, Deshaun Watson is slated to start at QB for the Browns, with Joshua Dobbs and Josh Rosen also in the mix to see work versus Jacksonville.

Nick Chubb

Nick Chubb

RB | CLE

Not slated to play Friday

Chubb isn't in line to play in Friday's preseason game at Jacksonville.

The same goes for fellow running back Kareem Hunt. Meanwhile, the Browns are expected to have new quarterback Deshaun Watson in the starting lineup, so he won't have the team's top two RBs at his disposal. Instead, D'Ernest Johnson, Demetric Felton, Jerome Ford and John Kelly will occupy the Browns backfield Friday.

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

QB | CLE

Slated to play Friday

Watson remains slated to play in Friday night's preseason game against the Jaguars, James Palmer of NFL Network and Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer report.

As Friday's 7 ET kickoff approaches, NFL designee Peter C. Harvey -- who was appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the league's appeal of Watson's six-game suspension -- has yet to render a decision that might affect the quarterback's status. Per Cabot, Watson was present for warmups ahead of Cleveland's contest versus Jacksonville, which he is in line to start.

Ty Montgomery

Ty Montgomery

WR | NE

Could move into receiving back role

In the wake of James White's retirement, based on how things have gone in training camp, Montgomery could have the inside track to fill the Patriots' vacated receiving back role, Evan Lazar of the team's official site reports.

One bit of context supporting that notion is that Montgomery was among the Patriots (a group that included the team's key skill players) who sat out Thursday night's preseason opener. The report notes that rookie Pierre Strong is also candidate to help fill the void created by the absence of White, but the 2022 fourth-rounder is going to need to establish that he can be counted on in pass protection and thus may be eased into the mix if Montgomery indeed claims a notable change-of-pace role out of the gate this season behind top early-down options Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson.

Bryan Edwards

Bryan Edwards

WR | ATL

Out for Friday

Edwards (shoulder) won't play in Friday's preseason game against Detroit.

Edwards has been practicing in a non-contact jersey and didn't travel to Detroit for Friday's exhibition. He's right in the mix for a starting wideout job, and his ability to continue practicing in some capacity suggests he's dealing with a sprain or bad bruise rather than a severe injury.

Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert

QB | LAC

Unlikely to play Saturday

Herbert and other starters aren't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, Elliott Teaford of The Press-Enterprise reports.

It's a strong bet both teams rest starters, or at least the key players. The Chargers have a second-year head coach in Brandon Staley and a core group of skill-position players that were together for at least one year before that. Herbert will again look to Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler as his primary threats, leading what figures to be one of the better offenses in the NFL this year.

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz

QB | WAS

Should play Saturday

Wentz and other Washington starters are scheduled for about 15-20 plays in Saturday's preseason opener against Carolina, Michael Phillips of Richmond.com reports.

It'll be Wentz's first chance to connect with wideouts Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson and Curtis Samuel in a game setting, assuming all three play. Rivera already said Samuel would, and added later that he expects the starters to stay on for about 15-20 snaps.

Trey Lance

Trey Lance

QB | SF

Likely playing Friday

Coach Kyle Shanahan suggested Lance will play in Friday's preseason game against Green Bay, Briana McDonald of the 49ers' official site reports.

Shanahan said he'd like Lance to play in the first and third games of the preseason. Other starters figure to play, though it isn't clear if that includes superstars like LT Trent Williams, WR Deebo Samuel and TE George Kittle.

Ja'Marr Chase

Ja'Marr Chase

WR | CIN

Headed for more slot work?

Chase could see more work in the slot this year, with offensive coordinator Brian Callahan noting that the second-year wideout is a "really smart" player who knows assignments for multiple receiver spots, Paul Dehner of The Athletic reports.

Primarily an X receiver last season, Chase didn't move around the formation much early on, instead finding success with his ability to beat press coverage, win one-on-one matchups outside and run past slower defenders. The Bengals moved him around a bit more as the year went along, but his 20.6 percent slot-snap rate over the final nine games (including playoffs) was still on the low side for a top receiver. Chase could move inside a bit more often this year, though it isn't clear how much that even matters for fantasy, as he finished last year with 2.49 yards per route run from the slot and 2.45 YPRR on the perimeter. There's also the matter of fellow Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd, who has primarily worked the slot for most of his career.

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota

QB | ATL

Should play some Friday

Mariota is expected to play about a quarter in Friday's preseason matchup with Detroit, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Lions coach Dan Campbell said he and Falcons coach Arthur Smith agreed to play starters for about a quarter. Mariota thus gets his first chance to throw passes to Drake London and Kyle Pitts in a game setting, assuming both guys also suit up. Reports out of camp suggest Mariota has been consistently better than rookie QB Desmond Ridder, a four-year college starter and third-round pick.

Ke'Shawn Vaughn

Ke'Shawn Vaughn

RB | TB

Impresses in Thursday's practice

Vaughn ripped off a long run up the right sideline in Thursday's joint practice with the Dolphins, Andrew Crane of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The third-year back was part of a successful session for the Buccaneers' ground game against the Dolphins defense, with Vaughn's run described by Crane as a would-be touchdown had it happened in a game setting. Vaughn picked up some valuable experience late last season, including in the wild-card loss to the Eagles, but rookie Rachaad White has also impressed during camp as the two battle to serve as the primary complement to lead back Leonard Fournette.

Zach Ertz

Zach Ertz

TE | ARI

Progressing with calf injury

Coach Kliff Kingsbury recently said Ertz (calf) is making progress, Tyler Drake of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.

Ertz left practice last Thursday (Aug. 4) and hasn't returned since. He won't play in Friday's preseason game against Cincinnati, but there hasn't been any indication the Cardinals are worried about Week 1. Rookie tight end Trey McBride (back) is also banged up, while Maxx Williams (knee) came off the PUP list last week after suffering an ACL tear in Week 5 last season.

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins

QB | MIN

Won't play Sunday

Coach Kevin O'Connell announced Friday that Cousins has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday's preseason game against the Raiders.

With Cousins unavailable for the contest, Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond will handle the team's QB duties versus Las Vegas on Sunday, while O'Connell noted that "no matter who starts, they'll both play a ton." Per Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, Cousins, who is reportedly dealing with minimal symptoms, could return to the field as early as Tuesday.

Nelson Agholor

Nelson Agholor

WR | NE

Sits out preseason opener

Agholor was among the Patriots' key skill players who didn't see action in Thursday's preseason opener against the Giants, Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal reports.

The same applies to fellow wideouts Jakobi Meyers, DeVante Parker and Kendrick Bourne, which paved the way for Kristian Wilkerson, Tre Nixon, Lil'Jordan Humphrey and Tyquan Thornton to see added opportunities Thursday. Once the season starts, steady volume in New England's passing game could remain an issue for Agholor; however, if the 2015 first-rounder and Mac Jones develop improved chemistry in the QB's second season, a resurgence is possible for Agholor in 2022, especially if the team takes more downfield shots.

Samaje Perine

Samaje Perine

RB | CIN

Impresses at training camp

Perine has been "all over the field making plays" in training camp, according to Jay Morrison and Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic.

While Perine is no threat to supplant top back Joe Mixon, he's looking to cement the No. 2 slot in the Bengals' backfield and at this stage it appears as though he has a solid chance to hold off 2021 sixth-rounder Chris Evans on that front. Though neither Perine or Evans profile as reliable fantasy lineup options when Mixon is healthy, if Cincinnati's top back misses time this season, Perine figures to absorb a good chunk of the the team's early-down work, with Evans factoring in as a pass-catcher.

Darren Waller

Darren Waller

TE | LV

Dealing with hamstring issue

Waller has been missing time in training camp due to a hamstring injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Schefter notes that the tight end's hamstring issue is not considered serious, while Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com relays that it appears as though Waller could return to practice next week. With that in mind, it seems safe to assume that Waller won't be available for Sunday's preseason contest against the Vikings.

Expected to start Saturday

Walker is expected to start Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Rashaad Penny is dealing with a slight groin injury and will likely sit out Saturday's game, though he wasn't expected to play much even if he was healthy. Head coach Pete Carroll spent time Thursday raving about the rookie's abilities in the passing game, specifically as a pass blocker, which was a major question mark coming out of college. Walker will get a chance to prove himself in his first NFL action Saturday, and if he shows the necessary improvements in the passing game, he could have a chance to get on the field often when the games start to count. However, Penny's finish to the 2021 season should lock him in as the No. 1 back as long as he's healthy.

Catches eight passes Thursday

Wilkerson logged 46 snaps en route to recording eight catches for 99 yards in Thursday's 23-21 preseason loss to the Giants, Mike Dussault of the Patriots' official site reports.

With the Patriots resting starting quarterback Mac Jones and top wideouts DeVante Parker, Kendrick Bourne, Jakobi Meyers and Nelson Agholor, Wilkerson was targeted a team-high 12 times in the contest. Now in his third year with New England after spending the last two seasons primarily on the practice squad, Wilkerson is currently competing with Tyquan Thornton, Tre Nixon, Lil'Jordan Humphrey and Josh Hammond for a depth spot on the team's roster. As a 2022 second-round draft pick, Thornton figures to make the cut, but Wilkerson could end up landing a spot if injuries or roster moves thin out the squad's WR ranks as the summer progresses.

Makai Polk

WR | BAL

Leads Ravens in targets Thursday

Polk caught six of eight targets for 43 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Titans.

The undrafted rookie out of Mississippi State led the team in targets, and though he was efficient in terms of catch rate, he lacked per-target effectiveness and was outshined by fellow UDFA Shemar Bridges. With injuries elsewhere in the receiving corps, Polk could have another chance to impress coaches in the second preseason game but he remains a relative longshot to crack the 53-man roster as it stands.

Tyler Badie

RB | BAL

Busy in preseason opener

Badie had six carries for 19 yards and added one reception for nine yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the TItans.

Baltimore deployed five different running backs Thursday as it looks to identify depth behind its presumptive starters who were not in action for the first preseason game. Badie, a rookie, got the most carries on the team but managed just 3.2 yards per carry. The volume was encouraging in that Baltimore clearly wants to see what it has in the rookie out of Missouri, but Badie's output will need to improve as the preseason progresses. Veterans Mike Davis and Corey Clement stand as Badie's biggest hurdles for a reserve role behind J.K. Dobbins (knee) and Gus Edwards (knee).

Darren Waller

Darren Waller

TE | LV

Should return next week

Waller (undisclosed) told Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com he should be ready to practice next week.

Waller has been out since at least the beginning of August with an undisclosed injury. It sounds like he doesn't consider it serious, but fantasy managers will still feel much better once he actually gets back on the practice field. Waller won't be playing in Sunday's preseason game against Minnesota.

Micah Parsons

Micah Parsons

LB | DAL

Shines in joint practice

Parsons routinely got the better of Broncos starting right tackle Calvin Anderson during joint practice between Dallas and Denver on Thursday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Lining up at both linebacker and defensive end, Parsons blew past Anderson to get to the quarterback so often he lost count of how many potential sacks he might have racked up had it been an actual game. Last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year has been the best player in a Cowboys uniform throughout training camp, and with the addition of Anthony Barr (conditioning) to the Dallas defense, Parsons figures to be freed up for pass-rushing duties even more often in 2022 after recording 13 sacks in 16 games last season.

Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod Taylor

QB | NYG

Tosses TD in preseason opener

Taylor completed 13 of 21 pass attempts for 129 yards and a touchdown with no turnovers in Thursday's 23-21 preseason victory over New England. He also rushed once for two yards.

Daniel Jones and Davis Webb also logged time behind center in the contest, but Taylor saw the most action of the trio. He was responsible for the team's only passing touchdown, connecting with Richie James for a seven-yard score in the second quarter. Taylor will open the regular season as New York's backup quarterback, but he offers a viable alternative to Jones if the latter struggles in new head coach Brian Daboll's offense.

No targets in pro debut

Robinson was listed as a starter but wasn't targeted in Thursday's 23-21 preseason win at New England.

Fellow starting wide receiver Kenny Golladay and No. 1 quarterback Daniel Jones played the first two possession of the game, so Robinson likely logged at least as much action as the established pair. A second-round pick in the 2022 Draft, Robinson impressed throughout the offseason program and training camp and was listed on the first-team offense on the Giants' first unofficial depth chart, putting himself in good standing in a receiving corps that's injury prone. At the moment, second-year pro Kadarius Toney (leg) isn't practicing, and Sterling Shepard (Achilles) remains on the PUP list, leaving Golladay, Robinson and Darius Slayton as the team's top healthy options.

Daniel Bellinger

TE | NYG

Catches pass from backup QB

Bellinger caught his only target for five yards in Thursday's 23-21 preseason win over the Patriots.

Bellinger was listed atop the tight end depth chart heading into the preseason opener, but Daniel Jones didn't look his way during the starting quarterback's two drives of action, as the only pass thrown Bellinger's way came from backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Bellinger will look to make more of an impact in New York's second preseason game Aug. 21 against Cincinnati, as Ricky Seals-Jones (undisclosed) and Jordan Akins remain hot on his heels for playing time at tight end.

Seven touches in preseason opener

Strong rushed six times for 25 yards and caught his only target for no gain in Thursday's 23-21 preseason loss to the Giants.

Strong has reportedly shown good receiving ability in camp, which could be his ticket to a roster spot in the wake of James White's retirement, but he failed to make much of an impact in that regard Thursday. It's also a bit worrisome that he was deployed after both J.J. Taylor and rookie sixth-round pick Kevin Harris, which suggests that Strong could be below both in New England's backfield pecking order. On the bright side, Strong's average of 4.2 yards per carry was the highest among Patriots rushers Thursday, which gives him some momentum to build on for the second preseason game against Carolina next Friday.

Kevin Harris

RB | NE

Scores TD in preseason opener

Harris rushed six times for nine yards and a touchdown while catching one of two targets for minus-2 yards in Thursday's 23-21 preseason loss to the Giants.

It would have been a forgettable NFL debut for the rookie sixth-round pick out of South Carolina if not for his three-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Harris notably saw the field before fellow rookie Pierre Strong but after J.J. Taylor. Even with James White having announced his retirement, Harris is still locked in a battle with Taylor and Strong to make the roster behind Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson in a deep New England backfield. He'll look to bolster his case in the second preseason game, Aug. 19 against the Panthers.

Tyquan Thornton

WR | NE

Finds end zone in preseason opener

Thornton caught both of his targets for nine yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 23-21 preseason loss to the Giants.

Thornton capped the first quarter with a two-yard touchdown catch to get the Patriots on the board, putting an exclamation point on his NFL debut. The rookie second-round pick out of Baylor was drafted to stretch the field in the methodical New England offense, but Thornton could carve out a more prominent role if he proves to be an effective option in the red zone, and Thursday's touchdown should help in that regard. Thornton will look to build on this promising debut when the Patriots host the Panthers on Aug. 19 for their next preseason game.

J.J. Taylor

J.J. Taylor

RB | NE

Starts first preseason game

Taylor rushed five times for 16 yards and caught his only target for 11 yards in Thursday's 23-21 preseason loss to the Giants.

Taylor got the start at running back ahead of rookies Kevin Harris and Pierre Strong with both Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson getting the night off, but he didn't do much with the opportunity, rushing for just 3.2 yards per carry. Strong averaged a more robust 4.2 yards on his six attempts, while Harris was the only one of the three to score a touchdown. Even with James White no longer in the mix after announcing his retirement, Taylor could find himself on the outside looking in when final cuts come around if he allows both rookies to outplay him, so he'll be looking for a bounce-back performance when New England continues preseason play Aug. 19 against the Panthers.

Kenny Golladay

Kenny Golladay

WR | NYG

One catch in preseason opener

Golladay caught one of three targets for six yards in Thursday's 23-21 preseason win over the Patriots.

Golladay and starting quarterback Daniel Jones failed to connect twice on the opening drive, including on 3rd-and-6 from New England's seven-yard line. The veteran receiver finally got his hands on the ball to cap New York's second drive, gaining six yards on 3rd-and-18 before both Jones and Golladay subbed out for the remainder of the game. Locked in as a starting wide receiver for Big Blue, Golladay's likely to keep seeing modest usage throughout the preseason, including the team's home game against the Bengals next Sunday.

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

QB | NYG

Plays two drives against Patriots

Jones completed six of 10 passes for 69 yards and rushed once for six yards in Thursday's 23-21 preseason win over the Patriots. He didn't have a touchdown or turnover while playing the first two series.

Jones got the offense down to New England's seven-yard line on the opening drive, but the Giants ended up settling for a field goal before punting on the second possession. This was an unremarkable start to the preseason for Jones under new coach Brian Daboll, but he's still locked in as the Giants' starting quarterback. Jones will likely see a similar workload in the second preseason game at home against the Bengals on Aug. 21.

Justice Hill

Justice Hill

RB | BAL

Three carries in preseason opener

Hill rushed three times for 11 yards and didn't draw a target during the Ravens' 23-10 preseason win over the Titans on Thursday night.

Seeing his first game action in just under a year, Hill put together modest numbers, but the biggest takeaway was his ability to get back on the field following the Achilles tear that wiped out last season. Hill has reportedly looked quick and back to pre-injury form in training camp practices, and he could see a bump in workload in a road exhibition matchup against the Cardinals a week from Sunday night as he aims to lock in a spot as a speedy change-of-pace option behind the presumptive top running back duo of J.K. Dobbins (knee) and Gus Edwards (knee).

Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley

RB | NYG

Plays one drive in preseason opener

Barkley rushed four times for 13 yards and caught his only target for eight yards in Thursday's 23-21 preseason win over the Patriots.

Barkley only played the first series but worked as the focal point of New York's offense, accruing five touches during his brief time in the game. He's likely to see plenty of volume as both a rusher and pass catcher when the games start to count, but the Giants will likely continue to limit Barkley's playing time throughout the preseason. He'll probably see a similar workload when the Bengals come to town Aug. 21 for the next preseason game.

Kyle Philips

WR | TEN

Only impact on special teams

Philips failed to bring in his only target and returned two punts for 16 yards in the Titans' 23-10 preseason loss to the Ravens on Thursday night.

The rookie fifth-round pick drew the second target of the night on the opening drive from Malik Willis, but that was the extent of his involvement on offense. Philips did muster a 13-yard return when the Ravens were forced to punt on their first drive, yet he wasn't able to carry over any of the momentum he'd generated as a receiver in recent camp practices. The UCLA product will need to have much more of a presence on offense beginning with the Titans' next exhibition matchup against the Buccaneers a week from Saturday night to make his case for a roster spot.

James Proche II

James Proche II

WR | BAL

To miss 1-to-2 weeks

Coach John Harbaugh said Proche wasn't available for Thursday's preseason game against the Titans due to a soft-tissue injury that will sideline the wide receiver 1-to-2 weeks, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. "It's not going to be too long," Harbaugh added.

If the given timetable surpasses the two-week mark, Proche could be in danger of missing the Ravens' final two exhibitions on Sunday, Aug. 21 in Arizona and Saturday, Aug. 27 against the Commanders. In a Ravens receiving corps with few proven commodities outside of tight end Mark Andrews, Proche seems poised to miss out on opportunities to make his mark during a key time of the NFL calendar. Tylan Wallace picked up a knee injury Thursday, while the team held out its presumed top two wideouts Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay, who both recently missed time with health concerns. If Proche gets healthy sooner than later, he again will be able to push for depth chart slotting.

Hassan Haskins

RB | TEN

Solid impact as receiver

Haskins rushed six times for just 19 yards but brought in three of four targets for 29 yards in the Titans' 23-10 preseason loss to the Ravens on Thursday night.

The rookie fourth-round pick was outperformed by undrafted free agent Julius Chestnut on the ground, but Haskins did a nice job showing off his receiving chops. The Michigan product saw one fewer carry than Chestnut, but he outpaced fellow complementary backs Jordan Wilkins and Trenton Cannon by five rush attempts apiece. Haskins should get another fairly extensive look when the Titans face the Buccaneers in their second preseason game a week from Saturday night.

Treylon Burks

WR | TEN

No impact in preseason opener

Burks rushed once for four yards and failed to bring in his only target in the Titans' 23-10 preseason loss to the Ravens on Thursday night.

The much-talked-about rookie was very quiet in his first game action, which offered Burks an early opportunity to quiet some of the criticism he'd faced earlier this offseason for his conditioning issues. The 18th overall pick naturally has a solid opportunity to make a first-year impact with A.J. Brown now in Philadelphia, and the Titans will almost certainly try to get him more involved in their next exhibition clash, which unfolds a week from Saturday night at home against the Buccaneers.

Tylan Wallace

Tylan Wallace

WR | BAL

Has sprained knee

Coach John Harbaugh said Wallace suffered a minor knee sprain during Thursday's preseason win against the Titans, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Wallace managed to reel in one of two targets for three yards and tally one carry for minus-four yards before departing in the first quarter. He picked up the knee issue on the aforementioned end-around, after which he went to the blue medical tent and didn't return. The decision may have been one of precaution, and Harbaugh told Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic that he's unsure how much time Wallace may miss.

Julius Chestnut

RB | TEN

Mixed bag in preseason opener

Chestnut rushed seven times for 44 yards and secured his only target for 12 yards in the Titans' 23-10 preseason loss to the Ravens on Thursday night. He also lost a fumble.

Chestnut's efficiency on a per-touch basis was impressive, although he did short-circuit the Titans' second drive with a fumble that ultimately led to the Ravens' first touchdown. The undrafted free agent has an uphill battle for a roster spot, but the miscue aside, Chestnut largely was able to carry over the momentum he'd generated in camp practices, and Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports head coach Mike Vrabel was pleased with how well the rookie bounced back from the early mistake. The Sacred Heart alum will look to continue making his case in the Titans' exhibition clash against the Buccaneers a week from Saturday night.

Malik Willis

QB | TEN

Strong first impression in loss

Willis completed six of 11 passes for 107 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and rushed five times for 38 yards and a score in the Titans' 23-10 preseason loss to the Ravens on Thursday night.

Willis' night started slowly with three incompletions and a pair of three-play, five-yard drives sandwiched around a one-play possession that ended in a Julius Chestnut fumble. However, the rookie hit his stride from that point, completing six of his last eight attempts, the highlight of those throws a 48-yard completion to Racey McMath early in the second quarter on a drive that culminated in a field goal. Willis' rushing score, a seven-yard jaunt on the prior possession, was also a thing of beauty, as he reversed direction and beat multiple defenders to the end zone with speed and a nifty cutback move to get past the goal line. The high-upside third-round pick did take two sacks and naturally needs plenty more seasoning at the pro level, but in his first half of NFL action, he already flashed the strong arm and elite mobility that endeared him to to the organization. Willis' first opportunity to build on a strong initial performance comes in a preseason home matchup against the Buccaneers a week from Saturday night.

Mike Davis

Mike Davis

RB | BAL

Starts and scores

Davis took five carries for 22 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason win over the Titans.

Davis was the first back through the rotation, as would be expected with J.K. Dobbins (ACL) not yet cleared for contact and Gus Edwards (ACL) still on the PUP list. Dobbins seems to be on track for Week 1, but Edwards doesn't, which means at least one of the Ravens' other backs is likely to get some snaps and touches in the opener. Davis is the most experienced and has been getting the most reps in camp with the first-team offense, and the solid showing Thursday night certainly won't hurt his chances. He mostly worked between the tackles, but his TD came from four yards out on his fifth and final carry of the night, capping off Baltimore's second drive. After that, the Ravens turned to Justice Hill, followed by Tyler Badie mixing in for a two-minute drill. After halftime, it was mostly Badie (a fifth-round rookie) and Nate McCrary (a 2021 UDFA) getting the backfield snaps, along with veteran Corey Clement.

Isaiah Likely

TE | BAL

Catches four passes in NFL debut

Likely caught each of his four targets for 44 yards in Thursday's preseason win over Tennessee.

The rookie fourth-round pick was on the field for most of the first half with QB Tyler Huntley and the second-team offense, while fellow tight ends Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle were rested along with the other starters and fellow fourth-round pick Charlie Kolar was sidelined by sports hernia surgery. Likely was called for two holding penalties Thursday, but it isn't blocking he was drafted for, coming out of Coastal Carolina as an undersized tight end (235 pounds) who put up 912 yards and 12 TDs his senior season. He showed why the Ravens took him when he got his shots in the passing game, with one reception featuring a trio of successful jukes and another going for 22 yards in traffic. Last but not least, Likely made a tough catch on a low throw -- initially called incomplete before a review overturned it. As encouraging of an effort as it was, Likely is unlikely to find an opening for rookie-year fantasy value in any scenario where Mark Andrews stays healthy. For now, the rookie tight end is mostly of interest in deeper dynasty leagues.

Kyle Allen

Kyle Allen

QB | HOU

Tests positive for COVID-19

Allen won't play in Saturday's preseason contest versus the Saints after testing positive for COVID-19, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

In a press conference earlier Thursday, coach Lovie Smith told Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com that Allen wouldn't play due to personal reasons, but the quarterback instead has entered COVID-19 protocols. Allen thus will need to stay away from Texans facilities for at least five days. With Allen sidelined, Davis Mills and Jeff Driskel will handle all the QB reps for the team Saturday.

Kyle Allen

Kyle Allen

QB | HOU

Will sit out Saturday

Texans coach Lovie Smith said that Allen will not play in Saturday's preseason game against New Orleans due to personal reasons, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Smith also added that Allen missed practice Thursday for similar undisclosed reasons, though it's still unclear just how long the quarterback is expected to miss this preseason. The 26-year-old signal-caller signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with Houston in March after completing 12 of his 19 passes for 120 yards and one touchdown over two games with Washington last season. In Allen's absence, journeyman backup Jeff Driskel figures to see increased run in Saturday's game behind starter Davis Mills.

Davis Mills

Davis Mills

QB | HOU

On pace to play Saturday

Coach Lovie Smith said Mills is in line to play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Saints, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.

Prior to this statement, Smith also noted backup quarterback Kyle Allen won't play Saturday due to personal reasons, leaving Mills and Jeff Driskel as the only Texans available at the position this weekend. Smith didn't mention how much action Mills can expect to see, but it's safe to say the breakdown of snaps and possessions likely will tilt in Driskel's favor, so as not to risk Mills' health.

Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold

QB | CAR

To see about one series Saturday

Coach Matt Rhule said Thursday that Darnold and Baker Mayfield will each play roughly one series apiece during Saturday's preseason game at Washington, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Darnold and Mayfield are in the midst of a quarterback competition, with the latter seeming to take on more of the first-team reps as training camp went on. That said, Rhule didn't announce who will start Saturday, only noting both players will earn 8-to-10 plays. The Panthers aren't expected to name a Week 1 starter between the two until after their second exhibition Friday, Aug. 19 at New England, at the earliest.

Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield

QB | CAR

To play about one series Saturday

Coach Matt Rhule said Thursday that Mayfield and Sam Darnold will each play roughly one series apiece during Saturday's preseason contest in Washington, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

In particular, Rhule noted each quarterback will get 8-to-10 snaps, but he also didn't state who will be under center first between the duo. Mayfield took on more reps with the first-team offense as training camp progressed, so he may be the favorite to start this weekend. Still, the team isn't expected to name its No. 1 QB for the regular-season opener until after its second exhibition Friday, Aug. 19 in New England, at the earliest.

Tylan Wallace

Tylan Wallace

WR | BAL

Picks up knee issue

Wallace is questionable to return to Thursday's preseason game versus the Titans due to a knee injury, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Prior to his departure in the first quarter, Wallace hauled in one of two targets for three yards and lost four yards on one carry. After that end-around, he went to sideline medical tent to have his ankle looked at, but the issue actually impacted his knee. If Wallace is unable to reenter the contest, the Ravens' top available wide receivers will be Jaylon Moore and Binjimen Victor with Rashod Bateman, Devin Duvernay and James Proche (undisclosed) not playing Thursday.

James Proche II

James Proche II

WR | BAL

Not slated to play Thursday

Proche (undisclosed) won't play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Titans, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Proche didn't practice Tuesday, but we suspect that he would have sat this one out in any case, with the Ravens resting multiple key players Thursday, including fellow wideouts Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay. In that context, added reps will be available for the likes of Tylan Wallace, Jaylon Moore and Binjimen Victor, among others.

Rashod Bateman

Rashod Bateman

WR | BAL

Not playing Thursday

Bateman was among the Ravens not in uniform for warmups ahead of Thursday's preseason opener against the Titans, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

The same applies to Devin Duvernay and James Proche, so the Ravens' projected top three wideouts are slated to sit this one out, which will allow the coaching staff to focus on evaluating the team's depth options at the wide receiver position during Baltimore's exhibition opener.

Tim Patrick

Tim Patrick

WR | DEN

Undergoes knee surgery

Patrick underwent surgery Monday to repair his torn ACL, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

The surgery was deemed a success, and Patrick now faces a long recovery period that should have him on track to be fully recovered around the start of OTAs in 2023. The lost season is a disappointment for the reliable wideout with the Broncos offense projected to take a major step forward with Russell Wilson at quarterback. In his absence, Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler can expect to see even more opportunities in Denver's new look passing attack.

Devin Duvernay

Devin Duvernay

WR | BAL

Not in line to play Thursday

Duvernay is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Titans, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Duvernay missed some time in the middle of training camp due to a thigh bruise, the result of a collision with safety Chuck Clark. The third-year wide receiver returned to the practice field this past Saturday, but the Ravens won't take any chances with their likely No. 2 option at the position this season. With all of Duvernay, Rashod Bateman and James Proche (undisclosed) not in uniform ahead of Thursday's kickoff, Tylan Wallace, Jaylon Moore and Binjimen Victor, among others, will be the wideouts available to Baltimore.

Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes

QB | KC

In line for reps Saturday

Mahomes is expected to see action in the first quarter of Saturday's preseason opener against the Bears, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.

Based on coach Andy Reid's comments, after Mahomes works in the first quarter of the contest, the team will turn to Chad Henne in the second quarter, Shane Buechele in the third and finish up with Dustin Crum in the fourth quarter. In that scenario, Mahomes may not rack up a ton of passing attempts, but he will at least have a chance to get in some game reps with Kansas City's retooled wide receiver corps.

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

QB | IND

On pace to play Saturday

Ryan is slated to log about one quarter of action during Saturday's preseason contest at Buffalo, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

Ryan is acclimating to a new environment after 14 campaigns with the Falcons, so it comes as no surprise that Colts head coach Frank Reich wants his quarterback to get some reps ahead of Week 1. In fact, Ryan and most of Indy's starters will log some time time in the team's first two exhibitions before playing up to one half in the finale on Saturday, Aug. 27 versus the Buccaneers. On the other hand, the 37-year-old is unlikely to have the services of stud running back Jonathan Taylor until the regular-season opener, understandably so.

Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor

RB | IND

Not likely to play Saturday

Taylor isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Bills, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

The report notes that starting QB Matt Ryan is expected to play about one quarter in the contest. However, coming off a huge 2021 campaign, Taylor doesn't have anything to prove in the preseason, and the Colts seem likely to play it safe with their star back this weekend and quite possibly in their next two exhibition outings as well.

Treylon Burks

WR | TEN

Playing in exhibition opener

Burks will suit up for Thursday's preseason game in Baltimore, Paul Kuharsky of PaulKuharsky.com reports.

This comes as little surprise after the Titans made him a first-round selection in this year's draft. Burks dealt with asthma and conditioning during the offseason program and even sat out mandatory minicamp, but he passed conditioning tests at the start of training camp and since then has looked more crisp on the field than he did in the spring. Still, he was listed as a second-team wide receiver on the team's first unofficial depth chart behind Robert Woods (knee) and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, so how Burks fares Thursday could help his case for first-team status.

Malik Willis

QB | TEN

Starting Thursday

Willis is slated to start Thursday's preseason game at Baltimore, Paul Kuharsky of PaulKuharsky.com reports.

With starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill in line to sit out the Titans' exhibition opener, Willis and Logan Woodside will split QB duties, earning roughly a half of work apiece, per Jim Wyatt of the team's official site. Willis, a third-round pick in this year's draft, is getting the first shot to lead the offense and will have rookie first-round wide receiver Treylon Burks at his disposal as well.

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

QB | NYG

In line to see action Thursday

Jones is slated to play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Patriots, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.

It remains to be seen how long Jones will be in the game, but Dan Duggan of The Athletic speculates that the Giants' healthy starters "could play as little as a series or as much as a quarter," depending on how they fare early on in the contest. Once Jones exits the game, Tyrod Taylor and Davis Webb are next in line for the team's QB reps.

Kadarius Toney

Kadarius Toney

WR | NYG

Not slated to play Thursday

Toney (hamstring) is not in line to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Patriots, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

The report notes that Toney appeared to tweak his leg or knee in Tuesday's practice, and the wideout thus is on track to miss the Giants' exhibition opener. His next chance to see game action will arrive Sunday, Aug. 21 against the Bengals.

Rashaad Penny

Rashaad Penny

RB | SEA

Iffy for Saturday

Coach Pete Carroll relayed Thursday that Penny is dealing with a slight groin issue, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

With that in mind, it seems unlikely that Penny will play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Steelers. Per Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune, with Penny a candidate to sit out the contest, rookie second-rounder Kenneth Walker should see his share of backfield action versus Pittsburgh.

Diontae Johnson

Diontae Johnson

WR | PIT

Managing hip issue

Johnson (hip) was present for Thursday's practice, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

That said, Pryor notes that Johnson was sporting shoulder pads but no leg pads Thursday, which suggests that he's still working his way back from a hip flexor. In that context, Johnson appears unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Seahawks.

Chase Claypool

Chase Claypool

WR | PIT

Misses practice Thursday

Claypool (shoulder) didn't practice Thursday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Claypool, who has been managing a shoulder issue, was able to practice earlier in the week, so it's possible that his Thursday absence was maintenance-related. Though the Steelers plan to play some of their starters in Saturday's preseason game against the Seahawks, it's possible that Claypool could sit out the contest as a precaution.

Benny Snell Jr.

Benny Snell Jr.

RB | PIT

Not practicing Thursday

Snell (knee) wasn't spotted at Thursday's practice, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Pryor notes that Snell left Wednesday's session with a pretty big wrap on his right knee, so he's a candidate to sit out Saturday's preseason opener against the Seahawks. Snell is listed behind top option Najee Harris on the Steelers' posted unofficial depth chart, with Anthony McFarland, Jaylen Warren, Mataeo Durant and Master Teague also in the mix for backfield slotting.

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

QB | DEN

May not play Saturday

Wilson won't play much, if at all, in Saturday's preseason game against Dallas, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Wilson might get a few more snaps than other top QBs this preseason, considering he and coach Nathaniel Hackett both are new to Denver. Still, it probably won't amount to much more than a few series, and perhaps in the second/third week of the preseason rather than Saturday.

Injury confirmed to be minor

Gordon's foot injury is a mere contusion, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Coach Nathaniel Hackett has pressed pause on any concern multiple times now, suggesting the team isn't concerned about Gordon. The veteran running back presumably will be held out of Saturday's preseason opener against Dallas, though that might've been the case even without any injury.

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins

QB | MIN

Sent home Thursday

Cousins wasn't feeling well Thursday and was sent home by the Vikings, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports.

At this stage, it's not clear how long the QB will be away from the team, with Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press relaying via coach Kevin O'Connell that it remains to be seen if Cousins will be available to play in Sunday's preseason game against the Raiders.

Adam Shaheen

Adam Shaheen

TE | MIA

Failed on physical, no trade

Shaheen has reverted back to the Dolphins after a failed physical voided a recent trade to Houston, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post notes that Shaheen was flagged for a preexisting knee condition, though he hasn't missed any time at Miami training camp. He doesn't seem likely to make the Dolphins' Week 1 roster and would've been battling for a back-end spot with the Texans.

Ty Montgomery

Ty Montgomery

WR | NE

Could claim change-of-pace role

Montgomery is a candidate for added opportunities in the Patriots offense after running back James White announced his retirement from the NFL, NESN's Zack Cox and ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

At this stage, Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson currently top the running back depth chart and are in line to handle the bulk of the team's early down work this season. With White no longer in the mix, though, there will be change-of-pace/pass-catching snaps and touches available, and both Cox and Reiss believe the versatile Montgomery has a chance to claim a share of them. Rookie fourth-rounder Pierre Strong is another player who could factor in on that front, with 2022 sixth-rounder Kevin Harris and returnee J.J. Taylor also competing for depth roles.

Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo

QB | SF

Could land with Cleveland?

The Browns will consider acquiring Garoppolo if Deshaun Watson's six-game suspension is significantly increased upon appeal by the NFL, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The range of potential outcomes for Watson at this point still includes a full-year ban. If that were to happen, the Browns would explore avenues to upgrade on backup QB Jacoby Brissett, with Garoppolo being the obvious option. The 49ers haven't been using Garoppolo in practice, instead moving on to Trey Lance as their starting quarterback. The team still hopes to trade Garoppolo but might ultimately end up releasing him.

Could see added opportunities

Strong is a candidate to see added opportunities as a rookie after fellow running back James White announced his retirement from the NFL, NESN's Zack Cox reports.

Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson currently top the Patriots' running back depth chart and appear poised to handle most of the early down work. However, with White no longer in the mix, there will be change-of-pace/pass-catching snaps up for grabs this season, and Strong has a chance to claim a portion of them. Meanwhile, the versatile Ty Montgomery is another player who has a chance to carve out an expanded role in that area, with 2022 sixth-rounder Kevin Harris and J.J. Taylor also competing for depth slotting in New England's backfield.

Velus Jones Jr.

WR | CHI

Unlikely to play Saturday

Jones (undisclosed) isn't expected to take the field for Saturday's preseason opener against the Chiefs, Alyssa Barbieri of USA Today reports.

Jones has missed practice time due to an undisclosed injury and isn't expected to participate in Saturday's preseason game against Kansas City. The third-round draft choice is trying to secure a role as one of the top-three receivers on the team.

Darnell Mooney

Darnell Mooney

WR | CHI

Expected to play Saturday

Mooney is expected to play along with the Bears' starters in Saturday's preseason opener against the Chiefs, Alyssa Barbieri of USA Today reports.

Although not listed by name in the report, coach Matt Eberflus informed reporters that Chicago's starters will play 15 to 20 snaps, though some will play just 10 to 15, in Saturday's game against Kansas City. Mooney is a near lock to start the season as the team's top receiver after surpassing 1,000 yards last year.

Justin Fields

Justin Fields

QB | CHI

Likely to play Saturday

Coach Matt Eberflus indicated that we can expect to see the Bears' healthy starters play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Chiefs, Alyssa Barbieri of USA Today reports. At this stage, Fields doesn't have any reported injury concerns.

According to Eberflus, the Chicago starters will play 15 to 20 snaps, though some will play 10 to 15 snaps. In his first training camp as the starting quarterback, Fields will also be running the team's new offensive system.

Byron Pringle

Byron Pringle

WR | CHI

Not expected to play Saturday

Pringle (quad) is unlikely play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Chiefs, Alyssa Barbieri of USA Today reports.

This was expected as coach Matt Eberflus previous stated that he hopes to see Pringle at some point this preseason after the receiver was reported to have injured his quadriceps on August 6.

Cole Kmet

Cole Kmet

TE | CHI

Dealing with minor injury

Kmet is day-to-day with an unspecified injury and isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Locked in as Chicago's top tight end, Kmet may still need to answer questions about production and performance but doesn't face any kind of serious challenge for snaps. His absence could free up a bit more work for middling veterans Ryan Griffin and James O'Shaughnessy.

David Montgomery

David Montgomery

RB | CHI

Considered day-to-day

Montgomery is day-to-day with an unspecified injury and isn't likely to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Montgomery's absence could free up more snaps for backup Khalil Herbert, who may or may not be headed for a larger role under a new coaching staff. Montgomery played 75 percent of snaps in his active games last year, but Herbert did solid work in relief when Monty missed time, running for 344 yards at a clip of 4.4 YPC in a four-game stretch Weeks 5-8. While his rookie year was otherwise quiet, Herbert at least did enough to have a safe lead over Darrynton Evans and Trestan Ebner for Chicago's No. 2 RB role. A shot at something more may depend on Montgomery's performance or health.

Greg Dulcich

TE | DEN

Misses practice

Dulcich (hamstring) missed practice Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

The 2022 third-rounder also sat out Wednesday's session, so consider Dulcich day-to-day as Saturday's preseason opener against the Cowboys approaches. When healthy, Dulcich will look to make his case to secure a key role in Denver's offense alongside returnee Albert Okwuegbunam. Tight end targets are up for grabs this season after the Broncos sent Noah Fant to the Seahawks in the trade that brought in Russell Wilson.

Misses another practice

Gordon (foot) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Gordon also sat out Wednesday's session, but coach Nathaniel Hackett downplayed the running back's absence. "We're just taking care of his foot, and we're just making sure he's good," Hackett noted, while adding, "We want to make sure he's primed and ready for the season." Following back-to-back missed practices, Gordon is unlikely to appear in Saturday's preseason opener against the Cowboys.

Curtis Samuel

Curtis Samuel

WR | WAS

Set to play Saturday

Samuel will play in Saturday's preseason game against Carolina, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Samuel missed some practices at the start of training camp, reportedly due to a conditioning issue, but there hasn't been any report of a setback with the groin or hamstring injuries that ruined his first season in Washington. Coach Ron Rivera said he expects his starters to play around 15-20 snaps Saturday. The 26-year-old figures to be Washington's No. 2 or 3 wide receiver this year.

Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

QB | TEN

Not likely to play Thursday

Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site suggests that Tannehill and other key veteran starters on offense are unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Ravens.

With that in mind, Wyatt expects rookie Malik Willis and fellow backup QB Logan Woodside to each play roughly a half. For now, Tannehill remains entrenched as the Titans' top QB, with the report noting that Woodside is looking to hold onto the No. 2 spot, though that's an assignment Willis could push for with a strong preseason effort.

N'Keal Harry

N'Keal Harry

WR | CHI

Undergoes surgery, out two months

Harry underwent tightrope surgery Thursday to address a high-ankle sprain and is expected to be sidelined for around eight weeks, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun Times reports.

With Harry's injury expected to keep him sidelined for at least the early portion of the season and with Byron Pringle (quadriceps) and Velus Jones (undisclosed) also day-to-day with injuries, a weak Bears receiving corps is already trending down before the team's first preseason game. Chicago acquired Harry, a 2019 first-round pick, from the Patriots in July in exchange for a 2024 seventh-round choice, hoping the change in scenery would help him unlock some of his untapped potential. Harry now looks like a candidate to begin the season on injured reserve, which would keep him out for the Bears' first four games.

Russell Gage

Russell Gage

WR | TB

Not practicing Thursday

Gage (leg) is not participating in Thursday's practice scrimmage against the Dolphins, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Coach Todd Bowles said Gage suffered a leg injury during Wednesday's practice, per Laine, but he declined to offer further details about the wideout's health. Quarterback Tom Brady (personal) plans to remain away from the Buccaneers until after the team's Aug. 20 preseason matchup against the Titans, and wide receivers Mike Evans (hamstring) and Chris Godwin (ACL) are also dealing with injuries, so Tampa Bay's offensive personnel will be relatively limited at practice.

Mitch Trubisky

Mitch Trubisky

QB | PIT

Set to start Saturday

Trubisky will start Saturday's preseason opener against the Seahawks.

Per Alan Saunders of PittsburghSportsNow.com, Trubisky -- the favorite to be the Steelers' Week 1 starting QB -- will be followed in the contest by Mason Rudolph and then Kenny Pickett. Meanwhile, Missi Matthews of the team's official site relays via coach Mike Tomlin that Pittsburgh's starters figure to play about a quarter Saturday, while the second unit is in line to play in the second and third quarters, followed by the third stringers in the fourth quarter.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

QB | TB

Away for personal reasons

Coach Todd Bowles said that Brady will remain away from the team for personal reasons until after Tampa Bay's preseason matchup against the Titans on Aug. 20, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Bowles confirmed that Brady's absence is due to personal reasons when asked if the veteran was dealing with any health issues, per Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, and he noted that the matter was discussed before the start of training camp. Until Brady's return, quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert, Kyle Trask and Ryan Griffin will lead Tampa Bay's offense. As Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports, Bowles only committed to saying his confidence is "pretty high" that Brady will start in Week 1, so this is a situation fantasy managers will need to monitor.

Mac Jones

Mac Jones

QB | NE

Not expected to play Thursday

Jones isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Giants, Mike Reiss and Dan Graziano of ESPN.com report.

The report suggests that most of New England's starters aren't expected to take the field Thursday, and if that's the case, look for Jones to get some action in versus Carolina on Friday, Aug. 19. For their preseason opener, the Patriots are expected to focus on evaluating rookies and backups vying for roster spots, which likely sets the stage for rookie fourth-round pick Bailey Zappe to see plenty of action behind veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer.

James White

James White

RB | FA

Announces retirement

White has announced his retirement from the NFL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The 30-year-old, whom the Patriots took in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, had been working his way back from a significant hip injury this summer, but he's now decided to end his playing career. Through much of his tenure with the franchise, White was a reliable change-of-pace back, and now that he's no longer in New England's backfield mix, players such as Pierre Strong and Ty Montgomery could see added opportunities to contribute as pass-catching backs this coming season.

Jameson Williams

WR | DET

Won't be ready Week 1

Williams (knee) won't be ready for Week 1, though the Lions are pleased with his rehab progress, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Tampa's Chris Godwin tentatively appears on track for Week 1 after tearing his ACL in December, but guys who suffered the same injury any later than that -- notably Williams and Dallas WR Michael Gallup -- are expected to miss at least a game or two at the beginning of the season. In Williams' case, a cautious approach is especially likely given that he's rookie on a team that's considered a longshot for the playoffs. He'd be ruled out for the first four weeks of the season if the Lions were to leave him on the non-football injury list at the end of the preseason. Williams was the 12th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, making him the fourth receiver off the board less than four months after he suffered an ACL tear in the FBS National Championship Game.

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa

QB | MIA

Not likely to play Saturday

Coach Mike McDaniel suggested Tuesday that Tagovailoa isn't likely to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Bucs, though the Dolphins haven't made a final decision, Adam H. Beasley of Pro Football Network reports.

It's unclear if the final decision will be announced or something McDaniel keeps to himself. In the unlikely event Tagovailoa ends up playing, it would probably be for no more than a drive or two.

Josh Allen

Josh Allen

QB | BUF

Won't play Saturday

Allen will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Indianapolis.

Some teams will play their starters in the first week of the preseason, but it's the exception rather than the norm, especially for veteran clubs with a reasonable degree of continuity. The Bills have that even with former OC Brian Daboll departing for New York in the offseason, as new OC Ken Dorsey was an internal promotion and will still be working with Allen, Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis, Devin Singletary and Dawson Knox, among others. The big offseason additions were oft-injured slot receiver Jamison Crowder and rookie RB James Cook.

Darius Slayton

Darius Slayton

WR | NYG

Buried on depth chart

Slayton has worked with the third-team offense during parts of training camp, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

The Giants' receiving corps is pretty crowded, with rookie Wan'Dale Robinson solidifying a significant role in the offense during camp. That has pushed Slayton further out of the picture after his massively disappointing campaign last year. Sterling Shepard is on the PUP list and Kadarius Toney is possibly dealing with a hamstring injury that may keep him out of Thursday's preseason opener, so Slayton may have a chance to shine and work his way up the depth chart. If he fails to impress, it's possible that he may not make the 53-man roster, per Duggan.

Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley

RB | NYG

Unlikely to play much Thursday

Barkley probably won't see much action in Thursday's preseason opener, but he has shown plenty of burst in training camp, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Barkley isn't accustomed to preseason action, as he's played only six snaps (each of which came during his rookie season) in exhibition games during his career. He's expected to play in the preseason opener, per Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post, though it's unlikely that he'll stay on the field long. There's been buzz around Giants camp that Barkley has looked explosive thus far in practice, but he'll of course need to demonstrate a return to form -- not to mention good health -- when games count for fantasy managers to renew their faith in him after a pair of subpar seasons.

Kellen Mond

Kellen Mond

QB | MIN

Listed as co-backup on depth chart

Mond and Sean Mannion are listed as co-backup quarterbacks behind starter Kirk Cousins in Minnesota's first depth chart of the preseason released Wednesday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Mond and Mannion are in a battle for the backup quarterback role and their play in preseason will likely go a long way toward determining the winner. After struggling with COVID-19 during training camp his rookie year and not impressing in the preseason, Mond fell into ex-head coach Mike Zimmer's doghouse and was often a healthy inactive. Despite the poor start to his career, Mond could still beat out Mannion for the No. 2 role on the back up his draft pedigree and physical tools.

Ben Skowronek

Ben Skowronek

WR | LAR

Listed as starting wideout

Skowronek was listed as one of the Rams' three starting receivers on the first unofficial depth chart released Wednesday, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.

With Van Jefferson (knee) uncertain to be ready for Week 1, Skowronek will be first in line to join Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson in three-receiver sets. Skowronek has some competition for the No. 3 role, however, with 2021 second-round pick Tutu Atwell, Brandon Powell and Jacob Harris representing his top challengers.

Practicing fully

Strong, who had been limited by an undisclosed injury, was a full participant in both practices this week and appears poised to play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Giants, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Though Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson currently top the Patriots' running back depth chart, if Strong impresses as the preseason rolls along, he could push for a share of work in third-down and passing situations. In a related note, veteran change-of-pace back James White (hip) remains on the PUP list and doesn't appear on track to be ready for Week 1.

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

QB | CLE

Scheduled to start Friday

The Browns are planning to have Watson start Friday's preseason opener against the Jaguars, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The report notes, however, that the Browns' plans could change in the event that NFL designee Peter C. Harvey -- who was appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the league's appeal of Watson's six-game suspension -- makes his determination before the contest and recommends a year-long suspension for the quarterback. At this stage, though, there isn't a timetable for the decision to be rendered.

Mitch Trubisky

Mitch Trubisky

QB | PIT

Pulling ahead in QB competition

Trubisky is trending toward winning the Steelers' starting quarterback job, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Trubisky has had his fair share of struggles early in camp, but he's still spent most of his time with the first-team offense ahead of Pittsburgh's first preseason game. While Mason Rudolph has been better than expected with Kenny Pickett showing improvement as camp progresses, Rapoport reports that Trubisky will "almost certainly" start under center for the Steelers' regular-season opener against Cincinnati on Sept. 11. The team's quarterback competition remains open, and it's certainly possible that Pickett sees some looks at some point after Pittsburgh selected him in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, but Trubisky seems to be gaining the trust of the coaching staff with just over a month left before the start of the regular season.

Malcolm Brown

Malcolm Brown

RB | FA

Cut loose by Saints

The Saints released Brown on Wednesday, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

It's probably not a great sign for his NFL future that he was released before the start of the preseason, though Brown at least seems to have recovered from the season-ending quadriceps injury he suffered with the Dolphins last fall. He turned 29 years old in May and has never offered much besides size and special teams value.

Kadarius Toney

Kadarius Toney

WR | NYG

Possible hamstring injury?

Toney appeared to be favoring his hamstring during practice Tuesday, according to NJ.com's Darryl Slater.

Slater notes that it was Toney's fourth limited practice (out of 11) during training camp, but with this one the reduced workload may not have been planned ahead. While neither player nor team has mentioned an injury, it's possible Toney won't be available for Thursday's preseason game against the Patriots. Reports on Toney out of Giants camp have been mixed, and perhaps trending downward, as the 2021 first-round reportedly had a bunch of drops and mistakes in a full practice Monday. He missed seven games as a rookie and had arthroscopic surgery this offseason.

Parris Campbell

Parris Campbell

WR | IND

Returns to limited practice

Campbell (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, going through 7-on-7 drills with his teammates, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

Campbell was held out of practice Monday and said he would be back in action Wednesday, though he wasn't a full participant as anticipated. The 2019 second-round pick has played only 15 games through three seasons, but he's the favorite for slot work in Indianapolis and could even get some run outside in two-wideout formations, depending on the development of rookie second-round pick Alec Pierce.

James Robinson

James Robinson

RB | JAX

In line to sit Friday

Robinson (Achilles) is not in line to play in Friday's preseason game against the Browns, James Johnson of The USA Today reports.

It's not a surprise that Robinson, who remains in the process of recovering from a left Achilles tear, will be held out of the contest, as the team continues to manage his training camp workload. Though the Jaguars' posted unofficial depth chart lists Robinson as a first-stringer, Travis Etienne -- who the team lists next -- has, according to Johnson, "been arguably the most impressive player in camp." Of the two, Etienne, a 2021 first-rounder, is the upside play from a fantasy perspective, but if/when Robinson returns to 100 percent, he'll look to reclaim a key role in a Jacksonville backfield that he led last season while Etienne was sidelined by a foot injury.

Zay Jones

Zay Jones

WR | JAX

Showing out in camp

Jones is "having an awesome camp," according to Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL Jacksonville.

Jones, Marvin Jones and Christian Kirk have seen most of the first-team snaps, with Laquon Treadwell mixing in as the top backup on the perimeter. There have been multiple reports about (Zay) Jones seeing a lot of looks downfield, which is perhaps a surprise after he did his best work in shallower areas for Las Vegas last year. Jones did see his share of deep looks with the Raiders, but he caught only four of 16 targets 20-plus yards downfield (with four others being intercepted), while he was far more efficient on intermediate passes (14 of 21 for 209 yards) and short throws (21 of 24 for 168), per PFF.

Courtland Sutton

Courtland Sutton

WR | DEN

Practices fully

Sutton (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Ellie Kinney of The Broncos' official site reports.

With the 26-year-old moving past the minor shoulder issue, he can now resume building his on-field chemistry with new franchise quarterback Russell Wilson. With Tim Patrick (knee) set the miss the coming season, Sutton and Jerry Jeudy profile as the Broncos' clear-cut top options at wide receiver, with their fantasy prospects bolstered by the likelihood that they'll see steady volume and benefit from the upgrade Wilson presents at quarterback.

Trey Sermon

Trey Sermon

RB | SF

May be featured Friday night

Sermon was busy at Wednesday's practice and could see a lot of work Friday night against the Packers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Sermon took the spotlight Wednesday with Elijah Mitchell not practicing for yet-to-be-disclosed reasons. Candidates for backup work behind Mitchell include Sermon, Jeff Wilson and Tyrion Davis-Price, with the competition seemingly open as the Niners prepare for the start of the preseason.

Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas

WR | NO

Dominates Wednesday's practice

Thomas was the top performer at practice Wednesday, according to WWL 4 Staff.

Thomas reportedly stood out in 7-on-7s and continues to be the subject of positive chatter among Saints beat writers. Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football also mentioned Thomas' excellent showing Wednesday, suggesting the wideout looks like he's "back" or close to it. His ADP for fantasy has already risen considerably since the start of training camp and the momentum may continue through August.

Out with foot injury

Gordon missed Wednesday's practice with a foot injury, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Coach Nathaniel Hackett doesn't sound too worried, saying it's just something that needs to be managed during training camp. With Gordon missing some practice time, Mike Boone could rotate in with the first-team offense behind Javonte Williams. The real question, of course, is how the Broncos divide work between Gordon and Williams when both are healthy. Reports from Denver beat writers have been varied, though all seem to agree that Williams has at least been getting a slightly larger share of the first-team work during training camp

Tee Higgins

Tee Higgins

WR | CIN

Should resume team work soon

Higgins (shoulder) could return to team drills next week, with head coach Zac Taylor noting that the wideout is ready to go and looks good but won't be rushed by the Bengals, Geoff Hobson of the team's official site reports.

Higgins remains on track for Week 1 after March labrum surgery kept him out of the offseason program and most of training camp. He actually suffered the injury in Week 2 last season, so while there's always a bit of added risk with a player returning from offseason surgery, one could also make the case that he has a chance to be healthier than he was in 2021, when he caught 74 passes for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns despite missing three games. Higgins has been a limited participant in training camp and has yet to resume contact work.

Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb

WR | GB

Bothered by foot

Cobb missed Wednesday's practice with a foot injury, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

The Packers won't rush Cobb back into action and wouldn't have played him in Friday's preseason opener against Cincinnati even if he were healthy. He's back as Aaron Rodgers' slot receiver this season, though perhaps with some snap competition from 2021 third-round pick Amari Rodgers, who reportedly lost more than 10 pounds to become quicker after a no-show rookie season.

Joe Mixon

Joe Mixon

RB | CIN

Among starters who could sit Friday

With coach Zac Taylor noting that a majority of the Bengals' starters won't play in Friday's preseason opener against the Cardinals, per Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic, Mixon appears unlikely to see action in the contest.

It remains to be seen when Mixon will next see game action, but given that he's entrenched as the Bengals' starting running back, the team has no need to force things with the 26-year-old during the upcoming exhibition slate. With that in mind, look for the focus Friday to be on younger players and those competing for depth slotting.

Nyheim Hines

Nyheim Hines

RB | IND

Could get larger pass-catching role

The Colts expect Hines to catch 60 or more passes this season, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Teams often try to raise a player's real-life trade value by exaggerating expectations, but in this case, the Colts seemingly want to pump up Hines' fantasy ADP. Head coach Frank Reich said in May that he would pick Hines if he were playing in a fantasy league this year, a not-so-subtle hint that the team has more in mind for the 26-year-old than last year's 56 carries and 57 targets. A big increase in carries wouldn't make much sense unless Jonathan Taylor gets injured, but the Colts could throw more, substitute Taylor out more often on pass snaps and/or deploy more two-back formations. Both backs played all 17 games last season, with Taylor handling a 68.9 percent snap share, Hines at 31.2 percent and the team's other halfbacks combining for 6.9 percent. Additional playing time is a necessity for a big jump in production, as Hines is already close to maxed out in terms of his frequency of being targeted when on the field. He saw the ball on 30 percent of his routes each of the last three years -- a top-10 mark among all pass catchers on each occasion.

Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow

QB | CIN

Won't play in preseason opener

Burrow (appendix) won't play in Friday's preseason matchup with Arizona, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Burrow never had a shot to play Friday and doesn't seem likely to make more than one brief appearance this preseason, if he plays at all. He threw some short passes during Monday's practice, marking the first time since his July 26 appendectomy that reporters had seen the quarterback do any type of on-field activity. Burrow returned to meetings shortly after his surgery and is expected to be ready for Week 1.

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

QB | NYJ

Running ahead of White

Flacco is the Jets' No. 2 quarterback heading into Friday's preseason opener against the Eagles, behind Zach Wilson and ahead of Mike White, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

Wilson's expected to play 1-2 series Friday before giving way to Flacco, who will likely split the remainder of the game with White. While White flashed some upside with a 405-yard performance against the Bengals last season, Flacco's extensive experience as a starter has him in the driver's seat for the backup job, which would make him the next man up should Wilson struggle or get hurt.

Zach Wilson

Zach Wilson

QB | NYJ

Should get one or two series Friday

Wilson and the other members of the Jets' first-team offense are expected to play one or two series in Friday's preseason opener against the Eagles, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

Per Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record, after Wilson gets in his initial preseason game reps, Joe Flacco and Mike White will be next in line to take reps under center.

Mac Jones

Mac Jones

QB | NE

Could sit Thursday

ESPN's Mike Reiss notes that based on how Tuesday's practice unfolded, he'd be surprised if Jones plays in Thursday's preseason opener against the Giants.

It remains to be seen if the Patriots make any sort of announcement on that front, but Reiss suggests that if Jones is held out of the contest, rookie Bailey Zappe "should see plenty of work behind Brian Hoyer" on Thursday.

Drew Lock

Drew Lock

QB | SEA

Getting more first-team reps

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that Lock will get more reps with the first-team offense, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

The Seahawks have given Geno Smith every chance to run away with the starting job, but Smith -- who has taken most of the reps with the starting offense during training camp -- has struggled thus far, and Lock has shown enough flashes to make this a true competition. To that end, Carroll intends to have Lock and Smith rotate in with the first-team offense so that whomever wins the job will have familiarity with star receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Smith will start in Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers, but expect both quarterbacks to get some reps with the starters, though it's unclear how much Metcalf and Lockett will play in the exhibition.

Jakeem Grant Sr.

Jakeem Grant Sr.

WR | CLE

Placed on IR

The Browns placed Grant (Achilles) on injured reserve Wednesday.

Grant's season thus officially comes to an end after he was diagnosed with a torn left Achilles' tendon following his exit from Tuesday's practice. While the absence of Grant will be felt most in the return game, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com notes that the 29-year-old had been pushing to carve out a slot role during training camp. Demetric Felton should get the first opportunity to replace Grant as the Browns' top option on kickoff and punt returns. Expect Grant to undergo surgery at some point later this month.

Russell Gage

Russell Gage

WR | TB

Limps off during scrimmage

Gage exited Wednesday's practice scrimmage against the Dolphins under his own power, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Gage walked with apparent discomfort off the practice field, perhaps due to a left foot or ankle issue. The severity of Gage's injury will need to be monitored, as if healthy, he looks primed for a key role in Tampa Bay's offense. The Buccaneers already have Mike Evans (hamstring) dealing with minor issue and Chris Godwin (knee) working back from an ACL tear.

Jakeem Grant Sr.

Jakeem Grant Sr.

WR | CLE

Out for year

Grant will miss the 2022 season after tests confirmed he suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in Tuesday's practice, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

The 29-year-old depth receiver and return specialist reportedly was having a strong training camp before his season-ending injury. With Grant out, there's an opening for Demetric Felton or D'Ernest Johnson (among others) to return kicks and punts for Cleveland.

Eno Benjamin

Eno Benjamin

RB | ARI

Making case for No. 2 job

Coach Kliff Kingsbury recently praised Benjamin's progress, saying he "would've never expected him to come this far," Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com reports. "Early on I didn't know if he could figure it out," Kingsbury said. "Each year he has just gotten progressively better. He's one of the hardest workers on the team now.

Urban adds that no players on the roster has been praised more this offseason than Benjamin, a 2020 seventh-round pick with 40 career touches for 160 yards (all last season). Urban further suggests that the No. 2 running back job is Benjamin's to lose, with the competitors being former Chief Darrel Williams and rookie sixth-round pick Keaontay Ingram. It's a situation to monitor this preseason, with the eventual winner of the backup role sitting one James Conner injury away from a significant workload.

Seeing targets from Russell Wilson

Okwuegbunam has been a popular target of quarterback Russell Wilson during training camp, with head coach Nathaniel Hackett noting Tuesday that the tight end has become more comfortable in Denver's new offense after a slow start at OTAs, Andrew Mason of 104.5 The Fan Denver reports.

Rookie third-round pick Greg Dulcich received plenty of hype during the offseason program, but he's been quieter at training camp after missing the first week with a hamstring injury. Hackett said Okwuegbunam has been "absolutely splendid" this summer, noting that the Broncos have "been putting him all over the place" and are pleased with his progress as a blocker. That last part doesn't profile as a strength for either Okwuegbunam or Dulcich, but the third-year pro at least has a size advantage at 6-foot-5 and 258 pounds, compared to the rookie's 6-foot-4, 245-pound measurements.

Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield

QB | CAR

Will play Saturday

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said Wednesday that Mayfield and Sam Darnold will both take the field during Saturday's preseason opener against Washington, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Mayfield appears to have pulled ahead in Carolina's quarterback competition, per Ellis Williams of The Charlotte Observer, but Rhule didn't reveal whether Mayfield or Darnold will start Saturday's contest. The Panthers aren't expected to declare a regular-season starter until after the second preseason game Aug. 19 at New England, though a strong performance in the opener could go a long way in Mayfield's favor.

Khalil Shakir

WR | BUF

Returns to practice

Shakir (soreness) returned to practice Wednesday, Matt Parrino of The Syracuse Post-Standard reports.

Shakir missed only a few practices and may thus stand a chance to make his NFL debut in Saturday's exhibition against Indianapolis. The rookie fifth-round pick is competing for a backup receiver job and return work.

Javonte Williams

Javonte Williams

RB | DEN

Listed as starter

Williams is listed as the starting running back on the Broncos' first unofficial depth chart ahead of Saturday's preseason opener against the Cowboys, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Williams' placement atop the depth chart doesn't come as a major surprise, as recent reports have indicated that the second-year back has received the slight edge in snaps with the first-team offense in training camp over veteran Melvin Gordon. With Gordon playing on an expiring deal and set to turn 30 next offseason, Denver will likely prepare for the 22-year-old Williams to operate as Option 1A out of the backfield after the two had worked in a near-even timeshare in 2021. With that said, the coaching staff is committed to using multiple backs this season, which should cap the overall upside of both backs when they are healthy. Offensive coordinator Justin Outten recently said the running backs will be on a pitch count this season, further complicating matters for fantasy purposes.

Isaiah McKenzie

Isaiah McKenzie

WR | BUF

Back at practice

McKenzie (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

McKenzie was held out for a few days with unspecified soreness. He's taken most of the first-team slot receiver reps in training camp, but veteran Jamison Crowder is also a strong candidate for the job now that he's back on the field after missing the first week of camp with an unspecified injury of his own.

Won't play Friday

Shenault won't play in Friday's preseason game against the Browns due to a hamstring injury, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Missing preseason action is the last thing the 2020 second-round pick needs to carve out meaningful snaps heading into Week 1 now that he's primarily running with the second-string offense. Based on reports out of camp, Shenault's main role this season might be backing up Christian Kirk in the slot.

Geno Smith

Geno Smith

QB | SEA

Tabbed as preseason starter

Smith will start Seattle's preseason opener Saturday against Pittsburgh, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Drew Lock reportedly outplayed Smith by a wide margin in Seattle's mock game Tuesday, but it won't be enough to flip the depth chart, at least not yet. Smith has taken most of the first-team reps this summer, after completing 65 of 95 passes for 702 yards, five touchdowns and one interception in four games last season. The numbers are impressive at first glance, but Smith also took 13 sacks for 117 yards and added only 42 yards rushing. No qualified passer had a sack rate worse than 11.8 percent (Justin Fields) in 2021, while Smith was at 12 percent over the limited sample.

Christian Kirk

Christian Kirk

WR | JAX

Dealing with minor ankle injury

Kirk is working off to the side at Wednesday's practice due to an ankle injury, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

The injury, while seemingly minor, will probably be reason enough to hold Kirk out of Friday's preseason game against Cleveland. The Jaguars are expected to play their other starters, and they're already a bit thin at wide receiver with depth options Laviska Shenault (ankle) and Jamal Agnew (hip) ruled out for Friday's game. Kirk, Marvin Jones and Zay Jones have been getting most of the first-team reps at training camp, with Kirk taking many snaps from the slot.

DeVonta Smith

DeVonta Smith

WR | PHI

Labeled day-to-day

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said Wednesday that Smith (groin) is day-to-day, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.

Smith remains sidelined due to a minor groin injury, but he's managed to resume handling rehab work off to the side. Sirianni also announced that the Eagles' starters will be on the field for one or two series during Friday's preseason opener against the Jets, but it remains to be seen if Smith will be cleared to suit up in time for that contest. When deemed healthy, Smith will rejoin A.J. Brown and Dallas Goedert as Jalen Hurts' top receiving options.

Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts

QB | PHI

Will get snaps in preseason opener

Head coach Nick Sirianni said Hurts and the starting offense will handle one or two series during Friday's preseason opener against the Jets, Bo Wulf of The Athletic reports.

The quarterback may end up commanding an offense without the protection of two of his top linemen in Jordan Mailata (concussion) or Jason Kelce (elbow). Even if he's on the field for only a brief period of time, Hurt will be able to get in some meaningful game reps with new top wideout A.J. Brown, though DeVonta Smith (groin) could sit out as he continues to deal with a minor injury.

Trevor Lawrence

Trevor Lawrence

QB | JAX

Ready for preseason debut

Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson said Lawrence and the team's other starters will play in Friday's preseason game against Cleveland, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports.

Pederson estimated his starters will play a couple of drives, after he held them out of last week's Hall of Fame Game entirely. Lawrence has job security, of course, but it would still be encouraging to see him put on a decent performance in the preseason following a disappointing rookie season.

On track to play Friday

Head coach Doug Pederson said Etienne, quarterback Trevor Lawrence and other starters will play a couple drives in Friday's preseason game against Cleveland, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports.

Etienne will be taking the field for the first time since suffering a Lisfranc injury in the second week of the preseason his rookie year. The 2021 first-round pick may eventually face competition from James Robinson, who is coming back from an Achilles tear, but reports out of camp suggest Etienne has gobbled up first-team reps (and looked good in the process). Meanwhile, Robinson is steadily working his way up to speed.

Anthony Schwartz

Anthony Schwartz

WR | CLE

Availability for Friday undecided

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski hasn't yet decided if Schwartz will play in Friday's preseason opener against Jacksonville, Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Both Schwartz and David Bell are in the same boat with regard to their statuses for Friday's contest. The two receivers both recently returned from injury and are increasing their reps daily, but the Browns could still elect to play it safe and hold out Schwartz and Bell until the second preseason contest.

David Bell

WR | CLE

Status for opener not decided

Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski hasn't made a decision on Bell's availability for Friday's preseason opener versus Jacksonville, Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Bell missed the first week of camp due to a foot injury and only recently started participating in drills. He looked sharp Tuesday during red zone 7-on-7 drills, as did Anthony Schwartz, another receiver who recently returned from injury and whose status for Friday is undecided. The Browns have suffered numerous injuries at wideout early in camp, but Stefanski may choose to play it cautious with several players for the first exhibition contest.

Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield

QB | CAR

Pulling away in QB race

Mayfield has established himself as the Panthers' best option at quarterback during practice this week, Ellis Williams of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Mayfield has garnered positive reviews since joining Carolina, with his performance through training camp thus far increasing the expectation that he'll ultimately be named the team's starting signal-caller over Sam Darnold. Despite having just three weeks with his new coaching staff, Mayfield's command of coordinator Ben McAdoo's offense reportedly already mirrors that of Darnold. Furthermore, with noted chemistry targeting wideouts Rashard Higgins and Robbie Anderson, as well as utilization of go-to playmakers Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore, the first-string job seems to be Mayfield's to lose. Although coach Matt Rhule isn't expected to officially name a starter until after the second preseason game, Mayfield approaches this Saturday's exhibition opener versus the Commanders with considerable positive momentum.

Benny Snell Jr.

Benny Snell Jr.

RB | PIT

Works with starters on goal line

Snell worked with the Steelers' first-team offense on the goal line during Monday's practice, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

Snell trimmed down during the offseason and has impressed over the first week of training camp. While Najee Harris is in line to serve as the Steelers' lead back this year, Snell was on the field with the first-team offense during Monday's goal-line drills. None of the team's backup running backs carved out a meaningful fantasy role behind Harris last year, but it's possible that Snell, Anthony McFarland or Jaylen Warren earn some touches in 2022 since the Steelers are attempting to lighten Harris' load.

Jalen Guyton

Jalen Guyton

WR | LAC

Losing ground for WR3

Guyton has seemingly been surpassed by Joshua Palmer for the No. 3 role, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Palmer had worked with the starting unit for most of the offseason OTAs, something that has clearly carried over into the early stages of training camp. Popper did note Guyton has put together a solid camp and likely could be used in specific sub packages whenever the team needs additional speed on the field, but it's hardly a ringing endorsement for the 25-year-old after two consecutive seasons as a starter. It doesn't seem as if Guyton is on the roster bubble yet, but special teams standouts such as DeAndre Carter, Joe Reed and Trevon Bradford could provide extra roster utility, which might make the decision a bit more complicated as the preseason progresses.

Joshua Palmer

Joshua Palmer

WR | LAC

Clear frontrunner for No. 3 WR

Palmer has been the No. 3 wide receiver during the majority of the Chargers' practices thus far in training camp, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

It's still relatively early in the preseason, but Palmer has seemingly wrestled away the No. 3 wide receiver duties from Jalen Guyton. Palmer, a second-year wideout, was already playing with the first-stringers during offseason OTAs and has only solidified the rationale with a strong performance during training camp to date. While Guyton has reportedly also had a strong camp, it seems more likely the two-year starter might be relegated to sub packages within the offense whenever the Chargers need additional speed on the field, and that's not even a guarantee given DeAndre Carter has emerged as an intriguing pass catcher in his own right. The team neglected to outright name a starting slot receiver in the first "unofficial" depth chart release, but at this point, the job is clearly Palmer's to lose.

Devin Funchess

Devin Funchess

TE | DET

Competing for roster spot

Funchess is competing for a back-end roster spot, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Head coach Dan Campbell reportedly said that he's looking to carry three tight ends on the game-day roster, specifically a blocker to complement T.J. Hockenson plus an all-purpose option behind them. With Brock Wright and Garrett Griffin the clear options competing for the blocking role, Funchess is seemingly left to compete with fifth-round rookie James Mitchell and Shane Zylstra for the other opening. While Mitchell is probably the favorite given the investment Detroit made in him, the 2015 second-round pick in Funchess could make a name for himself with a strong preseason.

Dameon Pierce

RB | HOU

Listed third on depth chart

Pierce is listed third on the Texan's unofficial depth chart for Saturday's preseason opener against the Saints, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Pierce is listed third behind co-leaders Marlin Mack and Rex Burkhead. The rookie fourth-round pick out of Florida has impressed during drills in camp, but the Texans are anxious to see how he performs in pads against opponents in a game situation. Pierce could eventually move into a more prominent role and was known as a touchdown maker for the Gators.

Rex Burkhead

Rex Burkhead

RB | HOU

Shares top spot with Mack

Burkhead and Marlon Mack are listed as the top running backs on the unofficial depth chart entering Saturday's preseason opener against the Saints, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mack's name is listed first. When the Texans added the former Colt during the offseason, it was widely presumed Burkhead, who finished last season as Houston's lead back, would be replaced. That still may be the case, but perhaps the decision-makers want to see how Mack performs following an Achilles injury that wiped out his 2020 season given that he had only a minor role with Indianapolis in 2021.

Marlon Mack

Marlon Mack

RB | HOU

Atop depth chart with Burkhead

Mack and Rex Burkhead are listed as the first running backs on the Texans' unofficial depth chart for the preseason opener against the Saints on Saturday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The two veterans lead the position group, with Mack's name listed first. It was presumed the former Colt would be the team's lead back, but the Texans want to see him prove it during preseason game action, as Mack is coming off an Achilles injury that wiped out his 2020 season and was used sparingly (six games, 57 snaps) in 2021. Dameon Pierce, a 2022 fourth-round pick out of Florida, is third in line.

Courtland Sutton

Courtland Sutton

WR | DEN

Dealing with shoulder issue

Though Sutton (shoulder) was present for Tuesday's practice, he didn't participate in wide receiver or team drills, Ellie Kinney of the Broncos' official site reports.

Afterward, coach Nathaniel Hackett relayed that the Broncos' starting wideout is working though "a little shoulder thing." With that in mind, consider Sutton day-to-day ahead of Saturday's preseason opener against the Cowboys.

Unlikely to play

Seals-Jones (undisclosed) is unlikely to play Thursday in the Giants' first preseason game, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Seals-Jones has been absent from the practice field for much of training camp, and he was also involved very little during minicamp. A specific injury has still yet to be reported. Seals-Jones was expected to compete with 2022 fourth-round rookie, Daniel Bellinger and offseason signee, Jordan Akins for the leading spot on the Giants' tight end positional depth chart. However, the more time Seals-Jones misses, the harder it's going to be for him to nab the No. 1 spot.

Jakeem Grant Sr.

Jakeem Grant Sr.

WR | CLE

Torn Achilles feared

There are fears that Grant suffered a season-ending torn Achilles during Tuesday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The report notes that the Browns are awaiting final word on Grant's injury, but it appears as though the 29-year-old is in for an extended absence. In that scenario, Cleveland's return game would take a major hit, while the depth of the team's wideout corps would also be impacted ahead of Week 1.

James Proche II

James Proche II

WR | BAL

Misses practice

Proche didn't practice Tuesday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

The absence puts his status in doubt for Thursday's preseason game against Tennessee, though it's possible Proche had already earned the right to sit that one out along with a number of Baltimore starters. He and Devin Duvernay have been getting most of the first-team reps alongside Rashod Bateman in training camp, with reports from multiple Baltimore beat writers pinpointing Proche as one of the stars of camp. Duvernay is approximately the same size, significantly faster and was drafted three rounds earlier than Proche in 2020, but the latter seems to be making a much stronger impression at camp -- in part because Duvernay missed about a week with a thigh bruise. WR usage will be one of the key things to watch with Baltimore this preseason once the team gives its starters some run (likely the second and/or third game(s)).

Ronald Jones

Ronald Jones

RB | KC

Mostly working as No. 2 back

Jones has been the No. 2 running back for much of training camp, ESPN's Adam Teicher reports.

While Jerick McKinnon and Isiah Pacheco also have seen some first-team snaps, it sounds like Jones is usually the next guy up behind returning starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The Chiefs are giving CEH another shot as the starter, by all accounts, but the 2020 first-round pick is on a shorter leash after opening his career with a pair of mediocre seasons. While subpar receiving skills might limit Jones to a committee role in Kansas City's pass-first offense even in a best-case scenario, Jones could end up as the lead rusher if Edwards-Helaire struggles and/or misses time.

Bryan Edwards

Bryan Edwards

WR | ATL

On track for starting job

Edwards (shoulder) wore a non-contact jersey again Tuesday, but he nonetheless appears to be one of the team's top three wide receivers, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Scott Bair of the Falcons' website had a similar take, saying "Edwards seems like the frontline guy" even though he's listed as a second-stringer (behind Olamide Zaccheaus) on the team's initial preseason depth chart. It's not really a depth chart to be taken seriously, as it lists rookie first-round pick Drake London with the fifth unit, among other oddities. ESPN's Rothstein suggests London, Edwards and Zaccheaus are the likely top three at wide receiver, though KhaDarel Hodge also has been getting snaps with the starters and making plays throughout camp. Edwards doesn't seem likely to play in Friday's preseason game against Detroit, given that he's still managing the shoulder injury he suffered during the first week of camp. He returned to practice less than a week later, albeit with a non-contact jersey that he continues to sport during contact work.

Drake London

WR | ATL

Key role expected

Though London is listed toward the back end of the Falcons' unofficial posted depth chart, Scott Bair of the team's official site notes that's an approach coach Arthur Smith typically takes at this stage of the preseason.

With that in mind, Bair notes that London -- who the Falcons took eighth overall in the 2022 NFL Draft -- typically works with the team's first unit during training camp practices, and has held his own against Atlanta's top cornerbacks. Bair adds that "it's fair to expect London will play a ton once the regular season begins, as a top receiver worthy of being listed first at his position." Also in the mix for wideout targets early on this season are the likes of Bryan Edwards, Olamide Zaccheaus, KhaDarel Hodge and Geronimo Allison, but among that group the 6-foot-4 rookie remains the upside play in an offense that is slated to be helmed by QB Marcus Mariota.

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

QB | LAR

Resumes throwing

Stafford (elbow) is throwing in individual drills Tuesday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Stafford continues to manage elbow discomfort after an offseason injection, returning to practice Tuesday just as coach Sean McVay predicted a day earlier. The 34-year-old QB has been in and out of practice throughout training camp, with the Rams remaining optimistic he'll be ready for Week 1 against Buffalo. There is some chance the elbow is a problem for Stafford all year, potentially impacting his practice availability even if he's able to play in games.

Najee Harris

Najee Harris

RB | PIT

Could lose snaps

Harris could have his snap count reduced slightly this season, with Steelers RBs coach Eddie Faulker suggesting about seven fewer plays per game as a reasonable target, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports

The idea is to take Harris off the field mostly on plays where he wouldn't get the ball anyway, though that could be a strategic disadvantage if the trend is strong enough for opponents to exploit. Last year as a rookie, he led all running backs in snaps (980), snap share (83.5 percent), snaps per game (57.6) and touches (381), with sizable leads in every category apart from the last one as Jonathan Taylor got 372 touches. Harris may see a bit less playing time this year, but he still figures to be in the range of 20 touches per game, and it isn't clear how much the Steelers trust his potential backups Benny Snell, Anthony McFarland, Jaylen Warren.

Tyler Allgeier

RB | ATL

Looks to carve out backfield role

Though Allgeier is listed on the back end of the Falcons' unofficial posted depth chart, Scott Bair of the team's official site notes that's an approach coach Arthur Smith generally takes at this stage of the preseason.

Along with Allgeier, wideout Drake London -- the No. 8 overall pick in the 2022 -- also finds his name down the team's initial depth chart. Last month, Bair projected that Cordarrelle Patterson would maintain his starting RB role, but he also cited Allgeier, Damien Williams and perhaps Avery Williams as candidates to carve out backfield roles this coming season. While it remains to be seen how much of a workload Allgeier is handed early on this season, the fifth-rounder does have the physical presence to provide the team with a complementary option to develop as the season progresses alongside the versatile Patterson.

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

QB | CLE

Could play Friday

Watson (suspension) will travel to Jacksonville for Friday's preseason game and could see his first live action since the end of the 2020, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Regardless of how things play out with his suspension, Watson is eligible for training camp and preseason games. Judge Sue Robinson recommended a six-game ban, which the NFL is now appealing. The appeal will be heard by former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey, who was selected last week by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Expect both Watson and Jacoby Brissett to get some snaps with the first-team offense during camp.

Keke Coutee

Keke Coutee

WR | IND

May have lead on No. 5 WR role

Coutee got the starting reps in place of an injured Parris Campbell during Monday's practice and is listed as Campbell's backup on the Colts' initial preseason depth chart, 107.5 FM The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Given Campbell's frequent injury history, it's worth noting who would get snaps in the slot if he were to get hurt again. Coutee appears to be the leading candidate to win the No. 5 receiver role, but he could also be getting deference as a veteran early in camp. Ashton Dulin would likely take over as the third receiver ahead of Coutee if a starter were to get hurt.

Phillip Lindsay

Phillip Lindsay

RB | IND

Listed as No. 3 running back

Lindsay is listed as the No. 3 running back on the Colts' first depth chart of the preseason.

Lindsay split time between the Texans and Dolphins last season, but he didn't garner much success with either team. Jonathan Taylor is expected to be a workhorse back once again, while Nyheim Hines operates as the change-of-pace back, so there may not be much work for the No. 3 running back. Still, Lindsay has looked good in camp and is head of Ty'son Williams, Deon Jackson, D'Vonte Price and CJ Verdell for the role.

To be waived by Dallas

The Cowboys are slated to waive Garibay, Rob Phillips of the team's official site reports.

In a corresponding move, the team is in line to sign Brett Maher to compete with Lirim Hajrullahu for the team's kicking job.

Brett Maher

Brett Maher

K | DAL

Signed to replace Jonathan Garibay

The Cowboys are signing Maher to replace fellow kicker Jonathan Garibay, who was waived Tuesday, Rob Phillips of the team's official site reports.

Maher previously played for Dallas in 2018-19, converting 49 of 66 field-goal attempts (74.2 percent) and 68 of 69 PATs (98.6 percent). He made kicks from 62 and 63 yards during that time, but the inconsistency largely overshadowed his leg strength. Maher now will compete with Lirim Hajrullahu for the kicker job in Dallas.

Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray

QB | ARI

Dealing with minor wrist soreness

Murray's practice participation has been limited due to a sore wrist recently, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Coach Kliff Kingsbury downplayed the issue, saying it's essentially maintenance rather than a real injury. Murray isn't likely to play in Friday's preseason opener against Cincinnati, though that presumably would've been the case even if his wrist wasn't sore.

James Proche II

James Proche II

WR | BAL

Excels at camp

Proche has been one of the standouts from the first two weeks of Ravens training camp, building chemistry with QB Lamar Jackson, Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com reports.

Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic agrees that Proche has been one of the team's most consistent players, catching passes at "pretty much every area of the field" while running precise routes. It's perhaps a bit of a surprise to hear the 2020 sixth-round pick is having success downfield, considering he ran a 4.63 40-yard dash coming out of SMU, where he was mostly a high-volume possession receiver. Regardless of the exact role, Proche has a nice opportunity entering Year 3, after the Ravens traded away Marquise Brown without acquiring a potential replacement. Receiver jobs are open for the taking behind 2021 first-round pick Rashod Bateman, with Proche and Devin Duvernay considered the favorites for starting jobs. Duvernay missed a bunch of practice time with a thigh bruise recently, giving Proche more chances, but both now seem to be healthy as the Ravens prepare to begin the preseason.

Brandon Aiyuk

Brandon Aiyuk

WR | SF

Praised by veteran teammates

Aiyuk has made a strong impression on teammates and reporters alike, with safety Jimmie Ward saying the wideout is "taking his game to another level" and ESPN's Nick Wagoner calling him "the team's most consistent offensive performer" at training camp.

Aiyuk certainly won't be the best player in an offense with Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Trent Williams, but it does seem teammates -- including Ward and LB Fred Warner -- expect Aiyuk to at least approach that level. Warner and Aiyuk made headlines for a couple of brawls in training camp, with the linebacker saying afterward that he'd specifically chosen to antagonize the wideout to bring out the best in him. Camp hype aside, Aiyuk is locked in as a starter and should form a three-headed monster with Samuel and Kittle as the lead pass catchers, giving 22-year-old QB Trey Lance all the help he can ask for. Camp reports on Lance have been far less optimistic than those on Aiyuk, and it remains to be seen how much coach Kyle Shanahan trusts his young passer to throw on early downs.

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

QB | NO

Dubbed day-to-day by coach

Coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday that Winston (knee/foot) is day-to-day, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Allen also revealed that the injury sustained by Winston during Monday's practice is a sprained foot. The quarterback is also in the later stages of recovering from a left ACL tear and has already been ruled out for Saturday's preseason opener against the Texans, which leaves Andy Dalton primed to lead the first-team offense. It remains to be seen when Winston will be cleared to return to game action, considering that the Saints could be cautious in easing him back, but it's a relief to see that the 28-year-old has at least avoided another serious injury.

David Moore

David Moore

WR | CHI

Carted off practice field

Moore was carted off the field after suffering an apparent lower body injury during 1-on-1 drills Tuesday, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Moore reportedly displayed difficulty putting weight on his right leg. The timing of Moore's injury, especially if it is ultimately deemed significant, is brutal for Chicago's already-thin wide receiver corps. N'Keal Harry is believed to be nursing a high-ankle sprain, while Velus Jones (undisclosed) and Byron Pringle (quadriceps) have also sat out recent practices. As Saturday's preseason opener against the Chiefs approaches, the top healthy options behind Darnell Mooney may be Equanimeous St. Brown, Dazz Newsome, Dante Pettis and Tajae Sharpe.

Cole Kmet

Cole Kmet

TE | CHI

Working toward breakout season

Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy believes Kmet can be a rock star on offense, Alyssa Barbieri of USA Today reports.

Although Kmet ranked eighth in tight-end targets last year with 93, he failed to score a touchdown. However, with favored red-zone tight end Jimmy Graham no longer on the team, it's likely that Kmet will see more looks in the end zone. Getsy pointed out that Kmet is starting to use the 'really cool tools' he has. He's lining up out wide, working in line as well as blocking. The coach also believes Kmet is on the brink of taking his game to another level. It's possible that the tight end could emerge as the second-most reliable receiving option on the Bears after Darnell Mooney. Currently being drafted just outside the top-10 tight ends in average fantasy drafts, if Kmet takes a big step forward in his third season, he could be a draft-day bargain.

Geno Smith

Geno Smith

QB | SEA

Listed atop depth chart

Smith is listed with the first-string offense on Seattle's initial preseason depth chart, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Smith started the Seahawks' team scrimmage last Saturday, and the first depth chart of the preseason seems to reflect that he remains ahead of Drew Lock in the quarterback competition. During last week's scrimmage, Lock helmed the second-team offense. Seattle's preseason opener, Aug. 13 in Pittsburgh, will serve as the first of three upcoming contests to help fully settle the competition between Smith and Lock ahead of Week 1.

Tee Higgins

Tee Higgins

WR | CIN

Making progress

Higgins, who is bouncing back from an offseason procedure to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, participated in one-on-one drills for the first time in training camp during Monday's practice, Geoff Hobson of The Bengals' Official sitereports.

Per the report, Higgins looked sharp in doing so, but the wideout is still easing his way back into team drills. "There's no reason to rush it. You have to take time with things like this," Higgins noted. "Even if I am back before expected, that's always great, but I'm never going to rush this type of injury." With that in mind, Kelsey Conway of Cincinnati Enquirer suggests that it seems unlikely at this point that Higgins will see any game action during the preseason. On the plus side, the 2020 second-rounder did note that he thinks he will will be able to log team reps in practice by the end of training camp. Barring any setbacks, Higgins is in line assume his usual key role in the Bengals offense come Week 1.

In non-contact jersey

Marshall (lower leg) is practicing Tuesday with a red non-contact jersey, Joe Person of The Athleticreports.

Marshall suffered a lower leg strain last week, so it's encouraging to see him back on the practice field even as a non-contact participant. The second-year pro is working to take a step forward in Carolina's offense after recording just 138 receiving yards in 13 games as a rookie. Marshall has a few more days to heal up prior to Saturday's preseason opener in Washington.

Expected to be impact player

Coach Nathaniel Hackett believes Gordon will have an impact on the Broncos' offense in 2022, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

Gordon enters the 2022 campaign on a one-year deal he signed in April after the Broncos traded for quarterback Russell Wilson this offseason. The veteran running back agreed to rejoin Denver, and he believes that the team is committed to a system that can support multiple backs. According to Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com, the team's offensive coordinator, Justin Outten, said the running backs will be on a pitch count this season. With that said, Gordon asserts Hackett "is drawing enough stuff up that everybody can have the chance to get the ball." In fact, the coaching staff is making it a priority to get the running backs more involved in the passing game. In Hackett's three years as the Packers' offensive coordinator, running back Aaron Jones played a significant role in the team's passing attack, finishing second or third in receptions each year. If Gordon can carve out this role with the Broncos, he could hold quite a bit of value in fantasy this season for a back that figures to be part of a committee. The 29-year-old stands to benefit from what projects to be a drastically improved offense this season with Wilson at the helm.

Kenneth Gainwell

Kenneth Gainwell

RB | PHI

Dealing with hip issue

Gainwell is not practicing Tuesday due to a hip injury, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports.

Gainwell has spent training camp rotating in for first-team snaps, and he appear primed for a key role on offense behind starting running back Miles Sanders, but his status for Friday's preseason opener against the Jets now looks uncertain. The severity of the second-year pro's hip injury hasn't yet been disclosed.

J.K. Dobbins

J.K. Dobbins

RB | BAL

Starts with individual drills

Dobbins (knee) did individual drills Monday at his 2022 practice debut, staying on the field for nearly 90 minutes, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Dobbins had been pressuring the team to remove him from the PUP list since the start of training camp and finally got his wish Monday afternoon. "I thought he looked pretty good in individual (drills)," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said afterward. "You guys saw him moving around, running the ballhandling drill. That will be the first step. Maybe we add a little bit more every day and kind of see how he handles it, and see how the knee responds. But it seems like it's so far so good." With nearly five weeks to go before Baltimore's regular-season opener, Dobbins seemingly has put himself on track to play, while backfield mate Gus Edwards (also coming back from an ACL tear) remains on the PUP list and is trending in the other direction.

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

QB | NO

Won't play Saturday

Winston (knee/foot) is believed to have avoided a serious injury but won't suit up for Saturday's preseason opener against the Texans, Jeff Duncan of The Athletic reports.

Winston suffered a foot injury during Monday's practice and is expected to miss a few days of practice, but it appears that he's managed to sidestep a serious issue. His next chance to suit up for preseason action will come August 19 in Green Bay. Winston is in the late stages of rehabbing from a torn left ACL suffered Week 8 last season, so the Saints could opt for caution. In the meantime, Andy Dalton stands to helm the first-team offense.

Roquan Smith

Roquan Smith

LB | CHI

Requesting trade out of Chicago

Smith has requested a trade, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Smith wrote a lengthy note that seemingly leaves the door open for him to remain with Chicago, though he makes it clear the team hasn't yet come close to offering him the contract he wants. The 25-year-old inside linebacker is the best player on the Bears' defense and a top IDP option, coming off a 2021 season which saw him record 163 tackles, three sacks and an interception. The eighth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft has been holding out of training camp, hoping to sign a long-term extension and avoid playing out 2022 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.

Brevin Jordan

Brevin Jordan

TE | HOU

Possible slot fill-in

Jordan can help the Texans fill the void at slot receiver, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans have a big-framed tight end in Pharaoh Brown, who can handle the in-line blocking assignments, so they don't necessarily need Jordan to become that. Houston head coach Lovie Smith said he can block "a little bit" -- the tight end acknowledged he has a "long way to go" as a blocker -- but the coach sees Jordan's potential in multi-tight end and fullback packages. One potential spot for the athletic Jordan is in the slot where the Texans had planned on John Metchie (illness) being the starter before his unfortunate cancer diagnosis. Whatever the coaches decide, there will be a role for Jordan, who became a go-to-target on third down and red zone situations in 2021, when he had 20 catches, 178 yards and three touchdowns over nine games.

Sony Michel

Sony Michel

RB | MIA

Listed as backup for now

Michel and Myles Gaskin are listed as backups on the Dolphins' initial preseason depth chart, while Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert are both listed as starters, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Michel has proven himself capable of carrying a backfield load when necessary, and he averaged a healthy 4.1 YPC through 17 games with the Rams last season, rushing for 845 yards and four touchdowns while securing 21 passes for 128 yards and one score. Through the early stages of training camp it appears that Edmonds and Mostert are the early favorites to headline Miami's revamped rushing attack, but considering coach Mike McDaniel's track record in San Francisco from 2017 to 2021, it wouldn't be surprising to see multiple backs be featured throughout the 2022 campaign. Even if Michel begins the season in a depth role, he can thus be considered a high-upside handcuff in fantasy leagues with deep rosters, as long as he beats out Gaskin for at least the No. 3 gig.

Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold

QB | CAR

Not being shopped

Darnold was notified Monday by general manager Scott Fitterer that he's not being shopped in trade discussions, Ellis Williams of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Darnold has been subject to trade speculation since the Panthers acquired fellow quarterback Baker Mayfield this offseason. While only one of the signal-callers will earn Carolina's starting job, with Mayfield reportedly emerging as the favorite early on, Darnold was told by Fitterer not to worry about recent chatter regarding a trade. With that assurance, Darnold will try to put his best foot forward in Saturday's preseason opener versus the Commanders.

On depth chart as first-teamer

Robinson is listed as a first-team wide receiver on the Giants' first unofficial depth chart.

New York has yet to play its first preseason game and Sterling Shepard is listed at the end of the depth chart since he is on the PUP list while recovering from a torn Achilles, so Robinson's placement is far from set in stone. Still, it's an indication that the Giants think highly of the 21-year-old rookie receiver, who they selected in the second round of the draft in April. Should Robinson carve out significant playing time this season, he could prove to be a steal for managers selecting him at the back end of fantasy drafts.

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

QB | NYG

Has rough day in camp

Jones went 5-for-15 with a pair of interceptions during scrimmage in training camp Monday, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com.

The blame isn't all on Jones' shoulders -- New York pass catchers had multiple drops in practice and the entire offense is learning a new system -- but it's nonetheless not promising that Jones hasn't looked good thus far in camp. Tyrod Taylor even got a rep with the first-team offense Monday, though it's unlikely that anyone but Jones will be under center when the season starts. New head coach Brian Daboll is bringing a new offense that offers reason to be optimistic, but Jones may have to prove that he can be the answer at quarterback to keep his job the entire season.

Isaiah Hodgins

Isaiah Hodgins

WR | BUF

Shines in practice

Hodgins scored two touchdowns during Monday's 11-on-11 sessions, Grace Heidinger of the Bills' official site reports.

Coach Sean McDermott stated that he feels Hodgins is playing his best football and is impressed with the way he's played throughout camp. While Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis and Isaiah McKenzie seem like locks to make the team, there's a logjam of players trying to land the last 2-3 available spots. Hodgins, a sixth-round rookie from 2020, has struggled with injuries to date in his pro career, but he's healthy now and appears to be making his case for a spot on the final roster.

Khalil Shakir

WR | BUF

Missing practice time

Shakir missed practice for the second straight day Monday due to "continued soreness," Grace Heidinger of the Bills' official site reports.

This doesn't sound like anything serious for the fifth-round rookie, but he's going to be in for a dogfight for slotting (or even a roster spot) to begin the season, and any missed practice time could prove costly. On a brighter note, Shakir has been said to be turning heads throughout the summer, and the Bills did trade up to get him on Day 3 of the draft following a stellar college career at Boise State.

Shaquille Leonard

Shaquille Leonard

LB | IND

No timeline to return

Leonard (back) still doesn't have a timeline to return to action, but the Colts expect him to be available this season, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports.

Wolfe added the caveat "some point" in his report, indicating Leonard's absence may extend past Week 1. Leonard has had back-to-back rough years on the health front, undergoing a small procedure on his ankle in July 2021 before having surgery to repair two discs in his back this June. The latter was performed because it was causing discomfort down his leg. Leonard remains on the active/PUP list, meaning he can practice and play in the preseason at any point. Whenever he's healthy and available to the Colts defense, he's a stud IDP, averaging 157.7 tackles per 17 games played in his four-year career.

Jake Ferguson

TE | DAL

Back at practice

Ferguson returned to practice Monday after picking up a hamstring issue last Tuesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Ferguson looked strong in his return to the field and stood out for his blocking Monday, according to Archer. The four-year collegiate starter out of Wisconsin should have ample experience as a run blocker, and this trait could give him an advantage in the competition for the Cowboys' No. 2 tight end spot behind Dalton Schultz. Should he remain active, it will be worth monitoring how many snaps Ferguson potentially sees ahead of fellow tight ends Sean McKeon and Jeremy Sprinkle during Dallas' first preseason game Saturday at Denver.

Ty Montgomery

Ty Montgomery

WR | NE

Pushing for roster spot

Montgomery has been one of the Patriots' early standouts in training camp, Evan Lazar of the team's official site reports.

Though the Patriots' roster lists the 29-year-old as a wide receiver, the team's unofficial depth chart has the versatile Montgomery as a second-team running back. While Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson are expected to lead the team's rushing attack this season, Lazar believes that as things stand, "Montgomery is not just on the team; he will be incorporated into the offense and special teams." Also in the team's backfield mix are James White (who is bouncing back from a hip injury) and J.J. Taylor, as well as rookies Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris.

Jamison Crowder

Jamison Crowder

WR | BUF

Has good practice Monday

Crowder turned in a strong showing at Monday's practice, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Crowder and Isaiah McKenzie -- who missed Monday's session due to soreness -- are in the mix to claim the slot role previously handled by Cole Beasley. While Buscaglia suggests that Crowder "is still likely behind McKenzie because of the Bills' explosive potential with McKenzie in the lineup," we suspect that the steady Crowder still can make a push for the role as the summer rolls along if he can stay healthy and continue to make plays in practice.

Isaiah McKenzie

Isaiah McKenzie

WR | BUF

Misses practice

McKenzie missed his second straight practice Monday with unspecified soreness, Joe Buscagliaof The Athletic reports.

Prior to his absence, McKenzie had been off to a strong start in training camp, putting him firmly in the conversation to potentially claim the slot role previously handled by Cole Beasley. Also in the mix for the job is Jamison Crowder, who the report notes turned in a solid showing at Monday's practice. This looks like a job battle that could go either way, but at this stage Buscaglia believes that McKenzie may have an edge "because of the Bills' explosive potential with McKenzie in the lineup."

Listed atop depth chart

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill said Monday that he has a lot of confidence in Westbrook-Ikhine, who is listed as a starter on the team's initial preseason depth chart, AtoZ Sports Nashville reports.

Tannehill specifically mentioned Westbrook-Ikhine's knowledge of the offense, which allows him to fill in at any position at a moment's notice. That's part of why the 2020 UDFA has managed to stick around on the Tennessee roster, going on three years now, along with some slick route running by the standards of a 6-foot-2, 215-pound receiver. After starting seven of 16 games last year and posting a 48-476-4 receiving line, Westbrook-Ikhine has a chance to enter Week 1 as a starter this year, depending on the progress of first-round pick Treylon Burks and veteran Robert Woods (ACL). The initial preseason depth chart lists Woods as the other starter, while reports out of camp suggest rookie fifth-rounder Kyle Philips is getting some first-team work and has a shot at the slot role (Tennessee's depth chart has only two starting WRs, and two TEs).

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

QB | LAR

Rests arm Monday

Coach Sean McVay relayed that Stafford (elbow) not throwing during Monday's practice was planned, with the QB expected to resume throwing Tuesday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

As long as Stafford faces any sort of throwing limitations, his progress will be worth monitoring, but Jourdan Rodrigueof The Athletic notes that the veteran QB isn't too concerned about an elbow issue that he describes as "something that is irritating, at the moment," but one that Stafford is working through in anticipation of being ready for Week 1 action.

Treylon Burks

WR | TEN

Initially listed as second-teamer

Burks and fellow rookie Kyle Philips are listed behind Robert Woods (knee) and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine on the Titans' initial unofficial depth chart, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.

That said, it's not uncommon for teams to list first-year players conservatively on preseason depth charts, but it is a reminder that Burks -- the No. 18 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft -- will have to earn his projected early-season role opposite Woods. Wyatt notes that Burks "has been quieter in recent practices," but the Arkansas product still has time to pick up the pace this summer, and, if so, he'll have a chance to justify his ADP, which currently is much higher than either Westbrook-Ikhine or Philips.

Gus Edwards

Gus Edwards

RB | BAL

Iffy for Week 1

Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic suggests that Edwards (knee) remains iffy in terms of being ready for Week 1 action.

There's still a chance that Edwards could improve to the point that he has a chance to be ready for the Ravens' season opener. However, the notion that he was behind fellow running back J.K. Dobbins in terms of their recoveries from torn ACL injuries was solidified Monday when Dobbins was removed from the PUP list. When both are healthy, Edwards projects to work as Baltimore's No. 2 RB behind Dobbins, with Mike Davis, Justice Hill, Corey Clement, Tyler Badie and Nate McCrary also in the team's backfield mix.

Kenny Golladay

Kenny Golladay

WR | NYG

Could see action in preseason opener

Coach Brian Daboll indicated Sunday that he's not inclined to rest any of his team's healthy players in Thursday's preseason opener against the Patriots, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports. Golladay didn't play in the 2021 preseason due to a hamstring injury, but he's been able to practice of late.

If Golladay can stay healthy and return to being a threat on contested catches downfield, Dan Dugganof The Athletic suggests that the 6-foot-4, 213-pounder can add a vertical dimension to the Giants offense this coming season. If that scenario plays out as hoped, Golladay -- who logged a 37-521-0 stat line in 14 games last year -- profiles as a fantasy bounce-back candidate while working as a key cog in a New York wide receiver corps that also includes Kadarius Toney (knee), Sterling Shepard (Achilles) and Wan'Dale Robinson.

George Pickens

WR | PIT

Listed as starter on depth chart

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin downplayed Pickens being listed with the starters on the team's initial preseason depth chart, Steelers Depot reports.

Asked if it's a testament to Pickens' work at training camp, Tomlin responded, "No, it's just the fact that I have to give you guys a depth chart." Fair enough, but whoever is responsible for the depth chart likely saw the same thing as everyone else -- rookies and backup-caliber players behind Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. That makes Pickens, a second-round pick, a decent bet to win the third receiver spot in a Pittsburgh offense that's gone heavy on three-wide formations in recent years. It's possible the team uses more one- and two-wide looks this year, though Pittsburgh still lists three wide receivers as starters. Other candidates to line up alongside Johnson and Claypool include Calvin Austin, Miles Boykin and Anthony Miller. Mark Kaboly of The Athletic notes that Pickens has been a "stud" at training camp, with Jeff Hathhorn of 93.7 The Fan adding that the rookie hasn't backed down from Pittsburgh's veteran defenders in practice.

Diontae Johnson

Diontae Johnson

WR | PIT

Tending to hip injury

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Monday that Johnson is dealing with a hip flexor injury, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Tomlin didn't go into detail regarding the severity of Johnson's injury, but given his status as an established starter, the 26-year-old wideout is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Seahawks even if he's able to quickly move past the issue. After recently signing a two-year, $39.5 million extension with the Steelers, Johnson will be locked in as a top target for whichever quarterback emerges as the team's Week 1 starter.

Marquise Brown

Marquise Brown

WR | ARI

Takes part in individual drills

Brown (hamstring) took part in individual drills off to the side during Monday's practice and is expected to return to full-team work by Wednesday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury suggested that Brown would increase his activity Tuesday, and if all goes well, the wideout will be back to full speed by the middle of the week. Even if that comes to fruition, Brown is unlikely to play in Friday's preseason opener in Cincinnati, given the lack of full practice sessions he has under his belt up to this point in training camp.

Greg Ward

Greg Ward

WR | PHI

Misses practice with toe injury

Ward has missed the last few days of practice with a toe injury, Zach Berman of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.

There hasn't been any indication that Ward's injury is a severe one, but he can't afford to lose too much time as he battles for a roster spot in camp. After catching 53 passes in 2020, he hauled in just seven last year, and he's been pushed further down the wideout depth chart by the arrival of A.J. Brown.

Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield

QB | CAR

Strengthening case for No. 1 job

Mayfield has shown improvement throughout training camp and is becoming more comfortable with coach Matt Rhule's playbook, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network suggested Monday that Mayfield "continues to impress" and has "put himself in position to be the starter Week 1." National reporters like Garafolo may not be as familiar with the team as local beat guys, but the latter also seem to view Mayfield as the favorite -- and the same goes for general public sentiment. For now, Mayfield figures to continue splitting first-team reps with Sam Darnold, though it sounds like it might not be too long before the former Brown takes the lion's share. Rhule said the earliest he'd consider announcing a Week 1 starter would be after joint practices with the Patriots next week, leading up to an Aug. 19 exhibition with New England.

Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow

QB | CIN

First activity since surgery Monday

Burrow (appendix) was seen throwing some light passes at the end of Monday's practice, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Earlier Monday, Burrow was able to get around the practice field without a cart, like he had been doing of late, and he proceeded to log his first activity as well. Baby relayed that Burrow was taking snaps, went through his reads and tossed the ball back to a member of the Bengals' equipment staff. After he underwent an appendectomy July 26, Burrow was given a recovery timeline of 2-to-3 weeks, so he is approaching the front end of that timetable. Still, the team isn't likely to rush its franchise quarterback back to the field with the aim to have him running on all cylinders by Week 1, when he again will have a wealth of skill-position talent at his disposal.

Michael Gallup

Michael Gallup

WR | DAL

Working on agility

Gallup (knee) was spotted running and cutting on the side at Monday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Due to his status on the active/PUP list, Gallup hasn't been cleared to take part in practice, instead focusing on agility drills as he draws closer to returning from the torn ACL he sustained in his left knee Week 17 of last season. He told Jon Machota of The Athletic in late July that he isn't optimistic he'll be healthy by Week 1 this year, noting, "We got a little ways to go. It's gotta get a little bit stronger." With no clarity yet on Gallup's timetable to return and James Washington sidelined 6-to-10 weeks due to a broken foot suffered last Monday, rookie Jalen Tolbert and Noah Brown will operate as the next wide receivers up behind unquestioned No. 1 CeeDee Lamb.

Chase Claypool

Chase Claypool

WR | PIT

Back on practice field

Claypool (shoulder) returned to practice in full pads Monday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Claypool picked up the shoulder issue on Friday, July 29. He appeared prepared to get back on the field last Friday, but the session termed "Friday Night Lights" at Latrobe's Memorial Stadium ended up getting rained out, per Mike Prisuta of the Steelers' official site. It's unclear if Claypool was able to handle every rep Monday, but he's at least on a path to be ready for the team's preseason opener Saturday against the Seahawks, if coach Mike Tomlin makes his top skill-position players available for the contest.

Kyren Williams

RB | LAR

Activated from PUP

The Rams activated Williams (foot) from the active/PUP list Monday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

This would seem to put the rookie ahead of schedule, with coach Sean McVay previously having said that Williams was expected to return to practice around the Rams' third preseason game. They haven't even played their first, and while he'll likely be eased into drills before actually practicing, this at least gives Williams a better shot to be ready for the preseason finale and/or Week 1. Earning a role is another matter altogether for the fifth-round pick, with the broken foot suffered in OTAs robbing him of most of his chances to make an impression. Williams thus seems most likely to start off at the bottom of the depth chart, or possibly even the practice squad once the regular season begins.

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

QB | NO

Injures foot, not ankle Monday

Winston (knee) sustained a foot injury at Monday's practice, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Initially, coach Dennis Allen noted Winston "rolled his ankle," resulting in an early exit from the session, per Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com. But both Johnson and Jane Slater of NFL Network received confirmation after the fact that Winston is tending to a foot issue. Winston is in the later stages of his recovery from a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee that he suffered Week 8 of last season, so the Saints may exercise utmost caution while he recovers from the current concern. If Winston is sidelined for any length of time, Andy Dalton is on hand to handle the reps with the first-team offense.

Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow

QB | CIN

Not using cart

Burrow (appendix) is getting around practice without a cart, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Burrow returned to team meetings shortly after his late-July appendectomy and seems to be recovering along the normal timeline of 2-to-3 weeks. The Bengals don't figure to rush him, given their continuity at the skill positions and with their offensive coaching staff. They do have two or three new starters on the offensive line, all of whom profile as upgrades. Burrow is in a great situation to continue his efficient passing from last year, with the only real downside being that he hasn't used his legs the way he did at LSU. Still, he's a solid QB1, though perhaps without the fantasy ceiling of a Lamar Jackson or Jalen Hurts.

Raheem Mostert

Raheem Mostert

RB | MIA

Listed with starters on depth chart

Mostert and Chase Edmonds both are listed with the first-string offense on Miami's initial preseason depth chart, after coach Mike McDaniel said Sunday that "competition is fierce" among the team's running backs, Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports reports.

Edmonds got the biggest contract of the trio, but it's no secret that fellow offseason acquisitions Mostert and Sony Michel also are in the mix for key roles. Edmonds is the best pass catcher of the bunch, while Mostert is by far the fastest and Michel perhaps most adept working between the tackles. There's even some chance of a contribution from Myles Gaskin, the team's lead back for much of 2020 and 2021 under a different coaching staff. Mostert should have an advantage when it comes to scheme familiarity and terminology, considering McDaniel was the 49ers' run game coordinator from 2017 to 2020 and their offensive coordinator in 2021. Mostert was in San Francisco from late 2016 through 2021, though he missed nearly as many games as he played, including all but the season opener last year. He was cleared for the start of training camp after a lengthy rehab from a knee injury, and he recently shed his no-contact jersey, per Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald.

Parris Campbell

Parris Campbell

WR | IND

Notices minor hammy tightness

Campbell was held out of practice Monday with a tight hamstring but said he'll be back on the field Wednesday, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

It sounds minor, though still worth making note of given Campbell's lengthy medical record. The 2019 second-round pick has played 15 games through three seasons, never once staying healthy for more than four consecutive contests. Campbell has a big opportunity this year, nonetheless, with he and rookie Alec Pierce reportedly getting most of the first-team WR snaps alongside No. 1 Michael Pittman. If it's those three at the top of the depth chart come Week 1, the 25-year-old Campbell likely will see a lot of work in the slot, though snaps in two-wide sets wouldn't be out of the question. First, though, he'll need to get his hamstring right.

Pat Freiermuth

Pat Freiermuth

TE | PIT

Returns to practice

Freiermuth (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Out for over a week with hamstring tightness, Freiermuth may be eased back into practice and won't necessarily pay in Saturday's preseason opener against Seattle. He might not have played anyway, with his status as the starting tight end locked up after a rookie campaign with 60 receptions and seven TDs -- rare territory for a first-year TE. The one thing lacking was any impact downfield, with Freiermuth averaging a mere 8.3 yards per catch at an average target depth of 5.8. He did break eight tackles, tied for fourth most among tight ends, so he isn't necessarily destined to be a catch-and-fall guy. It remains to be seen if QB Mitch Trubisky (or rookie Kenny Pickett, eventually) can help Freiermuth produce more big plays in Year 2.

Jared Goff

Jared Goff

QB | DET

Expected to play Friday night

Lions coach Dan Campbell suggested Goff and other starters will play about one quarter in Friday's preseason game against Atlanta, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.

Campbell also said the Falcons will play their starters, perhaps making this one of the few preseason openers in which the first units take the field. It's not all that surprising, given that they're two of the younger teams in the NFC, led by second-year head coaches and retread, veteran QBs surrounded by mostly young receivers. The Lions did sign DJ Chark this offseason, and Goff also has a nice array of young pass catchers at this disposal, including WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, RB D'Andre Swift and TE T.J. Hockenson, with first-round pick WR Jameson Williams (torn ACL) potentially helping somewhere down the line. The Lions also appear solid up front, giving Goff a much better situation that he had last year, albeit with similar potential for the Detroit defense to be a huge liability. Playing at home Friday night, Goff and Co. should have the edge over a talent-deficient Atlanta defense.

Rashod Bateman

Rashod Bateman

WR | BAL

Back at practice

Bateman (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Bateman thus appears past the undisclosed minor injury that caused him to miss practice Friday. Now that he's back on the field with his teammates, the 2021 first-rounder is in line to step back in as the Ravens' presumed No. 1 wideout ahead of Week 1 action.

Darren Waller

Darren Waller

TE | LV

Continues to miss practice

Waller (undisclosed) remained sidelined at Monday's practice, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.

Reed also noted that coach Josh McDaniels hasn't provided specifics about the tight end's injury issue. With that in mind, consider Waller day-to-day in advance of Sunday's preseason game against the Vikings.

J.K. Dobbins

J.K. Dobbins

RB | BAL

Activated from PUP list

Dobbins (knee) has passed his physical and has been removed from the active/PUP list, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official site reports.

Per the report, Dobbins, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last year on Aug. 28, figures to be eased into action by the Ravens, likely starting with individual drills. When he's 100 percent, Dobbins profiles as the team's lead back, while Gus Edwards is a candidate to be next in line for backfield touches when he returns from a knee injury of his own. In the meantime, Mike Davis, Justice Hill, Corey Clement, Tyler Badie and Nate McCrary also are on hand to compete for depth chart slotting.

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

QB | NO

Rolls ankle Monday

Coach Dennis Allen indicated that Winston (knee) "rolled his ankle" during Monday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Winston is bouncing back from a torn ACL that he suffered Week 8 last season, but so far there's nothing to suggest that Monday's issue is related to his prior injury. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the quarterback is slated to undergo further evaluation on his ankle, and if Winston is forced to miss any time, Andy Dalton is next up for first-team reps.

Josh Jacobs

Josh Jacobs

RB | LV

No trade plans

Coach Josh McDaniels has refuted speculation that the Raiders are looking to trade Jacobs, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Jacobs, whose fifth-year contract option was turned down by the franchise this spring, logged seven touches in this past Thursday's preseason opener, an outcome that McDaniels downplayed, noting that the Raiders are using the preseason to get their running backs acclimated to game action, while building chemistry behind the team's offensive line. Also in the mix for touches in Las Vegas' backfield behind Jacobs -- who is listed atop the team's posted depth chart -- are Zamir White, Kenyan Drake, Ameer Abdullah and Brandon Bolden.

DJ Chark

DJ Chark

WR | DET

Impressive during team scrimmage

Chark caught four passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns during Saturday's team scrimmage, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Playing against a mix of first- and second-team cornerbacks, Chark reportedly looked like the vertical threat that Detroit lacked last year. While he may lose opportunities to Jameson Williams (knee) by season's end, vertical targets in the Lions' new offense should be concentrated on him in the short term. Considering the 6-foot-4 wideout also has a solid chance of leading his team in red-zone targets, Chark could surprise as a fantasy asset during his $10 million "prove it" year.

Erik Ezukanma

WR | MIA

Making waves at camp

Ezukanma has impressed coach Mike McDaniel with a strong start to training camp, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

"I've been very encouraged with how (Ezukanma has) handled himself and corrected things," McDaniel said. "The mistakes are changing, they're not the same ones and that's what you want." Ezukanma reportedly has been the most impressive receiver at training camp other than Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, and Oyefusi even speculates that the rookie fourth-rounder's emergence has put Preston Williams and Lynn Bowden on the roster bubble. If he can keep up this momentum, Ezukanma could make a push to open the season in the No. 4 wideout role.

Justin Tucker

Justin Tucker

K | BAL

Signs four-year extension

Tucker signed a four-year extension with the Ravens on Monday.

Tucker had another All-Pro season last year after going 35-for-37 on field-goal attempts, including a perfect 6-for-6 from 50-plus yards. The 33-year-old also set an NFL record by nailing a 66-yard game-winner Week 3 in Detroit. Per Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, Tucker's new contract is worth $6 million per year with $17.5 million guaranteed, which makes him the highest-paid kicker in the league once again after Chris Boswell had recently tied Tucker with a four-year, $20 million deal ($12.5 million guaranteed). Tucker was already under contract for two more years, so his extension will keep him in Baltimore through the 2027 campaign.

Tyler Conklin

Tyler Conklin

TE | NYJ

Building rapport with Wilson

Conklin was the most targeted player in Saturday's practice, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

Conklin caught seven passes from starting quarterback Zach Wilson, including a touchdown. Coach Robert Saleh has described Conklin's performance in camp as "a pleasant surprise," and Conklin consistently has won 1-on-1 matchups against defenders. Both Conklin and fellow offseason addition C.J. Uzomah are likely to see significant playing time in 2022, but it sounds like the former Vikings tight end thus far has made the stronger impression as a pass catcher.

Chase Edmonds

Chase Edmonds

RB | MIA

Backfield competition still ongoing

Coach Mike McDaniel said Sunday that the Dolphins' running back competition remains "fierce" and declined to name Edmonds, or any other player, the starter yet, David Furones of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

McDaniel said he doesn't "want to limit an opportunity by having a preconceived notion," noting that a player like Raheem Mostert having familiarity with the scheme may not provide an advantage in the training camp competition. On the other hand, Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site reports that McDaniel lauded Edmond's "cerebral approach," one which he called "unique" among Miami's backfield. "He knows every receiver assignment and he's understanding of the blocking schemes and all that," McDaniel said. "But more so, he has a combination of feel to apply abstract coaching points." Those comments speak to Edmond's three-down versatility, which, when combined with the fact that he signed a two-year, $12.1 million contract with the Dolphins, still appears to make him the favorite to lead what could be a multi-headed rushing attack.

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

QB | GB

Sitting out preseason opener

Coach Matt LaFleur said Monday that Rodgers won't play during Friday's preseason contest against San Francisco, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Rodgers didn't play a single snap last preseason, so it's no surprise to see Jordan Love be handed the reins for Friday's matchup. However, according to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, LaFleur said the team still is considering allowing Rodgers to see the field during the Packers' final preseason matchup, Aug. 25 at Kansas City. The veteran quarterback could benefit from some additional reps with his revamped receiving corps, which includes newcomers like Sammy Watkins, Romeo Doubs and Christian Watkins (knee), in addition to incumbents Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb.

Jordan Love

Jordan Love

QB | GB

Starting preseason opener

Coach Matt LaFleur said Love will start Friday's preseason contest against the 49ers, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

LaFleur also relayed that Aaron Rodgers will sit out at least Green Bay's first two preseason contests, but that a decision hasn't yet been made about the Aug. 25 game against the Chiefs, per Matt Schneidman of The Athletic. It remains to be seen how many drives the 2020 first-round pick actually will lead Friday, but whatever snaps Love does take will help prepare him for handling backup duties this season. If the 49ers opt to start second-year quarterback Trey Lance, Friday's contest could prove to be one of the more intriguing matchups on the preseason slate.

Isiah Pacheco

RB | KC

Impressing coach in training camp

Pacheco has caught the eye of coach Andy Reid during training camp, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports. "He's got a little juice," Reid noted Wednesday of Pacheco, while adding Saturday, "The things you're guaranteed of are that he's going to run hard. Will he have to learn the different schemes and how they work against certain defenses and at times be patient? He'll learn that. But he's going to run hard."

The report also notes that Pacheco, who the Chiefs took in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft, has demonstrated some reliability as a receiver out of the backfield. Though Clyde Edwards-Helaire continues to profile as the team's top backfield option, per Charles Goldman of The USA Today, Pacheco, who has logged reps with both the first- and second-team offenses, appears to be pushing for a complementary role, with Ronald Jones, Jerick McKinnon and Derrick Gore also vying for depth chart slotting. In any case, Pacheco is a player worth monitoring in the preseason, where Taylor suggests that the 5-foot-10, 216-pound Rutgers product can make his case to secure Kansas City's primary kickoff return job as well factor in in the team's offense as an all-around back.

James Robinson

James Robinson

RB | JAX

Taking first-team reps

Robinson (Achilles) is handling reps with the Jaguars' first-team offense at Monday's practice, John Shipley of SI.com reports.

Robinson, who remains in the process of recovering from a left Achilles tear, is taking first-team reps for the first time all training camp, a notable development after he sat out last Thursday's Hall of Fame Game against the Raiders. It remains to be seen when exactly Robinson will be cleared for a return to game action, but by all accounts his rehab is proceeding very well.

Pharaoh Brown

Pharaoh Brown

TE | HOU

Sheds pounds

Brown shed 18 pounds during the offseason, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Brown said he was motivated to alter his diet after watching film of himself, noting that he was slow and "wasn't athletic." The trimmer Brown has not gone unnoticed by head coach Lovie Smith. "He's listed as a tight end, but he can play in line, he can move out," Smith said. "It's a tough matchup because he has big wide receiver skills. Just another weapon that we have to be able to use." At 6-foot-6, a quicker Brown could be a matchup nightmare for defenders, and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has lined him up against cornerbacks in camp. Working on a one-year contract, Brown acknowledged he's looking for a big payday and multiple years. "I'm trying to get a David Njoku deal after this year," Brown said. To do that, a tight end needs to catch a lot of balls, and Brown feels his new look puts him in a better position to do that. Brevin Jordan is considered the upside fantasy play at tight end for Houston, but Brown should get ample playing time.

Scotty Miller

Scotty Miller

WR | TB

Feeling healthy at training camp

Miller, who dealt with a nagging turf toe injury most of 2021, has felt healthy through his first 10 training camp practices and has been given an opportunity to "do a lot of different things" thus far, Andrew Crane of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Miller hasn't yet had much of a chance to run slot and option routes at the NFL level despite thriving in those at Bowling Green, but Buccaneers coaches are apparently giving him a bit more free rein this summer. Miller also has taken some reps as a kickoff returner and apparently is completely healed from the hamstring injury that prevented him from participating in minicamp, leaving him well-positioned for the heated battle with the likes of Breshad Perriman (leg), Cyril Grayson and Tyler Johnson for the last couple of roster spots at wide receiver available behind the top quartet of Mike Evans (hamstring), Chris Godwin (knee), Russell Gage and Julio Jones.

Cade Otton

TE | TB

Stands out in Sunday's practice

Otton made a strong impression as both a receiver and blocker in Sunday's practice, Brianna Dix of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

The highlights were plentiful for the rookie Sunday, starting with several noteworthy catches that included an over-the-shoulder grab in the left corner of the end zone and a leaping reception on a seam route in a goal-line period. Otton also saw reps split out wide and in the slot with Cameron Brate receiving a veteran's day off, Chris Godwin (knee) once again limited to individual drills, and Mike Evans (hamstring) still sidelined. Dix noted the Washington product also rounded out his day with several key chip blocks at the end of the offensive line and emphasized after practice that he focuses heavily on his blocking responsibilities in addition to his pass-catching duties.

Likely out a week

Parham is dealing with a hamstring injury that likely will force him to miss approximately a week of practice, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Parham went down with an apparent leg injury during Saturday's practice, and coach Brandon Staley clarified Sunday that the tight end is dealing with a hamstring issue. The Chargers have their first preseason game Saturday, Aug. 13 against the Rams, and it certainly seems possible that Parham will be kept off the field. If the 24-year-old ultimately is sidelined, Tre' McKitty (undisclosed) and Hunter Kampmoyer could see increased looks versus the reigning Super Bowl champs.

Kyle Sloter

Kyle Sloter

QB | FA

Throws TD in preseason opener

Sloter completed 13 of 25 passes for 127 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions during Thursday's 27-11 preseason loss to the Raiders in the Hall of Fame Game. He had two carries for four yards.

Jake Luton received the start in the preseason opener with top quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and C.J. Beathard (groin) sitting out, and Sloter stepped in as the No. 2 quarterback against Las Vegas. Sloter averaged 5.1 yards per attempt and relied heavily on the running backs and tight ends, and he seems unlikely to push Beathard and Luton for a spot on the Jaguars' season-opening roster.

Mekhi Sargent

Mekhi Sargent

RB | JAX

Totals 57 scrimmage yards

Sargent had five carries for 22 yards and caught all five of his targets for 37 yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Raiders.

Sargent led Jacksonville in both carries and receptions with the team's top weapons all sitting out the Hall of Fame Game. Snoop Conner currently is listed as the No. 3 running back behind Travis Etienne (illness) and James Robinson (Achilles), but Sargent may be the next man up, which could result in significant run during the preseason.

N'Keal Harry

N'Keal Harry

WR | CHI

Diagnosed with high-ankle sprain

Harry was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain Sunday, but he'll see a specialist to determine the length of his absence, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

As Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reported earlier Sunday, Harry's injury from Saturday's practice is severe, but the wideout still is awaiting further evaluation. Harry was traded to Chicago this offseason and was looking to restart his career after poor showings in New England. However, the 2019 first-round pick has suffered another setback and likely will be sidelined for an extended period. Harry's ankle sprain is just one of a recent wave of injuries to the Bears' wideout corps, which now features Equanimeous St. Brown as the top healthy wideout behind Darnell Mooney.

J.K. Dobbins

J.K. Dobbins

RB | BAL

Set to undergo evaluation Monday

Dobbins (knee) will undergo an evaluation Monday to determine if he can be activated from the active/PUP list, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

As Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun previously reported, Dobbins has been in a hurry to resume practicing but has remained on the PUP list through the first two weeks of training camp. However, he could return as soon as Monday if his checkup goes as planned. Dobbins still profiles as the Ravens' lead running back once he's ready with Mike Davis, Justice Hill and Corey Clement currently the top healthy options and Gus Edwards (knee) still behind on his rehab. Dobbins, a 2020 second-round pick, ran 134 times for 805 yards (6.0 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns as a rookie and was set for an expanded role last year before tearing his ACL during a preseason contest.

Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt

RB | CLE

Participating in team drills Sunday

Hunt returned to team drills Sunday after voluntarily sitting out the last two days while disgruntled with his current contract, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.

Hunt held himself out of team drills during Friday and Saturday's sessions in protest while asking for a long-term extension, and James Palmer of NFL Network reported earlier Sunday that Hunt had requested a trade, which the team denied. However, despite the weekend drama, it appears the talented running back is back in the mix and will continue to participate fully in practices throughout training camp. Hunt appeared in only eight games during the 2021 campaign due to a litany of injuries, but he accounted for 1,145 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns in 2020.

Daniel Bellinger

TE | NYG

Working as No. 1 tight end

Bellinger has been getting the clear majority of first-team work at tight end during camp, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Bellinger spent some time on the PUP list in late July, but he's since recovered from a quadriceps issue and may have worked his way into the lead role at tight end for New York to begin his rookie season. Ricky Seals-Jones initially was thought to be the slight favorite to top the depth chart at the position, but he's missed the entire past week of practice with an undisclosed issue. Should Bellinger secure the No. 1 TE role, he'd be an interesting target in fantasy given the team's potential offensive growth in head coach Brian Daboll's new system.

N'Keal Harry

N'Keal Harry

WR | CHI

Ankle injury appears to be severe

Harry suffered an apparently severe ankle injury during Saturday's practice, but he's awaiting further evaluation, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Harry was traded to Chicago this offseason and was looking to restart his career after poor showings in New England. However, the 2019 first-round pick appears to have suffered another setback and may be sidelined for an extended period. Harry's ankle issue is just one of a recent slew of injuries to the Bears' wideout corps, which now features Equanimeous St. Brown as the top healthy wideout behind Darnell Mooney.

Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones

RB | GB

Splits work in scrimmage

Jones and AJ Dillon split the first-team reps during Green Bay's Family Night event Friday, according to Justis Mosqueda of acmepackingcompany.com.

It is anticipated that Jones and Dillon will fairly evenly share the work in the Packers backfield during the season ahead, and Friday's snap distribution did nothing to change that, as Dillon got 15 first-team reps to Jones' 14. That pattern caps the upside a bit for both players, but that does not mean they can't be fantasy assets. Both Jones and Dillon racked up more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage last season, and the running backs figure to be featured plenty on a roster lacking proven options at the pass-catching spots.

Josiah Deguara

Josiah Deguara

TE | GB

Fills several roles in scrimmage

Deguara led Packers tight ends in first-team reps during Green Bay's Family Night event Friday, according to Justis Mosqueda of acmepackingcompany.com.

Deguara lined up as a tight end on only five plays Friday night, but be it in the backfield or in the slot, he was on the field for 10 others. When it was all said and done, only two Packers skill players -- and no one listed as a tight end -- racked up more snaps. Deguara started getting more involved later in his second season, and unless fellow tight end Robert Tonyan (knee) makes rapid progress in the weeks ahead, Deguara seems poised to be the Packers' top option at his position Week 1.

Kadarius Toney

Kadarius Toney

WR | NYG

Remains limited at training camp

Toney (knee) was held out of 11-on-11 drills during Sunday's practice, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Per Leonard, Toney has been held out of full-team drills three times over the Giants' first nine training camp practices. While the issue doesn't appear too serious, it's certainly something to monitor heading into the regular season. Toney had an injury-riddled rookie campaign, but there are high hopes for the 2021 first-round pick in Year 2 under new head coach Brian Daboll.

Sammy Watkins

Sammy Watkins

WR | GB

Sees ample action in scrimmage

Watkins played extensively with the first-team offense during Green Bay's Family Night event Friday, according to Justis Mosqueda of acmepackingcompany.com.

Watkins missed the early portion of camp with a hamstring injury, but he got in about a week's worth of work leading up to Friday's glorified scrimmage and wound up seeing more first-team snaps -- most of those came on the boundary -- than any skill player other than Allen Lazard. Watkins might not see much action in the preseason, as neither veterans nor regulars have seen much time in exhibition games under head coach Matt LaFleur. There was talk earlier in the summer that Watkins was not a lock to be on the team Week 1, but as things stand it appears he will play a key role for the Packers out of the gate.

Dameon Pierce

RB | HOU

In mix as lead back

Pierce still is in the mix to be the Texans' lead running back, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Marlon Mack is the presumed top back, but Houston head coach Lovie Smith refuses to confirm which of his RBs is the leader. "Coming into camp, we had numbered six guys we liked, nothing's changed," Smith said. Pierce has impressed coaches with the ball in his hands, but he has yet to play in a game and needs to do better as a blocker. More should be learned in the preseason opener Saturday, Aug. 13 against New Orleans.

David Bell

WR | CLE

Could play preseason opener

Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski did not rule out Bell playing the preseason opener Friday in Jacksonville, Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Bell was activated off the active/PUP list and practiced for the first time Saturday, but he was excluded from team drills, per Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site. Stefanski referred to Bell as intelligent and noted the progress he made during offseason activities as reasons for the coach's optimism heading into Preseason Week 1. Bell is penciled in as the team's top slot receiver.

Drew Lock

Drew Lock

QB | SEA

Outplays Smith in team scrimmage

Lock completed 18 of 27 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's team scrimmage, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Lock spent four of five offensive drives with the second-team offense, where he played against the first-team defense. On the other side of the competition, Geno Smith handled nearly all the first-team reps on offense, where he battled against the second-team defense. Smith completed 10 of 19 passes for 94 yards. Lock had the inferior supporting cast and played against better competition, but he managed to put up better numbers anyway, despite those numbers being mediocre. Head coach Pete Carroll didn't make any judgements following the scrimmage, but Lock may have the edge heading into the preseason, which starts next Saturday against the Steelers.

Geno Smith

Geno Smith

QB | SEA

Struggles in team scrimmage

Smith completed 10 of 19 passes for 94 yards (4.9 YPA) in Saturday's team scrimmage, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Smith played nearly the entire game with the first-team offense against the second-team defense. Meanwhile, Drew Lock operated with the second-team offense and played against the first-team defense, and he managed to complete 18 of 27 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown. Head coach Pete Carroll mostly avoided making any judgements about the quarterback competition in his press conference, but Lock clearly outperformed Smith on Saturday, even if the former's stat line was merely mediocre. There are still three preseason games to settle the competition, the first of which is Saturday, Aug. 13 against the Steelers.

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