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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. CLE - WR Terrelle Pryor the No. 2 WR in Cleveland?
2. NE - WR Julian Edelman practicing
3. CHI - Hroniss Grasu has torn ACL
4. TEN - RB Derrick Henry responds to critique
5. OAK - RB Latavius Murray having strong camp
6. PHI - RB Darren Sproles best back in Philly?
7. SEA - RB Thomas Rawls activated off PUP
8. CLE - WR Corey Coleman sits out Saturday
9. HOU - RB Lamar Miller not practicing
10. DEN - Denver starting QB still undecided
11. CLE - QB Robert Griffin III set to start?
12. NE - New England perfect spot for RB Donald Brown
13. PHI - RB Ryan Mathews practices Sunday
14. DET - S Rafael Bush likely will start
15. BUF - ILB David Hawthorne to sign with Buffalo
16. OAK - Giorgio Tavecchio pushing for roster spot
17. JAX - WR Marqise Lee practices Sunday
18. PHI - WR Jordan Matthews held out of practice
19. NYJ - TE Jace Amaro keeps making plays
20. NE - RB James White wants to be complete back
21. BAL - Competition helping TE Maxx Williams

1. CLE - WR Terrelle Pryor the No. 2 WR in Cleveland?

Source: ESPNCleveland.com - Tony Grossi

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor is the team's No. 2 receiver heading into the preseason, according to ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi.

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Pryor has size and speed to be a mismatch for any cornerback. While Josh Gordon is out, he can hold down the spot opposite Corey Coleman and be a big play threat for Robert Griffin III. It looks like the conversion to wide receiver is taking, and Pryor has the kind of rare measureables that can equal a high ceiling for a wideout.

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2. NE - WR Julian Edelman practicing

Source: Boston Herald - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) is participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 7.

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Edelman is back a little earlier than anticipated, which is a great sign considering how cautious the Patriots are being with Dion Lewis. He's going in the third or fourth round, which should be a good value considering Edelman was a PPR WR1 last year. If he continues to be as involved in the red zone as he was last year, Edelman could be a steal as a WR2.

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3. CHI - Hroniss Grasu has torn ACL

Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Patrick Finley

Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears C Hroniss Grasu (knee) has suffered a torn right anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He will be required to undergo surgery and is expected to miss the 2016 season.

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Grasu was having a great summer and seemed to be turning into a cornerstone of the offensive line. Now the team will have to turn to rookie Cody Whitehair or veteran Ted Larsen. This is a big loss for an offense that is moving forward without Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett for the first time since 2012.

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4. TEN - RB Derrick Henry responds to critique

Source: The Tennessean - John Glennon

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry was much better in the tempo portion of practice Friday, Aug. 5, according to head coach Mike Mularkey. Mularkery criticized Henry for his slow starts to practice the previous day.

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Henry hasn't been generating buzz in training camp, while DeMarco Murray appears to be a coach's favorite in Tennessee. While Henry's impressive size/athleticism combination could pop on the field and cause the team to re-think the position, right now it seems like Murray is the starter. For now. We love to see how Henry responded here so stay tuned.

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5. OAK - RB Latavius Murray having strong camp

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray is 'cruising' through training camp, according to beat writer Vic Tafur.

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Murray didn't seem to have the confidence of the organization this offseason, but he is the starter and set up to get 300+ touches again behind a great offensive line unless fifth-round pick DeAndre Washington really impresses as a rookie - which is possible. Murray should be a solid RB2 as long as he is the starter, and the quality of the offensive line and passing game could make him even better even if he doesn't improve from last year's mediocre level of play.

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6. PHI - RB Darren Sproles best back in Philly?

Source: NJ.com - Eliot Shorr-Parks

Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles is the 'best running back on the team', according to NJ.com reporter Eliot Shorr-Parks.

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Shorr-Parks doesn't always have his finger on the pulse of the team and he has been critical of Mathews all offseason, but his point about Sproles shouldn't be lost on PPR league drafters. Sproles fits as an outlet for shaky quarterback play and a player who can be the primary back in catchup and hurry up situations. He's a steal as long as he's going in his current 13th/14th round range.

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7. SEA - RB Thomas Rawls activated off PUP

Source: NFLCommunications.com - Randall Liu

Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) was activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, Aug. 7.

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Most of the hand-wringing about Rawls is over, even with the team revealing that he did have surgery on his ankle this offseason. As long as Rawls gets through his first few practices without incident, he can safely be drafted in fourth or even third round as an RB2 who can be a borderline RB1 - assuming the Seahawks offensive line comes together.

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8. CLE - WR Corey Coleman sits out Saturday

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Dan Labbe

Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (hamstring) did not participate in the team's scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 6, because of a minor hamstring injury. Head coach Hue Jackson said Coleman will be fine moving forward.

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Coleman is set up to be the team's #1 target to open the season with Josh Gordon suspended. Robert Griffin III will need to get the ball out of his hands quickly to keep from getting antsy or hurt in the pocket, so Coleman's PPR prospects are bright.

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9. HOU - RB Lamar Miller not practicing

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) is not participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 7.

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This ankle injury sounded minor when it was first reported and Miller returned to practice, but with time this kind of injury can get worse. As long as Miller doesn't miss more than a week of practice, we can treat this absence as more precaution than warning sign.

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10. DEN - Denver starting QB still undecided

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez and QB Trevor Siemian will continue to compete for the starting quarterback spot, and head coach Gary Kubiak said he hasn't even 'come close' to deciding on the starter for the preseason game against the Chicago Bears.

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This is not a good look for a team coming off of a Super Bowl season. They did drag Peyton Manning to a title last year, but if the team doesn't have confidence in their starting quarterback, it can start to affect team unity and morale. There won't be fantasy relevance at the quarterback position in Denver this year, and it could affect the value of their outstanding top two wide receivers.

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11. CLE - QB Robert Griffin III set to start?

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III has improved every day and has 'accepted every challenge' given to him, head coach Hue Jackson said Saturday, Aug. 6. Jackson also said he is 'very close' to naming a starting quarterback.

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The Browns are the only ones who haven't openly embraced Griffin as the starting quarterback. The only real question is whether the team will keep Josh McCown to back him up in case of injury or poor play.

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12. NE - New England perfect spot for RB Donald Brown

Source: Boston Herald - Adam Kurkjian

New England Patriots RB Donald Brown could not have landed in a better spot when he signed with the Patriots back in March, according to Hall-of-Fame executive Bill Polian, who chose the 29-year-old in the first round of the 2009 draft while he was the general manager of the Indianapolis Colts.

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Brown is battling James White for the very valuable backup to Dion Lewis position that made White a PPR RB1 while Lewis was out last year. He could also get a few carries in the base offense as a bigger back.

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13. PHI - RB Ryan Mathews practices Sunday

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) worked with the first-team offense during practice Sunday, Aug. 7, and appeared to be a full participant.

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Mathews seems to be all the way back from his ankle injury. If he gets through August without incident, he could end up being a value, assuming he has an ADP drop after his pre-camp injury cost him the first week plus of camp.

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14. DET - S Rafael Bush likely will start

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Detroit Lions SS Rafael Bush has received most of the snaps with the first-team defense during training camp and likely will start next to FS Glover Quin this season.

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Bush is inheriting a position that was a very good IDP spot for James Ihedigbo over the last few years. He should be a priority waiver wire pickup in IDP leagues.

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15. BUF - ILB David Hawthorne to sign with Buffalo

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent LB David Hawthorne (Saints) signed with the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Aug. 7. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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The Bills have had multiple injuries at inside linebacker, so they need bodies just to run their practices. We'll wait to see the severity of Reggie Ragland injury before speculating on the potential value of other Bills inside linebackers in IDP leagues.

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16. OAK - Giorgio Tavecchio pushing for roster spot

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders PK Giorgio Tavecchio is competing with PK Sebastian Janikowski for the kicker job during training camp, according to special teams coach Brad Seely. Seely said Janikowski is the frontrunner because of his experience.

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Janikowski is getting paid 3.6 million dollars this year, which could factor in if the battle is close.

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17. JAX - WR Marqise Lee practices Sunday

Source: NFL.com - Conor Orr

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (hamstring) returned to practice Sunday, Aug. 7.

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Lee is trying to stake a claim to a solid role in the Jaguars emerging pass offense, but he already has missed most of training camp with this hamstring injury. If he can get through this latest issue and stay healthy through camp, he should be part of occasional four-wide sets for the Jags and provide quality depth at wide receiver.

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18. PHI - WR Jordan Matthews held out of practice

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Turron Davenport

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) did not practice Sunday, Aug. 7.

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Matthews knee injury wasn't serious, but the team is being cautious after he had a scare earlier in the week.

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19. NYJ - TE Jace Amaro keeps making plays

Source: NJ.com

New York Jets TE Jace Amaro's highlights during practice Friday, Aug. 5, included a deep catch down the seam in double coverage and a touchdown in the red zone.

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Amaro is reviving his career after his first two seasons were almost a total loss. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey should be a good fit for Amaro's receiving ability if he can stay healthy and play consistently. The Jets don't have a quality third receiving option, so Amaro could carve out a role for himself.

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20. NE - RB James White wants to be complete back

Source: Boston Herald - Rich Thompson

New England Patriots RB James White has been working on his run reads and pass blocking during training camp, and he said his goal is to upgrade his skills as a runner.

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White is facing competition from rookie DJ Foster and veteran Donald Brown for the backup receiving back job. In that role last year, White was a PPR RB1 after Dion Lewis went down. Lewis still hasn't returned to the field yet, so this role could be very valuable for fantasy leagues to open the season.

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21. BAL - Competition helping TE Maxx Williams

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Mike Preston

Baltimore Ravens TE Maxx Williams has looked healthier and stronger during training camp this year, according to beat writer Mike Preston, and Preston believes the added competition from TE Dennis Pitta and TE Benjamin Watson is making Williams a better player.

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Williams probably won't have fantasy relevance this year, but his improvement is making him poised to take over the Ravens tight end position in the future. He's definitely still worth the stash in dynasty leagues even though he isn't on the redraft radar.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for being part of Footballguys and thanks for sharing some of your season with us.

We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J