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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. SD - Stevie Johnson out for the season
2. NE - WR Julian Edelman back at practice
3. GB - TE Jared Cook impresses in first practice
4. KC - GM hopeful about RB Jamaal Charles
5. CLE - WR Corey Coleman sitting out Wednesday
6. SEA - TE Jimmy Graham activated from PUP
7. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott unlikely for preseason opener
8. DET - WR Marvin Jones the top target
9. NO - WR Michael Thomas continues to shine
10. WAS - RB Keith Marshall turning heads in camp
11. SF - QB Blaine Gabbert heavily favored to start
12. HOU - TE C.J. Fiedorowicz listed as starter
13. KC - OLB Tamba Hali making progress
14. CLE - WR Terrelle Pryor should play Friday
15. BUF - WR Marquise Goodwin performing well
16. DAL - RB Darren McFadden not close
17. CLE - WR Andrew Hawkins remains out
18. GB - WR Randall Cobb on the sidelines
19. SF - San Francisco to split QB reps in games
20. BUF - QB Tyrod Taylor progressing in talks
21. CHI - WR Alshon Jeffery iffy for preseason opener
22. NYG - WR Victor Cruz out of practice
23. BUF - ILB Reggie Ragland out for season
24. DET - WR Golden Tate has sure hands
25. SD - DE Joey Bosa, Bolts remain incommunicado
26. NE - DE Rob Ninkovich out at least a month
27. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick lagging behind in race

1. SD - Stevie Johnson out for the season

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) has learned he will miss the entire 2016 season following surgery to repair his torn meniscus.

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Tough break for Johnson and the Chargers here. As NFL.com reported, as promising as Johnson's rapport was with Philip Rivers, he was unlikely to surpass Allen, Gates, Travis Benjamin and Danny Woodhead in the pecking order. We still like this offense and Philip Rivers.

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2. NE - WR Julian Edelman back at practice

Source: WEEI.com - Mike Petraglia

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 10.

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Yesterday's injury scare truly was just a scare. We'll exhale for now, but Edelman's injury history is still on our minds after the reports of his being frustrated after an issue with the same left leg that has a surgically repaired foot from this offseason.

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3. GB - TE Jared Cook impresses in first practice

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Bob McGinn

Green Bay Packers TE Jared Cook (foot) made a positive impression during his first training camp action, hauling in several impressive grabs in practice on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

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Cook is an upside TE2 to take late in your draft if you want some punch to go along with a high floor TE1. Richard Rodgers will share the tight end position with Cook, but Cook is easily the more physically talented pass catcher.

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4. KC - GM hopeful about RB Jamaal Charles

Source: The Kansas City Star - Terez A. Paylor

Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said he is hopeful that RB Jamaal Charles (knee) will be ready for the start of the regular season.

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Dorsey was "optimistic" and so are we. Charles hasn't been taken off of the PUP yet, but he has come all the way back from ACL surgery before. The Chiefs have two strong backups in Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West, so they might Charles back in to start the season. He's still worth a second-round pick and should return first-round value in PPR leagues once he's back up to speed.

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5. CLE - WR Corey Coleman sitting out Wednesday

Source: ESPNCleveland.com - Tony Grossi

Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (hamstring) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 10 and will be missing his fourth straight practice.

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Coleman's absence isn't long enough to be worrisome yet, but we never want to see a rookie's momentum broken in August. Coleman was building momentum with dynamic plays in camp, and he could be a target hog without Josh Gordon in the lineup the first four weeks of the season.

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6. SEA - TE Jimmy Graham activated from PUP

Source: 710 ESPN Seattle - Danny O'Neil

Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) was activated from the active/Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Aug. 10.

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This is a good surprise, although not one that necessarily means Graham is "back" for fantasy. Graham was already a major disappointment for fantasy last year at full speed. He probably won't be himself, but if he's on the field it will be a good sign for players coming from patellar tears in the future.

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7. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott unlikely for preseason opener

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) is doubtful for the preseason opener against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, Aug. 13, with a tight hamstring.

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All outward signs have pointed to this being minor and Elliott's absence being precautionary, but if he doesn't practice next week or play in preseason Week 2, it might be time to reassess his place in our rankings.

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8. DET - WR Marvin Jones the top target

Source: MLive.com - Kyle Meinke

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones has been the team's top receiver in camp, and it hasn't been close, as WR Golden Tate has had issues holding onto the football. Jones was targeted on seven of the 14 passes QB Matthew Stafford threw in the joint practice Tuesday, Aug. 9.

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Jones is going at least 2-3 rounds after Golden Tate in most drafts, but his red zone prowess and reports like this make that seem ill-advised.

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9. NO - WR Michael Thomas continues to shine

Source: The New Orleans Times-Picayune - Jeff Duncan

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas continues to shine in the early days of training camp, and beat writer Jeff Duncan opines that Thomas looks like a bona fide playmaker. It appears Thomas has already earned the trust of his quarterbacks in camp.

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Thomas should get in the mix early and if he carries over his great spring and summer, he can get enough targets to be relevant in fantasy leagues. He should take over the role Marques Colston turned into over 1000 yards and 8 scores as a rookie.

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10. WAS - RB Keith Marshall turning heads in camp

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Keith Marshall is firmly entrenched among the team's top three backs along with RBs Matt Jones and Chris Thompson, and there is a gap between that trio and the rest of the team's running backs, according to multiple sources. Marshall's speed has been the reason he has stood out, and he ran a 4.31 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. 'He has that ability, when he does put that foot in the ground, he explodes through the line of scrimmage,' offensive coordinator Sean McVay said.

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Marshall was one of the best high school RBs in the country when he went to Georgia. A major knee injury knocked him out for more than a full season for the Bulldogs, but if healthy those natural skills are still there. Marshall is a favorite dynasty RB of ours...and we'd even recommend taking him as a late "lottery ticket" pick in deeper re-draft leagues.

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11. SF - QB Blaine Gabbert heavily favored to start

Source: The Mercury News - Tim Kawakami

San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert is considered an enormous favorite to start over QB Colin Kaepernick in the regular season opener, in the opinion of beat writer Tim Kawakami.

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Gabbert isn't an exciting fantasy QB if he does start. The 49ers are going to run a lot of plays under head coach Chip Kelly, but quantity is not better than the quality is available at QB elsewhere.

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12. HOU - TE C.J. Fiedorowicz listed as starter

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz is listed as the starting tight end on the Texans' first depth chart. TE Ryan Griffin would be the backup.

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There's no fantasy relevance at the TE position in Houston. Fiedorowicz is a huge target and may be able to snare a couple of red-zone TDs this year...but that's about it.

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13. KC - OLB Tamba Hali making progress

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs LB Tamba Hali (knee) is taking part in linebacker movement drills and should be able to participate in practice in a few weeks, according to general manager John Dorsey.

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Hali needs to dig down and find his old game because the Chiefs are without Justin Houston for at least the early part of the season. If Hali can't generate some pressure the Chiefs defense will have to rely on Dee Ford to be their pass rushing stud.

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14. CLE - WR Terrelle Pryor should play Friday

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (calf) should be able to play in the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 12.

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A sigh of relief if you are holding Pryor in a dynasty league or looking at him as a redraft sleeper. His calf injury is just a minor blip if the team is putting him out there a few days after he suffered it.

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15. BUF - WR Marquise Goodwin performing well

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin was able to beat CB Ronald Darby and SS Jonathan Dowling during drills Wednesday, Aug. 10, and has routinely had solid practices since training camp began.

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Goodwin has world-class speed but he has never been able to stay healthy. If he can build on his good summer and stay on the field, Goodwin could be the third wide receiver for the Bills.

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16. DAL - RB Darren McFadden not close

Source: DallasCowboys.com - Rob Phillips

Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (elbow) is working hard in his recovery from offseason elbow surgery but is not expected to play in the near future, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

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McFadden might not be ready for Week 1, leaving Alfred Morris as the backup. Seventh-round pick Darius Jackson could have a better chance of making the opening day roster if McFadden is not ready.

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17. CLE - WR Andrew Hawkins remains out

Source: ESPNCleveland.com - Tony Grossi

Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (hamstring) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 10 and will be missing his seventh straight practice.

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The Browns rookie receivers from later in the draft are going to be put in the spotlight this week with Hawkins, first-round pick Corey Coleman, and now Terrelle Pryor on the sidelines.

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18. GB - WR Randall Cobb on the sidelines

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (calf) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 10.

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There's no sign that this is something to worry about, but we'll check back when we get more details. Calf injuries can linger and have a risk of re-injury. The Packers might be without their top two receivers for their preseason opener.

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19. SF - San Francisco to split QB reps in games

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers QBs Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick will share snaps with the first-team offense during preseason games until the team is ready to name a starting quarterback, according to head coach Chip Kelly.

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The 49ers need to get this figured out sooner than later because the passing offense will likely have different strengths with Kaepernick than it will with Gabbert, and the team is installing a new offense under Chip Kelly. Most reports had Gabbert way ahead entering camp, so Kaepernick needs to impress to keep the heat on.

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20. BUF - QB Tyrod Taylor progressing in talks

Source: CBSSports.com - Jason La Canfora

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is making solid progress in contract extension talks with the Bills, but the two sides still have to work on the back end of the contract. Taylor likely will make $35 million in the first two years if an agreement is reached.

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15-18 million dollars a year is the going rate for starting quarterbacks, even one with unproven track records. If Taylor can reproduce his performance last year and stay healthy, he could get even more on the open market.

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21. CHI - WR Alshon Jeffery iffy for preseason opener

Source: Chicago Tribune - Dan Wiederer

Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is uncertain for the preseason opener against the Denver Broncos on Thursday, Aug. 11.

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The team will be cautious with Jeffery, which will be good for his re-injury outlook, but that we are talking about this so early in August is a reason to fear this coming back up for Jeffery, whom the Bears didn't sign to a long-term deal in part because of his recent issues with soft tissue injuries.

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22. NYG - WR Victor Cruz out of practice

Source: New York Daily News - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (groin) is out of practice again Wednesday, Aug. 10. The team hasn't expressed concern yet.

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At this point, the question is more whether Cruz will make the team than whether Cruz will play a fantasy friendly role. At the group of UDFAs and late picks behind Cruz have been impressing in camp.

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23. BUF - ILB Reggie Ragland out for season

Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Sal Maiorana

Buffalo Bills LB Reggie Ragland (knee) will have surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the 2016 season.

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The Bills will be without their first two picks for at least the first month, with first-round pick Shaq Lawson coming back from shoulder surgery. Ragland was going to be a force against the run, so the strong Bills defensive line will have to pick up the slack.

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24. DET - WR Golden Tate has sure hands

Source: MLive.com - Kyle Meinke

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate has had sure hands in camp while his counterparts have had issues. WR Jeremy Kerley had at least three of the six-plus drops in practice Saturday, July 30.

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Tate should lead the team in receptions, although if he is lined up on the outside more often because of Anquan Boldin's place in the slot, he might not equal the high catch rate he had with Calvin Johnson out in 2014.

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25. SD - DE Joey Bosa, Bolts remain incommunicado

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa has now gone 12 days without speaking to the team. He is the only remaining unsigned first-round pick from the 2016 draft.

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This battle is basically over interest on part of Bosa's signing bonus and offset language that would compensate the Chargers if Bosa is released before the end of his rookie deal and signs elsewhere. In other words, it's basically nothing and both sides are having trouble seeing the benefit of just moving on. This is not a good look for a defense that has been lagging in recent years, but the Chargers are a very fiscally disciplined organization. Kansas City gets the Chargers defense in Week 1.

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26. NE - DE Rob Ninkovich out at least a month

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich (triceps) is expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering a torn triceps in practice Tuesday, Aug. 9, according to a source.

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The Patriots traded Chandler Jones in the offseason, but they added Chris Long at defensive end. Ninkovich has been a core performer and producer in this defense for a while, so his absence will be felt, although Jabaal Sheard is probably the most valuable defensive end in the lineup.

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27. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick lagging behind in race

Source: The Mercury News - Tim Kawakami

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is considered a huge underdog in the race for the starting quarterback job with QB Blaine Gabbert, at least in the opinion of beat writer Tim Kawakami.

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This shouldn't come as any surprise. Kaepernick had to come back from three offseason surgeries and that allowed Gabbert to take the first-team reps in minicamp and OTAs. We shall see if Kaepernick can make a move up the depth chart before the all important third preseason game.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J