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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. ARI - RB David Johnson will have help
2. PIT - TE Ladarius Green could retire
3. PIT - TE Ladarius Green dealing with headaches
4. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi has golden opportunity
5. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick misses first practice
6. NYG - Teammate high on WR Sterling Shepard
7. SD - Teammate impressed with RB Melvin Gordon
8. SD - Stevie Johnson going on IR
9. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton owning Colts camp
10. SF - RB Carlos Hyde talks 2016 season
11. MIA - WR Leonte Carroo having a good camp
12. IND - WR Phillip Dorsett showing improvement
13. SD - Two Chargers close to history
14. DEN - OLB Von Miller in great shape
15. TB - RB Charles Sims to miss preseason game
16. TEN - RB Dexter McCluster should return
17. SEA - RB Christine Michael has chance to start
18. MIN - WR Adam Thielen working with starters
19. BUF - WR Marquise Goodwin may be No. 3 WR
20. NE - QB Jimmy Garoppolo fairly accurate
21. SD - WR Isaiah Burse not seizing chance
22. SD - Tyrell Williams continues to improve
23. SF - Josh Garnett switches positions
24. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill works on footwork
25. NYG - Jerrell Adams not impressing
26. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah hasn't missed a practice
27. DET - TE Eric Ebron expected to sit Friday

1. ARI - RB David Johnson will have help

Source: NFL.com

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson will not be run into the ground early on in the regular season because RBs Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington will be able to help, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

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From Arians: "I'm afraid to talk about him because I might get him hurt," joked Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. "But he can run it 25 times and he can catch it 15 times. The sky is the limit for his ability, because he can do so many things. I don't want to run him in the ground early, because we have Chris [Johnson] and Andre [Ellington]. We have a great group of running backs, so one guy doesn't have to get all the carries early in the season." How much will Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington see the field? Overall we have David Johnson as an excellent RB1, but if Arians starts splitting carries to keep the young player fresh, it will hurt his production. Arians has other more important things to worry about, but Fantasy GMs don't, so keep an eye on reports out of camp.

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2. PIT - TE Ladarius Green could retire

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) may be considering retirement if his recurring headaches persist, according to a source. There is also speculation that the Steelers could cut Green.

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We loved Green's potential, but injuries were always an issue. This leaves Jesse James and Xavier Grimble as potential replacements at the position with James getting our nod since he is far more versatile than Grimble. James could prove himself to have some low-end TE2 value.

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3. PIT - TE Ladarius Green dealing with headaches

Source: NFL Network - Aditi Kinkhabwala

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (head, ankle) is not participating in practice because of recurring headaches and not because of his surgically repaired ankle, according to a member of the organization. Green suffered two concussions in two weeks last September.

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We have no idea when he'll show up, if ever. That means he continues dropping down the rankings and right now we can't recommend him. Our own Sigmund Bloom has pointed to Jesse James and Xavier Grimble as potential targets. James is more likely as he is more versatile than Grimble and he could prove himself to be a starter, with perhaps low-end TE2 value.

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4. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi has golden opportunity

Source: ESPN - James Walker

Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi has a good opportunity to make a statement in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 12, with veteran RB Arian Foster to sit.

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A knee bruise to Ajayi opened the door to Foster stealing the starting job, and now the second-year back has a chance to convince the staff to give him more carries. At best though, he will split carries unless Foster is hurt, so we cannot recommend him as more than an RB3/RB4.

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5. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick misses first practice

Source: Santa Rosa Press Democrat - Grant Cohn

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) did not participate in practice Thursday, August 11. Head coach Chip Kelly said he took a 'planned rest day,' though no one notified the media of this before practice. He 'appeared' to injure his throwing shoulder during practice Tuesday, August 9, and did not throw well the next day, missing a few receivers by more than five yards and completing only 52% of his throws.

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Kaepernick is recovering from three offseason surgeries. The team is wise to ease him into action, but the delay has caused Blaine Gabbert to spring ahead in the competition.

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6. NYG - Teammate high on WR Sterling Shepard

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard is doing a good job with picking up the offense and will be a big-time player for the Giants, according to WR Odell Beckham Jr. 'I don’t want to spoil the surprise but it's going to be ... he's going to be a special player,' Beckham said. 'I kind of want to keep him on the down low for right now so that way he just jumps out the first couple games and has some big plays, touchdowns and all that.'

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We don't know what role to expect from Victor Cruz or how effective he will be at it, which means Shepard could have a large role in the offense. Right now we have him as a WR4 or WR5, but if Cruz looks off early, Shepard could see his value rise.

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7. SD - Teammate impressed with RB Melvin Gordon

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has had some of his best practices over the last few days, according to QB Philip Rivers. Rivers said he hopes Gordon will continue to improve.

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Gordon had a disappointing rookie season while averaging just 3.5 yards per carry and fumbling six times, so this is a positive sign. The offensive line should be better and the offense more effective which will prevent him from seeing a ton of stacked boxes. We are concerned about him regaining his explosiveness and speed after undergoing microfracture surgery, so that knocks him down a peg right now to a low-end RB2 or a high end RB3.

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8. SD - Stevie Johnson going on IR

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Kevin Acee

San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list because of his knee injury.

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That leaves Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman to battle over the third spot behind Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin. There's little to no real value in the third spot here, but it's worth keeping an eye on in case Allen is hurt again or Benjamin struggles. Be ready with an itchy waiver wire trigger finger.

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9. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton owning Colts camp

Source: Colts.com - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton has been arguably the best player on the field in training camp, according to Colts QB Andrew Luck. The quarterback noted Hilton's impressive consistency.

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Hilton is a tremendous player and if Andrew Luck bounces back this year as we expect him to, Hilton is likely to be a big part of that. He'll be an outstanding WR2 for fantasy purposes and will serve up some consistent production for his teams.

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10. SF - RB Carlos Hyde talks 2016 season

Source: The Associated Press

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde said he views the upcoming season as a 'make or break' year. Hyde pointed to how effective the new system can be, noting how current 49ers and then Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly helped Eagles RB LeSean McCoy lead the NFL in rushing in 2013. Hyde also believes the up-tempo approach makes defenders tired and allows for big plays.

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Even though it is Chip Kelly's first year as head coach, the team is facing a fanbase pretty close to going all "Sept of Balor engulfed by Wildfire" on them if they have another poor season. The last Super Bowl appearance is pretty far back in the mirror, so fans want improvement now. Given the shaky quarterback situation, Hyde is going to need to carry a lot of offense on his shoulders. Can he step up finally and reach his potential? We see him as a middle-of-the-road RB2, as long as he can stay healthy.

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11. MIA - WR Leonte Carroo having a good camp

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo has been having a good camp, according to head coach Adam Gase, and the team is eager to see more. 'He's been making some positive plays,' Gase said. 'His biggest thing is mentally, what are we going to do? Is he going to keep growing? Are we going to get stuck? Are we going to have that rookie wall hit? He's going to keep rolling on that.'

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Carroo is an interesting rookie to keep an eye on. In college at Rutgers, Carroo was a deep target who does a good job of tracking passes over his shoulder. When developed, Carroo could be in the mix as a deep receiver this year.

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12. IND - WR Phillip Dorsett showing improvement

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Stephen Holder

Indianapolis Colts WR Phillip Dorsett has been the 'most improved' player in camp. He's always possessed rare speed, but now he's also showing great skill in running clean routes and displaying consistent hands.

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We're excited about Dorsett's potential this year. He's got the speed to get by defenders quickly, and QB Andrew Luck should fire it deep early and often. He's a WR5 for fantasy owners with the potential to catch 50 or more passes in 2016.

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13. SD - Two Chargers close to history

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers and TE Antonio Gates are nine touchdowns away from surpassing San Francisco 49ers QB Steve Young and WR Jerry Rice for touchdown connections. They would then only trail former Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning and WR Marvin Harrison for most touchdowns between a quarterback and pass-catcher in a career.

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Rivers is a borderline QB1/QB2 while Gates is a solid TE2 for sure. That Gates is still playing at his age is insane, and we expect another solid year from him in 2016.

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14. DEN - OLB Von Miller in great shape

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller said he hasn't been in as good of shape he's in since coming out of college. 'My conditioning, running to the ball and running here doing the conditioning in the weight room, it's never been like that,' Miller said. Miller added that he's found the perfect blend of size and strength without compromising his elite speed on the edge. The Super Bowl MVP did admit that he's lacking mentally, though. Miller said every day at practice he remembers something new that he used to do. 'I'm not there yet [mentally].' He does expect to be ready from a mental standpoint by next week, though.

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That's great to hear as the Denver defense is going to have to carry a big load again this season, and Miller will be a vital part of it. We expect the defense to regress a little bit—it's impossible to keep up an historic level of play two years in a row—but remain one of the better defenses in the NFL anyway. After all even half of historic is pretty darn good.

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15. TB - RB Charles Sims to miss preseason game

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) will not play in the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday, Aug. 11. Sims is being held out as a precaution.

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Sims was the third down back/general pass-catcher in the Bucs backfield, and we have faith he will be again. Also, keep in mind that Doug Martin has missed a lot of time in half of his four seasons, so Sims is a good handcuff choice for him. Otherwise, as both backs split carries, consider Sims an RB4 with upside in standard leagues, or an RB3 in PPR.

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16. TEN - RB Dexter McCluster should return

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans RB Dexter McCluster did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 11, because of an excused absence but is expected to return to the team later in the day.

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So far down on the depth chart in the backfield at this point, this has minimal impact on fantasy rosters. This is Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry's show. If they split carries, Murray will be an RB3 with Henry as an RB4. But if Murray gets sole possession of the carries, he should be an RB2. McCluster isn't worth rostering.

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17. SEA - RB Christine Michael has chance to start

Source: 710 ESPN Seattle - John Clayton

Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael has been working with the first-team offense since training camp started and has a legitimate chance to win the starting running back job. RBs Thomas Rawls and Alex Collins are also candidates for the starting job.

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Rawls is the favorite here, but he's still healing from a knee injury. The team won't rush him back, but if Michael looks good this preseason, he might cut into his carries. By himself, Rawls is a great RB2, but if he starts splitting carries, it's going to ruin the value of every back in the backfield. Right now we still rank it as Rawls, then Michael, then the rookie Collins. We'll keep you posted if it changes, because if one guy gets the bulk of the carries, his fantasy production will be great.

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18. MIN - WR Adam Thielen working with starters

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Matt Vensel

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen is receiving most of the first-team snaps when the team is lined up in three-receiver sets alongside WRs Charles Johnson and Stefon Diggs.

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We've got a Thielen he has the inside track for the No. 3 job over Jarius Wright, who had no touchdowns at all last season. The thing is, he did this last summer as well and ended up with little to do in the regular season. Watch to see who ends up winning the third job here, but remember that this will probably remain Adrian Peterson's offense, with little passing. That means the bulk of the few targets will go to Diggs and Johnson and Thielen will be unreliable.

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19. BUF - WR Marquise Goodwin may be No. 3 WR

Source: WKBW.com

Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin has a solid chance to win the No. 3 receiver job this season because he has performed better than the other candidates for the job.

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That's not exactly high praise. Outperforming a mediocre group of guys isn't anything we'd find ourselves commending you for. Add to that he's a third wheel in a passing offense which will already be hampered by a focus on the run, we'd avoid him.

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20. NE - QB Jimmy Garoppolo fairly accurate

Source: Boston Herald - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo is 158-for-231 (68.3%) with six interceptions in team drills through 12 practices. QB Tom Brady is 155-for-213 (72.7%) with four interceptions.

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Well, you'd like to see fewer interceptions in drills, but the completion percentage is hopeful. We see Garoppolo as a decent fill in or QB2 with upside in Weeks 2 through 4, but would avoid him against the tough Arizona defense in Week 1.

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21. SD - WR Isaiah Burse not seizing chance

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers WR Isaiah Burse had been seeing time in the slot with WR Stevie Johnson (knee) sidelined, but the first-team reps have faded in recent practices, according to beat writer Michael Gehlken.

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Burse is going to see time continue to decline, especially as Tyrell Williams continues to ascend. If anything, we see Williams as the third receiver, occasionally moving Keenan Allen to the slot.

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22. SD - Tyrell Williams continues to improve

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers WR Tyrell Williams has made a sizable leap in his second season, according to beat writer Michael Gehlken. Williams is considered one of the most improved Chargers from 2015, better route running among his strides. He also projects to be a gunner in special teams coverage.

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Keenan Allen is locked in as the Chargers first option and should serve as a high-end WR2 with WR1 potential, while Travis Benjamin is currently holding the second spot in the offense and be the deep threat which makes him worthy of a WR4 slot. Williams could see the field on three-receiver sets, with Benjamin driving deep and Allen on either the opposite side or in the slot. Williams' route-running has improved immensely and with Stevie Johnson out for the season, he will see more time. It still makes him no more than a WR7, but he's a WR7 worth keeping an eye on.

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23. SF - Josh Garnett switches positions

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers OG Josh Garnett was moved to left guard for practice Tuesday, Aug. 9. Head coach Chip Kelly did not indicate it was a permanent move, but rather something the team is doing to give everyone more versatility. 'I think he's doing a great job,' Kelly said. 'We're just trying to move our guys around. A lot of guys moved around yesterday.'

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The Niners offensive line was a dumpster fire last season and constantly needing adjustment. So getting everyone comfortable with every job is a good idea and will give Kelly flexibility. It's also what we preach to kids in youth football, so that might give you an indication of our expectation for this offensive line in 2016.

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24. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill works on footwork

Source: ESPN.com - James Walker

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has worked a lot on his football during the offseason and in training camp. He'll get his first chance to show any improvement in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 12, against the New York Giants.

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While it feels like we say this every preseason—Tannehill has to step up and prove himself this year. Head coach Adam Gase is giving him more responsibility to adjust plays at the line, Tannehill has good weapons around him and an improved offensive line. Now it's all on him. We see him as a solid QB2, with the upside to be more if he can perform to expectations.

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25. NYG - Jerrell Adams not impressing

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants TE Jerrell Adams continues to work with the third-team offense and he committed an illegal block penalty during special teams drills Wednesday, Aug. 10. He might have a difficult time earning a roster spot, according to beat writer Jordan Raanan.

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The Giants have three tight ends they have been playing with the first team - Will Tye, Matt LaCosse, and Larry Donnell - even though they spent a pick on Adams, he will have a hard time making the team if he doesn't start to pick it up. He is more likely to end up on their practice squad.

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26. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah hasn't missed a practice

Source: MLive.com - Kyle Meinke

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) has participated in every one of the team's practices since camp opened. However, he's done so in a red no-contact jersey.

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Abdullah is getting the bubble wrap treatment, as more than one Lions writer has said that he'll get a chance to break out this year. He will still be limited by a three-headed backfield, but if Abdullah can start making more big plays, he'll be a boom/bust RB2 and worth the seventh-round pick it will take to land him.

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27. DET - TE Eric Ebron expected to sit Friday

Source: MLive.com - Kyle Meinke

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is expected to sit the team's preseason opener Friday, August 12, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ebron hasn't practiced since suffering the injury in a mock game Saturday, August 6.

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Ebron's injury is still a bit of a mystery, but from all outward indications, he should be ready for Week 1, if not before that. He's worth a pick an upside low TE1 or high TE2.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. It's going to be a great season.

We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J