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Our Footballguys staff members make a stand on a wide receiver.

O. The New Reality No.66 - Preseason Week 1 Aftermath
Our Chad Parsons digests Week 1 of the 2016 NFL Preseason from a dynasty perspective.

P. Dorial Green-Beckham: The Fallout
Our Justin Howe with snap judgments on the blockbuster-ish Dorial Green-Beckham trade.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. GB - WR Jordy Nelson cleared to practice
2. GB - WR Jordy Nelson won't play Thursday
3. SEA - RB Thomas Rawls making progress
4. SEA - TE Jimmy Graham uncertain for Week 1
5. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski held out of practice
6. OAK - RB DeAndre Washington claims No. 2 RB job
7. NO - TE Coby Fleener works with starters
8. NYJ - RB Matt Forte practicing Wednesday
9. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott unlikely to play Friday
10. NE - WR Julian Edelman looks sharp
11. ARI - Lofty comparisons for RB David Johnson
12. GB - WR Davante Adams trying to shine
13. WAS - No timetable for WR Josh Doctson
14. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick limited
15. KC - WR Jeremy Maclin sits out Wednesday
16. JAX - WR Allen Hurns misses practice
17. NYG - WR Victor Cruz works on side
18. BAL - WR Steve Smith activated
19. KC - RB Jamaal Charles does more work
20. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick fully dressed
21. NYG - Odell Beckham still improving
22. PHI - Two Eagles on the bubble
23. BAL - WR Mike Wallace endearing himself
24. CHI - TE Zach Miller meets with team doctors
25. SD - WR Travis Benjamin building trust with Rivers
26. CHI - WR Kevin White impresses in joint practice
27. MIA - TE Jordan Cameron encouraged to stay

1. GB - WR Jordy Nelson cleared to practice

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) passed his physical and was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Aug. 17, according to a source.

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Great news for the Packers here. Nelson should be on track for Week 1 of the regular season, and his return will help boost the entire passing game. The veteran WR had been missing training camp due to tendinitis in his non-surgically repaired knee.

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2. GB - WR Jordy Nelson won't play Thursday

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) will be held out of the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18, against the Oakland Raiders.

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Of course he won't. Nelson just got activated from the PUP list. We may not see him much at all in the preseason.

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3. SEA - RB Thomas Rawls making progress

Source: ESPN.com - Sheil Kapadia

Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (knee) has been performing well during practice and may be able to play in the team's third preseason game.

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Keep an eye on this situation as camp rolls on. Rawls should be the lead RB for the Seahawks this year, and there's a chance he could perform like a solid RB2 all season. His current ADP (RB13, 3.12 in 12-team PPR) might be a little rich considering the recent reports of backup Christine Michael getting worked into the offense a bit more. We like targeting Rawls in the early fourth, but make sure to snare Michael as a late-round flier if you can.

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4. SEA - TE Jimmy Graham uncertain for Week 1

Source: ESPN.com - Sheil Kapadia

Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) should see more work on the field over the next few weeks, but head coach Pete Carroll said the team is not sure if Graham will be ready for Week 1. 'Really we're shooting for: Where is he at the start of the season? And we'll evaluate then on how much longer it may take, or he may be ready. We don't know that yet. But he feels good,' Carroll said.

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Graham wasn't a good fit for the Seahawks last year, and quite frankly the offense was better when he was out. We'll see if that changes this year, but don't get too excited about his prospects. Graham will get drafted on name value, but his real value might be that of a TE2. His current ADP is TE11 (10.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski held out of practice

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) was held out of practice on Tuesday, Aug. 16, after an injury scare the previous day. It's unknown if he'll return for the third day of joint practices with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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There's no reason to change Gronkowski's position on our boards unless this becomes a matter of weeks, not days, and costs the all-world tight end a chance to play in the preseason. In the meantime, Martellus Bennett gets to build more and more chemistry with Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo.

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6. OAK - RB DeAndre Washington claims No. 2 RB job

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington has grabbed hold of the No. 2 running back job heading into the team's second preseason game. 'We've been seeing signs during camp of improving the running game,' said head coach Jack Del Rio.

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Washington is a rookie RB we're really keeping our eyes on. He's a compact runner who can run inside before bursting to the outside. Washington has good foot frequency and does a good job of making defenders miss in tight spaces. He's competing to be the backup behind Latavius Murray in the regular season.

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7. NO - TE Coby Fleener works with starters

Source: The New Orleans Times-Picayune - Jeff Duncan

New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener lined up with the first-team offense at practice Wednesday, August 17.

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Fleener is an interesting TE to consider for your fantasy team this year. The Saints should use him early and often, and he should become a favorite target of QB Drew Brees. If he caught 70 passes this year and finished as a top-5 fantasy TE we wouldn't be surprised. Fleener has a current ADP of TE5 (6.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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8. NYJ - RB Matt Forte practicing Wednesday

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) is participating in team drills during practice Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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A good sign that Forte is on the right track. The Jets should use him as their leading rusher this year, but he will split some touches with backup Bilal Powell. We view him as a high-end RB2 in PPR leagues. Forte has a current ADP of RB16 (4.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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9. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott unlikely to play Friday

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) returned to practice on Tuesday, Aug. 16, but did not take part in a full session and is not expected to play in the team's preseason game on Friday, Aug. 19, against the Miami Dolphins.

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As long as Elliott is a full go for the third preseason game and looks good, he'll be worth the premium pick that he has cost in fantasy drafts since the Cowboys took him at #4.

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10. NE - WR Julian Edelman looks sharp

Source: The Boston Globe - Jim McBride

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) looked quick in his first full 11-on-11 day Tuesday, Aug. 16. He sported an impressive double move to win a one-on-one drill.

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Edelman was a WR1 last year before he went down, but he might take a small step back this year with the addition of Martellus Bennett, especially in the red zone. He's still an excellent WR2, but one that comes with increased injury risk based on his track record.

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11. ARI - Lofty comparisons for RB David Johnson

Source: ESPN.com - Dan Graziano

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson has had a good training camp, and he has been impressive his teammates and the coaching staff. He averaged 135 yards from scrimmage per game while posting eight rushing touchdowns, four receiving scores and one kickoff return for touchdown. His skills as a receiver out of the backfield are drawing lofty comparisons. 'I mean, probably the best receiving back I've seen,' general manager Steve Keim said Tuesday, Aug. 16. 'A lot of people have compared him to Marshall Faulk, and our coaches had Marshall Faulk in Indy. I think he's very similar in some way athletically and in terms of ball-catching skills to Marshall.'

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Johnson was already an outstanding receiver coming out of college, but he seems to have learned to run inside with more courage. Even if he shares carries with Chris Johnson, he has top 3 running back upside in the Cardinals' aggressive offense.

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12. GB - WR Davante Adams trying to shine

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams has had some good moments and some bad ones in training camp, according to beat writer Tom Silverstein. It is believed Adams needs to make a statement in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18, against the Oakland Raiders.

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Adams was supposed to shine last year after Jordy Nelson went down with injury. Instead, Adams fizzled and his inconsistent play from college at Fresno State still continues to plague him today. We're looking at other WRs like Jared Abbrederis or Ty Montgomery to win the no.3 WR job in Green Bay.

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13. WAS - No timetable for WR Josh Doctson

Source: NFL.com

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') still does not have a timetable for his return, but head coach Jay Gruden said Doctson will not be rushed back.

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Achilles' injuries aren't quite as devastating as they used to be. That being said, Washington should and will take it easy on the rookie as he returns from this injury. With Doctson down, it opens the door for second-year WR Jamison Crowder to work as the no.3 WR behind DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.

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14. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick limited

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (arm) participated in the handoff drills during practice Wednesday, Aug. 17, but did not participate in any of the throwing drills. Kaepernick did do some throwing on a side field.

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The 49ers are having joint practices with the Broncos on Wednesday and Thursday. The offense looked horrible against the Broncos defense on Wednesday, and QB Blaine Gabbert threw two interceptions returned for TDs. If healthy, Kaepernick could win this starting job. Gabbert may begin the season as the starter, but he doesn't have a firm grip on that job.

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15. KC - WR Jeremy Maclin sits out Wednesday

Source: KCChiefs.com - Pete Sweeney

Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 17, because of a groin injury.

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Maclin is considered day-to-day with this injury. Don't be surprised if they sit him for the Chiefs second preseason game. If healthy, we see Maclin as a mid-range WR2 for fantasy owners.

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16. JAX - WR Allen Hurns misses practice

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 17, because of a knee injury. Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley says that Hurns will practice on Thursday after receiving the day off.

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Hurns is set to play a lot from the slot (again) this year for the Jaguars. He ran almost 40 percent of his 555 routes from that spot in 2015 and finished as the 14th-best fantasy WR. This year, the Jaguars may run a bit more in the red zone with free agent addition RB Chris Ivory. That means Hurns may be more of a WR3 for fantasy owners in 2016. His current ADP is WR31 (6.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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17. NYG - WR Victor Cruz works on side

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (groin) did not practice Wednesday, Aug. 17, but was able to do more work on the sidelines, according to head coach Ben McAdoo.

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There's no need to rush the veteran back. The Giants have been incredibly cautious with Cruz as he returns from multiple injuries. That's not going to change, and we don't expect to see him much if at all in the preseason.

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18. BAL - WR Steve Smith activated

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (Achilles') was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Aug. 17, and likely will participate in practice Monday, Aug. 22.

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We are so happy that Smith didn't retire. He may not be the player he used to be, but Smith has made a career of proving people wrong. We expect him to help move the chains for the Ravens passing game and see him as a WR5 for fantasy owners in 2016.

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19. KC - RB Jamaal Charles does more work

Source: KCChiefs.com - B.J. Kissel

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was limited Wednesday, Aug. 17, but he got through a larger workload than he did the previous day.

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Charles is on track to play Week 1, and while the team could use Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West to ease him in, he will have every chance to return his second-round draft pick value as long as he can handle it.

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20. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick fully dressed

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) is fully dressed for practice Wednesday, Aug. 17, but has yet to throw in the early portion of practice.

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Kaepernick is dealing with a "dead arm" after missing the entire offseason. He could still push Blaine Gabbert for the starting job if Gabbert can't improve from his first preseason performance.

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21. NYG - Odell Beckham still improving

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has been uncoverable in practice, and teammates believe he could have an even better season in 2016 because he was suspended one game and hurt for parts of two others last season.

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Beckham didn't quite equal his league-winning 2014 run last year, but he came close in the second half of the season. He'll also have the best running mate in his career to date in second-round pick Sterling Shepard.

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22. PHI - Two Eagles on the bubble

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Zach Berman

Philadelphia Eagles WR Rueben Randle and WR Chris Givens have failed to impress, and they could fail to make the team.

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This is good news for Dorial Green-Beckham, who might end up starting by default because the Eagles outside wide receiver group is underwhelming to say the least.

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23. BAL - WR Mike Wallace endearing himself

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace has caught fade routes in the end zone, tough catches on back-shoulder throws and has been a frequent target on underneath routes in camp. He has been a reliable target as far as hands go. 'I think he is going to be a really big hit for us,' QB Joe Flacco said. 'We all know he can run. But just the way he runs his routes and how good is he at the top of it and coming back to you, and how sure his hands have been. I don't know if I've seen him drop a pass.'

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The Ravens were excited enough about Wallace to spend 4.5 million guaranteed dollars to land him. Breshad Perriman's continued knee issues could open the door for Wallace to be a boom/bust WR3/Flex and DFS option in a high volume pass offense. He's currently going in the 15th round or later.

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24. CHI - TE Zach Miller meets with team doctors

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller (concussion), who returned to practice on Saturday, Aug. 13, was absent on Tuesday, Aug. 16, and while head coach John Fox indicated Miller hadn't suffered a setback he did meet with team doctors.

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Miller is more than two weeks removed from his concussion, which is longer than the typical timeline during the season. The Bears could just be extra cautious because it is the preseason, but we'll need to watch this. They have the thinnest backup TE group in the league, so losing Miller for any amount of time in the regular season will hurt.

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25. SD - WR Travis Benjamin building trust with Rivers

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin was singled out by QB Philip Rivers for his work during a joint practice against the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday, Aug. 16, specifically for their timing on a comeback route that Rivers deemed his 'favorite play' of the evening.

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Benjamin should improve the "deep threat" receiver option from Malcom Floyd's level of play in recent years. Philip Rivers is easily the best quarterback he has played with in his career, so Benjamin might end up being a value as a bench receiver in the 9th/10th round of drafts.

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26. CHI - WR Kevin White impresses in joint practice

Source: ProFootballWeekly.com - Hub Arkush

Chicago Bears WR Kevin White was impressive during a two-day joint practice against the New England Patriots according to Hub Arkush, showing physicality and precise route-running against New England's top corners.

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White's physical abilities are unquestioned and he should shine in a practice setting. Whether that will carry over to the field in what amounts to his rookie year is more questionable, and it makes White a bench wide receiver worth a mid-round pick in redraft leagues. He does have a ton of injury upside if Alshon Jeffery can't stay healthy.

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27. MIA - TE Jordan Cameron encouraged to stay

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron took a pay cut to stay with the team, partly due to the advice of Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas. The former Denver Broncos tight end told Cameron he would like head coach Adam Gase's system. Cameron said 'one of my good friends, Julius Thomas, who played for (Adam Gase), said, 'You've got to play for this guy.' He does a good job of putting (tight ends) in spots to succeed.'

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Cameron and really the whole Dolphins offense have been lackluster under the new coaching regime, so Thomas's advice to Cameron is not translating to fantasy advice yet. Cameron has a great track record and measureables, but his game dropped off a cliff last year. He's only worth a very late pick, and might be better suited to be a waiver wire watch list candidate.

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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