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|8/20/2017||Brian Hill, Atl, RB|
|Hill managed just 14 rushing yards on seven attempts in Sunday's preseason game at Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Hill, a fifth-round pick out of Wyoming, isn't making a strong case to unseat Terron Ward as Atlanta's No. 3 running back. Through two preseason games, the rookie has a paltry 24 yards on 16 carries. Ward, meanwhile, has rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns on 20 attempts.
|8/20/2017||Matt Ryan, Atl, QB|
|Ryan completed 4 of 6 passes for 57 yards while engineering a touchdown drive on his lone series during Sunday's preseason game at Pittsburgh.
Analysis: The 2016 NFL MVP looks to be in regular-season form already. In two drives so far this preseason, Ryan is 6 of 8 for 88 yards and a touchdown.
|8/20/2017||Javon Hargrave, Pit, DT|
|Hargrave suffered a concussion during the first quarter of Sunday's preseason game against Atlanta.
Analysis: The good news is that Hargrave will have three weeks to be cleared for the season opener. The 2016 third-round pick started 13 games while emerging as a key run defender during his rookie campaign.
|8/20/2017||Martavis Bryant, Pit, WR|
|Playing his first game of any kind in 18 months, Bryant caught two passes for 20 yards in the Steelers' preseason win over Atlanta.
Analysis: Bryant, who missed the entire 2016 season due to suspension but is expected to be reinstated by the NFL, saw plenty of work in his return from the extended layoff. Provided he can stay clean, the third-year pro has plenty of fantasy potential as a big-play and red-zone threat.
|8/20/2017||James Conner, Pit, RB|
|Conner rushed for 98 yards on 20 carries in his preseason debut Sunday against Atlanta.
Analysis: The University of Pittsburgh product and third-round pick missed the opener with a sprained shoulder. Conner is an interesting fantasy case, as he only has journeyman Fitzgerald Toussaint ahead of him for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart and current holdout Le'Veon Bell has missed 14 games for various reasons over the past two seasons.
|8/20/2017||Kellen Clemens, LAC, QB|
|Clemens was sacked four times and completed 10 of 17 passes for 99 yards Sunday against New Orleans.
Analysis: Clemens is battling Cardale Jones for the backup job behind Philip Rivers.
|8/20/2017||Alvin Kamara, NO, RB|
|Kamara ran for a 50-yard touchdown on New Orleans' first play from scrimmage Sunday against the Chargers. The third-round pick from Tennessee finished with 61 yards on five carries and added a 22-yard catch-and-run coming out of the backfield.
Analysis: Kamara is averaging 10.7 yards per carry in the preseason, adding another asset to a position group that already includes Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram.
|8/20/2017||Tyreek Burwell, LAC, T|
|Burwell left Sunday's game against the Saints after the third drive with a right hand injury and did not return. Burwell emerged from the locker room in the first half in a cast that covered his whole hand.
Analysis: Burwell was playing in place of Russell Okung and Joe Barksdale who were held out with injuries. Burwell appeared in five games last season, his second in the NFL.
|8/20/2017||Anquan Boldin, Buf, WR|
|Boldin abruptly announced his retirement just under two weeks after signing with the Bills. General manager Brandon Beane made it official Sunday night by saying the team respects Boldin's decision to retire. Boldin's decision came as a complete surprise especially after he talked about building on his legacy entering his 15th season and serving as a mentor for Buffalo's young group of receivers.
Analysis: Boldin was the NFL's 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year winner and ranks in the top four among active receivers with 1,076 catches, 13,779 yards receiving and 82 touchdowns receiving. Boldin appeared in just one preseason game for Buffalo, and finished with one catch for 5 yards in a 20-16 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday night.
|8/20/2017||Jordan Matthews, Buf, WR|
|Matthews is confident he'll be ready for the start of the regular season after taking part in light drills for the first time since hurting his chest a week ago.
Analysis: Matthews, however, isn't sure if he'll be available to play in Buffalo's final two preseason games because he's still experiencing soreness, especially when breathing. He remains upbeat despite initially being frustrated after chipping a bone in his sternum during his first practice with the Bills after being acquired in a trade with Philadelphia on Aug. 11.
|8/20/2017||Jordan Reed, Was, TE|
|The Redskins have activated Reed from the physically-unable-to-perform list.
Analysis: Reed had been on the list since the start of training camp in late July because of an injury to the big toe on his left foot. The team announced the roster move Sunday. With the toe injury lingering since last season, Reed has not practiced with teammates or played in a preseason game. He said Friday he expected to practice next week.
|8/20/2017||Christian Hackenberg, NYJ, QB|
|Jets quarterback Josh McCown sat out this game, but Hackenberg did little to impress in his absence. Hackenberg was 2 of 6 for 14 yards and was sacked twice Saturday against Detroit. "He really didn't get a chance," Jets coach Todd Bowles said. "That's not a fair evaluation of a kid, because he didn't get a chance on the couple pass plays he had. They had a lot of pressure on him."
Analysis: Even after Hackenberg struggled, Bowles wasn't willing to name McCown his starter for the season opener. He indicated the quarterback competition would continue and that Hackenberg would still be evaluated. "I can't say when he'll play, or how he'll play, but he'll play and be evaluated again next week," Bowles said
|8/20/2017||Bilal Powell, NYJ, RB|
|With Matt Forte still recovering from a hamstring injury, Bilal Powell had nine carries for 32 yards for the Jets on Saturday against the Lions.|
|8/20/2017||Josh Doctson, Was, WR|
|Doctson entered late in the second quarter Saturday and had a 12-yard catch. He missed the exhibition opener because of a hamstring injury.
Analysis: The 2016 first-round draft pick sat out all but two games as a rookie because of injuries.
|8/20/2017||Samaje Perine, Was, RB|
|Perine, a fourth-rounder from Oklahoma, ran for 45 yards on eight carries.
Analysis: Perine also caught a 29-yard pass from backup QB Colt McCoy, part of a much stronger performance for Perine than a week ago, when he fumbled. "A major step up," coach Jay Gruden said.
|8/20/2017||Dak Prescott, Dal, QB|
|Prescott posted a perfect 158.3 passer rating as the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Indianapolis Colts 24-19 on Saturday at AT&T Stadium.
Analysis: Prescott completed 7 of 8 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown, a 32-yard strike to receiver Dez Bryant on the opening drive.
|8/20/2017||Darren McFadden, Dal, RB|
|McFadden looked like a capable fill-in for Ezekiel Elliott with 59 yards on nine carries, but was stripped by Matthias Farley on his final run late in the first quarter on Saturday against the Colts.|
|8/20/2017||Charcandrick West, KC, RB|
|West continued his bid for a roster spot, rushing for 113 yards on seven carries and helping the Chiefs amass 413 yards of total offense Saturday against the Bengals.|
|8/19/2017||Dalvin Cook, Min, RB|
|Cook ran well in the first half against most of Seattle's starting defense in Friday's preseason game.
Analysis: With the Vikings bringing back Latavius Murray slowly from ankle surgery in March, Cook had seven carries for 40 yards in the first half, including a 15-yarder. Cook also had one reception for 10 yards.
|8/19/2017||Kasen Williams, Sea, WR|
|On Friday night, Williams built upon a strong showing in Seattle's preseason opener against the Chargers last week.
Analysis: After catching four passes for 119 yards in Los Angeles, Williams caught a 27-yard pass over Vikings' Pro Bowl cornerback Xavier Rhodes and followed it up with a jump ball touchdown against Marcus Sherels at the goal line.
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