Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones agreed to terms with the team Saturday, Aug. 29, on a five-year contract extension worth $71.25 million, according to a source. The deal includes $47 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: Jones' new contract now makes him the highest paid receiver in the NFL, putting him slightly ahead of Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas. Jones can now focus all of his attention on football. He's getting Top 10 consideration in a majority of fantasy drafts this year.
Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (hamstring) is not expected to play against the Miami Dolphins Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: Freeman returned to practice this week but still isn't healthy enough to play in a game. Rookie Tevin Coleman is expected to play, so he could take the lead in the race for the starting running back job with a strong performance.
Denard Robinson - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson might be the Jaguars' starting running back to start the season, according to Mike DiRocco of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners probably shouldn't read too much into this report. Robinson will have a role in Jacksonville's offense but even if he "starts" the Jaguars view him more of a change of pace back because of his size. Robinson is certainly worth a shot drafting in the later rounds but Yeldon is the better fantasy option of the two.
Julius Thomas - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (hand) appears to be on track to play in the team's Week 1 game, according to head coach Gus Bradley.
Huddle Up: Thomas injured his hand in Jacksonville's first preseason game but the team is hoping he'll be ready for the opener against Carolina. He currently has an ADP of Round 8.
Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is expected to be the starting quarterback for the team's Week 1 game, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Redskins may finally be ready to move on from RGIII. Cousins will start Washington's third preseason game and will likely be the Week 1 starter versus Miami as well.
Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will be the starting quarterback for the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29, since QB Robert Griffin III (concussion) has not been cleared to play.
Huddle Up: Cousins gets the nod over Colt McCoy. If he plays well, he could be the Redskins opening day starter against Miami. Whoever starts for the Redskins Week 1, the Dolphins' defense is a strong play.
Alex Smith - QB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith went 16 of 18 passing for 171 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-10 win over the Tennessee Titans in the preseason Friday, Aug. 28.
Huddle Up: Smith led the Chiefs to three straight scoring drives before calling it a night in the second quarter. Smith won't play next week, so he finishes the preseason 33-of-46 for 294 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Smith will be a QB2 and bye-week replacement heading into the season.
Jeremy Maclin - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin had seven catches for 65 yards and a touchdown in a 34-10 win over the Tennessee Titans in a preseason game Friday, Aug. 28.
Huddle Up: Maclin was targeted seven times in the first half and caught all seven targets. The Chiefs have made it a priority to get Maclin the ball this preseason. Maclin hasn't been getting much love this offseason because Alex Smith didn't throw a touchdown pass to a wide receiver last year. However, Maclin has value at his current sixth round ADP
Darren McFadden - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle will share reps with RB Darren McFadden and RB Lance Dunbar because the Cowboys 'intend to take a committee approach,' according to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Huddle Up: Randle appeared to be separating himself at one point but has been slowed by an oblique injury. It looks like Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar will all have a role in Dallas' offense. Randle is currently being over-drafted in Round 3.
Robert Griffin III - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (concussion) has not been cleared to play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29, and will be reevaluated in one to two weeks.
Huddle Up: Griffin wasn't cleared by an independent neurologist, so he'll miss Saturday's game. It was going to be an important game for RGIII but now Colt McCoy will likely get a chance to start in his place. Right now it's anybody's guess who will be under center when Washington opens the season against the Dolphins.
Jarvis Landry - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry could produce a lot in the red zone this season, in the opinion of ESPN.com's James Walker. Walker cited Landry's precise route-running, good hands and his trust of QB Ryan Tannehill as reasons for why Landry should do well in that area this season.
Huddle Up: With 84 receptions last season, Landry finished second among all rookie wideouts, but the big plays were lacking as he averaged only nine yards per catch and snared five TD passes. With Landry being one of Tannehill's few returning weapons, though, it wouldn't be surprising if both those numbers saw upticks.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (hamstring) likely will be held out of the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29, according to owner/general manager Jerry Jones. Bryant probably will miss the final preseason game as well since the starters usually do not play.
Huddle Up: Just another play-it-safe precautionary preseason move with another pre-eminent player. Feel good if you already have Dez locked in as your No. 1 wideout.
Phillip Dorsett - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Phillip Dorsett could be the current favorite for the No. 3 wide receiver position because of his varied skill set. Second-year WR Donte Moncrief is also competing for the No. 3 spot.
Huddle Up: A knee issue last week has slowed the first-round pick Dorsett of late, leaving the door open for the bigger Moncrief (6-2, 220) to possibly make his case this weekend. Stay tuned ...
Chris Ivory - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Chris Ivory has had the best camp since landing with the Jets in 2013 and is primed for a career year, in the opinion of ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini. Ivory could see an expansion of his role in the passing game as well as QB Ryan Fitzpatrick throws to his check-down options.
Huddle Up: With Stevan Ridley spending the preseason on the PUP list, Ivory has had the starting spotlight all to himself, and he's flying under the radar as a low-end flex option, currently being drafted 30th among RBs.
Jadeveon Clowney - LB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) will not play in either of the final two preseason games but is on track for the start of the regular season, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: No real surprise here as the Texans don't want to see the former No. 1 overall pick's progress ruined by a setback in a meaningless game.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch probably will be limited to a few carries if he plays in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29. Head coach Pete Carroll would not say if Lynch will see any playing time during the game.
Huddle Up: Whether he gets a few token preseason carries or not, one of the true, no-doubt RB1s will be ready for the Sept. 13 regular-season opener in St. Louis.
Mike Evans - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) said he thinks it's smart not to play the last two preseason games with a hampered hamstring. 'There's no reason to risk it,' Evans said. 'I've already proven myself. And this way I can just try to get back for Week 1 of the regular season.' Evans added that if he had to play, he could.
Huddle Up: If most teams weren't adverse to risking or pushing their star players in the preseason, they likely are now after last week's season-ending injury suffered by the Packers' Jordy Nelson. Evans is a low-end WR1 in all scoring formats.
David Cobb - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB David Cobb didn't make the trip for the third preseason game due to a calf injury. The rookie also needs to improve his work ethic, according to running backs coach Sylvester Croom. 'I like his natural running ability, his natural running instincts,' Croom said. 'But he has a long way to go. He has to learn how to be a pro as far as work ethic, taking care of his body, getting in here early and doing the little things it takes to be a pro. He still hasn't quite learned what being professional means, so he has to learn that. There's no scholarships here, and his work ethic has to be better. He has to learn to practice like you play in a game. Once he does that, he has a chance to be a good football player.'
Huddle Up: Many had pegged the fifth-round pick as a fantasy sleeper and a threat to unseat Bishop Sankey as the Titans' lead back, but Sankey has displayed a much-improved game this summer and clearly should be the first Tennessee RB off the board.
Julian Edelman - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (ankle) isn't expected to play Friday, Aug. 28, against the Carolina Panthers as he continues to rest his injured ankle.
Huddle Up: The Pats' receptions leader in each of the past two seasons has yet to play this preseason. There's no indication he's in any danger of missing the Sept. 10 season opener, but it is the Patriots so we truly might not know until a hour before kickoff.
Sam Bradford - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford will play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29, but head coach Chip Kelly wouldn't say how much Bradford would play.
Huddle Up: After sitting out the exhibition opener, Bradford was 3-of-5 for 35 yards in the second preseason game and took the controversial hit to his knees, but we should get to see Bradford for at least a few possessions Saturday -- probably our last glimpse of the Eagles' new QB before the Sept. 14 regular-season opener.
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