Jimmy GaroppoloQB NE (9) 7 minutes ago
Garoppolo completed 9 of 15 passes for 57 yards in Friday's preseason win over the Panthers.
Friday's effort was an uneven one for Garoppolo, who started the contest, and it's unclear what the Patriots' plans are for him in the team's preseason finale. In any case, with Tom Brady set to serve a four-game suspension to start the coming season, Garoppolo is on track to start for the Patriots out of the gate in 2016, with his first regular season assignment a Week 1 road tilt against the Cardinals. In subsequent weeks, he'll face the Dolphins, Texans and Bills at home, before Brady is eligible to return to action in Week 5. From a fantasy perspective, Garoppolo could be a hit-or-miss option, but supporting his cause is that is that he'll have a couple of quality options heading his pass-catching corps, namely TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Julian Edelman.
QJohn CrockettRB GB (4) 7 hours ago
Crockett left Friday's preseason game against the 49ers with a shoulder injury.
Prior to his early exit, Crockett operated as the clear No. 3 running back, taking 13 carries for 46 yards while playing ahead of Brandon Burks and Brandon Ross. The 2015 UDFA should still have a spot on the team, but if he isn't ready for Week 1, the Packers will likely retain Burks or Ross on the final roster.
LeGarrette BlountRB NE (9) 8 hours ago
Blount gained 26 yards on five carries and 16 yards on three receptions (three targets) in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Even with Tyler Gaffney impressively gaining 35 yards on nine carries, Blount seemingly moved one step closer to locking down the top power back role, with his night highlighted by a hurdle at the end of a 17-yard run. While otherwise quiet on the ground, Blount did come up with a rare contribution through the air, just one week after gashing the Bears for 69 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. If Blount is confirmed to have won the role, Gaffney and D.J. Foster will compete for one roster spot, offering very different skill sets at the running back position.
Tyler GaffneyRB NE (9) 8 hours ago
Gaffney gained 35 yards on nine carries in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Perhaps more important than the stat line, Gaffney split first-team work with LeGarrette Blount, who gained 26 yards on five carries and 16 yards on three receptions. Both running back looked pretty good, with Blount ripping off one of his trademark hurdles on a 17-yard run. Despite his strong push, Gaffney probably hasn't done enough to supplant the more-experienced Blount as New England's top power back, with the latter also enjoying a strong preseason. Gaffney does seemingly still have a good shot to earn a roster spot, though it's possible the Patriots could go with pass-catching specialist D.J. Foster instead.
DeAngelo WilliamsRB PIT (8) 8 hours ago
Making his first appearance of the 2016 preseason, Williams gained 12 yards on four carries and nine yards on three receptions (four targets) in Friday's exhibition against the Saints.
Williams split first-team work with Le'Veon Bell (susspension, who had three carries for 21 yards and five catches for 37 yards (five targets). It's telling that the two combined for nine targets, as the Steelers no longer have Martavis Bryant (suspension) and may not have Ladarius Green (ankle) early in the season. With Bell suspended for the first three games, Williams should be one of the busiest running backs in the league, handling a hefty workload both on the ground and through the air. Fitzgerald Toussaint and Daryl Richardson are vying for backup work.
Vance McDonaldTE SF (8) 8 hours ago
McDonald caught one pass for two yards on four targets in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.
With the 49ers lacking in talent at wide receiver, McDonald and Garrett Celek have both received extensive playing time with a first-team offense that often deploys two-TE formations. Although Celek accounted for both of Blaine Gabbert's completions Friday, it still appears McDonald is ahead in the race for the No. 1 tight end role. It could be a fluid situation throughout the season, with both players occupying key roles in many games.
Garrett CelekTE SF (8) 8 hours ago
Celek caught two passes for 14 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Packers, accounting for both of starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert's two completions.
Celek is competing for the starting job against Vance McDonald, who is listed atop the depth chart and seems to be enjoying a better preseason. However, Friday's game would seem to suggest that both players are still in the mix for the No. 1 job, though it's also worth noting that Celek's contribution may have mostly resulted from San Francisco's reliance on two-TE formations. With the team boasting so little talent at wideout and hoping to rely on the run, McDonald and Celek could both have key roles to start the season.
QCameron HeywardDL PIT (8) 8 hours ago
Heyward (ankle) said he expects to be ready for Week 1, despite suffering a high ankle sprain in Friday's preseason game against the Saints, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
While not completely unheard of, two weeks would represent a very quick recovery from a high ankle sprain. In all likelihood, Heyward will be no better than questionable for Week 1, perhaps even needing to miss the first few games of the season. It would be a big loss for Pittsburgh's defense, though the unit does boast improved depth in the front seven this year.
Walter PowellWR BUF (10) 8 hours ago
Powell caught five passes for 55 yards during Friday's preseason game against Washington. He also returned three punts for 57 yards, but was shaken up on the last play of the game, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
Powell may have been on the outside looking in earlier in the summer, but with none of the logjam of reserve receivers stepping up the last few weeks, he may have worked his way back into a final roster consideration. Rex Ryan has been complimentary of Powell lately, but not so much that he can afford going on the shelf for more than a day or two.
Mike EvansWR TB (6) 8 hours ago
Evans caught five passes for 115 yards and a touchdown (five targets) in Friday's preseason game against the Browns.
Evans did all of his damage in the first half, helping Jameis Winston put up 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns before halftime. Winston did a better job of getting his secondary options involved this week, but it was still Evans who came up with the big plays to lead Tampa's attack. Vincent Jackson caught four passes for 78 yards on nine targets, with Charles Sims contributing three receptions for 16 yards and a touchdown, and Adam Humphries adding two catches for 39. Conspicuously absent was TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who caught his only target for a five-yard gain. In any case, Evans figures to lead the Bucs by a wide margin in targets per game, with plenty of his work coming in the end zone.