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|8/26/2016||Mike Evans, TB, WR|
|Evans had five receptions for 115 yards, including a 34-yard TD from Jameis Winston, who completed 16 of 25 passes in what likely was his final tuneup for the regular season.
Analysis: Evans appears to be poised for a big season. Hopefully, you took a chance on him in your draft.
|8/26/2016||Jameis Winston, TB, QB|
|Winston threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns in one half of work Friday night for the Bucs, who achieved an objective of starting faster on offense than they did the previous two weeks.
Analysis: Granted, this was the lowly Browns he carved up in a 30-13 preseason victory.
|8/26/2016||Drew Brees, NO, QB|
|Brees wasn't at his best Friday against the Steelers, but much of that can be attributed to playing behind a struggling offensive line. He went 9 of 12 passes, but for only 78 yards.
Analysis: Brees wasn't helped that starting left tackle Terron Armstead left the field unexpectedly in the first half for undisclosed reasons. There's little reason to worry about Brees unless the line in front of him continues to have problems.
|8/26/2016||Ben Roethlisberger, Pit, QB|
|Roethlisberger had quite a preseason debut Friday, torching the Saints for 148 yards and two TD passes on his only two series.
Analysis: Roethlisberger, who sat out of the first two preseason games, opened by leading a 14-play, 76-yard drive on which he converted two third downs and found tight end Jesse James for a 5-yard score. His next series was highlighted by his 57-yard scoring pass down the left sideline to Antonio Brown. Roethlisberger finished 12 of 17.
|8/26/2016||Josh Gordon, Cle, WR|
|Gordon had a very impressive preseason debut Friday, catching two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in a 30-13 loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Gordon scored on a 43-yard reception and also hauled in another pass from Robert Griffin III for a 44-yard gain that led to a first-quarter field goal. That's great news for the Browns but any excitement is tempered by the fact that Gordon must sit out the first four games of the season due to an NFL suspension.
|8/26/2016||Kirk Cousins, Was, QB|
|Cousins overcame a slow start and finished 12 of 23 for 188 yards with three touchdowns and an interception Friday in a 21-16 win over the Bills.
Analysis: Though it came mostly against Buffalo's second- and third-stringers, it was an important recovery for Cousins, who had thrown only five passes in the preseason before Friday and didn't play last week in an effort to test backup Colt McCoy.
|8/26/2016||Cam Newton, Car, QB|
|Newton struggled mightily in his most extensive playing time of the preseason Friday against the Patriots.
Analysis: Newton was intercepted twice and the Panthers failed to get any points on his eight first-half possessions. Overall, the Panthers scored just three points in 10 Newton-led drives. The sixth-year quarterback was high on some passes and didn't get much help from his receivers, who had problems getting separation and dropped four passes.
|8/26/2016||Jimmy Garoppolo, NE, QB|
|Garoppolo threw for 57 yards on 9-for-15 accuracy Friday against the Panthers.
Analysis: His six drives resulted in no points.
|8/26/2016||Ezekiel Elliott, Dal, RB|
|A video that appeared to show Elliott inside a marijuana dispensary in Seattle has been posted on social media, drawing a negative response from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Analysis: "Well, I think that in and of itself the reason we are talking about is in a way part of the learning process," said Jones of the video posted by celebrity website TMZ.com. "But it's not good. It's just not good." Elliott did not appear to be making any purchases and isn't expected to draw any discipline from the NFL. The rookie running back is coming off an impressive preseason debut, rushing for 48 yards on seven carries in Thursday's loss to the Seahawks.
|8/26/2016||Keanu Neal, Atl, S|
|Neal will miss the start of the season with a knee injury.
Analysis: The team says Neal will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday and will miss three to four weeks. Neal, the team's first-round pick from Florida and a projected starter, hurt his knee in the first quarter of the Falcons' 17-6 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night. He had to be helped off the field.
|8/26/2016||Eric Berry, KC, S|
|Berry is expected to end his holdout and report to the Chiefs by Sunday. Multiple reports indicated Berry would be with the team by Sunday but miss the all-important third preseason game against the Bears.
Analysis: Berry was not required to report to training camp and cannot be fined for missing time because he was designated a franchise player. The 2015 Comeback Player of the Year can become a free agent at the end of this season. Berry has a salary of $10.806 million for the 2016 season as the franchise player but was unhappy the team was unable to work out a long-term deal, while others - namely Vikings Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith, who got a $51 million deal in Minnesota.
|8/26/2016||Tom Brady, NE, QB|
|Brady made his preseason debut Friday night against the Panthers.
Analysis: Brady entered late in the first quarter and moved the Patriots 42 yards on five plays, but they settled for a field goal. On the next possession, Brady threw a 33-yard touchdown pass before his two-point conversion pass failed. Brady finished 3 of 9 for 76 yards.
|8/26/2016||Dak Prescott, Dal, QB|
|Prescott completed 17 of 23 passes for 116 yards for Dallas against Seattle on Thursday.
Analysis: Prescott is doing all he can to secure the No. 2 QB spot behind Tony Romo, who was injured in this contest but seems OK.
|8/26/2016||Russell Wilson, Sea, QB|
|Wilson finished 16-of-21 passing for 192 yards against the Cowboys on Thursday.
Analysis: Wilson is a no-doubt QB1 and a top 5 selection among the position.
|8/25/2016||Julio Jones, Atl, WR|
|Jones left Thursday's game with a monor ankle injury after making one catch for 17 yards.
Analysis: Keep posted of Jones' status because he is a top 20 fantasy selection and among the top 3 receivers in the game.
|8/25/2016||Ryan Tannehill, Mia, QB|
|Tannehill engineered a first-half touchdown drive to help the Miami Dolphins beat the Atlanta Falcons 17-6 in a preseason game Thursday night at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Tannehill guided the Dolphins to the end zone early in the second quarter, completing several short passes to give Miami a first-and-goal situation at Atlanta's 1-yard line.
Analysis: Perhaps Tannehill is in for a breakout season under first-year coach Adam Gase. Tannehill, though, is still not a QB to bank on as a starter in standard fantasy formats.
|8/25/2016||Victor Cruz, NYG, WR|
|Cruz played for the first time since 2014 on Saturday, catching a pass for 4 yards. Cruz was limited to six games two years ago because of a knee injury and then missed all of last season with a calf injury.
Analysis: The 29-year-old Cruz missed the first two preseason games this summer with a groin injury.
|8/25/2016||Barkevious Mingo, NE, LB|
|The Patriots have acquired Mingo from the Browns in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported the pick is a 2017 fifth-rounder.
Analysis: Mingo was the sixth overall pick of the 2013 draft but made little impact in three seasons with Cleveland, recording seven sacks and zero forced fumbles in 46 games (16 starts). The 25-year-old will be a free agent at season's end after the Browns declined the fifth-year option on his rookie contract in May.
|8/25/2016||Nick Martin, Hou, C|
|Martin has undergone ankle surgery and is expected to be placed on injured reserve.
Analysis: The rookie badly injured his ankle during a joint practice with the Saints last week. Martin, Houston's second-round pick in this year's draft, had been working as the starting center during preseason.
|8/25/2016||Stevan Ridley, Det, RB|
|The Lions have cut Ridley.
Analysis: Detroit signed Ridley in April, hoping he would bolster its depth in the backfield after releasing Joique Bell. Ridley started in one game and played in eight more for the New York Jets last season and ran for just 90 yards. He had 1,263 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns in 2012 with the New England Patriots. Ridley has run for 2,907 yards and 22 touchdowns over his five-year career.
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