With no preseason games this year, we’ll get all of our NFL player information through practices, scrimmages and team beat writer tweets and articles. There are plenty of cliches we can count on every year, such as “he’s in the best shape of his life,” but that’s still better than, “he looks slow” or “he’s been sidelined for two weeks now.” Now with training camp in full swing and player putting on pads and starting to scrimmage, we are in the thick of information overload.
To help keep you up to date, we’ll give you the highlights from camp each day, with some fantasy football analysis layered in. We’ve also been doing a hype-train of the day article, so check those out as well.
Hype-train of the day
Monday, August 31st training camp highlights
Jeff Thomas, WR, Patriots
"Jeff Thomas flashed his high-end athleticism during a one-on-two drill. He put a wicked move on Joejuan Williams and Justin Bethel to show off his speed and quickness. The competition for the final one or two wide receiver jobs still seems to be wide open." #Patriots https://t.co/p0DHtOWUye— NFL Beat Writers (@32BeatWriters) August 31, 2020
Thomas missed a lot of training camp but he’s back and showing well. New England isn’t getting what they want out of their receivers right now, so Thomas has a legitimate chance to make the team snd see work this season. He’s just a flyer, but a strong add in dynasty leagues.
Sunday, August 30th training camp highlights
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Packers
Man I’ve been so hesitant because we’ve been here in the past but there’s real signs that MVS is putting the full body of work together. Almost no mistakes, more consistent, routes are better, Rodgers finding him on 3rd downs. He’s been really good.— Andy Herman (@AndyHermanNFL) August 30, 2020
Valdes-Scantling has looked good in practices in the past, but been unable to put his game together in real games. As has been the case for a while now, the Packers are weak at receiver after Davante Adams, so if anyone could really step forward, their upside will be good considering their fantasy price.
Devin Asiasi, TE, Patriots
Devin Asiasi had a lot of side work with the quarterbacks today. If he stays healthy, it would surprise me if he’s not the Patriots leading receiving tight end this season— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) August 30, 2020
Right now it looks like the starting job at tight end will either be Asiasi or Dalton Keene, with Asiasi in the lead. His fantasy upside is likely low as a rookie, but drafting the Patriots starter in deeper 2TE leagues is worthwhile.
Derrick Henry, RB, Titans
“The report mentioned that Henry focused on over-the-shoulder catches and finding the football right after making his break. He also ran a couple routes against linebackers in the red zone and won each time.” https://t.co/urdkb0Iyi2— Dave Richard (@daverichard) August 30, 2020
Any extra receiving touches for Henry is icing on his fantasy cake, so I think we can take this as only a positive sign. If he doesn’t end up getting more receiving work this season, he’s still being drafted where he should be.
Saturday, August 29th training camp highlights
D.J. Chark, WR, Jaguars
“Since the pads came on for the first time on Aug. 17, receiver DJ Chark has consistently beaten the defensive coverage to make spectacular catches 30 yards downfield.” #Jaguars https://t.co/i4WIBaIyp4— NFL Beat Writers (@32BeatWriters) August 29, 2020
Chark already had his breakout last season, but it’s good to see that he has picked up where he left off. the Jaguars have a bad defense and Chark should see plenty of work as his team gets behind.
D’Andre Swift, RB, Lions
Swift looked great in his limited work to start trining camp, but his leg injury will likely end up giving Kerryon Johnson the lead work to start the season.
Friday, August 28th training camp highlights
Blake Jarwin, TE, Cowboys
"I think Blake Jarwin has had an amazing camp. It was hard to be a tight end in this organization when 82 was around. He's getting to spread his wings now." - Stephen Jones on @1053thefan— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) August 27, 2020
We haven’t heard much good or bad about Jarwin, but Cowboys executive vice president appears to be elated with his progress. The addition of CeeDee Lamb as a target makes it difficult to get a handle on target distribution, but there’s no doubt Jarwin is the starting tight end and is in an offense that will spend a bunch of time in the red zone.
Chris Thompson, RB, Jaguars
“Chris Thompson has been one of the stars of red zone drills during camp this year. If he stays healthy, which has admittedly been an issue for him in the past, he has the potential to play a big role in the passing game.” https://t.co/t2F8vazAQN— NFL Beat Writers (@32BeatWriters) August 28, 2020
Thompson has dealt with injuries over the last two seasons, but appears to finally be healthy and is in a good spot to pick up work in Jacksonville as a receiving back. Last season Leonard Fournette caught an amazing number of passes compared to his usual work, but he did very little with them. Thompson is much better suited for that job.
Olabsi Johnson, WR, Vikings
"(Olabisi) Johnson is again turning heads at training camp and has so far done enough to hold off Justin Jefferson...He doesn’t do anything flashy, but he consistently creates space and has good hands...he seems to have built chemistry with and earned the trust of Kirk Cousins." https://t.co/M3sBBevbVo— Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom) August 28, 2020
Justin Jefferson was supposed to be the guy to come in and win
Darrel Williams, RB, Chiefs
"In splitting most of the first-team repetitions with Edwards-Helaire, [Darrel] Williams has been exceptional at every task in the offense. He has been the Chiefs’ best blocker during the running backs’ one-on-one pass-protection drills." https://t.co/tDxXg3i6Si— Jared Smola (@SmolaDS) August 28, 2020
Williams appears to be in the lead for the No. 2 running back job, which is a useful fantasy spot to be in with the Chiefs.
Scotty Miller, WR, Buccaneers
Tom Brady hit WR Scotty Miller several times today. Brady says Miller is displaying to everybody that he deserves a big role.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) August 28, 2020
Miller has been a steady presence in Bucs’ practice and looks like he has the lead for the WR3 job. There are a lot of mouths to feed in Tampa Bay, but the offense could be expansive enough to give him some deep league value while setting him up well if there are any injuries ahead of him.
Thursday, August 27th training camp highlights
Joshua Kelley, RB, Chargers
“Kelley, the Chargers’ fourth-round pick out of UCLA, might be having the best training camp of any player on the roster. He has already earned some first-team reps, even with Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson ahead of him on the depth chart.”https://t.co/k5QrQo6c9J— NFL Beat Writers (@32BeatWriters) August 27, 2020
Chase Claypool, WR, Steelers
Roethlisberger says he avoids talking up rookies so they can catch teams by surprise, but on Chase Claypool: "It doesn't look like he'll be able to sneak up on anybody now."— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 27, 2020
Roethlisberger and Claypool appear to have a good connection in camp so far. If Claypool ends up getting work early in the season, it would likely be at the expense of James Washington.
Ronald Jones, RB, Buccaneers
LeSean McCoy said Ronald Jones “is one of the most talented guys I’ve seen in a long time.”— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) August 27, 2020
Jones continues to get praise while Ke’Shawn Vaughn is buried in the depth chart. I believe we can draft Jones without worrying about him losing too many touches, at least early in the season.
Wednesday, August 26th training camp highlights
Jordan Akins, TE, Texans
Kelly: TE Jordan Akins has become a more consistent player, from year 1 to 3. Has made at least 1 big play/day this training camp.— Drew Dougherty (@DoughertyDrew) August 26, 2020
Akins has had a great camp according to reports. The Texans have plenty of tight ends, but have yet to have a single on take over the job. Last season Darren Fells was a touchdown maker, so DeShaun Watson likes his tight ends in the red zone at least. If one can win the majority of the work, there is some fantasy value to be had.
Trey Burton, TE, Colts
“Trey Burton’s gonna catch 90 balls this year” — unnamed member of the media— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 26, 2020
Burton landed in the best possible spot, as the Colts land Philip Rivers love throwing to tight ends. If he can stay healthy, he could outplay his ADP by a bunch.
J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ravens
"(JK Dobbins) has looked every bit the steal many declared him to be when the Ravens selected him. (He) has looked elusive in team drills but has impressed the most showcasing his receiving skills, delivering multiple highlight-reel catches with linebackers in coverage." #Ravens https://t.co/P0eSoM9Tb3— NFL Beat Writers (@32BeatWriters) August 26, 2020
Mark Ingram is still the lead back, but Dobbins has a shot at overtaking him at some point this season. Coach John Harbaugh isn’t one to give the veteran much leeway if the rookie can perform at a higher level. And if Dobbins can outperform Ingram as a receiver, he could have an edge as he learns the system.
Tuesday, August 25th training camp highlights
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Dolphins
Tua Tagovailoa looks like a completely different player in Week 2 of Miami Dolphins training camp. Swagger increase. Arm strength increase. Reading the defense better. Firing to the sidelines and the middle of the field with uncanny accuracy. Tua is— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 25, 2020
Ryan Fitzpatrick appears to be penciled in for the Week 1 start, but Tagovailoa can punch his ticket to multiple starts if he can get on track sooner than later. It looks like he’s getting the hang of things and hopefully will start some exponential growth.
N’Keal Harry, WR, Patriots
If we heard about Harry earlier in camp, it was likely to be something negative. The last couple days have been the exact opposite, as he appears to have turned things around in a hurry. There’s a starting job just waiting for him to claim it and finally we’re seeing some positive steps from the second-year receiver.
Joe Reed, WR, Chargers
"Lynn has mentioned using Reed out of the backfield, but he mainly played WR for the 1st week of camp. One of Reed’s many roles is to be the deep threat the team has coveted for the past yr. For his day at RB, Reed saw snaps with Tyrod Taylor and was impressive in the new role." https://t.co/CO0vlrdGQy— NFL Beat Writers (@32BeatWriters) August 25, 2020
Reed should see a bump in work while Mike Williams deals with a sprained shoulder and reports out of camp have all been positive. Add in an ability to get a few rushing opportunities and there is upside for the rookie.
Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team
TE Logan Thomas has caught 4 TDs from Haskins the past three days in the red zone. When Washington gets inside the 20, expect Haskins to look his way.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 25, 2020
Thomas has the lead of Jeremy Sprinkle and as of now, would likely be the starting tight end. He may need to be used to block more than we’d like, with a poor Washington o-line, but he should be a useful in the red zone.
Monday, August 24th training camp highlights
Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Football Team
The chemistry between McLaurin and Dwayne Haskins has been evident in training camp and the odds of McLaurin backing up his strong rookie campaign are good. Hopefully Washington’s OL can play above their ability to help the two reach their upside, but either way, McLaurin is poised for another good season.
J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ravens
The starting job in Baltimore is still Mark Ingram’s, but Ingram is going to feel pressure from Dobbins, especially if he can be a force as a receiver. At this point, Dobbins is likely going too high in fantasy drafts based on ability, but I’d still rather bet on Dobbins’ upside over Ingram’s depth chart placement if given the choice.
Keelan Cole, WR, Jaguars
I'm of the opinion that Keelan Cole has been one of the three best #Jaguars WRs in camp this year. Can make argument for either him or Laviska Shenault as No. 2 in terms of performance so far imo— John Shipley (@_John_Shipley) August 24, 2020
The Jaguars passing offense is a good place to find cheaper fantasy assets, but, after D.J. Chark, it’s tough to single one player out. It appears that rookie Laviska Shenault and Cole are worth keeping an eye on.
Parris Campbell, WR, Colts
With Philip Rivers propensity of getting the ball out quick, envision more and more touches in space for Parris Campbell:https://t.co/YXmV8zvEGz— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) August 24, 2020
Campbell fits Rivers’ style of play well and could become a strong target this season. With T.Y. Hilton as the only receiver that we know will undoubtedly get targets, there is room for Campbell to win a good chunk, but there is plenty of competition.
Van Jefferson, WR, Rams
On @RamsNFL rookie WR Van Jefferson, who has stood out, WR Cooper Kupp said his knowledge of the position is vet-like. He doesn't ask "101 questions." He asks "301" level questions. Jefferson grew up around the position. His dad is former NFL WR,/Jets WR Coach Shawn Jefferson— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) August 24, 2020
The rookie has room to win the WR3 spot over Josh Reynolds, especially considering the p\praise Jefferson has received this training camp. He’ll have trouble being a consistent fantasy force, but if he can win the job, any missed time from Robert Woods or Cooper Kupp could lift him into the spotlight.
Jimmy Graham, TE, Bears
It’s hard to tell if Graham is shining due to everyone else being dull, but there has now been more than one report hyping the veteran tight end. He looked washed last season in Green Bay, but could become a PPR value if this strong camp ends up giving him more targets.
Sunday, August 23rd training camp highlights
Damien Harris, RB, Patriots
Damien Harris continues to stand out, and it's not just as a runner. He did a nice job picking up a block today and looks comfortable in his route tree. He's been the best back in camp.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) August 23, 2020
“When Sony Michel had foot surgery in May ...it opened the door for 2019 third-round pick Damien Harris (Alabama) to stake an early claim to the Patriots' top running back spot. He has done just that. ...Joe Thuney used the word "explosive" to describe Harris' running style...” https://t.co/wZmUiKZrQB— Pat Thorman (@Pat_Thorman) August 23, 2020
Harris continues to practice well while Michel is out. He should be given a chance to carry the load in Week 1 if things continue to play out as they have so far.
Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers
After not hearing much about Godwin this training camp, it sounds like he’s having a his best day of camp. Great throw by Brady and catch by Godwin in the end zone here.
Nyheim Hines, RB, Colts
One of the most active players on the Colts’ offense throughout training camp: Nyheim Hines. He’s everywhere. Could be a big year for him.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 23, 2020
Hines is a wildcard in the Colts offense, as he is mostly a receiving back and will need plenty of targets to be a useful fantasy play. The addition of Philip Rivers is good for running back receptions, as he is adept at passing to his backs. Hines will muddy the fantasy projections for the Colts running backs, but Jonathan Taylor is still the favorite to lead.
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Broncos
During the first week of training camp, the praise for Jerry Jeudy has been eye-popping.https://t.co/uhtcWxhnOP— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) August 23, 2020
Jeudy has wowed onlookers and teammates so far in training camp. He’s locked up that No. 2 WR spot.
Preston Williams, WR, Dolphins
It’s good to see Williams showing well after tearing his ACL last season. If He continues to prove himself, he should have the No. 2 receiver job locked in for the season.
Saturday, August 22nd training camp highlights
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Packers
#Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling had another good day. Found soft spot in deep zone twice for pair of catches from Aaron Rodgers, including final team rep of today’s practice.— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) August 22, 2020
MVS has shown promise in the past, but has yet to put all his talents together on a consistent basis. He wasn’t 100 percent healthy last season, so health and some mental consistency could lead to a breakout year.
Chris Herndon, TE, Jets
Darnold - Herndon has a chance to be really, really good if both parties stay healthy https://t.co/wzVOznVWC0— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) August 22, 2020
The Herndon drum beat just keep on pounding. The Jets offense likely isn’t going to make him a 120 target TE, but he’s looking like a Top-12 tight end if the hype is even close to reality.
J.J. Taylor, RB, Patriots
Patriots RB coach compares undrafted rookie J.J. Taylor to Dion Lewis https://t.co/e8iKn3KhRU— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) August 22, 2020
“Have you seen him out there?” running backs coach Fears asked. “Same quickness, same suddenness (as Dion Lewis). He’s a hell of a pass-catcher, guy’s got great vision. Ah, there’s a (expletive) load of stuff that’s good about him. He’s got to learn to play bigger than his size.”
Taylor has a real shot at making the team after Brandon Bolden opted out this season, but would need injuries to see time this season.
Devine Ozigbo, RB, Jaguars
Ozigbo has plenty of fans in the draft evaluation pundits around the league and it looks like he’s getting a chance to show his stuff in training camp in his second year. Unfortunately he has Leonard Fournette and Ryquell Armstead blocking him from touches, but Fournette isn’t long for the team, so there is dynasty value.
Friday, August 21st training camp highlights
D.K. Metcalf, WR, Seahawks
The Seahawks are blessed with two WR1s in Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. With so much talent there, it would be nice to see the coaching staff let Russell Wilson loose before trailing in the fourth quarter. Metcalf’s development could help push the team to throw more, but either way, all we’ve seen so far are rave reviews from those watching the second-year receiver.
Joe Burrow, QB, Bengals
Wow. Hell of a first scrimmage drive for Joe Burrow. Goes 6 of 6 for 69 yards, including a third-and-14 conversion to Auden Tate, then a perfect goal-to-go fade to Tate for a TD. That’ll do.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 21, 2020
The No. 1 pick in this year’s draft has been up to the task of an NFL training camp so far. His fantasy status isn’t clear, but a poor defense should keep him throwing the ball and so far he’s ahead of the curve.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Panthers
Teddy Bridgewater looks as sharp as any QB I've seen this early in Panthers camp.— Jeremy Igo (@CarolinaHuddle) August 21, 2020
So far, Bridgewater appears to be having a good camp. With no offseason and a shortened training camp, his knowledge of the Saints playbook has likely helped him speed the learning curve with Joe Brady’s playbook. With playmakers at each offensive skill position, Bridgewater has a strong base to work from this season.
Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Buccaneers
Asked about how rookie RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn would be ready to contribute in Week 1, Arians said it could be as a kick returner. Return jobs still wide open, and he said due to touchbacks, punt returner is probably the more important job. Antoine Winfield is an option there.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 21, 2020
Vaughn appears to be far behind Ronald Jones and LeSean McCoy at this point. Rookies are going to have trouble early in the season and Jones also started late due to Covid-19. There is room for him to take on more work as the season goes on, but for now he’s going to need to climb the ladder for touches.
Scotty Miller, WR, Buccaneers
Scotty Miller might be the most improved offensive player so far in camp. Just made a terrific catch in traffic on a poorly thrown pass over the middle.— PewterReport (@PewterReport) August 21, 2020
Over the last few days, Miller’s name has been highlighted by reporters. He appears to be on track for the WR3 job behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. And if he can compete and produce like he has in training camp, there is a chance he’ll have some fantasy worth this season.
Auden Tate, WR, Bengals
Joe Burrow just found Auden Tate again for another score. 9 and 19 seem to have a great rapport. Burrow led the first-team down the field for the TD without Mixon or Boyd— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) August 21, 2020
With A.J. Green already dealing with injuries and John Ross missing time, Tate has stepped up. His skill set is strong and maybe this chance with Burrow as his QB helps elevate him and his fantasy value this season.