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Amendola secured his only target for six yards in Saturday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Texans.
Amendola's place on the final roster was deemed to be significantly secure earlier this summer, but with a deep roster of pass catchers, nothing is ultimately certain until final cuts. The veteran wideout wasn't the subject of much attention Saturday, but no Patriots front-line receiver saw more than one target. He'll look to bump up his production in next Friday's battle against the Lions.
Jones caught four of five targets for 34 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's win over the Jets.
Jones failed to haul in his only target last week against the Colts, so this was a nice tune-up for the receiver. He owns the size and speed to be a go-to option in the Detroit offense, and that upside was on full display through the first six weeks of last season when he caught 29 balls for 529 yards and four touchdowns. There's potential for Jones to approach that level of production against and be a huge value on draft day, but if the Lions continue to lean on a dink-and-dunk offense, it hurts Jones' outlook. Additionally, Eric Ebron and Kenny Golladay project to eat into some of Jones' downfield and red-zone targets.
Edelman failed to catch either of his targets in Saturday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Texans.
The elite possession receiver was seeing his first game action of the exhibition slate and came away with nothing to show for it. Naturally, there's zero doubt about the 31-year-old's rapport with Tom Brady or his knowledge of the offense, so the empty stat line is ultimately meaningless in the grand scheme of things. He'll look to get some production on the board in next Friday's exhibition against the Lions, which is likely to be the last time he sees the field before the regular season.
Cooks brought in his sole target for seven yards in Saturday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Texans.
Cooks and quarterback Tom Brady thus connected for the first time in game action, a process that's expected to repeat itself with overwhelming frequency during the coming season. The fourth-year wideout saw well over 100 targets in the Saints' pass-heavy system the last two campaigns, but with the Patriots' reputation for spreading the ball around -- and the presence of an elite tight end -- Cooks is likely to see at least a slight downturn in looks. He'll look to further solidify his rapport with Brady during what should be extended action next Friday against the Lions.
Burkhead rushed seven times for 20 yards and hauled in all three of his targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Texans.
Burkhead was limited on the ground but made his presence felt in the passing game, bringing in a 22-yard touchdown to erase a 7-0 second-quarter deficit. The 27-year-old's exact role in the coming season is to be determined, as he logged just 87 carries and 34 receptions in his first three campaigns, which were spent in Cincinnati. A proficient pass catcher, Burkhead is likely to have a sizable role through the air, but will be sharing touches with talented incumbents James White and Dion Lewis in that area. He'll likely see plenty of snaps in next Friday's contest versus the Lions.
Hackenberg completed just two of six pass attempts for 14 yards during Saturday's preseason loss to Detroit.
The Jets went three-and-out in three of the four series Hackenberg was under center, and he was also sacked twice. Detroit was able to generate tremendous quarterback pressure, and the Penn State product didn't have an answer. Perhaps, the plan was for him to exit after four series, but it's also possible head coach Todd Bowles pulled Hackenberg to avoid completely shattering the youngster's confidence. After watching from the sidelines for the entire 2016 season, Hackenberg was expected to push veteran Josh McCown for the starting quarterback job during training camp, but that seems like a stretch now. Additionally, Bryce Petty outperformed Hackenberg on Saturday, and Petty has at least seen regular-season game action. It looks like a steep uphill climb to fantasy relevance in 2017 for Hackenberg at this stage of the game.
Lewis rushed seven times for 34 yards and brought in one of two targets for nine yards in Saturday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Texans.
Lewis looked sharp on the ground for a second straight week after having compiled 32 yards on seven rushes in the opener. The versatile back saw a lot less attention in the passing game, however, but certainly appears to be at full health and ready to resume his multi-faceted role in the team's offense this season. However, given the presence of both James White and offseason acquisition Rex Burkhead, who scored Saturday, it remains to be seen to what extent his touches will be affected. Lewis will look to potentially put in his final prep for the regular season in next Friday's contest against the Lions.
Smith completed eight of nine passes for 83 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's preseason win over Cincinnati.
Earlier this week, head coach Andy Reid said Smith would play the entire first half, but the veteran signal caller was in for just two series Saturday. However, after leading KC to a field goal and touchdown in consecutive drives, Smith had little left to showcase. He's now completed 12 of 15 passes for 131 yards and two scores through two preseason games. It's an encouraging starting point for the veteran, and Smith should play deeper into next week's game against the Seahawks.
Dalton completed just seven of 13 passes for 98 yards during Saturday's preseason loss to Kansas City.
The results aren't overly important at this point, as Dalton is locked in as the starter and has established chemistry with the majority of his weapons in the passing game. The Bengals have the pieces in place to have a formidable offense, and Dalton has been a go-to fantasy asset in the past, so a bounce-back campaign is within reach. It's also encouraging to see him honing in on No. 1 receiver A.J. Green. Dalton targeted his top wideout six times for three receptions and 39 yards Saturday.
Brady completed six of nine passes for 67 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Texans.
Brady was mostly sharp in his first taste of preseason action, although he did have a bit of good fortune when a first-quarter would-be interception on a pass intended for Chris Hogan was reversed on replay review. The future Hall of Famer was able to connect with prize offseason acquisition Brandin Cooks for the first time, while also completing passes to James White, Danny Amendola and Rex Burkhead, finding the latter for a 22-yard touchdown. Brady is likely to see a bump in playing time in next Friday's contest against the Lions, which figures to serve as his final prep for the regular season.