Description: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there will be no ruling on Josh Gordon's suspension appeal this week.
Insight: FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo reported the NFL Players Union was expecting a decision by the end of this week, so this is a little surprising. Apparently there is a high volume of testimony on both sides from Gordon's latest failed drug test. In many cases, fantasy owners hoping to know Gordon's status before their draft are unfortunately out of luck. Hopefully, a decision is made next week.
Description: The Tennessean called Titans receiver Justin Hunter "all but unstoppable" anywhere near the goal line. Hunter caught four balls for 111 yards and two touchdowns in last week's preseason game.
Insight: Hunter has a knack for catching the ball in the corner of the end zone on the fade pattern according to The Tennessean. Adding to his ball skills, Hunter is 6'4" and jumped a remarkable 39.5 inch vertical leap in the NFL Combine. He could prove to be one of Jake Locker's favorite red zone targets this season and thus a sleeper on draft day.
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (hamstring) has shown no signs of rust so far, according to cbssports.com.
Insight: Johnson sat out OTAs and minicamp because he wanted to be traded and he missed the early portion of training camp with a hamstring injury. We have confidence in his ability to build a rapport with new QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and learn Bill O'Brien's offensive scheme quickly. He had 109 catches, 1,407 yards and five touchdowns on 181 targets last season despite having to catch passes from Matt Schaub and Case Keenum.
Description: Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) will not play in the team's fourth preseason game against the Jets and beat reporter Jordan Raanan says it is "not looking good" for Week 1.
Insight: Beckham has been hampered by a hamstring injury since the spring and he re-injured it during Monday's practice. Jerrel Jernigan hasn't impressed coach Tom Coughlin yet despite getting most of the reps that would have went to Beckham. With no viable tight end to speak of look for Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Rashad Jennings to be heavily targeted early in the season.
Description: Buffalo rookie receiver Sammy Watkins (ribs) returned to practice Tuesday, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com.
Insight: Watkins suffered bruised ribs in the last preseason game. He was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft so he comes with large expectations, but he's tied to inconsistent and inaccurate QB E.J. Manuel.
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones (foot) is set to return to a normal practice routine, according to ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.
Insight: Jones has been practicing every other day as he works his way back from foot surgery. He had 41 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns in five games last season and has No. 1 overall fantasy upside at his position if he can stay healthy.
Description: Rams third-year receiver Brian Quick appears to be ready to make a leap forward in production and fantasy value.
Insight: There is a well-known theory that many wide receivers breakout in their third season and that could happen for Quick. The 33rd selection of the 2012 draft class has done little to this point, but signs of him "getting it" have begun to show. Also as important, we saw quarterback Sam Bradford trust him Saturday despite being covered in a 41-yard catch and run. It may be Quick's time to shine and fantasy owners should use a late-round pick on him because of his upside.
Description: Saints receiver Brandin Cooks missed Monday's practice but fantasy owners have no need to worry.
Insight: Cooks is dealing with a stomach virus and fever - no injury. We're looking for solid production from Cooks in his rookie season. He's got a great QB under center and 143 available targets with Lance Moore and Darren Sproles gone.
Description: Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) left Monday's practice and did not return after appearing to pull up lame, according to a New York Daily News report.
Insight: Beckham may have been held out for the rest of the day as a precaution, but its worth watching the next few days. He's missed valuable practice time which could limit his early season productivity.
Description: Bears receiver Marquess Wilson (collarbone) is likely to be sidelined until at least midseason, according to USA Today.
Insight: Wilson's collarbone broke in two places and he was given a 12-14 week timetable after his Aug. 5 surgery. He was expected to serve as Chicago's No. 3 receiver this season, but newly signed Santonio Holmes may have to fill that role. Wilson's absence will lead to more targets for tight end Martellus Bennett.
Description: USA Today reports that Bears third wide receiver Marquess Wilson will be sidelined at least 12 to 14 weeks with his broken collarbone, which gives veteran receiver Santonio Holmes a chance to be more than just an injury replacement for a couple weeks. Chicago signed Holmes on Saturday.
The Chicago Bears have signed receiver Santonio Holmes.
Insight: Holmes will still compete with fellow receivers Josh Morgan and Eric Weems for the Bears' No. 3 wide out job. If the 30-year-old has anything left in the tank, Holmes should run away with the job. Holmes struggled to stay on the field the last two seasons in New York, playing just 15 games and catching 43 balls for 728 yards with two touchdowns.
Description: Jacksonville receiver Cecil Shorts returned to practice Sunday after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury.
Insight: According to Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union, he used the word "rusty" four times in describing his play. He expects to be ready for Week 1 versus Philadelphia. Shorts (66 receptions for 777 yards and 3 TDs in 13 games last season) will be the Jaguars No. 1 receiver if he can stay healthy.
Description: Packers rookie Richard Rodgers is challenging Andrew Quarless for the starting tight end spot.
Insight: It was Rodgers who was on the field for the first drive of the game and stayed out there as the team went no-huddle all the way for the score. Even if Rodgers wins the job, he doesn't appear to be a fantasy-worthy tight end, as he's doing more blocking than catching.
Description: Kansas City wideout Junior Hemingway left Sunday night's preseason game with a hip injury.
Insight: We don't as yet know how serious it might be. Heminway has been used as the No. 3 receiver and the Chiefs aren't very deep at the position. He had 13 receptions for 125 yards and two scores last season.
Description: Buffalo rookie receiver Sammy Watkins left Saturday's preseason game with a rib injury, called a bruise by the Buffalo News.
Insight: That's a lot better than broken, but figure the rookie receiver to sit out for a while. Watkins was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft so he comes with large expectations, but he's tied to inconsistent and inaccurate QB E.J. Manuel.
Description: Hakeem Nicks caught five balls for 53 yards Saturday night, his best performance of the preseason, by far.
Insight: Nicks is working as the No. 3 receiver behind returning veteran Reggie Wayne and budding star T.Y. Hilton. It's hard to predict how much fantasy value Nicks can produce, but he certainly looked healthy. Nicks hasn't been a WR1 since 2011 and doesn't figure to get back to that status in Indy.
Description: Tampa Bay rookie receiver Mike Evans caught two balls for 52 yards, though he lost a touchdown when the ball was stripped out of his hands by Brent Grimes.
Insight: We hope the No. 6 pick of the 2014 NFL Draft learns how to hold the ball when the games begin to count. Evans doesn't have any real competition for the spot opposite Vincent Jackson and should be a solid WR3 and one of the top-two rookie receivers this season.
Description: Buffalo rookie receiver Sammy Watkins left Saturday's preseason game with a rib injury, but Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that he is fine.
Insight: Watkins was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft so he comes with large expectations, but he's tied to inconsistent and inaccurate QB E.J. Manuel. He's a high-upside WR3 who comes with a seventh-round ADP.
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews rebounded from a poor showing in the first preseason game (three drops) with nine catches for 104 yards on nine targets.
Insight: Coach Chip Kelly attributed Matthews' struggles in the opener to first-game jitters, and it appears he was right. With Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and Josh Huff all banged up, Matthews is getting key reps with the first-team offense. He could have a larger role than expected early in the season and is a candidate to break out later in the year.
Description: The Chicago Bears have signed receiver Santonio Holmes.
Insight: The Bears needed receiver depth after losing Marquess Wilson to a broken collarbone. Holmes will compete with Josh Morgan for the third receiver job, though the player who wins will only be keeping the seat warm for Wilson.
Description: Titans receiver Justin Hunter had four catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's preseason game.
Insight: Hunter made a lot of mental mistakes and appeared passive at times on the field during his rookie year, but his physical gifts are undeniable. He's 6-foot-4, 203 pounds and ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the combine. He's a high-upside target in the 12th round of fantasy drafts.
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Josh Huff left Friday's preseason game with a shoulder injury and won't return, according to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Huff is Philadelphia's fourth receiver so this wouldn't be a big deal for fantasy purposes if everyone was healthy. But Jeremy Maclin (hamstring, knee) and Riley Cooper (foot) are both ailing and sat out Friday.
Description: Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been suspended for one game, the regular-season opener against Tennessee, for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Insight: Fantasy owners should slightly discount his fantasy value due to missing this game.The soon-to-be 30-year-old Bowe had trouble getting separation last season and finished with a career-low 673 yards on 57 catches (11.8 ypc) and five touchdowns.
Description: Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin left Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury.
Insight: Maclin missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL and has dealt with nagging injuries his entire career, but he's expected to serve as the No. 1 passing target in Chip Kelly's high-octane offense and has WR2 upside IF he can play 16 games. He's only done that once in five seasons.
Description: San Francisco wideout Michael Crabtree returned to practice Wednesday, according to Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Crabtree missed roughly 10 days with hamstring soreness. The receiver is primed for a breakout after a torn Achilles ruined his 2013 season. He has low-end WR1 upside but is being selected in the fourth round of mock drafts.
Description: According to Adam Teicher of ESPN.com, Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe hasn't had a great camp.
Insight: The soon-to-be 30-year-old Bowe had trouble getting separation last season and finished with a career-low 673 yards on 57 catches (11.8 ypc) and five touchdowns. He's someone we'd avoid in fantasy this season.
Description: Former Rams receiver Torry Holt says that Tavon Austin has been very quiet in training camp.
Insight: Austin was drafted eighth overall but played limited snaps and had 40 catches for 418 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games last season. He also rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and racked up 678 return yards (398 kick, 280 punt) on 51 attempts. Fantasy owners in 12-team leagues cannot rely on the 23-year-old as a WR3.
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, according to Dave Zangaro of csnhouston.com. He's questionable for the team's second preseason contest.
Insight: Johnson pulled his right hamstring at the end of July and missed the first preseason game. The 33-year-old has played 16 games in back-to-back seasons after sitting out 12 across 2010 and 2011. It's good to see him back on the field so he can build a rapport with Ryan Fitzpatrick and become more familiar with Bill O'Brien's offensive system after he skipped OTAs and minicamp.
Description: Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin has been beating Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis in one-on-ones during the teams' joint practices this week. SOURCE: Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: Maclin missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL and has dealt with nagging injuries his entire career, but he's expected to serve as the No. 1 passing target in Chip Kelly's high-octane offense and has WR2 upside if he can play 16 games.
Description: According to Dan Pompei of Sportsonearth.com, some in Cardinals camp think Michael Floyd will be the Cardinals' No. 1 receiver this season.
Insight: Floyd quietly had 1,041 yards to lead the team last season while Larry Fitzgerald, who turns 31 on Aug. 31, had 954 yards, though Fitzgerald had 10 touchdowns to Floyd's five. Now in his third season, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Floyd is in for a monster year.
Description: According to the Tennessean, not a practice goes by without Justin Hunter making some highlight-reel catches.
Insight: Hunter hasn't been without fault during camp. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt reportedly called out Hunter in a team meeting for a mistake during Saturday's preseason opener on Monday and WRs coach Shawn Jefferson made him wear a "JAG" (Just Another Guy) nameplate at practice. Hunter made a lot of mental mistakes and appeared passive at times on the field during his rookie year, but his physical gifts are undeniable. He's 6-foot-4, 203 pounds and ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the combine. He's a nice flyer in the 12th round of fantasy drafts.
Description: David Newton, the Panthers beat writer for ESPN.com, says wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was the star of Carolina's training camp.
Insight: Benjamin, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound behemoth, had a 29-yard touchdown in the preseason opener and he's made a few eye-opening catches during camp. The first-round pick will fill the team's No. 1 receiver spot immediately and he has a lot of upside at his ninth-round ADP.
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson missed Saturday's preseason opener with a hamstring injury but returned to practice Tuesday.
Insight: Nelson likely won't play in the second preseason game either, but he should be ready for the third one. Hamstring issues caused Nelson to miss four games in 2012, but he's bookended that season with two years as a WR1.
Description: Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) has been activated from the active/PUP list.
Insight: He did some work in shorts and a helmet Monday. The second-year receiver had surgery in March to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. He has the size and speed New England's other receivers lack and has a lot of upside if he can stay healthy.
Description: According to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, Saints receiver Brandin Cooks "makes one or two of the biggest plays on the practice field every day."
Insight: Cooks caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in the first preseason game and could be an immediate fantasy asset in New Orleans' offense. The departures of Darren Sproles and Lance Moore have opened up 143 targets from last year. Cooks' ADP has risen from 94 to 74 since the start of August.
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson missed Saturday's preseason opener with a hamstring injury and hasn't returned to practice.
Insight: Nelson is day-to-day and likely won't play in the second preseason game either, but he should be ready for the third one. Hamstring issues caused Nelson to miss four games in 2012, but he's bookended that season with two years as a WR1.
Description: According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, the Bengals hope to have receiver Marvin Jones (foot) back for Week 5.
Insight: Jones, who had 712 yards and 10 touchdowns on 80 targets last season, had to get a pin inserted into his fifth metatarsal for a broken foot. Coach Marvin Lewis' assertion that Jones would be out "a couple of weeks" was wildly unrealistic. Mohamed Sanu will take over as the team's No. 2 receiver.
Description: While Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said receiver Marvin Jones (foot) will miss "a couple of weeks" with a broken foot, Geoff Hobson of bengals.com says the receiver will likely be out 5-6 weeks.
Insight: Jones, who had 712 yards and 10 touchdowns on 80 targets last season, had to get a pin inserted into his fifth metatarsal. A similar injury kept Mohamed Sanu out for the last five weeks of the 2012 regular season as well as the playoffs. Sanu will take Jones' place as the No. 2 receiver.
Description: Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon (hamstring) returned to practice Saturday, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Garcon missed the first preseason game, but he said if it was a regular season game he would have played. The 27-year-old had 113 catches and 1,346 yards last season, but it took 184 targets to reach those numbers and he had just five touchdowns. He could see 40 fewer targets this season after the team acquired DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts in the offseason.
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (hamstring) could be back in the team's second preseason game, according to houstontexans.com.
Insight: Johnson pulled his right hamstring at the end of July and hasn't practiced. The 33-year-old has played 16 games in back-to-back seasons after sitting out 12 across 2010 and 2011. We'd like him to get back on the field so he can build a rapport with Ryan Fitzpatrick and become more familiar with Bill O'Brien's offensive system after he skipped OTAs and minicamp.
Description: According to Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News, Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) will practice on an individual basis Monday.
Insight: Beckham has been missing out on valuable practice time he could be using to get acclimated to QB Eli Manning and New York's offense. Jerrel Jernigan has been getting reps in his place in three-receiver sets.
Description: Eagles receiver Riley Cooper (foot) returned to practice Sunday.
Insight: Cooper missed Friday's preseason opener with a foot injury. He had 47 catches for 835 yards and eight touchdowns last season, but he also saw a lot of single coverage with DeSean Jackson on the other side of the field. Jackson was cut in the offseason and Cooper could take a step back if his yards-per-catch average drops from 17.8. He's unlikely to catch more than 50 passes.
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews dropped two passes and had just 14 yards on four catches in the preseason opener.
Insight: Coach Chip Kelly said Matthews may have had some first-game jitters, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "He was inconsistent," Kelly said. "There was a ball on the sideline he could have caught. I don't know if he was pressing, but there were some inconsistencies there. Sometimes it's the first time for guys in the bright lights so they can have a chance to play that out of their system and calm down." Matthews has received consistent praise during training camp, but his performance Friday is a reminder that he's still a rookie in an offense that is both run-heavy and has a lot of receiving weapons.
Description: Buffalo rookie receiver Sammy Watkins caught three balls for 21 yards,
Insight: That's a big improvement over the Hall of Fame game where he was shut out of the box score but he's not inspiring must confidence that he can become a fantasy-worthy receiver in his first season.
Description: Carolina wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin caught a 29-yard touchdown from Derek Anderson in the preseason opener Friday against the Bills.
Insight: Benjamin beat Bills starting CB Stephon Gilmore down the left sideline and recovered from a stumble to make a diving catch in the end zone. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder is going to be Carolina's No. 1 receiver right from the start of the season and could return nice value on his 10th-round ADP.
Description: Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace (hamstring) was held out of the preseason opener Friday along with Brian Hartline (knee) and Charles Clay (knee).
Insight: Wallace has been dealing with a minor hamstring injury and the Dolphins held him out as a precaution. Hopefully he can get back on the field for Miami's second preseason game so he can work on his chemistry with QB Ryan Tannehill. If Wallace stays healthy he should have a much better season than he did in 2013 (73 catches, 930 yards, five touchdowns) with creative new OC Bill Lazor calling the shots.
Description: Raiders receiver Denarius Moore might not make the 53-man roster, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: Moore is behind Andre Holmes, Rod Streater, James Jones and Greg Little on the depth chart. The 25-year-old has shown flashes that he can be a top target, but he's battled injuries and inconsistency. There's no need to draft him in fantasy leagues.