Kelvin Benjamin hauled in 3-of-6 targets for 27 yards Friday night.
With Cam Newton struggling with his accuracy, Benjamin did well to catch half of his targets. Newton badly overthrew Benjamin twice, and he climbed the ladder to haul in two other off-target throws. Even with Funchess reportedly pushing him, Benjamin started and played ahead of the sophomore in two-wide sets. Even so, the depth-chart uncertainty makes him more of a WR3.
Charles Sims rushed four times for 13 yards and caught 3-of-3 targets for 16 yards and one touchdown in the Bucs' third preseason game.
Doug Martin played just a handful of snaps before exiting, and Sims was the next man up to get carries with the first-team offense. As Bucs beat writers have noted, Sims is running lower to the ground this year in an effort to become a more complete back. He's still more noted for his pass-game work, but Sims would be the man to own in a possible three-down role should Martin ever get hurt. Sims' touchdown grab Friday night came on a rollout by Jameis Winston, who bought time before finding Sims from three yards out.
Cameron Artis-Payne rushed nine times for 28 yards Friday night against the Patriots.
He also added 12 yards through the air on a nice catch-and-run. Artis-Payne had a nice night, but, most importantly, he worked as the clear No. 2 after Jonathan Stewart left the game. With Stewart's health always in question, CAP could make starts this season.
Brandin Cooks caught his lone target for 10 yards in the Saints' third preseason game.
It was a quick night for Cooks, who took a seat early in the game after Willie Snead (4-58-1) dominated. Cooks remains the heavy favorite for targets, catches, and receiving yards in New Orleans' pass-catcher corps. He deserves to be drafted as a fringe WR1 and offers top-ten upside at wide receiver.
Duke Johnson rushed three times for 22 yards and caught his lone target for nine yards in the Browns' third preseason game.
Johnson has looked better both as a ball carrier and pass catcher than backfield mate Isaiah Crowell this preseason. Johnson is averaging 5.0 YPC with a 3-19 receiving line, while Crowell bumped his YPC average up to 4.06 tonight, but has no catches out of the backfield. Still, look for Crowell to open the year handling early-down work, with Johnson getting third downs and hurry-up snaps.
Aaron Dobson hauled in 2-of-3 targets for 49 yards in the Patriots' third preseason game Friday night.
Dobson turned Tom Brady's first pass into a nice 37-yard catch-and-run, but he had another pass knocked out of his hands on the sideline later in the game. Dobson saw plenty of work with the first-team offense Friday night, but he will likely be supplanted by Malcolm Mitchell (elbow) once the rookie gets healthy.
Steelers TE Jesse James caught 4-of-5 targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's third preseason game.
He played exclusively with the first-team offense with Ben Roethlisberger on the field, seeing three targets from Ben on Pittsburgh's opening drive alone, and capping it with a short touchdown deep in the red zone. A second-year tight end out of Penn State, James stands 6-foot-7, 261 and plays in an undersized pass-catcher corps. He's a sneaky candidate for 6-8 touchdowns with Ladarius Green's (concussions, ankle) availability uncertain.
Markus Wheaton caught 2-of-3 targets for 40 yards in the Steelers' third preseason game.
Wheaton has begged the coaching staff to let him play outside more, and he's getting his wish. The Steelers' first-team three-receiver set with Ben Roethlisberger on the field had Wheaton and Antonio Brown on the perimeter with Eli Rogers stationed in the slot. Wheaton is an interesting test case this year because he's flush with opportunity, but has shown average to above-average talent. He's worth a shot in the eighth and ninth rounds of 12-team drafts.