Steelers rookie WR Martavis Bryant caught 2-of-4 targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's preseason game.
He added a ten-yard punt return. Running with the second- and third-team offenses, Bryant has been inefficient this August, managing five catches for 65 yards on 12 targets through three exhibition games. Clearly behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore, and Justin Brown on the depth chart, fourth-round pick Bryant figures to open the season as a healthy game-day scratch.
Le'Veon Bell started Thursday's preseason game, rushing nine times for 23 yards while catching one pass for three yards.
Eagles RB Kenjon Barner rushed seven times for 32 yards in Philly's third preseason game Thursday night against Pittsburgh.
He added a 22-yard kickoff return. Acquired via trade just yesterday, Barner showed some knowledge of Chip Kelly's offense after playing for him at Oregon. The 25-year-old running back appears to be competing with Matthew Tucker and Henry Josey for one roster spot. As the Eagles continue to evaluate him, expect Barner to get a bunch of playing time in the preseason finale.
Eagles UDFA Henry Josey rushed four times for 48 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers, adding one catch for eight yards.
The big night came despite the fact that Josey had a 70-yard touchdown nullified by an extremely dubious holding penalty on B.J. Cunningham. A scatback with 4.43 wheels who made a living on big plays at Mizzou, Josey has now racked up 139 yards from scrimmage on only 15 touches this preseason. He's still on the outside looking in of the Eagles' 53-man roster, but is shaping up as an intriguing practice-squad stash.
Steelers rookie Dri Archer caught 3-of-4 targets for 14 yards in Thursday night's third preseason game.
Through three preseason weeks, the third-rounder from Kent State has just ten yards on four carries but 108 yards on seven receptions, including gains of 40 and 46 in Pittsburgh's first two exhibitions. Archer possesses 4.26 speed, but is a package player who can't run between the tackles. His ceiling is essentially a more explosive Dexter McCluster in OC Todd Haley's offense.
Zach Ertz caught 2-of-2 targets for 24 yards in Thursday's preseason game.
Brent Celek stole Ertz's thunder with two highlight-reel grabs, but according to Pro Football Focus' Nathan Jahnke, Ertz was on the field for 31 of Philadelphia's first 49 snaps. Ertz spent ample time in the slot. Celek could occasionally cramp Ertz's style, but we still think Ertz is an intriguing back-end TE1. He has eight catches for 110 yards and a touchdown through three preseason games.
Eagles RB Matthew Tucker rushed 10 times for 46 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday night's third preseason game.
He worked as Philly's No. 3 tailback behind LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles, although Chris Polk (hamstring) remains sidelined. Tucker is on the bubble, but has helped himself with a strong August, compiling 18 runs for 86 yards (4.78 YPC) and a preseason-NFL-high four rushing TDs, to go with a 15-yard catch. With McCoy, Sproles, and probably Polk locked in, Tucker, Henry Josey, and Kenjon Barner are likely vying for one roster spot.
Brent Celek caught two passes for 41 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers.
Both of Celek's catches were tough-handed grabs down the seam. Although Celek appeared to be cramping Zach Ertz's style, Ertz played as many, if not more, snaps. Celek remains an extremely reliable pair of hands in the middle of the field, but is just a mid-range TE2 for fantasy purposes. He's a more valuable player on the actual gridiron.