Robert Turbin rushed six times for 26 yards and caught a four-yard pass in Seattle's third preseason game Friday night against the Bears.
He has 112 yards on 22 carries in the preseason. Turbin rotated with Christine Michael against Chicago after Marshawn Lynch handled Seattle's first drive. Michael was the primary back in the red zone and showed well in blitz pickup. As C-Mike is Seattle's most talented runner, Turbin should be feeling the heat. We suspect Turbin and Michael would form something of a timeshare in the event of a Lynch injury, making the Seahawks' starter fairly difficult to handcuff. Turbin may be the more complete back, but Michael would be the higher-ceiling option.
Panthers DE Greg Hardy reinjured his bruised shoulder against the Patriots Friday night.
Hardy played most of the second quarter with the injury, indicating he should be ready for the regular season opener. Hardy was convicted in July of assault on a female and communicating threats, but is appealing the decision. He is unlikely to be suspended this season.
UDFA Allen Hurns had seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' third preseason game Friday night.
Hurns saw regular snaps with the first team, playing opposite Marqise Lee in two-wide sets. He has experience in OC Jedd Fisch’s system from their days in Miami and has shown good chemistry with Chad Henne and Blake Bortles. Hurns' touchdown came against second-stringers on an 11-yard pass from Bortles in the third quarter. He's now up to 13 receptions for 230 yards and a touchdown through three preseason games. Hurns is a candidate to start Week 1 over Lee or Cecil Shorts. He's worth a look as a late-round flier.
Christine Michael rushed eight times for 28 yards and caught 3-of-3 targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' third preseason game.
He was the third Seahawks back to enter, behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Michael and Turbin both got first-team run after Lynch departed, however, with C-Mike handling deep red-zone carries toward the end of Seattle's second drive. Perhaps most promisingly, Michael executed on a first-quarter blitz pickup of Lance Briggs. There are no questions about Michael's running ability, but he still needs to polish the finer points of his game. He fumbled in each of the Seahawks' first two preseason affairs, but displayed ball security on Friday night and was very active in the passing game, which has historically been a weakness for C-Mike. He's a high-upside Dynasty stash, albeit with injury-dependent re-draft value.
Doug Baldwin secured 2-of-2 targets for 23 yards in the Seahawks' third preseason game Friday night against the Bears.
Baldwin played in three-wide formations with Jermaine Kearse and Percy Harvin, but just so happened to be the quietest member of the trio in this game. Playing Golden Tate's old role at "X" receiver, Baldwin will run lower-percentage routes than Percy Harvin, and score fewer touchdowns than jump-ball specialist Jermaine Kearse. We see Baldwin as a low-ceiling fantasy flier. Baldwin has four catches for 43 yards through three exhibition affairs.
Jonas Gray rushed for 20 yards on nine carries in the Patriots' third preseason game.
Gray saw some work with the first-team offense on Friday night. A big (5-foot-10, 225), powerful back, Gray could function as the power runner in New England's offense if Stevan Ridley falters. Gray has 30 carries for 130 yards this preseason.
Percy Harvin caught 3-of-3 targets for 61 yards in the Seahawks' third preseason game Friday night.
Harvin returned the opening kickoff 46 yards, and found an opening in Chicago's defense for a 25-yard gain on Seattle's opening drive. He added a 23-yarder on a curl route out of the slot early in the second quarter, whipping Bears CB Tim Jennings. Harvin has a combined 7-92 receiving line this preseason. Although his explosiveness clearly remains intact, we wouldn't be surprised if Harvin becomes a better real-life than fantasy player in Seattle.
Danny Amendola hauled in both of his targets for 13 yards in the Patriots' third preseason game.
Amendola earned the start on Friday night and saw snaps in three-wide sets. With Rob Gronkowski healthy, Amendola may struggle to find targets in the Patriots' suddenly stocked pass catching corps. Amendola now has three catches for 22 yards this preseason.