DeSean Jackson caught 4-of-5 targets for 56 yards in the Redskins' third preseason game Friday night.
During the telecast, Redskins announcer Joe Theismann noted D-Jax has put on seven pounds of muscle and is having an "outstanding camp." This is a contract year for Jackson, who will hope to parlay it into a big deal next offseason, with Washington or someone else. Healthy all August, Jackson is one of the top value picks in fantasy this year. He usually lasts until round six.
Corey Coleman caught 0-of-2 targets in the Browns' third preseason game.
Vincent Jackson caught 4-of-9 targets for 78 yards in the Bucs' third preseason game.
Jackson was Jameis Winston's favorite target early in this one, and led the team with his nine looks. V-Jax's 2015 season was derailed by a lingering knee injury. He's another year older at 33, but if Jackson can stay healthy, he's in a great role as the clear No. 2 option in what looks like an offense ready to take the next step while playing more up-tempo. Jackson is a sneaky WR3.
Reggie Bush started the Bills' third preseason game and rushed three times for 17 yards, also missing his lone target.
Bush was the starter because Shady McCoy was resting and Mike Gillislee is out with a concussion. The Bills used Bush in the Shady role, however, giving him first-team carries on early downs, and subbing in rookie Jonathan Williams in some passing situations. Some beat writers believe Bush is the fantasy handcuff for McCoy. Bush is unlikely to carve out any standalone value.
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.