QuarterbacksIt's the Jimmy Garoppolo show in New England. The Patriots are his team for the first four games with Tom Brady suspended to start the season. Also Bill Belichick will give him plenty of snaps throughout preseason to make sure he's ready come week 1.
Carson Wentz will play basically the entire second half Thursday night. He won't see much playing time during the regular season with Sam Bradford as the starter, so he'll get a lot of playing time throughout preseason.
Running BacksKenjon Barner will have a heavy workload with Ryan Mathews out, nursing an ankle injury. Darren Sproles is healthy but he'll only play a few series as he has nothing to prove. Wendell Smallwood out as well.
Frank Gore has nothing to prove (and probably nothing left in the tank) so he won't play much Thursday. The Colts are high on Josh Ferguson and will give him every chance to prove he can play in this league, as he could steal carries from Gore as the season progresses.
(NOTE: Colts do not play Thursday. If you play DFS on Saturday, then Josh Ferguson is a great play.)
The Ravens are excited to get Kenneth Dixon on the field Thursday night, as they think the rookie is something special. Justin Forsett could sit this one out and who knows how much Terrance West or Buck Allen will get. The one thing I can guarantee is that Dixon gets the most carries.
Wide ReceiversKevin White will see his first NFL action since being drafted 7th overall in 2015. There is a chance that Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson could miss the game as they nurse injuries. If two or all three of those guys sit out, then White is in line for a heavy workload and a potential monster game.
No Julian Edelman or Danny Amendola, so Chris Harper will have his chance to play. Harper was impressive last preseason, and could build on that as he builds a chemistry with Garrapolo.
Michael Thomas is a talented rookie WR, who a lot of people are comparing to Marques Colston. He's competing for the #3 WR job to play in Drew Brees' offense, so he'll get plenty of looks in preseason.
Justin Hardy was supposed to have a big role this season next to Julio Jones, until the Falcons signed Mohamed Sanu. The Falcons will use preseason to see what kind of player Hardy is and if he deserves a spot on the team.
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Atlanta led the NFL in red zone turnovers last season, thanks to their awful tight end play. They drafted Austin Hooper and he seems like he could be the savior. The Falcons will give this kid ample playing time in preseason.