Will QB Derek Carr start in Week 1? 

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The Oakland Raiders spent much of the summer trying to convince their fans that Matt Schaub would somehow rebound from his final disastrous season with the Houston Texans and lead the team to wins. However, as the season nears, it appears that coach Dennis Allen is starting to have his doubts.

Schaub missed the Raiders' preseason finale with an elbow injury, while rookie Derek Carr completed 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

So, who will start Week 1 against the New York Jets?

Latest buzz on Sammy Watkins' ribs 

August, 29, 2014
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Most teams rest their starters in the preseason finale, but the Buffalo Bills had rookie WR Sammy Watkins in action Thursday evening after he missed most of the previous two preseason tilts with a rib injury. Unfortunately, he exited the game after taking a forearm to his ribs.

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Martavis Bryant iffy for opener? 

August, 29, 2014
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Traditionally, the Pittsburgh Steelers No. 3 wide receiver doesn't see enough targets to be a consistent fantasy factor. However, there was hope that fourth-round rookie Martavis Bryant could at least be a red-zone threat, if he could secure that No. 3 role.

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Which Broncos RBs will make the cut? 

August, 28, 2014
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We won't see Montee Ball or Ronnie Hillman during the Denver Broncos' final preseason tilt Thursday evening, as the team rests their top running back options. However, the game will have plenty of significance to the remaining running backs, who are trying to earn a roster spot.

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Stevie Johnson's spot safe with Niners? 

August, 28, 2014
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Could Stevie Johnson, the big-play receiver San Francisco traded a fourth-rounder to get just this past May, be one of the last cuts in 49ers camp? Don't rule it out just yet.

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Will Fins cut RB Daniel Thomas? 

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Former Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland moved up 17 spots to select Daniel Thomas in the second round of the 2011 draft. Thomas has done next to nothing since (averaging about 3.6 yards per carry each of his first three seasons).

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Where Latimer could become a force 

August, 28, 2014
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With Wes Welker's future somewhat up in the air after the 33-year-old suffered his third concussion over the past 10-months, it'll likely fall on former Steeler Emmanuel Sanders to handle Walker's workload until he's able to return.

Any absence by Welker could also open the door for Cody Latimer, the rangy rookie second-round pick out of Indiana, to become a bigger factor. Here's the latest on that.

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After we saw Benny Cunningham start ahead of Zac Stacy in the St. Louis Rams' regular-season dress rehearsal last weekend, I noted that it appeared that Stacy still was locked into the lead-back role for the Rams. However, I also noted that, "Time will tell whether Cunningham can eat into Stacy's workload this season, but it's something to keep an eye on."

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Dobson ready for preseason debut? 

August, 28, 2014
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We haven't seen anything from WR Aaron Dobson this offseason, because he has been recovering from March surgery that repaired a fracture in his left foot.

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Is CFL an option for Josh Gordon? 

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Earlier this morning, I took a look at whether Josh Gordon would fight his season-long suspension through the Ohio court system.

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What role will RB Michael have in '14? 

August, 28, 2014
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We know that Marshawn Lynch is the workhorse in the Seattle Seahawks backfield, but it remains unclear exactly how they plan to use backups Christine Michael and Robert Turbin. We won't get to see them battle Thursday evening in the Seahawks' preseason finale, because Michael strained a hamstring.

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Packers No. 3 WR: Boykin or Adams? 

August, 28, 2014
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Last season, while the Green Bay Packers were battling injuries, second-year WR Jarrett Boykin had a nice stretch of games. During that five-game midseason stretch, he had at least 89 yards four times, including two 100-yard performances.

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Will Gordon find relief in court? 

August, 28, 2014
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A couple of weeks ago, I examined the possibility that Josh Gordon could turn to the Ohio legal system, if he lost his appeal of a year-long suspension.

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Is Ertz ready to bust loose in '14? 

August, 28, 2014
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As of Thursday morning, Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz was barely even registering as a draft target in standard fantasy leagues. His current ADP is 133rd overall, 13th amongst tight ends. The upside of that is Ertz is poised to be a genuine sleeper as he likely heads for a breakout campaign this season.

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Is Jermaine Kearse being overlooked? 

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After Jermaine Kearse's dazzling spin-and-run touchdown in Seattle's Super Bowl route of Denver, one would expect him to get more recognition as one of Seattle's main threats in the passing game.

That isn't the case, however.

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