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                                September 5, 2007
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                                       Preseason
                                       UPDATE
                                                                                                                                                                                 ‘BOYS TO
                                                                                                                                                                                 WIN IT ALL!
                               WHAT WENT DOWN
                               IN TRAINING CAMP?


                               CAMP EYE-OPENERS
                               NEW STARTERS
                               INJURY UPDATES
                               FEARLESS FORECASTS


                                                                               Cowboys WR
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                                                                               Terrell Owens




                                                      THE TOP STORY                                    Guess what? Michael Vick... Who
                                                      else? There was a time at some point during the month of August when it looked
                                                                                                                                              CAMP EYE-OPENERS
                                                                                                                                              Can Devin Hester really play wideout as well as return kicks? He certainly worked
                                                                                                                                              hard in training camp and seems to have impressed the coaching staff... After pub-
                                                      like the 27-year-old Vick might get off charges of dogfighting but his admission of     licly talking about how his preseason goal was to show improvement, Bears QB Rex
                                                      guilt and subsequent indefinite suspension by the NFL sent shockwaves through not       Grossman went out and looked, well, not improved... Michael Strahan’s holdout / in-
                                                      just the NFL but through society in general. From a fantasy perspective, it sends an    jury shenanigans were put up with by the Giants and he finally returned. More shock-
                                                      equally strong shockwave through the Falcons’ offense. With Vick unlikely to play       ing was the seeming rift between Eli Manning and former teammate Tiki Barber, who
                                                      all season, one of fantasy’s most productive players is off the board but his absence   claimed on national television that Manning’s leadership is ‘comical’ ... New England
                                                      also probably gives a big fantasy boost to the remaining active Falcons (from running   safety Rodney Harrison will be gone for the first four games of the regular schedule,
                                                      backs Warrick Dunn and Jerious Norwood to                                               reportedly for taking a banned substance (said to be Human Growth Hormone)...
                                                      wideouts Joe Horn and Michael Jenkins even
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                                                      to new starting quarterback Joey Harrington                                             THE NEW STARTERS
                                                      who might raise some eyebrowses this season).                                           Kansas City’s Damon Huard finally gets to start a season as a No. 1 QB, edging
                                                      Could Atlanta actually be better off offensively                                        young Brodie Croyle... David Garrard is the clear-cut No. 1 QB for the Jaguars after
                                                      now that Vick’s one-man, run-first show won’t                                           Byron Leftwich’s shaky preseason and eventual release... Daunte Culpepper seems
                                                      happen anytime soon this upcoming season? Of                                            to be holding off Josh McCown to be Oakland’s top man behind center... LenDale
                                                      course. The timing is great for new coach Bobby                                         White appears to be at the head of the Titans’ RB committee... Brandon Jacobs has
                                                      Petrino -- a successful college coach in Louisville                                     held off Reuben Droughns (who’ll line up at fullback) as the Giants’ starting tailback...
                                                      and former offensive coordinator and                                                    Charlie Frye is poised to start the season as the Browns’ No. 1 QB but that may not
                                                      quarterbacks coach with the Jaguars from 1999                                           last long... Rookie Brandon Jackson seems to be the top RB in Green Bay... Rookie
                                                      to 2001 -- to make his mark right off the bat by                                        Mason Crosby edged Dave Rayner for the top kicking job in Green Bay... Rookie
                                                      instilling a brand new offensive system.             Vick                               With Martin Gramatica out, Nick Folk now is the No. 1 kicker in Dallas...



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                            INJURY UPDATES                                                                          NOTABLE PRESEASON CUTS
                                                                                                                    QB Byron Lefwich, by the Jaguars; LB Jer-
                            RB Frank Gore broke his hand early in training camp but will probably be ready
                                                                                                                    emiah Trotter was let go by the Eagles; DL
                            to go for the Niners’ opener... RB Laurence Maroney appears to be ready to
                                                                                                                    Tank Johnson was released by the Bears;
                            carry the load in the New England backfield after offseason shoulder surgery...
                                                                                                                    DL Kimo von Oelhoffen was cut by the Jets
                            RB Travis Henry sprained his left knee early in the preseason but is expected to
                                                                                                                    then signed with the Eagles; DL Simeon
                            be ready for the Broncos’ opener... RB Kevin Jones was taken off the Physi-
                                                                                                                    Rice and LB Shelton Quarles were let go
                            cally Unable to Perform List, meaning his foot injury may be more healed
                                                                                                                    by the Bucs; PK Billy Cundiff was booted
                            than expected. He could be ready to go early in the season for the Lions... RB
                                                                                                                    by the Falcons; PK Dave Rayner was cut
                            Clinton Portis hopes to be ready for the season but was barely active in August
                                                                                                                    by the Packers; Speedy return man Eddie
                            due to knee tendinitis... QB Donovan McNabb’s surgically-repaired knee seems
                                                                                                                    Drummond was let go by the Lions and
                            to be holding up well... QB Jason Campbell hurt his knee in exhibition play but
                                                                                                                    wound up with the Chiefs; Wideouts Keenan
                            will probably be able to start the season... Vet WR Donald Driver sprained his
                                                                                                                    McCardell and Bethel Johnson along with
                            right foot midway through the preseason and his status for the Packer opener
                                                                                                                    RB Wali Lundy were released by the Texans;
                            is iffy... The Chiefs placed Priest Holmes on injured reserve -- again -- with his
                                                                                                                    P Scott Player was released after years
                            neck problem... New England defensive lineman Richard Seymour will be gone




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                                                                                                                    with the Cardinals; RB Kevan Barlow and
                            for the first six weeks of the season due to a knee injury... Diminutive PK Martin
                                                                                                                    RB/FB Verron Haynes were cut from the
                            Gramatica has been placed on the injured reserve with a hamstring problem...
                                                                                                                    Steeler backfield; RB DeDe Dorsey was let
                            Safety Will Demps, of the Giants, is also on injured reserve with an elbow prob-
                                                                                                                    go by the Colts; SS Donovin Darius was
                            lem... Tennessee WR David Givens is still sidelined by his knee injury which will
                                                                                                                    again released, this time by the Raiders; TE
                            keep him out for at least the first six weeks; RB Vernand Morency barely played
                                                                                                                    Courtney Anderson was given his walking
                            for the Packers in August because of a knee injury...
                                                                                                                    papers by the Dolphins; Ageless QB Vinny
                                                                                                                    Testaverde may finally be done after being
                            BOUNCING BACK?
                                                                                                                    cut by the Patriots...
                            Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger looks ready to bounce back after leading the NFL
                            in interceptions last year. He had a solid preseason... Raiders RB LaMont Jordan
                            had a very nice preseason, looking fully recovered from his MCL injury. Having
                                                                                                                    NOTABLE TRADES: DT Gerard
                                                                                                                    Warren was moved by the Broncos to the
                            Justin Griffith as his lead blocker could be a fantasy bonus for him... Cards RB
                                                                                                                    Raiders; QB Kelly Holcomb was traded
                            Edgerrin James didn’t exactly wow during the preseason but the Cardinals at least
                                                                                                                    from the Eagles to the Vikings; S Michael
                            seem somewhat committed to running more this season... Seahawks RB Shaun                                                                                         Trotter
                                                                                                                    Boulware was traded to the Texans for LB
                            Alexander’s foot problem seems to be behind him and he may still have a couple of
                                                                                                                    Jason Babin; Still shaky at RB, the Packers acquired Ryan Grant from the Giants;
                            elite seasons left... Vet RB Jamal Lewis had a solid camp with the Browns...
                                                                                                                    The Steelers acquired return specialist Allen Rossum from the Falcons; Back-up QB
                                                                                                                    Ryan Fitzpatrick was traded by the Rams to the Bengals...
                             DON’T BE SURPRISED IF...
                                                                                                                    REVEALING PRESEASON STATS
                             ... the Colts struggle early on, especially on defense;                                The Arizona defense allowed a preseason-high 114 points. They were the only
                             ... Ladell Betts takes over as the No.1 RB in Washington over Clinton Portis;          NFL defense to allow 100 and they joined the Chiefs as the only teams to go
                             ... the Redskins are one of the NFL’s early surprise teams;                            0-4... The best preseason defense? Pittsburgh’s, which allowed only 46 points
                             ... Ronnie Brown is better than all the doubters say he will be;                       in five games... New Orleans’ defense was also much-improved, allowing just
                             ... new Cardinals’ head coach Ken Whisenhunt is on the hot seat fairly early;          59 points in five games... Only two teams scored 100 points or more during
                             ... the Atlanta offense is much better than expected without Michael Vick;             preseason play: the Houston Texans (104) and Jacksonville Jaguars (100)...
                             ... Frank Gore gets injured, again, in the first few weeks -- again;
                             ... Thomas Jones becomes a revelation as a full-time starter for the Jets;             RISING FAST...
                             ... Chicago’s Cedric Benson becomes a top-10 running back;                             Vincent Jackson was a beast in preseason and looks




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                                                                                                                    ready for a breakout season as San Diego’s No. 1 wide
                            ROOKIE LOOKS                                                                            receiver... Nate Burleson had a very good preseason
                            Adrian Peterson was very impressive during preseason play and it might only be          and camp for the Seahawks and may even soon be chal-
                            a matter of time before he’s the No. 1 RB in Minny... Brady Quinn wowed coaches         lenging D.J. Hackett for the No. 2 WR spot in Seattle...
                            and fans with some strong play for the Browns and may be close to grabbing the          Don’t look now but WR Ashley Lelie finally seems to be
                            top QB spot in Cleveland... Wideout and return man Jacoby Jones is living up to         ready for prime time and may be the No. 2 target in San            Lelie
                            his advance billing as potentially this season’s Marques Colston... Little-known RB     Fran this season... Second-year TE Vernon Davis, who missed most of last year due
                            Selvin Young appears to be the top backup in the Denver backfield behind Travis         to a broken fibula, really looks like the real deal for the Niners... Houston DE Mario
                            Henry... Patrick Willis has won a starting linebacker job with the Niners... TE Zach    Williams may soon be ready to prove his doubters wrong...
                            Miller appears to be one of the top options in the Oakland pass attack already and
                            may be a very nice sleeper... WR Dwayne Bowe looks like the real deal for the           IN THE HUDDLE...
                            Chiefs, as does Anthony Gonzalez Anthony Gonzalez for the Colts... Same goes            Ending their holdouts: Larry Johnson, Lance Briggs, Asante Samuel and Michael
                            for safety LaRon Landry in Washington...                                                Strahan. Still holding out: JaMarcus Russell... In what could become an off-field dis-
                                                                                                                    traction, Travis Henry is reportedly being sued for child support for several of the nine
                            TOP 5 FANTASY SLEEPERS WHO WILL START AT RB                                             children he fathered with nine different women... Still no word on the banned Ricky
                            1. LaMont Jordan, Raiders: He’s healthy again...                                        Williams or Koren Robinson, who might both actually be fantasy factors yet again at
                            2. Tatum Bell, Lions: The Lions need a rusher...                                        some point in 2007... Lance Briggs crashing his car is not a good omen for the Chi-
                            3. Chris Brown, Titans: Tennessee’s only experienced runner...                          cago defense which may struggle early on... Don’t look now but the new-look Patriots
                            4. De’Shaun Foster, Panthers: He’s been under the radar for years now...                suddenly have issues... Amazingly, the Bengals actually behaved themselves off the
                            5. Brandon Jackson, Packers: The RB situation is a mess in Packerland...                field during the preseason...




                                                       UPDATED FEARLESS FORECASTS
                                                       Super Bowl champs: Cowboys                                  Individual Honors
                                                       Finalists: Patriots
                                                                                                                   AFC
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                                                       DIVISION CHAMPIONS
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                                                                                                                   Offensive MVP: Tom Brady, Patriots
                                                                                                                   Defensive MVP: Shawne Merriman, Chargers
                                                       AFC East: New England Patriots                              Offensive ROY: Marshawn Lynch, Bills
                                                       AFC North: Baltimore Ravens                                 Defensive ROY: Lawrence Timmons, Steelers
                                                       AFC South: Jacksonville Jaguars
                                                       AFC West: San Diego Chargers                                NFC
                                          Romo         NFC East: Dallas Cowboys                                    Offensive MVP: Steven Jackson, Rams
                                                       NFC North: Chicago Bears                                    Defensive MVP: DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys                         Jackson
                                                       NFC South: New Orleans Saints                               Offensive ROY: Calvin Johnson, Lions
                                                       NFC West: St. Louis Rams                                    Defensive ROY: Patrick Willis, 49ers

				
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