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  • 8/20, 9:24 pm
    • Brown caught one of two passes...

      Brown caught one of two passes for eight yards in Saturday's preseason defeat to the Bears.

      Analysis: Brown has risen to the No. 2 spot on the wide receiver depth chart in training camp, mostly due to John Brown's slow recovery from a quad injury and disappointing practices from J.J. Nelson. The development is all the more surprising, as (Jaron) Brown is less than 10 months removed from an ACL tear in his left knee. He hasn't exactly taken advantage of the situation this preseason, boasting one reception on four targets through two appearances. Nevertheless, he holds some utility after averaging 15 YPC and 7.4 YPT over the last two season, albeit on a small sample size (22 catches and 45 targets).

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  • 8/20, 9:13 pm
    • Barner (concussion) returned to action during...

      Barner (concussion) returned to action during Sunday's preseason loss to the Saints, Eric Williams of reports.

      Analysis: Despite practicing in a limited fashion Thursday, Barner wasn't a candidate to play in preseason Week 2 in the mind of head coach Anthony Lynn on Friday. That said, Barner clearly passed through the final steps of the concussion protocol in the meantime. His performance Sunday was lacking, as evidenced by three carries for minus-one yard and no receptions on one target. His return coincided with RB Kenneth Farrow suffering an ankle injury, though, so the door could be ajar for one of the final spots on the 53-man roster.

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    8/20, 9:07 pm
    • Head coach Bruce Arians said Brown...

      Head coach Bruce Arians said Brown (quadriceps) "had no chance" to take the field during Saturday's preseason defeat to the Bears, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

      Analysis: In the midst of a slow recovery from a quadriceps injury, Brown's practice reps have been capped for most of training camp to date. Speaking about the situation last Tuesday, Arians referenced Brown's sickle-cell trait as the reason for his plodding recovery. "If he can't run he can't play," Arians told Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site. "Now, if he can't run long enough [after he returns], you've got to replace him." The statement may be an idle threat, but frustration clearly continues to mount from both coach and player. Brown's status should be monitored with a watchful eye, as his absence has opened up first-team reps for the likes of Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson and veteran Jeremy Ross.

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  • 8/20, 8:56 pm
    • Gresham corralled his only target for...

      Gresham corralled his only target for a one-yard touchdown during Saturday's preseason loss versus the Bears.

      Analysis: Opening the scoring for the Cardinals, Gresham capped an 11-play, 43-yard drive that was set up by a 49-yard interception return from Tyrann Mathieu. After re-upping with the Cards in the offseason, Gresham is the tight end of choice for head coach Bruce Arians, but TEs in this offense are expected to supplement the blocking scheme rather than act as pass-catchers. No matter, Gresham was targeted in the red zone seven times in 2016, so he should be good for a few touchdowns in the upcoming campaign.

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  • 8/20, 8:53 pm
    • Sanu caught two passes for 25...

      Sanu caught two passes for 25 yards in Sunday's preseason loss to Pittsburgh.

      Analysis: Sanu's catches, one for 13 yards and the other for 12, came at the beginning of the Falcons' opening-drive touchdown march. Sanu thrived as the Robin to Julio Jones' Batman in his first season is Atlanta and even took a bigger role at times with five games with at least five receptions. He figures to build on his role as Steve Sarkisian seeks to improve upon the dynamic offense Kyle Shanahan built a season ago.

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