Some players have been battling for a role during the preseason. This week will be that last impression most of them will leave on their coaches. What are the top seven position battles to watch in week three of the preseason?
1. Seattle Seahawks=Running Back– Christine Michael vs. the Rookies. Michael looks like he has held off rookies C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins. One more good outing in week 3 could lock down his role as the #2 RB on the depth chart. He would also be in line to be the starter if Rawls is not ready by week 1.
2. Miami Dolphins= Running Back- Arian Foster vs. Jay Ajayi. These two are going to split carries to some degree when the season starts. The Dolphins have said they are going to give Foster more looks this week. He needs to have a better week than he did in Week 2, or Ajayi may steal more carries as the season starts.
3. San Francisco= Quarterback- Blaine Gabbert vs. Colin Kaepernick. This looks like Gabbert’s job to lose at this point. Kaepernick will make his preseason debut this week, and if he has a strong outing it could heat the competition back up.
4. Green Bay= Tight End- Jared Cook vs. Richard Rodgers. Look, Aaron Rodgers loves to throw the football. Therefore, if one of these tight ends can seal up the job they automatically become fantasy relevant. Cooks has had a great camp, but is it enough to replace the incumbent.
5. Baltimore Ravens= Running Back- Justin Forsett vs. All Contenders. John Harbaugh has said that Forsett has looked like he did a year ago before his injury. He has more than a couple guys trying to steal his carries though. Rookie Kenneth Dixon seems to be the one that most believe could take his role long term. Dixon has had a great preseason. Yet, in actual preseason games they have used both Buck Allen and Terrence West in front of him. A lot can happen in this backfield over the next two weeks.
6. Washington Redskins= Backup Running Back- Keith Marshall and UDFA RB Robert Kelley are locked in a battle to earn the right to be Matt Jones handcuff. With Jones suffering a shoulder injury in week two of the preseason, both rookie RBs will have opportunity to show their skills during week 3.
7. Philadelphia Eagles= #2 Wide Receiver- Jordan Matthews will obviously be a starter, but the order behind him is uncertain. Nelson Agholor, Rueben Randle, Josh Huff, and Chris Givens have all been battling for that #2 spot. The Eagles obviously weren’t pleased with them because they went out and traded for Dorial Green-Beckham. The Eagles have already stated he will get the start in their week 3 game. Should be interesting to see how this one pans out.