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Allen Robinson (W, Jax)

Allen Robinson brought in five of 10 targets for 40 yards in Thursday's 12-8 preseason loss to the Bucs.

Impact

Robinson certainly got plenty of attention from both Blake Bortles and Chad Henne, but only brought in 50 percent of his targets. That represented a disturbingly similar ratio to the sub-par 48.3 percent success rate he tallied in a disappointing 2016, and Bortles' considerable struggles Thursday certainly put a damper on the overall prospects of the Jaguars' air attack. However, with the postgame news that Bortles and Henne are now in an open competition for the starting job, Robinson could potentially benefit from a change behind center. He'll look to improve on Thursday's numbers when the Jaguars face the Panthers next Thursday in the all-important third preseason game.

Trae Elston suffered a hamstring injury in Thursday's game against the Eagles and did not return, Chris Brown of the team's official site reports.

Impact

Elston was on his way to having an impactful game Thursday before suffering his hamstring injury as he racked up three solo tackles from the strong safety spot. As a probable long shot to make the final roster, any additional time missed could be detrimental for Elston.

Dede Westbrook (W, Jax)

Dede Westbrook brought in six of seven targets for 131 yards in Thursday's 12-8 preseason loss to the Bucs.

Impact

The fourth-round rookie was far and away the leader among all wideouts on the night, doing all of his damage in the fourth quarter. Westbrook started the Jaguars' first drive of the final period by hauling in passes of 24 and 20 yards on the first two plays, and he later added receptions of 24 and 28 yards in a subsequent drive. The former Oklahoma Sooner has reportedly been making a strong case for the No. 4 receiver job in camp, with Thursday's performance likely helping him take a huge leap forward in that regard. Westbrook will look to generate a successful encore when the Jaguars take on the Panthers next Thursday in their third preseason contest.

Chris Ivory (R, Jax)

Chris Ivory rushed seven times for just four yards but brought in both of his targets for 14 yards in Thursday's 12-8 preseason loss to the Bucs.

Impact

The veteran bruiser drew the start in place of Leonard Fournette (foot) but found running room at a premium against an aggressive Bucs starting front. Ivory was able to have modest presence in the passing game, however, and still outperformed backfield mate T.J. Yeldon, who suffered a hamstring injury during the contest. Despite the meager rushing production, Ivory seems primed to continue getting a majority of first-team work while Fournette, and now Yeldon, remain sidelined. His next opportunity to state his case will come in next Thursday's exhibition against the Panthers.

Adam Humphries (W, TB)

Adam Humphries brought in all five targets for 42 yards in Thursday's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars. He also recovered a Jameis Winston fumble and netted zero yards on his one punt return.

Impact

The shifty third-year man demonstrated his value by playing his typically effective role in the short and intermediate passing game. Humphries' longest catch was only 15 yards, but route running and hands appears sharper than ever. Even with the presence of impressive third-round rookie Chris Godwin, Humphries proficiency working out of the slot seems likely to afford him the opportunity to hold down the third receiver role to begin the season. He'll look to further cement his position a week from Saturday against the Browns.

DeSean Jackson (W, TB)

DeSean Jackson (ankle) brought in two of four targets for 17 yards and added 15 yards on his sole rush in Thursday's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars.

Impact

Jackson looked none the worse for wear despite missing practice time this week with his ankle ailment, even getting one carry on a reverse. The speedster played only a modest role in the air attack, but given that Jameis Winston spread the ball around to eight different pass catchers overall, his limited contributions aren't cause for concern. Jackson is likely slated to get his most extensive time on the field yet when the Bucs face the Browns a week from Saturday in their third preseason game.

Mike Evans hauled in five of six receptions for 57 yards in Thursday's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars.

Impact

Despite allowing a perfectly thrown first-quarter deep ball by Jameis Winston slip through his fingers, Evans was impressive for a second consecutive week. The towering wideout was once again was at the top of the Bucs' stat sheet in receptions and yards, and he's now brought in nine of 13 targets over the first two exhibitions. His impressive pair of performances have simply been a carryover from his work in camp practices, where Evans has frequently utilized his size and hands to dominate defenders. He'll likely play an integral part once again against the Browns a week from Saturday in the third preseason contest.

Jakeem Grant's battled some Achilles tightness during Thursday's preseason game against the Ravens, but he downplayed the severity of the ailment during his postgame interview, Adam Beasley of 790 The Ticket reports.

Impact

Grant played sparingly Thursday, catching one of two targets for 12 yards before leaving with a tight Achilles. Fortunately, it does not sound as though this will be an injury that causes Grant to miss any additional game time. That said, Grant only has two more preseason games left to work his way up the Dolphins receiving depth chart.

Doug Martin (R, TB)

Doug Martin (suspension) rushed five times for 30 yards and a touchdown while also hauling in two of three targets for 11 yards in Thursday's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars.

Impact

Martin touched the ball on the Bucs' first four plays, gaining 13 yards on three carries and securing one target for six yards. He capped off the 11-play, 83-yard drive with a two-yard score, looking to be in mid-season form while making decisive cuts and running with a head of steam. Martin's presence will undoubtedly be missed while he finishes serving his suspension in the first three weeks of the season, but he's given the team plenty of reason for optimism with his performances throughout the offseason, in camp practices and through the first two preseason contests. He's likely due for even more extended action against the Browns a week from Saturday.

Chad Henne (Q, Jax)

Chad Henne is now competing with Blake Bortles for Jacksonville's starting quarterback job, John Oehser of the team's official site reports. "It's right up there for grabs, and either person can take it," said coach Doug Marrone after Thursday's preseason game.

Impact

Bortles' struggles continued Thursday as the Jaguars mustered just eight points, all of which came in the fourth quarter against the Buccaneers. With that, the Jaguars frustrations with Bortles appear to have reached a boiling point, which leaves the door open for Henne to compete for the starting job. It'd still be surprising for Henne, who went 6-of-10 for 44 yards Thursday, to unseat Bortles as the starter come Week 1, but Marrone's comments Thursday certainly suggest that it's a possibility.

Jameis Winston (Q, TB)

Jameis Winston completed 21 of 29 passes for 196 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Thursday's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars. He also fumbled once but it was recovered.

Impact

Winston was even sharper than his numbers imply, considering Mike Evans dropped a would-be 43-yard touchdown on a perfectly thrown deep ball in the first quarter. The third-year quarterback managed to lead the Bucs on scoring drives of 11 and 12 plays, respectively, on their first two possessions, and played the entirety of the first half. He connected with eight different pass catchers overall, displaying excellent command of the offense for a second consecutive game. Winston appears to have taken yet another step in his development if the first two exhibitions are any indication, and he'll look to top Thursday's effort a week from Saturday against the Browns in the all-important third preseason contest.

Coach Doug Marrone said Thursday that Blake Bortles is now in an open competition with Chad Henne for the starting quarterback job, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Impact

Although Bortles didn't deliver a disastrous final line Thursday, completing 8-of-13 passes for 65 yards with no touchdowns or picks, it clearly wasn't enough to convince Marrone that he's still the definite starter. Whether this is a tactic to light a fire under Bortles or a legitimate start to a competition remains to be seen, but the fact remains that Bortles' stock has never been lower in Jacksonville than it is right now. "It's this simple: I'm looking for the best person to lead this offense," said Marrone after Thursday's game.

Colt Anderson aggravated his foot injury during pregame warmups Thursday and was subsequently held out of the contest, Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 reports.

Impact

This is concerning for the Bills' already shaky secondary depth as Anderson had already spent a large chunk of the preseason on the PUP list with an injured foot. He came off the PUP on Sunday and had resumed practicing, but Anderson tweaked the injury while warming up for Thursday's game against the Eagles. Considering the timing of Anderson's injury just days after being activated, Thursday's injury is unwelcome news.

Rod Streater suffered a toe injury in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 in Buffalo reports.

Impact

The former Raider had an impressive start to the game Thursday, nabbing both of his targets for 40 yards before being felled by a toe injury. The Bills did not disclose the severity of Streater's issue after the game, so his level of participation in practice in the coming days will be worth monitoring.

Jeremy Maclin (W, Bal)

Jeremy Maclin caught his lone target for a five-yard gain in Thursday's preseason game in Miami.

Impact

In addition to having a regular spot across from Mike Wallace in two-wide formations, Maclin mostly appeared to play the slot, as expected, when the Ravens had three receivers on the field. Any talk of Breshad Perriman (hamstring) pushing Maclin or Wallace for a top-two spot can be put to rest, as the 2015 first-round pick missed nearly all of training camp for a third straight year and may not play this preseason. Maclin and Wallace, in some order, are clear favorites to lead the team in targets, though Danny Woodhead might not be too far behind. The Ravens are optimistic Joe Flacco (back) will be ready for Week 1.

Damien Williams (R, Mia)

Damien Williams had four carries for 11 yards and one reception for three yards (on three targets) in Thursday's preseason loss to Baltimore.

Impact

Jay Cutler played two drives, with Jay Ajayi handling the first and Williams the second. Kenyan Drake (concussion) was unavailable as a result of a collision at Monday's practice, but he could still push Williams for the No. 2 role if he gets healthy in the next couple weeks. Drake primarily is valued for his speed and his potential as a receiving threat, while Williams is more of a well-rounded back without any standout trait. The latter's experience and size suggest he's the better option in pass protection, which often is the determining factor in this sort of battle. In any case, Ajayi will dominate carries (and possibly targets) so long as he stays healthy.

Joe Flacco (Q, Bal)

Coach John Harbaugh said after Thursday's preseason game that Joe Flacco (back) will not begin practicing this week, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Impact

It has already been determined that Flacco won't see the field in any of Baltimore's preseason games, but the expectation has been that he'd begin practicing at some point to remain on track for the season opener. While Flacco still may be good to go for Week 1, Harbaugh's comments Thursday suggest that his back is still preventing him from getting back on the practice field. With that, Ryan Mallett figures to continue seeing the bulk of the practice reps with the first-team offense.

Charles Gaines is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Buccaneers due to a right eye injury.

Impact

The young corner was initially sent for testing for a possible concussion, but Gaines passed through the protocol with no symptoms. However, he is dealing with an eye injury that could keep him out for the remainder of Thursday's preseason showdown.

Danny Shelton (knee) is reportedly out 3-to-6 weeks, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Impact

Though the Browns have yet to confirm Yates' report, it seems Shelton's injury is more serious than first thought. At the reported recovery timetable, Shelton may be healthy enough for Cleveland's matchup in Week 1 versus the Steelers, but the likelihood of that scenario is low. Jamie Meder will likely be in line to take first-team reps in Shelton's absence.

Nelson Agholor (W, Phi)

Nelson Agholor caught two of three targets for 28 yards in Thursday's preseason game against Buffalo.

Impact

Alshon Jeffery (five targets) and Torrey Smith (zero) got the start, with Agholor joining the fold when the Eagles used three-wide formations. While there's been talk of TE Trey Burton and RB Donnel Pumphrey handling some of the snaps vacated by Jordan Matthews, it at least seems Agholor has a chance to take on the bulk of that workload. Only one of Agholor's targets in Thursday's contest came from Wentz, as the third-year wideout got playing time deep into the second quarter with the second-team offense.