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Jimmy Garoppolo completed 22-of-42 passes for 284 yards, with a touchdown and a pick in Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants.

Impact

Garoppolo played the team's entire preseason finale, as the Patriots continue to weigh their backup QB options. While ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests that Garoppolo has made a serious challenge to overtake Ryan Mallett, he suggests in his latest roster projection that Mallett will be retained by the Patriots. In any case, confirmation of that outcome, one way or the other, will come shortly, with final roster cuts looming.

Margus Hunt had three sacks in the Bengals' preseason finale against the Colts on Thursday.

Impact

Hunt, a second-round pick last year for the Bengals, didn't see much playing time last year, but he'll be rotated into the lineup more often this year with Michael Johnson gone.

Jason Campbell played the entire first half of the Bengals' preseason finale, going 13-for-16 for 123 yards against the Colts' backups.

Impact

Campbell suffered an elbow injury earlier in the preseason, so while the results don't really matter all that much, it's clear he's healthy and ready to be Andy Dalton's backup for the start of the season.

Jeremy Hill, who briefly left Thursday's preseason finale with an elbow injury but later returned, ended up carrying 20 times for 90 yards and caught six passes for 70 yards.

Impact

Hill got so much extensive work because the Bengals were resting Giovani Bernard, and fellow running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead were all out with injuries.

The NFL has upheld Jerome Simpson's three-game suspension stemming from a November DUI arrest, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Simpson is thus eligible to return to the Vikings' lineup for the team's Sept. 28 contest against the Falcons. Upon his return, his role will hinge on the health and production of his fellow wideouts, though presuming the availability of Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings, Simpson would slot in no higher than No. 3 on the team's depth chart at the position, at that time.

Jerod Mayo (undisclosed) did not travel with the Patriots for Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants, the Boston Globe reports.

Impact

We'll have a better read on Mayo's Week 1 prospects next week when the team's official practice participation/injury report is made available, but at this stage the linebacker's status is worth monitoring by those in IDP formats.

Stevan Ridley and fellow running back Shane Vereen were among the Patriots' players who were in uniform, but did not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants, the Boston Herald reports.

Impact

A number of the team's regulars were predictably rested in the preseason finale, with Ridley's inclusion in that group suggesting that he remains part of the team's backfield plans, a notion echoed in the latest Patriots' roster projection posted by Mike Reiss of ESPN.com Reiss previously speculated that Ridley could a candidate to be a surprise cut, but such a scenario seems unlikely at this stage. While Ridley's role, and in turn, his fantasy value hinges on his ability to take good care of the football, it looks like he remains in line to team up with Vereen, a capable pass-catcher out of the backfield, in the New England offense, with rookie James White also on hand. Meanwhile, Brandon Bolden, Jonas Gray and Roy Finch are all candidates to secure the team's No. 4 RB role.

Nate Burleson (hamstring) caught one pass on two targets for 27 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.

Impact

Making his preseason debut, Burleson was able to get involved, working primarily with Johnny Manziel and the second-team offense. He hauled in another pass which was eventually called back due to an illegal formation penalty. He seems to be a near-lock to make the team at this point, and could help pick up some of the targets suspended wideout Josh Gordon leaves behind.

Taylor Gabriel hauled in two passes for 38 yards on five targets in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.

Impact

Both of Gabriel's receptions came on the Browns' opening drive with starting quarterback Brian Hoyer at the helm. His name will still surely come up in roster discussions, but the fact that he worked with the first-team offense does nothing but help his case for a spot. The undrafted free agent will likely move to the practice squad if not awarded a spot on the 53-man roster.

Ben Tate gained eight yards on three carries with a touchdown in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.

Impact

Tate only saw work on one drive with Brian Hoyer and the first-team offense, and after scoring at the goal line, he didn't see another snap. His main running back competition – rookie Terrance West – did little to impress, gaining only 13 yards on six carries and losing a fumble. Tate remains the unquestioned starter heading into Week 1, but the real concern here is his durability, as he's missed at least one game in each of his three NFL seasons, including seven total over the past two years.

Martavis Bryant's separated shoulder appears to be minor, and he expects to practice with the team by next week, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Impact

Bryant was forced to leave Thursday's preseason finale in the first quarter, and was later diagnosed with a right AC sprain in his shoulder. After undergoing further evaluation, Bryant appears optimistic, and expects to return to contact in the near future. Browns tight end Jordan Cameron endured a similar injury earlier in camp, and although he missed the first preseason game, he was active for the next three. It's unclear how similar the injuries are at this point, but the Steelers don't appear to be bracing for an extended absence at this time.

Brian Hoyer completed 6-of-8 passes for 69 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.

Impact

Hoyer led the Browns to a Ben Tate touchdown on his only drive of the game before giving way to backup Johnny Manziel. It was surely a relief for Browns fans that Hoyer was able to look sharp for once this preseason, and he remains the unquestioned starter heading into Week 1 at Pittsburgh. Manziel also showed flashes of potential in this game (although he completed just 6-of-17 passes), and could end up being used by the team in special offensive packages. It's unclear exactly what coach Mike Pettine has planned for the backup, but Hoyer should hang on to the starting job until he proves otherwise.

T.J. Graham suffered an ankle injury during Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, BuffaloBills.com reports.

Impact

The team has been rumored to be shopping the speedy Graham, but if that's the case it doesn't sound like there have been many takers. In fact, he might not even make the team as others have seemingly passed him on the depth chart. We'll find out this weekend.

Stephon Gilmore sat out Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions due to a groin injury, BuffaloBills.com reports.

Impact

The team had high hopes for Gilmore entering 2014 after he gutted out last season with a hand/wrist injury, but he's been beaten a few times in the preseason while also suffering through a variety of ailments. That said, if he's close to full health he'll still be starting next week against the Bears.

Jordan Palmer, who was picked up by the Bills just a few days ago, played the rest of the game Thursday against the Lions after EJ Manuel played the first three series. Palmer was awful, completing just 9 of 22 passes for 73 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Impact

The Bills already dumped Dennis Dixon and Thad Lewis, so it looks like they're stuck with Palmer to start the season unless they make a late pickup once final cuts are made this weekend. Jeff Tuel may be in a better position to be the immediate backup to Manuel for now, given his experience with Doug Marrone's offense and the fact he had an OK summer. That said, Marrone has indicated he's less than thrilled with Tuel, so anything behind Manuel is still up for grabs at this stage.

Preston Brown picked up the start at weak-side linebacker during Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, BuffaloBills.com reports.

Impact

Starter Nigel Bradham is suspended for the Week 1 game at Chicago, so it sounds like pretty much a done deal the promising Brown will be starting in his place. It might be a short-lived assignment for Brown, as Bradham has had an excellent summer, but the team is really high on Brown and he's worth keeping an eye on as a future IDPer.

Josh Scobee (quad) is expected to play in the Jaguars' season opener next Sunday against the Eagles, John Oehser of Jaguars.com reports.

Impact

Scobee missed some practices this week and sat out Thursday's preseason finale with a quad issue. He'll have another week to rest, and coach Gus Bradley said he expects Scobee to be ready to go for Week 1.

Ace Sanders (suspension) missed the team's first three preseason games but played Thursday and returned punts in the second half, the Florida Times-Union reports. "It's great to see him back there,'' coach Gus Bradley. "He creates things. He makes things happen.''

Impact

After Tandon Doss (ankle) left the game in the second quarter, Sanders stepped in and handled punt return duties, logging returns of 13, 31 and 23 yards in the second half. While Sanders will likely take over punt return duties when he returns from his four-game suspension, the Jaguars have not announced who will return punts in the meantime. Doss, if healthy, is probably the leading candidate, but Will Blackmon and Mike Brown are also contenders.

Isaiah Crowell carried the ball 13 times for 102 yards and a 48-yard touchdown run in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.

Impact

Crowell had been a name on the roster bubble, as he failed to record a carry in the Browns' penultimate preseason tilt against the Rams. He certainly did nothing to hurt his case for a roster spot Thursday, becoming the Browns' first 100-yard rusher of the preseason. His roster spot is still no guarantee, however, as the Browns will keep Ben Tate and Terrance West as their primary backs, with Chris Ogbonnaya and Dion Lewis seemingly in line to make the team as well. Cleveland will surely try to keep Crowell on the practice squad if they do end up cutting him, but it seems likely he'd be scooped up by another squad looking for help in the backfield.

Justin Hunter had two receptions for 53 yards in Tennessee's preseason loss to Minnesota on Thursday.

Impact

Hunter wrapped up a successful preseason by leading the Titans in receiving in the defeat. With the first-team offense sitting, Hunter picked up the start against Minnesota, and it didn't take long for him to make an impact. His first reception came on Tennessee's first drive and went for 34 yards, and Hunter followed that up with a 19-yard catch early in the second quarter. Though Kendall Wright and Nate Washington remain listed as the starting wideouts on the Titans' current depth chart heading into Week 1, Hunter has looked impressive during the preseason and is primed to take on a larger role in the offense. It wouldn't be surprising to see the second-year wideout displace Washington sooner rather than later.