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Preseason Notes

Sammie Stroughter – could wind up as No.2 WR: Bucs Head Coach Raheem Morris made it clear Wednesday that Stroughter is the "lead dog" for the second starting WR spot. WR Maurice Stovall was listed as the starter in the first preseason game in Miami, but hasn't played since due to an ankle injury. Morris said Stovall won't play Saturday against the Jaguars, and if he doesn't play the rest of the preseason, it'll be tough for him to hold off Stroughter, and the other competing receivers. This would obviously be a pretty big boost for Stroughter's fantasy value. Don't expect miracles, but if Stroughter is a starter, expect around 700-800 yards and 3-5 TD's in 2010 for him.

Maurice Stovall – could lose No.2 WR spot: Stovall (ankle) will probably sit out Saturday's preseason game against
the Jaguars. "Stovall right now he'll be day-to-day this week, but more than likely he won't play this week with that ankle," said coach Raheem Morris. "Hopefully we'll get a chance to see him in that last preseason game in Houston." Stovall is penciled in as the Bucs' starting flanker opposite Mike Williams, but if his ankle issue lingers, it could open the door for Sammie Stroughter to step into that role, with Arrelious Benn, Reggie Brown, Michael Clayton, and Micheal Spurlock also potentially in the mix.

Vernon Davis – still rehabbing: Davis (right knee strain), did some rehab work on a side field Tuesday and remains
listed as day-to-day. Davis seems to be progressing and while his Week 1 availability doesn't seem to be in any jeopardy, it remains uncertain as to whether or not he'll see any more exhibition game action.

Maurice Jones-Drew – misses practice again: Jones-Drew missed practice for the second day in a row Wednesday. No word on what's ailing Jones-Drew just yet, but the Jags did add Kolby Smith to their roster Wednesday, with MJD banged up and Deji Karim out with a thumb injury. Hopefully this is nothing too serious considering MJD is one of the top fantasy running backs out there.

Darrius Heyward-Bey – back at practice: Heyward-Bey (soreness) returned to practice on Wednesday. Chaz Schilens
underwent knee surgery on Tuesday, so Heyward-Bey will be the Raiders' number one receiver until Schilens returns. Heyward-Bey may see more passes from quarterback Jason Campbell, but he may also see more attention from opposing defenses. Thus, his fantasy value remains relatively the same. Heyward-Bey has not shown much during training camp after receiving rave reviews during the offseason, so hopefully he's able to put things together over the final two weeks of the preseason.

Louis Murphy – likely starter Week 1: Louis MurphyChaz Schilens underwent knee surgery on Tuesday, so Murphy will
likely enter the season as a starter. Head coach Tom Cable does not think Schilens will miss much time, but it's hard to envision Schilens being ready for Week 1 at this point and Murphy should get at least one start. Joining the starting lineup increases Murphy's value, but it still remains to be seen how much based on Jason Campbell's performance and Schilens' outlook. If nothing else, Murphy is now a more attractive sleeper option.