With the first Preseason Weekend less than a week away and depth charts beginning to truly form, let's check in on today's key takeaways around the league:
Colts - Marlon Mack has received primary looks for first-team-reps throughout camp along with a large serving of offseason hype, most recently from team owner Jim Irsay. Marlon Mack could receive "16-20 touches on the ground [per game]," Irsay said, "and I could see him approaching 1.500 yards [this season]." Mack looked explosive at times last season, sharing carries with Frank Gore, but achieved only 3.8 YPC and 358 rushing yards. In all likelihood, Mack will split the backfield load with rookies Nyheim Hines (Rd. 4) and Jordan Wilkins (Rd. 5).
Patriots - Sony Michel, who has been sidelined since Wednesday's practice with a knee issue, will undergo a minor procedure on the injured knee. The first-rounder should remain sidelined for the remainder of the preseason, but is expected to be ready for Week 1. The highly touted rookie running back still projects to be a regular contributor to New England's offense this season, but his temporary absence increases the stock of fellow Patriots RBs Rex Burkhead and James White, and could give Jeremy Hill and Mike Gillislee sleeper potential. Michel was struggling to overcome fumbling issues in camp even before the injury, and this setback should make climbing the depth chart more difficult.
Texans - D'Onta Foreman is "heading in the right direction" with regards to his recovery, according to Texans head coach Bill O'Brien. The second-year running back, who ruptured his Achilles tendon last season, was placed on the PUP list for training camp. This is a positive note regarding Foreman's availability for Week 1, but as of now it seems likely that he'll remain sidelined to start the season. Foreman emerged as a legitimate between-the-tackles runner prior to 2017's devastating season-ending injury, and could push Lamar Miller significant snaps if he manages to return to form.
Bengals - John Ross opens as the team's No. 2 wide receiver for their first scrimmage of camp since releasing veteran Brandon LaFell. Last year's 9th overall pick, Ross lined up opposite A.J. Green with Tyler Boyd playing in the slot. After a rookie season essentially lost to injury, Ross should be given ample opportunity to produce as long as he can remain healthy. The Bengals offense struggled mightily last year, but looks primed for a bounce-back season armed with a bolstered offensive line and revamped group of young receivers complimenting superstar AJ Green.
Cowboys - Allen Hurns has been limited at practice today due to an undisclosed groin injury. Hurns notably underwent sports hernia surgery in 2016, and has struggled with injury issues in the past. Missing an extended period of time would be terrible news for a Cowboys team counting on Hurns as their No. 1 receiver. If Hurns is injured at any point it would mean increased target shares for Terrance Williams and rookie Michael Gallup, but could severely hamper quarterback Dak Prescott, who already poses to begin the season throwing to questionable talent.
Ravens - In two spots of good news for the Ravens, All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda was activated from the PUP list and running back Kenneth Dixon has resumed practicing. The team has taken a slow and cautious approach to Yanda's recovery, as the 33-year-old recovered from both a broken ankle sustained in Week 2 last year and a January shoulder operation. Yanda should be ready for Week 1, and will be a key upgrade for an offensive line that struggled to protect Joe Flacco last year. Dixon missed the last week of practice with a hamstring injury after having missed the entire 2017 season due to a torn meniscus. Alex Collins looked impressive last year and is the clear No. 1 RB in Baltimore, so Dixon will likely battle Buck Allen for the change-of-pace role.
Browns - The first receiver selected in the 2016 draft, Corey Coleman was limited throughout practice with hamstring soreness. Coleman's career has been heavily derailed by injuries (missing 14 games in the last two years) including hamstring issues, so what currently seems to be a minor issue is worth keeping tabs on. Entering a make-or-break season with the Browns, the 24-year-old wideout can't afford miss significant time. Neither can the Browns afford for Coleman to sit out, especially due to the uncertainty surrounding Josh Gordon's situation, so limitations to Coleman's practices likely only serve as a precautionary measure to assure he returns to full strength sooner rather than later.
Jaguars - Donte Moncrief seems to have fully recovered from his knee injury, and has been fully cleared to practice. Moncrief failed to eclipse 400 receiving yards or 30 receptions in his last two years, but Jacksonville saw enough playmaking ability in the 24-year-old to sign him to a fully guaranteed $9.6 million deal this year. Though Moncrief should be guaranteed a role in the offense this year, the team's outstanding depth at the wideout position will likely cap his fantasy ceiling. Marqise Lee should remain No. 1 on the depth chart, and Moncrief will compete for snaps with emergent playmakers Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook, alongside second-round rookie and training camp standout D.J. Chark.