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  • 8/2, 8:01 pm
    • Hodges could be given a chance...

      Hodges could be given a chance to win the middle linebacker role in the preseason, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

      Analysis: Audio Cole begins camp as the starting middle linebacker with rookie Eric Kendricks behind him. Kendricks will likely take over the starting role eventually, but Hodges could get a shot. Hodges could get time at all three linebacker spots, so he could be a starter if any injury occurs.

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  • 8/2, 7:51 pm
    • Everything at Raiders training camp has...

      Everything at Raiders training camp has suggested that Murray will lead the backfield, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

      Analysis: Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said in June that Murray is the favorite to start, confirming what was widely expected. Unless he struggles badly during training camp and the preseason, Murray should have every opportunity to lead the Oakland rushing attack. Roy Helu is probably best suited to a backup role, though he could also get a large share of the passing-down work.

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    8/2, 7:34 pm
    • Helu worked with the second-team offense...

      Helu worked with the second-team offense as the Raiders started contact practices Sunday, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

      Analysis: Latavius Murray is the clear favorite to start, with Helu likely spelling him and getting a lot of the work on passing downs. Trent Richardson and a slew of young players will likely compete for one roster spot, but Helu probably won't face much of a challenge from any of the bunch. If Murray doesn't run with his opportunity, Helu may get a shot to lead the Oakland backfield.

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  • 8/2, 7:27 pm
    • Irving (knee) will not begin the...

      Irving (knee) will not begin the preseason on the PUP list, ESPN reports.

      Analysis: Irving is coming back from ACL surgery and will likely be limited to individual drills for some time, but this is a good sign. If healthy, Irving could be the top backup at both inside linebacker spots, which would leave him one injury away from IDP relevance in deeper leagues.

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  • 8/2, 7:19 pm
    • Jets head coach Todd Bowles does...

      Jets head coach Todd Bowles does not think Wilkerson's hamstring injury is serious, the Jets' official website reports.

      Analysis: Wilkerson left Sunday's practice early due to tightness in his hamstring. He's mostly stayed healthy throughout his career, missing three games with turf toe last season but previously playing 16 games in each of his first three NFL campaigns. With Sheldon Richardson suspended for at least the first four games of the season, there's no reason to worry about No. 6 overall draft pick Leonard Williams taking a few snaps from Wilkerson.

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