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Houston Texans RB Dameon Pierce started the game with the Texans’ first-string offense, making it clear he’s the team’s starter.

Kansas City Chiefs RB Ronald Jones was the second running back to see the field for the Chiefs, dampening the hype for Isiah Pacheco.

San Francisco 49ers RB Jeff Wilson Jr. got his first preseason action and made it clear he was the backup running back for the 49ers.

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Disorganized Clyde Edwards-Helaire: He’s been the one constant for the Chiefs this preseason. He took the first three snaps and his night was over – he’s the clear starter for Kansas City.

Jerick McKinnon didn’t play on the first downs, but he managed every third down on the first two drives. His role as third back seems secure.

Unlike the first two pre-season games, Ronald Jones was the next man on the first downs instead of Isiah Pacheco. The back four will likely make the list. Pacheco still has an edge, but his value should drop significantly knowing Jones is still a factor.

Mecole Hardman remains a clear WR3, Skyy Moore WR5: The Chiefs rested their top two wide receivers, while Hardman played the first eight snaps before his night was over. Moore started the game but only played in three-receiver sets.

justin watson remains WR4, playing all but one snap with the first team. It is worth an end of round flyer.

Moore also stopped playing when the rest of the Chiefs starters stopped playing, so at least there’s a clear gap between him and the wide receivers below him. He should definitely still be drafted, but don’t expect him to be part of your fantastic starting XI in September.

Josh Gordon appears to be WR7, making him unlikely to make the 53-man roster.

Disorganized Romeo Doubs: The Packers haven’t faced their starters all preseason and have given the Doubs a chance to shine. He was taken out earlier in this game compared to previous weeks, showing that the Packers are currently happy with him.

The Doubs will likely start the season as a WR4 behind three veterans, but should have every chance to move up the ranks.

Second round rookie Christian Watson hasn’t played at all this pre-season due to injury, making it less likely that Watson will contribute at the start of the season.


Disorganized Dameon Pierce: The fourth-round rookie started the game for the Texans, playing all first and second downs and even third and running on Houston’s first drive. He could lead all rookies back in races this season.

Pierce was the presumed starter after he didn’t play last week as he was treated like one of the stars and given the day off.

He had the highest rating among running backs in the first week of preseason.

Rex Burkhead took every third and long and was also the ball carrier on first downs for second practice. He is the handcuff instead of Marlon Macas Mack didn’t start playing until the second half. Burkhead is worth a late pick, while Mack shouldn’t be drafted again.

Royce Freeman received several shots at the back with the first team. The Texans recently released the fullback Andy Janovitch. Paul Quessenberry He was expected to be the fullback, but his two attacking snaps with the first team came at close ends.

Treat Jeff Wilson Jr. like handcuffs in San Francisco: Sermon Trey had served as the starting running back the past two games, but Wilson started this week and took every snap of the first two practices. He is the favorite to take snaps on third downs and should be Elijah Mitchellis the backup.

Sermon took over on the third ride and took all the remaining shots while Trey Lance remained in the game, including the third and long shots. He continued to perform even after Lance’s exit.

Kyle Juszczyk only played the first two shots in attack before the end of his evening. There’s a chance he could stay on as the third back, as he was for parts of last season.

Undrafted rookie Jordan Mason was the next man standing after Sermon. It will be difficult for him to make the list of 53 players.

Third round rookie Tyrion Davis Price has usually been fourth on the depth chart when rotating, but hasn’t been used that way tonight. It could be bad news, or it could just be the 49ers giving bubble players a chance to play.

Draft 49ers skill players: The 49ers played their starting receivers for the first time this preseason. They were used identically from last season.

Brandon Aïyuk and Deebo Samuel start with Juan Jennings taking most shots in three-receiver sets.

Jennings received most of the shots from the slots, but all three receivers took several shots there.

George Kittle played the majority of tight end shots, including a few shots in the slot.

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