Nelson resumed practicing early last week, but the Packers are expected to ease him back into game action, which means he's unlikely to see time in Thursday's preseason outing. He's not expected to miss any regular season games, however, so he should still be ready to go for Week 1. Once back, Nelson will immediately fill in as the Packers' top overall wide receiver.
Presumably behind both Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt in the run-heavy Rams' wideout pecking order, Cooper has put himself a break (or an injury) away from deep league fantasy consideration.
Jones played into the fourth quarter, long after Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams had already been removed from the game. The Chargers wanted to add a veteran after Steve Johnson (knee) suffered a season-ending injury, but there's been nothing to suggest Jones will have a significant role in the offense. He'll likely be fighting for his roster spot in the final preseason game.
Higbee's lone reception came from quarterback Case Keenum on the Rams' third offensive series Saturday. Although he failed to haul in any of his other five targets, Higbee led Los Angeles with six looks in total. For a team devoid of a traditional top receiving threat, Higbee could become a nice piece in the Rams' passing game, as he boasts a great combination of size and speed, and has higher upside than veteran tight end Lance Kendricks.
Drake has not played in any of the Dolphins' preseason games due to a lingering hamstring injury. However, participation in Thursday's contest bodes very well for his health entering the regular season. Still, he remains firmly behind both Jay Ajayi and Arian Foster on the team's depth chart and, barring injury to those ahead of him, may struggle to gain any sort of fantasy relevance during his rookie campaign.
Magee ripped off a game-long run of 73 yards during the fourth quarter, but is currently behind Todd Gurley, Benny Cunningham and Malcolm Brown in the Rams' backfield. It's unclear just how many running backs Los Angeles will keep going into the regular season, but Magee made the most of his touches Saturday.
Burton served as a special-teamer last season, catching just three passes for 54 yards in 16 games for the Eagles, but if either Zach Ertz or Brent Celek go down with an injury this season, Burton could emerge as an in-season pickup candidate.
After missing the first exhibition with a minor injury, Williams has caught seven passes for 83 yards on nine targets in two preseason games. With Stevie Johnson (knee) out for the year, Williams is putting some pressure on Dontrelle Inman for the No. 3 wide receiver role. Both players could have significant roles if Travis Benjamin is deployed as a part-time deep threat.
Although he didn't get a target, Inman actually played more snaps than Travis Benjamin while Philip Rivers was in the game, holding an 11-7 advantage, according to Pro Football Focus. This may just be an anomaly, as Benjamin is believed to be the No. 2 wideout, with Inman, Tyrell Williams, James Jones and Javontee Herndon battling to fill out the depth chart. Inman does remain a clear favorite for No. 3 job, after filling in capably for an injury-plagued Chargers squad last season.
After missing the entirety of training camp while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, Howard will finally make his NFL debut. Though just the preseason, Thursday's tilt could prove to be valuable preparation for the rookie as he remains on track to play Week 1 and may be handed all the snaps he can handle given the current state of the Dolphins' talent-barren cornerback depth chart.