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Falcons vs. Redskins preseason 2016: Who to Watch in Preseason Opener

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Football is back, folks. It's time to get giddy and take a loot at a few players to watch on Thursday night.

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We're back with our ole "Who to Watch" series, and it's better than ever. Okay, not much has changed, but the names have. So, let's get to it.

De'Vondre Campbell, Linebacker

Campbell was a guy I really questioned coming out of the draft, but as the defense takes shape his presence on the defense it absolutely welcomed. This could easily be Deion Jones in this spot as well, but I'm a bit more curious as to how the 4th round, lighting fast linebacker performs after having a stellar camp. How Campbell plays in the next four games could determine if he's your starting linebacker Week 1 against the Buccaneers.

Justin Hardy, Wide Reciever

After a year of learning under Roddy White and Julio Jones, Justin Hardy looks to come into 2016 ready to fully embrace the slot in the offense. I don't believe he'll be a huge factor this coming season, but his development is one to watch after an underwhelming 2015.

Derrick Shelby, Defensive End

The Shelby signing could end up being the most underrated of the offseason. Playing behind Oliver Vernon and Cameron Wake in Miami, it was hard to for Shelby to break into the starting lineup. After a season-ending injury to Wake, Shelby came in and put up some key sacks and an interception in just a few games. I'm interested in how he'll perform given his starting role.

Let us know who you've got your eyes on this week.