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DeMarco Murray announces retirement Friday
DeMarco Murray announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday.
Murray, a third-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2011, earned three Pro Bowl bids during his seven-year career, which was highlighted by an All-Pro first-team selection in 2014. He led the league in rushing that season with 1,845 yards and tied Marshawn Lynch for first with 13 touchdowns.
Murray rushed 1,604 times for 7,174 yards and 49 touchdowns over 99 career games for the Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and Tennessee Titans.
Corey Davis shined during Titans spring work
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis was "one of the stars" during spring practices, reports Jim Wyatt of Titansonline.com.
"Davis looked smooth during the offseason, snatching the ball out of the air with ease in traffic," Wyatt praised. "He went up high to make some spectacular catches." After being selected with the 5th overall pick in last year's draft, a hamstring injury sidelined Davis for all of training camp and limited him to 11 regular season games as a rookie.
numberFire's models currently project Shepard to catch 70.3 passes (130.8 targets) for 785.0 yards and 4.17 touchdowns in 2018. He's the WR44 in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Chris Ivory to be Bills' next man up if LeSean McCoy is out
Buffalo Bills running back Chris Ivory "would be the first option" if starter LeSean McCoy is unavailable, The Buffalo News' Jay Skurski writes.
Serious allegations against McCoy of domestic, child, and animal abuse surfaced this week, which could mean a suspension if the league determines that he violated the Personal Conduct Policy. Ivory is the obvious replacement, but they could also look to add a free agent veteran like DeMarco Murray or Adrian Peterson.
Our models project Ivory for 385 rushing yards and 2.2 touchdowns on 108 carries this season, as well as 24 receptions for 185 yards and 0.9 scores.
Titans plan for Derrick Henry as primary rushing back
The Tennessee Titans "plan" for running back Derrick Henry "to be the lead back," TitansOnline's Jim Wyatt writes.
Henry's performance will determine how the workload is distributed, but Henry is the favorite to lead the team in carries over free agent acquisition Dion Lewis, per Wyatt. This is the second time we've heard this recently, with Terry McCormick of Titan Insider reporting Henry as the rushing back but Lewis dominating receiving touches. This situation looks like a true committee.
Our models project Henry for 1,058 rushing yards and 7.6 touchdowns on 235 carries, with 22 catches for 214 yards and 0.9 scores. Henry is our 15th-best back for fantasy this year.
Cody Latimer is secure in Giants' third receiver role
The New York Giants' third receiver job is Cody Latimer's to lose, NJ Advance Media's Matt Lombardo believes.
Latimer is a former second-round pick by the Denver Broncos, way back in 2014. He's mostly played special teams in Denver, but did set career-highs with 19 catches for 287 yards and two touchdowns last season. The Giants may get him more involved than he was in Denver, but he's no higher than the fifth option in the offense and is unlikely to return fantasy value.
Our models project Latimer for 283 receiving yards and 1.8 touchdowns on 19 catches this year. He's our WR98 for fantasy this season.
Panthers' Cam Newton could be on hot seat
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is on the "hot seat" in 2018, ESPN reporter David Newton considers.
Newton writes, "If he doesn't show improvement after consecutive down years, there will be a lot of questions about his future." Cam is still only 29 and one of the most dynamic all-around quarterbacks. He remains in the prime of his career and is under contract through 2020 at a bargain rate of $20.76 million annually, as the league's 15th-highest-paid passer. It would be a shock to see Carolina move on from him.
Our models project Newton as the sixth-best quarterback for fantasy this year. We peg him for 3,314 passing yards, 21.7 touchdowns, and 12.1 interceptions on 492 passing attempts. He should add 120 carries for 742 yards and 5.5 touchdowns on the ground.
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