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Zach Zenner has made progress in Lions' OTAs
The Detroit Lions have seen "consistent progress and improvement" from running back Zach Zenner, head coach Jim Caldwell said.
With both Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick sidelined late last season, Zenner stepped up with 136 yards on 32 attempts over the final two weeks of the regular season. Coming off those performances, Zenner would seem to have a leg up on Dwayne Washington for the third running back job, but both will struggle for fantasy relevance while Abdullah and Riddick are healthy.
Our models project Zenner for 141 rushing yards and 1.16 touchdowns on 37 carries, with 16 receptions for 128 receiving yards and 0.66 touchdowns.
Dolphins' Jay Ajayi could near 2,000 all-purpose yards
Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi "could put up 1,900 total yards if he stays healthy," ESPN's James Walker believes.
Projecting him for nearly 1,500 rushing yards is not far-fetched considering Ajayi rumbled for 1,272 yards in 12 starts last season, although three 200-yard games certainly bolstered that count. Ajayi logged just 151 yards through the air last year, so 250 to 350 more receiving yards would be more of a stretch – that said, the back has earned consistent praise for his improvement in the passing game all offseason. Only two running backs managed 1,900 total yards last year -- David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott.
Our models project Ajayi to total 1,131 rushing yards and 8.98 touchdowns on 246 carries, with 45 receptions for 318 receiving yards and 0.56 touchdowns.
Panthers' Cam Newton throws for first time since March
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw a football for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery on March 30.
Newton was originally expected to resume throwing during the last week of minicamp. Despite the session being pushed back, Newton said "there's no doubt" he will be "100 percent" for training camp and expects to be "ready to rock and roll" in as little as two weeks. Despite his confidence, it would not be surprising if the Panthers take it slow early in training camp, but he should be back to full health well before Week 1.
Our models project Newton for 3,693 passing yards, 24.48 touchdowns, and 13.46 interceptions on 526 attempts this year, adding 528 rushing yards and 5.13 touchdowns on 92 carries. He's our seventh-best quarterback for fantasy purposes.
Zach Miller's roster spot with Bears in jeopardy
Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller's roster spot could be in jeopardy, the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs believes.
Biggs believes Daniel Brown, who worked in Miller's role while the veteran was sidelined with a foot injury during the offseason program, will push Miller for a job during camp. If Miller is healthy he will likely have an easy role, but he is no lock to be ready for the field at the start of camp and not a great bet to stay healthy after that point either. Even if he keeps his job out of camp, Miller's days in Chicago are numbered; the Bears signed Dion Sims and drafted Adam Shaheen this offseason, and the 32-year-old Miller will become a free agent after the season.
Our models project Miller as the 12th-best fantasy tight end this year, with 650 receiving yards and 5.24 touchdowns on 58 catches in 2017.
Brian Quick on Washington's roster bubble
Washington wide receiver Brian Quick needs a strong training camp to make the final roster, CSN MidAtlantic believes.
It falls in line with previous reports. Quick struggled at OTAs and is behind Ryan Grant for the fifth receiver job. He’s on the outside looking in for a spot on the roster, and has little-to-no redraft fantasy impact.
Our models project Quick for 333 receiving yards and 2.26 touchdowns on 29 receptions this year.
Marvin Jones making big strides at Lions' OTAs
Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones had a strong offseason, head coach Jim Caldwell said.
"He's really had a good spring. This guy is right there on the verge of maintaining that kind of explosive start he had last year," said Caldwell. Jones worked with former NFL star Randy Moss this offseason to improve his route running. There’s some breakout appeal to Jones, but rookie Kenny Golladay and tight end Eric Ebron are going to cut into his 2017 targets.
Our models project Jones for 734 receiving yards and 4.47 touchdowns on 53 receptions in 2017.
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