NFL PLAYER NEWS
Allen Robinson (knee) to enter Bears' training camp without restrictions
Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (knee) avoided the PUP list for the start of training camp.
Robinson tore his ACL in the first game of the season last year while with the Jacksonville Jaguars but it sounds like he will be ready to roll for his Bears debut in Week 1, barring any unfortunate developments during training camp and the preseason. The 2014 second-round pick turns 25 next month.
numberFire's early models project Robinson to catch 75.2 passes (121.3 targets) for 1,031.8 yards and 5.78 touchdowns in 2018. He's the WR
Julio Jones reportedly won't receive new deal from Falcons
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones has been informed by the team that he will not receive a new contract this year, reports The Athletic's Jeff Schultz.
Jones held out through OTAs and minicamp but the Falcons are hopeful he will report to training camp on time. If Jones continues to skip practice, he could be fined for every session he misses. After Brandin Cooks signed a new deal with the Los Angeles Rams earlier this week, Jones is now the ninth-highest paid receiver in the league, per Spotrac. The two-time All-Pro turned 29 in February and is entering his eighth year in the league.
numberFire's models project Jones for 98.6 catches (163.2 targets), 1,541.5 yards, and 7.74 touchdowns in 2018, making him the WR2 in our 2018 preseason fantasy rankings.
Packers' Randall Cobb out of walking boot, feels 'great'
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (foot) is no longer sporting a walking boot.
Cobb was spotted in a walking boot last month but says it was "for protection" and that he will be "involved" at training camp, although there could be some restrictions from the medical staff. That said, there aren't any concerns about the wideout's status for Week 1. "I look great. I feel great," Cobb declared. He will celebrate his 28th birthday next month.
numberFire's models currently project Cobb to catch 73.4 passes (106.6 targets) for 772.5 yards and 5.05 touchdowns in 2018. He's the WR33 in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Saints add Shane Vereen to backfield
The New Orleans Saints signed free agent running back Shane Vereen, formerly of the New York Giants.
Vereen, 29, has more receiving yards (1,865) than rushing yards (1,489) through seven seasons in the league, but he's only found the end zone once over the past two campaigns (21 games). The Saints also signed Terrance West earlier this offseason and drafted Boston West in the sixth round, so Vereen may not be a lock to make the final roster behind Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. Trey Edmunds and Jonathan Williams are also in the mix.
Vereen finished with 417 scoreless yards on 45 carries and 44 receptions (53 targets) for the Giants last season.
Cardinals' Ricky Seals-Jones arrested for assault
Arizona Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones was arrested and charged with assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal trespassing in Scottsdale, Arizona this past Saturday.
Seals-Jones apparently shoved an employee who denied him access to a guests-only bathroom at the W Hotel in Scottsdale. It sounds relatively minor but the NFL has the authority to discipline players as they seem fit, so there could be a suspension somewhere down the line. Seals-Jones, a second-year undrafted free agent, turned 23 in March and is expected to open the season as the Cardinals' starting tight end.
numberFire's models currently project Seals-Jones to haul in 34.3 catches (63.1 targets) for 402.3 receiving yards and 4.90 touchdowns in the 2018 season. He's the TE19 in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Rams ink Brandin Cooks to a 5-year contract extension
The Los Angeles Rams have signed wide receiver Brandin Cooks to a 5-year contract extension, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Cooks was set to become a free agent at the end of the season, but locked up through 2023, the 24-year-old is clearly in the long-term plans for the Rams' offense.
numberFire's models project Cooks for 66.1 receptions, 975.8 yards and 7.4 touchdowns on 120.7 targets this year. He is our 18th-ranked fantasy wideout for the season.
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