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Jamison Crowder could see more targets than Terrelle Pryor in Washington
Washington Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder "definitely" will be targeted more than Terrelle Pryor, believes Rich Tandler of CSN Mid-Atlantic.
Tandler was asked if Pryor will lead the team in receiving yards, but he believes Crowder or Jordan Reed are more likely candidates. Either way, Crowder seems to have a good chance to exceed 100 receptions this season in Washington's offense. He's currently going in the fifth round of drafts in PPR formats.
numberFire's models aren't as high on Crowder, projecting him to catch 67-of-105 catches for 826 yards and 6.2 touchdowns in 2017. Pryor is pegged for 66-of-129 grabs for 1,025 receiving yards and 6.4 scores.
Michael Floyd expected to make Vikings' 53-man roster
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd is expected to make the team's 53-man roster, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel.
Days before his house arrest was set to end, Floyd was found to have consumed alcohol and, therefore, was sentenced to one day in jail for violating his probation. All the same, the Vikings have stuck behind Floyd's claim that the alcohol came in the form of Kombucha tea, which he did not know contained alcohol.
Floyd is projected for 223 receiving yards and a single touchdown this upcoming season, according to our models. Those numbers would place him fourth among Vikings receivers.
Latavius Murray expects to "be the guy" in Vikings backfield
Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray said that he expects to "be the guy" in the Minnesota backfield this season.
In an appearance on Good Morning Football, Murray expanded on his thoughts, saying that this is his time. After missing the Vikings' offseason program, it's highly unlikely that Murray starts out the season ahead of rookie Dalvin Cook.
According to our algorithms, Murray -- with projections of 748 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns -- has the edge over Cook, who our algorithms like to produce more touchdowns (5) but just 627 yards on 25 less rushes.
Vikings claim Michael Floyd will remain on roster
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd will remain on the club's roster and report for training camp, according to general manager Rick Spielman, who claims the organization "believes" in the recently-signed free agent.
Floyd was sentenced to one day in jail in Arizona on Monday, the result of him foolishly consuming alcohol just days before his house arrest sentence was set to expire earlier this month. He'll almost certainly be suspended by Roger Goodell for the start of the season. Despite Spielman's vote of confidence, the 27-year-old Floyd isn't guaranteed a spot on the Vikings' final 53-man roster.
numberFire's models currently rank Floyd outside of the top-100 fantasy receivers for this upcoming season. We project him to catch 16.72 passes for 223 receiving yards and 1.32 touchdowns for Minnesota in 2017.
Cam Newton says Panthers don't need him to always be playmaker
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he has realized he does not have to "always be the playmaker."
"I have to give other people opportunities to make plays," Newton said in an insightful piece about his growth. "That's the hardest thing about maturation, especially for me." He acknowledged the need to focus on "getting the ball out of my hands" in an offense that will utilize more quick passes than in recent years. Newton is a strong bounce-back candidate after arguably the worst season of his NFL career.
numberFire's 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 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.
Saints' Alvin Kamara gets reps as wide receiver
New Orleans Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara saw reps at receiver during OTAs.
Kamara split time between running backs and wideouts. It confirms the Saints' suggested plan of using him in a pass-catching role. Head coach Sean Payton says Kamara has been a "quick study," and there's reason to believe he could have a decent first-year role in the offense.
Our models project Kamara to rack up 139 rushing yards and 1.46 touchdowns on 36 attempts, adding 18 catches for 142 yards and 0.36 scores.
Browns impressed with Ricardo Louis' development
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Ricardo Louis "has really improved," head coach Hue Jackson said.
The second of four wide receivers the Browns drafted last year, Louis made some noise while first-rounder Corey Coleman was sidelined, but he finished with just 18 catches for 205 yards as a rookie. That total could grow if he is able to win the third receiver job in camp, but he will still be locked behind Coleman and Kenny Britt if everyone stays healthy.
Our models project Louis as the third wideout, with 244 receiving yards and 0.43 touchdowns on 20 catches.
Titans' Tajae Sharpe on roster bubble
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe (foot surgery) may have a "tenuous grasp on a roster spot" entering training camp, the Nashville Tennessean speculates.
Sharpe is expected to be ready for camp, but head coach Mike Mularkey said he could have a "hard time". "Obviously he’s not going to run right now, but he’s got to do something to stay in shape," Mularkey said. "You’ve got to be ready to go. No matter what your injury is, there’s something you can do, cardio-wise, to train." After earning a starting job last year, Mularkey's comments suggest Sharpe could compete for a roster spot this time around.
Our models project Corey Davis as the team's third receiver, well ahead of Sharpe. We peg Davis for 807 receiving yards and 4.19 touchdowns on 54 catches.
Chester Rogers could push for third Colts' receiver gig
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Chester Rogers has a "real shot" to earn the third receiver job, Colts.com's Kevin Bowen wrote.
A second-year undrafted free agent out of Grambling State, Rogers has earned praise from general manager Chris Ballard, saying he was "outstanding", and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski calling him "a guy that you love." With a wide open depth chart, it is not crazy to think Rogers pushes Kamar Aiken or failed first-rounder Phillip Dorsett in camp, although Aiken remains the favorite.
Our models still project Dorsett as the third receiver, with 362 receiving yards and 1.48 touchdowns on 25.
Markus Wheaton leading candidate for Bears' third receiver job
Chicago Bears wide receiver Markus Wheaton "has a better chance to start" than Victor Cruz or Kendall Wright, the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs thinks.
Wheaton was paid like a starter with $6 million guaranteed on his two-year deal, but he is coming off an injury and has never been consistent. Wright might be the best player of the three, but he struggled to stay in the good graces of coaches in Tennessee; he also profiles as a slot receiver, where Cameron Meredith is already locked in. Cruz may simply be done. No matter who wins the job, on a rebuilding roster headed nowhere in 2017, this is not a spot to target in fantasy.
Our models project Wheaton as the Bears' fifth-best receiving option in fantasy in 2017, with just 318 receiving yards and 1.19 touchdowns on 23 catches.
Jamison Crowder turning heads in Washington offseason
Washington wide receiver Jamison Crowder is "an excellent, dynamic player and continues to prove every day why we like him so much," head coach Jay Gruden gushed.
"He can run just about anything you ask him to run," Gruden said. "He gets himself open because he’s got a great feel. He’s got quickness in and out of his breaks. He plays a lot longer than his size. He has got really long arms. He goes up and gets balls. Sometime he plays bigger than a taller receiver because he uses his height [and] he’s got great jumping ability." Crowder is fully expected to be an every-down player in two- and three-wide sets and has a legitimate chance to challenge the league lead in catches this season.
Our models project Crowder for 826 receiving yards and 6.20 touchdowns on 67 catches in 2017.
Texans' Deshaun Watson still needs time to develop
Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson's poise received praise but "he's not nearly where he needs to be to be a full-time starter," head coach Bill O'Brien said.
"He did get better every day during the spring." O'Brien noted that "you don't see him make the same mistake twice," so Watson is obviously taking his development seriously. Tom Savage remains the favorite to start Week 1, but it's likely we'll see Watson make starts by the end of the year.
Our models project Watson for 1,429 passing yards, 7.11 touchdowns, and 5.77 interceptions in 210 attempts in his rookie 2017.
Jets' Matt Forte expected to be workhorse in 2017-18
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is expected to the team's "offensive workhorse", according to NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes.
Signs have been pointing to a change in the New York backfield, but this report suggests something entirely different. Maybe the Jets just want to get more out of their $12 million investment.
If you're asking us, the numbers like Bilal Powell to lead the way in the Jets running game. While we project Powell for 1,007 yards from scrimmage and 7.1 total scores, we expect Forte to tally 1,015 yards but just 4.7 touchdowns this coming season.
Jesse James working on red zone drills with Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James spent a considerable amount of time working with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on connecting in the red zone at spring practices.
Big Ben "consistently targeted James in the end zone" at OTAs and minicamp, and it was "100 percent by design" as a teaching point for the 23-year-old tight end to be more aggressive in the end zone. James saw 62 targets a year ago but could earn more after the release of free-agent whiff Ladarius Green.
Our models project James for 429 receiving yards and 2.66 touchdowns on 43 catches in 2017.
Raiders, Derek Carr finalizing long-term extension
Oakland Raiders and quarterback Derek Carr are nearing a long-term extension that would pay out an estimated $25 million per year, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Carr is entering the final year of his rookie contract, but the two sides appear all but finished with a deal that could make the Raiders quarterback the highest-paid player at his position.
According to our database, Carr's 116.03 net expected points ranked eighth among all quarterbacks in 2016. We project him for 4,228 yards, 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in the upcoming NFL season.
Todd Gurley working well with Rams' offensive line
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley and the offensive line were more on the same page at OTAs and minicamp, left guard Rodger Saffold said.
Right guard Jamon Brown said after the season that Gurley and the line "have to get back on the same page" in 2017 after Gurley struggled badly last season. Saffold suggested Gurley was diagnosing the play at different speeds than the offensive line, sometimes just being too quick into his runs.
Our models project Gurley to bounce back in 2017, with 1,032 rushing yards and 8.52 touchdowns on 271 carries. We believe he'll add 273 receiving yards and 0.40 touchdowns on 39 catches to boot.
Eric Decker's deal with Titans worth up to $5.35 million
New Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker has signed a one-year deal worth up to $5.35 million in 2017, according USA Today's Tom Pelissero.
Decker's salary is just $1.35 million for the year, but he could earn up to $1.5 million in incentives in addition to his $2.5 million signing bonus. Either way, that's at least a $1.15 million pay cut from the $6.5 million the wideout was set to make with his former team, the New York Jets.
Our models like Decker to finish this year with 74 receptions, 950 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. As for his 133 projected fantasy points, that would lead the Titans' receiving core in 2017.
Chad Williams will open 2017 season as Cardinals' fifth receiver
Arizona Cardinals third-round rookie wide receiver Chad Williams will open the year as the fifth wideout, 98.7 Arizona's Mike Jurecki expects.
That's behind Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, J.J. Nelson, and Jaron Brown. Williams is an intriguing prospect at 6'1", 207 pounds with 4.43 speed. Fitzgerald talked Williams up at OTAs, but Williams is going to find it tough to make a 2017 impact if everyone is healthy.
Our models project Nelson for 352 receiving yards and 3.04 touchdowns on 21 catches this year as Arizona's third receiver.
Patriots sign David Harris to two-year deal
The New England Patriots and free agent linebacker David Harris have agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Harris was released by the New York Jets on June 6th. In the company of a solid linebacking core, Harris will have to compete for playing time in New England.
In 10 seasons in the league, Harris has tallied 708 tackles, 35 sacks and 10 forced fumbles across 147 starts and 154 career games.
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