NFL PLAYER NEWS
Browns' Deshaun Watson reportedly meeting with league this week
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is currently scheduled to meet with the NFL this week, according to Josina Anderson.
Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated believes Anderson's report indicates that the NFL is likely "wrapping things up" with their Watson investigation. However, Breer adds that a possible suspension may not be handed down until the 2023 season. Jacoby Brissett would presumably fill in for Watson this season as the Browns' starter, but it's worth noting that Baker Mayfield is still on the roster.
According to FanDuel SportsBook, the Browns' odds to win the Super Bowl are currently at +2000, tied with the Baltimore Ravens for 10th-best odds in the league.
Jarvis Landry signs with New Orleans
Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry signed a deal with the New Orleans Saints on Friday.
Landry was released by the Browns in March, and after exploring free agency, has decided to sign with the Saints. He will join a Saints' wide receiver group that will consistent of Michael Thomas, returning from injury, and rookie first-round draft pick Chris Olave. The big question mark for Landry, and the Saints as a whole, remains who will be under center when the 2022-23 season starts in September.
In 12 games for the Browns last season, Landry caught 52 of 87 targets for 570 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Falcons acquire Bryan Edwards in trade with Las Vegas
The Atlanta Falcons have reportedly acquired wide receiver Bryan Edwards in a trade with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Edwards will play for his second professional team after the Falcons traded for the 23-year old wideout and a 2023 seventh round pick in exchange for their 2023 fifth round selection. With an inexperienced group led by Drake London, Edwards will get a chance to compete against Keelan Cole and Demarcus Robinson for targets.
Per Pro Football Focus on 56 targets last season, Edwards ranked 86th among his position with a 62.9 offensive rating.
D.J. Chark (ankle) full participant at Lions workouts
Detroit Lions wide receiver D.J. Chark (ankle) said he has participated in early offseason workouts without any real physical limitations.
"They’re always there to let me know like, if it’s bothering me I don’t have to push it as hard or things like that, cause they want me to be where I’m at my peak when the season starts," Chark said about the Lions' coaching staff. "But no, I do everything that everybody else does. That’s just how I am. I wouldn’t feel good going home knowing that I didn’t do whatever because the other guys, and I feel like that’s how you earn your respect and your keep around here." The Lions signed Chark to a one-year, $10 million contract in March. He should see starter snaps in Detroit and figures to be third in the pecking order behind Amon-Ra St. Brown and T.J. Hockenson.
Among the 144 receivers with at least 20 targets last season, Chark ranked 43rd in Reception Net Expected Points per target (0.79). He averaged 1.40 FanDuel points per target, which would have ranked 64th among receivers with 50-plus targets.
Broncos' Jerry Jeudy to be released on bond
Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy will be released on bond.
Jeudy was arrested Thursday afternoon for second degree domestic tampering. There was reportedly no physical contact and the other individual involved said they never felt threatened. Jeudy's next court date is set for May 31 and it remains to be seen if he will face punishment from the Broncos or the NFL. Tim Patrick and Courtland Sutton could get an early-season boost if Jeudy is unavailable.
Jeudy averaged 6.57 FanDuel points per game (10 games) last season and 1.17 FanDuel points per target, with the latter ranking 100th among all players with at least 50 targets and 71st at the wide receiver position.
Broncos' K.J. Hamler wants "Tyler Lockett role" for Russell Wilson
Denver Broncos wide receiver K.J. Hamler said he wants to play the “Tyler Lockett role” for quarterback Russell Wilson.
Hamler is reportedly ahead of schedule with rehab from a torn ACL and dislocated hip that he suffered in Week 3 last season. The 2020 second-round pick expects to be ready for the start of training camp, which will allow him to build rapport with his new quarterback. Hamler will likely see fewer targets from Wilson than Lockett did in Seattle, but they have similar physical profiles that could allow Hamler to emerge as the preferred deep threat on the Broncos' offense.
Hamler caught 5 passes for 74 yards on 10 targets in three games last season, for an average of 0.99 FanDuel points per target. Among the 170 receivers with double-digit targets, Hamler ranked 57th in Reception Net Expected Points per target.