NFL PLAYER NEWS
Justin Jackson placed on Chargers' COVID-19 list
Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson has been placed on the team's reserve/COVID-19 list.
It's unclear if Jackson tested positive or simply came into contact with someone who did, but either way, he'll be away from the team as training camp gets underway. It now seems as though Joshua Kelley will be the de facto backup to starting rusher Austin Ekeler, and Larry Rountree III could be in store for more work early on.
Our models currently project Jackson for 403.63 yards on 91.33 carries and 2.37 touchdowns. They also ballpark him for 13.73 catches on 18.63 targets for 99.12 yards and 0.83 scores.
49ers' Jeff Wilson (knee) placed on active/PUP list, out until at least Week 8
San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson has been placed on the active/Physically Unable to Perform list.
However, unlike many others put on the list to start training camp, Wilson is seen as a lock to begin the regular season on the shelf. Should he start the season on the list as expected, he would be forced to sit until at least Week 8. This comes after he tore his meniscus in May. Trey Sermon should be the biggest beneficiary of Wilson's missed time.
Our models currently project Wilson for 277.51 yards on 61.13 carries for 3.22 touchdowns. They also ballpark him for 5.54 catches on 8.06 targets for 43.76 yards and 0.26 scores.
Washington's Curtis Samuel (groin) placed on active/PUP list
Washington Football Team wide receiver Curtis Samuel has been placed on the active/Physically Unable to Perform list.
Samuel is dealing with a bit of a groin ailment, but he has plenty of time to be taken off the list before he'd be forced to miss any games. Keep an eye on his status as training camp progresses. Adam Humphries and Cam Sims could be in line for more work during the start of the preseason.
Our models currently project Samuel for 67.42 catches on 105.43 targets for 855.88 yards and 5.00 touchdowns.
Kadarius Toney activated off Giants' COVID-19 list
New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney has been activated off the team's reserve/COVID-19 list.
Toney was set to begin training camp on the shelf due to the novel coronavirus, but he's been cleared to return to the team just in time for the start of team activities. That's a good break for the rookie, who figures to have a decent role with the team immediately before hopefully growing into a larger workload. Toney could slot in fourth on the initial wide receiver depth chart, in front of veteran John Ross.
Our models currently project Toney for 21.47 catches on 34.58 targets for 257.02 yards and 1.10 touchdowns.
Steelers expecting Najee Harris to be 3-down back
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris is expected to be a 3-down option for the team.
"When we drafted him, we thought he'd be a three-down back because he was a three-down back at a high level at Alabama," General Manager Kevin Colbert said. "We'd be disappointed if he wasn't." This would lead one to believe that the team has big plans for the rookie from Alabama from the get-go. Benny Snell figures to be in the mix for workload at the position as well.
Our models currently project Harris for 1,341.65 yards on 287.40 carries with 10.93 touchdowns. They also ballpark him for 43.98 catches on 58.94 targets for 308.71 yards and 2.16 scores.
Pelissero: Packers working on acquiring Randall Cobb from Texans
Houston Texans wide receiver Randall Cobb could be dealt to the Green Bay Packers soon, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
The Packers seem to have reconciled their differences with disgruntled MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and this would appear to be a move meant to placate him. Rodgers and Cobb spent many a season together in Green Bay back in the day, and it seems as though a reunion is in the cards. Keep an eye out for updates on this situation. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Amari Rodgers would likely see less work in the event of a Cobb trade, while Cobb's departure could open up possibilities for Anthony Miller and Keke Coutee.
For the time being, our models project Cobb for 35.18 catches on 52.55 targets for 463.02 yards and 2.53 touchdowns.