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Bowles on Chris Godwin's return: Buccaneers 'not getting our hopes up'

According to head coach Todd Bowles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin "is a long way from returning to a full practice routine".

What It Means:

Despite today's participation in wide receiver drills and his overall impressive recovery from his ACL injury, Godwin reportedly still has a few hurdles to clear before he will be able to practice fully or play in a real game situation. Expect Russell Gage and Julio Jones to see more snaps behind Mike Evans until the 26-year old is ready to go. Per Fantasy Football Calculator in 12-team point per reception, Godwin's average draft position currently stands in fifth round.

Godwin's current yearly projection includes 90.9 receptions for 993.4 yards on 129.4 targets.

Kansas City's Skyy Moore (hip) practicing on Wednesday

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Skyy Moore (hip) was a participant in Wednesday's practice.

What It Means:

After Kansas City's second round pick was forced to leave Tuesday's practice with a hip injury, Moore was able to respond quickly by participating in today's session. If the rookie wideout can continue his successful training camp, expect Moore to see major playing time on the outside in a potential committee approach to replace Tyreek Hill. Per Fantasy Football Calculator in 12-team point per reception leagues, the 21-year old's average draft position stands in the 12th round.

Moore's current 2022 yearly projection includes 43.4 receptions for 564.7 yards and 4.8 touchdowns on 70.2 targets.

Cowboys' James Washington (foot) to miss at least two months

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver James Washington suffered a foot injury in training camp and is expected to miss two months.

What It Means:

Washington got tied up with a defender during a drill at Cowboys training camp earlier in the day, and further testing revealed that the veteran receiver fractured a bone in his foot in the accident. He seems unlikely at this point to suit up for Week 1.

Washington's absence could open up opportunities for rookie Jalen Tolbert, a third-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Our models project quarterback Dak Prescott to throw for 4,447 yards this season, meaning Tolbert could be a fantasy gem if he can earn enough looks from Prescott.

Bengals' Joe Burrow recovering from appendectomy

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (appendectomy) will be "back in when he's ready," per head coach Zac Taylor.

What It Means:

Burrow is recovering from an appendectomy that he underwent last week. “I don’t have any timetable,” Taylor said. “We’re just trying to give him some privacy, and I’m sure he’ll be back in when he’s ready.” There isn't any concern about Burrow's availability for Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 11. Last season, Burrow led the league in yards per attempt (8.9) and adjusted yards per attempt (9.0) among qualified starters. His touchdown rate also jumped up from 3.2% his rookie season to 6.5% last year while ranking 15th in total pass attempts.

Burrow is the QB9 in numberFire's preseason rankings. Our models project him for 4,544.1 passing yards, 30.65 touchdowns and 7.4 interceptions, with 286.2 rushing yards and 2.44 touchdowns. In 2021, Burrow tied for seventh with Justin Herbert in Passing Net Expected Points per drop back (0.23), which was more than double the league average (0.10).

Broncos activate receiver K.J. Hamler (ACL, hip) off of PUP list

The Denver Broncos have activated wide receiver K.J. Hamler (ACL, hip) off of the PUP list.

What It Means:

Hamler dislocated his hip and suffered a torn ACL on the same play back in Week 3 of the 2021 NFL season, but appears to be on track for Week 1 of the 2022 season. While he will have to compete for targets alongside Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and Tim Patrick (not to mention the Broncos' tight ends), Hamler's strength as a field stretcher would seem to mesh well with new quarterback Russell Wilson's top-notch deep-passing abilities on paper.

Hamler enters the season as numberFire's WR136 for fantasy this season, but he could shine as a potential late-round dart throw in season-long leagues, especially if the Broncos' offense lives up to expectations.

Deebo Samuel signs $71.55 million extension through 2025

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel signed a three-year, $71.55 million extension through 2025.

What It Means:

Samuel reportedly requested a trade in April before the draft, but the 49ers remained committed to working out a new deal. The 2019 second-round pick led the 49ers across the board in receiving last season while adding 59 rushes for 365 yards and 8 touchdowns. Samuel could be even more productive this season in a 49ers' offense that is expected to improve with Trey Lance replacing Jimmy Garoppolo as the starting quarterback.

Deebo is currently the WR3 as a member of the 49ers in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models project him for 126.4 targets, 78.7 receptions, 1,106.8 yards, and 7.18 receiving touchdowns, with 50.8 carries for 309.8 yards and 4.21 rushing touchdowns.

Browns' Deshaun Watson suspended 6 games

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2022 season.

What It Means:

Watson will miss games versus the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Chargers, and New England Patriots. Jacoby Brissett is expected to start for the Browns until Watson is eligible to return in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens, but the San Francisco 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo has also been mentioned as a possible trade target. Either way, Watson's suspension is a downgrade for Amari Cooper and the rest of Cleveland's pass-catchers.

Among the 44 quarterbacks with at least 100 drop backs last season, Brissett ranked 35th in Passing Net Expected Points per drop back. Watson is now the QB30 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings, and our models project him to average 255.0 passing yards and 30.2 rushing yards per game, with 14.92 touchdowns, 7.1 interceptions, and 2.8 rushing scores.

Chris Godwin (knee) cleared for Buccaneers' camp

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (knee) has been cleared for the beginning of training camp.

What It Means:

Godwin was expected to begin training camp on the PUP list after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL on January 3, so this is an encouraging sign. However, it remains to be seen whether Godwin will be available for Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys. Russell Gage and Julio Jones stand to be the primary beneficiaries if Godwin is hobbled to start the season. The Buccaneers signed Jones to a one-year deal on Tuesday.

Godwin averaged 1.5 FanDuel points per target and 13.8 FanDuel points per game last season while registering 98 receptions for 1,103 yards and 5 touchdowns on 127 targets.

Trey Lance confirmed as 49ers' starter

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance is the new starter, head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed.

What It Means:

"This is Trey’s team," Shanahan confirmed Tuesday. "That’s nothing against Jimmy [Garoppolo]. We made that decision a year ago. We’re not going to mess around with that anymore. Jimmy understands that fully. He’s a big guy. Nothing against him. It’s a business decision." The 49ers took Lance with the third overall pick in 2021, but the rookie only played in six games and made two starts. In those two starts, Lance completed 59.6% of his passes for 441 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, and he rushed 24 times for 120 yards with another score.

Lance is currently the QB12 in numberFire's preseason rankings. Our models project him for 3,761.5 passing yards, 28.31 touchdowns, and 12.5 interceptions, plus 114.4 carries for 500.0 yards and 5.54 touchdowns.

Seahawks' Chris Carson (neck) retiring from football

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (neck) is retiring from the NFL.

What It Means:

Carson played in 49 games over five seasons for the Seahawks, including back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns in 2018-19. Rashaad Penny and Kenneth Walker will split most of Seattle's backfield work this season in what should be a run-heavy offense. Penny is expected to begin the year as the lead back.

Penny is currently the RB27 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings and our models project him for 228.6 combined carries and targets. Walker is the RB36 and projected for 195.73 offensive opportunities.

Rams' Darrell Henderson participating in training camp

The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue noted that Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson was participating in training camp after dealing with a soft tissue injury in the spring.

What It Means:

Henderson was not able to participate in spring practices after suffering an unspecified soft tissue injury, but it seems like the fourth-year back is healthy again as the team heads into the season. He is the favorite to back up lead runner Cam Akers this season.

Our models project Henderson for 130 carries and 13 receptions behind Akers this season, with 656 yards from scrimmage and 5 touchdowns. He'll mix in for change-of-pace duties behind Akers and carries upside as a handcuff for season-long leagues.

Rams' Matthew Stafford (elbow) a full participant to open training camp

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (elbow) was a full participant to open up the team's training camp practices.

What It Means:

Stafford, who received an injection in the elbow of his throwing arm in the offseason, was a full participant to open things up this season with the Rams. He was notably taking part and throwing in team drills, helping to assuage concerns about the veteran's somewhat mysterious elbow injury. We may hear more about the injury in the weeks leading up to the regular season, but for now we can put concerns about his availability this year on the backburner.

Stafford is numberFire's QB10 for fantasy this season. We have him throwing for the fourth-most yards (4,571) and the third-most touchdowns (37) in the upcoming season. The only thing keeping Stafford from being a truly elite option is his lack of rushing production; the 1,241 rushing yards he has accrued in his 13 seasons are just barely more than the 1,206 Lamar Jackson stacked up in his 2019 MVP campaign.

Ravens place J.K. Dobbins (knee) on active/PUP list

Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (knee) was placed on the active/PUP list on Friday.

What It Means:

Dobbins can be activated at any time before the start of the regular season. With recent disputed reports about Dobbins' recovery status, expect the Ravens to take a cautious approach with their starting running back during the preseason. In a run-first offense with a Baltimore offensive line rated 17th overall by Pro Football Focus, Dobbins' current average draft position in 12-team point per reception leagues stands in the third round.

For the 2022 season, numberFire's models project Dobbins to produce 214.9 rushing attempts for 987.6 yards and 6.4 touchdowns and 34.9 receptions for 260.9 yards and 2.1 touchdowns.

Maiocco: 49ers' Kyle Shanahan 'appears determined to deploy more of a backs-by-committee approach'

According to Matt Maiocco, "there are legitimate concerns" about San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell's durability.

What It Means:

Per Maiocco, despite Mitchell's impressive rookie season the 49ers are considering utilizing a committee approach after the team was left wondering "whether he can withstand that kind of relentless punishment" due to his six-game absence with multiple injuries. Expect recent third-round pick Tyrion Davis-Price and Jeff Wilson to potentially eat into Mitchell's workload on early and passing downs if Shanahan appears committed to a group approach.

For the 2022 season, numberFire's models currently project Mitchell to produce 246.1 rushing attempts for 1,082.5 yards and 8.4 touchdowns and 25.3 receptions for 165.3 yards and 1.7 touchdowns.

Patriots place James White (hip) on active/ PUP list

New England Patriots running back James White (hip) was placed on the active/PUP list on Thursday.

What It Means:

White's potential return status remains in limbo while New England's veteran recovers from his hip injury suffered in Week 3 of the 2021 season. While White awaits clearance, Rhamondre Stevenson is a potential candidate to share work with Damien Harris in a probable run-heavy attack led by a Patriots' offensive line rated seventh by Pro Football Focus.

White's current yearly projection includes 29.1 rushing attempts for 121.3 yards and 45.3 receptions for 353.4 yards and 2.4 touchdowns.

Source: Mike Kaye

Michael Thomas (ankle) placed on New Orleans' active/PUP list

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) has been placed on the active / PUP lis on Thursday.

What It Means:

While Thomas' exact return date is still unknown, the Saints' wideout can be activated at anytime before the regular season. If healthy, the 29-year old still offers an intriguing WR1 ceiling at his current average draft position in the fifth round in 12-team point per reception leagues via Fantasy Football Calculator.

Thomas' current 2022 season-long projection includes 86.2 receptions for 1,065.5 yards and 6.5 touchdowns on 132.1 targets.

Kansas City's Clyde Edwards-Helaire optimistic after 'first real offseason'

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire "feels great" after his first full offseason.

What It Means:

For the first time in his career, Edwards-Helaire will head into training camp fully healthy after the 23-year old previously dealt with gallbladder surgery and COVID-19 health protocols in his first two years. "This offseason, it was pretty much getting back to the basics, being able to have a full offseason," said Edwards-Helaire when asked about his health. "That was one of the things Coach Reid and I talked about. He said, 'This is really your first real offseason in the NFL.' Really, health was the biggest thing."

Expect Edwards-Helaire to lead a potential committee role with Ronald Jones, Isiah Pacheco, or Jerick McKinnon in a promising situation behind a Kansas City offensive line ranked ninth by Pro Football Focus. For the 2022 season, numberFire's models project Edwards-Helaire to record 142.9 rushing attempts for 612.2 yards and 4.6 touchdowns and 37.6 receptions for 286.9 yards and 2.2 touchdowns.

Arizona's Kyler Murray reportedly signs 5-year extension on Thursday

According to Adam Schefter, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray reportedly signed a five year $160 million guaranteed contract extension on Thursday.

What It Means:

With a $46.1 million average salary, Murray will be the second highest paid quarterback heading into his fourth NFL season. When healthy even without his top receiver in DeAndre Hopkins for the first six games, Murray remains an elite dual-threat option with a promising ceiling at his average draft position in the fifth round in 12-team point per reception leagues (per Fantasy Football Calculator).

For the 2022 season, numberFire's models project Murray to produce 397.9 completions for 4,299.7 yards and 27.5 touchdowns and 129 rushing attempts for 639.1 yards and 6.5 touchdowns.

Kenyan Drake (ankle) cleared for Raiders' training camp

Las Vegas Raiders running back Kenyan Drake (ankle) has been cleared for training camp.

What It Means:

Drake's clearance is an encouraging sign after the Raiders' running back was held out of minicamp with his ankle injury suffered in December. Expect Drake to play a potential committee role with Josh Jacobs, Zamir White, and Brandon Bolden.

For the 2022 season, numberFire's models project Drake to produce 456.0 yards and 3.3 touchdowns on 102.9 rushing attempts and 12.8 receptions for 93.3 yards.

Buccaneers sign tight end Kyle Rudolph to 1-year deal

According to Adam Schefter, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed tight end Kyle Rudolph to a one-year contract.

What It Means:

After one year with the New York Giants, Rudolph will suit up for his third career team in a potential committee role with Cameron Brate.

In a similar role last season on 38 targets, Rudolph ranked 35th at his position with a 63.5 rating while also hauling in 26 receptions for 257 yards and one touchdown.

Eagles' Dallas Goedert focused on "getting better each and every day" heading into training camp

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert is focused on "getting better each and every day" leading into training camp.

What It Means:

Goedert was asked what his ceiling is in the 2022 Eagles' offense, and he responded "I just want to keep getting better each and every day. I think I can get better every day. I think there's a lot I can improve on and keep getting better, which is a really exciting thing. I was able to learn, work on some things in OTAs, get a few corrections from the coaches and keep using this time to get better and get ready for a big season this year." Goedert will enter 2022 as the Eagles' top option at the tight end position for the first time in his career following Zach Ertz's trade to the Arizona Cardinals last October. Goedert earned Pro Football Focus' second-highest tight end grade (90.7) last season, behind the Baltimore Ravens' Mark Andrews, and tied with the San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle.

Goedert is currently the TE8 in numberFire's preseason rankings. Our models project him for 63.7 receptions on 96.9 targets for 700.8 yards and 4.73 touchdowns.

49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) given permission to seek a trade

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) has been granted permission to seek a trade, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

What It Means:

Garoppolo has officially been given permission to seek a trade after being cleared to start practicing following recovery from offseason shoulder surgery in March. According to Schefter, San Francisco is still expected to exercise caution with Garoppolo this summer. Following Baker Mayfield's move to Carolina, the quarterback market is much smaller than it was at the start of the offseason. It remains to be seen if the 49ers will be able to find a trade partner. The 49ers' willingness to let Garoppolo explore a trade bodes well for Trey Lance's projected opportunity this season.

Lance is currently the QB12 in numberFire's preseason rankings. Our models project him for 342.8 completions on 538.1 attempts for 3,761.5 yards, 28.3 touchdowns, and 12.5 interceptions, with 499.9 rushing yards and 5.54 rushing touchdowns.

Allen Robinson excited to display "all elements" of his game in Rams' offense

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Allen Robinson is looking forward to playing in the team's offense after signing in free agency during the offseason.

What It Means:

Robinson has expressed his excitement for the Rams offense multiple times since joining the team earlier this year. He said "Coach McVay and the offense that he's put together and offense that these guys run, it's been a top offense in the league for a reason. I truly believe that it'll bring the best out of me, and I'll be able to display all the elements of my game." He added "As a receiver, when you step into an offense, you want the entire playbook to be open, I think Coach McVay does an incredible job of being able to utilize all guys' skillsets. It's not like you just do one thing, it's a combination of things and everything plays off each other." Heading into his ninth season in the NFL, Robinson has every reason to be excited about the chance to play alongside Matthew Stafford in Los Angeles, after spending four seasons each with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears.

Robinson is currently the WR21 in numberFire's preseason rankings. Our models project him for 84.7 receptions on 137.3 targets for 954.3 yards and 7.92 touchdowns.

Dolphins' Tyreek Hill confident in Tua Tagovailoa heading into training camp

Miami wide receiver Tyreek Hill is confident in Dolphins' quarterback Tua Tagovailoa as the duo heads into their first training camp together.

What It Means:

Hill defended Tagovailoa on his podcast in July, stating "It's gonna be a lot of people taking their words back on what they said about Tua". These comments come after an offseason of praise from Hill to his new quarterback, following his trade from Kansas City to Miami. 2022-23 will be Hill's first season without Patrick Mahomes under center. Hill earned Pro Football Focus' sixth-highest wide receiver grade last season.

Hill is currently the WR9 in numberFire's preseason rankings. Our models project him for 93.9 receptions on 143.5 targets for 1,235.8 yards and 8.51 touchdowns.

Jaguars' Trevor Lawrence focused on making "big improvements" in 2022

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence is focused on making "big improvements" in his sophomore.

What It Means:

Lawrence spoke to CBS Sports about his outlook on the 2022 season following the arrival of new head coach Doug Pederson. Asked, "If you could accomplish one thing in 2022, what would it be?" Lawrence responded "Just to make some big improvements from last year, individually and as a team. Obviously when you're the quarterback, the better you play, the more games you're gonna have a chance to win. Trying to put us in a position to win every game we're in. And as a team, just coming together, gelling together. Obviously, we went through a lot last year, but I can see us building this thing. ... We're just trying to win as many games as possible, hopefully, make a playoff run. Who knows? We gotta win the first game first. We'll start there, and just build every week." For the Jaguars to have any hope of a playoff run, Lawrence will need to make good on his goal of big improvements, after a rookie season where he threw more interceptions (17) than touchdowns (12).

Lawrence is the QB18 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models project him to complete 371.4 passes on 578.6 attempts for 4,040.89 yards, 24.51 touchdowns, and 11.1 interceptions.

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