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Dante Pettis played with 49ers' starters in exhibition
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis played all 11 snaps with the first-team offense in Monday night's second preseason game against the Denver Broncos.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan previously said Dante Pettis must "compete" for a starting role, leading to speculation about the receiver's place on the depth chart, but this indicates he's in good standing. Marquise Goodwin also logged all 11 snaps with Jimmy Garoppolo and the ones on Monday night.
Pettis is the WR35 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models expect him to record 761.8 yards and 6.44 touchdowns on 60.5 receptions and 99.3 targets in 2019.
Bears think Tarik Cohen saw 'little bit too much' work in 2018
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy thinks he gave running back Tarik Cohen "a little bit too much" work last season.
"We moved [Cohen] around a lot last year, and I do feel like there was a time — probably later in the season — where we probably gave him a little bit too much," Nagy said Tuesday. "And when you mentally drain them, it pulls them back physically." The Bears drafted David Montgomery in the third round and added Cordarelle Patterson and Mike Davis in free agency, so it's won't be any surprise to see Cohen's touches scaled back in his third season.
numberFire's models expect Cohen to catch 62.8 passes for 567.5 yards and 2.94 touchdowns this season, with another 72.5 carries for 317.0 yards and 2.09 touchdowns. He's the RB35 in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Buccaneers' Ronald Jones has swelling in knee
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones has been dealing with swelling in his knee this week, per Jenna Laine of ESPN.
Jones returned to practice on Tuesday for the first time since the Buccaneers' second preseason game last Friday, so it appears to be a minor issue. The 2018 second-round pick has received praise from the team's new coaching staff this summer, but Dare Ogunbowale has been making some noise of late and could become a factor if Jones' injury lingers.
Jones is the RB42 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models expect him to rush for 564.0 yards and 3.89 touchdowns, with 21.4 catches for 128.2 yards and 0.42 touchdowns.
Dontrelle Inman reportedly heading back to Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers are signing free agent wide receiver Dontrelle Inman.
Inman was with the Chargers from 2014-16 after spending the previous two seasons in the Canadian Football League. The Chargers are thin at receiver behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, so Inman can provide some needed depth. The 30-year-old veteran was released by the New England Patriots last weekend after signing on in May.
Inman caught 28 passes on 39 targets for 304 yards and 3 touchdowns in nine games for the Indianapolis Colts last season.
Noah Fant suffered 'mild' ankle sprain in Broncos' preseason game Monday
Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant suffered a "mild" ankle sprain in Monday's preseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Fant has been quiet this preseason and the ankle injury is likely to keep things that way. The rookie is not expected to be available for this week's preseason action and could start the regular season off slow as well.
numberFire projects Fant as the TE20 in fantasy this season with 40.1 catches, 461.1 yards, and 3.5 touchdowns.
Broncos' Drew Lock (thumb) to be sidelined into the regular season
Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock is expected to miss a significant amount of time with a right thumb sprain.
Lock suffered the injury in Monday night's preseason game and will be sidelined into the regular season. The injury will not require surgery but will leave the rookie quarterback unavailable for the Broncos for a while. No specific timetable was provided. Kevin Hogan will serve as Joe Flacco's backup for the foreseeable future.
Lock was projected for 1,427.1 yards, 7.7 touchdowns, and 6.0 interceptions on 207.4 pass attempts before the injury.
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