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Washington's Trey Quinn primed for inside slot role
Washington Redskins wide receiver Trey Quinn "has taken over the inside slot role" according to head coach Jay Gruden.
After Jamison Crowder's departure this off-season, Gruden is expecting Quinn to step up and produce in the slot role. "He’s confident, he’s quick, he’s got strong hands, he’s physical, and he’s tough," said Gruden during mini-camp. "Obviously, losing Crowder hurts, hurts quite a bit. But I'm ready to watch Trey Quinn jump in that slot role and dominate the position."
For the 2019 season, our models project Quinn to produce 35.4 receptions for 374.1 yards and 1.9 touchdowns.
Patriots' Josh Gordon remains indefinitely suspended
New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon's indefinite suspension has "no update" from the league, an NFL spokesman told Jeff Howe of The Athletic.
Howe specifically asked if there was a timeline for a review of the suspension, but the league didn't reveal anything. This comes right on the heels of news that Gordon has been working out with Tom Brady this offseason and the Patriots re-signed the receiver in April, so there appears to be some thinking around New England that he will play in 2019. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported in February that there was a "chance" Gordon could be cleared by training camp.
Gordon caught 40 passes on 69 targets for 720 yards and 3 touchdowns in 11 games for New England last season.
Packers pick up Michael Roberts
The Green Packers signed tight end Michael Roberts off waivers.
Roberts was released by the Detroit Lions last week after a trade to the New England Patriots was reverted due to a failed physical. The oft-injured 2017 fourth-round pick will compete for a roster spot behind Jimmy Graham and third-rounder Jace Sternberger.
Roberts has 13 career receptions (27 targets) for 146 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Parris Campbell should see time as the Colts' third receiver
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell "should be in the mix for No. 3 wide receiver playing time/touches as a rookie" according to 1070 The Fan.
Campbell is expected to contribute as the Colts' third receiver during his rookie season despite playing behind starters T.Y. Hilton and Devin Funchess. Expect the speedy wideout to play a major role this year despite the wealth of receiving options.
For the 2019 season, our models project Campbell to produce 38.6 receptions for 486.2 yards and 3.2 touchdowns.
Chargers' Mike Williams ready for 'expanded role' in 2019
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams expects to have an "expanded role" in the 2019 passing game.
With Tyrell Williams' departure this off-season, the 24-year old wideout is expecting to see more targets and playing time in 2019. “My role is going to expand with Tyrell leaving. I’m ready to make some plays this upcoming season,” said Williams. "I feel I’m going to get a lot more opportunities than I did last year. A lot more balls coming my way.”
For the 2019 season, our models project Williams to produce 55.5 receptions for 809.7 yards and 7.2 touchdowns. In 16 games last year, the Chargers' receiver hauled in 43 receptions for 664 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Jacksonville's Leonard Fournette expects to have a role in 2019 passing game
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette expects to have an opportunity to catch passes in 2019 according to quarterback Nick Foles.
"That’s a threat. If you ask any defender, when a running back can go out of the backfield and not only run the ball and protect, but he can receive, that’s really tough on a defense," said Foles to the media.
On 74 targets in Fournette's career, the Jaguars' back has produced 58 receptions for 487 yards and two touchdowns. If he can stay healthy, look for Fournette to produce workhorse or RB1 fantasy numbers.
Rams will extend Jared Goff, coach says
Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay said there is a "zero percent chance" the team does not extend quarterback Jared Goff's contract.
'Whether it ends up happening this year or next year, there is a zero pct. chance this guy's not gonna get an extension he's worthy of," McVay told Mike Silver. Goff threw for 4,688 yards and 32 touchdowns with 12 interceptions and averaged 7.5 net yards per dropback. His play did decline somewhat down the stretch, as only completed 58.9% of his throws with 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in five December starts.
Our models project Goff to throw for 4,765.40 yards with 32.47 touchdowns and 11.34 interceptions in 2019.
Theo Riddick could be on the Lions' roster bubble
Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick could be on the roster bubble, per the Detroit Free Press.
Riddick is on the final year of his contract and his release would produce $3.7 million in cap savings. He was targeted 71 times last season, which was second on the team, but only managed 370 receiving yards on 57 catches.
Our models project Riddick to rush for 174.9 yards on 45.26 carries, while catching 51.07 passes for 358.66 yards.
Lions' Kerryon Johnson could catch 60 passes, writer pedicts
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press predicts that Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson will catch at least 60 passes this season.
Birkett said that Johnson has impressed as a receiver in offseason practice and says that primary receiving back Theo Riddick is not a lock to make the roster. This would open up opportunities in the passing game for Johnson, who caught 32 passes in 10 games as a rookie last season. Johnson had an 11% target share, compared to Riddick's 14%.
Our numbers are not as bullish, but our models do project Johnson to catch 40.76 passes this season for 291.65. He is also projected to rush for 1,038.06 yards and 5.3 touchdowns on 215.31 attempts.
James Conner expects Steelers to spread out backfield work
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner expects the offense to "spread out" backfield touches "pretty evenly."
Conner handled monster workloads when health allowed last year, but injuries and the late-season emergence of Jaylen Samuels may lead to more of a two-way split in 2019. The Steelers reportedly experimented with two-back formations in OTAs.
numberFire's models believe Conner will record 1,039.3 rushing yards, 498.0 receiving yards, and 10.76 touchdowns next season. He's the RB9 in our preseason fantasy rankings.
DK Metcalf shining for Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks second-round wide receiver DK Metcalf is "looking really, really special," quarterback Russell Wilson said.
"He can do anything and everything and he’s tremendous," Wilson added. Doug Baldwin's retirement should allow the rookie to make an immediate impact. The Seahawks gave up the 77th and 118th picks to move up and select Metcalf at the end of the second round.
numberFire's models expect Metcalf to catch 43.7 passes on 66.8 targets for 576.6 yards and 3.05 touchdowns in 2019. He's currently the WR69 in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Travis Kelce (ankle) expects to be at full strength by Chiefs camp
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (ankle) expects to be 100 percent by training camp.
Kelce sat out minicamp after undergoing a cleanup ankle procedure earlier this offseason. "I want to get out there and mesh with everyone and teach, have fun and get better," Kelce said. "But right now, just getting healthy is the main thing, and I think we’re there. I think by the time training camp comes around, I’ll be 100 percent." The 29-year-old set career-bests across the board last season.
Kelce is the top tight end in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models expect him to turn 137.2 targets into 101.9 catches, 1,296.8 yards, and 10.96 touchdowns in 2019.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 'probably' Packers' second wideout
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling "probably is the number-two receiver," writes ESPN's Rob Demovsky.
Demovsky believes Valdes-Scantling will start opposite Davante Adams, with Geronimo Allison working in three-wide sets. This comes a week after Aaron Rodgers said the sophomore "had a fantastic spring," so everything seems to be pointing up for the 24-year-old receiver.
numberFire's models expect MVS to catch 31.7 passes on 57.4 targets for 471.4 yards and 2.95 touchdowns in 2019. He's currently the WR79 in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Jaguars' Marqise Lee not expected to be ready for camp
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone does not expect wide receiver Marqise Lee (knee) to be ready for the start of camp.
Lee is recovering from a preseason injury that caused him to miss the entire 2018 season. If he is healthy this year, he could be the team's number one wide receiver.
Lee caught 56 of 96 targets for 702 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2017.
Patriots acquire Michael Roberts from lions
The New England Patriots acquired tight end Michael Roberts from the Detroit Lions in exchange for a future, late-round pick.
Roberts was a fourth-round pick in 2017 but failed to make much of an impact in Detroit. He played only eight games last season before landing on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. The 25-year-old could compete with Matt LaCosse for snaps while Benjamin Watson serves his four-game suspension for PEDs.
Roberts has 13 career receptions (27 targets) for 146 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Patriots' Sony Michel reportedly sidelined due to knee scope
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel had a knee scope this offseason, reports Jeff Howe of The Athletic.
The procedure explains why Michel missed the final portion of the Patriots' offseason program, but he's expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
numberFire's models believe Michel will rush for 1,155.8 yards and 9.01 touchdowns next season. He's the RB17 in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Giants won't rule out Daniel Jones starting in Week 1
New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur would not rule out rookie quarterback Daniel Jones starting in Week 1.
When asked if there was a scenario that Jones could start the season opener, Shurmur told reporters " You never know what is going to happen." While it appears to be a longshot for Eli Manning not to be under center in Week 1, the coaching staff's confidence in Jones is promising for the sixth-overall pick to see a good amount of starts in his rookie season.
Our models project Jones for just 398.6 yards, 2.3 touchdowns, and 1.7 interceptions on 57.9 pass attempts in 2019.
Damien Harris could earn 'prominent role' with Patriots
New England Patriots rookie running back Damien Harris could earn a "prominent role" in the offense, according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic.
Howe reported that the third-round pick out of Alabama has had a strong spring while Sony Michel has sat out with undisclosed injuries. While Michel is likely to handle the bulk of the early down work, Harris is in position to shine if Michel gets hurt.
Our models project Harris for 99 total touches, 470.8 yards, and 3.5 touchdowns in 2019.
Rams' Todd Gurley downplays knee issues
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley said he was not overly concerned about his knee issues.
"I had bigger problems to worry about coming out of college," Gurley said, referring to his past torn ACL. "This is small." Small or not, the fact that Gurley continues to be plagued by knee problems remains a concern. He turns 25 in August.
numberFire's models believe Gurley will record 946.9 rushing yards, 416.6 receiving yards, and 10.85 touchdowns in 2019. He's slid to the RB13 in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Carolina's Cam Newton (shoulder) will participate in drills on Tuesday
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) has been cleared to throw in drills during minicamp.
Newton continues to take steps in his rehab and is on track to participate in training camp. The 30-year old quarterback will look to bounce in 2019 after dealing with a shoulder injury last season.
Our models project Newton for 329.8 completions, 26.8 touchdowns, and 3,857.7 yards this season.
Lions reportedly sign receiver Jermaine Kearse to a one-year deal on Thursday
The Detroit Lions have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.
Kearse will join the Lions and backup Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola. Look for the veteran to see playing time if one of the top three wideouts goes down with an injury.
In 14 games last season, Kearse produced 37 receptions for 371 yards and 1 touchdown.
Vikings' Jordan Taylor working as third receiver
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Taylor has been working as the team's third wideout in spring practices.
Arif Hassan of The Athletic views Taylor and seventh-round rookie Dillon Mitchell as the best "fits" for the number-three gig. The Vikings lack any proven depth behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, so Taylor should have a solid shot at securing the job. The 27-year-old signed with Minnesota in April after spending his first four seasons in the league with the Denver Broncos.
numberFire's models project Taylor for 20.9 targets, 15.0 receptions, 131.9 yards, and 1.00 touchdowns in 2019.
Buccaneers' sixth-rounder Scotty Miller receiving praise
Tampa Bay Buccaneers sixth-round WR Scotty Miller has been making plays all over the field every practice, head coach Bruce Arians said.
Miller also received praise from quarterback Jameis Winston while Scott Smith of the Bucs' official website tweeted that the rookie has been "very quick and fast" during padless practice. He could potentially replace Adam Humphries in three-wide sets for Tampa Bay in 2019.
Miller hauled in at least 60 catches in each of his last three seasons at Bowling Green and surpassed 1,100 receiving yards in 2018.
Matt LaCosse in line to be Patriots' starting tight end
New England Patriots tight end Matt LaCosse is in line to be the starting tight end for Week 1 of the 2019 season.
After the Patriots released Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Tuesday, LaCosse is next in line to replace Ben Watson who is serving a four-game suspension to start the season. The Patriots have a hole at tight end following the retirement of Rob Gronkowski this offseason.
LaCosse caught 24 passes for 250 yards and 1 touchdown on 37 targets for the Denver Broncos in 2018.
Patriots' rookie N'Keal Harry seeing 'lot of work' with starters
New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry "got a lot of work with the starters" on the first day of minicamp, reports Jeff Howe of The Athletic.
The Patriots typically don't give rookies starting reps this early in the offseason, but there isn't a lot of competition on the depth chart for the first-round pick. He's the first wide receiver New England has selected in the first round during Bill Belichick and Tom Brady's tenure in New England.
Harry is the WR41 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. numberFire's models project him for 84.7 targets, 50.3 receptions, 711.8 yards, and 5.34 touchdowns in 2019.
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