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Baker Mayfield has 'made consistent progress' for Browns

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has "made consistent progress," offensive coordinator Todd Haley said.

What It Means:

“He’s made consistent progress, and that’s a good sign,” Haley praised, before referencing Mayfield's play in the Browns' preseason opener. “But, for his first game, he had an opportunity to get out there and run around and throw the football, and I thought for the most part he made good decisions and made some real good plays.” Tyrod Taylor will be under center Week 1 but this figures to be a fluid situation throughout the season.

numberFire's models currently expect Mayfield to remain the Browns' backup throughout his rookie campaign.

Sam Darnold is Jets' favorite to start Week 1

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is the favorite to start Week 1, believes Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

What It Means:

"Barring deer-in-the-headlights moments over the next couple weeks, it’d be an upset if Darnold isn’t the Week 1 starter," Mehta writes. "The brain trust is happier with this kid with each passing day, according to people familiar with the organization’s giddiness level." Darnold has been working with the first-team and is expected to start the Jets' second preseason game against the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. At this point, it sounds like Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater are competing for the backup job.

numberFire's models currently expect Darnold to be a backup this season.

Saquon Barkley (hamstring) sits out Giants' practice again

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (hamstring) did not practice Thursday.

What It Means:

Barkley hasn't practiced since tweaking his hamstring at the end of Monday's session. The Giants will likely hold him out at least through the weekend but there isn't any concern about the rookie's status for Week 1.

Barkley is the RB9 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings, and we have him tabbed for 1,092.4 rushing yards, 488.1 receiving yards (64.6 catches), and 8.04 touchdowns in his rookie season.

Bengals' A.J. Green still has 'a lot in the tank'

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green isn't concerned about his play regressing with age.

What It Means:

"I'm still young and I still got a lot in the tank," Green said. "I ain’t an old man. I've always got juice. I've had it for a long time. I'm not going anywhere any time soon.” The veteran receiver turned 30 in July and is coming off one of his least efficient seasons, although one that still yielded 75 catches, 1,078 yards, and 8 touchdowns.

Green is the 8th overall receiver in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. We expect him to catch 89.5 passes (168.9 targets) for 1,212.4 yards and 8.76 touchdowns in his eighth NFL season.

Dak Prescott: Tavon Austin 'not just a gadget' player for Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Tavon Austin is "not just a gadget" player, quarterback Dak Prescott said.

What It Means:

"I didn’t know he was as good of a receiver as he was and could run routes as well as he does, and catch the ball every single time,” Prescott said. “He’s a guy you can put out there, inside, outside and trust he’s going to get open.” Austin will be competing with free-agent signing Allen Hurns, third-round rookie Michael Gallup, Terrance Williams, and currently-sidelined Cole Beasley (groin) for targets on a wide-open Cowboys' depth chart. He had just 13 catches for 47 yards on 22 targets with the Los Angeles Rams last season.

Austin falls outside the top-100 receivers in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings, as we expect him to catch 17.4 passes (30.1 targets) for 143.3 yards and 0.54 touchdowns, in addition to 86.4 rushing yards and 0.54 scores on 12.8 carries.

Dak Prescott says he's starting to click with Cowboys' wide receivers

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said he and his pass-catching group are "starting to click."

What It Means:

"We’re starting to click, starting to hit the deep ball a lot more in some of these last practices than we did early on," Prescott said. "But we knew that would be part of it, working out the kinks and we’re all getting comfortable with each other. It’s fun to do it.” Prescott's passing numbers regressed slightly during a 2017 season that Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith missed time, but their respective returns should be able to help compensate for the lack of continuity among the Cowboys' receivers.

Prescott is currently the QB17 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. We expect him to throw for 3,484.0 yards with 20.36 touchdowns and 12.5 interceptions in 2018, with another 396.0 yards and 5.04 touchdowns on the ground.

Griff Whalen working ahead of Ryan Switzer in Raiders' slot

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Griff Whalen has worked ahead of Ryan Switzer at recent training camp practices.

What It Means:

Whalen also played ahead of Switzer in the Raiders' preseason opener, although the latter scored a touchdown. The two have seen most of the work in the slot, but if 33-year-old Jordy Nelson goes down at any point during the year, either Whalen or Switzer would likely see an expanded role.

Switzer is the WR134 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Whalen is outside the top-200.

Chris Carson in 'bellcow' role for Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson is playing a "bellcow" role, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

What It Means:

Rashaad Penny could potentially miss the beginning of the season with a broken finger, so Carson will have an opportunity to create even more separation at the top of the depth chart over the next few weeks.

Carson is currently the 29th running back in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models project him to rush 109.4 times for 397.8 times for 3.62 touchdowns, and catch 49.3 passes for 458.5 yards and 2.76 touchdowns this season.

Rashaad Penny (broken finger) expected back by Seahawks for Week 1

Seattle Seahawks rookie running back Rashaad Penny (broken finger) is expected to be ready for Week 1, head coach Pete Carroll said.

What It Means:

The Seahawks are planning on using Chris Carson as a "bellcow" back, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, so even if Penny is active for Week 1, the rookie may have a limited role to start his NFL career.

numberFire's models currently project Penny to gain 580.2 rushing yards and 181.3 receiving yards on 23.1 catches while scoring 5.34 touchdowns. He's the RB33 in our preseason rankings.

Broncos' Carlos Henderson suspended one game for violating substance abuse policy

Denver Broncos wide receiver Carlos Henderson has been suspended without pay for the first game of the NFL regular season.

What It Means:

Henderson is currently on the reserve/did not report list after not showing up for training camp. The suspension is due to a marijuana arrest in January of this year, and it seems unlikely that he will make any impact with the Broncos this season.

Henderson appeared in 0 games for the Denver Broncos as a rookie in 2017.

Titans' Rishard Matthews (undisclosed) remains injured

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews (undisclosed) remains out at training camp.

What It Means:

Matthews hasn't practiced this summer and there isn't a timetable for his return, nor is it known why he's inactive. The Titans have been using Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor in two-wide sets.

If he plays 16 games, numberFire's models project Matthews for 85.1 targets, 50.5 catches, 791.2 yards, and 4.79 touchdowns this season. He's the 41st wide receiver in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Source: Jim Wyatt

Jeremy McNichols filling in with 49ers' starters

San Francisco 49ers running back Jeremy McNichols has been working with the first-team offense in place of injured teammates Jerick McKinnon (knee strain) and Matt Breida (separated shoulder).

What It Means:

McNichols spent the majority of last season on the 49ers' practice squad after failing to make the Buccaneers' roster out of training camp, despite being drafted in the fifth round just a few months prior. He could secure the number-three job in the backfield while McKinnon and Breida are sidelined.

numberFire's models currently expect McNichols to total 143.7 yards and 0.54 touchdowns in a limited role for the 49ers this season.

Cameron Meredith back at Saints' practice Wednesday

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Cameron Meredith (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday.

What It Means:

Meredith is apparently fine after missing multiple practices in a row. He missed all of last season with a torn ACL.

numberFire's models currently project Meredith to catch 50.2 passes (86.1 targets) for 649.8 yards and 3.92 touchdowns during his first year in New Orleans. He's the 53rd wide receiver in our preseason fantasy rankings.

D.J. Chark has been 'most impressive' Jaguars' wideout

Jacksonville Jaguars second-round rookie D.J. Chark has been the "most impressive receiver" at training camp, reports ESPN Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco.

What It Means:

Chark has been consistently making plays over defenders, including Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, according to DiRocco. Second-year wideout Dede Westbrook has also received praise this week, and without a clear number-one emerging, the Jaguars may open the season with more of a committee approach at wideout.

numberFire's currently models project Chark for a modest 19.3 targets, 11.3 catches, 139.7 yards, and 1.12 touchdowns as a rookie, placing him well outside the top-100 receivers in our preseason rankings, as well as behind Marquise Lee (WR42), Westbrook (WR61), Donte Moncrief (WR64), and Keelan Cole (WR81).

John Brown the 'standout' of Ravens training camp

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver John Brown was named the "standout" of training camp by The Athletic's Jeff Zreibec.

What It Means:

Zreibec says "nobody made more plays than Brown during training camp," which comes on the heels of recent praise from head coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco. After illness and injury plagued Brown's past two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, it sounds like the 28-year-old wideout is ready to make an impact again.

Brown currently falls just inside the top-60 wide receivers in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. We expect him to turn in 42.0 catches (91.7 targets) for 591.2 yards and 3.10 touchdowns this season.

Derek Carr making strides in Raiders' new system

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is "in real command of Jon Gruden's offense," says Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review Journal.

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Carr is "vocal before snap" and "directing traffic to degree he hasn't in past" at the line of scrimmage, Gehlken tweeted, adding that the quarterback's "fluency level exceeds their time together," in regards to working with Gruden. After a breakout 2016 campaign, Carr struggled last season while batting a back injury.

Carr is currently the 21st quarterback in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our metrics expect him to throw for 3,872.7 yards with 26.79 touchdowns and 15.1 interceptions during his first year under Gruden.

Seahawks' Rashaad Penny breaks finger, reportedly 'should be ready for Week 1'

Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny will undergo surgery for his broken finger and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.

What It Means:

That puts his status in the air for Week 1, but sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter that Penny "should be ready" for the opener. Chris Carson remains at the top of the Seahawks' depth chart.

numberFire's models currently project Penny to gain 793.4 rushing yards and 250.3 receiving yards on 31.7 catches while scoring 7.16 touchdowns. He's the RB23 in our preseason rankings.

Tyler Eifert expected to have his snaps limited by the Bengals this season

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he never wants tight end Tyler Eifert to play 50 snaps in a game this season.

What It Means:

Lewis specifically said "Well I hope he never gets 50" when asked about a hypothetical 50-snap performance by Eifert. The oft-injured tight end managed to play in just two games in 2017 and is looking to be headed to a timeshare with Tyler Kroft as the Bengals' top tight end.

Our models like Eifert to finish as a top-10 tight end in fantasy this year with 60.6 catches, 604.5 yards, and 5.4 touchdowns in 2018. Those numbers could fall if he loses snaps to Kroft this season.

Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger in the NFL concussion protocol

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is in the NFL's concussion protocol after taking a hit in Tuesday's practice.

What It Means:

The 36-year-old signal caller has a history of concussions, so it makes sense Pittsburgh is cautious. Roethlisberger was not expected to play in the preseason game on Thursday, and he could sit out until the regular season as a precaution. His status for Week 1 is not in doubt.

Our models project Roethlisberger for 4,502 passing yards with 29.7 touchdowns and 14.0 interceptions on 584 attempts this season, making him a top-10 option in fantasy.

Jaguars could feature Corey Grant 'a lot more' in 2018

Brian Sexton of Jaguars.com expects the Jacksonville Jaguars to feature running back Corey Grant more in 2018.

What It Means:

Sexton believes the team is "too smart to leave a weapon like Grant on the sidelines again" in 2018. The back saw just 33 touches in 2017 but is in line for an expanded role this season as a chance of pace back behind starter Leonard Fournette. While he may see more action this season, Grant would only have fantasy value if Fournette would go down with injury and even then he would be battling for carries with T.J. Yeldon.

Our models project Grant for 35.9 touches in 2018, while ending up with 229.6 total yards and 1.7 touchdowns.

Dez Bryant will meet with the Browns on Thursday

Free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant will visit the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, per Diana Russini of ESPN.

What It Means:

After much back and forth in the media, the Browns and Bryant are finally going to meet up this week. It appears to be a good fit as Cleveland is in need of help at the wide receiver position with Josh Gordon's status unknown. Jarvis Landry and rookie Antonio Callaway are the Browns' starting wide receivers at the moment.

Bryant finished the 2017 season with 69 catches, 838 yards, and 6 touchdowns on 132 targets with the Dallas Cowboys.

Jaguars' Dede Westbrook continues to standout in training camp

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook has remained a standout throughout training camp, according to John Oehser of Jaguars.com.

What It Means:

According to Oehser, he believes Westbrook's performance has moved him into a top-three spot in the Jags' receiving corp, behind Marqise Lee and Keelan Cole and ahead of Donte Moncrief. If so, the second-year wideout could be a viable option in deep fantasy leagues as a WR4/5 or as a streaming option.

Our models project Westbrook for 71.5 targets, 40.0 catches, 558.9 yards, and 3.6 touchdowns in 2018.

Saints' Cameron Meredith out with undisclosed injury

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Cameron Meredith has been sidelined with an undisclosed injury.

What It Means:

Meredith tweeted about the situation on Tuesday after missing multiple days of practice in a row. "So many obstacles on my path, trying to test my perseverance," Meredith said. "No need to fear, my faith is unshaken and I can do all things through Him, for He gives me strength." Ian Rapoport of NFL Network believes the absence isn't related to the receiver's surgically-repaired knee, which he says is "doing well." The Saints face the Arizona Cardinals on Friday in their second preseason game.

numberFire's models currently project Meredith to catch 50.2 passes (86.1 targets) for 649.8 yards and 3.92 touchdowns during his first year in New Orleans. He's the 53rd wide receiver in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Jets' Terrelle Pryor scolded for discussing injury

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles said wide receiver Terrelle Pryor should "keep his mouth shut and leave the injuries to me," in response to Pryor claiming he broke his ankle again in May.

What It Means:

Player's aren't usually publicly criticized by coaches in this manner, so this may not bode well for Pryor as he tries to secure a role on offense. The 29-year-old signed a 1-year deal with the Jets this offseason that only includes $1 million guaranteed.

numberFire's models project Pryor for 34.6 catches on 70.2 targets with 444.5 receiving yards and 1.9 touchdowns in 2018. He's the WR85 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

49ers' Marquise Goodwin 'clearly' Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite target

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is "clearly Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite target," writes ESPN's Nick Wagoner.

What It Means:

Pierre Garcon figures to see a comparable share of targets throughout the year, but Wagoner believes Goodwin will finish with more touchdowns and yards per catch. He had at least 60 receiving yards and/or a touchdown in 10 of 15 games last season.

numberFire's models currently project Goodwin to rack up 802.5 receiving yards and 5.46 touchdowns on 52.1 catches (106.1 targets) this season. He's the WR33 in our preseason fantasy rankings. Garcon is 31st.

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