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Schefter: Buccaneers' Jameis Winston to be suspended 3 games for Uber incident

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended three games for violating the league's personal-conduct policy, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

What It Means:

Schefter's colleague, ESPN Tallahassee radio host Jeff Cameron, reported Wednesday night that Winston was expecting a suspension but that it would likely be only 1 game. Winston is alleged to have groped an Uber driver, and even though he was never charged with a crime, the NFL has proven they won't hesitate taking these sorts of matters into their own hands. Ryan Fitzpatrick is second at quarterback on the Buccaneers' depth chart.

Prior to this report, numberFire's models projected Jameis to throw for 4,177 passing yards, 26.43 touchdowns, and 15.8 interceptions in 2018, with an additional 160.3 yards and 1.76 scores on the ground. He was the QB18 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

DeShone Kizer and Brett Hundley struggling during Packers' minicamp

Green Bay Packers quarterbacks DeShone Kizer and Brett Hundley struggled during minicamp, ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes.

What It Means:

Both looked absolutely terrible last season, but there was at least some hope that Kizer -- who came over from the Cleveland Browns in a trade -- could take a step forward in a better situation. Demovsky writes that both held the ball too long, took sacks, and struggled with his accuracy during minicamp. Unless one of them improves in training camp, Green Bay's backup situation will once again be a concern.

Among the 45 quarterbacks to drop back at least 100 times last season, Kizer's -0.17 Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) per drop back were fourth-least. Hundley put up -0.15 -- the sixth-worst rate.

Jets' Robby Anderson receives legal slap on wrist

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson pled no contest to a reckless driving charge.

What It Means:

All other charges from Anderson's January incident were dropped, but he was still facing a misdemeanor charge. He was given six months of non-reporting probation. Anderson's legal issues are behind him, but he could still face discipline from the league.

Our models project Anderson for 884 receiving yards and 4.3 touchdowns on 64 catches in the 2018 season. He is currently our 31st wide receiver for fantasy purposes.

Free agent Eric Decker eyeing up Patriots

Free agent wide receiver Eric Decker "would love" to play for the New England Patriots.

What It Means:

Decker -- 31 years old and coming off a drop-filled and offensively dull 2017 with the Tennessee Titans -- has been greeted with a non-existent market. Decker did turn things around some in the playoffs, catching 8-of-12 passes for 106 yards and a score Unfortunately for Decker, the Pats' wideout room is chock full of slot receivers.

Among the 85 receivers with 50 targets or more in 2017, Decker's 0.55 Reception Net Expected Points (NEP) per target came in 67th.

Buccaneers' Jameis Winston could be facing suspension

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is "prepared for the NFL to levy a suspension" in its investigation of his March 2016 sexual assault incident with an Uber driver, ESPN Tallahassee Radio's Jeff Cameron reports.

What It Means:

Per Cameron, the belief is that his suspension will be no longer than three games, and likely just one. Winston was never charged with a crime, but the NFL has tended to make decisions regardless of legal punishment lately. Clarity in this situation may be a ways off here.

Still assuming a 16-game season for Winston, our models project him for 4,177 passing yards, 26.4 touchdowns, and 15.8 interceptions on 573 attempts. We put him 18th at the quarterback position for fantasy purposes.

Seahawks' Brandon Marshall (toe, ankle, hamstring) will be ready for training camp

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Brandon Marshall (toe, ankle, hamstring) should be ready for camp, head coach Pete Carroll said.

What It Means:

Marshall has had toe and ankle surgeries since he landed on injured reserve last season, and he missed minicamp with a hamstring injury. "I'm not where I want to be, not even close," Marshall said of his health. Marshall will be entering his age-34 season, has been unable to stay healthy and productive, and Seattle owes him just $90,000 guaranteed; he is not a lock for the final roster.

As of now, our models project Marshall for 503 receiving yards and 2.6 touchdowns on 41 catches in the 2018 season. This puts him 71st among our wide receiver fantasy projections.

Cowboys' second-year tight end Blake Jarwin was starter in spring

Dallas Cowboys second-year undrafted free agent Blake Jarwin worked as the number-one tight end during OTAs and minicamp, says team reporter Marcus Mosher.

What It Means:

Mosher added that 2016 sixth-round pick Rico Gathers "barely gets any snaps in practice," so it looks like Jarwin may be the early favorite to take over for retired 15-year veteran Jason Witten.

Jarwin caught 41 passes for 616 yards (15.0 yards per reception) and 5 touchdowns during a three-year (28 games) career at Oklahoma State.

Allen Hurns working as Cowboys' 'clear-cut' number-one

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Allen Hurns was the team's "clear-cut" number-one option at his position throughout spring practices, according to team reporter Marcus Mosher.

What It Means:

Dez Bryant is gone and the other notable receivers on the Cowboys' roster are Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, and third-rounder Michael Gallup, so this doesn't come as any surprise. Look for Ezekiel Elliott to also be heavily involved in the passing game. Hurns signed a 2-year, $12 million deal with Dallas after being released from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Hurns is the WR54 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings and our models believe he will finish with 46.0 receptions (77.1 targets) for 612.1 yards and 2.71 touchdowns in 2018.

D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) unlikely to be ready for Texans' training camp

Houston Texans running back D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) is not expected to be ready to participate at the start of training camp in late-July.

What It Means:

Foreman is still recovering from surgery on a torn Achilles Tendon he suffered in November 2017. He is expected to compete with Lamar Miller for touches in the Texans' backfield but does not appear to be on track for full participation when training camp starts. Tyler Ervin and Alfred blue will see extra work as long as Foreman is limited.

Our models project Foreman for 142 touches (19.8 catches), 626.9 total yards, and 4.1 touchdowns in 2018.

Eric Ebron standing out for Colts during offseason work

Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron "has been among the more impressive Colts" this offseason, writes Stephen Holder of the Indy Star.

What It Means:

Ebron has lined up everywhere except the backfield for the Colts this offseason, and both his intelligence and versatility have received praise from new head coach Frank Reich, so the 2014 first-rounder may be able to find a consistent role in the offense. Ebron signed a 2-year deal with the Colts in March.

numberFire's models currently project Ebron to catch 33.4 passes (54.6 targets) for 340.5 yards and 3.75 touchdowns in 2018.

D.J. Moore 'has looked the part' for Panthers

Carolina Panthers first-round wide receiver D.J. Moore "has looked the part" this offseason, writes Albert Breer of Monday Morning Quarterback.

What It Means:

This comes after in-house team writer Max Henson said last week that Moore is "more than ready to contribute," so it sounds like the first receiver taken in April's draft will be ready to make an impact for the Panthers right away.

numberFire's early models project Moore to catch 44.0 passes (72.5 targets) for 556.8 yards and 3.26 touchdowns during his rookie campaign.

Mike McCarthy: Packers using committee approach in backfield

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said the team will have a "running back by committee."

What It Means:

That committee will consist of Ty Montgomery, Jamaal Williams, and Aaron Jones. However, McCarthy did hedge on his commitment, conceding that the offense can "adjust" if "one of them would emerge as that full-time guy." Until then, the Packers' backfield figures to be a headache for fantasy owners.

Montgomery (RB38), Williams (RB41), and Jones (RB43) are all within six spots of each other in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings.

Source: ESPN.com

Colts' Andrew Luck says 'pain is gone' in shoulder

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said the "pain is gone" in his surgically-repaired shoulder.

What It Means:

“The pain is gone, and it’s going to stay that way,” Luck said to reporters at minicamp. “My body doesn’t revolt, in a sense, to new things I ask." Albert Breer of Monday Morning Quarterback says the Colts will monitor Luck's reps in training camp as they ease him back into things, but it sounds like the 28-year-old quarterback has a solid chance of being ready for Week 1.

numberFire's early season models have Luck ranked as the QB13 for 2018, and we project him to throw for 3,933.1 yards with 27.75 touchdowns and 16.0 interceptions, as well as 279.5 rushing yards and 2.31 scores on the ground.

Zay Jones has to prove his worth in Bills' offense

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Zay Jones will have to "earn his way," general manager Brandon Beane said during an interview with WGR 550 Buffalo.

What It Means:

"He’s not just going to necessarily go right to the top of the line," said Beane. "He’ll have to earn his way." Jones sat out OTAs while recovering from knee surgery, so the 2017 second-round pick still hasn't worked with the Bills' new quarterbacks, free agent A.J. McCarron and 7th overall pick Josh Allen. There isn't a lot of competition at wideout for Jones on the roster, but that was also the case last year and he mustered just 27 catches on 74 targets in 15 games.

numberFire's early models project Jones for 498.7 receiving yards and 2.16 touchdowns on 36.6 catches (82.6 targets) in 2018. He's the WR77 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Source: WGR 550

Ronald Jones could see 15-20 touches a game for Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers second-round running back Ronald Jones "should get" 15-20 touches per game this season, writes Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

What It Means:

Peyton Barber and Charles Sims are also expected to be involved in the offense to some degree, but it sounds like Jones will see the most opportunity out of the Buccaneers' backfield during his rookie campaign.

numberFire's models currently project Jones to rush 180 times for 704.2 yards and 4.77 touchdowns during his rookie campaign, while also adding 32.6 catches for 246.7 yards and 0.81 scores through the air.

Baker Mayfield 'has a long way to go' to take over as Browns' starter

Cleveland Browns first-round quarterback Baker Mayfield has a "long way to go to unseat" starter Tyrod Taylor, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.

What It Means:

"I made a commitment to [Taylor] and he has held up his end of the bargain with not just the way he works but the way he plays and the way he leads," head coach Hue Jackson explained. Mayfield has already earned reps with the Browns' second team ahead of Drew Stanton, but it sounds like there's still a considerable gap between this year's top overall draft pick and Cleveland's current starter.

numberFire's early models project Mayfield to throw for 460.4 yards with 2.48 touchdowns and 1.7 interceptions, as well as 33.9 yards and 0.32 scores on the ground, while working as the Browns' backup in 2018.

Nathan Peterman working with Bills' first-team offense

Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman has been sharing first-team reps with A.J. McCarron, writes ESPN's Mike Rodak.

What It Means:

Rodak believes that Peterman "should be considered a serious contender for the starting job," as he "has looked sharp," which was evidenced at Tuesday's minicamp when the 24-year-old completed 10 of 13 passes during 11-on-11 drills and ended practice with a touchdown. Josh Allen, the 7th overall pick from this year's draft, saw "periodic time" with the first unit during the Bills minicamp.

In his lone start last season, Peterman threw 5 interceptions and was pulled at halftime.

Odell Beckham (ankle) intends to attend Giants training camp

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (ankle) told reporters he plans to attend training camp.

What It Means:

Beckham has been limited to individual drills this offseason and there was also some belief that he would hold out of training camp for a new contract, but at least for now, the 25-year-old star receiver appears eager to prove he's healthy and worthy of a long-term deal.

numberFire's early models project Beckham to catch 99.0 passes (166.5 targets) for 1,351.1 yards and 9.16 touchdowns in 2018.

Dallas Goedert could feature in red-zone immediately for Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles rookie tight end Dallas Goedert should be an immediate red-zone threat, the Philadelphia Inquirer expects.

What It Means:

With Trey Burton gone, second-round pick Goedert is expected to step right into the number-two tight end role. Despite clearly being behind Zach Ertz, there's talk Goedert could get some slot snaps in three-wide sets, but he could also lose early-down work due to his lack of college experience blocking.

Our models project Goedert for 228 receiving yards and 2.2 touchdowns on 21 catches in his rookie year. This is the 37th-best fantasy projection for a tight end.

Jets not giving up on ArDarius Stewart

The New York Jets aren't expected to be giving up on second-year wide receiver ArDarius Stewart, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

What It Means:

Despite being drafted in the second round last year, Stewart is buried on the Jets' depth chart behind Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa, and Jermaine Kearse. To make matters worse, Chad Hansen has outplayed him in offseason practices and Terrelle Pryor is owed $2 million guaranteed. Stewart isn't a lock for a roster spot, but the Jets should open the season with six receivers.

Our models project Stewart for 19 catches this year, earning 232 receiving yards and 1.5 touchdowns. He's well outside our top-100 receivers for fantasy football.

Raiders' Martavis Bryant could be facing another suspension

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant may be facing imminent league discipline, reports Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

What It Means:

Gehlken says that Bryant is believed to have violated the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, which is obviously disturbing news for a player who missed the entire 2016 season because of substance-abuse violations. If the report is true, Bryant could be suspended for another full year, if not longer. The Raiders acquired Bryant from the Pittsburgh Steelers in April in exchange for the 79th overall pick in this year's draft.

Prior to this report, numberFire's models projected Bryant to catch 42.2 passes (74.5 targets) for 562.6 yards and 3.07 touchdowns in 2018.

Panthers' first-round wideout D.J. Moore 'more than ready to contribute'

Carolina Panthers first-round wide receiver D.J. Moore is "more than ready to contribute," writes Max Henson of the Panthers' official website.

What It Means:

Moore is known for what he can do after the catch, so it's no surprise that team writer Henson says the 24th overall pick looked "smooth" and "can really run" during an impressive minicamp showing. The Maryland product is expected to open the year as a starter opposite Devin Funchess.

numberFire's early models project Moore to catch 44.0 passes (72.5) targets for 556.8 yards and 3.26 touchdowns during his rookie campaign.

Source: Max Henson

Patrick Peterson embracing new role in Cardinals' secondary

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson said he is taking on an assortment of new responsibilities under new head coach Steve Wilks.

What It Means:

Peterson has primarily shadowed opposing team's number-one receivers all over the field, but his new role calls for playing off the ball and blitzing more often while not pressing as much. Turning 28 next month, Peterson is excited for a role that will allow him to better utilize his play-making abilities. "I’m looking to start jumping routes now. I’m looking to be a little bit more aggressive off the ball, and be the same as I am when I’m in the receiver’s face."

Peterson recorded 34 tackles (30 solo) and picked off 1 pass while deflecting 8 more for the Cardinals in 2017.

Elijah McGuire pegged as Jets' third-down running back

New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire is expected to be the team's third-down option this season, writes Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

What It Means:

“Eli looks fantastic to be perfectly honest,” running backs coach Stump Mitchell said. “I’ll tell you who I see Eli as — and he’s in the Hall of Fame. Eli has the skill set to be a LaDainian Tomlinson if he was given that opportunity." The 2017 sixth-rounder only averaged 6.6 offensive touches per game as a rookie while playing behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell, but it sounds like McGuire is the favorite to beat out Powell for pass-catching duties in 2018. The Jets signed Isaiah Crowell in March to handle early downs.

numberFire's models project McGuire to rush 35.7 times for 128.4 yards and 0.60 touchdowns this upcoming season while also catching 11.8 passes for 99.5 yards and 0.19 touchdowns.

Colts' fourth-rounder Nyheim Hines doing everything on offense

Indianapolis Colts rookie running back Nyheim Hines was "among the most active players on offense" in spring practices, writes Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star.

What It Means:

In addition to getting touches out of the backfield, Hines has lined up in the slot and out wide, making plays all over the field while also returning kicks. The Colts selected Hines in the fourth round and it sounds like they want to get him involved often as a rookie.

numberFire's early models project Hines to rush 68.2 times for 264.2 yards and catch 36.5 passes for 286.1 yards and 3.03 total touchdowns.

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