NFL PLAYER NEWS
Patriots release wide receiver Dontrelle Inman
The New England Patriots have released wide receiver Dontrelle Inman on Sunday.
Inman requested his release after falling behind the depth chart and will search for another team before the regular season begins.
In nine games last season, the 30-year old played well in a secondary role with the Colts, producing 28 receptions for 304 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Washington's Case Keenum reportedly on track to start in Week 1 of the regular season
Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum is "now tracking to be Washington’s opening-day starting QB."
According to ESPN, Keenum is emerging as the likely starter at quarterback with Colt McCoy still recovering from injury and Dwayne Haskins' lack of NFL experience. Expect the veteran to play with the first unit offense until Haskins is perceived ready.
For the 2019-2020 season, our models project Keenum to produce 161.8 completions for 1,741.9 yards and 10.9 touchdowns and 124.3 rushing yards and 1.5 touchdowns on 25.6 attempts.
Marcus Mariota not locked in as Titans' starter
The Tennessee Titans' starting quarterback job "looks surprisingly wide open," according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe.
Ryan Tannehill has outperformed Marcus Mariota through two preseason games and appears to be forcing a position battle under center in Tennessee. Volin believes Mariota "won't be on a long leash" if he starts Week 1.
Mariota is currently the QB23 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. He's projected for 3,410.5 passing yards with 19.74 touchdowns and 13.4 interceptions, with another 378.0 rushing yards and 3.37 touchdowns.
Chargers' Derwin James (foot) reportedly expected to miss 3 months
Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Derwin James (foot) is expected to miss 3 months, reports Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
James is undergoing surgery this week to address a stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal. The Chargers will likely place him on injured reserve with the hope he returns sometime in November.
The Chargers D/ST is 5th in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings.
Raiders' Antonio Brown participates in Saturday's walkthrough
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown "took all the reps" in Saturday's walkthrough.
According to head coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr, Brown is ready to contribute despite missing time with a foot ailment. "He came in and, no mental errors, and in this offense, that’s not easy to do," said Carr to the media. "You can tell Antonio’s been studying because he came out and didn’t miss a beat. He was a part of everything we did today.”
Heading into the 2019-2020 season, numberFire's power rankings rate Brown as the ninth overall wide receiver. Our models project the 31-year old to haul in 103.5 receptions for 1,260.2 yards and 9.6 touchdowns on 156.9 targets.
Chargers' Derwin James suffers a right foot fracture
Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Derwin James has been diagnosed with a right foot fracture.
"I would like for him to play in 2019, but I don’t know that for sure," said Chargers' head coach Anthony Lynn. It looks like James will be out for multiple weeks if not months. The second year safety will be hard to replace after ranking as one of the best in coverage last year. This is a huge blow to the Chargers' pass defense.
Heading into the 2019-2020 season, numberFire's power rankings rate the Chargers as the seventh best pass defense. In Week 1 of the regular season, Los Angeles will face a Colts pass offense ranked fifth if quarterback Andrew Luck is healthy.
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