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Raiders' Jalen Richard could have receiving workload lessened in 2019

Oakland Raiders running back Jalen Richard could reportedly lose a share of his targets to rookie back Josh Jacobs, according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic.

What It Means:

The Raiders selected Jacobs out of Alabama with the No. 24 pick in the drat, showing how much they think of his potential. He'll likely be utilized often in his rookie season, and that could come at Richard's expense.

Our models project Richard for 40.88 carries, 41.02 receptions, 503.07 all-purpose yards and 2.09 total touchdowns.

Demarcus Robinson could see larger role for Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson will be asked to replace Chris Conley on offense this season, writes Nate Taylor of The Athletic.

What It Means:

Conley, who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason, only saw a 9.2 percent target share with the Chiefs in 2018, but he played 74.7 percent of the snaps. Robinson, meanwhile, saw less than half as much action. Patrick Mahomes praised Robinson for his ability to get open when plays break down and they've been working on their deep-ball connection. Tyreek Hill's pending off-field situation and Sammy Watkins' inability to stay healthy could create even more opportunity for Robinson.

Robinson is currently just inside the top-100 receivers in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models expect him to catch 26.8 passes on 43.9 targets for 348.9 yards and 1.85 touchdowns, but that doesn't account for a potential Hill suspension or injury to Watkins.

Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) avoids PUP list to open camp

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles') has avoided the active/PUP list to open training camp.

What It Means:

Sanders will still be eased into things, but this is a great sign for his Week 1 availability. The veteran wideout turned 32 in March.

Assuming he plays every game, numberFire's models expect Sanders to catch 52.9 passes on 87.6 targets for 612.9 yards and 3.60 touchdowns in 2019. He's currently the WR60 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Source: Troy Renck

Phillip Lindsay (wrist) leading Broncos' backfield to start camp

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay took the handoff on the first team rep of training camp.

What It Means:

This confirms Vic Fangio's claim on Wednesday that Lindsay is back to full health. It also indicates he remains ahead of Royce Freeman on the depth chart, though the Broncos may utilize more of a timeshare between the two sophomores next season.

Lindsay is the RB18 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models expect him to rush 203.5 times for 1,018.1 yards and 7.20 touchdowns, with 37.0 receptions for 263.0 yards and 0.84 touchdowns.

Falcons' Austin Hooper ready for next step

Atlanta Falcons contract-year tight end Austin Hooper is "ready to go to another level" with his play in 2019, believes head coach Dan Quinn.

What It Means:

“He is a threat in this offense,” added respected position coach Mike Mularkey, who the Falcons brought in this offseason to coach tight ends. Hooper set career-bests across the board in 2018 with 71 receptions for 660 yards and 4 touchdowns.

numberFire's models expect Hooper to catch 59.6 passes on 74.0 targets for 549.6 yards and 5.75 touchdowns in 2019. He's currently the TE11 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Derrick Henry to drive Titans' offense in 2019

Tennessee Titans new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith said he intends to ride contract-year running back Derrick Henry this season, writes Jim Wyatt of the team's official website.

What It Means:

Henry reeled off 625 yards and eight touchdowns on 97 carries (6.44 yards per carry) over five December contests to finish out 2018, so it makes sense that Smith wants to recreate that production. He turned 25 in January.

Henry is the RB22 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models expect him to rush 247.7 times for 1,105.1 yards and 8.15 touchdowns, with 15.1 receptions for 103.7 yards and 0.27 touchdowns.

Emmanuel Sanders 'definitely not full go' for Broncos' camp

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles') said he's "definitely not going to be full-go from the jump" in training camp.

What It Means:

"I want to be ready for Week 1," Sanders added. He will steadily be eased into things leading up to the start of the regular season, so this will be something worth keeping an eye on.

Assuming he plays every game, numberFire's models expect Sanders to catch 52.9 passes on 87.6 targets for 612.9 yards and 3.60 touchdowns in 2019. He's currently the WR60 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Broncos' Phillip Lindsay (wrist) says he's 100 percent

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (wrist) said he will be "100 percent" for the start of training camp on Thursday.

What It Means:

Lindsay underwent surgery on his wrist this offseason but is declaring himself ready to go. The Broncos are still expected to take it easy with the second-year back this preseason, opening the door for more touches for Royce Freeman.

Our models project Lindsay for 240.6 total touches, 1,281.1 yards, and 8.0 touchdowns in 2019.

Source: Mike Klis

Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott reportedly planning camp holdout

Profootballtalk.com reports that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has "privately said that he will hold out of training camp unless he gets a new contract."

What It Means:

Elliott has two years remaining on his rookie deal but just like Melvin Gordon, he believes he needs a pay raise. With the workload the Cowboys put on Zeke, it makes sense the running back wants to re-work his deal. With training camp starting next week, we will see if the validity of the rumors are true, very soon

Our models project Elliott as the number-two back in fantasy for 2019 with 2,067.2 total yards and 14.7 touchdowns.

Washington's Derrius Guice (hamstring) reportedly questionable for the start of training camp

Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice is reportedly questionable for the start of training camp after suffering a hamstring injury.

What It Means:

According to 106.7 The Fan, Guice's injury reportedly occurred "a few weeks ago" but regardless of the timing this is not good news. It would probably be smart to fade Guice in all fantasy formats until the young running back can show he is fully healthy.

For the 2019 season, our models project Guice to rush for 783.02 yards and 4.32 touchdowns on 170.79 attempts.

Jets' Chris Herndon suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy

New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon will be suspended four games this season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

What It Means:

Herndon will miss four games in 2019 after his DUI arrest last June. Expect the young tight end to return in Week 6 with the Jets' bye during Week 4.

For the upcoming season, our models project Herndon to produce 49.0 receptions for 567.6 yards and 5.1 touchdowns.

Agent says Chargers' Melvin Gordon could hold out into season

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon's agent said there is a "strong possibility" his client will hold out into the season barring a new contract or trade.

What It Means:

Gordon is currently scheduled to earn $5.6 million in 2019, the final year of his rookie contract. He said he will demand a trade and skip training camp if he does not receive a new contract.

If Gordon plays in 2019, our models project to him to rush for 1,120.48 yards and 11.05 touchdowns, while also catching 63.29 passes for 598.50 yards and 3.43 touchdowns.

San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) ready for start of training camp

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) is "good to go" for training camp.

What It Means:

Garoppolo spoke to the media on Tuesday and proclaimed his knee is ready for the start of training camp. “The rehab process has gone really well. We haven’t had any setbacks," said the 49ers' quarterback. "We’re moving in the right direction. I’m good to go. Finally."

For the 2019 season, our models project Garoppolo to produce 348.9 completions for 4,052.2 yards and 23.3 touchdowns and rush for 195.9 yards and 2.2 touchdowns. Look for the 27-year old to finally have his breakout season if he can stay healthy.

Chiefs want Damien Williams to be 'the full-time starter for the year'

Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams is expected to start full-time this season.

What It Means:

According to head coach Andy Reid, the Chiefs are expecting Williams to produce in a full-time role as their starting running back after a successful stint in the second half of last season. "He's taken that challenge. He wants to do this thing," said Reid. "He's earned the right to be that guy. And now it's a matter of production."

For the 2019 season, our models project Williams to produce 952.9 rushing yards and 8.5 touchdowns on 205.1 attempts and 421.8 receiving yards and 3.6 touchdowns on 51.8 receptions. Expect Williams to start the season in a three-down role unless we hear otherwise.

Jets' Jamison Crowder looks 'fully healthy'

New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder has looked "extremely quick" and "fully healthy" this off-season.

What It Means:

Crowder is expected to play an important role in the Jets' passing game as the starting slot receiver after signing a multi-year deal in free agency with New York. Look for the 26-year old to see volume in head coach Adam Gase's offense with previous slot receivers Jarvis Landry, Danny Amendola, and Wes Welker all succeeding in their roles.

For the 2019 season, our models project Crowder to produce 53.2 receptions for 633.2 yards and 2.9 touchdowns.

Carolina's Cam Newton (shoulder) 'slated to be a full participant' at the start of the training camp

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) is "slated to be a full participant" when training camp begins.

What It Means:

Newton threw during mini-camp and remains on track to participate fully in training camp drills. Expect the Panthers' franchise quarterback to rebound in 2019-2020 as long as he can stay healthy.

For 2019 season, our models project Newton to produce 329.8 completions for 3.857.8 yards and 26.8 touchdowns and rush for 554.9 yards and 5.7 touchdowns.

Buffalo's Cole Beasley seen as a 'safety valve'

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley is seen as Josh Allen's 'safety valve'.

What It Means:

According to Carucci, Beasley will play a slot role in the Buffalo offense and has a legitimate chance to lead the team in receptions. Expect the shifty receiver to play in three wideout sets next season.

For the 2019-2020 season, our models project Beasley to produce 34.63 receptions for 398.01 yards and 2.50 touchdowns.

Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott will not be suspended by the NFL

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will not be suspended by the NFL following an altercation with a security guard in Las Vegas back in May.

What It Means:

Elliott met with commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday and after their talk, the league decided the running back did not violate the NFL's personal conduct policy and will not be suspended.

Our models project Elliott as the number-two running back in fantasy with 2,067.2 total yards and 14.6 touchdowns in 2019.

Source: Ed Werder

Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott reportedly meeting with Roger Goodell Tuesday

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday in New York to discuss an incident that took place in Las Vegas earlier this offseason, reports ESPN's Todd Archer.

What It Means:

Elliott was briefly detained at a music festival in May following an altercation with a security guard. He won't face any legal ramifications, but the league may still decide to pass down punishment. Elliot was suspended six games for an alleged 2016 incident that didn't involve an arrest or any charges.

Zeke is the RB2 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models expect him to rush 326.5 times for 1,518.8 yards and 11.85 touchdowns, with 77.9 receptions for 548.4 yards and 2.79 touchdowns.

Peyton Barber expected to out-produce Ronald Jones

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber is "certainly likely" to finish with more yards than Ronald Jones, believes The Athletic's Greg Auman.

What It Means:

Barber underwhelmed as the Bucs' starter last season, but he still fared better than Jones, who mustered just 1.9 yards on 23 carries as a rookie. The second-round pick figures to progress this season, but Auman seems to believe the starting job is Barber's to lose.

Barber is the RB35 and Jones is the RB47 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings.

Source: Greg Auman

Bengals' Tyler Eifert 'trending in right direction'

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan said tight end Tyler Eifert (ankle) is "trending in the right direction."

What It Means:

Eifert missed 12 games last season but seems to be on track to return for training camp.

Our models project him to catch 46.03 passes for 429.43 yards and 4.03 touchdowns this season.

Ravens' Hayden Hurst 'good to go' for training camp

Baltimore Ravens tight end Hayden Hurst (foot, hamstring) told 105.7 Baltimore he is "good to go" for training camp.

What It Means:

Hurst missed four games during his rookie season last year with a broken foot, while fellow tight end Mark Andrews had a solid season.

Our models project Hurst to catch 20.97 passes for 250.07 yards and 1.93 touchdowns in 2019.

Chiefs believe Tyreek Hill could be suspended by the NFL next month

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is meeting with NFL investigators this week and could face a suspension for violating the league's code of conduct, despite avoiding criminal charges.

What It Means:

Hill is currently barred from team activities by the Chiefs but is expected to be reinstated in time for training camp. However, the NFL is likely to make a ruling on a possible suspension before camp starts. If Hill misses games this season, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, and rookie Mecole Hardman are expected to benefit.

Our models project Hill for only 43.5 catches, 693.2 yards, and 5.7 touchdowns in 2019.

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.

What It Means:

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.

Source: NBC Sports

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.

What It Means:

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.

Source: Jeff Howe

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