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49ers' Reuben Foster reports to Thursday's OTAs

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was present at the team's OTAs on Thursday.

What It Means:

On Wednesday, Foster had domestic violence charges dismissed and a weapons felony reduced to a misdemeanor. He will be due to return to court in June for a possession charge independent of the situation with his then-girlfriend. However, he's unlikely to face discipline and the team has welcomed him back after sticking with him through the legal process.

Foster, the 31st overall pick in the 2017 draft, yielded 59 tackles and 1 pass defensed in 10 starts this past season.

Zay Jones (knee) undergoes surgery, to miss remainder of Bills' offseason program

Per WKBW's Joe Buscagalia, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Zay Jones underwent knee surgery last week and will miss the remainder of the team's offseason program.

What It Means:

In speaking to the media Thursday morning, head coach Sean McDermott announced the news. He said, "Best for us to get this done now," adding that there is no timetable for his return. If his status for Week 1 is in any kind of jeopardy, either Jeremy Kerley or Andre Holmes would be the likely candidates for more snaps on the outside.

In 2017, Jones turned 74 targets into 27 catches, 316 yards and 2 touchdowns as a rookie.

Chargers' Hunter Henry tears ACL, likely out for 2018 season

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry suffered a torn ACL during OTAs on Tuesday and is expected to miss the entire 2018 season.

What It Means:

Devasting blow for Henry and the Chargers as the 23-year-old tight end was poised for a breakout season as Antonio Gates was not re-signed. However, now with Henry out, expect Gates to return for another season with Phillip Rivers and Co. Henry will be getting a second opinion to confirm the injury on Wednesday.

Henry caught 45 passes for 579 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2017.

Jets trade Christian Hackenberg to the Raiders for late-round pick

The New York Jets have traded quarterback Christian Hackenberg to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a conditional 2019 seventh-round pick.

What It Means:

Hackenberg was taken in the second-round of the 2016 draft by the Jets but was a long-shot at making the club in 2018 after drafting Sam Darnold in the first-round and signing Teddy Bridgewater in free agency. Hackenberg will compete with E.J. Manuel and Connor Cook for the backup job behind Derek Carr in Oakland.

Hackenberg never attempted a pass in a regular season game with the Jets and completed just 59 of 121 attempts (48.8%) in his 6 preseason appearances the last 2 seasons.

Deshaun Watson (knee) throwing during Texans' OTAs

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (knee) is throwing during individual drills at OTAs.

What It Means:

Watson will be held out of team drills but he remains on track to be ready for training camp.

numberFire's early models project Watson to throw for 3,980.3 yards with 27.81 touchdowns and 10.0 interceptions during the 2018 season, with another 372.8 yards and 3.55 scores on the ground.

Ryan Tannehill (knee) to 'do everything' at Dolphins' OTAs

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (knee) will "do everything" during OTAs, reports NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

What It Means:

All reports have indicated that Tannehill is at, or close to, 100 percent as he prepares for his first meaningful NFL action since Week 14 of the 2016 season.

numberFire's early models project Tannehill to throw for 3,781.9 yards with 19.35 touchdowns and 13.1 interceptions during the 2018 season.

Curtis Samuel (ankle) participating in Panthers' OTAs

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel (ankle) is participating in OTAs.

What It Means:

This is encouraging news after head coach Ron Rivera expressed some doubt about Samuel's offseason availability back in March. Panthers beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue said the 2017 second-rounder was "moving around well" as he continues to rehab from a November operation that repaired a broken bone and ligament damage in his ankle.

numberFire's early models project Pryor to catch 34.6 passes (70.2 targets) for 444.5 yards and 1.91 touchdowns in 2018.

Odell Beckham (ankle) eager to do more at Giants' OTAs

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (ankle) wants to do more than they are letting him during OTAs, head coach Pat Shurmur said.

What It Means:

"He’s champing at the bit wanting to get out and do more than we’re allowing him to do at this point," Shurmur said. "But I think we’re just trying to make sure that everything is healed to the fullest before we put him out there." It sounds Beckham is pretty much back to 100 percent but the Giants are understandably going to take it easy at this point in the offseason.

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

Carson Wentz (knee) throwing during Eagles' OTAs

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (knee) threw passes during individual drills at OTAs.

What It Means:

Wentz hasn't been medically cleared to practice but he will remain involved throughout OTAs. The rising third-year quarterback is expected to be ready by Week 1.

numberFire's early models project Wentz to throw for 3,980.3 yards with 27.81 touchdowns and 10.0 interceptions during the 2018 season.

Jets' Terrelle Pryor reportedly suffered another ankle injury this offseason

New York Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor suffered an ankle injury this offseason, reports Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

What It Means:

Pryor wasn't present at Tuesday's OTAs and this explains why. The 28-year-old converted wideout saw his 2017 campaign with the Washington Redskins come to an early end after undergoing November ankle surgery but Mehta didn't clarify if the latest injury is to the same ankle. The Jets signed Pryor to a one-year deal in March.

numberFire's early models project Pryor to catch 34.6 passes (70.2 targets) for 444.5 yards and 1.91 touchdowns in 2018.

Odell Beckham (ankle) a limited participant in Giants' OTAs

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (ankle) was a limited participant in the first day of OTAs on Monday.

What It Means:

While Beckham didn't do much on the field, his presence was a welcome surprise for new head coach Pat Shurmur. He sees it as the receiver re-committing himself to the team after a lengthy rehab from an ankle injury and an offseason of swirling trade rumors. Beckham is also heading into the final year of his rookie deal and is looking for an extension.

Beckham caught 25 passes for 302 yards and 3 touchdowns in 4 games in 2017.

Vikings' Dalvin Cook (knee) ahead of schedule heading into OTAs

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (knee) is ahead of schedule in his rehab and may see limited work in OTAs, per head coach Mike Zimmer.

What It Means:

Cook underwent knee surgery after tearing his ACL in October and is on track to be ready to participate fully when training camp rolls around. The second-year-back is projected as the Vikings' starting running back with Latavius Murray backing him up.

Cook racked up 444 total yards with 2 touchdowns on 85 touches in 4 games in 2017.

Rams' Aaron Donald will skip OTAs

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald will not taking part in the team's organized team activities, which started today.

What It Means:

The reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year is looking for a payday, and is likely trying to use his absence as leverage.

The four-time Pro Bowler finished the 2017-18 season with 11 sacks and 5 forced fumbles in 14 games.

Steelers' Le'Veon Bell will not report to OTAs on Tuesday

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will not report to the team's organized team activities, which start on Tuesday.

What It Means:

This is nothing new for Bell, who didn't report until September last year. He and the Steelers are still trying to work out a contract extension.

Our early projections have Bell as the top fantasy back in 2018. We project him for 2,061.8 yards from scrimmage, 81.5 receptions, and 12.9 TDs.

Source: ESPN

Tom Brady reportedly sitting out of Patriots' OTAs

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will not participate during OTAs this week, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

This doesn't come as much of a surprise and the expectation remains that Brady will be committed and ready for the Patriots when things begin to matter, despite ongoing speculation about his future with the team.

numberFire's early models project Brady to throw for 4,943.7 yards with 40.04 touchdowns and 9.7 interceptions during the 2018 season.

49ers' Richard Sherman (Achilles) expects to be for training camp

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman expects to be ready for training camp, reports ESPN's Josina Anderson.

What It Means:

Sherman told Anderson that he jogged on the field for the first time on Wednesday and said his Achilles "felt great." He added, "I'll be ready for training camp, but (the team) is going to be overly cautious either way." There's the possibility that the veteran is held out of all of preseason, but his progress is encouraging for a full season in his first with San Francisco.

Last season in Seattle, Sherman tallied 25 tackles, 7 passes defensed and 2 interceptions in 9 games. Pro Football Focus graded him as the 33rd-best corner in 2018.

Bucs' OC: Chris Godwin has earned right to start

According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken said wide receiver Chris Godwin has earned the right to be a starter.

What It Means:

So far, the second-year Godwin has garnered a good deal of praise from the second-year OC. While the team will surely try to get him on the field more, it's unlikely that Godwin takes over the second wideout role from DeSean Jackson, meaning he'd take more of a third receiver spot from Adam Humphries.

Last season, Godwin turned 55 targets into 34 catches, 525 yards and 1 touchdown.

Jets' Robby Anderson has felony charges dropped

Per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson had his felony charges for resisting arrest with violence dropped on Wednesday.

What It Means:

The charges stemmed from an incident that took place in Florida back in 2017. Anderson still has the issue from this year to deal with, so he's not off the hook yet. Either way, he'll more than likely start this season off with a multi-game suspension.

This past season, Anderson led the Jets with 63 catches, 941 yards and 7 touchdowns on 114 targets.

Nagy: Bears' Allen Robinson (knee) 'ahead of the game' in rehab

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said wide receiver Allen Robinson is "ahead of the game" in his rehab from a torn left ACL.

What It Means:

The team feels great about where Robinson's at in his recovery, but they've added that they won't be rushing him back to the field. Nagy said, "He's been doing great in meetings. He's answering every question in the meetings. He's out here focused, doing everything that we want him to do." It sounds like he'll be ready for training camp if all goes as planned.

Robinson suffered the season-ending injury in Week 1 of last season, but the two years prior he totaled 153 catches, 2,283 yards and 20 touchdowns on 302 targets.

Source: Bears.com

Cardinals' David Johnson says goal remains 1,000/1,000 season

According to NFL Network's Will Selva, Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson said, "My goal is still 1,000 rushing, 1,000 receiving [yards]."

What It Means:

In an appearance on Good Morning Football, Johnson said that it feels great to be back working with the team and that his surgically repaired wrist "feels great." He had the same goal a year ago, but his season was cut very short due to injury. Back to full health, totaling 1,000 yards through the air and on the ground is not out of the question.

In the 2016-17 season, Johnson rushed for 1,239 yards and turned 80 catches into another 879 yards receiving. Only two other backs -- Marshall Faulk and Roger Craig -- have ever put together a 1,000/1,000 season.

J.J. Watt (knee) expected to be at 'full strength' for Texans in 2018

Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt (knee) is expected to "be at full strength," head coach Bill O'Brien said on Good Morning America.

What It Means:

"I would never bet against J.J Watt," O'Brien said. "He's going to be back, he's going to be at full strength, and he's going to help us win a lot of games." Watt has been limited to just eight games over the last two seasons due to a back injury in 2016 and a left tibial plateau fracture in 2017.

Watt recorded 15 tackles (11 solo) with 2 pass deflections in five games last season.

Deshaun Watson (ACL) expected to be at Texans' training camp

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (ACL) is "on schedule to participate in training camp," head coach Bill O'Brien said Monday on Good Morning Football.

What It Means:

Watson continues to work his way back after tearing his ACL in early November, and everything seems to point toward him being ready well before Week 1.

Watson averaged 25.3 FanDuel points in seven games (six starts) last season, with 1,699 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions, as well as 269 rushing yards and 2 scores on the ground.

Tavon Austin in store for big workload with Dallas

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Tavon Austin is expected to receive a lot of touches in 2018.

What It Means:

Austin has spent his entire career underutilized in Los Angeles, but Stephen Jones says that the Cowboys plan to get Austin the ball "a dozen to two dozen" times per game.

In 2017, Austin had just 13 catches for 47 yards.

Mark Ingram not expected to join Saints until veteran minicamp

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said running back Mark Ingram is not expected to join the team until mandatory minicamp.

What It Means:

Ingram was suspended four games for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing drugs. His appeal was already denied, but Ingram is still making news. He's stated his desire for a bigger contract and will be away from the team even though he is eligible to participate in the offseason program. We should see a lot of Alvin Kamara and more Trey Edmunds to start off the 2018 season.

In 2017, Ingram turned 286 touches into 1,540 total yards and 12 (all rushing) touchdowns. He's set to make over $6.2 million this coming season.

Source: ESPN

Broncos sign second-rounder Courtland Sutton to four-year deal

The Denver Broncos have signed 2018 second-round pick Courtland Sutton to a four-year deal, reports 9News' Mike Klis.

What It Means:

The 6'4" wideout out of SMU will be in the team's plans for some time so long as he lives up to the hype. He will serve as a nice big target alongside Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, and at 22 he has room for growth.

In 2017, the Broncos' passing game ranked 31st in the league, according to our metrics.

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