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Daniel Jones and Giants agree in principle to contract

The New York Giants and first-round pick Daniel Jones have agreed in principle to a contract.

What It Means:

Like all rookie contracts, the deal includes a fifth-year team option. The agreement allows the sixth-overall pick to not miss any time in training camp as he tries to unseat Eli Manning as the team's quarterback in 2019.

Our models project Jones for just 40.5 pass attempts in 2019 with the rookie racking up 279.0 yards, 1.6 touchdowns, and 1.2 interceptions.

Amari Cooper in 'no rush' to sign a contract extension with Dallas

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper is "in no rush" to sign a contract extension, per Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports.

What It Means:

Cooper is waiting for the market to play itself out as Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, and Tyreek Hill are all expected to sign an extension before Week 1. Currently, Odell Beckham is the NFL's highest-paid receiver at $18M per season, but that is likely to change soon. Cooper will be at training camp even without an extension signed.

Our models project Cooper for 85.5 catches on 129.3 targets for 1,183.7 yards and 8.5 touchdowns in 2019.

No QB competition for Giants, Eli Manning remains expected Week 1 starter

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports "there is no quarterback competition with the New York Giants" with Eli Manning the expected Week 1 starter.

What It Means:

Head coach Pat Shurmur made it sound that rookie Daniel Jones had a chance to start Week 1, but it appears that was just coach-speak as Manning is prepared to hold onto the job to start the season. Jones' only opportunity at the moment would be an injury to Manning.

Our models project Manning for 3,887.6 yards with 23.0 touchdowns and 15.6 interceptions on 586.5 pass attempts this season.

Julian Edelman (thumb) reportedly out 3 weeks

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is expected to be sidelined the first three weeks of training camp with a left thumb injury, league sources tell ESPN.

What It Means:

Edelman should be fine for the start of the regular season, but this serves as a reminder that the 33-year-old wideout has dealt with a litany of injuries throughout his career. The reigning Super Bowl MVP signed a 2-year, $18 million extension through 2021 earlier this offseason.

numberFire's models expect Edelman to catch 99.0 passes on 142.6 targets for 1,140.6 yards and 6.99 touchdowns in 2019. He's the WR17 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Source: ESPN.com

Seahawks' Jarran Reed suspended 6 games for personal conduct

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Jarran Reed has been suspended 6 games for violating the National Football League's personal conduct policy.

What It Means:

This stems from a domestic abuse allegation in 2017. Reed was never arrested or charged, but the league evidently felt punishment was warranted after conducting its own investigation. The 26-year-old is entering the final year of his contract.

Reed recorded a career-high 10.5 sacks last season after totaling 3 sacks in his first two years.

Falcons' Austin Hooper (ankle) ready for training camp

Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper (ankle) will participate in training camp.

What It Means:

According to McClure, Hooper is "good to go" after missing mini-camp with an ankle injury. Expect Hooper to produce similar numbers to last season if he can see 85-90 targets.

For the 2019-2020 season, our models project Hooper to haul in 57.8 receptions for 533.1 yards and 5.6 touchdowns.

Bears expect David Montgomery to see carries during preseason

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery "should get a fair amount of carries in the preseason".

What It Means:

According to head coach Matt Nagy, Montgomery will see "a fair amount of carries in the preseason" after impressing during mini-camp. Look for Montgomery to play as a three-down back with his pass catching capabilities.

For the 2019-2020 season, our models project Montgomery to produce 912.1 rushing yards and 6.7 touchdowns on 211.1 attempts and 29.9 receptions for 237.1 yards and 1.5 touchdowns.

Atlanta's Julio Jones reports to training camp on Sunday

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones has arrived for the start of the training camp.

What It Means:

Jones was present for the start of training camp on Sunday after being promised a new contract by owner Arthur Blank. Expect Jones to put up his usual elite numbers in 2019-2020 if he can stay healthy.

For the upcoming season, our models project Jones to produce 103 receptions for 1,575 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Texans expect Will Fuller (knee) to be ready for start of regular season

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (knee) is progressing on schedule and currently on track to play in the regular season.

What It Means:

The Texans expect Fuller to be ready for parts of training camp and ultimately Week 1 of the regular season despite not participating in mini-camp. Look for Fuller to break out as the Texans' deep threat if he can stay healthy.

For the 2019-2020 season, our models project Fuller to produce 54.7 receptions for 776.3 yards and 6.4 touchdowns.

Marquise Brown (foot) placed on Non-Football Injury list by the Ravens

Baltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown (foot) has been placed on the Non-Football Injury list.

What It Means:

Brown underwent surgery on his foot (Lisfranc) in February and is not ready to participate in training camp yet. The team is optimistic he will be ready to go in a few weeks, but the first-round pick's availability for preseason games is up in the air.

Our models project Brown for 45.1 catches, 625.0 yards, and 3.7 touchdowns on 76.0 targets in his rookie season.

Eagles re-sign running back Darren Sproles on Friday

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed running back Darren Sproles to a one-year contract on Friday.

What It Means:

Sproles will join a crowded Eagles' backfield that already includes Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, and Corey Clement. Expect the veteran to play on some passing downs and possibly return punts or kicks.

In six games last season, Sproles produced 280 scrimmage yards and 3 touchdowns on 44 combined touches.

Chiefs' Tyreek Hill not receiving suspension from NFL

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill will not be suspended, the National Football League announced.

What It Means:

The NFL conducted a four-month investigation after Hill was accused of assaulting his son earlier this offseason, but there was insufficient evidence to prove he violated the personal-conduct policy. Hill turned 25 in March and is unlikely to make it past the second round in most fantasy drafts.

numberFire's models expect Hill to catch 87.5 passes on 146.0 targets for 1,424.1 yards and 10.12 touchdowns in 2019. He's the WR3 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Source: NFL

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.

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