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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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