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Carlos Hyde impresses in Browns' second preseason game

Cleveland Browns running back Carlos Hyde rushed 9 times for 64 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game versus the Buffalo Bills.

What It Means:

Hyde ripped off a pair of long runs including a 26-yard dash in the first quarter. He also capped off the first drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. Hyde looked strong after playing just 3 snaps in the preseason opener last week, further solidifying his position as starting back for at least Week 1.

Our models project Hyde for 762.4 rushing yards, 191.8 receiving yards, and 5.4 total touchdowns on 212.3 total touches in 2018.

Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes completes 8-of-12 passes, tosses 69-yard touchdown on Friday

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 8-of-12 passes for 138 yards, an interception, and a 69-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill against the Atlanta Falcons on Friday.

What It Means:

Of course it was to Hill. That combination is going to cause havoc for defensive coordinators all season. Mahomes is known for his arm, and boy did he prove it; he released the touchdown pass from his own 25, and Hill caught it at the Atlanta 6 before waltzing into the end zone.

Mahomes is currently numberFire's 23rd ranked quarterback for the 2018 season. We project him for 3,314.4 passing yards, 23.0 passing touchdowns, 13.6 interceptions, and 234.2 rushing yards.

Source: NFL

A.J. McCarron will start in Friday's preseason game for Buffalo

Buffalo Bills quarterback A.J. McCarron will start in Friday's preseason game versus the Cleveland Browns.

What It Means:

Nathan Peterman made the start in the preseason opener but will work with the third-unit as McCarron gets his shot to win the starting job on Friday. Josh Allen is expected to come in after McCarron on Friday.

Our models project McCarron for 2,004.3 yards, 11.4 touchdowns, and 7.0 interceptions on 290.0 pass attempts in 2018.

Chargers' Melvin Gordon looking to take his game to the next level in 2018

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is not satisfied with his career-year in 2017 and wants to make "defenses pay" In 2018.

What It Means:

Gordon has been putting in extra work this offseason as he wants to step up his game and be mentioned in the elite running back class, with the likes of Todd Gurley and Le'Veon Bell. He is approaching 2018 with the right mindset, according to head coach Anthony Lynn, and is ready to be the Chargers workhorse once again this season.

Our models project Gordon for 1,709.0 total yards and 10.7 touchdowns on 350.9 total touches this season. He is numberFire's fifth-ranked running back for 2018.

Giants' Eli Manning not expected to play on Friday night

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is not expected to play in Friday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions.

What It Means:

Manning and Odell Beckham stayed on the field after warmups to put in some extra work, a reliable indicator the duo will not suit up on Friday. The Giants likely want to see extended run from Kyle Lauletta and Davis Webb as the two battle out for the job as Manning's backup this season.

Our models project Manning to finish as the 22nd-best QB in fantasy with 3,845.9 passing yards, 27.4 touchdowns, and 15.3 interceptions on 609.0 pass attempts in 2018.

Julio Jones expected to sit out Falcons' preseason game on Friday

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is not expected to play in Friday's preseason game versus the Kansas City Chiefs.

What It Means:

Jones was seen on the field warming up with his teammates but it appears the Falcons will play it safe and sit out their star wideout for a second straight game this preseason. He is expected to see some reps next week versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Our models project Jones for 98.6 catches, 1,541.5 yards, and 7.7 touchdowns in 2018. He is numberFire's number three ranked WR in fantasy behind Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins.

Panthers' Cam Newton could see extended run in Friday's preseason game

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton could play the entire first half in Friday's preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.

What It Means:

Newton could use additional playing time as he adjusts to new offensive coordinator Norv Turner's playbook. He saw limited snaps in the preseason opener -- missing on both his pass attempts -- but could play as much as a whole half on Friday, depending on how well the first-team offense plays.

Our models project Newton for 3,314.1 passing yards, 21.7 touchdowns, and 12.1 interceptions while rushing for 742.1 yards and 5.5 touchdowns. He is numberFire's sixth-ranked QB in fantasy this year.

Tyler Lockett (toe) will not play on Saturday for the Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (toe) will not play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Los Angeles Chargers.

What It Means:

Lockett is dealing with a sore toe, but the coaching staff is not concerned. Lockett enters 2018 as the Seahawks' number two receiver and could see a more significant role in the offense in Week 1 if Doug Baldwin is not ready to play.

Our models project Lockett as the WR68 in fantasy with 45.1 catches, 553.9 yards and 2.8 touchdowns in 2018.

Dalvin Cook could split Vikings' rushing load with Latavius Murray

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Vikings running backs Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray could "split a good bit of the rushing load" this season.

What It Means:

The Vikings' coaching staff has said it's too early to think about the workload split but insists Cook and Murray will both be factors in the offense this season. With Cook coming off a torn ACL, it would make sense for Minnesota to play it safe with his workload to start the year. The presence of Murray limits the ceiling of Cook in fantasy this year, leaving him as a borderline RB1.

Our models project Murray as the 12th-best back in fantasy with 1,117.1 rushing yards, 309.6 receiving yards and 9.1 touchdowns on 300.1 touches in 2018.

Ravens' Joe Flacco having "best training camp of his career"

Sources have told ProFootballTalk that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is having 'far and away' the best training camp of his career.

What It Means:

Flacco's game has seemed to be on the decline over the last couple of years, and with Baltimore investing a first-round pick on a quarterback (selecting Lamar Jackson 32nd overall), Flacco needs this strong showing to lock up his starting job.

numberFire's models account for Flacco playing a full 16 games in 2018, and we project him for 3718.9 yards, 19.9 touchdowns and 16.3 interceptions on 348.3-of-594.1 passing.

Dez Bryant reportedly leaves Cleveland without contract

Free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant left his visit with the Cleveland Browns without signing a contract, reports NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

What It Means:

Pelissero says the door is "not closed," so the two sides could still work something out before next weekend's third preseason dress rehearsal. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Thursday that Bryant is seeking a one-year, "prove-it" deal.

Bryant had 69 catches, 838 yards, and 6 touchdowns on 132 targets with the Dallas Cowboys last season.

Steelers' second-rounder James Washington shines in second preseason game

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver James Washington caught 5 passes on 7 targets for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns in Thursday's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

What It Means:

Washington hauled in a contested score over a defender in the end zone for one of the highlights of the night. The impressive performance comes in the same week that Ben Roethlisberger praised the second-round pick for "getting better every day."

Washington is within the top-100 receivers in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings, and we expect him to see 43.6 targets for 26.2 receptions, 337.8 yards, and 2.26 touchdowns during his first year in the NFL.

Jerick McKinnon (knee) sitting for 49ers until Week 1

San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon (knee) will be out of action until Week 1, general manager John Lynch said.

What It Means:

McKinnon has been sidelined since injuring his knee at Sunday's practice. With Matt Breida (shoulder) also out until Week 1, the 49ers will rely on a committee of 2017 fifth-round pick Jeremy McNichols, 2017 fourth-rounder Joe Williams, free agent acquisition Alfred Morris, and Raheem Mostert for the remainder of the preseason.

numberFire's projections currently expect McKinnon to rush for 913.3 yards and 4.17 touchdowns, with another 399.7 receiving yards and 5.80 touchdowns on 54.8 receptions. He's the RB15 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Sam Darnold underwhelms in Jets' second preseason game

New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold completed 8-of-11 passes for 62 yards and an interception in the team's second preseason game on Thursday.

What It Means:

The interception was caused by Darnold forcing the ball into double coverage on fourth down. He also took a pair of sacks, although the offensive line didn't do much to help. It wasn't pretty but barring a disastrous outing in the third preseason game, Darnold remains the favorite to start for the Jets in Week 1.

numberFire's models currently expect Darnold to be the Jets' third-string quarterback this season.

Jamaal Williams suffers slight ankle injury in Packers' preseason game

Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams suffered an ankle injury during the team's second preseason game on Thursday.

What It Means:

Williams drew the start for the second game in a row before limping off in the second quarter. The second-year back couldn't say whether he would have been able to return if it were a regular-season game, but there isn't any concern about a long-term injury. Green Bay intends to use a committee approach in the backfield this season.

Williams is the RB38 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings, and our models expect him to total 518.6 yards and 3.91 touchdowns on the ground, with another 212.4 yards and 0.76 scores on 21.8 catches.

Patriots' Rex Burkhead reportedly managing 'slight tear' in knee

New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead is dealing with a "slight tear" in his knee, reports The Athletic's Jeff Howe.

What It Means:

It's a "minor injury" and something Burkhead is able to play through, per Howe. The Patriots are likely just erring on the extreme side of caution with a key cog in their offense. Burkhead also dealt with a knee issue last season.

numberFire's models currently project Burkhead to rush 103.3 times for 527.6 yards and 6.02 touchdowns, as well as catch 43.6 passes for 364.5 yards and 2.99 touchdowns. He's the RB23 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Source: Jeff Howe

Aaron Rodgers, Packers reportedly 'creeping towards' deal

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the team are "creeping along" towards a new contract, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

What It Means:

Schefter says Rodger's new contract will make him the highest-paid player in the history of the league, so these negotiations figure to be a bit more complicated than most.

Rodgers is the top overall player in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. We currently project him to throw for 4,621.0 yards with 37.69 touchdowns and 7.6 interceptions this season, in addition to 322.4 yards and 3.01 touchdowns on the ground.

Samaje Perine twists ankle, doing 'OK' for Washington

Washington Redskins running back Samaje Perine is "OK," according to head coach Jay Gruden, after exiting the team's second preseason game on Thursday with a sprained ankle.

What It Means:

Perine came up limping after taking his first and only carry through a big hole and down the field for 30 yards. "Looks like it was OK. Twisted ankle for Samaje," Gruden said. The 2017 fourth-rounder was seen in a walking boot after the game but it sounds like he managed to avoid a serious injury. With second-round rookie Derrius Guice (ACL) lost for the season, Perine was expected to compete with Rob Kelley for early-down duties out of Washington's backfield.

numberFire's models currently project Perine to rush 126.4 times for 462.4 yards and 2.46 touchdowns this season, with another 181.3 yards and 0.56 receiving touchdowns on 20.1 catches. He's the RB50 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Kenny Britt (hamstring) still out at Patriots' practice

New England Patriots wide receiver Kenny Britt (hamstring) still isn't practicing.

What It Means:

Britt remains sidelined from an injury he suffered on June 5. His absence could open up an opportunity for other receivers on a Patriots' roster that lacks any proven depth behind Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman, who is suspended for the first four games of the season.

Britt falls just inside the top-100 wideouts in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. We have him pegged for 21.9 catches (43.6 targets), 268.2 yards, and 2.45 touchdowns.

Khalil Mack reportedly not budging on Raiders' holdout

Oakland Raiders contract-year defensive star Khalil Mack will not report to the team before Saturday's preseason game, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

What It Means:

Mack will now be up to $1.628 million in fines for missing the second preseason game, but Schefter says "there is no end in sight" to the holdout. At this point, there's no guarantee that the 27-year-old two-time All-Pro and 2016 Defensive Player of the Year will be dressed for Week 1. He's currently due $13.86 million in the final year of his rookie deal.

Based on a 16-game season, numberFire's models currently project Mack to record 81.7 tackles, 11.9 sacks, 2.9 forced fumbles, and 1.4 recovered fumbles in 2018.

Derek Carr has 'mastered' Raiders' offense

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has already "mastered" the offense, new head coach Jon Gruden said.

What It Means:

“I think he’s one of the best, in terms of processing information,” Gruden said. “He has a photographic memory. It comes so easy to him. He’s got the offense mastered more than I do.” Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote earlier this week that Carr "is in real command" of Gruden's offense. It's still only the preseason, but the pairing seems to be off to a promising start in Oakland.

Carr is currently the 21st quarterback in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our metrics expect him to throw for 3,872.7 yards with 26.79 touchdowns and 15.1 interceptions during his first year under Gruden.

Josh Gordon still expected back for Browns

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is still expected to return for the 2018 season, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

What It Means:

Gordon is currently in Gainesville, Florida under the care of an NFL-sanctioned medical team that is tasked with the responsibility of determining whether or not the receiver can remain clean and sober throughout the season. It's unclear when Gordon may be cleared to return to the team.

Based on a 16-game projection, numberFire's models currently project Gordon for 70.0 receptions (146.7 targets), 968.2 yards, and 7.67 touchdowns in 2018. He's among the top-20 receivers in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Chris Hogan, Patriots in 'ongoing' contract talks

New England Patriots contract-year wide receiver Chris Hogan is engaged in "ongoing" negotiations with the team, reports The Athletic's Jeff Howe.

What It Means:

The sides "remain a bit too far apart in the early stages of the process," according to Howe, who added that there's still time to work something out before Week 1. Hogan missed half of last season due to injury and turns 30 in October and, so these negotiations may not be as simple as others.

Hogan is the 21st receiver in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models expect him to catch 64.5 passes (112.9 targets) for 946.0 yards and 7.15 touchdowns this year.

Source: Jeff Howe

Dez Bryant seeking 'prove-it' deal with Browns

Free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant is looking for a one-year, "prove-it" deal with the Cleveland Browns, reports Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

What It Means:

It sounds like the two sides are nearing an agreement. Bryant would likely be in the mix for the second receiver job behind Jarvis Landry until Josh Gordon (personal) returns. Dez turns 30 in November.

Bryant had 69 catches, 838 yards, and 6 touchdowns on 132 targets with the Dallas Cowboys last season.

Joey Bosa (foot) to sit out Chargers' second preseason game

Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Joey Bosa (foot) will sit out Saturday's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.

What It Means:

Bosa has been sidelined nine days with a foot injury that was initially described as "nothing serious." The Chargers are likely just erring on the side of caution with their defensive star, so at least for now, there isn't any concern about his status for Week 1.

numberFire's models currently project Bosa for 61.9 tackles, 13.1 sacks, and 3.6 forced fumbles in 2018.

Source: Jack Wang

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