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Panthers' rookie D.J. Moore cited for speeding
Carolina Panthers first-round wide receiver D.J. Moore was cited for driving 113 miles per hour in a Charlotte work zone on August 10.
Moore was stopped at 3 a.m. in an area where the posted speed limit was 65mph. He was cooperative with the police and immediately informed the team of his mistake, in addition to showing remorse, according to Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who said the 24th overall pick was "chastised" for his actions. Moore will likely compete for targets behind Devin Funchess and Torrey Smith during his rookie season.
numberFire's models currently project Moore to catch 44.0 passes (72.5) targets for 556.8 yards and 3.26 touchdowns during his rookie campaign. He's the WR62 in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Leonard Fournette to see more third-down work for Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette will be more involved on third downs this year, head coach Doug Marrone said.
“He seems to be doing a good job," Marrone said. "It’s a little bit different on third down, schematically what we do. He’s just getting himself comfortable with that.” Fournette occasionally yielded third-down work to Corey Grant and T.J. Yeldon as a rookie, but he still finished with 36 catches for 302 yards and a touchdown on 48 targets in 13 games. Per Fantasy Football Calculator, Fournette's current average draft position is the 8th pick in the first round.
numberFire's models project Fournette for 1,195.2 rushing yards and 11.07 touchdowns on 277.4 attempts this season, adding another 37 catches for 295.9 receiving yards and 0.82 receiving touchdowns on 37.0 catches. He's the 8th-best running back in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Dalvin Cook (knee) could play in Vikings' dress rehearsal
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (knee) could make his preseason debut Friday against the Seattle Seahawks.
"We're looking forward to possibly seeing him out there," said offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. Cook hasn't played in a live game since suffering a season-ending knee injury in the fourth game of his professional career.
Cook is the RB12 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. numberFire's models project him to rush 258.2 times for 1,117.1 yards and 8.18 touchdowns, and catch 42.0 passes for 309.6 yards and 0.87 receiving touchdowns.
DeVante Parker's Week 1 status for Dolphins 'up in the air'
Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker's status for Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans is "up in the air," according to ESPN's Cameron Wolfe.
Parker is doing conditioning work with trainers but still can’t catch the ball, head coach Adam Gase said. If the 25-year-old wideout is inactive to start the season, then Kenny Stills, Danny Amendola, and Albert Wilson would all stand to benefit.
numberFire's models currently project Parker for 120.5 targets, 70.9 catches, 816.8 yards, and 5.10 touchdowns in 2018, assuming he plays all 16 games. He's the WR35 in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Jamaal Williams (ankle) returns to Packers' practice
Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams (ankle) returned to practice on Tuesday.
Williams is back after suffering a minor ankle sprain in last week's preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Aaron Jones is suspended for the first two games of the year, so Williams is expected to open the year as the Packers' lead back.
Williams is currently 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 receiving yards and 0.76 scores on 21.8 catches.
Josh Gordon to return to Browns' practice 'very soon'
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will resume practicing "very soon," head coach Hue Jackson said.
Gordon has already been ruled out for Thursday's dress rehearsal against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he could start practicing as soon as Saturday. Jackson intends to have Gordon "up and running" for Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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.
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