NFL PLAYER NEWS
Rams will extend Jared Goff, coach says
Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay said there is a "zero percent chance" the team does not extend quarterback Jared Goff's contract.
'Whether it ends up happening this year or next year, there is a zero pct. chance this guy's not gonna get an extension he's worthy of," McVay told Mike Silver. Goff threw for 4,688 yards and 32 touchdowns with 12 interceptions and averaged 7.5 net yards per dropback. His play did decline somewhat down the stretch, as only completed 58.9% of his throws with 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in five December starts.
Our models project Goff to throw for 4,765.40 yards with 32.47 touchdowns and 11.34 interceptions in 2019.
Theo Riddick could be on the Lions' roster bubble
Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick could be on the roster bubble, per the Detroit Free Press.
Riddick is on the final year of his contract and his release would produce $3.7 million in cap savings. He was targeted 71 times last season, which was second on the team, but only managed 370 receiving yards on 57 catches.
Our models project Riddick to rush for 174.9 yards on 45.26 carries, while catching 51.07 passes for 358.66 yards.
Lions' Kerryon Johnson could catch 60 passes, writer pedicts
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press predicts that Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson will catch at least 60 passes this season.
Birkett said that Johnson has impressed as a receiver in offseason practice and says that primary receiving back Theo Riddick is not a lock to make the roster. This would open up opportunities in the passing game for Johnson, who caught 32 passes in 10 games as a rookie last season. Johnson had an 11% target share, compared to Riddick's 14%.
Our numbers are not as bullish, but our models do project Johnson to catch 40.76 passes this season for 291.65. He is also projected to rush for 1,038.06 yards and 5.3 touchdowns on 215.31 attempts.
James Conner expects Steelers to spread out backfield work
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner expects the offense to "spread out" backfield touches "pretty evenly."
Conner handled monster workloads when health allowed last year, but injuries and the late-season emergence of Jaylen Samuels may lead to more of a two-way split in 2019. The Steelers reportedly experimented with two-back formations in OTAs.
numberFire's models believe Conner will record 1,039.3 rushing yards, 498.0 receiving yards, and 10.76 touchdowns next season. He's the RB9 in our preseason fantasy rankings.
DK Metcalf shining for Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks second-round wide receiver DK Metcalf is "looking really, really special," quarterback Russell Wilson said.
"He can do anything and everything and he’s tremendous," Wilson added. Doug Baldwin's retirement should allow the rookie to make an immediate impact. The Seahawks gave up the 77th and 118th picks to move up and select Metcalf at the end of the second round.
numberFire's models expect Metcalf to catch 43.7 passes on 66.8 targets for 576.6 yards and 3.05 touchdowns in 2019. He's currently the WR69 in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Travis Kelce (ankle) expects to be at full strength by Chiefs camp
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (ankle) expects to be 100 percent by training camp.
Kelce sat out minicamp after undergoing a cleanup ankle procedure earlier this offseason. "I want to get out there and mesh with everyone and teach, have fun and get better," Kelce said. "But right now, just getting healthy is the main thing, and I think we’re there. I think by the time training camp comes around, I’ll be 100 percent." The 29-year-old set career-bests across the board last season.
Kelce is the top tight end in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models expect him to turn 137.2 targets into 101.9 catches, 1,296.8 yards, and 10.96 touchdowns in 2019.
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