NFL PLAYER NEWS
Bills' A.J. McCarron did not break his collarbone, will soon return to practice
Buffalo Bills quarterback A.J. McCarron did not break his collarbone against the Browns last Friday. He is expected to return to practice soon.
This news obviously muddies the quarterback situation in Buffalo. Josh Allen looked like he had the inside track to starting with McCarron on the shelf, but that's no longer a sure thing. Allen will still start in the Bills' third preseason game on Sunday.
We still project Allen to be the starter and have him ranked as the QB32 for the season.
Ravens' Jimmy Smith facing multi-game ban
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith is facing a multi-game suspension reportedly due to violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Smith is appealing the suspension, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. If he's out for several games, it will definitely be a big hit to a Ravens' defense that numberFire projects as the fifth-best fantasy defense this season.
Our early projections for Smith--before this news hit--called for him to amass 58.4 tackles, 6.2 passes defended, and 3.4 interceptions.
Chiefs' Travis Kelce projected to lead all tight ends in catches
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is projected to lead all tight ends in receptions in 2018, per numberFire's models.
Kelce led all tight ends in catches in 2017 with 83 catches in 2017, his second straight year with at least 80 receptions. Even with the switch from Alex Smith to second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Kelce is expected to play a significant role in the Chiefs' offense this year and finish as a top three tight end option in fantasy.
Our models project Kelce for 82.7 catches, 988.3 yards, and 6.9 touchdowns in 2018.
Jaguars' Keelan Cole receiving first-team reps during training camp
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole has received the majority of starter reps in training camp, alongside Marqise Lee.
Even as Dede Westbrook and D.J. Chark earn rave reviews, Cole and Lee appear to be locked in as the starting wideouts for Jacksonville. Lee led the team in receiving last season while Cole was a standout down the stretch, totaling 475 yards and 3 touchdowns in the final 5 games of the season.
Our models project Cole for 55.9 targets, 30.3 catches, 420.7 yards, and 3.0 touchdowns in 2018.
Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) in helmet at Eagles' practice Monday
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery wore a helmet while working off to the side at Monday's practice.
Jeffery remains on the PUP list, but he hadn't previously been wearing a helmet while doing individual work, so he appears to be moving in the right direction. The veteran wideout's status for Week 1 remains in question as he continues to recover from surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.
numberFire's models currently project Jeffery to catch 62.2 passes (125.0 targets) for 990.6 yards and 7.95 touchdowns this season, but that assumes he plays all 16 games. He's among the top-20 wide receivers in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Adrian Peterson reportedly signing with Washington
Free agent running back Adrian Peterson has agreed to a deal with the Washington Redskins, reports Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
The deal is for one season. Washington needed help in the backfield following injuries to Derrius Guice (ACL), Samaje Perine (ankle), and Byron Marshall (ankle). Peterson is 33 and looked pretty washed up in 10 games for the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals last season, but he figures to compete with Rob Kelley for an early-down role. The future Hall-of-Famer is 37 rushing yards short of cracking the top-10 all-time.
Peterson rushed 156 times for 529 yards and 2 touchdowns last season, in addition to catching 11 passes for 70 scoreless yards on 19 targets.
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