NFL PLAYER NEWS
Ravens entertaining possibility of signing Colin Kaepernick
The Baltimore Ravens are entertaining the possibility of signing free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, per the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.
This news comes straight from the mouth of head coach John Harbaugh so there's certainly some legs to it. And when you add to that the fact that Joe Flacco is experiencing back issues, its' a real possibility.
With a Pass NEP of 11.42, Kaepernick ranked 30th among all signal callers a year ago. On the ground, however, his 28.22 Rush NEP ranked second in 2016, behind only Dak Prescott.
Browns' Corey Coleman (hamstring) cleared to practice
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman (hamstring) has said that he is cleared to resume practicing.
Coleman is expected to be limited to start training camp to avoid re-aggravating the injury, but it's an encouraging sign that he's already healthy enough to be back on the practice field. Barring any setbacks he should be fully healthy to start the season.
numberFire's models project Coleman for 61.8 receptions, 769.4 yards and 3.8 touchdowns this season. He is our 48th-ranked fantasy wideout.
Ravens not overly concerned with Joe Flacco's back issue
The Baltimore Ravens are not "overly concerned" about Joe Flacco's back injury, according to NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora.
At first, reports had Flacco out 3-to-6 weeks with a disk issue in his back. Since then, the Ravens have been noncommittal on that timetable and will see what a week of rest does for his symptoms. The team believes that they caught the issue early and that, with a clean MRI, Flacco's discomfort will "dissipate in short order."
numberFire's models project Flacco for 4,047 passing yards and 22.4 touchdowns this season. That makes him our QB24 heading into peak fantasy draft season.
Broncos' Devontae Booker (wrist) to miss up to eight weeks
Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker could miss "up to" 6-8 weeks because of a wrist injury, reports Profootballtalk.com.
Booker is now in doubt for Week 1, and it's possible the Broncos opt to open the season with him on the reserve/PUP list, which would sideline him for the first six games. Either way, this essentially cripples any chance Booker had of usurping the starting gig from C.J. Anderson, but it does seem to bode well for the outlook of sixth-round rookie De'Angelo Henderson.
rb68 66.9 rushes 273.2 yards 0.62 touchdowns 13.1 receptions 86.9 yards 0.32 touchdowns numberFire's models currently rank Booker as the 68th fantasy running back entering the season. We expect him to rush 66.9 times for 273.2 yards and 0.62 touchdowns in 2017 while adding 13.1 catches for 86.9 yards and 0.32 touchdowns through the air.
Vikings sign Everson Griffen to four-year extension
The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive end Everson Griffen to a four-year, $58 million extension, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
The extension runs through 2022 and contains $34 million in guaranteed monies. Only the New York Giants' Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul will earn a higher annual salary as a 4-3 end.
In the last three seasons, Griffen has posted 109 tackles, 30.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles in 47 games. This year, our models project him for 55 tackles, 9 sacks and 2 forced fumbles for the Vikings.
Cody Kessler opens camp as Browns' starting quarterback
Coach Hue Jackson said Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler will take the first snaps under center when the Browns open training camp, said head coach Hue Jackson.
"He deserves a chance to walk out there first," Jackson stated. This should be a fluid competition throughout the preseason, so don't be surprised if rookie DeShone Kizer and Brock Osweiler wind up seeing some first-team reps as well at some point.
numberFire's models rank Kessler as the 31st fantasy option under center entering the 2017 season. We project him to throw for 3,271.1 passing yards with 17.88 touchdowns and 15.40 interceptions over the course of the year.
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