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Packers' Jimmy Graham could be split out wide more often this season
Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham could be used more often as a wide receiver this year, according to Packers News' Aaron Nagler.
This would certainly be a boost to Graham's yardage potential. Though he scored 10 times last season and led the league in red-zone targets, Graham totaled just 520 receiving yards, the lowest output since his rookie season.
We project Graham to finish the season with 77.3 receptions, 816.4 receiving yards, and 5.7 receiving touchdowns.
Jets' ArDarius Stewart reportedly suspended 2 games for PEDs
New York Jets wide receiver ArDarius Stewart has been suspended two games by the NFL for violating the league’s PEDs policy, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Stewart finished his rookie season with just 6 catches and 82 scoreless yards on 13 targets after being drafted in the third round out of the University of Alabama. He will be eligible to return in Week 3.
Prior to this, numberFire's models projected Stewart to catch 19.4 passes (39.6 targets) for 232.2 yards and 1.50 touchdowns in 2018, placing him outside the top-100 receivers in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Deshaun Watson (knee) expects to be 'full-go' at Texans training camp
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (knee) expects to be "full-go" for training camp next week.
“I feel great,” Watson said. “I’m getting ready for next week when we report to The Greenbrier; I’m going to be full-go." His rookie campaign was cut short when the talented young quarterback tore his ACL during a November 2 practice.
numberFire's models project Watson to throw for 3,845.8 yards with 30.58 touchdowns and 14.2 interceptions during the 2018 season, with another 372.8 yards and 3.55 scores on the ground. He's the QB5 in our preseason fantasy football rankings.
Robby Anderson expected to evolve for Jets this season
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson will "explode and become a more complete player" this season, believes position coach Karl Dorrell.
“There are some different roles on our team, doing secondary jobs to help other people out and I think that is something he will learn and grow with,” Dorrell said. “He’ll be better at that now that he knows the scope of it. I think Robby is really going to explode and become a more complete player because of it." Anderson finished with 941 yards and 7 touchdowns in 16 games for the Jets in 2017.
numberFire's models project Anderson for 884.5 receiving yards and 4.33 touchdowns on 63.6 catches (117.7 targets) this upcoming season. He is currently the WR31 in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Allen Robinson (knee) to enter Bears' training camp without restrictions
Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (knee) avoided the PUP list for the start of training camp.
Robinson tore his ACL in the first game of the season last year while with the Jacksonville Jaguars but it sounds like he will be ready to roll for his Bears debut in Week 1, barring any unfortunate developments during training camp and the preseason. The 2014 second-round pick turns 25 next month.
numberFire's early models project Robinson to catch 75.2 passes (121.3 targets) for 1,031.8 yards and 5.78 touchdowns in 2018. He's the WR
Julio Jones reportedly won't receive new deal from Falcons
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones has been informed by the team that he will not receive a new contract this year, reports The Athletic's Jeff Schultz.
Jones held out through OTAs and minicamp but the Falcons are hopeful he will report to training camp on time. If Jones continues to skip practice, he could be fined for every session he misses. After Brandin Cooks signed a new deal with the Los Angeles Rams earlier this week, Jones is now the ninth-highest paid receiver in the league, per Spotrac. The two-time All-Pro turned 29 in February and is entering his eighth year in the league.
numberFire's models project Jones for 98.6 catches (163.2 targets), 1,541.5 yards, and 7.74 touchdowns in 2018, making him the WR2 in our 2018 preseason fantasy rankings.
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