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Devin Singletary capable of being "the workload guy"
Buffalo Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said that Devin Singletary could be a workload running back if they want him to be.
Beane said that he believes that "year two will be better" for Singletary, and "if we want him to be the workload guy, he definitely could do it". He also mentioned that he is always interested in bringing in competition if the "right guy" is available. Singletary handled 164 carries last season (45.4% of the team total), leaving plenty of room for growth in his role.
Singletary had a rush success rate of 41.46% last season, 28th among running backs with at least 50 attempts. He received a run grade of 74.9 from Pro Football Focus, 25th in the league.
Chiefs, DeAndre Washington agree to one-year contract
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed former Las Vegas Raider running back DeAndre Washington to a one-year contract, according to Yahoo's Terez A. Paylor.
A former 5th round draft pick back in 2016, Washington had spent his entire career with the Raiders, but will now be a part of the Chiefs' backfield for the upcoming season. He will be joined by Damien Williams and sophomore Darwin Thompson, and while his exact role is unknown, simply being a part of the Chiefs' backfield is a boost to his potential fantasy value. The 27-year-old played in all 16 games for the Raiders last season, logging 108 carries for 387 yards and 3 touchdowns, and catching 36-of-41 targets (87.8%) for 292 yards (8.1 per reception). Chiefs' running backs saw a combined total of 111 targets last season.
Washington earned a receiving grade of 80.8 from Pro Football Focus last season, the 13th best mark for any running back, and a better score than both Damien Williams (66.2) and Darwin Thompson (52.7). Washington's 2019 catch rate of 87.8% ranked second-best among all running backs with at least 15 receptions.
Seahawks re-sign Jordan Simmons
The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed guard Jordan Simmons.
Simmons, a former undrafted free agent in 2017, played in 6 games for Seattle in 2018 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He did not see the field last season but is expected to compete for a roster spot on the Seahawks' o-line following the loss of Germain Ifedi to the Chicago Bears.
Simmons will compete to earn a spot on a Seahawks' o-line that ranked 30th in pass blocking, per Pro Football Focus. In limited action in 2018, Simmons received a pass-blocking grade of 55.1 from Pro Football Focus.
Falcons' John Cominsky to have increased role
Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman John Cominsky will have an increased role this upcoming season, per head coach Dan Quinn.
The Falcons traded up in last year's draft to take Cominsky in the fourth round, but he played just 100 defensive snaps as a rookie and failed to make an impact. Vic Beasley and Adrian Clayborn have since signed elsewhere, creating an opportunity for Cominsky to emerge as a starter.
Cominsky recorded 0.5 sacks, 2 quarterback hits, 2 hurries, and 3 pressures over 10 appearances last season. There's obviously only a limited sample size to work with, but Cominsky did receive the 23rd-highest grade (82.1) on Pro Football Focus among 145 edge defenders to log 100-plus defensive snaps.
A.J. Green 'fully healthy' for Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is "fully healthy," head coach Zac Taylor said.
"Everything's been positive with A.J.," Taylor said. The Bengals placed the franchise tag on Green last month. He missed all of last season with an ankle injury and was limited to nine games in 2018. Green turns 32 in July.
Green averaged 14.0 FanDuel points per game in 2018, finishing as the WR15. He was 13th in numberFire's advanced per-target receiving metric among 52 receivers with at least 75 targets.
Bengals' Drew Sample expected to make 'significant jump'
Cincinnati Bengals second-year tight end Drew Sample is expected to make a "significant jump" next season, writes Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic.
Sample, a 2019 second-round pick, played just 108 offensive snaps across nine games before landing on injured reserve with an ankle injury. C.J. Uzomah and Sample will work together to make up for the offseason departure of Tyler Eifert, who was fourth on the team with 68 targets last season. Sample's outlook could change if the Bengals add a tight end in the draft, but Dehner doesn't expect that to happen.
Sample caught 5 passes on 6 targets for 30 yards as a rookie. He had modest college production for the Washington Huskies, catching 46 passes for 487 yards and 5 touchdowns over four seasons.
Chargers could deal Desmond King
Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Desmond King could be traded, writes Daniel Popper of The Athletic.
King's play and role regressed last season following a first-team All-Pro selection as the Chargers' starting slot corner in 2018. He's entering the final year of his rookie deal and became expendable when Chris Harris was signed last month, so the Chargers may look to flip King for a more useful asset. He turned 25 in December.
King failed to record an interception for the first time in his career last season and he also had a personal-low 2 pass deflections. His coverage grade on Pro Football Focus plummeted from 90.1 in 2018 to 67.8 (36th among 92 corners to play at least 500 defensive snaps).
Chargers 'still very high on' Justin Jackson
The Los Angeles Chargers are "still very high on" running back Justin Jackson, writes Daniel Popper of The Athletic.
Popper says the Chargers "like that one-two punch" of Austin Ekeler and Jackson. A 2018 seventh-round pick, Jackson has averaged a solid 5.5 yards per touch, but he's only had one double-digit workload and been limited to 20-of-32 games due to injuries. If Jackson can stay healthy, he's in line for an expanded role next season.
Jackson averaged 3.8 FanDuel points (RB84) and 31.7 yards from scrimmage with no touchdowns in 2019. His 6.9 yards per carry was tops among the 85 running backs to record at least 25 carries. Jackson also led that group in Rushing Net Expected Points per play (0.25) and success rate (65.5 percent).
Nyheim Hines should see more work in Colts' offense
Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines is expected to take on "plenty more action" on offense next season, writes Zak Keefer of The Athletic.
Keefer believes that "a 38-year-old starter at quarterback and one of the game’s top offensive lines" should lead to more work for Hines. With Jacoby Brissett under center, Hines' snap share dipped from 43.9 percent in 2018 to 31.5 percent last year and his touches per game fell from 9.3 to 6.0. However, despite the downtick in volume, Hines remained locked-in as the Colts' primary pass-catching back, finishing just one reception shy of the team lead and fourth in targets. Pace also likely played a factor, as the offense went from 5th to 17th in plays per game. The Colts are expected to pick things back up a bit with Philip Rivers taking over for Brissett, which should behoove Hines and the rest of the offense. Austin Ekeler finished as the RB7 in half-point PPR formats last season while playing a similar role in a Rivers-led offense. Hines, a 2018 fourth-round pick, will turn 24 in November.
Hines averaged 6.0 FanDuel points (RB62) and 32.4 yards from scrimmage with 2 touchdowns last season. He bumped up his efficiency from 5.0 yards per touch as a rookie to 5.4 last season. That would have ranked 13th among the 54 running backs to average 6.25 touches per game. On the ground, Hines had the highest success rate (53.9) among 68 backs with at least 50 carries.
Condotta: NFL reportedly plans to run 'complete mock draft' before April 23
According to NFL Network Total Access, the National Football League is reportedly planning a full mock draft with all teams before April 23rd.
The mock session's main purpose is to instruct or teach teams "how to do the draft remotely." Even during these technological-friendly times, the NFL is not taking any awareness risks with teams now drafting under remote circumstances. Considering the unusual situation, the 2020 draft will be unique in every aspect including a merged broadcast by NFL Network and ESPN.
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Alshon Jeffery reportedly actively shopped by Eagles last season
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was actively shopped around in trade offers last season, reports Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman guaranteed Jeffery's $15.4 million salary just before the start of last season. He apparently had buyer's remorse, because McLane reports Roseman started offering Jeffery in deals only a month later. The veteran receiver turned 30 in February and is coming off Lisfranc surgery following another injury-plagued campaign, so he's not a very appealing trade option. Look for the Eagles to address the wide receiver position in the draft.
Jeffery averaged 11.2 FanDuel points (WR33), 7.3 targets, 4.3 catches, and 49.0 yards per game with 4 touchdowns last season. His 6.7 yards per target were the second-fewest of his career and ranked 69th among 80 receivers with at least 50 targets last season. Jeffery also finished below league average at his position in Reception Net Expected Points per target.
Marquise Goodwin likely to be cut by 49ers
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin will likely be released before the team resumes football activities, writes Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.
The 49ers would probably prefer to trade Goodwin, but he's owed roughly $5 million each of the next two seasons and has missed 12 games over the past two due to injuries, so it seems unlikely they will find a partner. However, it's worth noting that head coach Kyle Shanahan previously stated the organization "wouldn't release Marquise" because teams "don’t get rid of valuable people just for nothing." Goodwin has been held under 25 receptions and 400 yards in consecutive seasons after breaking out for career-highs in catches (56) and yards (962) in his first year in San Francisco. He will turn 30 in November.
Goodwin averaged 4.0 FanDuel points over nine games last season. He had 12 catches on 21 targets for 186 yards and 1 touchdown. His 8.9 yards per target would have ranked 13th among the 30 receivers with 100-plus targets. Goodwin added 0.83 Receiving Net Expected Points per target, beating out the league average (0.70) at his position.
49ers' Tevin Coleman guaranteed $2 million for 2020
San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman is now guaranteed $2 million of his $4.55 million base salary for 2020.
The money became guaranteed at the beginning of the month and it means that cutting Coleman outright would cost the 49ers $2 million. He may still be dealt before the start of the season, however, as Raheem Mostert and Jerick McKinnon appear to be locked into backfield roles. Matt Breida has also been mentioned as a trade candidate. Coleman averaged 15.8 touches from Weeks 5-12 after an early-season ankle injury, but he never logged more than 6 touches over the rest of the regular season as Mostert took over. He finished with more opportunities (11.9) per game than Mostert (9.9), but was outscored 10.6-8.9 in FanDuel points per game. Coleman turns 27 next week.
Coleman was the RB43 in FanDuel points per game last season. His 51.7 yards from scrimmage and 4.6 yards per touch were both career-lows in a season that Coleman averaged double-digit touches. He ranked just fourth in his own backfield in added Net Expected Points per rush (-0.07) and was last in success rate (32.12), finishing well below league average in both metrics.
Odell Beckham (core) 'on track' for Browns
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (core surgery)) is "on track" in his rehab, head coach Kevin Stefanski said.
Stefanski said the same thing about fellow wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Beckham underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury in January. “Both those guys are exactly where they need to be in terms of rehab progression,’’ Stefanski said. “So they're doing everything they need to and they're right where they need to be from a rehab standpoint." Aside from a four-game campaign in 2017, Beckham's first year with the Browns was the least productive of his career. He's entering his age-27 season and is under contract through 2023.
OBJ averaged 10.27 FanDuel points per game last season, finishing as the WR38. He also averaged 8.3 targets, 4.6 receptions and a career-low 64.7 yards per game with 4 touchdowns. His 7.8 yards per target ranked 20th among the 30 receivers with 100-plus targets. He finished 24th in that same group in numberFire's advanced per-target receiving metric.
Kendrick Bourne officially re-signs with 49ers
Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne officially signed his one-year tender with the San Francisco 49ers Monday.
Though he was tendered at the second-round level, Bourne has never been much of an option in fantasy football.
Bourne has managed to carve out a part-time role with the 49ers over his three seasons with the team. While he did not start a single game in 2019 and has never topped 500 yards in a season, the second-round tender implies the former undrafted free agent will hold onto his role for the upcoming season.
Darrell Henderson not expected to have an every-down role
Per Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead, the team is anticipating using multiple backs in different roles in 2020.
Todd Gurley never handled fewer than 250 touches in any of his 5 seasons with the team, but was cut in March. Darrell Henderson was initially thought to be the heir to Gurley's workhorse role, but Snead stated that the team wants to utilize "more than one workhorse moving the ball, with different skill sets."
Henderson was an upside third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but had difficulty finding the field even behind a banged-up Gurley, amassing just 184 yards from scrimmage all year. Still, Henderson's elite efficiency at the college level (and 4.49-second 40-yard dash time) could lead to solid fantasy numbers even in a committee backfield.
The 2020 NFL Draft will be "fully virtual"
Per NFL.com's Tom Pelissero, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell informed the league's 32 teams that the 2020 NFL Draft will be "fully virtual".
In an unprecedented move, the league will be moving the much-anticipated 2020 NFL Draft to an online format, not unlike how fantasy gamers have drafted for years. The first of its kind, there will certainly be some issues and kinks to work out in the coming weeks, but this report all but confirms that the draft will take place as scheduled from April 23rd to April 25th.
With every major sport currently suspended, the 2020 NFL Draft will likely be the biggest major sporting event of the entire summer. You can join in on the action on the FanDuel Sportsbook.
Panthers have had internal talks over Christian McCaffrey's contract
In a recent conference call, Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said the team has had internal talks regarding running back Christian McCaffrey's contract.
The eighth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, McCaffrey's contract carries through the 2021 season if the Panthers exercise their fifth-year team option. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Panthers lock down their stud running back before then.
McCaffrey has been a near-literal every-down running back for the Panthers over the past two seasons, amassing an incredible 4,357 scrimmage yards in that span (the most by a substantial margin). The 23-year-old has managed to stay injury-free in his three seasons and offers elite versatility out of the backfield. Expect the Panthers to sign McCaffrey to a massive deal at some point over the next two seasons.
Rams' Austin Blythe expected to start at center
Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Austin Blythe is expected to start at center next season, writes Rich Hammond of The Athletic.
Blythe took over at center over the final eight games of last season after Brian Allen went down with a knee injury. He was re-signed to a one-year deal in March. The former seventh-rounder has started 31-of-32 games for the Rams over the last two seasons. He turns 28 in June.
Blythe allowed the second-most pressures (38) among all centers last season. He received the second-lowest grade (50.3) on Pro Football Focus among the 109 offensive lineman to play at least 900 snaps.
Quincy Enunwa (neck) a 'big question mark' for Jets
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (spinal stenosis) remains a "big question mark" moving forward, general manager Joe Douglas conceded.
Enunwa was limited to one game last season due to his second neck/spine injury in three years. There's no guarantee he will ever be able to play again. Douglas mentioned Vyncint Smith, Braxton Berrios, and Josh Doctson as potential options as the Jets' third receiver behind Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder. Enunwa will turn 28 at the end of May.
Enunwa averaged 6.2 FanDuel points (WR77) over 11 games in 2018. He finished at the very bottom of numberFire's advanced per-target receiving metrics among the 71 receivers with at least 60 targets that season.
Brian Winters expected to remain with Jets
New York Jets guard Brian Winters will likely be retained, writes Connor Hughes of The Athletic.
Hughes deduced this from a conference call that Jets general manager Joe Douglas held with the media. Winters started nine games at right guard last season before being placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He is due a non-guaranteed $7.2 million in 2020, but the Jets reportedly want him to take a pay cut. The team has added offensive tackle George Fant, guard Greg Van Roten, and center Connor McGovern in free agency this offseason and re-signed guard Alex Lewis. Winters turns 29 this summer.
Winters graded 34th overall on Pro Football Focus last season among the 68 guards to play at least 500 offensive snaps.
Vikings' Irv Smith Jr. expected to see expanded role
Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. should see an expanded role this season, writes Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com.
Smith never had more than 60 yards or 5 catches in any game as a rookie, but he did catch 36 passes (47 targets) for 311 yards and 2 touchdowns on a 60.0 percent snap share while working behind Kyle Rudolph on the depth chart. Even with Rudolph still penciled in as the starter, the offseason departure of Stefon Diggs should open up more looks for Smith in 2020. The rising sophomore was in on between 68.4-85.2 percent of the snaps during a four-game stretch that Adam Thielen missed last season.
Smith averaged 5.0 FanDuel points during that four-game period. He graded 24th in receiving on Pro Football Focus out of 35 tight ends with at least 40 targets.
Matt Breida may be moved out of San Francisco
San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida may not be on the roster by the start of the season, writes Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.
The 49ers extended a second-round tender to Breida last month, but Maiocco is "sure the 49ers would be willing to trade his rights" for a pick in a later round. He also mentions Tevin Coleman as a possible cut candidate if the 49ers are in a financial bind, but Maiocco is under the impression that Breida will be the odd man out of the crowded backfield. The 25-year-old back started last season with a pair of 100-yard performances over the 49ers' first four games, but his role evaporated down the stretch. San Francisco is currently set to open 2020 with a backfield consisting of Breida, Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon, and Jeff Wilson.
Breida averaged 7.82 FanDuel points (RB48) and 57.2 yards from scrimmage with 2 touchdowns over 13 games last season. He was just below league average in added Net Expected Points per rush (-0.03) and success rate (40.24), finishing behind Wilson (0.14, 51.9) and Mostert (0.14, 43.1) in both categories.
Browns' Jarvis Landry (hip) 'on track' in rehab
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (hip) is "on track" in his rehab, head coach Kevin Stefanski said.
Landry underwent hip surgery on February 4 that is expected to sideline him for 6-8 months. He is "right where [he needs] to be from a rehab standpoint," according to Stefanski. The 27-year-old wideout is tentatively expected to be ready for Week 1. He set a career-high with 1,174 yards last season.
Landry averaged 12.24 FanDuel points per game last season, finishing as the WR24. He also averaged 8.6 targets, 5.2 receptions and 73.4 yards with 6 touchdowns. Landry's 8.5 yards per target ranked 16th among the 30 receivers with 100-plus targets. He finished 18th in that same group in numberFire's advanced per-target receiving metric.
Buccaneers' Scotty Miller 'gunning' for third receiver role in 2020
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Scotty Miller expects to compete for the third receiver role on the 2020 depth chart.
After Breshad Perriman signed with the New York Jets, Miller is expecting to compete for the third receiving spot behind starters Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. "With B.P. going to the Jets that spot is open and I’m going to want to be on the field as much as possible next year to help this team win games," said Miller when asked about his playing time expectations. "Hopefully I can get that spot, play as much as I can, make as many plays as I can and help us win as much as we can.”
Expect Miller and Justin Watson to battle for the third receiving role if Tampa Bay decides to roll with their current group. On 15 career catchable targets, Miller has recorded 24% of his receiving yards after the catch (48 of 200) and one touchdown.
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