Recent NFL Player News

Dalvin Cook (knee) could play in Vikings' dress rehearsal

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (knee) could make his preseason debut Friday against the Seattle Seahawks.

What It Means:

"We're looking forward to possibly seeing him out there," said offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. Cook hasn't played in a live game since suffering a season-ending knee injury in the fourth game of his professional career.

Cook is the RB12 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. numberFire's models project him to rush 258.2 times for 1,117.1 yards and 8.18 touchdowns, and catch 42.0 passes for 309.6 yards and 0.87 receiving touchdowns.

DeVante Parker's Week 1 status for Dolphins 'up in the air'

Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker's status for Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans is "up in the air," according to ESPN's Cameron Wolfe.

What It Means:

Parker is doing conditioning work with trainers but still can’t catch the ball, head coach Adam Gase said. If the 25-year-old wideout is inactive to start the season, then Kenny Stills, Danny Amendola, and Albert Wilson would all stand to benefit.

numberFire's models currently project Parker for 120.5 targets, 70.9 catches, 816.8 yards, and 5.10 touchdowns in 2018, assuming he plays all 16 games. He's the WR35 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Jamaal Williams (ankle) returns to Packers' practice

Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams (ankle) returned to practice on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Williams is back after suffering a minor ankle sprain in last week's preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Aaron Jones is suspended for the first two games of the year, so Williams is expected to open the year as the Packers' lead back.

Williams is currently the RB38 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings, and our models expect him to total 518.6 yards and 3.91 touchdowns on the ground, with another 212.4 receiving yards and 0.76 scores on 21.8 catches.

Josh Gordon to return to Browns' practice 'very soon'

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will resume practicing "very soon," head coach Hue Jackson said.

What It Means:

Gordon has already been ruled out for Thursday's dress rehearsal against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he could start practicing as soon as Saturday. Jackson intends to have Gordon "up and running" for Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Based on a 16-game projection, numberFire's models currently project Gordon for 70.0 receptions (146.7 targets), 968.2 yards, and 7.67 touchdowns in 2018. He's among the top-20 receivers in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Saints reportedly release Terrance West

The New Orleans Saints released running back Terrance West, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

What It Means:

West signed with the Saints in June. His release could lead to an early-season role for Jonathan Williams during Mark Ingram's four-game suspension.

West rushed 39 times for 138 scoreless yards (3.5 yards per carry) in five games for the Baltimore Ravens last season.

Panthers' left tackle Matt Kalil has knee scoped, 'week-to-week'

Carolina Panthers left tackle Matt Kalil (knee) is considered "week-to-week" after having his knee scoped Tuesday.

What It Means:

Kalil notably had both of his knees scoped in 2015. The Panthers already lost right tackle Daryl Williams to a dislocated kneecap and torn MCL, and guard Andrew Norwell left in free agency, so this is another tough blow to an offensive line tasked with creating holes for Christian McCaffrey and protecting the pocket for Cam Newton this season.

McCaffrey is currently the RB14 and Newton is the QB6 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings.

Josh Allen reportedly named Bills' starter for dress rehearsal

Buffalo Bills first-round quarterback Josh Allen will start the team's third preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

What It Means:

A.J. McCarron's collarbone injury reportedly isn't as bad as initially thought, but he's still unlikely to play on Sunday, so Allen figures to get the nod. A strong showing could potentially secure the Week 1 starting job, regardless of McCarron's health. Allen is 18-of-32 with 176 yards and 2 touchdowns through two preseason showings.

Allen is currently the 32nd quarterback in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. McCarron is 30th.

Marqise Lee primarily working with Jaguars' starters through camp

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee has seen the "majority" of starter reps throughout training camp, writes Mike Kaye of First Coast News.

What It Means:

Lee and Keelan Cole have worked with the ones, while Dede Westbrook and second-round rookie D.J. Chark have been "the standouts of training camp." Lee re-signed with the Jaguars on a 4-year deal this offseason after leading the team in both targets (96) and catches (56) in 2017.

Lee is the 41st wideout in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings, as we have him projected for 105.7 targets, 60.2 receptions, 815.8 yards, and 4.25 touchdowns this year.

Donte Moncrief 'flashing inconsistent talent' in Jacksonville

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Donte Moncrief has been "flashing inconsistent talent throughout the summer," according to Mike Kaye of First Coast News.

What It Means:

Kaye describes Moncrief as "the group's wild card," but says the receiver's roster spot is secure, likely as the fifth receiver behind Marqise Lee, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook, and second-round rookie D.J. Chark. Moncrief turned 25 earlier in August.

Moncrief is the 65th player at his position in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings, as we have him projected for 62.4 targets, 33.6 receptions, 501.5 yards, and 3.97 touchdowns in 2018.

Jets' Teddy Bridgewater has 'significant' price tag

New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater would need to yield a "significant" return in the event of a trade, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

What It Means:

The Jets understandably want a valuable return for a quarterback who appears to be capable of starting, but with demand lacking around the league, they might opt to wait for injuries to strike at the position before actively pursuing a deal. Bridgewater is still only 25.

When Bridgewater last played a full season in 2015, he completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 3,231 passing yards with 14 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He added 192 rushing yards and 3 scores on the ground.

Andrew Luck stumbles for Colts in Monday's exhibition

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck completed 6-of-13 passes for 50 yards with 1 interception in the team's second preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday.

What It Means:

Luck regressed a bit after going 6-of-9 for 64 yards in last week's preseason debut. The interception came on the Colts' opening drive and was the result of terrible decision-making on a third down in the red zone. He managed to bounce back a little but failed to orchestrate a touchdown drive before checking out. The Colts' dress rehearsal will be on Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers.

numberFire's models currently project Luck to throw for 3,933.1 yards with 27.75 touchdowns and 16.0 interceptions, as well as 279.5 rushing yards and 2.31 scores on the ground. He's the QB13 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Colts' rookie Nyheim Hines fumbles 4th time in second preseason game

Indianapolis Colts fourth-round pick Nyheim Hines rushed 5 times for 12 yards and caught 1 pass (2 targets) for 9 yards in the team's second preseason game on Monday night.

What It Means:

Hines also fumbled away the opening kickoff in the second half, giving the rookie a concerning 4 fumbles through two preseason games. Christine Michael, Jordan Wilkins, and Josh Ferguson all ran ahead of Hines on Monday, and with Marlon Mack (hamstring) possibly returning as early as Week 1, Hines may not see much work during his first year in the league.

numberFire's models currently project Hines to rush 69.2 times for 268.1 yards and 1.61 touchdowns as a rookie, with 290.2 yards and 1.52 receiving scores on 37.0 catches.

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

Josh Rosen granted freedom at Cardinals’ line of scrimmage

Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen is being given freedom to change plays at the line of scrimmage from offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

What It Means:

"The headset cuts off at 15 seconds, so he can’t say everything," said Rosen. "He wants us to be able to try to fix things here and there." The 10th overall pick showed improvement in the Cardinals' second preseason game, but he's still going to start his career as Sam Bradford's backup. However, considering Bradford's injury history, Rosen could wind up making starts as a rookie.

Rosen has completed 16-of-29 passes (55.2 percent) for 148 yards and 1 touchdown so far this preseason.

Demaryius Thomas (wrist) returns to Broncos' practice

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (wrist) returned to practice on Monday.

What It Means:

Thomas sat out Saturday's preseason game as a precaution due to a minor wrist injury he suffered at practice last week. The 30-year-old wideout should be fine for Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.

numberFire's models have Thomas as the 20th-ranked wide receiver for 2018, with projections of 86.0 receptions (150.5 targets), 1,045.0 yards, and 6.04 touchdowns.

Source: Troy Renck

Carson Wentz's (knee) status in air for Eagles Week 1

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (knee) admitted "it's gonna be close" when asked about his status for Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons.

What It Means:

Wentz recently resumed 11-on-11 work but will be inactive for Thursday's dress rehearsal against the Cleveland Browns. In the event Wentz isn't cleared for the opener, reigning Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles would make the start.

numberFire's models currently expect Wentz to be limited in Week 1, but he's the 7th quarterback overall in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Saints’ Benjamin Watson in ‘prime of his career’

New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson “still looks like he’s in the prime of his career,” writes Joel Erickson of the New Orleans Advocate.

What It Means:

The 37-year-old tight end has made "eye-popping, contested catches" a regular thing in his return to the Saints, who the veteran was with from 2013-2015. Watson doesn't have much competition at tight end in New Orleans, so he figures to see the majority of the snaps.

Watson rounds out the top-20 tight ends in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models expect him to catch 49.2 passes (68.8 targets) for 463.7 yards and 3.60 touchdowns in 2018.

Kenny Golladay playing over Golden Tate in Lions' two-wides

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay played over Golden Tate in two-wide sets during Friday's preseason game against the New York Giants.

What It Means:

"We're just trying to get the play counts out there, and we're going in and out of different personnel groups, so we have it kind of sketched out that way," head coach Matt Patricia said. The Lions rarely went two-wide last year, so this likely is more of a positive for Golladay than a negative for Tate, who should still see plenty of work in the slot. Golladay, a 2017 second-round pick, was limited to 11 games as a rookie due to injury.

numberFire's models currently project Golladay for 65.3 targets, 36.6 receptions, 532.3 yards, and 3.34 touchdowns in 2018. He's the WR66 in our preseason fantasy rankings.


Peyton Barber 'doing everything he should be' for Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber is "doing everything he should be doing right now," head coach Dirk Koetter said.

What It Means:

"I think if we went out there and gave it to Peyton 20 times, we'd like what he does," Koetter added. Barber agrees, describing himself as an "every-down back" who can contribute in multiple ways. The Buccaneers will likely incorporate second-round rookie Ronald Jones into the backfield, but Barber appears to be nearly locked-in as the leader of the committee.

numberFire's models currently have Barber (RB55) behind Jones (RB26) in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Josh Allen working with Bills' starters Monday

Buffalo Bills first-round quarterback Josh Allen is working with the starters at Monday's practice.

What It Means:

Allen is rotating with Nathan Peterman between the first and second team, and with free-agent signing A.J. McCarron sidelined with a collarbone injury, the 7th overall pick could secure the Bills' starting job with a strong showing in Sunday's third preseason game. He's gone 18-of-32 with 176 yards and 2 touchdowns through two outings.

Allen is currently the QB32 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings.

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