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Ravens' Kenneth Dixon (knee) fully cleared to start training camp
Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon is not on the active/PUP list to begin training camp.
Dixon missed all of the 2017 season after suffering a torn meniscus which required a full repair last summer, so it's encouraging to see him fully cleared heading into training camp. The 24-year-old back will likely compete with Buck Allen for a secondary role in the Ravens' backfield behind Alex Collins.
numberFire's models project Dixon to total 513.4 yards from scrimmage and 3.26 offensive touchdowns on 84.9 touches (33.5 catches) this season. He falls just inside the top-60 running backs in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence will play under franchise tag
Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence will play under the franchise tag this season.
Lawrence has no qualms with playing and earning a long-term deal this season but he will not play under the tag again in 2019, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The 26-year-old lineman will make $17.1 million guaranteed this season as the Cowboys' franchise player.
Lawrence recorded 15 sacks and 4 forced fumbles in 16 games last season.
Le'Veon Bell to play under tag again, likely done with Steelers after 2018
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will play under the franchise tag for a second straight season.
The two sides failed to reach a long-term agreement, and as a result, Bell likely won't return to the Steelers after this season, his agent, Adisa Bakari, told ESPN's Adam Schefter. "It became clear the Steelers wanted to pay the position, not the player," Bakari said. Last season, Bell sat out all of training camp and didn't report to the Steelers until nine days before Week 1, and Schefter reported earlier Monday that the 26-year-old running back may sit out the first half of the season if a deal wasn't reached. He will yield $14.544 million under the tag in 2018.
As of now, numberFire's models expect Bell to play a full season and have him rated as the top overall running back in our preseason fantasy football rankings. We project him for 1,398.8 yards and 10.15 touchdowns on the ground, with another 662.9 yards and 2.79 touchdowns on 81.5 catches.
Cowboys' Blake Jarwin 'regularly targeted' during offseason
Dallas Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin was "regularly targeted" by Dak Prescott during the offseason program, writes Jori Epstein of the Dallas Morning News.
Jarwin reportedly worked as the Cowboys' number-one tight end during OTAs and minicamp, and it sounds like the second-year undrafted free agent may be asked to step in as Dallas' top pass-catching tight end following Jason Witten's retirement. Geoff Swaim is expected to start but will likely be used more as a blocker. Rico Gathers and fourth-round rookie Dalton Schultz fill out the rest of the depth chart.
Jarwin caught 41 passes for 616 yards (15.0 yards per reception) and 5 touchdowns during a three-year career (28 games) at Oklahoma State.
D.J. Moore able to help Panthers' offense right away
Carolina Panthers first-round wide receiver D.J. Moore "can help the offense immediately," writes Max Henson of the team's official website.
Henson reiterated that Moore "looked more than ready to contribute during spring practices" and emphasized the receiver's "unique skill set" for his ability to make plays after the catch. The 21-year-old rookie should open the year as the Panthers' second starter opposite Devin Funchess, but he will still have to compete with Greg Olsen and Christian McCaffrey for targets.
numberFire's early models project Moore to catch 44.0 passes (72.5) targets for 556.8 yards and 3.26 touchdowns during his rookie campaign. He's the WR58 in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Jay Ajayi in line for more work with Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi has a "good chance" of seeing a "much higher workload than he had a year ago," writes Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski.
Ajayi is entering a contract year and LeGarrette Blount is gone, so Kempski believes the Eagles will maximize their investment and fill the backfield void by feeding the 25-year-old the rock. Including the playoffs, Ajayi averaged 11.2 carries in 10 games for the Eagles after arriving in Week 9, topping out at 18 in the NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings.
numberFire's models expect Ajayi to lead the Eagles' backfield with 953.4 rushing yards and 6.23 touchdowns on 231.5 carries, to go with 176.6 receiving yards and 0.36 touchdowns on 24.8 catches. He's the RB22 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings.
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