NFL PLAYER NEWS
Cowboys' Dak Prescott (shoulder) diagnosed with muscle strain, exits practice early on Wednesday
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (shoulder) left practice early on Wednesday.
Prescott underwent an MRI on Wednesday after leaving practice early with soreness in his right arm. The test reveled a muscle strain in his right shoulder. Speaking to the media after, Prescott said "I felt some soreness when making certain throws today, and I really just decided not to push things too far. Better to be cautious and smart about it. I don’t see this as any kind of serious setback. We’ll treat it on a daily basis, and I’ll be fine."
numberFire's models project Prescott for 5,160 passing yards, 29.72 touchdowns, and 6.27 interceptions this season. He is the QB5 in our preseason fantasy projections.
Raiders' Kenyan Drake placed on non-football injury list
Las Vegas Raiders running back Kenyan Drake has been placed on the non-football injury list.
Drake was seen at practice on Wednesday, working with a trainer on the side. Running backs Jalen Richard and Theo Riddick were absent from practice after being placed on the COVID-19 list, leaving Las Vegas thin at the position as they open camp. Keep an eye on Drake's status as the first week of camp progresses.
numberFire's models project Drake for 134 carries for 593.1 rushing yards and 4.40 rushing touchdowns with 27.8 receptions for 200.5 receiving yards and 1.20 receiving touchdowns this season. He is the RB37 in our preseason rankings.
Jets' Chris Herndon working with second string
New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon is working with the second-team to start training camp.
Tyler Kroft started camp as the Jets' starting tight end. Herndon played 16 games last season but caught just 31 passes on 45 targets for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns. Kroft could wind up being a reliable source of targets on a Jets' offense that lacks proven pass-catching talent behind Jamison Crowder.
Herndon averaged the fourth-fewest yards per route last season out of the 43 tight ends with at least 30 targets. He is currently the TE29 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings.
Michael Carter opens camp with Jets' first team
New York Jets rookie running back Michael Carter started training camp with the first-team offense.
The Jets are expected to use a committee approach in the backfield with Carter, Tevin Coleman, and Ty Johnson, but it's encouraging to see the fourth-rounder working with the starters early on. Carter's pass-catching ability allows him to contribute on all three downs and he is the favorite to lead the Jets' backfield in touches this season.
numberFire's models currently project Carter to lead the Jets' backfield across the board as a rookie, with 138.3 carries, 594.7 rush yards, 35.2 catches (47.2 targets), 243.4 receiving yards, and 5.11 touchdowns. Coleman is projected for 114.7 carries and 12.6 catches, with Johnson pegged for 83.2 rush attempts and 10.3 receptions. Carter is the RB36 in our preseason fantasy rankings, followed by Coleman (RB48) and then Johnson (RB58).
Raiders' Henry Ruggs focusing on playing stronger
Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs said he gained 13 pounds this offseason in an effort to become stronger and more physical.
Ruggs said he is focusing on improving in both the passing and running game. The added muscle should translate to more production in the short passing game, which is where Derek Carr likes to throw the ball. Ruggs, last year's No. 12 pick in the draft, is entering this season as the Raiders' top wide receiver. The offseason departure of Nelson Agholor, who finished second on the Raiders with 82 targets last year, should result in more opportunities for Ruggs in his sophomore season.
Ruggs is the WR54 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models project him to lead the Raiders receivers with 89.4 targets, 55.8 receptions, 822.8 yards, and 3.89 touchdowns.
Justin Jackson placed on Chargers' COVID-19 list
Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson has been placed on the team's reserve/COVID-19 list.
It's unclear if Jackson tested positive or simply came into contact with someone who did, but either way, he'll be away from the team as training camp gets underway. It now seems as though Joshua Kelley will be the de facto backup to starting rusher Austin Ekeler, and Larry Rountree III could be in store for more work early on.
Our models currently project Jackson for 403.63 yards on 91.33 carries and 2.37 touchdowns. They also ballpark him for 13.73 catches on 18.63 targets for 99.12 yards and 0.83 scores.