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Darwin Thompson reportedly has passed Carlos Hyde on Chiefs' depth chart

The Athletic's Nate Taylor reports Kansas City Chiefs sixth-round running back Darwin Thompson "appears to have leaped" Carlos Hyde on the depth chart.

What It Means:

Thompson has been working ahead of Hyde in camp this week and has even split first-team reps with Damien Williams. Head coach Andy Reid has praised the rookie's all-around abilities and a strong showing in the preseason has helped Thompson's stock too.

numberFire's models currently project Thompson for 278.2 total yards and 1.7 touchdowns. Expect those numbers to rise if he is indeed the RB2 in KC.

Source: Nate Taylor

nfl 3 hours and 30 minutes

Darren Waller again shining at Raiders training camp

On this week's episode of HBO's Hard Knocks, Oakland Raiders tight end Darren Waller received countless praise from coaches and teammates as he continued continues to impress at training camp.

What It Means:

In the episode, teammates and other members of the Raiders' organization were asked about who has been the most impressive player in camp, and Waller's name came up the most. The tight end played in only four games in 2018 after sitting out all of 2017 due to suspension. Despite admittedly still learning to play the tight end position, Waller is expected to play a significant role in the Raiders' offense this season.

numberFire's models project Waller as the TE25 in fantasy this season with 28.0 catches, 330.6 yards, and 3.7 touchdowns.

Source: HBO's Hard Knocks

nfl 7 hours and 38 minutes

Jakeem Grant signs 4-year, $24M extension with Miami

The Miami Dolphins and wide receiver Jakeem Grant have come to terms on a 4-year, $24M extension.

What It Means:

The 27-year-old had his 2018 season cut short by a leg injury but showed enough big-play potential for Miami to want to lock him up long-term. Grant is now under contract until 2023 and will battle with DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson, and Kenny Stills for playing time in Miami.

numberFire's models project Grant for just 18.4 catches, 270.2 yards, and 2.0 touchdowns in 2019.

Source: Ian Rapoport

nfl 8 hours and 12 minutes

Steelers' Vance McDonald to see same snaps in 2019

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald will not play significantly more snaps this season, according to offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner.

What It Means:

"He won't," Fichtner said in regards to McDonald seeing an expanded role in 2019. "He's never going to play the full game. That's never going to happen." McDonald played a career-high 564 snaps (54.6 percent) in 15 games last season while turning in the most productive season of his career, with 50 receptions (72 targets) for 610 yards and 4 touchdowns. Even if he were to only see a modest boost in playing time following the departure of Jesse James, McDonald is capable of returning back-end TE1 production.

McDonald is currently the TE9 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models expect him to catch 53.6 passes on 86.7 targets for 627.5 yards and 5.77 touchdowns in 2019.

Source: Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fitchner

nfl 8 hours and 12 minutes

Rams' Darrell Henderson expected to see 9-12 touches a game

Los Angeles Rams third-round pick Darrell Henderson is expected to see 9-12 touches per game this season, writes Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic.

What It Means:

Henderson is still competing with second-year back John Kelly for the change-of-pace role behind Todd Gurley, per Bonsignore, so those touches will likely go to the winner of that battle, not necessarily Henderson. The main takeaway is that the Rams are looking to spread things around more to take some of the load off Gurley. It remains to be seen how that will manifest in the backfield.

numberFire's models believe Henderson will average 12.0 touches a game as a rookie. He's pegged for 710.2 yards and 4.09 touchdowns on 165.6 carries, and 201.0 yards and 1.19 touchdowns on 26.8 receptions. Henderson is the RB34 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Source: Vincent Bonsignore, The Athletic

nfl 8 hours and 18 minutes

Chargers' Melvin Gordon's holdout expected to leak into season

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is expected to continue his holdout into the regular season, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

What It Means:

Rapoport says that the negotiations have not progressed as hoped, and that Gordon will continue to train in Florida for the "foreseeable future."

Our models currently project Gordon to run for 943.5 yards and 9.5 touchdowns on 191.3 carries.

Source: Ian Rapoport

nfl 10 hours and 54 minutes

Seahawks' Rashaad Penny could be 'falling further' behind Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny is "falling further" behind Chris Carson this preseason, says NBC Sports Northwest's Joe Fann.

What It Means:

Penny only has 13 yards on 12 carries this preseason, while Carson is averaging 5.0 yards per carry. Carson got the bulk of the work last season, getting 247 carries, which was almost 55% of the team's running back carries (despite missing two games). Penny only got 85 carries.

Our models project Carson to rush for 1,147.0 yards and 7.5 touchdowns 247.9 carries. Penny is forecasted to run for 624.6 yards and 3.3 touchdowns on 127.1 carries.

Source: NBC Sports Northwest

nfl 12 hours and 21 minutes

Dante Pettis played with 49ers' starters in exhibition

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis played all 11 snaps with the first-team offense in Monday night's second preseason game against the Denver Broncos.

What It Means:

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan previously said Dante Pettis must "compete" for a starting role, leading to speculation about the receiver's place on the depth chart, but this indicates he's in good standing. Marquise Goodwin also logged all 11 snaps with Jimmy Garoppolo and the ones on Monday night.

Pettis is the WR35 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models expect him to record 761.8 yards and 6.44 touchdowns on 60.5 receptions and 99.3 targets in 2019.

Source: Adam Levitan

nfl 12 hours and 50 minutes

Bears think Tarik Cohen saw 'little bit too much' work in 2018

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy thinks he gave running back Tarik Cohen "a little bit too much" work last season.

What It Means:

"We moved [Cohen] around a lot last year, and I do feel like there was a time — probably later in the season — where we probably gave him a little bit too much," Nagy said Tuesday. "And when you mentally drain them, it pulls them back physically." The Bears drafted David Montgomery in the third round and added Cordarelle Patterson and Mike Davis in free agency, so it's won't be any surprise to see Cohen's touches scaled back in his third season.

numberFire's models expect Cohen to catch 62.8 passes for 567.5 yards and 2.94 touchdowns this season, with another 72.5 carries for 317.0 yards and 2.09 touchdowns. He's the RB35 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

nfl 13 hours and 32 minutes

Buccaneers' Ronald Jones has swelling in knee

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones has been dealing with swelling in his knee this week, per Jenna Laine of ESPN.

What It Means:

Jones returned to practice on Tuesday for the first time since the Buccaneers' second preseason game last Friday, so it appears to be a minor issue. The 2018 second-round pick has received praise from the team's new coaching staff this summer, but Dare Ogunbowale has been making some noise of late and could become a factor if Jones' injury lingers.

Jones is the RB42 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models expect him to rush for 564.0 yards and 3.89 touchdowns, with 21.4 catches for 128.2 yards and 0.42 touchdowns.

Source: Jenna Laine

nfl 14 hours and 25 minutes