Tyreek Hill will meet with the NFL this week, according to Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor.
The Johnson County district attorney said the investigation into the criminal child abuse case regarding Hill is closed; and the child protective services is apparently concluded, too, as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league would not “interfere” until that time. Hill, who will reportedly have his legal team at the meeting, speaking to the league this week should indicate that a decision could be made as early as this weekend or next week. At the latest, we’d think the NFL will make a ruling by the start of Chiefs training camp late next month. Dynasty league owners waiting to make a decision on Hill should expect a long suspension that could last for all of 2019, but anything less than eight games would be really surprising. Fantasy owners in general also have to decide if they even want someone like Hill on their roster.
Amari Cooper’s goal is to reach 2,000 receiving yards this season.
The Cowboys receiver told #PFTPM that 2,000 receiving yards is the goal this season, a mark that no player in league history has hit. Lions great Calvin Johnson currently holds the single-season record with 1,964 receiving yards, which he accomplished during the 2012 season. In nine games with Dallas last season, Cooper had 725 yards, which is 80.6 yards per game. To hit 2,000 receding yards, Cooper must average 125 yards per game if he plays all 16 games. The former No. 4 pick in the draft had monster games with 180 yards (and two touchdowns) and 217 yards (and three touchdowns) last season with the Cowboys, and that was after arriving midseason in a trade from the Raiders. 2,000 yards obviously might be a bit of a stretch, but with a full offseason in an offense that’s expected to be more open in 2019, Cooper should be more consistent this season. He’s squarely in the WR1 mix for fantasy drafts late this summer.
Sony Michel is “progressing well” from arthroscopic knee surgery, according to NFL Network’s Mike Giardi.
Giardi says the second-year running back “has been running full tilt” recently, and that he’s been spending “considerable time” at Tom Brady’s TB12 Sports Therapy Center recovering. TB12 has obviously worked for Brady as his level of play has not dropped off at all into his late 30s and early 40s, and hopefully Michel working at TB12 will help his knee issues become a thing of the past. It sounds like Michel should be ready to go for the start of training camp, and his fantasy value is probably dropping too much at this point considering the postseason run he had last season—if Michel is healthy, he should be a consistently-big part of New England’s offense, which could be the best power-run attack in the league in 2019.
Jake Butt (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Butt tore his ACL during practice late last September, so it’s not surprising that the Broncos tight end is expected to be ready to go about ten months after the injury. The former Michigan Wolverine has suffered three torn ACLs in his life, so everyone should be rooting for him to stay healthy and to have a long and productive career. Butt told the Denver Post that he knows he’ll have to climb his way up the depth chart in Denver, and the team’s tight end situation with first-round rookie Noah Fant, Jeff Heuerman, and Butt will be one to watch this summer, especially with quarterback Joe Flacco’s willingness to target the position.
The Buccaneers waived Shaun Wilson.
Wilson signed with Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent out of Duke last season, and he beat the odds to make the team and started the year as the team’s primary kick returner. The second-year running back probably has a good chance of getting claimed by one of the other 31 teams, but if not, he shouldn’t have much trouble finding a new team this summer.
Alex Smith is expected to get the external fixator off his leg in four-to-six weeks.
Smith spoke to FOX 5 DC’s Angie Goff on the “Oh My Goff Show”, and he opened up a bit about the past several months. The external fixator is a special one from Siberia, and it allows Smith’s bone to heal after the terrible leg fracture suffered last season against the Texans. When the fixator is off, Smith says he needs to learn to walk and run again, and he’ll start with jogging. Smith says playing football again is “the plan,” but he has to “conquer more steps” such as everyday things like walking and running around with his kids. Thankfully, it sounds like Smith is making better progress than expected, and perhaps he’ll make a push to at least get back on the practice field toward the end of this season. The bottom line is everyone should hope Smith can get back to normal and play football again, even if it’s not until 2020 or beyond.
Tarik Cohen doesn’t expect his role to change much in 2019.
Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio, the third-year running back said he expects to have a similar role to last season in Matt Nagy’s offense: “I feel like I’m going to be doing the same things I was doing last year. My role is not going to change. I feel like I still have to be the receiving back.” Cohen probably has the ability to get more touches on the ground per game after he had 87 as a rookie and 99 last season, but Chicago signed Mike Davis in free agency and added David Montgomery in the third round of this year’s draft—they don’t need to give him a heavy workload. Expect “The Human Joystick” to do most of his damage as a receiver (he had 71 receptions last season) and to remain a much stronger fantasy option in PPR leagues than standard. Cohen should be in the FLEX mix for half PPR leagues.
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