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FFL: Preseason | NFL: Week 1

Cowboys, Rams announce Aug. 17 preseason game in Hawaii

Thu Mar 21 4:51pm ET

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys will travel to Hawaii for a preseason game on Aug. 17.

The two defending division champions will meet in Aloha Stadium's first NFL preseason game since 1976, the teams announced Thursday.

The venerable stadium hosted the Pro Bowl almost every year between 1979 and 2016, when it moved to Orlando.

The Rams announced plans for a ''home'' preseason game in Hawaii several months ago, and the Cowboys were logical traveling companions. Jerry Jones' team holds its training camp in Oxnard, California, a short drive from the Rams' training complex in Thousand Oaks.

Los Angeles and Dallas met in the playoffs in January, with the Rams winning 30-22 on their way to the Super Bowl.

Player Notes
George Kittle Apr 18 1:10am ET

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle said he suffered "fractured cartilage" in his ribs early in the game against the Raiders last year but played through it. San Fran played Oakland on Nov. 1, so that means Kittle played around half the season after suffering that injury. The second-year professional had a truly breakout season, catching 88 passes for 1,377 yards and five touchdowns for the Niners. With quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo back healthy in 2019, the sky is the limit for Kittle. He'll likely be the third tight end off the board behind Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz in fantasy.

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Ezekiel Elliott Apr 18 1:00am ET

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said that the team will pick up running back Ezekiel Elliott's fifth-year option. The 23-year-old has two 1,000-yard seasons in his three years in the NFL and ran 304 times for 1,434 yards and six touchdowns in his 15 games last year. He also caught a career-high 77 passes for an additional 567 yards and three scores. Elliott is one of the premier running backs in the NFL and should continue to be a high first-round pick in fantasy drafts this fall.

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Cam Newton Apr 17 4:50pm ET

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said that quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) is getting close to throwing again. There remains no timetable for Newton to return to action, however. It's the second straight offseason that Newton has had shoulder surgery. The 29-year-old remains one of the best dual-threat QBs in the league, but his shoulder woes have really capped his fantasy ceiling the last two seasons. His arm was extremely compromised late last year and he was unable to make a lot of the necessary throws. Newton finished with 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while also rushing 101 times for 488 yards and four more scores. If his shoulder bounces back nicely in training camp, owners should feel comfortable taking him as their QB1.

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Kenyan Drake Apr 17 3:50pm ET

The Miami Dolphins are not currently engaged in contract-extension talks with running back Kenyan Drake, according to a league source. The 25-year-old was underutilized by the last coaching staff, but he should be a part of the team's future as they rebuild. However, the talented back has a chance to be more effective under new offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea. Over his first three years in the NFL, Drake has averaged a healthy 4.7 yards per carry. Expect his total touches to go up in 2019, which will make Drake a potential excellent value pick in fantasy drafts.

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Reshad Jones Apr 17 3:50pm ET

Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said safety Reshad Jones will remain with the team and said that Jones also does not want to be traded. Jones isn't with the team during voluntary workouts this week, but it sounds like the Dolphins have him in their plans for 2019. The 31-year-old had 72 tackles and three interceptions (one touchdown) in 14 games for the Dolphins in 2018.

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Sam Ficken Apr 17 9:59am ET

The Green Bay Packers claimed kicker Sam Ficken off waivers from the Seahawks on Monday, according to a source. The 26-year-old has gone three of six on field-goal tries and has made 14 of his 15 extra points in four games for the Rams over the last two years. He'll be depth behind Mason Crosby, who struggled mightily for a stretch in 2018.

Ronald Jones II Apr 17 9:59am ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said running back Ronald Jones II has impressed the coaches the most this spring. The second-round pick was a disaster in his rookie season, playing in just nine games and rushing 23 times for just 44 yards (1.9 yards per rush) and one touchdown. Jones should have a bigger role in the backfield alongside Peyton Barber in 2019 with Jacquizz Rodgers no longer in the picture, but fantasy owners in redraft leagues will likely want to see it before they believe it.

Darius Leonard Apr 17 12:30am ET

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard weighed 234 pounds when he was drafted last April. The All-Pro was down to around 217 pounds in the final few games of the season but is now at 221 pounds and is hoping to keep his weight below the 225 mark as he enters his sophomore season. "Im not a typical linebacker," Leonard, who also became a new father this offseason, says of why he wants to weigh far less than most linebackers. "Im more of a speed guy, very athletic so if Im going to play in space, Im going to need to move." The Defensive Player of the Year had a league-best 163 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks, eight passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two interceptions. He has a chance to be a special player and will surely be one of the first few linebackers selected in IDP leagues.

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Xavier Grimble Apr 16 11:50pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Xavier Grimble signed his restricted free-agent tender offer on Tuesday. Grimble played in all 16 games last year and 44 of his 48 games with the team in the last three years. He has 22 catches for 236 yards and three touchdowns in his career and is mainly a blocking tight end behind pass-catcher Vance McDonald in Pittsburgh. You don't need to know his name in fantasy.

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T.J. Yeldon Apr 16 11:50pm ET

Free-agent running back T.J. Yeldon visited with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday. Yeldon's best year came in his rookie season with Jacksonville back in 2015 when he ran 182 times for 740 yards and two touchdowns. He's scored just six times in his four-year career and would just be running back depth in Buffalo behind LeSean McCoy and the ageless Frank Gore.

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Kyler Murray Apr 16 11:50pm ET

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray no longer plans on visiting with the Washington Redskins this week, according to a source with knowledge of the scheduled visit. This could be nothing, but it could also be further evidence that Murray is expected to be selected by the Cardinals with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft. There are questions about Murray's size and how it'll translate to the NFL, but there are no questions about his all-around athleticism. It would be a lot of fun to watch him run head coach Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid offense in Arizona in 2019.

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Corey Clement Apr 16 11:40pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement (knee) said that he expects to be ready for Week 1 in 2019. He also said that his 2018 injury wasn't related to his ACL. The 24-year-old ran the ball 68 times for 259 yards and two touchdowns in his 11 games last season. With the Eagles adding Jordan Howard to an already crowded backfield, it might be difficult for Clement to return fantasy-relevant numbers in 2019, even if he starts the season at full health.

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David Moore Apr 16 11:40pm ET

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver David Moore signed his restricted free-agent tender offer on Tuesday. Moore emerged in his rookie season to catch 26 passes for 445 yards (17.1 yards per catch) and five touchdowns in a full season. He's third on the depth chart behind Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett, but Moore could take the next step in his sophomore campaign. However, he'll likely still be hit or miss for fantasy owners as a deep threat in an offense that ran the ball more than any other team in 2018.

From RotoBaller

Darius Leonard Apr 16 10:13pm ET

Indianapolis Colts LB Darius Leonard weighs 221 pounds at the moment and intends to keep his weight below 225 in order to take advantage of his athleticism. 'I'm not a typical linebacker. I'm more of a speed guy, very athletic so if I'm going to play in space, I'm going to need to move. ... I played all my life at 215, 220 and was never over 225. And last year I was injured a lot, that was when I was pretty heavy, so I want to stay down. Hopefully, I can cut some of that down,' Leonard told Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan.

John Ross Apr 16 9:43pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross will get a clean slate to prove himself under new head coach Zac Taylor, who called Ross 'electric' during his college days.

Fantasy Spin: Ross has battled injuries for most of his two seasons in the NFL, although he was available much more often in 2018. On one hand, it speaks to his playmaking ability that he turned 21 catches into seven touchdowns last season. On the other hand, he only corralled 36.2 percent of his 58 targets, which is an abysmal catch rate at any competitive level. There's still a chance he could experience a post-hype breakout, but fantasy owners would be wise to play the wait-and-see game at this point with him.

Corey Clement Apr 16 9:33pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles RB Corey Clement (knee) has no timetable for when he will be able to practice, but he is confident he will be ready for Week 1 of the 2019 regular season.

Xavier Grimble Apr 16 6:03pm ET

Restricted free-agent TE Xavier Grimble signed a one-year contract worth $2.025 million with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, April 16.

Rod Smith Apr 16 5:33pm ET

Free-agent RB Rod Smith (Cowboys) visited with the Cincinnati Bengals recently, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

David Moore Apr 16 5:33pm ET

Exclusive rights free-agent WR David Moore signed a one-year contract worth $645,000 with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, April 16.

T.J. Yeldon Apr 16 5:23pm ET

Free-agent RB| T.J. Yeldon met with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday, April 16.