According to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez, Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is aiming for ‘at least’ 60 receptions this season.
Josh Jacobs proved that he has soft hands both last season and at Alabama, but was not used much as a receiver out of the backfield as a rookie. He had a strong 74 percent catch rate, but lacked for opportunity, catching 20 of just 27 targets. The running back position as a whole was heavily targeted by the Raiders with 117 passes being funneled to the position last season (10th most in the NFL). The Raiders failed to make any impact additions to the backfield this offseason, instead choosing to stick with Jalen Richard, while adding more pass catching backs by drafting college wide receiver/wildcat quarterback Lynn Bowden Jr., and signing veteran receiving back Devontae Booker. 60 receptions would mean tripling his rookie season numbers. Josh Jacobs is our 11th ranked running back for the 2020 season, but he's going to have a tough time getting that many receptions with Jalen Richard and Lynn Bowden on the roster.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback called third year wide receiver Calvin Ridley elite: “But I think the people who know, the people who have to play against Calvin or try to guard him in man-to-man coverage, know he is elite. He’s exceptional. He’s really, really good.”
While calling Calvin Ridley elite may be a bit of a stretch (he has yet to hit 1,000 receiving yards in a season), there is no denying that he has been highly productive for the Atlanta Falcons. As per ESPN, the only four receivers in NFL history that finished their first two seasons with more than Ridley's 17 touchdowns are, in order, Odell Beckham Jr. (25), Larry Fitzgerald (18), A.J. Green (18), and Julio Jones (18). All four wideouts operated as their team's number one receivers. Matt Ryan was correct in his assertion that Ridley excels against man-to-man coverage, but Ridley will have to learn to deal with zone coverage to truly put his hat in the ring as one of the NFL’s top receivers. He was incredible against zone coming out of Alabama, but made waves early last season when he suggested that he could not get open because he was struggling against the Indianapolis Colts zone defense. An exceptional talent, Ridley is our 16th ranked receiver for the 2020 season.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Kansas City Chiefs and star tight end Travis Kelce have agreed to the parameters of a four extension.
With George Kittle setting the market, both Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs had an established ballpark to work around, which allowed the talks to rapidly progress. Kelce and the Chiefs had been in discussions for a while, and they have now agreed to an extension that will keep him in Kansas City for six years. The deal is not yet official, so no specifics have been released, but Ian Rapoport suggested that it is between $14 and $15 million AAV in new money, with $25 million guaranteed. Travis Kelce has been one of the top receiving threats in the league regardless of position for years now, and this extension will keep him as one of Patrick Mahomes top targets for years to come.