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Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: Should prosper with DeSean Jackson addition
Winston, who has demonstrated a proficency for the deep ball over his first two NFL seasons, should see his overall fantasy value increase with the addition of wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The third-year pro already has 97 pass completions of greater than 20 yards on his resume over his first pair of NFL campaigns, with 12 of those connections eclipsing 40 yards. What Winston hasn't been too prolific in is 300-yard games, as he's compiled a modest five over 32 starts to date. Those numbers could see a notable boost with the addition of Jackson, who proved he still has plenty of downfield speed last season by averaging 17.9 YPC and hauling in 19 completions of greater than 20 yards. Winston clearly would have benefited from a viable No. 2 option in the receiving corps last season, when a knee sprain knocked Vincent Jackson out of commission in October and the team was besieged by additional injuries at the position. Despite that challenge, the 2015 first overall pick still eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark for the second time in as many pro campaigns and also upped his touchdown total to 28, despite the fact that the Bucs ranked just 29th in yards after the catch. With Jackson bringing an abundance of play-making ability, Winston's already solid ceiling should see a considerable bump.
Ravens' Danny Woodhead: Officially joining Baltimore
Woodhead (knee) has officially signed with the Ravens. This signing might have seemed a bit surprising at first glance, but it made a lot more sense once the Ravens announced that Kenneth Dixon will be suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season. Dixon's backfield mate, Terrance West, isn't much of a pass catcher -- making Woodhead a sensible addition to the Baltimore backfield. It's still surprising to see the 33-year-old get a three-year contract while recovering from a torn ACL, but the structure of the deal probably limits Baltimore's investment beyond the first season. Assuming Woodhead makes a full recovery from the injury he suffered in Week 2, he should be a valuable target for Joe Flacco on check-downs. Woodhead said Friday that his knee feels great, adding that he'd only continue playing if he knew he could be the same player he was in past years, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley.
Patriots' Brandin Cooks: Dealt to New England
The Saints dealt Cooks and a fourth-round pick to the Patriots for first- and third-round selections, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports. It appears that the Saints were unable to wrest cornerback Malcolm Butler from New England, but with five picks in the first three rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft, they'll have numerous chances to bolster the unit. Meanwhile, Cooks provides a deep threat to an offense predicated on precise, short throws from Tom Brady. The fit may not be ideal, but because he doesn't turn 24 years old until March and is entering the final year of his rookie deal -- if his fifth year option isn't picked up, that is -- the Patriots will gamble that adding Cooks to the mix provides a wrinkle absent from the offense during their run to Super Bowl LI.
Terrelle Pryor: Signing one-year pact with Washington
Pryor (finger) is signing a one-year, $8 million deal with Washington, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. Rather than cashing in on his breakout season with a multi-year deal, Pryor is betting he can back it up and get a huge contract at this time next year. His decision is a bit surprising, but he'll still be handsomely paid for his services in 2017, helping the Redskins replace free-agent departures DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. The team likely envisions a wideout trio comprised of Pryor, 2016 first-round selection Josh Doctson and slot maven Jamison Crowder. It's a trio with no shortage of upside, complemented by an excellent group at tight end. Kirk Cousins, who signed his franchise tender Friday, might now be more amenable to sticking around in Washington even if he doesn't get a long-term deal. He reportedly asked the team for permission to seek a trade. Meanwhile, Pryor is still recovering from finger surgery but should be healthy long before training camp.
Packers' Martellus Bennett: Hooks up with Packers
The Packers signed Bennett on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Shortly after word leaked that negotiations between the Packers and tight end Jared Cook had deteriorated, general manager Ted Thompson arguably upgraded the position with the addition of Bennett. Although Bennett served as the Patriots' No. 1 TE for much of last season with Rob Gronkowski (back) sidelined for much of it, the former still racked up 55 receptions (on 73 targets) for 701 yards and a career-best seven touchdowns. Exchanging Tom Brady for Aaron Rodgers shouldn't hinder Bennett's volume in the slightest, even with Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb on his side.
Jordan Cameron: Announces retirement from NFL
Cameron (concussion) announced his retirement Friday, NFL.com reports. A fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft, Cameron emerged in a big way during the 2013 season, catching 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns for an otherwise unremarkable Cleveland team. He's subsequently been hampered by a series of concussions, which arguably impacted his play even when he was healthy. Cameron acknowledged as much in his retirement statement, saying he had started thinking about the concussions while on the field. He'll wisely put his long-term health above the possibility of squeezing out a few more seasons, hanging up his cleats at the age of 28. The Dolphins have already moved on, acquiring pass-catching tight end Julius Thomas in a February trade with the Jaguars.
Jets' Chandler Catanzaro: Jetting to New York
The Jets and Catanzaro agreed to contract Friday, Eric Allen of the team's official site reports. Among the 14 field-goal misfires in Catanzaro's three-year career, five of them occurred in the cozy confines of University of Phoenix Stadium last season, contributing to a success rate of 75 percent in that realm. He also hit just 91 percent of his extra points from the longer distance over the last two campaigns, but perhaps the move to the outdoors will be beneficial for the 26-year-old kicker. First, though, he'll have to outlast Ross Martin to land the Jets' No. 1 placekicker gig.

49ers' Robbie Gould: Signs with 49ers
Gould agreed to a two-year deal with the 49ers, CSN Bay Area reports. The 49ers decided to get a bit younger at the kicker position, letting 42-year-old Phil Dawson walk in favor of the 35-year-old free agent. Gould was the model of consistency with the Bears prior to being released last season. He latched on with the Giants and proved that he was still a reliable option, hitting all 10 of his field-goal attempts (albeit none of the 50-plus variety). The 49ers were one of the lowest-scoring offenses in the NFL last year, but if their new GM and head coach can improve the offensive output, then Gould could be a consistent fantasy contributor in an era where reliable kickers have been few and far between.

Cardinals' Phil Dawson: Inks contract with Cardinals
The Cardinals signed Dawson on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Dawson continues his nearly two-decade trek as an NFL kicker, joining the third organization of his career. He's been afforded the opportunity to replace Chandler Catanzaro, who connected on just 21 of 28 field goals last season. Falling below that mark (75 percent) twice in 18 campaigns, Dawson, a 84.5 percent career kicker, has missed just three tries in each of the past two campaigns. After having combined for 48 attempts over that span while kicking for the 49ers, Dawson's fantasy value could be in for a decent uptick in 2017, considering that Catanzaro recorded 59 attempts over his last two years in Arizona.
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