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Volume 6, Issue 15 (Tuesday, May 3rd)

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Hi Folks,

Big news today for Footballguys. Big news. We're unveiling our brand
new Player Pages. I've got details below. We've got more Kellen
Winslow stuff and Brett Favre has a message for Javon Walker. Thanks
to our Mark Wimer for rounding up these stories. Let's jump to it.

Joe

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Site News:

A. First Cut of Player Pages Unveiled.
For 6 years, we've wanted something like this and now it's finally
coming to fruition. Hats off to the entire Footballguys staff
and especially Doug Drinen, David Dodds and Clayton Gray for making
these reality. There's obviously still a lot to do with these  this
is our first cut. But check them out. I truly think they're the best
available resource for this type of information out there. We gave
up on another site creating what we wanted and decided to make our own.
If you can't tell, I'm proud of these.  

B. More Team Reports Keep Rolling

1. New York Giants Team Report
by Jason Wood, Shawn Culcasi, Chris Smith and Mike Herman 

2. Buffalo Team Report
by Aaron Rudnicki, Chris Smith and Mike Herman

3. Denver Team Report
by Bob Henry, Shawn Culcasi, Chris Smith and Mike Herman 

4. Jacksonville Team Report
by Mike Anderson, David Baker, Chris Smith and Mike Herman

5. Kansas City Team Report
by David Yudkin, Shawn Culcasi, Chris Smith and Mike Herman 

6. Miami Team Report
by Chris Smith, Aaron Rudnicki and Mike Herman

7. New England Team Report
by David Yudkin, Aaron Rudnicki, Chris Smith and Mike Herman 

8. New York Jets Team Report
by Chase Stuart, Aaron Rudnicki, Chris Smith and Mike Herman 

9. Philadelphia Team Report
by Jason Wood, Shawn Culcasi, Chris Smith and Mike Herman 

10. Washington Team Report
by Jason Wood, Shawn Culcasi, Chris Smith and Mike Herman 

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. Green Bay's Favre: We Can Win Without WR Walker
2. NYG: Pass on Signing Vinny Testaverde, May Wait for Miller
3. Cleveland's TE Winslow: An Array of Injuries, Possible Loss of $4.4 Million
4. Cincinnati's WR Washington: Still Rehabbing Shoulder
5. Washington's Newest Long-shot WR: Pedro Holiday
6. Tennessee's Rookie WR Williams: Training With Corey Chavous
7. Tampa Bay Signs Long-shot RB Derek Watson After Minicamp
8. Two Seahawk Starters Miss Voluntary Minicamp: WR Jackson, TE Mili
9. IDP: Jets' CB Donnie Abraham to Retire: Position Up for Grabs
10. IDP: Seattle's Jamie Sharper to Start at OLB

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1. Green Bay's Favre: We Can Win Without WR Walker

Clipped from: PackersNews.com article by Chris Havel, 5/3/05

"If Javon wants to know what his quarterback thinks, and I would think
he might, I'd tell him he's going about this the wrong way," Favre
said. "When his agent tells him not to worry about what his teammates
think and all that stuff, I'd tell him I've been around a long time
and that stuff will come back to haunt you."...

..."Javon has tremendous potential. We got to see some of that last
year. The sky's the limit for that guy, and I'd be the first to defend
him, but he's going about it the wrong way. What happened to honoring
your contract and saying, 'Let's work as a team to see if we can get
this done?' Why not go about it that way?

"Maybe I'm old-school, but I always thought you honor a contract.
Sure, sometimes guys pass you up in salary, and maybe it's a lesser
player, but it's all based on what a team has as far as value in that
person."

Favre left no doubt as to how he thinks the Packers should handle the
situation.

"I sure hope the Packers don't give in to him," he said. "I don't sit
up in the front office, and I don't talk to them  regardless of what
people might think  and tell them who to draft and who not to draft.
They don't ask me, and it's not my job. My job is to throw passes and
be a leader.

"That's why I decided to speak up. I need to be a leader and even
though I may not like having to do it, I think some things needed to
be said."

Favre was excused from the team's post-NFL draft minicamp. He heard of
Walker's decision to hold out on Thursday evening. He said Walker
might be wise to go to General Manager Ted Thompson directly and try
to work out a new deal.

"Whatever happened to buying into the team concept?" he said. "If
Javon does what he's supposed to do, and what he is paid a lot of
money to do, he's paid to go to the Pro Bowl. He wasn't complaining
two years ago, and until you do go (to the Pro Bowl), you don't even
think twice about what they're paying you."

If Walker's stance doesn't change, Favre said, "I'd just as soon go
without him. He's a great player. I think he can help us. He's
likeable and easy to get along with, but I'm guessing he's getting the
wrong advice, and he's buying into that.

"I just don't see much good that can come from it. If it gets time for
the start of training camp and he's not in, I think it'll start
bothering him, and he'll be here. But once again, nothing should
surprise you.

"We've got guys who'll give great effort. Stars are made that way.
Look what happened when Sterling left. Robert Brooks stepped up. We
can win without him."

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Favre left no doubt about what he thinks of Javon Walker's holdout.
It's got to be a blow to Walker's ego to hear Favre say "We can win
without him". Favre's point about Walker getting bad advice from his
agent is an interesting angle. Drew Rosenhaus has six of his over 90
clients holding out or threatening to hold out in order to renegotiate
contracts this year. For you guys that like to know everything, here's
an interesting piece on Rosenhaus
http://cfserv.dickinson.edu/dickinsonian/detail.cfm?1083

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2. NYG: Pass on Signing Vinny Testaverde, May Wait for Miller

Clipped from: New York Daily News article by Ralph Vacchiano, 5/3/05

The Giants still want a veteran to back up Eli Manning this season. It
just won't be Vinny Testaverde.

The team decided to take a pass on the 41-year-old ex-Jet quarterback,
after a brief and seemingly one-sided flirtation in the last few days.
Testaverde's agent, Mike Azzarelli, said he had spoken to the Giants
over the weekend. But Giants GM Ernie Accorsi said the team has no
interest in the Long Island product.

Accorsi said the Giants haven't decided whether they'll pursue any of
the veteran quarterbacks on the market. They also haven't ruled out
waiting to see how quickly Jim Miller can rehab from the hip surgery
he had on Wednesday. And they haven't ruled out waiting to see which
quarterbacks are cut June 1.

Testaverde seemed to be the most attractive of the veterans currently
available, especially after 42-year-old Doug Flutie turned down the
Giants' offer on Friday and signed with the New England Patriots. The
others on the free-agent list include Kordell Stewart, Chris Chandler,
Quincy Carter, Jeff Blake and Jeff George.

None of them is very appealing, which is why it appears the Giants are
leaning toward waiting for Miller, the 34-year-old they signed in
March who recently suffered a torn hip labrum. Miller's recovery time
is estimated at 3-4 months, which means he could be back for the start
of training camp July 28. At the very least, he's expected back before
the opener Sept. 11.

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Unless Manning gets injured, whoever backs up the second year player
is going to be holding a clip-board. However, injuries are frequent in
the NFL, so it's worth paying attention to who ends up #2 for the
Giants.

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3. Cleveland's TE Winslow: An Array of Injuries, Possible Loss of $4.4 Million

Clipped from: Cleveland News-Herald article by Jeff Schudel, 5/3/05

Kellen Winslow Jr., after missing 14 games last year when his right
leg was broken and his right ankle damaged during an onside kick Sept.
19, suffered internal injuries and possibly a punctured lung in a
motorcycle crash Sunday evening.

The Browns' 21-year-old tight end lost control of his 2005 red
GSX-R750 Suzuki and smashed into a high curb while driving 35 mph,
Westlake police lieutenant Ray Arcuri said Monday.

"Winslow has sustained some internal injuries, which are stable," the
Browns said in a statement released Monday night. "There is also
swelling in his right shoulder and knee. The extent of these injuries
will not be known until further medical evaluation is completed after
the swelling is reduced. Winslow will remain at the Cleveland Clinic
overnight. No timetable for his release has been determined."

Club officials would not elaborate, but two sources close to Winslow
confirmed the possibility of a punctured lung and broken ribs. Further
tests will be conducted when the swelling goes down, a source said.

The incident occurred at 24525 Center Ridge Road in Westlake in the
parking lot of a Tri-C West satellite campus, according to the police
report. Winslow, 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, flew over the handlebars and
hit a small tree hard enough to tear it out before landing in some
shrubbery.

Winslow was test-driving the motorcycle he purchased last month and
riding with four friends when the incident occurred at 7:27 p.m.
Sunday, according to the police report. Winslow was wearing a helmet,
but it was not strapped properly and flew off his head when he sailed
over the handlebars.

"He landed in some landscaping," Arcuri said. "There's pavement there.
He's lucky he didn't land on it instead of the landscaping."

No drugs or alcohol were involved, Arcuri said. None of Winslow's
friends were part of the incident. Arcuri said the Westlake fire
department and an ambulance were on the scene when police arrived
about 15 minutes after the incident occurred.

"He was evasive about injuries," Arcuri said. "He was complaining of
chest pains. He was already strapped on the board and being put into
the ambulance when officers arrived."

Winslow was taken to Fairview Hospital Sunday night and transferred to
Cleveland Clinic on Monday. He could face charges of reckless
operation and operating without a valid driver's license because he
does not have a learner's permit, Arcuri said.

Club officials' first concern is Winslow's well-being, but they cannot
be happy with his choice of leisure activity. The $40 million contract
Winslow signed last year after being taken sixth overall in the 2004
draft contains specific language forbidding "hazardous activities" and
cites "motorcycling" as an example (the language is standard in most
contracts).

Because he violated the contract, the Browns can force him to return
the $4.4 million roster bonus he was paid March 1. They are not
obligated to pay his 2005 salary if the incident prevents him from
playing.

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Double ouch. A punctured lung, and a potential loss of $4.4 Million...
The first question one wants to ask is why was he on the motorcycle in
the first place? Anyway, there is plenty for fantasy owners of Winslow
to worry about, including his swollen right shoulder and knee, his
possibly broken ribs and punctured lung  on top of the ankle/leg
injury from last year that is rumored to be healing slowly. At the
very least, this incident will probably negatively impact his level of
conditioning heading into training camp.

Because I never stop working for you guys, I was able to find this
video. I have NOT been able to confirm it's the actual Winslow tape
but you can use your imagination. If nothing else, it's good smack
material for the Winslow owner in your league. Not that we'd ever
advocate that kind of thing...
http://www.big-boys.com/articles/bikefrontflip.html

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4. Cincinnati's WR Washington: Still Rehabbing Shoulder

Clipped from: Dayton Daily News article by Chick Ludwig, 5/3/05

Wide receiver Kelley Washington has a good excuse for being a no-show
for the club's offseason workout program, which kicked off April 4.

Head coach Marvin Lewis said Washington hasn't been medically cleared
by his doctor after undergoing minor shoulder surgery following the
2004 season. Washington, who suffered a slight shoulder separation
last season, is rehabilitating in Florida, where the surgery was
performed.

Washington is entering the final year of a three-year, $1.447 million
contract that included a $537,000 signing bonus. He's scheduled to
become a restricted free agent after the 2005 season.

"These are voluntary workouts," Lewis said. "The guys that are here
are volunteering to be here, and it's a good thing for them."

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Cincinnati has a deep stable of receivers with Chad Johnson, T. J.
Houshmandzadeh, Kelley Washington, Peter Warrick, Cliff Russell, Chris
Henry, Tab Perry, Kevin Walter, Freddie Milons, Matt Cherry, Jamall
Broussard all on roster at this point. However, Washington is one of
the promising veteran backups in Cincinnati (31/378/3 during 2004,
22/299/4 during 2003) who could step into the starting lineup if
Johnson or Houshmandzadeh were to go down to injury.

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5. Washington's Newest Long-shot WR: Pedro Holiday

Clipped from: Washington Post article by Nunyo Demaiso, 5/3/05

The Washington Redskins yesterday agreed to terms with six undrafted
free agents who performed well in a three-day rookie camp that
concluded Sunday. Zak Keasey , a linebacker from Princeton, who drew
praise from assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams , and
offensive lineman Dominique Richardson of Howard were among the group.
The others were offensive linemen Jon Alston (South Carolina) and
Adrian Gonzalez (Louisiana Tech), wide receiver Pedro Holiday (Middle
Tennessee State) and defensive lineman Charles Howard (Florida State).
They were among the 51 players who attended rookie camp.

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In poker, players say all they need is a chip and a seat. In the NFL,
all you need is a spot on the training camp roster  and a lot of
talent. Good luck to Pedro Holiday in his shot at the NFL

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6. Tennessee's Rookie WR Williams: Training With Corey Chavous

Clipped from: Tennessean article by Jim Wyatt, 5/3/05

Titans rookie receiver Roydell Williams won't have to wait until the
team's next minicamp to find out what it's like to work against a
veteran NFL defensive back.

In Williams' case, he's been there, done that.

His tutor: Vikings defensive back Corey Chavous, a former Pro Bowler
who's headed into his eighth season in the league.

"I think people will be pleasantly surprised at how NFL-ready Roydell
is," said Chavous, who starred at Vanderbilt. "And I'm not just
saying that because he's a friend of mine."

Williams and Chavous are separated in age by five years. When Chavous,
29, broke into the NFL with the Cardinals in 1998, Williams was still
in high school in Louisiana. When Chavous was named a Pro Bowler with
the Vikings in 2003, Williams was wrapping up his junior season at
Tulane.

But the two met last offseason when Chavous was training in New
Orleans, and they immediately hit it off. They exchanged phone numbers
and have stayed in contact ever since, talking mostly about football.

Chavous wished Williams "good luck" the day before the draft, and
Williams was selected in the fourth round by the Titans, a team in
need of impact receivers to help out veterans Drew Bennett and Tyrone
Calico.

"Being around Corey and spending some time with him has helped me a
whole lot and that is the great thing," Williams said. "He is a Pro
Bowl safety, so the guy knows what he is talking about.

"You always have to be open to what someone is trying to teach you or
tell you. It has helped me a bunch."

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If Williams is as NFL ready as Chavous reports, then he should make an
impact for the Titans who are very thin at WR after their off-season
salary cap/talent purge. Calico hasn't proven to be very durable thus
far in his professional career, so it's possible that Williams could
see some time in the starting lineup during 2005. This is a player to
watch if you have a need at WR on a dynasty squad, and he could be an
impact player in redraft leagues if he gets into the starting lineup.

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7. Tampa Bay Signs Long-shot RB Derek Watson After Minicamp

Clipped from: St. Petersburg Times article by Greg Auman, 5/3/05

Four of the 20 free agents brought in for a minicamp tryout this
weekend were signed to contracts, the Bucs announced Monday.

The most experienced player of the group is former South Carolina
running back Derek Watson, who hasn't played since he was released by
the Patriots in July 2003.

"I'm very fortunate ... just having the opportunity," Watson told the
Associated Press last week. "It's very seldom that a guy gets cut from
an NFL football team his rookie season and he's been out of football
two years and gets a chance to start it back up with another football
team."

Also joining the team are three undrafted rookies: cornerbacks Carlos
Campbell of Notre Dame and James Patrick of Stillman College, and
guard Kevin Fischer of Florida Atlantic.

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The Tampa running back stable is crowded, but if Watson can "wow" the
staff during training camp he could claw his way onto the roster (or
the practice squad, at least). Sometimes it takes a few years to land
on a team where the player's talents fit the team's needs.

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8. Two Seahawk Starters Miss Voluntary Minicamp: WR Jackson, TE Mili

Clipped from: Seattle Post-Intelligencer article by Clare Farnsworth, 5/3/05

Two starters -- leading receiver Darrell Jackson and tight end Itula
Mili -- were conspicuously absent when the "voluntary" portion of the
minicamp started yesterday. ...

[[[[[[[[[[ OUR VIEW ]]]]]]]]]]

Hopefully, this isn't a sign of things to come for the Seahawks. If
I'm Darrell Jackson, I'd be living at the Seahawk practice facility.
We'd like to see the whole team participating in OTAs (especially a
receiver with "hands issues" like Jackson), but this isn't a huge
problem for the Seahawks.

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9. IDP: Jet's CB Donnie Abraham to Retire: Position Up for Grabs

Clipped from: Star-Ledger article by Dave Hutchinson, 5/3/05

Jets coach Herman Edwards didn't speak with veteran cornerback Donnie
Abraham yesterday, but the player is expected to retire, according to
two people with knowledge of the situation.

The club might delay making an official announcement until after June
1 for salary-cap purposes.

Edwards said during last weekend's minicamp that he plans to talk to
Abraham this week about his future. Abraham, entering his 10th NFL
season, is contemplating retirement and didn't attend the minicamp.
He's not participating in the off-season conditioning program, either.

Abraham's agent, Jack Reale, didn't return a phone call.

Abraham's anticipated retirement could pave the way for the signing of
veteran Ty Law. The former Patriot is recovering from a broken foot
and won't be able to work out for teams until the end of the month.
Edwards said Law has called him at least twice.
Cornerback Andrew Davison started alongside David Barrett at minicamp,
but it's veteran Ray Mickens who is expected to get the first shot at
the job. Mickens didn't take part in the minicamp because he's still
recovering from knee surgery. He injured the knee in training tamp
last August and missed the entire season.

Second-year pro Derrick Strait, who played well late in the season
after returning from a foot injury, has apparently been pigeonholed as
the team's nickel back and won't get a chance to compete for a
starting job.

Rookie second-round pick Justin Miller was impressive during camp but
he's considered raw. The Jets view him as their fourth or fifth
cornerback this season. He'll be their top punt returner and also
return kickoffs.

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This is a fluid situation at the moment, as Ty Law would change the
mix of players substantially if he ends up signing with the Jets. Keep
an eye on how this vacancy shakes out during training camp if you have
a need at DB on your IDP squad.

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10. IDP: Seattle's Jamie Sharper to Start at OLB

Clipped from: Seattle Times article by Jose Miguel Romero, 5/3/05

Barring anything "dramatic" happening among the Seahawks' large group
of linebackers, Jamie Sharper is going to start at outside linebacker
when the season begins.

So said coach Mike Holmgren. Sharper, the most high-profile free agent
the Seahawks signed this offseason, came over from the Houston Texans
with the ability to play both inside and outside. His starting spot is
one of few that are secure on the Seahawks' defense.

Beyond Sharper, the other outside linebacker and middle linebacker
spots are up for grabs, with 10 other players expected to compete for
spots in fierce training-camp competition.

Fourth-year player D.D. Lewis, originally an undrafted free agent, and
second-year player Niko Koutouvides are holding down the two open
starting positions for now. Lewis is an outside linebacker.

But the Seahawks signed Kevin Bentley from Cleveland in free agency to
compete for a starting job. They drafted Lofa Tatupu in the second
round with the idea that he will battle Koutouvides at middle
linebacker. Isaiah Kacyvenski and Tracy White have plenty of
experience, and Solomon Bates started three games in 2004. LeRoy Hill
is a third-round pick this year who, based on draft position, stands a
better chance of making the team than seventh-round pick Cornelius
Wortham.

"That will be one of the stories of training camp, I think. Just how
that comes down," Holmgren said of the linebacker situation. "You have
guys we had last year who played a lot  Koutouvides, Kacyvenski and
those guys, who can play. We drafted a couple guys, we signed Jamie,
we signed Bentley. It's an interesting group. So what we are going to
do is just throw the ball out there and let them compete and see who
emerges, really."

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If you have a need at LB on your IDP squad, pay attention to how the
situation sorts itself out in Seattle  some lesser-known names could
end up being impact players come regular season. That should translate
into a couple of value plays in the draft or on the waiver wire.
Obviously, Sharper is one of the elite fantasy LBs around the league 
smile if you've got him on your team.

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