FBG Daily Email - Volume 12, Issue 21
By Joe Bryant
May 18th, 2011

Hi Folks,

Good Thursday to you. Take a break from LeBron James whining about having to play with a cold and pull up a chair to get caught up with all the NFL News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

J

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. Labor Talk - Could individual lawsuits be next?
2. OAK - Adding QB Young a 'Raiders' type of move
3. WAS - Could go with 'hot hand' approach at RB
4. NO - Team won't add RB if Bush leaves
5. TEN - Likely to bring in veteran QB
6. SF - Crabtree not working out with team
7. WAS - Grossman assumes he'll be back
8. WAS - McNabb as good as gone
9. GB - QB Rodgers surprised team went offense with first 3 picks
10. BUF - RB Jackson feels like the top back
11. BUF - Teammates confident in QB Fitzpatrick
12. BAL - Could have interest in QB Donovan McNabb as backup
13. SEA - QB Matt Hasselbeck did not receive playbook
14. PHI - No serious talks with team about QB Kevin Kolb
15. ATL - Inside track to land WR Chad Ochocinco?
16. ATL - Julio Jones cleared to run
17. NO - RB Pierre Thomas might not be at full speed initially

Labor Talk - Could individual lawsuits be next?

Source: Mike Florio - ProFootballTalk.com

According to ProFootballTalk, "Last month, agent Peter Schaffer joined PFT Live to discuss various issues relating to the labor dispute. Among other things, he addressed the possibility of players filing individual lawsuits for breach of contract, an intriguing possibility given that, apart from the broader labor deal, each player has an individual contract for employment."

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We hope it doesn't come to this. But clearly, this is an option for the players. As the article states, "Schaffer recently reiterated the possibility to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. "It's one of the arrows in our quiver, and it's a large one," Schaffer said. "We hope that it doesn't come to that point. We hope that cooler heads prevail, that the two sides find a resolution, and that at the end of the day people negotiating the deal will put the interests of the game ahead of their own. But yes, it's a possibility.' "

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OAK - Adding QB Young a 'Raiders' type of move

Source: Matt Williamson - ESPN.com and Scouts Inc.

Matt Williamson, from ESPN.com and Scouts Inc, believes that adding QB Vince Young would be a 'Raiders type' of move. Young's time in Tennessee is done and is likely to be traded or cut.

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The Raiders have Jason Campbell as their starter, but Kyle Boller as the primary backup. Young could compete for playing time, and might be able to impress enough to get the starting nod. Hey, it's Al Davis so you just never know.

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WAS - Could go with 'hot hand' approach at RB

Source: Matt Williamson - ESPN.com and Scouts Inc.

Matt Williamson, from ESPN.com and Scouts Inc, believes Redskins coach Mike Shanahan could go with a 'hot hand' approach at the RB position. This means a workload spread amongst Ryan Torain, Roy Helu, and Evan Royster.

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Fantasy wise this could be like playing roulette. Add in Keiland Williams as a potential third-down back and the situation gets even more cloudy.

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NO - Team won't add RB if Bush leaves

Source: Matt Williamson - ESPN.com and Scouts Inc.

Matt Williamson, from ESPN.com and Scout Inc, believes the Saints will not add another RB like Darren Sproles if Reggie Bush is let go. The Saints merely have too much invested at the position in guys like Pierre Thomas and rookie Mark Ingram.

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Bush and the Saints seem to be on the same page now after Bush was upset over the selection of Mark Ingram in the first-round of the 2011 NFL Draft. We still see some pretty big obstacles to Bush returning in 2011. There is simply a limit to how many RBs the Saints will support. Stay tuned.

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TEN - Likely to bring in veteran QB

Source: Matt Williamson - ESPN.com and Scouts Inc.

Matt Williamson, from ESPN.com, reports the Tennessee Titans are likely to bring in a veteran QB to mentor rookie Jake Locker. Williamson would prefer a veteran with a similar skill set to Locker and someone other than longtime Titans QB Kerry Collins.

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The Vince Young era is over, and the Locker era is getting off to a slow start because of the lockout. We think the Titans could easily bring back Collins, but may choose to pursue a player like Matt Hasselbeck, Charlie Frye, or Rex Grossman.

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SF - Crabtree not working out with team

Source: Matt Barrows - Sacramento Bee

Matt Barrows, from the Sacramento Bee, reports veteran WR Michael Crabtree is not working out with QB Alex Smith and several other teammates. Instead, Crabtree is in the Dallas area.

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Many feel Crabtree should be working with Smith, as he'll likely come back to San Francisco for at least one more year. Crabtree and Smith have chemistry issues and it would be nice to see them work on that during this unusual offseason.

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WAS - Grossman assumes he'll be back

Source: Rich Campbell - Washington Times

Rich Campbell, from the Washington Times, reports via Twitter that free agent QB Rex Grossman is working under the assumption that he'll be back in Washington this season.

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We're not fans of Grossman's game, but realize that he's a better starting option than John Beck. We'll see if Mike Shanahan thinks the same way.

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WAS - McNabb as good as gone

Source: Mike Jones - Washington Post

Mike Jones, from the Washington Post, believes it's a foregone conclusion that veteran QB Donovan McNabb will not be a member of the Redskins in 2011.

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Career backup John Beck has recently declared that he thinks of himself of the starter. Beck is a backup quality QB (at best) and we feel the team will extend an offer to Rex Grossman once free agency is opened up. Cam Cameron overdrafted Beck with the Dolphins and has given up on him not once, but twice (once in Miami, once in Baltimore).

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GB - QB Rodgers surprised team went offense with first 3 picks

Source: Lori Nickel - Journal Sentinel

Lori Nickel, from Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, reports Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was surprised the team focused on the offensive side of the ball with their first three picks in the 2011 NFL Draft. "I was surprised. I was definitely surprised we went offense, offense, offense with the first three picks," said Rodgers. "I was actually in Kentucky and I probably heard from 50 people what kind of player Randall Cobb was. Very nice young man. Hopefully he can help us out. But I was surprised."

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Packers GM Ted Thompson is a master of the draft. The team selected OT Derek Sherrod in the first-round, WR Randall Cobb in the second-round, and RB Alex Green in the third-round. Sherrod is a finesse left tackle who excels in pass protection. Cobb is a versatile playmaker who can attack a defense in a number of different ways. Green is a strong and powerful back who can pick up tough yards between the tackles in addition to being a good receiver out of the backfield. Rodgers should be very happy about all three picks.

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BUF - RB Jackson feels like the top back

Source: Tim Graham - ESPN.com

Tim Graham, from ESPN.com, reports RB Fred Jackson feels like the number one back in Buffalo even though many expect more from C.J. Spiller this year. "Right now, I feel like I'm the No. 1 guy and C.J. will come in and get a lot of plays," Jackson said. "I feel like I'm going to be the guy that's carrying the load and has got to make that running game go. I want to be that guy."

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Spiller failed to live up to expectations as a rookie, but should get another shot to prove himself this year. We think Spiller and Jackson could rotate as the featured back for Buffalo based on the matchup. When the Bills need big plays they'll look to Spiller, when the team needs to grind yardage they'll look to Jackson.

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BUF - Teammates confident in QB Fitzpatrick

Source: Tim Graham - ESPN.com

Tim Graham, from ESPN.com, reports Bills RB Fred Jackson is very confident in QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. "They showed they have a lot of faith in Fitz," Jackson said. "Me and my teammates all have a lot of faith in him, too. We're excited about that. I'm looking forward to working with him and trying to build on what we did last year and making that playoff push."

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Fitzpatrick is a savvy QB who earned the respect of his teammates with his attitude and toughness. The Bills should add at least two more quarterbacks when camp opens up, but they'll be added for depth and not to challenge Fitzpatrick for the starting job. Currently the Bills only have Fitzpatrick and second-year QB Levi Brown on the roster, and GM Buddy Nix recently commented the team would go to camp with four quarterbacks.

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BAL - Could have interest in QB Donovan McNabb as backup

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Matt Vensel

The Baltimore Ravens could be interested in Washington Redskins QB Donovan McNabb if he is willing to become a backup for the team.

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The Ravens need a strong backup behind Joe Flacco, but we're not sure if McNabb would be willing to sign anywhere as a backup. Currently the team has rookie Tyrod Taylor and Hunter Cantwell as the only two players behind Flacco on the depth chart. McNabb may not find many teams interested in adding him as a starter, and going to Baltimore would put him on a Super Bowl contender.

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SEA - QB Matt Hasselbeck did not receive playbook

Source: MyNorthwest.com - Liz Mathews

Seattle Seahawks impending free-agent QB Matt Hasselbeck said the Seahawks did not give him a playbook before the lockout began but he received the plays from his teammates. He said that it hurt his feelings that he did not receive a playbook but everything is fine now.

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Hasselbeck is very likely to stay in Seattle, although there are teams like Tennessee and Washington who could be interested in the veteran QB.

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PHI - No serious talks with team about QB Kevin Kolb

Source: Philadelphia Daily News - Les Bowen

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said several teams expressed interest in acquiring QB Kevin Kolb this offseason but the team was not able to go into extensive talks with any of the teams because of the lockout.

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Kolb is the hottest quarterback expected to be available once the lockout is lifted. The Eagles could get at least one first-round pick for Kolb once trades are allowed. We expect the market to be white hot for Kolb, and he should be among the first players to change teams when transactions open up.

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ATL - Inside track to land WR Chad Ochocinco?

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Atlanta Falcons might have the inside track to land six-time Pro Bowl WR Chad Ochocinco if he becomes a free agent. The Cincinnati Bengals might released the veteran, making him a free agent. Former Bengals offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, a long-time supporter of Ochocinco, was hired by the Falcons during the offseason. 'Coach Bratkowski is the reason why I'm with the Bengals,' Ochocinco said. 'He was my coach at the Senior Bowl when I was coming out. He went to bat for me. They weren't going to take me.'

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The Falcons already added Julio Jones to go along with Roddy White and Michael Jenkins. Adding Ochocinco would make for a crowded WR corps, but give the team yet another weapon in the passing game. We don't know if there would be enough footballs to go around and keep everyone happy if Ochocinco went to Atlanta.

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ATL - Julio Jones cleared to run

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) was cleared to run Tuesday, May 17. He has already met with QB Matt Ryan and the wide receivers. Jones posted on his Twitter account that he had a checkup and everything went well.

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Jones was dazzling at the Scouting Combine, even though he was performing on an injured foot that needed surgery. The Falcons made a huge trade to move up in the first-round so they could secure his talents. Jones reminds many in the scouting community of Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald because of his blend of size, speed, and athleticism.

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NO - RB Pierre Thomas might not be at full speed initially

Source: SportingNews.com - Dennis Dillon

New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (ankle) might not be back at full strength when training camp starts, although he shed his walking boot in mid-April and is making progress in his recovery from major offseason ankle surgery.

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The Saints want to ease Thomas back into action and will be careful with the veteran when camp opens up. They finally gave him the extension he wanted earlier this year and don't want him to get banged up again before the season.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Have a great day and we'll see you tomorrow with the update.

Peace,

J

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