FBG Daily Email - Volume 13, Issue 13
By Joe Bryant
May 6th, 2012


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Hi Folks,

Good Monday to you. It's been a fairly quiet news day but we've got a handful of stories you'll want to keep up with. Let's get to it.

J

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NE - Sign RB Joseph Addai
2. BUF - Could be close to deal with RB Fred Jackson
3. WAS - Coach says Robert Griffin starter
4. JAX - Justin Blackmon sits out practice
5. SEA - No timeline on naming starting QB
6. TEN - May not use Kendall Wright as returner
7. TEN - TE Daniel Graham could be on bubble
8. DAL - Could have interest in WR Jacoby Jones
9. WAS - WR Pierre Garcon unlikely to be used in slot
10. WAS - TE Chris Cooley not dealing with swelling
11. WAS - WR Santana Moss drops some weight
12. TB - Expected to sign Jordan Jefferson
13. PIT - Chris Rainey signed

NE - Sign RB Joseph Addai

Source: mike chappell - Indianapolis Star

Mike Chappell, from the Indianapolis Star, reports via Twitter that former Colts RB Joseph Addai has signed with the New England Patriots.

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A good fit for Addai's skill set here. He will likely be the change of pace RB behind second-year back Stevan Ridley. This cuts into the potential opportunity for second year RB Shane Vereen.

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BUF - Could be close to deal with RB Fred Jackson

Source: WGR Sports Radio 550 - Joe Buscaglia

The Buffalo Bills could be close to a contract extension with RB Fred Jackson because Jackson's agent said to check back in a few days when asked if there was any progress in talks between the two sides.

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We expect the Bills to have Jackson signed to an extension well before training camp. Offseason Training Activities are coming up and it may be likely a long-term deal is close for the veteran RB. With the breakout performance of C.J. Spiller last year we'll see a battle for the starting job in training camp. RB is a devalued position so Jackson may not be likely to see much guaranteed money after this year.

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WAS - Coach says Robert Griffin starter

Source: Twitter

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said QB Robert Griffin III is the team's starting quarterback. Griffin will work with the first-team offense when the team starts organized team activities.

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No surprise here. The Redskins gave up a king's ransom to move up from 6th overall to 2nd overall so they could draft the young star. Griffin III has a very strong arm, great deep ball accuracy, and is extremely intelligent. Even though he's very athletic he thinks pass first and will exhaust all options before taking off to run.

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JAX - Justin Blackmon sits out practice

Source: Twitter

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon (foot) did not participate in practice Sunday, May 6, because of foot soreness. Head coach Mike Mularkey said Blackmon should be ready for organized team activities.

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Blackmon is the team's best WR and should build a strong chemistry with second-year QB Blaine Gabbert. The team will be careful with Blackmon as they prepare him for the pro game.

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SEA - No timeline on naming starting QB

Source: The Seattle Times - Danny O'Neil

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Saturday, May 5, that there is no timeline for naming a starting quarterback. Newcomer QB Matt Flynn is trying to unseat incumbent QB Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job.

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The Seahawks have no hurry here. This battle will likely take most of training camp to determine a starter. They added Matt Flynn in free agency but didn't give him a huge contract. He'll have to prove that he can beat out Jackson before he's inserted as the starter.

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TEN - May not use Kendall Wright as returner

Source: The Tennessean - Jim Wyatt

The Tennessee Titans may decide against using WR Kendall Wright as a kick and punt returner because WR Marc Mariani has experience in those roles.

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Mariani is a good returner but we think Wright would be a good fit as well. Wright plays fast with good pad speed and quickness in the open field. He's also very elusive in the open field and can make defenders miss one on one.

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TEN - TE Daniel Graham could be on bubble

Source: The Tennessean - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans TE Daniel Graham could be on the roster bubble during training camp because of the addition of TE Taylor Thompson. Graham's $2 million salary could also be a factor in his status.

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Graham isn't the same player he used to be and may have to compete for a roster spot with the rookie Thompson.

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DAL - Could have interest in WR Jacoby Jones

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Charean Williams

The Dallas Cowboys could show interest in free-agent WR Jacoby Jones (Texans) later this offseason. Jones would compete for the No. 3 wide receiver job if he joins the Cowboys.

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The Cowboys could use an upgrade at the 3rd WR spot since they lost Laurent Robinson to the Jaguars in free agency. Jones is a smooth athlete but has lacked consistency as a pro.

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WAS - WR Pierre Garcon unlikely to be used in slot

Source: The Washington Times - Rich Campbell

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said the team likely will not use WR Pierre Garcon as a slot receiver this season. WRs Joshua Morgan and Leonard Hankerson are more likely to line up at slot receiver.

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Garcon worked as an outside WR with the Colts and his deep speed stretches the field. He'll work well with rookie Robert Griffin III as the young QB has a very strong arm and great downfield accuracy. We think Morgan is the most likely to line up in the slot this year, but he'll have to beat out veteran Santana Moss for the job there.

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WAS - TE Chris Cooley not dealing with swelling

Source: The Washington Times - Rich Campbell

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said TE Chris Cooley (knee) is not dealing with any swelling in his knee after workouts.

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This is great news for the veteran TE here. Last year his knee was so problematic that it had to be drained over a dozen times before he was placed on season ending Injured Reserve. He may have to restructure his current contract to ensure his roster spot as he's set to make $3.8MM in base salary this year.

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WAS - WR Santana Moss drops some weight

Source: The Washington Times - Rich Campbell

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said WR Santana Moss has lost 15 pounds since the end of last season.

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His spot on the roster wasn't guaranteed after the Redskins added WR talent like Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan in free agency. However, with this news and with the release of Jabar Gaffney it looks like he could be safe after all. He'll compete with Morgan for the slot WR job in training camp.

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TB - Expected to sign Jordan Jefferson

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Stephen Holder

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to sign undrafted free-agent QB Jordan Jefferson (Louisiana State). Jefferson took part in the team's minicamp on a tryout basis.

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Jefferson impressed scouts at the Players All Star Classic in Little Rock, AR earlier this year. He was unimpressive as a passer in college but has the raw tools to develop. Jefferson is big, has a strong arm, and is extremely athletic.

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PIT - Chris Rainey signed

Source: Scout.com - Aaron Wilson

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed fifth-round draft choice RB Chris Rainey to a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Rainey is listed as a RB but he really plays more like a slot WR. He's extremely fast and dangerous in open space. We expect the Steelers to use him primarily as a receiving back. He's a threat to score every time he touches the football.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and we'll see you tomorrow with the update.

Peace,

J

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