FBG Daily Email - Volume 13, Issue 16
By Joe Bryant
May 9th, 2012


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Hi Folks,

Good Thursday to you. Lots of quick hitting news today so let's get to it.

J

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger says playbook very different
2. MIN - RB Adrian Peterson thinks he will be ready for Week 1
3. SEA - Hope to cut down on RB Marshawn Lynch's carries
4. KC - RB Jamaal Charles hopes to return stronger
5. MIN - Trainer cautious of RB Adrian Peterson's return
6. MIA - Believe Ryan Tannehill will be ready quickly
7. TEN - Jake Locker looking to earn respect
8. CLE - Brandon Weeden must earn starting job
9. DAL - DeMarco Murray is 100 percent
10. SEA - Two will compete for backup RB job
11. SEA - Russell Wilson unlikely to have impact
12. TB - QB Josh Freeman drops weight
13. SD - Ladarius Green unlikely to have big role in 2012
14. DET - Did not meet with RB Ryan Grant
15. NYG - Hakeem Nicks ready to help rookie WR
16. DAL - Could have interest in RB Ronnie Brown
17. DAL - Two WRs could be options in free agency
18. NFL - WR Braylon Edwards injury update
19. NFL - WR Larry Fitzgerald supports bounty suspensions

PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger says playbook very different

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said the offensive playbook offensive coordinator has brought is very different than the one the team has been using and the players are working on learning the plays and terminology. He said there is only around 10 percent of the playbook that is similar but everyone will have the offseason to learn the offense. Roethlisberger said Haley has talked about using a no-huddle offense, throwing the ball and using the weapons on offense in different ways.

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Roethlisberger's working relationship with Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley is going to be full of fireworks - on and off the field. Haley can construct a high powered passing attack for the Steelers but expect there to be some bumps in the learning curve.

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MIN - RB Adrian Peterson thinks he will be ready for Week 1

Source: 1500ESPN.com - Tom Pelissero

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) said he would be very surprised if he was not ready for the start of the regular season.

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Today he was running and participating in drills during the media portion of practice. Peterson commented afterwards that he doesn't feel any pain and has been careful not to aggravate it during rehab. At this time Peterson believes he is about 50 percent in terms of cutting and explosion.

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SEA - Hope to cut down on RB Marshawn Lynch's carries

Source: The Tacoma News Tribune - Eric D. Williams

The Seattle Seahawks would like to cut down on the number of carries RB Marshawn Lynch gets this season because they want to keep him healthy throughout the season. Lynch received a career-high 285 carries in 2011.

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Lynch is a punishing RB but he himself absorbs a lot of punishment as well because of his no-nonsense style. We expect his carries to be anywhere from 230-250 on the season. Rookie Robert Turbin should win the lead backup job.

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KC - RB Jamaal Charles hopes to return stronger

Source: ESPN.com - Bill Williamson

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) said he has spent the past eight months vowing to get stronger and better, and he hopes never to miss significant time again in his career. 'It made me stronger,' Charles said of his anterior cruciate ligament injury. 'It made me the person that I am today, I can't wait and I know how to take care of my body, how to eat right and do the right things and it's made me not want to wait to touch that field again. When I touch that field going out there, you're going to feel my pain; you're going to go through what I went through. That right there is going to be there for the rest of my career because I don't want to be out a whole year ever again. That point, at my stage, I'm 25 years old, I'm at the point in my life that I've got to win games ... That had me thinking a lot and made me a better player.'

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Charles should be able to look like his old self as he'll be 12 months removed from his knee injury by the start of the regular season. The Chiefs will try to keep Charles fresh by using Peyton Hillis in a RBBC with him.

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MIN - Trainer cautious of RB Adrian Peterson's return

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

Although Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has made no secret that he expects to recover from his torn anterior cruciate ligament in time to take the field for Week 1, team trainer Eric Sugarman is emphasizing the importance of exercising caution. Sugarman said he's willing to be the bad guy who makes Peterson mad by slowing down the rehab process if that's what's best for Peterson's recovery, even though Sugarman thinks it's great that Peterson is optimistic about being on the field. 'I love Adrian,' Sugarman said. 'But let's make this clear: I'm still not going to be quoted as saying he's going to play in the first game. That's not fair. I don't know that ... He'll keep throwing that out there. And good for him. That's great. That's obviously our goal, to get him playing the first game. But only if he's functionally safe to do it. This is our franchise. We can't be foolish about this.'

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The Vikings are going to be very cautious with their superstar RB as he comes back from this knee injury. His touches are going to be very limited in training camp as the team doesn't want to aggravate his knee injury.

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MIA - Believe Ryan Tannehill will be ready quickly

Source: NFL.com

Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said that QB Ryan Tannehill is 'going to look like he's ready pretty quick.' Tannehill benefits from the presence of offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, Tannehill's former coach at Texas A&M, who imported a playbook Tannehill is '80 to 85 percent' familiar with. 'He has knowledge of the offense,' Ireland said. 'There are two other experienced players (Matt Moore and David Garrard) who are great pros. We drafted him to let him compete for the position. We need to play better at that position, whether it's a new player or Matt. That position really has to be more productive.'

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Tannehill's transition from college to pros will be eased by the presence of Sherman. Some scouts graded Tannehill as the best QB in this draft class in terms of pocket presence. As we saw last year with Bengals QB Andy Dalton, composure can go a long way in helping a rookie play better.

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TEN - Jake Locker looking to earn respect

Source: NFL.com

Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker is looking to earn respect from his teammates as he embarks in a competition with QB Matt Hasselbeck for the team's starting quarterback job in training camp. '... My goal is to earn the respect of the guys around me. Not to ask for it, but how you go out and work and how you prepare yourself, they can tell it means something to you,' Locker said.

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Locker looked really good last year in limited playing time. He may not beat out Hasselbeck in training camp but will soon take over as the starter. Locker is the QB of the future and is more athletic than Hasselbeck is at this point in his career.

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CLE - Brandon Weeden must earn starting job

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren said rookie QB Brandon Weeden must earn the team's starting job this season; he'll still have to beat out QBs Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace for the job. 'We drafted a young quarterback that we think can come in and play right away, but we're not just going to hand him the football,' Holmgren said. 'I still love Colt McCoy (but) we had a chance to get a mature quarterback who has a chance to come in and contribute right away. Whether that happens or not we have to let it play out.'

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The Browns didn't take Weeden in the first-round so he could sit behind McCoy and develop. His age is also a big factor as he'll turn 29 during his rookie season. The team needs Weeden to win this job so he can start right away and gain valuable experience.

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DAL - DeMarco Murray is 100 percent

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Calvin Watkins

Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (ankle) said he is now 100 percent recovered from a fractured ankle suffered last season.

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Great news for the Cowboys here. Murray looked fantastic as a rookie before an ankle injury cut his season short. He'll compete with Felix Jones to be the primary ballcarrier for the Cowboys. We expect Murray to win that job and look just as good as he did last season. Murray can be a RB2 with upside for fantasy owners.

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SEA - Two will compete for backup RB job

Source: The Tacoma News Tribune - Eric D. Williams

Seattle Seahawks RBs Kregg Lumpkin and Robert Turbin are expected to compete for the No. 2 running back job during training camp.

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Lumpkin is a talented veteran with versatility to his game but injuries and inconsistencies have prevented him from playing up to his potential in the pros. Turbin is the grinder from Utah State. His game is a lot like starter Marshawn Lynch. Both RBs take no prisoners when they pound a defense into submission. We expect Turbin to win the backup job.

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SEA - Russell Wilson unlikely to have impact

Source: The Tacoma News Tribune - Eric D. Williams

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is not expected to have an impact this season because the team likely will use it as a learning year for Wilson.

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Wilson will sit and learn on the bench but could develop into the QB of the future for the Seahawks. He's accurate, has a strong arm, and is extremely athletic. Wilson is also known to have a fiery competitive nature to his personality. Free agent acquisition Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson will compete for the starting job. The selection of Wilson may bounce Josh Portis to the practice squad.

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TB - QB Josh Freeman drops weight

Source: NFL.com - Steve Wyche

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said QB Josh Freeman has lost 20 pounds this offseason in order to become more mobile.

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Freeman is looking to bounce back after a poor performance in 2011. A new regime led by head coach Greg Schiano will have a "back to basics" run heavy offense featuring rookie RB Doug Martin. This design should lead to many play action opportunities for Freeman and his new target, WR Vincent Jackson.

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SD - Ladarius Green unlikely to have big role in 2012

Source: ESPN.com - Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green is not expected to have a big impact on offense this season because he will be working on learning the offense. Green's biggest impact will likely come on special teams.

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Green is a good developmental prospect to keep an eye on in dynasty leagues. He'll get to learn behind Antonio Gates and could be the eventual successor at the TE position. Green's game is a lot like Gates as he's a big TE who can glide up the field and attack the deep middle seam.

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DET - Did not meet with RB Ryan Grant

Source: ESPNMilwaukee.com - Jason Wilde

Updating a previous report, Alan Herman, agent for free-agent RB Ryan Grant (Packers), said Grant did not meet with the Detroit Lions as originally planned because of economic issues.

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Nice to get some clarity here. Earlier reports were mistaken in saying that Grant had met with the team. The Lions could certainly use a veteran RB on their roster with injury prone guys like Jahvid Best, Mikel LeShoure, and Kevin Smith.

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NYG - Hakeem Nicks ready to help rookie WR

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Matt Ehalt

New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks said he is looking forward to helping WR Rueben Randle with things on and off the field because he knows what Randle will be dealing with this season. 'I'm looking forward to helping him with anything, as far as off the field or on the field,' Nicks said. 'I've been in that situation before. It's something I know he'll be excited about and eager to learn the offense and I'm ready to teach him.'

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Good attitude from the veteran here. Randle has incredible natural talent but his production was limited in college because of poor QB play (Jarrett Lee, Jordan Jefferson). Some in the scouting community compare Randle's skill set to that of Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson.

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DAL - Could have interest in RB Ronnie Brown

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Calvin Watkins

The Dallas Cowboys could show interest in free-agent RB Ronnie Brown (Eagles) if they decide to add a running back in free agency.

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Just what they need, another injury prone RB. Brown is a versatile player but we don't think he's an upgrade from a guy like second-year RB Phillip Tanner.

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DAL - Two WRs could be options in free agency

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Calvin Watkins

The Dallas Cowboys could show interest in free-agent WRs Patrick Crayton (Chargers) and Jerheme Urban (Chiefs) if they decide to add a wide receiver in free agency.

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The Cowboys hope the third-string WR is currently on the roster. Guys like Kevin Ogletree, Danny Coale, and Dwayne Harris will compete for that spot in training camp. The Cowboys could look outside the roster if they want better veteran depth.

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NFL - WR Braylon Edwards injury update

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Joe Reedy

Free-agent WR Braylon Edwards (49ers) is in Miami still rehabbing from a knee injury suffered last year with the San Francisco 49ers.

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This news helps explain why Edwards has made no free-agent visits this offseason. Both the Bengals and Jets have interest in the veteran WR. He's unlikely to be signed before June.

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NFL - WR Larry Fitzgerald supports bounty suspensions

Source: ProFootballTalk.com

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said that he feels badly for the New Orleans Saints players who were suspended as a result of the league's investigation into bounties; however, he doesn't think the league could sit by and do nothing when it learned of the Saints' bounty program. 'I've known Jonathan Vilma for a very long time, and Will Smith actually hosted me on my visit to Ohio State in college,' Fitzgerald said. 'So I've known these guys for a really long time and they're not bad men by any stretch of the imagination. I feel bad that they're losing game checks and losing the opportunity to make a living. But I think Roger Goodell, our commissioner, had to do something to let everybody know that this is not going to be tolerated, and moving forward this is not something that's going to be acceptable.'

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Fitzgerald is right on the money here. His old QB Kurt Warner was one of the players with a bounty on his head against the Saints. The NFL had to come down hard to send a message to the rest of the league.

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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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