FBG Daily Email - Volume 13, Issue 20
By Joe Bryant
May 13th, 2012


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Hi Folks,

Good Monday to you. Big week as we kick it off with the debut of our Footballguys TV, please check it out and let us know what you think. Plus we've got our first round of Average Draft Position data rolling. And of course the news and notes you need so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Footballguys TV Debuts
Big day today as we're debuting Footballguys TV. Our Cecil Lammey knocks it out of the park with 5 minutes or so of the latest news and notes. Sort of a video "best of" these Daily Email Updates. We're stoked about these and I hope you will be too. If you like these, please share on your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

B. Average Draft Position
It's May. That doesn't mean we aren't prepping for drafts. And a key part of draft preparation is knowing where players are being drafted in other leagues. You need to know the "conventional wisdom" for where guys are going. And there's no better way to get that info than the Footballguys Average Draft Position. Check it out.

C. Average Draft Position - PPR
Same Average Draft Position info, just for Point Per Reception (PPR) scoring.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. BAL - RB Ray Rice fine with Bernard Pierce addition
2. NO - Deal with QB Drew Brees unlikely before OTAs
3. BAL - Believe Torrey Smith can be No. 1 WR
4. NYJ - Tim Tebow says has not worked on wildcat yet
5. CLE - Coach thinks Travis Benjamin could compete for starting job
6. CLE - Two TEs could get bigger roles
7. NYG - Unlikely to bring in WR Limas Sweed
8. PIT - Unlikely to sign WR Plaxico Burress
9. BUF - Had QB Vince Young diagram plays during visit
10. SEA - James Carpenter could miss 2012 season
11. DET - Believe Ryan Broyles fits system
12. DET - Ryan Broyles could be ready for opener
13. DEN - Pleased with Brock Osweiler's progress
14. ARI - QB Kevin Kolb to work on footwork early on
15. ARI - Ryan Lindley is intriguing project
16. BAL - Believe Terrell Suggs can play in 2012
17. DEN - DE Ty Warren rejects pay cut
18. DEN - DT Kevin Vickerson accepts pay cut
19. DEN - DE Elvis Dumervil drops weight

BAL - RB Ray Rice fine with Bernard Pierce addition

Source: Carroll County Times - Aaron Wilson

Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice said he is not upset that the team drafted RB Bernard Pierce because he knows one running back can't do it all in the NFL now and it is good to have two running backs.

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Rice has less than nothing to worry about here. He's clearly the lead back and the heart and soul of the Ravens offense. Pierce was added because the team needed a quality backup behind Rice since losing Ricky Williams to retirement.

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NO - Deal with QB Drew Brees unlikely before OTAs

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune - Mike Triplett

The New Orleans Saints likely will not agree to a long-term agreement with franchise free-agent QB Drew Brees before the start of organized team activities.

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The two sides have not talked in the last month or so and neither side may initiate talks in the near future. In fact, this contract situation may last until right before the start of training camp.

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BAL - Believe Torrey Smith can be No. 1 WR

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec

The Baltimore Ravens believe WR Torrey Smith can become their No. 1 receiver once WR Anquan Boldin is no longer able to assume the role.

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Smith may begin taking over for Boldin this year. He was largely known as a speed WR in college but has developed as a route runner during his short pro career.

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NYJ - Tim Tebow says has not worked on wildcat yet

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Tim Tebow said he has only worked at quarterback so far this offseason and has not worked on anything in the wildcat formation.

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He'll work on the Wildcat offense soon enough. Tebow is the clear backup behind Mark Sanchez at this time, but the team wants to find ways to use his unique skill set. He could get up to 15 touches per week depending on the gameplan. If Sanchez struggles then we could see Tebow replace him as the starter by the midway point of the season.

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CLE - Coach thinks Travis Benjamin could compete for starting job

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said he expects WR Travis Benjamin to compete for significant playing time and possibly a starting spot right away.

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Benjamin is a nice player but is incredibly small, weighing in at 175 lbs. He'll have to beat out Jordan Norwood if he wants to be the team's slot WR.

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CLE - Two TEs could get bigger roles

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns TEs Evan Moore and Jordan Cameron could receive bigger roles in the offense this season.

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Cameron is a former basketball star at USC who some think could develop into a Jimmy Graham type of weapon for the Browns. Moore is essentially a super sized WR and will give QB Brandon Weeden a good target in the red zone.

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NYG - Unlikely to bring in WR Limas Sweed

Source: The Star-Ledger - Mike Garafolo

The New York Giants likely will not sign free-agent WR Limas Sweed (Steelers) because he did not perform well during the team's minicamp. Sweed was participating in the minicamp on a tryout basis.

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Sweed was a bust with the Steelers and it looks like his NFL career is likely over.

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PIT - Unlikely to sign WR Plaxico Burress

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette

The Pittsburgh Steelers likely will not sign free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (Jets) this offseason.

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The Steelers WR corps is full of talent and there's simply no room for the veteran Burress. However, they don't have any WRs with the size of Burress but that doesn't seem to be a concern for them.

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BUF - Had QB Vince Young diagram plays during visit

Source: NationalFootballPost.com - Dan Pompei

The Buffalo Bills had QB Vince Young diagram plays during his visit to see if he would be able to understand their offense. The team signed him because they were satisfied with the knowledge he had of the offense.

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Young is a nice addition for the Bills as he gives them veteran insurance behind Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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SEA - James Carpenter could miss 2012 season

Source: NationalFootballPost.com - Dan Pompei

Seattle Seahawks OT James Carpenter (knee) could miss the entire 2012 season because of the severe knee injury he suffered last season.

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Not a surprise here. Carpenter was hurt last November and is a good bet to start the season on the PUP list. We think Breno Giacomini (his replacement last year) is going to begin the season as the starting Right Tackle.

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DET - Believe Ryan Broyles fits system

Source: NationalFootballPost.com - Dan Pompei

The Detroit Lions believe WR Ryan Broyles fits perfectly in their offensive system. The team may look to use more four wide receiver sets this season.

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Broyles would fit in any system. He's coming back from a knee injury he sustained last October, but is already back to running. Broyles is a good route runner, has good hands, and is dangerous after the catch.

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DET - Ryan Broyles could be ready for opener

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Saturday, May 12, that he isn't ruling out WR Ryan Broyles (knee) for the regular season opener. 'We'll see,' Schwartz said. 'There's a lot of ground between now and then, but he's on a good path. He's had a good rehab so far, he showed it in his pro day and he's shown it here. It depends on what happens between now and then.'

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The team is going to be careful with their talented rookie as he rehabs from a knee injury he sustained last October.

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DEN - Pleased with Brock Osweiler's progress

Source: The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones

Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler is working on refining his throwing motion, and head coach John Fox is pleased with his progress. 'Whether it is golfers with golf swings or players with motions and what not, it isn't radical - he has to use his height advantage a little bit better with higher delivery,' Fox said. 'He's an accurate passer, and I think he became more accurate.'

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Our very own Cecil Lammey was in attendance for Broncos rookie minicamp and liked what he saw from Osweiler. Lammey reported Osweiler's arm mechanics and footwork were much improved from his college tape. There's a chance Osweiler could beat out veteran Caleb Hanie to be the backup behind Peyton Manning.

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ARI - QB Kevin Kolb to work on footwork early on

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb said he and his fellow quarterbacks will start their on-field work with coaches this week, and they will work on the basics. He said he hones in on footwork, trying to develop good habits while also working on timing.

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Throwing the ball is much more than just arm motion. Improved footwork can improve a QBs accuracy, distance, and velocity.

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ARI - Ryan Lindley is intriguing project

Source: FOXSportsArizona.com - Tyler Lockman

Arizona Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley won't be challenging QB Kevin Kolb for the starting job, but quarterbacks coach John McNulty said Lindley has a 'big arm,' and figures to make the quarterback situation interesting this summer. While NcNulty wouldn't rule out Lindley battling QB John Skelton for the backup job, it's more likely Lindley's immediate competition is QB Richard Bartel for the No. 3 job. 'He's a big guy with a big arm,' McNulty said. 'He's not intimidated by anything out here.' Lindley struggled with accuracy in college, and he said the problem lies primarily in his footwork.

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Lindley is a fine developmental prospect. He had arguably the strongest arm in the entire 2012 NFL Draft. Lindley is not very mobile, but does have the ability to be very accurate on downfield bucket throws. In fact, Lindley's game is very similar to that of John Skelton.

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BAL - Believe Terrell Suggs can play in 2012

Source: Carroll County Times - Aaron Wilson

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said it is his understanding that LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles') has a chance to play at some point during the 2012 season.

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Harbaugh said a four- to six-month rehab for this injury is consistent with what the team doctors have told him. Suggs is likely to begin the season on the PUP list which gives the Ravens until week nine to decide whether or not to put him on season ending Injured Reserve.

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DEN - DE Ty Warren rejects pay cut

Source: The Denver Post - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos DT Ty Warren will not accept a pay cut after asked by the team to take one. Warren is scheduled to make $4 million this season but the team is looking cut his salary to $1 million to $1.5 million.

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Interesting move by Warren here, and one that could cost him his job. He's seen as the primary run stuffer on the defensive line and could be a big part of their plans if he's healthy. However, Warren has missed each of the last two seasons due to injury.

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DEN - DT Kevin Vickerson accepts pay cut

Source: The Denver Post - Mike Klis

The Denver Broncos have cut DT Kevin Vickerson's salary from $2.25 million to $1.2 million. The team likely would have released Vickerson if he did not accept the pay cut.

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Vickerson isn't a run stuffer but will play as a part time pass rushing DT next to second-round pick Derek Wolfe.

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DEN - DE Elvis Dumervil drops weight

Source: The Denver Post - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil has lost 10 pounds this offseason and now weighs 250 pounds. Dumervil played at 260 pounds last season.

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A lighter Dumervil is a quicker Dumervil. He'll continue to give the Broncos a strong pass rushing presence opposite second-year phenom Von Miller.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and we'll see you tomorrow with the update. Remember to please share the Footballguys TV link if Facebook and Twitter are your thing. Thanks and we'll see you tomorrow.

Peace,

J

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