FBG Daily Email - Volume 13, Issue 25
By Joe Bryant
May 18th, 2012


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Hi Folks,

Welcome to the Weekend. Hope you've got some good stuff in store. Big night for me as my oldest son graduated High School tonight. Wow. And of course we've got the news and notes you need so let's get to it.

J

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. JAX - Coach expects RB Maurice Jones-Drew to be fine without OTAs
2. NO - Owner optimistic about deal with QB Drew Brees
3. ARI - No frontrunner in QB competition
4. ARI - Beanie Wells making progress in rehab
5. NFL - RB Cedric Benson's reps calling around
6. NE - Unhappy with WR Wes Welker speaking about negotiations
7. DAL - TE Jason Witten could be hurt by loss of No. 3 WR
8. SF - Not ready to use LaMichael James as punt returner
9. SF - WR Ted Ginn likely top choice for punt returner
10. NYJ - Rookie RB Ganaway could emerge as option RB
11. NFL - RB Jackie Battle not getting much interest
12. NFL - RB Thomas Jones would like to continue playing

JAX - Coach expects RB Maurice Jones-Drew to be fine without OTAs

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Tania Ganguli

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said he expects RB Maurice Jones-Drew will be fine with the new offense even though he is not taking part in organized team activities. Mularkey said Jones-Drew has been given the same limited playbook the other players have received.

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Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski said Jones-Drew will have to catch up on many things when he arrives in camp, but is confident the veteran back can do that easily. The Jags won't hand out full playbooks until training camp, so this is basically a non-issue for the veteran Running Back.

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NO - Owner optimistic about deal with QB Drew Brees

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune - James Varney

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson said he is optimistic a deal will be reached with franchise free-agent QB Drew Brees.

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We're optimistic a deal will get done sometime in July. Brees is frustrated because the two sides have made no progress in talks, but that should change as the July 16th deadline to sign Franchise Players to long-term extensions gets closer.

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ARI - No frontrunner in QB competition

Source: NFL.com - Brian McIntyre

Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said neither QBs Kevin Kolb nor John Skelton will have an advantage when training camp begins in their competition for the starting quarterback job.

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This is a competition that could last all the way through training camp. Skelton has a much stronger arm and should be able to take better advantage of WRs Larry Fitzgerald and first-round pick Michael Floyd.

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ARI - Beanie Wells making progress in rehab

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals RB Beanie Wells (knee) said he is making progress in his rehab from offseason knee surgery but is not sure if he will be able to participate in organized team activities or minicamp.

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Wells has been held back in his pro career by nagging injuries. It's one of the reasons to remember second-year RB Ryan Williams. He missed last year due to a knee injury but is already back to cutting and sprinting in workouts. Williams is very talented and could take over as the lead back if Wells fails to stay healthy again this year.

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NFL - RB Cedric Benson's reps calling around

Source: The Sports Xchange - Len Pasquarelli

Free-agent RB Cedric Benson's (Bengals) representatives have been calling teams to garner interest in Benson but have not received much interest from teams.

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The market is cool for Benson but could heat up quickly if injuries hit the Running Back position in camp. He doesn't offer much as a receiver but can be a strong between the tackles back.

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NE - Unhappy with WR Wes Welker speaking about negotiations

Source: The Boston Globe - Shalise Manza Young

The New England Patriots are believed to be unhappy with WR Wes Welker for talking about his contract negotiations in public.

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Some think Welker's public comments could sabotage his change at a long-term contract. We're not going to put on the tin foil hat and call it a conspiracy, but the comments likely didn't sit well with the team.

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DAL - TE Jason Witten could be hurt by loss of No. 3 WR

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Brandon George

Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten could be hurt a little this season by the loss of WR Laurent Robinson to the Jacksonville Jaguars because teams were paying more attention to Robinson which allowed Witten to have more room.

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Witten's situation is one for fantasy owners to monitor during camp. If someone like Kevin Ogletree, Danny Coale, or Dwayne Harris can emerge as a quality third WR then that should help open things up for Witten.

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SF - Not ready to use LaMichael James as punt returner

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said RB LaMichael James is not ready to return punts at this point because he has to work on his hands during those situations. James could be an option for the role later in his career.

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The 49ers have a very cramped backfield with the addition of Brandon Jacobs in free agency and James through the draft. It may be difficult to find touches for James this year. He's a fantastic space runner who is very elusive in the open field. James will work as a part time change of pace back.

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SF - WR Ted Ginn likely top choice for punt returner

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers WR Ted Ginn Jr. likely will be the favorite to win the punt returner job during training camp because he has the most experience in the role on the roster.

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The 49ers added a bunch of weapons to the WR corps this offseason (Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, A.J. Jenkins) but Ginn's job should be safe because of his return ability.

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NYJ - Rookie RB Ganaway could emerge as option RB

Source: Manish Mehta - New York Daily News

In an interview with Cecil Lammey on 102.3 ESPN Denver Manish Mehta, from the New York Daily News, said rookie RB Terrence Ganaway could emerge in the Jets backfield given his experience in an option style offense. Ganaway could be paired with QB Tim Tebow when the Jets use their Wildcat package.

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Ganaway will break through arm tackles regularly and runs with a good pad level. However, he runs stiff and lacks creativity and elusiveness as a runner. In the zone/read option Ganaway doesn't need to break ankles, he just needs to charge full steam ahead. Keep an eye on him in training camp.

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NFL - RB Jackie Battle not getting much interest

Source: The Sports Xchange - Len Pasquarelli

Free-agent RB Jackie Battle (Chiefs) has not received much interest from team since the early stages of free agency.

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Not a surprise here. Battle is an average talent as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. Running Back is a young man's position and Battle may have to wait for injuries in training camp before he gets a call.

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NFL - RB Thomas Jones would like to continue playing

Source: The Sports Xchange - Len Pasquarelli

Free-agent RB Thomas Jones (Chiefs) would like to continue his playing career but has not received a lot of interest this offseason.

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Jones isn't the same player he used to be and is unlikely to get much interest even when injuries hit the Running Back position in camp.

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

Peace,

J

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