FBG Daily Email - Volume 13, Issue 69
By Joe Bryant
July 1st, 2012

Hi Folks,

Good Monday to you and I hope you're set for a great Holiday Week. You hopefully have a day off sometime but we'll keep working for you to get all the news and notes you need. So let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

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It's not enough to know where you want to draft a guy. You have to know where the other guys in your league are likely to draft a guy. With our Average Draft Position (ADP) data, you'll have the best source available anywhere to tell you just that.

B. Average Draft Position - PPR
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. HOU - Have not had contract talks with QB Matt Schaub
2. CLE - Jordan Cameron is team's future at TE
3. NYJ - Stephen Hill working on his route running
4. MIA - Clyde Gates struggling with offense
5. NFL - QB Daunte Culpepper says career over
6. CHI - Have taken out seven-step drops for QBs
7. NE - TE Daniel Fells did not take part in offseason program
8. MIA - WR Brian Hartline was absent due to appendectomy
9. CLE - H-back battle might get heated
10. NYG - DT Chris Canty wants to be leader
11. SF - More on Aldon Smith

HOU - Have not had contract talks with QB Matt Schaub

Source: The Sports Xchange - Len Pasquarelli

The Houston Texans have not had serious contract extension talks with QB Matt Schaub at this point but are expected to do so later this summer.

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Many feel a new deal will be reached before the start of the regular season as Schaub is entering the final year of his contract. If no deal can be made, the Texans could always choose to place the Franchise Tag on Schaub in the offseason. Durability is the only concern with the veteran QB.

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CLE - Jordan Cameron is team's future at TE

Source: ESPNCleveland.com - Tony Grossi

Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron is considered the team's future at tight end. TE Benjamin Watson is in the final year of his contract, so Cameron is therefore likely to see a bigger role in the offense, not TE Evan Moore.

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Cameron is a converted basketball star with limited experience as a TE. His route running needs improvement, but his natural athleticism makes him a good move TE who can attack the deep middle seam. If he plays up to his potential then he could be a poor man's version of Saints TE Jimmy Graham.

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NYJ - Stephen Hill working on his route running

Source: The Sports Xchange - Len Pasquarelli

New York Jets WR Stephen Hill said he has been working on his route running this offseason because he only ran a limited number of routes during college. 'There are adjustments, reads on the run, all the fine-tuning stuff, and you've got to develop a connection (with the quarterback). You can have all the (physical) skills in the world, but you have to get the mental and technique things down even more,' Hill said.

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All Georgia Tech WRs must work on their route running because of their run heavy triple option offense. We like Hill to start this year opposite Santonio Holmes, and he could flourish as a downfield (and red zone) target because of his size/speed combination.

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MIA - Clyde Gates struggling with offense

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel - Omar Kelly

Miami Dolphins WR Clyde Gates struggled during offseason workouts because he is having a hard time picking up the team's new west coast offense. He likely will be in a competition for the final receiver spot on the roster when training camp begins.

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This isn't good news for the speedy WR. Gates skill set is more of a downfield guy than an underneath precision route runner. He's an odd fit in the Dolphins new system and is certainly on the roster bubble.

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NFL - QB Daunte Culpepper says career over

Source: Orlando Sentinel - Craig Castille

Free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper (Lions) said he does not expect to play again and has moved on with his life. 'As far as me playing, I think I am done," Culpepper said. 'That part of my book is closed. The next chapter is, I have kids and I will be coaching them.'

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He'll be getting his roll on somewhere on the golf course during his retirement.

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CHI - Have taken out seven-step drops for QBs

Source: FOXSports.com - Alex Marvez

Chicago Bears OT Gabe Carimi said offensive coordinator Mike Tice has taken out the seven-step drop for the quarterbacks from the playbook. The change is expected to help the offensive line block for QB Jay Cutler better.

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There's not many teams who use seven-step drops, but the Bears did under former OC Mike Martz. The Bears O-line is suspect, so getting the ball out of Cutler's hands quickly should really help. If Cutler can stay healthy we like his chances of finishing as a top 10 fantasy QB in 2012.

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NE - TE Daniel Fells did not take part in offseason program

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Field Yates

New England Patriots TE Daniel Fells (ankle) is still considered the leader for the third tight end job, although he did not take part in organized team activities (OTAs) or minicamp. Undrafted rookie TE Tyler Urban and TE Alex Silvestro are the only challengers to Fells.

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Fells is is recovering from an ankle injury, and we don't think his absence will hurt his chances to make the team. He's a veteran TE who gives the Patriots quality depth as a blocker and receiver at TE3.

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MIA - WR Brian Hartline was absent due to appendectomy

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline (appendectomy) said Saturday, June 30, that he is recovering from an appendectomy, but he is expected to be fine for training camp.

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The Dolphins lack quality weapons at the WR position, and they certainly need Hartline to be healthy and play in the rotation. He should begin the season as the team's top WR, but will compete for targets with Chad Ochocinco and Davone Bess.

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CLE - H-back battle might get heated

Source: ESPNCleveland.com - Tony Grossi

Cleveland Browns FB Owen Marecic is the incumbent at the position, but he is viewed as a mostly blocking fullback. TE Brad Smelley has the versatility as a pass receiver, but he is not a true lead blocker. Lastly, TE E. Alex Smith is also in the mix for H-back duties. Two of those players might not make the 53-man roster.

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Smelley has been impressive this offseason according to reports, but he's not the all-around player that Marecic is. If the battle is close perhaps the Browns could place Smelley on the Practice Squad to develop as a rookie.

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NYG - DT Chris Canty wants to be leader

Source: The Star-Ledger - Mike Garafolo

New York Giants DL Chris Canty (knee) said Saturday, June 30, that he wants to make his teammates better through his performance, and be a leader in the locker room. Canty was able to post a career-high four sacks, but he said he is looking for bigger and better things in 2012.

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Canty says he's no longer inhibited by his surgically repaired knee and should be ready for the start of training camp.

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SF - More on Aldon Smith

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith (abdomen, shoulder) suffered minor stab wounds at a house party Saturday, June 30. The wounds occurred as Smith attempted to break up a fight, and he likely was stabbed by a pocketknife. The location of the wounds are believed to be in his shoulder and abdomen.

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We're glad Smith was not more seriously hurt in this incident. It's a cautionary tale for every player in the league.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and for letting us be a part of your Fantasy Football Season. We'll see you tomorrow with the update.

Peace,

J

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