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Volume 14, Issue #14, May 12th

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. TEN - Greene the new LenDale White?
2. HOU - Kubiak calls rookie WR Hopkins 'special'
3. OAK - Rookie QB shines at camp
4. PHI - Matt Barkely could win QB job
5. SF - Vance McDonald could see significant playing time
6. DEN - Alex Gibbs to be consultant
7. OAK - Rookie RB Murray 'mirrors' McFadden
8. KC - Can rookie Davis cure his fumbling problems?
9. GB - Coleman showing better command of the offense
10. CHI - Rookie WR Wilson starting with clean slate
11. SF - Marqueis Gray trying to move to TE
12. KC - Eric Fisher expected to work at RT
13. SD - Keenan Allen does not have problem with knee
14. DEN - Tavarres King has chance to be No. 4 or 5 WR
15. KC - Two expected to compete for No. 3 QB job
16. SF - Eric Reid expected to start

TEN - Greene the new LenDale White?

Source: Dan Pompei - National Football Post

Dan Pompei, from the National Football Post, reports the Titans plan to use free agent RB Shonn Greene like they used former Titans RB LenDale White in 2008. Greene was 100 percent on converting third and ones last year for the Jets. Chris Johnson was 66 percent for the Titans.

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Greene is going to be their short yardage and goalline back. In 2008 White scored 15 touchdowns while rushing the ball 200 times for 773 yards. That season Johnson burst onto the NFL scene with 251 carries 1,228 yards and nine rushing touchdowns. The Titans will try to duplicate that RBBC this year. Greene is seriously undervalued right now with an ADP of RB55. He's coming off the board in the middle of round 13. In 2008 White finished as the 19th best RB in fantasy football, while Johnson was the 11th best.

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HOU - Kubiak calls rookie WR Hopkins 'special'

Source: Nick Scurfield - HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has been impressed with what he's seen from first-round pick WR DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson). "He's special," Kubiak said Sunday. "Ball skills are extremely special. Very long; long arms. Big hands; you saw the catch he made out here today. He's going to help us early, and we know that, and that's why we brought him here."

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We agree with Kubiak here. Hopkins reminds us of Reggie Wayne (Colts) because of his body control and ability to make difficult catches seem routine. The team finally has a legitimate threat opposite superstar Andre Johnson. We like him as a WR4 with upside in 2013. His current ADP is WR43 and he's coming off the board at the end of round nine.

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OAK - Rookie QB shines at camp

Source: Steve Corkran - Contra Costa Times

Oakland Raiders rookie QB Tyler Wilson displayed the poise and skills of a seasoned veteran in rookie minicamp. Wilson showed off a strong arm, placing balls right on target time and again, be it swing passes, throws over the middle or well downfield. "Obviously, picking up a new system, there's a little bit of rust there," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Wilson. "But throwing the ball, he's done a nice job. I don't have any question about his arm strength and his accuracy."

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It wouldn't be a total surprise to see Wilson surpass both Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor on the depth chart at some point this year. He was the top rated QB in this class by both Cecil Lammey and Matt Waldman. Wilson has a gunslinger mentality, loves to challenge defenses vertically, and isn't afraid to take a hit in order to deliver a pass. Fantasy owners need to monitor this situation closely in training camp.

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PHI - Matt Barkely could win QB job

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles QB Matt Barkley could have a chance to win the starting quarterback job during offseason workouts and training camp.

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Anything could happen in Philadelphia. Barkley has the skill set to be successful in a Chip Kelly offense. He makes quick decisions and can accurately deliver the football on underneath routes and screen passes. Barkley will compete with Michael Vick and Nick Foles for the starting job in training camp.

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SF - Vance McDonald could see significant playing time

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald could receive a significant amount of playing time this season as the team's No. 2 tight end.

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The 49ers used multiple tight ends on 57 percent of their plays in 2012, the 2nd-highest rate in the NFL. Former 49ers TE Delanie Walker signed with the Titans in the offseason leaving the door open for McDonald to be a bigger piece of the offense than some think.

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DEN - Alex Gibbs to be consultant

Source: The Denver Post - Mike Klis

The Denver Broncos have hired former Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Alex Gibbs as an offensive line consultant. Gibbs is expected to stay with the team for the entire season.

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Gibbs returns to the team he helped win two Super Bowls with Terrell Davis in the late 90's. He's the master of the zone blocking scheme and will help new Broncos RB Montee Ball learn the concepts.

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OAK - Rookie RB Murray 'mirrors' McFadden

Source: Paul Gutierrez - CSNBayArea.com

CSNBayArea.com thinks rookie RB Latavius Murray (Central Florida) 'mirrors' Darren McFadden's skill set. Murray will compete with veteran Rashad Jennings to be the primary backup behind McFadden in 2013.

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Our Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom watched Murray during the week of practice for the Texas VS The Nation Game earlier this year in Allen, TX and came away impressed. He's a swift runner who reminds some in the scouting community or Demarco Murray (Cowboys) or Chris Brown (former Titans). McFadden has never played more than 13 games in a regular season during his career. The backup RBs are likely to play at some point this year.

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KC - Can rookie Davis cure his fumbling problems?

Source: Adam Teicher - Kansas City Star

In the Chiefs rookie minicamp RB Knile Davis was constantly seen carrying the ball high and tight to his body. In college Davis had fumbling issues because he runs too high and exposes his midsection to unnecessary hits. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said, "I can't tell you I'm big on fumbling. I don't like it. I don't have a lot of patience for it. I feel like with this kid, we'll have an answer there for that."

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Davis was a surprise pick by the Chiefs. He has serious durability issues after multiple ankle issues, including an injury that cost him the entire 2011 season. Davis fails to generate power and runs tentative, often dancing behind the line of scrimmage and wasting motion. We're not as excited about him as others are. He'll compete with Shaun Draughn and Cyrus Gray to be the primary backup behind Jamaal Charles.

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GB - Coleman showing better command of the offense

Source: Tom Silverstein - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Packers second-year QB B.J. Coleman is showing better command of the offense this year in rookie minicamp. He'll push veteran Graham Harrell to be the primary backup behind Aaron Rodgers in 2013.

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Coleman has a stronger arm that Harrell and isn't afraid to challenge a defense vertically. The former Tennessee-Chattanooga (Tennessee transfer) QB knows how to execute play fakes effectively and stays confident after a poor pass. With Green Bay's history of developing young QBs dynasty owners need to monitor his progress.

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CHI - Rookie WR Wilson starting with clean slate

Source: Jeff Dickerson - ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Bears rookie WR Marquess Wilson is starting his professional career with a clean slate. He quit the Washington State team after a conflict with head coach Mike Leach and it was one of the reasons he fell to the seventh-round in the 2013 NFL draft. Bears head coach Marc Trestman had this to say about Wilson, "He's been great," Trestman said. "He started at zero here with everything. We've talk it through. We know all the issues, which are very minimal. He's a young guy and he's moved forward."

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Wilson is a downfield playmaker who can track deep passes. He's got build up speed and lacks the acceleration to eat up cushions quickly. He has a slight frame, measuring in at 6'4" but only 185 pounds. Wilson needs to add muscle and show that he can get separation at the NFL level.

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SF - Marqueis Gray trying to move to TE

Source: Sacramento Bee - Matt Barrows

San Francisco 49ers TE MarQueis Gray has had difficulties trying to transition from a quarterback in college to a tight end in the NFL. He is trying to learn a new system and a new position but is ready to work on making the transition as smooth as possible.

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Our Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom watched Gray during the week of practice for the Texas Vs The Nation Game earlier this year in Allen, TX. That week was rough for Gray as he had difficulty running routes and catching passes. He's big, athletic, and has the strength to run over people. Gray lacks the natural receiving ability to make an impact as a pass catcher.

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KC - Eric Fisher expected to work at RT

Source: The Kansas City Star - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs OT Eric Fisher said he expected to work at right tackle during the rookie minicamp because OT Branden Albert is the team's left tackle. 'I kind of expected it. Albert is a great tackle, somebody I'll be able to learn from. I'm really looking forward to getting through this rookie camp and then learning from the veterans and just improving my game every day,' Fisher said.

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This move isn't that uncommon. Several left tackles have started out on the right side early in their careers. Fisher could move to the left side next year if the Chiefs don't come to a long-term agreement with Albert.

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SD - Keenan Allen does not have problem with knee

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) said he did not have any setbacks or discomfort with his knee while participating in the team's rookie minicamp.

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Good news for Allen here. He could really be one of the steal's of the draft if he can stay healthy and play up to his potential. Allen is a linear athlete who can make difficult catches seem routine.

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DEN - Tavarres King has chance to be No. 4 or 5 WR

Source: The Denver Post - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos WR Tavarres King has a chance to be the No. 4 or 5 wide receiver for the team this season because he is a legitimate deep threat.

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King is an exciting rookie for dynasty owners to keep an eye on. He has the speed to stretch the defense vertically and does a good job of tracking the ball downfield. King could win the 4th spot on the depth chart behind Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, and Eric Decker.

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KC - Two expected to compete for No. 3 QB job

Source: The Kansas City Star - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs QBs Ricky Stanzi and Tyler Bray are expected to compete for the No. 3 quarterback job during offseason workouts and training camp.

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Stanzi has done little to impress during his time in the league. He has a strong arm but has serious accuracy issues that have not been fixed so far. Bray also has a rocket arm but better overall talent. Maturity issues and off field concerns caused him to go undrafted in 2013.

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SF - Eric Reid expected to start

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers S Eric Reid is expected to start at one of the team's safety positions this season.

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No surprise here. Reid is an enforcer who loves to make the big hit. He often played as an extra linebacker in the box for the Bayou Bengals. Reid could be asked to play a similar role for the 49ers.

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