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Hi Folks,

I hope you didn't have anything planned for the next day or so as we've got some of the best content on Footballguys that we've ever released. My buddy Jason Wood's gone through each team with a "Preseason Watch List" as he breaks down what you should be looking for. It's fantastic.

And for a little while longer, content like this is free on the Footballguys site. Soon though, the content will be just available to the folks that want the edge that is our Footballguys Insider Subscription. So enjoy the Watch Lists for free and if you're serious about winning your leagues, join us for the 2013 season as a Footballguys Insider. Here are 13 Reasons To Subscribe.

Plus we've got the News and Notes so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Preseason Watch List: NFC East
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at the key questions facing each team in the preseason. In this one, he focuses on the NFC East.

B. Preseason Watch List: NFC North
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at the key questions facing each team in the preseason. In this one, he focuses on the NFC North.

C. Preseason Watch List: NFC South
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at the key questions facing each team in the preseason. In this one, he focuses on the NFC South.

D. Preseason Watch List: NFC West
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at the key questions facing each team in the preseason. In this one, he focuses on the NFC West.

E. Preseason Watch List: AFC East
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at the key questions facing each team in the preseason. In this one, he focuses on the AFC East.

F. Preseason Watch List: AFC North
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at the key questions facing each team in the preseason. In this one, he focuses on the AFC North.

G. Preseason Watch List: AFC South
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at the key questions facing each team in the preseason. In this one, he focuses on the AFC South.

H. Preseason Watch List: AFC West
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at the key questions facing each team in the preseason. In this one, he focuses on the AFC West.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NYG - Confident in deal with WR Victor Cruz
2. WAS - Opening camp on PUP list an option for Robert Griffin
3. STL - TE Jared Cook has confidence
4. SD - RB Ryan Mathews not arrested
5. SEA - Will continue run-first approach
6. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill working with former QB
7. MIA - HC likes big bodies in slot
8. KC - Expected to have contract talks with Branden Albert
9. DET - RB Montell Owens could help offense, special teams
10. BAL - QB Tyrod Taylor favorite for No. 2 QB job
11. NYJ - WR Stephen Hill working out with teammate
12. MIA - WR Armon Binns could push for No. 3 WR job
13. DEN - Used unique tactic to land CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
14. DEN - May only keep 2 QBs
15. CIN - Did not use RB as receivers much
16. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger in line for extension
17. DAL - RB Joseph Randle no longer wearing cast
18. SEA - Big plans for James Carpenter
19. TB - Looking for someone to rise to occasion in pass rush

NYG - Confident in deal with WR Victor Cruz

Source: ESPN - Chris Mortensen

The New York Giants are confident that they will be able to agree on a long-term contract extension with WR Victor Cruz before the start of training camp.

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This is a pretty big story for the dynasty future of both Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle. While it is possible that the Giants could sign both Nicks and Cruz long-term, they might choose to wait and see if Nicks can stay healthy this year if they already have Cruz locked up. If Nicks is allowed to walk in free agency, Randle's value would take a huge leap.

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WAS - Opening camp on PUP list an option for Robert Griffin

Source: The Washington Post - Mike Jones

The Washington Redskins could consider placing QB Robert Griffin III (knee) on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of training camp to allow his knee more time to heal. Griffin is very determined to be able to practice once camp opens.

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Griffin seems like the kind of player who doesn't need much in the way of practice time to be ready for the season. Every new update makes it seem more likely that he'll be ready for week 1, and worthy of a top 6-8 pick at quarterback.

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STL - TE Jared Cook has confidence

Source: The Tennessean - John Glennon

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and other team members see TE Jared Cook as a completely different player than the one he coached with the Tennessee Titans. 'Absolutely night and day difference,' said CB Cortland Finnegan. 'I'm going to be the first to say that I was maybe like, 'Ahh ...' (when the Rams signed Cook), but when he got there, he's been tearing it up like I've never seen. He's comfortable, he's back where he wants to be and I'm excited to have him.'

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Cook was used unevenly during his time with the Titans, sometimes on the field for most of the plays in a game, and sometimes playing less than a third of the snaps. The Rams have made such a large investment in Cook (and the passing game in general) that they have to see what they have in him this year. He's a good anchor of a tight end by committee approach in your draft because he offers top five upside based on his immense physical talent and opportunity.

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SD - RB Ryan Mathews not arrested

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Matthew T. Hall

Updating an earlier report, San Diego Police Sgt. Robin Rose said San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews was not arrested Sunday, June 30. There was an incident at the bar, but it's not certain Mathews was even there.

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In this new age of social media, the rush to be the first to report has caused a few snafus, including when Desmond Bryant and Dez Bryant were mixed up when the Browns defensive end, and not the Cowboys wide receiver was arrested earlier this year.

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SEA - Will continue run-first approach

Source: The Tacoma News Tribune - Eric D. Williams

The Seattle Seahawks led the NFL in rushing attempts in 2012, and RB Marshawn Lynch piled up a career-high 1,590 rushing yards. Head coach Pete Carroll insists that his team will continue to lean on a run-first approach.

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Absolutely zero surprise here. With Lynch, second-year back Robert Turbin, and powerhouse rookie 'Starbucks' aka Christine Michael (Texas A&M) the Seahawks have one of the deepest RB corps' in the league.

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MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill working with former QB

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has worked with former QB Chad Pennington, who worked as a quarterback consultant at some offseason practices. Pennington said Tannehill also visited him in Kentucky. 'I gave him a few handouts that I found in my notes concerning leadership, favorite quotes, etc. that I thought might be useful,' Pennington said.

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Tannehill is working hard to prove himself as a franchise QB. Several offseason reports have him looking like a seasoned veteran during OTAs. The team needs him to carry that momentum over into the regular season.

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MIA - HC likes big bodies in slot

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin likes having bigger receivers in the slot, so 6-foot-0 WR Brandon Gibson and 6-foot-3 WR Armon Binns might be considered the favorites there. 'Sometimes, it's easier when you have a bigger body at times cruising through the middle,' Philbin said. 'I don't want to jinx him - I'm using the kiss of death - but (Binns) is playing faster.'

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Binns needs to play faster as that has been a weak spot to his game during his pro career. He's a big, physical WR with a large wingspan. Binns knows how to use his frame to box out defenders and shield opponents away from the ball.

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KC - Expected to have contract talks with Branden Albert

Source: ESPN.com - Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to talk with OT Branden Albert about a long-term contract extension next week. The team has until July 15 to sign Albert to an extension since they placed the franchise tag on him this offseason.

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The Chiefs have a lot of leverage because #1 overall pick Eric Fisher can project as a long-term left tackle. If Albert isn't willing to sign the team's best offer for a long-term deal, they could always choose to let him walk next year and move Fisher to left tackle. Albert's back gave him problems as the year went on in 2012, so the Chiefs might be reluctant to commit big money to him.

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DET - RB Montell Owens could help offense, special teams

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions special teams coordinator John Bonamego said RB Montell Owens will able to help on offense as well as on special teams this season.

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Owens was actually a special teams ace before injuries pressed him into duty at running back for the Jaguars last year. He actually performed well when he carried the ball, but Owens would definitely be behind Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, and Mikel Leshoure at running back for the Lions.

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BAL - QB Tyrod Taylor favorite for No. 2 QB job

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Ryan Mink

Baltimore Ravens QB Tyrod Taylor will enter training camp as the favorite for the No. 2 quarterback job but will have to compete with QB Caleb Hanie for the job. Hanie will have to stand out during camp and preseason games to win the backup job. The team could go with two quarterbacks on the final roster again this season.

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Taylor has a run dimension to his game that Hanie does not possess. He seems to have developed well in his time as Joe Flacco's understudy, but Flacco's durability probably means that we won't see him except in garbage time during the regular season.

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NYJ - WR Stephen Hill working out with teammate

Source: The Star-Ledger - Mike Vorkunov

New York Jets WR Stephen Hill said he will be working out with CB Antonio Cromartie and some other teammates in California leading up to training camp. Hill said he needs to work out like Cromartie does because of the work ethic he showed and the ability not to miss any practices.

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Hill has outstanding physical tools, but his hands are inconsistent, and he is still raw as a receiver coming out of Georgia Tech's option run-heavy offense. There is a lot of opportunity in the Jets wide receiver corps, but Hill has some growing to do before he can take advantage of it.

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MIA - WR Armon Binns could push for No. 3 WR job

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Miami Dolphins WR Armon Binns could push WR Brandon Gibson for the No. 3 wide receiver job during training camp.

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Binns has been a good practice player since coming into the league as an undrafted free agent, but he hasn't been able to make a big impact on the field. He's a big receiver with a good catch radius and "my ball" mentality, but he is not an explosive athlete. At this point, he looks like a good bet to make the Dolphins, but it's not time to pick him up in dynasty leagues just yet.

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DEN - Used unique tactic to land CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Source: Bradenton Herald - Alan Dell

Denver Broncos CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said the coaching staff talked to him about his weaknesses during his free-agent visit this offseason, which impressed him. 'They told me about my flaws. Nobody had done that, and it impressed me,' Rodgers-Cromartie said. 'They told me what I needed to work and how they would get me better instead of telling me about what I could do.'

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Let's hope this is not very unique. Coaches are supposed to point out and correct flaws. In fact, Rodgers-Cromartie said last year that former Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo "took the time with you, to make you understand the weakness in your game and keep you after practice and make you work on it". Let's not give Denver too much credit.

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DEN - May only keep 2 QBs

Source: Gray Caldwell - DenverBroncos.com

The Denver Broncos may only keep two QBs on the active roster in 2013. The team carried three QBs in 2012 but some feel the Broncos will roll only with Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler this season.

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Manning's health and Osweiler's ability to handle the offense if he is called upon are both much better than they were last year. Osweiler remains a very good stash in dynasty leagues where all starting quarterbacks are carried, such as 2QB and QB flex leagues.

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CIN - Did not use RB as receivers much

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

The Cincinnati Bengals targeted running backs on passing plays only 57 times last season, which was the third lowest total in the NFL. The team also did not have a running back make a reception of at least 20 yards in 2012. The team selected RB Giovani Bernard in the draft to help out in the passing game.

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Third-down back Brian Leonard is gone to Tampa Bay, so Bernard should easily be the top receiving back in Cincinnati. He is a good upside play in the mid-rounds of PPR drafts. Benjarvus Green-Ellis won't relinquish early down and goal line carries easily, but Bernard could be dynamic enough to force a full-blown committee that will make him the best Bengals back to own in PPR leagues.

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PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger in line for extension

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

The Pittsburgh Steelers likely will look to sign QB Ben Roethlisberger to a contract extension next offseason because he is scheduled to count $18 million against the salary cap in 2014.

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The Steelers have been trying to put off the pain of being in a bad cap situation, and this sounds like more of the same. The team was unable to do much to improve or keep key free agents like Mike Wallace and Keenan Lewis this offseason, and next offseason will probably follow suit.

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DAL - RB Joseph Randle no longer wearing cast

Source: DallasCowboys.com - David Helman

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle (thumb) had the cast taken of his surgically repaired thumb and expects to be ready for the start of training camp.

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Randle will be competing with a newly buff Philip Tanner and improved Lance Dunbar to back up Demarco Murray. Murray has had trouble staying on the field during his first two years in the league, so this is a training camp battle that fantasy players should monitor this summer.

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SEA - Big plans for James Carpenter

Source: The Tacoma News Tribune - Eric D. Williams

The Seattle Seahawks have big plans for OT James Carpenter (knee) in 2013, assuming he can stay healthy. He is making his way back from a left knee injury suffered Dec. 2 of last season.

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Carpenter is not the elite tackle some had hoped for but could perform better with a move inside to guard. He had arthroscopic surgery on the left knee during the offseason, and did not take part in OTAs or minicamp. If healthy, Carpenter is slated to start at left guard, replacing OL Paul McQuistan.

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TB - Looking for someone to rise to occasion in pass rush

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have failed to reach 30 sacks as a team in each of the past five seasons, and no Buccaneers player has recorded double-digit sacks since former DE Simeon Rice had 14 sacks in 2005. DE Michael Bennett had nine sacks last season to lead the team, and he left via free agency for the Seattle Seahawks. DE Da'Quan Bowers has added significant upper-body strength while getting into better shape, and he is one player the team needs to see more from.

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The Buccaneers are counting on a guy like Bowers big time this season. Losing Bennett will sting even more if Bowers or Adrian Clayborn can't stay healthy and improve the pass rush. Rookie William Gholston (Michigan State) might be counted on to get a few sacks this year too.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being a part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the update.

Peace,

J