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1. WAS - RB Alfred Morris feeling more comfortable
2. CHI - Rookie WR Wilson has third/fourth-round talent
3. IND - Rookie RB Williams could be mixed in
4. PHI - TE Harbor on the trade block?
5. NYJ - Half of Sanchez interceptions were off play action
6. CLE - More shotgun plays for Weeden in 2013
7. CLE - QB Weeden says offense a good fit for TE Cameron
8. MIN - Rudolph a red zone giant
9. OAK - Flynn seen as 'stop gap guy'
10. DEN - Biggest concern a secondary pass rusher?
11. DEN - Development of Thomas will determine fate of other TEs
12. GB - Would like to retire QB Brett Favre's jersey in near future
13. ATL - Donald Russell could make roster
14. ATL - Dominique Davis may not be tested for No. 2 QB job
15. DEN - Kayvon Webster working at two spots
16. DAL - B.W. Webb not likely to win job

WAS - RB Alfred Morris feeling more comfortable

Source: The Pensacola News Journal - Brady Aymond

Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris said he is feeling more comfortable entering this season than he was last season. 'Last year, I was going in there like a lost little puppy,' Morris said. 'This year, having had that experience and gaining that knowledge of last year, Iím a lot more confident and more comfortable. The more comfortable you get with it, the better you can go out there and do it. It eliminates the thinking process. You can go out there and have some fun.'

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Nothing but good news here. Morris rushed for over 1,600 yards as a rookie last year and is looking to best that number in 2013. Even if the Redskins use fewer option plays we still see Morris as a strong RB1 who should be a top 10 pick in most every fantasy league.

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CHI - Rookie WR Wilson has third/fourth-round talent

Source: John Middlekauff - NFLsFuture.com

Chicago Bears rookie WR Marquess Wilson (Washington State) had third- or fourth-round talent even though he fell to the seventh-round of the 2013 NFL draft.

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Wilson is a good player to monitor in deep dynasty leagues. He can make plays downfield and has the speed to get on top of the defense in a hurry. He fell in the 2013 NFL draft because he quit Washington State after a falling out with head coach Mike Leach. The Bears are in need of playmakers and Wilson could fit that bill.

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IND - Rookie RB Williams could be mixed in

Source: John Middlekauff - NFLsFuture.com

Indianapolis Colts rookie RB Kerwynn Williams (Utah State) could be mixed in the RB rotation as a receiver out of the backfield.

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Williams is a speed back with good burst and field vision. He became a starter in college after Robert Turbin (Seahawks) and Michael Smith (Buccaneers) were drafted in 2012. Williams lead the WAC in rushing last year but only had three 20+ carry games during his college career. He needs to improve his patience as a runner if he wants to maximize his rushing ability as a pro.

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PHI - TE Harbor on the trade block?

Source: Paul Domowitch - Philly.com

Philadelphia Eagles TE Clay Harbor may be on the trade block. Long time beat writer Paul Domowitch speculates Harbor could be on the move and pegs the New England Patriots as a team with interest.

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This is the same speculation we've seen from other beat writers with other teams. The Patriots may not have as big of need at the TE position as some think. We may not even see the TE position emphasized (like it was in 2012) as the Patriots structure their offense without Aaron Hernandez. Players like Michael Hoomanawanui, Jake Ballard, and Zach Sudfeld will get more of an opportunity in training camp to prove what they can do.

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NYJ - Half of Sanchez interceptions were off play action

Source: Jane McManus - ESPNNewYork.com

ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski examined QB Mark Sanchez and noted that nine of his 18 interceptions came off play action fakes in 2012. "The bottom line is Sanchez continues to make too many throws that a quarterback with his experience level should not make," Jaworski said. "Sanchez is clearly trending downward in my evaluations. He has started 68 games in his NFL career, including the playoffs. The question now is whether he has what it takes to be a quality NFL starter. He has much to prove and a lot of work to do."

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Sanchez is in a make or break season in 2013. He's competing with rookie Geno Smith (West Virginia) for the starting job in training camp. Sanchez needs to make better decisions under duress if he wants to get his pro career back on track.

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CLE - More shotgun plays for Weeden in 2013

Source: Terry Pluto - Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Cleveland Browns new coaching staff has examined the film of QB Brandon Weeden from his college days at Oklahoma State. They have implemented more shotgun formations in the Norv Turner offense to keep Weeden comfortable.

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The move to more shotgun formations just makes sense for the Browns. Weeden worked exclusively out of the shotgun in college and struggled with dropping back as a rookie in a West Coast offense. Turner should be able to take advantage of Weeden's strong arm in 2013.

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CLE - QB Weeden says offense a good fit for TE Cameron

Source: Marla Ridenour - Akron Beacon Journal

Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden says the new Norv Turner offense is perfect for TE Jordan Cameron. "This offense [under Norv Turner] fits him extremely well, obviously seeing what they did with Antonio Gates in San Diego. Itís got to be exciting for him and I know itís exciting for me to throw it to a guy like that because he has big-play capability and Iím excited to see what kind of year he has.Ē

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We agree with the second-year QB here. Cameron is a nice TE2 to add in your fantasy draft as he has TE1 upside. His current ADP is TE17 and he's coming off the board at 13.03 in 12 team PPR leagues.

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MIN - Rudolph a red zone giant

Source: John Holler - Scout.com

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has been a beast in the red zone over the last two years. In 2012 he lead all NFL TEs in red zone receptions (14), red zone touchdowns (9), and red zone receiving yards (95). In the last two years Rudolph had 23 red zone targets and has caught 20 of those passes. Rudolph is shaping up to be the most reliable NFL TE in the red zone.

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The Vikings will continue to feature Rudolph as a red zone target in 2013. It's the reason why most see him as a potential top 5 TE this season. His current ADP is TE7 and he's coming off the board at 8.01 in 12 team PPR leagues.

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OAK - Flynn seen as 'stop gap guy'

Source: Cecil Lammey - ESPNDenver.com and Footballguys.com

In an interview on 102.3 ESPN Bill Williamson, AFC West blogger from ESPN.com, said that Raiders QB Matt Flynn was seen as a 'stop gap guy.' Williamson also said the QB of the future may not be on the team's roster right now.

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No surprise here. Flynn is competing with rookie Tyler Wilson (Arkansas) and Terrelle Pryor to be the team's starter in 2013. He could win the job during training camp but the team could have a short hook for Flynn if he struggles. Wilson was a favorite of both Cecil Lammey and Matt Waldman and is an interesting player to monitor in dynasty leagues.

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DEN - Biggest concern a secondary pass rusher?

Source: Cecil Lammey - ESPNDenver.com and Footballguys.com

In an interview on 102.3 ESPN Bill Williamson, AFC West blogger for ESPN.com, said that he believed a secondary pass rush threat opposite Von Miller was the biggest concern for the Broncos this year. Players like Shaun Phillips, Derek Wolfe, and rookie Quanterus Smith will be asked to do more since the Broncos lost Elvis Dumervil (Ravens) in free agency.

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The Broncos have several options to turn to this season. Phillips gives the team a vocal leader they've been missing since the days of "Smoke Dog" Al Wilson. The team could use a rotation opposite Miller to create added pressure.

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DEN - Development of Thomas will determine fate of other TEs

Source: Cecil Lammey - ESPNDenver.com and Footballguys.com

In an interview on 102.3 ESPN Bill Williamson, AFC West blogger from ESPN.com, said the development of third-year TE Julius Thomas will determine the fate of other TEs on the Broncos roster. Some have speculated the team could trade away either Joel Dreesen or Virgil Green this offseason. Williamson says the team would only consider that if they like what they see from Thomas in training camp.

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Thomas has been getting first-team reps this offseason and has been impressing. He flashed as a rookie during training camp but suffered an ankle injury that required surgery in the 2012 offseason. Thomas is finally healthy and creates mismatches every time he's on the field. The former Portland State basketball star is looking for reps in a TEBC with Jacob Tamme, Joel Dreesen, and Virgil Green.

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GB - Would like to retire QB Brett Favre's jersey in near future

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy said the team would like to retire retired QB Brett Favre's jersey before he is first eligible to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

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We've seen the two sides trying to mend fences in recent months. It won't be long before Favre is welcomed back to Lambeau Field for a retirement ceremony.

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ATL - Donald Russell could make roster

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons RB Donald Russell will have to shine on special teams during preseason games in order to convince the Falcons to keep six running backs on their final roster.

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Russell played two seasons at Georgia State after transferring from Kentucky. He rushed for 1,412 yards and 12 TDs for the Panthers. Russell sprained the MCL in his left knee in the eighth game last year and missed the rest of the season. He's a north-south runner with decent straight line speed and the patience to allow blocks to develop. However, he's not a creative or elusive runner and has to throttle down too much when changing direction.

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ATL - Dominique Davis may not be tested for No. 2 QB job

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons QB Dominique Davis may not face any competition for the No. 2 quarterback job unless he struggles during preseason games. QBs Sean Renfree and Seth Doege are expected to compete for the No. 3 quarterback job.

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Davis is an incredibly athletic backup QB with a rocket arm. He's raw as a passer and the Falcons would be in trouble if Matt Ryan went down with an injury. We like Renfree as a developmental QB because of his high football intelligence and accuracy as a passer.

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DEN - Kayvon Webster working at two spots

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Stuart Zaas

Denver Broncos secondary coach Cory Undlin said CB Kayvon Webster has been learning how to play outside cornerback and nickel back. Undlin said he expects Webster to play faster once he gets more comfortable with the defense.

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Webster is an intriguing rookie added by the Broncos in the third-round of the 2013 NFL Draft (USF). He's big, fast, and physical which allows him to excel in coverage as well as run defense.

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DAL - B.W. Webb not likely to win job

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Tim MacMahon

Dallas Cowboys CB B.W. Webb is another natural slot cornerback, but the fourth-round draft pick is unlikely to supplant CB Orlando Scandrick for the nickel corner role this season.

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Webb is an intriguing athlete with the footspeed and quickness to keep up with WRs in coverage. He's not afraid of getting his hands dirty in run support and showed reliable ball skills in college at Williams & Mary (11 interceptions, 30 passes defended in his career). The small school prospect will have to prove he can handle better competition before making it onto the field in nickel situations.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of what we're doing at Footballguys.

We'll see you tomorrow with the update.

Peace,

J