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Good Thursday to you. We've got some News and Notes for you plus a great video from Paxton Lynch that my Buddy Matt Waldman turned me onto. I'm not sure how good Lynch will be. But I'm pretty sure he'll he'll be fun...

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J

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B. Footballguys Podcast - The Audible - NFC South 2016 Draft RECAP
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom go through the picks in the 2015 NFL draft. Topics Include - the Saints add some interesting pieces, the Panthers definitely show a need at CB, why the Falcons could have done more, the Buccaneers trade up...for a kicker, plus more! bumper: Prince - When Doves Cry

C. Footballguys Podcast - The Audible - AFC South 2016 Draft RECAP
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom go through the picks in the 2015 NFL draft. Topics Include - the Texans might have had the best draft of any team, did the Colts improve their OL enough in the draft, how the Titans may not have gotten the best out of their picks, why Jacksonville crushed the draft, plus more! bumper: Prince - 1999

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DAL - Ezekiel Elliott can help defense
2. SF - QB Blaine Gabbert showing leadership
3. NYG - Eli Apple to be tried in the slot
4. BUF - Buffalo wants to lock up QB Tyrod Taylor
5. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick resumes throwing
6. SF - Jeff Driskel a fit for Chip Kelly's offense?
7. WAS - Josh Doctson will play outside
8. DET - Sign WR Andre Caldwell
9. NFL - QB Johnny Manziel booked, posts bond
10. JAX - Myles Jack should be ready for season
11. NE - Jacoby Brissett receives praise
12. OAK - DeAndre Washington an asset on third down

DAL - Ezekiel Elliott can help defense

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will be a valuable part of the Cowboys' offense, but defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli believes he'll help the defense, too. Marinelli said the Dallas defense will play the Dallas offense more than anyone, and guys like Elliott and WR Dez Bryant will force the defense to be physical and be better prepared for opposing offenses.

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A strong rushing attack is going to help the defense by staying on the field. This allows the defense to rest, and it causes an opposing offense to get cold. Elliott should be the focal point of the Cowboys offense as a rookie, and he could easily produce like a RB1 for fantasy owners. The rookie is clearly an option to take in the late first round of your fantasy draft.

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SF - QB Blaine Gabbert showing leadership

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert has taken control of the 49ers' offseason program while QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) recovers from multiple surgeries. TE Garrett Celek said Gabbert is showing leadership and making good decisions on the field during workouts. 'I think he's definitely developing more and more as the days go on,' Celek said. 'But, right now, we're all in the same boat learning this offense.' OG Zane Beadles said Gabbert carries himself well in the locker room and acts like a professional, adding that Gabbert is always studying and trying to become better.

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Gabbert has a shot to impress with Kaepernick on the mend. He's athletic enough to run the Chip Kelly system, and if Gabbert gets rid of the ball quickly he won't be susceptible to seeing ghosts (feeling the pass rush when it's not there) like he has been in a more traditional offense.

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NYG - Eli Apple to be tried in the slot

Source: NJ.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants CB Eli Apple, the team's first-round pick of Ohio State, will be tried working as the slot cornerback during the offseason despite the fact he has never played the position before.

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We're not sure that's his best spot. Apple is a physical corner who can play close to the line of scrimmage. He lacks quick reactive skills and struggles to diagnose routes quickly. That sounds like a bad fit as a slot corner. Put him on the outside where he can play press man or press bail against taller WRs.

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BUF - Buffalo wants to lock up QB Tyrod Taylor

Source: WGR Sports Radio 550 - Sal Capaccio

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is a player the team wants to lock up with a long-term deal, and general manager Doug Whaley said Tuesday, May 3, he is 'supremely confident there's a chance' a deal will get done.

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Things change quickly around here. Not that long ago, there were rumblings that Taylor may be unhappy with the Bills and the team could move on. Now, (with LT Cordy Glenn wrapped up) the team is looking to get a new deal with Taylor done. Taylor is only making $1 million this year which is incredibly low considering that a guy like Mark Sanchez (Broncos) is making $4.5 million.

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SF - QB Colin Kaepernick resumes throwing

Source: Sacramento Bee - Matt Barrows

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) has resumed throwing a 'bit', according to a league source Tuesday, May 3, and it appears he will stay with the team to compete with QB Blaine Gabbert for the starting job.

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The Denver Broncos were considering trading for Kaepernick, but after the 2016 NFL draft it appears he is now staying put. The Broncos added a quarterback in the first round, as did the New York Jets, another potential landing spot for Kaepernick. We'll see if Kaepernick can beat out Gabbert in the new Chip Kelly system in San Francisco.

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SF - Jeff Driskel a fit for Chip Kelly's offense?

Source: Sacramento Bee - Matt Barrows

San Francisco 49ers QB Jeff Driskel's athletic ability impressed general manager Trent Baalke, and Driskel felt the 49ers would be a good fit for him because Louisiana Tech's offense had similarities to Chip Kelly's.

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We really like the addition of Driskel. His college career went off track at Florida, but he transferred to Louisiana Tech and put up a strong season in 2015. He followed that up with an impressive performance during the week of practice for the Senior Bowl earlier this year. Driskel is not afraid to challenge a defense with his arm, and he's athletic enough to keep plays alive with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield. In all our dynasty formats we'll be monitoring this young QB.

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WAS - Josh Doctson will play outside

Source: Redskins.com - Stephen Czarda

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson will start out as an outside receiver, playing behind WRs DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, according to offensive coordinator Sean McVay. McVay and head coach Jay Gruden see similarities between Doctson and Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green. 'I think that's a great comparison, because you look at a taller, leaner player with great body control and excellent ball skills,' McVay said.

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This is the best spot for Doctson. He's a tall receiver who could use a little more sand in his pants. At only 202 pounds, Doctson will have to add muscle and prove that he can get open against physical coverage. We love his nose for the end zone and ability to make difficult catches seem routine.

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DET - Sign WR Andre Caldwell

Source: ProFootballTalk.com

Free-agent WR Andre Caldwell (Broncos) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, May 4, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Andre "Bubba" Caldwell had provided the Broncos with speed and depth at the WR position. He can return kicks too, and we expect him to play a similar role with the Lions.

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NFL - QB Johnny Manziel booked, posts bond

Source: NFL.com

Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) was booked and posted bond for his domestic violence case Wednesday, May 4, just one day before his first court hearing. Manziel was indicted last month after allegedly hitting his ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her in January. He faces a Class A misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail with a $4,000 fine.

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The legal process will take its course, then Manziel will have to deal with punishment from the league. We hope he gets the help he needs. It's not about football right now...and maybe won't be ever again. The kid needs a new direction as his life has spiraled down for quite some time.

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JAX - Myles Jack should be ready for season

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Jacksonville Jaguars LB Myles Jack (knee) is expected to be ready for the regular season, according to general manager Dave Caldwell. Caldwell said he doesn't see anything that would prohibit Jack from being on the field when the time comes. Jack will not participate in organized team activities, however, due to college graduation rules.

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The Jaguars scored a hit here with Jack. He doesn't need microfracture surgery on his knee at this time, and all reports indicate he'll be good to go for the start of the season. He's a throwback football player in the truest sense. Jack can play all over the field as he can cover, hit and always seems to find his way to the play quickly.

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NE - Jacoby Brissett receives praise

Source: Boston Herald - Karen Guregian

New England Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett, a third-round pick, received praise from former NFL head coach Bill Parcells. 'He's a Curtis Martin, Willie McGinest, Troy Brown type player. That's the kind of guy he is. That's what New England is getting,' Parcells said when reached yesterday. 'Those kinds, those Tedy Bruschi types, those players who've been successful – he's very similar in his personal life to those kinds of guys.'

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Brissett deserves praise for his ability and upside as a passer in the NFL. He's strong and athletic which helps him keep plays alive with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield. Brissett will compete to make the Patriots final roster and serve as a backup QB while Jimmy Garoppolo is starting the first four games of the year in place of a suspended Tom Brady.

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OAK - DeAndre Washington an asset on third down

Source: Raiders.com - Eddie Paskal

Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington will be an asset on third down and in passing situations, but general manager Reggie McKenzie said Washington is more than a third-down back. 'We think he's a complete back, and when he gets out in space, he can make you look silly.' McKenzie said. 'He can catch the ball, but he can run between the tackles as well as well as bouncing it outside. We think he's the total package as a runner. We really like him.'

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We really love the pick of Washington late in the draft for the Raiders. He was an impressive player on film at Texas Tech, and he continued to impress earlier this year at the Senior Bowl. Washington is a smaller back, but he is not afraid to punch it up between the tackles. He's electric in the open field and can stack moves on top of moves as a runner in space. Washington will compete to be a change-of-pace back with the Raiders in 2016.

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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