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Good Sunday to you. Preseason Football is HERE. And not a moment too soon. We've got new Content for you including the first version of our World Famous Perfect Draft series. Plus the News and Notes you need.

And congratulations to the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.

Honorees (in order of presentation): Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Dick Stanfel, Kevin Greene, Ken Stabler, Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., Tony Dungy and Brett Favre.

I thought of this picture for Favre Saturday.

From Jorts to a Gold Jacket. That's perfect. What a long, strange (and fun) trip it's been.

Now let's get to it.

J

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DET - TE Eric Ebron tells teammates he's OK
2. NYG - Odell Beckham on the field
3. LA - QB Case Keenum to start preseason game
4. CLE - WR Corey Coleman has terrific practice
5. PIT - Le'Veon Bell back to full strength
6. NE - RB Dion Lewis thinks he can practice
7. JAX - Coach happy with QB Blake Bortles
8. TEN - RB Derrick Henry a slow starter
9. SD - RB Melvin Gordon returning kicks
10. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert resumes running
11. CHI - RB Jordan Howard quicker than expected
12. MIA - MIA hopes to lighten WR Jarvis Landry's load
13. HOU - Houston hasn't talks with WR DeAndre Hopkins
14. SF - WR Bruce Ellington bothered by finger injury
15. SF - WR Torrey Smith sits out practice
16. DAL - WR Devin Street day-to-day
17. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin missed practice
18. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah still limited
19. ATL - RB Tevin Coleman limited
20. LA - TE Tyler Higbee a red-zone weapon?
21. SEA - Pete Carroll praises RB Christine Michael
22. BAL - OLB Kamalei Correa works with first-team
23. MIA - Dallas Thomas still starting

1. DET - TE Eric Ebron tells teammates he's OK

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (undisclosed) told at least two teammates that he is OK after it was feared he may have torn his right Achilles' tendon, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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We'll know more about this injury in the near future. The Lions added Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin via free agency to bolster their passing game. We think those two WRs (plus Golden Tate and Theo Riddick) are going to make up a majority of their air attack.

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2. NYG - Odell Beckham on the field

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (leg) is participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 6.

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Beckham has missed a few days of practice with this minor leg injury, but now he's back. Fantasy owners should be taking him as a top-3 pick in PPR leagues.

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3. LA - QB Case Keenum to start preseason game

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Los Angeles Rams QB Case Keenum will be the starting quarterback for the first preseason game Saturday, Aug. 13.

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Keenum is at the top of the depth chart--for now. He may even begin the regular season as the starter, but there's a good chance it's rookie Jared Goff instead. Goff has been impressing during Rams camp so far, and the no.1 overall pick has exciting upside. When he fully develops as a pro, we see him as a Tony Romo-like prospect as a passer.

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4. CLE - WR Corey Coleman has terrific practice

Source: ESPNCleveland.com - Tony Grossi

Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman caught three passes of at least 35 yards during practice Friday, Aug. 5.

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Coleman has been quite impressive this year in training camp. The rookie has drawn comparisons to Steve Smith (Ravens) by teammates, and he's turned the heads of fans and media in attendance. We've always seen him game in a similar style to that of John Brown (Cardinals). Like Brown, Coleman has speed to burn and will get by defenders in a hurry. The rookie could perform like a WR4 with upside the first month of the season, but when Josh Gordon comes back from suspension (after four weeks) Coleman's value could take a hit.

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5. PIT - Le'Veon Bell back to full strength

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is 'running and cutting without thinking about his surgically repaired knee', according to ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler.

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Bell's four-game suspension has a silver lining--more time for his knee to get rest. Nobody was sure about his health status entering training camp, but all reports have been positive about the superstar runner. Even with his suspension, we recommend considering Bell in the second or third round of your PPR league drafts.

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6. NE - RB Dion Lewis thinks he can practice

Source: Boston Herald - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) believes he can practice right now, but the Patriots are taking things slow.

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Lewis can be a difference-maker with the ball in his hands for the Patriots. The team is going to lean on their rushing attack the first four weeks of the season while Tom Brady is suspended. Lewis could be a big part of what they do...if he's ready. It is not known if Lewis will start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list but it appears unlikely at this point.

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7. JAX - Coach happy with QB Blake Bortles

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Ryan O'Halloran

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley has been happy with QB Blake Bortles even though he has completed only 56.9% of his passes with four interceptions during team drills. 'I've been very, very pleased with Blake; very excited about him,' Bradley said. 'He has a stronger command of the offense and he's playing with good poise. If there's a mistake made, he reacts quicker to it and recovers quicker from it.'

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Fantasy owners will be happy with Bortles if he just duplicates what he did last year. Bortles finished as the no.4 fantasy QB in 2015, and with continued emphasis on their passing attack we think he finishes as a top-10 player at his position at least. He has a current ADP of QB9 (8.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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8. TEN - RB Derrick Henry a slow starter

Source: The Tennessean - Jason Wolf

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry was called a slow starter by head coach Mike Mularkey. 'I hope that's not the case in games,' Mularkey said. 'We need him to be full strength. As soon as we call his number, he needs to hit things better.'

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This is not what you want to hear about the rookie back. Henry is a swift player, and he's tough to bring down when he builds a head of steam. However, he's an upright runner and not as powerful as one would assume for a back his size. We've always compared Henry to former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs. This year, Henry will work in some form of a RBBC with starter DeMarco Murray. For fantasy purposes, he's a RB4 in 2016.

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9. SD - RB Melvin Gordon returning kicks

Source: Chargers.com - Ricky Henne

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon saw reps as kickoff returner Friday, Aug. 5, but head coach Mike McCoy wouldn't commit to Gordon being used in the role permanently.

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It's a dangerous move to put your primary RB in the game as a return man. We don't think Gordon takes that role as the team needs to make sure he's healthy so he can tote the rock. Coming back from microfracture knee surgery in January, the reports have been positive about Gordon coming out of Chargers camp. We see him as a RB3 in PPR leagues as teammate Danny Woodhead should have more value (likely a RB2) in that format.

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10. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert resumes running

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) ran on the side field for the first time during training camp Thursday, Aug. 4.

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Eifert is still weeks away from re-taking the field, and it could even be until October based on the revealing of his ankle surgery being on the inside of his ankle instead of the outside. That surgery often has a return to play timeline of 5-6 months instead of the 3-4 months that was originally reported.

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11. CHI - RB Jordan Howard quicker than expected

Source: Chicago Tribune - MIchael Dwojak

Chicago Bears rookie RB Jordan Howard has caught the eye of running backs coach Stan Drayton, showing impressive short-space quickness for a 230-pounder.

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Howard is a name all fantasy owners need to become familiar with. He may be the most naturally talented runner in this class not named Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys). The rookie could have a larger role than some think as Jeremy Langford has struggled a bit in camp and Kadeem Carey is not as powerful or instinctive. In the last two rounds of your draft, add Howard as a "lottery ticket" for your team.

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12. MIA - MIA hopes to lighten WR Jarvis Landry's load

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry has been an effective kick and punt returner to this point of his career, but the team is hoping to have him focus solely on offense. Miami would like to see rookie WR Jakeem Grant assume both roles so Landry can focus on offense only.

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While his load could be lightened as a returner, Landry's role could grow even more as a receiver under new head coach Adam Gase. We like Landry as a high-upside WR2 in 2016. His current ADP is WR16 (3.04) in 12-team PPR leagues, and we think there's a chance he finishes as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver this year.

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13. HOU - Houston hasn't talks with WR DeAndre Hopkins

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said the team has not started discussions with WR DeAndre Hopkins on a new contract. 'There is not a negotiation happening at this point,' Smith said on NFL Network's Inside Training Camp Live. 'He's under contract for two more years.'

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The Texans have a rule of not negotiating with a player who has two years remaining on his contract...but they did make an exception for J.J. Watt and they should follow suit with Hopkins. Set to make just over $9 million during the next two years combined, Hopkins is underpaid. We'll see if the two sides can work something out and not risk fracturing the relationship with a contract squabble.

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14. SF - WR Bruce Ellington bothered by finger injury

Source: San Jose Mercury News - Cam Inman

San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington (finger) suffered a 'jammed' finger during practice Thursday, Aug. 4, and had the middle and index fingers on his right hand taped together Friday, Aug. 5.

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Ellington is an interesting sleeper we're keeping an eye on. The 49ers passing game may not seem that interesting, but they're going to run a lot of plays under Chip Kelly and Ellington has the playmaking ability to snare 40 or more catches from the slot. In the final round or two of your draft, throw a dart at Ellington to see if he can surprise.

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15. SF - WR Torrey Smith sits out practice

Source: San Jose Mercury News - Cam Inman

San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith (leg) suited up but did not practice Friday, Aug. 5, because of a 'tight' leg, according to head coach Chip Kelly.

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Smith is going to be an interesting fit in the Chip Kelly system. We like him as a sneaky WR4 play as most fantasy owners are cautious when navigating the 49ers roster for talent. A 50-catch season is not out of the question for Smith in 2016--regardless of who wins the QB job.

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16. DAL - WR Devin Street day-to-day

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Kate Hairopoulos

Dallas Cowboys WR Devin Street (back) is considered day-to-day due to a back injury.

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Street is not a player we're excited about...even the deepest of dynasty leagues. His fantasy value is next to nothing, and Street is not a lock to make the Cowboys 53-man roster.

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17. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin missed practice

Source: ESPN.com - Sheil Kapadia

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (leg) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 5, but was able to do some running and caught passes from quarterbacks. He had his leg stepped on earlier in the week but should return soon.

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This doesn't sound like a serious injury. Baldwin may be limited in other practices, but he should be a full participant soon enough.

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18. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah still limited

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) is wearing a no-contact jersey during practice Saturday, Aug. 6.

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Abdullah is a smaller back, and the Lions need to make sure he's fully healthy before he gets the slightest bit of contact. With their first preseason game coming up, we think Abdullah may get limited action...if he even plays in it at all.

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19. ATL - RB Tevin Coleman limited

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

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (foot) participated in individual drills during practice Friday, Aug. 5, but sat out the team drills.

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It's going to be interesting to see how the Falcons split up RB duties this year. Devonta Freeman is the starter, but Coleman should be mixed in as a change-of-pace back. Right now, Freeman is coming off the board at RB8 (2.08) while Coleman is getting picked at RB40 (9.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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20. LA - TE Tyler Higbee a red-zone weapon?

Source: Los Angeles Times - Steve Dilbeck

Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee has been making plays since 'he walked off the bus at the airport,' head coach Jeff Fisher said Friday, Aug. 5, and Fisher expects Higbee to be an important red-zone target.

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Fisher had an athletic TE with the Titans and the Rams with Jared Cook, but he never really got the most out of him. Higbee may not be as large or freakishly athletic as Cook, but he can move well and attack the deep seam of a defense. Keep the rookie in mind as a late-round TE2 in deeper leagues.

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21. SEA - Pete Carroll praises RB Christine Michael

Source: 710 ESPN Seattle - Liz Mathews

Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael has been 'on the money' during training camp, head coach Pete Carroll said Thursday, Aug. 4.

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Talent has never been the question with Michael. Lack of preparation, problems with durability and other factors have kept him from playing up to his potential as a pro. With all the injuries to the Seattle RB corps right now, Michael is getting an opportunity to flash his potential.

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22. BAL - OLB Kamalei Correa works with first-team

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jake Lourim

Baltimore Ravens LB Kamalei Correa has been working with the first-team defense during training camp.

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Correa has been a hit as an inside linebacker, often getting under the skin of his teammates. He also has edge rush ability. The second-round pick is underrated in dynasty leagues and going very late in rookie drafts.

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23. MIA - Dallas Thomas still starting

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins OT Dallas Thomas is still opening practices as the starting left guard, ahead of OT Laremy Tunsil, and offensive line coach Chris Foerster said the decision has a lot to do with Tunsil seeing reps at other positions.

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Tunsil could be an ultimate sixth lineman with the ability to line up at four spots and have the team lose very little. He projects as a stud left tackle down the line, but he hasn't been blowing anyone away in camp yet.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being with us at Footballguys.

We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J