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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. SEA - RB Marshawn Lynch to Reserve/Retired list
2. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi could see 15 touches
3. CHI - Talks between Bears, WR Alshon Jeffery slow
4. CLE - Hue Jackson talks up running back duo
5. DAL - Jaylon Smith won't go on IR
6. CLE - Hue Jackson really likes Ike
7. CLE - RB Duke Johnson praised by HC
8. HOU - K.J. Dillon signs rookie contract
9. JAX - Brandon Allen signs with Jaguars
10. SF - Jeff Driskel signs deal with 49ers
11. DAL - Andy Jones given largest bonus by Dallas
12. WAS - TE Jordan Reed to work on blocking
13. WAS - RB Chris Thompson on shaky ground?
14. WAS - TE Jordan Reed vital to QB Kirk Cousins
15. DEN - OLB Von Miller wants to stick around
16. IND - Ryan Kelly agrees to terms

SEA - RB Marshawn Lynch to Reserve/Retired list

Source: NFL.com - Tyler Dragon

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Thursday, May, 5.

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We're sad to see Lynch go, but we'll always remember "Beastmode" and the big plays he made for the Seahawks.

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MIA - RB Jay Ajayi could see 15 touches

Source: Sun-Sentinel - Omar Kelly

Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi is expected to see 15 touches per game with the backup receiving 10 touches, in the opinion of Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly.

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Ajayi has to first be the starter for the team before we go spreading around touches. The Dolphins wanted to do anything they could to find an upgrade at the RB position this offseason. They signed C.J. Anderson to an offer sheet that was matched by the Broncos, and they kicked the tires of veteran free agents like Chris Johnson who ultimately signed elsewhere. In the draft, the Dolphins snared Kenyon Drake (Alabama) in the third round. His speed makes him a dangerous asset and potential starter in 2016. We'll see the two battle it out for the job in training camp.

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CHI - Talks between Bears, WR Alshon Jeffery slow

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery has not made much progress in contract talks with the Bears at this point.

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We're not worried about this (or any franchise-tagged player) just yet. The two sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term agreement. The Bears would be wise to get something done with the star wide receiver.

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CLE - Hue Jackson talks up running back duo

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns RBs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson were recently lauded by the head coach Hue Jackson. 'Those two guys are as good as I've seen in a while,' Jackson said. 'Their talent is extreme.' As reported earlier, Jackson has pointed to Crowell, mainly, as the reason for the Browns not selecting a running back in the draft. 'I really think Isaiah Crowell is a really good running back. I think he's going to have a sensational season, I really do.'

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Jackson dealt with a RB duo in Cincinnati with Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard. It will be interesting to see how he does with Crowell and Johnson. We think Crowell could play the Hill role while Johnson plays the Bernard role for the Browns in 2016. We'll have a clearer picture of what is going to happen when camp gets close.

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DAL - Jaylon Smith won't go on IR

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Charean Williams

Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith (knee) won't be placed on Injured Reserve because the team hopes he can play at some point this season, according to owner Jerry Jones.

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Jones is hoping that Smith will be ready for a playoff run. The Cowboys need to get there first, and they need a healthy Tony Romo to do that. We think Smith should be shelved for his rookie season so he can be closer to full strength in 2017. The Cowboys seem to be confident about his recovery from an ACL/LCL injury earlier this year.

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CLE - Hue Jackson really likes Ike

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell has a fan in head coach Hue Jackson, and his confidence in Crowell and RB Duke Johnson is why the team did not select a running back in the 2016 NFL draft. Crowell led the team with 185 carries, 706 yards and four touchdowns in 2015. Jackson sees Crowell as a bellcow who can carry the load, and he is confident Crowell can find holes quicker this season.

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Crowell is Jackson's new Jeremy Hill. The team can lean on Crowell as their lead back in 2016 with Duke Johnson coming onto the field as a change-of-pace back.

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CLE - RB Duke Johnson praised by HC

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson has been praised by new head coach Hue Jackson, who sees Johnson as an elusive runner and dynamic receiver in a mold similar to Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard. 'I think he's going to have a great year as well,' Jackson said Wednesday, May 4. 'Duke has suddenness and quickness and he can go catch the ball with anybody. He does so many different things that gives your offense a boost.'

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We're excited to see how Jackson is going to use Johnson in his offense. There are a lot of similarities between Johnson and Bengals RB Gio Bernard. When Jackson was coaching the Bengals offense, he may not have used Bernard as much as some would've liked.

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HOU - K.J. Dillon signs rookie contract

Source: Houston Chronicle - John McClain

Houston Texans S K.J. Dillon - one of the team's two fifth-round picks - signed his rookie contract Thursday, May 5.

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Dillon is a hard-hitting safety who can play close to the line of scrimmage. He'll begin his pro career as a reserve safety and special teams player, but the upside of a starter is there.

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JAX - Brandon Allen signs with Jaguars

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Brandon Allen signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 5. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Allen is an interesting rookie QB to keep an eye on. He's short (6'1") but Allen ran a pro-style system at Arkansas, and he's adept at dropping back and making reads of the entire field. He could one day be the primary backup behind Blake Bortles.

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SF - Jeff Driskel signs deal with 49ers

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

San Francisco 49ers QB Jeff Driskel signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 5. The deal is worth up to $2.629 million, including a $112,540 signing bonus.

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We're interested to see how Driskel develops as a pro. We like his athleticism and ability to challenge a defense vertically. The Chip Kelly system is fitting for his skill set.

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DAL - Andy Jones given largest bonus by Dallas

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys WR Andy Jones was given a $15,000 signing bonus, which was twice as high as any other undrafted free agent was rewarded by the Cowboys.

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From Jacksonville State to the NFL. Jones tested unbelievably with a 41.5 vertical jump and 11-foot-1 broad jump. If it doesn't work for him at wide receiver, the Cowboys could also try him at cornerback.

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WAS - TE Jordan Reed to work on blocking

Source: CSNMidAtlantic.com - Tarik El-Bashir

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed said he's going to work on his blocking technique to clean up holding fouls.

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We appreciate that Reed is trying to be a more well-rounded player. However, so long as he's healthy Reed will be a top fantasy asset at the TE position. Being a better blocker is great, but he's already proven that he can catch a bunch of passes and score touchdowns. His connection with QB Kirk Cousins makes him at least a top-10 fantasy TE in 2016, and he could easily be top-5 again this year.

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WAS - RB Chris Thompson on shaky ground?

Source: CSNWashington.com - Rich Tandler

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson's spot as the backup running back to RB Matt Jones could be in jeopardy after Washington drafted speedy RB Keith Marshall in the seventh round. The Redskins could also re-sign RB Pierre Thomas, which could pose an even bigger threat to Thompson.

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Thompson has struggled with injuries during his brief pro career. At best, he's a speedy change-of-pace back. The rookie Marshall has the upside to be a full-time starter for the team if he gets a chance. That's a huge difference in potential between the two.

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WAS - TE Jordan Reed vital to QB Kirk Cousins

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed's presence on the field successfully skewed QB Kirk Cousins' numbers in 2015. In 421 pass plays with Reed on the field, Cousins threw for 7.7 yards per attempt with a 111.9 passer rating and 24 touchdowns to four interceptions. When Reed wasn't on the field, Cousins threw for 6.2 yards per attempt with five scores, seven interceptions and a 73.3 rating in 148 plays.

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The advanced stats certainly show what you see on film. Reed is crucial to Washington's success through the air. Washington was 6-1 when Reed earned more than 65 receiving yards this season and 3-4 when the tight end went under that plateau.

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DEN - OLB Von Miller wants to stick around

Source: The Denver Post - Cameron Wolfe

Denver Broncos franchise free-agent CB Von Miller said he wants to sign a long-term contract that will keep him in Denver for the rest of his career. 'I'm going to be here in Denver no matter what,' Miller said. 'The contract is going to take care of itself. I'm going to be a Denver Bronco for life.' However, Miller isn't expected to show up for workouts this week.

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The Broncos have a proven history of signing their franchise-tagged players to new long-term deals before the July 15th deadline. Miller is set to earn a contract that makes him the highest paid defensive player in the league, and we think Denver will have no problem paying that price. However, it's worth noting that deals get done at deadlines. We're not expecting any movement on this contract situation until July.

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IND - Ryan Kelly agrees to terms

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts first-round draft choice C Ryan Kelly agreed to terms with the Colts Wednesday, May 4. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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The Colts need to do something at the center position, and they get a huge upgrade here with Kelly. He's smart, tough and physical. We're expecting him to be a quality center for the Colts for a decade.

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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