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Good Saturday to you and I hope you've got a a nice weekend planned. We've got some News and Notes for you so let's get to it.

J

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. PHI - QB Sam Bradford may report soon
2. DEN - John Elway confident in Paxton Lynch
3. NE - WR Danny Amendola restructures
4. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick's rehab on track
5. NYJ - Coach happy with Christian Hackenberg
6. TEN - TE Delanie Walker receives extension
7. MIN - RB Adrian Peterson may play in preseason
8. DEN - Paxton Lynch working under center
9. BUF - Cardale Jones has work to do
10. ARI - Robert Nkemdiche signs deal
11. SF - DeForest Buckner inks rookie pact
12. LA - Jared Goff compared to QB great
13. SF - Jeff Driskel thinks he's perfect fit
14. NYG - Eli Apple signs on dotted line
15. MIA - Laremy Tunsil signs rookie pact
16. TEN - Tennessee moving on from RB Bishop Sankey?

PHI - QB Sam Bradford may report soon

Source: CSNPhilly.com - John Clark

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford may report for offseason workouts in the next week or two, according to LB Connor Barwin, who has recently talked with Bradford.

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Bradford's attitude is only underscoring his lame duck status as the Eagles starting quarterback. He's not worth a pick in typical redraft leagues.

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DEN - John Elway confident in Paxton Lynch

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch could become a starting quarterback a lot sooner than most people believe, according to general manager John Elway. 'Is that going to happen tomorrow? Probably not, but you never know when it can happen,' Elway said. 'We think he's going to be ready quicker than a lot of people think.' Elway said the team selected Lynch because of his athletic ability and strong arm.

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Elway is laying the groundwork for Lynch to start at some point this year. Mark Sanchez isn't a high bar to overcome, and the Gary Kubiak offense is highly structured. The defense and running game will do the heavy lifting for this team, and the Broncos have one of the best wide receiver duos in the league, so Lynch would be inheriting a situation similar to the one Ben Roethlisberger had as a rookie with the Steelers in 2004, when he lost the AFC title game to the Patriots.

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NE - WR Danny Amendola restructures

Source: FOXSports.com - Mike Garafolo

New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola restructured his contract Friday, May 6, according to a source. His deal is for two years and $7.35 million with $750,000 in roster and receptions bonuses.

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Amendola is still getting a good paycheck in the autumn of his career, even with the restructuring. He will be relevant in fantasy leagues if Julian Edelman misses time this year.

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SF - QB Colin Kaepernick's rehab on track

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) is doing an 'awfully good job' with his rehab, according to general manager Trent Baalke.

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The 49ers are stuck with Kaepernick as they were unable to trade him to the Broncos before the draft. His shoulder was one of three surgeries that he's recovering from. Recent pictures show that Kaepernick is skinny and needs to bulk back up when he's ready to start working out as he normally does. We'll see if Blaine Gabbert can beat out Kaepernick for the starting job with the 49ers in Chip Kelly's new system.

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NYJ - Coach happy with Christian Hackenberg

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg showed a strong arm during practice Friday, May 6, and head coach Todd Bowles was happy with how he performed during drills. Hackenberg went 5-for-9 with one sack during 11-on-11 drills but did throw a nice 50-yard completion during the drills. Bowles believes Hackenberg will be able to improve as a quarterback over time.

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Hackenberg's first task will be overtaking 2015 fourth-round pick Bryce Petty on the depth chart - that is unless Ryan Fitzpatrick signs, which would probably give Hackenberg a guaranteed roster spot over Petty as the #3 quarterback. If Fitzpatrick doesn't return, then Hackenberg could see the field by the end of the season, considering Geno Smith's history as a starter.

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TEN - TE Delanie Walker receives extension

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker signed a two-year contract extension Friday, May 6, worth $14.7 million. The deal includes $8.2 million in guaranteed money.

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Walker was quietly a strong TE1 in 2015, with an especially strong performance in PPR leagues. He is arguably the #1 target in the Titans pass offense, but often available outside of the top five tight ends.

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MIN - RB Adrian Peterson may play in preseason

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he may receive some work during the preseason. 'I feel like getting out there and playing a little bit,' Peterson said. 'It's something that once that time comes around, I'll have a better feel for, like, 'Hey, I need to get out there just to kind of get the legs moving and get the pads (on) a little bit.' I can tell you, though, I'm definitely more itching towards playing a little more in the preseason than I have the past seven, eight years.' Peterson has not received a carry in any of the last four preseasons.

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Peterson is still a solid RB1, but his lack of big involvement in the passing game limits his upside. He'll still be a late first or early second pick in most drafts. It's good to see him chomping at the bit.

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DEN - Paxton Lynch working under center

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason

Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch took all of his snaps under center during practice Friday, May 6. Lynch played in a spread offense over the last few seasons but has been working under center since his 2015 season at Memphis ended. He said he is familiar with the offense since it is similar to what Memphis used when he was a freshman, but the terminology is more complicated.

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There was a time that the absence of snaps under center in college was a potential red flag in a quarterback prospect, but now it is not as big of an issue with shotgun becoming more prevalent in the NFL.

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BUF - Cardale Jones has work to do

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills QB Cardale Jones has a long way to go before he is ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, according to head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan said he believes Jones is in a good situation since he can sit behind QBs Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel while he develops his skills.

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Jones could get a shot as soon as 2017 if Tyrod Taylor falters or can't stay healthy this year. The fourth-round pick's huge frame and fearless running style make him a potential goal line back if he is the starting quarterback, which always interests us in fantasy.

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ARI - Robert Nkemdiche signs deal

Source: ESPN - Adam Caplan

Arizona Cardinals DT Robert Nkemdiche signed a four-year deal with the Cardinals Friday, May 6. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal includes a fifth-year option.

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Nkemdiche has the size/athleticism and occasional marriage of those traits and some football skills as a pass rusher that often gets players into the top 10, especially in a weak draft like this one. He has a "different personality" and was part of an incident with Laremy Tunsil that included a fall out of a window and marijuana, so the Cardinals could have a late-round steal if he can fit in their locker room.

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SF - DeForest Buckner inks rookie pact

Source: NFL Network - Rand Getlin

San Francisco 49ers DE DeForest Buckner signed his rookie contract Friday, May 6.

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Buckner should be a first-day starter as a Calais Campbell type force on the defensive line. He shares Oregon roots with head coach Chip Kelly.

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LA - Jared Goff compared to QB great

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Jarrett Bell

Los Angeles Rams owners Stan Kroenke recently compared QB Jared Goff to former NFL QB Kurt Warner. Kroenke said both Warner and Goff have vision down the field.

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The Rams got Goff a lot of weapons in the draft, but they are mostly low wattage, even if fourth-round pick TE Tyler Higbee (Western Kentucky) was the most talented receiver among the tight ends in the draft, and sixth-round pick WR Mike Thomas (Southern Miss) was much more impressive than his non-combine invite resume would suggest.

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SF - Jeff Driskel thinks he's perfect fit

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers QB Jeff Driskel said he thinks he's a perfect fit for the 49ers. He said he's comfortable running the zone-read system. 'I've done it a lot,' Driskel said. 'Just about every offense I've been in, I've done the zone read. It's a play I feel like I'm good at. I got a good feel for what the defensive end is going to do. And have a good feel for hitting it up inside when the defense collapses on me. So it's a play I've done before in the past, and I know it's a part of the offense here.'

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Driskel is big and very athletic. He's worth monitoring if only because of what the Chip Kelly offense made out of Nick Foles for one year, and for Driskel's upside as a runner.

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NYG - Eli Apple signs on dotted line

Source: New York Daily News - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants CB Eli Apple signed his rookie contract Friday, May 6.

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Apple was almost a member of the Miami Dolphins instead. The Giants got a phone call from the Jets to swap the #10 and #20 picks so the Jets could take Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil, with the Giants getting the Jets second round pick (which turned out to be Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg). The Dolphins would have likely taking Apple in that case. Instead, the Giants and Jerry Reese keep their streak of never trading down going.

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MIA - Laremy Tunsil signs rookie pact

Source: Sun-Sentinel - Chris Perkins

Miami Dolphins OT Laremy Tunsil signed his rookie contract Friday, May 6, according to a source.

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Tunsil was one of the best, if not the best offensive line prospect in the last five years. The Dolphins should be rewarded for trusting him in the chaos of the most surreal draft experience we've ever seen. Look him to start somewhere on the line, if not kick Branden Albert out of the left tackle position at some point this year.

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TEN - Tennessee moving on from RB Bishop Sankey?

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey will share No. 20 with SS Kevin Byard during training camp, and the team isn’t running a number-share program for its top players.

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Good. Sankey was always a bad fit for the Titans offense. They've got DeMarco Murray as their lead back, they drafted Derrick Henry to be part of their "exotic smashmouth" offense and they also have second-year pro David Cobb in the backfield. Sankey is likely to be out of the league or playing for another team in 2016 as the Titans are certain to move on.

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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