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Good Monday to you. It's a brand new week - let's make the most of it. We've got the News and Notes you need plus a new article on QBs. Let's get to it.

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A. Early QB Top Ten Rankings
Our Alessandro Miglio dives into his initial top 10 rankings at quarterback for 2016.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DAL - WR Dez Bryant's recovery on track
2. NYJ - OLB Calvin Pace, CB Antonio Cromartie could return
3. LA - Coach impressed with Jared Goff
4. CAR - WR Corey Brown had offseason surgery
5. WAS - Josh Doctson to start eventually?
6. WAS - Big workload for RB Matt Jones?
7. MIA - Jordan Lucas signed
8. ATL - Three UDFAs added

DAL - WR Dez Bryant's recovery on track

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Drew Davison

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) played catch on the side during rookie minicamp Saturday, May 7, and head coach Jason Garrett said he continues to do well with his rehab.

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So far so good here. We currently see Bryant as our #5 WR in the Footballguys Staff Redraft Rankings.

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NYJ - OLB Calvin Pace, CB Antonio Cromartie could return

Source: Newsday - Kimberley A. Martin

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles has not ruled out the possibility of the team re-signing free-agent LB Calvin Pace and CB Antonio Cromartie at some point.

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Cromartie was released in February, and there's been no buzz about him connecting with another team. The Jets are more likely to bring Cromartie back to give them veteran depth in the secondary. They could also bring Pace back, but the Jets picked Darron Lee (Ohio State, 1st round) and Jordan Jenkins (Georgia, 3rd round) with premium picks in the 2016 NFL draft.

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LA - Coach impressed with Jared Goff

Source: StLouisRams.com - Myles Simmons

Los Angeles Rams OB Jared Goff has been performing well during the rookie minicamp, according to head coach Jeff Fisher. 'He's doing a great job picking up our offense,' Fisher said. 'We've given him a lot more information than we did at the private workout and then that we did here at our meeting, and he's handled it without any problem. And that's the impressive thing. I passed him last night walking to the room and he was leaving the meeting room at 10 o'clock. He's that kind of guy. He'll spend the time. It's important to him.'

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Fisher should be impressed with Goff. The first-overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft has the upside to be a franchise quarterback. Goff joins a team with a strong rushing attack and a stifling defense. That will greatly benefit the rookie as we're expecting him to start from Week 1.

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CAR - WR Corey Brown had offseason surgery

Source: Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers WR Corey Brown (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery this offseason, according to LB Luke Kuechly.

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Last November, Brown missed a couple of games with a shoulder injury so it's no surprise he would get some sort of surgery this offseason. We'll see Brown man the slot for the Panthers with Kelvin Benjamin returning to the lineup on the outside.

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WAS - Josh Doctson to start eventually?

Source: RealRedskins.com - Rich Tandler

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson could overtake either WRs Pierre Garcon or DeSean Jackson in the starting lineup at some point in 2016, in the opinion of Rich Tandler of realredskins.com.

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We like Doctson, but we're not so sure that he's going to start on the outside in place of Garcon or Jackson. Doctson is not a speed receiver who can stretch the field like the veteran duo already in place. Instead, the rookie from TCU will likely be asked to work the slot as a rookie. He's fearless over the middle and a good route-runner, so playing slot WR for Washington might be his best fit.

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WAS - Big workload for RB Matt Jones?

Source: RealRedskins.com - Rich Tandler

Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones could see 15 to 20 carries per game this season, in the opinion of CSNWashington's Rich Tandler.

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Jones has a good chance of reaching that workload this year at the beginning of the season. Last year in Week 2, Jones had a monster game against the Rams with 123 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He failed to match that level of production the rest of the year, but it shows the type of potential that Jones has. If healthy, Jones should be the team's lead back. We will be watching to see if late-round pick Keith Marshall (Georgia, 2016) will be able to work his way up the depth chart.

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MIA - Jordan Lucas signed

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

The Miami Dolphins have signed CB Jordan Lucas to a four-year deal Sunday, May 8. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Lucas played cornerback with Penn State before switching to safety in 2015. He's a versatile player who can cover, hit and even rush the passer. Early on in his pro career, look for Lucas to make the roster as a special teams player.

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ATL - Three UDFAs added

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com

The Atlanta Falcons signed Temple OL Shahbaz Ahmed, Oklahoma State WR David Glidden and Southern Illinois DE Brandon Williams as undrafted free agents on Saturday, May 7.

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Glidden was seen as an unsung hero for the OSU Cowboys as a senior. He had a team-high 57 receptions for 866 yards and three touchdowns. Glidden led the Cowboys with 40 receptions for first downs and 382 yards after catch.

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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