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Good Wednesday to you. We've got our first cut of Average Draft Position Data, a great new Dynasty article, plus the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

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A. Average Draft Position
It's May, but some drafts are already starting to happen. That means we're rolling with our Average Draft Position Data. We look at tons of information across the board and roll it into usable data to give you an idea of where players are being drafted. Granted, it's a small sample size in May but this report just keeps getting better as time goes by and more and more drafts are added to the base.

B. Average Draft Position - PPR
It's May, but some drafts are already starting to happen. That means we're rolling with our Average Draft Position Data. We look at tons of information across the board and roll it into usable data to give you an idea of where players are being drafted. Granted, it's a small sample size in May but this report just keeps getting better as time goes by and more and more drafts are added to the base. This one is for PPR scoring systems.

C. Top 100 Developmental Prospects
Our Dan Hindery takes a look at the top 100 Developmental Prospects for you guys looking to gain an edge in Dynasty Leagues.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DAL - QB Tony Romo ready to go
2. NYJ - No urgency with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
3. NYG - Eli Manning impressed with rookie WR
4. NE - WR Danny Amendola takes big pay cut
5. BUF - Cardale Jones works on footwork
6. MIN - Laquon Treadwell fitting in nicely
7. WAS - Josh Doctson to be red zone threat
8. NYG - Sterling Shepard in position to star
9. DEN - Devontae Booker could make impact
10. SD - RB Melvin Gordon had microfracture surgery
11. BUF - RB Dri Archer claimed
12. DEN - Claim Toben Opurum
13. OAK - Karl Joseph signs
14. DET - A'Shawn Robinson signs rookie deal
15. PIT - James Conner completes chemo
16. PIT - Travis Feeney a freakish athlete
17. SF - Jarryd Hayne could see a jump
18. PIT - Sean Davis could start immediately
19. OAK - Karl Joseph likely to start

DAL - QB Tony Romo ready to go

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Brandon George

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (clavicle) has recovered ahead of the eight weeks at the back end of his recovery timetable, and he's expected to be a full participant in offseason practices later this month. 'He's looking good,' quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said. 'We had two practices where we've been out here on the field with the guys and he's done everything. He's throwing, he's got good velocity on all of his throws, great movement in his legs. He looks like he's re-energized because he hadn't played, you know, missed the majority of the season. So he's real energized and anxious to get going.'

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The Cowboys go as Romo goes. If he's healthy, the Cowboys can win a lot of games and make a deep push into the postseason. However, Romo has struggled to stay healthy for years and the team falls apart without him on the field. We'll see if a revamped rushing attack featuring first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott can help keep Romo fresh as the season goes along.

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NYJ - No urgency with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's (Jets) status remains in limbo with the New York Jets. Owner Woody Johnson said there's no urgency to re-sign Fitzpatrick at this point with training camp still two months away.

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The team is just staying patient right now. Fitzpatrick already knows the Chan Gailey system, so he doesn't need to be present for installation this offseason. Things seem distant between the two sides now, but that could change quickly as training camp gets closer.

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NYG - Eli Manning impressed with rookie WR

Source: New York Post - Paul Schwartz

New York Giants QB Eli Manning had nothing but good things to say about rookie WR Sterling Shepard after the two worked together Monday, May 9. 'He's a guy who is shifty and athletic,' Manning said. 'It's tough to say from six routes on air. But I hope he is a young Victor Cruz.' The Giants hope to have a solid trio of WRs Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Shepard on the field together in 2016.

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Manning should be impressed with Sterling...one of our favorite WRs from this draft class. Sterling is quick, agile and athletic in the open field. He is savvy as a route-runner and can get open with ease. Sterling can play the slot, but he could win the outside job opposite Beckham Jr. in training camp.

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NE - WR Danny Amendola takes big pay cut

Source: The Boston Globe - Ben Volin

Updating previous reports, New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola can earn $1.6 million in 2016, which is a pay cut of $4.4 million from his last contract.

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Many expected Amendola to accept a pay cut if he wanted to stay with the team. He's set to earn $6.5 million in 2017, but none of it is guaranteed. That means they'll have a decision to make on him again next offseason.

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BUF - Cardale Jones works on footwork

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills QB Cardale Jones has spent a lot of time with quarterbacks coach David Lee working on three- and five-step drops. 'At Ohio State I didn't really have a stance under center because I was never under center,' said Jones. 'I talked to (Lee) after practice and he showed me two things I was doing, which was showing up every once in a while. Those things were dropping my elbow and staggering my feet.'

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Jones is far from a finished product as a passer. He's big, has a strong arm and can keep plays alive with his feet. However, he needs to improve his consistency and accuracy from the pocket. That all starts with footwork. Jones is an intriguing prospect we're all over in dynasty leagues.

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MIN - Laquon Treadwell fitting in nicely

Source: ESPN.com - Ben Goessling

Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell is expected to step in and become the team's go-to receiver. He is expected to serve in a major role this season, and he was drafted in part because he already excels in some of the routes the team frequently uses.

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Just think DeAndre Hopkins when considering the upside of what Treadwell could be. He's not the fastest player, but he knows how to get open and can make difficult catches seem routine. We're excited about how the rookie WR will be able to improve the passing game in 2016.

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WAS - Josh Doctson to be red zone threat

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson is expected to be used quite a bit, especially in the red zone. He gives the team something they did not have last season, and that is a receiver with height.

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Doctson accounted for about 37 percent of his offense during his final season at TCU. He's going to be a third WR for Washington behind DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, but Docton can handle a much larger workload.

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NYG - Sterling Shepard in position to star

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Dan Graziano

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard is in the best position of all of the team's draft picks to make a significant impact.

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Shepard is one of our favorite rookie WRs because he is adept at running clean routes. Most rookies need a lot of work in that area, but Shepard can get open with ease against tight coverage. Head coach Ben McAdoo sees Shepard as a player he can use all over the formation in a variety of roles as a complement to WR Odell Beckham Jr.

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DEN - Devontae Booker could make impact

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker (knee) missed the last part of the 2015 season with a knee injury, but the team expects him to be ready by June. He is the three-down back in waiting in Denver, and he has good ability as a receiver and third-down blocker.

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Booker is the "in case of emergency break glass" back for the Broncos. We don't see him playing in a RBBC with C.J. Anderson. The Broncos paid Anderson like a lead back this offseason, and he could get the biggest workload of his football career in 2016. However, if Anderson gets banged up again then Booker could take over and do a lot of things that Anderson does (power inside, pass-blocker, good receiver).

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SD - RB Melvin Gordon had microfracture surgery

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

Updating previous reports, San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee in January, and he was given a recovery timetable of four to six months. Gordon participated in on-field drills Monday, May 9, but admitted he's not yet 100%. 'I'm not where I want to be, but I think I'm ahead of schedule,' Gordon said. 'I'm sprinting pretty well. I'm cutting. No question, I'll be ready for training camp. I'm not even worried about that.'

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Microfracture surgery is a huge concern, although it's not quite as scary as it used to be. Guys like Travis Kelce (Chiefs) have come back from the procedure and performed well. Watch Gordon's recovery as he comes back from this major surgery, but note that the Chargers do not think he'll miss significant time in training camp.

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BUF - RB Dri Archer claimed

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Free-agent WR Dri Archer (Jets) was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills Tuesday, May 10.

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Archer will have a difficult time cracking the Bills roster as they are stacked at the RB position. Even as a slot WR or return man, we don't see how Archer makes the 53-man roster.

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DEN - Claim Toben Opurum

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Free-agent RB Toben Opurum (Saints) was claimed off waivers by the Denver Broncos Tuesday, May 10.

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Opurum was a linebacker in college at Kansas, but the Chiefs converted him to a fullback in 2013 when he signed as an undrafted free agent. The fullback is a dying position, but the Gary Kubiak system uses one quite a bit as a lead blocker. Opurum will compete with rookie sixth-round pick Andy Janovich (Nebraska) for the much-needed fullback spot on the Broncos roster.

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OAK - Karl Joseph signs

Source: NFL.com - Conor Orr

Oakland Raiders rookie SS Karl Joseph signed his four-year rookie deal Monday, May 9. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Watch Joseph show up for the Raiders this year. The WVU prospect can roam in coverage, he's not afraid of run support and he can be an intimidating player on defense.

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DET - A'Shawn Robinson signs rookie deal

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions DT A'Shawn Robinson, Detroit's second-round pick, signed his four-year rookie deal Tuesday, May 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Robinson can be an impact player up front on the defensive line. He's huge (6'4" 307 pounds) and has a disruptive punch after the snap. Robinson is quick off the line and can create interior pressure as a pass-rusher. He's a brute who could at least make an impact as a rotational player for the Lions in 2016.

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PIT - James Conner completes chemo

Source: NFL.com - Chase Goodbread

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (lymphoma) has completed his chemotherapy regimen as he recovers from Hodgkin lymphoma. Conner was diagnosed in December with the Stage 2 case of the disease.

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Thoughts and prayers as we're hopeful that Conner can make a speedy recovery after chemo.

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PIT - Travis Feeney a freakish athlete

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Travis Feeney (shoulder) starred at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he thinks that two shoulder surgeries in college scared teams off until the Steelers grabbed him in the sixth round. He ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and posted a 40-inch vertical leap. Feeney did this at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. For context, those are better numbers than top-10 pick Chicago Bears LB Leonard Floyd. Feeney's original surgery on his left shoulder didn't fully correct the injury, but he said his shoulder feels stable and he's focused on strengthening the muscles around it this offseason. Feeney will need to add weight to play outside linebacker in the NFL.

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Feeney plays with little regard for his personal safety. That's awesome if your body can handle the punishment. Feeney has transformed his body from safety to linebacker, but he's got to stay healthy. The old saying goes, "your best ability is availability" and Feeney has the skill set of a 4-3 weak-side linebacker who could earn a spot on special teams as a rookie.

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SF - Jarryd Hayne could see a jump

Source: The Mercury News - Daniel Brown

San Francisco 49ers RB Jarryd Hayne is expected to produce more in his second season, according to the team. 'I think you'll see a jump from him,'' said 49ers executive Paraag Marathe, who still oversees the team's football analytics department. 'You look at elite athletes and those guys who have that willpower and desire to succeed and there's something special in them.'

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Hayne bounced from the team's practice squad to the active roster last year and had 17 carries for 52 yards and six catches for 27 yards. He also contributed on special teams, returning eight punts for a total of 76 yards. With Carlos Hyde at the top of the depth chart, Hayne will compete for a reserve spot with guys like Mike Davis, rookie Kelvin Taylor and Shaun Draughn.

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PIT - Sean Davis could start immediately

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh SS Sean Davis projects as a strong safety, and the competition is wide open. He might start if he proves he is ready during training camp and the preseason.

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Davis loves to play close to the line of scrimmage and he arrives at the ball-carrier with natural violence. He's bad in coverage and may have to come off the field in obvious passing situations.

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OAK - Karl Joseph likely to start

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Gutierrez

Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) is a hard hitting strong safety with soft hands. As long as he is fully healed from a knee injury which limited him to four games last season, he has the chance to start immediately. Joseph is a 'perfect fit for what we want to accomplish here,' assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson said Monday, May 9.

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Joseph plays a little bit like a combination of T.J. Ward (Broncos) and Darian Stewart (also, Broncos). The rookie from WVU has no problem playing close to the line of scrimmage and excelling as a run defender. He is also rangy and can make plays in coverage. Some think the Raiders picked Joseph a little too high in the first round, but we like the pick.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for being a part of Footballguys and thanks for sharing part of your day with us. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J