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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DAL - No issues for QB Tony Romo
2. NYG - RB Rashad Jennings should remain lead back
3. DAL - Stephen Jones optimistic on WR Dez Bryant
4. HOU - QB Brock Osweiler learning new offense
5. DEN - RB C.J. Anderson the lead back
6. NYJ - Christian Hackenberg financials
7. CLE - Cody Kessler will practice
8. NYG - Minimal impact from Paul Perkins?
9. MIN - Laquon Treadwell signs his rookie deal
10. NYJ - Christian Hackenberg inks rookie deal
11. TB - WR Kenny Bell could stretch the field
12. PHI - Carson Wentz terms
13. TEN - TE Delanie Walker contract details

DAL - No issues for QB Tony Romo

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (collarbone) has not had any issues physically so far during the Cowboys' offseason program, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Garrett said that Romo has almost completely integrated back into the offseason program, adding that Romo's back is feeling well, his shoulder seems fine, he's moving around well and he's made a lot of progress. Owner Jerry Jones said there's nothing negative about where Romo is in his current state. 'Everything they hoped to accomplish technically from appraisal of surgery has gone well. Everything he's done regarding his strength, everything regarding what he's wanted to do, he's been able to do,' Jones said.

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The Cowboys addressed the quarterback position later in the draft, though they did try to trade back into the first to get Paxton Lynch so we know they aren't ignoring Romo's injury history. Still, Romo has no real competition and it will be a while until Dak Prescott is ready to take over, if he ever is. Romo, if healthy, should be a solid QB1 this season with the weapons he has on offense and what appears to be an great run game in the making, led by rookie Ezekiel Elliot.

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NYG - RB Rashad Jennings should remain lead back

Source: New York Daily News - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings is expected to be the workhorse running back and receive the majority of carries in 2016, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. Jennings saw 48.3% of the Giants' carries last season, but Vacchiano expects that to increase this season.

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The rest of the group behind him is pretty unimpressive and Jennings still brings a lot to the table, so this isn't a shock. That said, if he gets up to speed quickly, rookie Paul Perkins could see a chunk of carries, especially if Jennings and the other backs struggle.

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DAL - Stephen Jones optimistic on WR Dez Bryant

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Brandon George

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot, ankle) is still not quite 100 percent recovered from right foot and ankle surgeries in January, and he was limited to nine games in 2015. Executive vice president Stephen Jones sounds optimistic though. "I think one of the tough things about last year for Dez, he plays with such energy, that with the contract dispute, if you will, he wasn't around, which is business, and consequently he probably wasn't in his best shape going into the season and then you start to add the injuries when players aren't in shape and they continued on through training camp and then on into the season and we ended up not having him much last year, so if he can get his rehab done and get himself in top condition, then I think we'll see the same Dez that we saw two years ago."

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The Cowboys need Bryant to be 100% to rebound from a disappointing 2015. Bryant should be a WR1 in fantasy if he and Tony Romo are healthy.

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HOU - QB Brock Osweiler learning new offense

Source: HoustonTexans.com - Deepi Sidhu

Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler said Wednesday, May 11, that it has been fun learning a new offense and trying to get comfortable in his new surroundings. 'It's fun,' Osweiler said. 'It's hard to judge that progress because we haven't hit the practice field and gone against a defense, but it's like you speak Spanish your whole life and then all of a sudden one day, they tell you to go learn French and do it in front of 70,000 people.'

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While not everyone here at Footballguys is a big Osweiler acolyte (Brockolyte?), even the most skeptical of us have been rolling our eyes over the concern about this. Every quarterback in a new system has referred to learning that system in this way. It's far too early to start rending your clothes and tearing out your hair over this. Many of us may not be sold on Osweiler, but this news blurb isn't anything to get worked up about yet.

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DEN - RB C.J. Anderson the lead back

Source: The Denver Post - Troy E. Renck

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson will receive the bulk of the carries in 2016 with RB Ronnie Hillman providing a change of pace. RB Devontae Booker will have a chance to play on third downs if he can pick up pass protection.

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There has been a misconception about the workload in Denver after the Broncos selected Booker in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft. Booker is clearly a three-down-back-in-waiting, but Anderson is their bellcow. He proved last year in the postseason that he could carry a heavy workload, and Anderson received a $5 million bonus back in March as part of his new contract. The language of the NFL is money, and the Broncos have said (with their dollars) that Anderson is clearly the lead back.

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NYJ - Christian Hackenberg financials

Source: New York Daily News - Peter Botte

Updating a previous report, New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg's four-year rookie contract is worth $4.66 million.

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Hackenberg will have a chance to win the starting job, but we're not touching him if he does. His shell-shocked attitude behind the offensive line will take time to get rid of, if it ever happens at all. The Jets quarterback situation is shaky, though Geno Smith is a little intriguing given the success the very average Ryan Fitzpatrick had in Chan Gailey's offense and the weapons the Jets have on offense.

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CLE - Cody Kessler will practice

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns rookie QB Cody Kessler will still practice at the rookie minicamp even if he doesn’t sign by the start of camp Thursday, May 12, due to the injury protection clause.

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Kessler is who he is - a guy who won't make a lot of mistakes but who is risk averse to a fault. He's unlikely to be a threat to Robert Griffin III in his rookie year, and we're not sure we expect much of him down the road either. That said, Hue Jackson has made decent quarterbacks look great before, so we have some hope.

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NYG - Minimal impact from Paul Perkins?

Source: New York Daily News - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants rookie RB Paul Perkins isn't expected to have much of an impact in his rookie season, in the opinion of Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. Vacchiano anticipates RB Andre Williams to have the first shot at being the short-yardage running back and Jennings' backup, with RB Shane Vereen reprising his pass-catching and third-down role.

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Andre Williams has been sub-impressive so far, so we're not holding our breath. In fact, nobody in this backfield should feel good about their job security. There wasn't a 1000 yard back in the group last season either meaning, again, assume nothing. Perkins won't be someone to plug in early, but he's someone who could get opportunity later in the season.

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MIN - Laquon Treadwell signs his rookie deal

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell signed his four-year rookie contract, including a fifth-year option Thursday, May 12.

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Treadwell was the last rookie the Vikings had to sign. He plays faster than his Pro Day time of 4.65 and he's a fierce competitor for jump balls, so we are bullish on him long term. However, he will probably see more work blocking for Adrian Peterson, as offensive coordinator Norv Turner called more rushes than almost any other OC in the league and Treadwell is an excellent blocker. We don't know if the Vikings will throw enough to make Treadwell a viable option in fantasy.

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NYJ - Christian Hackenberg inks rookie deal

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 12.

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Based on film study, Hackenberg is in no way ready to take over as the Jets starting quarterback, so the best case scenario is is to let him sit and help him get over the trauma of being destroyed the last two years behind shoddy offensive lines. Worst case scenario is the Jets and Ryan Fitzpatrick never come to terms, Geno Smith continues to be Geno Smith and Hackenberg needs to play during what looks to be a brutal schedule. Maybe Hackenberg can be repaired and find a way to play at the level he did when Bill O'Brien coached him at Penn State, but we're dubious about that.

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TB - WR Kenny Bell could stretch the field

Source: SportsTalkFlorida.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Kenny Bell is a player the team hopes can serve as their speed receiver. Bell ran a 4.37-second 40-yard dash but missed all last season with a hamstring injury.

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Bell did nothing of note in his rookie season, so anything would be an upgrade at this point. With Vincent Jackson aging, there is room to make an impact so he's worth keeping an eye on - though that's about all right now.

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PHI - Carson Wentz terms

Source: SiriusXM NFL Radio

Updating an earlier report, Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz's four-year deal is worth $26 million with a $17.6 million signing bonus.

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It's in stark contrast to the money fellow Eagles signal caller Sam Bradford got when he was selected first overall in 2010 which was the largest ever by a rookie. With the money much more reasonable (Bradford's was a six-year, $78 million deal, which has $50 million of guarantee), the team can be cautious and take their time with Wentz. However, we know Bradford's injury history and his overall attitude after the draft, so it's not inconceivable that Wentz could take over this season. That makes this a shaky situation for fantasy and we'd tend to stay away from it.

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TEN - TE Delanie Walker contract details

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Updating previous reports, Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker's new deal includes a $1 million roster bonus due Monday, May 16, and a $2.7 million guaranteed base this season, with up to $250,000 total in per-game roster bonuses. He has a $4.2 million base salary in 2017, fully guaranteed fifth day of league year, and up to $250,000 total in per-game roster bonuses. In 2018, he has a $500,000 roster bonus on fifth day of league year, a $5.4 million base and up to $250,000 total in per-game roster bonuses.

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Walker picked a good time to top 1,000 yards for the first time in his ten year career. We think he has a shot to duplicate that, but see him as a TE2, as the offense matures past just dumping the ball to the tight end.

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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