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1. SF - San Francisco not ready to name QB
2. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick not cleared yet
3. PHI - Carson Wentz does not expect tension
4. SD - WR Keenan Allen will be a focal point
5. SD - San Diego to use all RBs
6. CHI - Coach thinks RB Jeremy Langford can improve
7. CHI - Jordan Howard will have role in 2016
8. CLE - Corey Coleman not in shape
9. TEN - Jack Conklin sees time at LT, RT
10. SF - WR Anquan Boldin still an option for 49ers
11. SD - Joey Bosa works at both DE spots
12. SD - Hunter Henry performs well
13. TEN - WR Dorial Green-Beckham dealing with injury
14. JAX - Myles Jack signs deal
15. BAL - Ronnie Stanley signs rookie deal
16. NYJ - Jordan Jenkins inks rookie deal
17. NFL - DE Greg Hardy devoid of suitors
18. CAR - Vernon Butler signs rookie deal
19. MIA - Miami to use Kenyan Drake's versatility

SF - San Francisco not ready to name QB

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) and QB Blaine Gabbert are expected to compete for the starting quarterback job during training camp, and head coach Chip Kelly said he has no idea who the starting quarterback will be in 2016.

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Gabbert has to be considered the frontrunner as of right now. Kaepernick is recovering from three surgeries, and he may not be near full strength until training camp. There's also the question of whether or not Kaepernick even wants to be in San Francisco after nearly getting traded to the Broncos earlier this year.

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SF - QB Colin Kaepernick not cleared yet

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) has not been cleared to fully participate in offseason workouts at this point but may be able to participate during the mandatory minicamp in June.

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Kaepernick is recovering from three surgeries, and he may not be at full strength until training camp hits. Some thought he would get traded before the draft, but now it looks like he's going to compete with Blaine Gabbert for the starting job with the 49ers.

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PHI - Carson Wentz does not expect tension

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Jarrett Bell

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz said he expects to have a good relationship with QB Sam Bradford and does not expect any tension in the quarterback room. 'I think the relationship with him, and I believe with the other quarterbacks, will be great,' Wentz said. 'It will be a really competitive atmosphere. Hopefully, we’ll learn together, grow together and really push each other.' Wentz said he does not care what his role is as long as the team is winning.

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Wentz has the upside to be a top-12 QB in the NFL. He'll deal with this Bradford "friction" the right way. While Bradford once demanded a trade (after Wentz was selected), it seems like the veteran has finally realized that he's Sam Bradford and shouldn't be demanding anything.

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SD - WR Keenan Allen will be a focal point

Source: Chargers.com - Ricky Henne

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen will be a focal point on offense in 2016, but he will have to show he can beat man coverage against some of the better cornerbacks in the league, according to offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

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That's good news for the Chargers...so long as Allen can stay healthy. The team wants to run the ball with Melvin Gordon, but when they go to the air it should be Allen as the primary target. They added Travis Benjamin in free agency earlier this year to help stretch the field as a vertical threat. Allen has WR1 upside--again--if he can stay healthy.

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SD - San Diego to use all RBs

Source: Chargers.com - Ricky Henne

San Diego Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver will all receive playing time in 2016, according to offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

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Whisenhunt said there will be times that two of the running backs will be on the field at the same time. The team will have packages for each running back so they can put them in positions where they will succeed. This RBBC may be something fantasy owners want to avoid. However, Woodhead should once again provide value for players in PPR leagues.

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CHI - Coach thinks RB Jeremy Langford can improve

Source: ChicagoBears.com - Larry Mayer

Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford could improve his work in the passing game, but the team likes where he is at this point, according to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. 'We like where Jeremy's at,' Loggains said. 'He needs to continue to develop. There are things he can do a better job of in the passing game.'

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Langford is a good all-purpose back, but we agree that he can improve his game. The Bears will be moving on from Matt Forte (Jets) this year, and Langford should have the first crack to be the lead back.

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CHI - Jordan Howard will have role in 2016

Source: ChicagoBears.com - Larry Mayer

Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard will be used as a change-of-pace back in 2016 since he has a different style of running than RB Kendall Langford, according to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. 'He's a change-of-pace back. Their skill sets are different. We'll use the skill set the way it needs to be. We won't ask them to both do the same thing, but we'll find out what Howard does well and we'll play to that,' Loggains said.

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Howard might be the most natural runner in this draft class...yes, even above Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys). While Elliot is an instant stud and worthy of a late first-round pick in your fantasy draft, Howard may be a pick in the late rounds that can pay off like a RB2. Watch to see if he can beat out Jeremy Langford to be the top back for the Bears.

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CLE - Corey Coleman not in shape

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman must get into better shape for his rookie season, according to head coach Hue Jackson 'He's got to get in shape,' Jackson said. 'He's explosive and he can catch the ball. He's extremely talented and gifted. (But) he's one of the guys that has to get in shape. He saw himself, 'whoa, this is different.' And it is. But we'll get him to where he needs to be.'

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Early on, rookies have to shape their bodies for the pro game. We're not worried about Coleman's physique right now. He's a speedy WR who should be able to take the top off the defense and fill in for the departed Travis Benjamin (Chargers).

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TEN - Jack Conklin sees time at LT, RT

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans OT Jack Conklin has lined up at left tackle and right tackle since joining the Titans, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

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Conklin might be their best option at left tackle. However, former first-round pick (2013) Taylor Lewan might have something to say about that. Either way, the Titans have bookend tackles to protect QB Marcus Mariota for years.

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SF - WR Anquan Boldin still an option for 49ers

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Tom Pelissero

Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (49ers) is still an option for the San Francisco 49ers, but the team likes their younger receivers, according to general manager Trent Baalke.

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Boldin may have to wait until we get closer to training camp to find a new home. The veteran should be able to latch on with some team later in the year.

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SD - Joey Bosa works at both DE spots

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Tom Krasovic

San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa lined up at right defensive end at the start of practice Friday, May 13, but also received some work at left defensive end.

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Bosa gets off the line quickly, he plays with a relentless motor and he arrives at the ball-carrier with nasty intentions. The Chargers may have found their version of Derek Wolfe (Broncos) for a defense that needs help up front.

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SD - Hunter Henry performs well

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Tom Krasovic

San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry showed sure hands and solid route running during practice Friday, May 13. Henry also worked on kick coverage during practice.

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This wasn't a great TE class, but Henry was the best TE in the 2016 NFL draft. Just think Jason Witten (Cowboys) when considering what the rookie could be in the NFL. Antonio Gates isn't getting any younger, and Henry should take over as the lead TE at some point...perhaps even later this year.

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TEN - WR Dorial Green-Beckham dealing with injury

Source: The Tennessean - John Glennon

Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham (hamstring) has been limited by a hamstring injury this offseason, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

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Green-Beckham has WR1 upside if healthy as the Titans lead WR. The team will take it easy on him (wisely) as he deals with this hamstring injury.

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JAX - Myles Jack signs deal

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars second-round draft pick LB Myles Jack signed his four-year contract Friday, May 13. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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The Jaguars made a great move when they traded up to get Jack near the top of the second round in the 2016 NFL draft. He's a throwback football player with the attitude and intimidating presence that scouts drool over. Jack fell in the draft due to a knee injury that may one day require microfracture surgery. Dr. James Andrews revealed that Jack does not currently need the surgery, and there's a chance he could play for several years without needing the procedure.

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BAL - Ronnie Stanley signs rookie deal

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens OT Ronnie Stanley signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, May 13. All first-round picks have fifth-year options in their deals.

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What stands out most about Stanley are his violent striking hands. He does a good job of striking his opponent quickly and forcefully, and he can control his man at the point of attack. Stanley is known as a durable and dependable player who should be a solid starter for the Ravens for years to come.

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NYJ - Jordan Jenkins inks rookie deal

Source: NewYorkJets.com - Randy Lange

New York Jets LB Jordan Jenkins signed his rookie four-year deal Friday, May 13.

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Jenkins has high football intelligence and properly diagnoses plays as they unfold in front of him. He plays with great strength and has long arms to snare ball-carriers with ease.

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NFL - DE Greg Hardy devoid of suitors

Source: ESPN - Ed Werder

Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Cowboys) is having trouble finding a team, and the prevailing opinion from general managers around the league is that no one wants him.

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This is not shocking news. Hardy may be able to rush the passer, but he's a PR nightmare off the field. It's a long time until the regular season and things can change fast. But we would not be surprised if he did not play in 2016.

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CAR - Vernon Butler signs rookie deal

Source: Panthers.com

Carolina Panthers DT Vernon Butler signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, May 13. All first-round deals have a fifth-year option.

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The Panthers already have great players on their defensive line, and Butler should fit right in. He's huge, has long arms and has the agility to get off the line quickly and create interior pressure on the quarterback. He'll begin his pro career as a rotational player behind Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short.

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MIA - Miami to use Kenyan Drake's versatility

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake will be used in as many ways as possible as a rookie. 'You look at his career, he's done a little bit of everything,' special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi said. 'He's caught passes. He's run the ball well. He's had high yards per carry. He's caught the ball out of the backfield. He's covered kicks.'

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We're not sold on most of the backfield, though Jay Ajayi is going to be the lead back. Don't be shocked if Drake gets a fair amount of snaps though, as Ajayi is just as unproven as the rookie.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being a part of Footballguys. Have a great weekend and we'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J