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Good Sunday to you and I hope you're having a great weekend. We've got some News and Notes for you so let's get to it.

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1. CLE - QB Josh McCown could still be kept
2. SD - Hunter Henry impressing
3. IND - Unlikely to rejoin OLB Dwight Freeney
4. CHI - WR Kevin White compared to Andre Johnson
5. ATL - CB Leon Hall not an option
6. CLE - QB Ricky Stanzi trying out
7. CLE - Coach happy with Cody Kessler
8. OAK - Karl Joseph not on the field
9. OAK - Jihad Ward practices Friday

CLE - QB Josh McCown could still be kept

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown could still stay with the Browns if he does not win the starting quarterback position, according to director of football operations Sashi Brown.

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The draft has come and gone, so any QB-needy team has already filled the void. McCown is just a "bridge" QB for a franchise in transition at the position. Perhaps if there is an injury in training camp, the Browns would be able to deal the veteran quarterback. Robert Griffin III should start, McCown should be his primary backup and rookie Cody Kessler should be the team's third-string, developmental QB.

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SD - Hunter Henry impressing

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry has been dominant in team drills at the Chargers' rookie minicamp. The rookies will mix in with the veterans Monday, May 16.

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Henry is an impressive player, so it's not a surprise that he's make a positive mark early in rookie minicamp. Antonio Gates is still the main TE for the Chargers, but he could get phased out at some point this year to make room for Henry in the offense. He reminds us of Jason Witten (Cowboys) because of his smooth athleticism and ability to work well on underneath routes.

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IND - Unlikely to rejoin OLB Dwight Freeney

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

Free-agent DE Dwight Freeney (Cardinals) probably won't be coming back to the Indianapolis Colts despite his desire to play in 2016, according to ESPN.com's Mike Wells.

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Never say never, but signs seem to indicate that Freeney isn't going to return to the Colts. Freeney is not the same player he used to be and has 12 sacks over the last three years with two different teams (Chargers, Cardinals).

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CHI - WR Kevin White compared to Andre Johnson

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

Chicago Bears WR Kevin White was compared to Indianapolis Colts Andre Johnson by Bears wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson. Johnson coached Johnson at the University of Miami. 'He's very similar to him. They're both big and physical and fast,' Johnson said. 'That doesn't all go together sometimes. White has hand similar to [former Indianapolis Colts] WR Reggie Wayne. So he was one of those guys where when you looked at the draft and watched television, you say this guy is going to be a bona fide player.'

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We're not buying the comparison. He's more like DeAndre Hopkins, if healthy and playing up to his potential. White has tremendous inside release to get open on tight coverage at the line of scrimmage. He wins at the point of the catch and does a good job of tracking passes over his shoulder. We'll see if White can start producing at an expected level after missing all of his rookie season in 2015.

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ATL - CB Leon Hall not an option

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Free-agent CB Leon Hall (Bengals) will not be signing with the Atlanta Falcons, according to a source. The Falcons did meet with Hall earlier this offseason.

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Hall is recovering from offseason back surgery, and that may be why the Falcons are saying "no thanks" at this time. The Giants have met with Hall, and they might be the team with the most interest.

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CLE - QB Ricky Stanzi trying out

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Free-agent QB Ricky Stanzi (Lions) is participate in the Cleveland Browns' rookie minicamp this weekend on a tryout basis.

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Stanzi has a huge arm, but he can't throw it in the ocean standing on the beach. He's a camp arm if he's able to latch on.

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CLE - Coach happy with Cody Kessler

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler performed well during practice Friday, May 13, but it is too early to say if Kessler will compete for the starting quarterback job, according to head coach Hue Jackson. Kessler showed good accuracy and footwork during practice and was comfortable under center and in the shotgun formation.

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Kessler was an...interesting...pick for the Browns in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft. He had intriguing upside and potential in college at USC, but Kessler never seemed to fully flourish in his skill set. He's a safe QB who does not like to challenge the edge of a defense. Kessler is accurate in the pocket (70.4 percent) on intermediate routes, and he could be Hue Jackson's new version of Andy Dalton. If he works out, we see Kessler as a poor man's version of Dalton.

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OAK - Karl Joseph not on the field

Source: The Associated Press

Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, May 13, because he is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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We're excited about this rookie. He's an enforcer who can roam the field and has a nose for the ball. Joseph said his rehab is on schedule and expects to be ready for training camp.

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OAK - Jihad Ward practices Friday

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Scott Bair

Oakland Raiders DE Jihad Ward (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, May 13, and said he will not need another surgery on his knee.

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Ward gives the Raiders yet another strong pass-rusher for their defense. He can get to the QB from either end spot, and Ward can even move inside to tackle on certain downs. The team will monitor him closely as they go through the offseason.

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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