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A. 2016 Upside Running Back Index
Our Chad Parsons with a look at the high-upside running backs for 2016.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. CLE - Hue Jackson not rushing QB decision
2. NYG - WR Victor Cruz limited this offseason
3. JAX - QB Blake Bortles in better situation
4. OAK - Connor Cook impressing
5. ARI - CB Antonio Cromartie likely not a target
6. TEN - WR Justin Hunter may be limited
7. TEN - RB Dexter McCluster should have role
8. CAR - Braxton Deaver could earn spot
9. BUF - Kolby Listenbee working on routes

CLE - Hue Jackson not rushing QB decision

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III or any other player won't be named the starting quarterback until they earn it, according to head coach Hue Jackson, but Jackson said that he expects to name the Week 1 start well before the season opener.

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It's May. And Jackson is way too smart to paint himself into any corners this early in the year.

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NYG - WR Victor Cruz limited this offseason

Source: New York Daily News - Seth Walder

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee, calf) has received limited work during offseason workouts but hopes to be a full participant once training camp begins.

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Not only is Cruz coming back from a major knee injury, but he also has this calf problem that plagued him last year to overcome. We won't feel too excited about his prospects in 2016 until we see him in camp and the preseason. Then, we'll have a better idea about his potential this season. Cruz said he believes he will be ready for the start of the 2016 season.

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JAX - QB Blake Bortles in better situation

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Ryan O'Halloran

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles will be able to jump into offseason work right away on his own because he knows the offense now, as opposed to last year when he waiting for instruction, according to offensive coordinator Greg Olson.

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Fantasy owners were super happy with Bortles last year as he finished the season as the 4th-best fantasy QB. Bortles was picked up late in most drafts and even as a waiver-wire addition in some leagues in 2015, but you won't be getting the same value this year. He had 35 touchdowns last year, and that's around where we have him projected again this season. Bortles needs to be more consistent, but he's a high-upside QB1 as a weekly starter.

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OAK - Connor Cook impressing

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders QB Connor Cook will vie for the backup position with QB Matt McGloin. Cook impressed head coach Jack Del Rio at rookie minicamp. 'I think he's been outstanding,' Del Rio said. 'Obviously he is intelligent. He asks good questions. He's got arm talent. It's a matter of getting familiar [with] what we do and how we do it.'

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Let's pump the brakes here. Cook fell to the fourth round for a reason--mainly accuracy problems and off-field concerns. At Michigan State, Cook never had 60 percent completions and even on passes from 1-10 yards he was the third-worst QB (in completion percentage) in this draft class. Dynasty owners are hoarding QBs, so Cook has been picked up in most deep dynasty leagues.

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ARI - CB Antonio Cromartie likely not a target

Source: ESPN.com - Josh Weinfuss

Free-agent CB Antonio Cromartie (Jets) likely will not be pursued by the Arizona Cardinals, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss.

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There could be an opportunity for a veteran CB in the Cardinals starting lineup opposite Patrick Peterson. Justin Bethel could be that guy, but he's coming off April surgery to repair a foot injury. Third-round pick Brandon Williams (Texas A&M) is a raw prospect with starter's upside, but asking him to start early in his career is a stretch.

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TEN - WR Justin Hunter may be limited

Source: The Tennessean - John Glennon

Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter (ankle) probably will be limited when organized team activities start later this month.

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A second-round pick in 2013, Hunter has been a disappointment to this point in his career. The Titans have gone out and added talent to the position including free agent Rishard Matthews and in the draft with Tajae Sharpe. In only nine games last year, Hunter had 22 catches for 264 yards and one touchdown.

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TEN - RB Dexter McCluster should have role

Source: The Tennessean - John Glennon

Tennessee Titans RB Dexter McCluster should have a role on offense in 2016 even though the team added RBs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry this offseason, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

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McCluster doesn't exactly fit their "exotic smashmouth" offense with Henry and Murray. However, if they use a change-of-pace back it should be McCluster. He may catch a few passes out of the backfield for the Titans, but we're not looking at him as a fantasy asset in 2016.

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CAR - Braxton Deaver could earn spot

Source: Panthers.com - Max Henson and Bryan Strickland

Undrafted free-agent TE Braxton Deaver (Duke) tried out for the Carolina Panthers at their two-day rookie minicamp. Head coach Ron Rivera said Deaver will be in consideration for one of the few remaining roster spots.

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In rookie minicamp, Deaver has impressed the writers in attendance because of his consistent hands. Rivera said "We liked what he did. He assimilated nicely to our offense and seemed to understand and grip what we wanted to do mentally and did some good things athletically. He’s going to be part of our discussion later today." Deaver caught 75 passes for 890 yards over his career with the Blue Devils.

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BUF - Kolby Listenbee working on routes

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills WR Kolby Listenbee said he has more to offer than simply being a speed receiver, and he said he believes working with wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal will help him perfect his routes and timing and become a more all-around receiver.

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Listenbee led TCU in yards-per-catch average (19.9) in 2015. He's a track star who plays football. We like the fact the rookie wants to be better as a route-runner, but his best asset is that long speed. He can take the top off the defense quickly, and Listenbee does a good job of tracking passes over his shoulder. He's not much of a run-blocker and is only going to be a sub-package player if he makes the 53-man roster.

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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