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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. IND - QB Andrew Luck full-go
2. SD - Claim QB Zach Mettenberger
3. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick not falling behind
4. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick working hard
5. PHI - RB Darren Sproles expected back
6. NYJ - OC likes Christian Hackenberg
7. IND - DE Arthur Jones could be ready by camp
8. NYJ - DE Muhammad Wilkerson not close to deal
9. WAS - WR Andre Roberts cut
10. WAS - Josh Doctson adjusting to new offense

1. IND - QB Andrew Luck full-go

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder, kidney) said he is full go with no limitations for organized team activities. He took part in every drill during OTAs.

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The Colts go as Luck goes. If he's healthy, the team can make a run at the postseason. Last year, Luck was beat down behind one of the league's worst offensive lines. And then missed the last part of the season. The Colts have made more than a few steps to improve the play up front, so Luck should be better protected this season. With an average (at best) rushing attack, the offense should flow through Luck. Fantasy owners should consider him his normal QB1 in drafts. He's current ADP is QB4 (5.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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2. SD - Claim QB Zach Mettenberger

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent QB Zach Mettenberger (Titans) was claimed by the San Diego Chargers Tuesday, May 17.

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Mettenberger now gets reunited with former Titans head coach (and current Chargers OC) Ken Whisenhunt. We're not counting on some sort of career resurrection, but Mettenberger could win the backup job behind Philip Rivers in 2016. Kellen Clemens will be Mettenberger's competition for the no.2 job and a spot on the 53-man roster.

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3. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick not falling behind

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) is not falling behind QB Blaine Gabbert despite still rehabilitating his injuries, according to head coach Chip Kelly. '[Kaepernick] has a great grasp of what we're doing,' Kelly said. 'I'm really impressed by both [Gabbert] and him and their intelligence and being able to pick up what we're trying to do.'

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We're not so sure about that. The Kelly offense isn't overly complex, but getting into a rhythm within the system is a must...and Kaepernick isn't healthy enough to do that just yet. We see Gabbert as the uninspiring front-runner in this competition. Kelly said he hasn't set a timetable for when the starter will be announced.

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4. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick working hard

Source: ESPN - Bob Holtzman

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) has made a good first impression with his work ethic to the new coaching staff, despite asking for a trade earlier in the offseason. He could wind up starting in Week 1. 'Works his butt off in rehab, great with the coaches, learning the offense quickly, I like him a lot,' one coach said.

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Kaepernick is recovering from three offseason surgeries, and he's lost some weight in the process. He needs to bulk back up and win the starting job in the new Chip Kelly system. His main competition is veteran Blaine Gabbert. Like Kaepernick, Gabbert has the athleticism to fit in the Kelly offense but he needs to improve his play under pressure. No matter how this shakes out, the 49ers have one of the worst QB situations in the league.

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5. PHI - RB Darren Sproles expected back

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles has been in contact with head coach Doug Pederson. Pederson fully expects Sproles to return for mandatory camps in June. Sproles has not been participating in organized team activities.

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There was some discussion about Sproles getting traded during the draft, but that talk has died down. The Eagles have Ryan Mathews as their lead back, and Sproles can continue to make plays as a change-of-pace back and return man.

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6. NYJ - OC likes Christian Hackenberg

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg has a great deal of potential and has good arm strength and intelligence, according to offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. Gailey said he is not worried that Hackenberg struggled in his last two college seasons.

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Gailey is a known "quarterback whisperer" but Hackenberg may not give him enough to work with. The rookie is tall, sees the field well and has a strong arm. However, he regularly makes poor decisions under pressure and is wildly inaccurate. At Penn State, Hackenberg had a 51.5 percent adjusted completion total (throws beyond line of scrimmage). He's a project to be sure, and Hackenberg may not be the franchise QB the Jets are hoping for.

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7. IND - DE Arthur Jones could be ready by camp

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

There is hope that Indianapolis Colts DT Arthur Jones (ankle) may be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

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Getting Jones back is a good thing for the Colts defense. Jones missed all of last season with an ankle injury. Injuries have kept Jones off the field for all but nine games since he signed with the Colts back in 2014.

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8. NYJ - DE Muhammad Wilkerson not close to deal

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson isn't close to a new contract and hasn't signed his franchise tender. He may not report until training camp in July.

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The two sides have until July 15th to work out a new long-term contract. Wilkerson wants security for years, but the Jets only seem willing to pay him for one year. We could see Wilkerson play under the franchise tag this year, then move on in free agency in 2017.

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9. WAS - WR Andre Roberts cut

Source: The Washington Post - Mike Jones

Washington Redskins WR Andre Roberts was released Tuesday, May 17.

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The move frees up nearly $4 million in cap space. Roberts lost his job to Jamison Crowder last year, and he was further buried on the depth chart when Washington added WR Josh Doctson (TCU) in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. Roberts won't have a ton of suitors lined up for his services, but we could see him on a roster by the time training camp rolls around.

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10. WAS - Josh Doctson adjusting to new offense

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson said he is working on learning the new routes he will have to run in the NFL. 'A lot of the routes are deeper,' Doctson said. 'A lot of deep in-breaking routes. I probably didn't run one double move in college and we have a whole arsenal of double moves here. It's a little different in and out of breaks, getting your hips around. Things like that.'

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Doctson was used early and often in college at TCU. He's a plus-possession receiver who can work underneath routes with ease. Doctson is fearless and has no problem pulling away from defenders after the catch. He should begin his pro career as a slot receiver behind DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon on the outside.

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Peace,

J