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Good Thursday to you. We've got some News and Notes for you so let's get to it.

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A. 10 Things We Learned In 2015
Our Sigmund Bloom takes a look back at the lessons of the 2015 fantasy season. With an eye toward how we can apply it to this year.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DAL - Ezekiel Elliott signs rookie contract
2. PIT - WR Antonio Brown's dancing can help
3. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez hopeful for OTAs
4. MIN - Bridgewater impressed with Laquon Treadwell
5. PHI - QB Sam Bradford works with first-team
6. DAL - WR Dez Bryant out for OTAs
7. NYJ - Teammate expects QB Ryan Fitzpatrick back
8. CLE - Terrelly Pryor getting better
9. CLE - CB Joe Haden optimistic on status
10. SF - WR DeAndre Smelter not limited
11. SF - WR Anquan Boldin not contacted by 49ers
12. MIA - Laremy Tunsil has ankle issue
13. BUF - RB Dri Archer doesn't count towards roster
14. NO - WR Hakeem Nicks working out for Saints
15. SD - QB Zach Mettenberger had two other claims

1. DAL - Ezekiel Elliott signs rookie contract

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott signed his rookie four-year deal Wednesday, May 18, worth $24.9 million. The deal includes a $16.3 million signing bonus. All first-round picks have a fifth-year option in their deals.

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Dynasty owners are going to be salivating over getting Elliott with the first pick of their rookie drafts and we wouldn't be shocked to see him gone in the first round of redrafts as well. Elliott is an elite talent behind a tremendous offensive line and could be in line for an exceptional rookie year.

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2. PIT - WR Antonio Brown's dancing can help

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown believes his experience on Dancing With the Stars can give him an advantage on the football field. '[Dance training] can definitely help me with football, change of direction, fluidity, constantly being ready for the next move,' Brown said. 'Dancing is all about the next move, being prepared for the next move in the midst of any move. It will definitely help with ankle strength, pushing off, change of direction.'

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There's actually a long tradition of football players using other non-traditional forms of training to improve their games, including ballet. So Brown's right, it could help with his game. Of course, his game is already pretty high level, and he'll be one of the top fantasy WR1 next year.

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3. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez hopeful for OTAs

Source: The Denver Post - Troy E. Renck

Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez (thumb) is hopeful he'll be able to participate when organized team activities begin next week. Sanchez is currently recovering from surgery on his left thumb and he is encouraged by the progress of the recovery.

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This could give the Broncos a nice look at Paxton Lynch to see how he can handle the offense, but we expect Sanchez to be ready long before camp and there's every chance he'll win the starting role. The last time Sanchez had a good defense and a solid run game he went to back to back AFC Championships. Even if the Broncos defense regresses, they'll keep games close and the weapons he has to pass to are better than anything he's had. There's every chance that he can be successful with this offense this year.

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4. MIN - Bridgewater impressed with Laquon Treadwell

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater has been impressed with WR Laquon Treadwell, the Vikings' first-round draft pick this year. 'He's been here with us for two days now, and he's been looking good,' Bridgewater added. 'I'm not qualified to judge players and things like that, but from what I've been seeing, I've been pretty impressed.'

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Treadwell could be a huge weapon for Bridgewater and a good fit along with Stefon Diggs and Charles Johnson. He's a great receiver on contested balls as well which should help bail Bridgewater out on errant passes. He's also an exceptional blocker which, given how often the Vikings run the ball with Adrian Peterson, is likely how he will be used much of this season.

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5. PHI - QB Sam Bradford works with first-team

Source: ESPN.com - Phil Sheridan

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford worked with the first-team offense during organized team activities Tuesday, May 17, with QB Chase Daniel taking repetitions with the second-team and QB Carson Wentz with the third-team. 'I've actually talked to Sam since he's back,' head coach Doug Pederson said, 'and I told him: My feelings haven't changed. He's my guy. He's the No. 1 guy. I want him to embrace that and not look backward. Look forward.'

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Bradford has to prove to his teammates and the fans that he's willing to work for the job, especially after his hissy fit post-draft. Wentz is raw, but the future, so Bradford is also auditioning for his next potential starting gig.

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6. DAL - WR Dez Bryant out for OTAs

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) will not take part in organized team activities next week, but he hasn't suffered any setbacks.

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No surprise here. The Cowboys are wisely taking a cautious approach with their superstar WR. He has done well with the conditioning and individual work so far. Bryant is running full speed and is on pace to be ready for training camp in July.

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7. NYJ - Teammate expects QB Ryan Fitzpatrick back

Source: NFL.com - Dan Hanzus

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) is not close to a contract agreement with the New York Jets, but Jets WR Eric Decker said he expects Fitzpatrick to be the starting quarterback in the first regular season game.

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Fitzpatrick is a seasoned veteran, so he doesn't need every offseason rep with the Jets as he already knows the Chan Gailey system like the back of his hand. The Jets drafted Christian Hackenberg (Penn State) in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, but he's more of a developmental prospect who should sit for a year if possible. Geno Smith and Bryce Petty are the only other QBs on the roster. The Jets are at a stalemate right now with Fitzpatrick, but that could quickly change as we get closer to training camp.

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8. CLE - Terrelly Pryor getting better

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor has flashed the past few days in organized team activities and head coach Hue Jackson said Pryor is working hard and getting better every day.

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Even though there are a multitude of new rookie wide receivers in Cleveland, Pryor could still stick as his athleticism is intriguing. He has to improve more rapidly though, as it really is getting crowded in those receivers meetings.

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9. CLE - CB Joe Haden optimistic on status

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden (ankle) said he believes he'll return in time for the regular season. Haden wasn't so sure about training camp, but said he'll try to be ready in time when that starts in late July. As reported earlier, Haden shed his walking boot Tuesday, May 17.

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The Browns are in full rebuild mode, but they still need a good defense and Haden is a key piece of it. In a tough division, they have to have Haden in the secondary.

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10. SF - WR DeAndre Smelter not limited

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers WR DeAndre Smelter (knee) has been practicing without restrictions this offseason.

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Good news as Smelter is coming off a December ACL tear. Smelter is a big-bodied receiver with good physicality who will give the Niners quarterback - whoever it ends up being - a big target to throw to on shorter routes.

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11. SF - WR Anquan Boldin not contacted by 49ers

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (49ers) has not been contacted by head coach Chip Kelly since early February.

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The Niners could use a veteran presence but Boldin is past his prime and may not hold up well in the high-tempo offense Kelly wants to run. He still might land elsewhere though.

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12. MIA - Laremy Tunsil has ankle issue

Source: BleacherReport.com - Jason Cole

Miami Dolphins OT Laremy Tunsil (ankle) has a pre-arthritic ankle condition that may have contributed to his draft-day fall, according to sources. Some believe the condition may even be worse than Jacksonville Jaguars LB Myles Jack's knee issue.

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That's a tough note to hear, especially if you're a Miami Dolphin fan. We still haven't had firm confirmation of this, nor how it might impact his ability long and short term, but it bears watching.

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13. BUF - RB Dri Archer doesn't count towards roster

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Buffalo Bills RB Dri Archer was placed on the Reserve/Did Not Report list Wednesday, May 18. He is now technically not part of the 90-man roster.

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Dri Archer is a track star with limited football skills and might have struggled to make the roster anyway. We're unsure why he didn't report (or really, why he ended up on the list) and so we are unclear as to what his future with the Bills or the NFL is.

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14. NO - WR Hakeem Nicks working out for Saints

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Giants) is among the group of receivers working out for the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, May 18.

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Nicks is a long was from the salad days he had with the New York Giants, and his impact in Indianapolis in 2014 as well as last season briefly with the Giants, was minimal. Don't expect it to be different this year with the Saints, if he lasts on the roster.

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15. SD - QB Zach Mettenberger had two other claims

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

San Diego Chargers QB Zach Mettenberger had failed waiver claims from the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants placed on him before the Chargers claimed him.

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The Giants only have Ryan Nassib as a developmental QB behind Eli Manning. The Bengals are interesting because they have A.J. McCarron behind Andy Dalton, and McCarron is one of the most talked about reserve QBs in the NFL. Many think McCarron could one day be at least a solid starter.

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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