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Good Tuesday to you. It's a big day today at Footballguys as our Team Reports are starting to roll out. Plus new articles and ADP.

Remember there's just a few more days left to take advantage of our Early Bird discount so don't delay. And lastly, my Buddy Matthew Berry has a special league for us again at FantasyMovieLeague.com. All that and the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Coaching Carousel 2016: Chicago Bears Offense
The most important question I ask every Spring and Summer for Fantasy Football is simply, "What's different?". Player changes are a big part of that. But Coaching changes play a huge role as well. In this one, he takes a detailed look at the impact of Adam Gase's departure and the promotion of Dowell Loggains to offensive coordinator.

B. Average Draft Position
Get the latest thinking on where players are being drafted with our Footballguys Average Draft Position Data.

C. Average Draft Position - PPR
Get the latest thinking on where players are being drafted with our Footballguys Average Draft Position Data. This one is for PPR scoring.

D. Carolina Panthers Team Report
Footballguys' deep look at the 2016 Carolina Panthers.

E. Atlanta Falcons Team Report
Footballguys' deep look at the 2016 Atlanta Falcons.

F. New Orleans Saints Team Report
Footballguys' deep look at the 2016 New Orleans Saints.

G. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Report
Footballguys' deep look at the 2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

H. Jump On The Footballguys League In FantasyMovieLeague.com
As you may remember, our friend Matthew Berry has a fun fantasy game called Fantasy Movie League. If you haven't heard of it, it's exactly what it sounds like... Fantasy Football, but for summer movies. Just fill out your 8 screen movie theatre every week with real life movies while staying under the salary cap. The player with the most money at end of the summer wins. And here's a hint - you can use a movie on multiple screens. The Summer season starts this Friday at Noon ET, and once again, there is a special FootballGuys.com only group.

Or just go to FantasyMovieLeague.com and search "FootballGuys" - password for the group is: FBG

They've got some great prizes this year, including a VIP trip for 2 (airfare, hotel and tickets) to Universal Studios, lots of movie passes from Fandango and t-shirts. The game is free to play and a lot of fun while we wait for football to start. And congrats to FootballGuy Austin Lee for winning the spring season over BbondsMVP... Austin says he doesn't think any of you can beat him. But he's that way... See you at the fake movies!

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NYJ - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to return
2. NE - QB Tom Brady files appeal
3. HOU - DE J.J. Watt not practicing
4. SD - RB Melvin Gordon recovering well
5. ARI - S Tyrann Mathieu may not be ready
6. JAX - Jalen Ramsey to play a lot
7. NYG - WR Victor Cruz taking it slow
8. JAX - WR Allen Hurns limited in OTAs
9. JAX - WR Allen Robinson out with hamstring issue
10. JAX - RB Chris Ivory successful on first down
11. BUF - QB Tyrod Taylor wants to open up offense
12. HOU - More muscle for WR DeAndre Hopkins
13. HOU - OLB Jadeveon Clowney full healthy
14. NYG - Sterling Shepard still impressing
15. CLE - WR Brian Hartline released
16. NYG - Eli Apple works out of slot
17. JAX - Luke Joeckel playing some guard
18. GB - OLB Clay Matthews returning to OLB
19. JAX - Dante Fowler wearing brace

1. NYJ - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to return

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) wants to re-sign with the New York Jets. 'I would like to be back,' Fitzpatrick said. He's been in a three-month contract stalemate with the Jets.

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Things are at an impasse right now between Fitzpatrick and the Jets, but that could change quickly. Any other team with a QB need has already filled it, so Fitzpatrick has run out of options. He can either retire or sign a team-friendly deal with the Jets. At this point, it sounds like he doesn't want to retire so a return to the Jets makes the most sense.

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2. NE - QB Tom Brady files appeal

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's legal team officially filed its appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Monday, May 23, which was the deadline to do so. 'The facts here are so drastic and so apparent that the court should rehear it,' attorney Ted Olson said.

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DeflateGate isn't over yet....but we'll sure be glad when it is.

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3. HOU - DE J.J. Watt not practicing

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (groin) did not practice for the first day of organized team activities Monday, May 23, as he continues to recover from offseason groin surgery.

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Watt's a pro's pro. He doesn't need every offseason rep, but we're sure that as soon as he's ready he's going to be out there on the field.

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4. SD - RB Melvin Gordon recovering well

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) participated in individual drills during organized team activities Monday, May 23, and is rehabilitating well from microfracture knee surgery he had in January.

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The Chargers and fantasy owners are holding their collective breath about Gordon. The speedy back can be the centerpiece of the Chargers offense if healthy. At this time, Gordon is expected to be ready for training camp later this year.

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5. ARI - S Tyrann Mathieu may not be ready

Source: ProFootballWeekly.com - Nate Atkins

Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) said he doesn't necessarily want to play if he's only at 90% health when the regular season begins. Mathieu's goal was to return by the regular season opener Sept. 11, but he doesn't want to make the mistake of coming back too early, which he said he did when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament in 2013.

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We'll be watching this situation closely as it continues to unfold. Obviously Mathieu is a fine player but injuries have knocked his pro career off track. Mathieu did say his rehabilitation is going as planned so far, though, but he wants to come back properly.

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6. JAX - Jalen Ramsey to play a lot

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Jacksonville Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey (knee) will play a lot in his rookie season, according to general manager David Caldwell. Caldwell thinks tests on Ramsey's torn meniscus this week will come back positive. However, the coaching staff is still 'holding their breath' that the second opinion Ramsey receives will confirm the injury is minor.

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Ramsey should play a lot as he's the type of player who doesn't need to come off the field. Early indications point to his knee injury being somewhat minor, and we hope that's the case. Ramsey can roam the field as a ball-hawking free safety and even play slot corner for the Jaguars if needed.

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7. NYG - WR Victor Cruz taking it slow

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Dan Graziano

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee, calf) and RB Orleans Darkwa (leg) were both working on the side with trainers during practice Monday, May 23. The Giants continue to take it slow with Cruz.

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We can't wait to see Cruz back near full strength...but there's no guarantee that he'll ever be able to be the same player he used to be.

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8. JAX - WR Allen Hurns limited in OTAs

Source: ESPN.com - Mike DiRocco

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (hernia) was limited during organized team activities Monday, May 23, due to a sports hernia.

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Hurns and Allen Robinson (hamstring) are banged up this offseason. They'll be wisely cautious with both star receivers.

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9. JAX - WR Allen Robinson out with hamstring issue

Source: The Associated Press - Mark Long

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson (hamstring) was out of practice Monday, May 23, with a hamstring injury.

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No word on the severity of this injury. Robinson is a star, and the Jaguars will wisely be cautious with him as he deals with this hamstring. That type of injury can linger if not treated properly.

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10. JAX - RB Chris Ivory successful on first down

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

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Chris Ivory's 736 yards gained on first-down carries last year were the third most in the NFL, and beat writer Ryan O'Halloran believes Ivory will handle more carries on first and second down than RB T.J. Yeldon, and Yeldon will serve as the primary third-down back.

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Yeldon's dynasty owners were excited about what he showed last year during his rookie season. The addition of Ivory this offseason throws a wrinkle in those prospects for 2016. We'll be watching to see how both of these RBs are used leading up to the regular season. At this time, Ivory has a more favorable ADP (7.07) than does Yeldon (8.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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11. BUF - QB Tyrod Taylor wants to open up offense

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Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor expects more out of the offense because he has a year of experience under his belt, and he wants to open up the passing game.

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Taylor proved a lot as a passer during his first year as a starter in the NFL. He has a rocket arm, but Taylor can throw deep with timing, touch and accuracy. The nature of a Rex Ryan offense is to run, run, run...but we'd like to see Taylor get a chance to do more through the air.

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12. HOU - More muscle for WR DeAndre Hopkins

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins said he has gained more weight by adding muscle this offseason.

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Added strength should help Hopkins win contested catches. It may also help with his yards after contact. Last year, Hopkins tied for 107th in the league with only 57 yards after contact. By comparison, Falcons WR Julio Jones was the top wideout in the league with 261 yards after contact. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski led all receivers in the league with 289 yards after contact in 2015.

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13. HOU - OLB Jadeveon Clowney full healthy

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (foot) said he is at 100% health. Clowney dealt with a mid-foot sprain late last season but did not undergo offseason surgery.

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Are we sure about that? Clowney's pro career has been marred by injury, and he may never be the player the Texans envisioned when they selected him with the no.1 overall pick in 2014. If he is healthy, then he's going to be relied on to create pressure on opposing QBs opposite superstar DE J.J. Watt.

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14. NYG - Sterling Shepard still impressing

Source: NJ.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard has caught everything so far during offseason activities, according to QB Eli Manning.

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We're not surprised. Shepard is an explosive athlete who has exciting run-after-the-catch ability. In college at Oklahoma, Shepard was known as a precise route-runner and as a player who his QB could rely on. We're expecting him to win the WR2 job for the Giants opposite Odell Beckham Jr. He's a WR5 for fantasy owners with the upside of at least a WR3/flex option in certain matchups.

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15. CLE - WR Brian Hartline released

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Cleveland Browns WR Brian Hartline was released Monday, May 23, according to a source.

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No surprise here...especially after the Browns added four WRs in the 2016 NFL draft. Hartline compiled 523 yards on 46 receptions, with two touchdowns in 12 games last season. There may be a team interested in adding a veteran WR that could add Hartline as training camp gets closer.

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16. NYG - Eli Apple works out of slot

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Dan Graziano

New York Giants CB Eli Apple worked on the outside and at nickel cornerback during organized team activities Monday, May 23. 'It's going to be a challenging transition,' Apple said of working in the slot.

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Apple is a big, physical corner who won't back down from a challenge. Working in the slot may not be his best fit as he's not quite as 'twitchy' as slot corners usually are. It will be interesting to see if the rookie can make plays from that position.

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17. JAX - Luke Joeckel playing some guard

Source: The Associated Press - Mark Long

Jacksonville Jaguars OT Luke Joeckel played some guard in organized team activities Monday, May 23.

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Ladies and gentlemen, we give you another version of Robert Gallery. Like Gallery, Joeckel was a top-5 pick who is better inside at guard than tackle. Gallery was a star inside at guard for the Raiders, but we'll see if Joeckel can make a positive impression working inside for the Jaguars.

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18. GB - OLB Clay Matthews returning to OLB

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews will return to outside linebacker in 2016.

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Fantastic! Matthews can play inside, but he truly thrives on the outside as a pass-rusher for the Packers. Last year, Matthews had only 6.5 sacks rushing from the inside. He could double that number this year if the team is able to move him back outside.

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19. JAX - Dante Fowler wearing brace

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Hays Carlyon

Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler (knee) is wearing a brace on his left knee to help protect the anterior cruciate ligament he tore last offseason.

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Fowler will be wearing that brace until he's fully comfortable coming back after missing all of his rookie season. The young pass-rusher said it felt good coming back, but he knows he still has work to do to make a full recovery.

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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