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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert may miss Week 1
2. PIT - Le'Veon Bell says he'll be ready
3. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins expected for opener
4. PIT - Le'Veon Bell deflects injury proneness
5. PIT - Le'Veon Bell full-go by camp?
6. NYG - WR Victor Cruz targeting training camp
7. NE - RB Dion Lewis optimistic for Week 1
8. CLE - RB Duke Johnson an every-down back?
9. GB - WR Jordy Nelson is on schedule
10. TB - Jameis Winston talks up WR Kenny Bell
11. PIT - Maurkice Pouncey claims full health
12. OAK - Mario Edwards participates in OTAs
13. OAK - TE Clive Walford should be ready for camp
14. TEN - WR Kendall Wright is heavier
15. DEN - TE Virgil Green had surgery
16. DEN - Trevor Siemian takes first-team reps
17. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota has added weight
18. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert a valuable scorer
19. DEN - Devontae Booker close to 100%
20. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez participating in drills
21. JAX - Jermey Parnell fractures hand
22. PHI - WR Rueben Randle has surgery
23. BAL - Three Ravens RBs for one spot
24. PIT - Pittsburgh may use two TEs in red zone

1. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert may miss Week 1

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) may not be ready for the start of the regular season, according to a source. Eifert will have surgery on his injured ankle in the near future. His expected recovery time is three months.

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Eifert suffered this injury during the Pro Bowl, but the team just decided to put him under the knife now. The Bengals are already short on targets with WRs Mohamed Sanu (Falcons) and Marvin Jones (Lions) moving on in free agency. When healthy, Eifert is a star TE and top-5 fantasy prospect at his position. Keep an eye on this situation as camp approaches. We think Eifert may skip the preseason in order to try and be ready for the start of the regular season.

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2. PIT - Le'Veon Bell says he'll be ready

Source: SportsCenter

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee), who is recovering from surgery for a torn medial collateral ligament in his knee, said he plans on making a full return in time for Week 1.

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Bell has confidence that he'll be ready, but we're not so sure. He had major knee surgery back in November of last year, and his status for the start of training camp is up in the air. Bell himself may be ready, but the team may want to ease him into action later this year.

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3. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins expected for opener

Source: The Buffalo News - Tyler Dunne

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is expected to be ready for Week 1, but the team doesn't have a target date for his return set, according to general manager Doug Whaley.

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Watkins is on crutches right now which is not unexpected given his foot surgery. He is likely to be limited in camp and we may not even see Watkins in the preseason as he recovers.

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4. PIT - Le'Veon Bell deflects injury proneness

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Chris Adamski

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) doesn't believe each of his three injuries in each of his first three seasons in the NFL isn't indicative of him being injury prone. Bell said he's still going to be physical but protect himself at the same time.

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Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and you have a duck. Bell may be correct, but we could write 2,000 words on how there may or may not be anything such as injury prone when it comes to pro athletes. One thing is certain; Bell needs to stay healthy and produce at a high level for the Steelers this year. If healthy, there's no question that he can do just that.

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5. PIT - Le'Veon Bell full-go by camp?

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said he will be 100% healthy by training camp. He has already participated in individual drills during organized team activities, including running and cutting, as he continues to recover from a torn medial collateral ligament.

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This the most positive report we've seen about Bell this offseason. The team has been wisely cautious with their star RB, but he's trying to recover from major knee surgery he had last November. We'll see if he's ready by the start of training camp. If not, the team could continue to limit him through camp and the preseason.

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6. NYG - WR Victor Cruz targeting training camp

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Dan Graziano

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) jogged around the practice field Tuesday, May 24, as the team is targeting around training camp for him to return to full participation.

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It's a good sign that he's off to the side doing some work, but we'll believe it when we see it. Cruz is a favorite of everyone, but major injuries could have robbed him of his once-promising future.

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7. NE - RB Dion Lewis optimistic for Week 1

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) has given signs of optimism for being ready for the start of the season. Some close to Lewis feel that he's about a month away from being able to play in a game.

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Lewis showed last year just how productive he could be in this system before he went down with this injury. The team will be wisely cautious with him, and his repetitions in organized team activities will be limited at best. If healthy, we see Lewis as a RB2 with RB1 upside in the Patriots high-powered offense.

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8. CLE - RB Duke Johnson an every-down back?

Source: ESPN.com - Pat McManamon

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson believes RB Duke Johnson can be an every-down running back in the NFL. Johnson had a chance to win the starting job in 2015 but suffered a hamstring injury.

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Johnson may have the ability to be a full-time RB in the NFL, but he may be best suited playing a change-of-pace role. He's an explosive player who can be used similarly to the way Jackson used Gio Bernard when he was OC with the Bengals. Isaiah Crowell may be the lead back with Johnson working behind him.

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9. GB - WR Jordy Nelson is on schedule

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) is right on schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. It's still unclear if Nelson will participate in organized team activities.

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Getting Nelson back will be a huge boost for the Packers passing game. They just weren't the same without him in 2015. With Nelson back on the field, things should open up for WR Randall Cobb. He's a top-10 fantasy WR when healthy, and his current ADP (WR8, 2.02) in 12-team PPR leagues backs that up.

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10. TB - Jameis Winston talks up WR Kenny Bell

Source: Buccaneers.com - Scott Smith

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Kenny Bell gives the Buccaneers a big-play threat who can stretch the field, according to QB Jameis Winston. Winston expects big things from Bell in 2016.

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Our very own Matt Waldman was high on Bell last year with the talented WR came out of Nebraska. Bell was a fifth-round pick of the Bucs last year in the draft, but he missed his rookie season after a preseason hamstring injury knocked him out for the year. He didn't have any receptions in two preseason games, but know that Bell's natural talent could come through this year and beyond. He's a competitive player who can make difficult catches seem routine. He'll be the Bucs WR3 this year behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.

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11. PIT - Maurkice Pouncey claims full health

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ray Fittipaldo

Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (leg) participated fully in organized team activities Tuesday, May 24.

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Getting Pouncey back at full strength will be a great asset for the Steelers offensive line. Pouncey said his injured leg is at 100% despite having multiple surgeries last year to repair a fractured fibula in his left leg.

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12. OAK - Mario Edwards participates in OTAs

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Scott Bair

Oakland Raiders LB Mario Edwards Jr. (neck) is participating in organized team activities Tuesday, May 24, after being medically cleared for football activities earlier this month.

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Great news for the Raiders here. Edwards found out he was dealing with a genetic condition in his neck and a late-season injury last year put his future in the NFL in doubt. Neck injuries are nothing to take lightly, but now Edwards looks like he's ready to rock. The Raiders have the makings of a team who could surprise in 2016.

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13. OAK - TE Clive Walford should be ready for camp

Source: ESPN - Adam Caplan

Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford (knee) is expected to be cleared well before the beginning of training camp. He did not participate in organized team activities Tuesday, May 24.

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All signs point to this whole "lacerated knee" thing as being quite minor. Walford is one of our favorite young TEs in the league. He's a TE2 for fantasy owners this year, but the upside to be a top-12 fantasy TE is there with the athletic Walford.

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14. TEN - WR Kendall Wright is heavier

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright said he feels more explosive at his current 195 pounds, 12 pounds heavier than he was last season.

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This is good news for Wright as he's been a player to get banged up too often. The Titans are going to use their "exotic smashmouth" offense to move the ball mostly on the ground, so we see Wright as low-end WR5 for fantasy owners. His current ADP is WR59 (13.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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15. DEN - TE Virgil Green had surgery

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Lindsay H. Jones

Denver Broncos TE Virgil Green (finger) had surgery on his finger and will miss most of organized team activities, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.

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An interesting tidbit revealed today after practice. Green has been an underused receiver to this point in his pro career. A seventh-round pick in 2011, Green had a career-high 12 catches in 2015. This surgery is going to give second-year TE Jeff Heuerman a chance to emerge in the TE-friendly Kubiak system.

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16. DEN - Trevor Siemian takes first-team reps

Source: The Denver Post - Troy E. Renck

Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian started with the first-team offense for the first day of organized team activities. Head coach Gary Kubiak said the quarterback competition is open but praised all of the quarterbacks.

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Siemian has more experience under Kubiak than does rookie Paxton Lynch or veteran Mark Sanchez. The second-year pro has a big arm, but he struggles with accuracy. The team is quickly grooming Lynch to take over as the starter. If he plays up to his potential, Siemian is merely a backup-caliber QB.

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17. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota has added weight

Source: TitansInsider.com - Terry McCormick

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is up to 225 pounds from the 210 pounds he weighed last year. Mariota said he'd like to stay at 225 pounds.

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That's good for a player who may take more hits since he's a runner. Mariota turned in a strong rookie campaign last year, but he was hurt with two MCL injuries in his first season. Being heavier should help him absorb the NFL punishment he'll get on Sundays.

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18. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert a valuable scorer

Source: ESPN Stats and Information

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) scored on 18.6% of his 70 targets (13 touchdowns). No one with at least 20 targets had a higher percentage of targets result in touchdowns.

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Eifert's availability for the start of the regular season is unknown at this time due to his ankle surgery. Why does anyone play in the Pro Bowl? The NFL should just have players grab a controller and play Madden Ultimate Team to a live audience instead.

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19. DEN - Devontae Booker close to 100%

Source: The Denver Post - Cameron Wolfe

Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker (knee) has been doing almost all of the drills the other running backs are doing in organized team activities, and it looks like he's close to 100% in his recovery from a knee injury in college.

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Booker said earlier this year that he's about 90 percent healthy. While he wants to 'take someone's job' Booker is more likely to be a three-down-back-in-waiting for the Broncos in 2016. If C.J. Anderson stays healthy, he's likely to get the largest workload of his football career with Booker playing a reserve role--and competing for touches with Ronnie Hillman.

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20. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez participating in drills

Source: The Denver Post - Cameron Wolfe

Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez (thumb) is doing just about everything the other quarterbacks are doing in organized team activities Tuesday, May 24. Sanchez isn't taking snaps under center, however.

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Sanchez can't take snaps from under center right now as he's recovering from thumb surgery on his non-throwing hand. He's competing for the starting job in Denver and got off to a rough start at OTAs on Tuesday as his second pass of practice was intercepted by LB Corey Nelson.

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21. JAX - Jermey Parnell fractures hand

Source: ESPN.com - Mike DiRocco

Jacksonville Jaguars OT Jermey Parnell (hand) suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left hand during organized team activities Monday, May 23.

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Another day, and another injury for the Jaguars. This injury is not considered major, and Parnell will continue to work during individual drills. He will be limited for the rest of team activities and minicamp.

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22. PHI - WR Rueben Randle has surgery

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles WR Rueben Randle (gallbladder) is out of practice Tuesday, May 24, due to a recent gallbladder surgery.

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That's not going to help his chances to make the 53-man roster. He never played up to his potential and was wildly inconsistent during his time with the Giants. Randle needs to get healthy and prove that he belongs on the Eagles, but even if he does make the team we're not expecting him to make any sort of fantasy impact.

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23. BAL - Three Ravens RBs for one spot

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB Terrance West and RB Trent Richardson are likely to compete for one roster spot in training camp.

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This is a group of has-beens and never-weres, but it will be interesting to see who emerges. Richardson has the highest upside, but his career has been knocked off track by injuries and lack of motivation. The former no.3 overall pick (2012) has worked hard this offseason to reshape his body in an effort to play up to his potential. We're not counting on Richardson here, but he may be the most likely to emerge if he truly has "gotten it."

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24. PIT - Pittsburgh may use two TEs in red zone

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers TEs Ladarius Green and Jesse James may both be on the field at the same time in the red zone because of their height.

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That would make a lot of sense..especially since WR Martavis Bryant is suspended for the year. Green has a fine skill set, but he's never really played up to his full potential. The Steelers would like him to do that this year, but they also have the huge prospect (second-year TE Jesse James) to develop as well. James is raw at the position, but he's tall, has a large wingspan and can play 'above the rim' in the NFL.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J