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Good Thursday to you. Another set of Team Reports for you, a cool QB analysis article and the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert could miss multiple games
2. DAL - WR Dez Bryant to have X-rays
3. PHI - No QB order set in Philly
4. DAL - QB Tony Romo feeling great
5. WAS - WR DeSean Jackson not at workouts
6. PIT - TE Ladarius Green idle from ankle surgery
7. NYJ - Coach hopeful QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is re-signed
8. GB - RB Eddie Lacy still has weight issue?
9. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger has high expectations
10. WAS - Washington not looking at RB Arian Foster
11. MIA - RB Arian Foster still option for Miami
12. WAS - TE Niles Paul has added weight
13. CIN - TE Ryan Hewitt hurting
14. ATL - OLB Dwight Freeney to visit Atlanta
15. NYJ - CB Darrelle Revis could be back for camp
16. WAS - RB Pierre Thomas an option for Washington
17. NFL - RB Knowshon Moreno wants to return

1. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert could miss multiple games

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) will undergo surgery on his ankle Wednesday, May 25, and he could miss the first couple of games of the regular season, according to a source.

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The timetable for Eifert is unknown at this time. The Bengals offense would sorely miss the star TE even if he only misses a game or two. The team is going to have a new-look passing game with different targets for QB Andy Dalton. If Eifert is out, then we'll see Tyler Kroft in a larger role.

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2. DAL - WR Dez Bryant to have X-rays

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) will have more X-rays on his injured right foot soon, and he hopes to participate more as the offseason progresses.

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Fantasy owners need to monitor Bryant as he continues to recover from this injury. Bryant admitted that he needs to be patient during his recovery, but said he feels great. He did participate in the early part of organized team activities Wednesday, May 25, before his rehabilitation.

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3. PHI - No QB order set in Philly

Source: ESPN.com - Phil Sheridan

Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said that the order set with QB Sam Bradford as the No. 1, QB Chase Daniel as the backup and QB Carson Wentz as the third guy is 'probably not the right impression.' 'But the other thing that -- as coaches -- that you've got to establish is a culture of competition. This is one of the most competitive industries in the world and so, to say that there's not competition, that's just the furthest thing from the truth.'

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Reich needs to be cautious with what he says so Bradford doesn't get upset. Of course no order has been set. Bradford SHOULD be the starter for Week 1 as the team has indicated they'd like Wentz to sit and develop. However, if Wentz shows that he's better in camp then we could see their future franchise QB take over early this year...perhaps even Week 1.

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4. DAL - QB Tony Romo feeling great

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (collarbone) isn't worried about his long-term future and thinks he can play four or five more years. He also said he feels 'ahead of the game' in his offseason work. Quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said Romo has looked 'phenomenal' in offseason workouts.

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The Cowboys need to be ready just in case Romo goes down again. He's great when healthy, and the Cowboys can win a lot of games with Romo in the lineup. However, he seems to always be banged up and the team struggles without him. They selected Dak Prescott in the draft this year to groom as a potential QB of the future.

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5. WAS - WR DeSean Jackson not at workouts

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson has not participated in voluntary workouts this week, but he has visited the Redskins.

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This doesn't sound like a big deal. There are some veterans who just decide to workout on their own as the voluntary portion of the offseason continues. Head coach Jay Gruden said Jackson knows what kind of shape he has to be in and does expect him to participate in other voluntary workouts.

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6. PIT - TE Ladarius Green idle from ankle surgery

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) is out of organized team activities as he recovers from offseason ankle surgery. He doesn't have a firm timetable, but he's hopeful to be ready for training camp.

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Green has always had the talent, but he's a player who has never truly played up to his potential. This ankle surgery is not a great start now that he's with a new team. The team should accelerate his learning curve if he's ready for training camp. With Green out, second-year pro Jesse James will get an opportunity to showcase his skill set.

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7. NYJ - Coach hopeful QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is re-signed

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he's 'hopeful' that QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is re-signed by training camp. However, Bowles didn't say he's confident.

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Things are getting back on track with the Jets and Fitzpatrick. The two sides were at an impasse earlier this year, but now the QB market has dried up and Fitzpatrick will likely lower his asking price in order to play with the Jets. If (when?) he's signed, Fitzpatrick should start and could put up high-end QB2 numbers for fantasy owners. But that hasn't happened yet so stay tuned.

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8. GB - RB Eddie Lacy still has weight issue?

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy still weighs 'in the 240s,' according to a source. Lacy did P90X workouts in the offseason and turned to basketball and boxing, too. It was reported back in April that Lacy had already lost 15 to 18 pounds. Head coach Mike McCarthy characterized Lacy's condition as 'so far, so good.' 'Eddie will be fine,' McCarthy said. 'I believe he'll hit the target that we're all looking for when the lights come on.'

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The weight is an issue, and Lacy has worked hard this offseason to get into better shape. However, Lacy just needs to stay healthy and produce. If he can do that, the "Fat Eddie Lacy" talk will die down.

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9. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger has high expectations

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Mark Kaboly

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said the offense will be looking to average 30 points per game in 2016 even though WR Martavis Bryant has been suspended for the entire season. 'It is still our goal,' Roethlisberger said. 'We were close last year, but we didn't get there.' The Steelers averaged 26.4 points per game in 2015 but the average increased to 28.9 points when Roethlisberger started or played at least a half.

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Fantasy owners have high expectations for one of the league's best offenses. With Roethlisberger healthy, the team is capable of making a deep postseason run because they can move the ball against any defense.

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10. WAS - Washington not looking at RB Arian Foster

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Free-agent RB Arian Foster (Achilles') does not appear to be an option for the Washington Redskins at this point.

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Washington is not one of the teams that has shown interest and actually reached out to Foster this offseason. The Dolphins, Seahawks, Broncos and Patriots--and maybe the Chargers--could show interest in Foster when he's able to pass a physical.

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11. MIA - RB Arian Foster still option for Miami

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Free-agent RB Arian Foster (Texans) is still receiving interest from the Miami Dolphins.

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We think the Dolphins are the front-runners for the veteran back. They have been looking to add competition at the position all offseason. Foster should be able to pass a physical in a week or so, and the veteran might get signed soon after. Stay tuned. If Foster is added to the Dolphins roster, he's in line to compete for the starting job with only Jay Ajayi and rookie Kenyan Drake in his way.

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12. WAS - TE Niles Paul has added weight

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins TE Niles Paul appears to have bulked up this offseason as the Redskins started organized team activities this week. Paul gained at least 20 pounds last offseason but lost all of that weight while sitting out due to his ankle injury.

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Paul is a good reserve TE for Washington, but he's not going to do much so long as Jordan Reed is healthy. With Vernon Davis behind Reed, Paul is not a number three TE.

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13. CIN - TE Ryan Hewitt hurting

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cincinnati Bengals TE Ryan Hewitt (undisclosed) recently underwent a minor, non-football procedure. He is recovering nicely and will return soon.

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The Bengals already have Tyler Eifert banged up, but Hewitt is really more of an H-back or fullback than he is a tight end. This sounds like he'll be back in the near future.

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14. ATL - OLB Dwight Freeney to visit Atlanta

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Cardinals) will likely visit the Atlanta Falcons next week.

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Freeney is visiting with the Bengals this week, and there's a chance he finds a new home with Cincinnati. If not, the Falcons could certainly use a veteran like Freeney as a part-time pass-rusher.

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15. NYJ - CB Darrelle Revis could be back for camp

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis (wrist) could be ready for the start of training camp. 'I can't answer that completely, but I hope he will,' head coach Todd Bowles said.

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The Jets are built to play strong defense, and Revis is a big reason why as he'll protect the back end. We'll see the team take it easy on him as he continues to recover. He'll be ready at some point during camp.

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16. WAS - RB Pierre Thomas an option for Washington

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Free-agent RB Pierre Thomas (Redskins) is still receiving interest from the Washington Redskins, but Thomas may want to wait until the season begins before signing with a team like he did last season.

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Thomas proved last year at the end of the season (specifically in Week 16 against the Eagles) that he still has a little something left in the tank. Washington is set with Matt Jones as their starter, and we like rookie Keith Marshall as a potential starter someday. If Thomas is added, the team would likely use him as a change-of-pace back only.

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17. NFL - RB Knowshon Moreno wants to return

Source: Twitter

Former Miami Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (knee) plans to return to NFL action in 2016.

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Good luck with that. Moreno's knees have long been shot. At his best, Moreno was a decent all-purpose back. However, he never played up to his first-round draft status with the Broncos. At this point in his career, we can't imagine teams falling all over themselves to sign the veteran.

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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