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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. SEA - TE Jimmy Graham ready for season's start?
2. SEA - Thomas Rawls could be ready Week 1
3. DEN - Denver QB competition open
4. NYJ - WR Brandon Marshall, WR Eric Decker absent
5. NYJ - No talks between QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets
6. SEA - RB Marshawn Lynch Reportedly Told Teammates He Might Play In 2016
7. MIA - More freedom for QB Ryan Tannehill
8. NE - TE Martellus Bennett, QB Tom Brady connecting
9. CLE - WR Terrelle Pryor much improved
10. DEN - OLB Brandon Marshall had finger surgery
11. TEN - RB DeMarco Murray looks explosive
12. NYJ - QB Geno Smith receiving first-team reps
13. DAL - Ezekiel Elliott must earn starting job
14. NFL - RB Arian Foster a month away from usual form
15. NFL - WR Wes Welker undecided about playing
16. DAL - RB Alfred Morris not available
17. PIT - WR Antonio Brown torches rookie
18. KC - RB Knile Davis willing to stay in KC
19. NO - Michael Thomas practices with first team
20. NO - RB C.J. Spiller looks better
21. NE - DeAndre Carter impresses
22. NE - Key Patriots absent Thursday
23. TEN - WR Justin Hunter in better shape
24. BAL - RB Trent Richardson has hamstring issue
25. CAR - WR Kelvin Benjamin back at practice
26. NO - WR Brandin Cooks out of practice
27. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah had offseason surgery

1. SEA - TE Jimmy Graham ready for season's start?

Source: Seahawks.com

Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) might be ready to play in Week 1 of the regular season, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Graham continues to recover from a torn patellar tendon he suffered last season.

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The other big question is, how will they use him? Seattle was very inconsistent with his targets for a lot of the season, but when they threw a lot at him, he made plays. We're hoping that they learned their lesson and have him block less than he catches. For now we rate him as a good TE2, if he's ready to go.

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2. SEA - Thomas Rawls could be ready Week 1

Source: Seahawks.com

Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) may be healthy enough to play by Week 1 of the regular season, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Rawls is still recovering from a fractured ankle he suffered late last year.

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Rawls has a lot of upside when he finally takes the field, potentially as a very good RB2. The question will be when that happens. We like him a lot, but it's going to be tough to trust him in drafts. Meanwhile, keep an eye on rookie CJ Prosise and Christine Michael, both of whom could solidify themselves as part of an RBBC or more.

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3. DEN - Denver QB competition open

Source: The Denver Post - Troy E. Renck

Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday, May 25, that competition is open at quarterback in organized team activities. However, QB Mark Sanchez's experience gives him the clear edge over QBs Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch despite not having started a season opener since 2012. Sanchez must perform in training camp to hold the other two young QBs off. If he wins the job, Sanchez must limit turnovers during the season to keep the job.

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As we knew it would be. We think that Sanchez will get the nod, as Lynch has a longer way to go and Siemian, while familiar with the offense, isn't more than a third-string quarterback. The weapons that are there for whomever gets the nod are impressive, with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders on the outside to throw to. That said, we don't know we'd like anyone here as more than a QB3 as the Broncos are going to be one of the most run-heavy teams in the league.

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4. NYJ - WR Brandon Marshall, WR Eric Decker absent

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WRs Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker are both not in attendance for organized team activities this week. Head coach Todd Bowles downplayed their absence, but Decker stayed away because he's upset that the Jets have yet to re-sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. The reason for Marshall's absence is unclear.

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There's a lot of confusion about this, as we have conflicting reports about the absences and there is something about this that feels self-perpetuation rather than true. That said, this should have no impact on the Jets' plans. If they let players dictate policy, the team will be a disaster, guaranteed.

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5. NYJ - No talks between QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets

Source: New York Post - Brian Costello

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) has not had contract talks with the New York Jets over the last few weeks, according to a source.

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This isn't really about the "OTA holdout" drama. The simple breakdown is this: no team is jumping at the opportunity to sign Fitzpatrick, certainly not at whatever inflated price he wants. He and the Jets will get a deal done and it won't break the bank. The only way this goes differently is if some quarterback gets hurt in the near future.

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6. SEA - RB Marshawn Lynch Reportedly Told Teammates He Might Play In 2016

Source: SI.com

Jason Cole of the Bleacher Report reports Marshawn Lynch told two ex-teammates that he has plans to play in 2016.

"Cole reports Lynch’s agent does not think he will play, but Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman recently expressed some doubt that Lynch would stay retired.

“I don’t put anything past him,” Sherman said. “He’s about as predictable as a pair of dice. So I don’t try to call his plays.”

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Keep an eye on this one. He doesn't have exactly a team friendly contract so if Lynch did return there are questions as to what the Seahawks would do. Lynch is obviously one that isn't predictable so nothing is certain until he signs retirement papers. We'll stay on this one for you.

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7. MIA - More freedom for QB Ryan Tannehill

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill said the Dolphins will mix things up in new head coach Adam Gase's offense. Tannehill said there's more variability and versatility under Gase than there was with former offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Tannehill will also be adjusting more on the fly, whether that's with routes, protection or even just the play in general.

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Gase is going to find out real quick how much he can depend on his quarterback. Tannehill has made some strides but can still be erratic. Gase's offense is exciting, and could produce some good points if Tannehill is up to the task. We see him as a solid QB2 but he has some upside in this scheme.

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8. NE - TE Martellus Bennett, QB Tom Brady connecting

Source: Patriots.com - Paul Perillo

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and TE Martellus Bennett connected several times in the red zone, including some touchdowns, during organized team activities Thursday, May 26. Bennett was New England's primary tight end in practice with TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) not practicing.

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Gronkowski is the top target, but don't be surprised if the Patriots get Bennett highly involved. Once upon a time they had Aaron Hernandez across from Gronkowski, and it worked beautifully. Bennett could replicate that. We like him as a nice TE2 option with upside.

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9. CLE - WR Terrelle Pryor much improved

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor said he is much improved as a receiver compared to where he was last year. '(I'm) 10 times (better than last year),' Pryor said after an OTA practice. 'I look at the film and it amazes me, and I give that to (receivers coach Al) Saunders, because just sitting there and doing the extra meeting time with him and him really breaking down certain routes to me and how he wants them run, it's awesome.' At 6-4, Pryor towers over most cornerbacks. He's playing with confidence in practices and is showing full effort.

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That's good, but he still has a ways to go. He's transitioning from quarterback, so the slow improvement isn't a shock. We think Cleveland holds onto him because of the size and athleticism, but it could be some time before he is relevant as a fantasy option.

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10. DEN - OLB Brandon Marshall had finger surgery

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (finger) had surgery on his right index finger, which explains why he's been limited in organized team activities.

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The surgery isn't slowing down contract negotiations. We'll see Von Miller get a new long-term deal from the Broncos before we see Marshall get a new (and well-deserved) contract. The team put a second-round tender on the talented linebacker earlier this year, but he has not signed it. Marshall is at OTAs on good faith (and with a waiver to participate).

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11. TEN - RB DeMarco Murray looks explosive

Source: The Tennessean - John Glennon

Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray has received praise from both head coach Mike Mularkey and QB Marcus Mariota during organized team activities this week. 'I certainly liked some of the cuts I saw,' Mularkey said. 'Even without pads on, those were cuts he wasn't going to get touched on. It was going to be an explosive run. You can tell when a play is going to work and not work.'

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Murray is saying and doing all the right things in the wake of the drafting of rookie Derrick Henry, and it looks like the result is a continued status at the top of the food chain. We're not expecting superb fantasy numbers this year, but he should serve as a second or third fantasy back in the Titans "exotic smashmouth" backfield.

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12. NYJ - QB Geno Smith receiving first-team reps

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Geno Smith is receiving first-team repetitions ahead of QBs Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg during organized team activities. However, the coaching staff hasn't defined the specific positions on the depth chart for the quarterbacks.

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As he should. Unless one of the other two are a revelation, or Smith is a disaster, he's the starter. This could also change if (when?) Ryan Fitzpatrick gets signed, in which case Geno Smith might not even stay with the team. The Jets quarterback situation is cloudy, and we don't know what to expect from Smith in Chan Gailey's offense. He has some upside but precipitous downside.

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13. DAL - Ezekiel Elliott must earn starting job

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

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott must compete to earn a starting role this year, according to running backs coach Gary Brown. Elliott was drafted fourth overall by the Cowboys and will compete with RBs Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris. 'It's a lot faster pace,' Elliott said. 'The game moves so much faster. Yesterday, I'm not going to lie, I was a little bit shell-shocked. But today I came out. I was a little bit more prepared and was more ready mentally so it was a little bit easier for me.'

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We think this is all just posturing. Elliott is an incredible talent and the moment he gets the playbook under control, we can't imagine him as a second or part-time back. It might take a while in camp, but we think he overtakes McFadden and Morris.

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14. NFL - RB Arian Foster a month away from usual form

Source: ABC 13 - David Nuno

Free-agent RB Arian Foster (Achilles') said he would need about a month to get to where he needs to be physically. 'I probably need another month to get where I am, the person everyone is used to seeing,' Foster said. 'I can definitely play but I need another month to be where I want to be and be at that pro-bowl level I can be at.'

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We don't know where he'll end up, if anywhere and so we have no idea what his value is. You have to wait and see what the situation is in his new "home." Put our chips on the Miami Dolphins as the team to sign Foster. However, the Patriots, Seahawks, Lions and even the Chargers could be interested.

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15. NFL - WR Wes Welker undecided about playing

Source: NFL Network

Free-agent WR Wes Welker (Rams) said he's still weighing his options and hasn't decided if he'll play in 2016.

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Welker has had a lot of concussions and we would rather see him healthy and with a good quality of life down the road than another 20 catches. It's good he's taking his time with a critical decision, but we think he's better off hanging up the cleats for good.

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16. DAL - RB Alfred Morris not available

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Charean Williams

Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris and RB Darren McFadden are not available for trade, executive vice president Stephen Jones said Thursday, May 26.

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We'll see if that lasts, but it's wise to keep the backfield intact for now. Once Ezekiel Elliott gets up to speed, we may see one of them moved, but the Cowboys know depth at any position is critical. We see Elliott as a solid RB1 in his rookie season, but the most McFadden or Morris will be is a handcuff.

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17. PIT - WR Antonio Brown torches rookie

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Mark Kaboly

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown beat CB Artie Burns for a pair of touchdowns in the first day of OTAs Thursday, May 26, and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey said he believes a 2,000-yard season is possible for Brown.

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Well, it doesn't really mean anything, especially when it's arguably the best receiver in the game beating a rookie. That said, we were unimpressed with the selection of Burns when it happened and this doesn't fill us with unicorns, rainbows and optimism. Brown is, of course, a WR1. We'll see if everyone is when they line up against Burns.

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18. KC - RB Knile Davis willing to stay in KC

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs RB Knile Davis denies requesting a trade this offseason, but he said he looks forward to the opportunity to show what he can do on the field.

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Jamaal Charles is getting healthy while Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West got extensions, so if he did ask for a trade, we couldn't blame Davis. With that much talent ahead of him there's no point in having him on your roster this year.

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19. NO - Michael Thomas practices with first team

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune - Larry Holder

New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas practiced with the first-team offense during organized team activities Thursday, May 26, with WR Brandin Cooks (undisclosed) missing practice.

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The Saints want to get their young rookie some snaps with Brandin Cooks out. It does tell you that perhaps Brandon Coleman might see less play this year and that's worth keeping an eye on. We do think Willie Snead will stay with Cooks back and healthy, bit Thomas could have some decent WR4 value with upside.

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20. NO - RB C.J. Spiller looks better

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune - Katherine Terrell

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller's (knee) health and movement skills are noticeably different so far this offseason, according to head coach Sean Payton. 'He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that leg he [injured],' Payton said. 'That's been real encouraging.'

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Spiller has upside but at 29 and beat up, it's not a lot. He's well behind everyone else there and we don't see him as worth a roster spot.

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21. NE - DeAndre Carter impresses

Source: Patriots.com - Paul Perillo

New England Patriots WR DeAndre Carter showed quickness and good hands out of the slot during organized team activities Thursday, May 26.

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Carter ended up getting cut from the Baltimore Ravens last year despite doing well in camp. Will this be a repeat? He's buried behind a lot of players in New England and could just be shining because so many guys are out this week.

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22. NE - Key Patriots absent Thursday

Source: Patriots.com - Paul Perillo

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot), RB LeGarrette Blount (knee), RB Dion Lewis (knee), WR Danny Amendola (ankle, knee) and TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, May 26.

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Were they also blowing off OTA's to show support for Ryan Fitzpatrick? Or maybe, as veterans, they were just taking a day off, much like we think Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall are. Nothing to see here folks.

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23. TEN - WR Justin Hunter in better shape

Source: TitansInsider.com - Terry McCormick

Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter is up to 209 pounds from the 203 pounds he played at least year thanks to aggressive workouts and a diet change.

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He probably won't end up as a starter, but his size and speed have always made him intriguing as a pro prospect. Watch how this plays out in case he surprises, but we expect Kendall Wright, Rishard Matthews and Dorial Green-Beckham to get most of the targets.

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24. BAL - RB Trent Richardson has hamstring issue

Source: WNST

Baltimore Ravens RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) is dealing with a hamstring injury Thursday, May 26, that he suffered last week.

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Richardson has never recovered from whatever happened to him in Cleveland, and while there is room for him to make some inroads into the carries of the players ahead of him, we don't trust him. An injury in minicamp isn't changing our mind.

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25. CAR - WR Kelvin Benjamin back at practice

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is back at practice in organized team activities Thursday, May 26, for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in training camp last year. Carolina is likely to ease him back into work, though, after he totaled 1,008 receiving yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie.

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We're all about the Benjamin, who we are excited to see in this offense again. It was pretty potent without him and his production in his rookie season was outstanding. It's a good combination and right now we can see him as a solid WR2 for fantasy owners.

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26. NO - WR Brandin Cooks out of practice

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (undisclosed) is out of practice Thursday, May 26, and working on the side with trainers.

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We're not worried about this, though we never love to see a player on the sidelines...even in OTAs. Cooks looks poised to put up WR2 numbers this year and have his second straight 1,000-yard season.

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27. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah had offseason surgery

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) had surgery to fix a torn labrum in his shoulder in January and could miss the rest of the offseason, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Abdullah led the team in rushing last year with 597 yards. He's said to be ahead of schedule in his rehab, but the Lions are being cautious with him until training camp. Abdullah is expected to be the starting running back in 2016.

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Abdullah played through the injury in December, and likely won't take part in any of the offseason program, perhaps even camp. We expect a decent season from him this year, but he might start off a bit slow because he'll have missed so much work. This whole season, Abdullah will likely split time with at least Theo Riddick. That's been cooked into his current ADP of RB30 (7.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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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