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J

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Our Matt Waldman's first pass at the 2016 wide receivers through the lens of average draft position.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DEN - OLB Brandon Marshall to have finger reexamined
2. DEN - OLB Brandon Marshall at workouts without contract
3. GB - WR Jordy Nelson taking things slow
4. SD - Chargers leaning towards RB committee
5. PHI - Philly teammates on board with QB Sam Bradford
6. CHI - Leonard Floyd signs contract
7. DEN - Denver has two No. 3 WR candidates
8. JAX - QB Blake Bortles meets with TE Julius Thomas
9. BAL - TE Dennis Pitta encouraged by health
10. BAL - RB Trent Richardson's conditioning in question
11. NE - Patriots QBs splitting reps
12. MIA - WR DeVante Parker healthy
13. IND - TE Dwayne Allen may be on field more
14. GB - WR Davante Adams ready to bounce back
15. DAL - RB Alfred Morris not available

1. DEN - OLB Brandon Marshall to have finger reexamined

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (finger) said he is scheduled to have his finger reexamined Tuesday, May 31.

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He has been participating in team meetings and is expected to participate in practice in the near future.

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2. DEN - OLB Brandon Marshall at workouts without contract

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (finger) is participating in offseason workouts even though he has not signed a contract with the team at this point. He signed a waiver to allow him to participate in the organized team activities. He does have an offer on the table worth $2.533 million since he was tendered as a restricted free agent, but he likely will not receive a long-term deal until the team signs LB Von Miller.

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The Broncos have until July 15th to work out a long-term deal with Miller. They should do that with a contract that makes Miller the highest-paid defensive player in the league. After that is done, Marshall should get a long-term deal from the Broncos.

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3. GB - WR Jordy Nelson taking things slow

Source: Packers.com - Wes Hodkiewicz

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) said his surgically repaired knee is fine, but he understands why the team is limiting his work during organized team activities. Nelson has been allowed to run, lift and perform all of the drills the trainers ask him to do.

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Good! There's no need for him to rush back and risk re-injuring himself. Nelson has been running routes on a side field during practices. He said he will need to regain his chemistry with QB Aaron Rodgers once he is cleared to practice again.

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4. SD - Chargers leaning towards RB committee

Source: Chargers.com

San Diego Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver will each be 'used to their strengths' in the upcoming season in helping comprise a committee, according to running backs coach Ollie Wilson. 'Those guys can do a lot of different things and they have all bought in to working together and having their own role instead of being (angry) not getting all the touches,' he said. 'They understand we don't have just one starter here. They are all part of our scheme and system.'

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Fantasy owners are anticipating this according to the latest ADP for the Chargers backs. The news of Gordon's microfracture knee surgery has caused his draft stock to take a tumble. He currently sits at RB27 (6.07) while Woodhead is at RB24 (5.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. PHI - Philly teammates on board with QB Sam Bradford

Source: NFL.com - Chris Wesseling

Philadelphia Eagles FS Malcolm Jenkins said the Eagles aren't harboring any ill feelings toward QB Sam Bradford after he skipped the start of the offseason program and demanded a trade. 'But I think right now, barring anything crazy or anything changing over the next few months, I think everybody is very comfortable with Sam and looking forward to him falling into that role,' Jenkins said.

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What else are they going to say? Publicly they can stand by him, but privately you have to wonder if teammates are mad about a guy who has never really had to compete in the NFL complaining about now having to do so. The Eagles could sit Carson Wentz for his entire rookie season, but we think he's the better QB and could step into the starting lineup if (when?) Bradford struggles.

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6. CHI - Leonard Floyd signs contract

Source: NFL.com

Chicago Bears LB Leonard Floyd, the team's first-round draft pick, signed a four-year deal Friday, May 27, which includes a fifth-year option. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Floyd is set to be a pass-rushing force for the Bears ASAP. He can get around the edge with a good bend and burst. Floyd has an array of pass-rushing moves to get after the quarterback. However, he needs to put on a ton of weight as he's thin and may not be able to take the pounding of an every-down player in the NFL.

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7. DEN - Denver has two No. 3 WR candidates

Source: The Denver Post - Cameron Wolfe

Denver Broncos WRs Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler are expected to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver job during training camp. Latimer has performed well during offseason workouts during the last few seasons but has not recorded great numbers during the regular season. Fowler had a decent role in the passing game in 2015 but injuries and inconsistency dropped him on the depth chart.

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It's a make-or-break year for Latimer. He's flashed in practice, but bad chemistry with Peyton Manning led him to be unproductive over the last two years with the Broncos. With only 8 catches in his pro career (after the Broncos moved up in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft to get him), Latimer needs to start producing as more than just a special teams player. Fowler may take his spot behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. The former Michigan State WR plays larger than his size, is physical at the point of the catch and fearless running routes over the middle.

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8. JAX - QB Blake Bortles meets with TE Julius Thomas

Source: ESPN.com - Mike DiRocco

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said he met with TE Julius Thomas multiple times this offseason because he wants the same chemistry with Thomas that he had last year. 'We had a chance this offseason to sit down multiple times, watch film and talk about things,' Bortles said. 'Talk about what he wanted from me and what I wanted from him and how we can quickly get on the same page to grow together.'

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Thomas is a stud when healthy...but he's never played a full 16-game season in his pro career. The Jaguars are building something good on offense, and Thomas can be a big part of what they do in the passing game--especially in the red zone. He's a low-end TE1 with the potential to catch double-digit touchdowns.

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9. BAL - TE Dennis Pitta encouraged by health

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Sarah Ellison

Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) is 'totally confident' in his surgically repaired hip, and he said he feels better than ever before with no lingering health issues.

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Head coach John Harbaugh said Pitta looks like the Pitta of old during OTAs, but we'll believe it when we see it. The signs are encouraging, but the team is in non-contact practices so far.

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10. BAL - RB Trent Richardson's conditioning in question

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) missed the entire first week of organized team activities after he tweaked his hamstring, and head coach John Harbaugh said Richardson must get healthy. Richardson has struggled with injuries and conditioning in his three-year career, averaging only 3.3 yards per carry. He needs a strong offseason and training camp in order to win a spot on the roster.

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Sometimes the headlines can be written months in advance. Richardson is down with a hamstring injury, and that comes back directly to his conditioning. He's fallen out of favor with multiple teams due to conditioning problems and issues (obviously) with motivation. Richardson's career will likely end as a cautionary "what might have been" tale.

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11. NE - Patriots QBs splitting reps

Source: Boston Herald - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots QBs Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo split first-team reps at practice Thursday, May 26. Last year, Brady dominated the top-tier work.

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The team is wise to prepare Garoppolo for a starting role just in case Brady's four-game suspension is upheld. Some dynasty owners are excited about Garoppolo's upside, but we want to see him show more boldness as a pocket passer before we get too excited. In college, Garoppolo didn't respond well to even mild pressure.

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12. MIA - WR DeVante Parker healthy

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (foot) missed much of last summer after having surgery to put a screw in his foot. But Parker said he's fully healthy now and expects to take a big step forward in his sophomore season. He's been asked by the new coaching staff to learn every receiving position on the field, including the slot. 'I expect big things out of him. I'm expecting him to be a heck of a football player, a guy that other teams fear, because he can make big plays down the field, inside,' QB Ryan Tannehill said. 'He's a big-bodied guy. He's a guy we're going to want to use in the red zone, on third downs and to stretch the field as well.' Parker amassed 286 receiving yards in the final three games of 2015.

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Parker is a young, stud receiver with great upside in the Adam Gase offense. We're excited by what the Dolphins could do this year with a coach who knows how to craft a high-powered offense. Parker has a current ADP of WR31 (6.12) in 12-team PPR leagues, and he could easily outperform that position in 2016.

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13. IND - TE Dwayne Allen may be on field more

Source: Colts.com - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen could see the field considerably more in the upcoming season, as new offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski may elect not to use as many multiple tight-end sets as former offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. The players listed behind Allen on the depth chart are all unproven, being TEs Jack Doyle, Erik Swoope and Darion Griswold.

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Coby Fleener moved on in free agency to the Saints, and that leaves "Robocop" aka Allen as the primary tight end. We like Swoope in super-deep dynasty leagues, but Allen really has no competition for snaps at the position. His current ADP of TE17 (13.03) seems too low.

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14. GB - WR Davante Adams ready to bounce back

Source: ESPNWisconsin.com - Jason Wilde

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams said he wasn't proud of his performance last season, but he plans to prove to the team and to himself what he is capable of in 2016.

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He can help himself by improving his concentration. Adams is a good athlete who can get open, but there are sometimes when he struggles to catch a cold. With Jordy Nelson back, we can't see Adams getting many looks...even if he wins the WR3 job behind Nelson and Randall Cobb.

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15. 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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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