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Good Wednesday to you. We've got a couple of great new Articles today plus more Team Reports plus the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

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A. Coaching Carousel 2016: Detroit Lions Offense
The question I always ask each year is "What's New?" with a team. Player changes are big of course but Coaching changes can have a huge impact. Our Jason Wood takes a detailed look at the impact of Jim Bob Cooter's transition from interim coordinator to full-time offensive coordinator.

B. 2016 Fantasy Football: Early Wide Receiver Top 10
Alessandro Miglio dives into his initial top 10 rankings at wide receiver for 2016.

C. Team Reports - New England Patriots
Footballguys takes an in depth look at the 2016 New England Patriots.

D. Team Reports - New York Jets
Footballguys takes an in depth look at the 2016 New York Jets.

E. Team Reports - Buffalo Bills
Footballguys takes an in depth look at the 2016 Buffalo Bills.

F. Team Reports - Miami Dolphins
Footballguys takes an in depth look at the 2016 Miami Dolphins.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. ARI - RB Chris Johnson could start for Arizona
2. SD - RB Melvin Gordon not fully healthy
3. MIN - More receiving for RB Adrian Peterson?
4. DAL - RB Darren McFadden could be traded
5. DEN - WR Cody Latimer arrested
6. HOU - DE J.J. Watt could return soon
7. NYJ - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick could sign elsewhere
8. PIT - WR Markus Wheaton confident he'll make impact
9. CAR - WR Kelvin Benjamin moving well
10. NYJ - WR Eric Decker, WR Brandon Marshall back
11. PHI - Carson Wentz off to fast start
12. DAL - Two rookies sign
13. ATL - WR Devin Hester not at full health
14. DEN - OLB DeMarcus Ware likely to miss most of OTAs
15. DEN - TE Jeff Heuerman limited
16. DEN - Denver quarterbacks playing evenly
17. DEN - Devontae Booker participating
18. TEN - WR Dorial Green-Beckham must earn job
19. MIA - WR Jarvis Landry can improve
20. WAS - QB Kirk Cousins staying prepared
21. KC - OLB Justin Houston may not start season
22. MIA - Miami prepared to welcome DE Dion Jordan back

1. ARI - RB Chris Johnson could start for Arizona

Source: ESPN.com - Josh Weinfuss

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson could claim the starting job in Arizona's backfield despite head coach Bruce Arians claiming that RB David Johnson is the bell cow back, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss.

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Note that this is just Josh Weinfuss' opinion. No matter who is the starter, the Cardinals are likely to use some form of RBBC. Chris Johnson proved last year that he still has some left in the tank...before getting hurt. David Johnson proved that he can be a big-time runner and receiver in the NFL. We're leaning towards David Johnson earning the starting job with the seasoned veteran Chris Johnson working as a change-of-pace back.

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2. SD - RB Melvin Gordon not fully healthy

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Tom Krasovic

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is not at 100% yet at this point in the offseason, and he wasn't expected to be. He is still taking part in individual and team drills, though, after undergoing microfracture knee surgery in early January.

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Gordon had microfracture surgery back in January, and that's something that doesn't just clear up quickly. The team will monitor him this offseason and he may even see his snaps monitored closely in training camp.

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3. MIN - More receiving for RB Adrian Peterson?

Source: ESPN.com - Ben Goessling

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be more involved in the passing game this season, particularly in shotgun formation, according to ESPN.com's Ben Goessling. Peterson said he'd like to improve as a pass-catcher and has been working in that area this offseason.

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It's not like Peterson is a bad receiver. He had 30 catches last year and a career high of 43 catches from back in 2009. No matter his receiving numbers, Peterson is still a top-5 fantasy RB and a player most will be considering near the top of every fantasy draft in 2016.

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4. DAL - RB Darren McFadden could be traded

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden may end up as trade bait before the regular season, in the opinion of ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer.

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Yeah, that's fine and all but to which team? We just can't imagine teams lined up around the block to add the oft-injured veteran back. The Cowboys could trade McFadden, but they better not be expecting much in return. They are more than set at the position with star rookie Ezekiel Elliott and veteran Alfred Morris.

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5. DEN - WR Cody Latimer arrested

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer was arrested Monday, May 30 for failing to pay a one-year old traffic ticket. The wide receiver shelled out $311.50 to resolve the situation. Latimer originally called police as the alleged victim of a domestic dispute.

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That's why Latimer wasn't at practice on Tuesday. It sounds like his traffic ticket isn't a big deal, but this certainly doesn't help the young WR. The Broncos moved up in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft to add Latimer, but he's only got 8 receptions and one touchdown as a pro. Latimer has turned into a solid special teams player, but he's not playing up to his potential as a receiver. It's a make-or-break year for Latimer...especially with Bennie Fowler pushing him for the WR3 job on the depth chart.

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6. HOU - DE J.J. Watt could return soon

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (groin) said he feels really good and hopes to return to practice soon.

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The Texans are wise to be cautious with their superstar here. The team has built and incredible roster on both sides of the ball and if QB Brock Osweiler doesn't screw it up, the Texans can make a run at the postseason again in 2016.

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7. NYJ - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick could sign elsewhere

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) could spurn the New York Jets to take less money for another team on principle alone, according to team sources. The Jets no longer believe that re-signing Fitzpatrick is inevitable after their contract offer terms became public this weekend.

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Where? We know anything can happen in the NFL, but there is no team clamoring to add Fitzpatrick. Our only hope is that Fitzpatrick signs somewhere so we can stop this pointless drama with the Jets. Fitzpatrick knows the system and would be the best QB on the Jets roster. Will they or won't they? We just wish they would so we didn't have to write about it every day.

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8. PIT - WR Markus Wheaton confident he'll make impact

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ray Fittipaldo

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton, who finished last year with 44 catches and five touchdowns, thinks he and QB Ben Roethlisberger developed enough chemistry to move forward and have a better season in 2016. 'We got on the same page as the season went on,' said Wheaton, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. 'We learned how to communicate with each other, more so me communicating with him and giving him what he wants. I'm learning how to just be who I need to be when it comes to what Ben wants me to be.'

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Wheaton has had poor chemistry with Roethlisberger in the past. We'll have to see if the duo does a better job of building a rapport this offseason. Wheaton is a great route-runner, but his timing with his QB has been off. When he's playing at his best, Wheaton has fantasy relevance in the league's most high-powered offense. With Martavis Bryant suspended for the year, guys like Wheaton and Sammie Coates will be asked to do more.

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9. CAR - WR Kelvin Benjamin moving well

Source: ESPN.com - David Newton

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is moving around well during organized team activities, and it doesn't look at all like he had surgery last season on his knee, in the opinion of ESPN.com's David Newton.

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We're excited to see Benjamin back this year. He was a great target for QB Cam Newton as a rookie, and having him back in the arsenal should make the entire passing game better. If he's regained his explosiveness after knee surgery, then he can easily perform like a mid-range WR2 with WR1 upside for fantasy owners this season.

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10. NYJ - WR Eric Decker, WR Brandon Marshall back

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WRs Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall were back at practice for organized team activities Tuesday, May 31, after sitting out the opening week in a show of solidarity for the unsigned QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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We're glad that's over. The drama surrounding Fitzpatrick can end at any time now. The Jets drafted Christian Hackenberg in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, but he's more of a developmental QB with the upside to be a future starter. Fitzpatrick can step in and start today, and he's a better option for the team than Geno Smith. While things have been at an impasse between the two sides to this point, we have a feeling something will (eventually) get done.

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11. PHI - Carson Wentz off to fast start

Source: NJ Advanced Media - Matt Lombardo

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz has displayed an NFL-caliber arm and the ability to make every throw on the route-tree during practice, and beat writer Matt Lombardo believes Wentz seems to be ahead of QB Sam Bradford when it comes to mastering head coach Doug Pederson's offense.

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Nobody should really be surprised by this. Wentz has incredible work ethic and is known as a football junkie. The rookie may win the starting job in Philadelphia in Week 1. To quote Dennis Green, Bradford is who we thought he was....but we won't let him off the hook. Neither can the Eagles as they're on the hook for $22 million in guaranteed money over the next two years for the painfully average veteran QB.

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12. DAL - Two rookies sign

Source: NFL

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott and DE Charles Tapper signed their four-year rookie deals Tuesday, May 31. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Prescott could be the QB of the future for the Cowboys...and that future may come soon if Tony Romo continues to battle injuries. During his college career at Mississippi State, Prescott was an athletic QB who had to work behind a bad offensive line. He can hurt a defense as a scrambler, but Prescott is underrated as a passer. Earlier this year during the week of practice for the Senior Bowl, Prescott went out of his way to show that he could throw with timing and touch from the pocket. We're excited about his upside in dynasty leagues, but he's got no re-draft value so long as Romo is healthy.

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13. ATL - WR Devin Hester not at full health

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (toe) said he's at about 75% health coming off his offseason toe surgery.

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Toe injuries can linger if not given enough time to heal. Hester is trying to stick around on the Falcons roster mainly as a return man. They've added talent to the WR position this offseason, so Hester isn't in line to do much as a receiver.

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14. DEN - OLB DeMarcus Ware likely to miss most of OTAs

Source: The Denver Post - Cameron Wolfe

Denver Broncos DE DeMarcus Ware (back) is expected to miss most of organized team activities with his back ailment, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak is hopeful that Ware will be able to get a couple of practice sessions in, though.

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Ware is going to be a part-time player in 2016. The Broncos managed his back injury last year, and Ware ended up missing time two separate times in 2015 (and for a total of five games). This year, guys like Shaq Barrett and Shane Ray are going to get more snaps opposite Von Miller. Ware should come onto the field in obvious passing situations, and the team expects him to be ready to participate in training camp.

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15. DEN - TE Jeff Heuerman limited

Source: The Denver Post - Troy E. Renck

Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman (hamstring) has been limited in organized team activities with a hamstring injury.

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The TE position is quite important in the Gary Kubiak offense, and Heuerman could be in line to be the primary weapon at the position. The second-year pro missed all of his rookie season in 2015 due to a knee injury he suffered in rookie minicamp. During his college career at Ohio State, Heuerman was known as a player who battled nagging (mostly foot) injuries often. So far as a pro, the book hasn't changed on him. The opportunity is there, but perhaps a player like Virgil Green will emerge at the TE position in Denver. Stay tuned.

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16. DEN - Denver quarterbacks playing evenly

Source: The Denver Post - Troy E. Renck

Denver Broncos QBs Mark Sanchez, Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian have been dividing repetitions down the middle, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak said it's an unusual situation, but that all three are good players.

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The reps are split evenly for the Broncos QBs. There's some who consider Siemian a "sleeper" at the position but we just can't see that happening. The team's future is Lynch, and they are microwaving his learning curve in an effort to get him ready to start as a rookie. Whether or not he starts Week 1 is going to be up to him and what he shows in training camp.

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17. DEN - Devontae Booker participating

Source: The Denver Post - Cameron Wolfe

Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker (knee) is taking 7-on-7 repetitions in practice this week, which is a good sign for his knee.

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Booker declared himself about 90 percent healthy a few weeks ago. The fourth-round pick is a decisive and powerful runner. Some say he could push C.J. Anderson for the starting job, but we think of Booker as more of a three-down-back-in-waiting for the Broncos. Any fantasy owner who drafts Anderson needs to consider Booker a valuable handcuff later in the draft.

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18. TEN - WR Dorial Green-Beckham must earn job

Source: The Tennessean - Joe Rexrode

Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham must earn a starting role in 2016, according to head coach Mike Mularkey. 'How effective is he out here, first? And then we get into these preseason games, see how much we can load him up. We also know we've got some other options too that will be competing with him. So it's not a for sure he's lining up at 'X' for us on opening Sunday. They've got to earn it.' Last week was Green-Beckham's first 'full go' week while dealing with a hamstring problem that has been a problem for years.

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We get this mindset from the veteran coach. Any young player has to "earn it" and they're better off if they do. The upside is through the roof with Green-Beckham. If he continues to develop and establishes good chemistry with QB Marcus Mariota then the second-year WR can eventually be one of the best at his position. That won't happen this year, but Green-Beckham could at least be a WR3/WR4 with upside for fantasy owners in 2016. His current ADP is WR40 (9.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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19. MIA - WR Jarvis Landry can improve

Source: ESPN.com - James Walker

Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry averaged just 10.5 yards per catch last year, which was ranked 105th in the league out of qualifying receivers. Only 10 of his 110 catches (9%) went for 20 yards or more in 2015. New head coach Adam Gase will try to put Landry in a position to make more big plays this year. Landry also had just four receiving touchdowns last year despite being targeted 165 times in the red zone, which was sixth most in the league. Miami plans to keep Landry fresh by reducing his role on special teams as well. He returned 49 kickoffs and punts in 2015.

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Landry has the ability to do more as a downfield receiver, and we're confident the Dolphins passing game will look much better with Gase running the show. Last year, Landry ranked 94th in air yards per target with a paltry average of 7.15 yards. Gase should feature Landry on more downfield targets this season.

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20. WAS - QB Kirk Cousins staying prepared

Source: CSNMidAtlantic.com - Tarik El-Bashir

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has been calling former NFL quarterbacks for advice on how to approach the offseason. 'I've called a few starting quarterbacks around the league, a few of the retired guys who had great careers, and just asked them what worked for them in the offseason' Cousins said.

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You like that? We appreciate everything Cousins has done this offseason. First, he signed his franchise tag almost immediately. Then, he's been shining during offseason workouts and he's not missing a beat. Finally, reaching out to former NFL QBs to pick their brains show how much he's dialed in. Cousins was a top-10 fantasy QB last year, and he should finish around that spot again this year.

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21. KC - OLB Justin Houston may not start season

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston (knee) may not begin the regular season on the active roster, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Adam Teicher.

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Zero surprise here. Houston should begin the season on the PUP list which would force him to miss the first six weeks of the regular season. After that point, the Chiefs would have three weeks to decide whether or not to activate Houston or put him on season-ending Injured Reserve. Houston is still recovering from surgery in February on his torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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22. MIA - Miami prepared to welcome DE Dion Jordan back

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins LB Dion Jordan will apply for reinstatement to the National Football League Wednesday, June 1, and the team has reportedly indicated they're prepared to welcome Jordan back if he's reinstated.

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Getting Jordan back--a motivated (and clean) Jordan--could be a huge boost for the Dolphins defense. He's got great physical potential, but Jordan has yet to fully play up to that potential as a pro. Jordan has been tested twice a week and he has not failed or missed a drug test since he was suspended in April 2015.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being a part of what we're doing at Footballguys. It's going to be a fun year.

We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J