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A. Footballguys Team Reports - Washington
Footballguys takes a detailed look at Washington for the Team Reports.

B. Footballguys Team Reports - Philadelphia
Footballguys takes a detailed look at Philadelphia for the Team Reports.

C. Footballguys Team Reports - New York Giants
Footballguys takes a detailed look at the New York Giants for the Team Reports.

D. Footballguys Team Reports - Dallas
Footballguys takes a detailed look at Dallas for the Team Reports.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DAL - WR Dez Bryant does some work
2. CLE - Robert Griffin not the starter yet
3. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins hopes to remove boot soon
4. LA - QB Nick Foles skipping workouts
5. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick still not ready
6. NFL - RB Arian Foster may wait to work out
7. PIT - WR Sammie Coates in great shape
8. DEN - Paxton Lynch works with first team
9. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez tests thumb in OTAs
10. DEN - OLB Brandon Marshall working out
11. NYG - Odell Beckham not at OTAs
12. LA - RB Todd Gurley could see big workload
13. SF - WR James Jones likes San Francisco
14. HOU - WR Jaelen Strong in better shape
15. TEN - WR Dorial Green-Beckham still has to improve
16. DAL - Minimal work for RB Lance Dunbar
17. DAL - RB Darren McFadden not at practice
18. ARI - JJ Nelson performing well in workouts
19. WAS - Josh Doctson working off to the side
20. CHI - WR Alshon Jeffery not present
21. LA - Coach has high hopes for WR Tavon Austin
22. MIA - DE Cameron Wake taking part in practice
23. BUF - TE Charles Clay expected to practice
24. CHI - WR Kevin White building rapport with QB

1. DAL - WR Dez Bryant does some work

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) participated in pre-practice activities before leaving for rehabilitation work Wednesday, June 1.

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The team has been..and will be...cautious with Bryant as he continues to recover from this foot injury. If Bryant is healthy (and Tony Romo), there's no reason to think he can't be a top-10 fantasy WR once again in 2016.

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2. CLE - Robert Griffin not the starter yet

Source: NFL.com - Marc Sessler

Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III has not officially been named the starting quarterback yet, and head coach Hue Jackson is not ready to name a starter at this point. 'When the time is right, trust me, you guys will be the first to know,' Jackson said. Jackson has seen improvements in Griffin, who he says in getting better every day, but added that the Browns need to make the right choice, not just the fast choice.

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To steal a line from Terrell Owens, it's only a matter of time. Provided that he's healthy and doesn't implode in camp, we feel Griffin should be the starter. Josh McCown is going to push him for the top spot, and we may see rookie Cody Kessler develop into a starter for the Browns in the future.

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3. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins hopes to remove boot soon

Source: The Buffalo News - Vic Carucci

Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) said he hopes to remove his walking boot Thursday, June 2. Watkins is not sure how he suffered the stress fracture in his foot.

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Most reports indicate that Watkins is going to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. We'll have a better idea of his health status when we get into training camp.

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4. LA - QB Nick Foles skipping workouts

Source: ESPN.com - Jim Trotter

Los Angeles Rams QB Nick Foles has not participated in any offseason workouts since the team selected QB Jared Goff with the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, according to sources. Foles was not present for organized team activities Tuesday, May 31.

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If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound? If Foles skips workouts and hardly anybody notices, does it really matter? Foles has gone straight Sam Bradford here, and he needs to check himself. Somebody close to him needs to remind him that he is, in fact, Nick Foles. The Rams are moving on with Goff as their franchise QB....Foles should be a professional and show up.

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5. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick still not ready

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, knee, thumb) has still not been cleared to participate in practice but he has reported for every organized team activity this offseason. Kaepernick has been taking mental reps during practice. He is scheduled to receive a $400,000 bonus if he participates in at least 90% of the offseason workouts. Kaepernick may not receive clearance for full participation for the mandatory minicamp in a few weeks.

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Kaepernick is recovering from three surgeries this offseason, and it's no surprise that he's still not ready. This recovery time has given Blaine Gabbert a headstart in the competition to be the team's starting QB. We'll see if Kaepernick can make up ground quickly and win the job when he's finally healthy later this year.

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6. NFL - RB Arian Foster may wait to work out

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent RB Arian Foster (Achilles') may not work out for teams until late July. Foster likely would be able to pass a physical at this point but the extra time likely would improve his health.

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Once June minicamps are done, Foster could start getting more interest. The extra time would certainly help, but we think there are going to be more than a few teams interested in Foster. If we were to predict his destination, we put our chips on the Miami Dolphins landing the veteran back.

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7. PIT - WR Sammie Coates in great shape

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates is expected to benefit significantly from the one-year suspension of WR Martavis Bryant. Coates has 'worked like crazy' this offseason and is in great shape and the coaching staff is tremendously confident in his abilities, beat writer Ed Bouchette said.

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We're not worried about Coates being out of shape....but we are going to be watching closely to see if he can play with better concentration. Coates is fast and physical, but he drops too many easy passes. He'll have to be better if he wants to earn a larger role with the Steelers in 2016. With Martavis Bryant suspended for the entire year, having Coates breakout would greatly benefit the Steelers passing game.

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8. DEN - Paxton Lynch works with first team

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason

Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch continues to make progress as he gets comfortable during organized team activities (OTAs). Head coach Gary Kubiak has continued to divide the first-team snaps for the quarterbacks three ways between Lynch, QB Mark Sanchez and QB Trevor Siemian.

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Lynch is getting a crash course in the NFL. He's a perfect fit for the Kubiak system because of his athleticism and ability to make plays under pressure. In fact, Lynch was the best QB in this draft class when it comes to making plays under duress. He's the QB of the future for the Broncos, and the future may be now.

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9. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez tests thumb in OTAs

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason

Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez (thumb) went through a full workload in team and seven-on-seven periods Tuesday, May 31, during organized team activities (OTAs). 'We'll get eight or nine (days) of good work with him under center,' head coach Gary Kubiak said. Sanchez, QB Trevor Siemian and QB Paxton Lynch each split the first-team snaps three ways.

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Sanchez was working from under center, and he didn't seem to have any trouble taking snaps. The veteran may be in line to win the starting job for Week 1, but know the Broncos are grooming rookie first-round pick Paxton Lynch to take over ASAP.

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10. DEN - OLB Brandon Marshall working out

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (finger) continued to work out on the side after taking part in individual drills during organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday, May 31. He is making his way back from finger surgery. Head coach Gary Kubiak expects Marshall to be ready soon, and he might even see the field during OTAs.

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Marshall is one of the most important defenders on the Broncos roster full of star players. With Danny Trevathan gone, Marshall could be asked to slide over to weak-side inside linebacker. When healthy, we should see where Marshall shine for the Broncos defense in any role he's given.

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11. NYG - Odell Beckham not at OTAs

Source: New York Daily News - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is not present for organized team activities Wednesday, June 1. Head coach Ben McAdoo said the team was aware of the absence and are expecting him back later in the week.

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Sounds like a non-issue here.

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12. LA - RB Todd Gurley could see big workload

Source: ESPN.com - Nick Wagoner

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley may average 20 touches per game this season, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner.

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We think 20 should be the minimum--not the average--for a superstar back like Gurley. The Rams are building the offense around him. Gurley can do the heavy lifting to keep things simpler for rookie QB Jared Goff. He could finish the season as a top-5 fantasy RB.

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13. SF - WR James Jones likes San Francisco

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

Free-agent WR James Jones (Packers) said he would love to play for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. Jones, who played for San Jose State in college, would like to remain in the Bay Area. While his preference is to stay in the Bay Area, Jones added that he's just ready to play and will play wherever.

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The 49ers have a big need at #2 wide receiver. They could still bring back Anquan Boldin or look for a winner among the current lackluster wide receiver depth chart. The eventual #2 receiver is unlikely to have fantasy relevance, but they could hurt #1 wide receiver Torrey Smith's upside.

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14. HOU - WR Jaelen Strong in better shape

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Jaelen Strong is down to 197 pounds after weighing in at 230 pounds last season. An improved physique has already improved his game. 'I just said to him today how far he's come,' head coach Bill O'Brien said. 'I was concerned about him from a conditioning standpoint. He really at some point in time before training camp, he came back and passed the conditioning test and really took off after that.'

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Strong looks like a different player according to observers. His offseason arrest might have dropped him off of fantasy radars in dynasty leagues, so this is a good time to buy low if you liked Strong coming out but missed him in last year's rookie drafts. He will vie to start outside and keep first-round pick Will Fuller in a deep target role. Cecil Shorts is likely to line up in the slot.

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15. TEN - WR Dorial Green-Beckham still has to improve

Source: The Tennessean - John Glennon

Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham needs to play faster and not think as much, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

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Green-Beckham was away from football for a year before getting drafted in the second round last year, so this isn't a shock. His natural size/athleticism combination can be dominant if he is just adequate playing at speed, so there's a lot of upside if the game slows down for him. Green-Beckham is a good bet to start outside with Rishard Matthews. Kendall Wright is slated to line up in the slot. Tight end Delanie Walker may lead the team in targets, so Green-Beckham will likely be a boom/bust play week-to-week on a team looking to play "exotic smashmouth" football.

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16. DAL - Minimal work for RB Lance Dunbar

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) was a part of pre-practice work Wednesday, June 1, before leaving for rehabilitation. Dunbar is still recovering from several torn ligaments in his knee. He could begin the 2016 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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There's no fantasy value for Dunbar with the selection of first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott. With Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris also above him on the depth chart, Dunbar would have a hard time even sniffing the field even if he was healthy.

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17. DAL - RB Darren McFadden not at practice

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (personal) was not present for organized team activities Wednesday, June 1, for personal reasons. RB Ezekiel Elliott ran with the first team in McFadden's absence, while RB Alfred Morris took snaps with the second team.

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Elliott has been working with the second team as he has to prove himself as a pro. The first-round pick has superstar upside, and he could perform like a top-10 fantasy RB this year. Morris should work as a two-down backup. There are rumors swirling the Cowboys may actually trade away McFadden.

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18. ARI - JJ Nelson performing well in workouts

Source: The Associated Press

Arizona Cardinals WR JJ Nelson has made several terrific catches during organized team activities this offseason and said that playing in 2015 helped boost his confidence. Head coach Bruce Arian said he believes Nelson could make an impact on offense in 2016. 'He has a very unique skill in tracking the ball that the great ones have when the ball's coming over your opposite shoulder,' Arians said. 'When you have a little fast guy that can do that, you have a special one.'

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The future is bright for Nelson, but in 2016 he's buried on the depth chart behind Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown. He's a deep receiver with the speed to get by the defense in a hurry. We'll see if he can continue to shine as the offseason continues.

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19. WAS - Josh Doctson working off to the side

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') is working off to the side in individual drills during organized team activities Wednesday, June 1. Doctson missed last week with a tweaked Achilles'.

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The rookie can be more than a slot receiver, but that might be his role this year behind DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. The team should be cautious as Achilles' injuries can be tricky to deal with.

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20. CHI - WR Alshon Jeffery not present

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery was absent at organized team activities Wednesday, June 1, and he continues to stay away from the team facility to train in South Florida.

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Jeffery has signed his franchise tag tender and is expected to rejoin the team for the veteran mandatory minicamp beginning in the middle of June. At this time, it seems like there's no long-term agreement coming from the Bears for Jeffery in the future.

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21. LA - Coach has high hopes for WR Tavon Austin

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin may be able to double his reception totals in 2016 because opposing defenses will look to stop RB Todd Gurley, according to head coach Jeff Fisher. Austin finished the 2015 with 52 receptions for 473 yards and five touchdowns.

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The Rams finally figured out how to use Austin the right way. He can be a relief-valve receiver for rookie QB Jared Goff, but improving those numbers from last year may prove to be difficult.

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22. MIA - DE Cameron Wake taking part in practice

Source: Sun-Sentinel - Omar Kelly

Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (Achilles') is participating in organized team activities Wednesday, June 1.

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Wake's recovery has been ahead of schedule according to all reports this offseason. The team believes he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. We should see Wake work as a part-time player for the Dolphins defense this year.

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23. BUF - TE Charles Clay expected to practice

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (undisclosed) is expected to participate in organized team activities this week after he missed practices last week.

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We'd like to see a healthy Clay this year for the Bills. Last year in his first season in Buffalo, Clay had a disappointing season with 51 catches for 528 yards and three touchdowns in only 13 games. If healthy, Clay can do more and certainly could outperform his current ADP of TE19 (13.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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24. CHI - WR Kevin White building rapport with QB

Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Adam L. Jahns

Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (shin) is building chemistry with QB Jay Cutler during organized team activities (OTAs), and the rapport building is in the early stages. As far as his health is concerned, he said Tuesday, May 31, that he has felt 100 percent for months.

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This is great news for the Bears, and White looks like he could be a tremendous value for fantasy owners. His current ADP of WR35 (7.10) in 12-team PPR leagues is a position he could easily outperform in 2016. We feel White has at least WR2 upside for fantasy owners so long as he can stay healthy.

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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