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Good Saturday to you and I hope you're heading for a great weekend. We've got a couple of great new Articles plus the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

SITE NEWS

A. Coaching Carousel 2016: Kansas City Chiefs
Our Jason Wood takes a detailed look at the impact of Doug Pederson's departure and the promotion of Brad Childress and Matt Nagy to co-offensive coordinator.

B. Early Target-Avoid Players by ADP: Running Backs
Our Chad Parsons takes a deep look at key running backs for 2016 by early average draft position (ADP).

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. PHI - QB Sam Bradford 'outstanding' in OTAs
2. LA - RB Todd Gurley wants more catches
3. LA - RB Todd Gurley drops weight
4. PHI - RB Darren Sproles to arrive next week
5. BUF - QB Tyrod Taylor sharp in red zone
6. MIA - Miami not looking at RB Knowshon Moreno
7. MIA - WR Jarvis Landry could still be returner
8. NYJ - DE Muhammad Wilkerson to skip minicamp
9. JAX - Jalen Ramsey should be ready for camp
10. TEN - RB Bishop Sankey performing well
11. SD - Hunter Henry needs to improve blocking
12. CLE - CB Justin Gilbert happy with new start
13. NYG - WR Geremy Davis sees time with starters
14. CHI - TE Zach Miller looking to keep it going
15. GB - TE Jared Cook had foot surgery
16. WAS - WR Jamison Crowder, WR Ryan Grant seeing chances
17. WAS - Rob Kelley impresses during practice
18. SEA - Trevone Boykin continues to rise
19. NO - Brees impressed with Michael Thomas
20. SF - WR Quinton Patton in line to start

1. PHI - QB Sam Bradford 'outstanding' in OTAs

Source: ESPN.com - Phil Sheridan

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford has been 'outstanding' in organized team activities and remains the No. 1 quarterback, according to head coach Doug Pederson. 'Sam's taking this thing and running with it,' Pederson said.

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Good! We're just glad that Bradford realized that he's Sam Bradford and got back to camp with the team to compete for the starting job--something he's never had to do before. Rookie Carson Wentz could sit and develop for a year if (a BIG if) Bradford stays healthy and impresses.

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2. LA - RB Todd Gurley wants more catches

Source: ESPN.com - Nick Wagoner

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley said he wants to be more involved in the passing game in 2016 as long as he can stay healthy.

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The Rams should give Gurley what he wants. He's got superstar upside in the NFL, and Gurley's blend of power and speed make him a candidate to lead the league in rushing this season. He caught 21 passes last year, but he could easily catch twice that amount this year.

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3. LA - RB Todd Gurley drops weight

Source: ESPN.com - Nick Wagoner

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley lost 10 to 15 pounds this offseason and likely weighs 216 to 221 pounds at this point. Gurley said he did not look to lose weight this offseason but feels good and will not add any more weight.

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Losing weight is always tricky. He needs to shed the bad weight but still retain the ability to take the pounding that comes in the NFL. Gurley is a star on the rise, and he's got the upside to be the best fantasy RB in 2016.

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4. PHI - RB Darren Sproles to arrive next week

Source: ESPN.com - Phil Sheridan

Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles and DT Fletcher Cox are expected to be present at next week's mandatory camp, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

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Mandatory minicamp is when all the veterans who have been working out on their own show up. The Eagles RB situation is an interesting one to monitor for fantasy owners. Sproles will play in his usual role, but if Ryan Mathews doesn't stay healthy (a real possibility) then perhaps rookie Wendell Smallwood gets a larger role.

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5. BUF - QB Tyrod Taylor sharp in red zone

Source: WalterFootball.com

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was sharp in red zone drills Wednesday, June 1, hitting TE Chris Gragg for a pair of touchdowns.

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Taylor looked great as a starter for the first time in his career last season with the Bills. He has a strong arm, uncanny deep touch and the ability to gash defenses as a runner. Taylor finished 2015 as the 17th-best fantasy QB in standard-scoring leagues. We feel he should finish as a low-end QB2 once again this year due to the nature of the run-heavy offense in Buffalo.

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6. MIA - Miami not looking at RB Knowshon Moreno

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Free-agent RB Knowshon Moreno (Dolphins) has said he would like to sign with the Miami Dolphins, but the Dolphins do not have interest in him.

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Moreno is trying to make a comeback, but there shouldn't be many (if any) teams interested in the veteran back. His knee problems bothered him during his entire pro career, and the all-purpose back may find that his time in the NFL has come to a close.

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7. MIA - WR Jarvis Landry could still be returner

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry will continue to be the team's kick returner if he is the best option for the job, according to special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi.

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Landry can do both, even if he's a top receiver for the team. Keep this in mind if you play in fantasy leagues that reward points for return touchdowns and perhaps even return yards.

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8. NYJ - DE Muhammad Wilkerson to skip minicamp

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson will not participate in the team's upcoming minicamp because of his contract status.

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He has not signed his franchise tender offer at this point and is not required to report for the mandatory minicamp. The team has until July 15 to reach a long-term agreement with Wilkerson. At this time, there is no indication the team wants to sign Wilkerson to a long-term deal.

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9. JAX - Jalen Ramsey should be ready for camp

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Hays Carlyon

Jacksonville Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey (knee) should be a full participant once training camp begins, according to general manager David Caldwell.

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Ramsey seems to have avoided a serious injury when he got banged up earlier in OTAs. The talented defender should be a great asset for the Jaguars defense...and unit that has been reshaped through the draft and free agency.

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10. TEN - RB Bishop Sankey performing well

Source: The Tennessean - John Glennon

Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey has made some solid plays during offseason workouts, and head coach Mike Mularkey said he believes the competition at the position has improved the play of several of the running backs. Sankey is expected to compete with RBs Antonio Andrews and David Cobb for roster spots during training camp.

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We'll believe when we see it. Sankey has been a total bust for the Titans, and he's buried on the depth chart. The Titans are going to use an "exotic smashmouth" backfield featuring both DeMarco Murray and rookie Derrick Henry.

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11. SD - Hunter Henry needs to improve blocking

Source: Chargers.com - Ricky Henne

San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry needs to improve his blocking skills if he wants to become a complete tight end but that is true for most young tight ends, according to tight ends coach John McNulty.

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Tight ends usually take some time to get up to speed in the NFL. Henry has a game similar to that of Jason Witten (Cowboys). He was the best tight end in this draft class, and he should be groomed as the heir apparent behind Antonio Gates.

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12. CLE - CB Justin Gilbert happy with new start

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns CB Justin Gilbert said he is happy that head coach Hue Jackson has given him a clean slate and is not worried about what happened in the past. He has been working with the first-team defense during offseason workouts because of the injury to CB Joe Haden (ankle) but wants to continue to work with the starters even when Haden returns. Gilbert has been using a more compact stance during practice and believes he will help him take quicker steps when he plays off the receiver.

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Gilbert was a top-10 pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but he's been a bust so far in his pro career. We're not anticipating a bounce-back for Gilbert, but the clean slate he's been given by Jackson and the coaching staff was much needed. It's easy to see 2016 as a make-or-break season for Gilbert.

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13. NYG - WR Geremy Davis sees time with starters

Source: ESPN.com - Dan Graziano

New York Giants WR Geremy Davis has received snaps with the first-team offense during offseason workouts and is a player the team can rely on, according to head coach Ben McAdoo. There is a chance Davis can be part of the three-receiver sets in 2016 if WR Victor Cruz (calf) is unable to recover from his injury.

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Davis was a sixth-round pick for the Giants in the 2015 NFL draft. Coming out of UCONN, Davis showed well as a route-runner and a player who could make difficult catches over the middle. He's a player we've been monitoring in dynasty leagues.

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14. CHI - TE Zach Miller looking to keep it going

Source: ChicagoBears.com - Larry Mayer

Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller said he expects to be one of the offense's main weapons in the 2016 season. 'I think everyone as a playmaker, you expect to be that,' he said. 'I'm going to have an opportunity to show that ability and really kind of just take over from how we left off last season. I showed there were opportunities where I could make plays. That’s kind of how I’m going to approach how we begin the year.' Miller accumulated 34 catches for 439 yards and a team-high five touchdown receptions in 2015.

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The Bears let Martellus Bennett (Patriots) move on in free agency because of Miller. Coming out of Nebraska-Omaha years ago as a converted quarterback to tight end prospect, Miller has always had the athleticism to make plays at the pro level. He finally stayed healthy and was able to prove that last year with the Bears. If healthy, Miller can be a TE2 with upside. His current ADP is TE22 (13.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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15. GB - TE Jared Cook had foot surgery

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers TE Jared Cook (foot) underwent foot surgery this week and will miss the rest of the offseason program, according to multiple sources. The Packers are hoping he'll be back next month for training camp, though, and the surgery was called 'preventative.' Green Bay has big plans for Cook in 2016 after he caught only 39 passes in 2015 with the St. Louis Rams.

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Cook has always had a ton of potential as a pro. His college coach at South Carolina, Steve Spurrier, once compared Cook's physical skill set to that of Calvin Johnson. However, Cook has never played up to his potential. Perhaps getting away from Jeff Fisher is the key. We're excited about his upside with the Packers, but this foot surgery is something to monitor as he recovers.

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16. WAS - WR Jamison Crowder, WR Ryan Grant seeing chances

Source: The Washington Post - Mike Jones

Washington Redskins WRs Jamison Crowder and Ryan Grant are trying to seize opportunities with WRs DeSean Jackson and Josh Doctson (foot) out of practices right now. Crowder had an active day Wednesday, June 1, receiving more targets from QB Kirk Cousins than any other first-team receiver. Doctson can also play the slot and could cut into Crowder's playing time. Grant lined up opposite WR Pierre Garcon and showed crisp route running and soft hands.

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We've seen Crowder make plays last year as a rookie. It will be interesting to see what his role becomes now that the team added Doctson in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. Grant has great hands and does a good job of tracking passes over his shoulder. We appreciate his value in dynasty leagues, but don't see much of a role for him in 2016 with such a stacked group of WRs ahead of him in Washington.

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17. WAS - Rob Kelley impresses during practice

Source: The Washington Post - Mike Jones

Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley impressed during workouts Wednesday, June 1. He's desperately trying to catch the eyes of coaching while playing behind RB Matt Jones and alongside RBs Keith Marshall, Mack Brown and Chris Thompson. Kelley showed a knack for finding a whole, accelerating quickly and changing direction. Kelley thinks he's a good fit for the zone-blocking scheme.

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Washington picked up Kelley as an undrafted free agent this year out of Tulane. Kelley ran 318 times for 1,270 and six touchdowns in his career with The Green Wave. Measuring in at 6' 220 pounds, Kelley is a versatile player who played as a pass-catching back, running back and even fullback in college. He's worth keeping an eye on in super deep dynasty leagues.

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18. SEA - Trevone Boykin continues to rise

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks QB Trevone Boykin appears to be the backup to QB Russell Wilson right now ahead of QB Jake Heaps. The Seahawks' confidence in Boykin continues to grow during offseason workouts. There remains a chance that the Seahawks wind up re-signing QB Tarvaris Jackson, though.

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Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has been impressed by Boykin. He was a star QB at TCU but fell undrafted this year. The Seahawks scooped him up because he has a similar skill set to that of Wilson. Boykin is an athletic passer with a good arm, and he put up astronomical numbers at TCU (over 10,000 yards passing, 2,000-plus rushing yards, 114 TDs). We're watching him in all dynasty formats.

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19. NO - Brees impressed with Michael Thomas

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune - Christopher Dabe

Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has shown serious potential in the offense during organized team activities in the last two weeks. 'His improvement over these six practices has been awesome,' QB Drew Brees said. 'From day one until now, the same mistakes are not being made. He's on to the next set of challenges, and he's continuing to progress well.' What impressed Brees the most was Thomas' awareness to change his route on a third-down play when Brees gave the receiver a visual cue to do so. Thomas has primarily played the X-receiver position, which is typically aligned opposite the tight end with his feet at the line of scrimmage. The Saints selected Thomas with a desire to use him mainly as a receiving option in the red zone at 6-3.

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Message! Fantasy owners need to take note here. Thomas was a second-round pick for the Saints in the 2016 NFL draft, and he's got the upside to be a quality starter on the outside. He's a big player who can be physical at the point of the catch. Thomas is not a good route-runner, but his natural athleticism and great hands could push him past Brandon Coleman on the depth chart during his rookie season.

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20. SF - WR Quinton Patton in line to start

Source: Sacramento Bee - Matt Barrows

San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton has been working as a starter across from WR Torrey Smith during OTAs.

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Patton has also been dropping too many passes (like he always does) according to camp reports.

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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