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Welcome to Sunday and I hope you're having a great weekend. We'll try to make it even better with a new Coaching Carousel article plus the News and Notes. Let's get to it.

J

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A. Coaching Carousel 2016: New York Giants
Our Jason Wood takes a detailed look at the impact of Tom Coughlin's departure and the promotions of Ben McAdoo to head coach and Mike Sullivan to offensive coordinator.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NE - RB Dion Lewis says rehab going well
2. NYJ - WR Brandon Marshall praises QB Geno Smith
3. NYJ - New York backs should be ready for camp
4. ARI - Could still re-sign OLB Dwight Freeney
5. JAX - Improvement for WR Marqise Lee
6. JAX - Faster pace for Jacksonville offense?
7. NFL - Blake Frohnapfel receiving interest
8. MIA - TE Jordan Cameron excited about new coach
9. NYJ - Muhammed Wilkerson likely won't be extended
10. JAX - Dante Fowler impressing coaches
11. BAL - TE Crockett Gillmore limited in OTAs

1. NE - RB Dion Lewis says rehab going well

Source: WEEI.com - Ryan Hannable

New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) said the rehab from his torn anterior cruciate ligament is going well and that he is doing what the trainers are allowing him to do.

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Fantasy owners need to monitor his progress as he comes back from this injury. If healthy, Lewis can be used effectively as a runner and receiver for the Patriots high-powered offense. Lewis has not participated in offseason workouts and probably will miss the upcoming minicamp as well.

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2. NYJ - WR Brandon Marshall praises QB Geno Smith

Source: CBSSportsNewYork.com

New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall said it seems like the game has slowed down for QB Geno Smith, and he added that Smith has been playing with poise during OTAs.

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Things change quickly around here. It wasn't that long ago that Marshall was supposedly staying away from Jets camp in protest of the team not signing QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now, he's at camp and praising a player who might not win the job if Fitzpatrick is ever brought back. We're not saying we don't believe Marshall when he praises Smith, but we're not getting overly excited about Smith even if he is the starter. Getting excited about Smith as the Jets starter is like defending the "Martha turn" in Batman v Superman.

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3. NYJ - New York backs should be ready for camp

Source: NJ.com - Darryl Slater

New York Jets RBs Zac Stacy (ankle) and Khiry Robinson (leg) are both expected to be ready for training camp. Stacy suffered a broken ankle late last season, while Robinson broke his leg late in the year.

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The Jets went out and added Matt Forte in free agency earlier this year. He's going to be the lead back for the team, and we expect them to lean on Forte as much as possible. Bilal Powell is likely the primary backup, and that leaves Robinson and Stacy fighting for a spot in the pecking order. Both are talented, but we prefer Robinson because of his size/speed combination.

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4. ARI - Could still re-sign OLB Dwight Freeney

Source: The Arizona Republic - Kent Somers

Free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Cardinals) could still be re-signed by the Arizona Cardinals, according to Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.

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Freeney has gotten a bit of interest on the open market with teams like the Bengals or the Falcons. Returning to the Cardinals in a similar (part-time) role in 2016 would make a lot of sense. Last year, Freeney was able to snare eight sacks while only playing 245 snaps in just 11 games.

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5. JAX - Improvement for WR Marqise Lee

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Ryan O'Halloran

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee has improved this offseason, according to offensive coordinator Greg Olson. 'He's been very steady and he looks good,' Olson said. 'We'll continue to push him. We wanted to give Marqise a chance to play a couple of different positions at wide receiver so it's good to have him out there.'

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We'll believe it when we see it. Lee had one outstanding year at USC, but his final year of college was kind of a harbinger of what was to come. His numbers fell from year one to year two with the Jaguars. Lee will compete with Rashad Greene to be the team's WR3 behind Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns.

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6. JAX - Faster pace for Jacksonville offense?

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Ryan O'Halloran

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville offense have been practicing more of a no-huddle offense this offseason. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said the coaching staff felt like Bortles felt comfortable with the two-minute offense and they wanted to use more of that.

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We could see slightly better fantasy numbers if the team is playing more snaps and spending more time on offense. Bortles finished the 2015 season as the number 4 fantasy QB in standard-scoring leagues. Another top-5 finish could be in the cards once again for the talented young QB. But be careful. He's also one of the guys we feel could very likely be overvalued this year.

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7. NFL - Blake Frohnapfel receiving interest

Source: NationalFootballPost.com - Aaron Wilson

Free-agent QB Blake Frohnapfel (Massachusetts) is scheduled to work out for the Los Angeles Rams. Frohnapfel has already worked out for the Indianapolis Colts.

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Frohnapfel is a big pocket passer who can distribute the ball somewhat accurately on short to intermediate routes. If he latches on with the Rams, it's only as a camp arm.

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8. MIA - TE Jordan Cameron excited about new coach

Source: ESPN.com - James Walker

Miami Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron said he is excited to play for head coach Adam Gase because he has had success with tight ends in the past.

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We are super excited about the Dolphins offense under the guiding hand of Gase. He has a high-powered offense that has put up great fantasy numbers for both the Broncos and the Bears. With Gase calling the shots, we expect better numbers from Cameron--so long as he can stay healthy. Cameron is built a lot like Julius Thomas...and it was Thomas who became a top-5 fantasy TE under Gase with the Broncos in 2013. Like Thomas, Cameron is a former basketball star who transitioned to play one year of college football. While Thomas has shined (when healthy), we have yet to see Cameron truly play up to his enormous potential. He could easily outperform his current ADP of TE18 (13.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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9. NYJ - Muhammed Wilkerson likely won't be extended

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson is unlikely to receive a long-term contract extension from the team due to the presence of DE Sheldon Richardson and DL Leonard Williams. Barring a radical concession from the team or Wilkerson's camp, beat writer Manish Mehta predicts there will be no multi-year contract extension.

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Zero surprise here. This entire season there has been no indication from the Jets side that they wanted to sign Wilkerson long term.

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10. JAX - Dante Fowler impressing coaches

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Hays Carlyon

Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler (knee) has impressed defensive coordinator Todd Wash with his explosiveness even though he is still limited because of his surgically repaired knee. 'He's more explosive than I thought he was to be honest with you. We're very excited about it. We're trying to limit him as much as we can, giving him a couple reps per series when he goes out. We're very excited about what he's doing and how he's coming along.'

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The Jaguars have revamped their defense this offseason. Getting Fowler back on the field after he missed his entire rookie season will boost them even further.

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11. BAL - TE Crockett Gillmore limited in OTAs

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Ryan Mink

Baltimore Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore (shoulders) ran routes and did individual work during the first week of organized team activities. He didn't do full-team drills. He also dropped 15 pounds in the offseason and is in camp at 260 pounds.

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The Ravens have an interesting collection of TEs on the roster. Gillmore is going to compete with free agent addition Ben Watson and second-year pro Maxx Williams for snaps. The trio may end up becoming a TEBC for the Ravens, and that hurts the fantasy value of all three.

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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