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A. Auction Primer: Section 1
Our Jeff Pasquino with a look at Auction Leagues and how to get started.

B. Coaching Carousel 2016: Tennessee Titans
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at the impact of Mike Mularkey's transition from interim to full-time head coach as well as the implementation of his new coaching staff.

C. Win a trip to Jason Bourne Premiere in Las Vegas
Would you like to go to the premiere of the Jason Bourne movie in Las Vegas? Well, as some of you know our friend Matthew Berry is doing a fun fantasy game called fantasy movie league. (Our own Austin Lee is currently leading the FBG group over there, just ahead of "Coolerheads.") If you haven't tried it yet, they just announced a new contest. It's a four week league where the winner gets travel and tickets for two to Las Vegas for the PREMIERE of JASON BOURNE, the new Matt Damon movie. I'd love to see a Footballguy win this prize. It's free to play and something easy to do in between mock drafts. Just go to FantasyMovieLeague.com or download the free FantasyMovieLeague app and search for the Bourne league. Good luck!

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. BAL - QB Joe Flacco on track for camp
2. NE - QB Tom Brady working with TE Martellus Bennett
3. DEN - CB Aqib Talib situation under review
4. DEN - Devontae Booker on the field
5. DEN - Paxton Lynch moving well
6. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez performing well
7. TEN - Coordinator impressed with QB Marcus Mariota
8. TEN - WR Kendall Wright to stay on script
9. BAL - Two Ravens RBs back from injury
10. DEN - OLB Von Miller not at minicamp
11. JAX - RB Chris Ivory back at practice
12. JAX - WR Allen Robinson sits out
13. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman limited Tuesday
14. BUF - Cardale Jones signs deal
15. DEN - OLB DeMarcus Ware making progress
16. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick to do individual drills
17. JAX - More on WR Allen Hurns' deal
18. GB - No long-term concern about TE Jared Cook
19. GB - WR Jeff Janis praised by head coach
20. JAX - TE Julius Thomas busy at OTAs

1. BAL - QB Joe Flacco on track for camp

Source: WNST

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) is making good progress in his recovery and should be able to participate during training camp as long as he does not suffer any setbacks, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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Flacco's timetable has always been somewhere during training camp. He may not be ready right at the beginning of camp, but we expect to see him practicing at some point in August. The team should severely limit him in camp with the target of having him start in Week 1.

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2. NE - QB Tom Brady working with TE Martellus Bennett

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was working one-on-one with TE Martellus Bennett in the red zone during practice Tuesday, June 7.

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Bennett could be huge for the Patriots...and for fantasy owners. While the WR corps isn't full of All-Stars, the TE position features two great players. Rob Gronkowski will still be the lead TE, but Bennett could catch plenty of passes as the team's TE2. Fantasy owners are taking Gronkowski at TE1 (1.09) while Bennett is seen as TE14 (11.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. DEN - CB Aqib Talib situation under review

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating previous reports, Denver Broncos CB Aqib Talib's (leg) incident that led to him suffering a gunshot wound is being actively investigated by the NFL, according to a league official. The Broncos immediately notified NFL about the shooting after they found out about it, and now the NFL is exploring the determining facts behind the incident, the official said. One league source said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doesn't like guns, he doesn't like guns in the hands of intoxicated players, and he especially doesn't like guns in the hands of intoxicated players who have a history with guns like Talib has.

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The legal process will first need to be exhausted, but after that expect the league to take swift and strong action. Goodell is likely to put his foot down on such behavior, and handing out a year-long suspension wouldn't be a shock. However, that suspension may not come until next season.

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4. DEN - Devontae Booker on the field

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason

Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker (knee) was able to participate in some team drills during practice Tuesday, June 7. Head coach Gary Kubiak said Booker could receive more work during practice next week.

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Booker's head is reportedly spinning as he gets used to the NFL. He's not quite yet at full strength as he's still recovering from a meniscus injury that required two surgeries to repair. Booker is a talented all-purpose back, but consider him a three-down-back-in-waiting for the Broncos. C.J. Anderson is the starter, and he's set up to carry the largest workload of his career...if he can stay healthy in 2016.

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5. DEN - Paxton Lynch moving well

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason

Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch has done well throwing the ball while rolling to his left as well as to his right during offseason workouts. Head coach Gary Kubiak said he was impressed with Lynch during practice Tuesday, June 7.

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Lynch is the QB of the future in Denver, and we wouldn't be surprised to see him start this season at some point. He's athletic, tall, has a good arm and rarely makes bad decisions with the football. Lynch was the best QB in this draft class when being blizted, and he threw 11 TDs with only 1 INT when defenses brought five or more pass-rushers. The Broncos will run the ball as much as possible this year to keep things simple for their rookie QB.

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6. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez performing well

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason

Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez has thrown only one interception in his last six practices after throwing an interception in the first offseason workouts. He had several connections with WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders during practice Tuesday, June 7.

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Sanchez worked with the first team today, and he has to be considered the frontrunner to begin the year as the starter. The Broncos want Paxton Lynch to take over at some point, and they're microwaving his learning curve. We'll continue to see this competition in training camp.

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7. TEN - Coordinator impressed with QB Marcus Mariota

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie said he has been impressed with that he has seen from QB Marcus Mariota on tape and during practice. Robiskie said Mariota has done a good job learning the offense that the coaching staff is installing.

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Mariota wants to avoid the sophomore slump this year. The Titans are going to run the ball early and often with DeMarco Murray and rookie Derrick Henry. That should set things up nicely for Mariota when the team needs to go through the air. Fantasy owners should consider Mariota more of a low-end QB2, but dynasty owners should love his upside and future potential in the NFL.

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8. TEN - WR Kendall Wright to stay on script

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright will not be allowed to freelance during plays like he may have been allowed to do in the past, according to offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie. Robiskie said he will expect Wright to be where he needs to be during every play. The offensive coordinator said Wright has performed well during offseason workouts.

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Wright has missed eight games over the last two years, and was limited to only 10 games in 2015. If healthy, he can be the team's leading receiver and likely eclipse 1,000 yards. Fantasy owners should consider him a WR6 for this season as the Titans passing game should be limited by their strong rushing attack.

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9. BAL - Two Ravens RBs back from injury

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Ryan Mink

Baltimore Ravens RBs Trent Richardson (hamstring) and Kenneth Dixon (hamstring) participated in organized team activities Tuesday, June 7.

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Richardson is making one--perhaps final--effort to resurrect his career with the Ravens. A hamstring injury isn't what he needs when he has to prove that he can stay in shape and get back to being a dominant runner like he was in college at Alabama. Dixon is quicker than fast and can be difficult to bring down in the open field. Justin Forsett is the starter, but fantasy owners need to watch the competition behind him to see who emerges as a potential handcuff or waiver-wire addition.

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10. DEN - OLB Von Miller not at minicamp

Source: The Denver Post - Cameron Wolfe

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller was not present for the first day of minicamp Tuesday, June 7. Miller is not under contract at this point, so he can't be fined for not being in attendance.

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Miller has yet to sign his franchise tag, and the two sides have until July 15th to work out a new long-term contract. We should see the Broncos reward Miller with a contract that makes him the highest paid defensive player in NFL history.

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11. JAX - RB Chris Ivory back at practice

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

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Chris Ivory (undisclosed) participated in practice Tuesday, June 7.

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Ivory is back in action, and he's going to give the Jaguars offense another dimension in 2016. The veteran back will split time with second-year pro T.J. Yeldon, and their fantasy values may be nearly the same. Both should be considered RB3-level with upside.

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12. JAX - WR Allen Robinson sits out

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

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson (hamstring) did not participate in organized team activities Tuesday, June 7.

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No surprise here. Hamstring injuries can linger if not given enough time to heal. We're not worried about it...even if Robinson doesn't practice again until training camp. The Jaguars will watch him closely, and if he's ready--he'll practice.

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13. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman limited Tuesday

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (gluteus) was limited during practice Tuesday, June 7, because of a high gluteal strain, but head coach Dan Quinn said the injury is not serious.

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Freeman is in an interesting situation this year. Second-year pro Tevin Coleman was the team's starter last year as a rookie, but an injury caused him to miss time and it opened the door for Freeman. He paid off in a big way for fantasy owners with 1,600 yards combined and 14 total touchdowns. This year, Freeman should be the team's lead back although there may be a larger role for Coleman than some think. Freeman's current ADP is RB5 (2.02) while Coleman's is RB41 (9.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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14. BUF - Cardale Jones signs deal

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Buffalo Bills QB Cardale Jones, the team's fourth-round draft choice, signed his four-year deal Tuesday, June 7. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Jones has a big arm and can keep plays alive with his feet. However, he's incredibly inconsistent and has several bad habits to clean up as a passer. Jones is a project, but he's got intriguing upside and that has us quite interested in him from a dynasty perspective.

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15. DEN - OLB DeMarcus Ware making progress

Source: The Denver Post - Troy E. Renck

Denver Broncos LB DeMarcus Ware (back) is making good progress in his recovery from a back injury and could participate in some drills before they finish offseason workouts.

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There's no need to rush things here. Ware hasn't practiced at all this offseason, but the team wants him ready for training camp and the regular season. The future Hall of Fame pass-rusher is going to be a part-time player for the Broncos in 2016. That means more playing time for Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett.

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16. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick to do individual drills

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) isn't cleared to take part in the minicamp, but head coach Chip Kelly said that Kaepernick will do individual drills on the side.

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Kaepernick is recovering from three offseason surgeries, and he has to be falling behind in this QB competition with Blaine Gabbert. If he continues to miss valuable team practice time, then Gabbert may win the starting job for Week 1. If that happens, we're not expecting Gabbert to stay in that spot if (when?) he struggles.

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17. JAX - More on WR Allen Hurns' deal

Source: ESPN - Adam Caplan

Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns' four-year, $40 million deal includes $16 million fully guaranteed at signing. The remaining $4 million guarantee becomes fully guaranteed the third day of free agency in 2018.

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So long as Hurns keeps going on his current trajectory, he should be able to see that final $4 million in guaranteed money. The Jaguars found a star from the ranks of the undrafted, and it's a great move to lock him up for a reasonable $10 million per year price.

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18. GB - No long-term concern about TE Jared Cook

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Ryan Wood

Green Bay Packers TE Jared Cook (foot) is nursing a foot injury, but the team is not concerned about his outlook heading into the season. 'Jared Cook, we have no long-term concern with his situation. It will be good to have him back,' head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday, June 6.

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He had foot surgery earlier this month, but the procedure was called "preventative" and the team doesn't seem concerned about any long-term effects. Fantasy owners should consider Cook a TE2 with upside. He's never really played up to that upside, but he's an intriguing fit--and a long-missing piece--in the Packers high-powered passing attack. Currently, Cook has an ADP of TE17 (13.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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19. GB - WR Jeff Janis praised by head coach

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Ryan Wood

Green Bay Packers WR Jeff Janis received praise from head coach Mike McCarthy about his work during organized team activities (OTAs). 'Jeff Janis is doing a lot of good things. He just needs to continue to progress through the fundamentals of the position,' McCarthy said Monday, June 6. 'Special teams he had an excellent last year last year, graded out as one of our top players. I'd like to see him that that same step as a wide receiver.'

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Janis is easily worth a late-round flier if he wins the WR3 job with the Packers. His size/speed combination makes him more of an interesting option than Davante Adams. While Janis has upside, Adams is coming off a disappointing season which saw him continue to drop too many passes. Along with Janis and Adams, we'll see guys like Ty Montgomery and Jared Abbrederis compete for the WR3 spot behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb in 2016.

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20. JAX - TE Julius Thomas busy at OTAs

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Hays Carlyon

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas' situation is much more stable this season, as he and QB Blake Bortles are building rapport during the offseason program. 'Julius looks good,' offensive coordinator Greg Olson said Monday, June 6. 'Guys that have been here have been relatively healthy and Julius has been one of those guys, so he's been able to get a lot of reps and a lot of work in so far.'

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There's been some interesting things about the Jaguars offense coming down the news wire in recent weeks. First, they're going to use a high pace on offense. That faster tempo should benefit the players on offense and could lead to higher production. Next, we're hearing nothing but good things about Thomas this offseason. Fantasy owners know the talent his there, but Thomas has never played a full 16-game season in his pro career. If healthy, Thomas could easily be a top-5 fantasy TE in 2016.

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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