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Good Thursday to you. I hope you're having a great day and if you're not, we've got some cool new articles that might help. Our Dr. Jene Bramel checks in with a great new article on Injury Situations as only he can. And our Jeff Pasquino has more Auction Primer articles plus we have the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

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A. Injury Rounds
One of the best features we have at Footballguys is our Dr. Jene Bramel's analysis of Injury Situations. Jene is an MD who uses his medical background with his football insights to bring Footballguys readers a unique perspective on player situations. In this edition, he dives into the latest news on Le'Veon Bell, Sammy Watkins, Tyler Eifert, and many others after May OTA practices.

B. Auction Primer: Section II
Our Jeff Pasquino with Part II of his Auction Series. In this one, he looks at preparing for Auction Day.

C. Auction Primer: Section III
Our Jeff Pasquino with Part II of his Auction Series. In this one, he looks at knowing your league.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. ARI - Cards could use two RBs at a time
2. CLE - Robert Griffin practicing smarter
3. PHI - Philly quarterbacks should split reps
4. SF - QB Blaine Gabbert the favorite at QB?
5. DEN - RB C.J. Anderson the No. 1 back
6. NYJ - TE Kellen Davis had surgery
7. PIT - WR Sammie Coates performing well
8. PHI - RB Darren Sproles happy where he is
9. CIN - RB Giovani Bernard extended
10. PHI - WR Josh Huff to play inside
11. WAS - RB Matt Jones working on ball security
12. IND - QB Andrew Luck progressing toward deal
13. DEN - OLB Von Miller talks break off?
14. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy sits with hamstring issue
15. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski out with cryptic ailment
16. DEN - CB Aqib Talib, OLB DeMarcus Ware not practicing
17. MIA - RB Damien Williams hasn't had chance
18. MIA - Kenyan Drake continues to shine
19. DEN - Paxton Lynch praised by Gary Kubiak
20. SF - QB Blaine Gabbert's athleticism surprises
21. SF - TE Vance McDonald turning heads

1. ARI - Cards could use two RBs at a time

Source: AZCardinals.com - Kyle Odegard

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is expected to get a lion's share of the work, but RBs Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington each have skillsets which could help the offense. In fact, head coach Bruce Arians hinted Tuesday, June 7, that two backs could be on the field at the same time. 'When I first came here, that's something B.A. told me he wanted to do,' Chris Johnson said. 'It started off with me getting here late (in training camp), then Andre getting hurt early and me getting hurt. It was hard to get two of us on the field at one time, but that's something we've really been working hard on.'

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David Johnson is well worth taking in the first round of all fantasy drafts, but it will be interesting to see how the team mixes in Chris Johnson and Ellington behind him. Right now, Chris Johnson is going off the board at RB53 (13.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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2. CLE - Robert Griffin practicing smarter

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III has been practicing his slides and throwing the ball away this offseason. Improving in those areas will enable the Browns to better keep positive downs and distances, according to Griffin. Griffin has also learned to take constructive criticism with head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton constantly adjusting his release point, stance, footwork and velocity.

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Griffin has to stay healthy if he wants to get his pro career back on track. We'll be interested to see how he fits within the Jackson offense. Griffin's talent didn't go away, but he needs to show that he can make better decisions as a passer--especially when under pressure.

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3. PHI - Philly quarterbacks should split reps

Source: PhillyVoice.com - Jimmy Kempski

Philadelphia Eagles QBs Sam Bradford, Carson Wentz and Chase Daniel will receive equal repetitions heading into training camp, according to head coach Doug Pederson. Pederson said Bradford likely won't take more reps than Wentz and Daniel until late in the preseason when starters usually ramp up their workload.

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What in the world are the Eagles doing? First, they screwed up the QB market by overpaying both Bradford and Daniel. Now, they're going to give them all equal reps? Wow...um, okay Pederson if you say so. It's a new system and a new direction for the Eagles since the franchise struggled under former head coach Chip Kelly. One would assume that a starting QB would get as many first-team reps as possible, but not here....or at least not right now. At least we know that Wentz is the future of the team at the QB position, and he's got the upside to eventually be a top-12 QB in the NFL.

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4. SF - QB Blaine Gabbert the favorite at QB?

Source: NFL.com - Dan Hanzus

San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert is the 'heavy favorite' to enter the 2016 as the starting quarterback, according to NFL Media columnist Michael Silver. QB Colin Kaepernick is 'allegedly in competition' with Gabbert for the starting job. 'He's loved in this locker room,' Silver said of Gabbert. 'He did a lot of good things last year and I'd be shocked if he's not the starter in the opener.'

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We can see that. Gabbert should be the frontrunner because Kaepernick still can't practice fully as he continues to recover from three offseason surgeries. When there's no real competition (yet), Gabbert can shine. Fantasy owners are staying away from the 49ers passing game....for good reason.

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5. DEN - RB C.J. Anderson the No. 1 back

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson has looked like the No. 1 running back throughout organized team activities so far, and his cuts have been decisive like they were in the second half of last season after he recovered from his sprained ankle. Anderson is also adjusting well to having a fullback in front of him, with FBs Juwan Thompson and Andy Janovich competing for the role.

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How is this even a debate? The language of the NFL is money, and the Broncos paid Anderson a $5 million bonus as part of his new contract earlier this year. Along with those bags of money will come the football...as much as he can handle. Expect a workload similar to what he had in the Super Bowl where Anderson was allowed to control how much he was on the field and got 24 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown against a tough Panthers defense. If he can stay healthy, Anderson can thrive for the Broncos run-heavy offense.

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6. NYJ - TE Kellen Davis had surgery

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets TE Kellen Davis (thumb) will not participate in the remainder of New York's offseason program after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. Davis will be ready for the start of training camp in late July, however, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

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Davis is a big-bodied blocker, and he doesn't have fantasy value. The team is trying to see if Jace Amaro can actually do something as a pro, and he'll be the Jets leading pass-catcher at the position.

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7. PIT - WR Sammie Coates performing well

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Mark Kaboly

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates is having a tremendous offseason, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

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The team is going to be relying on Coates now that Martavis Bryant has been suspended for the year. Coates has a large wingspan and he's got the speed to take the top off the defense regularly. However, he's had hands of stone in the past and needs to prove that he can be reliable as a pass-catcher in 2016.

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8. PHI - RB Darren Sproles happy where he is

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Zach Berman

Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (personal) missed time this offseason because of a family matter. Sproles said he is content with his current contract and content in Philadelphia.

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Sproles should be back in a change-of-pace role for the Eagles this year. The offense will look different under new head coach Doug Pederson, but Sproles' role should look somewhat similar.

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9. CIN - RB Giovani Bernard extended

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Tom Pelissero

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is finalizing a three-year extension worth $15.5 million Wednesday, June 8, according to a source.

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Bernard was entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2016, and the Bengals wanted to keep him around for a good price. We should see him involved as part of the team's RBBC with Jeremy Hill, but Bernard really stands out as a receiver out of the backfield. With losses to the receiving corps in free agency (Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu), Bernard may be able to outproduce the 49 catches he had in 2015.

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10. PHI - WR Josh Huff to play inside

Source: Philadelphia Daily News - Les Bowen

Philadelphia Eagles WR Josh Huff is expected to play on the inside of formations, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

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It doesn't matter where Huff plays, really. As a former Oregon player, Huff was a favorite of former head coach Chip Kelly. Now that Peterson has taken over, we don't see any fantasy value for Huff as the Eagles WR4 (at best) on the depth chart.

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11. WAS - RB Matt Jones working on ball security

Source: CSNWashington.com - Rich Tandler

Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones is working on his ball security this offseason after he lost four fumbles in 163 touches in 2015 as a rookie. Jones is using a 'special ball' that has sensors in it that will detect if he is putting significant pressure on a key point of the ball as he carries it. If there is pressure on all of the key points of the ball, the ball remains silent. If the grip loosens, a warning signal goes off.

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Somewhere our very own Sigmund Bloom is saying, "ah, technology." Jones is going to be the lead back for Washington this year, but if the fumble problems persist we could see the team go in a different direction. We're keeping our eyes on rookie Keith Marshall (Georgia) behind Jones on the depth chart.

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12. IND - QB Andrew Luck progressing toward deal

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck is making progress toward a blockbuster extension, sources say, which is expected to be finalized in July.

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This is the biggest no-brainer in the history of Earth. Pay the man! Luck is arguably the best young QB in the game, and he's about to get paid in a big way. The deal is expected to make Luck the highest-paid player in league history, and he could reach $25 million annually.

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13. DEN - OLB Von Miller talks break off?

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller passed a team-imposed deadline Tuesday, June 7, to agree on a long-term contract. The Broncos have withdrawn their multi-year offer, and Miller will play the 2016 season on his $14.129 million franchise tag. The two sides reached a partial agreement on years and total value in recent days that would have made Miller the highest-paid defensive player, but there were significant differences in how the deal was structured.

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There's five weeks to work out a deal. Miller has not yet signed his franchise tender, and the two sides have until July 15th to work something out. The total contract sounds good ($114.5 MM) but the guaranteed money that reportedly offered ($39.8 MM) is way too low for a player like Miller. The Broncos will have to pay more guaranteed money if they want Miller on a long-term deal.

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14. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy sits with hamstring issue

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) sat out of team drills Wednesday, June 8, with hamstring tightness. The ailment isn't considered serious.

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The Bills need to be cautious here. McCoy is a star RB in the league, but he's also known to get dinged up from time to time. They'll shut him down (or limit his reps) while he deals with this hamstring issue.

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15. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski out with cryptic ailment

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) reported with the rest of his teammates Tuesday, June 7, and is continuing to work behind the scenes as the club takes a cautious approach with an undisclosed physical ailment that isn't considered a long-range concern, according to a source.

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Alright...that sounds good, right? It's the Patriots, so we may never really known what's going on here. The cryptic nature of this report is interesting, and we'll be digging for more information from reputable sources. Stay tuned.

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16. DEN - CB Aqib Talib, OLB DeMarcus Ware not practicing

Source: The Denver Post - Cameron Wolfe

Denver Broncos CB Aqib Talib (leg) and DE DeMarcus Ware (back) are not taking part in practice Wednesday, June 8.

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Talib was involved in another incident involving a firearm and was shot in the leg. He's going to be okay as the injury was incredibly minor, but right now with an ongoing investigation underway the veteran corner is not going to be on the practice field. Talib could be in a lot of trouble with the law..and the league, but it may take some time to lay down any punishment (if any).

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17. MIA - RB Damien Williams hasn't had chance

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins RB Damien Williams (undisclosed) has been sidelined during minicamp due to an undisclosed injury. Williams appears to be behind RB Kenyan Drake in the race for the backup job behind RB Jay Ajayi. Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said he has been unable to judge Williams due to his injury.

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Williams needs to get healthy--and quick--if he wants to make the 53-man roster. The team may also add more RB talent via free agency before training camp starts, thus further cramping the depth chart.

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18. MIA - Kenyan Drake continues to shine

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake has impressive during spring drills. Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said Drake 'has been excellent,' and Drake said he is more prepared for the NFL after learning different formations and other intricacies from Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Drake remains the frontrunner to serve as the backup to RB Jay Ajayi.

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We're not surprised that Drake is impressing this offseason. He impressed on film at Alabama as a backup behind Derrick Henry, and he impressed earlier this year during the week of practice for the Reese's Senior Bowl. Drake is a speedy back who isn't afraid to run inside. He can rip off big runs with ease, and has the big-play ability fantasy owners will love. However, he may not be built to be more than a change-of-pace back at the pro level.

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19. DEN - Paxton Lynch praised by Gary Kubiak

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason

Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch worked with the third-team offense in practice Tuesday, June 7, but he guided the No. 3 offense to a touchdown against the No. 3 defense. Afterwards, head coach Gary Kubiak praised the quarterback's work. 'I think Paxton did some really good stuff. He took the young kids down the field at the end of practice,' Kubiak said.

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Lynch is their franchise QB of the future. He's been making progress during OTAs and minicamp in regards to his footwork and deep touch. We're not shocked (or dismayed) that Lynch begins mandatory minicamp as the third-string QB. He needs to prove that he can handle the NFL if he wants to eventually win the starting job. While Mark Sanchez may begin the year as the starter, we think Lynch takes over at some point.

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20. SF - QB Blaine Gabbert's athleticism surprises

Source: Santa Rosa Press Democrat - Grant Cohn

San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert has turned heads during the offseason and he has really surprised with his athleticism. 'On the field, I know (head coach Chip Kelly) talked about his athleticism. I felt the same way. I didn't know he was as athletic as he was. Throwing the ball, too. He can make all the throws that you need. He has a really good skillset and we're excited about that,' quarterbacks coach Ryan Day said.

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How is that surprising? Coming out of Missouri years ago, the book on Gabbert was that he was incredibly athletic but saw 'ghosts' in the pocket. It's not a shock that Gabbert is athletic...and that ability should greatly help him in the Kelly offense. Now, if he could only shake that 'ghost' thing and didn't feel pressure when it wasn't there.

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21. SF - TE Vance McDonald turning heads

Source: Santa Rosa Press Democrat - Grant Cohn

San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald is a player garnering plenty of attention during minicamp, as QB Blaine Gabbert and tight ends coach Jeff Nixon each heaped praise on the tight end. 'He's such a great athlete. He's smart. He does a great job in the run and pass game. He's a guy that we have to utilize. He's a mismatch nightmare on linebackers,' Gabbert said. Nixon said the team is looking for McDonald to pick up where he left off last season and be a big-play tight end in the pass game.

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McDonald had a few games last year when he was fantasy relevant. Perhaps he can carry over a bit of that momentum to this season. He's at the top of the depth chart, and fantasy owners need to realize how much Chip Kelly uses the TE position in his offense. Last year, Eagles TE Zach Ertz caught 75 passes for 853 yards and two TDs and he finished the year as TE10 in standard-scoring leagues. McDonald may reach those numbers, but he's a player who isn't getting drafted in 12-team PPR leagues right now...so make sure he's on your waiver-wire speed dial--especially in TE-premium leagues.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being a part of Footballguys. Have a great day and we'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J