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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DEN - RB C.J. Anderson in top condition
2. JAX - WR Allen Hurns is allergic to grass
3. PIT - RB DeAngelo Williams will be used
4. DEN - OLB Von Miller could sit out in 2016
5. NE - TE Martellus Bennett dodges a bullet
6. DAL - OLB Sean Lee expects to be ready for camp
7. NYJ - QB Geno Smith practiced with top receivers
8. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick focused on football
9. DET - WR Corey Fuller had surgery
10. CLE - Cody Kessler contract terms
11. MIN - WR Charles Johnson must earn roster spot
12. LA - Jared Goff officially signs
13. PHI - Carson Wentz struggles in practice
14. CLE - Cody Kessler signs rookie deal
15. TB - Seferian-Jenkins dismissed from practice
16. BUF - Cardale Jones struggling so far
17. BUF - RB Dan Herron signs with Bills
18. NE - WR Julian Edelman absent at minicamp

1. DEN - RB C.J. Anderson in top condition

Source: The Denver Post - Troy E. Renck

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson is in the best condition that head coach Gary Kubiak has seen him in, and Anderson has responded to competition. 'He's ready to be an every down back,' Kubiak said.

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Anderson made his money this offseason, but we aren't worried he will slack off now that he got paid. Unlike last season, it looks like he will hit Week 1 fully healthy and that's great news for his owners and offense. We see him as a high-end RB2 with RB1 upside.

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2. JAX - WR Allen Hurns is allergic to grass

Source: ESPN.com - Mike DiRocco

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns is allergic to grass, which is why he wears long sleeves and tries to cover as much of his body as possible. Hurns said he found out about his grass allergy in high school. Hurns said he doesn’t experience breathing problems. His nose doesn't get stuffy or runny either. He has skin breakouts that vary in degrees. Some days they're barely there. Other days he said he has to take a medication after practice or games if it's a severe breakout.

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Well that's not optimal but as long as he can catch the ball it shouldn't matter. One of two 1,000 yard receivers for Jacksonville, (Allen Robinson was the other) Hurns should pick up right where he left off, and we expect a solid season from him, putting him in the WR3 range this year.

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3. PIT - RB DeAngelo Williams will be used

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams will be used by offensive coordinator Todd Haley in 2016 despite the return of RB Le'Veon Bell from injury. 'I think the difference between last year and this year is that we got a big body of work from DeAngelo last year,' said Haley. 'We got to see him do a lot of things, and obviously he did a very good job for us. Knowing a lot more about him will maybe help give Le'Veon more rest when he needs it, although knowing Le'Veon he never wants to come off.'

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Well they said they would use him, not use him a lot. Williams was a surprise - and a fortunate one for the Steelers - in 2015 but unless Bell gets hurt, he won't repeat those numbers in 2016. He's a handcuff for Bell if you're nervous.

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4. DEN - OLB Von Miller could sit out in 2016

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson

Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos LB Von Miller rejected a six-year, $114.5 million deal at some point between Monday, June 6, and Wednesday, June 8. A source close to Miller said the player actually accepted two significant parts of the offer Monday: specifically, the length of the contract (six years) and the overall money ($114.5 million). However, the guaranteed money is apparently where the impasse is, and the impasse has escalated so quickly that Miller could sit out the 2016 season entirely.

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The Broncos were hoping an early offer would get him at minicamps and assure them that he would be in training camp, but he didn't accept it quick enough we guess. We suspect Miller will be in camp, but keep your eyes locked here—and listen to our own Cecil Lammey on 104.3 the Fan in Denver - to make sure you have all the information.

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5. NE - TE Martellus Bennett dodges a bullet

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (knee) had a minor injury scare at one point in practice Wednesday, June 8, during minicamp. The veteran was attended to by the training staff, focusing on his left knee. After a brief absence he was able to return to drills and team work. Bennett worked with FB James Develin and fellow TEs A.J. Derby and Michael Williams on blocking drills.

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The Patriots are going to be able to do a lot with Bennett and Rob Gronkowski this year. Bennett has yet to fully play up to his potential, but the opportunity is there with a high-powered offense like the Patriots.

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6. DAL - OLB Sean Lee expects to be ready for camp

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) said he would be shocked if he was not ready for the start of training camp. Lee believes he's on pace to be on the field when that time comes.

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The Cowboys defense will be better with a healthy Lee back on the field. We'll see if he can be ready...then stay healthy for the upcoming season.

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7. NYJ - QB Geno Smith practiced with top receivers

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Geno Smith has thrown to Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. and Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry this offseason. Landry said eight or nine players gathered twice a week for workouts in South Florida.

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Smith is at the top of the depth charts for the Jets...at this time. Ryan Fitzpatrick is still out there, and the team may end up bringing him back after a long and drawn out courtship in free agency. If he's actually the starter, we don't see Smith as anything more than a QB3 for fantasy owners.

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8. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick focused on football

Source: The Denver Post

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick doesn't anticipate any issues between him and the organization this season, even after requesting a trade earlier in the year. 'I'm here, I'm a 49er, I'm excited for this offseason, the work that I can put in this summer to get ready for training camp and to come in and compete,' Kaepernick said. Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee), who had multiple offseason surgeries, also expects to be healthier and bulkier when training camp rolls around.

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Kaepernick's career has fallen off, and we're not sure he can resurrect it this season with the 49ers. When healthy, Kaepernick will have to beat out Blaine Gabbert for the starting job. On paper, Kaepernick seems like a good fit for the Chip Kelly offense...but we're not overly optimistic about it.

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9. DET - WR Corey Fuller had surgery

Source: Mlive.com - Kyle Meinke

Detroit Lions WR Corey Fuller (foot) underwent foot surgery Wednesday, June 8, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell said he doesn't know how long Fuller will be out. Fuller will compete with WRs Jeremy Kerley, T.J. Jones and Andre Caldwell, among others, for a roster spot.

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Fuller is in the mix for a reserve WR spot behind starters Golden Tate and Marvin Jones. Behind those two, any WR...even Fuller...can only be considered a WR4/WR5 at best.

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10. CLE - Cody Kessler contract terms

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler's four-year rookie deal is worth $3.4 million. It includes a $660,000 signing bonus and just over $1.1 million in guaranteed money.

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We believe Robert Griffin III wins this job, but if Kessler does win, we'd avoid him. Though in all honesty we are really only interested in Griffin because of his upside. We are generally avoiding Cleveland's quarterback situation.

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11. MIN - WR Charles Johnson must earn roster spot

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Matt Vensel

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson will need to earn his way onto the Vikings' roster this season, in the opinion of Matt Vensel of The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Johnson lost his starting spot to WR Stefon Diggs last season, and now he'll have to compete with rookie WR Laquon Treadwell and WR Cordarrelle Patterson. Johnson needs to prove himself even more after playing in just 23 games the last two seasons combined.

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Johnson is talented so we don't think he will get the boot but this group and passing offense is a bit shaky so we aren't going to invest heavily in it anyway.

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12. LA - Jared Goff officially signs

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff officially signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, June 9, and it'll be worth $27.9 million with an $18.6 million signing bonus. Goff's deal will include a fifth-year option.

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Goff is the guy in Los Angeles (man that still sounds weird) but he has a steep learning curve, few good receivers and a fantastic running back who will carry the load. At most, consider him a QB3.

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13. PHI - Carson Wentz struggles in practice

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz struggled during his red zone series in practice Thursday, June 9, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane. Wentz did complete a touchdown pass during the sequence but was also intercepted in his final throw after zeroing in on his target and over clutching. He had a single completion in four pass attempts.

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It's expected as he is in a brand new offense, with new receivers and he's coming from a far simpler scheme. Wentz might win the starting job, but we still think Sam Bradford is the guy to tap although only as a decent QB3.

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14. CLE - Cody Kessler signs rookie deal

Source: 92.3 The Fan - Daryl Ruiter

Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler signed his rookie four-year deal Thursday, June 9. Terms were not disclosed.

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The quarterback job is still open, so Kessler will be able to go straight to minicamp to compete, though we'd guess Robert Griffin III will get first crack. Kessler is a decent quarterback, one who doesn't make a ton of mistakes but doesn't take many risks either. That limits his upside as well as his downside. Add in the shaky nature of the offense in general and even if he wins the job, we wouldn't be anxious to draft him.

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15. TB - Seferian-Jenkins dismissed from practice

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was dismissed from practice by head coach Dirk Koetter Thursday, June 9.

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There's a lot swirling around here as Seferian-Jenkins tweeted out (then deleted) MOVING ON, later replacing it with a tweet that he won't let the negative stuff get to him. Rumor later had it that coach Dirk Koetter was annoyed that Seferian-Jenkins seemed lost on the field. If he can get it together we think he should put up decent TE2 numbers this year, but this is worth monitoring.

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16. BUF - Cardale Jones struggling so far

Source: The Buffalo News - Tyler Dunne

Buffalo Bills QB Cardale Jones wasn't sharp during rookie camp, but the Bills coaches understand Jones is a project with great size and a rocket for an arm. It could be difficult for Jones to push QB EJ Manuel for the backup quarterback job in training camp as he tries to become familiar with the offense.

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Not surprisingly, given how raw he is. He may end up on the practice squad.

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17. BUF - RB Dan Herron signs with Bills

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Free-agent RB Dan Herron (Colts) signed an undisclosed deal with the Buffalo Bills Thursday, June 9.

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While "Boom" Herron has been more of a "Bust" Herron so far in his career, he's good depth for the Bills to have on hand. LeSean McCoy is already nursing a minor injury, and we saw how quickly things went downhill last year once injuries hit. Don't draft Herron, but be aware of him if things go sideways in the Bills backfield again this season.

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18. NE - WR Julian Edelman absent at minicamp

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) has been absent for the first two days of practice at minicamp as he continues to recover from a foot injury.

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Injuries to Patriots players are always tricky as we never truly know the severity. The team is quite clandestine with injured players, so we'll go off the assumption that Edelman will be brought along slowly with an eye on him being ready for training camp.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Have a great Friday and we'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

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Peace,

J