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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. SEA - Pete Carroll confident in players' return
2. SD - RB Melvin Gordon has made speedy recovery
3. WAS - RB Matt Jones shows improvement
4. NYG - WR Victor Cruz doing drills again
5. NE - TE Martellus Bennett fine in backup role
6. DAL - QB Tony Romo throwing well
7. CAR - Ron Rivera receives extension
8. WAS - QB Kirk Cousins taking charge
9. TEN - Tajae Sharpe to open camp as starter?
10. GB - RB Eddie Lacy continues to get in shape
11. ATL - More deep balls for WR Julio Jones?
12. BUF - Trio of Buffalo RBs see important reps
13. LA - QB Case Keenum remains starter for now
14. NE - Jacoby Brissett contract details
15. NO - New Orleans backfield taking shape
16. BAL - WR Steve Smith won't play much
17. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin contract being negotiated
18. BAL - RB Trent Richardson expecting surgery
19. CIN - QB Andy Dalton receives praise
20. CIN - WR James Wright to be ready for camp?
21. MIA - Kenyan Drake will be ready for camp
22. WAS - TE Jordan Reed has looked good
23. TEN - WR Dorial Green-Beckham still a project
24. HOU - WR Jaelen Strong a changed man

1. SEA - Pete Carroll confident in players' return

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) and RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) should 'absolutely' be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

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Graham has a lot of ability, but he is kept in check by Seattle's offensive scheme and offensive line woes. He has TE1 ability, but is producing TE2 numbers. We don't see it changing right now.

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2. SD - RB Melvin Gordon has made speedy recovery

Source: NFL.com - Gregg Rosenthal

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) has made a speedy recovery from knee surgery and has been cutting aggressively in team drills during minicamp. 'If you had seen him last Thursday do the conditioning part of the program in the offseason, you would have never known he was injured last year,' head coach Mike McCoy said.

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Gordon is anxious to get back at it and improve over last year's performance. He has a lot of work to do. For now we have him rated as a decent RB3. That may change but we need to see more of him first.

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3. WAS - RB Matt Jones shows improvement

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones took better paths off handoffs during offseason workouts and showed improvement in mandatory minicamp. The Redskins feel they're in a better spot they were in a year ago with Jones' development. The big question remains how Jones will respond to being the main back for a full season.

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Jones had moments during his rookie season, but needs to show more decisiveness in games. With the departure of Alfred Morris, he has the wheel to control the backfield and if he can keep building his game up, Jones will have a lot of opportunity. Right now Jones is going off as RB21 in early drafts and should work as a decent RB2/RB3.

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4. NYG - WR Victor Cruz doing drills again

Source: New York Daily News - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee, calf) is doing individual drills for the third straight day Thursday, June 16.

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This is three days in a row, which we take as a great sign he might see the field this year. We're not sure what he has left in the tank, though, or how age and the injury might have impacted his skills. He's a depth guy right now, but given that he is also WR70 in recent drafts, he could have tremendous value if he plays well.

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5. NE - TE Martellus Bennett fine in backup role

Source: CSNNE.com - Phil Perry

New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett said he doesn't mind playing second fiddle to TE Rob Gronkowski this year. 'I really don't mind being Robin, you know? So right now it's just working every day and just trying to get better. He's an excellent player, and I'm gonna be able to get a lot of single coverages with him,' Bennett said. He has impressed in organized team activities this offseason as a newcomer with his size and athleticism.

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There's a fair chance we could see Bennett take over the long absent Aaron Hernandez role. Coach Bill Belichick is always trying to stay one step ahead, so it wouldn't shock us if he went back to that two tight end set. Bennett is working closely with Tom Brady, so we feel good about him in this offense. He's likely to be a solid TE2 this year.

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6. DAL - QB Tony Romo throwing well

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Eric Prisbell

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (collarbone) said he's throwing as well as he ever has as he continues to recover from a broken collarbone and subsequent offseason surgery. He and the Cowboys will go over his schedule in training camp, and he may continue to take Wednesdays off depending on how his throwing feels each day. Romo did acknowledge that he can't ignore his injury history.

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Romo healthy is a beautiful thing for Cowboys fans, since without him this offense is a shadow of itself. We think Romo is in for a solid season, and rate him as a solid QB2. Right now his ADP is QB13 and he's going as the 108 player off the boards.

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7. CAR - Ron Rivera receives extension

Source: The Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera received a one-year contract extension Thursday, June 16, that will pay him more than $6 million a year, according to a league source. Rivera led Carolina to a 17-2 record and a berth in Super Bowl 50 in 2015 and is under contract through the 2018 season. He's now among the top 10 highest paid coaches in the NFL.

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Riverboat Ron cashes in his chips for a big payday. The way he has managed Cam Newton's development, the improvement of the defense and even overcoming the injuries which sidelined their best receiver last season - all gave him ammunition to get a nice contract. The Panthers are expected to make another run at the Super Bowl.

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8. WAS - QB Kirk Cousins taking charge

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins had some good and bad days during offseason practices, but it's clear that he's taking charge of the offense more and being decisive.

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Cousins "had some good and bad days during offseason practices" - that's the in depth analysis we love from the World Wide Leader. Let's dig a little deeper here. Cousins had a great 2015, despite a lot of critics waiting for him to fall apart. He topped 4,000 yards and threw for 29 touchdowns compared to just 11 interceptions. He was a huge reason the offense worked and will be the centerpiece of this offense as well. There is the question as to whether he can repeat, however, and while he's not just a game manager, he's not a top-shelf quarterback either at this point. You don't want to hear about him being inconsistent in OTAs, but that will happen so we're not concerned. We expect him to put up solid QB2 numbers and he has some upside, but we wouldn't pull the cord on adding him as a QB1 this year.

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9. TEN - Tajae Sharpe to open camp as starter?

Source: TitansInsider.com - Terry McCormick

Tennessee Titans WR Tajae Sharpe has impressed head coach Mike Mularkey, and Sharpe is expected to begin training camp as a starting wide receiver.

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It's going to be quite the battle between Dorial Green-Beckham and Sharpe. It's possible they both end up starting along with Rishard Matthews, since Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter have disappointed overall and Harry Douglas is over the hill. Rookies have steep learning curve, so Sharpe may falter when the fur starts flying for real. Right now we aren't throwing him on our rosters, but he has the chance to be a solid WR5 with upside. We just need to see more.

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10. GB - RB Eddie Lacy continues to get in shape

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy worked out with P90X founder Tony Horton after the season, and Horton estimated Lacy lost 15 to 20 pounds during the workouts. Running backs coach Ben Sirmans said this week that Lacy might again work with Horton leading up to training camp. 'I'm hopeful,' Sirmans said. 'The information I got from what people have told me, it's helped him. So you always want to be able to do things that help people. I hope he'll do it.' After offseason workouts, head coach Mike McCarthy said Lacy still had work to do.

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Lacy fell into the doghouse - and maybe ate the dog and dog food - last season when he was noticeably overweight and out of shape. We hope he keeps up the work whether it's with Horton or someone else. Keeping weight off is always as hard as getting it off. We feel good about his prospects in general, enough to see him as a great RB2 with the upside to crack the RB1 ranks.

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11. ATL - More deep balls for WR Julio Jones?

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is expected to see a lot more work down the field this season, as offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan anticipates taking more deep shots. The team added WR Mohamed Sanu, TE Austin Hooper and WR Justin Hardy continues to develop, and Shanahan is hopeful their addition will help keep added defensive attention off of Jones.

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We like the sound of that! Jones is without a doubt one of the premiere receivers in the NFL and is just as good in fantasy, where we have him as an easy WR1.

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12. BUF - Trio of Buffalo RBs see important reps

Source: The Buffalo News - Tyler Dunne

Buffalo Bills RBs Mike Gillislee, James Wilder Jr. and Jonathan Williams saw the reps in practice Wednesday, June 15, with RBs LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams sidelined. Williams was most impressive in the practice, showing surprising ability to shift direction and make defenders miss.

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The rookie Williams could be the guy who has the best chance to make an impact this year but he will need McCoy and Karlos Williams to stumble before he becomes fantasy relevant. For now, he's going as the 261st player off the board in drafts as RB77. If anything you can pick him up late but be prepared to let him go early in the season if you have to make room on your roster.

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13. LA - QB Case Keenum remains starter for now

Source: TheRams.com - Myles Simmons

Los Angeles Rams QB Case Keenum will enter training camp as the starting quarterback, with QB Jared Goff assuming the backup position, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.

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That will last until the end of training camp. The team didn't mortgage the future for Jared Goff so he could hold a clipboard. We wouldn't start either of them and best case scenario, Goff ends up a low-end QB3.

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14. NE - Jacoby Brissett contract details

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots rookie QB Jacoby Brissett signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, June 16. The deal is worth a total of over $3.4 million and includes a $680,604 signing bonus. He also received workout bonuses of $25,000 for each of 2017, 2018 and 2019. The base salaries of the contract are $450,000 this year, $580,038 in 2017, $735,076 in 2018 and $890,114 in 2019.

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Jimmy Garoppolo gets his first starts if Tom Brady's suspension holds up, and if he does well, Garoppolo could end up traded. Which means Brissett could be the future of the position. He's only interesting from a Dynasty standpoint though, as it is unlikely he will see action this year.

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15. NO - New Orleans backfield taking shape

Source: The New Orleans Times-Picayune - Larry Holder

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is the lead running back for the Saints, while RB Tim Hightower appears to be the backup, according to Larry Holder of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. RB C.J. Spiller holds the No. 3 spot.

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Ingram has come into his own, and we think he's a borderline RB1/RB2 and we could see him tipping 1,000 yards this year. Hightower finally got back into the league after some knee issues, but will be limited to whatever Ingram doesn't pick up. That means Hightower is unlikely to have any value save as a handcuff. Spiller might be the third back but he's going to have more work than Hightower, since he brings a little more variety to the table. Consider him only as depth though, as we don't expect him to do enough to warrant more than a bye-week fill-in, and his value is around RB7.

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16. BAL - WR Steve Smith won't play much

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (Achilles') probably won't play much in the preseason, if at all, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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As we've said before, this is expected. They don't want to risk a guy who is a big part of their offense in the most meaningless part of the season. Smith should be a solid WR4 this year, but we don't expect the eye-popping numbers he was putting up last season.

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17. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin contract being negotiated

Source: ESPN.com - Sheil Kapadia

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin's possible contract extension is being worked on by both sides, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll said the goal is to get him locked up for a long time.

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Baldwin had a tremendous second half to last season, but Seattle's offense still skews towards the run, which limits his upside a little. Without Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, things might shift a little but we aren't sure yet. Baldwin should produce regardless, and we see him as a solid WR3 with upside this year.

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18. BAL - RB Trent Richardson expecting surgery

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens RB Trent Richardson (knee) will likely need arthroscopic knee surgery this offseason for a pre-existing issue. He will miss some time, but the extent of that missed time was not disclosed.

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We weren't exactly holding our breath to begin with and we aren't really shocked there is a hiccup as there always is with Richardson. He's going to have a hard time making a dent in the rotation while he's on the trainer's table, and with Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen and rookie Kenneth Dixon in front of him, Richardson is likely to be cut from yet another team.

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19. CIN - QB Andy Dalton receives praise

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has been better than advertised so far this offseason, according to WR Brandon LaFell. LaFell noted Dalton's ball placement, accuracy, quick release and command of the huddle as factors that have especially impressed.

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Dalton was having a great season in 2015 before he got hurt, as if everything clicked. We don't know what Hue Jackson's absence might mean for him but we like what we're hearing from LaFell here. Dalton should be a solid QB2 with upside this year in Cincinnati.

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20. CIN - WR James Wright to be ready for camp?

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals WR James Wright (knee) participated in individual drills for the first time Wednesday, June 15, after undergoing micro fracture knee surgery this offseason. Wright said he felt explosive and he thinks he'll be ready for training camp, but it's not certain at this point.

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We still think he's a long shot to make the team, forget making an impact but we're still pulling for him.

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21. MIA - Kenyan Drake will be ready for camp

Source: The Miami Herald

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (hamstring) will still be ready for training camp after being injured in practice Wednesday, June 16.

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Drake has the raw ability to be a starter but he needs to learn the finer points of technique if he's going to ever get that job. He also goes down a bit too easily. Right now he's on kickoff and punt returns, and though he might see some work as a receiver, we are not expecting to have an impact in fantasy leagues this year barring injuries ahead of him.

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22. WAS - TE Jordan Reed has looked good

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (ankle) missed three days of practice this week but looked very good when he was in camp, and the coaches' confidence in him has increased. Reed will work out on his own before reporting to training camp next month, and his work ethic has been an underrated part of his game. Reed has improved on getting free on certain routes.

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If Reed can stay healthy, he is a top TE1. The question is whether he can do that. Concussions and nagging injuries have derailed all three of his seasons, and is a concern. So this injury definitely worries us. That said, we'll keep an eye on it and if you are OK with the injury risk - and have a solid backup - his upside is huge.

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23. TEN - WR Dorial Green-Beckham still a project

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham remains somewhat of a project at the NFL level after he was thrown out of Missouri in college and went to Oklahoma but didn't play in 2014. Wide receivers coach Bob Bratkowski thinks the time off hurt Green-Beckham's game and caused him to develop at a slower pace. Green-Beckham was picked by the former Titans regime under general manager Ruston Webster, and new general manager Jon Robinson has said before that he's not particularly interested in projects. For now, Bratkowski said things are trending in the right direction for Green-Beckham.

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Reports have rookie Tajae Sharpe playing ahead of Green-Beckham right now, so it will be an interesting battle between he and Sharpe. Right now we feel Green-Beckham will win out, and should end up as a decent WR5 to start, but right now it seems like it's anyone's game. It's also possible both Sharpe and Green-Beckham could vault the underwhelming Harry Douglas, Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter.

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24. HOU - WR Jaelen Strong a changed man

Source: Houston Chronicle - Brian T. Smith

Houston Texans WR Jaelen Strong made an effort to slim down this offseason and change his diet. He also did a lot of running to drop 30 pounds. He also made a conscious effort to surround himself with better people after he was arrested in the offseason for marijuana. 'I definitely cut a lot of people out,' Strong said. 'A lot of people don't really need to know what's always going on with me. You've got to do what's best for yourself. And right now, I'm in the best shape I could be.' Head coach Bill O'Brien has already called Strong 'one of the most improved players on our football team.'

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Strong disappointed the coaching staff and with Will Fuller and Braxton Miller getting drafted, Strong has to put out his best effort. We still see Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins will get most of the snaps so even if he is doing well Strong isn't likely worth a roster spot this year and his ADP of WR93 tells us that others feel the same way right now.

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

Peace,

J