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Big day today as we're starting to roll out some of our Player Spotlights where we dig deep looking forward to how a player will perform this year. Plus we've got the News and Notes so let's get to it.

J

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A. Player Spotlight: Drew Brees
Our Player Spotlights are some of the best insights you'll find anywhere on players. In this one, our Steve Holloway takes a look at Drew Brees.

B. Player Spotlight: Matt Forte
Our Player Spotlights are some of the best insights you'll find anywhere on players. In this one, our Andrew Garda takes a look at Matt Forte.

C. Player Spotlight: Todd Gurley
Our Player Spotlights are some of the best insights you'll find anywhere on players. In this one, our Steve Holloway takes a look at Todd Gurley.

D. Player Spotlight: Ladarius Green
Our Player Spotlights are some of the best insights you'll find anywhere on players. In this one, our Justin Howe takes a look at Ladarius Green

E. Player Spotlight: DeForest Buckner
Our Player Spotlights are some of the best insights you'll find anywhere on players. In this one, our Daniel Simpkins takes a look at DeForest Buckner.

F. Player Spotlight: B.J. Goodson
Our Player Spotlights are some of the best insights you'll find anywhere on players. In this one, our Daniel Simpkins takes a look at B.J. Goodson.

G. Player Spotlight: Darron Lee
Our Player Spotlights are some of the best insights you'll find anywhere on players. In this one, our Daniel Simpkins takes a look at Darron Lee.

H. Player Spotlight: Joey Bosa
Our Player Spotlights are some of the best insights you'll find anywhere on players. In this one, our Daniel Simpkins takes a look at Joey Bosa.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. TEN - RB DeMarco Murray in better situation
2. BUF - QB Tyrod Taylor may get in-season extension
3. ATL - QB Matt Ryan working on feet
4. SEA - QB Russell Wilson has made strides
5. KC - Receiver depth still unsettled
6. CHI - WR Marquess Wilson could start on PUP list
7. BAL - Coach praises RB Terrance West
8. NE - RB Donald Brown embracing opportunity
9. NFL - WR Davone Bess arrested after standoff
10. NYJ - Christian Hackenberg not expected in '16
11. CIN - WR Brandon LaFell feeling comfortable

1. TEN - RB DeMarco Murray in better situation

Source: CBS Sports - Jim Rome

Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray believes Tennessee's offensive system is a better fit for him than the Philadelphia Eagles' offense. 'It's strictly downhill and that's what I've been accustomed to my entire life,' Murray said. 'Nothing against last year or what happened, it just didn't work out, but I'm very excited about this upcoming season.'

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Murray was flummoxed by a Philadelphia running game that asked for more first step burst from him. A downhill running game does suit him, but it could limit the amount of read option calls for Marcus Mariota, because that requires the running back to take the carry from a standstill instead of with a head of steam. Derrick Henry will also do best in a downhill system, so while this enhances Murray, it also gives Henry a good chance to outplay him or at least be the hotter hand at times.

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2. BUF - QB Tyrod Taylor may get in-season extension

Source: WGR Sports Radio 550 - Sal Capaccio

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor and the Bills are both open to an in-season extension, according to a source. Talks have been ongoing through the offseason, but an extension is not expected before the season starts.

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The Bills know Taylor can demand at least 10-12 million a year as a starting quarterback, and they need to see that he can stay healthy and effective over more than one season before committing that. It's a smart move from a money standpoint, but every game that Taylor plays well will increase what he is due on his next contract. This can only help him for fantasy, where he is going as a backup quarterback, but one that can score in the top 7-10 in any given week because of his running ability.

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3. ATL - QB Matt Ryan working on feet

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Kelsey Conway

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been working on increasing his comfort level with the offense this offseason. Ryan has worked in front of a mirror to try to get his feet in the right position to be able to throw the ball the way he wants to and to improve the timing of the play. He is able to watch his feet closely this way and can make sure everything is aligned correctly before dropping back.

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Ryan had one of the worst years of his career in 2015, and he is going to have to rely on Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman again to power the passing game unless Mohamed Sanu is a lot better than advertised. Ryan is no longer among the QB1 or even upper QB2 ranks and he is not worth drafting in the top 15-18 quarterbacks this year.

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4. SEA - QB Russell Wilson has made strides

Source: NFL.com - Conor Orr

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has made a clear step ahead this offseason, according to head coach Pete Carroll. 'His command is all-time. His ability to move defenders with his eyes to set up some things, he's consistently doing that, almost unconsciously, he's so clued in,' Carroll said. 'We saw him throw the ball all over the field throughout the offseason and he's been strong and accurate and really precise about stuff. He has had a great offseason.'

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Wilson was arguably a league winner in the second half of the season last year after a slow start to the campaign. While the Seahawks won't have a high volume pass offense, Wilson has shown the efficiency and running ability to be an elite fantasy quarterback without throwing even 500 passes in a season. He deserves to go in the top five fantasy quarterbacks this year.

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5. KC - Receiver depth still unsettled

Source: Chiefs Digest - Herbie Swope

Kansas City Chiefs WRs Albert Wilson, Chris Conley, Rod Streater, De'Anthony Thomas and Tyreek Hill will all compete for playing time behind WR Jeremy Maclin. Head coach Andy Reid liked what he saw from Wilson and Conley during offseason workouts, though.

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Travis Kelce is really the #2 receiver for the Chiefs, or perhaps 2B with Jamaal Charles as a 2A. The team could pass more with Justin Houston possibly sidelined for a good part of the season, but any wide receiver other than Maclin would only amount to the fourth option in a somewhat conservative passing game. Conley could be a deep threat and he's an athletic freak, so he's the one to watch in deep dynasty leagues.

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6. CHI - WR Marquess Wilson could start on PUP list

Source: Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs

Chicago Bears WR Marquess Wilson (foot) is expected to begin the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Wilson would not be eligible to return until Week 6 if he is placed on the PUP list to start the season. WRs Josh Bellamy and Cameron Meredith were the first two names mentioned by Biggs who could play more if Wilson is sidelined.

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Bellamy is a core special teamer who could get more playing time with Wilson out. If there's any fantasy overflow to have here, it will more likely fall to tight end Zach Miller or slot receiver Eddie Royal. Seventh round pick Daniel Braverman could buy a temporary roster spot if Wilson starts the year on the PUP.

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7. BAL - Coach praises RB Terrance West

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Ryan Mink

Baltimore Ravens RB Terrance West looked quick and fast during organized team activities, according to head coach John Harbaugh, and Harbaugh also praised West's improvements without the ball in his hands.

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West seems to have salvaged his career in Baltimore after failed stops in Cleveland and Tennessee. He could make the team as their 4th back if he can beat out Lorenzo Taliaferro and Trent Richardson, who is sidelined with knee surgery. If the Ravens cut West, he should draw interest from another team.

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8. NE - RB Donald Brown embracing opportunity

Source: The Providence Journal - Mark Daniels

New England Patriots RB Donald Brown led all running backs with 19 receptions in Patriots minicamp, and he is taking advantage of the opportunity to contribute in any way possible. His most likely path to a role is as the top backup to RB LeGarrette Blount. Brown is not considered a lock to make the team, according to Mark Daniels, of the Providence Journal. New England would carry a $300,000 salary cap charge if Brown is released.

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Brown is the kind of versatile back the Patriots can make good use of, but they already have Dion Lewis and James White to play in the passing game, and Brown's strength is not as an inside runner. He might have to present something more compelling than Brandon Bolden's special teams ability to make the team, and that's only if the team doesn't sign Arian Foster later this summer. The team has been linked to Foster by multiple stories and they will likely take a look at him when he is back to full speed.

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9. NFL - WR Davone Bess arrested after standoff

Source: The Associated Press

Free-agent WR Davone Bess (Browns) has been arrested after a standoff with police at his suburban Phoenix home. Police say Bess fled a traffic stop early Monday, June 20. He is being held on one felony count each of endangerment, flight and failure to stop for a police officer.

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It has been a somewhat quiet offseason on the NFL police blotter, but the troubles for Bess and Joseph Randle have reminded us how turbulent life after football can be for some players.

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10. NYJ - Christian Hackenberg not expected in '16

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg struggled with his accuracy in offseason workouts, and appeared methodical with his footwork while also making poor decisions. Beat writer Rich Cimini notes the rookie showed his arm strength, though, especially on deep balls. He needs to develop consistency. Hackenberg is not expected to play in 2016.

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Hackenberg is not ready to assume any kind of responsibility for this team, so they might have to carry four quarterbacks. 2015 fourth-round pick Bryce Petty is not ready to even be the backup, leaving Geno Smith as the only quarterback on the roster who can be trusted in game situations. Even if Ryan Fitzpatrick is signed as we expect, Smith will need to stay on as the backup.

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11. CIN - WR Brandon LaFell feeling comfortable

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Jim Owczarski

Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell is feeling confident with QB Andy Dalton, and two continue to build rapport. 'I've been working with (Dalton) for a little over two months now so we've got the timing down and it's been showing in practice every day,' LaFell said Tuesday, June 21.

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LaFell could open the season as key target in the Bengals pass offense if Tyler Eifert isn't ready for Week 1 after offseason ankle surgery. He was a non-factor last year after a leg injury landed him on the PUP to begin the season, but LaFell was a strong producer in 2014 for New England. He might not be worth a draft pick, but keep LaFell on your early season waiver wire speed dial with all of the opportunity in the Bengals passing game.

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

Peace,

J