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Welcome to Friday. We've got a new Footballguys Article plus more Player Spotlights plus the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

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A. Reading the Defense: Defensive Line Tiers
Our Dr. Jene Bramel looks at updated tiers and strategy on how to approach the defensive line position during your draft.

B. Player Spotlight: Will Tye
Our Footballguys Player Spotlights are where we dive deep into breaking down a player's prospects for 2016. In this one, our Jason Wood looks at Will Tye.

C. Player Spotlight: Jameis Winston
Our Footballguys Player Spotlights are where we dive deep into breaking down a player's prospects for 2016. In this one, our Daniel Simpkins looks at Jameis Winston.

D. Player Spotlight: John Brown
Our Footballguys Player Spotlights are where we dive deep into breaking down a player's prospects for 2016. In this one, our Justin Howe looks at John Brown.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. OAK - DeAndre Washington might shine
2. MIA - Adam Gase pushing QB Ryan Tannehill
3. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah to carry the load?
4. NFL - RB Reggie Bush has received interest
5. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah focused on little things
6. OAK - RB Roy Helu expected to be ready for camp
7. NYG - Owa Odighizuwa shines in spring
8. MIA - Leonte Carroo to shed weight
9. NO - WR Brandon Coleman has stiff competition
10. NO - NOLA backup RB spots up for grabs

1. OAK - DeAndre Washington might shine

Source: Bay Area News Group - Jimmy Durkin

Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington spent some time with the first-team offense during the team's minicamp, although there has been nothing guaranteed about Washington's role going forward. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave see Washington as a player who can do a little bit of everything, plus help out on special teams.

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The Raiders are not sold on Latavius Murray long-term, and maybe even short-term. Washington is a dynamic back with a lot of juice in his legs who could excel when the team spreads the field like his college offense did at Texas Tech. There is a chance that Washington pushes his way into a Giovani Bernard/Jeremy Hill arrangement with Murray this year, so take that into account when ranking Raiders backs.

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2. MIA - Adam Gase pushing QB Ryan Tannehill

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has a new head coach in Adam Gase, and the man in charge is trying to extract more from his signal caller. Gase's approach - besides extremely detailed teaching - also includes pushing Tannehill to his limits but also giving him more freedom than he has ever had. 'I put a lot on (Tannehill's) plate. It's almost to the point where it's probably too much this fast. I want to see where the breaking point is. He's been doing a good job of responding,' Gase said last week.

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Tannehill has a chance to take another step with a head coach that got great football out of Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler at much later junctures in their careers. Clyde Christensen is the offensive coordinator and also a quarterback-centric coach. The Dolphins don't have much proven in the running game, but they have a good array of targets and Tannehill. He is going outside of the top 15, and sometimes outside of the top 20, making Tannehill part of the deepest fantasy quarterback class we have ever seen.

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3. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah to carry the load?

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah averaged 4.7 yards per carry in the second of last season, and beat writer Tim Twentyman believes Abdullah will be given the opportunity to be the lead back in 2016.

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"Lead back" for the Lions will still include Theo Riddick catching 70-80 passes out of the backfield and a downhill runner like Zach Zenner or Stevan Ridley handling some of the work between the tackles. Abdullah has upside as a seventh round pick, but it is still capped by the RBBC nature of his backfield.

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4. NFL - RB Reggie Bush has received interest

Source: SIRIUS NFL Radio

Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (49ers) has received calls from two teams, but he hasn't made a decision on where he'll play in 2016.

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Bush was a non-factor in 2015 and he has only appeared in 16 games over the last two seasons. He would have to land in a plum situation opened up by injury to even get on our radar this year.

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5. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah focused on little things

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder), who is expected to be ready for training camp, is focused on the little things in improving as a player. 'I feel like I showed some flashes last year, but in this league you can't show flashes,' Abdullah said. 'You have to be consistent. That definitely had a lot to do with growing pains. It also had a lot to do with me being immature as a player coming straight from college and not understanding what kind of preparation and mental focus it took for such a long amount of time. I know I have a lot to give to this team and a lot to give to this league. I know I can be a good back, but it starts with those little things I mentioned earlier.'

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Abdullah struggled with fumbles and uneven usage last year. The rookie, like the rest of the offense, improved with the addition of offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, so if Abdullah can get consistent usage, including in the passing game, he could deliver on his seventh round ADP. Theo Riddick should still lead the backfield in receptions, and another back could take the short yardage work and lead the team in rushing touchdowns.

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6. OAK - RB Roy Helu expected to be ready for camp

Source: Bay Area News Group - Jimmy Durkin

Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu (hip) did not participate in the team's offseason program as he recovered from offseason hip surgery, but head coach Jack Del Rio said Wednesday, June 22, that he expects Helu to be ready to go for training camp.

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Helu will be fighting fifth-round pick DeAndre Washington for a receiving back role. While Helu has had his moments over the years, his inability to stay healthy has kept him from getting a long-term foothold in his backfield.

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7. NYG - Owa Odighizuwa shines in spring

Source: NJ.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa worked on the interior of the defensive line during spring practices, working alongside DT Johnathan Hankins in nickel pass-rushing defenses. His role might be similar to how the team used DE-LB Mathias Kiwanuka.

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Odighizuwa is more of a linear power rusher than a bendy speed rusher, so this makes sense. Jason Pierre-Paul should be back to full speed and much more accustomed to using his fireworks-marred hand, and Olivier Vernon will give him the best running mate at defensive end that he has had in a while. The Giants pass rush is getting closer to the glory days of their Super Bowl seasons.

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8. MIA - Leonte Carroo to shed weight

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo made a favorable impressive on the coaching staff during the team's offseason program. He said Wednesday, June 22, that his first priority is losing weight. 'I'm 217 now, trying to get down to 210,' Carroo said. 'You become faster when you shed some pounds. I don't have any bad weight on me. That's what I was at the combine. Why not be as fast and explosive as I can be?'

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Carroo is a rugged receiver with speed who could push Kenny Stills for playing time by the end of the season. DeVante Parker has had a history of foot issues, so Carroo could also see more playing time if Parker struggles to stay healthy. Keep him on your rookie redraft waiver wire watch list.

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9. NO - WR Brandon Coleman has stiff competition

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman needs a strong training camp and preseason to secure his roster spot, as the team drafted a similar type of receiver in WR Michael Thomas.

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Another beat writer predicted that Coleman would hold off Thomas and become the third wide receiver, but Thomas had a tremendous spring and riffed with Drew Brees from the word go, so Coleman might be unnecessary. If the Saints let him go, he should get interest from other teams, as Coleman's size/speed combination is hard to find, and "big slot" types are getting more use around the league.

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10. NO - NOLA backup RB spots up for grabs

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints RBs Travaris Cadet, Daniel Lasco, Marcus Murphy are likely to jockey for the spots behind RBs Mark Ingram, Tim Hightower and C.J. Spiller. Murphy and Lasco benefit special teams, with Murphy as a return man and Lasco for coverage. Cadet might also crack the roster as a runner, receiver and return man, and the final spot might come down to Cadet and Murphy and who is hotter in training camp and the preseason.

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Murphy has receiving ability and could vie for the role CJ Spiller has been lackluster in so far in New Orleans. Lasco is a SPARQ freak who has top-end athleticism, but an injury-marred 2015 caused him to drop in the draft. Cadet has the most experience in the offense and could be the most productive in a receiving role. It looks like Tim Hightower will be the handcuff to Mark Ingram no matter who wins this fourth running back spot.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We appreciate it.

And we'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J