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Hi Folks,

Good Saturday to you and welcome to the Weekend. I hope you've got some time today as we've got two great new articles for you plus the News and Notes so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. The Gut Check No.367: What Makes a WR1?
Our Matt Waldman examines a decade of data on WR1s and profiles candidates capable of the leap.

B. Pre-Camp PPR TE Tiers
Our Sigmund Bloom takes a look at tight end rankings in redraft leagues through the lens of tiers as training camps approach.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. PIT - PK Shaun Suisham cut
2. TEN - WR Dorial Green-Beckham optimistic
3. DEN - OLB Von Miller talks dormant
4. CLE - Joe Schobert signs rookie deal
5. WAS - QB Kirk Cousins talks going nowhere
6. TEN - RB Antonio Andrews responding well
7. MIN - TE Kyle Rudolph not lacking confidence
8. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah to carry the load?

1. PIT - PK Shaun Suisham cut

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ray Fittipaldo

Pittsburgh Steelers PK Shaun Suisham was released Friday, June 24. PK Chris Boswell enters training camp as the likely starter.

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Boswell was first in the league in field goal attempts and makes per game last year, and he was second to only Stephen Gostkowski in scoring per game. He deserves to go in the top five kickers despite the Steelers hints that they might go for two as much as or more than any team in the league this year.

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2. TEN - WR Dorial Green-Beckham optimistic

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham said he is happy with how he performed during offseason workouts and expects to be more productive in 2016 because he is more comfortable.

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Green-Beckham continues to be one of the more polarizing players to evaluate. He has the talent but can he put all the tools together to deliver on the field. We like to see things like optimism here from offseason workouts but we want to see more of this and we want to see how it translates into training camp. Stay tuned.

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3. DEN - OLB Von Miller talks dormant

Source: ESPN.com - Josina Anderson

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller hasn't had contract discussions with the team since early June, according to sources. Miller is under the team's control for 2016 via the franchise tag.

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The Broncos have until July 15 to negotiate a long-term deal under the CBA, but the team had set an earlier deadline to get the deal done that coincided with the negotiations coming to a halt. Denver could rekindle talks at the deadline, but if they can't finish a deal, Miller could hold out instead of playing under the 14.129 million franchise tag.

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4. CLE - Joe Schobert signs rookie deal

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns LB Joe Schobert signed his rookie four-year contract Friday, June 24.

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Schobert doesn't have gaudy athletic traits, but he was highly productive at Wisconsin. He can get after the passer and drop into coverage with equal aplomb, but Schobert is not a power player and might fit best at inside linebacker in a 3-4.

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5. WAS - QB Kirk Cousins talks going nowhere

Source: SI.com - Albert Breer

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has had discussions about a long-term deal over the last week, but talks continue to go nowhere. He's expected to play 2016 on the $19.95 million franchise tender.

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Washington is smart to wait before committing what will likely be at least 40-50 million dollars guaranteed and a contract value over 100 million. Cousins' fantasy outlook is enhanced by the extra motivation to earn a life-changing contract. He is severely undervalued at an ADP of QB18.

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6. TEN - RB Antonio Andrews responding well

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans RB Antonio Andrews has responded well to the added competition of RB DeMarco Murray and RB Derrick Henry, head coach Mike Mularkey said.

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Andrews powerful running style and low center of gravity makes him a useful back in an "exotic smashmouth" approach. While the Titans don't have the money or draft capital invested in him that they have in Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry, Andrews has momentum and a chip on his shoulder. We will hear from him again, but it might not be this year in Tennessee.

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7. MIN - TE Kyle Rudolph not lacking confidence

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he feels he is the best all-around tight end in the NFL, and he added that the position is about more than catching passes and running routes.

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Rudolph has looked sluggish in recent years, and 2015 fifth-round pick Mycole Pruitt should secure a larger role in the passing game this year. The one thing going in his favor is improvements on the offense line that will allow him to run more pass routes. Still, the Vikings pass offense is low volume and not a fertile soil for fantasy development. Even though Rudolph is high on himself, we wouldn't look at him until the end of fantasy drafts, if at all.

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

Peace,

J