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Welcome to Sunday. We're almost to July which means Training Camps aren't far away. It's fun time of the year and we've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

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1. SF - RB Carlos Hyde buying into offense
2. JAX - Bortles could still hit or top 35 touchdowns
3. DET - WR Calvin Johnson staying retired
4. HOU - Stephen Anderson likely to make roster?
5. HOU - TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has improved
6. DET - RB Zach Zenner fully recovered
7. DET - WR Jeremy Kerley favored for No. 3 WR?
8. DET - WR Andre Caldwell could make roster
9. NYG - Eugene Monroe would not be given starting job
10. NFL - QB Tarvaris Jackson arrested
11. NYJ - DE Muhammad Wilkerson ditches brace

1. SF - RB Carlos Hyde buying into offense

Source: CSNBayArea.com

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde said he is excited about head coach Chip Kelly's offensive system and believes it will allow him to showcase all his abilities.

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Hyde has never been a back that is used heavily in the passing game, and backup Shaun Draughn is better suited for the role. Still, he should be among the top ten backs in the league when it comes to carries, and even a modest total like 25-30 catches could have him flirting with RB1 status if he stays healthy and Chip Kelly continues to run more plays than any other offense.

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2. JAX - Bortles could still hit or top 35 touchdowns

Source: Jacksonville.com - Hays Carlson

Hays Carlson of Jacksonville.com thinks expectations that Blake Bortles touchdown numbers will drop from his lofty level of 35 scores in 2015 are unfounded. The experience at receiver and tight end, continuity in the offense, improving running game, and better team and defense can keep Bortles at that level or even allow him to surpass it.

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Bortles is currently QB9 and a 7th/8th round pick in redraft leagues, which is not that steep considering his numbers last year and the compelling argument made by Carlson. The quarterback board is so stacked that most of them will give you a good chance to outproduce ADP.

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3. DET - WR Calvin Johnson staying retired

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Retired WR Calvin Johnson (Lions) said Saturday, June 25, that he feels good about his decision to retire and is not coming back to the NFL.

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Johnson might change his tune next year if his body feels better and he gets an itch to play football again, but the Lions would have the first shot at him. He might be worth a roster spot in very deep dynasty leagues, but the chances of him playing again are tiny despite his retiring when he still probably had multiple productive years left.

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4. HOU - Stephen Anderson likely to make roster?

Source: ESPN.com - Tania Ganguli

Houston Texans undrafted rookie free agent TE Stephen Anderson is projected to make the final roster.

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Anderson is a new breed H-back/Move TE type whose main contributions will be in the passing game. He might not be active on game days this year if he makes the roster, but he has more fantasy upside than Ryan Griffin or C.J. Fiedorowicz. He's worth a roster spot in TE premium and very deep dynasty leagues.

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5. HOU - TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has improved

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has made a lot of progress in the passing game this offseason, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. 'He's more instinctive. He knows the plays better. He's a really, really hard worker,' O'Brien said. 'For him, his true improvement and his true playing will come in training camp when you put the full pads on.' Fiedorowicz (hamstring) was injured earlier this offseason, but he has begun running again and should be good to go by training camp.

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The Texans wide receiver corps has been reloaded with Will Fuller in the first round this year and Jaelen Strong in the third round last year, so their tight end spot in a low volume pass offense is less attractive than ever. Ryan Griffin is still the better receiving prospect, but Fiedorowicz is the better two-way tight end, and he should lead the team in tight end snaps if he stays healthy.

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6. DET - RB Zach Zenner fully recovered

Source: MLive.com - Mike Mulholland

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner (ribs, lung) has appeared to be fully recovered from his rib and lung injuries last season.

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Zenner should be considered a slight favorite over Stevan Ridley and seventh-round pick Dwayne Washington for the power runner roster spot. If he wins the job, Zenner will have draftable value as the most likely option on traditional goal line running plays and closer when the Lions have a lead.

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7. DET - WR Jeremy Kerley favored for No. 3 WR?

Source: MLive.com - Mike Mulholland

Detroit Lions WR Jeremy Kerley is expected to be the Lions' No. 3 wide receiver behind WRs Golden Tate and Marvin Jones and ahead of WR T.J. Jones.

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Kerley still has to beat out recent signing Andre Roberts and the Lions like Jones, so this is far from settled. No matter who wins, this is not going to be a fantasy-friendly role as the 5th target in the pass offense.

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8. DET - WR Andre Caldwell could make roster

Source: MLive.com - Mike Mulholland

Detroit Lions WR Andre Caldwell looked comfortable and confident with his new team in early offseason practices. He has a legitimate chance to make the final roster, in the opinion of MLive.com's Mike Mulholland.

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The Lions wide receiver depth chart is wide open after Golden Tate and Marvin Jones. Veterans Jeremy Kerley and Andre Roberts are trying to get the slot receiver job along with youngster T.J. Jones. They also recently brought Anquan Boldin in for a visit, so this plot could thicken yet. Caldwell is steady, but lacks upside as a player, although his special teams contributions could give him an edge in a tight battle for one of the open spots at wide receiver.

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9. NYG - Eugene Monroe would not be given starting job

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Dan Graziano

Free-agent OT Eugene Monroe (Ravens) may be a target for the New York Giants, but the Giants would not guarantee him a starting job if he signs with them.

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Ereck Flowers is currently the starting left tackle, and the team sees him as their long-term left tackle so they might be hesitant to move to Flowers to right tackle even though current right tackle Marshall Newhouse is the starter they have less confidence in of the two. Monroe might slot best at right tackle for the Giants, but they could be ok with Newhouse if Monroe won't accept their terms, and Monroe might also be waiting for a left tackle job to come open. This situation could take until the first week or two of camp unfolds before it is resolved.

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10. NFL - QB Tarvaris Jackson arrested

Source: The Associated Press

Free-agent QB Tarvaris Jackson (Seahawks) was arrested Friday, June 24, and has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly pulled a gun on his wife.

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Jackson was still seen as a possible signing for the Seahawks, since rookie UDFA Trevone Boykin is currently the backup quarterback. Boykin has been impressing, and the Seahawks wouldn't be the first contender to have a rookie UDFA as a backup. The Patriots had Brian Hoyer as the backup after they traded Matt Cassel in 2009. This arrest could nudge the Seahawks to go with Boykin.

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11. NYJ - DE Muhammad Wilkerson ditches brace

Source: The Star-Ledger - Dom Cosentino

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson (leg) shared a video that showed him running without a leg brace, and he remains on track to be ready for the start of the season, if not sooner.

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Wilkerson surprisingly did not draw strong trade interest during the draft, and the continuing recovery of his leg injury could be a reason. With the loss of Damon Harrison in free agency to the Giants, the Jets will need Wilkerson to earn his franchise tag salary of 15.701 million.

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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