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Good Monday to you. Let's get this thing started with a great new article on Linebackers plus the News and Notes you need.

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A. Reading The Defense - Linebacker Tiers
Our Dr. Jene Bramel with updated tiers and strategy on how to approach the linebacker position during your draft.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. CLE - QB Robert Griffin III working on mechanics
2. DEN - WR Emmanuel Sanders not worried about deal
3. NYG - William Beatty unlikely will return
4. NYG - Sterling Shepard to provide instant impact
5. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins not sure about camp
6. HOU - Will Fuller agrees to terms
7. JAX - Jalen Ramsey expected back by training camp
8. CLE - WR Terrelle Pryor needs to prove himself
9. CLE - WR Andrew Hawkins bouncing back
10. LA - Los Angeles hoping for explosive offense
11. ATL - Austin Hooper making good impression

1. CLE - QB Robert Griffin III working on mechanics

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III is working on planting his back foot before throwing passes, and head coach Hue Jackson said Griffin is doing a good job of checking the ball down.

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Griffin hasn't stood out in practices so far, so camp and the preseason will be important for him. The Browns paid him like they expect him to win the starting job, but Josh McCown was playing well last year and they would be best served going with him unless Griffin truly wins the job.

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2. DEN - WR Emmanuel Sanders not worried about deal

Source: The Denver Post - Nicki Jhabvala

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders is entering the final year of his contract but is not worried about his contract situation because he believes something will be worked out.

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Sanders probably won't ever get paid close to the level that he earned during the last two years with Peyton Manning, entering free agency next year as a 30-year old. The Broncos got him at a relatively cheap three-year, 15 million dollar deal that he could eclipse next year, but not significantly.

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3. NYG - William Beatty unlikely will return

Source: NJ.com - Jordan Raanan

Free-agent OT William Beatty (Giants) likely will not re-sign with the New York Giants this offseason unless he has no other options.

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It looks more likely that Eugene Monroe will be a Giant at this point. Beatty was unable to play in 2015 due to multiple injuries, and the Giants released him, saving over four million dollars. Even though the Giants have depth issues at tackle and Beatty was once a steady starter for them, they seem to have little to no interest in bringing him back at any cost.

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4. NYG - Sterling Shepard to provide instant impact

Source: NJ.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants rookie WR Sterling Shepard appears to be an 'instant-impact player' and was one of the receivers to impress the team during the spring. WR Darius Powe and WR Roger Lewis - a pair of undrafted rookie free agents from California and Bowling Green, respectively - have also caught the coaching staff's eye as well.

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Shepard is basically unobstructed for the #2 job with Victor Cruz still struggling to show that he is even healthy enough to make the team. That leaves Dwayne Harris as the only other experienced receiver on the roster, with second-year UDFA Geremy Davis also in the mix. Powe has terrific measureables at 6'3" 220 with 4.49 speed and top-end quickness metrics, and Lewis is a long-striding deep ball receiver who fell out of the draft more on character concerns than talent deficiencies.

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5. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins not sure about camp

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) was noncommittal about his status for training camp. Watkins said if he's not ready for training camp then he'll get ready for the first game of the regular season.

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Watkins stance is more optimistic than the complete non-committal stance he took recently, but it is still hard to know if we should significantly move him down from the second round ADP he had before offseason foot surgery. The talent to deliver on that ADP is obviously there, but the durability might not be.

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6. HOU - Will Fuller agrees to terms

Source: NFL.com - Tyler Dragon

The Houston Texans have agreed to terms with WR Will Fuller on a four-year, $10.2 million contract, according to a source familiar with the terms of the deal. All first-round contracts include a fifth-year option.

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Fuller will compete with a reshaped Jaelen Strong to be the complement to DeAndre Hopkins outside with Cecil Shorts in the slot. Fuller's deep speed will give him a boom/bust fantasy profile, but if he can start, Hopkins should draw a lot of attention, freeing up Fuller for one-on-one matchups. As long as he can catch the ball consistently and not revert to body catching, Fuller should be an effective field stretcher.

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7. JAX - Jalen Ramsey expected back by training camp

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Hays Carlyon

Jacksonville Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey (knee) is doing well and should be ready to go when training camp opens next month.

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The knee Ramsey allegedly had microfracture surgery on as a teenager appears to be healing well from a meniscus clean up. He should be ready to matchup against Jordy Nelson in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers.

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8. CLE - WR Terrelle Pryor needs to prove himself

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor has made progress as a receiver, but the coaches want him to produce in contact drills when he is being covered tightly.

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Pryor made a catch on a deep ball last year that looked natural and he has the size/speed/athleticism combination that can be almost unfair to defensive backs. Deep dynasty leaguers should monitor Pryor's progress because he is at his athletic peak at age 27, and there's plenty of opportunity in the Browns passing game.

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9. CLE - WR Andrew Hawkins bouncing back

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins missed eight games with a concussion and other injuries in 2015, but he has looked good as a slot receiver during offseason workouts.

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The Browns might have no choice but to lean on Hawkins to the tune of at least 60-70 receptions - that is if he can stay on the field. They have no proven wide receivers beyond Hawkins and Gary Barnidge if you count tight ends. In very deep PPR leagues, he could get on the radar this year.

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10. LA - Los Angeles hoping for explosive offense

Source: TheRams.com - Myles Simmons

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley will be the focal point of the offense, offensive coordinator Rob Boras said, but head coach Jeff Fisher said the ball will be spread around a little more to try to generate explosive plays.

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Gurley is going in the mid-first round, and he has a chance to be the most valuable player in fantasy leagues this year. He should take over a larger role in the passing game, and he is likely to be even more impressive physically now that he is well over one year removed from his ACL tear.

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11. ATL - Austin Hooper making good impression

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper has impressed offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with his route-running ability and ball skills. 'He really comes off the ball hard,' Shanahan said. 'He's not the fastest guy in the world, but he's fast enough. He's got good cutting ability, so he can break guys off at the top of his routes.'

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Jacob Tamme isn't a high bar to overcome, so Hooper could be the rare fantasy-relevant rookie tight end by year's end in a Falcons pass offense that lacks a proven #2 target.

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

Peace,

J