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Welcome to Saturday and I hope you're heading into a fun filled Holiday Weekend. Celebrate by downloading our 2016 Footballguys Draft Dominator App for iPhone and iPad. We've got new articles for you plus the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Footballguys Draft Dominator Mobile App Ready For IOS
It's here! The 2016 Footballguys Draft Dominator app is ready for your iPhone and iPad. It's brand new and loaded with tons of new features making it the ultimate drafting tool. Unlike other apps that just check players off a list, the Draft Dominator adapts and adjusts on the fly as each pick comes off the board with dynamic Value Based Drafting. Use it for unlimited mock drafts and then destroy the competition for real at Draft Day. And hang on Android users, we're working on your version.

B. Mock Draft Report Card: The Early-Round Draft Position
Our Chad Parsons looks at navigating a mock draft from an early draft position.

C. Player Spotlight: Julio Jones
Our Footballguys Player Spotlights dig deep into a player to project how they'll fare for this season. Our Justin Howe dives into Julio Jones' prospects.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. IND - Josh Ferguson endorsed by owner
2. NFL - QB Johnny Manziel eyeing 2017 return
3. BAL - TE Darren Waller suspended
4. CHI - Chicago claims Connor Shaw
5. NYG - Two expected to fight for Giants' TE job
6. BAL - Baltimore a run-first team
7. ARI - RB David Johnson is special
8. HOU - OLB Whitney Mercilus working with specialist
9. DET - RB Zach Zenner must prove he is ready

1. IND - Josh Ferguson endorsed by owner

Source: Colts.com - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis Colts RB Josh Ferguson has a 'chance to be special,' owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday, June 29.

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Ferguson is a player we love to add in super deep dynasty leagues. He's a quick player with the agility to create his own space as a runner. Ferguson can be used effectively as a receiver out of the backfield, and it wouldn't take much for the rookie to find himself near the top of the depth chart behind starter Frank Gore. Keep him on your waiver-wire speed dial for re-draft leagues.

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2. NFL - QB Johnny Manziel eyeing 2017 return

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) has been telling people privately that 2017 may be the best chance for him to play in the NFL again.

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Good luck with that. He'll be suspended for four games (and maybe more) regardless of where or when he ends up back in the NFL. Recent pictures of Manziel show just how out of football shape he is, so if he's truly committed to the game he needs to stop partying and add muscle. It's a QB desperate league, so perhaps there would be some team willing to take a chance on him....but the odds he's back in the NFL in 2017 are slim.

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3. BAL - TE Darren Waller suspended

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Baltimore Ravens TE Darren Waller has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

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The Ravens are loaded at the TE position. They picked up Ben Watson in free agency to go along with second-year pro Maxx Williams and Crockett Gillmore. Add in a returning Dennis Pitta and you can see how there's no room for Waller on the 53-man roster. The converted WR from Georgia Tech had a couple of suspensions in college, so this is nothing new. He can participate in all of training camp and the preseason, but he'll have to be damn impressive to win a job.

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4. CHI - Chicago claims Connor Shaw

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns QB Connor Shaw was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears Friday, July 1.

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We knew it wouldn't take long for some team to pick up Shaw. The Seahawks and the Saints also put in claims for the athletic quarterback. He'll compete with David Fales to be the third QB behind Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer.

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5. NYG - Two expected to fight for Giants' TE job

Source: New York Post - Paul Schwartz

New York Giants TE Larry Donnell and TE Will Tye are expected to compete for the starting tight end job during training camp.

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Donnell is not a slappy, but his injury history and inconsistency may cause him to lose out to Tye. In 2015 over the final eight games of his rookie season, Tye was targeted 50 times for 34 receptions , 387 yards and 3 touchdowns. He could pay off as a TE2 for fantasy owners this year. Right now, neither TE is getting drafted in most leagues. Keep Tye (if he wins the job) on your waiver-wire speed dial.

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6. BAL - Baltimore a run-first team

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Don Markus

Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said the Ravens will continue to be a run-first team in 2016. 'We're always looking at ourselves as a team that should be able to run the ball first,' Trestman said. 'That's just the way we want to play it, and everything starts with the physicality of our run game, and the physicality of our runner. That's how we coach offense here, and everything starts there.'

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Fantasy owners need to keep this in mind when considering RB Justin Forsett. Last year, the Ravens used parts of the Gary Kubiak offense ran in 2014 while Trestman tried to implement some of what he did. This year, the Kubiak fingerprints will still be on this offense but Trestman should be a bit more comfortable with adding some of his scheme. Forsett needs to stay healthy, and if he does we see him as a low-end RB2 with upside. His current ADP is RB32 (7.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. ARI - RB David Johnson is special

Source: NFL.com - Chris Wesseling

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson has averaged 131.7 yards from scrimmage per game since he entered the starting lineup in Week 13 last year, which was the most in the NFL. Johnson also had the fastest speed by a running back as a ball carrier in 2015, per Next Gen Stats.

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From Week 13 thru Week 17, only Devonta Freeman (Falcons) had more carries (98) than Johnson's 90. The Cardinals young star back led the NFL with a whopping 229 rushing yards after contact during that time. Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington should have roles, but David Johnson is set to be the Cardinals lead back. His current ADP is RB3 (1.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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8. HOU - OLB Whitney Mercilus working with specialist

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus (hamstring) said he is feeling healthy and will visit with a specialist in early July. He said he plans to be ready for the start of training camp.

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Mercilus was a beast last year for the Texans. He compiled a career-high 11 sacks while also snaring 32 tackles, forcing one fumble (plus recovering it) and defending two passes. This hamstring injury sidelined him for OTAs and minicamp, but Mercilus stuck around the team facility to continue his rehab. The Texans should wisely be cautious with him at the start of camp.

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9. DET - RB Zach Zenner must prove he is ready

Source: Detroit Free Press - Carlos Monarrez

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner (rib, lung) is expected to receive plenty of carries this preseason to prove he is physically recovered from last year's injuries and ready to handle live tackling.

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Zenner has to prove that he can be more than a jack of all trades back. He's big and can make his living between the tackles, and Zenner can be a reliable receiver out of the backfield. Does he have the burst/acceleration to make it as a pro back? That's one of the big question marks for Zenner entering year two of his pro career.

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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