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Good Tuesday to you. The dust is settling from the Draft and teams are ready to get to work. So are we so let's get to it.

J

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A. Combined Rookie Draft Board 1.0
Making sure you saw this one from Monday - Our Dr. Jene Bramel with a visual look at a full offense-IDP rookie draft board with position-by-position commentary.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DAL - RB Alfred Morris fine with RB addition
2. WAS - QB Kirk Cousins fine with contract status
3. DEN - Devontae Booker to play early?
4. NYJ - Christian Hackenberg may play in 2016
5. BUF - QB EJ Manuel's option not picked up
6. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez staying focused
7. WAS - WR LaRon Byrd released
8. DAL - Dallas not worried about Dak Prescott
9. TB - PK Connor Barth released
10. STL - WR Tavon Austin's option exercised
11. MIN - WR Cordarrelle Patterson's option declined
12. KC - Eric Fisher's option picked up
13. TEN - Jack Conklin the right tackle?
14. WAS - CB Chris Culliver could be back
15. BAL - S Matt Elam's option declined
16. NYJ - DE Sheldon Richardson's option exercised
17. DET - Ziggy Ansah's option exercised

DAL - RB Alfred Morris fine with RB addition

Source: The Dallas Morning News - David Moore

Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris said he does not regret signing with the Cowboys this offseason even though the team selected RB Ezekiel Elliott in the first round of the draft.

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Elliott was by far the best RB in this draft class. Nothing is official, but he's got to be the starter at the beginning of the season since the Cowboys took him so high. Head coach Jason Garrett has not talked with Morris about his role on offense, but Morris is excited to compete for a job.

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WAS - QB Kirk Cousins fine with contract status

Source: The Washington Post - Scott Allen

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins said he is comfortable with playing under the one-year franchise tag if the team wants to see him play in more games before they give him a long-term deal. 'I think that people make great decisions when they have a lot of information at their disposal, and if the Redskins would like more information from this next season to be able to make a decision on me long-term, I totally understand that and understand where they're coming from,' Cousins said.

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There's a reason why Cousins signed his franchise tender so quickly. If he proves it (again) this year that he can play at a high level, then he could make even more money on the free agent market. Cousins also said he would be fine if the team wanted to give him a long-term deal before next season.

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DEN - Devontae Booker to play early?

Source: ESPN.com

Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker should push for playing time as a rookie, according to beat writer Jeff Legwold.

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This will be something fantasy owners need to watch for in 2016. C.J. Anderson signed a big money deal with the Broncos this offseason, and he's clearly the lead back. Booker plays a lot like Anderson and at least gives them a quality backup. He's good enough at everything to work his way onto the field when Anderson needs a breather. Anderson also has failed to stay healthy for a full season, so Booker will certainly be an important handcuff.

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NYJ - Christian Hackenberg may play in 2016

Source: New York Daily News - Seth Walder

New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg may receive a chance to play in 2016, but general manager Mike Maccagnan would prefer if Hackenberg sat out his rookie season and learned the offense.

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At this time, the rookie may be the team's best bet at QB. Hackenberg is a tall, strong-armed QB who sees the field well and has the arm to make all the throws in the NFL. However, he's struggled over two years at Penn State ever since Bill O'Brien left to coach the Texans. We'll see if noted quarterback whisperer Chan Gailey can get Hackenberg back on the right track.

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BUF - QB EJ Manuel's option not picked up

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel's fifth-year option is not being picked up by the team.

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Manuel was the first and only QB drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft. It was just a bad year for QBs, and Manuel has not impressed in the NFL. He's struggled to stay healthy and lost his job to Tyrod Taylor last year. This is likely to be his last season with the Bills.

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DEN - QB Mark Sanchez staying focused

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez still views himself as a starting quarterback and believes Denver drafting QB Paxton Lynch was affirmation of his starting status. 'Absolutely, that's the message I've received,' Sanchez said. 'I'm thrilled with the opportunity.' Sanchez hasn't let Lynch or any potential trades change his focus. 'I just kind of learned with time, who knows what's going to happen and who cares? What are you supposed to do? Meet your teammates, develop a relationship with them, learn the playbook, get involved in the community, that's it, those three things.'

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Lynch is a project, and he may not be ready to start by the beginning of the regular season. We think Sanchez has a good chance to start the year for the Broncos at the top of the depth chart.

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WAS - WR LaRon Byrd released

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Washington Redskins WR LaRon Byrd was released Monday, May 2.

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The big WR has bounced around the league. He may latch on with another team as a camp body.

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DAL - Dallas not worried about Dak Prescott

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys rookie QB Dak Prescott's said his DUI charge in March is something of the past and won't happen again. 'It was a mistake, but it's going to make me a better person and it already has,' Prescott said. Owner Jerry Jones said Prescott's character and judgment will help him mitigate his past mistakes. 'It's certainly something you should look at with the quarterback spot,' Jones said, 'but when you really look at it, what is impressive is that from everybody around him, the recommendations he got from everybody and the time spent with him, we don't think there's character issues here.'

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Many people in the scouting community insist that Prescott's DUI was not an indicator of the type of person he is. Prescott will get a chance to develop behind Tony Romo as the team's QB of the future. We like his rushing ability and see some flashes of Donovan McNabb to his game.

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TB - PK Connor Barth released

Source: ESPN - Adam Caplan

Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Connor Barth was released Monday, May 2.

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The Bucs moved up in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft to select kicker Roberto Aguayo. A bold move that pretty much insured that Barth was going to get his walking papers.

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STL - WR Tavon Austin's option exercised

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin's fifth-year option was picked up Monday, May 2, according to sources.

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Last season, Austin had 52 receptions for 473 yards and five TDs--all career highs for the supercharged WR. In standard leagues, he was fantasy football's 21st-ranked wideout and that's about where he should finish once again this year.

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MIN - WR Cordarrelle Patterson's option declined

Source: ESPN.com - Ben Goessling

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson's fifth-year option was declined by the Vikings Monday, May 2, according to a league source. Patterson caught only two passes in 2015.

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Patterson has been a huge disappointment as a pro. He can make some plays on special teams, but he's not developed as a WR the way the Vikings had hoped.

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KC - Eric Fisher's option picked up

Source: NFL.com

Kansas City Chiefs OT Eric Fisher had the fifth-year option in his contract exercised Monday, May 2.

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The option is worth $11.9 million, but it's only guaranteed for injury so there's no guarantee that Fisher would make the Chiefs in 2017. The first-overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Fisher has struggled to be even an adequate starter.

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TEN - Jack Conklin the right tackle?

Source: FOXSports.com - Peter Schrager

Tennessee Titans OT Jack Conklin is expected to start at right tackle this year, with OT Taylor Lewan serving as the left tackle, according to general manager Jon Robinson.

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Conklin can start on either side of the line. In fact, he may one day be seen as a better left tackle option than Lewan. The Titans may want the rookie to prove himself on the right side before moving him into Marcus Mariota's blind-side protector.

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WAS - CB Chris Culliver could be back

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Free-agent CB Chris Culliver (Redskins) could re-sign with the Washington Redskins, according to general manager Scot McCloughan. 'The door is not closed,' McCloughan said.

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Washington has reshaped their secondary this offseason. The addition of Josh Norman was a huge move, and he gives them a great starter opposite the underrated Bashaud Breeland.

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BAL - S Matt Elam's option declined

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens FS Matt Elam's fifth-year option was not picked up by the Ravens Monday, May 2. He will be a free agent after the 2016 season.

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Zero surprise here given where Elam's pro career has gone...to the bench. The team benched him in 2014 and then he missed all of 2015 with a torn biceps. There's a chance that Elam doesn't make the Ravens final roster.

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NYJ - DE Sheldon Richardson's option exercised

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New York Jets DE Sheldon Richardson had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, May 2.

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A great move for the Jets here. Richardson is one of the best at his position, and the fifth-year option pays him just over $8 million in 2017. The option is guaranteed for injury only.

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DET - Ziggy Ansah's option exercised

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, May 2.

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This was a no-brainer decision for the Lions. With 30.5 sacks over the last three seasons, Ansah is one of the league's best pass-rushers. The option pays him 12.7 million in 2017 which is an incredibly affordable price with the current market for players like him. We'll see if the Lions can lock him down with a long-term deal as reports indicate they have no plans of doing so.

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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