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A. Player Spotlight: Cam Newton
Our Daniel Simpkins with a detailed look at Cam Newton's fantasy prospects for 2016.

B. Quality Starts: Wide Receiver
Our Jeff Pasquino continues his Quality Starts series. In this one, he takes a look at WRs.

C. Quality Starts: Wide Receiver (PPR Scoring)
Our Jeff Pasquino continues his Quality Starts series. In this one, he takes a look at WRs. This one is for PPR Scoring.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NYJ - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to sign soon?
2. CHI - Chicago not sold on WR Alshon Jeffery?
3. KC - Kansas City still wants S Eric Berry
4. IND - Healthy teammates to help RB Frank Gore
5. WAS - S DeAngelo Hall excited for new gig
6. IND - RB Frank Gore training hard
7. CAR - Veteran tackle could miss cut
8. NYJ - DE Sheldon Richardson will be expensive
9. CLE - OLB Armonty Bryant may rush more
10. DEN - OLB Von Miller trade was possible
11. SEA - Jarran Reed should start
12. DAL - ILB Rolando McClain's future uncertain
13. CLE - Coaches intrigued with DE Xavier Cooper
14. NYJ - DE Muhammad Wilkerson may go on PUP list
15. NYG - QB Logan Thomas may not make team
16. SF - WR DeAndre Smelter better after sitting out
17. DET - Tighter snap count for DT Haloti Ngata?
18. DAL - DE Jack Crawford to contribute early
19. OAK - S Karl Joseph making most of downtime
20. MIA - Mixed review for TE Thomas Duarte

1. NYJ - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to sign soon?

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) and the New York Jets should have more flexibility in future negotiations because the signing of DE Muhammad Wilkerson brings the possibility of a one-year deal. New York had just $3.4 million in salary cap space before the Wilkerson deal. That will now increase by a few million because the Jets no longer have to carry Wilkerson's $15.7 million franchise tag.

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The Wilkerson signing was a bit of a surprise as the two sides had shown little to no movement prior to his new contract getting done. Things have been quiet on the Fitzpatrick front, but that could change quickly with training camp less than two weeks away.

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2. CHI - Chicago not sold on WR Alshon Jeffery?

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery and the Bears did not agree to a long-term deal before the deadline Friday, July 15. ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson said the disconnect between both sides is obvious, and he questioned if the Bears view Jeffery as a No. 1 wide receiver.

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Jeffery has a lot to play for in 2016...and that's great news for fantasy owners. With 2015 first-round pick Kevin White healthy and starting opposite Jeffery, that could open things up for the talented veteran. We wouldn't be surprised to see Jeffery catch 90 passes this year and finish as a top-10 fantasy WR. His current ADP is WR10 (2.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. KC - Kansas City still wants S Eric Berry

Source: KCChiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry will play this season on a one-year deal, but general manager John Dorsey is hopeful that an extension beyond 2017 can be reached sometime next season.

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We're all Berry fans...no matter the team affiliation. He beat cancer, and Berry is an inspiration to all. It's a bit of a surprise that the Chiefs didn't find a way to get something done. We'll see if the two sides can work something out during the year.

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4. IND - Healthy teammates to help RB Frank Gore

Source: Colts.com - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore's yards per carry fell from 4.1 to 3.5 when QB Andrew Luck was out of the lineup, and he averaged just 2.7 yards per carry in the three games OT Anthony Castonzo missed.

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Luck is back, and the Colts spent most of the offseason working to upgrade the offensive line. Both should help Gore perform better in 2016. Consider him a RB3--and a consistent one at that--in any fantasy league format.

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5. WAS - S DeAngelo Hall excited for new gig

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Washington Redskins S DeAngelo Hall said he is looking forward to his move to full-time safety in 2016 and believes he will 'put a little fear' in opposing quarterbacks because of his ability to create turnovers.

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Hall has the experience to roam the field and monitor where QBs are going with the ball. The starter opposite of him is going to be worked out in training camp, but don't be surprised if free agent addition David Bruton wins the job.

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6. IND - RB Frank Gore training hard

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Stephen Holder

Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore said he hears the naysayers who question if he can produce at his age, and he uses the doubters as motivation to 'attack' his training. 'I try to do two workouts three times a week,' Gore said. '(In the second workouts), I do more agility, jump cuts, moves, working my feet in small spaces. Just trying to imitate like when I'm in the hole.'

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Gore is consistent and he should play a large role on the Colts (likely improved) offense. The upgraded offensive line not only will help protect QB Andrew Luck better this year, but they'll also be able to blast open larger holes for Gore. We like him as a RB3 this year, and his current ADP is RB29 (6.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. CAR - Veteran tackle could miss cut

Source: Panthers.com - Bryan Strickland

Carolina Panthers DTs Kyle Love and Paul Soliai could be battling each other for a roster spot if the Panthers choose to keep four defensive tackles.

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The Panthers have a strong front seven on defense, and their front four is one of the best in the game. Love was an important rotational player for the Panthers as they made a run to Super Bowl 50, and that's why they re-signed him to a one-year deal earlier this year. Back in March, Soliai signed a two-year, $7 million with $3 million guaranteed. The guaranteed money may make it difficult for the Panthers to cut him if his declining play continues.

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8. NYJ - DE Sheldon Richardson will be expensive

Source: NJ.com - Darryl Slater

New York Jets DE Sheldon Richardson will 'surely' come at a higher price than the $54 million in guaranteed money to which DE Muhammad Wilkerson signed, according to NJ.com's Darryl Slater. Richardson and the Jets are expected to start long-term contract negotiations next offseason as Richardson enters the fourth year of his rookie contract.

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The Jets have used the fifth-year option on Richardson (a first-round pick in 2013), a move that will lock up Richardson through the 2017 season. We should see the two sides work towards an extension next offseason before Richardson hits free agency (so long as he stays healthy and stops getting suspended).

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9. CLE - OLB Armonty Bryant may rush more

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Terry Pluto

Cleveland Browns DE Armonty Bryant could end up serving more as a pass-rushing linebacker after he returns from a four-game suspension, according to Terry Pluto of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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Bryant is a talented, but oft-troubled player who can do more as a pass-rusher due to his length, strength and burst combination. He played 460 snaps last year and posted a career-high 5.5 sacks. Bryant also contributed with two forced fumbles. He had better stay out of trouble now that new Browns head coach Hue Jackson has implemented a zero-tolerance policy. Bryant is suspended four games to start the season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

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10. DEN - OLB Von Miller trade was possible

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller's agent asked general manager John Elway for formal permission to explore a trade if the sides could not agree on a deal. Elway informed Miller's agent that the Broncos would not trade Miller and that the offer Miller and his agent ended up agreeing on was final.

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The Broncos drew a line in the sand with Miller after moving that line quite a bit. They were far apart about a month ago, but June is the month of posturing....July is the month when things get done. Expectations are already high for Miller as he's one of the league's best pass-rushers and the clear leader of the league's greatest defense.

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11. SEA - Jarran Reed should start

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks rookie DT Jarran Reed is expected to replace San Diego Chargers DT Brandon Mebane and start at defensive tackle with DT Ahtyba Rubin.

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Reed was one of our favorite rookie defensive tackles in the 2016 draft class. A mountain of a man, Reed was never able to put up great numbers at Alabama. Instead, his role was to plug up the middle and re-direct plays around him---a role he played well. Earlier this year at the Reese's Senior Bowl, Reed was a dominant player in practice and was one of the 'buzz' players during the week. He should at least be a solid run-stuffer for the Seahawks defense in 2016.

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12. DAL - ILB Rolando McClain's future uncertain

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Charean Williams

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain's future with the Cowboys remains in limbo. Owner Jerry Jones has supported McClain even in light of the news of his 10-game suspension this season, but many in the organization want McClain released.

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It's another year and there's more trouble for McClain. Jones said releasing McClain would be difficult for the Cowboys financially. McClain signed a one-year, $4 million contract this offseason that included a $750,000 signing bonus.

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13. CLE - Coaches intrigued with DE Xavier Cooper

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Terry Pluto

Cleveland Browns DE Xavier Cooper is an intriguing player for the coaching staff because of his speed. They believe he has a chance to make an impact as a pass rusher.

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We liked Cooper in last year's draft class. A third-round pick out of Washington State, Cooper has the quickness and burst to create pressure from the edge. He played 345 snaps in 14 games as a rookie in 2015 and had 1.5 sacks. We'll see if he can do more this year.

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14. NYJ - DE Muhammad Wilkerson may go on PUP list

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson (leg) likely will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list because the team wants to be cautious with him since he is returning from a broken leg. The Jets want to make sure he will be ready for the start of the regular season.

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Camp PUP is no big deal--unlike the PUP list to start the regular season. If he's on the list to start camp, the Jets can decide to activate him at any time. We should not only see him on PUP to start training camp, but don't expect Wilkerson to get much playing time in the preseason either.

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15. NYG - QB Logan Thomas may not make team

Source: New York Post - Paul Schwartz

New York Giants QB Logan Thomas may not make the 53-man roster if the team decides to keep only two quarterbacks on their final roster.

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Thomas is athletic and has a rocket arm, but he struggles to throw it in the ocean standing on the beach. His inconsistent accuracy never got better in college at Virginia Tech, and that problem has plagued him in the pros.

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16. SF - WR DeAndre Smelter better after sitting out

Source: CSNBayArea.com

San Francisco 49ers WR DeAndre Smelter said he benefitted from sitting out and rehabbing his knee last year because he was able to observe and learn from WR Torrey Smith and WR Anquan Boldin.

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A fourth-round pick out of Georgia Tech last year, Smelter has the toughness to make difficult catches over the middle of the field. He can create separation with football savvy, and Smelter is a force to be dealt with after the catch. We'll see if he can regain his speed and quickness after returning from his knee injury. Smelter also needs to become more familiar with the full route tree after running a limited route tree for the Yellow Jackets.

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17. DET - Tighter snap count for DT Haloti Ngata?

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions DT Haloti Ngata hasn't played a full 16-game schedule since 2011, and beat writer Dave Birkett believes the Lions need to monitor Ngata's snap count in 2016 in order to keep him healthy and productive.

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That's a smart move for the Lions. He played 565 snaps for the Lions last year in 14 games. That number should be much lower that that in 2016.

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18. DAL - DE Jack Crawford to contribute early

Source: The Dallas Morning News - David Moore

Dallas Cowboys DE Jack Crawford is expected to pick up additional snaps at defensive tackle early in the year as DT Tyrone Crawford moves outside in place of DE Demarcus Lawrence and DE Randy Gregory, who will both be serving suspensions to start the year.

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It's all hands on deck for the Cowboys defensive line. We hope they don't suffer any injuries at the position in training camp as they're already incredibly thin.

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19. OAK - S Karl Joseph making most of downtime

Source: CSNBayArea.com

Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) said he is eager to be back on the field but has been using the downtime to learn the playbook and work on the mental aspect of his game.

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Joseph was one of our favorite rookies in this class. He plays with little regard for his personal safety. The best pro comparison for Joseph's game is that he plays a little like a combination of Broncos' safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart. Joseph is a physical player who can be intimidating close to the line of scrimmage, but he also has the ability to turn and cover down the field.

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20. MIA - Mixed review for TE Thomas Duarte

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins TE Thomas Duarte has impressed head coach Adam Gase with his skills as a receiver, but Gase said he will have to wait until padded practices in training camp to gauge his skills as a blocker.

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A super-sized WR, Duarte has drawn comparisons in the scouting community to Jordan Reed (Washington). Fantasy owners certainly need to monitor his progress...especially in the Gase (super TE-friendly) system. He's the Dolphins third-string TE behind starter Jordan Cameron and primary backup Dion Sims.

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

Peace,

J