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Volume 19, #102 -- Wednesday Night, August 2nd, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Thursday to you. Training Camps are rolling hard and we've got the new Content plus the News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

J

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D. Early-August ADP for FFPC and FPC
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E. WR3 By Committee
Our Jeff Pasquino looks at finding a third WR by committee.

F. Hypothetical - What If Jordan Reed is Lost for the Season?
Our Justin Howe looks at what would happen to the Washington offense should Jordan Reed be lost for the season?

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K. Footballguys Podcast - The Audible - Preseason Watch List - Browns
Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss every skill position player worth keeping an eye on in fantasy leagues. Topics Include - when does rookie QB DeShone Kizer take over, why RB Isaiah Crowell can have the best year of his career in 2017, who emerges in the new-look WR corps, plus more! bumper: Sublime - Wrong Way

L. Footballguys Podcast - The Audible - Preseason Watch List - Bengals
Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss every skill position player worth keeping an eye on in fantasy leagues. Topics Include - will QB Andy Dalton have the protection he needs in 2017, why RB Joe Mixon could be a superstar in this league, what does rookie WR John Ross bring to this offense, plus more! bumper: Anthrax - Earth is on Hell

M. Footballguys Podcast - The Audible - Preseason Watch List - Ravens
Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss every skill position player worth keeping an eye on in fantasy leagues. Topics Include - is QB Joe Flacco going to be okay, what to make of the Ravens RB corps with Kenneth Dixon out for the year, does WR Breshad Perriman finally start playing up to his potential, plus more! bumper: For Love Not Lisa - Slip Side Melting

N. Footballguys Podcast - The Audible - Preseason Watch List - Steelers
Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss every skill position player worth keeping an eye on in fantasy leagues. Topics Include - how does the team respond in what could be the last year for QB Ben Roethlisberger, what is the confidence level fantasy owners should have in RB LeVeon Bell, can WR Martavis Bryant bounce back after a year-long suspension, plus more! bumper: Steelheart - Never Let You Go


1. HOU - WR Will Fuller injury update

Source: Houston Chronicle - John McClain

Updating a previous report, Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (shoulder) is expected to be sidelined two to three months with a broken collarbone he suffered in practice Wednesday, Aug. 2.

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That's going to end his value pretty thoroughly for the foreseeable future. While DeAndre Hopkins was always going to be DeShaun Watson's number one weapon, having Fuller across from him helped draw coverage away. Now it's up to Braxton Miller or Jaelen Strong will try to do that, and we're not fully on board with that. Hopkins remains as a very solid WR2 with WR1 upside, but without Fuller and with a rookie quarterback, we think it could be harder to reach that upside.

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2. WAS - TE Jordan Reed's injury not serious

Source: The Washington Times - Nora Princiotti

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) does not have a serious toe injury, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Reed recently visited a toe specialist.

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He is, however, on the PUP list so everyone's concern is understandable. Also, keep in mind that right now teams don't have to be entirely truthful with injuries, so he could still be in trouble. We're keeping an eye on this as we think he could have a spectacular season, and is usually the third tight end coming off the board in current drafts.

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3. NYG - More on WR Sterling Shepard

Source: NFL.com - Mike Garafolo

Updating previous reports, New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) has been diagnosed with a low ankle sprain, according to a source. However, the team will wait for the swelling to subside before making a final diagnosis.

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The Giants are very cautious about injuries, especially leg injuries, and will roll the cart out for almost anything. Still, we'll be watching this and seeing how soon Shepard gets back into practice. He's been trending at an ADP of 149 overall and the 53 wide receiver coming off the boards in drafts. We know Odell Beckham Jr will get plenty of targets and the bigger question mark is how the acquisition of Brandon Marshall and the drafting of Evan Engram could impact Shepard's totals. We need everyone in pads to know the answer to that question.

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4. SF - RB Carlos Hyde in 'good position' to start

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde had a good first week of practices and looks to be adapting better and better to new head coach Kyle Shanahan's running scheme, putting him in a good position to begin the season as the team's starting running back.

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Hyde might return profit on his falling ADP, although this news should stop if not slightly reverse this fall. Tim Hightower appears to be the backup, with Shanahan favorite fourth-round pick Joe Williams still looking up at the veterans at this point.

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5. OAK - WR Amari Cooper heavier this year

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal - Michael Gehlken

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper showed up to training camp seven pounds heavier than he was last season. Not only has Cooper bulked up, he has improved his route-running as well. Offensive coordinator Todd Downing has noticed improvements with Cooper's balance and his ability to come back to the football. Cooper does expect to lose some weight throughout training camp and could start the season around 210 pounds.

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With a healthy Derek Carr returning, we are expecting Cooper to hit that sweet Top Ten Fantasy Receiver status in 2017. Current drafts have him as the No. 10 receiver coming off the board and the 22nd player overall. While we like the bulkier look for durability, we love hearing he has worked on his route running. Cooper has the potential to be an absolute monster this year.

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6. GB - RB Jamaal Williams could push RB Ty Montgomery

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers rookie RB Jamaal Williams is the most likely of the rookie running backs on the team to push Ty Montgomery for the starting job, according to offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett, who added Williams has earned work with the first team due to his ability to pass protect.

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We expect Montgomery to get the starting job for Week 1, but would not be surprised at all if Williams stole the job later in the season. A solid North-South runner who runs big, he can carry the load. He's got plenty of work to do if he's going to steal Montgomery's job. He is, however, a smart handcuff. Montgomery is tracking as the No. 18 runner off the board (an ADP of 45 overall), while Williams is a distant 51 at the position and 153 overall.

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7. LAR - RB Todd Gurley to see more receiving action

Source: ESPN.com - Alden Gonzalez

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley is expected to see more action in the passing game after the injury to RB Lance Dunbar (knee). He needs to improve as a pass blocker to be used more often on third downs. 'When you have a special player like Todd, you want to continue to find ways to get him involved but also be mindful of, 'What is that fine balance between him being at his best and not wearing him out?'' head coach Sean McVay said. 'That is something that we're continuing to find out.'

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Gurley's receiving ability helped salvage some RB2 weeks last year while the running game was stuck in neutral. If Gurley stays heavily involved as a receiver and the offense improves with McVay at the helm and quarterback Jared Goff improving, he could return value on a second-round ADP.

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8. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi out with concussion

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (concussion) is out of practice Wednesday, Aug. 2, due to a concussion.

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The concussion diagnosis is confirmed for Ajayi, which is worth noting for his 2017 fantasy stock. A second concussion during the season might have a longer recovery time now. Definitely something to watch.

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9. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman sits again

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Garrett Downing

Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 2, because of a hamstring injury. The injury is not considered serious, but head coach John Harbaugh does not have a timetable for Perriman's return.

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It's not serious but can this dude catch a break? He missed his rookie year and then last preseason as well. So this isn't ideal. He hopefully won't have issues with speed because that's his game. His current ADP is 165, and he is the 59th receiver off the board. We don't feel a ton of confidence in him outperforming that ADP either. He should have some nice games, but won't produce consistently.

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10. PIT - RB James Conner has minor injury

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) has been diagnosed with a sprained AC joint and probably will only be sidelined for a few days, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

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We expect Conner will only see action in relief barring an injury to LeVeon Bell. However, Bell has often been hurt during the season, and if he goes down, Conner is the man. That makes him a decent choice as a handcuff for Bell owners. Conner's ADP is 207 overall and 62 for running backs. While it's not unreasonable, Bell isn't starting the season suspended like last year and had surgery to deal with a core muscle injury so he should be healthy. Conner is a good handcuff but keep in mind you are paying for insurance you might never use.

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11. WAS - WR Jamison Crowder day-to-day

Source: CSNMidAtlantic.com - Rich Tandler

Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring) said he is day-to-day as he nurses his hamstring injury.

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Crowder has a lot of upside coming into his third year, and we feel like he could see a ton of targets and catches this year. Aside from this nagging issue, there is also the expected emergence of Josh Doctson and the arrival of Terrelle Pryor. Crowder is tracking as the No. 32 receiver off the board right now, and his overall ADP is 78.

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12. JAX - RB T.J. Yeldon earns kudos for pass pro work

Source: FirstCoastNews.com - Mike Kaye

Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon has impressed the team with his work in pass protection during training camp, according to WTLV's Mike Kaye.

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Pass protection will get him on the field on more obvious passing downs, but rookie Leonard Fournette will carry the load. That said, Yeldon's versatility makes him a good companion piece to Fournette, while Chris Ivory might end up the odd man out.

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13. PIT - Big Ben praises WR Justin Hunter again

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Justin Hunter continues to impress QB Ben Roethlisberger early in training camp, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

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Hunter still has a shot to grab Martavis Bryant's touches, since Bryant is still dealing with reinstatement after last year's suspension. That said, Hunter has always been all hat but no cattle and has only been a fantasy tease despite a lot of talent. The Steelers also have a good prospect in JuJu Smith-Schuster and will always find targets for Antonio Brown, so there may not be a ton for Hunter to do. Bottom line: we're not sold until the pads come on.

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14. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery out again

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) is out of practice again Wednesday, Aug. 2.

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Jeffery said he wasn't concerned about the injury when he originally left practice. There's no reason to change his position on boards yet, but we will need to watch this closely because of Jeffery's history with nagging injuries.

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15. SEA - WR Paul Richardson making a move

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson is running ahead of Jermaine Kearse in two-receiver sets so far at training camp.

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Kearse's blocking was one of his main assets over Richardson and Tyler Lockett, but the Seahawks could emphasize speed and playmaking in their wide receiver usage this year. Richardson flashed big talent in the playoffs last year and could be draftable if Tyler Lockett has a setback in his recovery from a broken leg. Either way, we shouldn't be surprised if Richardson's role is bigger this year.

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16. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott to see more work as receiver?

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will continue to remain the focus of the offense, but it might come in different ways, according to QB Dak Prescott.

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Elliott's receiving stats are responsible for part of the gap between him and LeVeon Bell and David Johnson at the top of drafts. While a possible suspension is making his ADP fall slightly, if Elliott gets more work in the passing game, it can make up for the possible loss of value.

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17. MIN - Riley Reiff injury update

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Ben Goessling

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings OT Riley Reiff (back) is dealing with a back injury, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer said Reiff is feeling better but may miss a few more days of practice.

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The Vikings need time for their rebooted offensive line to jell, so losing Reiff even for a little bit is problematic. We expect him to be back sooner than later though, so long-term the impact here should be minimal.

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18. BUF - WR Rod Streater performing well

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills WR Rod Streater has had a solid first week of practice and is separating himself from some of the other receivers on the roster, in the opinion of BuffaloBills.com's Chris Brown.

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With Sammy Watkins often hurt the guys in the second and third slots are potential fringe fantasy producers. Streater has yet to be able to produce consistently though, and this is not a pass-heavy offense. Streater wasn't getting drafted before, and we don't expect him to really see a bump in ADP. More than likely, you can grab him off the waiver wire after the draft.

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19. LAC - Forrest Lamp has torn ACL

Source: Chargers.com

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers OG Forrest Lamp (knee) has been diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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That will hurt the team for this season, and we'll watch the line in the preseason to see how much it will impact the offense.

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20. NO - Coach explains Orlando Franklin release

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said OG Orlando Franklin (knee) was released because he is still dealing with soreness in his knee and was not able to practice. Payton did not rule out the possibility of re-signing Franklin at some point.

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The Saints aren't in dire straits along the offensive line, thought Franklin would have been a nice addition. They - and the various skill position players around them - will be as productive as usual.

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21. BUF - Buffalo signing RB Taiwan Jones

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent RB Taiwan Jones (Raiders) is signing with the Buffalo Bills Wednesday, Aug. 2, according to a source.

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Jones is really just a camp body in a crowded group of them fighting for LeSean McCoy's scraps. We don't expect him to make the roster, much less have a significant fantasy impact.

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22. MIA - WR Isaiah Ford could miss season

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Miami Dolphins rookie WR Isaiah Ford (knee) underwent surgery Wednesday, Aug. 2. There is no timetable for his return yet, but he could miss the regular season.

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We weren't really counting on Ford to have a big rookie season, but this looks like it will keep him from even producing OK numbers for a rookie. he wasn't seeing much interest in early drafts and we can expect that to continue.

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23. CHI - WR Markus Wheaton will return soon

Source: NFL Network - Stacey Dales

Chicago Bears WR Markus Wheaton (appendix) will return to action in two weeks, according to NFL Network's Stacey Dales. Wheaton underwent an appendectomy Sunday, July 30.

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Forget his appendix for a second, there's little attractive about Wheaton and the Bears. A rookie quarterback (who will replace an unproven Mike Glennon sometime early this season) in a sputtering offense doesn't exactly spell 'production' to us. We've got a ton of bench depth wide receivers and no No. 1. Missing part of camp because of this surgery makes it worse. We're avoiding this mess, and so are GMs in drafts right now.

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24. NFL - RB Rashad Jennings has talked with multiple teams

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio

Free-agent RB Rashad Jennings (Giants) told Sirius XM NFL Radio almost two weeks ago he's had 'simple conversations' with the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Rams and Miami Dolphins.

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Jennings is a hard worker but aside from a solid 863 season with the Giants in 2015, has never really taken off the way we'd hoped he would. He's a backup with any of the listed teams and nothing more than that in fantasy if he lands on them.

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25. NO - RB Mark Ingram a fixture in passing game

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram has been very active in the passing game throughout training camp, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett.

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Adrian Peterson can do a lot of things, but catching the ball has never been his forte. While after the signing, Peterson was going ahead of Ingram, sanity has reasserted itself and Ingram is going about eight running back spots ahead of Peterson (Ingram currently tracks as RB20 and Peterson is at RB28). While Peterson will see carries, it's important to remember how slow and awful he looked before his injury. That wasn't all the offensive line's fault. We think, especially in PPR leagues, Ingram has a ton of value, and the yards he picks up as a receiver count as much as what he does on the ground, so that RB20 feels OK to us.

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26. MIN - WR Laquon Treadwell still making an impression

Source: ESPN.com - Kevin Seifert

Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell has worked with the first team for nearly the entire training camp and is being counted on to produce in 2017, according to ESPN's Kevin Seifert.

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Treadwell will get every opportunity to capture the #3 job while Michael Floyd is suspended. That's still not a high-value fantasy position because of the Vikings offense, but for dynasty it appears Treadwell is back on track.

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27. BAL - QB Colin Kaepernick hits snag with Ravens

Source: ESPN.com - Dianna Marie Russini

Free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) has received support from Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome, but there's resistance to signing him from owner Steve Bisciotti, according to sources.

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Owners will be most concerned about the perception of the team, and that may be what's happening here with Baltimore. Stay tuned.

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28. CAR - QB Cam Newton resting again

Source: The Associated Press - Steve Reed

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will not throw again during team drills Wednesday, Aug. 2, as he rests his sore right shoulder.

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Newton is still on schedule to be ready for the regular season opener but this is something to watch. The Panthers might hold him out of preseason action for the first week to give the arm more time to rest after it was sore on Sunday. As long as he's ready for the third preseason game, we shouldn't worry too much about the aftereffects of Newton's offseason surgery.

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29. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins fully healthy

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) said his surgically repaired left foot is fully healthy. 'My job is really to get back in shape and be out there with the guys,' Watkins said. 'I don't want to hear no more about the foot. The foot is fine. I'm healed.'

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This is reassuring, although he was doing work last summer leading up to the season that made it seem like he was going to fine going into the season. We would love to see Watkins get in the full compliment of snaps with the first team in the third preseason game and report no ill effects.

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30. BUF - QB Tyrod Taylor struggling early in camp

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor has not been sharp in the early stages of camp, particularly during 11-on-11 drills, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak, who writes that Taylor has been holding the ball too long and missing open receivers.

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Taylor has never been a highly effective pocket passer. His main assets are his ability to throw on the move, elude pressure, and gain yards as a runner. That is a good recipe for fantasy, but if the Bills aren't sold on him as a quarterback of the future, they could make a move at the position if they fall out of playoff contention. He's worth a QBBC pick in fantasy drafts, but it doesn't sound like he is endearing himself to the new regime yet.

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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