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Volume 19, #130 -- Wednesday Night, August 30th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Thursday to you. ONE WEEK FROM TODAY, we'll be watching real live regular season NFL Football. CAN. NOT. WAIT. Let's get to it.

J

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J. Mock Draft Musings
With many fantasy drafts looming, our Alessandro Miglio dives into the mock draft universe and brings his takes back with him.

K. The New Reality No.92: Projecting Key Roster Cuts and Keeps
Our Chad Parsons projects notable skill position players on the right side - and wrong side - of the upcoming 53-man roster cut down across the NFL.

L. Updated Rookie-only ADP
Our Clayton Gray with a look at rookie-only ADP.


1. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott appeal hearing delayed

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's appeal hearing for his six-game suspension will be resume Thursday, Aug. 31, as one of the key witnesses won't be available until then, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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If Elliott loses this appeal, expect his legal team to push for an injunction that would allow him to play while this case continued through the court system.

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2. SEA - WR Jermaine Kearse available

Source: ESPN - Dianna Marie Russini

Seattle Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse is being shopped to other teams, according to sources.

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Tyler Lockett has been doing well, and Paul Richardson will be back soon. With the talent, especially the young guys they picked up this year, there's just not enough room for Kearse.

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3. CIN - OLB Vontaze Burfict's suspension reduced

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict's suspension has been reduced from five games to three games after his appeal, according to a source.

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Burfict is the very definition of million-dollar Talent, 10 cent head. We could actually debate if this particular hip was worth this suspension, but when you build the resume he's got the hammer's going to come down on you more often than not.

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4. OAK - WR Seth Roberts signs extension

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Oakland Raiders WR Seth Roberts signed a two-year contract extension through 2019 Wednesday, Aug. 30. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Roberts is currently the third receiver behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Plenty of work will also go to running back Marshawn Lynch. So it's not worth getting too excited about Roberts, who isn't likely to see a lot of passes thrown his direction by Derek Carr.

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5. PIT - CB Joe Haden chooses Steelers

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent CB Joe Haden (Browns) is signing a three-year, $27 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, Aug. 30, according to a source. The first year of the deal comes with $7 million guaranteed.

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As we've said before, this makes a lot of sense. He' not an elite player, but Haden is solid starter when healthy. Unfortunately he's often not healthy. Still the Steelers will probably need him as a role player, and so can overcome any bumps and bruises he may get.

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6. KC - Surgery imminent for RB Spencer Ware

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (knee) will have immediate surgery to repair a torn posterior collateral ligament and lateral collateral ligament. He will not play in 2017 and faces a rigorous rehabilitation program.

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That leaves rookie Kareem Hunt and Charcandrick West to fill out production for the backfield. Hunt has good balance and enough burst to find and exploit creases. He has to improve his pass blocking and overall third-down ability, which leaves opportunity for West. A speedy back who is good through the tackles and can catch passes out of the backfield, West has to show he can produce consistently. Right now this situation is Muddy. We'll watch the fourth preseason game, but we may not know for a week or two into the season who is going to emerge as Chief back, assuming this doesn't become a committee.

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7. CHI - WR Victor Cruz unlikely to make team

Source: Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs

Chicago Bears WR Victor Cruz doesn't appear to have a very good chance of making the 53-man roster, as Kendall Wright is a better choice for the slot role in Chicago right now, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs.

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It's a sign of how far Cruz's game has fallen off. The Bears don't have a strong WR corps and their best player at the position, Cameron Meredith, is out for the year with a knee injury. We may have seen Cruz's last salsa dance in the NFL.

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8. CHI - WR Cameron Meredith damaged two ligaments

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears WR Cameron Meredith (knee) has damage to the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament. He's out for the season, but he could return before organized team activities.

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Overall good news (as good as can be expected with a season-ending knee injury) for the young wideout here. Meredith will be a restricted free agent in March, so that complicates what the Bears can do with him if they choose to keep him locked up for 2018 and beyond.

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9. TB - Ryan Griffin signs extension

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan W. Griffin signed a one-year extension through the 2018 season Wednesday, Aug. 30. Terms weren't disclosed. Griffin (shoulder) will miss several weeks due to a shoulder sprain.

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It's a good sign for Griffin as the team may see him as a long-term backup behind Jameis Winston. While he's banged up, veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will serve as the immediate backup behind the Bucs star QB.

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10. NE - WR Malcolm Mitchell returns

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 30.

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Mitchell had been participating during individual drills, but now he's back to fully practice. The team is trying to see if he'll be ready for Week 1. Mitchell's injury has opened the door for players behind him on the depth chart like Austin Carr and Devin Lucien to do more.

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11. JAX - WR Dede Westbrook returns to practice

Source: ESPN.com - Mike DiRocco

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook (lower body) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 29, but head coach Doug Marrone didn't feel Westbrook moved around as well as he'd hoped and has labeled him a game-time decision for the team's final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 31.

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Westbrook is an exciting rookie WR stuck in an unexciting passing offense. The rookie from Oklahoma has the speed/quickness combination to threaten defenders every time he touches the ball. A Travis Benjamin-like prospect who fell to the fourth round of the 2017 NFL draft, Westbrook will need to prove that he can beat the jam consistently at the pro level if he's going to play up to his potential. Snare him in dynasty leagues, but Westbrook lacks redraft value for 2017.

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12. ARI - Carlton Agudosi stands out in camp

Source: ESPN.com - Josh Weinfuss

Arizona Cardinals WR Carlton Agudosi was identified by head coach Bruce Arians as the player that stood out most during camp. Arians also indicated that if Agudosi doesn't make the team he could be brought back to the team's practice squad.

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At 6'6" 220 pounds, Agudosi has the physical makeup that gets scouts attention. The Rutgers WR fell undrafted this year due to lackluster numbers posted in college with only eight catches for 85 yards and one touchdown in 2016. Agudosi had five offensive coordinators and five position coaches in five years with the Scarlet Knights. Injuries held him back, and so did the offense as they averaged only 138.3 passing yards per game last season.

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13. GB - OLB Clay Matthews held out of practice

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews (groin) has tightness in his groin and was held out of practice Tuesday, Aug. 29, as a precaution.

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Matthews is a seasoned veteran, so the team is wisely being cautious with him. The injury is not considered serious.

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14. BUF - No further discipline for DT Marcell Dareus

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills DL Marcell Dareus was sent home ahead before the third preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 26, but he won't face further discipline from the team after having a lengthy conversation with head coach Sean McDermott.

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Dareus is a bit of a handful and he needs to get on track with the new regime if he wants to be in the Bills long-term plans. Limited to eight games last year, it's been since 2014 when Dareus made a major impact as a pass rusher (9.0 sacks). We'll see if he can get in line and bounce back in 2017.

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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