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Volume 19, #132 -- Friday Night, September 1st, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Saturday to you. It's going to be crazy today as teams cut down to the regular season rosters. Hang on. Now let's get to it.

J

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B. Training Camp Cliff Notes: Week 4
I take the comprehensive Training Camp Report and distill it down to a "need to know" level.

C. Tracking Team Cuts to 53 Players
Our Clayton Gray tracks transactions as teams make their way to the 53-player roster limit.

D. Average Draft Position Updated
Know where guys are likely to be drafted with our Average Draft Position Data.

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1. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott files suit against NFL

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and the NFLPA filed a petition to vacate the eventual arbitration ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Thursday, Aug. 31. The lawsuit was filed ahead of the announced outcome of the arbitration case headed by Harold Henderson, the results of which are expected early next week, and seek to overturn any punishment handed down by the NFL.

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Elliott could play for a week or two under this order if granted, but the NFL will still likely be the final arbiter of his status for the short term after the appeal ruling, with courts potentially being the final arbiter in the long term if Elliott's camp challenges the validity of the process used to hand down his suspension.

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2. NO - WR Willie Snead suspended three games

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead has been suspended three games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

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Ted Ginn should come out of the gate hot as the team's #2 receiver and Coby Fleener will deserve a longer look as a cheap TE1 with this news. Snead's stock drops to a second half of the draft bench receiver.

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3. PIT - WR Martavis Bryant fully reinstated

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has been reinstated by the NFL and is now allowed to play in regular season games.

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This news was expected, but it still a relief to hear it. Bryant is a high ceiling WR2/WR3 who enhances the value of the entire Steelers offense.

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4. PIT - Le'Veon Bell arrives at camp

Source: NFL Network - Aditi Kinkhabwala

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell arrived at the team facility Friday, Sept. 1.

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As expected. We'll hold our breath a bit in the first game back against Cleveland as Bell plays in live action without the benefit of camp or the preseason.

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5. TEN - WR Corey Davis expected to play Week 1

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) will be ready to go for the team's Week 1 regular season opener Sunday, Sept. 10, against the Oakland Raiders, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

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Davis was running as a starter in two-wide sets before his injury. Even if he doesn't play that role against the Raiders, he should get there as long as he gets back on the field without a setback. He's a high ceiling bench stash at his current ADP.

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6. CLE - QB Brock Osweiler released

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler was released Friday, Sept. 1, according to a source.

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Osweiler could get signed before Week 1, but with the lack of interest in him via trade and passers like Matt Barkley and Matt McGloin out there, he might be waiting a bit for new work in the NFL. The Browns basically paid 16 million dollars for a second round pick, but they were flush with money.

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7. ARI - RB Chris Johnson let go

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson was released Friday, Sept. 1.

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Kerwynn Williams is the most valuable back on the roster after David Johnson now. He has looked good in limited duty and would have relevance in fantasy leagues if Johnson goes down.

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8. BUF - QB Nathan Peterman solid in preseason finale

Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports

Buffalo Bills QB Nathan Peterman completed 9-of-11 passes for 81 yards in the club's preseason finale Thursday, August 31, versus the Detroit Lions. He did not record any touchdowns or interceptions in the effort.

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Peterman has done well enough in the preseason as a rookie to consider him a threat to take over for Tyrod Taylor if he doesn't get better. Peterman could actually be a small upgrade from Taylor running the pass offense, but it's still a bad look for the Bills offense going into the season.

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9. LAR - LAR mets with DE Aaron Donald's representatives

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald's representatives met with members of the Rams front office Wednesday, Aug. 30, according to sources.

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The Rams defense becomes a much better play in Week 1 against the Andrew Luck-less Colts if Donald is in uniform.

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10. PIT - RB Fitzgerald Toussaint released

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Fitzgerald Toussaint was released Friday, Sept. 1, according to a source. He could be a practice squad candidate if he is eligible.

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The path to the backup job behind Le'Veon Bell is now clear for rookie James Conner.

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11. SEA - Tramine Brock traded

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo

Seattle Seahawks CB Tramaine Brock was traded to the Minnesota Vikings Friday, Sept. 1, in exchange for a seventh-round draft choice.

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Brock was signed for a very cheap price the Seahawks but they are stocked with corners and did not need him.

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12. JAX - TE Mychal Rivera placed on IR

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Mychal Rivera (hand) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Sept. 1. The team also placed SS Jeron Johnson (undisclosed) on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Ben Koyack will be the starter now, but this role has little to no fantasy value.

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13. SF - San Francisco cuts seven players

Source: 49ers.com

San Francisco 49ers QB Matt Barkley, RB Tim Hightower and WR Louis Murphy were released Friday, Sept. 1. The team also waived RB Kapri Bibbs, FB Tyler McCloskey, WR Tim Patrick and PK Nick Rose.

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Rookie UDFA Matt Breida appears to be the backup to Carlos Hyde in the 49ers backfield. Hyde hasn't been the most durable over the course of his career, so file Breida's name away, as he appears to be ahead of fourth-round pick Joe Williams.

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14. CHI - WR Victor Cruz does not make team

Source: The Bergen Record - Art Stapleton

Chicago Bears WR Victor Cruz was released Friday, Sept. 1, according to a source.

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This cements Kendall Wright as the slot receiver and worth a late-round pick after Cameron Meredith went down.

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15. DET - RB Matt Asiata released

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Detroit Lions RB Matt Asiata was released Friday, Sept. 1.

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Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington have one less competitor for big back goal line carries.

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16. PIT - RB Knile Davis cut

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Knile Davis was released Friday, Sept. 1, according to a source.

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Davis is one obstacle removed in between James Conner and the full backup job. Fitzgerald Toussaint, Trey Williams, and Terrell Watson are still on the roster at the position.

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17. SEA - DE Sheldon Richardson dealt to Seattle

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

The Seattle Seahawks acquired New York Jets DL Sheldon Richardson in exchange for WR Jermaine Kearse and draft considerations on Friday, Sept. 1, according to a source.

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Kearse becomes a starter on the receiver-depleted Jets and Richardson becomes part of the scariest pass rush in the league when he lines with Cliff Avril, Frank Clark, and Michael Bennett on passing down. The Seattle defense just got more potent for fantasy and Jets continued their slide into tank mode.

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18. BAL - Baltimore trims three from roster

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Baltimore Ravens QB Thaddeus Lewis, TE Larry Donnell and C Jeremy Zuttah were released Friday, Sept. 1.

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Donnell was brought in after the Ravens suffered an injury and suspension at tight end, but apparently they are satisfied with Nick Boyle, Maxx Williams, and Ben Watson. Zuttah was re-signed after being cut in the offseason, with the hopes of providing depth, but they didn't see enough value in him to keep him.

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19. MIN - QB Teddy Bridgewater staying on PUP

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) will remain on the Physically Unable to Perform list and miss the first six games. He hasn't been ruled out for the 2017 season.

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Case Keenum has been decent in the preseason, good enough for the team to not rush Bridgewater back. Bridgewater's fifth-year option wasn't picked up, so getting back on the active roster would go a long way towards increasing his market.

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20. JAX - WR Dede Westbrook wraps up eventful preseason

Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook finished up his eventful preseason by logging six catches for 115 yards and a touchdown in the finale Thursday, August 31, against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Westbrook is a top dynasty stash with Allen Hurns overpaid and Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson heading into free agency next year.

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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