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Volume 19, #16 -- Monday Night, May 8th, 2017

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Good Tuesday to you. We've got more Detailed Stat Projections, more Staff Rankings , more Podcasts and the News and Notes you need. So let's get to it.

J

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B. Updated Footballguys Staff Rankings With Comments
Our Footballguys Staffers are constantly updating their rankings and we have our first cut ready. You can sort and manipulate the rankings to view them the way you like. For many of the players, you can mouse over the ranking and see additional comments by the Staffers.

C. Detailed Stats Projections Ready by Maurile Tremblay
Our Detailed Stat Projections are the foundation of everything we do at Footballguys. Multiple Footballguys Staff Experts project every stat that matters for every player. This allows us then to build custom cheatsheets based on your exact scoring system. Here's our Maurile Tremblay with his first cut for the year.

D. Detailed Stats Projections Ready by David Dodds
Our Detailed Stat Projections are the foundation of everything we do at Footballguys. Multiple Footballguys Staff Experts project every stat that matters for every player. This allows us then to build custom cheatsheets based on your exact scoring system. Here's our David Dodds with his first cut for the year.

E. Detailed Stats Projections Ready by Jason Wood
Our Detailed Stat Projections are the foundation of everything we do at Footballguys. Multiple Footballguys Staff Experts project every stat that matters for every player. This allows us then to build custom cheatsheets based on your exact scoring system. Here's our Jason Wood with his first cut for the year.

F. Detailed Stats Projections Ready by Bob Henry
Our Detailed Stat Projections are the foundation of everything we do at Footballguys. Multiple Footballguys Staff Experts project every stat that matters for every player. This allows us then to build custom cheatsheets based on your exact scoring system. Here's our Bob Henry with his first cut for the year.

G. Footballguys Podcast - The Audible - NFC East 2017 Draft RECAP
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom go through the picks in the 2017 NFL draft. Topics Include - Washington added the next Michael Turner to their backfield in Sooners RB Samaje Perine, the Eagles crush the draft early and often, how the Cowboys filled needs on both sides of the ball, why Ole Miss TE Evan Engram could be a favorite of Eli Manning, plus more! bumper: Coheed and Cambria - Youve Got Spirit Kid

H. Footballguys Podcast - The Audible - AFC East 2017 Draft RECAP
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom go through the picks in the 2017 NFL draft. Topics Include - the Dolphins add toughness in the trenches, the Patriots do a lot with a little, why QB Nate Peterman may be a future starter for the Bills, the good and the bad with the Jets, plus more! Bumper: WASP - Seas of Fire

I. Footballguys Podcast - The Audible - NFC South 2017 Draft RECAP
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom go through the picks in the 2017 NFL draft. Topics Include - the Panthers add a potential superstar in RB Christian McCaffrey, how the Saints got a gift in the first round, the Falcons get their pass rusher, why Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard could be a fantasy force, plus more! bumper: Dead Cross - Grave Slave


1. NO - Max Unger had surgery

Source: The Times-Picayune - Herbie Teope

New Orleans Saints C Max Unger (foot) underwent surgery on his injured foot over the weekend, according to a source.

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Nick Mangold to the courtesy phone please! Well...maybe...the Saints may be looking to the veteran market to find a replacement. It's the same foot Unger had issues with in 2016. A timetable for Unger's recovery is unknown at this time.

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2. NO - Max Unger suffers foot injury

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New Orleans Saints C Max Unger (foot) suffered a foot injury, and he's likely to miss the start of the season, according to sources.

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Bad news for the Saints here. Unger is likely to begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. That means he'll miss the first six weeks of the season automatically. After that, the Saints will have a three-week window to decide whether or not they want to activate him or put Unger on season-ending Injured Reserve.

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3. CAR - WR Kelvin Benjamin trying to shape up

Source: The Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin has been receiving extra treatment at the Panthers' facility for purposes of general fitness and well-being, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

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There was a big hullabaloo last week when Benjamin showed up to offseason workouts out of shape. There's plenty of time for him to get his conditioning right before the start of the regular season. Benjamin didn't have the bounce-back year some were expecting last year after missing all of 2015. There's a chance Benjamin could do that this year, and the team already picked up his option for 2018.

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4. KC - QB Alex Smith was consulted before draft

Source: FOXSports.com - Peter Schrager

Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith spoke to Chiefs management twice before the team selected QB Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 NFL draft, according to general manager John Dorsey.

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The Chiefs kept Smith in the loop, but they drafted Mahomes to eventually replace the veteran. We think Mahomes sits and learns this year behind Smith. After the 2017 season, all of Smith's guaranteed money has been paid. We could see Mahomes take over in a year.

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5. CIN - OC loves what Joe Mixon can do

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese said he is excited about everything RB Joe Mixon brings to the offense. 'I think he has a very, very bright future,' Zampese said.

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Mixon has big-play ability every time he touches the ball. He's got patience, burst, power and speed as a runner. Mixon does a good job of allowing his blocks to develop, and he'll set up defenders at the second level while he's still in the backfield. In addition to his hard-charging style as a runner, Mixon can be used effectively as a receiver out of the backfield.

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6. DAL - Noah Brown the next WR Dez Bryant?

Source: DallasCowboys.com - Bryan Broaddus

Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown is the same type of player as WR Dez Bryant, according to Bryan Broaddus of DallasCowboys.com, and Broaddus said Brown is a 'nasty blocker' with a big catch radius.

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The seventh-round pick from Ohio State is a bit of an unknown because of his lack of experience at the college level (only targeted 52 times with 33 catches for the Buckeyes). He's big, got a large wingspan, can track passes over his shoulder and can win on jump passes. Brown can be worked into a larger role eventually, but for now he just gives the Cowboys depth at the position. Keep an eye on him in dynasty leagues.

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7. KC - Patrick Mahomes hitting the books

Source: The Kansas City Star - Terez A. Paylor

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes said he studied his playbook all night when he received it Friday, May 5, and head coach Andy Reid said the toughest part of Mahomes' transition to the NFL will be 'getting the verbiage down and the formations' for the offense.

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Mahomes has a robust system to learn, but he's got time as most expect him to sit a year behind Alex Smith. The gunslinger from Texas Tech is in a perfect system for his skill set, and Reid should be able to craft an exciting offense around his young passer. Mahomes has supreme confidence in his ability, and the Chiefs potentially have a franchise quarterback in the making.

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8. KC - Jehu Chesson a red zone weapon?

Source: The Kansas City Star - Terez A. Paylor

Kansas City Chiefs WR Jehu Chesson said his mentality is to 'win when the ball is in the air,' and he expects to catch plenty of deep passes and jump balls in the red zone.

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Chesson has great 'my ball' mentality, and that's something that could help him shine in the red zone. He's got the size (6'3" 204 pounds) to help him box out defenders near pay dirt. Chesson also has the athletic ability to contort his body in order to make difficult catches. He's not a burner by any means, and his route running needs work but there are ways to get production out of the rookie from Michigan.

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9. ARI - Arizona works out QB Blaine Gabbert

Source: ESPN.com - Dan Graziano

Free-agent QB Blaine Gabbert (49ers) worked out for the Arizona Cardinals Thursday, May 4.

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The connection between the Cardinals and Gabbert has been there for some time. They didn't add a quarterback in the 2017 NFL draft, so perhaps they'd add Gabbert to compete with Drew Stanton to be the primary backup behind Carson Palmer.

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10. BAL - RB Terrance West signs tender

Source: SiriusXM Radio - Adam Caplan

Baltimore Ravens restricted free-agent RB Terrance West signed his tender offer Monday, May 8. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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West is atop the Ravens depth chart at the running back position, but he'll face competition for that spot when Kenneth Dixon returns from his four-game suspension. Fantasy owners currently see West as RB59 (13.06) in 12-team PPR leagues. If he can hang onto the starting job, he should be able to outperform that average draft position.

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11. GB - Green Bay adds William Stanback

Source: Packers.com

Undrafted free-agent RB William Stanback (Virginia Union) was signed by the Green Bay Packers Monday, May 8. WR Antwan Goodley was subsequently released.

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Stanback is a powerful back who can grind down opponents as the game goes on. Initially a star RB for UCF, Stanback was dismissed by the school in 2015 after failing multiple drug tests. He ended up at Virginia Union University, where Stanback rushed for 1,299 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Division II school. The Packers have added talent at the RB position through the draft, with three players at the position added in the process. Stanback has a lot of competition in front of him if he wants to even make the practice squad in 2017.

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12. DET - Daniel Williams will try out for the Lions

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Jim Thomas

Undrafted free-agent WR Daniel Williams (Jackson State) will participate in the Detroit Lions' rookie minicamp next weekend on a tryout basis.

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At 6'3" 230 pounds, Williams is an interesting tryout prospect for the Lions. He has build up speed and the size to box out smaller defenders. Williams doesn't get much separation in his routes, but he has the strength to rip passes away and high-point them in the air.

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13. SEA - Seattle claims RB Mike Davis

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

The Seattle Seahawks claimed RB Mike Davis off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers Monday, May 8.

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These two teams (49ers, Seahawks) love to plunder from each other's roster. Davis couldn't make it with the 49ers, but in college at South Carolina he showed some skill. A fourth-round pick in 2015, Davis will be hard pressed to make the final roster with Seattle as their full of talent at the position.

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14. NFL - Nick Mangold not retiring yet

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

Free-agent C Nick Mangold (Jets) is rehabilitating from his nagging ankle injury and still wants to play in 2017. He has not completely ruled out retirement, saying, 'We're still trying to see what the options are.'

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Mangold has gotten interest from the Ravens earlier this year, and we think he could get some looks from the Saints due to this Max Unger foot surgery. At 33 years old, Mangold could still have a bit more left in the tank.

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15. SF - BJ Johnson signed by 49ers

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

Undrafted free-agent WR BJ Johnson (Georgia Southern) was signed by the San Francisco 49ers Monday, May 8.

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Johnson played in 44 games with the Eagles (35 starts) and registered 92 receptions for 1,377 yards and six touchdowns. He was used as a deep receiver, and Johnson showed the ability to concentrate with coverage all over him. Johnson works his way back to the ball and can work the sidelines with consistency. He's a longshot to make the 53-man roster, but in super deep dynasty leagues we're watching.

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16. CIN - John Ross contract details

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross's deal is four years in length and worth $17.1 million. It includes a $10.6 million signing bonus. The Bengals will pay him his entire 2017 base salary if he is not on the Non-Football Injury list.

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Ross is currently recovering from shoulder surgery he underwent after the 2017 Scouting Combine. The speedster from Washington reminds us of DeSean Jackson (Buccaneers) as he can flat out fly. Ross will compete with Brandon LaFell for the no.2 WR job opposite superstar A.J. Green.

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17. SF - RB DuJuan Harris released

Source: Sacramento Bee - Matt Barrows

San Francisco 49ers RB DuJuan Harris was released Monday, May 8.

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The 49ers are jam packed at the RB position after trading the Broncos for Kapri Bibbs and selecting Joe Williams (Utah) in the 2017 NFL draft. Some team looking for a slashing pass catching back may look at Harris.

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18. DEN - Isaiah McKenzie signs rookie deal

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Denver Broncos WR Isaiah McKenzie, a fifth-round pick, signed his rookie four-year contract Monday, May 8.

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McKenzie is a dynamic returner who is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. He's a good enough receiver that the Broncos could create a package for the Georgia product on offense.

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19. DAL - Jonathan Cooper could start

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Charean Williams

Dallas Cowboys OG Jonathan Cooper will have the first chance to win the starting left guard spot in camp.

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With La'El Collins moving to right tackle and Ron Leary (Broncos) moving on in free agency, the Cowboys have some question marks inside at guard. We're not predicting disaster for Dallas up front, but fantasy owners need to realize they're not as strong on the O-Line as they used to be.

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20. DAL - La'el Collins to play right tackle

Source: The Dallas Morning News - David Moore

Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins has been working at right tackle and not left guard during offseason workouts, and Collins said the coaching staff has told him to prepare to play tackle this season.

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It's an expected move after the retirement of Doug Free. Collins has played inside for two years with the Cowboys, but he was a star tackle in college at LSU and should have little problem with the transition.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. It's an honor for us.

Have a great Tuesday and we'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J