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Volume 19, #18 -- Wednesday Night, May 10th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Thursday to you. Big Day here at FBG as we've got our Top 300 and Draft Lists ready for you. Plus the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

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A. Top 300 List
Just like it says. Our Top 300 Rated Players as projected by our David Dodds. Note that this isn't how we'd draft exactly (that's the Draft List) but it's super helpful to see where the players rank.

B. Top 300 List - PPR
Just like it says. Our Top 300 Rated Players as projected by our David Dodds. Note that this isn't how we'd draft exactly (that's the Draft List) but it's super helpful to see where the players rank. This one is for Points Per Reception (PPR) scoring systems.

C. Draft List
Using ADP and our Top 300 Lists, our David Dodds creates the Draft List that's a real list we'd use to draft.

D. Draft List - PPR
Using ADP and our Top 300 Lists, our David Dodds creates the Draft List that's a real list we'd use to draft. This one is for Points Per Reception (PPR) scoring systems.


1. MIN - Minnesota adding WR Michael Floyd

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WR Michael Floyd (Patriots) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, May 10, according to sources. The deal is worth $1.5 million, but Floyd could make as much as $6 million based on incentives.

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The Vikings were the only team interested in Floyd this offseason after his brief stint with the Patriots last year. Floyd will not be able to report to the team until June as he's still under house arrest for his DUI. He's from St. Paul Minnesota, so perhaps going home will be the fresh start he needs after a tumultuous 2016. Floyd is not a lock for the 53-man roster.

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2. ARI - QB Blaine Gabbert signing with Arizona

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent QB Blaine Gabbert (49ers) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday, May 10, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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The Cardinals have been linked to Gabbert for some time. He'll compete with Drew Stanton to be the primary backup behind Carson Palmer in 2017. We're not expecting him to rejuvenate his career in the desert, but having Bruce Arians tutor him could do Gabbert a world of good.

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3. NE - Pats give RB LeGarrette Blount tender offer

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) received a one-year, $1.1 million tender offer from the New England Patriots before the May 9 deadline that affects compensatory picks, according to a source. The Patriots would receive help in their chances for a compensatory pick if Blount signs with another team.

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This is a rarely used tender, but it breaks down as follows: If he signs with the Patriots, Blount can get $1.1 million this year. If he signs elsewhere before July 22, the departure will count toward New England’s compensatory draft picks. After July 22, he can only sign with the Patriots for 2017.

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4. ARI - WR Andre Ellington receiving praise

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals WR Andre Ellington is getting more comfortable with the nuances of being a receiver and has the fluidity and ability to run routes with the right angle and bend, according to QB Carson Palmer.

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Ellington is making the transition from the backfield to wide receiver in 2017. He's got the speed and the quickness to be dangerous in open space, but Ellington will need to get the nuances of running routes down before he's able to excel at his new position.

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5. CLE - RB Isaiah Crowell signs tender

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent RB Isaiah Crowell signed his one-year tender offer Wednesday, May 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Reports indicate a few teams were interested in Crowell, but he was tendered at the second-round level...and no team was willing to pay that price if they signed him away from the Browns. He's back with the team to be their lead back in 2017, and Crowell could be in line for the first 1,000 yard season of his career. In 12 team PPR leagues, Crowell is being drafted at RB19 (4.12) at this time.

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6. NYG - Dalvin Tomlinson agrees to terms

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants second-round draft choice DT Dalvin Tomlinson agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Giants Wednesday, May 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Tomlinson is your classic Alabama defensive tackle, so the Giants get at least a quality run stopper here. He's got the athleticism to work on twists and stunts when asked to get after the passer too. Tomlinson could start as a rotational player for the Giants, but he's got the skill set to be a three-down player when fully developed.

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7. JAX - Dede Westbrook may be slot receiver

Source: ESPN.com - Mike DiRocco

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook will compete with WR Rashad Greene for the slot receiver job as well as the punt returner role.

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We see that as his most likely spot within the Jaguars offense. With Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns playing outside, Westbrook can work the underneath routes over the middle of the field. Westbrook is quick and can change directions on a dime, making him a nightmare for corners trying to cover him.

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8. DEN - Chad Kelly agrees to terms

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos seventh-round draft choice QB Chad Kelly agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Broncos Wednesday, May 10. Kelly is expected to receive a signing bonus of nearly $65,000 but other financial terms were not disclosed.

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The last player chosen in the 2017 NFL draft, Kelly is the most talented "Mr. Irrelevant" in league history. Injuries should sideline him this year (knee, wrist, groin), but Kelly has the talent to be a starter in the NFL....if he can stay healthy and stay out of trouble. Off field issues and character concerns caused Kelly to fall in the draft (in addition to his injuries), but there's no denying the talent he has as a passer. Kelly is confident, accurate and can make every throw. If Paxton Lynch (or Trevor Siemian) doesn't really impress this year, it could open the door for Kelly in 2018.

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9. DEN - De'Angelo Henderson signs deal

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos sixth-round draft choice RB De'Angelo Henderson signed his four-year contract Wednesday, May 10. The deal includes a $145,164 signing bonus but other financial information was not disclosed.

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Henderson is a compact runner who reminds some in the scouting community of Branden Oliver (Chargers). He's got incredible foot frequency and does a good job of maintaining speed through his cuts. Henderson is in a jam-packed backfield behind C.J. Anderson, Jamaal Charles and Devontae Booker. Throw in fullback Andy Janovich, and we may end up seeing Henderson put on the practice squad in 2017.

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10. NYG - ILB Mark Herzlich cross-training at tight end

Source: NJ.com - Dan Duggan

New York Giants LB Mark Herzlich has accepted the team's challenge for him to learn the tight end position this offseason in order to address the teams need for a blocker at that position, according to NJ.com's Dan Duggan.

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The Giants could use a blocking tight end, and it might just be Herzlich who gets the job done best. They drafted Evan Engram (Ole Miss) in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, but he's an "F" tight end who is there to rip the seam and star as a receiver.

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11. DAL - Jaylon Smith expects to play in opener

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith (knee) said he believes he will be on the field when the team plays New York Giants in Week 1.

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We just want Smith to get back to the form he had before a serious knee injury in Notre Dame's bowl game knocked him off track. The Cowboys believed enough in Smith to select him in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft even though he didn't play a snap as a rookie due to the nerve problems in his knee. The nerve issue is improving, and all reports about Smith's recovery have been positive so far this offseason.

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12. PIT - No serious talks between PIT, DE Stephon Tuitt

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt has not had serious contract extension talks with the Steelers at this point, but the talks likely will intensify closer to training camp.

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Extending Tuitt sometime this year seemed to be the plan when the offseason began for the Steelers. Nothing has materialized yet, but we expect the two sides to get things going in a month or so. Tuitt has 10.5 sacks over the last two years, and he can be counted on as a run stuffer inside.

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13. PHI - DE Brandon Graham holding out?

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles DE Brandon Graham is no longer attending offseason workouts and is expected to skip organized team activities and possibly the mandatory June minicamp unless the team renegotiates his contract, according to sources.

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Graham is likely looking for a pay raise. Based on his play, Graham should be making more than he's currently slated to earn in 2017 ($6.5 million). He's coming off a career high 59 tackle season, and Graham has at least 5.5 sacks in four of the last five years.

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14. SEA - WR Jermaine Kearse unlikely to be cut

Source: ESPN.com - Sheil Kapadia

Seattle Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse may be a potential cap casualty in 2018, but ESPN's Sheil Kapadia considers the possibility of him being released this off-season 'slim' as the team seems to value him more than people on the outside.

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Kearse has a $4 million cap hit in 2017, and there's still $3.6 million left in dead money on the deal. Those numbers alone show that Kearse should remain with the Seahawks for at least one more season. He is signed through 2018, but they could get out of his deal next offseason with little left in dead cap.

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Peace,

J