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Volume 19, #25 -- Wednesday Night, May 17th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Thursday to you. We've got another set of Team Reports and the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

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A. Buffalo Bills Team Report
Our Footballguys Team Reports are where we dive deep into all we see on the horizon for each team this year. In this one, we take a close look at the Buffalo Bills.
Credits:

Offense - Andrew Garda, IDP - Aaron Rudnicki
PK and Team Defense - Sigmund Bloom
OL - Matt Bitonti, Returners - Adam Harstad

B. Miami Dolphins Team Report
Our Footballguys Team Reports are where we dive deep into all we see on the horizon for each team this year. In this one, we take a close look at the Miami Dolphins.
Credits:

Offense - Andrew Garda, IDP - Aaron Rudnicki
PK and Team Defense - Sigmund Bloom
OL - Matt Bitonti, Returners - Adam Harstad

C. New England Patriots Team Report
Our Footballguys Team Reports are where we dive deep into all we see on the horizon for each team this year. In this one, we take a close look at the New England Patriots.
Credits:

Offense - Andrew Garda, IDP - Aaron Rudnicki
PK and Team Defense - Sigmund Bloom
OL - Matt Bitonti, Returners - Adam Harstad

D. New York Jets Team Report
Our Footballguys Team Reports are where we dive deep into all we see on the horizon for each team this year. In this one, we take a close look at the New York Jets.
Credits:

Offense - Andrew Garda, IDP - Aaron Rudnicki
PK and Team Defense - Sigmund Bloom
OL - Matt Bitonti, Returners - Adam Harstad


1. NE - QB Tom Brady had a concussion last year?

Source: CSNNE.com

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (concussion) suffered a concussion last season, according to his wife, Gisele Bundchen, appearing on 'CBS This Morning' Wednesday, May 17.

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Leg issues got Brady on the injury report last year, but he was not listed as having a concussion in 2016. Did Brady hide the concussion symptoms so well that nobody noticed, or did the Patriots cover it up on the injury report? Or is Gisele just showing concern for her husband? We're certain about the latter, but there's no way of knowing for sure if Brady was concussed at all. This is a topic that will certainly be revisited later on. Stay tuned.

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2. SF - Joe Williams has chance to start in 2017

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers fourth-round pick RB Joe Williams has a 'legitimate chance' to 'immediately unseat' RB Carlos Hyde as the team's top running back this season, according to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

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The 49ers new regime doesn't seem to be enamored with Hyde at all. He's in the final year of his contract, but the 49ers may move him behind Williams on the depth chart. Williams is a runner who can create space for himself in a variety of ways. He's got burst to and through the hole, and he can make defenders miss in the open field. Williams is not a third-down back, but he can lead the way in a RBBC as the featured runner.

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3. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman wants 'elite' money

Source: ESPN.com - Josina Anderson

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman wants to be 'elite paid', according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

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Elite money is hard to define at the running back position in today's NFL. We'd consider elite money to be anywhere from $7-9 million annually which would put Freeman in the range of LeSean McCoy (Bills) but behind the $12 million Le'Veon Bell (Steelers) is scheduled to make in 2017. We'll see if Freeman and the Falcons can agree on a new deal sometime this summer.

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4. PHI - More on RB LeGarrette Blount deal

Source: ESPN.com - Josina Anderson

Updating an earlier report, Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount's one-year deal is worth up to $2.8 million with a $1.25 million base salary and up to $1.55 million in incentives.

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Coming off a career high in rushing yards (1,161) and rushing touchdowns (18) in 2016, this isn't likely the size of deal Blount initially wanted. The market was cool for veteran backs this offseason, and once the Patriots added Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee it was clear Blount was going to play elsewhere in 2017.

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5. PHI - RB LeGarrette Blount agrees with Eagles

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles Wednesday, May 17, worth up to $2.8 million.

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Blount finally lands with a new team after the Patriots decided to move on. He'll serve as the two-down banger for the Eagles, and he should get some goal-line and short-yardage work too. When they need a change-of-pace back, the Eagles have quite the collection with Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, and rookie Donnel Pumphrey. He's unlikely to be quite the TD hog like he was last year (18 rushing scores), but Blount could perform like a RB2 for fantasy owners.

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6. NYJ - QB Bryce Petty ready to compete

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Bryce Petty said he is ready to compete with QBs Josh McCown and Christian Hackenberg for the starting quarterback job and believes he can win the job.

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Petty's Madden Ultimate Team has over a 90 rating, and he just got the 99 OVR Tom Brady Cover Reveal card (just look it up on MUTHead.com). The guy who said he can get better playing football by playing Madden has a chance to win the starting job in 2017. Yes, that's the sad state of the Jets QB situation. Don't look for fantasy gold with this team at this position. No matter who wins the starting job, we won't be recommending them as anything more than a "you forgot to take your backup QB and now they're all gone" addition.

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7. DET - TE Eric Ebron may receive extension

Source: MLive.com - Kyle Meinke

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he has talked with general manager Bob Quinn about a possible contract extension.

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The Lions picked up Ebron's fifth-year option for 2018 in a no-brainer move earlier this offseason. Ebron's numbers as a receiver have gotten better each year he's been in the league. He's not a TD machine, and some of those red-zone looks could go to rookie Mike Roberts (noted TD hog from Toledo). Ebron's currently getting drafted at TE15 (12.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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8. PHI - RB Ryan Mathews done in Philly?

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews is expected to be released once he is healthy following the signing of LeGarrette Blount, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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As soon as the Blount news came in, it meant Mathews would be on his way out. Mathews suffered a neck injury late last year that required surgery, and he may not be designated healthy for another couple of months. If/When on the open market, we can't see teams lining up around the block for a 30-year old (in October), injury prone running back like Mathews.

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9. JAX - Leonard Fournette signs contract

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette signed his four-year deal with the Jaguars Wednesday, May 17, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Fournette can be a star at the pro level, and he's likely to be the centerpiece of the Jaguars offense. Most scouts compared him to Adrian Peterson because of his size/speed combination, and that's an accurate comparison. The Jaguars back should be one of the most fantasy relevant rookies in 2017, and he should be considered a RB1 for fantasy owners. His current ADP is RB16 (4.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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10. DEN - Carlos Henderson may be kick returner

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos WR Carlos Henderson is expected to receive the first opportunity to win the kick returner job, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold.

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Don't get too carried away but he's a little bit Randall Cobb, a little bit Steve Smith and maybe there's even a dash of Hines Ward to his game. If that doesn't get you excited, then nothing will. Henderson's got great potential as a returner, but the rookie from Louisiana Tech could carve out a role as the no.3 WR in Denver behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. He's fierce after the catch and has the speed to take the top off the defense. A former running back, Henderson can stack moves on top of moves with the rock in his hands.

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11. BAL - Benjamin Watson ahead of schedule

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens TE Benjamin Watson (Achilles') said he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn Achilles'. 'I'm at the point now where I'm very close,' Watson said earlier this month. 'I'm able to do pretty much everything to some extent. These last couple stages are very important about getting the strength back. The actual Achilles itself is intact.'

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With medical advances, Achilles' injuries don't seem as serious as they used to be, but it's not like Watson is getting any younger (age 36). The Ravens don't have a proven group of wide receivers (outside of Mike Wallace), so perhaps they'll be using more tight ends to move the chains. When healthy, Watson can be a reliable target across the field and in the red zone. He'll compete for targets with guys like Dennis Pitta, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams.

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12. WAS - Rob Kelley in shape

Source: CSNMidAtlantic.com - Rich Tandler

Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley is in shape and ready for the season, according to sources.

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That's good news for Kelley as he's likely to be pushed -- hard -- by rookie Samaje Perine (Oklahoma). Washington selected Perine in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL draft, and he's one of our favorite big RBs from this class. This is going to be a camp battle fantasy owners have to monitor closely during the preseason.

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13. PIT - Pittsburgh makes roster moves

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed undrafted free-agent QB Bart Houston (Wisconsin) and free-agent WR Canaan Severin (Steelers) Wednesday, May 17. The team also waived QB Nick Schuessler and LB Akil Blount.

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Houston played in 26 games for the Badgers and ended his career completing 125-for-192 passes (65.1 percent) for 1,540 yards and nine touchdowns. He's a high-percentage quarterback with the arm strength to make every throw in the NFL. Severin was added last year as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia. He's got the size (6'2" 215 pounds) and can make plays after the catch. Severin is not a speedy player and does struggle with separation. Both players are only worth monitoring in the deepest of deep dynasty leagues.

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14. NE - TE Rob Housler could return to NE

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

Updating a previous report, the New England Patriots released TE Rob Housler (hamstring) because he is dealing with a pulled hamstring, but the team could consider re-signing Housler once he is healed.

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A third-round pick in 2011 (Cardinals), Housler was going to find it difficult to make the Patriots 53-man roster anyway. They've got plenty of talent at the position with Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen as the top two on the depth chart. Behind those two, guys like James O'Shaughnessy and Jacob Hollister are interesting receiving tight ends. Matt Lengel is a big-bodied blocker, rounding out the tight ends on the roster. Housler will get healed eventually, but the Patriots may have already moved on by that time.

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15. IND - Marlon Mack signs rookie deal

Source: Colts.com - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis Colts fourth-round draft choice RB Marlon Mack signed his four-year contract with the Colts Wednesday, May 17. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Mack measures in at 5'11" 213 pounds, but he has the skill set of a smaller back. He can maneuver around defenders at the second level, and Mack has "Adios" speed when he gets to the corner. Mack runs blind between the tackles and looks to take the rock to the corner store too often as a runner. If utilized the correct way, Mack can certainly make plays as a part-time player. In 2017, the rookie from USF will compete for snaps behind starter Frank Gore.

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16. PIT - JuJu Smith-Schuster signs contract

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers second-round draft choice WR JuJu Smith-Schuster signed his four-year contract with the Steelers Wednesday, May 17. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Smith-Schuster may be the favorite to win the Steelers no.3 job at wide receiver (with Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant at no.1 and no.2 of course). The rookie from USC reminds some in the scouting community of Anquan Boldin because of his size, strength at the catch point and his run-after-the-catch ability. He'll compete with Sammie Coates for the third spot on the depth chart.

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17. NE - Pats work out WR Andrew Hawkins

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Free-agent WR Andrew Hawkins (Browns) worked out for the New England Patriots Wednesday, May 17, according to a source.

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The Patriots may just be updating their emergency list here. Hawkins would be a great fit on the Patriots with his quickness, agility and elusiveness after the catch. Released by the Browns earlier this year, Hawkins has been busy in college and recent got his degree from Columbia University with a 4.0 GPA. Congrats Hawk!

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18. TB - DE Jacquies Smith should be ready for season

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Jacquies Smith (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 season. Smith suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 1 last season.

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The Bucs are hopeful that Smith can regain his form as a pass-rusher and work back onto the field as an important rotational player. Smith had 6.5 sacks in 2014 and 7.0 in 2015. Due to make almost $2 million this year, Smith will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

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19. CIN - Joshua Malone signs deal

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals fourth-round draft choice WR Joshua Malone signed his four-year deal with the Bengals Wednesday, May 17. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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While he's not quite Carl Pickens, Malone was an ascending talent during his days in college playing for the Tennessee Volunteers. In 2016, Malone was the top WR for Tennesse catching 50 passes for 972 yards and 11 touchdowns. Along with first-round pick John Ross, the Bengals have added some much-needed speed to the WR corps.

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20. NYJ - Chad Hansen contract details

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Updating a previous report, New York Jets WR Chad Hansen signed a four-year deal worth $2.819 million. The deal includes a $419,648 signing bonus.

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We wish the Jets had a better QB situation as Hansen is an interesting rookie to add in dynasty leagues. The Cal prospect reminded most in the scouting community of Allen Hurns (Jaguars) because of his size/speed combination. He should win the slot job behind outside starters Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa 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