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Volume 19, #26 -- Thursday Night, May 18th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Welcome to Friday. It's a fun time of the year with the weather (hopefully) turning warm for you, school almost out in many places, NHL and NBA closing in the Finals and the NFL easing toward Training Camps. It's a lot to keep up with and we've got you covered with our Footballguys Insider PRO premium subscription. It's your gameplan to Fantasy Football success and for just a little while longer, we're offering our guys like you who've been with us a deep discount. Don't miss it.

Now let's get to the News and Notes you need. Have a great Friday.

J

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C. Baltimore Ravens 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 Baltimore Ravens.
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Offense - Ryan Hester, IDP - John Norton
PK and Team Defense - Sigmund Bloom
OL - Matt Bitonti, Returners - Adam Harstad

D. Cincinnati Bengals 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 Cincinnati Bengals.
Credits:

Offense - Ryan Hester, IDP - John Norton
PK and Team Defense - Sigmund Bloom
OL - Matt Bitonti, Returners - Adam Harstad

E. Cleveland Browns 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 Cleveland Browns.
Credits:

Offense - Ryan Hester, IDP - John Norton
PK and Team Defense - Sigmund Bloom
OL - Matt Bitonti, Returners - Adam Harstad

F. Pittsburgh Steelers 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 Pittsburgh Steelers.
Credits:

Offense - Ryan Hester, IDP - John Norton
PK and Team Defense - Sigmund Bloom
OL - Matt Bitonti, Returners - Adam Harstad


1. PIT - TE Ladarius Green released

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green was released Thursday, May 18.

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Not a shock given his concussion issues. It will be interesting to see who the Steelers bring in to compete with Jesse James.

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2. DEN - Decision-making big for Denver quarterbacks

Source: FOXSports.com - Cameron DaSilva

Denver Broncos QBs Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will need to make good decisions in order to win the starting position, according to head coach Vance Joseph. 'The guy who makes great decisions with the football, not turning the ball over, and the guy who lets his teammates play for him, that's the guy I want to lead our football team,' Joseph said. '[Decisions-making] is the biggest factor in this decision I'm going to make.'

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We think VP John Elway and Joseph would be leaning towards Lynch, but he has to prove he deserves the job. Both quarterbacks made some boneheaded plays last year and the Broncos cannot afford to waste another year with those same issues plaguing them. The other wild card is Chad Kelly. Mr Irrelevant has more pure skill than either of the other quarterbacks, but he needs to prove he is healthy and be more poised and less 'Outlaw Country' off the field. Kelly is his own worst enemy.

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3. BUF - Zay Jones injured

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones (knee), the team's second-round pick in 2017, suffered a knee injury Tuesday, May 16, which the team believes is a sprain. He'll miss some time.

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It isn't a huge concern yet, but for a rookie every snap counts - even those when you're wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Jones has a lot of potential and given Sammy Watkins is always hurt (he's still hampered by his foot issues this week) he could have a big rookie season. He has to be healthy though.

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4. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins out of action

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is not participating in the organized team activities Thursday, May 18.

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This is our surprised face. Watkins has been around a lot so missing a glorified day camp isn't a big deal but the foot is something to watch. As rookie Zay Jones has now hurt his knee, Tyrod Taylor is going to be throwing to a lot of depth chart wannabes in the coming weeks.

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5. PIT - JuJu Smith-Schuster to have slot role?

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has the size and ability to serve as a successful slot receiver if that's where the Steelers want him to play, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.

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Smith-Schuster has some great hands and catch radius, and looks like he has the makings of a solid possession receiver. That role could give him more production than expected with the newly reinstated Martavis Bryant, Eli Rogers and Darrius Heyward-Bay around fighting for the scraps Antonio Brown leaves behind.

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6. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman building chemistry

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Ryan Mink

Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman is developing a rapport with QB Joe Flacco. Perriman feels like he has a rhythm with Flacco now after working out with his quarterback for several weeks this offseason. 'We've been working every day running routes,' Perriman said. 'I feel like it's been paying off and we're getting on the same page.'

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Flacco desperately needs weapons and the Ravens didn't help him out during the draft. So a guy like Perrimen, who has shown us flashes of production, could be in for a lot of targets if he can rise to the occasion.

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7. NYJ - Jordan Leggett inks deal

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets TE Jordan Leggett signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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In a deep tight end class, this is an interesting guy. Leggett has great size for the position and new offensive coordinator John Morton comes from an offense which uses the tight end a lot. Leggett walks into a potentially good position in terms of possible offense and overall skill. The problem is twofold, though. First he can be lazy and doesn't seem to have a consistent motor. Secondly, there's a position - don't know if you've heard of it - called quarterback which the Jets are having trouble with. Without that under-appreciated spot being locked down with a solid option, no tight end can be expected to have a big impact.

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8. ARI - Arizona signs Chad Williams

Source: AZCardinals.com

Arizona Cardinals WR Chad Williams signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Williams performed well against lower-level competition at Grambling State, but he has talent. He needs to improve his route running and adjust better to balls while they are in the air, but if he can pull it together - both on and off the field. The latter refers to being charged with marijuana and firearms possession while at LSU, resulting in a one game suspension.

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9. BUF - Zay Jones signs rookie deal

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Jones is currently sidelined with a knee issue, but should be ready for camp. A productive receiver in college who looked faster at the Senior Bowl than was expected, Jones could be a solid producer across from Sammy Watkins with the potential to replace Watkins if the Bills let the veteran walk after his contract is up.

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10. BUF - Buffalo signs Tre'Davious White

Source: WGR Sports Radio 550 - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills first-round pick CB Tre'Davious White signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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White is the 12th first round pick to come to terms with his team, and it's some good news on a day when one of their other picks - receiver Zay Jones - is dealing with a knee issue. The team needed to counteract losing Stephon Gilmore and White has the potential to be a very good corner for a long time.

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11. IND - Malik Hooker signs

Source: Colts.com - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis Colts S Malik Hooker, a first-round pick, signed his rookie four-year deal Thursday, May 18.

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Hooker is the 11th first round pick to sign with his respective team. The Chargers' Mike Williams - seventh pick overall - is the highest pick to have signed so far. Hooker has great ball skills but his tackling leaves a bit to be desired, so he's not going to instantly help the run defense.

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12. 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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13. 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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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys and what we're doing here. It's people like you that make this worthwhile for us. Thank you.

Peace,

J