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Volume 19, #41 -- Friday Night, June 2nd, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Saturday to you. The NBA and NHL seasons are winding down, but we've got a new Player Spotlight plus all the NFL News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Player Spotlight: LB Reuben Foster
Our Footballguys Players Spotlights are deep looks into what we see for a player this year. In this one, our Daniel Simpkins takes a detailed look at Reuben Foster's fantasy prospects for 2017.


1. KC - WR WR Jeremy Maclin released

Source: Nick Shook - NFL.com

The Kansas City Chiefs have released WR Jeremy Maclin. "I'd like to thank Jeremy for his effort and dedication the past two seasons," Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. "I have great respect for all players, which makes decisions like these very difficult, but we felt it was in the best interest of our club moving forward to part ways at this time. We wish Jeremy the best as he continues his career."

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Wow...we weren't expecting this. Maclin was set to count $12.4 million against the cap in 2017. This move saves the Chiefs $10 million, and they'll have to carry $2.4 million in dead money according to OverTheCap.com. Maclin may have lost a step, and injuries held him to just 536 receiving yards in 2016. The emergence of Tyreek Hill allows the team to make this move, but they're still thin at the position. We could see Chris Conley step into Maclin's vacated position as a starter opposite Hill.

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2. NYG - WR Tavarres King competing for playing time

Source: New York Post - Paul Schwartz

New York Giants WR Tavarres King has been impressive during offseason workouts and will compete for playing time during training camp.

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King is a speed merchant who can 'eat cushion' quickly when going against off coverage. He's competing for the 4th spot on the depth chart in a best case scenario, so even with his impressive play at OTAs King is unlikely to be a fantasy factor in 2017.

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3. BAL - TE Dennis Pitta has dislocated hip

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating an ongoing story, Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) has been diagnosed with a dislocated hip and is expected to undergo surgery at some point, according to a source.

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The surgery will knock him out for the 2017 season. The continued hip problems will likely end his pro career. The Ravens move forward with Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams as the main TEs on the roster. That's a nice collection, and we'll see which one emerges during the rest of OTAs, minicamp and training camp.

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4. BAL - TE Darren Waller dealing with injury

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens TE Darren Waller (undisclosed) has been dealing with an undisclosed injury during the offseason.

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The Ravens have already lost last year's top TE Dennis Pitta for the year to another hip injury. They have depth at the position, but there are question marks. Waller, a converted wide receiver, has seen his pro career held back by injury and suspension.

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5. SEA - Seattle not signing QB Colin Kaepernick now

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the team will not be signing free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) at this time but did not rule out the possibility in the future.

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The Seahawks are the only team that has shown interest in Kaepernick so far this offseason. They left the door open to add him later, and that might be just what happens. Trevone Boykin is not a reliable backup option, but he's the guy for now behind Russell Wilson.

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6. CHI - More on Cameron Meredith injury

Source: Chicago Tribune - Dan Wiederer

Updating a previous report, surgery has not been ruled out for Chicago Bears for WR Cameron Meredith (thumb) after he suffered ligament damage in one of his thumbs during OTAs on Thursday, June 1.

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While he is expected to miss six to eight weeks, Meredith injury is not believed to be serious 'in the big picture,' according to the Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer. We should see Meredith back in action sometime during the preseason.

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7. TEN - Corey Davis doing more work

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (ankle) has done more in practices of late and could be turned loose for more soon.

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The Titans made Davis the first WR off the board (no5 overall) in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. Davis is a savvy route runner who knows how to create separation in his routes. The Western Michigan prospect drew comparisons to Michael Thomas (Saints) or Eric Decker (Jets) before the draft. In the Titans run-heavy system, Davis has WR3 upside (and a WR4 price tag) for fantasy owners.

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8. TB - RB Charles Sims to be more involved?

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims showed good burst in practice Thursday, June 1, according to beat writer Jenna Laine, and Laine believes Sims could be used from the slot this season and will be more involved in the passing game.

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Sims is a good receiver out of the backfield, and he's certainly got the ability to line up in the slot in certain packages. He'll compete for touches as a runner and could be more involved while Doug Martin is suspended over the first three games of the 2017 season.

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9. BAL - RB Danny Woodhead being utilized

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Ryan Mink

Baltimore Ravens RB Danny Woodhead was a frequent target of QB Joe Flacco during practice Thursday, June 1, and Woodhead was used in a variety of ways throughout the session.

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Message! Woodhead is a reliable target who creates mismatches every time he's on the field. The potential to be a RB2 in PPR leagues is always there with him based on Woodhead's skill set and his role with his new team. He's got a current ADP of RB32 (7.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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10. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman lighting it up in camp

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Ryan Mink

Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman made multiple long catches in 11-on-11 drills in practice Thursday, June 1.

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Great news for the Ravens and Perriman's dynasty owners here. Perriman, a first-round pick in 2016, missed all of his rookie season due to a knee injury. He's a speed receiver who can get on top of the defense in a hurry. It sounds like Perriman is making big plays and a big impression so far. Consider him a late-round flier in your draft if you have the roster space.

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11. TEN - RB Derrick Henry will see his touches

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry has looked great in OTAs, according to head coach Mike Mularkey, and offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie said he will find a way to use both Henry and RB DeMarco Murray.

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Henry is a must-handcuff for Demarco Murray's fantasy owners out there. If Murray goes down, Henry easily has RB1 potential in the Titans run-heavy system. His current ADP is RB29 (7.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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12. - RB Chris Johnson not ready to step away

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) wants to continue his career and has stayed in 'close contact' with the Arizona Cardinals.

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There are also a few other teams interested according to CJ2K. Johnson also notes becoming the 30th player to reach 10,000 career rushing yards - a mark from which he is 463 yards shy of - is a motivating factor. We'll see when injuries strike in training camp if Johnson gets a call.

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13. CIN - Joe Mixon signs

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon, a second-round pick, signed his rookie four-year contract Friday, June 2.

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Mixon has the ability to be the lead back for the Bengals at some point during his rookie season. He's a three-down back who is as dangerous as a runner as he is a receiver. Mixon will compete with veteran Jeremy Hill to be the top back. If he's the starter, Mixon has RB1 upside in all formats.

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14. TEN - Taywan Taylor making plays

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Taywan Taylor is always making plays in organized team activities, according to beat writer Jim Wyatt.

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The third-round pick out of Western Kentucky is an exciting player to watch from the slot. He can break ankles in his routes and get open cleanly. He didn't run the full route tree in college, but that's part of his game that should come around. There are plenty of ways (screen passes, jet sweeps) to get Taylor the ball in order to feature his natural athleticism.

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15. SEA - S Earl Thomas ahead of schedule

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (leg) is ahead of schedule and should be ready for the start of the regular season, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

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Great news for the Seahawks as Thomas is one of the best safeties in the league when healthy. Thomas was limited during practice Friday, June 2, but has done a lot during offseason workouts. We could see him continue to be limited during training camp with an eye on having him start in Week 1 of the regular season.

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16. NO - New Orleans inks most of draft class

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints CB Marshon Lattimore, DB Marcus Williams, RB Alvin Kamara, LB Alex Anzalone, DE Trey Hendrickson and DE Al-Quadin Muhammad signed their four-year rookie deals on Friday, June 2.

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The RB corps is packed with talent in New Orleans, but we have a ton of dynasty love for Kamara. He's a tough runner with good vision and moves outside the tackles. Kamara is a known TD hog from his days in college at Tennessee, and he's got the skill set of a three-down back. Right now, Kamara is buried on the depth chart behind Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson.

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17. ATL - CB Desmond Trufant ahead of schedule

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Kelsey Conway

Atlanta Falcons CB Desmond Trufant (pectoral) could be back on the practice field before the start of training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

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All reports have been positive about Trufant during his recovery. The veteran corner should be near full strength at the start of training camp.

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18. TB - Chris Godwin showing versatility

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin has been one of the most consistent players during OTAs, according to head coach Dirk Koetter, and Koetter said Godwin has the ability to play outside or from the slot.

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That's a consistent report coming from Bucs OTAs. Godwin, rookie WR from Penn State, has good size and build up speed. His best assets are the ability to win contested catches and the concentration to track deep passes clearly. He's impressing right now, but the path to significant targets is cluttered for Godwin in Tampa. Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard should be larger pieces of their passing game in 2017....oh yeah, Adam Humprhies will be competing for the ball too.

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19. NYG - CB Eli Apple adds some weight

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants CB Eli Apple said he has added 10 pounds of weight this offseason and believes he is in better shape and is faster than he has ever been.

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The 10th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft went through his lumps as a rookie last year. He started 11 games and gained valuable experience that will help him play better during his sophomore season in the pros.

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20. DEN - Chad Kelly to have cast removed

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos QB Chad Kelly (wrist) will have his cast removed Monday, June 5.

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Kelly is an intriguing prospect in dynasty leagues. He's a gunslinger with a skill set that is a mix of Andy Dalton and Jay Cutler. Kelly is third on the depth chart behind Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian. He's unlikely to climb the depth chart this year and may be put on PUP or IR depending on his injury.

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21. ATL - DE Dwight Freeney could return to Falcons

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio - Alex Marvez

Free-agent OLB Dwight Freeney (Falcons) said he remains in communication with the Atlanta Falcons, and he's optimistic about re-signing with them.

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Freeney had 3.0 sacks for the Falcons last year and would be able to step in as a part time pass-rusher again this year. The veteran could also mentor first-round pick DE Takkarist McKinley.

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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