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Volume 19, #42 -- Saturday Night, June 3rd, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Sunday to you. We've got some News and Notes you need from the around the league so let's get to it.

J


1. DET - Detroit could consider WR Jeremy Maclin

Source: MLive.com - Nate Atkins

Free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs) could be an intriguing option for the Detroit Lions if the price is reasonable, in the opinion of MLive.com's Nate Atkins.

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There's not much (if any) proven talent behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones at the WR position in Detroit. Rookie Kenny Golladay (third-round pick out of Northern Illinois) has some skill but like all young players he may take some time to get used to the pro game. Maclin may not be as fast as he used to be, but he'd bring a veteran savvy to the reserve WR corps and compete as the no3 wideout for the Lions.

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2. SEA - Money an issue between QB Colin Kaepernick, SEA

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) has not signed with the Seattle Seahawks at this point because the two sides can't agree to a salary.

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The language of the NFL is money, and Kaepernick should not expect much on the open market. In fact, Seattle has been the only team to show interest in him. Perhaps if/when injuries hit in training camp his phone will start ringing...with better offers than Seattle had for him.

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3. BAL - Baltimore could be WR Jeremy Maclin suitor

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs) could be a target for the Baltimore Ravens, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, who believes Baltimore would be the 'perfect landing spot' for the 29-year-old receiver.

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The Ravens don't have much for experience or proven talent at the WR position other than Mike Wallace. They've got 2015 first-round pick Breshad Perriman, but he is unlikely to be as reliable as a veteran like Maclin. We should see Maclin land with a new team some time before training camp.

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4. OAK - TE Jared Cook a matchup problem

Source: Raiders.com - Kyle Martin

Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook will be a matchup problem over the middle and help create space for the rest of the offensive playmakers, according to quarterbacks coach Todd Downing. 'He's a matchup nightmare for linebackers and most safeties,' Downing said. 'He really brings a sense in the passing game of a mismatch that we can count on week in and week out.'

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Cook has always been a mismatch nightmare for defenders. He's big, physical and athletic enough to threaten the middle seam. Cook has talent but he's never quite played up to his potential, no matter where he's been playing. Last year with the Packers he showed flashes but was far from consistent. This year with the Raiders, Cook is once again in a robust passing offense but could still underperform. His history is cooked into his current ADP of TE23 (14.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. KC - WR Chris Conley's role increasing?

Source: The Kansas City Star - Terez A. Paylor

Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley and WR Tyreek Hill should become Kansas City's top two receivers in 2017 following the release of WR Jeremy Maclin, according to beat writer Terez A. Paylor.

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That's the player who gets the biggest bump with the release of Maclin. Conley is not yet a crisp route runner, but he can catch contested passes regularly and he's got the concentration to work the sidelines. He should get the starting nod opposite Hill in 2017.

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6. SEA - RB Eddie Lacy should be ready for camp

Source: ESPN.com - Sheil Kapadia

Seattle Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) should be a full participant once training camp begins, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

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Seattle is just happy that he's not overweight. Injuries have hampered Lacy over the last two seasons, and his weight problems certainly haven't helped him stay healthy. Lacy has been limited during organized team activities because of an ankle injury.

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7. NYG - QB Geno Smith has been limited

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants QB Geno Smith (knee) has been held out of team drills during organized team activities because he is coming back from a knee injury. He is not wearing a brace on his injured knee and has shown plenty of velocity while throwing the ball.

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Smith gets a fresh start with the Giants this year as he's competing with guys like Josh Johnson and rookie Davis Webb for the backup spot behind Eli Manning. Reports speculate that Smith will be full go for training camp.

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8. NYG - TE Matt LaCosse does well Friday

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants TE Matt LaCosse was one of the standout performers during practice Friday, June 1, and made several terrific catches. 'Yeah, he made some nice plays,' head coach Ben McAdoo said. 'He is a big target down there in the green zone. Matchup-wise he gives you that length that you are looking for, he can run and he is a functional blocker. So he has a nice skill set.'

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Undrafted out of Illinois in 2015, LaCosse is an intriguing deep dynasty prospect we've had our eyes on. LaCosse is big (6'6" 250 pounds) and has the athletic ability to create mismatch problems. Will Tye and rookie first-round pick Evan Engram are above him on the depth chart, but LaCosse could work his way into some two-TE sets.

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9. HOU - WR Will Fuller striving for consistency

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller said he focused on 'catching the ball consistently' this offseason. 'Wherever the ball is coming from, you catch it with your hands and catch it with your eyes,' Fuller said.

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Fuller is a speed guy, and he can get by a defender in the blink of an eye. However, concentration problems have plagued him from back in his college days at Notre Dame to now as a pro entering his second year. He had four drops as rookie last year, a mark that tied for 2nd on the team (C.J. Fiedorowicz, 5). His 4.4 percent drop rate (drops per target) ranked 25th in the NFL in 2016 for starting wide receivers.

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10. CLE - ILB Tank Carder could start at MLB

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Terry Pluto

Cleveland Browns LB Tank Carder appears to be the leading candidate to start at middle linebacker in 2017.

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The Browns will have a competition at that spot after trading DeMario Davis to the Jets for safety Calvin Pryor. A special teams player mostly, Carder only played 56 defensive snaps in 2016. He'll get a much larger opportunity this year.

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11. NYJ - ILB Demario Davis may be asked to take pay cut

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets LB Demario Davis may be asked to take a pay cut if the Jets want him on the roster in 2017, in the opinion of ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini. He is scheduled to make $3.7 million in 2017.

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None of that $3.7 million is guaranteed, so Davis has no leverage if the team wants him to take a pay cut.

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12. NYG - S Darian Thompson able to do more

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants FS Darian Thompson (foot) has been more involved in workouts as the offseason has gone on. He moved well during practice Friday, June 2, and showed flashes of ability.

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A third-round pick out of Boise State in 2016, Thompson made it through two games before a Lisfranc injury that required surgery ended his rookie year. Thompson has a nose for the ball and can snare passes when tested. Having him back healthy only makes a strong secondary that much stronger.

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13. CHI - OLB Lamarr Houston on track

Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Patrick Finley

Chicago Bears LB Lamarr Houston (knee) said he is on schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament but does not want to predict when he may be completely recovered. Houston has been participating in organized team activities.

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Houston has a couple of knee injuries over the last three years, and he's not played up to the five-year, $35 million contract the Bears gave him in 2014. He's got a $6.9 million cap hit this year with around $1.9 million remaining in dead money.

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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