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Volume 19, #48 -- Friday Night, June 9th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Saturday to you. I hope you're headed into a great weekend as we've got new articles for you plus the News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Mock Draft Report Card: The Early-Round Draft Position
Our Chad Parsons dives into navigating a mock draft from an early draft position.

B. 2017 Pre-Season Tight End Tier Rankings
Our Ari Ingel provides his 2017 pre-season tight end tier rankings for those currently playing MFL10s and for those of you looking to get an early jump on the upcoming 2017 season.

C. Player Spotlight: S Jamal Adams
Our Player Spotglights are some of the most detailed info you'll find anywhere as break down a player for the upcoming season. In this one, our Daniel Simpkins looks at S Jamal Adams.


1. IND - QB Andrew Luck healing well

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is healing well, and he's still expected to be ready for the season, according to owner Jim Irsay. 'He was really struggling going through the process of being ready to play (each week last season),' Irsay said. 'This was, quite frankly, not that complicated of a surgery. This was a simple labrum repair. There are a lot of other things that could have been involved with this surgery that weren't.'

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The first rule of any news story is "consider the source". This is Jim Irsay talking. Meaning we don't put a lot into this. To be fair though, most all reports have been positive about Luck, but expect the team to take it easy on their superstar quarterback as they prepare him for the rigors of the 2017 season. If healthy, Luck can easily be a QB1 for fantasy owners and perhaps lead the Colts to the playoffs. But understand he's got some healing to do.

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2. NYJ - QB Christian Hackenberg has work to do

Source: NJ Advance Media - Connor Hughes

New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg displayed improved footwork during OTAs, according to beat writer Connor Hughes, but Hughes said that while Hackenberg looks better than he did as a rookie, he still doesn't 'look good' by NFL standards.

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Hackenberg has looked downright terrible at OTAs. He can look better than he did as a rookie, but that's not saying much.

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3. NYG - Odell Beckham should be at minicamp

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is expected to attend next week's mandatory minicamp, according to head coach Ben McAdoo. Beckham did not participate in organized team activities, which were voluntary.

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Beckham missed voluntary workouts and reports indicate it was because of his contract situation. Seriously underpaid for 2017, Beckham is on the books for $3.3 million this year. He's under contract through 2018 due to the fifth-year option for first-round picks. The Giants should be working diligently to find a new contract that makes both happy. If he misses all three days of mandatory minicamp, it would cost Beckham roughly $80,000.

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4. NFL - RB DeAngelo Williams not playing football

Source: CBSSports.com - Brian Campbell

Free-agent RB DeAngelo Williams (Steelers) is expected to put his NFL career on hold and join Impact Wrestling.

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At 34 years old, no team was interested in signing Williams. He's turning the page and going on to the next part of his career. Football to wrestling has been a pipeline for multiple guys, all with varying degrees of success. We can't say we'll be glued to the TV when Williams is on Impact Wrestling, but good luck to him in his future endeavors.

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5. NYJ - QB Christian Hackenberg to start sooner than later?

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg will likely take over from QB Josh McCown sometime early in the 2017 season, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, who says that Hackenberg will start 'at least 10 games' in the upcoming season.

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At least 10 games means the Jets are basically tanking this year. Hackenberg is no long-term answer at the position, and we predict the Jets will be looking at a quarterback in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft (Sam Darnold USC, Josh Allen Wyoming, Josh Rosen UCLA, etc).

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6. WAS - Big season coming for WR Terrelle Pryor?

Source: NFL.com - Gil Brandt

Washington Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor has a chance to reach 1,500 receiving yards as the go-to target for QB Kirk Cousins, according to NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt.

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The best may be yet to come with Pryor. The converted quarterback had a breakthrough season last year for the Browns, finishing with 77 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. With DeSean Jackson (Buccaneers) and Pierre Garcon (49ers) moving on in free agency, Pryor is now the top wideout for Washington in his first year with the team. Both Jackson (100) and Garcon (114) hit the century mark in terms of targets in 2016, so expect Pryor to be targeted in a similar manner. He's used to a heavy target load as Pryor was thrown 141 passes last year for the Browns.

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7. NE - WR Julian Edelman can earn $19 million

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

Updating previous reports, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman can earn a maximum of $19 million with his two-year extension. He received a $5 million signing bonus, a $3 million salary in 2017 with a $750,000 roster bonus ($46,875 per game), a $250,000 workout bonus and $500,000 in incentives. In 2018, his $2 million base salary is fully guaranteed with a $500,000 workout bonus, $500,000 roster bonus and $500,000 in incentives. In 2019, his $2 million salary is guaranteed for injury with a $500,000 workout bonus, $500,000 roster bonus and $3.5 million in incentives.

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We'll continue to say this was a fair deal for both sides. Edelman gets some stability, while the Patriots get him at a discount.

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8. MIA - WR Jarvis Landry not focused enough?

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry must 'zero in' on the small details of the game that kept the Dolphins from 'clicking' last year, according to The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley. Head coach Adam Gase has been pleased with how consistent Landry has been practicing and doing the little things. 'When he's rolling he was today, you just keep trying to find ways to get him the ball,' Gase said.

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Gase has high expectations for Landry, and that's not a bad thing. There were six games last year where Landry had fewer than five catches. Being more consistent will come from those small details.

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9. SF - Reuben Foster signs contract

Source: 49ers.com

San Francisco 49ers first-round draft choice LB Reuben Foster signed his four-year contract Friday, June 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Foster could have been a top-5 pick in the 2017 NFL draft. Instead, injury and off field concerns caused him to fall to the end of the first round. When healthy, Foster has incredible violence on the football field. He destroys ball-carriers in his path and can be one of the most intimidating players on defense. The rookie from Alabama is still healing from a shoulder injury that required surgery.

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10. DET - Taylor Decker will miss some time

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Detroit Lions OT Taylor Decker (shoulder) suffered a torn labrum and will be sidelined for four to six months.

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He may begin the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. That would automatically force Decker to miss the first six weeks of the regular season. After that, the Lions would have three weeks to evaluate the big left tackle to determine whether or not they should activate him or put him on Injured Reserve. It's a blow to the team, especially after they reshaped the right side of their offensive line this year in free agency. Joe Dahl should start in Decker's absence.

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11. NYG - RB Shane Vereen not rushing back

Source: NJ.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants RB Shane Vereen (triceps) is taking a slower approach this offseason after he admitted returning prematurely from a torn triceps last year.

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The twice torn triceps held him to just five games last year. Vereen is the pass-catching back for this team, but it will be interesting to see how touches are split in a three-way RBBC. Paul Perkins and rookie Wayne Gallman should serve as the primary ball-carriers in 2017.

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12. NE - WR Brandin Cooks lining up everywhere

Source: Boston Herald - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks is lining up everywhere on the field for the team, and he caught a team-high eight passes during a three-day minicamp this week. Cooks finishes every single route, regardless of how quickly the ball is delivered, and he flashes his hands at the end of the route to simulate the timing of the throw, according to S Devin McCourty.

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With 1,100 yards receiving in back-to-back years, Cooks may be in for a larger total this year with his new team. He's catching everything thrown his way, and Cooks seems to have instant chemistry with QB Tom Brady. That's not the case for every free agent WR (see Chad Johnson, etc) that ends up with the Patriots. Cooks has a current ADP of WR12 (2.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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13. DAL - Ryan Switzer working with WR Dez Bryant

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jori Epstein

Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer said WR Dez Bryant is his go-to guy for advice, and he is trying to emulate Bryant's ability to pull down contested catches.

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Switzer plays more like Wes Welker than he does Bryant, but we appreciate the rookie's willingness to learn. As a small receiver, Switzer does struggle at times with contested catches. On the upside, he's a producer. Exactly 50 percent of Switzer's 96 catches last year went for first downs or touchdowns. The kid can move the chains and get open with separation. The rookie from North Carolina is buried on the depth chart, but we appreciate his value in dynasty leagues.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. Have a great Saturday and we'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J