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Volume 19, #49 -- Saturday Night, June 10th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Sunday to you. I hope you're having a great weekend as we've got the News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

J


1. NYJ - WR Eric Decker may stick around a bit longer

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

New York Jets WR Eric Decker may stay with the Jets a little bit longer. He was originally scheduled to be released or traded early in the week, but speculation is the team is waiting to see where WR Jeremy Maclin ends up before making any moves.

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Maclin on the open market does cloud the interest in Decker. It looks like Maclin could end up in Buffalo and Decker could go to Baltimore. Stay tuned.

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2. BUF - Buffalo could pursue TE Gary Barnidge

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Free-agent TE Gary Barnidge (Browns) could be an option for the Buffalo Bills if he is willing to accept the veteran minimum, in the opinion of BuffaloBills.com's Chris Brown.

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Starting tight end Charles Clay made it through 15 games last year but he's got chronic knee problems. Coach Sean McDermott said the Bills are "concerned with Charles (Clay's) knee situation." They'll take it easy on Clay and have their eye out for talent at the position that could help. Barnidge is a big-bodied receiver who would be an upgrade over Nick O'Leary or Logan Thomas.

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3. JAX - RB Chris Ivory should be ready for minicamp

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Ryan O'Halloran

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Chris Ivory (undisclosed) missed some practice time this week because of an undisclosed injury but participated in practice Friday, June 9, and should be a full participant during the mandatory minicamp next week.

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Ivory is going to work as a reserve behind projected starter Leonard Fournette. The rookie from LSU has superstar upside, but Ivory could work in to give him a breather from time to time. Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon (undisclosed) is expected to miss the mandatory minicamp next week because of an undisclosed injury.

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4. NYJ - TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins impresses

Source: NJ Advance Media - Connor Hughes

New York Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was the most impressive player on the field during OTAs, according to beat writer Connor Hughes.

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That's not saying much given the current state of the Jets roster. Seferian-Jenkins has always been a bit of a tease. The natural talent is there, but concentration problems and injuries have prevented him from playing up to his potential. We don't plan on him doing that with the Jets this year.

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5. CIN - Joe Mixon drops weight

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Jim Owczarski

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon has dropped 10 pounds since the rookie minicamp and currently weighs 228 pounds.

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Mixon is just getting into football shape, and there's a chance he could drop more weight as the season goes on. He was listed at 226 pounds coming out of Oklahoma. A second-round pick due to off-field issues, Mixon has first-round talent and could become a superstar at the pro level. He'll begin the year competing with Jeremy Hill for the starting job with the Bengals. Mixon is a complete back and a weapon...simply put he's more talented than Hill and that will win out eventually. Expect him to get a heavy dose of touches in this offense from the get go.

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6. WAS - WR Josh Doctson showing his skills

Source: CSNMidAtlantic.com - Rich Tandler

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson has been impressing the coaching staff with his catch radius during OTAs.

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Doctson had an impressive skill set coming out of TCU as a first-round pick in 2016. An Achilles' injury limited him to only two games as a rookie, but he's working his way back. Doctson not only has a large catch radius because of his size/athleticism but he also has strong hands and can rip away contested catches from a defender. We could see him catching 50 or so passes for fantasy owners this year.

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7. TEN - Corey Davis headed for 1,000 yards?

Source: NFL.com - Gil Brandt

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis has the tools to become the No. 1 target for QB Marcus Mariota this season, according to NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt, and Brandt believes Davis could become the first Tennessee receiver to top 1,000 yards since 2013.

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Davis certainly has the ability to take on a heavy target load. He had outstanding four-year production in college at Western Michigan, finishing his college career as the all-time leader in receiving yards (5,285) at the FBS level. He's a crisp route-runner who plays with elite concentration. Expect the top-5 pick to quickly become a favorite of QB Marcus Mariota.

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8. ATL - Deante Burton impressive

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons WR Deante Burton performed well during the rookie minicamp and offseason workouts.

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Undrafted out of Kansas State in 2017, Burton can make deep passes seem routine at 6'2" 205 pounds. He adjusts well to passes thrown behind him and can be a reliable chain-mover. Keep an eye on him in super deep dynasty leagues.

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9. BUF - Zay Jones fine with Jeremy Maclin interest

Source: The Buffalo News - Vic Carucci

Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones said he has no problems with the team's interest in free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs) and would like to learn from Maclin if he signs with the Bills.

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The rookie would not have a problem with any sort of addition like that. Jones was one of the most productive players at his position to come out this year, and he's got fine upside himself once he gets used to the pro game. The Bills could use Maclin now as he could immediately contribute as a starter opposite Sammy Watkins. Jones is competing with guys like Corey Brown and Andre Holmes for snaps/targets behind Watkins at this time.

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10. MIA - Miami not pursuing ILB David Harris

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Free-agent LB David Harris (Jets) has not received interest from the Miami Dolphins since he was released from the New York Jets, but the Dolphins could show interest in Harris in the future.

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Harris may not be the player he used to be, but he's still capable of being a reliable starter. We imagine he'll find a new home before the start of training camp.

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11. NO - RB Travaris Cadet could be moved

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

The New Orleans Saints are looking into the possibility of trading RB Travaris Cadet before training camp, according to a source.

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The Saints are absolutely stacked in the backfield right now. They've got Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson as the top two backs with talented rookie Alvin Kamara as a developmental prospect behind them. Add in all-purpose guy Daniel Lasco and you can see how it's cramped for Cadet. We can't imagine the phone lines burning up for Cadet's services, but he may be on the trade block nonetheless.

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12. LAR - Cooper Kupp signed

Source: Los Angeles Times - Gary Klein

Los Angeles Rams third-round draft choice WR Cooper Kupp signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, June 9. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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The Eastern Washington prospect has intriguing upside and Jarvis Landry/Eric Decker-like ability. He can cut a rug and gets open with clean routes and burst to separate. Kupp grew up idolizing Larry Fitzgerald and the rookie mimics him in the way his passes are caught -- snaring them from the sky. Crisp routes and good hands are the hallmark of Kupp's game, plus he can also track passes well over his shoulder. He'll work into the mix as the no3 wideout for the Rams behind Robert Woods and Tavon Austin in 2017.

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13. LAR - Gerald Everett signed

Source: Los Angeles Times - Gary Klein

Los Angeles Rams second-round draft choice TE Gerald Everett signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, June 9. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Everett has all the tools scouts want in a pass-catching tight end. He's got the speed and athleticism to work all three levels of the field. Everett is not a great route-runner but he does a good job of using his frame to box out defenders and make contested catches. Everett averaged 11.38 yards after catch per reception in 2016, a mark that ranked second in the FBS. The rookie will compete with Tyler Higbee for the starting tight end job with the Rams in 2017.

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14. LAR - TE Tyler Higbee excited for offense

Source: ESPN.com - Alden Gonzalez

Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee said he is excited to see how head coach Sean McVay uses the tight ends after the success McVay had with the position as the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins.

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We love the upside and potential there with Higbee in this offense...but we worry about his quarterback situation with second-year pro Jared Goff. Higbee could be a great relief-valve receiver when Goff is under duress. However, the second-year pro from Western Kentucky is going to have to keep 2017 second-round pick Gerald Everett (South Alabama) at bay. Higbee and Everett will compete for the starting job and potentially a Jordan Reed-like role in 2017.

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15. LAR - WR Mike Thomas eyeing big role

Source: ESPN.com - Alden Gonzalez

Los Angeles Rams WR Mike Thomas has been seeing most of the first-team reps in place of WR Tavon Austin (wrist) during OTAs, and Thomas said he believes the coaching staff understands the potential he brings to the offense.

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A sixth-round pick out of Southern Miss in 2016, Thomas is known as a great competitor. He can make plays against larger cornerbacks with his body control, concentration and aggressiveness as a pass-catcher. We'll see where he ends up on the depth chart when Austin is back and healthy.

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16. ATL - WR Justin Hardy to see opportunities

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Kelsey Conway

Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy will be 'one of those guys to get big time opportunities,' according to wide receivers coach Raheem Morris.

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Hardy's role is pretty much set for 2017. He's caught 21 passes in each of the last two years, and that's a good number to project him at for this year. Hardy is fourth on the depth chart behind Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel.

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17. WAS - RB Keith Marshall's spot in jeopardy

Source: CSNMidAtlantic.com - Rich Tandler

Washington Redskins RB Keith Marshall is facing an uphill climb to make the roster, according to Rich Tandler of CSNMidAtlantic.com.

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With the addition of Samaje Perine in the 2017 NFL draft, Washington is flush at the position. Rob Kelley should be the lead back, but Perine is going to push him for touches as a runner. Chris Thompson will work as the primary pass-catching back. That doesn't leave much for Marshall if he makes the 53-man roster. He's a lottery ticket addition in super deep dynasty leagues but that's it.

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18. WAS - TE Niles Paul competing for spot

Source: CSNMidAtlantic.com - Rich Tandler

Washington Redskins TE Niles Paul is likely fighting for a roster spot after TE Jeremy Sprinkle was drafted in April.

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The language of the NFL is money, and Washington can save $1.9 million from cutting Paul. He's only played in eight games over the last two years (0 in 2015) due to injury. Sprinkle is a classic "Y" tight end with the size to be a good in-line blocker for Washington.

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19. MIN - Minnesota not pursuing WR Eric Decker

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

New York Jets WR Eric Decker is not likely to be pursued by the Minnesota Vikings, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'We always look at everybody that is released, but we feel pretty confident with our receiving corps right now,' Spielman said.

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The Vikings are already flush with talent and potential on the depth chart at wide receiver. They've got guys like Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Laquon Treadwell, Jarius Wright, and Michael Floyd just to begin with. Sure, Decker has valuable veteran experience and could play a large role for them but it sounds like they're set on seeing what their guys can do. We expect Decker to end up with the Ravens.

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20. CAR - Curtis Samuel to wear many hats?

Source: NFL.com - Gil Brandt

Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel will establish himself as one of Carolina's best receivers, according to NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt, and Brandt believes Samuel could have a Percy-Harvin-type impact as a rookie.

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That's what the team drafted him for. The second-round pick can line up at wide receiver or running back and can be used as a weapon all over the field. The ability to one day be a WR2/WR3 for fantasy owners is there, but a year of transition at the pro level may be necessary. Consider the talented rookie a boom/bust pick at the end of your draft (current ADP of WR70 14.05 in 12-team PPR leagues).

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21. SEA - WR Tyler Lockett limited in OTAs

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (leg) was limited to a few early drills during OTAs Friday, June 9.

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No hurries, no worries here with Lockett. The talent is there, but Lockett needs to stay healthy to play up to his potential in 2017. Lockett suffered a broken tibia and fibula on December 24, 2016 and had surgery soon after to repair the injuries. He said he expects to be ready for training camp. If at full strength, Lockett is a WR4/WR5 with flex appeal for fantasy owners.

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22. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise up to speed

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (shoulder) has been a full participant during OTAs.

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Good news for the change-of-pace back here. In his second pro season, we should continue to see Prosise mixed in on passing downs so long as he's healthy. Eddie Lacy will be the lead back, but Prosise has the ability to catch 30-ish passes 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