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Volume 19, #55 -- Friday Night, June 16th, 2017

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SITE NEWS

A. Running Back Brain Dump
Our Sigmund Bloom takes a look at topics that will impact your running back drafting like offseason changes, 2016 splits, and schedule notes.

B. 2017 Wide Receiver Touchdown Regression
Our Chad Parsons dives into historical touchdown rate regression and how it affects 2017 wide receivers.

C. Auction Primer: Section III
Our Jeff Pasquino with Part 3 of our Auction Series.

D. Auction Primer: Section IV
Our Jeff Pasquino with Part 4 of our Auction Series.


1. CAR - Christian McCaffrey wants to do it all

Source: ESPN.com - Bob Pockrass

Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey had his first practice Thursday, June 15, and he said he hopes to be used in as many ways as possible.

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McCaffrey can do it all for the Panthers. They can use him as a big-play running back or game-breaking receiver out of the backfield...or lined up from the slot. We're excited to see the multiple ways the Panthers will use the rookie in the preseason.

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2. CAR - QB Cam Newton still on track in his rehab

Source: NFL.com

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) did not throw during minicamp, but his recovery from shoulder surgery is still on track. Head coach Ron Rivera said last week he expected Newton to throw, but clarified that statement this week.

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All reports about Newton's recovery have been positive to this point. He remains on track for the start of training camp.

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3. TB - RB Doug Martin flashing 2015 form

Source: NFL.com - Mike Garafolo

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is receiving a ton of offseason praise from a number of sources, not the least of which is general manager Jason Licht.

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It's all good but Martin still has to miss the first three games due to suspension. If you can stash him while he's suspended, Martin could be a fine asset as a RB2/flex option for your fantasy team this year.

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4. NO - RB Mark Ingram learning from Adrian Peterson

Source: The Associated Press - Brett Martel

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram said he is competing with RB Adrian Peterson but is also learning from him. Ingram noted that he and Peterson recently discussed how to balance patience, vision, decisiveness and aggression when trying to get first-down yardage on third and short. Ingram said putting his head down and barreling forward toward the first sign of an opening has been his inclination, but sometimes a choice he regretted because, 'If you would have followed your read and followed the guard outside, you would have had a 30-yard run.' Ingram recalled Peterson telling him, 'I've noticed that in that time you just have to slow down and trust your eyes.'

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Ingram wants to post better stats than the career-best numbers he had in 2016. He was the no10 fantasy RB last year and went over 1,000 yards rushing for the first time in his career. It's going to be difficult to best those numbers with a potential three-headed RBBC in New Orleans. Ingram and Peterson will share time with rookie Alvin Kamara likely mixed in as a change-of-pace back.

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5. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski a full participant

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) has been a full participant in practice and hasn't missed a practice this offseason.

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Gronkowski is going to smash once again, coming to a football stadium near you. He's a top-flight fantasy tight end if healthy. He's coming off the board at TE1 (2.08) in 12-team PPR leagues right now.

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6. NE - QB Tom Brady's arm strength still there

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has showcased the same arm strength he has for most of his career in offseason workouts.

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Brady doesn't have a rocket arm, but he can make throws on time and accurately. In 2016, 11.1 percent of Brady's targets came at 20 yards or more. That mark ranked 13th in the league last year. With WR Brandin Cooks added via trade, we might see Brady take a few more deep shots in 2017.

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7. DAL - RB Rod Smith ahead of RB Alfred Morris?

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys RB Rod Smith worked ahead of RB Alfred Morris during minicamp, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Unlike Morris, Smith has the versatility to play fullback and can also help on special teams.

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Morris may not be with the Cowboys in 2017. There was already talk about the team potentially trading or releasing him. The emergence of Smith could mean Morris is playing elsewhere when the regular season gets here.

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8. PIT - Le'Veon Bell's workload being discussed

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's workload has been a topic of conversation for the coaching staff, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. 'He's a guy who gets stronger every game,' Haley said. 'He does not want to come out of the game. He's a year older. We've got to make sure we cover all of that, which we will and do as a staff.'

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Bell is a superstar who can attack a defense in multiple ways. The team wants to keep him fresh in 2017 and that's why we could see rookie RB James Conner mixed in to give Bell a breather from time to time.

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9. WAS - WAS wants long-term deal for QB Kirk Cousins

Source: NFL.com - Steve Wyche

Washington Redskins vice president of player personnel Doug Williams said the team wants to sign QB Kirk Cousins to a long-term extension in the worst way. Williams said the two sides have been negotiating this offseason.

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They've placed the franchise tag on Cousins for two years in a row. Now that the front office in Washington has been settled, perhaps they'll finally get Cousins the long-term deal he's been looking for.

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10. HOU - QB Tom Savage still in lead for QB job

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Houston Texans QB Tom Savage is still considered the leading candidate for the starting No. 1 quarterback but will have to earn the job during training camp, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

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Savage has the experience advantage over rookie DeShaun Watson. He's a tall, strong-armed pocket passer with say-it-don't-spray-it accuracy. Watson is simply the more exciting prospect here. He plays big in the biggest moments and is tough as nails. Watson is athletic, unafraid to challenge defenses and has quality weapons around him in the passing attack. Watson could win the starting job if he outperforms Savage in training camp and the preseason.

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11. CLE - Myles Garrett in walking boot

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett (foot) was seen in a walking boot Friday, June 16, and has been in one since suffering his injury two days earlier. The Browns have yet to provide an update on his injury, but there is a chance one may be coming later Friday.

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The injury was originally considered minor, but the walking boot is a bit concerning. Garrett had some leg problems in college at Texas A&M. We'll know more about his training camp availability when the Browns give an update.

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12. NYJ - QB Christian Hackenberg making a move?

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg performed a 'little better than expected' in minicamp, and QB Josh McCown does not have an 'insurmountable lead' over him in the race to start Week 1. QB Bryce Petty is running third on the depth chart.

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There's nowhere to go but up for Hackenberg. Earlier camp reports indicate he's been terrible but now perhaps a little better than terrible. It doesn't matter for fantasy owners as we anticipate little production from the Jets passing game no matter who is the quarterback.

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13. OAK - WR Cordarrelle Patterson making plays at WR

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Gutierrez

Oakland Raiders WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been a 'revelation' as a receiver thus far, according to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez, who indicated Patterson has displayed his playmaking ability throughout OTAs and minicamp.

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Patterson has always had natural athleticism, but he was never able to put it all together during his disappointing time with the Vikings. Perhaps a fresh start with the Raiders in 2017 will help. Patterson is competing for the no3 WR job in Oakland behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.

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14. IND - RB Christine Michael to the IR

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Indianapolis Colts RB Christine Michael (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, June 15.

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The Colts just picked him up and Michael must've gone down in minicamp. Injuries and inconsistency have plagued Michael ever since he came into the league.

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15. NO - Andrus Peat may move to LT

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints OG Andrus Peat may move from left guard to left tackle with OT Terron Armstead (shoulder) expected to miss four to six months.

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The Saints will be looking for a new starting left tackle with Armstead out. Peat could be the guy or 2017 first-round pick Ryan Ramczyk could also be tasked with that job.

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16. BAL - TE Darren Waller active during Thursday practice

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Garrett Downing

Baltimore Ravens TE Darren Waller received a lot of targets during practice Thursday, June 15, and head coach John Harbaugh said he saw a big jump from Waller during the minicamp.

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The tight end position is wide open right now with Dennis Pitta gone. The Ravens have Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams to compete at the position but Waller is a bit of a sleeper. Keep an eye on this battle during training camp, although we think the winner will not post 86 receptions like Pitta did in 2016.

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17. NFL - WR Anquan Boldin may want to play close to home

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (Lions) may prefer to sign with a team closer to his Florida home, according to people close to Boldin.

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None of the Florida teams (Jaguars, Dolphins, Buccaneers) really have a need at the wide receiver position. Boldin has something left in the tank and could find a new home before the start of the regular season.

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18. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman not worried about contract

Source: NFL Network - Tiffany Blackmon

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman said he is not focusing on his contract situation but is optimistic that he will receive a contract extension at some point.

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Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff has previously stated optimism regarding an extension for Freeman. We should see something done with Freeman before or during training camp. Freeman is going off the board at RB6 (1.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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19. LAR - Nothing new with DE Aaron Donald contract talks

Source: ESPN.com - Alden Gonzalez

Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead said DT Aaron Donald is still a priority for the Rams but there is nothing new to report in terms of contract extension negotiations. Donald skipped all of the organized team activities because of his contract situation.

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He showed up to mandatory minicamp so as to not get fined. The Rams picked up Donald's fifth-year option, so the team controls his rights for the next two seasons. Rather than wait, it would behoove the Rams to get an extension done with one of the best in the business.

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20. LAR - LAR unsure about extending CB Trumaine Johnson

Source: ESPN.com - Alden Gonzalez

Los Angeles Rams CB Trumaine Johnson will remain a candidate for a contract extension offer, but ESPN's Alden Gonzalez believes general manager Les Snead sounds 'noncommittal' in regards to getting a deal done.

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Snead had previously expressed a desire to wait until after the offseason program concluded to make sure Johnson was a fit for new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' system that asks its cornerbacks to play a lot of man coverage.

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21. JAX - CB Jalen Ramsey undergoes surgery

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

Jacksonville Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey (undisclosed) underwent successful surgery Thursday, June 15, to repair a core muscle injury. He is expected to need six weeks to recover.

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With six weeks to recover, that puts Ramsey back in action for the start of training camp. The second-year corner can be considered a leader on the Jaguars improving defense.

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22. NE - WR Chris Hogan in three-wide sets

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan has been lining up with WR Brandin Cooks and WR Julian Edelman in three-wide receiver sets.

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The Patriots are stacked at the wide receiver position as Hogan is their no3 receiver and he could be a starter for many teams in the NFL. Hogan's hallmark is his toughness and ability to get open. He'll be a role player for the Pats, especially with TE Rob Gronkowski healthy.

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23. CHI - WR Kevin White healthy, expanding his game

Source: Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell

Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (leg, ankle) is practicing at full speed and working on expanding his route tree, and he said he has to show what he can do this season.

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Star potential has always been there with White, but injuries have knocked his pro career off track. If healthy, White can use his speed to get by defenders in the blink of an eye. He'll work as the no2 target in the passing game behind WR Cameron Meredith.

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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