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Volume 19, #63 -- Saturday Night, June 24th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Sunday to you. We've got some News and Notes you need so let's jump to it.

J


1. NYG - Odell Beckham deal not top priority

Source: Newsday - Neil Best

New York Giants team president John Mara said WR Odell Beckham Jr. could receive a contract extension in the near future but it is not a top priority for the Giants at this time.

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With Beckham's fifth-year option exercised, the Giants control his rights for the next two years. It's better to get something done sooner rather than later as Beckham is one of the most productive players at his position. He'll get big money and could set the market for wide receivers. Mara said there is no timetable for Beckham's extension.

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2. WAS - WR Brian Quick on bubble

Source: CSN Mid-Atlantic - Rich Tandler

Washington Redskins WR Brian Quick struggled was disappointing during offseason workouts and will need a strong training camp to make the final roster, in the opinion of CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Tandler.

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Quick signed a one-year, $855,000 deal in March, receiving a mere $80,000 signing bonus but he's not guaranteed a roster spot. Washington has a new-look WR corps with Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder as their top three at the position. Even if Quick does make the team, he's unlikely to make a fantasy impact.

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3. WAS - WR Terrelle Pryor reaching out to NFL greats

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor is working out 'at various points in the summer' with Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown and seeks out the counsel of former NFL receiver Randy Moss on a regular basis, according to ESPN's John Keim.

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Pryor had a breakout season last year with the Browns, finishing with 77 catches, 1,007 yards plus four touchdowns which helped him rank as the 20th fantasy WR in 2016. In his first season with Washington, fantasy owners should project Pryor with around 70 catches. He's going off the board at WR18 (3.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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4. NO - Alvin Kamara working as receiver

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara spent time working with the receivers during OTAs.

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Kamara is a running back, but he is certainly dangerous with the ball in open space. The Saints should use him as a receiving/change-of-pace back behind Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson. Despite their collection of talent in 2017, Kamara should be able to flash enough to get fantasy owners excited about his potential with this team.

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5. PHI - Donnel Pumphrey moved around during workouts

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com - Dave Spadaro

Philadelphia Eagles RB Donnel Pumphrey lined up at running back, wide receiver and slot receiver during offseason workouts because the team wanted to see if he could catch and what he could do in space.

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Pumphrey is dangerous in space and the Eagles are grooming him to be the eventual replacement to Darren Sproles. They'll have a package of plays in for him this year as a rookie, and his role will be limited by his size (170 pounds).

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6. PHI - Philly DEs will be part of rotation

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com - Dave Spadaro

Philadelphia Eagles DEs Derek Barnett, Brandon Graham, Chris Long and Vinny Curry are expected to be a part of a rotation at the defensive ends spots during the regular season.

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The Eagles have a nice mix of experience and youth at this position. We love the upside of Barnett, one of the most productive players coming out of college in 2017. Barnett finished his college career as the all-time leader in sacks at the University of Tennessee. His technique and hustle could help him make an early impact as a pro.

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7. TEN - WR Eric Weems likely will make team

Source: USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee - Jason Wolf

Tennessee Titans WR Eric Weems likely will make the 53-man roster because of his ability to be a kick and punt returner.

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Weems played only 16 snaps for the Falcons in 2016 and didn't get a single target on offense. He's a return man only but should be able to find a place in the now crowded Titans WR corps.

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8. DAL - WR Lucky Whitehead's spot in danger?

Source: The Dallas Morning News - David Moore

Dallas Cowboys WR Lucky Whitehead could lose his roster spot if WR Ryan Switzer shows he is capable of being the primary return man, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News.

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Switzer is a quick-twitch wide receiver who can get open on underneath routes. His fast foot frequency allows him to change direction without losing much speed within his route. With his size, Switzer has a smaller catch radius, but if the pass is on point he can make a play after the catch. He's also a good return man. Whitehead will have his work cut out for him if he wants to make the 53-man roster.

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9. TEN - Khalfani Muhammad looking to contribute

Source: USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee - Jason Wolf

Tennessee Titans RB Khalfani Muhammad said he feels he brings a different element to the offense than the other backs on the roster, and he is looking forward to contributing on special teams with 'electrifying' plays.

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A seventh-round pick out of Cal this year, Muhammad is tough for a scatback of 170 pounds. He's tough and explosive, but Muhammad never had a return touchdown in college. Muhammad is no lock for the 53-man roster.

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10. HOU - Houston wants more from TE Ryan Griffin

Source: Houston Chronicle - John McClain

Houston Texans TE Ryan Griffin needs to be more effective in red zone this season, according to the coaching staff.

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Griffin had six red-zone targets in 2016, catching four passes for 24 yards and two touchdowns near pay dirt. His stat line overall (50 catches, 442 yards, two TDs) helped him finish as the no27 fantasy tight end in 2016. The Texans have a plethora of pass-catching talent that will likely take targets away from Griffin in 2017.

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11. CIN - TE C.J. Uzomah still adjusting

Source: Bengals.com - Dan Hoard

Cincinnati Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah said he is still adjusting to an NFL system after playing in a spread offense in college. 'I have some things to work on, blocking assignments and being fundamentally sound in everything that I do,' Uzomah said.

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Entering year three of his pro career, Uzomah should be plenty adjusted to his NFL offense. A fifth-round pick out of Auburn in 2015, Uzomah lacks aggression for his position and basically plays like a supersized (6'5" 265 pounds) wide receiver. He'll compete as a backup behind Tyler Eifert in 2017.

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12. PIT - Xavier Grimble a potential starter?

Source: Steelers.com - Bob Labriola

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Xavier Grimble could push TE Jesse James for the starting job if he can become consistent catching the football, according to Bob Labriola of Steelers.com.

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Grimble is considered a darkhorse candidate to be the starter for the Steelers. He'll have to beat out Jesse James for that top spot, but there's not a lot of fantasy value here. The Steelers will fill the air with footballs in the passing game, but a majority of targets are bound for guys like WR Antonio Brown, WR Martavis Bryant and RB Le'Veon Bell.

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13. HOU - Wendall Williams could carve out a role

Source: Houston Chronicle - John McClain

Houston Texans WR Wendall Williams might be the fastest player on the team, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, and McClain believes Williams could break camp as the fourth or fifth receiver if he can improve his route running.

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We see Williams as the fifth WR on the depth chart for the Texans behind DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Braxton Miller and Jaelen Strong. Undrafted out of the University of the Cumberlands in 2016, Williams is used to a heavy target load and uses his speed to blaze by defenders deep. In super deep dynasty leagues, we'll be monitoring his progress.

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14. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise to be worked into offense?

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise will be used mainly as the third-down back, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, but Condotta believes Prosise will also be worked into the offense to exploit specific matchups.

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The Seahawks are likely to have some sort of three-headed RBBC in 2017. Earlier reports have suggested they will ride the 'hot hand' of either Eddie Lacy or Thomas Rawls as runners. Prosise is dangerous with the rock, and he should be mixed in as a pass-catching or change-of-pace threat. He's going off the board at RB38 (8.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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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