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Volume 19, #93 -- Monday Night, July 24th, 2017

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Good Tuesday to you. It's Training Camp Time and we couldn't be happier. It's another huge day of Content plus all the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

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Our Jeff Pasquino with a look at Quality Starts for 2016 for Wide Receivers Using Standard Scoring. Quality Starts is a fantastic way to look at consistency for players seeing how often the posted solid games. This one is for PPR scoring formats.


1. IND - QB Andrew Luck begins throwing

Source: Colts.com - Kevin Bowen

Updating an earlier report, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) has begun the throwing part of his rehab, according to general manager Chris Ballard.

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Luck (shoulder) will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to general manager Chris Ballard. The team expects Luck to come off before the beginning of the season. But we're getting more worried about this situation.

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2. LAC - WR Keenan Allen looked explosive

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) looked quick and explosive in offseason work. He's due for a monster season, according to beat writer Eric D. Williams.

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Another positive report about Allen's outlook in 2017. We're excited to see him back in action and hopeful that he can stay healthy for a full 16-game season. Allen is going off the board at WR15 (3.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. GB - More carries coming for RB Ty Montgomery?

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers RB Ty Montgomery should double his 77 rushing attempts from a year ago, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

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That's not a shocking or outlandish proclamation. Montgomery only got more than 10 carries in a game once last year as he transitioned from wide receiver to running back. The Packers are still going to lean on the passing game, but Montgomery should get around 160 carries on the season. It will be interesting to see how rookies like Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones fit into what should be a RBBC. In PPR leagues, Montgomery has more value because of his pass-catching ability. He's currently getting drafted at RB17 (4.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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4. PHI - WR Jordan Matthews may be limited

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com - Dave Spadaro

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) may receive limited snaps during training camp since he missed some offseason workouts because of knee tendinitis, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

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Matthews was already due to take a step back in the offense with Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith signed to give them two legitimate outside receivers for the first time in years. This issue with his knee is another sign that Matthews won't be the focal point of the passing game as he was in the past.

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5. DAL - WR Lucky Whitehead released

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Dallas Cowboys WR Lucky Whitehead was released Monday, July 24.

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It's the age old rule: The more valuable a player is, the more the team team will tolerate. Whitehead wasn't valuable enough.

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6. DAL - WR Cole Beasley ready for camp

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Brandon George

Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (hamstring) is prepared to receive a full workload in training camp, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

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Beasley has been hampered by a hamstring injury that sidelined him during offseason activities.

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7. KC - TE Travis Kelce healthy enough for camp

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (shoulder) is ready for the start of training camp this week despite recovering from a shoulder injury.

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He'll be ready for the start of camp, but we think the Chiefs can ease him into action. Kelce is a top fantasy tight end once again this year, and we want to see what kind of rapport he builds with rookie QB Patrick Mahomes. He's already got great chemistry with veteran QB Alex Smith and that will continue in 2017.

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8. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill moved well with brace

Source: ESPN.com - James Walker

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) moved well in organized team activities despite a brace on his left knee, which he'll have to wear this season. However, they were non-contact drills.

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Tannehill is just getting used to the brace. It's good that he moved well in the offseason workouts, but we'll see how he responds when contact is introduced in the preseason.

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9. CIN - RB Giovani Bernard likely cleared for camp

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Jim Owczarski

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) is likely to be cleared for the beginning of training camp. Bernard is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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Bernard will be back in action, but his role is much different (and smaller) from years past. Joe Mixon should be the lead back for the Bengals in 2017. The rookie has superstar potential, and his presence will push guys like Bernard and Jeremy Hill into backup roles.

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10. MIN - RB Latavius Murray shows up early

Source: The Associated Press

Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) was one of the veterans to show up with the rookies for an early start to training camp Sunday, July 23. 'It'll be helpful for me just being here,' Murray said. 'I'm happy to be able to dive back into the playbook, and again, I want to learn it as much as I can, inside and out, so when I'm back on the field I'm able to play fast.'

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Murray is going to compete with rookie Dalvin Cook when healthy. We think Cook wins the job to begin the year and so long as he doesn't fumble the job away (fumbling problems plagued him at Florida State), Murray should be relegated to a backup role.

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11. NYG - WR Odell Beckham Jr. in class by himself

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is the only player in NFL history with at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons.

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Sounds about right. Beckham is a superstar and fantasy owners are excited to take him as one of the first WRs off the board in the first round of fantasy drafts. His numbers have been amazing for three years, and it will be interesting to see how his targets are distributed this year with the addition of WR Brandon Marshall and rookie TE Evan Engram to the Giants passing game.

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12. GB - Aaron Jones the third-down back?

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones could emerge as the third-down back this year, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

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The fifth-round pick out of UTEP has a great two-step and can create space as a runner with shiftiness and agility. He's compact and has an intent stride when setting up defenders in the open field. Jones is not likely to push the pile inside, but get him touches in space and he can be a threat to score from anywhere on the field.

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13. ARI - WR Larry Fitzgerald wants a title

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said Sunday, July 23, that the only reason he is still playing is to 'chase a championship.'

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This may be that last 'hurrah' for Fitzgerald and QB Carson Palmer. The Cardinals are still in a Super Bowl window, but it seems to be closing fast. In addition to those two stars perhaps playing in their final season, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has been battling health issues as well.

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14. NO - WR Willie Snead signs tender

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent WR Willie Snead signed his $615,000 tender Monday, July 24, according to a source.

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As an ERFA Snead had two choices; either sign the tender or stop playing football. Now that he's signed, Snead is hoping the Saints will get him a new long-term deal. He's put together two WR3 seasons for fantasy owners and could be in for an uptick in statistical production with Brandin Cooks traded away to the Patriots.

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15. DEN - QB John Elway agrees to new deal

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway agreed to a new five-year contract Monday, July 24, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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The contract is expected to make Elway the highest paid GM in the league. Entering his seventh season as the Broncos' lead football executive, Elway has overseen a team that has totaled the second-most overall wins (73) in the NFL since 2011 while capturing five AFC West Division titles and appearing in two Super Bowls. Additionally, Elway has helped the Broncos join the Patriots as the only NFL teams with at least nine wins (regular season and playoffs) in each of the last six years.

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16. DEN - Three Broncos will start on PUP list

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Denver Broncos QB Chad Kelly (wrist), LB Shaquil Barrett (hip) and TE Jake Butt (knee) were placed on the Non-Football Injury list Monday, July 24. Additionally, DT Kyle Peko (foot) will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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Butt is the player to watch here for this season. He had first-round talent but fell to the fifth round due to a knee injury suffered in Michigan's bowl game. When healthy, Butt is arguably the best tight end on the Broncos roster. He's worth keeping an eye on as Broncos OC Mike McCoy has a history of getting production from the tight end position.

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17. NO - TE Josh Hill passes physical

Source: The Times-Picayune - Herbie Teope

New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill (fibula) passed his well and performed well on his conditioning test. He should be good to go for training camp.

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Hill is an athletic move tight end for the Saints. He's not going to do much for them if Coby Fleener stays healthy and produces at the expected level.

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18. CHI - Mitchell Trubisky lands $29 million

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky's four-year deal guarantees him $29 million.

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He's guaranteed quite a bit of money, but there's no guarantee about how much he'll play this season. Trubisky is clearly their quarterback of the future, but he's going to begin the year behind free agent addition Mike Glennon. If (when?) Glennon struggles, the team could turn to Trubisky at some point later in the year.

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19. MIA - MIA still wants to re-up with WR Jarvis Landry

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry still hasn't received a contract extension offer from the team, but the Dolphins are still interested in getting a deal done.

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Landry was a second-round pick in 2014, so there was no fifth-year option to pick up this offseason. He's set to hit the open market next year, but it may not come to that. If the Dolphins can't work something out with him before free agency starts, Landry could get franchise tagged by the team.

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20. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert expected for camp

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Jim Owczarski

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) is expected to be ready for training camp.

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Fantasy owners believe that Eifert can come back healthy in 2017. He's going off the board at TE6 (7.03) in 12-team PPR leagues. Eifert is a touchdown hog, and projecting him for 8-10 touchdowns in 2017 is not outlandish.

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21. CLE - Jabrill Peppers signs deal

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns SS Jabrill Peppers signed his four-year rookie contract Sunday, July 23. The deal is worth $10.3 million with a $5.6 million signing bonus.

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Peppers was the most versatile player in the 2017 NFL draft. He can line up all over the field on defense and should be quite the 'Swiss Army Knife' for the Browns defense. Peppers can excel in the return game when called upon. If they want to, the Browns could also use Peppers as a gadget player on offense.

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22. GB - Limited role for WR Jeff Janis?

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers WR Jeff Janis should make the 53-man roster this season but will likely be limited to a role on special teams, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

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That sounds about right. Janis only has 15 catches during his three-year pro career and his role won't grow unless there are injuries in front of him on the depth chart.

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That'll do it for today. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We take that seriously. Have a great Tuesday and we'll see you tomorrow with the Udpate.

Peace,

J