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Volume 19, #98 -- Saturday Night, July 29th, 2017

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Good Sunday to you. Things are rolling and we're here for you. We've got more great content and the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

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A. FREE FEATURE - Player Faceoff: Terrelle Pryor, Washington
Two staffers go head-to-head and discuss Terrelle Pryor.

B. Player Faceoff: Dak Prescott, Dallas
Two staffers go head-to-head and discuss Dak Prescott.

C. Offensive Line Notes: Training Camp Battles
Our Matt Bitonti with an in-depth look at the positions up for grabs this preseason, and the linemen to watch in training camp.

D. IDP - Eyes of the Guru Preseason, Part 6: NFC South
Our John Norton with an overview of defenses in the NFC South with an emphasis on individual defensive players and their fantasy value.


1. IND - QB Andrew Luck unsure when he will be cleared

Source: The Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) told the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder there is 'no reason to freak out,' but he remains on the preseason Physically Unable to Participate list and uncertain about being ready in time for the regular-season opener.

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Fantasy owners are freaking out due to Luck's shoulder injury. Luck now won't commit to being available for Week 1 of the regular season. He's been slow to recover for what seems like forever. The Colts need to be incredibly cautious...just like fantasy owners considering Luck. Wait to see what his health status is like as we get late into August. If healthy, Luck is a top-3 fantasy quarterback.

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2. CIN - RB Giovani Bernard 'looked incredible' Friday

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) looked very impressive during practice Friday, July 28, in the opinion of The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. Bernard is eight months recovered from suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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Here's the full quote from Dehner: "Post first practice observation: Giovani Bernard looked incredible. Not just for a guy 8 months removed from ACL. For any NFL RB." That's strong. It's also July 29. We think Joe Mixon could be the primary back for the Bengals with Bernard competing with Jeremy Hill for reserve snaps/time/targets this season. Although it looks like this is far from settled. Stay tuned.

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3. BAL - QB Colin Kaepernick interested in Baltimore

Source: NFL Network - Michael Silver

Free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) is interested in playing for the Baltimore Ravens, according to sources. Kaepernick has not talked with any teams about money.

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Kaepernick would be a backup to Joe Flacco if added but he may want to wait and see what happens during camp with other teams. If injuries hit, Kaepernick could get an opportunity to be the starter elsewhere. That's just not a possibility with an established quarterback like Flacco in Baltimore.

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4. NE - RB Mike Gillislee the new LeGarrette Blount?

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee handled the first carry at the goal line at practice Saturday, July 29, and appears to be the 'top candidate' to replace LeGarrette Blount as the big back in the Patriots' offense, according to ESPN.com's Mike Reiss.

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Fantasy owners are wondering the same question. Gillislee is not going to get 18 rushing touchdowns like Blount did last year, but he could fill a role that is quite fantasy relevant. We could see Gillislee score near double-digit touchdowns as the Patriots goal-line back. They will still continue to use James White an/or Dion Lewis in a RBBC.

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5. BUF - Buffalo to take it easy on RB LeSean McCoy

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy will have his workload in training camp 'managed,' according to head coach Sean McDermott, who added that it is 'too early to determine' how the depth chart will stack up behind his top running back.

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There's no need to push McCoy in camp or give him many reps in the preseason. Under new OC Rick Dennison, McCoy remains in a running back friendly system and is a top-5 fantasy back in any league.

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6. NYG - WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be paid

Source: NJ.com - Dan Duggan

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. 'deserves to get paid,' owner John Mara said Friday, July 28. 'We're going to pay him,' Mara said. 'It's just a question of when we enter into the contract. And I don't have a timetable on it right now.'

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Beckham isn't going anywhere. The Giants exercised his fifth-year option which keeps him under contract through the 2018 season. He expressed his feelings about his contract by staying away during voluntary portions of offseason workouts. The Giants know the contract is likely to make him the richest WR in the league...and it will take a bit more time to get that monumental contract done.

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7. ATL - Devin Fuller tears ACL

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Fuller (knee) was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament Friday, July 28, and will miss the 2017 season, according to a source.

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A seventh-round pick out of UCLA in 2016, Fuller was trying to make the 53-man roster as a speed player. He missed his rookie season with a shoulder injury, and missing back-to-back years is likely to end his career before it started.

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8. PIT - JuJu Smith-Schuster injures ankle

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during practice Friday, July 28, but was able to finish practice, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

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Smith-Schuster is an exciting rookie wide receiver who has always reminded us of a young Anquan Boldin. We'll see if this ankle problem continues to bother him during camp. The rookie from USC is likely to win the no3 job at wideout behind superstar Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant.

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9. CLE - David Njoku struggling early

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku had the ball stripped twice during practice Friday, July 28. Head coach Hue Jackson said Njoku needs to work on holding onto the ball.

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Not terribly surprising given the fact that he's a rookie and rookie TEs struggle. Njoku has Greg Olsen-like upside if he plays up to his potential. The early going might be rough, but we'll be watching him for our dynasty leagues to see how he develops.

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10. TB - QB Jameis Winston wearing a knee brace

Source: Florida Football Insiders - Roy Cummings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was spotted wearing a brace on his left knee Saturday, July 29, but head coach Dirk Koetter called the move 'precautionary'.

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Winston may have a slight limp according to some reports. The brace wasn't fitting right on Friday, and he must've gotten it right on Saturday. At the end of the day, we don't think there's much to get worried about but (as always) stay tuned.

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11. HOU - D'Onta Foreman carving out a role?

Source: HoustonTexans.com - John Harris

Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman scored a one-yard touchdown, stayed in his running lanes and displayed good interior vision during practice Friday, July 28, according to John Harris of HoustonTexans.com.

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Foreman is a big back who could actually run with more power. The offseason has been full of reports about how the team wants to use Lamar Miller a bit less in order to keep him fresh all season long. Foreman is competing with Alfred Blue to be the primary backup behind Miller, and he's a player who could steal some short-yardage or goal-line work away from the Texans starter. Watch this battle unfold during training camp.

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12. GB - WR Randall Cobb wants to stay healthy

Source: Packers.com - Wes Hodkiewicz

Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb said he is going to do everything he can to stay healthy this year.

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Fantasy owners want Cobb to stay healthy! His numbers are unlikely to be what they were two years ago (91-1,287-12), but as the no3 WR for the Packers he still is a fantasy commodity. Cobb should be projected for around 70 catches in 2017. That makes him a WR4 with upside in most fantasy leagues. Right now his ADP is WR39 (8.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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13. MIN - RB Jerick McKinnon nursing leg injury

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (leg) did not practice Friday, July 28.

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McKinnon is competing for likely a reserve role behind Dalvin Cook. The rookie Cook is the starter in our eyes, but McKinnon's value as an explosive playmaker and valuable receiver out of the backfield cannot be overlooked. When Latavius Murray is healthy and able to contribute it will further complicate things in the Vikings backfield, so at this time it's safe just to keep McKinnon on your waiver wire speed dial.

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14. HOU - WR Braxton Miller maturing as a receiver

Source: Houston Chronicle - John McClain

Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller has improved his route-running and is having a good camp, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

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Miller converted from quarterback to wide receiver during his college career at Ohio State. He's only a few years into learning the position and still has a lot of room for growth. Miller has tremendous athleticism and is dangerous with the ball in his hands.

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15. DEN - RB Bernard Pierce to miss a few days

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos RB Bernard Pierce (hamstring) will miss a few days of practice because of a hamstring injury.

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Pierce is competing for a spot on the 53-man roster but he's only got an outside shot of making the team. This injury doesn't help, and it opens the door for newly signed Stevan Ridley.

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16. TEN - Corey Davis agrees to terms

Source: NFL Network - Tiffany Blackmon

Tennessee Titans first-round draft choice WR Corey Davis agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Titans Saturday, July 29. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Davis was a top-5 pick this year and the first WR off the board in the 2017 NFL draft. He's got 'my ball' mentality and has no problem winning contested catches. The rookie is used to a heavy target load and can get it done in the red zone too. The Titans are jam packed at the position, and targets will be split primarily between Davis, Rishard Matthews and Eric Decker.

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17. BAL - TE Crockett Gillmore unable to practice

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore (leg) did not participate in practice Saturday, July 29. There are reports it could be potentially serious.

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Gillmore has skill but injuries certainly have held him back as a pro. If healthy, Gillmore is set to compete for snaps/targets at the TE position with guys like Ben Watson and Maxx Williams.

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18. PHI - QB Nick Foles not practicing

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles (elbow) is not participating in practice Saturday, July 29, because of elbow soreness.

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This just creates more opportunity for Matt McGloin. The Eagles know what Foles can do, so they'll give him the necessary time to recover.

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19. NFL - CB Darrelle Revis still waiting

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent CB Darrelle Revis (Jets) is still working out in hopes of playing in 2017, but he has not received much interest at this point.

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Revis isn't going to get top dollar like he's used to. If he wants to continue playing, it will likely be a short-term contract for near veteran minimum.

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20. PIT - WR Justin Hunter impressive early

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Justin Hunter could possibly fill a role as a deep threat if it takes Martavis Bryant a while to return to form, according to ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.

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Hunter has always had more potential than he's ever played up to. Bryant has yet to be fully reinstated by the league coming off his year-long suspension in 2016. Even if Bryant is slow to get up to speed, we don't see Hunter doing that much.

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21. KC - WR Demarcus Robinson getting first-team reps

Source: The Kansas City Star - Terez A. Paylor

Kansas City Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson has earned a number of first-string reps alongside Chris Conley and Tyreek Hill so far at training camp.

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A fourth-round pick out of Florida in 2016, Robinson has fantastic straight-line speed and run after the catch ability. He was just a special teams player as a rookie but has a chance to do something as a receiver this year. However, even if he wins the no3 job in Kansas City it won't be fantasy relevant.

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22. ATL - WR Taylor Gabriel among potential punt returners

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

The Atlanta Falcons are considering using WR Taylor Gabriel as their punt returner, although WR Andre Roberts is considered the favorite to return both kickoffs and punts this season. Gabriel gained experience returning punts in college and during the preseason for the Cleveland Browns several years ago. In addition to Gabriel and Roberts, WRs Reginald Davis III, Devin Fuller, Marvin Hall and Josh Magee practiced at the position Friday, July 28.

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Gabriel is fast, quick and elusive in the open field. He'll be effective in limited targets on offense as the no3 WR behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. The Falcons may just want to get the ball in his hands as much as possible by using him in the return game.

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23. NYG - QB Geno Smith free of restriction

Source: Giants.com

New York Giants QB Geno Smith (knee) has been cleared to practice without restriction at the start of training camp, according to head coach Ben McAdoo.

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Smith is hoping for a fresh start with his new team. He's competing with rookie Davis Webb (and others) to win the primary backup job behind Eli Manning in 2017.

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24. PIT - Mike Tomlin's contract extended

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's contract vested through the 2019 season based on wins. There have been talks about a longer deal.

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The Steelers historically re-sign their head coach when there's around two years left on the deal. With only three head coaches over the last 40-plus years for the Steelers, Tomlin's got plenty of job security.

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25. DEN - Solid practice for Jordan Taylor

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason

Denver Broncos WR Jordan Taylor made several solid catches during practice Friday, July 28, according to Andrew Mason of DenverBroncos.com.

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Taylor is a fast target who is developing as a route runner. He's clearly on the roster bubble for the Broncos as they are jam packed at wide receiver.

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26. DEN - Early action for RB Stevan Ridley

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason

Denver Broncos RB Stevan Ridley saw action with the second-team and third-team offenses Friday, July 28.

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Ridley had surprising burst for a player who hasn't been the same since a 2014 knee injury. The Broncos just needed depth after losing Devontae Booker (wrist) for camp, and we don't think Ridley makes the 53-man roster.

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27. DEN - DE Dwight Freeney a fit in Denver?

Source: Denver7 Sports - Troy Renck

Free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Falcons) could draw interest from the Denver Broncos, according to Troy Renck of Denver7 Sports.

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Fans want to see DeMarcus Ware come back in 2017 but that's unlikely to happen. Freeney wants to keep playing and if he came to Denver for the right price, the veteran pass-rusher would be a great fit on arguably the league's best defense.

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28. CIN - John Ross to be limited early

Source: ESPN.com - Katherine Terrell

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (shoulder) was not placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list but will be limited during the early part of training camp.

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That's smart as Ross continues to recover from his shoulder surgery. The rookie can flat out fly, and if Andy Dalton has time to throw we could see Ross become a favorite big-play option.

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That'll do it for today. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J