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Volume 20, #10 -- Tuesday Night, May 1st, 2018

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Good Wednesday to you. The NBA and NHL are on fire - stay on those while we keep you up to date on the NFL News you need. Let's get to it.

J

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NYJ - QB Teddy Bridgewater throwing

2. NE - NE considered moving up for Baker Mayfield?

3. IND - Steve Ishmael signed by Colts

4. NO - J.T. Barrett contract update

5. IND - RB Matt Jones waived

6. NYG - Ereck Flowers won't be cut

7. LAC - TE Hunter Henry recovered from injury


1. NYJ - QB Teddy Bridgewater throwing

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is healthy and was throwing during phase 2 of the Jets' offseason program Tuesday, May 1, according to general manager Mike Maccagnan.

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Bridgewater signed a one-year deal with the Jets, and with the selection of Sam Darnold in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft we know Bridgewater is no long-term solution in New York. Perhaps there will be an injury in training camp, giving the opportunity for Bridgewater to be traded somewhere he can play. Josh McCown should begin the season and if/when he gets hurt we should see Darnold as the Jets starter as he is their QB of the future.

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2. NE - NE considered moving up for Baker Mayfield?

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

The New England Patriots reportedly were interested enough in University of Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield to pull off a trade with the New York Giants for the No. 2 overall pick prior to the start of the NFL Draft if he fell past the Cleveland Browns at No. 1, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

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Mayfield's agent Tom Mills said that in an interview on Andrew Brandt's podcast. It's certainly interesting considering the Patriots winning ways and the aggressiveness Bill Belichick would've shown in finding a quarterback to groom behind Tom Brady. It's all moot now as Mayfield went No.1 overall to the Browns, but it's nice to think about what might have been. The Patriots added a quarterback in the seventh round of the draft, but we don't think LSU's Danny Etling is anything more than a camp arm.

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3. IND - Steve Ishmael signed by Colts

Source: Colts.com

Undrafted free-agent WR Steve Ishmael (Syracuse) was signed by the Indianapolis Colts Tuesday, May 1.

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Ishmael just kept getting better as his college career with the Orange carried on. Last year, Ishmael led the ACC in receptions (105) and receiving yards (1,345). He plays with outstanding body control and a physical nature at 6'2" 210 pounds.

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4. NO - J.T. Barrett contract update

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, the New Orleans Saints agreed to a three-year contract with undrafted free-agent QB J.T. Barrett on Tuesday, May 1.

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Barrett is a dual-threat quarterback who may get a look at a different position. He's the fourth QB on the depth chart in New Orleans behind Drew Brees, Tom Savage and Taysom Hill.

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5. IND - RB Matt Jones waived

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Indianapolis Colts RB Matt Jones was waived Tuesday, May 1.

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No surprise here, especially after the Colts selected both Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins in the 2018 NFL draft. Jones only had five carries for the Colts last year and he may find it difficult to latch on with a new team.

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6. NYG - Ereck Flowers won't be cut

Source: New York Post - Paul Schwartz

New York Giants OT Ereck Flowers isn't expected to be cut, according to sources. If Flowers remains a no-show and does not report to the mandatory veteran camp June 12-14, that could lead to a discussion about possibly sending him away, although the desire is to get him to training camp and see him compete on the field.

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The Giants reportedly were trying to trade Flowers during the 2018 NFL draft. He failed as a left tackle and the Giants wanted to move him to right tackle. It seems like that is not what Flowers wants and that's why he's staying away from Giants camp. They'll continue to say they won't cut him...until they actually do, or perhaps find a trade partner if their asking price comes down.

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7. LAC - TE Hunter Henry recovered from injury

Source: Los Angeles Times - Dan Woike

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (abdomen) is healthy now from the lacerated kidney he sustained last year in Week 14, which cost him the remainder of the season. 'It's something where I can't push my rehab to try and get back on the field and something I can't play through because I kind of look at myself like, if it's an injury, I feel like I can play through it,' he said. 'I just kind of have that tough factor about me. But with something internal, it's hard. You can't play around with that.'

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Great news for the Chargers here. Henry is the clear TE1 for the Chargers, and he should put up plenty of points for fantasy owners as a TE1. He was present during the second phase of the club's offseason program Monday, April 30, running routes on the field with the first-string offense.

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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 Udpate.

Peace,

J