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Volume 20, #16 -- Monday Night, May 7th, 2018

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Hi Footballguy,

Good Tuesday to you. I hope you're having as much as fun as Jared Goff impersonating a college transfer...

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J

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NO - TE Coby Fleener let go

2. SEA - Rashaad Penny may be three-down back

3. NFL - TE Coby Fleener still wants to play

4. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski may rework deal

5. PHI - QB Carson Wentz's throwing motion intact

6. GB - GB high on QB DeShone Kizer

7. CLE - Baker Mayfield working under center

8. PHI - Josh Adams to help fill void?

9. OAK - More roster moves for Raiders

10. MIN - Two options for Vikings No. 3 receiver

11. OAK - Oakland signs Chris Warren

12. BUF - Tremaine Edmunds likely will start

13. ARI - Arizona waives two quarterbacks

14. IND - Quenton Nelson to start at LG

15. HOU - TE Stephen Anderson may be on bubble

16. PIT - WR Justin Hunter may be deep threat

17. PIT - Two QBs may compete for one spot

18. BAL - Robert Griffin could make team

19. BAL - Jordan Lasley performs well

20. DET - WR Marvin Jones expanding his game


1. NO - TE Coby Fleener let go

Source: The Boston Globe - Ben Volin

New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener was released Monday, May 7, according to a source.

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The writing was on the wall for quite some time. In fact, we're shocked it took this long but Fleener is still recovering from a concussion he sustained last year.

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2. SEA - Rashaad Penny may be three-down back

Source: The Tacoma News Tribune - Gregg Bell

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny will work on pass protection this offseason because the team wants to see if he will able to be a three-down running back, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

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Penny is likely to be the lead back for the Seahawks...and he has a skill set where he doesn't need to come off the field. The Seahawks have been looking for a quality RB for some time now and that's one of the reasons why they selected Penny in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.

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3. NFL - TE Coby Fleener still wants to play

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent TE Coby Fleener (Saints) would like to continue his NFL career if he can get back to full health.

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Fleener did not impress during his time with the Saints and never established much chemistry with QB Drew Brees. Some team may give him a shot when he's fully recovered. He is still recovering from a concussion.

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4. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski may rework deal

Source: Boston Herald - Karen Guregian

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's agent has been talking with the Patriots about reworking Gronkowski's contract, according to sources.

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Gronkowski has been hinting at retirement, so the Patriots may want to put in some incentives that make him happy to stay. It shouldn't take long to get something done if both sides are serious about reworking his deal.

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5. PHI - QB Carson Wentz's throwing motion intact

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) sent video to quarterback gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, and his mechanics are sound, according to sources.

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Great news for the Eagles here. Wentz is working his way back from the knee injury that cut his season short last year. His availability for Week 1 of the regular season is up in the air but things seem to be trending in the right direction. He is throwing the same or better than before the knee injury.

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6. GB - GB high on QB DeShone Kizer

Source: USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin - Ryan Wood

Green Bay Packers QB DeShone Kizer has starter ability and franchise potential, according to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. Kizer will compete with QB Brett Hundley for the backup job. 'In my opinion, if he was in that class this year,' McCarthy said, 'he would've been part of that group of first four guys, or first five. I always felt there were five, the five quarterbacks, first-round guys.'

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Kizer would have easily been sixth out of the 'big 5' at quarterback this year. We might even rate him behind Mason Rudolph (Steelers) if Kizer was in this draft class. While he thinks he's part Cam Newton and Tom Brady, Kizer played more like JaMarcus Russell last year. Perhaps a change of scenery will do him some good.

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7. CLE - Baker Mayfield working under center

Source: ESPNCleveland.com - Tony Grossi

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield has spent the first two days of rookie camp taking a majority of his snaps from under center. 'We are going to hammer that until I am good and it feels natural,' Mayfield said. 'That is the way it should be because I can play out of the 'gun. Everybody here knows that.'

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It's something Mayfield needs to work on as he only had three passing attempts from under center in 2017. Mayfield worked diligently on his footwork in the predraft process, and that should help when working from under center.

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8. PHI - Josh Adams to help fill void?

Source: The Morning Call - Nick Fierro

Philadelphia Eagles RB Josh Adams will likely be 'no higher' than fourth on the running back depth chart, according to Nick Fierro of the Morning Call, but Fierro believes Adams could help fill the void left by RB LeGarrette Blount's departure to the Detroit Lions.

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Adams is a one-speed runner, measuring in at 6'2" and 213 pounds. He is comfortable working between the tackles and engaging contract. That sounds like a perfect back to replace what Blount brought to the table. We're not expecting much from him, but do monitor this backfield as touches/carries are worked out for guys like Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement and Darren Sproles (in addition to Adams).

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9. OAK - More roster moves for Raiders

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Undrafted free-agents TE Paul Butler (California, Pa.) and FB Henry Poggi (Michigan) were signed by the Oakland Raiders Monday, May 7. Additionally, RB Elijah Hood, DE Joby Saint Fleur and FB Nick Sharga were waived.

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Hood is a player we were monitoring in super deep dynasty leagues. He's a power back in the classic sense, so perhaps he'll get a shot elsewhere.

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10. MIN - Two options for Vikings No. 3 receiver

Source: ESPN.com - Courtney Cronin

Minnesota Vikings WRs Kendall Wright and Laquon Treadwell likely will compete for the No. 3 receiver job during training camp.

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There's not much to go around for the Vikings no.3 WR because of TE Kyle Rudolph...and the fact that Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs get most of the looks. We'll see if new starting QB Kirk Cousins grows attached to Wright or Treadwell, but they shouldn't have too many looks coming their way in 2018.

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11. OAK - Oakland signs Chris Warren

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Undrafted free-agent RB Chris Warren III (Texas) was signed by the Oakland Raiders Monday, May 7.

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We'll watch Warren in super deep dynasty leagues. He's a big back, measuring in at 6'2" 247 pounds. Warren needs to work on his speed if he's going to stick at running back. The Longhorns moved him to H-back in 2017 and he was so unhappy about it that he turned pro instead.

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12. BUF - Tremaine Edmunds likely will start

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills LB Tremaine Edmunds likely will be the starting middle linebacker this upcoming season.

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That is a great move for the Bills. Edmunds is a physical freak with the upside to be one of the best in the league at his position. General manager Brandon Beane said he has been impressed with Edmunds' maturity even though he is only 20 years old.

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13. ARI - Arizona waives two quarterbacks

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio - Adam Caplan

Arizona Cardinals QB Brandon Doughty and Alek Torgersen were waived Monday, May 7.

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The Cardinals have a trio of quarterbacks to get by through camp. Sam Bradford was added on a one-year contract in free agency to be a safeguard as the team's starter. Mike Glennon was brought in for veteran depth as a backup. Josh Rosen was the team's first-round pick and should be seen as the QB of the future in Arizona.

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14. IND - Quenton Nelson to start at LG

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

Indianapolis Colts OG Quenton Nelson is expected to be the starting left guard this upcoming season.

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Nelson is a generational talent at the guard position. He's big, physical, mean and nasty on the football field. Protecting Andrew Luck has been a huge problem for the Colts in the past. Drafting Nelson will help that and he'll also blast open holes for the rushing attack.

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15. HOU - TE Stephen Anderson may be on bubble

Source: ESPN.com - Sarah Barshop

Houston Texans TE Stephen Anderson is expected to compete with TE Jordan M. Thomas for a spot on the roster during training camp because the Texans likely will only keep three tight ends on the 53-man roster.

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Thomas is a converted wide receiver and moves well for a big man at 265 pounds. He's got the ability to create mismatches as a pass catcher but needs to work on his technique and 'want to' as a blocker.

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16. PIT - WR Justin Hunter may be deep threat

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Justin Hunter could be used as a deep threat in the passing game this upcoming season since the team traded WR Martavis Bryant to the Oakland Raiders.

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A second-round pick in 2013, Hunter has always had the physical ability to do more. He's definitely got the speed to take the top off the defense, but with only 82 career receptions Hunter is not a lock for the 53-man roster...even with Bryant traded away.

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17. PIT - Two QBs may compete for one spot

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones and Joshua Dobbs likely will compete for one roster spot during training camp and the preseason.

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Jones has struggled as a backup to Ben Roethlisberger, but Dobbs doesn't really have the skill set you can trust right now as a no.2 QB. Rookie Mason Rudolph should be groomed behind Roethlisberger as the team's QB of the future. They might trust him enough as a rookie to be the primary backup.

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18. BAL - Robert Griffin could make team

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens QB Robert Griffin III has a chance to make the 53-man roster depending on how QB Lamar Jackson progresses during training camp and the preseason, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley.

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Jackson has great upside as a quarterback in the NFL. However, his skill set may require some sharpening at the pro level. Griffin has the veteran experience like the guarantee on the box on 'Tommy Boy' and he could easily be the primary backup to Joe Flacco while Jackson develops.

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19. BAL - Jordan Lasley performs well

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens WR Jordan Lasley was the most impressive receiver at the team's rookie minicamp because he used his speed to gain separation and ran good routes, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley.

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A fifth-round pick out of UCLA this year, Lasley has an impressive size/speed combination at 6'1" 203 pounds. He can make defenders miss in the open field and Lasley does a good job of coming back to the ball, squaring up to the line of scrimmage and creating the biggest possible target for his quarterback on comeback routes. He was suspended multiple times in college and needs to stay out of trouble in order to play up to his potential in the NFL.

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20. DET - WR Marvin Jones expanding his game

Source: MLive.com - Nate Atkins

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones said he has been adding muscle this offseason to make himself harder to tackle and increase his yards after catch.

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Jones was a fantasy stud last year, going for over 1,000 yards receiving with nine touchdowns and finishing as the no.5 fantasy WR in standard-scoring leagues. He should be seen as having WR1 upside (with a WR2 price tag) for fantasy owners once again this year.

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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