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Volume 20, #18 -- Wednesday Night, May 9th, 2018

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Good Thursday to you. We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get at it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Auction Primer - Part 1
Our Jeff Pasquino with Part 1 of his Auction Primer series. In this one, he looks at the basics of Auction Leagues.

B. Auction Primer - Part 2
Our Jeff Pasquino with Part 2 of his Auction Primer series. In this one, he looks at preparing for Auction Day.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NO - RB Mark Ingram's appeal denied

2. SEA - WR Brandon Marshall visits Seahawks

3. NFL - RB Orleans Darkwa has surgery

4. NFL - WR Victor Cruz still looking to play

5. WAS - RB Chris Thompson's role not changing

6. ATL - Atlanta signs four rookies

7. PHI - Two-year deal for RB Matt Jones

8. NE - Danny Etling signs rookie deal

9. TB - Peyton Barber to share the load

10. NFL - DE Cliff Avril not ruling out playing again


1. NO - RB Mark Ingram's appeal denied

Source: The Times-Picayune - Josh Katzenstein

Updating an earlier report, New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram's appeal of his four-game suspension has been heard and denied by the league, according to sources.

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The appeal was already denied before the suspension was handed down. Ingram, entering the final year of his contract, will miss the first month of the season. The big question will be how much more work Alvin Kamara might see with Ingram out. Stay tuned. Monitor the backups behind those two as we're curious to see how Jonathan Williams does with an opportunity.

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2. SEA - WR Brandon Marshall visits Seahawks

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent WR Brandon Marshall (Giants) is visiting the Seattle Seahawks Wednesday, May 9.

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Released by the Giants earlier this year, Marshall does not have much left in the tank. An ankle injury in Week 5 of 2017 (that required surgery to repair) limited him to just 18 catches for 154 yards in his lone season with the Giants. Seattle is revamping most of their roster, but they still have Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett at the top of the depth chart. If added, it's unclear how Marshall would fit in.

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3. NFL - RB Orleans Darkwa has surgery

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent RB Orleans Darkwa (Giants) underwent minor surgery Wednesday, May 9, to remove a plate from his leg that was put in last offseason.

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Darkwa is not drawing any interest on the open market and this surgery, however minor, won't help that cause. His fracture is fully healed and he is expected to make a full recovery in four weeks. Expect a team to take a chance on him if/when someone gets hurt in training camp.

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4. NFL - WR Victor Cruz still looking to play

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

Updating previous reports, free-agent WR Victor Cruz (Bears) said he'll wait until around training camp for a team to sign him before he retires.

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Back in 2011, Cruz was salsa dancing his way into the hearts of fantasy owners with a 1,500-plus yard season (and nine touchdowns). It's never been the same after that. Cruz's career was knocked off track by a serious knee injury and subsequent calf injuries. He didn't play a snap last year after getting released by the Bears before Week 1. We think his playing days are done.

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5. WAS - RB Chris Thompson's role not changing

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson will continue to be the top option out of the backfield on passing downs despite the arrival of second-round RB Derrius Guice, according to ESPN's John Keim, who believes Jordan Reed's health will affect the degree to which Thompson needs to be leaned on in 2018.

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Guice should be the lead back for Washington, relegating Samaje Perine to the bench. We should see Thompson get onto the field as the team's receiving back, and he's got plenty of flex appeal in PPR leagues.

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6. ATL - Atlanta signs four rookies

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Will McFadden

Atlanta Falcons CB Isaiah Oliver, RB Ito Smith, WR Russell Gage jr. and LB Foyesade Oluokun signed their four-year rookie contracts Wednesday, May 9.

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Smith is a bit undersized for a running back at 5'9" 201 pounds, but he's got natural hands and can relied upon as a receiving option out of the backfield. Gage is at least going to be a special teams contributor at the pro level, but he's got the athleticism and competitiveness to contribute as a slot receiver in the future if he better rounds out that part of his game.

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7. PHI - Two-year deal for RB Matt Jones

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles RB Matt Jones' contract is for two years. Financial terms were not disclosed. WR Dom Williams was waived in a corresponding move.

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A third-round pick for Washington in 2015, Jones was with the Colts in 2017 and had only five carries for 14 rushing yards on the season. The Eagles have a crowded backfield, and Jones is certainly no lock to make the 53-man roster. He's competing behind guys like Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, DJ Pumphrey and Darren Sproles.

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8. NE - Danny Etling signs rookie deal

Source: CBSSports.com - Jason La Canfora

New England Patriots QB Danny Etling signed his rookie four-year contract Wednesday, May 9. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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Etling is a big project at the quarterback position. The seventh-round pick out of LSU can throw a good deep pass and generally takes care of the football. However, he struggles mightily under pressure and tends to 'see ghosts' when in the pocket. He'll compete to make the 53-man roster behind Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer.

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9. TB - Peyton Barber to share the load

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber will likely share the load with RB Ronald Jones to start the season with RB Jacquizz Rodgers and RB Charles Sims behind them.

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Barber can be a grinder for the team and pick up tough yards. The rookie Jones is a dangerous player with the ball in his hands, reminding many in the scouting community of a young Jamaal Charles. We're excited to see what Jones does in PPR leagues as he can be a starting caliber back with good receiving ability.

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10. NFL - DE Cliff Avril not ruling out playing again

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Free-agent DE Cliff Avril (Seahawks) was hired by Seattle radio station 950 KJR-AM on Tuesday, May 8, but he has not officially retired.

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Neck injuries are nothing to mess around with, and several pros have seen their time in the NFL cut short by this type of injury. To return, Avril would need to be cleared by a doctor following his neck injury last season.

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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