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Volume 20, #19 -- Thursday Night, May 10th, 2018

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NYG - Davis Webb has early edge for No. 2 QB job

2. CAR - QB Derek Anderson still an option

3. CAR - RB Fozzy Whittaker placed on IR

4. NYG - RB Paul Perkins could go on IR

5. MIA - WR DeVante Parker playing with purpose

6. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake ready for breakout?

7. WAS - Derrius Guice's role already clear

8. MIA - QB Brock Osweiler not guaranteed job

9. CAR - Carolina inks five to rookie contracts

10. JAX - Logan Cooke signs contract

11. WAS - Da'Ron Payne contract update

12. WAS - Washington signs most of draft class

13. OAK - QB Josh Johnson let go

14. ATL - TE Austin Hooper has been working with QB

15. DET - Frank Ragnow top option at center

16. NE - Joe Thuney to have surgery

17. MIA - DT Akeem Spence has chance to start


1. NYG - Davis Webb has early edge for No. 2 QB job

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants QB Davis Webb is considered the early leader for the No. 2 quarterback job but will have to compete with QB Kyle Lauletta during training camp.

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As expected. There was a lot of noise in New York (or northern New Jersey where the team resides, if we want to be exact) that the new staff and front office loved Webb. While that cooled post-draft and might have just been a way to be direct that, no, they weren't drafting a replacement for Eli Manning at No. 2, we still think they are happy with Webb's progress, and Lauletta is incredibly raw.

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2. CAR - QB Derek Anderson still an option

Source: ESPN.com - David Newton

Free-agent QB Derek Anderson (Panthers) is still talking with the Carolina Panthers, but he may be too expensive for the team.

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Cam Newton has been pretty healthy, so the role of understudy for him isn't critical. Given that they are otherwise ready to role with a group consisting of Taylor Heinicke, Garrett Gilbert and rookie Kyle Allen, we don't think they are worried about the backup spot.

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3. CAR - RB Fozzy Whittaker placed on IR

Source: Panthers.com - Bill Voth

Carolina Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, May 10, after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during a non-contact drill Monday, May 7.

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Whittaker was a 'break lass in case of emergency' option, so we're not losing much here unless of course, an emergency occurs. Christian McCaffrey and former Broncos back C.J. Anderson will take the lead. Anderson will see more work on early and non-passing downs, though McCaffrey put on muscle this offseason, so he could see more carries than he did in 2017. We'll watch this closely during camp.

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4. NYG - RB Paul Perkins could go on IR

Source: ESPN.com - Dan Graziano

Updating a previous report, New York Giants RB Paul Perkins (pectoral) was waived/injured Thursday, May 10, and will revert to the team's Reserve/Injured list if he is not claimed off waivers.

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Perkins was hailed as the top dog in 2017 more than once but never backed it up with good numbers. With first-round pick Saquon Barkley around, the situation wasn't going to improve for him and the team might have released Perkins as a favor. They need the roster space, and would have placed him on Injured Reserve anyway, so this way he could find a team who might let him hang around with a chance to play this year.

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5. MIA - WR DeVante Parker playing with purpose

Source: Palm Beach Post - Joe Schad

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker has done a great job so far this offseason and seems to be playing with more of a purposed, according to head coach Adam Gase. Gase posited that injuries have been the main hindrance to Parker's growth and development, including a high-ankle sprain last season. Furthermore, he believes the presence of fellow WRs Kenny Stills and Danny Amendola will aid Parker's growth.

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It's hard to get enthusiastic over a report, the substance of which is the exact same thing we've heard nearly every year with him...and have yet to see it pay off in a consistent way. Add in the equally inconsistent quarterback play and while we like the idea of Parker hitting big, we don't buy it right now. His current ADP in 12-team PPR leagues is WR41 (9.05).

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6. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake ready for breakout?

Source: Sun-Sentinel - Omar Kelly

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake is ready to 'bust out' this season, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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The Dolphins do have the immortal Frank Gore behind him, but they certainly don't see Gore as a long-term answer. They need Drake to step up, and reports earlier this year indicated he added more body armor (weight) during this offseason. Drake didn't really get going until Week 13 last year, and he had back-to-back 100-yard rushing games after that (finishing with 644 yards on the ground and 4.8 yards per carry). If Drake struggles we could see a committee pretty quickly.

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7. WAS - Derrius Guice's role already clear

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice has the fortune, as a rookie, of already knowing when he'll be on the field. Head coach Jay Gruden has made it clear that Guice will be in on first and second downs with RB Chris Thompson maintaining his passing-down role. Gruden added that Guice needs to improve his pass protection, but he also gave Guice credit for being a good pass-catcher.

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Pass protection is the issue which tends to keep rookie running backs off the field more than any other. It's early yet, but it does seem like Guice -- if he avoids whatever issue dropped him in the draft -- could be a big producer in short order in Washington.

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8. MIA - QB Brock Osweiler not guaranteed job

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins QB Brock Osweiler is considered the leading candidate for the No. 2 quarterback job entering training camp, but QB David Fales could win the job if Osweiler struggles during the preseason.

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Osweiler was with the Broncos last year but didn't do anything to impress in a handful of games. He's trying to get his career back on track with a familiar coach in Adam Gase. Osweiler was with Gase during his first stint with the Broncos.

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9. CAR - Carolina inks five to rookie contracts

Source: Charlotte Observer - Jourdan Rodrigue

Carolina Panthers CB Donte Jackson, DE Marquis Haynes, LB Jermaine Carter, DT Kendrick Norton and TE Ian Thomas all signed their four-year rookie deals on Thursday, May 10.

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The first pick in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL draft, Thomas is an intriguing prospect who reminds some in the scouting community of a younger version of Jermaine Gresham. Thomas is a raw prospect, measuring in at 6'4" 259 pounds. He can use his size to his advantage, has the speed to attack the middle seam of a defense and Thomas has strong hands. We'll see if he can develop for the Panthers behind starter Greg Olsen.

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10. JAX - Logan Cooke signs contract

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars seventh-round draft choice P Logan Cooke signed a four-year deal with the Jaguars Thursday, May 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Punters are people too, according to Rich Eisen, and we know what completists you are, so here is news for a punter. Cooke could make the team and if he does well, help out the Jaguars defense with field position.

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11. WAS - Da'Ron Payne contract update

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins DT Da'Ron Payne signed a four-year deal worth $14.4 million, according to a source. The deal includes a $8.56 million signing bonus.

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Payne was the first 2018 first-round pick to sign. He had a hand in a lot of quarterback pressures at Alabama, and that was despite a job with the Tide that was more about gap control than it was about pressuring the passer. He will be a run stopper for Washington, but has the upside to create messy situations for opposing quarterbacks.

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12. WAS - Washington signs most of draft class

Source: Redskins.com - Stephen Czarda

The Washington Redskins signed fourth-round draft choice S Troy Apke, fifth-round draft choice DT Tim Settle, sixth-round draft choice LB Shaun Dion Hamilton and seventh-round draft choices CB Greg Stroman and WR Trey Quinn to four-year contracts Thursday, May 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Quinn was this year's 'Mr. Irrelevant' as the final pick in the draft. The 'other' guy at SMU behind Courtland Sutton (Broncos), Quinn reminds some in the scouting community of Adam Humphries. He's buried on the depth chart but has good footwork to get open against zone and concentration through the catch point. In super deep dynasty leagues we'll be monitoring his progress.

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13. OAK - QB Josh Johnson let go

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Oakland Raiders QB Josh Johnson was released Thursday, May 10, according to a source.

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A fifth-round pick in 2008 (by Jon Gruden's Buccaneers), Johnson has bounced around the league and played for around 1/3 of the NFL. He couldn't make it with Gruden again and this may be it for his pro career. The Raiders move on with Derek Carr as the starter. Connor Cook and E.J. Manuel will compete for the backup job.

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14. ATL - TE Austin Hooper has been working with QB

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper has been working with QB Matt Ryan this offseason in hopes of building better chemistry with Ryan.

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Hooper doubled his reception and yardage totals in 2017, and the third-year player is hoping for a more significant role in the offense. With rookie WR Calvin Ridley joining the team though, Hooper's prospects for that take a bit of a hit. Too many mouths, not enough to eat is the biggest problem, though his struggles to stretch the field hurt as well.

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15. DET - Frank Ragnow top option at center

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Detroit Lions C Frank Ragnow is expected to enter training camp as the leading candidate for the starting center job.

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Aside from tackle (formerly just left tackle, but either edge is vital now) nothing is more important to the foundation of an offensive line than the center. We'll be watching the rookie carefully as his effectiveness will have an impact on Matt Stafford and this offense.

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16. NE - Joe Thuney to have surgery

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots OG Joe Thuney (foot) has been limited in offseason work in anticipation of foot surgery, according to sources. The surgery isn't expected to threaten his availability for the season, but he'll be out of organized team activities.

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The 49ers have four more guards, including a couple of UDFAs, on the roster just in case, but this doesn't sound like a big priority. Jimmy Garoppolo should be safe.

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17. MIA - DT Akeem Spence has chance to start

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins DT Akeem Spence is expected to compete for one of the starting defensive tackle jobs during training camp.

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That's why they added him via trade earlier this month. He was with the Lions for only one season, but the 2013 fourth-round pick (Buccaneers) is getting a fresh start with the Dolphins. They need to find a replacement for Ndamukong Suh, and Spence will be in that mix...although not even close to that level of player.

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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