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Volume 20, #21 -- Saturday Night, May 12th, 2018

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Hi Footballguy,

Good Sunday to you. And Happy Mother's Day. If you're fortunate to have a Mom that's still around, I hope you're able to tell her you love her today. We've got some News and Notes for you so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Rookie Roundup - Dynasty Draft
Our Daniel Simpkins with a look inside a Footballguys rookie draft.

B. Auction Primer Part 7
Our Jeff Pasquino continues his Auction Series. In this one he dives into Nomination Strategies.

C. Auction Primer Part 8
Our Jeff Pasquino continues his Auction Series. In this one he looks at Auction Day.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. ARI - QB Sam Bradford still the starter

2. ARI - Josh Rosen a quick study

3. MIA - David Fales could win backup gig

4. DAL - WR Tavon Austin to be WR first

5. NO - RB Adrian Peterson an option for Saints?

6. NYG - NYG in contact with Ereck Flowers

7. CIN - Cincy signs three more picks

8. NFL - TE Coby Fleener looking to be medically cleared

9. CAR - Garrett Gilbert leader for No. 2 QB job

10. CHI - QB Aaron Murray trying out

11. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah frustrated with role

12. BUF - Buffalo signs Tremaine Edmunds

13. LAC - Derwin James to move around

14. ARI - Chase Edmonds signs rookie deal

15. JAX - Allen Lazard to play receiver


1. ARI - QB Sam Bradford still the starter

Source: NFL.com - Chris Wesseling

Arizona Cardinals QB Sam Bradford is the starting quarterback, head coach Steve Wilks said Friday, May 11, but Wilks added that he wouldn't hold back QB Josh Rosen.

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Wilks needs to add 'for now' to this statement. Bradford came to Arizona on a one-year deal to keep the seat warm for whatever quarterback the Cardinals selected in the 2018 NFL draft. That became Josh Rosen (UCLA) with the 10th overall pick, and Rosen is clearly the future. Don't expect Bradford to hang onto the starting job all season long...especially if/when he struggles.

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2. ARI - Josh Rosen a quick study

Source: The Arizona Republic - Kent Somers

Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen settled down after showing some early nerves during the first day of rookie minicamp Friday, May 11, according to head coach Steve Wilks, and Wilks said Rosen is already showing an understanding of the playbook. 'The guy is extremely smart,' Wilks said.

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Rosen is the smartest guy in the room, just ask him. In all seriousness, Rosen is incredibly bright and needed to be challenged according to his former college coach at UCLA Jim Mora Jr. Rosen has a chip on his shoulder because of the 'nine huge mistakes' made in front of him in the 2018 NFL draft. Sam Bradford may be the starter for now, but Rosen has the upside to be a franchise quarterback for the Cardinals. Don't be surprised if he takes over this season.

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3. MIA - David Fales could win backup gig

Source: The Miami Herald - Jordan McPherson

Miami Dolphins QB David Fales was impressive in his Week 17 start last year and will have a chance to compete with QB Brock Osweiler to be the backup quarterback in 2018, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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Fales has a quick throwing motion and he's got great anticipation as a passer. His arm strength isn't the greatest and he's not the biggest guy either. We'll see if he can beat out Osweiler for that backup job to Ryan Tannehill in 2018.

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4. DAL - WR Tavon Austin to be WR first

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Brandon George

Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin will line up at different spot this upcoming season but will be mostly used as a receiver, according to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.

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Austin can be moved around the formation and can line up in the backfield for certain looks. The team will be creative with the way he's used, but we're not expecting much from Austin in 2018.

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5. NO - RB Adrian Peterson an option for Saints?

Source: NFL.com - Herbie Teope

Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Cardinals) would be an option that New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton would consider if the team pursues a veteran running back.

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That's odd because Peterson was such an odd fit for the Saints last year. He only played four games with the Saints in 2017 before getting traded to the Cardinals in October last year. The Saints have Mark Ingram suspended for the first month of the 2018 season, but they should be more than fine with guys like Jonathan Williams backing up starter Alvin Kamara.

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6. NYG - NYG in contact with Ereck Flowers

Source: New York Post - Zach Braziller

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said he has been in contact with OT Ereck Flowers but is not sure if Flowers will participate in offseason workouts.

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Reports indicate Flowers is upset with the Giants signing left tackle Nate Solder in free agency. Perhaps he should be upset with himself as he's struggled to impress playing left tackle since the team selected him in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. If/when Flowers shows up, the Giants will play him at right tackle.

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7. CIN - Cincy signs three more picks

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals second-round draft choice S Jessie Bates, fourth-round draft choice RB Mark Walton and fifth-round draft choice CB Darius Phillips signed four-year contracts with the Bengals Saturday, May 12. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Walton is one of our favorite 'sleeper' RBs in this draft class from a dynasty perspective. There were shades of Clinton Portis to his game when Walton played for the Miami Hurricanes (just like Portis). Walton is not a big back, but at 205 pounds he's got plenty of toughness to run inside and the speed to break it outside when possible. He needs to stay healthy in order to play up to his potential in the pros.

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8. NFL - TE Coby Fleener looking to be medically cleared

Source: NFL.com - Herbie Teope

Free-agent TE Coby Fleener (concussion) is still trying to get medically cleared after suffering a concussion he suffered in Week 12 of the 2017 season, according to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

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Fleener busted during his time with the Saints, and injuries were a part of that failure. He's looking for a fresh start as soon as he's cleared, and there might be a team or two interested in Fleener's services when healthy.

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9. CAR - Garrett Gilbert leader for No. 2 QB job

Source: Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers QB Garrett Gilbert is considered the leading candidate for the No. 2 quarterback job at this point, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

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Gilbert should be in the lead for the backup spot. The Panthers only have Taylor Heinicke and rookie Kyle Allen competing with him.

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10. CHI - QB Aaron Murray trying out

Source: Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs

Free-agent QB Aaron Murray (Rams) is participating in the Chicago Bears' rookie minicamp this weekend on a tryout basis.

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Murray is a camp arm for the Bears. He has experience working with new Bears head coach Matt Nagy from the time he was a backup to Alex Smith with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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11. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah frustrated with role

Source: MLive.com - Nate Atkins

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he was frustrated with the role he had in 2017 because he did not receive consistent touches during games.

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Abdullah needs to earn those consistent touches. He's been nothing but a disappointment during his pro career. However, some say he's just been misused as he should have never been considered a full-time back coming out of Nebraska years ago. Abdullah shouldn't be happy this year either as the Lions added LeGarrette Blount in free agency and Kerryon Johnson (Auburn) in the 2018 NFL draft. Add in Theo Riddick as the pass-catching back and you can see how Abdullah may not get many touches in 2018.

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12. BUF - Buffalo signs Tremaine Edmunds

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills first-round draft choice LB Tremaine Edmunds signed a four-year contract with the Bills Saturday, May 12. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal includes a fifth-year option.

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Edmunds is a freak, and we mean that as the highest compliment. His physical gifts are off the charts, and he's drawn comparisons to Jevon Kearse because of it. He just turned 20 years old earlier this month, and Edmunds has all the upside you can dream of. Edmunds has length, speed, strength and athleticism to dominate at the linebacker position. If he develops, the Bills have a special player with the ability to be the best in the game.

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13. LAC - Derwin James to move around

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers S Derwin James is an 'alpha dog,' according to head coach Anthony Lynn, and Lynn said the defensive staff will be creative with how James is used.

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James is an 'alpha' and can step on the field and immediately be one of the most intimidating players in the league. He played linebacker (both MIKE and SAM), plus outside corner, plus nickel corner and oh yeah - both safety positions during his time in college with the Seminoles. We can't wait to see him fly around the field and help set the tone for a fierce Chargers defense in 2018.

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14. ARI - Chase Edmonds signs rookie deal

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Arizona Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds signed a four-year deal Friday, May 11.

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Edmonds has a compact build at 5'9" 205 pounds. He's a fine receiver out of the backfield with the ability to make defenders look silly with multiple moves in the open field. His lack of bulk might hinder his ability to be a full time player, but he's got the upside to be a decent change-of-pace back in the NFL.

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15. JAX - Allen Lazard to play receiver

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Phillip Heilman

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Lazard said he chose to sign with Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent because the Jaguars were one of the teams who viewed him as a receiver and a not a tight end.

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Measuring in at 6'4" 225 pounds, Lazard is a big-bodied receiver who does a good job of keeping smaller defenders at bay. Every game he played in college, Lazard had at least one reception and recorded an Iowa State record of 48-straight games of doing just that. Lazard is not an elite athlete but has the strength and concentration to be at least a red zone weapon in the pros.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Happy Mother's Day. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J