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Volume 20, #23 -- Monday Night, May 14th, 2018

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

J

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NO - RB Adrian Peterson open to Saints return

2. DAL - Michael Gallup finding his role

3. TB - Ronald Jones to play every down?

4. ARI - Christian Kirk was arrested

5. LAC - Nelson Spruce signed by LAC

6. DAL - DT Maliek Collins has surgery

7. HOU - S Tyrann Mathieu will be used as safety

8. CAR - WR Russell Shepard released

9. PIT - Pittsburgh signs Damoun Patterson

10. NE - NE unlikely to pursue QB Johnny Manziel

11. WAS - S DeAngelo Hall retires

12. NYG - Ereck Flowers reports

13. CHI - Anthony Miller a complete receiver?


1. NO - RB Adrian Peterson open to Saints return

Source: ESPN.com - Josina Anderson

Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Cardinals) said he would be open to signing with the New Orleans Saints this offseason even though things did not work out between the two sides last season.

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It's just an odd fit...just like it was last year. The Saints have left the door open to a return for Peterson and now he's open with it as well. Peterson didn't fit the Saints offense and was traded away last October.

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2. DAL - Michael Gallup finding his role

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup said he is going to focus on running his routes and won't try to come in and replace WR Dez Bryant.

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Gallup could end up as a no.1 wide receiver for the Cowboys in the future. The speed of his transition to the pros will determine how soon he can make that sort of impact. Gallup can make acrobatic catches and has a bit of Brandon Lloyd to his game.

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3. TB - Ronald Jones to play every down?

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones has been catching a variety of passes during rookie minicamp and will have the opportunity to play in space and line up as a receiver in head coach Dirk Koetter's offense.

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Jones has the type of ability that puts him on the field on all three downs. He can be a dangerous runner with the speed to score from anywhere. Jones can also be used as a receiver out of the backfield, but he can also line up in the slot if need be. It may not take long for him to ascend to the top of the depth chart for the Bucs.

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4. ARI - Christian Kirk was arrested

Source: The Arizona Republic - Kent Somers

Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk was arrested in February and charged with criminal damage for allegedly throwing rocks at cars while intoxicated.

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The case is pending and a Cardinals spokesman said the team is aware of the incident and spoke with Kirk at length about it. 'Our understanding is that the process will be resolved in the near future, but while it remains an active legal matter, we won't comment further.

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5. LAC - Nelson Spruce signed by LAC

Source: Chargers.com - Ricky Henne

Free-agent WR Nelson Spruce (Chiefs) was signed to an undisclosed deal by the Los Angeles Chargers Monday, May 14.

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Spruce has bounced around the league a bit since entering as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado in 2016. He has good quickness on underneath routes and can work the sidelines. He's a long shot to make the 53-man roster.

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6. DAL - DT Maliek Collins has surgery

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys DT Maliek Collins (hand) underwent surgery to repair a broken left fifth metatarsal Monday, May 14, according to a source.

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The hope is that Collins will be able to return by the end of training camp and be ready for Week 1. Collins suffered the injury in workouts last week.

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7. HOU - S Tyrann Mathieu will be used as safety

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans FS Tyrann Mathieu will only be used at safety, and the team wants Mathieu to concentrate on becoming a leader of the secondary.

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Mathieu received playing time at linebacker, cornerback and safety while with the Arizona Cardinals. Expect the Texans to follow suit with his versatility.

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8. CAR - WR Russell Shepard released

Source: Panthers.com - Bryan Strickland

Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers WR Russell Shepard was officially released Monday, May 14.

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Shepard is incredibly athletic but he's still somewhat raw as a receiver. Reports indicated he didn't want to take a pay cut, leading to his release. The Panthers have added plenty of talent to the receiving corps and should not miss Shepard. We'll see if he can latch on as a reserve receiver and return man somewhere else.

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9. PIT - Pittsburgh signs Damoun Patterson

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Undrafted free-agent WR Damoun Patterson (Youngstown State) signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday, May 14. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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The Steelers have an eye for wide receiver talent, so in super super deep dynasty leagues we'll monitor Patterson. His skill set and size say he'll struggle to make the roster as a receiver (even though he's a deep threat) but might be able to contribute as a return man.

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10. NE - NE unlikely to pursue QB Johnny Manziel

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) likely will no longer be pursued by the New England Patriots after the Patriots selected QB Danny Etling in the 2018 NFL Draft, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.

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Etling is a camp arm for the Patriots, and he may struggle to be much more for the team or in the NFL. Manziel is trying to make a comeback to the league and the Patriots were reportedly interested. Etling's presence shouldn't prevent them from being interested in another quarterback, but Reiss is one of the most connected writers out there...so we take it as gospel.

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11. WAS - S DeAngelo Hall retires

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Washington Redskins S DeAngelo Hall retired from professional football Monday, May 14.

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A top-10 pick in 2004 (Falcons), most people will remember Hall for his time with Washington. With a few Pro Bowl nods under his belt, Hall retires after a long and successful career. Reports indicate he wants to get into sports media.

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12. NYG - Ereck Flowers reports

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

New York Giants OT Ereck Flowers reported to offseason workouts Monday, May 14.

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Flowers has been staying away from the team as he was reportedly unhappy with the Giants decision to sign left tackle Nate Solder in free agency. A trade is still an option, but the team intends to play him at right tackle.

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13. CHI - Anthony Miller a complete receiver?

Source: Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell

Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller said he isn't afraid of the 'physical element' of the game and is a willing blocker in the running game.

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Miller had 238 career catches at Memphis and scored 37 touchdowns (32 over the last two years). He's got tremendous work ethic and will be a team-first guy who does whatever it takes to contribute. We'll see if he can make progress as a blocker, but there's no doubt he won't shy away from the work he needs to do in that area.

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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