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Volume 20, #25 -- Wednesday Night, May 16th, 2018

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Hi Footballguy,

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

J

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. CHI - WR Allen Robinson where he needs to be

2. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton impressing early on

3. JAX - RB Terrance West visiting Jaguars

4. SEA - Seahawks add Keenan Reynolds

5. SEA - Rashaad Penny signs rookie deal

6. NE - New England signs Duke Dawson

7. BAL - Two Ravens rookies signed

8. OAK - Marcell Ateman inks deal

9. OAK - Maurice Hurst signs contract


1. CHI - WR Allen Robinson where he needs to be

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (knee) is ahead of the game and looking good as he continues to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in Week 1 last year.

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Robinson signed a three-year, $42 million contract with the Bears this offseason to be the lead receiver. The Bears are hoping he can regain his form from 2015 when he had 1,400 yards receiving with the Jaguars. Head coach Matt Nagy said the Bears feel good about Robinson's prognosis and that he won't need to be rushed back.

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2. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton impressing early on

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton has stood out so far in the offseason program and appears to be giving new head coach Frank Reich and the coaching staff his full effort.

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Hilton has to be re-energized after a down season in 2017 that saw him fail to reach 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in four years. He's not catching passes from QB Andrew Luck yet, but the team is hopeful to get that dynamic duo fired up again in 2018. Hilton finished 2017 as WR25 (standard-scoring leagues) but could approach top-15 numbers (or higher) if the Colts offense is clicking on all cylinders.

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3. JAX - RB Terrance West visiting Jaguars

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent RB Terrance West (Ravens) is visiting with the Jacksonville Jaguars Wednesday, May 16.

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West has three teams (Jaguars, Colts, Eagles) interested in his services at this time. Coming off a season where he averaged a career-low 3.5 yards per carry, West isn't going to be handed any easy path to playing time. Certainly the Jaguars would only use him for veteran depth behind starter Leonard Fournette. If added, West would compete with guys like Corey Grant and T.J. Yeldon for pecking order on the depth chart.

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4. SEA - Seahawks add Keenan Reynolds

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WR Keenan Reynolds (Redskins) signed a deal with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, May 16.

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A sixth-round pick out of Navy in the 2016 NFL draft for the Ravens, Reynolds is a converted college quarterback with incredible athleticism. He hasn't yet been able to stick with a team as he lasted about a year in Baltimore and about a year in Washington. We'll see if things start to click for him in the Northwest.

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5. SEA - Rashaad Penny signs rookie deal

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny signed his four-year rookie deal on Wednesday, May 16.

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Behind Saquan Barkley (Giants), Penny may be the best all-purpose back in this draft. At 220 pounds, Penny has the size to handle a big workload. He can run between the tackles but isn't a traditional bulldozer inside. Penny instead is a fluid runner who can string together multiple moves to create his own space. He's also a good receiver out of the backfield. After having a mess of a backfield for a couple of years, the Seahawks are hoping Penny can be their centerpiece at the position. Fantasy owners are drafting Penny at RB27 (6.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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6. NE - New England signs Duke Dawson

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots CB Duke Dawson signed his four-year rookie contract Wednesday, May 16. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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The Patriots needed help in their secondary, and that's why they drafted Dawson out of Florida in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft. Dawson measures in at 5'10" 197 pounds, so he's not the largest corner but he plays with the heart of a lion. He is super aggressive when the ball is in the air and does a good job of timing when a pass is coming in. His aggressiveness can be used against him at times (on double moves, etc), but Dawson has a swagger that should help boost the Pats secondary.

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7. BAL - Two Ravens rookies signed

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Baltimore Ravens TE Mark Andrews and OT Orlando Brown Jr. signed their four-year rookie deals Wednesday, May 16. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Andrews is the player to highlight here for fantasy owners. At 6'5" 256 pounds, Andrews can create mismatches with his athleticism down the seam. He's not much of a blocker and needs work on his technique, but Andrews has good hands and should become a favorite target of his quarterback. We'd be more excited about his pro prospects if the Ravens hadn't also selected Hayden Hurst (South Carolina tight end) in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.

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8. OAK - Marcell Ateman inks deal

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Darin Gantt

Oakland Raiders WR Marcell Ateman signed his four-year rookie deal Wednesday, May 16. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Ateman was a value pick for the Raiders in the seventh round. At 6'4" 216 pounds, Ateman's size really stands out. Turn on the tape and you see strong hands on a receiver who primarily ran '9' routes and deep outs. He's not a burner by any means, but his concentration and strong hands could make him a nice target near pay dirt. The rookie is buried on the depth chart behind guys like Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant. That will give him time to learn the pro game, so dynasty owners will have to be patient to see his potential pay off.

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9. OAK - Maurice Hurst signs contract

Source: Raiders.com

Oakland Raiders DT Maurice Hurst signed his four-year rookie deal Wednesday, May 16. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Hurst has first-round tools but fell to the fifth round due to a heart condition that obviously scared teams off. He's got a dash of Warren Sapp to his game and could prove to be the steal of the draft for the Raiders. Hurst, measuring in at 6'1" 292 pounds, gets off the line of scrimmage quickly and can find the play in a hurry. He's one of the most disruptive defensive players in this draft class and should be a great presence for the Raiders inside on the defensive line.

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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