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Footballguys.com

Volume 20, #27 -- Friday Night, May 18th, 2018

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Hi Footballguy,

Welcome to the Weekend. If you can pull yourself away from the Royal Wedding, we've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. AFC East - Backfield Study
Our Sigmund Bloom takes a look at AFC East backfield productivity, volume, and efficiency numbers in 2017 and how to use that data in 2018 drafts.

B. Atlanta Team Report
Our Footballguys Team Reports bring everything you need to know into one place. In this one, we look at Atlanta.

C. Carolina Team Report
Our Footballguys Team Reports bring everything you need to know into one place. In this one, we look at Carolina.

D. New Orleans Team Report
Our Footballguys Team Reports bring everything you need to know into one place. In this one, we look at New Orleans.

E. Tampa Bay Team Report
Our Footballguys Team Reports bring everything you need to know into one place. In this one, we look at Tampa Bay.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. ATL - WR Julio Jones not expected at workouts

2. NYG - Odell Beckham expected for voluntary OTAs

3. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah unlikely to contribute much

4. WAS - RB Chris Thompson in line for big role?

5. NYG - WR Roger Lewis the No. 3 receiver?

6. DEN - TE Jeff Heuerman to work with starters

7. NE - Jason King back with NE

8. NFL - WR Vincent Jackson retired

9. OAK - Oakland finalizes deal with Kolton Miller

10. NYJ - TE Jordan Leggett the favorite to start?

11. KC - WR Demarcus Robinson to emerge in 2018?


1. ATL - WR Julio Jones not expected at workouts

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is not expected to report for organized team activities next week, according to sources.

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Trying to put a positive spin on this, Jones not attending could will give Matt Ryan more time with rookie Calvin Ridley, which can only pay off when the regular season starts. They'll have some extra time to build chemistry.

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2. NYG - Odell Beckham expected for voluntary OTAs

Source: ESPN.com - Josina Anderson

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) will likely be present for the start of the offseason conditioning program on May 21 despite the fact he and the team have yet to come to terms on a contract extension, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

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This is to the benefit of everyone. This offense has not been together since the beginning of last season. they need time to get in sync. We expect backup to have a pretty good bounce-back year coming off of an injury. A new offensive line will helpfully give Eli Manning time to move the ball and get it to his best receiver.

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3. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah unlikely to contribute much

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount are expected to receive much of the early-down work with Theo Riddick playing a third-down role, potentially leaving Ameer Abdullah potentially as a game-day inactive or on the roster bubble, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.

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And what a mess this seems to be. This looks like a full-blown committee, which could limit every single back's value. We'll have to watch how this shakes out, but it looks grim for fantasy owners.

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4. WAS - RB Chris Thompson in line for big role?

Source: NFL.com - Gregg Rosenthal

Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice will likely be the starter according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, but Rosenthal said it 'wouldn't be a surprise' if RB Chris Thompson ended up playing more snaps this year.

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Thompson catches the ball well, and is a much better pass protector. So with the, not-terribly-mobile-but-not-a-statue Alex Smith under center, Washington may decide Thompson is the better bet to protect their quarterback. Guice should get plenty of carries, but Thompson may be a sneaky player to target in this offense.

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5. NYG - WR Roger Lewis the No. 3 receiver?

Source: NFL.com - Gregg Rosenthal

New York Giants WR Roger Lewis could emerge as the No. 3 receiver this year ahead of WR Cody Latimer, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.

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That would probably put him fourth in the pecking order at least behind Odell Beckham jr., Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram, as well as potentially rookie Saquon Barkley.

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6. DEN - TE Jeff Heuerman to work with starters

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman will line up with the first-team offense during organized team activities next week.

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The Broncos only targeted their tight ends 71 times last year, and that's out of 546 pass attempts overall and only 11 times in the red zone. That's not a ton of opportunities for the position. So we are not excited at this point.

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7. NE - Jason King back with NE

Source: Patriots.com

Free-agent OG Jason King (Patriots) re-signed with the New England Patriots Friday, May 18. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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The Patriots need to keep their remaining offensive line intact. This is a good signing to keep them with some depth.

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8. NFL - WR Vincent Jackson retired

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Free-agent WR Vincent Jackson (Buccaneers) is retired from professional football, according to one of his representatives.

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Jackson had several promising parts of Seasons but never really put it all together. We wish him luck in his post football life.

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9. OAK - Oakland finalizes deal with Kolton Miller

Source: Raiders.com

The Oakland Raiders signed first-round OT Kolton Miller to a four-year contract with a fifth-year option Friday, May 18. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

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Many pundits thought this was an odd pick for the Raiders, as they aren't too far from having a top-rated offense of line just a few years ago. And they had more needs on the defensive side of the ball. But he's a solid player and should be a nice addition to this line.

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10. NYJ - TE Jordan Leggett the favorite to start?

Source: NJ.com - Darryl Slater

New York Jets LB Jordan Leggett missed his entire rookie season last year due to a knee injury but may have a slight edge over rookie Chris Herndon for the starting tight end job, according to Darryl Slater of NJ.com.

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It doesn't matter a whole heck of a lot, as we don't expect much from other the offense in general, or tight end specifically. The Jets have been a fantasy Wasteland at tight end for a long time. It's not changing now.

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11. KC - WR Demarcus Robinson to emerge in 2018?

Source: NFL.com - Gregg Rosenthal

Kansas City Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson's rapport with QB Patrick Mahomes and the presence of WR Tyreek Hill and WR Sammy Watkins on the outside should allow him to exploit defenses underneath this season, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.

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It's hard to say exactly how much faith to put in second-year quarterback Mahomes. This sounds promising, but let's see this against actual defenders before we get too excited. That said it's worth noting even this early on, especially for those of you who own Mahomes in Dynasty leagues.

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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