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Footballguys.com

Volume 20, #28 -- Saturday Night, May 19th, 2018

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Hi Footballguy,

Good Sunday to you. I hope you've recovered for your Wedding Party Festivities. We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DAL - WR Terrance Williams arrested

2. CFL - QB Johnny Manziel headed to Canada

3. ATL - WR Julio Jones wants contract update

4. NO - Nate Wozniak switching positions

5. DET - Tyrell Crosby unlikely to start

6. CHI - Three Bears may be camp PUP candidates

7. ARI - CB Jamar Taylor likely will start

8. DET - Detroit may be interested in two DTs

9. LAC - S Rayshawn Jenkins working at FS

10. NE - CB Jason McCourty may see time at safety


1. DAL - WR Terrance Williams arrested

Source: USA TODAY Sports - A.J. Perez

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams was arrested in Dallas Saturday, May 19, on suspicion of public intoxication. He could also be charged with fleeing the scene of an accident and striking a structure or highway landscaping depending on his involvement in a one-car accident of his Lamborghini.

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This sounds like it could have been much worse, and Williams should consider himself lucky that he was able to walk away. Without Dez Bryant, the Cowboys need Williams to have a bounce back year. Last year, Williams only went over 100 yards receiving in a game once and didn't have a receiving touchdown. He needs to get healthy (currently recovering from offseason foot surgery), stay out of trouble and show that he can produce at a higher level in 2018.

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2. CFL - QB Johnny Manziel headed to Canada

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) has announced that he will be signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He is scheduled to receive a two-year contract, according to a source.

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Manziel's comeback tour now head up North, and it will be interesting to see what kind of play he can provide up in Canada. A first-round pick of the Browns in 2014, Manziel failed to make it in the NFL due to off-field issues. He seems to have his life back on track but won't get a ticket back to the NFL just yet. If he performs well for the Tiger-Cats (and stays out of trouble) then perhaps there will be a team that takes a chance on Manziel in the NFL once again.

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3. ATL - WR Julio Jones wants contract update

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is not expected to participate in organized team activities in part because he wants the team to update his contract.

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We should see the Falcons move to get something done with the superstar receiver. He's got three years left on his deal and doesn't hit free agency until 2021. Jones has been in regular contact with head coach Dan Quinn and the team is open to updating Jones' contract. Jones is scheduled to make $10.5 million in 2018.

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4. NO - Nate Wozniak switching positions

Source: The Times-Picayune - Josh Katzenstein

New Orleans Saints TE Nate Wozniak will be used as an offensive tackle with the Saints even though he has only played tight end during his football career. He weighed 283 pounds during the rookie minicamp and has a target goal of around 300 pounds.

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Wozniak isn't much of a receiver, but he's listed at 6'9" 283 pounds. That's a good start if he wants to play tackle in the NFL. It's a transition we've seen before as years ago Jason Peters went from playing tight end in college to being one of the best offensive tackles in the game. Wozniak obviously has his work cut out for him, and is highly unlikely to turn out the way Peters did in the NFL.

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5. DET - Tyrell Crosby unlikely to start

Source: The Detroit News - Justin Rogers

Detroit Lions OT Tyrell Crosby likely will not be one of the five starting offensive linemen this upcoming season unless there is an injury, in the opinion of The Detroit News' Justin Rogers.

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He fell in the draft, but the Lions decided to take a chance on him in the fifth round. Crosby should be a swing tackle behind starters Taylor Decker and Rick Wagner. Both of those players missed some time in 2017, and the Lions did not have answers at the position. Perhaps Crosby can help that.

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6. CHI - Three Bears may be camp PUP candidates

Source: Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (knee), LB Leonard Floyd (knee) and OG Kyle Long (elbow, neck, shoulder) could all start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, in the opinion of The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs.

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Robinson is the player fantasy owners are monitoring closely here. All reports about Robinson's recovery have been positive and Bears coach Matt Nagy said Robinson is "ahead of the game" in his rehab.

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7. ARI - CB Jamar Taylor likely will start

Source: The Arizona Republic - Kent Somers

Arizona Cardinals CB Jamar Taylor likely will be the starting cornerback opposite CB Patrick Peterson this upcoming season.

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A second-round pick for the Dolphins in 2013, Taylor spent the last two seasons with the Browns. He's not a tremendous player but he should be an upgrade for the Cardinals over Brandon Williams. The Cardinals acquired Taylor from the Browns in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2020.

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8. DET - Detroit may be interested in two DTs

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Free-agent DT Alan Branch (Patriots) and DT Ricky Jean-Francois (Patriots) could be options for the Detroit Lions because they are familiar with head coach Matt Patricia's defensive scheme, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein.

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The Patriots did not exercise Branch's option, and he's gotten little to no interest on the open market. It makes sense to reunite him with Patricia, and the Lions should have interest as they look for a Haloti Ngata replacement.

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9. LAC - S Rayshawn Jenkins working at FS

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers S Rayshawn Jenkins has been lining up at free safety during offseason workouts.

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A fourth-round pick out of Miami in 2017, Jenkins is big, fast and physical. He can play in the box, but he's got the ball instincts to work as a two-deep safety as well.

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10. NE - CB Jason McCourty may see time at safety

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots CB Jason McCourty may see some time at safety this upcoming season depending on the defensive package.

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McCourty is going to help the depth in the Patriots secondary at multiple positions. They needed CB help to replace Malcolm Butler, but McCourty can play corner or safety. One of the most interchangeable teams in the NFL, it's no surprise they would move McCourty around the back half of the defense.

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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