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Footballguys.com

Volume 20, #39 -- Wednesday Night, May 30th, 2018

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Hi Footballguy,

Good Wednesday to you. We've got new insight for you today from our own Sigmund Bloom along with the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

SITE NEWS

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

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. ATL - RB Tevin Coleman to be utilized more

2. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill sharp in practice

3. CHI - WR Allen Robinson practices Wednesday

4. WAS - TE Jordan Reed doing agility work

5. LAR - RB Todd Gurley the king of big runs last year

6. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy not given much help in 2017

7. SEA - WR Brandon Marshall officially signs

8. SEA - S Kam Chancellor wants to play

9. HOU - DE Jadeveon Clowney back for training camp

10. BUF - DT Harrison Phillips inks rookie contract

11. LAC - TE Austin Roberts signed by Chargers


1. ATL - RB Tevin Coleman to be utilized more

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman said the team 'wants' to use him more, like line him up out wide and 'stuff like that.' Head coach Dan Quinn confirmed this, adding how they want to get both running backs 'really involved' in the passing game. He also thought Coleman made a 'big jump' last season.

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That is great news for fantasy owners and for Coleman as he's in the final year of his contract. He could be used more as a receiver (only 27 receptions in 2017) and Coleman could score near double-digit touchdowns this season. He's RB27 (6.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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2. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill sharp in practice

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill looks even better than he did before sustaining two injuries to the same knee since December of 2016, according to Dolphins defensive back Bobby McCain.

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The Dolphins (and Dolphins fans) are hoping McCain is right. Tannehill is certainly in a 'prove it' year with the Dolphins after missing all of the 2017 season. The team didn't add any young, potential franchise quarterback in the 2018 NFL draft so they are all in on Tannehill this season. He's shed his knee brace and is saying all the right things, but fantasy owners aren't buying his stock. Tannehill is currently going undrafted in 12-team PPR leagues that go 15 rounds.

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3. CHI - WR Allen Robinson practices Wednesday

Source: Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (knee) practiced Wednesday, May 30, for the first time since signing with Bears.

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The Bears should take it slow and steady with Robinson. Things sound like they're on track for the veteran receiver as he prepares for the 2018 season with his new team. Robinson is still working his way towards a full recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 1 last year.

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4. WAS - TE Jordan Reed doing agility work

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toes) is doing agility drills on the side Wednesday, May 30, and looks fine, according to beat writer John Keim.

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Reed only made it through six games last year, so Washington will once again take it easy on him as he returns from yet another injury. We all know Reed can be a top target at the tight end position but he's never played a full 16-game season in his pro career (since 2013). He's getting drafted on potential (again) with a current ADP of TE10 (9.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. LAR - RB Todd Gurley the king of big runs last year

Source: STATS LLC

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley amassed a NFL-high 39 carries of at least 10 yards in 2017, four more than second-place Kareem Hunt and five more than third-place Melvin Gordon.

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Gurley can move the chains with big plays. He ranked 7th in the league last year with 23.7 percent of his rushes going for a first down. The Rams dynamic offense will continue to feature Gurley and he should be one of the top picks off the board in any draft format in 2018.

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6. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy not given much help in 2017

Source: STATS LLC

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy was tackled behind the line of scrimmage 55 times in 287 carries last season, far and away the most in the league.

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Even with so many negative runs, McCoy was 8th in the league with an average of 2.76 yards before contact per rush. The Bills will continue to make him the centerpiece of the offense, and he should face stacked boxes in 2018. No matter who starts at quarterback (A.J. McCarron, Nate Peterman, Josh Allen) we'll see defenses focus on stopping McCoy and daring the young passer to throw.

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7. SEA - WR Brandon Marshall officially signs

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks WR Brandon Marshall officially signed his one-year contract worth up to $2 million Wednesday, May 30. FB Marcus X. Martin was waived in a corresponding move.

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Marshall is not even close to the player he used to be, but he could help on a Seahawks team that lacks depth after Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett. At best, Marshall is on track to be a WR5 for fantasy owners in 2018.

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8. SEA - S Kam Chancellor wants to play

Source: ESPN.com - Brady Henderson

Updating previous reports, Seattle Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (neck) wants to play if his body will allow him, he told 13News Now in his hometown of Norfolk, Va. 'If my body says don't play, I'm not playing,' Chancellor said. 'I don't see myself as old. I feel like I'm still in my prime, so it's not an age thing at all. It's just a matter of structural issues in the neck and if they change or not.'

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Per Liz Mathews (USA Today) on Twitter, Chancellor will undergo a neck scan in late June/early July. We'll see if he can receive medical clearance to continue playing in 2018. With a $6.8 million base salary already fully guaranteed, Chancellor is going to play if he can.

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9. HOU - DE Jadeveon Clowney back for training camp

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) will not participate in organized team activities and is not expected to practice until training camp, according to Bill O'Brien.

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Clowney had his knee scoped about four months ago, and there's no need to rush him back. In the final year of his contract with a $12.3 million salary, Clowney is looking to break the bank.

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10. BUF - DT Harrison Phillips inks rookie contract

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills DT Harrison Phillips signed his four-year rookie deal on Wednesday, May 30.

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A third-round pick out of Standford, Phillips gives the Bills a big body (6'3" 307 pounds) in the middle of the defensive line. A former state champion wrestler, Phillips understands leverage and can win at the point of attack with brute strength. He could begin his career as a rotational player who can stuff the run and get after the quarterback if/when asked.

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11. LAC - TE Austin Roberts signed by Chargers

Source: Chargers.com - Ricky Henne

Undrafted free-agent TE Austin Roberts (UCLA) was signed to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, May 30. LS Anthony Kukwa was waived in a corresponding move.

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The Chargers are looking for help at the TE position after losing Hunter Henry for the season due to a knee injury suffered in OTAs. Roberts is a WR/TE hybrid who can create mismatches over the middle. He's undersized at 6'2" 230 pounds but earned a chance after trying out with the team during rookie minicamp earlier this year.

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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