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Footballguys.com

Volume 20, #42 -- Saturday Night, June 2nd, 2018

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Hi Footballguy,

Welcome to the Weekend. We've got new research from our Sigmund Bloom today along with all the News and Notes you need, so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

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

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. TB - Peyton Barber in better shape

2. DET - Kerryon Johnson can do it all

3. BAL - RB Kenneth Dixon's knee at full strength

4. CHI - WR Kevin White may be in roster jeopardy

5. BAL - Strong practice from WR Willie Snead

6. NYG - Contract showdown with WR Odell Beckham Jr.?

7. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers wants out in his new deal

8. WAS - WR Josh Doctson finally comfortable

9. SEA - RB Chris Carson bulking up

10. NYJ - WR Devin Smith unlikely to make roster?

11. GB - OLB Clay Matthews goes to hospital


1. TB - Peyton Barber in better shape

Source: PewterReport.com - Scott Reynolds

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber said he turned his excess fat into muscle this offseason, and running backs coach Tim Spencer said Barber appears faster and more agile.

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Barber needs to be in great shape if he's going to win the starting job for the Bucs in 2018. His primary competition is exciting rookie RB Ronald Jones from USC. Jones plays like a young Jamaal Charles and is going to be tough for a big back like Barber to beat. If Barber impresses, the Bucs should use some form of RBBC. Watch this battle unfold in training camp.

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2. DET - Kerryon Johnson can do it all

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson is a 'three-down player' and can handle all situations, according to running backs coach David Walker.

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Walker is right. Johnson, an exciting rookie running back from Auburn, has a bit of Tevin Coleman (Falcons) to his game. The Lions could use him as the primary back in 2018 with Theo Riddick continuing his receiving back role and LeGarrette Blount working as a short-yardage back.

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3. BAL - RB Kenneth Dixon's knee at full strength

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Ryan Mink

Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) said he his knee 'feels totally well,' and he is just working on some minor things during OTAs.

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Dixon missed all of last year while Alex Collins took over the Ravens backfield. Collins should be the lead back, but a healthy Dixon should push Buck Allen for the change-of-pace role in Baltimore.

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4. CHI - WR Kevin White may be in roster jeopardy

Source: Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs

Chicago Bears WR Kevin White is not a lock for the 53-man roster, even though he was a second-round draft pick in 2015. Injuries have limited his effectiveness.

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No surprise here. The no.7 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft has only appeared in five games as a pro. He had blazing speed in college at West Virginia but injuries may have robbed him of his best asset. Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and rookie Anthony Miller should be the top three WRs on the depth chart.

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5. BAL - Strong practice from WR Willie Snead

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Garrett Downing

Baltimore Ravens WR Willie Snead had a 'strong showing' during practice Thursday, May 31, according to Garrett Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com.

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The Ravens completely overhauled their WR corps this offseason. Snead could work as the third receiver behind Michael Crabtree and John Brown. He needs a fresh start after things fell apart for him in New Orleans.

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6. NYG - Contract showdown with WR Odell Beckham Jr.?

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

The New York Giants may be nearing a contract showdown with WR Odell Beckham Jr. He has yet to publicly dismiss an earlier report that he will not set foot on a field without a contract extension.

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The headline grabs you, but Beckham has been at voluntary workouts as a good faith move. Anything is possible but it's likely the Giants get a deal for him at some point...and one that should make him the highest paid receiver in the league.

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7. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers wants out in his new deal

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is looking to have an out inserted into his new contract when it is negotiated.

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It's shocking to think that Rodgers ranks 10th in annual average salary for quarterbacks at this point of his contract. A short-term extension should be in the works between the two sides. Many things have likely been bothersome for Rodgers this offseason (firing QB coach Alex Van Pelt, moving on from WR Jordy Nelson) so the Packers should work to make him happy.

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8. WAS - WR Josh Doctson finally comfortable

Source: CSNMidAtlantic.com - Peter Hailey

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson said his confidence continues to grow and he feels as comfortable as he did when he was playing in college.

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Doctson was a workhorse wide receiver for TCU in college but has yet to really flash as a pro. We'll see if he can make a connection with new QB Alex Smith as his favorite target.

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9. SEA - RB Chris Carson bulking up

Source: MyNorthwest.com - Stacy Rost

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson said he has added about 10 pounds and feels 'a lot more solid' than he did last season.

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Carson was the best back on the Seahawks roster last year but a broken leg held him to only four games as a rookie in 2017. With Rashaad Penny selected in the first round, Carson is competing for a backup spot.

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10. NYJ - WR Devin Smith unlikely to make roster?

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Devin Smith (knee) likely will not make the 53-man roster and could be released before the start of training camp, in the opinion of ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini.

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Smith, a second-round pick out of Ohio State in 2016, has failed to play up to his potential in the pros. He was oft-injured in college, and that injury-proneness has followed him to the NFL. The Jets could clear up $1.2 million in cap space by getting rid of Smith.

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11. GB - OLB Clay Matthews goes to hospital

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews (nose) was sent to the hospital after he was hit in the face by a line drive during a charity softball game.

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This move is just precautionary. It is believed that Matthews only has a broken nose, but he will undergo more tests to see if anything else is wrong.

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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