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Footballguys.com

Volume 20, #48 -- Friday Night, June 8th, 2018

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Howdy Footballguy,

Good Saturday to you. We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. The 10 Toughest Picks of 2018
In Gut Check No. 438, Matt Waldman profiles 10 players with a combination of positives and negatives that make them his toughest fantasy picks of 2018.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. ARI - Extension coming for RB David Johnson?

2. ARI - Minor injury for RB David Johnson

3. MIA - Mike Gesicki starting slow

4. NE - No truth to TE Rob Gronkowski trade rumors

5. PHI - WR Mike Wallace transitioning nicely

6. CHI - OLB Leonard Floyd not a fan of a brace

7. MIN - WR Laquon Treadwell working with starters

8. MIN - WR Kendall Wright a backup?

9. WAS - Derrius Guice showing versatility

10. SF - Dante Pettis prepping for big role

11. CHI - WR Kevin White eager to make an impact

12. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise fighting for spot


1. ARI - Extension coming for RB David Johnson?

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson has a good chance to receive a contract extension before the start of the regular season, in the opinion of NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

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A third-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Johnson is in the final year of his rookie contract and has a base salary of $705,000. The team may want to avoid franchise tagging him next offseason, and Johnson doesn't have as much leverage after missing all but one game last year due to a wrist injury.

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2. ARI - Minor injury for RB David Johnson

Source: The Arizona Republic - Kent Somers

Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson's (undisclosed) undisclosed injury is not consider serious.

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There's not much known about this injury, but reports are assuring everyone that this is no big deal.

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3. MIA - Mike Gesicki starting slow

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki has been a non-factor in the four practices open to reporters the spring and even looked lost at times, according to Adam Beasley of The Miami Herald.

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The rookie from Penn State is going to take some time to convert to the pros. The tight end position is one that usually requires experience before a player breaks out. Gesicki lined up mostly in the slot for the Nittany Lions as an "F" tight end. He's a work in progress in terms of learning the pro game. The rookie is competing with guys like A.J. Derby to be the top tight end for Miami in 2018.

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4. NE - No truth to TE Rob Gronkowski trade rumors

Source: NBC Sports Boston - Michael Giardi

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will not be traded by the end of day as had been widely speculated or rumored earlier in the day Friday, June 8, according to multiple sources.

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There has been some....odd...buzz around the Patriots. It started with the Julian Edelman PED suspension and then these Gronkowski rumors started flying. The Patriots have more drama swirling around their team than normal. This sounds like a non issue, but as always stay tuned.

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5. PHI - WR Mike Wallace transitioning nicely

Source: PhillyVoice.com - Jimmy Kempski

Philadelphia Eagles WR Mike Wallace 'looks the part' as he attempts to secure a starting receiver job this summer, according to Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice.

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Wallace is a veteran receiver who has a game built on speed. He's there to be a 'lid lifter' for the Eagles offense. Wallace will compete in the pecking order at wide receiver behind Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor.

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6. CHI - OLB Leonard Floyd not a fan of a brace

Source: Chicago Tribune - Colleen Kane

Chicago Bears LB Leonard Floyd (knee) has worn a knee brace during organized team activities, but he felt it was restrictive.

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When healthy, Floyd can get after the quarterback. We'll see how he progresses during training camp and the preseason. He hopes to shed the brace before the season starts.

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7. MIN - WR Laquon Treadwell working with starters

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Andrew Krammer

Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell has been working as the third receiver with the first-team offense during OTAs.

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This is certainly a prove it year for the 2016 first-round pick. Treadwell has 21 career receptions in 25 games over two seasons. He's competing with Kendall Wright to be the Vikings no.3 wideout behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.

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8. MIN - WR Kendall Wright a backup?

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Andrew Krammer

Minnesota Vikings WR Kendall Wright has been working with the second-team offense during OTAs.

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Wright had 59 catches for the Bears last year and comes to Minnesota in 2018 to give Kirk Cousins a reliable no.3 or no.4 wide receiver. From a fantasy perspective, Wright is nothing more than a WR6 who could have some flex value during bye weeks in deep leagues.

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9. WAS - Derrius Guice showing versatility

Source: CSNWashington.com - JP Finlay

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said it has been 'exciting' to watch RB Derrius Guice catch the ball during OTAs.

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He only had 32 catches over three seasons at LSU, but Guice has been working on improving his hands and receiving ability. While it's good that he improved his receiving game, Washington should use Chris Thompson as their primary receiving threat out of the backfield.

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10. SF - Dante Pettis prepping for big role

Source: 49ers.com - Joe Fann

San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis is currently learning all three receiver positions and is being taught more than a typical rookie, according to wide receivers coach Mike LaFleur.

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Pettis is more than just a great return man. In college at Washington, Pettis showed great desire on the field and will fight for any pass in his direction. He's a good route runner and knows how to create space after making his break. He's a dynasty prospect we're excited about. In 2018, Pettis should be the fourth receiver on the depth chart behind Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin and Trent Taylor.

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11. CHI - WR Kevin White eager to make an impact

Source: Chicago Tribune - Dan Wiederer

Chicago Bears WR Kevin White has been practicing with 'a lot of passion' during OTAs, according to QB Mitchell Trubisky, and Trubisky said the two have been communicating on an off the field.

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It's a make-or-break year for White. A first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, White's career has been set back by injuries and he's only played five games in three seasons. With Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller ahead of him on the depth chart, White is competing to be the fourth spot.

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12. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise fighting for spot

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise has 'looked good' during OTAs, according to head coach Pete Carroll, but Carroll said Prosise is 'battling' for a roster spot.

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Prosise is clearly on the bubble this year. He's a speedy change-of-pace back who can make plays in space. It might be difficult to find a spot for him in the rotation with rookie first-round pick Rashaad Penny set to be the lead back in 2018.

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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