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Volume 20, #49 -- Saturday Night, June 9th, 2018

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Howdy Footballguy,

Good Sunday to you.

We've got some News and Notes for you but first a quick word. The recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain has me thinking and I wanted to pass along something I saw today.

I'm going to guess for most people this is true. Even if they think it's not.

you are not alone

you are loved

you are not a bother to someone

you are someone's everything

please call if you need help 1-800-273-8255

Ok. Back to Football.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Finding Player Upside with Josh Gordon
Our Adam Harstad talks about projecting Josh Gordon, and why it's so important to account for uncertainty.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. ARI - RB David Johnson wasn't injured

2. HOU - Big role for WR Will Fuller?

3. NYJ - Sam Darnold could be No. 3 QB

4. DET - Three options for No. 5 receiver

5. DET - WR T.J. Jones on track for No. 4 WR job

6. NE - WR Dez Bryant unlikely for Patriots

7. LAR - LAR signs entire draft class

8. CLE - WR Josh Gordon could receive extension

9. TB - DE Jason Pierre-Paul to be at minicamp

10. DEN - DaeSean Hamilton flashing potential

11. OAK - QB Derek Carr talks up WR Jordy Nelson

12. SF - QB Jimmy Garoppolo delivering in red zone

13. NE - WR Cordarrelle Patterson earning high marks


1. ARI - RB David Johnson wasn't injured

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero

Updating previous reports, Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, June 7, but he was not injured, according to multiple sources.

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Whatever this was, it doesn't sound like a major thing. The reason for Johnson being sidelined was not disclosed and he did not address reporters after practice.

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2. HOU - Big role for WR Will Fuller?

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller is a 'huge part' of what the Texans want to do on offense, according to wide receivers coach John Perry.

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Fuller is a 'lid lifter' due to his crazy speed and ability to run by defenders on deep routes. The Texans (and fantasy owners) are excited about second-year QB Deshaun Watson and Fuller should be his primary deep threat. Fuller has a current ADP of WR29 (6.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. NYJ - Sam Darnold could be No. 3 QB

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold could serve as the No. 3 quarterback to begin the 2018 season if QB Teddy Bridgewater wins the starting job, in the opinion of ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini.

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The Jets could take it slow with Darnold, who is clearly their QB of the future. The 20-year old from USC has the upside of a franchise quarterback but he's got plenty to work on before he gets there. Bridgewater could be the starter for the Jets, and Josh McCown could back him up until Darnold is deemed ready.

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4. DET - Three options for No. 5 receiver

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Detroit Lions WR Jace Billingsley, Teo Redding and Chris Lacy are expected to be candidates for the No. 5 receiver job during training camp.

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The no.5 receiver for the Lions isn't going to have much fantasy value. We'll monitor these guys and this position in deep dynasty leagues only.

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5. DET - WR T.J. Jones on track for No. 4 WR job

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones is considered the leading candidate for the No. 4 receiver job entering training camp.

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Jones could move up the depth chart if Kenny Golladay slips. Both should put their best foot forward in training camp. Marvin Jones and Golden Tate are locked in as the top two receivers in Detroit.

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6. NE - WR Dez Bryant unlikely for Patriots

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) probably will not be an option for the New England Patriots even if WR Julian Edelman is suspended for four games, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.

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Bryant has been out there on the open market since the Cowboys let him go earlier this offseason. Other than a reported deal with the Ravens (that he turned down), Bryant hasn't been getting any interest. That should change when training camp opens. Bryant may want to go to a contender, but it doesn't sound like the Patriots will be interested.

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7. LAR - LAR signs entire draft class

Source: TheRams.com - Kristen Lago

The Los Angeles Rams signed third-round draft choice OT Joseph Noteboom, fourth-round draft choices C Brian Allen and DE John Franklin-Myers, fifth-round draft choices LB Micah Kiser and DE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, sixth-round draft choice RB John Kelly, OT Jamil Demby, DT Sebastian Joseph and DE Trevon Young and seventh-round draft choices LB Travin Howard and DE Justin Lawler to four-year deals Friday, June 8. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Kelly is the player we're monitoring in dynasty leagues. At 5'10" 216 pounds, Kelly has the size and intent to consistently break tackles and pick up yards through contact. He caught 37 passes last year for the Tennesse Volunteers, so his college days flashed just the beginnings of what he could be.

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8. CLE - WR Josh Gordon could receive extension

Source: ESPNCleveland.com - Tony Grossi

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon could be the next player in line for a contract extension, in the opinion of ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi. He is scheduled to make $790,001 in 2018 and will be a restricted free agent next offseason.

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The Browns have some time to see if Gordon can do two things before he gets extended. First and foremost, he needs to stay out of trouble and show that he's not going to get suspended again for a drug problem. Second, Gordon needs to show that he can stay healthy and produce at a high level again.

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9. TB - DE Jason Pierre-Paul to be at minicamp

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul did not participate in any of the organized team activities but will take part in the mandatory minicamp next week.

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He'll get some work in when things become mandatory. It would've been comforting to see him out there learning a new scheme, but he must think that minicamp and training camp will be enough to get up to speed.

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10. DEN - DaeSean Hamilton flashing potential

Source: The Denver Post - Kyle Fredrickson

Denver Broncos WR DaeSean Hamilton could be a 'diamond in the rough,' according to WR Emmanuel Sanders.

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Hamilton doesn't lose much speed when making his breaks, and he's a refined route runner. The Penn State product will be groomed to eventually (2019?) replace Emmanuel Sanders as the team's no.2 wide receiver. He could get some work in three- and four-wide receiver packages as a rookie in 2018.

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11. OAK - QB Derek Carr talks up WR Jordy Nelson

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr praised WR Jordy Nelson's attention to detail and said he understands why Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers loved throwing to Nelson.

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Nelson may not be what he used to be, but the veteran receiver should become a favorite target of Carr in the Raiders passing game. He's got a current ADP of WR37 (8.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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12. SF - QB Jimmy Garoppolo delivering in red zone

Source: Sacramento Bee - Matt Barrows

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo threw touchdowns on all four of his pass attempts from inside the 9-yard in 11-on-11 drills Tuesday, June 5.

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It would be fantastic if he can carry that over to the regular season in 2018. Fantasy owners are excited by what he could do in his first full season as a starter. He's getting selected as a top-10 fantasy quarterback (QB8) right now in 12-team PPR leagues.

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13. NE - WR Cordarrelle Patterson earning high marks

Source: Boston Herald - Stephen Hewitt

New England Patriots WR Cordarrelle Patterson was called a 'talented player' by head coach Bill Belichick during OTAs, and Patterson said Belichick told him that the Patriots can make him the player that he should be.

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An interesting story here...even if nothing comes of it in the regular season. Patterson has always had insane athletic talent and perhaps those tools will finally be utilized the correct way with his new team.

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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