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Footballguys.com

Volume 20, #53 -- Wednesday Night, June 13th, 2018

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

J

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. IND - QB Andrew Luck makes some progress

2. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert could miss camp

3. NO - RB Terrance West joining Saints

4. PIT - WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has knee issue

5. NYJ - Sam Darnold on his way to starting?

6. BAL - QB Joe Flacco more motivated

7. NO - RB Mark Ingram explains absence

8. CIN - Auden Tate staying at WR

9. BAL - Coach happy with WR Breshad Perriman

10. BAL - WR John Brown misses practice

11. NYJ - WR Robby Anderson does not expect suspension

12. BAL - CB Jimmy Smith back at practice

13. DEN - WR Carlos Henderson may not make team

14. DEN - WR Demaryius Thomas sidelined by toe

15. ATL - Atlanta re-signs Terrence Magee

16. NO - RB DeMarco Murray says no to NO

17. DEN - OLB DeMarcus Ware hired to coaching staff

18. CLE - Antonio Callaway to miss minicamp


1. IND - QB Andrew Luck makes some progress

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) threw 15 to 20 passes during practice Wednesday, June 13, including a 20-yard pass to RB Jordan Wilkins.

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This is what the Colts need to see from Luck as he returns from his shoulder injury. He was throwing a high school football earlier in minicamp, but on Wednesday Luck was throwing an official NFL football during practice. He is not scheduled to participate in practice Thursday, June 14.

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2. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert could miss camp

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert's (back) status for training camp is unclear at this point, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.

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Lewis was non-committal when asked about Eifert's availability for training camp...and for good reason. If it's not one thing, it's another for Eifert in recent years. He's only played 10 games over the last two seasons and cannot be relied on. Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah will get more work while Eifert is out.

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3. NO - RB Terrance West joining Saints

Source: NFL.com - Herbie Teope

Free-agent RB Terrance West (Ravens) is signing an undisclosed deal with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, June 13, according to a source.

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West finally finds a home as he wasn't getting a ton of interest on the open market. A few teams (Eagles, Colts, Jaguars) brought him in to work out, but West gets a chance with the Saints now. The team is looking for veteran depth at the position behind Alvin Kamara...especially with Mark Ingram suspended the first four games of the regular season. West will compete with guys like Jonathan Williams to establish a pecking order at backup running back.

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4. PIT - WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has knee issue

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Darin Gantt

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) has been limited this offseason by what he referred to as a frustrating injury.

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The Steelers are going to be cautious with the talented second-year pro. Smith-Schuster has not participated in team drills during OTAs or minicamp, but he does expect to be ready when training camp begins.

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5. NYJ - Sam Darnold on his way to starting?

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold will be the starting quarterback by Week 1 if he is able to handle everything the Jets are throwing at him, according to offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates.

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Darnold is the quarterback of the future for the Jets, and the faster they can get him up to speed the better...for the team and the coaching staff. Jets head coach Todd Bowles has previously praised Darnold for being an outstanding learner. Darnold said he's focused on learning as much as he can in a relatively short amount of time. Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown will compete with Darnold for the top spot in training camp.

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6. BAL - QB Joe Flacco more motivated

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco appears to be more motivated this offseason as a result of the Ravens drafting QB Lamar Jackson and signing QB Robert Griffin III, according to FS Eric Weddle.

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Flacco has to be feeling the pressure after the Ravens added two quarterbacks this offseason, one (Jackson of course) with a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Under contract through 2020, it seems like Flacco realizes the league is called 'not for long' for a reason. We'll see if Flacco can stay sparked through the 2018 season with so much about his future riding on this season.

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7. NO - RB Mark Ingram explains absence

Source: The Times-Picayune - Josh Katzenstein

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram explained Tuesday, June 12, his absence from voluntary minicamp by stating he was in South Florida working with a personal trainer to improve speed and route running. 'I'm not angry with my contract,' he added. 'I wasn't holding out. I'm in the last year of my deal; of course I'd like an extension, but that's not the reason I wasn't here.'

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There was a ton of speculation that Ingram wanted a new deal...which seems ludicrous given the fact that he's suspended for the first four games of 2018 and Alvin Kamara has emerged as a top weapon for the Saints. Ingram will miss the first month of the season, then he should resume work as the team's no.2 RB behind Kamara.

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8. CIN - Auden Tate staying at WR

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

The Cincinnati Bengals have no plans of moving WR Auden Tate to tight end.

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A seventh-round pick out of Florida State in the 2018 NFL draft, Tate is a big-bodied target (6'5" 228 pounds) with great body control. He's not fast off the line and he's not quick out of his breaks, but Tate presents a large target and can win at the catch point versus smaller defensive backs. We're monitoring his progress in super deep dynasty leagues.

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9. BAL - Coach happy with WR Breshad Perriman

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens wide receivers coach Bobby Engram said he has been happy with how WR Breshad Perriman has caught the ball during offseason workouts but said Perriman needs to continue his development.

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A first-round pick in 2015, Perriman has only played in 27 games over the last three seasons. Reports out of Ravens camp indicate he's dropping passes too often...at least in the media portion of practice. Perriman is owed a $650,000 roster bonus on the third day of training camp and is certainly no lock to make it that far in the revamped Ravens WR corps.

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10. BAL - WR John Brown misses practice

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens WR John Brown (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 13, because of a knee injury he suffered Tuesday, June 12.

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Brown is a seasoned veteran, so the team will monitor his progress closely. He's got the speed to be a 'lid lifter' at the WR position and could become a favorite deep target of QB Joe Flacco this year.

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11. NYJ - WR Robby Anderson does not expect suspension

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Robby Anderson said he does not expect to be suspended by the NFL for his off-field issues.

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He is still facing a misdemeanor reckless driving charge in one case, but the charges in the other case have been dropped. Fantasy owners are taking Anderson at WR41 (9.01) in current 12-team PPR drafts.

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12. BAL - CB Jimmy Smith back at practice

Source: NFL.com - Herbie Teope

Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (Achilles') participated in the second day of minicamp Wednesday, June 13.

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In 2017, Smith was held to just 12 games due to this Achilles' injury. He's been ahead of schedule in his recovery, and this latest report goes along with that. Smith's return to practice could mean he'll be ready in time for training camp in late July.

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13. DEN - WR Carlos Henderson may not make team

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos WR Carlos Henderson (hamstring) is at risk of missing the final roster if he can't get back on the field, according to head coach Vance Joseph.

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Henderson, a third-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, missed his rookie season due to a thumb injury. He looked lost on the field before that injury, but the team was anxious to see what he could do this year as potentially their slot WR. Henderson now has a hamstring injury that is keeping him off the field. He's already fifth (at best) on the depth chart and will need a major turnaround to make the 53-man roster.

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14. DEN - WR Demaryius Thomas sidelined by toe

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (toe) has not been allowed to participate in minicamp because of a sore toe. He wanted to practice Wednesday, June 13, but head coach Vance Joseph did not permit him to do so. Thomas will not practice Thursday, June 14, either.

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All reports indicate this is not a big issue. The Broncos want to be cautious with Thomas and not rush him out there for a June minicamp. Thomas is a seasoned pro who almost had 1,000 yards receiving last year even though the Broncos had a clown car at quarterback with guys like Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch. With Case Keenum entrenched as the starter, we could see Thomas get back to his 1,000-yard ways (with perhaps 90 catches). He's a WR2 for fantasy owners in 2018.

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15. ATL - Atlanta re-signs Terrence Magee

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Will McFadden

Free-agent RB Terrence Magee (Falcons) was re-signed by the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday, June 13. RB Demario Richard was waived in a corresponding move.

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Undrafted out of LSU in 2015, Magee has bounced around to five different teams during his short time in the NFL. Magee is a natural runner but he lacks an outstanding trait to stick on a 53-man roster. He'll compete with 2018 fourth-round pick Ito Smith to be the third-string back behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

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16. NO - RB DeMarco Murray says no to NO

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent RB DeMarco Murray (Titans) declined an invitation to work out for the New Orleans Saints, according to a source. Murray preferred not to work out with a large group of running backs.

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Murray isn't getting much interest on the open market, and he didn't want to be part of the group of RBs the Saints brought into minicamp including guys like Terrance West and Jamaal Charles. He may have to wait for injuries to hit in training camp before latching on with a new team.

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17. DEN - OLB DeMarcus Ware hired to coaching staff

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Retired NFL DE/OLB DeMarcus Ware was hired Wednesday, June 13, by the Denver Broncos as a pass-rush consultant on a part-time basis, according to NFL Network's James Palmer.

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It will be great for the Broncos to have a resource like Ware around. In this role as a consultant, Ware can dip his toe into the coaching waters without having to sacrifice a ton of time. The Broncos won a Super Bowl (50) with Ware as a defensive leader, and guys like Von Miller and Bradley Chubb should greatly benefit from his presence/guidance.

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18. CLE - Antonio Callaway to miss minicamp

Source: ESPN.com - Pat McManamon

Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway (groin) is unlikely to participate in this week's minicamp, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

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This groin injury has kept Callaway out of action, and the explosive rookie needs to get right so he can fully showcase his ability. Callaway is expected to be back for the start of training camp.

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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