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Volume 20, #54 -- Thursday Night, June 14th, 2018

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. PIT - No talks between Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

2. CLE - Baker Mayfield not ready for top spot

3. KC - RB Kareem Hunt to participate at camp

4. KC - Patrick Mahomes, WR Sammy Watkins connecting

5. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson sheds sleeve

6. SEA - RB Chris Carson working with the starters

7. NYG - Nate Solder will be fine

8. CLE - WR Corey Coleman entering important year

9. NYJ - Coach high on RB Elijah McGuire

10. NYJ - WR Terrelle Pryor hopes to be ready for camp

11. DEN - WR Jordan Taylor likely to go on PUP list

12. TB - Ronald Jones inks contract

13. NYJ - QB Josh McCown will start at camp

14. DAL - WR Terrance Williams should be ready

15. BUF - WR Zay Jones ready for camp?

16. BAL - WR John Brown returns


1. PIT - No talks between Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

Source: The Athletic - Mark Kaboly

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is not having contract talks with the Steelers at this point.

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It's hard to know how the Steelers will play this for sure, but a new contract doesn't seem to be in the offing. It's a dangerous bit of chicken, because there are few backs in Bell's league and they can only franchise him so many times. If he has a big season, it will cost the Steelers. Bell should be a clear-cut RB1 in fantasy drafts this season.

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2. CLE - Baker Mayfield not ready for top spot

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield is making good progress but has a long way to go before he is ready to compete with QB Tyrod Taylor for the starting quarterback job, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

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The winner here could be a sneaky - albeit low-end - QB2. There are plenty of potential weapons and a solid offensive coordinator. We wouldn't go early on either guy, but it's worth keeping an eye on, especially as Taylor in particular is going at an ADP of 27th quarterback off the board. He could be a real value pick.

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3. KC - RB Kareem Hunt to participate at camp

Source: Chiefs Digest - Matt Derrick

Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt (hamstring) will be fine for the start of training camp, according to head coach Andy Reid. He has missed a large portion of the offseason program with a hamstring issue.

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Hunt will undoubtedly be the starter here, but there are questions. Did he improve in pass protection? How healthy is Spencer Ware, who is good in pass protection? How will Pat Mahomes change the offense? While the answers to those questions are still to be written, we feel Hunt's floor is low-end RB1. That makes him a solid first round choice.

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4. KC - Patrick Mahomes, WR Sammy Watkins connecting

Source: Chiefs.com - B.J. Kissel

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and WR Sammy Watkins already appear to have a good rapport. Their connection has been a 'consistent sight' throughout the offseason program. WR Chris Conley said Watkins has been picking up the offense quickly and CB Steve Nelson added that Watkins has been putting in more time to work out.

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It's hard to believe in Sammy Watkins, but this seems like a promising sign we'd like to see more of. We'd also need to see the Chiefs do what the Rams and Bills couldn't or wouldn't -- use him as a total receiver and more than just a deep threat, without ignoring that part of his game. Right now we are seeing him go as the No. 27 receiver off the board, which isn't bad value.

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5. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson sheds sleeve

Source: Houston Chronicle - John McClain

Updating a previous report, Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (knee) shed the sleeve on his knee this week.

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Watson seems to be right where he should be. If he's healthy, and the Texans don't reinvent the wheel by changing the offense which worked so well last season -- partly because it was close to what he did in college -- then he's a decent QB1 this season.

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6. SEA - RB Chris Carson working with the starters

Source: ESPN.com - Brady Henderson

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson has been working with the first-team offense and ahead of rookie RB Rashaad Penny during minicamp. Carson earned praise from head coach Pete Carroll during OTAs as well.

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The expectation is Penny will turn up and take the starters job in camp, but this is a battle worth watching. Penny's biggest hurdle is pass protection, which Carson can do. There's a good chance the various members of the backfield -- including C.J. Prosise, J.D. McKissic, and Mike Davis -- could eat each other alive and keep everyone's production down.

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7. NYG - Nate Solder will be fine

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, New York Giants OT Nate Solder (knee) will be fine after he injured his knee during practice Thursday, June 14.

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Everyone in New Jersey can breathe a sigh of relief. And hopefully this is the last fight he will have to break up.

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8. CLE - WR Corey Coleman entering important year

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman is entering a make-or-break season and has been working hard during offseason workouts, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Coleman has been lined up as an outside receiver when the team is in three-receiver sets.

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Coleman ha missed a bunch of games and now that the team has brought in Jarvis Landry and reinstated Josh Gordon, he's got more competition than ever. He's got a lot of talent but can he stay on the field? We're dubious and while we like the guy, his ADP of 76th receiver off the board seems dead on.

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9. NYJ - Coach high on RB Elijah McGuire

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell said he has been impressed with RB Elijah McGuire this offseason and believes he has a similar skill set to former NFL RB LaDainian Tomlinson.

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High praise, but he's stuck behind Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell. That's a lot of mouths to feed and McGuire is going to have to really stand out to grab a significant share.

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10. NYJ - WR Terrelle Pryor hopes to be ready for camp

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Terrelle Pryor (ankle) said he hopes to be ready for the start of training camp.

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He's an intriguing option for the Jets, who don't have a lot of intriguing options. That said, we've been waiting for his big moment to come and it's been a while since we've seen him flash that potential he had. Add in the fact that the quarterback situation is unsettled and we'd pass on him in any draft.

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11. DEN - WR Jordan Taylor likely to go on PUP list

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos WR Jordan Taylor (hip) is expected to begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach Vance Joseph.

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Taylor was well behind Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas and second rounder Courtland Sutton, and fighting for a roster spot Isaiah McKenzie, Jordan Leslie and others. This setback will make it much harder to stick.

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12. TB - Ronald Jones inks contract

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, June 14. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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The second round pick could step right into a significant role, but is that an indicator of production? The Buccaneers offensive line wasn't great last year and everyone struggled. Jones is the more explosive player in the backfield, but does have some issues in pass protection -- which could keep him off the field on some downs. He also has great field vision and speed. And while he didn't catch much at USC, he showed some playmaking ability on occasion when they asked him to. We think the line is his biggest challenge, and that is what keeps him from being higher than an upside RB4 and definitely makes him a guy to watch this summer.

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13. NYJ - QB Josh McCown will start at camp

Source: The Athletic - Connor Hughes

New York Jets QB Josh McCown will begin training camp as the starting quarterback, according to head coach Todd Bowles. The starter for Week 1, however, is up in the air.

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We've heard a ton of buzz about Teddy Bridgewater and rookie Sam Darnold, but the Jets know that being good in shorts and a t-shirt is different than good against a real pass rush. Both quarterbacks will have to earn a starting spot, and while we don't think McCown will hold both off, the Jets are wisely making no promises save to give the best guy the job. Whether that's McCown, Bridgewater or Darnold, from a fantasy perspective we are avoiding this group, given the uncertainties of each and the limitations of the offensive skill players around them.

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14. DAL - WR Terrance Williams should be ready

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams (foot) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

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The wide receiver group is a bit disheveled right now, with no real clarity about where Williams fits, save that he is not Dez Bryant's replacement. Allen Hurns and rookie Michael Gallup both look like candidates to be ahead of Williams. We aren't bullish on him and are passing him by in drafts.

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15. BUF - WR Zay Jones ready for camp?

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio - Vic Carucci

Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones (shoulder, knee) could be healthy enough for training camp as head coach Sean McDermott said he has 'no reason not to believe' Jones won't be ready.

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They need him to be, as there aren't a lot of good options on the roster beyond him and Kelvin Benjamin. Jones is a solid route runner when healthy, but the question mark under center and the ones on the offensive line are bigger concerns. We're staying away.

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16. BAL - WR John Brown returns

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens WR John Brown (knee) returned to practice Thursday, June 14.

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Brown was exceptional once upon a time, but three injury filled years later, he's nothing to hang your hat on. He could bounce back but we will wait to pick him up off the waiver wire if he suddenly produces.

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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. And don't forget the Early Bird discount ends TONIGHT.

Peace,

J