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Footballguys.com

Volume 20, #59 -- Tuesday Night, June 19th, 2018

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Good Wednesday to you.

We've got a ton of our Strength Of Schedule content ready for you plus the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, Overview
Our Clayton Gray with an overview of the 2018 strength of schedule.

B. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, QB
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for quarterbacks.

C. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, RB
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for running backs.

D. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, WR
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for wide receivers.

E. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, TE
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for tight ends.

F. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, PK
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for kickers.

G. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, Defense
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for team defenses.

H. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, DB
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for defensive backs.

I. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, LB
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for linebackers.

J. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, DL
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for defensive linemen.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NE - Early TE Rob Gronkowski trade talk confirmed

2. NYJ - WR Terrelle Pryor lost focus

3. IND - PK Adam Vinatieri not thinking retirement

4. BAL - Hayden Hurst signs contract

5. CLE - Greg Robinson lands with Browns

6. DET - Jimmy Raye III hired by Lions

7. CLE - Denzel Ward winning teammates over

8. CLE - Austin Corbett could slide in at LT

9. MIA - WR Danny Amendola making good first impression

10. CAR - D.J. Moore out to nice start

11. NYG - Ereck Flowers impressing at new position


1. NE - Early TE Rob Gronkowski trade talk confirmed

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

The New England Patriots were calling teams about a potential trade involving TE Rob Gronkowski as recently as three days before the NFL Draft to 'some teams they trust,' but a deal was never close enough to getting done to result in Gronkowski being informed about the possibility, according to SI.com's Albert Breer.

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This rumor has been out there for some time now. Gronkowski was considering retirement and took some time before publicly declaring his intent to play in 2018. For the last month or so, the Patriots have been working on another extension for the star tight end. Fantasy owners know what to expect from Gronkowski, and he's going off the board at TE1 (3.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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2. NYJ - WR Terrelle Pryor lost focus

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Terrelle Pryor (ankle) admitted that he wasn't completely focused on football last year due to his ankle ailment. 'It took control of my mind. Right now, I'm healthy and ready to get back to form and have a dominant year.' Pryor added that he loves New York and wants to finish his career with the Jets.

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After a 1,000 yard season with the Browns in 2016, Pryor failed to impress during his time with Washington. He played in only nine games snaring just 20 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown. Pryor is not 100 percent healthy yet and is still recovering from the ankle injury that ended his 2017 season. The hope is that he'll be ready for the start of training camp.

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3. IND - PK Adam Vinatieri not thinking retirement

Source: Colts.com - Andrew Walker

Indianapolis Colts PK Adam Vinatieri said he loves football as much today as he did when he first started playing. The 45-year-old veteran added that he won't be retiring anytime soon as he looks to become the NFL's all-time leading scorer.

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Vinatieri is not just sticking around for the records, he's still capable of playing at a high level. The future Hall of Fame kicker needs seven made field goals to pass Morten Andersen (565) for the most in NFL history. By scoring 58 points, Vinatieri will pass Andersen for the all-time lead in that category.

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4. BAL - Hayden Hurst signs contract

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Baltimore Ravens TE Hayden Hurst singed his four-year rookie deal Tuesday, June 19. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Hurst is a little bit older for a rookie (he'll be 25 in August) due to two years spent in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system. He only dropped one pass over the last three seasons while catching exactly 100 passes during that time. Hurst is not a nuanced route runner and can tip which way he's going before he makes his break. He can line up all over the formation and has reliable hands. The rookie from South Carolina will compete to be the Ravens starting tight end in 2018.

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5. CLE - Greg Robinson lands with Browns

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Free-agent OT Greg Robinson (Lions) signed an undisclosed deal with the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, June 19. OT Roderick Johnson was waived.

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The no.2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Robinson failed to impress in six games for the Lions last year. An ankle injury forced him to Injured Reserve after spending time at both guard and tackle. The Browns can take a chance on him just to see if another fresh start will help (and if he can stay healthy). They're looking for tackle help after Joe Thomas retired back in March.

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6. DET - Jimmy Raye III hired by Lions

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Former Houston Texans assistant general manager Jimmy Raye III was hired by the Detroit Lions as senior personnel executive last week, according to sources.

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Raye has worked for the Chargers, Colts and Texans in the front office. He's got plenty of experience and has been up for a few GM jobs (Houston, Carolina) over the last couple of years. With the Lions, Raye will work under GM Bob Quinn.

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7. CLE - Denzel Ward winning teammates over

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com - Patrick Maks

Cleveland Browns CB Denzel Ward has quickly earned the respect of his teammates on the field and off the field, according to defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. 'When a veteran comes to me and says, 'Hey coach, we're better when Denzel is out there,'' Williams said. 'We'll see. I will give him a couple of reps out there, and we will see.'

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Ward was a bit of a surprise pick with the no.4 selection in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft...especially since Bradley Chubb was still on the board. An undersized by feisty and fast corner, Ward has been practicing with the first-team defense in OTAs and minicamp.

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8. CLE - Austin Corbett could slide in at LT

Source: Medina County Gazette - Scott Petrak

Cleveland Browns OT Austin Corbett could usurp OT Shon Coleman at left tackle, according to beat writer Scott Petrak.

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The first pick in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft, Corbett had 49 starts at left tackle in college at Nevada. At 6'4" 305 pounds, Corbett understands leverage and is a mature player with a strong work ethic. Corbett may not be able to hold up against the speed he'll face on the edge in the NFL, and there are some in the scouting community who feel he might be better off at guard. We'll see if the rookie can continue to impress when the pads come on in training camp.

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9. MIA - WR Danny Amendola making good first impression

Source: MiamiDolphins.com - Andy Kent

Miami Dolphins WR Danny Amendola is 'speaking loudest by his actions or demeanor' more than any other teammate in the early going, as he brings the 'same off-the-charts level of intensity' to each practice. He's been staying on the field as long as anyone, works solo on 'some unique drills,' and when something happens to not go his way, 'there is a brief outburst that screams of how much he cares.'

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Amendola is competing to be the team's no.3 wide receiver behind DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills. The reports out of Dolphins camp have all been positive about Amendola and his connection with QB Ryan Tannehill. Some even think Amendola can catch 75 or so passes this year since Jarvis Landry was traded away. We think around 50 passes would be a more accurate projection. If healthy, the buzz makes Amendola worth gambling on at WR59 (13.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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10. CAR - D.J. Moore out to nice start

Source: SI.com - Albert Breer

Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore has 'looked the part' thus far during organized team activities and minicamp, according to Albert Breer of SI.com.

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The Panthers selected Moore in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft with the idea that he could eventually be a playmaking wide receiver for them. Moore can work from the slot where his quickness and competitiveness can create mismatches. The Panthers want to have a more robust passing attack in 2018, and Moore is going off the board at WR47 (10.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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11. NYG - Ereck Flowers impressing at new position

Source: NJ.com - Matt Lombardo

New York Giants OT Ereck Flowers, who at first expressed unhappiness after being forced to switch from left tackle to right tackle, has been 'impressing teammates and coaches' with the position change, according to Matt Lombardo of NJ.com.

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Flowers did not want to switch to right tackle after beginning his career as the starting left tackle for the Giants. It's always seemed like a more natural position as Flowers is big, strong and powerful. He'll be able to be a road-grading right tackle for a Giants ground game featuring exciting rookie RB Saquon Barkley.

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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