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Volume 20, #9 -- Monday Night, April 30th, 2018

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Hi Footballguy,

Good Tuesday to you.

I hope your day's going as smooth as this little guy bringing it home from third base.

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

J

SITE NEWS

A. Bloom 100 - Post Draft Version
Our Sigmund Bloom with an updated version of the must-read Bloom 100.

B. Rookie Rankings
It's May 1 and we've got our Rookie Rankings ready for you. These will obviously change as the spring and summer progress but here's how our Staffers see the Rookies right now.

C. NFL Draft: Fantasy Football Winners and Losers
Our Alessandro Miglio takes a look at the winners and losers from 2018 NFL draft from a redraft perspective.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. CLE - Intangibles separated Baker Mayfield

2. WAS - Derrius Guice expected to start

3. DET - Kerryon Johnson's durability no concern

4. PHI - WR Nelson Agholor's option picked up

5. SF - DE Arik Armstead's option picked up

6. HOU - RB Alfred Blue contract update

7. NYG - Ereck Flowers shopped during draft

8. MIN - Cayleb Jones suspended

9. JAX - WR Jaelen Strong released

10. MIN - Minnesota brings back CB Terence Newman

11. GB - Joe Callahan cut

12. DAL - Mike White to push for No. 2 QB job

13. DAL - Dallas worked out RB Lance Dunbar

14. NO - J.T. Barrett invited to Saints camp

15. BUF - WR Kelvin Benjamin talks on hold

16. IND - Nyheim Hines a dual threat


1. CLE - Intangibles separated Baker Mayfield

Source: JReidDraftScout

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield's off-field intangibles gave him the edge in being viewed as the best quarterback in this year's class by the Browns, according to vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith Sr.

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Highsmith specifically noted Mayfield's intelligence, competitiveness and efficacy as favorable traits. Mayfield is certainly an alpha male and believes he's the one who can turn things around for the Browns. It's going to be interesting to watch and see if Mayfield can start from day one. He should as he has the accuracy and ability to do so, but the Browns may begin this season with Tyrod Taylor as their starter. Stay tuned...and pay close attention to which WRs Mayfield seems to form the strongest bond with leading up to the regular season.

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2. WAS - Derrius Guice expected to start

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice is expected to start for the team.

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Guice is immediately the most talented running back in Washington's room. The buzz is Guice fell in the draft due to concerns about his motivation. Advantage; Washington, who now upgrades the position if they can keep Guice on the right track. They'll still use Chris Thompson as a change-of-pace back, and now Samaje Perine goes to the bench as a reserve player behind Guice.

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3. DET - Kerryon Johnson's durability no concern

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson's durability is not a concern, according to general manager Bob Quinn. 'He'll hold up,' Quinn said. 'So we feel really good about that. There's no issues with his durability for us.'

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Johnson has an angular build at 6' 213 pounds, and he doesn't shy away from contact. His build, combined with his running style is a cause for concern to some. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares Johnson's skill set to that of Tevin Coleman. It will be interesting to see how the Lions create touches for a backfield that includes Johnson, LeGarrette Blount, Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.

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4. PHI - WR Nelson Agholor's option picked up

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor's fifth-year option was exercised Monday, April 30, according to sources.

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Agholor had yet to play up to his potential as a first-round pick until 2017. Expect the Eagles to try to sign him to a long-term deal if he continues his solid play.

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5. SF - DE Arik Armstead's option picked up

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

San Francisco 49ers DE Arik Armstead's fifth-year option was exercised Monday, April 30, according to sources.

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A first-round pick in 2015, Armstead has not played a full 16-game season since his rookie year. He's only played in 14 games over the last two seasons and is transitioning to more of a run-stuffing role in 2018. We'll see if he can hold up with this new role. The fifth-year option is guaranteed only for injury.

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6. HOU - RB Alfred Blue contract update

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Updating a previous report, Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue's one-year contract is worth $880,000.

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The Texans didn't get a back in the 2018 NFL draft (a deep and talented class), so they decided to bring back Blue. He'll serve as the third-string back behind Lamar Miller and D'Onta Foreman (when healthy).

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7. NYG - Ereck Flowers shopped during draft

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants OT Ereck Flowers was shopped to other teams during the 2018 NFL Draft, but teams believed the Giants' asking price of a middle-round draft choice was too high, according to a source.

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Flowers has failed as a left tackle, so the Giants went out in free agency and spent big money on Nate Solder. They wanted Flowers to move to the right side, but it seems like he is not happy staying with the team. Flowers needs to get used to the idea of playing right tackle...or inside at guard because he's just not athletic enough to handle the premiere pass rushers on the left side.

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8. MIN - Cayleb Jones suspended

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Minnesota Vikings WR Cayleb Jones has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

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Undrafted by the Eagles out of Arizona in 2016, Jones has been buried on the Vikings depth chart since late that year. This suspension isn't going to help him make the final roster. We'll see if he can do enough in camp to keep his job.

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9. JAX - WR Jaelen Strong released

Source: FirstCoastNews.com - Mike Kaye

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jaelen Strong was released Monday, April 30, according to a source.

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A third-round pick of the Texans in 2015, injuries and inconsistencies have derailed Strong's pro career. He's just never played up to his physical potential and is running out of chances to prove himself at the pro level. Strong is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last December with the Jaguars and his status for the start of the regular season is in question.

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10. MIN - Minnesota brings back CB Terence Newman

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent CB Terence Newman (Vikings) re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings Monday, April 30. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Newman is the Vikings version of the 'guarantee on the box' in Tommy Boy -- he may not do much but it makes you feel good to have him there. The veteran corner is nearing 40-years old and should see his snaps decline in 2018.

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11. GB - Joe Callahan cut

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers QB Joe Callahan was released Monday, April 30.

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No need for Callahan after the team traded for Deshone Kizer earlier this year. We'll see Kizer compete for the backup job behind Aaron Rodgers with Bret Hundley.

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12. DAL - Mike White to push for No. 2 QB job

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys QB Mike White will compete with QB Cooper Rush for the backup quarterback job during training camp.

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Rush, undrafted out of Central Michigan in 2017, has some Kellen Moore to his game. While White, the rookie draft pick from Western Kentucky, has a rocket arm we see Rush as more of a cerebral quarterback with limited arm talent. Dynasty owners (in super deep leagues) should be a bit more interested in White just given his natural tools for passing the ball.

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13. DAL - Dallas worked out RB Lance Dunbar

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Free-agent RB Lance Dunbar (Rams) recently worked out for the Dallas Cowboys.

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Undrafted out of North Texas in 2012, Dunbar spent most of his career with the Cowboys-- bouncing on and off the roster. He spent one year with the Rams (2017) and now finds himself looking for work. The Cowboys are likely just updating their emergency list.

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14. NO - J.T. Barrett invited to Saints camp

Source: Twitter

Undrafted free-agent QB J.T. Barrett (Ohio State) will attend the New Orleans Saints' rookie minicamp.

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Barrett is going to be there on a tryout basis. He showed well at the East-West Shrine Game earlier this year, but his limitations as a passer prevented him from getting more than a rookie camp invite. We'll see if he can impress enough as a quarterback -- or an athlete -- to get a spot on the Saints for minicamp and OTAs.

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15. BUF - WR Kelvin Benjamin talks on hold

Source: The Buffalo News - Jay Skurski

Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin won't have contract talks on an extension until at least the summer, according to general manager Brandon Beane.

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The Bills have to see how Benjamin fits into the new offense. Benjamin also needs to show them he will have the ability to stay healthy and make a larger impact in 2018.

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16. IND - Nyheim Hines a dual threat

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Stephen Holder

Indianapolis Colts RB Nyheim Hines has a unique skill set that should enable him to be a factor in the offense as both a runner and receiver. Hines played two years of receiver in college before moving to the backfield after a logjam cleared. Hines said multiple teams discussed drafting him and making him a permanent slot receiver.

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Hines was a dual threat in college who can line up in the backfield, in the slot or out wide. It will be interesting to see how and where the Colts play him on the field. Hines has the speed to take it the distance any time he touches the ball.

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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