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Footballguys #14 - 5/3 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 21, #14 -- Friday Night, May 3rd, 2019

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

J


1. OAK - RB Isaiah Crowell placed on IR

Source: Raiders.com

Oakland Raiders RB Isaiah Crowell (Achilles) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, May 3.

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Crowell only signed a one-year deal with the Raiders just a little over a month ago. He'll hit the open market next offseason coming off a major injury and might struggle to garner interest.

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2. NYG - Daniel Jones seeking team success

Source: Newsday - Tom Rock

New York Giants QB Daniel Jones said Friday, May 3, he has spoken once with QB Eli Manning since he was drafted April 25, and is looking forward to further building a relationship with the veteran quarterback. We both want the same thing,' Jones said. 'We want the Giants to win football games and that's the goal of everyone here. I'm certainly going to let that be known that that's my goal. However that happens, whatever the plan is, I'm here to do that. I understand my role is to learn from him and I'll certainly be focused on improving myself every day and making sure I'm improving, but at the end of the day we want to win. If that's the mindset, we'll be good.'

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Jones is going to learn behind Eli Manning for an unknown amount of time. The rookie from Duke was a controversial pick for the Giants at no.6 overall. Jones is athletic and has good footwork as a passer but his game is wildly inconsistent. We'll see if he can develop as the Giants quarterback of the future.

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3. SEA - Seattle won't rush WR Doug Baldwin

Source: ESPN.com - Brady Henderson

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (hernia, knee, shoulder) will be given time to make a decision about his future in the wake of another surgery; head coach Pete Carroll said Baldwin was 'working through it,' and had earned that right.

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Baldwin is likely going to retire. The Seahawks added three wide receivers in the 2019 NFL draft so clearly they're planning on moving on without him. There are some signing bonus ramifications if Baldwin retires, so he might just wait for the team to release him.

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4. ARI - TE Maxx Williams lands 1-year deal

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, free-agent TE Maxx Williams (Ravens) signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals on Friday, May 3. Further terms of the deal were not available.

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Williams has always had potential as a pass-catching weapon for an offense, but his pro career has been disappointing due to injury and inconsistency. The Cardinals should fill the air with footballs in Kliff Kingsbury's 'Air Raid' system, but that's also an offense (in college) that doesn't feature tight ends. We'll see how Williams fits into the scheme in 2019.

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5. CLE - Greedy Williams says he has no bitterness

Source: NFL Network - Aditi Kinkhabwala

Cleveland Browns CB Greedy Williams said Friday, May 3, he isn't bitter about falling to the second round of the draft. 'I feel like God has got a place for everybody,' Williams said. 'My place was to be in 'The Land.''

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Williams fell to the second round of the 2019 NFL draft, a move that surprised many as he was seen as a first-round talent. He's got length, speed and a nose for the ball. Sure, Williams may not like tackling that much but the Browns likely got a steal with the pick of Williams in round two.

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6. TB - DE Jason Pierre-Paul injured in accident

Source: Buccaneers.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul (undisclosed) was briefly hospitalized Thursday, May 2, after a single-car accident.

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Bucs general manager Jason Licht released a statement about this accident. "We have been informed that Jason was involved in a one-car accident early this morning in South Florida in which he was not cited. We know that he was evaluated at a local hospital and has since been released. Our immediate concern is for the safety and well-being of Jason and his passenger." Licht said, "We have been in contact with Jason and will be getting him further evaluated by our medical staff in the near future."

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7. IND - Nine UDFAs join Colts

Source: Colts.com

Undrafted free-agents WR Ashton Dulin (Malone), WR Penny Hart (Georgia State), PK Clayton Hatfield (Texas Tech), TE Hale Hentges (Alabama), DE Iseoluwapo Jegede (Valdosta State), CB Jamal Peters (Mississippi State), CB Chris Rayford (Mississippi State), DT Johnny Robinson (Charleston Southern) and DT Jordan Thompson (Northwestern) signed with the Indianapolis Colts Friday, May 3. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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We're excited to see what Hart can do in the pros. He's got electric toes and can get open with quickness and suddenness when he makes a break. Hart is good after the catch and could be a nice underneath option in the Colts WR corps.

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8. DEN - WR Emmanuel Sanders progressing well

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) was spotted running with cleats for the first time Friday, May 3 - his first such activity since suffering a torn Achilles on Dec. 5.

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Sanders should be back on the field sometime around training camp. We should see second-year pro Courtland Sutton take over as the no.1 receiver for the Broncos. If healthy, Sanders makes for a fine no.2 receiver.

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9. SF - San Francisco inks five draft picks

Source: 49ers.com

San Francisco 49ers third-round WR Jalen Hurd, fifth-round LB Dre Greenlaw, sixth-round TE Kaden Smith, sixth-round OT Justin Skule and sixth-round CB Tim Harris were signed to four-year contracts Friday, May 3. Financial terms of the deals were not immediately disclosed.

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Hurd is the player to watch from this group. The big Baylor receiver has a fantastic 'my ball' mentality and does a good job of using his length and strength to bully smaller defenders. The 49ers have quite the collection of young wide receivers now, and it will be interesting to see if Hurd can win the no.2 or no.3 job with the team as a rookie.

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10. IND - QB Chad Kelly visiting for tryout

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Free-agent QB Chad Kelly will try out for the Indianapolis Colts over the weekend of Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, at the team's rookie minicamp.

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Kelly looked like he might actually start last year for the Broncos when Case Keenum continued to struggle. Instead, he was kicked off the team after an incident where he stumbled into someone's house inebriated after a party. Kelly has a big arm and is athletic, but there's always something off the field holding him back. We'll see if he can latch on with the Colts. Head coach Frank Reich is a former teammate of Kelly's uncle, former Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.

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11. GB - Pair of Green Bay draft picks sign

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Green Bay Packers DT Rashan Gary, a first-round draft pick, and DL Kingsley Keke, a fifth-round pick, both signed their rookie contracts Friday, May 3. Gary signed a five-year deal, and Keke received a four-year contract, but further terms were not available.

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Gary's best football is in front of him. He's got incredible physical makeup, measuring in at 6'4" 277 pounds. Gary is incredibly athletic for a man his size and has the potential to be a disruptive pass rusher in the pros. His production in college did not match his talent, so the Packers are going to have some developing to do with Gary in order to get the most out of his skill set.

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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