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Volume 21, #20 -- Thursday Night, May 9th, 2019

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1. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin let go

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (hernia, knee, shoulder) was released with a failed physical designation Thursday, May 9.

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Baldwin should be retiring in the near future. The Seahawks were ready for this move and that's why they selected three wide receivers in the 2019 NFL draft. Without Baldwin, the Seahawks no.1 wide receiver becomes Tyler Lockett. The rest will have to compete in training camp to establish a pecking order.

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2. SEA - Seattle parts ways with S Kam Chancellor

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks S Kam Chancellor (neck) was released with a failed physical designation Thursday, May 9.

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No surprise here. Chancellor did not play at all in 2018 and only made it through nine games in 2017. A four-time Pro Bowl player, Chancellor was one of the most intimidating players in the league and a key member of the 'Legion of Boom.' Neck injuries are always tricky to come back from, so Chancellor's days in the NFL are likely done.

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3. MIA - Miami prepping for QB battle

Source: Palm Beach Post - Joe Schad

Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea said Thursday, May 10, that the team has 'options' at quarterback, and the starting job will be 'earned' on the field.

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Josh Rosen will not be handed the job. He's going to be competing with wily veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting position. Fitzpatrick won't just fade away, so this is a battle that could go well into training camp and the preseason. If Rosen wants to make the most of his second chance, beating Fitzpatrick early would show signs that he's not the bust some are already painting him to be after one lousy season as a rookie with the Cardinals last year.

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4. ARI - Kyler Murray officially signs

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray signed a four-year deal with a fifth-year team option for 2023 on Thursday, May 9. He will make $23.59 million as a signing bonus and will count $6.39 million against the 2019 salary cap.

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The no.1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft should start from day one. It's all about fit in the NFL, and Murray certainly fits Kliff Kingsbury's 'Air Raid' system. Murray has a strong arm, is incredibly athletic and not afraid to challenge a defense downfield. Lack of size is a concern in terms of body armor. He's short, but he's not that big so longevity is a legit concern. Murray has QB1 upside for Fantasy GMs, with a current ADP of QB14 (10.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. NE - Benjamin Watson headed back to New England

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent TE Benjamin Watson (Saints) reportedly agreed to terms with the New England Patriots - the team that made him a first-round pick in 2004 - one a one-year contract worth up to $3 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Watson was retired for just a little bit but found going back to the Patriots too tempting. A 2004 first-round pick of the Patriots, Watson is not the player he used to be but he could still provide plenty of veteran experience behind Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

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6. DEN - Drew Lock has adjustments ahead

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock has a number of on-field adjustments to make as the team enters its rookie minicamp Friday, May 10. 'Drew obviously has a lot of talent -- he's got a lot of arm talent -- but he's got to work on a lot of different things, too,' general manager John Elway said. 'When you look at what he did in college offensively, he was in the spread and wasn't under center very often. With what we're going to do offensively, he's going to have a lot of work to do.'

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Lock had five passing attempts from under center in 2018, and the Broncos offense under new OC Rich Scangarello is going to ask him to work from under center a lot. That's his first adjustment, but there are more. Lock has a big arm but needs to learn that he doesn't have to put full pepper on short-to-intermediate passes. He also needs to clean up his footwork to help improve his accuracy and Lock needs to also get a more consistent release point. Good thing he's got time as the backup to Joe Flacco in 2019.

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7. MIA - QB Josh Rosen has fan in former coach

Source: Palm Beach Post - Joe Schad

Miami Dolphins QB Josh Rosen has a believer in Los Angeles assistant offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, his offensive coordinator and interim head coach at UCLA. 'Knowing Josh, from working with him on a daily basis, I believe he will react and respond as he does in everything,' Fisch said in an interview published Thursday, May 9. 'He's very self-aware. He recognizes his skill set. He recognizes his ability in comparison to others. And I think in his mind he'll just go out there and show the Miami Dolphins they made the right decision. And do everything he can to perform at the highest level, recognizing he has all the skills in the world. And I don't think he'll be set back. I don't think he'll feel that he needs to prove someone wrong as much as he would like to prove someone right.'

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Rosen has a lot to prove in 2019. First, he's got to beat out Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job. Second, he's got to show that last year was a fluke and he can flash as a starter. Finally, Rosen has to make quicker decisions with the football and not seem as frustrated when things aren't going his way. Rosen gets a second chance with the Dolphins, but they could easily move on from him and target another first-round quarterback in the 2020 NFL draft if things don't start trending up for the young passer.

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8. NYJ - Trevon Wesco officially inks rookie pact

Source: New York Post - Brian Costello

New York Jets fourth-round TE Trevon Wesco (West Virginia) signed a four-year contract Thursday, May 9. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

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Wesco is 6'3" 267 pounds and known as a strong blocker. He's a work in progress as a receiver and will need time to develop as a pro.

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9. BUF - Buffalo locks in Ed Oliver

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Buffalo Bills first-round DT Ed Oliver (Houston) signed a four-year contract worth $19.675 million on Thursday, May 9. The deal includes a signing bonus of $12.329 million.

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Oliver was one of the best players in the 2019 NFL draft regardless of position. He was regularly compared to Aaron Donald in the pre-draft process and those comparisons may not be too far off. Oliver is a freakish athlete at 280 pounds and should be tasked with splitting through the line of scrimmage to get after the quarterback on a regular basis.

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10. JAX - Gardner Minshew inks pact with Jacksonville

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars sixth-round QB Gardner Minshew (Washington State) signed a four-year contract on Thursday, May 9. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

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Minshew is a smart quarterback who can accurately distribute the ball on short-to-intermediate throws. He doesn't have a big arm but he gets by on pre-snap reads and getting rid of the ball quickly. The rookie from Washington State could end up winning the primary backup job behind Nick Foles in 2019.

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11. CAR - Will Grier inks rookie deal

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Carolina Panthers third-round QB Will Grier (West Virginia) signed a four-year contract worth $3.852 million Thursday, May 9.

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Grier is a quarterback we love to add in dynasty formats. He's clearly behind Cam Newton on the depth chart, so his landing spot could've been much better, but we love Grier's natural skill set and aggressive mindset as a passer. We'll see if he can impress in training camp and the preseason as Newton recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.

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12. WAS - Washington signs eight from draft class

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins first-round QB Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State), fourth-round RB Bryce Love (Stanford), fourth-round OG Wes Martin (Indiana), fifth-round C Ross Pierschbacher (Alabama), fifth-round LB Cole Holcomb (North Carolina), sixth-round WR Kelvin Harmon (North Carolina State), seventh-round CB Jimmy Moreland (James Madison) and DE/LB Jordan Brailford (Oklahoma State) to four-year contracts Thursday, May 9. Financial terms of the deals were not immediately disclosed.

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Haskins is the quarterback of the future in Washington. Only Case Keenum is in front of him on the depth chart, and he should be able to surpass him in training camp. Love is a dynamic playmaker who didn't look the same last year coming back from a knee injury. Put on the 2017 Stanford tape and you'll see one of the most exciting backs in college football. We'll see if Love can push a guy like Chris Thompson for playing time when it comes to being a change-of-pace back behind Adrian Peterson.

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13. TB - Tampa Bay seals the deal with five rookies

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers second-round CB Sean Bunting (Central Michigan), fourth-round DE Anthony Nelson (Iowa), fifth-round PK Matt Gay (Utah), WR Scott Miller (Bowling Green) and DL Terry Beckner (Missouri) signed four-year contracts Thursday, May 9. Financial terms of the deals were not immediately disclosed.

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A sixth-round pick out of Bowling Green, Miller is your classic fast/quick slot receiver. He is not afraid to go over the middle and can get open against tight coverage. We'll see if he can compete to be an Adam Humphries-like player for the Bucs.

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14. PIT - Zach Gentry inks rookie pact

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers fifth-round TE Zach Gentry (Michigan) signed a four-year contract Thursday, May 9. Financial terms of the deals were not immediately disclosed.

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Gentry didn't test well at the 2019 Scouting Combine, but that didn't stop the Steelers from selecting him near the top of the fifth round. At Michigan, Gentry flashed some ability as a receiver and has the size to be a much better blocker than he showed on film. He'll compete for a spot on the depth chart behind Vance McDonald.

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15. DET - Detroit locks in three from draft class

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions first-round TE T.J. Hockenson (Iowa), second-round LB Jahlani Tavai (Hawaii) and fifth-round CB Amani Oruwariye (Penn State) signed four-year contracts Thursday, May 9. Hockenson's deal includes a team option for a fifth season. Financial terms of the deals were not immediately disclosed.

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Hockenson is the player to watch here. The top-10 pick drew plenty of Rob Gronkowski or Travis Kelce comparisons in the pre-draft process. Those are lofty comparisons but they might not be too far off. We'll see if the Lions can use Hockenson the right way...which is early and often. He's a devastating blocker and a nuanced receiver. His current ADP is TE14 (13.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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16. SF - TE George Kittle stayed busy in the slot

Source: Pro Football Focus

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle saw 24.4 percent of his targeted passes when he was lined up in the slot in 2018, and he finished in a tie for fourth among tight ends in yards per route run from there, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Kittle exploded onto the scene in 2018 with an incredible 88 catches for 1,377 yards and five receiving touchdowns. He should come close to those numbers once again this year, and some more touchdowns would be nice. Kittle has a current ADP of TE3 (3.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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17. PIT - WR James Washington to play lighter in 2019

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington has reportedly 'slimmed down' this offseason and is expected to play around 210 pounds this season, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

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Hopefully Washington's lighter weight will help him play better. As a rookie, Washington only had 16 catches for 217 yards and one touchdown. He's got better talent than that stat line shows. With Antonio Brown gone to the Raiders, Washington has a chance to earn the no.2 spot for the Steelers opposite JuJu Smith-Schuster.

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18. TEN - Game slowed for WR Corey Davis

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis said the game slowed down a lot in his second season in 2018. 'Me and Marcus (Mariota,) our chemistry is growing every day, and it's continuing to grow,' Davis said. 'Our job is to get open and catch the ball... Our chemistry is looking good and continuing to grow.'

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Davis posted career-best numbers in his second season as a pro. In 2018, Davis was targeted 112 times, caught 65 passes for 891 yards and four touchdowns. That ranked 27th in fantasy football (standard-scoring leagues). We'll see if Davis can continue to improve those numbers with his chemistry getting stronger with Mariota. The Titans drafted A.J. Brown and added Adam Humphries in free agency, so the target share is likely to be different in 2019. Oh yeah, TE Delanie Walker is coming back from injury too. Davis currently has an ADP of WR34 (8.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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19. SEA - Ziggy Ansah could miss real time

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Seattle Seahawks DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) will be out at least through training camp, and some league sources believe he could miss the first month of the season.

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The timetable for Ansah's return is all over the place. We believe Schefter here and know this, the Seahawks should be in no rush to bring him back before he's ready. We should know more about Ansah's recovery at some point in 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