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Volume 21, #23 -- Sunday Night, May 12th, 2019

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A. Kansas City - Footballguys Team Report
The Footballguys Team Reports are where we pour out everything we have as it relates to Fantasy Prospects for the team. In this one, we dive into Kansas City.

B. New England - Footballguys Team Report
The Footballguys Team Reports are where we pour out everything we have as it relates to Fantasy Prospects for the team. In this one, we dive into New England.

C. New Orleans - Footballguys Team Report
The Footballguys Team Reports are where we pour out everything we have as it relates to Fantasy Prospects for the team. In this one, we dive into New Orleans.

D. Tampa Bay - Footballguys Team Report
The Footballguys Team Reports are where we pour out everything we have as it relates to Fantasy Prospects for the team. In this one, we dive into Tampa Bay.


1. DEN - QB Joe Flacco only QB to work with starters

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos QB Joe Flacco will be the only quarterback that works with the first-team offense during offseason workouts, according to head coach Vic Fangio.

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Drew Lock falling to the second round means the Broncos shouldn't feel any pressure to rush him onto the field because of a heavy investment. Flacco should feel more secure and the offense should be suited to his strengths under first-year coordinator Rich Scangarello.

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2. PHI - QB Cody Kessler set to sign with Philly

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent QB Cody Kessler (Jaguars) is expected to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, May 13, a source reported Sunday, May 12.

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Kessler will be a lot cheaper than Nate Sudfeld even though he'll be new to the Eagles system. He could make the team as a third quarterback if the team isn't completely sold on Sudfeld to back up the oft-injured Carson Wentz.

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3. WAS - Dwayne Haskins has chance to start

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Washington Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins is part of an open competition for the starting quarterback job, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

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Haskins is very different from Colt McCoy and Case Keenum, so Gruden will have to make some stylistic decisions based on how the competition is going. Recent history suggests Haskins will see the field by mid-season no matter what happens this summer.

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4. DEN - RB Phillip Lindsay to be limited during OTAs

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (wrist) will be a limited participant during organized team activities because of his wrist injury, according to head coach Vic Fangio.

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Even a limited role in OTAs is a good sign for Lindsay, who had a serious wrist injury at the end of the season. We'll be watching his progress closely with likely improvements in the Broncos offense (especially on the offensive line) fueling a more productive season.

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5. DEN - CB Chris Harris won't be traded

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

The Denver Broncos will not be trading CB Chris Harris Jr., according to a source. An unidentified team had reportedly expressed interest in acquiring him several hours before the NFL Draft started but later backed off.

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Harris has been severely underpaid, even on his second contract with the team. The "no fly zone" has had a lot of turnaround and needs Harris as the keystone. The team should sign him to a long-term deal this year to keep him happy. If they don't, expect him to leave in free agency next year.

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6. HOU - Houston signs Xavier Woodson-Luster

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Free-agent LB Xavier Woodson-Luster (Browns) signed with the Houston Texans Sunday, May 12, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived LB Chase Middleton.

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Woodson-Luster projects best as an inside linebacker playing on early downs. He was previously in the 2017 draft class and spent time in the Raiders, Bills, and Browns organizations.

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7. BUF - Moral Stephens joins Buffalo

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Undrafted free-agent TE Moral Stephens (Florida) signed with the Buffalo Bills Sunday, May 12. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Stephens had minimal production at Florida, but head coach Dan Mullen said he is very athletic with good ball skills and indicated that he was just beginning to fulfill his potential.

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8. DEN - Two players will be limited

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) and OG Ronald Leary (Achilles) will be limited during organized team activities because of injuries.

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Butt might trouble making the team with Noah Fant now penciled in as the top receiving tight end on the team after Denver spent a first-round pick on him. Jeff Heuerman, Troy Fumagalli, and Temarrick Hemingway will be his main competition for a roster spot. Leary should be eager to get back on the field to benefit from the addition of Mike Munchak as offensive line coach.

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9. DEN - CB Isaac Yiadom to be limited early

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos CB Isaac Yiadom (shoulder) likely will be limited during the first week of organized team activities but should be a full participant later in the offseason.

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Yiadom was a third-round pick last year and projects as a top backup at outside corner. He got some playing time last year because of injuries and then had to play through an injury of his own when he hurt his shoulder in Week 14.

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10. DEN - CB Bryce Callahan should be ready

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos CB Bryce Callahan (foot) will be ready for the start of organized team activities.

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Callahan was a big factor in the Bears defense's tremendous season last year and new head coach Vic Fangio knows how to get the best football from him after coaching him in Chicago. He should help even more now that it appears that Chris Harris won't be traded.

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11. PIT - Devin Bush inks rookie deal

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Devin Bush signed his rookie contract Sunday, May 12. The four-year deal, with a fifth-year option, is worth a total of $18.9 million fully guaranteed.

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Bush will be a day one starter in Ryan Shazier's old spot, and hopefully stop the bleeding in the middle of the defense. He is a rookie of the year candidate and potential instant leader for a defense that has been sorely lacking speed and impact plays since losing Shazier.

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12. JAX - Jags add pair of UDFAs

Source: Jaguars.com

Undrafted rookie free-agents TE Michael Colubiale and CB Jocquez Kalili signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, May 12.

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Colubiale is an undersized tight end with great speed. He was originally a walk-on, so he knows how to beat long odds.

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13. MIA - RB Mark Walton among Miami signees

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Free-agent RB Mark Walton (Bengals) and CB Jamar Summers (Steelers) and undrafted rookie C Kirk Barron signed with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, May 12.

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Walton was a fourth-round pick in 2018 and certainly has the skills and physical ability to make the Dolphins roster as a third-down back. Seventh-round pick Myles Gaskin might have a tough time outplaying Walton, who was released by Cincinnati after multiple offseason arrests.

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14. DET - Nate Becker, Donald Parham released

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions TEs Nate Becker and Donald Parham were released Sunday, May 12.

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Parham has great height and speed and could be a mismatch giant slot receiver at 6'8", but the Lions had seen enough to decide that he didn't have a place in their future. We'll see if another team gives him a shot.

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15. DET - Detroit adds pair of wideouts

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Free-agent WRs Tom Kennedy and Jordan Smallwood signed with the Detroit Lions on Sunday, May 12.

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Kennedy was a pro lacrosse player and joins Chris Hogan as NFL players who have strong lacrosse backgrounds. Smallwood spent time with Kansas City and San Francisco last year.

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16. JAX - Charles Jones signs with Jacksonville

Source: The Associated Press - Mark Long

Rookie free-agent TE Charles Jones was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, May 12, after impressing during a recent rookie camp tryout.

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Jones is an athletic but raw receiving tight end prospect who will try to make his mark while the team is expecting third-round pick Josh Oliver to win the long-term receiving tight end job.

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17. MIA - Dave DeGuglielmo hired

Source: The Palm Beach Post - Hal Habib

The Miami Dolphins hired Dave DeGuglielmo as an analyst Saturday, May 11. His primary responsibility will include assisting offensive line coach Pat Flaherty. DeGuglielmo had previously served as an offensive line coach for the Dolphins from 2009 to 2011 and most recently worked for the Indianapolis Colts in the same capacity in 2018.

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Frank Reich let DeGuglielmo go despite his smashing success rebuilding an offensive line that had been a major liability in previous years. The Dolphins have even less to work with than the Colts did last year, so his services will be sorely needed.

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18. TEN - DT Jurrell Casey eyeing OTAs

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans DT Jurrell Casey (knee) said he feels good after healing up during the offseason and expects to be ready for the start of OTAs.

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Casey might not get to share the field with first-round pick Jeffery Simmons until 2020, but when Simmons returns from a torn ACL suffered during pre-draft training, it could give the Titans the best 1-2 punch at defensive tackle in the league.

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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