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Volume 22, #105 -- Friday Night, July 31st, 2020
Updated Staff Cheatsheet Rankings - News And Notes And More

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1. NFL - WR Antonio Brown would face 8-game ban

Source: Washington Post - Robert Klemko

Free agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) would have to serve an eight-game suspension for violations of the league's personal-conduct policy if and when he does sign with a new team, a league source said Friday, July 31.

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This gives us some clarity in the situation. Brown has interest from teams out there, and perhaps a team like the Seahawks or the Ravens would take a chance on him. If that happens, Brown would have to miss half of the regular season. We'll see if this prompts some team to sign him so he can go to training camp before serving his 8-game suspension. Stay tuned.

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2. NFL - WR Antonio Brown suspension starts Week 1

Source: Washington Post - Robert Klemko

Updating a previous report, free agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) begins his eight-game disciplinary suspension in Week 1 of the 2020 season, regardless if he has signed with a team or not, per a league source.

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More clarity on the Brown situation. A team like the Ravens or the Seahawks might be interested in signing Brown to get him into training camp. Once the regular season begins, Brown would have to stay away from the team facility. Getting him signed in the near future would give him about a month to prepare with his new team before serving the 8-game suspension.

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3. PHI - QB Carson Wentz bulks up

Source: Philadelphia Daily News - Paul Domowitch

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz has visibly bulked up in the offseason, according to beat writer Paul Domowitch, who wrote that Wentz's biceps and chest were bigger. 'This offseason, I was really able to get after it and work out a little harder in my gym and all those things,' Wentz said. 'I haven't gained anything insane weight-wise. But I have definitely gained some weight. I feel really good with where I'm at.'

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Wentz is adding more body armor so he can be more durable as the season goes on. Eagles GM Howie Roseman has previously stated that he wants a more vertical passing attack in 2020. That means Wentz is going to have to stand tall in the pocket as those vertical routes develop. Having more muscle on his frame, so long as he's not too bulky, is a good thing for the young quarterback.

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4. CIN - Joe Burrow officially signs

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Cincinnati Bengals first-round draft choice QB Joe Burrow officially signed a four-year contract with the Bengals Friday, July 31. Official financial terms were not disclosed.

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Burrow could be the Bengals franchise quarterback they've been searching for. He's incredibly accurate as a passer and his pass placement is among the best of anyone who throws a football. Burrow does a great job of putting the ball in place where his receivers can make the most after the catch. He's got some talented pass-catchers around him at the wide receiver position and RB Joe Mixon is there to soften up defenses. Burrow is a QB2 with upside for Fantasy GMs in 2020.

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5. NFL - WR Antonio Brown does not plan to appeal

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Updating previous reports, free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) has accepted his eight-game suspension and is not expected to appeal the suspension, according to a source.

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Brown just wants to play in the NFL. We'll see if he can not be disruptive in any manner if/when a new team picks him up. Ravens QB Lamar Jackson has been pushing for the team to add Brown. The Seahawks could also have interest as Brown has caught passes from QB Russell Wilson this offseason.

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6. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky believes he has improved

Source: NFL Network - Stacey Dales

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky said he worked with a quarterbacks coach this offseason and worked on improving his footwork and mechanics.

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Trubisky needs to prove it on the field. While other first-round QBs from his class (Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes) are superstars in this league, Trubisky is looking more and more like a bust. The Bears have brought in competition this offseason as veteran Nick Foles will push Trubisky for the starting job. If he's improved, Trubisky needs to show it in practice and win the job outright. Then, he needs to play better in games...oh yeah, and win.

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7. DEN - TE Jeff Heuerman released

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman was released Friday, July 31.

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The writing was on the wall for quite some time. Heuerman rarely stayed healthy for the Broncos and became mostly just a blocker when he was on the field. He's a veteran with some experience but we don't expect the market to be hot after his services. The Broncos move on with Noah Fant as the starter, Nick Vannett (Heuerman's college teammate) as the backup and primary blocker, plus rookie Albert Okwuegbunam as a potential red-zone threat.

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8. LVR - Vegas meets with RB Jeremy Hill

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Free-agent RB Jeremy Hill (Patriots) recently met with the Las Vegas Raiders, according to a source.

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Hill hasn't been on the field for a regular season game since 2018. He's a classic power back who gives the team more veteran depth. Josh Jacobs is the starter and we'll see guys like Jalen Richard, rookie Lynn Bowden and veteran Devontae Booker compete for snaps (along with Hill) and a pass-catching role.

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9. PHI - No constraints for Mile Sanders?

Source: 94WIP Radio - Eliot Shorr-Parks

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders doesn't need his number of touches monitored, according to a recent statement made by running backs coach Duce Staley. 'You put him in and let him go,' Staley said.

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The Eagles have not added any veteran back yet, like a Devonta Freeman, so Sanders is in line to get a majority of the touches in the backfield. They've got Boston Scott as a change-of-pace back to work with Sanders in the backfield but all things are pointing to Sanders getting plenty of touches -- with some reporters speculating around 18 touches per game for Sanders. He is a RB1 for Fantasy GMs in 2020.

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10. BAL - J.K. Dobbins loves fit in Baltimore

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins says he is motivated after falling to the second round of the draft. 'I don't need any fuel, but it added fuel,' Dobbins said. 'It was kind of shocking, but I fell to the right team.'

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It's almost unfair that the Ravens got Dobbins. He is such a perfect fit for the team for this season and certainly into the future when he'll likely get the primary role. Dobbins is a three-down back who can thrive as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. The rookie from Ohio State is going to work in tandem with Mark Ingram this year. Dobbins has a current ADP of RB34 (7.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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11. DEN - OLB Bradley Chubb declares self ready

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos LB Bradley Chubb (knee) said Friday, July 31, his recovery from ACL surgery has gone well and said he'll be ready for Week 1. 'No doubt about it,' Chubb said in a Zoom media conference call.

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Getting Chubb back will be a great boost for the Broncos defense. Chubb was phenomenal as a rookie in 2018, snaring 12.0 sacks for the Broncos. Last year, Chubb played the 'Khalil Mack' role in the Vic Fangio defense but was only able to get 1.0 sack in four games before getting hurt. Having Chubb back at full strength will greatly help Von Miller on the other side.

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12. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson, GM talking extension

Source: ESPN.com - Sarah Barshop

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson and his representatives are talking with general manager Bill O'Brien and the team on a contract extension. 'We're working hard,' O'Brien said Friday, July 31. 'We want him here a long time.'

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Watson and the Texans brass have been talking since April. They didn't get a deal done before Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes reset the market, and it will be interesting to see how all quarterback deals are impacted by that contract. Watson is under the team's control through the 2021 season as they picked up his fifth-year option.

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13. KC - RB Damien Williams out for family reasons

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams opted out of the 2020 season because his mother has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

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Williams chose to opt out for the 2020 season and the Chiefs move forward with rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire as their starter. With Williams out, Edwards-Helaire is moving up draft boards and should be a late first-round pick in any format.

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