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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #129 • Aug. 24th, 2020


The 2020 All-Nostradamus Squad and MORE

Howdy Folks,

Good Tuesday to you. We're 16 DAYS until Opening Kickoff. Can. Not. Wait.

Let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

A. The Gut Check No.513: Waldman's 2020 All-Nostradamus Squad
Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Nick, Chubb, and A.J. Brown are among several Waldman alumni. Who is on this year's team? Matt Waldman lays it out.

B. Monday Injury Rounds: Preseason Week 5
Dr. Jene Bramel with how to approach preseason injury reporting, thoughts on Miles Sanders, analysis on Tyreek Hill and A.J. Green, and what to make of Kerryon Johnson's knee brace.

C. Plant Your Flag: Tight End
Opinions are everywhere. We asked our Footballguys Staffers to take a stand up or down on where they see some tight ends this season.

D. Offensive Line Rankings News And Notes
Matt Bitonti with offensive line related news, injuries, and updates, as training camps roll.


1. CLE - QB guarantees better chemistry with OBJ

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield believes he is 'on the same page' with Odell Beckham Jr. and that both players are 'in a better state' after the team dealt with a lot of adversity last season.'(Our chemistry) is sure ... going to be a lot better than last year. We're just on the same page, things we talked about. There was a lot going on within the building last year. We're not going to get into that, but we're both in a better state. He's healthy; surgery was successful, thank God. He's feeling great. He's in a great state of mind,' Mayfield told NFL Media.

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Better chemistry will come with better protection...at least that's what the Browns are banking on and that's why they went out and spent resources to improve the guys blocking for Mayfield up front.

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2. ARI - RB Kenyan Drake in a boot

Source: The Arizona Republic - Bob McManaman

Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake (lower body) was spotted wearing a walking boot Monday, Aug. 24. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury deemed it 'more precautionary than anything' but declined to answer any other questions on the topic. Drake later said, "Was in a walking (boot) around this time last summer too. Just trying to stay consistent lol no worries I'm good."

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This is a situation all Fantasy GMs need to monitor. Drake took to social networking on Monday to say he's fine, so most think he'll be good to go for the start of the regular season. The Cardinals should have one of the most explosive offenses in the league with Drake as their featured back.

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3. LAC - WR Mike Williams week to week

Source: ESPN.com

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (shoulder) is considered week to week with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. He's expected to be ready for the season opener.

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Keep an eye on this situation with the regular season drawing near. Williams should be ready for Week 1 but he may not be himself. He has a current ADP of WR59 (13.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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4. BAL - QB Lamar Jackson back at practice

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (groin) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 24.

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Jackson has missed the last two days of practice with a groin strain. The Ravens will likely take it easy on Jackon during Monday's practice.

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5. LVR - WR Tyrell Williams has torn labrum

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Las Vegas Raiders WR Tyrell Williams (shoulder) has a torn labrum in his shoulder but will try to play through the injury after a few weeks of rehab, according to sources.

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That's not a recipe for success. Williams struggled with a foot injury last year and will try to do the same this year but with a different injury. We should see the Raiders get more out of Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards and Hunter Renfrow with Williams banged up and not at 100 percent.

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6. MIA - Tua Tagovailoa not a lock to be the backup?

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa is in a competition for the No. 2 quarterback job behind Ryan Fitzpatrick with Josh Rosen, and the 'chances are greater' that Rosen will begin the season in that role unless Tagovailoa 'suddenly starts doing some magical things he hasn't shown yet,' in the opinion of the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero.

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Tagovailoa is supposed to be the franchise quarterback that the Dolphins have been searching for since the days of Dan Marino. Rosen is a former first-round pick who is on his second team in only a couple of years. Behind the scenes with the Dolphins last year, Rosen was known as a hard worker but when he stepped onto the field to start in 2019 it was met with disastrous results. Tagovailoa should have no problem beating out Rosen but it sounds like that's not a done deal just yet.

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7. KC - WR Tyreek Hill does minimal work

Source: Kansas City Star - Herbie Teope

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (hamstring) did some stretching and conditioning in practice Monday, Aug. 24.

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Hill doesn't need a ton of reps in training camp. A speedy receiver like Hill can be especially slowed down with a pesky hamstring injury. Watch the Chiefs ease him back slowly.

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8. WAS - Chase Young returns to practice

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Washington Football Team DE Chase Young (hip) participated in team drills during practice Monday, Aug. 24.

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Young has been frustrated with this injury but it just shows how much he wants to go out there and dominate. He has the makings of a Pro Bowl player in his rookie season and could be a cornerstone for the Washington Football Team for years to come.

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9. MIA - Curtis Weaver waived/injured

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Miami Dolphins DE Curtis Weaver (undisclosed) was waived Monday, Aug. 24, with an injury designation.

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He's got what reports are indicating is a serious foot issue. Weaver has talent and flashed on film in college at Boise State. Some felt he would be drafted much, much sooner but Weaver fell to the fifth round of the 2020 NFL draft. He will revert to injured reserve once he clears waivers.

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10. NYG - WR Darius Slayton not on field

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Darius Slayton (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 24.

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We'll see what the news is on Slayton when the undisclosed reason he missed practice is revealed.

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11. PIT - WR Diontae Johnson still not ready

Source: DKPittsburghSports.com - Dale Lolley

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (leg) missed a fifth consecutive practice with what is reportedly a calf issue Monday, Aug. 24.

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Johnson has a ton of speed and this calf injury can really slow him down. We're concerned about his injury not only because he's missing time and missing out on building chemistry with QB Ben Roethlisberger but also because the Steelers have a talented group of receivers around him. With Johnson missing time it could help elevate a guy like Chase Claypool or James Washington. Stay tuned.

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12. NE - Gunner Olszewski cementing roster spot

Source: NESN.com - Doug Kyed

New England Patriots WR Gunner Olszewski 'has looked like the second-best receiver in camp behind Julian Edelman,' according to NESN's Doug Kyed.

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That's not a great thing for the rest of the Patriots wide receiver room. If he does perform like the second-best receiver behind Edelman, Olszewski will have fantasy relevance in a Cam Newton-led passing attack. He's currently not getting drafted but keep him on your waiver-wire speed dial just in case.

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13. SEA - WR Phillip Dorsett dealing with sore foot

Source: The Tacoma News Tribune - Gregg Bell

Seattle Seahawks WR Phillip Dorsett (foot) will be held out of practice due to a sore foot Monday, Aug. 24, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

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A foot injury can be especially devastating for a speed receiver like Dorsett. Seattle will ease him back slowly.

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14. MIA - WR Preston Williams feeling confident in knee

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Miami Dolphins WR Preston Williams (knee) told reporters Monday, Aug. 24, he knew his surgically repaired knee was healthy this summer and that he feels good at the moment. According to ESPN's Cameron Wolfe, Williams 'looks like he's in the midst of a breakout so far in camp.'

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Williams looked great last year for half the season. Then his knee injury hit and cost him the rest of the year. He has a great size/speed combination and could easily outplay his current ADP of WR56 (13.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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15. TB - Spencer Schnell joins Bucs

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Free-agent WR Spencer Schnell (Buccaneers) agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, Aug. 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Schnell was on the team's practice squad for most of last year after coming into the league as an undrafted free agent from Illinois State. He was released at the beginning of August but is back in the fold as a long-shot for the final roster now.

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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