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Welcome to Friday.

We made it. (Again). It was a fun week of NFL News and Notes and we've got more for you today. Plus some new podcasts you're going to want to check out.

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A. The Audible Podcast - NFC North 2020 NFL Draft RECAP
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom go through the picks in the 2020 NFL draft. Topics Include - the Bears add some more help at tight end in Notre Dame TE Cole Kmet, did the Lions get a huge upgrade by drafting RB DAndre Swift, what in the world were the Packers thinking by drafting QB Jordan Love in the first round, a really good draft from the Vikings, plus more!

B. The Audible Podcast - AFC North 2020 NFL Draft RECAP
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom go through the picks in the 2020 NFL draft.j Topics Include - a perfect draft for the Ravens, the Bengals add a true franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow but followed that up with some great players as well, the Browns put together a nice draft class, a debate about how good the Steelers draft ended up, plus more!

C. Debut Episode - The Footballguys Dynasty Show
We're stoked to debut a brand new Podcast at Footballguys. Our Chad Parsons and Jordan McNamara break out Episode #1 of the Footballguys Dynasty Show. They react to the NFL Draft and more.


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1. KC - Clyde Edwards-Helaire excited to be in K.C.

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Kansas City Chiefs rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who was the first running back selected in this year's NFL Draft, described his being drafted by the Chiefs as 'the absolute perfect fit.'

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Fantasy GMs are excited about Edwards-Helaire since he landed with the Chiefs. He's a compact runner with great contact balance. Edwards-Helaire can also be used effectively as a receiver out of the backfield. He should be able to take advantage of defenses so focused on slowing down Mahomes and the Chiefs passing game.

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2. BAL - J.K. Dobbins was top player on Baltimore board

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

Baltimore Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said the team was ecstatic to land rookie RB J.K. Dobbins in the NFL Draft. 'He was by far -- by far -- the highest-rated guy that we had on the board. We kind of felt like he fell out of the sky right to us, the type of team that we are to get a running back like that,' DeCosta said.

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There's good reason why Dobbins was so highly rated, he's got a three-down skill set and star upside in the pros. The Ravens backfield is jam-packed right now, so Dobbins will have to work his way to the top of the depth chart through guys like Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram. We could see a RBBC for the 2020 season.

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3. WAS - Ron Rivera discusses QB Cam Newton

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

Could the Washington Redskins be interested in adding free-agent QB Cam Newton (Panthers)? Redskins head coach Ron Rivera, who coached Newton in Carolina, said it is something he's thought about. '... It's something that's run through my mind, and it's about the situation and circumstances. I'm not sure I would do it. I'm not sure if I wouldn't do it. It depends on the circumstances,' Rivera said. 'We're in a situation where we've got two really young quarterbacks, one that's been with us, been in the system, understands how we want things done and the other one is a guy who was taken last year in the first round and shows some promise,' Rivera said of the team's current top quarterbacks, Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen.

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Washington doesn't want to mix the message with their young quarterbacks. Haskins was a first-round pick in 2019 by the former regime, but he might be the favorite to start. Allen was with Rivera in Carolina and will push Haskins for that top spot. Newton continues to wait for his opportunity, and it doesn't sound like Rivera is going to bring him on board at this time.

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4. LAC - QB Tyrod Taylor expected to be QB1 for Bolts

Source: ESPN.com - Lindsey Thiry

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn continues to emphasize confidence in veteran QB Tyrod Taylor, who is expected to earn the QB1 job for the Chargers to start the season. How long Taylor holds onto the starting role will largely be determined by the development of rookie QB Justin Herbert, a first-round selection.

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Zero surprise here. Taylor has plenty of starting experience and can lead a quality team towards a playoff run in 2020. Herbert needs time to develop but he is clearly the quarterback of the future. If Taylor struggles to win or gets injured, then Herbert will get thrust into the starting lineup to take over. If Taylor is winning and healthy, Herbert will just have to develop and wait his turn.

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5. JAX - QB Andy Dalton an option for JAX?

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent QB Andy Dalton (Bengals) could be an option for the Jacksonville Jaguars and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

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Gruden was Dalton's former coach with the Bengals, so that's why many are speculating a reunion may be in the near future. The Jaguars have Garnder Minshew as their starter as they traded away Nick Foles earlier this year. Dalton could come in to give them veteran depth at least if not beat out Minshew for the top spot. We'll see if they make a move or stay put with what they have in place.

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6. CIN - Joe Burrow to start

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow has been officially anointed the starter after the team released QB Andy Dalton Thursday, April 30.

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Burrow was likely to win the starting job anyway if Dalton stayed with the team. He was the No.1 overall pick and deemed a 'can't miss' prospect by everyone in the scouting community. We're excited about Burrow's ability as a passer due to his accuracy and pass placement. Burrow will have a nice collection of wide receivers to throw to and he's got RB Joe Mixon to help soften up defenses.

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7. CIN - QB Andy Dalton being released by Cincinnati

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

The Cincinnati Bengals are releasing QB Andy Dalton.

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Dalton asked for his release and it was granted. He might have a team or two interested in his services. Perhaps a team like the Patriots or the Jaguars would show interest in Dalton at least as a veteran who can push for the starting job. The Bengals are moving forward with 2020 No.1 overall pick Joe Burrow as their starter.

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8. CHI - WR Ted Ginn joining Chicago

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

The Chicago Bears and free-agent WR Ted Ginn Jr. (Saints) have agreed to terms on a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Ginn didn't receive much interest on the open market. He's older now but still has plenty of speed to get by defenders deep. That will be his role for the Bears, catching passes from Nick Foles or Mitchell Trubisky. Ginn won't have much fantasy value in 2020.

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9. LAC - Bolts' coach says Justin Herbert can do everything

Source: ESPN.com - Lindsey Thiry

Los Angeles Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert was selected to be the team's franchise quarterback, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. When he'll begin that journey as a starter has yet to be determined. 'I don't want to put a timetable on this young man. ... Does he need a couple of years? Does he need one year? Maybe he doesn't need any at all. I don't know,' Lynn said. 'They're [Herbert and Tyrod Taylor] going to go in and they're going to compete. The best guy is going to play.' With the COVID19 shut down, Lynn acknowledges Herbert's development may be slowed without the on-field piece. 'I don't care how smart you are, until you get in there and get those reps, especially with a new offense and maybe doing some things differently than you've done in the past, like playing underneath the center, that's going to be harder if we don't have camps,' Lynn added. Lynn noted he thinks Herbert is able to do everything, saying Herbert is mobile, fast and has a strong arm.

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Herbert can do everything. He's got the build of a franchise quarterback and the arm to make all the throws required in the NFL. Herbert is risk averse and can be a bit robotic in decision making, and we'll see if he opens up a bit more in the pros.

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10. BAL - Baltimore loaded at RB

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

Baltimore Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said the team's top-four running backs can all do different things, which will allow the team to utilize each of their strengths and the backs 'should be fresh for four quarters.' The Ravens have Mark Ingram, Justice Hill, Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins all in the mix, which DeCosta feels makes the team well-rounded and hard to defend against. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman will be tasked with getting the most out of each of them, while using them to their strengths.

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The Ravens are going to be able to run the ball no matter who is in the mix. Fantasy GMs are going to have to wait and see if anyone emerges as the top option or if it becomes a RBBC featuring two or three backs.

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11. IND - Indy sky-high on Michael Pittman Jr.

Source: 1 No Source

Indianapolis Colts second-round pick WR Michael Pittman Jr. received a ton of praise from various scouts, coaches and front office personnel leading up to the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Friday, April 24. Via the team's Youtube channel, one executive compared him to Vincent Jackson, while head coach Frank Reich stated, 'I'm not sure this guy is not the best receiver in the draft. That's how strongly I felt.'

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Pittman has a big body and can be a bully on the field when passes are thrown up for grabs. He's got build-up speed but needs to learn how to run a full route tree. Pittman should prove to be at least a good red-zone target as a rookie this season.

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12. GB - GB closes on three UDFA signings

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Undrafted free-agent TE Jordan Jones (Prairie View), QB Jalen Morton (Prairie View) and RB Patrick Taylor (Memphis) officially signed three-year deals with the Green Bay Packers Thursday, April 30. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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Patrick Taylor was teammates with Antonio Gibson in college at Memphis. While Gibson was the WR/RB for the team, moving all around the field, Taylor was the grinder for the Tigers...when healthy. A left foot injury suffered last year caused him to miss most of the 2019 season. As a runner, Taylor is swift and has prototypical size. We like his vision and timing as a runner and will keep an eye on him in deep dynasty formats.

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13. DEN - Denver finalizes two UDFA signings

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Undrafted free-agent RB LeVante Bellamy (Western Michigan) and WR Zimari Manning (Tarleton State) officially signed three-year deals with the Denver Broncos Thursday, April 30. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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Keep an eye out for Bellamy in deep dynasty formats. He's a smaller back, but like Phillip Lindsay he doesn't mind running inside and has the juice to bounce outside at the linebacker level. Bellamy was paid a $35,000 guaranteed salary so the team likes him. He's a good pass-catching option out of the backfield and his pass-protection skills are underrated. We'll see how he can fit in the Broncos backfield behind Melvin Gordon and Lindsay.

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14. BAL - 2020 RB Mark Ingram's last year in Baltimore?

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

This could be RB Mark Ingram's last year with the Baltimore Ravens, speculates Nick Shook, of NFL.com. Ingram's three-year deal, which he's entering year two of, includes a potential out for the team after the 2020 season. Ingram's dead-cap number will drop from $3.16 million to $1.3 million; and his actual cap hit jumps by $1 million. The addition of rookie J.K. Dobbins could be a move to prepare for Ingram's departure.

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Dobbins is one of the most well-rounded backs to come into the NFL this year. He should emerge as the top back for the Ravens eventually but not yet with Ingram still playing at a high level. This has the makings of a RBBC for the Ravens in 2020.

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15. LAC - WR Mike Williams fifth-year picked up by L.A.

Source: MMQB - Albert Breer

The Los Angeles Chargers have picked up the fifth-year option on WR Mike Williams, who is now under contract with the team through the 2021 season.

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Williams set career highs in catches (49) and yards (1,001) in 2019 but his touchdowns fell off big time from 10 in 2019 to just two scores last season. We'll see how he meshes with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback for the Chargers in 2020. Williams has big-play ability down the field as a deep target and could thrive when strong-armed rookie quarterback Justin Herbert takes over.

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16. KC - QB Patrick Mahomes fifth-year option picked up

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

The Kansas City Chiefs have exercised the fifth-year option on QB Patrick Mahomes. He is now under contract through the 2021 season.

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The Chiefs aren't going to let Mahomes go anywhere. The option is picked up and keeps him under contract for the next two seasons. In the meantime, the Chiefs can start working on a long-term extension that makes Mahomes the highest-paid quarterback in the league by a wide margin. Who knows when that will actually happen but make no mistake about it, they will sign him to the largest contract in NFL history when they can.

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17. WAS - Antonio Gibson compared to star

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins third-round draft pick WR/RB Antonio Gibson has been compared to Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey. 'No, that's fair. He's a little bit bigger than Christian, but he's got a skill set like Christian,' said head coach Ron Rivera, who coached McCaffrey for two seasons. 'This is a very versatile, young football player that we really think is going to be a guy that can get on the field for us early and contribute.'

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We love Gibson but struggle with the comparison to McCaffrey. He's a superstar and Gibson has upside but to reach the heights of the Carolina RB will be difficult. Gibson can play out wide, in the slot or catch passes from the backfield. As a runner, Gibson has untapped potential and does a good job using his size to run through defenders. He's immediately the most well-rounded running back in the Washington backfield. We'll see how he works out this year battling to establish a pecking order with Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson.

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18. TB - No extension talks with WR Chris Godwin yet

Source: Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin is a player the Buccaneers would like to sign to a long-term extension, but general manager Jason Licht said the two sides have not started extension talks at this point.

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Godwin, a third-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, is entering the final year of his rookie contract. The Buccaneers are making Godwin a top priority and for good reason. Godwin turned in a star performance last year and could easily be a favorite target of QB Tom Brady in 2020.

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