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Volume 22, #17 -- Monday Night, May 4th, 2020
Happy Cinco de Mayo, Plus NFL News and Notes and More

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Howdy Folks,

Good Tuesday to you and Happy Cinco de Mayo. I'm not sure how much that has to do with Football but probably as much as Star Wars Day did yesterday. Work with me here.

We've got some News and Notes for you so let's get to it.

J

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A. In Case You Missed It - Bloom Post Draft 100
Our Sigmund Bloom with a look at the top 100 rookies for deep dynasty IDP leagues after the draft selections were revealed.


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1. DAL - QB Andy Dalton officially signs

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys QB Andy Dalton's contract is official, Monday, May 4. The deal is a one-year, $3 million pact, with an additional $4 million available via incentives through reaching playing-time benchmarks during the regular season and postseason, as well as the team making the playoffs.

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Dalton gets to go back to Texas for one year as a backup to Dak Prescott. This gives the Cowboys plenty of veteran insurance in case Dalton has to be thrust into the starting lineup. Prescott has the franchise tag now but the two sides have until July 15th to work out a new long-term deal.

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2. NFL - QB Cam Newton willing to wait?

Source: The Athletic - Joe Person

Free-agent QB Cam Newton (Panthers) has no plans to sign with any team to be a backup and will wait until a starter suffers an injury if need be, according to Joe Person of The Athletic.

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Newton still has the capability to start in this league and he's not going to rush any decision. Other former starters like Andy Dalton (Cowboys) or Jameis Winston (Saints) have taken clear backup roles to latch on with a new team. That's not the case with Newton who may have to wait for an injury in training camp before a team offers him a deal he likes.

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3. LAC - TE Hunter Henry excited for QB change

Source: NFL.com - Grant Gordon

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry said he is excited to see what a more mobile quarterback can bring to the offense. 'There are so many different things that you can do with a mobile quarterback that can open your offense,' Henry said. 'I'm looking forward to seeing that aspect of our offense grow.'

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Henry and the passing game should be able to take advantage of defenses focused on stopping the run and a running quarterback. The tight end over the middle of the field will provide Tyrod Taylor with a security blanket he could use early and often. We all know Henry is supremely gifted as a tight end. He just needs to stay healthy to produce like a TE1 for Fantasy GMs in 2020.

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4. PHI - QB Carson Wentz excited about new QB

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz said he is excited about the addition of QB Jalen Hurts to the roster. He said Hurts will add a healthy competitive environment for the Eagles.

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Hurts is no threat to Wentz as the starter. Instead, the Eagles could use Hurts as a 'Taysom Hill-like' threat due to his dual skill set as a runner and a passer. Hurts has great leadership qualities and is a team-first guy. As a passer there is much-needed development that needs to happen if he's ever going to push for a starting job in the pros.

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5. CHI - WR Ted Ginn's signing official

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Ted Ginn Jr. (Saints) officially signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears Monday, May 4. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Ginn isn't the same player he used to be but he still has plenty of speed. He's down the depth chart with the Bears but could be a part-time player to help take the top off the defense. That role would not have much fantasy value in 2020.

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6. DAL - QB Cooper Rush waived

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Dallas Cowboys QB Cooper Rush was waived Monday, May 4.

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The team had to make some room for Andy Dalton on the roster. Rush was kind of a cult favorite in Dallas but now he will try to latch on with another team as more than a camp arm this summer.

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7. LAR - Van Jefferson a polished route runner

Source: RamsWire - Cameron DaSilva

Los Angeles Rams second-round pick WR Van Jefferson impressed the Rams with how technically sound he was in running routes. He reminded them of a combination of WRs Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods.

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There's a lot to like about Jefferson's game. His father is a long-time NFL receiver's coach and Jefferson has learned a ton from him. Jefferson can cut a rug and gets open with guile and savvy. He knows how to set up defenders to create the most separation at the route stem which makes him as pro-ready as a rookie can get.

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8. BAL - J.K. Dobbins adds big-play threat

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens second-round pick RB J.K. Dobbins adds a big-play threat with breakaway speed who runs with a low center of gravity and shows a consistent ability to break tackles. 'What I like most about him is if he's got a crease, he's gone,' general manager Eric DeCosta said. 'He's a guy that has an extra gear through the second and third levels of the defense. He can make big plays, and he did that in every game this year. He's got a little bit of a game-breaker style to him.'

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Dobbins was a great pick by the Ravens. It's almost unfair that their offense gets a weapon like Dobbins because this is going to make them even more difficult to defend. Dobbins is a natural runner but he is arguably the best receiving back in this class -- and not just as a part-time guy. He can carry a large workload and doesn't need to come off the field. We'll see how Dobbins fits into the mix behind (alongside?) Mark Ingram.

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9. LAR - Cam Akers hard to bring down

Source: TheRams.com - Stu Jackson

Los Angeles Rams second-round pick RB Cam Akers tallied 904 yards of his 1,144 rushing yards (79 percent) after contact at Florida State last season.

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Akers has talent as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. He needs to hang onto the rock and stay healthy. Akers had ball-security issues in college and his playing style welcomes contact instead of eluding it or taking glancing blows when tackled. We love his toughness, and we'll see how Akers works out in a backfield that could also feature Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown in 2020.

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10. NYJ - Less is more for Le'Veon Bell

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to receive a lighter workload this season as the team looks to include more backs into the scheme. 'I do think we have some guys that can help maybe lessen the load on (Bell) to where it's not all on him,' head coach Adam Gase said. 'Hopefully, we can get some of the younger backs to where we can make a good one-two punch to where we can really excel instead of feeling like it's just all on him all the time.'

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Bell touched the ball over 300 times last year as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. That's just what he does when healthy...and even sometimes in injury-shortened seasons. Gone are the days when Bell was going to be a top-5 fantasy running back. Instead, Fantasy GMs should consider him a low-end RB2 or flex play for the upcoming season...especially with what could be a reduced role.

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11. ARI - Big role for Dan Arnold?

Source: The Athletic - Scott Bordow

Arizona Cardinals TE Dan Arnold 'has a chance to make a real impact' for the offense in 2020, particularly as a target in the red zone, according to Scott Bordow of The Athletic.

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We're monitoring Arnold in deep dynasty leagues, not only because of his size and skill set but also because of the way he finished the 2019 season. He was claimed off waivers in early December last year and caught four passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 finale against the Rams. With Charles Clay getting up there in age, Arnold could be in line for a larger role than some realize in 2020.

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12. CHI - More from WR Riley Ridley in Year 2?

Source: The Athletic - Kevin Fishbain

Chicago Bears WR Riley Ridley is expected to 'play a much bigger role' in his second season, according to Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic.

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Almost anything would be classified as a 'much larger role' based on what Ridley did (or did not do) as a rookie in 2019. Last season, Ridley appeared in only five games playing 108 snaps total. Ridley had just six catches for 69 yards as a rookie. He's buried on the depth chart right now and will be fighting for a roster spot in training camp.

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13. IND - Michael Pittman Jr. the missing piece?

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

Indianapolis Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. fills a void in the receiving corps, according to team scout Chris McGaha. 'He's kind of a guy who plays above the rim,' McGaha said. 'He brings an element that we were kind of missing to our wideout room in 2019, that big-bodied presence.'

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Pittman is a big-bodied receiver who can win in the air with length and strength. Immediately he could contribute as a red-zone target for Philip Rivers. Pittman doesn't run the full route tree but his role should be on the outside to get deep or to catch jump-balls in the end zone. That role could give him some flex appeal in deeper fantasy leagues. We're excited to see what Pittman can do as a rookie in 2020.

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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