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Volume 22, #23 -- Sunday Night, May 10th, 2020
NY Interested In Joe Flacco? plus News And Notes and More

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Good Monday to you. I hope you had a sweet and restful Mother's Day. Than you Moms everywhere. We've got some News and Notes for you so let's get to it.

J

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A. 2020 Running Back Handcuffs
Our Chad Parsons outlines the myriad of running backs in 2020 an injury away from impact.

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1. NYJ - NYJ may look at QB Joe Flacco

Source: ESPN.com - Rich Cimini

Free-agent QB Joe Flacco (Broncos) could receive interest from the New York Jets if they are looking for an experienced backup quarterback, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Rich Cimini.

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The Jets don't have much experience behind Sam Darnold. Primary backup David Fales sticks with Adam Gase and knows the system from their time with the Dolphins. He spent most of last season with the team and re-signed with them back in April. James Morgan is the rookie from FIU that everyone was buzzing about before the draft as some sort of sleeper. The Jets picked him up in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft but he's a developmental QB at best. Morgan has a big arm but little control in terms of accuracy. Flacco underwent neck surgery in April and won't be ready until late August/early September. We'll see if the Jets (or anyone else) wants to make a move at that time.

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2. CIN - Joe Burrow hasn't signed deal yet

Source: ESPN.com - Ben Baby and Dan Graziano

Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow has not signed his contract with the team because he is in a holding pattern due to the coronavirus pandemic. He is expected to receive a signing bonus of $23.9 million once he is able to officially sign, according to spotrac.com.

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Rookie holdouts are a thing of the past. Burrow's number will be slotted in as the no.1 overall pick in the draft...with a quarterback bonus. We're sure that he will sign his contract and be ready for training camp later this summer.

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3. PHI - Jalen Reagor capable of more?

Source: USA TODAY - Doug Farrar

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor received accurate passes on 30.7 percent of his snaps at TCU in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Reagor was a favorite of the Eagles in the 2020 NFL draft and they were able to get their man. His film was better two years ago than it was in 2019, largely due to poor quarterback play. In fact, Reagor only caught 18-of-50 passes thrown past 10 yards in 2019. He's mostly an outside receiver, playing over 1,200 snaps out wide over the past two seasons at TCU. Reagor did play 240 snaps out of the slot during that time and can line up in multiple spots for the Eagles. With QB Carson Wentz tossing him the rock, Reagor should become a favorite target of the young passer quickly.

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4. DAL - CeeDee Lamb dominant from the slot position

Source: USA TODAY - Doug Farrar

Dallas Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb gained 605 yards on 25 catches from the slot position at Oklahoma last season.

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Lamb had 12 receptions deep for 525 yards last year and caught 11 screen passes for 117 yards. As you can see from the advanced data, Lamb can make plays from all over the field. He should line up mostly outside for the Cowboys, perhaps moving Amari Cooper to the slot where he can do a ton of damage. In addition to his well-rounded stats, Lamb also forced 26 missed tackles last year -- good for no.2 in all of the FBS. He's a star who could make an instant impact at the pro level.

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5. CIN - Cincy pushing RB Joe Mixon extension

Source: BengalsWire - Chris Roling

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon is 'the type of guy you want to lock up to a long-term deal,' according to director of player personnel Duke Tobin.

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Mixon is a rock and the centerpiece of what the Bengals want to do on offense. With better blocking and better quarterback play (hello Joe Burrow!) then we could see even more efficient production from Mixon in 2020. There are rumblings of Mixon preparing to hold out if the Bengals don't offer him a lucrative contract but those are just rumors at this time.

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6. MIA - WR DeVante Parker finished 2019 with a bang

Source: ProFootballReference.com

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker led all players with 733 receiving yards from Week 11 through the end of the regular season in 2019.

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The Dolphins have built a strong roster with Parker as their lead receiver. That finish for Parker helped him earn the no.6 position for fantasy receivers (standard-scoring leagues) last year. This season, Fantasy GMs are looking at Parker as a WR3 with WR2 upside. Parker has a current ADP of WR35 (7.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. DAL - CeeDee Lamb could push for punt return duties

Source: The Dallas Morning News - John Owning

Dallas Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb finished second in the Big 12 in yards per punt return in 2018 (12.8) and third in 2019 (7.5). In the opinion of the Dallas Morning News' John Owning, Lamb's return ability should be a huge boon over the 4.9 yards Tavon Austin averaged as the team's primary returner last season.

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Lamb is a playmaker and the Cowboys should look in many different ways to get him the rock. Keep this in mind if your league rewards for return yardage and/or return touchdowns. We'll see how this battle shakes out in training camp.

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8. NE - N'Keal Harry working tirelessly on his craft

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New England Patriots WR N'Keal Harry is reportedly working out six days a week in the Houston area with All-En Sports Performance to refine his routes and body movement from the ground up, according to Evan Lazar of CLNS Media. The primary focus of his efforts has been to improve on his releases from the line of scrimmage.'That's the main thing that N'Keal is missing. I told N'Keal you have to win at the line of scrimmage. The thing is when you get to the NFL, it doesn't matter how big and strong you are because you aren't going to bully these defensive backs,' trainer Rischad Whitfield told CLNS Media.

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An ankle injury knocked Harry out for most of his rookie season in 2019. The former first-round pick did come back and appeared in seven games for the Patriots where he caught 12 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns. He struggled to gain separation in his routes and that's what he needs to work on the most. Harry is already a run-after-the-catch specialist and he has strength at the catch point. The Patriots passing game is going to look different without QB Tom Brady, so we'll just watch and see what Harry looks like in training camp before getting too excited about his prospects in 2020.

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9. NYG - Two will compete for No. 2 QB job

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants QBs Colt McCoy and Alex Tanney will compete for the No. 2 quarterback job during training camp. QB Cooper Rush could also have a chance to compete for the job.

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Rush is the new guy as he was released by the Cowboys after they signed QB Andy Dalton off the open market. He was a player we were watching in Dallas but only in crazy deep dynasty formats. That's the view we'll take with him now that he's with the Giants. Rush is really the only exciting player from this group behind Daniel Jones in such formats.

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10. SF - RB Jerick McKinnon not cutting yet

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch said RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) is nearing the end of his rehab process, where he will shift his focus from running straight ahead to attempting to 'simulate some of the cutting that goes on at that position, specifically.'

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McKinnon has a thin margin to make the team. He needs to get healthy ASAP and prove that he belongs on the team, especially with such a jam-packed RB room. McKinnon signed with the 49ers in 2018 but has not played a down for them in two seasons. He re-worked his contract earlier this offseason just to get a chance to stay with the 49ers.

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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