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Volume 22, #33 -- Wednesday Night, May 20th, 2020
The Offensive Line Info You Need To Win, Plus News And Notes And More

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Howdy Folks,

Good Thursday to you. It's another day of killer new content as we dive into Offensive Lines, Dynasty News and who you should take with the 1.02 pick.

Plus of course the News and Notes you need brought to us by our Cecil Lammey.

Let's do this.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Offensive Line Rankings and Notes: 2020 Offseason
An underrated and overlooked part of predicting offensive production is understanding the offensive lines. Our Matt Bitonti dives ridiculously deep with news, injuries and updates, post-draft, prior to preseason.

B. Who Should Be the 1.02 Pick?
Our Andrew Davenport analyzes who deserves to be the #2 overall selection in this year's fantasy drafts.

C. Dynasty News
Our Jeff Tefertiller scours the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team.


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1. KC - Clyde Edwards-Helaire has 'special traits'

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Kansas City Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire has 'some special traits,' according to offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy Tuesday, May 19. 'But also we want to make sure we're utilizing him the right way and making sure he's mentally prepared to go when it's time to go,' Bieniemy added.

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Edwards-Helaire was a favorite of QB Patrick Mahomes before the draft, and that's why the team picked him...well, one of the reasons why. The rookie from LSU has great contact balance and can be a danger to defenses on all three downs. He'll compete with Damien Williams for the starting job in training camp and likely end up in some form of RBBC.

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2. MIN - WR Adam Thielen excels in man coverage

Source: Pro Football Focus - Seth Galina

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen received a Pro Football Focus grade of 95.4 against Cover 1 defense on a target depth of 10-19 yards over the last three seasons to rank second among all wide receivers. Only New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas received a higher grade.

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Thielen does a lot of damage from the slot, and that's where he can really take advantage of any coverage put on him. Expect more of the same in 2020, but it will be interesting to see how Minnesota mixes in rookie Justin Jefferson...as he almost exclusively played slot at LSU.

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3. DAL - Cowboys Reportedly Offered Dak Prescott 5 years - $175 Million

Source: Yardbarker.com - Zac Wassink

While speaking with the "K&C Masterpiece" program on Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday, former pro QB and Pro Football Talk analyst Chris Simms explained that he's heard the Cowboys have offered Prescott a five-year contract that could be worth $175 million.

From Mike Fisher of Sports Illustrated, Simms elaborated:

"(Prescott) wants a four-year deal. If they do agree to a five-year deal they would like a really big number at the end of that fifth year to cover their butts for what the market might be at the position five years from now. And I've heard he's asking for somewhere like north of $45 million in that fifth year."

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The Cowboys used the franchise tag for Prescott in 2020. We'll see if the team can work out this deal or if he plays under the franchise tag this season. They have until July 15 to sign Prescott long term. It'll be interesting as this seems generous for Prescott. Stay tuned.

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4. PHI - RB Devonta Freeman an option for Eagles?

Source: NFL Network - Michael Silver

Free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons) has received interest from Philadelphia Eagles this offseason.

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The Eagles are sniffing around veteran backs still available on the open market. Some had speculated they were considering bringing back LeSean McCoy last week, and now this report about Freeman. Either way, the Eagles are likely just looking for veteran depth and experience behind starter Miles Sanders. No matter who is added, we don't think they'll cut into Sanders touches too much this season.

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5. NYJ - NYJ have considered RB Devonta Freeman

Source: NFL Network - Michael Silver

Free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons) has received interest from New York Jets this offseason.

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The Jets have an interesting...and crowded backfield shaping up for the 2020 season. Le'Veon Bell is the starter with Frank Gore behind him as the veteran banger. Add in rookie La'Mical Perine, veterans Kenneth Dixon, Josh Adams and Trenton Cannon and that's a full (and multi-talented) room. Freeman is waiting for his new opportunity and the news around him seems to be picking up. We'll see if he can latch on with a new team before training camp.

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6. SEA - More on Seattle's offer to RB Devonta Freeman

Source: NFL Network - Michael Silver

Updating a previous report, free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons) has received a one-year contract offer from the Seattle Seahawks worth as much as $4 million.

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Seattle does not expect former first-round pick Rashaad Penny to be ready for the start of the regular season. That leaves Chris Carson as the talented but sometimes banged up starter and a rookie in DeeJay Dallas behind him. Seattle could use a veteran presence like Freeman even though he's not the same player he used to be.

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7. SEA - Seattle considering RB Carlos Hyde

Source: NFL Network - Michael Silver

Free-agent RB Carlos Hyde (Texans) has received some interest from the Seattle Seahawks this offseason.

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There has been some buzz around Hyde possible joining the Eagles, but the Seahawks could use a veteran back as well. Hyde is coming off a 1,000 yard season with the Texans and could be at least a short-yardage and goal-line banger for any team that adds him.

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8. CLE - WR Jarvis Landry ahead of schedule

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry (hip) said he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from hip surgery and hopes to be ready for football activities in August.

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Good news for Landry and the Browns here. Things went off track last year with the Browns offense, and they're hoping to get things corrected this year with a new coach and a new offense. Landry had surgery in February and doesn't exactly know when he'll be ready but the target date is August. That means he'll be limited in training camp and the preseason if he's ready by that time. The Browns expect to have him for Week 1 of the regular season.

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9. CLE - Harrison Bryant signs contract with CLE

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Cleveland Browns fourth-round draft choice TE Harrison Bryant signed a four-year contract with the Browns Wednesday, May 20. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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A former high school offensive tackle, Bryant has the ability as a blocker to be a 'Y' tight end. He's no slouch as a receiver at all. Bryant led all tight ends in college football with 65 receptions for 1,004 yards (15.4 per) while snaring seven touchdowns in 12 starts. He'll learn behind Austin Hooper and David Njoku as a rookie but we love his dynasty prospects.

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10. CLE - Cleveland signs Donovan Peoples-Jones

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Cleveland Browns sixth-round draft choice WR Donovan Peoples-Jones signed a four-year contract with the Browns Wednesday, May 20. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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The Michigan wide receiver has a big frame and knows how to use it to secure passes. He doesn't have elite speed but his skill set and reliability have the look of a big slot receiver at the pro level. The Browns WR corps is jam-packed with talent, so Peoples-Jones may not do much as a rookie. Instead, we'll keep an eye on him in super deep dynasty formats.

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11. SEA - QB Geno Smith's signing official

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Geno Smith (Seahawks) officially re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks Wednesday, May 20. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Smith returns as the primary backup to Russell Wilson. The veteran has only undrafted rookie Anthony Gordon (Washington State) to compete with to win the no.2 job on the depth chart.

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12. ATL - TE Hayden Hurst working out with QB

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst said he has been traveling to Atlanta over the past four weeks in order to work out with QB Matt Ryan.

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A former first-round pick of the Ravens, Hurst was never able to play up to his potential in Baltimore. He now gets a fresh start, while still having first-round tools, with the Falcons. Hurst said the workouts are improving his chemistry with Ryan and it will pay off during training camp.

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13. WAS - Antonio Gandy-Golden recovered from COVID-19

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Washington Redskins WR Antonio Gandy-Golden (illness) released a statement Wednesday, May 20, through his agent, announcing the rookie was diagnosed with COVID-19 after a March 24 test. His symptoms were mild, and after two weeks of quarantine, Gandy-Golden was fully cleared April 7 and is now at 100 percent.

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Good news for the rookie here. Gandy-Golden is a small-school prospect with big upside. He was a star at Liberty but proved at the Senior Bowl that he could shine against a higher competition level. Washington has a wide open depth chart at wide receiver behind Terry McLaurin. We'll see Gandy-Golden compete for a starting spot and to establish himself in that pecking order during training camp.

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14. PHI - RB Miles Sanders ready for major role

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders told SiriusXM Radio Tuesday, May 19, he is 'absolutely' ready for a larger role in the offense. 'I believe that's why they drafted me in the first place,' Sanders said. 'It was really just a switch, honestly, that turned. All of a sudden, I was a starting running back, and I didn't start at the beginning of the season. So, I just looked at it as an opportunity, and I just attacked it.'

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Sanders has just shown us the tip of the iceberg in terms of what he can do at the pro level. The Eagles may add a veteran back to the mix (LeSean McCoy?), but it would only be as a depth player behind Sanders. He doesn't have to split time anymore with Jordan Howard and Sanders has the skill set to be a RB1 for Fantasy GMs this year, especially in PPR formats. His current ADP is RB13 (2.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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15. NE - Trainer effusive in praise of Devin Asiasi

Source: NBC Sports Boston - Phil Perry

New England Patriots TE Devin Asiasi has 'the catch radius of Austin (Hooper)' and the 'body control and awareness of Zach (Ertz),' according to California Strength CEO Dave Spitz, who is training Asiasi this spring after working with Hooper and Ertz in the past.'I think (Asiasi) has more bend, more wiggle, than both of them. He's a beautiful combination. Plus he brings his own set of qualities. As a route-runner, he's just gonna be so difficult to defend at the next level. ... There's something that's incredibly special that pops right away. This kid just has another level of command of his body and of his awareness. I just can't wait to see what it translates to in the league,' Spitz said.

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Asiasi has athleticism and speed in space, and he should be the lead tight end for the Patriots this year. Fellow rookie Dalton Keene will get into the mix as well, but more of a blocker/H-back type of tight end. Asiasi has what scouts call 'safety blanket size' and he could become a favorite target when it's time to move the chains on third down.

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16. PHI - College coach praises Jalen Reagor

Source: Philadelphia Daily News - Paul Domowitch

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor impressed outside receivers coach Malcolm Kelly during his time at TCU. 'He is one of those rare players who can do it all,' Kelly said. 'He literally can do it all. ... He has that rare combination of explosion, high-point ability - at 5-10, he can go up and high-point the ball like a 6-3 or 6-4 guy - and the ability to turn nothing into something.'

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Reagor might be the best deep threat in this draft class. He's got the speed to take the top off the defense, but Reagor runs with control and doesn't lose much of that speed when he changes direction. The Eagles needed WR help in a bad way, and Reagor is a bright young potential star that Fantasy GMs are excited about. He could easily outplay his current ADP of WR63 (14.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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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