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Volume 22, #35 -- Friday Night, May 22nd, 2020
The Tight Ends On New Teams You Need To Know

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1. SEA - RB Carlos Hyde to join Seahawks

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent RB Carlos Hyde (Texans) agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks Friday, May 22, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Hyde fits the hard-hitting rushing attack the Seahawks have with starter Chris Carson. The team needed help in the backfield since former first-round pick Rashaad Penny is unlikely to be ready for the start of the regular season. Hyde had over 1,000 yards rushing last year for the Texans but will serve as a backup to Carson in 2020.

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2. SEA - Russell Wilson wants to add WR Antonio Brown

Source: 710 ESPN Seattle - John Clayton

Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) is a player that Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson wants the Seahawks to sign this offseason, according to sources.

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Brown has the skill to be playing in the league but off field issues have caused him to burn multiple bridges. Seattle has Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf as the top two targets but things are a bit thin after that. Phillip Dorsett is currently set to be the no.3 receiver, and Brown (if motivated) would be a huge upgrade.

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3. NYJ - QB Joe Flacco agrees to join NYJ

Source: JL Sports

Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Joe Flacco (Broncos) agreed to a one-year contract with the New York Jets, his agency said Friday, May 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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About 10 days ago, there was buzz that the Jets were sniffing around Flacco and now the deal is done. Flacco underwent neck surgery in April and won't be ready until late August/early September. The Jets wanted some veteran depth to give them insurance behind Sam Darnold. Flacco was flat out bad with the Broncos last year as the starter, but now he's a clear backup and a clear upgrade (if healthy) to guys like David Fales or rookie James Morgan.

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4. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook a force in close

Source: ProFootballReference.com

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook finished in a tie for first with Ezekiel Elliott for the most rushing touchdowns scored inside the 5 in 2019 with nine.

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Cook is a perfect fit for the Gary Kubiak offense. He's incredibly capable of setting up blockers and has the patience to gash defenses in the zone-blocking system. Cook is the centerpiece of what the Vikings do on offense and that will continue in 2020.

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5. BUF - QB Josh Allen got it done in the red zone

Source: ProFootballReference.com

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen ran 21 times in the red zone in 2019 and scored nine touchdowns on those runs - four more rushing scores than any other quarterback had inside the 20.

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Allen is one of the more athletic quarterbacks in the league. The team will continue to feature his legs in 2020, but Allen needs to get better as a passer. His accuracy across the field, especially on deep passes, could be better. That's where WR Stefon Diggs should help as he can go get those big passes from Allen downfield.

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6. TEN - RB Derrick Henry unfazed by stacked boxes

Source: ESPN.com - Matt Bowen

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry led the league with 106 carries against defenses with eight or more defenders in the box in 2019, according to ESPN's Matt Bowen. Additionally, he ranked third in the league among running backs with 5.4 yards per carry on those rushing attempts.

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Henry is tough to slow down, stacked boxes or no. The fear with a stacked box is if Henry gets through the first wave then he has the speed to make a house call from anywhere on the field. Good luck stopping him in 2020 as Henry will continue to be the battering ram for the Titans offense.

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7. SEA - Seattle best to avoid WR Josh Gordon?

Source: NBC Sports Northwest - Joe Fann

Free-agent WR Josh Gordon (Seahawks) is reportedly filing for reinstatement but Joe Fann of NBC Sports Northwest suggests the Seattle Seahawks shouldn't seek a reunion, explaining there are already better options on the roster.

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Seattle has an interesting group of WRs behind Tyler Lockett. They'll have DK Metcalf starting with Lockett, and behind them Phillip Dorsett should work as a speed option as the no.3 on the roster.

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8. KC - TE Travis Kelce best outside?

Source: Pro Football Focus

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce led the NFL with 2.8 yards per route when lined up outside in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Kelce is best no matter where he lines up. He'll continue as a top target for the Chiefs and is a fantasy favorite. Kelce has a current ADP of TE1 (2.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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9. NYJ - RB Frank Gore happy to help other RBs

Source: SNY - Scott Thompson

New York Jets RB Frank Gore said Thursday, May 21, he's happy to play the veteran role and help support RB Le'Veon Bell and the other running backs on the Jets' roster. 'It will be fun, man,' he said. 'I've been around a bunch of talented running backs in my career, college and NFL. I'm going to do whatever it takes to help him and help the other guys.'

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Gore is a seasoned veteran and future Hall of Fame running back. He's got a ton of knowledge he can share with backs like Bell or any of the other players on the roster. Gore will serve as a primary backup to Bell in 2020 and should get some short-yardage carries or touches when Bell needs a breather.

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10. SEA - RB Travis Homer unlikely to have offensive role

Source: NBC Sports Northwest - Joe Fann

Seattle Seahawks RB Travis Homer probably will not have a role in the offense after the team's contract agreement with RB Carlos Hyde, in the opinion of NBC Sports Northwest's Joe Fann.

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Seattle needed an upgrade at the backup RB position and that's why they signed Hyde. Homer likely will be mostly a special teams player if he makes the final roster.

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11. WAS - Steven Sims likely to be slot WR

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Washington Redskins WR Steven Sims is the leading candidate for the slot receiver job this upcoming season but could be pushed by RB/WR Antonio Gibson for some snaps.

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Undrafted out of Kansas in 2019, Sims caught 34 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns. Sims was used as a runner, receiver and return man last season and could be in for a larger role in 2020. In deeper PPR leagues, Sims might provide some 'what the heck' flex value if he wins the slot job.

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12. WAS - WR Kelvin Harmon has good chance to start

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Washington Redskins WR Kelvin Harmon likely will be the leading candidate to start opposite WR Terry McLaurin entering training camp but will not be guaranteed the job.

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A sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft, Harmon caught 30 passes for 365 yards as a rookie. He failed to score a touchdown in 2019, but Harmon did flash a bit towards the end of the regular season. We'll see who wins the job opposite of McLaurin in training camp.

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13. NFL - Third-down plans for RB Devonta Freeman?

Source: ESPN.com - Brady Henderson

Free agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons) would likely fill a third-down role if he winds up accepting a reported one-year contract offer from the Seattle Seahawks, in the opinion of a Seahawks beat reporter.

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Freeman can be utilized effectively as a receiver out of the backfield if healthy. He's not the player he used to be but could fill a role for a team like Seattle. They need him as Rashaad Penny (knee) is unlikely to be ready for the start of the regular season. Chris Carson is the starter but Freeman could be a change-of-pace back if he signs.

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14. PHI - RB Miles Sanders should see uptick

Source: SiriusXM NFL Radio - Adam Caplan

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders is likely to get '15-to-18' touches per game, NFL insider and Eagles follower Adam Caplan said on his recent Eagles podcast.

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That might even be a little light. Sanders is everything in the backfield and has a three-down skill set so he doesn't need to come off the field. The Eagles may add a veteran back to the mix (LeSean McCoy?) but Sanders is still the featured back who should get plenty of work in 2020. Sanders has a current ADP of RB12 (2.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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15. WAS - WR Terry McLaurin graded out high

Source: Pro Football Focus

Washington Redskins WR Terry McLaurin was Pro Football Focus' second-highest graded wide receiver in 2019 on vertical routes.

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McLaurin didn't have much to work with as a rookie in 2019. Washington churned through different quarterbacks due to injury and ineffectiveness yet McLaurin stayed productive. They lacked other weapons around him in the passing game yet McLaurin stayed productive. Washington made changes this year in terms of added weapons, and they should have a better idea at quarterback...so that should help McLaurin stay productive.

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16. GB - WR Davante Adams tops on verticals

Source: Pro Football Focus

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams was Pro Football Focus' top-graded wide receiver on vertical routes in 2019.

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Adams and QB Aaron Rodgers are fun to watch. We'll see Adams stretch the field again this year, so he could be tops on these type of routes in 2020.

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17. NE - Will Hastings has an advantage

Source: NESN.com - Doug Kyed

New England Patriots WR Will Hastings has an advantage over the other receivers vying for a roster spot because he was QB Jarrett Stidham's slot receiver in college. However, Hastings is coming off of two knee surgeries, and he'll have to show he regained his burst.

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Hastings was not invited to the Scouting Combine but he did run a (hand-timed) 4.5 40-yard dash at his pro day. He's your classic slot receiver with quickness and good hands on short-to-intermediate routes. He's competing for a roster spot or a spot on the team's practice squad in 2020.

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18. NYJ - La'Mical Perine worked on receiving

Source: NewYorkJets.com - Randy Lange

New York Jets fourth-round pick RB La'Mical Perine worked on his receiving skills in the offseason, according to Orlando Sentinel reporter Edgar Thompson, who works the Florida Gators beat. 'He has great hands, he's a very good receiver,' Thompson said. 'He worked with the receivers during the offseason, honing his route-running skills. So he's a threat out of the backfield.'

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Perine is a hard-charging runner with little nuance to his game. He was used more as a receiver in 2019 by the Gators. Perine had 23 receptions in his first two years at Florida, but that number exploded to 41 receptions last year. He reminds some in the scouting community of Devontae Booker (Raiders). Perine will compete for a reserve role with the Jets in 2020. Keep tabs on him in dynasty formats.

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19. CLE - RB Nick Chubb unlucky inside the 20 last year

Source: ProFootballReference.com

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb was one of four players to amass 50 rushing attempts inside the red zone in 2019 but scored only six times on those carries. Each of the other three backs with at least 50 such carries scored at least 11 times.

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The Browns need to get Chubb unlocked near pay dirt. They should do that this season as they spent a lot of time and resources on crafting a better offensive line. We mostly talk about that helping QB Baker Mayfield, but that will also benefit Chubb and the ground game.

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20. WAS - Stacked fronts no issue for RB Adrian Peterson

Source: ESPN.com - Matt Bowen

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson finished in a tie for fifth with Frank Gore among running backs with 61 rushing attempts against defenses with eight or more defenders in the box in 2019, according to ESPN's Matt Bowen. Peterson averaged 5.31 yards per carry on those attempts - the fourth-best mark in the league by a running back.

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That's what Peterson does best. He is inevitable when it comes to crashing through the line of scrimmage. Peterson should be the same player in 2020, although Washington's backfield will continue to feature Derrius Guice and should also have rookie RB Antonio Gibson mixed in.

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21. NE - RB Sony Michel attracted attention in 2019

Source: ESPN.com - Matt Bowen

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel finished second in the league with 82 rushing attempts against defenses with eight or more defenders in the box in 2019, according to ESPN's Matt Bowen.

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The Patriots saw teams try to take away the ground game to put more pressure on QB Tom Brady and the WR corps. Brady is gone to Tampa and we should see Jarrett Stidham take over at quarterback. If that's the case, defenses will continue to stack the box to stuff the run and dare the young QB to beat them. Michel is going to attract plenty of attention in 2020.

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22. GB - Red zone was good to RB Aaron Jones in 2019

Source: ProFootballReference.com

Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones scored a league-high 14 touchdowns inside the red zone in 2019.

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Jones was money for the Packers last year. He should continue to be a primary force for the team near pay dirt. However, rookie RB A.J. Dillon might get some goal-line carries due to his size and power.

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23. MIA - WR DeVante Parker lit it up on go routes

Source: Pro Football Focus

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker was the only receiver in the NFL last season to score at least four touchdowns on go routes, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Parker has good speed but his ball-tracking ability is what makes him stand out on these plays. He also has 'late hands' and does not tip off that a pass is coming in until the last possible second.

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24. KC - WR Tyreek Hill excels downfield

Source: Pro Football Focus

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill has amassed 1,765 yards on passes that traveled at least 20 yards downfield - more than 500 yards than second-place Julio Jones (1,223) for the most in the league by a player since 2017.

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Hill has the speed to take the top off the defense. That makes him excel down the field and that's not going to change this year. There is really no answer for his speed.

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25. CHI - Cole Kmet mastering playbook

Source: NBCSports Chicago - Adam Hoge

Chicago Bears rookie TE Cole Kmet is proving to be a fast learner of the team's playbook, according to head coach Matt Nagy Thursday, May 21. 'I can't trick him. He knows it all,' Nagy said. 'I guarantee you - and I'll put it out there - he will know this playbook inside out. That's not going to be the issue.'

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Kmet was arguably the best tight end in this draft class. It wasn't a great group of tight ends entering the league in the 2020 NFL draft, but Kmet stands out because of his versatile skill set. He's not a dynamic athlete but he's a consistent chain-mover who could one day be a starter for the Bears. He'll learn behind Jimmy Graham in 2020.

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26. BAL - TE Mark Andrews efficient from slot

Source: Pro Football Focus

Baltimore Ravens TE Mark Andrews led the NFL with 3.3 yards per route from the slot in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus. Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods ranked second with 2.6 yards per route.

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Andrews is a favorite target of QB Lamar Jackson. Whether it's from the slot, in-line or from the outside we'll continue to see Jackson look for Andrews...especially on key down-and-distance situations.

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27. CLE - Donovan Peoples-Jones learning from vets

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com - Anthony Poisal

Cleveland Browns rookie WR Donovan Peoples-Jones has been doing his best to learn from veteran receivers on the team, according to WR Jarvis Landry Thursday, May 21. 'From being around him the last two months, I see already that he is a hard worker,' Landry said. 'I see that he is eager to learn, and those are some of the things that I appreciate about him.' Peoples-Jones said he also met with WR Odell Beckham Jr. prior to the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Peoples-Jones is a big slot receiver at the pro level. He's buried on the depth chart right now, but his soft hands and run-after-the-catch ability make him a player we'll closely monitor in dynasty formats.

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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,

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