Volume 22, #62 -- Thursday Night, June 18th, 2020
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1. SF - WR Deebo Samuel has a broken foot

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel (foot) suffered a Jones fracture in his foot while working out Thursday, June 18. He will have surgery today, performed by Dr. Robert Anderson, and Samuel should be able to return to full strength in three to four months.

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Horrible news for the 49ers and the young WR here. Samuel has a Jones fracture and is likely to begin the regular season on the PUP list. Without complications he might be able to return after the mandatory six-week absence. That puts him in play around the middle of the regular season for a return. Now, 2020 first-round pick Brandon Aiyuk takes on an even larger role in that offense. We'll see if someone like Kendrick Bourne or Jalen Hurd can elevate their game while Samuel is out.

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2. SF - WR Deebo Samuel expects quick recovery

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel (foot) said he expects to return to the field in 10 weeks.

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Samuel may expect that but we are a long way from that point...and he has yet to have surgery. It's looking like the second-year wideout could begin the 2020 regular season on the PUP list, forcing him to miss at least the first six weeks when the team starts playing. Bottom line, there's a LOT to still be determined here.

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3. ARI - QB Kyler Murray planning workouts

Source: - Mike Florio

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray has invited 20 of his teammates to participate in workouts in Dallas starting this weekend, according to sources. He invited three other quarterbacks, four running backs, nine receivers and four tight ends to the workouts.

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Murray is getting stuff together to work out with teammates, just like every other quarterback out there pretty much. He's a QB1 for Fantasy GMs and has tremendous upside due to his athleticism, the high-powered nature of the Kliff Kingsbury offense and new superstar WR DeAndre Hopkins.

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4. DEN - QB Brett Rypien may be PS option

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos QB Brett Rypien is not expected to make the final roster but likely will be a practice squad option if he cleared waivers.

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Rypien looked like a camp arm last year. He's a developmental quarterback the team could keep around on the PS. Drew Lock is the clear-cut starter and veteran Jeff Driskel was added this offseason to be his primary backup.

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5. JAX - Collin Johnson signs rookie deal

Source: - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars fifth-round draft choice WR Collin Johnson signed a four-year contract with the Jaguars Thursday, June 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Johnson is a huge target who could work well in the red zone for the Jaguars. He lacks run-after-the-catch ability but Johnson is a strong run-blocker and has soft hands as a receiver. He knows how to use his frame to his advantage and should begin his pro career as a sub-package wide receiver.

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6. DEN - TE Jeff Heuerman may be on bubble

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman is expected to be on the roster bubble during training camp, in the opinion of The Denver Post's Ryan O'Halloran.

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It's going to be doubtful for Heuerman to make the final roster. The team added Nick Vannett in free agency and they selected Albert Okwuegbunam (college teammate of Drew Lock) in the 2020 NFL draft...and oh yeah, Noah Fant is the starter. The Broncos can save around $3.8 million against the cap if Heuerman is released.

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7. DET - TE T.J. Hockenson not fully healthy

Source: - Benjamin Raven

Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (ankle) has been able to start running routes a part of his rehab but has not completely recovered from his ankle injury, according to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

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The team likes where Hockenson is at in his recovery, he just has some more time to go. Hockenson is a fantastic talent but that ankle injury last November ended what was largely a disappointing rookie season (outside of Week 1) for the 2019 first-round pick. We'll see how much he gets eased into action when training camp gets here.

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8. NFL - WR Josh Gordon applies for reinstatement

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Free-agent WR Josh Gordon (Seahawks) submitted his letter to the NFL on Wednesday, June 18, to apply for reinstatement.

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We'll see if the Seahawks want to give Gordon another chance. The new CBA has a lighter stance on marijuana so that's something that could work in Gordon's favor. Gordon has been keeping in football shape and hopes to be reinstated in time for training camp.

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9. MIN - Gary Kubiak talks RB Dalvin Cook

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Dane Mizutani

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook's potential holdout is of little concern to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. During a Wednesday, June 17, talk with reporters, Kubiak said 'That's part of the business. We all understand that. Those guys will do their job,' Kubiak said in reference to the front office negotiating with Cook's representation. 'We have to stay focused on our job as a football team moving forward.' Kubiak added, 'He's got as good a grasp at what we do and how we go about it. He could teach class (on our system) because he's that bright and that smart of a football player.'

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Cook wants a new, big-money deal as he's in the final year of his rookie contract. He's the centerpiece of the Vikings offense and the two sides should be able to come to an agreement at some point. We'll see how this shakes out as reports indicate Cook is prepared to sit out the season. That's a bit extreme in our eyes, so we'll see if they can find a deal that works.

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10. LVR - Bryan Edwards had first-round grade

Source: Inside the Birds - Geoff Mosher and Adam Caplan

Las Vegas Raiders third-round pick Bryan Edwards had a first-round grade on him by the Raiders. Edwards could be the starting X receiver as early as 2021 as WR Tyrell Williams has no guaranteed money after this season.

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Edwards is a big-bodied rookie who knows how to use his frame to box out smaller defenders. He's not overly fast or quick, but Edwards can win at the catch point with physicality. Most of his production in 2019 came off of screen passes (36-of-71 receptions) so he'll have to become more of a nuanced route-runner to pay off on that first-round grade the Raiders had on him. Most in the scouting community thought Edwards was a mid-round talent.

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