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Volume 22, #91 -- Friday Night, July 17th, 2020
17 League-Changing Players in 2020

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1. SEA - WR Josh Gordon could return

Source: ESPN.com - Brady Henderson

Free-agent WR Josh Gordon (Seahawks) could re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks if he is reinstated before the 2020 season, according to ESPN's Brady Henderson. Gordon has remained in the Seattle area this offseason and would like to play for the Seahawks.

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Gordon wouldn't be as big a threat to Tyler Lockett or DK Metcalf's fantasy outlook as an Antonio Brown signing, but he would be an upgrade to their WR3 spot nonetheless. He's unlikely to be fantasy relevant wherever he lands, but re-joining Seattle would upgrade Russell Wilson's stock.

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2. CIN - WR A.J. Green signs franchise tender

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green on Friday, July 17, signed his one-year franchise tender and is expected to report on time to camp.

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Yannick Ngakoue is the last franchise tag player to not sign his tender. Green said today that his plan is to play four more years and retire a Bengal.

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3. SEA - Seattle not close to deal with WR Antonio Brown

Source: ESPN.com - Brady Henderson

Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) received some interest from the Seattle Seahawks earlier this offseason, but the two sides are not close to a contract agreement because of his off-field issues, according to a source.

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The league hasn't settled on a suspension or otherwise resolved Brown's status with the league in light of off-field incidents, so that could be the holdup in coming to an agreement. The Seahawks remain one of the most likely if not the most likely team to sign Brown.

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4. NYG - PK Aldrick Rosas charged

Source: New York Daily News - Pat Leonard

New York Giants PK Aldrick Rosas was formally charged with three misdemeanors in the Superior Court of California Wednesday, July 15, for his arrest in June. Butte County (Ca.) Deputy District Attorney Glenn Jennings filed a criminal complaint on Wednesday that charged Rosas with reckless driving on a highway, hit and run and property damage, and driving with a suspended or revoked license due to a previous DUI.

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Rosas was already on shaky ground before this. His 3.259 million dollar RFA tender salary might be too steep for an unreliable kicker coming into the season with an off-field problem pattern.

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5. CIN - WR Alex Erickson may not make team

Source: ESPN - Ben Baby

Cincinnati Bengals WR Alex Erickson could be on the roster bubble during training camp since the team added WRs Tee Higgins and Scotty Washington this offseason. The team would save $1.9 million in salary cap space if Erickson were released.

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Erickson contributes on special teams and has had a role on offense at times, but if A.J. Green and John Ross are healthy, he could be out of a roster spot in a numbers crunch.

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6. MIA - Julie'n Davenport may be on bubble

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Miami Dolphins OT Julie'n Davenport could be on the roster bubble during training camp if the team is comfortable with their depth at offensive line.

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The Dolphins drafted rookie tackles in the first and second round. If Austin Jackson and Robert Hunt are ready for extended playing time, that could mean curtains for Davenport.

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7. JAX - QB Gardner Minshew tops in scramble rate

Source: Pro Football Focus

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew had the highest scramble rate (8.9 percent) of any quarterback in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus data.

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This can create a foundation for rushing stats, but it's also a picture of a rookie quarterback. Minshew's game should be more mature this year and he might be a viable QB2/Superflex with little to no legitimate competition on the roster. Even if the Jaguars draft a quarterback high next year, Minshew can make a resume for the other 31 teams to reference when he's a free agency in 2023 with his performance this year.

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