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Volume 22, #95 -- Tuesday Night, July 21st, 2020
Coronavirus and the NFL: What to Expect as Players Report

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Good Wednesday to you. Things are moving in a positive direction as the NFL and the Players Union hammer out the final details before camp. We are almost there. Our Dr. Jene Bramel, MD, has a nice feature for you about what to expect and what to look for. Plus tons of new NFL content and updates and stat projections and more.

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J

SITE NEWS

A. Coronavirus and the NFL: What to Expect as Players Report
Dr. Jene Bramel, MD, with updates on testing agreements, roster exemptions, and what to watch as the preseason begins.

B. Could Melvin Gordon Be Your Ticket to a Title?
Dave Larkin with a detailed look at Melvin Gordon's 2020 fantasy prospects, and why popular opinion is way off on his upside.

C. Pushing Your Auction Drafts Over the Top: Running Back Targets
Drew Davenport dives into running back targets that can push your auction roster over the top.

D. The Footballguys Players Championship: Wide Receivers
Jeff Pasquino with the Footballguys Players Championship analysis. In this one, he looks at the wide receiver position.

E. The Footballguys Players Championship and the Action Scoring Rule
Jeff Pasquino with the Footballguys Players Championship analysis. In this one, he looks at the action scoring rule.

F. PPR Top 300 Players Updated
David Dodds with the Top 300 Players. This one is for PPR scoring.

G. Non-PPR Top 300 Players Updated
David Dodds with the Top 300 Players. This one is for Non-PPR scoring.

H. PPR Draft List Updated
David Dodds takes the Top 300 Players and factors it against Average Draft Position to get a list more like we'd draft from. This one is for PPR scoring.

I. Non-PPR Draft List Updated
David Dodds takes the Top 300 Players and factors it against Average Draft Position to get a list more like we'd draft from. This one is for Non-PPR scoring.

J. Projections Updated - Quarterbacks
Cheatsheet rankings are great and we do tons of those. But the backbone of Footballguys is the Detailed Stat Projections. We have the QBs updated here for PPR scoring.

K. PPR Projections Updated - Running Backs
Cheatsheet rankings are great and we do tons of those. But the backbone of Footballguys is the Detailed Stat Projections. We have the RBs updated here for PPR scoring.

L. PPR Projections Updated - Wide Receivers
Cheatsheet rankings are great and we do tons of those. But the backbone of Footballguys is the Detailed Stat Projections. We have the WRs updated here for PPR scoring.

M. PPR Projections Updated - Tight Ends
Cheatsheet rankings are great and we do tons of those. But the backbone of Footballguys is the Detailed Stat Projections. We have the TEs updated here for PPR scoring.

N. Projections Updated - Linebackers
Cheatsheet rankings are great and we do tons of those. But the backbone of Footballguys is the Detailed Stat Projections. We have the LBs updated here.

O. Projections Updated - Defensive LInemen
Cheatsheet rankings are great and we do tons of those. But the backbone of Footballguys is the Detailed Stat Projections. We have the DLs updated here.


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1. ARI - Isaiah Simmons signs

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Arizona Cardinals first-round pick LB Isaiah Simmons signed a fully guaranteed four-year, $20.66 million deal Tuesday, July 21. The deal includes a $12.58 million signing bonus.

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Simmons was one of the most versatile players in the 2020 NFL draft. He ran track at college in Clemson in addition to being one of the best defensive players in the country. He can do it all, stopping the run, rushing the passer and playing in coverage -- plus getting his hands on the ball. Simmons is listed as a linebacker but he can play safety or nickel corner if called upon.

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2. LVR - Henry Ruggs agrees to rookie deal

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III agreed to terms on his four-year rookie deal Tuesday, July 21. The contract is slotted, per the NFL's rules, and it is fully guaranteed for $16.67 million. Per NFL policy for first-round draft choices, the deal includes a team option for a fifth year.

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Ruggs is one of the fastest players to come into the league in NFL history. He can take short passes and turn them into long gains with his speed where he can outrun angles. In addition, Ruggs can get by defenders in the blink of an eye and tracks the ball well over his shoulder. He should be the no.1 receiver for the Raiders in 2020. Ruggs has a current ADP of WR45 (10.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. TB - Raymond Calais signs

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers seventh-round pick RB Raymond Calais signed his four-year rookie contract Tuesday, July 21. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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Calais has a ton of burst with the ball in his hands. He's smaller but incredibly explosive and has home-run ability when he gets a gap as a runner. Calais is not a receiving threat and will need to prove that's in his toolbox after only catching 17 passes in four seasons at Louisiana.

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4. CAR - Yetur Gross-Matos signs

Source: Twitter

Carolina Panthers second-round pick DE Yetur Gross-Matos signed his rookie, four-year deal Tuesday, July 21, according to his agent, Andy Simms. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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Gross-Matos is an unfinished prospect but he has a ton of potential and upside. He has length and quickness to get around that edge and get after the passer. Gross-Matos has multiple moves to get around blockers but he needs work better to stack moves. He'll need to learn how to get his hands up when he doesn't get home as Gross-Matos had zero pass breakups in college.

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5. CIN - Four rookies sign in Cincy

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Darin Gantt

Cincinnati Bengals third-round pick LB Logan Wilson, fourth-round pick LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, sixth-round pick OL Hakeem Adeniji and seventh-round pick LB Markus Bailey signed their four-year rookie contracts Tuesday, July 21. Financial terms of the deals were undisclosed.

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Wilson is the player to watch here. A former secondary player in high school, Wilson did a great job of snaring interceptions in his college career at Wyoming. Wilson is a smart player, a known leader and a guy who just doesn't quit against the run or in coverage. He could be a fine starter for the Bengals.

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6. CAR - Jeremy Chinn gets deal done

Source: Spotrac.com

Carolina Panthers second-round pick S Jeremy Chinn signed a four-year rookie deal worth $5.24 million Tuesday, July 21.

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Chinn has great bloodlines as his uncle is Hall of Fame safety Steve Atwater (Broncos), and the rookie from Southern Illinois was one of the most versatile secondary players in the 2020 NFL draft. He's strong and loves to initiate contact but sometimes overruns plays due to his aggression. Chinn is a ballhawk who recorded 31 pass breakups and 13 interceptions in four seasons of college ball.

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7. HOU - John Reid signs rookie deal

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Houston Texans fourth-round pick DB John Reid signed his four-year rookie deal Tuesday, July 21. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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Reid isn't a huge corner but he makes up for his lack of size, length and strength with great ball skills and a competitive nature. He's a smart player who should be able to quickly get up to speed at the pro level.

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8. HOU - Houston signs Isaiah Coulter

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Houston Texans fifth-round pick WR Isaiah Coulter signed his four-year rookie contract Tuesday, July 21, according to a source. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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There are some in the scouting community who compare Coulter's game to that of former NFL WR Brandon Lloyd. Coulter has speed to get open with ease, then he can create more separation after the catch with his speed. At Rhode Island he produced against FCS-level competition but did play well when going up against larger FBS schools. We'll monitor him closely in dynasty formats.

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9. KC - Clyde Edwards-Helaire official

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Kansas City Chiefs first-round pick RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire officially signed his four-year deal Tuesday, July 21. The deal includes a fifth-year option.

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Edwards-Helaire is one of the most well-rounded running backs to come into the league this year. He can thrive as a runner with his quickness, speed and big-play ability. Those same traits also help him as a receiver out of the backfield. Fantasy GMs are expecting a lot from the rookie as he has a current ADP of RB15 (2.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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10. CHI - Jaylon Johnson inks rookie pact

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Chicago Bears CB Jaylon Johnson signed his four-year rookie contract Tuesday, July 21. According to NFL slotting rules, as a second-round pick, Johnson will not have a team option for a fifth year, and his financial terms are based on his draft placement.

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Johnson has length and strength at the cornerback position. In three years (29 games starting), Johnson had seven interceptions and returned two of those for touchdowns (including a 100-yard pick six). He is incredibly aggressive in coverage and will not hesitate to get physical with opposing receivers.

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11. HOU - Ross Blacklock inks rookie deal

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Houston Texans second-round pick DT Ross Blacklock signed his four-year rookie contract Tuesday, July 21. The deal is worth $7.95 million with $4.92 million guaranteed.

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Blacklock missed two seasons and started two seasons in college at TCU. He's incredibly disruptive at 290 pounds and has the traits to be a pressure-starter on quarterbacks from the middle of the line. He also has the versatility to play all across the defensive line.

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12. CAR - Kenny Robinson signs rookie deal

Source: Spotrac.com

Carolina Panthers S Kenny Robinson signed a four-year rookie contract worth $3.62 million Tuesday, July 21.

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Robinson played for the St. Louis Battlehawks in the XFL last season. He has good length and aggression for the position and is the rare rookie with professional experience. Robinson needs to get better at play recognition and run support if he wants to be the best pro he can be.

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13. CHI - Chicago's rookie class signed

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Updating a previous story, Chicago Bears second-round pick TE Cole Kmet, seventh-round pick G Lachavious Simmons, fifth-round pick LB Trevis Gipson, fifth-round CB Kindle Vildor, fifth-round pick WR Darnell Mooney and seventh-round pick OL Arlington Hambright signed their four-year rookie contracts Tuesday, July 21. It was previously announced second-round pick CB Jaylon Johnson signed his rookie deal. Financial terms of the deals were undisclosed.

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Kmet and Mooney are the players Fantasy GMs need to watch here. During his college career at Notre Dame, Kmet displayed a 'Y' skill set at the tight end position. He's a decent receiver with strong hands and concentration while also serving as a capable blocker. Mooney's game is all about speed, speed and more speed. His game at Tulane was all about tracking passes deep and that's his best attribute as a rookie in the pros.

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14. DEN - Michael Ojemudia agrees to terms

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Aric DiLalla

Denver Broncos third-round pick CB Michael Ojemudia agreed to terms on his four-year rookie contract Tuesday, July 21. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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Ojemudia will be asked to be a starter for the Broncos ASAP. He played almost exclusively zone in college at Iowa and should have an easy transition in Vic Fangio's 'zone dog' defense. Ojemudia tested like a man corner at the Scouting Combine but should be kept off the ball to help him out. He can watch the play unfold in front of him and does a good job of anticipating route trees.

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15. PIT - Alex Highsmith strikes rookie deal

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Pittsburgh Steelers third-round pick LB Alex Highsmith signed his four-year rookie contract Tuesday, July 21. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.

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Stop what you're doing and Google search Highsmith's 'spin-chop' move as a pass-rusher. It's unique but effective and you've never seen anything like it. Highsmith was seen as one of the 'sleeper' pass-rushing prospects in this draft class and the Steelers were happy to scoop him up in the third round. Highsmith could see the field as a rookie as a part-time player with a job of only getting after the quarterback.

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16. GB - Josiah Deguara agrees to rookie contract

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Green Bay Packers third-round pick TE Josiah Deguara agreed to his four-year rookie contract Tuesday, July 21. Financial terms were undisclosed.

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He's a fullback/tight end 'tweener who lined up all over the formation for Cincinnati in college. He finished his college career with more catches (92) than any other tight end in Bearcats history. Deguara should not be much of a fantasy factor but his versatility will help him keep a spot on the 53-man roster.

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