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Volume 22, #97 -- Thursday Night, July 23rd, 2020
The 10 Toughest Decisions of 2020

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Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Friday.

I'm not going to lie. I've never been so happy to watch a baseball game in my life as I was Thursday night. And I can't wait for the NBA to join in. NFL Camps are almost here. But it's the little things that hit you. Like the Washington Post newspaper bringing back the normal sports section That got me in an unexpected way.

It's a reminder that with all the wild/challenging/sad/tough stuff that might be going on out there, sports can pull folks together.

Let's be real. The Yankees at the Nationals isn't changing the world. Unless it sorta does.

That's all the baseball stuff I've got. But I'm loaded with NFL content. Let's get to it. And here's to Sports.

J

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1. DAL - CeeDee Lamb agrees

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Dallas Cowboys first-round pick WR CeeDee Lamb agreed to a four-year, $14.01 million deal Thursday, July 23. The deal includes a fifth-year option.

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Lamb is a fantastic player and reminds many in the scouting community of DeAndre Hopkins (Cardinals) because of his athleticism, body control and ability to make crazy catches seem routine. We'll see how he works his way into the mix along with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. The Cowboys have a great trio of wide receivers, arguably the best in the league, and their offense should be one of the most high-powered units this season.

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2. NFL - WR Antonio Brown actually not done

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Updating previous reports, free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) posted on Instagram that he doesn't want to retire and called on the NFL to finish its personal conduct investigations. 'I have complied with each and every ask of your investigations throughout the past 11 months,' Brown wrote. 'You have had access to all of my phones, you know what the deal is in each and every situation that the media has distorted. I have been seeing the therapist you asked me to, I have worked on all aspects of my life this past year and have become a better man because of it.'

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He just can't walk away, and his latest retirement (at least the third time he's done that this calendar year) didn't last long. When the NFL makes a decision on his legal issues then Brown should be back in the league. We expect teams like the Seahawks, Buccaneers and Washington to potentially show interest.

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3. DEN - Jerry Jeudy agrees to rookie deal

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Denver Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy agreed to terms Thursday, July 23, on his four-year, $15.192 million rookie deal that includes a team option for a fifth year, per NFL rules. He will receive 71 percent of his $8.61 million signing bonus upfront, and the entire contract is fully guaranteed.

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Jeudy was arguably the best wide receiver in arguably the best wide receiver draft class in NFL history. He has tremendous quickness and can make defenders look silly in the open field. His quickness allows him to run great and sharp routes, something most rookie receivers can't do. Jeudy should instantly become a favorite target of QB Drew Lock this season.

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4. MIA - Tua Tagovailoa gives himself green light

Source: USA TODAY - Chris Bumbaca

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (hip) declared himself ready for the start of training camp in a phone interview Wednesday, July 22. 'I'd say I'm ready to go,' Tagovailoa said. 'It's kind of those things where you start getting the itch to get back out on the field, to be able to compete. It's going to be a new setting, so that's what's even more exciting.'

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Tagovailoa has all the skill to be a franchise quarterback...something the Dolphins haven't had since the days of Dan Marino. If healthy, Tagovailoa has the accuracy and athleticism to pay off for Fantasy GMs. Tagovailoa will compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job in training camp. Even if he doesn't win the job for Week 1 (which he easily could win if healthy), Tagovailoa is bound to see the field at some point this season.

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5. WAS - Chase Young signs

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Washington Football Team first-round pick DE Chase Young signed a four-year, $34.56 million deal with a $22.697 million signing bonus Thursday, July 23. The No. 2 overall pick receives 100 percent of his bonuses up front.

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Many in the scouting community considered Young to be the best player in this entire draft class regardless of position. He's a premiere pass-rusher and should be able to wreak havoc on opponents for years to come. Young has strength, quickness, speed and intelligence when it comes to making plays on the football field. We're super excited to see his NFL career unfold.

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6. CIN - Khalid Kareem inks rookie deal

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Cincinnati Bengals fifth-round pick DE Khalid Kareem signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, July 23. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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Kareem played both defensive end and defensive tackle in college at Notre Dame. He is a quality run-defender and brings power and moves as a pass-rusher. We'll see how Kareem can work his way up the depth chart with the Bengals.

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7. MIN - Josh Metellus signs rookie deal

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Minnesota Vikings S Josh Metellus signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, July 23, according to his agency, Rosenhaus Sports. The sixth-round pick's financial terms are slotted according to NFL rules.

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Metellus has good speed and is rangy at the safety position. He lacks discipline when he plays but has a ton of emotional energy on the football field. Metellus can make plays in coverage and showed better as a run-defender in 2019.

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8. MIN - Jeff Gladney signs rookie contract

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings first-round pick CB Jeff Gladney signed his four-year rookie contract with a fifth-year option Thursday, July 23. The deal is worth $10.991 million with $5.553 million in guaranteed money.

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Gladney had a whopping 30 pass breakups over the last two seasons in college at TCU. He is ultra competitive and adept at playing man/press coverage against an opponents best receiver. Gladney has quick feet and can change direction with ease which allows him to get to the ball faster. As a rookie, Gladney could be a nickel corner for the Vikings but eventually he should be a starter on the outside.

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9. MIN - Kenny Willekes signs first contract

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Darin Gantt

Minnesota Vikings seventh-round pick DE Kenny Willekes signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, July 23.

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Willekes does not have outstanding physical traits but he is a hard worker, going to Michigan State as a walk-on prospect and ending his career as a record-setter for the Spartans. He plays with a ton of venom and nasty intentions when getting after the quarterback. Willekes is the type of player you don't bet against but the odds are stacked against him going up against elite-level talent in the NFL.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J