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Volume 22, #99 -- Saturday Night, July 25th, 2020
Pick-a-Player: Mike Evans, Lamar Jackson, George Kittle

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A. Pick-a-Player: Mike Evans, Lamar Jackson, George Kittle
We asked the Footballguys Staff: "It's the 2.10 pick in a standard 12-team, PPR draft. You drafted a running back in the first round, and the players listed below are off the board. Would you select Mike Evans, Lamar Jackson, or George Kittle? Or would you pass on all three?"
This is what they said.

B. Backfield Breakdown: The Miami Dolphins
The Footballguys staff looks at how the Dolphins backfield will shake out

C. 25 Leverage Points to Dominate Your Draft
There are points in every draft where you should pounce. Matt Waldman shares 25 potential instances (and players) where you should act in 2020 re-draft scenarios.

D. The Audible Preseason Watch List - Washington
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss every skill position player worth keeping an eye on in fantasy leagues. Topics Include - is Washington going to turn things over to QB Dwayne Haskins for the entire season, a mess at the running back position led by RB Derrius Guice, why Fantasy GMs love WR Terry McLaurin, are there any TEs of note on this team, plus more!

E. The Audible Preseason Watch List - Eagles
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss every skill position player worth keeping an eye on in fantasy leagues. Topics Include - what to expect from QB Carson Wentz, how much can RB Miles Sanders produce as the clear-cut starter, is rookie WR Jalen Reagor going to be the no.1 wide receiver, a continued split at TE between Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, plus more!

F. The Audible Preseason Watch List - Giants
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss every skill position player worth keeping an eye on in fantasy leagues. Topics Include - what does QB Daniel Jones do for an encore in his second season, if fully healthy expect RB Saquon Barkley to dominate, what does WR Darius Slayton do with other players healthy at the position, should you take a chance on the talented but oft-injured TE Evan Engram, plus more!

G. The Audible Preseason Watch List - Cowboys
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss every skill position player worth keeping an eye on in fantasy leagues. Topics Include - how does QB Dak Prescott perform under the franchise tender, no nuance with RB Ezekiel Elliott, what does the addition of rookie WR CeeDee Lamb do for Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, why TE Blake Jarwin is a fantasy asset to be excited about, plus more!


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1. NYJ - S Jamal Adams traded by Jets

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New York Jets S Jamal Adams was traded to the Seattle Seahawks Saturday, July 25, in exchange for S Bradley McDougald, a 2021 first-round draft choice, a 2021 third-round draft choice and a 2022 first-round draft choice. The Seahawks will also receive a 2022 fourth-round pick in the trade.

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Adams wanted to be traded for some time and frankly couldn't mesh with head coach Adam Gase any longer. The Jets trade away the superstar safety but they get a haul in return. This will set them up nicely for the future if they can make these picks pay off.

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2. SEA - Seattle acquires S Jamal Adams

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New York Jets S Jamal Adams was acquired by the Seattle Seahawks Saturday, July 25, in exchange for S Bradley McDougald, a 2021 first-round draft choice, a 2021 third-round draft choice and a 2022 first-round draft choice. The Seahawks will also receive a 2022 fourth-round pick in the trade.

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Seattle gets a superstar player in Adams, and they pay a premium price to get him. Adams can rush the passer in addition to standing out in coverage and run defense. He's a do-everything safety who could thrive in Seattle's defense. Now, Seattle must find a way to ink Adams to a long-term deal.

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3. MIA - Miami acquires TE Adam Shaheen

Source: ProFootballTalk.com

Chicago Bears TE Adam Shaheen was acquired by the Miami Dolphins Saturday, July 25, in exchange for a conditional 2021 sixth-round draft choice, according to a source.

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Shaheen was a small school tight end who was an interesting prospect a few years ago. He's done little to nothing in the NFL and he's been a disappointment for the Bears. Now, with the Dolphins we'll see Shaheen get a fresh start as a reserve in the pecking order behind starter Mike Gesicki.

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4. MIA - RB Jordan Howard self-motivated

Source: NFL.com - Grant Gordon

Miami Dolphins RB Jordan Howard is utilizing self motivation as he prepares for training camp and the season with his new team. 'I really don't have anything to prove to anybody, just to myself that I can still be that type of player,' Howard recently told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. '(I) just feel like I'm one of the top backs in the game, even (if) people don't give me respect or credit or anything like that. I'm still out here trying to show what I can do.'

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Howard is a good running back and can carry the load for the Dolphins in 2020. He's going to work in tandem with Matt Breida but it should be Howard that gets the most work as a runner. Howard is not much of a receiver out of the backfield but has flex appeal with his powerful style and ability to work well near pay dirt.

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5. CIN - WR A.J. Green excited for offense

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer - Charlie Goldsmith

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said recently he has yet to meet new Bengals QB Joe Burrow in person, but he was quick to add that he is excited about the team's offensive talent and says he doesn't expect it to take long for everyone to get on the same page. 'A lot of people play into the (narrative of) 'how long does it take to get clicking,' ' Green said. 'We're all football players doing this for a long time. (Andy Dalton) and I came in in 2011 and we went 9-7, and we didn't have any kind of expectations. I feel like when you have the No. 1 pick, and what we did in free agency and me coming back, (Tyler Boyd) is coming back, John (Ross), Tee (Higgins) and all these pieces that we added on defense, I feel like the talent level that we have now is way different than what we had in 2011.'

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Green should be excited because the Bengals have the makings of an exciting offense, especially with 2020 no.1 overall pick Joe Burrow slinging the rock. Green is going to play 2020 on the franchise tag and is set to be a free agent in 2021. The superstar veteran receiver has stated previously that he wants to play four more years and retire a Bengal. We'll see if the two sides can work something out to make that happen after this season.

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6. LAC - Justin Herbert close to agreement

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Chargers first-round draft choice QB Justin Herbert is close to an agreement on a four-year contract worth around $26.6 million, according to a source.

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Herbert has the size, athleticism and arm strength that teams covet. His big arm can stretch the field vertically and Herbert can make throws into tight windows that others can't. He's athletic enough to scramble for first downs if necessary and can work well on play-action passes. Herbert is set to compete for the starting job with Tyrod Taylor in training camp. He's easily the quarterback of the future for the Chargers.

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7. DAL - Three rookie sign deals

Source: The Athletic - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys second-round draft choice CB Trevon Diggs, third-round draft choice DT Neville Gallimore and fourth-round draft choice C Tyler Biadasz signed four-year contracts with the Cowboys Saturday, July 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Diggs was one of the best cornerbacks in the 2020 NFL draft. During his college career at Alabama, Diggs was one of the most competitive players in the nation. Diggs has great size and quickness for the cornerback position, although he does need better technique. We should see him in the starting lineup sooner rather than later.

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8. LVR - Las Vegas signs Bryan Edwards

Source: Raiders.com

Las Vegas Raiders third-round draft choice WR Bryan Edwards signed a four-year contract with the Raiders Saturday, July 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Edwards is a fine size/speed prospect who showed a nose for the end zone during his college career at South Carolina. He uses his frame well to box out smaller defenders and is generally considered a smooth (but not sudden) athlete with the ball in his hands. The Raiders will use Edwards as a reserve receiver as a rookie, but the future could be bright for him if his game gets polished in a year or two.

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9. LVR - Lynn Bowden signs rookie deal

Source: Raiders.com

Las Vegas Raiders third-round draft choice RB Lynn Bowden signed a four-year contract with the Raiders Saturday, July 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Bowden is one of the most versatile players in the 2020 NFL draft. He was a wide receiver/running back/quarterback in college at Kentucky and can play a variety of roles for the Raiders. Bowden is not polished as a route runner but is dangerous with the rock in his hands. He could get a few carries behind Josh Jacobs here and there.

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10. LVR - Amik Robertson signs rookie deal

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Gutierrez

Las Vegas Raiders CB Amik Robertson on Saturday, July 25, signed his four-year rookie contract. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.

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Robertson is a smaller corner, and should be a nickel corner in the NFL. He has a competitive spirit on the field and has a nose for the ball as evidenced by his whopping 21 pass breakups last year for Louisiana Tech. Robertson has a ballhawk's mindset and should work onto the field as a sub-package player in his rookie season.

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11. NFL - WR Martavis Bryant not ready to play

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero

Free-agent WR Martavis Bryant (Raiders) is receiving interest from several teams, but he still has not applied for reinstatement at this point.

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Bryant hopes to play at some point but still needs to do more work. It sounds like Bryant may not play in 2020 but could be aiming for a return in 2021. Bryant will be 28-years old next offseason but it sounds like some teams could still have interest.

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12. DEN - S Kareem Jackson plans to report on time

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos S Kareem Jackson (illness) said he has been working out and plans to report to training camp on time. He tested positive for COVID-19 last month.

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Jackson is a leader on and off the field for the Broncos. Their defense has some question marks at the cornerback position but in year two of the Vic Fangio scheme they could finish as a top-15 unit in the league -- especially if guys like Jackson (and Justin Simmons) find a way to get more turnovers.

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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.

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