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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 23, #17 • May 8th, 2021


Happy Mother's Day From Footballguys - Chargers To Win It All?


Howdy Folks,

Happy Mother's Day from Footballguys. If you're fortunate to have your Mom still around, I hope you're able to connect with her today. Mom's rule.

We've got a bit of News and Notes for you as well so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Footballguys Spotlight - Glitch In The Matrix For Chargers?
I shared this from my friend Matthew Berry yesterday. He passed it along from u/SleepingJiant:

"Tampa Bay finished the 2019 season at 7-9, drafted an OT at pick #13 overall, drafted a DB in the second round who was named after his All-Pro father, and then proceeded to win the Super Bowl in their own stadium the following season.

"The Chargers finished the 2020 season at 7-9, drafted OT Rashawn Slater at #13 overall, drafted Asante Samuuel Jr. in the 2nd round, and SB56 will be held in SoFi Stadium."

For you Random Shots readers, that's a glitch in the matrix...


1. JAX - Travis Etienne the top back?

Source: NFL.com - Bucky Brooks

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Travis Etienne has 'more juice' than RB James Robinson, according to Bucky Brooks of NFL.com, and Brooks believes the 'RB1 job is Etienne's to lose' heading into the 2021 season.

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Etienne has "juice" to his game but Robinson was a fine starter last year for the Jaguars and he's not going to back down without a fight. He played over 90 percent of the Jaguars offensive snaps last year but that number will certainly go down in 2021. Etienne will push Robinson for the starting job and we'll see who comes out on top in training camp.

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2. ARI - Rondale Moore to be busy?

Source: ESPN.com - Josh Weinfuss

Arizona Cardinals WR Rondale Moore will be used 'in as many different ways' as possible, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury. 'Whether it's handing the ball from the backfield, toss to him on a sweep, go outside or on a fade route, he does it all,' Kingsbury said. 'So, we're going to move him around and make sure he gets his fair share of touches.'

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Moore should be busy. The Cardinals don't have a wide receiver like him currently on the roster. He's capable of being moved around the formation and can line up in any spot, but he's not just a gadget guy. Moore is one of the most explosive players in this draft class and can make defenders look silly in the open field. He's battled with injuries in college but if healthy he's a run-after-the-catch machine as over 72 percent of the yards he gained in college (1,915 yards) came after the catch.

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3. KC - Cornell Powell eyeing No. 2 gig?

Source: Pro Football Focus - Michael Renner

Kansas City Chiefs WR Cornell Powell had the second-highest win rate of any receiver in one-on-ones against press coverage during the Senior Bowl, according to Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus, and Renner believes that skill will translate quickly in the NFL and give Powell a chance to win the No. 2 receiver job as a rookie.

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The Chiefs could have gotten a solid future starter in Powell...in the fifth round! Powell is a Clemson wide receiver, and he was initially buried on the depth chart in college by several future NFL wideouts. As a senior, he flourished and showed why he was a Tigers recruit. Powell has great ball skills and can track passes down field with ease. He needs to clean up his route running but the skill is there for him to be a no.2 in the league. In THAT offense, he certainly has a ton of fantasy potential if he eventually wins that job.

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4. CIN - Chris Evans a fit on third downs?

Source: Pro Football Focus - Michael Renner

Cincinnati Bengals RB Chris Evans averaged 9.8 yards per receptions in collegiate career and Michigan and had two drops on 51 catchable passes, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Evans is a hard-charging running back. He is tough between the tackles but where he could do the most damage in the pros is the passing game. We'll see if the team can use Evans effectively as a receiver out of the backfield. There's some Rex Burkhead (a former Bengals RB himself) to Evans' game.

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5. CAR - ILB Dan Morgan hired as assistant GM

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Buffalo Bills team executive Dan Morgan on Saturday, May 8, was hired as the Carolina Panthers' assistant general manager.

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Morgan is back with the Panthers, this time in the front office. A first-round pick in the 2001 NFL draft, Morgan played with the Panthers through the 2007 season. After retiring, Morgan spent almost seven years as the Director of Pro Personnel for the Seahawks. In Seattle, he worked with new Panthers GM Scott Fitterer. Morgan has spent the last three years with the Buffalo Bills.

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6. CAR - Terrace Marshall became priority pick

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

Carolina Panthers WR Terrace Marshall was moved up the team's draft board and selected with the 59th-overall pick in the second round April 30 after the Panthers reportedly received a tip that the rival New Orleans Saints were going to select Marshall with the 60th-overall selection.

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It would not have been a surprise to see Marshall go in the first round, so the Panthers get a value pick here with the LSU wide receiver. Marshall has a nice size/speed combination and can run by defenders on the outside. His frame gives him a large target for his quarterback and he knows how to use it to box out cornerbacks tasked with covering him. The Panthers have a strong group of wide receivers and it will be interesting to see how they mix in Marshall as a rookie.

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7. BUF - WR Stefon Diggs played through torn oblique muscle

Source: Twitter - Stefon Diggs

Buffalo Bills WR Stefon Diggs mentioned that he played through a torn oblique muscle during the 2020 postseason in a post on Twitter Thursday, May 6.

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Diggs is incredibly tough and proved that last year in the postseason. He was on the injury report through the Divisional Round and posted over 300 yards receiving in three games (Wild Card, Divisional Round, AFC Championship).

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thank you, Moms. And thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family.

Peace,

J

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