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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 23, #21 • May 12th, 2021

Tom Brady To Play Till He's 50? And More...

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Good Thursday to you. We've got some News and Notes for you so let's jump to it.

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1. TB - Tom Brady Can Play Until He's 50?

Source: Pro Football Talk

In a recent interview with Rich Eisen, Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht revealed that he told Tom Brady "if he wants to play until he's 50, and he still feels like he can play, he can still play until he's 50."

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Brady turns 44 in August and wants to play a couple of more seasons. That's the reason the Buccaneers made sure to get an extension done with him. Playing until he's 50 would be incredible and sounds far fetched. However, it sounded far fetched when Brady said he wanted to play until he was 45 years old and we're almost there.

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2. PIT - Smith-Schuster to Play More Outside in 2021

Source: Adam Schefter Podcast

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster told ESPN's Adam Schefter his role in the Steelers offense could change after a 2020 season that saw him lead the NFL with 103 targets from the slot.

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Smith-Schuster decided to give it one more try with the Steelers in 2021. He was a free agent but ended up staying in Pittsburgh with a one-year contract. Smith-Schuster had a down season in 2020, but playing on the outside more this season does give his fantasy value more upside. Fantasy GMs are taking him off the board at WR34 (7.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. SF - Rookie RB Trey Sermon Passed the Turner Test

Source: Matt Barrows - The Athletic

49ers running back coach, Bobby Turner, was in almost constant contact with Ohio State running back Trey Sermon before the draft. Turner, a trusted member of the staff with an eye for talent, believes Sermon is the type of back who can succeed in the Shanahan offense.

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If Turner is standing on the table for you, then you know the kid can play. Sermon is one of the best backs in this draft class, a Matt Waldman favorite, and a perfect fit for what the 49ers want to do on the ground. His current ADP of RB62 (12.11) in 12-team PPR leagues should rise as the regular season gets closer.

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4. DAL - Dallas to take a look at J.T. Barrett

Source: ESPN.com - Todd Archer

Free-agent QB J.T. Barrett (Steelers) is expected to try out for the Dallas Cowboys during the team's rookie minicamp this weekend, according to ESPN's Todd Archer.

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Barrett has athleticism and a strong arm as a passer. His accuracy and decision making have kept him from playing up to his potential. At this point, Barrett is a long-shot to make any roster but the Cowboys will give him a look.

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5. TEN - RB Derrick Henry breaks off chunk gains

Source: Pro Football Focus

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry has registered a league-high 90 carries of at least 10 yards over the last two seasons - more than 11 NFL teams - according to Pro Football Focus.

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Henry breaks off those runs because he breaks tackles with ease. He's one of the toughest running backs to bring down single-handedly, and that's going to continue in 2021. Expect more of the same production from the big-bodied back.

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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.



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