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Footballguys #10 - 4/29 - Detailed Stat Projections, Depth Charts, Kyler Murray Outlook, Bloom 100 and MORE

Volume 21, #10 -- Monday Night, April 29th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Tuesday to you.

We've got the News and Notes you need plus a ton of new content. Let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Detailed Stat Projections Ready
Rankings are nice but the backbone of Footballguys are our Detailed Stat Projections. Our David Dodds and Bob Henry have their Offensive Projections ready and our John Norton has his IDP projections done. Enjoy.

B. Depth Charts Updated
Our Bob Henry and Staff have the best depth charts in the business and they're ready for you here.

C. Kyler Murray's 2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kyler Murray's fantasy outlook earns tremendous buzz. However, our Matt Waldman feels it's best to view him as a hot-streak fantasy producer for only a portion of the year. Murray's skill, scheme, and surrounding talent tell the story.

D. 2019 Post Draft Bloom 100
Our Sigmund Bloom with a look at the top 100 rookies to draft in deep dynasty leagues.

E. 2019 NFL Draft First Round Winners and Losers
Our Sigmund Bloom with a look at Winners and Losers from the first round of the NFL Draft.

F. Biggest Second/Third Day Draft Storylines
Our Sigmund Bloom with a look the Winners and Losers from Day 2 and 3 of the Draft.

G. Is Lamar Jackson an Accurate Pocket Passer?
Our Daniel Simpkins examines what Lamar Jackson showcased in his first 8 games as the starter and projecting what to expect for him in 2019.


1. SEA - No news expected soon on WR Doug Baldwin

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (hernia, knee, shoulder) may not be able to play in the NFL again because of his multiple injuries, but NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Monday, April 29, that a retirement announcement should not be expected 'anytime soon' due to salary cap reasons. However, Garafolo believes the 'likelihood' is still that Baldwin will not play again.

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Baldwin's injuries have caught up to him. The Seahawks selected three wide receivers in the 2019 NFL draft likely anticipating that Baldwin would retire.

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2. DEN - Drew Lock to compete for backup role

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock will 'compete for the backup role' and learn from QB Joe Flacco in 2019, according to general manager John Elway.

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The Broncos have Kevin Hogan and Garrett Grayson on the roster at quarterback position behind starter Joe Flacco. There is no question that Flacco is the 'understood' starter and Lock, if he wins the no.2 job, will just have to wait for his opportunity. In addition to adding Lock in the second round, the Broncos also picked up Brett Rypien as a priority free agent after the draft.

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3. PHI - QB Carson Wentz's optioned picked up

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz's fifth-year option was exercised Monday, April 29.

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This puts Wentz on the board for around $22 million in 2020. We should see him extended by the team before that new league year begins. It all comes down to whether or not Wentz can stay healthy this season. Wentz has a ton of talent but hasn't played a full 16-game season since his rookie year in 2016.

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4. PHI - GM talks up Miles Sanders

Source: NBC Sports Philadelphia - Reuben Frank

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders was drafted in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and GM Howie Roseman said during a post-draft presser that Philadelphia has 'been looking for a runner like Miles for a few years.'

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Sanders is one of the more interesting running back prospects in the 2019 NFL draft. He had to wait his turn at Penn State behind some guy named Saquon Barkley, but Sanders got his chance to shine in 2018. He's patient as a runner and does a good job of creating his own space. Sanders has some physicality to his game but lacks home-run speed. We'll see if the rookie can carve out a role in a backfield that has guys like Jordan Howard and Josh Adams (to name two).

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5. NE - TE Jacob Hollister shipped to Seattle

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

New England Patriots TE Jacob Hollister was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a 2020 seventh-round draft pick Monday, April 29.

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The Patriots picked up Hollister out of Wyoming a couple of years ago. He didn't get much playing time during his time with the Patriots and the team decided to move on from him. They've added Matt LaCosse and Austin Seferian-Jenkins earlier this offseason. We'll see who ends up at the top of the depth chart in training camp as the team tries to find their Rob Gronkowski replacement.

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6. SEA - Seattle acquires TE Jacob Hollister

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

New England Patriots TE Jacob Hollister was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a 2020 seventh-round draft pick Monday, April 29.

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Seattle has a pretty packed depth chart at tight end already. Hollister joins a group including guys like Ed Dickson, Nick Vannett and Will Dissly. We'll see if he can make the 53-man roster.

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7. NYJ - NY Jets just missed out on Mecole Hardman

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

Kansas City Chiefs second-round WR Mecole Hardman was the focus of a potential trade up by the New York Jets on the second day of the 2019 NFL Draft before the Chiefs gave up a fifth-round pick to move up five spots to select him.

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Hardman has speed to burn and has the makings of a big-play machine in the NFL. The Chiefs snared him in the second round with the no.56 overall pick. Hardman's quickness and run-after-the-catch ability remind some in the scouting community of Tyler Lockett.

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8. CAR - Carolina adds four UDFAs

Source: Panthers.com - Bryan Strickland

Undrafted free-agent RB Elijah Holyfield (Georgia), S Corrion Ballard (Utah), WR Damion Jeanpiere Jr. (Nichols State) and LB Jordan Kunaszyk (California) agreed to terms on undisclosed contracts with the Carolina Panthers on Monday, April 29.

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Holyfield, son of boxing champion Evander Holyfield, had to wait his turn at Georgia. He was behind guys like Sony Michel and Nick Chubb until the 2018 season when he finally got an opportunity to start. He started nine games for the Bulldogs, rushing for 1,018 yards on 159 carries. Holyfield is a power player with little nuance to his rushing style. We'll monitor him but only in crazy deep dynasty formats.

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9. DET - T.J. Hockenson likely a co-starter

Source: MLive.com - Kyle Meinke

Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson is likely to be a co-starter in Week 1 with TE Jesse James, in the opinion of beat writer Kyle Meinke

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You don't spend a top-10 pick on a player to have him co-starting but that might be the case with Hockenson. James might be the team's blocking tight end with Hockenson working as the receiving threat (even though he's a devastating blocker). We're excited to see Hockenson play in the pros, especially if he can play up to the comparisons (Travis Kelce, Rob Gronkowski) that were thrown around about him before the 2019 NFL draft.

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10. ARI - KeeSean Johnson praised for route running

Source: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM - Kevin Zimmerman

Arizona Cardinals WR KeeSean Johnson was praised for his route running by Cardinals general manager Steve Keim. 'The one thing that jumped out at me about this young man as I watched the tape, he's one of the better natural route runners I saw in this draft process,' Keim said. 'I'm talking about a guy who can drop his weight, who's really good getting in and out of routes, is extremely smooth. His positional versatility and his playmaking ability jumped off the tape for us.'

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Johnson's route running has always been known as a positive. He may not be fast enough to play on the outside, and some scouts believe Johnson may not be quick enough to play on the inside. We like him in deep dynasty because of his route running and ball skills.

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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.

Peace,

J