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Footballguys #125 - 8/22 - The Sleepers You Must Know About, Top 300 Lists, News And Notes And More

Volume 21, #125 -- Thursday Night, August 22nd, 2019

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1. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott wants to be highest-paid RB?

Source: ESPN - Ed Werder

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott reportedly received a contract extension offer from the team that would make him one of the two highest-paid running backs in the league, according to a source.

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This is probably put out there by the team to make their offer look good, but Elliott thinks he deserves more if he didn't accept the deal. The nitty gritty is coming in the next two weeks, we'll see who blinks first. Tony Pollard's value will keep rising in the meantime.

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2. DAL - WR Amari Cooper has intrinsic muscle strain

Source: 105.3 The Fan - Shan Shariff

Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (foot) is dealing with an intrinsic muscle strain in his foot as opposed to plantar fasciitis, according to Mickey Spagnola of the team's website.

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Either way, it is something that could be a nagging issue that affects his play, or it could be nothing. It does give you a little pause if you are taking Cooper in the third round and makes Michael Gallup more attractive in the second half of the draft.

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3. SF - TE George Kittle back to work

Source: Bay Area News Group - Cam Inman

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (calf) returned to practice Thursday, Aug. 22, after missing practice last week with a tight calf.

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Not that we were moving Kittle down our board after this ailment sprang up, but now we can eliminate it from a list of concerns. Kittle has gained value this summer as no 49ers receiver has emerged to Kyle Shanahan's satisfaction. He'll be the rare tight end that is the #1 target in his pass offense.

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4. JAX - QB Nick Foles on same page with WRs

Source: Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Nick Foles has reportedly 'shown good chemistry' with WRs Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley and DJ Chark Jr. in practice, according to the team's website.

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Foles and company get the Chiefs Week 1, so it could be a hot start for this pass offense. All three receivers and Foles will have low percentage owned GPP appeal in DFS lineups.

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5. CLE - RB Nick Chubb to see more receptions?

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb is expected to see more work catching the football in 2019. 'I think he's going to be special like he was last year,' running backs coach Stump Mitchell said Wednesday, Aug. 21. 'He'll be used a little more in the passing game than he was last year. Nick just continues to improve on the skillset that he has, and I think he has a fantastic skillset.'

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Chubb can easily be a top four running back before Kareem Hunt returns from an eight game suspension in Week 10 against Buffalo. He's worth a pick in the second half of the first round.

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6. LAC - S Derwin James to be placed on IR

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Chargers S Derwin James (foot) underwent surgery Thursday, Aug. 22, to repair the stress fracture in his foot and will start the regular season on the Reserve/Injured list.

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This is a huge blow to a defense that was looking to take a step to the elite this year. James was the playmaking wild card and will be missed. Backup rookie Nasir Adderley is dealing with a hamstring and might not be 100% for the season opener.

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7. HOU - Matt Kalil remains sidelined

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans OT Matt Kalil (foot) has not practiced this week because of a foot injury, but head coach Bill O'Brien said Kalil will be ready for Week 1.

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Cameron Jordan and company will look forward to testing Kalil and one of the league's worst offensive lines Week 1.

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8. HOU - WR Will Fuller leaves practice

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (knee) left practice early Thursday, Aug. 22, but head coach Bill O'Brien said Fuller is not hurt and that the team is managing his snaps during practice.

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Fuller is set up for a hot start with Keke Coutee banged up and more targets likely coming his way against the Saints in Week 1. He's worth his modest (considering his scoring history) ADP.

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9. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake resumes jogging

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (foot) has reportedly ditched his walking boot and was spotted jogging Thursday, Aug. 22.

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The Dolphins will employ some sort of running back by committee this year with Drake and Kalen Ballage, and Drake is the most proven, but perhaps less regarded back. The offensive line and overall team quality might make it hard for either back to sustain production this year.

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10. LAC - Nasir Adderley could play in preseason finale

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers S Nasir Adderley (hamstring) has been ruled out for the team's third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, Aug. 24, but head coach Anthony Lynn told reporters he 'definitely' wants to get him in the exhibition finale next week versus the San Francisco 49ers.

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Derwin James is already out until November at least, so Adderley is on the spot. The Chargers face the Colts Week 1 and might dodge Andrew Luck, but Adderley will be tested eventually.

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11. HOU - WR Keke Coutee still not ready to practice

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (ankle) remains sidelined with a sprained ankle, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

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Coutee is very questionable for Week 1, which makes Duke Johnson a very intriguing PPR RB2/Flex in the season opener against the Saints and for however long Coutee is out. Coutee had built a lot of momentum this offseason, but couldn't sustain it through the preseason. He's still worth a pick and stash in the second half of PPR drafts.

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12. ARI - Bruce Hector traded to Arizona

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

DT Bruce Hector on Thursday, Aug. 22, was acquired by the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for S Rudy Ford in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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This is a minor deal but it does highlight how thin the Cardinals are on the defensive line that Hector might make the team. Kerryon Johnson and Mark Ingram get to feast on this matchup in Weeks 1 and 2.

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13. IND - Johnny Robinson back with Indy

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Free-agent DT Johnny Robinson re-signed Thursday, Aug. 22, with the Indianapolis Colts. In a corresponding move, the Colts released RB James Williams.

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Williams was a favorite of the draft community with pass-catching skills and good yards after contact ability, but he can't seem to hang onto a roster.

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14. WAS - Offer for Trent Williams turned down

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Darin Gantt

Washington Redskins OT Trent Williams recently attracted the interest of the New England Patriots, who reportedly offered a 2020 first-round draft pick to Washington in exchange for the holdout Williams but were turned down, according to multiple reports.

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This has been denied but it could be put out to set the price for Williams for other teams. The Patriots (and many teams) could certainly use the services of Williams. He's clearly going to hold out well into the season until he gets traded in a replay of the Duane Brown situation in 2017.

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15. CHI - WR Anthony Miller could have limited role

Source: Chicago Tribune - Dan Wiederer

Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller (ankle) could have a limited role in the offense early in the season as he missed most of organized team activities and minicamp to a shoulder injury and most of the preseason with an ankle injury.

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Taylor Gabriel and Javon Wims could see more snaps if Miller brought along slowly and Trey Burton could see more middle of the field targets as long as he is healthy. Miller is still worth a late round stash, but it's a bummer that he's coming into the season banged up after having offseason shoulder surgery to fix a problem that he played with for most of 2018.

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16. MIN - RB Alexander Mattison drawing praise

Source: The Athletic - Jay Glazer

Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison has been the talk of training camp and the preseason, according to national writer Jay Glazer. 'I mean, to a man, couldn't stop preaching his gospel,' Glazer said of the Vikings.

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Mike Boone has also had a good summer, but Mattison is likely the first one up for touches after Dalvin Cook and the better late round target whether or not you draft Cook. Boone could still be just as valuable if Cook goes down, but Mattison has the edge right now.

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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