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Volume 21, #13 -- Thursday Night, May 2nd, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Friday. We've got the News and Notes you need plus our first cuts of the Footballguys Team Reports. Let's go.

J

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A. Arizona - Footballguys Team Report
The Footballguys Team Reports are where we pour out everything we have as it relates to Fantasy Prospects for the team. In this one, we dive into Arizona.

B. Baltimore - Footballguys Team Report
The Footballguys Team Reports are where we pour out everything we have as it relates to Fantasy Prospects for the team. In this one, we dive into Baltimore.

C. Cleveland - Footballguys Team Report
The Footballguys Team Reports are where we pour out everything we have as it relates to Fantasy Prospects for the team. In this one, we dive into Minnesota.

D. Minnesota - Footballguys Team Report
The Footballguys Team Reports are where we pour out everything we have as it relates to Fantasy Prospects for the team. In this one, we dive into Minnesota.


1. KC - Tyreek's Hill's lawyer shifts abuse claims

Source: ESPN

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill's lawyer has issued a denial in letter form of the child-abuse allegations made against Hill in a recent audio recording. N. Trey Pettlo's four-page letter, which was sent to the NFL on Thursday, May 2, also accuses Hill's fiancee, Crystal Espinal, of inflicting some the abuse to the couple's 3-year-old son that has been attributed to Hill.

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Pettlon said Hill is willing to meet with NFL investigators and will cooperate with the investigation 'to the extent that he can under the law.' Hill has been suspended from all team activities while this investigation sorts itself out. There is a chance that he is released from the team, but nobody knows if that's going to be the case at this time. There are also people who feel he'll be suspended but not for the entire year. Stay tuned as this one is a moving situation right now.

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2. ARI - Kyler Murray to start opener

Source: NFL Network - Rich Eisen

Arizona Cardinals first-round QB Kyler Murray will be the team's Week 1 starter against the Detroit Lions, according to general manager Steve Keim.

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Just like everyone expected. The Cardinals made Murray the no.1 overall pick because of his fit in the 'Air Raid' system that new head coach Kliff Kingsbury is bringing to the desert. Fantasy GMs might want to take a flier on Murray as a QB2 with upside as rushing quarterbacks like Murray always have more value even if they're somewhat limited as a passer (see QB1 Tim Tebow).

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3. KC - Darwin Thompson set to be "change-of-pace" RB

Source: The Kansas City Star - Brooke Pryor

Kansas City Chiefs sixth-round RB Darwin Thompson is expected to serve as a change-of-pace back for the team, according to Chiefs national scout Trey Koziol.

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Thompson was a JUCO star before transferring and starting for one season at Utah State. He's 5'8" 200 pounds but can make his living between the tackles with a blue collar work ethic. Thompson is determined as a runner and has the footwork to make defenders miss in small areas. He should be able to develop into a better receiving option out of the backfield, but Thompson doesn't have the speed to pull away from linebackers in coverage.

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4. MIN - Minnesota, Irv Smith agree to deal

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Minnesota Vikings second-round TE Irv Smith agreed to terms on a four-year contract Thursday, May 2. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

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That was quick. Smith is a good 'Y' tight end who some in the scouting community think has some Delanie Walker to his game. He's a good blocker and a capable receiver who can line up in-line, out wide or from the slot. We'll see how Smith works into the mix with veteran Kyle Rudolph still there.

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5. DEN - Denver parts with two veterans

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos QB Garrett Grayson and WR Chad Hansen were waived Thursday, May 2.

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Once the Broncos added QB Brett Rypien (Boise State) as a priority free agent after the draft, the writing was on the wall for Grayson. He was a third-round pick of the Saints back in 2015 but has bounced around to three different teams since then. Perhaps someone will take a chance on him as a camp arm.

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6. NE - RB James White eyes further improvement

Source: NESN.com - Zack Cox

New England Patriots RB James White is focused on improving his game, he said Thursday, May 2. 'Even though you have some success, there's still plenty of mistakes that you make out there,' White said. 'So there's always room for improvement, always ways to get better, always more yards to get. So you get in with the coaches, see what you can improve and find ways to get better. Whether it's running better routes, having no drops or having better run reads, there's always a little bit of things you can improve on.'

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White has been a fine weapon for the Patriots offense for years...and he's a favorite of Tom Brady. Fantasy GMs know he is a good play in PPR leagues because of his pass-catching ability. Last year, White finished as a top-12 fantasy running back in PPR leagues and should finish around the same spot this year.

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7. SF - WR Jordan Matthews on the bubble?

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers WR Jordan Matthews is on the bubble following the team's selections of WRs Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, who also mentions WR Richie James and possibly WR Kendrick Bourne as players whose spots are not guaranteed.

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No surprise here. The 49ers added quality talent to their WR corps in the 2019 NFL draft, and that may push a guy like Matthews off the roster.

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8. ARI - TE Maxx Williams headed to the desert

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Free-agent TE Maxx Williams (Ravens) signed an undisclosed contract with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, May 2.

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Williams failed to live up to his potential with the Ravens, having his career knocked off track by injury and inconsistency. He's big and athletic, so the skill set is still there for him to be a decent pro. We'll see if the fresh start in Arizona helps Williams.

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9. OAK - Oakland signs three draft picks

Source: The Athletic - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders fourth-round CB Isaiah Johnson, fifth-round WR Hunter Renfrow and seventh-round DE Quinton Bell signed their four-year rookie contracts Thursday, May 2. Financial terms of the deals were not immediately disclosed.

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Renfrow reminds us of former Ravens/Colts/Broncos WR Brandon Stokley. Like Stokley, Renfrow has good quickness and make-you-miss ability after the catch. We'll monitor Renfrow in dynasty formats.

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10. NYJ - NY Jets pick up Luke Falk

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Free-agent QB Luke Falk (Dolphins) was acquired off waivers by the New York Jets on Thursday, May 2.

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Falk was with new Jets head coach Adam Gase with the Dolphins. He's accurate on short-to-intermediate throws but is likely with the Jets as a camp arm or deep developmental quarterback if he impresses in camp.

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11. OAK - Oakland parts with TE Lee Smith

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Scott Bair

Oakland Raiders TE Lee Smith was released Thursday, May 2, according to a source.

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When they drafted Foster Moreau (LSU) in the 2019 NFL draft, it meant someone from the tight end room had to go. That's Smith, a big-bodied veteran known mostly as a blocker.

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12. OAK - Foster Moreau inks four-year pact

Source: The Athletic - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders fourth-round TE Foster Moreau agreed to terms on a four-year contract Thursday, May 2. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

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Moreau is a player we'll add in deep dynasty. He showed sneaky athleticism at the Senior Bowl earlier this year and might have his best football still in front of him.

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13. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson ran into rookie wall

Source: MLive.com - Kyle Meinke

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson said he hit the proverbial rookie wall early in the 2018 season. 'Rookie wall hit me in like, fall, bro,' Johnson said Thursday, May 2.

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The Lions are hoping to get a full season out of Johnson this year. He's talented and doesn't need to come off the field on third downs. The Lions do have quality veteran depth behind him as they added C.J. Anderson this offseason. If Johnson gets banged up or fails to impress, Anderson is proven and can take over in that backfield.

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14. OAK - Foster Moreau agrees to deal

Source: SiriusXM NFL Radio - Adam Caplan

Oakland Raiders TE Foster Moreau, a rookie fourth-round draft pick, agreed to a four-year contract with the team Thursday, May 2. Terms of the deal were not available.

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Moreau is one of the most intriguing mid-round tight ends from the 2019 NFL draft. He's sneaky athletic, uses his body well to position himself correctly on contested passes and has strong hands. The Raiders moved on from Jared Cook after one season, so Moreau has a chance to get some playing time in 2019. We'll see Luke Willson compete for the top spot, but he could be pushed by the rookie.

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15. TB - Bruce Anderson praised

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Bruce Anderson, who was picked up as an undrafted free agent, was praised by running backs coach Todd McNair for his pass protection and pass-catching skills.

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Anderson was a stud all-purpose back in college at North Dakota State. A nagging hamstring injury kept him from participating in the Reese's Senior Bowl earlier this year and Anderson was not invited to the Scouting Combine. We like his skill set and will be monitoring him but only in super deep dynasty formats.

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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