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Volume 21, #15 -- Saturday Night, May 4th, 2019

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1. DAL - New deal for QB Dak Prescott by Week 1?

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott hopefully will sign a contract extension with the Cowboys before the start of the 2019 regular season, according to owner/general manager Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones.

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Prescott was a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft so there is no fifth-year option for the young passer. Instead, he's in the final year of his rookie contract in 2019. His new deal won't make him the highest paid quarterback in the NFL, but Prescott should get quite the raise in the near future.

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2. OAK - WR Antonio Brown to sit preseason

Source: The Athletic - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown won't play at all in the preseason, according to head coach Jon Gruden.

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It would be nice to see a bit of Brown in the preseason so he can develop in-game chemistry with QB Derek Carr. The Raiders might change their mind later in the summer, but for now don't expect to see Brown in exhibition games.

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3. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy a candidate to be dealt?

Source: ESPN.com - Bill Barnwell

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy is someone that could be traded before this year's deadline, in the opinion of ESPN's Bill Barnwell, who notes the team signed free-agent RBs Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon and also drafted RB Devin Singletary in Round 3.

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Watch this situation closely to see if anything comes to fruition. Bills GM Brandon Beane said McCoy is still their featured back after the draft. The team could save $6.4 million if they cut McCoy before Week 1.

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4. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson fully healthy

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) said he is fully recovered from last year's knee and injury and back to his old self, and his goal in 2019 is to play in every game.

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Good news for the second-year pro here. Johnson is the top back for the Lions, but he could be pushed for playing time by veteran C.J. Anderson. As a rookie in 2018, Johnson played in 10 games averaging a healthy 5.4 yards per carry. Fantasy GMs should look at him as a potential RB2 if he is the bellcow the Lions hope he could be. Johnson has a current ADP of RB28 (6.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. DAL - Dallas has timetable for WR Amari Cooper deal

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper hopefully will sign a contract extension with the Cowboys before the start of the 2019 regular season, according to owner/general manager Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones.

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The Cowboys gave up a first-round pick for Cooper, so they're likely to extend him at some point this offseason. Cooper is heading into the final year of his rookie deal in 2019.

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6. DAL - No timetable for RB Ezekiel Elliott deal

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is a candidate for a contract extension, but executive vice president Stephen Jones said there is no timetable for an agreement.

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Prescott is likely third in line for the Cowboys when it comes to contract extensions. They picked up his fifth-year option and have him under team control through the 2020 season. We might see Elliott have to wait until next offseason for a new deal.

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7. TEN - DT Ndamukong Suh not a target for TEN now

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh (Rams) does not appear to be an immediate target for the Tennessee Titans at this point, in the opinion of TitansOnline.com's Jim Wyatt.

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The Titans and the Chargers seem to be the only teams linked to Suh this offseason. He'll find a new home soon enough, but it sounds like Tennessee may not be as interested as some think they are.

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8. GB - Rashan Gary wearing brace

Source: NFL.com - Grant Gordon

Green Bay Packers LB Rashan Gary (shoulder) is wearing a brace on his right shoulder during the rookie minicamp this week.

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Gary struggled through a shoulder injury during the 2018 season with the Wolverines. He's an athletic specimen, measuring in at 6'4" 277 pounds, but Gary was never as productive as he could've been during his college career. We'll see if he can stay healthy and starting playing up to his potential with the Packers.

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9. BAL - Trace McSorley signs contract

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Clifton Brown

Baltimore Ravens sixth-round draft choice QB Trace McSorley signed a four-year contract with the Ravens Saturday, May 4. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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McSorley is an athletic player who could play quarterback or switch to play defensive back. His athleticism is not quite on the level of Lamar Jackson (who is?) but he might be able to latch on as a no.3 quarterback behind Jackson and primary backup Robert Griffin III.

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10. SEA - Two WRs not taking part in minicamp

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks WRs Gary Jennings (hamstring) and John Ursua (hamstring) are not participating in the rookie minicamp this weekend because of hamstring injuries. Neither injury is considered serious.

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Jennings isn't known as a speedy guy, but he can work underneath routes due to his footwork and guile. Ursua is extremely athletic and coming off a season where he had over 1,300 yards receiving and a whopping 16 receiving touchdowns. We'll monitor both players in dynasty formats.

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11. KC - Kansas City signs nine UDFAs

Source: Chiefs.com

Undrafted free-agents OT Dino Boyd (Cincinnati), WR Jamal Custis (Syracuse), WR Felton Davis (Michigan State), P Jack Fox (Rice), LB Darius Harris (Middle Tennessee), WR Jamire Jordan (Fresno State), WR Andre Lindsey (Sacramento State), QB T.J. Linta (Wagner) and CB Dakari Monroe (San Jose State) signed with the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, May 4. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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Linta is an interesting prospect who impressed scouts in the pre-draft process. He's smart and has good arm strength, but his completion percentage (around 51 percent at Wagner) could use a lot of improvement.

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12. KC - Mecole Hardman under contract

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs second-round draft choice WR Mecole Hardman signed a four-year contract with the Chiefs Saturday, May 4. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Hardman is the team's insurance in case Tyreek Hill is further suspended by the league...or if the team outright releases him. In college at Georgia, Hardman flashed big-play ability and lots of speed. He reminded some in the scouting community of Tyler Lockett (Seahawks) because of his quickness and run-after-the-catch ability.

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13. KC - Kansas City signs three picks

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs sixth-round draft choice CB Rashad Fenton, sixth-round draft choice RB Darwin Thompson and seventh-round draft choice C Nick Allegretti signed four-year contracts with the Chiefs Saturday, May 4. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Thompson is the player to watch here. A 200-pound grinder, Thompson was a JUCO transfer who spent one year at Utah State before heading to the NFL. Thompson keeps his feet moving after contact but is not a pile pusher. He could work as an effective receiver out of the backfield and on special teams.

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14. DEN - TE Jake Butt's days could be numbered

Source: ESPN.com - Bill Barnwell

Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) is unlikely to finish the season with the team, in the opinion of ESPN's Bill Barnwell, who sees TEs Noah Fant and Jeff Heuerman ahead of Butt, blocking his path to playing time.

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We don't think that's the case for Butt...unless he gets hurt again. Butt is a good 'Y' tight end (all purpose) and gives the Broncos valuable depth at the position. Fant, the team's first-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft, should be the lead tight end with Heuerman working as a blocker. That's great if everyone stays healthy, but Heuerman has never played a full 16-game season in four years of playing for the Broncos. It would be wise to keep Butt around.

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15. TEN - WR Tajae Sharpe on the bubble?

Source: ESPN.com - Bill Barnwell

Tennessee Titans WR Tajae Sharpe could be the odd man out among Tennessee's receivers, in the opinion of Bill Barnwell, who sees the additions of WRs Adam Humphries and A.J. Brown as possibly pushing Sharpe off the roster since he doesn't play special teams.

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Sharpe had intriguing talent coming out of UMASS as a fifth-round pick for the Titans in 2016...but he has yet to play up to his potential. He started 14 games in 2018 but only had 26 catches for 316 yards and two receiving touchdowns. He is most certainly on the bubble.

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16. ARI - New role for WR Christian Kirk?

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Sando

Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk could be used as 'a bubble screen guy where you get it in his hands' in the mold of Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen, according to one NFL executive.

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Kirk broke his foot last December but has had no setbacks in his recovery. We're excited to see Kliff Kingsbury's 'Air Raid' system and how Kirk fits in. As a rookie in 2018, Kirk snared 43 catches for 690 yards and three receiving touchdowns. This season, Kirk is going off the board at WR65 (14.11) in 12-team PPR leagues. If he's a 'bubble screen guy' in that offense, Kirk could outperform that average draft position.

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17. OAK - Keelan Doss eyeing roster spot

Source: The Athletic - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders WR Keelan Doss said head coach Jon Gruden told him that he has a good chance to make the 53-man roster.

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Doss was picked up as an undrafted free agent out of UC-Davis after the 2019 NFL draft. He's likely going to be a big slot in the NFL. He's not the fastest wide receiver out there, but measuring at 6'2" 211 pounds Doss does a good job of making contested catches.

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18. GB - Three draft picks sign

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers sixth-round draft choice CB Ka'dar Hollman, sixth-round draft choice RB Dexter Williams and seventh-round draft choice LB Ty Summers signed four-year contracts with the Packers Friday, May 3. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Williams is the player to watch from this group. Measuring in at 5'11" 212 pounds, Williams has the natural skill set to be a starter in the league. He'll take some developing, but we like the way he can create his own space with moves, acceleration and a bit of power. We'll monitor Williams in deep dynasty leagues for sure.

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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