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Footballguys #33 - 5/22 - News And Notes And From Around The League

Volume 21, #33 -- Wednesday Night, May 22nd, 2019

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Good Thursday to you. We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J


1. DAL - No offer for RB Ezekiel Elliott yet

Source: NFL Network - Jane Slater

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has not received a contract extension offer at this point, according to a source.

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The Cowboys have some money to shell out in the near future. Elliott, QB Dak Prescott and WR Amari Cooper are all in line for new deals. There are others but those are the 'big 3' that need to be kept...for a good price. According to OverTheCap.com, the Cowboys currently have around $19 million in effective cap space.

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2. DAL - QB Dak Prescott makes counter proposal

Source: NFL Network - Jane Slater

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott said his representatives have made a counter proposal after receiving an initial contract offer from the Cowboys. Prescott said he is not sure how close the two sides are at this point.

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They are going back and forth about a new deal and that's a good sign. We should see Prescott get a big-money deal in the near future. A fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Prescott has impressed so much that the Cowboys are likely to pay him around $30 million annually. Fantasy GMs are taking Prescott off the board at QB20 (12.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. SF - QB Jimmy Garoppolo not fully cleared

Source: ESPN.com - Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) won't be fully cleared for full-team drills until training camp, in part, because the team doesn't want to risk having defenders around his legs. Garoppolo has done work in 7-on-7 drills.

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It's good the 49ers are being cautious here. They need to get the Garoppolo-led team on the right track as head coach Kyle Shanahan enters his third year running the team. Garoppolo has a current ADP of QB16 (11.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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4. CAR - TE Greg Olsen fully cleared

Source: Panthers.com - Max Henson

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) said he has been fully cleared Wednesday, May 22.

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When healthy, Olsen is still their top tight end and a low-end TE1 for Fantasy GMs. Olsen battled through foot injuries last year and only made it through nine games. He hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2016, and we'll see if he can get back to doing that during his age 34 season.

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5. MIN - Coach thinks TE Kyle Rudolph will stay

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he has received a five-year contract extension offer from the Vikings, and head coach Mike Zimmer is confident that Rudolph will remain with the team since the two sides are talking.

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Rudolph doesn't want to take a pay cut because he's 'too young' and the Vikings want to lower his cap number. They did select Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr. in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft to perhaps be Rudolph's eventual replacement, but they shouldn't be rushing the veteran out the door. There are rumors about what Rudolph wants and how the team may not give him that price, but we'll sit back and wait to see what happens here. It feels like it could go either way but at least Zimmer is optimistic.

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6. OAK - WR Antonio Brown back at practice

Source: The Athletic - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown is participating in practice Wednesday, May 22.

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Brown missed the first day of OTAs. That was not a concern for Raiders head coach Jon Gruden who said this after practice on Tuesday. "He's not here today, hopefully we'll see him here in the next couple days," Gruden said. "[Brown's] been working extremely hard learning our offense and I'm really excited to get him out here, but in the meantime we have plenty of balls to throw and plenty of receivers to throw to." He's back now and Gruden is excited.

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7. CAR - TE Ian Thomas does not practice

Source: The Charlotte Observer - Jourdan Rodrigue

Carolina Panthers TE Ian Thomas (leg) did not participate in practice Wednesday, May 22, because of a sore leg.

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A fourth-round pick out of Indiana last year, Thomas filled in nicely for an injured Greg Olsen. As a rookie, Thomas had 36 catches for 333 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Olsen has been cleared from the foot injury that cost him much of the 2018 season, so Thomas goes back to being a backup with Olsen healthy. We still have a lot of love for him in dynasty formats.

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8. CIN - DT Gerald McCoy an option for CIN?

Source: ESPN - Dianna Marie Russini

Free-agent DT Gerald McCoy (Buccaneers) is receiving interest from the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a source.

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There is no shortage of interest in the veteran defensive tackle. Released by the Buccaneers on Monday, three teams (Bengals, Browns, Colts) seem to already be in the mix for McCoy's services. We should see him sign with a new team in the near future...likely on a one-year deal.

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9. BUF - Buffalo makes roster moves

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Free-agent TE Mik'Quan Deane (Seahawks) signed with the Buffalo Bills Wednesday, May 22. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived OT Blake Hance and S Abraham Wallace.

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Deane was undrafted out of Western Kentucky this year and only lasted a couple of weeks with the Seahawks. Over the last two seasons with the Hilltoppers, Deane snared 55 catches for 673 yards and five touchdowns. Measuring in at 6'4" 240 pounds, Deane is an athletic player who has yet to play his best football. He's a long-shot to even make the practice squad for the Bills, even though their TE position has been ravaged by injuries recently. We'll monitor Deane in super crazy deep dynasty formats.

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10. WAS - ILB Reuben Foster placed on IR

Source: Redskins.com

Washington Redskins LB Reuben Foster (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, May 22.

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Foster goes down without ever playing a snap for Washington. We'll see how much damage was done to his knee as he'll take a year or more to fully recover. Foster's NFL future is very much in doubt, especially if the reports about artery damage in his leg are true.

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11. OAK - QB Landry Jones cut

Source: Raiders.com

Oakland Raiders QB Landry Jones was released Wednesday, May 22.

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The Raiders are fine with Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman as backups behind starter Derek Carr. Jones came into the league as a fourth-round pick for the Steelers in the 2013 NFL draft. He's a backup at best and might latch on with a team looking for a camp arm or depth at the position.

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12. TEN - Jeffery Simmons signs contract

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans first-round draft choice DT Jeffery Simmons signed a four-year deal with the Titans Wednesday, May 22. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal will include a fifth-year option.

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You know Simmons has a ton of talent when he suffers a knee injury training for the Scouting Combine and still gets selected in the first round. Measuring in at 6'4" 301 pounds, Simmons is strong and athletic which makes some in the scouting community say he can be a disruptive interior player like Ndamukong Suh. We could see Simmons get a 'red shirt' year in 2019 as he recovers from his ACL injury.

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13. SEA - D.K. Metcalf signs rookie contract

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks second-round draft choice WR D.K. Metcalf signed a four-year contract with the Seahawks Wednesday, May 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Metcalf has to be a captain in the 'pre-draft hype team' as there weren't many players discussed more before the draft at the end of April. He's big, fast in a straight line and has great weight room selfies. Metcalf needs to be more nuanced as a route runner but he also could be more physical at the catch point, especially because he's incredibly strong. The upside is through the roof for Metcalf, but he's raw and unfinished....and he has had trouble staying healthy. His career should be fun to watch unfold because of the high ceiling but expect the rookie to perhaps have a larger learning curve than others in his class.

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14. DET - WR Jermaine Kearse worked out for Lions

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent WR Jermaine Kearse (Jets) worked out for the Detroit Lions this week, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement.

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The Lions could be updating their emergency list here. Kearse had a down 2018 season with the Jets and has not had that much interest on the open market. He does have previous experience playing under Lions OC Darrell Bevell from their days working together in Seattle.

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15. NE - Isaiah Wynn update

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots OT Isaiah Wynn (Achilles') is making good progress in his recovery from Achilles' surgery, and the team believes he'll be ready for the start of the season, according to The Athletic's Jeff Howe.

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Wynn missed all of his rookie season in 2018 due to this Achilles' injury. He's set to be their starting left tackle this season after the team has moved on from both Nate Solder and Trent Brown in back-to-back offseasons. Wynn has impressed Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia with his play before the injury. We'll see where Wynn is at near the start of training camp, but the Patriots are a bit thin right now at tackle - especially because free agent Jared Veldheer informed them of his retirement earlier this week.

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16. LAC - ILB Denzel Perryman medical update

Source: Los Angeles Times - Jeff Miller

Los Angeles Chargers LB Denzel Perryman (knee) indicated he expects to be ready to go at 100 percent in time for training camp, though the team's medical staff will make the final determination on that.

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Perryman is a talented player but he's never played a full 16-game season in the pros. In fact, he's just logged 16 games total over the last two seasons. In 2018, LCL and hamstring issues landed Perryman on Injured Reserve after just nine games. Perryman may be ready to go 100 percent by training camp, but we'd imagine the Chargers are going to ease him back into action.

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17. DEN - Drew Lock working with third team

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock continues to work the third team offense in OTAs, according to 9News' Mike Klis. QB Kevin Hogan has been receiving the second-team reps.

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The Broncos are making the rookie earn his spot on the depth chart. Lock has a big arm and can make off-platform throws with ease. He didn't really work from under center during his college career and will have to get used to that in the Rich Scangarello system. Lock could be the future for the Broncos but he is clearly behind Joe Flacco and has yet to beat out Kevin Hogan. We'll likely see Lock climb to No.2 on the depth chart during training camp.

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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