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Footballguys #36 - 5/25 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 21, #36 -- Saturday Night, May 25th, 2019

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1. NE - QB Tom Brady working out with WRs

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has been working out with WRs Julian Edelman and N'Keal Harry this offseason.

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This is good news for Harry's short and long term prospects, as chemistry with Brady is the key to creating numbers in this offense with so many option routes. Edelman might lead the league in receptions this year and should be the engine of the pass offense.

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2. DAL - TE Jason Witten still a weapon

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

Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten 'hasn't lost a step' after taking a year off, according to QB Dak Prescott. 'I guess the trick is to take a year off because he's definitely gotten better, stronger and faster,' Prescott said.

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Witten could be the #2 most targeted receiver for the Cowboys and tap the brakes on second-year receiver Michael Gallup's growth as a fantasy factor. He'll be a fringe TE1 in PPR leagues, but could surprise and overachieve building on a lot of pre-existing chemistry with his quarterback.

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3. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman healthy

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (groin) said he has completely recovered from the groin injury he dealt with last season.

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Freeman getting through the summer without any new injuries would help make the case for him being a great bargain as his current late 2nd/early 3rd round ADP. He can produce first-round numbers and has lesser competition for touches with Tevin Coleman gone. This is the first piece of information we were looking for to get on that road, but the rest is up to Freeman.

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4. SF - RB Tevin Coleman may receive most touches

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman probably will receive the most touches among the running backs this upcoming season, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

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Maiocco is skeptical that Jerick McKinnon can return all the way to form after tearing his ACL in camp last year. Coleman is the most valuable back right now, but his durability record isn't spotless either. The shark move here might be drafting the cheapest back (Matt Breida, currently sidelined by a pectoral tear), and keeping Raheem Mostert (currently recovering from a second procedure on a broken forearm) on waiver wire speed dial.

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5. SF - San Francisco unlikely to add safety

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

Free-agent SS Eric Berry (Chiefs) and SS Tre Boston (Cardinals) likely will not receive interest from the San Francisco 49ers even though S Jimmie Ward (collarbone) is expected to be sidelined for eight to 12 weeks, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

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Ward is projected to be a starter at free safety, although this could open the door for last year's Week 1 starter Adrian Colbert. Maiocco thinks Berry's durability is also questionable, and Boston is more of a hybrid safety than pure free safety, which is Ward's position.

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6. ARI - Several injured linemen practicing

Source: The Arizona Republic - Bob McManaman

Arizona Cardinals OG Justin Pugh (hand, knee), C A.Q. Shipley (knee), OT Marcus Gilbert (quadriceps), OT Korey Cunningham (foot) and OG Jeremy Vujnovich (hamstring) are participating in offseason workouts.

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Pugh, Shipley, and Gilbert are projected as starters on an offensive line that lost an inordinate number of games to injuries while limping through a very difficult season last year. Cunningham could be the team's swing tackle this year, and will be needed if still ailing starting left tackle DJ Humphries (knee) has another difficult year healthwise.

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7. HOU - RB Taiwan Jones financial details

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Updating previous reports, Houston Texans RB Taiwan Jones' one-year, $1.02 million contract includes a base salary of $930,000 with a $45,000 signing bonus and a $45,000 roster bonus. His salary cap figure is $735,000 and the deal includes an injury waiver.

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Jones was probably signed for his special teams contributions more than his value as a back, but we'll monitor any back on this roster with Lamar Miller and D'Onta Foreman not the most durable or overachieving duo in the league. He also had a short stint at defensive back during his time with the Raiders.

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8. CAR - Carolina interested in DT Gerald McCoy

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

The Carolina Panthers are interested in meeting with free-agent DE Gerald McCoy (Buccaneers).

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To go to a division rival of his old team might be sweet for McCoy, but it might also be conflicting. McCoy has said he wants to go to a Super Bowl contender, so we'll be watching to see if he gets their stamp of approval. The Panthers have resources tied up at defensive tackle with Kawaan Short's big contract, plus Dontari Poe and 2016 first rounder Vernon Butler, but the Panthers passed on Butler's fifth-year option earlier this offseason.

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9. CAR - WR Chris Hogan playing well

Source: Panthers.com - Bryan Strickland

Carolina Panthers WR Chris Hogan has been 'making plays' down the field during OTAs, according to Bryan Strickland of Panthers.com.

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Hogan could make Torrey Smith look very overpriced at five million dollars if he impresses enough to win the #3 wide receiver job. He is signed for a fraction of the price at only 1.45 million dollars with a max value of two million.

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10. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton honing his craft

Source: The Athletic - Nicki Jhabvala

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton said he has spent the offseason working with retired WR Anquan Boldin to improve his route-running and with trainer Tony Villani to boost his speed.

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Sutton got a big opportunity last year, but frankly looked like a rookie in over his head at times. He'll be a very important player to monitor this summer for growth with a new quarterback and offensive coordinator. DaeSean Hamilton could end up being the better pick in PPR leagues if Sutton doesn't take a big step forward.

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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.

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