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Footballguys #39 - 5/28 - Thoughts on Drafting Todd Gurley Plus News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 21, #39 -- Tuesday Night, May 28th, 2019

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Good Wednesday to you. We've got detailed thoughts from our staff on drafting Todd Gurley and the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

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A. Thoughts on Drafting Todd Gurley
Our Footballguys staff contemplates how Todd Gurley's knee issues will affect his draft stock.


1. LAR - RB Todd Gurley working out at team facility

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) has been a regular at the team facility this offseason, according to head coach Sean McVay, despite his absence from organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday, May 28.

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Gurley's knee was problematic last year towards the end of the regular season and in the playoffs. We should see Gurley get more of a breather this year with guys like Malcolm Brown or Darrell Henderson getting a big of work running the rock. McVay added the team plans to hold Gurley out of practice in the offseason. We'd speculate the team limits Gurley in the preseason schedule too.

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2. LAR - No sign of RB Todd Gurley at OTAs

Source: ESPN.com - Lindsey Thiry

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) was not on the field as the team kicked off its second week of organized team activities Tuesday, May 28.

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Gurley's knee became a big problem at the end of the 2018 season and in the postseason, leading to C.J. Anderson emerging as their most productive back. Anderson is gone to the Lions, so the Rams are looking at Malcolm Brown and rookie Darrell Henderson as running back mates with Gurley. We love Gurley's ability but the role might be different this year if Brown or Henderson are mixed in a bit more. His current ADP is RB7 (1.10) in 12-team PPR leagues and at that price point we're looking elsewhere.

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3. JAX - QB Nick Foles absent

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Nick Foles is absent from organized team activities Tuesday, May 28, for personal reasons.

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No word yet on why Foles is missing time, but no timetable has been given for his return according to Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone. Mike Garafolo, from NFL Network, has reported that Foles could return by the end of the week. Stay tuned.

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4. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota checking in around 230

Source: PaulKuharsky.com - Paul Kuharsky

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota currently weighs about 230 pounds - reportedly 12 or 13 pounds more from where he ended last season.

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Mariota is adding body armor in an effort to be more durable in 2019. He's always had some sort of issue that made him miss time in four seasons as a pro. Mariota has never played a full 16-game season and is in the final year of his rookie contract. His future with the team comes down to how he performs this season.

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5. NO - New Orleans adds a pair of runners

Source: The Athletic - Larry Holder

Free-agent RB Javorius Allen (Ravens) and Matthew Dayes (49ers) signed undisclosed contracts with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, May 28. The Saints waived RB A.J. Ouellette and CB Jordan Wyatt to make room for them on the roster.

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The Saints have added more talent to a running back room that has some interesting names behind superstar starter Alvin Kamara. Dayes is a change-of-pace back and Allen is a good receiving back as well. Latavius Murray is the most likely to win the No. 2 job behind Kamara in 2019. That makes guys like Dayes and Allen (plus Dwayne Washington, Devine Ozigbo) competing for the one of two spots behind Kamara and Murray.

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6. NFL - RB Orleans Darkwa's recovery complete

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent RB Orleans Darkwa (Giants) is said to be '100 percent' recovered from a ruptured Achilles' tendon suffered in October 2018 and is looking to sign with a team.

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Darkwa worked out for the Jaguars last year when he was hurt. He's now looking for a fresh start and some team should take a chance on him. In 2017, Darkwa ran the ball 171 times for 751 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns for the Giants. He can give a team veteran depth and insurance at the position.

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7. JAX - RB Alfred Blue misses practice

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Phillip Heilman

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Alfred Blue was absent from the team's OTA workouts Tuesday, May 28, for an unspecified, non-medical reason.

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Blue gets a fresh start this year with the Jaguars after some ups-and-downs with the Texans over the last few years. Behind starter Leonard Fournette, guys like Thomas Rawls, Benny Cunningham, Ryquell Armstead and Blue will compete to establish a pecking order. If healthy, Blue might win the backup job to Fournette. This is a competition Fantasy GMs need to be dialed in on due to Fournette's history of nagging injuries that force him to miss time.

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8. NE - Benjamin Watson has chance at incentives

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

New England Patriots TE Benjamin Watson will still have a chance to earn extra money via incentives despite his four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He will receive $250,000 if he participates in 35 percent of the team's offensive snaps, and another $400,000 if he makes it to 45 percent. He needs to play roughly 66 percent of the snaps in the 12 games he is eligible to earn full incentives.

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Watson is a seasoned veteran who retired then un-retired to return to the team that drafted him. He'll get to do everything with the team during the offseason, training camp and the preseason. Once the regular season begins, Watson will have to stay away for a month during his suspension. Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse will compete to be the top tight end in camp.

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9. PHI - Miles Sanders not practicing

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Zach Berman

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders (undisclosed) reportedly has yet to participate in organized team activities, according to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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The rookie from Penn State is an exciting prospect we're monitoring in dynasty formats. We'd be more excited if he was out there learning the Eagles offense. The second-round pick can work well in a RBBC with Jordan Howard in 2019. We're looking forward to seeing his progress in training camp and the preseason.

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10. CAR - QB Cam Newton absent

Source: Panthers.com - Max Henson

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton is absent from organized team activities Tuesday, May 28, in what has been deemed a personal day.

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Just a personal day means no big deal here. Newton underwent shoulder surgery in January and wants to resume throwing before training camp. He has suffered no setbacks during his recovery but the Panthers are wisely being safe during his return.

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11. KC - T.J. Linta to be waived

Source: SiriusXM NFL Radio - Adam Caplan

Kansas City Chiefs QB T.J. Linta (ankle) will be waived with an injury settlement, according to a report Tuesday, May 28.

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The Chiefs had six quarterbacks on their roster and are now down to five with Linta's release. A small-school prospect from Wagner, Linta has the prototypical size and arm strength to make for a practice squad/developmental quarterback. When healthy, we'll see if another team is willing to take a chance on the young quarterback. The 49ers (among other teams) did work him out before the 2019 NFL draft.

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12. OAK - Richie Incognito headed to Raiders

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent OG Richie Incognito (Bills) will sign a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, May 28. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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The Raiders need help at left guard and that's why they're turning to a soon-to-be 36-year old who spent the 2018 season out of the league. If he can return to form and play like he did in 2017 for the Bills, Incognito could still be a solid starter. Oh yeah, he needs to stay out of the trouble that has always seemed to follow him as a pro. No word yet on whether or not the NFL is going to punish Incognito for his off-field issues last year.

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13. KC - TE John Phillips set free by KC

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Kansas City Chiefs TE John Phillips was released Tuesday, May 28.

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Well that didn't last long. The veteran blocking tight end was just picked up by the Chiefs last week. Looks like Blake Bell could be the primary backup to Travis Kelce in 2019.

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14. PHI - Devin Ross lands in Philly

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Free-agent WR Devin Ross (Titans) signed Tuesday, May 28, with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Ross came out of the University of Colorado in 2018 as an undrafted free agent for the Titans. He spent most of 2018 on the Titans practice squad but signed a futures contract earlier this year. He was released by the Titans just a couple of weeks ago and now finds a new chance with the Eagles. He'll serve as a camp body for the Eagles and is a long-shot to make the roster. Perhaps he can impress enough to be named to the practice squad.

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That'll do it for today, Folks.

Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J