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Footballguys #40 - 5/29 - Ultimate Strength of Schedule Plus News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 21, #40 -- Wednesday Night, May 29th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Wednesday to you. We've got the debut of our Clayton Gray's 2019 Ultimate Strength of Schedule plus all the News and Notes you need, so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, Overview
Our Clayton Gray explains why our 2019 strength of schedule is the Ultimate.

B. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, QB
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for quarterbacks.

C. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, RB
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for running backs.

D. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, WR
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for wide receivers.

E. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, TE
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for tight ends.

F. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, PK
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for kickers.

G. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, Defense
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for team defenses.

H. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, DB
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for defensive backs.

I. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, LB
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for linebackers.

J. Ultimate Strength of Schedule, DL
An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for defensive linemen.


1. BUF - Jason Croom misses practice

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills TE Jason Croom (hamstring) did not participate in practice Tuesday, May 28, because of a hamstring injury

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Croom was banged up quite a bit in college at Tennessee, and we'll see if this hamstring injury lingers for the super-sized wide receiver playing tight end. Tyler Kroft (foot) got banged up earlier this offseason, and this has given rookie Dawson Knox plenty of opportunity to showcase his talent in Bills OTAs.

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2. IND - QB Andrew Luck remains sidelined

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (calf) will not participate in practices this week because of his calf injury, according to head coach Frank Reich.

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It doesn't seem like a big deal, but Luck's injury history makes us keep an extra careful eye on the situation. The Colts are doing the same thing. Reich said Luck could play if the team had a game this weekend, but the team wants to be cautious with the injury.

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3. IND - WR Deon Cain continues to make progress

Source: 1070 The Fan - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis Colts WR Deon Cain (knee) said he is able to run routes as part of his rehab.

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A sixth-round pick out of Clemson in 2018, Cain's rookie season was cut short in August last year. He's been recovering ever since then and may not be ready until the midway point of the 2019 regular season. We love his upside in dynasty formats if you play in crazy deep leagues.

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4. CHI - TE Trey Burton to miss workouts

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Chicago Bears TE Trey Burton (hernia) will not participate in the offseason workouts because he is recovering from sports hernia surgery he had a few months ago.

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The potential is there with Burton...it always has been, but the kid needs to stay healthy. The team believes Burton will be back in time for training camp. We'll see if he can build on his chemistry with QB Mitchell Trubisky in his second season. Burton has a current ADP of TE18 (13.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. JAX - WR Terrelle Pryor working out for Jaguars

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WR Terrelle Pryor (Bills) is working out for the Jacksonville Jaguars Wednesday, May 29, according to sources.

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Pryor has struggled to stay healthy and impress since his breakout season with the Browns back in 2016. He's bounced around to three different teams since that time and has only played in 17 games since then. We'll see if he can show that he's healthy and still get a shot with the Jaguars or some other team in the NFL.

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6. TB - WR Breshad Perriman out with shoulder injury

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Breshad Perriman (shoulder) has been out the last two weeks due to a shoulder injury.

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There has been some positive buzz about Perriman since he gets a fresh start with the Buccaneers. Reports swirled about his connection with QB Jameis Winston and things were looking up for the first-round bust (Ravens, 2015). Now, the injury bug is back at it with Perriman. It doesn't sound like a major injury but it is taking him out of action as he competes for the No. 3 wide receiver job with the Buccaneers.

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7. TB - WR Mike Evans held out with injury

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (undisclosed) hasn't taken part in organized team activities due to an undisclosed injury.

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The word is that Evans should be held out of minicamp. That means we'll see him when training camp rolls around. The injury is undisclosed so nothing specific to watch for here, other than his participation when he gets back to practice. Evans is WR8 (2.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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8. PHI - Four RBs for one spot in Philly?

Source: NJ.com - Mike Kaye

Philadelphia Eagles RBs Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams, Boston Scott and Donnel Pumphrey are likely competing for the team's fourth and final backfield spot, in the opinion of NJ.com's Mike Kaye. The three likely locks are RBs Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders and Corey Clement.

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The Eagles have an interesting mix of the four backs likely competing for one spot. Adams is your classic banger who got some work for them last year down the stretch. Smallwood has the experience edge and is an all-purpose back who can be used as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. We'll see how this competition shakes out in training camp.

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9. OAK - Josh Jacobs gets first-team reps

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal - Michael Gehlken

Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (hamstring) received some first-team reps on Tuesday, May 28, as the team continues to ease him back into action during OTAs following a hamstring injury.

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Jacobs is the player to watch in the Raiders backfield. Veteran Doug Martin returned to the team but we think Jacobs earns a majority of the work if he performs well in training camp and the preseason. Fantasy GMs are anxiously waiting for Jacobs to do his thing in 2019. Jacobs has a current ADP of RB17 (3.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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10. OAK - TE Darren Waller making early impression

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Scott Bair

Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller is the main reason why the team was content to let Jared Cook leave in free agency, and Waller has 'responded well to a golden opportunity to kick-start his career' so far during organized team activities, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Scott Bair.

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The Raiders let Jared Cook go in free agency this offseason, so they're looking for a new lead tight end. Waller is a converted wide receiver who creates mismatch problems any time he's on the field. We'll be monitoring the news about him coming out of Oakland and have been watching Waller in dynasty formats for some time. Veteran Luke Willson and rookie Foster Moreau will compete with Waller for snaps/targets in 2019.

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11. PHI - Miles Sanders out of action

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders (hamstring) has missed time in organized team activities due to a strained hamstring, but it's not considered serious.

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It's not serious but Sanders has yet to participate in OTAs. We like the rookie's upside as a change-of-pace back working with Jordan Howard in a RBBC this year. Fantasy GMs are currently taking Sanders (RB30, 6.05) over Howard (RB37, 8.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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12. LAC - ILB Denzel Perryman on the field Tuesday

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers LB Denzel Perryman (knee) participated in individual drills during practice Tuesday, May 28.

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He hopes to be a full participant when training camp begins. Getting Perryman back on the field is a boost for the Chargers defense. He's talented but fails to stay healthy. We'll see if this year he turns it around.

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13. WAS - Montez Sweat signs rookie contract

Source: Redskins.com - Kyle Stackpole

Washington Redskins first-round draft choice DE Montez Sweat signed a four-year contract with the Redskins Wednesday, May 29. The deal includes a fifth-year option, but the financial terms were not disclosed.

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Washington moved back into the first round of the 2019 NFL draft so they could snare Sweat. He's long, fast and quick around the edge. Sweat has the makings of a premiere pass rusher if he stays healthy and develops properly.

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14. SEA - Seattle signs Marcelias Sutton

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Undrafted free-agent RB Marcelias Sutton (Oklahoma) signed with the Seattle Seahawks Wednesday, May 29. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived/injured RB Adam Choice (undisclosed).

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Sutton participated in Seattle's rookie minicamp as a tryout player earlier this month. A junior college transfer (Lackawanna College), Sutton had 282 rushing yards and four touchdowns in two seasons with the Sooners. His senior season was cut short after six games due to a leg injury. He can contribute as a runner, receiver or return man.

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15. TB - Xavier Ubosi signs with Bucs

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Free-agent WR Xavier Ubosi (Jets) signed an undisclosed deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, May 29.

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Ubosi has bounced around to two different teams (Patriots, Jets) after coming into the league as an undrafted free agent out of UAB. He's a big target who can run fast down the field. That sounds like an interesting player to monitor in the Bucs vertical passing attack. We'll keep an eye on Ubosi in crazy super deep dynasty formats.

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16. KC - T.J. Linta officially let go

Source: Chiefs Digest - Matt Derrick

Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs QB T.J. Linta (ankle) was waived with an injury settlement on Tuesday, May 28.

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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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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