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Footballguys #44 - 6/2 - Rookie Running Back Review Plus News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 21, #44 -- Sunday Night, June 2nd, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Monday to you. We've got answers to your biggest questions about rookie running backs and all the News and Notes you need to start your week off right.

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J

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A. Who Is the Top Rookie RB for 2019?
The Footballguys staff gives their opinions on which rookie running back has the most value this season.

B. Who Will Be the Top Rookie RB in 2021?
Which running back from the 2019 rookie class has the most dynasty value? The Footballguys staff has some thoughts.

C. Which Rookie RB Is in a Tough Situation?
The Footballguys staff pick the rookie running backs who will have the toughest time reaching their potential in 2019.

D. Which Rookie RB Is in a Great Situation?
Which rookie running back could excel in 2019 due to a favorable situation? Our staffers weigh in.


1. DET - RB C.J. Anderson sees Detroit as perfect fit

Source: MLive.com - Nate Atkins

Detroit Lions RB C.J. Anderson said he believes Detroit is a perfect fit for him because of the success offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has had with running backs in the past.

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The Lions will want to run the ball as much as any team in the league. Anderson showed last year that he can still get it done, and if the Lions line gels, there will be some redraft value for Anderson, and of course Kerryon Johnson injury upside. Anderson's presence in Detroit will likely lower Johnson's season-long and weekly ceiling, although he had no effect on Christian McCaffrey's value in Carolina.

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2. SF - RB Tevin Coleman set for 1,000 yards?

Source: NFL.com - Bucky Brooks

San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman's 'pass-catching prowess' should put him at the top of the depth chart, in the opinion of Bucky Brooks of NFL.com, and Brooks believes Coleman can be a 1,000-yard rusher in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense.

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Coleman is the healthiest back and probably the best pass catcher among the 49ers quartet, and he also has the best touchdown scoring track record. He's the most valuable back for fantasy, and as long as the positive buzz continues, his value will rise. He's still modestly priced for a proven back in a good offense.

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3. NE - WR Demaryius Thomas could be PUP candidate

Source: The Boston Globe - Ben Volin

New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) could start the 2019 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list because of his Achilles tendon injury, in the opinion of The Boston Globe's Ben Volin.

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The contract the Patriots gave Thomas far from guaranteed a roster spot, but if he can recover, he could start and be relevant in fantasy leagues. His progress will be important to monitor when calculating the first-year value of #32 overall pick N'keal Harry.

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4. BUF - Dawson Knox turning heads

Source: BuffaloBills.com - John Murphy

Buffalo Bills TE Dawson Knox has impressed his teammates with his speed and athleticism during OTAs, according to John Murphy of BuffaloBills.com, and QB Josh Allen praised Knox for how quickly he has picked up the playbook.

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Knox was one of the most athletic tight ends in the draft but fell to late third round because of injuries and playing with three NFL prospects at wide receiver at Ole Miss. The Bills signed Tyler Kroft in free agency but he broke his foot in OTAs, giving Knox an opportunity to play a much larger role in the offense in his rookie year if he continues to impress.

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5. NYJ - Quinnen Williams still limited

Source: Newsday - Al Iannazzone

New York Jets DT Quinnen Williams (calf) has been limited to individual and positional drills during OTAs.

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Williams should be an instant impact player this year, especially because he'll line up next to Leonard Williams. Hopefully he is fully healthy by the open of camp so defensive coordinator Gregg Williams can devise lots of ways to cross up blocking schemes with one of the best interior line combos in the league.

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6. LAR - David Long tough to throw on in college

Source: Pro Football Focus

Los Angeles Rams third-round CB David Long (Michigan) allowed only 29 percent of the targets in his coverage to be completed in 2018 - the lowest completion percentage among draft-eligible cornerbacks with a minimum of 150 coverage snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Long was drafted as an eventual replacement for Marcus Peters or Aqib Talib. Both will be free agents next year. Long is a press man specialist who fits well in the Rams defensive scheme. He has a shutdown corner's game even though he lacks elite tools. The Rams could be in good hands if they suffer an injury at corner this year.

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7. NYJ - Blessuan Austin may miss start of season

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets CB Blessuan Austin (knee) could start the 2019 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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Austin could eventually start on the outside opposite Trumaine Johnson but he only played five games over his junior and senior seasons because of knee injuries. The team hopes that Darryl Roberts rises to the occasion, but if he doesn't, Morris Claiborne could be re-signed. This spot will likely be a weakness that opposing pass offenses target frequently.

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8. - S Tre Boston still looking for satisfactory offer

Source: SiriusXM NFL Radio

Free-agent SS Tre Boston (Cardinals) indicated during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he has been contacted by multiple teams this offseason but hasn't been pleased with the contract offers he's received.

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The safety market bounced back this year in free agency, but Boston wasn't one of the beneficiaries. He'll probably get interest closer to his expectations after teams get a closer look at what they have at safety in training camp.

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9. BUF - DE Trent Murphy finally healthy

Source: BuffaloBills.com - John Murphy

Buffalo Bills LB Trent Murphy (knee) said he is finally back at 100 percent after playing at less than full speed last year because of the knee injury that sidelined him for all of 2017.

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The Bills have been searching for an edge rush presence to complement Jerry Hughes and Murphy is probably the best candidate this year. If he can stay healthy, he should improve their passing down defense and have an outside shot at IDP relevance.

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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