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Volume 21, #46 -- Tuesday Night, June 4th, 2019

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1. NE - TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins let go

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New England Patriots TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was released Tuesday, June 4. Seferian-Jenkins reportedly wants to 'step away for a month' due to personal issues.

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The Patriots are now really thin at the tight end position. Ben Watson is suspended for the first four games of the season, and that leaves former Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse as their top option. We'll see if the team makes a move here.

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2. NYJ - Le'Veon Bell fully confident in return

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell said Tuesday, June 4, that he understands if some have forgotten he was the best running back in the league when last played 17 months ago. Bell added that people 'will remember' when he takes the field again.

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Fantasy GMs are fairly confident in his return to form as well. Bell is currently going in the top-10 of any fantasy draft, and he should be the centerpiece of what the Jets do on offense.

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3. NYJ - Le'Veon Bell reports to minicamp

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell reported to the team's facility Monday, June 3, ahead of the team's voluntary minicamp start on Tuesday, June 4.

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Bell and new head coach Adam Gase might have a thing or two to talk about after rumors came out that Gase was cool to the idea of adding Bell in free agency. No matter what the two really think of each other, Bell and Gase could work well together. Bell should be the centerpiece of the Jets offense, being featured as both a runner and receiver. He's a top-10 fantasy pick and Bell has a current ADP of RB7 (1.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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4. LAR - LAR want RB Todd Gurley to be comfortable

Source: NFL.com - Jeremy Bergman

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley may look to lose some weight in order to reduce some of the stress on his knee, and head coach Sean McVay said Gurley can do what he wants so he can feel comfortable with his knee.

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Fantasy GMs want to be comfortable with Gurley, and they are not right now. The Rams are unlikely to continue using Gurley as a true bellcow back. He's a late first-round pick in most fantasy drafts right now, and Gurley is likely to split time in the backfield this season. Rookie Darrell Henderson is a player we're excited to see in the preseason. The Rams could use Henderson and Malcolm Brown a bit more in 2019 to give Gurley a breather.

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5. DEN - WR Emmanuel Sanders ahead of schedule

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) could return sooner than people think, according to head coach Vic Fangio on Tuesday, June 4. Fangio said his prediction wasn't based on any medical update.

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Sanders played just the first 12 games of the 2018 season before being placed on injured reserve. He's been seen at Broncos OTAs running in a straight line but has yet to make cuts at full speed. At this point, it seems like Sanders should be good for the start of the regular season.

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6. WAS - QB Alex Smith could return sooner than expected?

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith (knee) is still wearing the external fixator he's been sporting on his right leg since last year's severe break, but head coach Jay Gruden confirmed Tuesday, June 4, that Smith is 'recovering nicely' from his injury.

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Most thought Smith would never play again after the horrific leg injury he suffered last year. We'll see if he can return for Washington someday. Gruden reportedly also told Tom Pelissero of NFL Media that Smith will return sooner than most people think.

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7. CLE - RB Duke Johnson reiterates trade demand

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson reiterated his demand to be traded as he spoke to reporters following a mandatory minicamp practice Tuesday, June 4.

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Johnson is not holding back. He's showed up to mandatory minicamp but still wants to find a new home. Johnson is the backup to Nick Chubb and valuable pass-catching asset out of the backfield. However, with Kareem Hunt on the roster there is not much work available for Johnson....after Hunt returns from his 8-game suspension of course. We'll see if the Browns end up finding a trade partner for Johnson before the start of the regular season.

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8. IND - QB Andrew Luck still battling calf strain

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck was not participating in OTA workouts Tuesday, June 4, as he begins a third straight week on the sideline with a calf strain.

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The calf strain is seen as a minor injury. We think the Colts are wisely being cautious with their superstar quarterback. There is no reason to think Luck's status for training camp is a concern.

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9. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson in fine form

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson participated in the team's minicamp Tuesday, June 4, and looks to be in 'pretty good shape,' according to a national reporter.

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Peterson proved last year that he can still get it done on the ground, recording his eighth 1,000-yard season in 2018. This season, Derrius Guice is healthy for Washington and could push Peterson for snaps and carries. Peterson has a current ADP of RB49 (11.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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10. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold working on chemistry with Bell

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold said Tuesday, June 4, it'll take time to form chemistry with new RB Bell. 'I don't think there's necessarily a certain time period that you can put on it,' Darnold said. 'It's just kind of when we click, we click. ... I think, me and (Bell), we get along well. So, that's kind of the first step in building that relationship. It's good to kind of go on the same page with him and just see how he kind of runs routes and how he runs out there. I haven't seen him really run and it was good to kind of see him run some routes and throw the ball to him a little bit.'

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Makes sense, and a good move for the young quarterback. Bell is going to be the focal point of the offense, and Darnold is going to get to make a lot of plays handing off and throwing to him. Darnold added that he wants to get some offensive players together for workouts ahead of training camp later this summer.

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11. WAS - TE Jordan Reed misses workouts

Source: The Washington Post - Kareem Copeland

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) did not participate in the team's minicamp practice Tuesday, June 4, and was spotted in the injury-rehab area.

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It would be news if Reed was healthy and fully participating. Reed has talent but he is oft-injured and difficult to trust as anything more than a TE2 for Fantasy GMs. He has a current ADP of TE19 (14.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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12. IND - Mo Alie-Cox taking No. 1 reps

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts TE Mo Alie-Cox (6-foot-5, 267 pounds) took first-team reps at mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 4. He drew praise while filling in for Jack Doyle (hip) and Eric Ebron (groin). 'Watching him grow is like watching your son become something special,' Ebron said. 'He's gonna play such a huge role this year.'

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We've always had an appreciation for Alie-Cox in deep dynasty formats. He never played college football and was instead a college basketball player for VCU. Undrafted in 2017, Alie-Cox has been mostly on the Colts practice squad. He did appear in nine games last season, catching seven passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

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13. NE - Damien Harris inks rookie deal

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

New England Patriots rookie RB Damien Harris signed a four-year, $3.6 million contract Tuesday, June 4. The deal includes an $886,319 signing bonus. Harris, a third-round pick of the Patriots, was the last member of the team's rookie class to be signed.

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We love Harris in dynasty formats. He'll compete for a spot in the pecking order behind starter Sony Michel, although there are some who say he could push for the starting job as a rookie. Harris is a natural runner who is capable of playing all three downs.

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14. WAS - WR Paul Richardson doing individual drills

Source: Redskins.com - Jake King-Schreifels & Kyle Stackpole

Washington Redskins WR Paul Richardson (shoulder) was in full uniform at the team's minicamp session Tuesday, June 4, but he was limited to individual workouts. The veteran wideout stood to the side during 7-on-7 drills.

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Richardson is a fast player with some upside but he's fought the injury bug dating back to his days in college at Colorado. He only made it through seven games last season and caught only 20 passes. Richardson will try to get out there and compete for a spot in the pecking order when healthy. He could perhaps put up WR3 numbers if healthy and starting for Washington in 2019.

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15. SEA - RB Rashaad Penny in great shape

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny has drawn raves for his conditioning this offseason, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

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Good news for the second-year back here. He's been working hard to prove that he can be a featured player for the Seahawks. They'll use Penny and Chris Carson in a RBBC this season. Penny has a current ADP of RB36 (8.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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16. DET - Detroit could make use of three tight ends

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions TEs Jesse James (6-foot-7, 261 pounds), T.J. Hockenson (6-foot-5, 251), Michael Roberts (6-foot-5, 265) and Logan Thomas (6-foot-6, 250) all possess the ability to detach from the line of scrimmage and create mismatches, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Birkett also notes he wouldn't be surprised if the Lions play with three tight ends on the field at times - even outside goal-line or short-yardage situations.

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Good news for all these tight ends but bad news for Fantasy GMs. It's a bit of a cluster at the position. We love Hockenson's upside and potential but he's going to have to work in and try to emerge from a TEBC as a rookie.

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17. NFL - WR Leonte Carroo receives four-game ban

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Free-agent WR Leonte Carroo (Dolphins) was suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season for an undisclosed violation Tuesday, June 4.

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It doesn't really matter as Carroo had gotten little to no interest on the open market. A third-round pick for the Dolphins in the 2016 NFL draft, Caroo was a bust with only 12 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

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18. NE - TE Matt LaCosse in line to start opener?

Source: Boston Herald - Kevin Duffy

New England Patriots TE Matt LaCosse is 'a pretty smooth athlete ... and can serve as a viable target down the middle of the field,' according to the Boston Herald's Kevin Duffy, who adds that 'all signs point' to LaCosse starting Week 1 with Benjamin Watson serving a four-game suspension and Austin Seferian-Jenkins no longer with the team as he deals with personal issues.

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LaCosse came into the league as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois in 2015 with the New York Giants. He's spent the last two seasons with the Broncos and is a big-bodied receiver. He had 24 catches for 250 yards and one touchdown in 2018. LaCosse is in line for a big role unless the Patriots add some help via trade or free agency.

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19. NYG - No practice for TE Evan Engram

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants TE Evan Engram (unspecified) did not practice Tuesday, June 4. Head coach Pat Shurmur said Engram was 'just a little sore.'

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Engram is just getting some rest here. He should continue to be a big part of the Giants passing attack. If the team made the switch to rookie QB Daniel Jones at some time this year, Engram should be a favorite as he gets open over the middle and presents a big target. Engram has a current ADP of TE7 (6.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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20. DET - Two Lions want new deals

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Detroit Lions DT Damon Harrison and CB Darius Slay will skip the mandatory minicamp as both players are wanting new contracts. Harrison lost a $250,000 workout bonus for skipping voluntary workouts and could be fined up to $88,650 for missing the minicamp.

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Harrison has been staying away this offseason. He's owed around $16 million with two years left on his current contract. Something should be worked out between the two sides but perhaps Harrison is in line for only a small pay bump. We'll see if the Lions want to play hardball with the veteran run-stuffer.

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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