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Volume 21, #51 -- Sunday Night, June 9th, 2019

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We've also got killer new content for you as we break down the TE's this year. Plus the News and Notes you need.

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J

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1. KC - WR Tyreek Hill still could face punishment

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill still could face league punishment even though a local district attorney said Friday, June 7, he is no longer the subject of an active criminal investigation involving domestic-abuse allegations. The NFL's Personal Conduct Policy, as written, entails the league can, and will, investigate and punish a player for domestic violence even if he's never arrested or charged. The NFL also can, and will, punish a player for domestic misconduct that does not involve actual violence has been demonstrated by precedents.

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It is difficult to see a scenario where Hill avoids at least a 4-8 game suspension based on the league's previous handling of similar high profile incidents where no charges were filed. The bigger question is whether he ends up on the commissioner's exempt list, which would keep him off of the field indefinitely. While the Chiefs have him suspended from team activities, there's no need for Roger Goodell to take that step, but if they attempt to have him at team facilities, the league could step in. It's unclear at this point exactly what the Chiefs are thinking with Hill but things could possibly change for the worse depending on the results of the ongoing child services investigation. Stay tuned.

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2. BAL - WR Chris Moore a breakout candidate?

Source: NFL.com - Grant Gordon

Baltimore Ravens WR Chris Moore is being hailed as a potential breakout candidate in 2019 by owner Steve Bisciotti and head coach John Harbaugh. 'It's up to the player to make the move and do something about it. But I would say Chris is ready to do that and has been ready to do that. He practices really hard, he works hard in the weight room, he knows the offense very well, and he makes spectacular catches out here very often.'

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Moore has been toiling away as a role player, and has also found ways to make an impact on special teams. With first-round pick Marquise Brown and third-round pick Miles Boykin sidelined by injuries, he could distance himself from the youngsters as a starter outside.

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3. MIA - TE Mike Gesicki to catch 50 balls?

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Miami Dolphins TE MIke Gesicki should finish with around 50 receptions for 500 yards in his second season, in the opinion of Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com, and Wolfe believes Gesicki will benefit from having a quarterback other than Ryan Tannehill under center because of Tannehill's inability to utilize the middle of the field effectively.

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Gesicki was also going through blocking boot camp last year under Adam Gase. The new regime should try to use him more as a receiver to leverage his rare measured athleticism at his position. The numbers are modest, but could be enough to make him a low TE1 if he can deliver.

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4. WAS - RB Derrius Guice to take over?

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice (knee) will 'be the guy right away' in the backfield if he looks healthy in training camp, in the opinion of John Keim of ESPN.com.

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The if is big considering the extra procedures Guice had to have done on his injured knee, but he should be more impactful than Adrian Peterson if he is healthy. The bigger issue for Guice's production this year will be quarterback play and the possibility of Trent Williams being gone if the team can't make him happy this offseason.

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5. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard the go-to target?

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard averaged 7.7 targets in four games without Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. last year compared to 6.1 targets in 12 games with Beckham, and Jordan Raanan of ESPNNewYork.com believes Shepard will the the No. 1 option in the passing attack ahead of WR Golden Tate in 2019.

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It's hard to say who will be the most reliable fantasy option out of Shepard, Tate, and Evan Engram, and could change from game to game. We'll be monitoring the development of Daniel Jones closely, because the #6 pick could be taking over the quarterback job from Eli Manning this year, and maybe sooner than later.

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6. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold happy to have RB Bilal Powell back

Source: SNY - Scott Thompson

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold spoke glowingly of his team's re-signing of RB Bilal Powell this past week. 'Great to have BP back,' Darnold said. 'Can't wait to get to work with him. I haven't seen him in a while, so it's going to be nice to be able to see him. I know BP is a great guy and obviously a great player, so it's great to have him back.'

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Powell will be a familiar face in the backfield for Darnold at times this year if he makes the team. and he might be the only back from the 2018 roster to make the team. It's also good to see Darnold making "leadership" quotes about his teammates.

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7. CIN - WR A.J. Green wants to stay in Cincinnati

Source: NFL.com - Jeremy Bergman

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green told reporters Friday, June 7, he'd like to remain in Cincinnati for the long term as he heads into the final year of a four-year, $60-million contract extension signed in 2015. 'I can't see myself playing anywhere else or playing in a different city. Hopefully, I can be here for a couple more years. We'll see on that part.'

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Green could benefit from a revitalized offense this year, and he can certainly still play at a very high level. If the Bengals don't intend on extending him, they should trade him this year for picks that will help a team build under a first-year head coach.

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8. NYG - Daniel Jones happy with first minicamp

Source: SNY - Scott Thompson

New York Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones is pleased with the progress he made in his first NFL minicamp since being selected with the sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. 'I think I improved every day,' Jones said. 'That's the goal. I did some things better, did some things not as good, it's about me being consistent, and I'm learning a lot. Trying to learn as much as I can.' Jones will be able to officially start his competition for the backup job behind Eli Manning at training camp in roughly six weeks.

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Some reports had Jones decisively better than Eli Manning in minicamp, even going as far as to say that he should start over Manning this year. He is generating more positive buzz than expected after his selection at #6 was widely panned.

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9. MIA - WR Albert Wilson aiming for Week 1

Source: Miami Herald - Adam Beasley

Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson (hip), who missed nine games of the 2018 season and all of the current offseason with a hip injury said Friday, June 7, 'there's no reason why I shouldn't be out there Week 1.'

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Wilson could be a nice sleeper with a reassuring summer that demonstrates chemistry with his new quarterbacks. He was breaking out before getting hurt last year and could lead the team in targets this year.

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10. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins played through pain

Source: Houston Chronicle - John McClain

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins said Saturday, June 8, he endured a tough season in 2018 in which he had to deal with nagging pain from foot and shoulder injuries and overcome mental hurdles. 'Last year was tough, not just physically but mentally,' Hopkins told the Houston Chronicle. 'It's the most banged up I've ever been playing football. I was dealing with serious injuries a lot of people would have sat down for. But we had a good team that depended on me, and I never gave a thought to not playing unless the doctors told me I couldn't.'

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Hopkins production never dipped, and that included long stretches without credible #2 or #3 options on the field. If he and Deshaun Watson stay healthy this year, Hopkins could set new career highs. He deserves to be the first wide receiver off of the board in fantasy drafts, but will face competition from Davante Adams for that honor.

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11. MIN - CB Mackensie Alexander not yet approached for extension

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings CB Mackensie Alexander has not been approached yet by the team regarding a possible contract extension, according to a source. He is entering the final season of his current deal.

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The Vikings have a lot of money committed to key defensive pieces, but they may not see a slot corner as a key piece. Alexander will get paid either way and could become a starter elsewhere after being blocked by three first-round picks in Minnesota.

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12. NYG - TE Evan Engram not battling lingering injuries

Source: NJ Advance Media - Ryan Dunleavy

New York Giants TE Evan Engram said the organization was being cautious by holding him out of the team's recent minicamp. He claimed that there are no injuries lingering from last season.

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Engram was a big part of the passing game when Odell Beckham was out last year, but that was before the team added Golden Tate, and when Eli Manning was the starting quarterback. He's worth consideration in the TE6-8 range, but his situation is difficult to gauge without seeing how he riffs with #6 pick Daniel Jones.

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13. TB - TE O.J. Howard a popular target

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard has been targeted by QB Jameis Winston 'on seemingly every possession' during spring practices, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com.

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Howard impressed Bruce Arians early in his tenure at Tampa, and he appears to be ready for a breakout season after finishing last year injured. With DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries gone, there are a lot of targets up for grabs, and Howard could get enough of them to knock on the door of "the big three" at tight end.

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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