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Volume 21, #52 -- Monday Night, June 10th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Tuesday to you. And thanks to the zillion of you who sent me a Dad Joke. I'm not sure what I was thinking as I asked 400,000 people to enter a contest by replying to my personal email. What could go wrong?

A zillion emails later, they all were terrible. As Dad Jokes are meant to me. I said I'd pick one winner from the submissions but there were so many good/awful ones, I'm picking three for today.

I've also become a little smarter. For the entries today and tomorrow, please don't use my email but use the Google Form I link to in the Site News below.

These three people win a free Footballguys Season Long Pro Subscription. Check out the Site News below for how you can enter your joke too. We'll be picking more winners for today and tomorrow.

#1. From Chris Sterba

What's the only place in the hospital the invisible man can't hide?

The I.C.U.

#2. From Tim Ertel

What did the farmers yell to the cows at night?

It's pasture bedtime!

#3. From Doug Campbell

I wrote down the names of everyone I hate, and my roommate used that note to roll his joint.

He's now high on the list of people I never want to see again.

Oh Boy.

On a Football Note, we've got two killer new articles you''ll want to check out. Our Dr. Jene Bramel brings the heat with his Injury Notes and the FBG Staff dives into Pick A Player. Plus the News and Notes you need.

Let's go.

J

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1. PHI - WR DeSean Jackson may be returner

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Zach Berman

Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson is a top candidate for the punt returner job this season, according to special teams coordinator Dave Fipp.

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An added bonus for those playing in leagues that reward points for return yards and touchdowns. Jackson is already getting plenty of positive buzz this offseason as he reunites with the Eagles in 2019. He's currently going off the board at WR51 (11.06) in 12-team PPR leagues. Jackson should be able to outperform that ADP if he stays healthy and produces at the expected level.

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2. GB - Green Bay scoops up Pharoah McKever

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Free-agent TE Pharoah McKever (Jaguars) was claimed off waivers by the Green Bay Packers on Monday, June 10.

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McKever is a huge and athletic target, measuring in at 6'6" 259 pounds. He played on the defensive line and at wide receiver during his college career at NC State. McKever then transferred to FIU where he played tight end, catching 27 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns in his final collegiate season. He spent time with the Steelers and Jaguars as a UDFA in 2018 and now will try to earn a spot with the Packers. McKever is raw but has athletic potential.

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3. NO - New Orleans taking a look at Tristan Blewett

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Free-agent Tristan Blewett - a Major League Rugby player for the New Orleans Gold - participated in a work out for the New Orleans Saints on Monday, June 10.

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It's always interesting seeing if these rugby players can stick in the NFL. We'll see if Saints head coach Sean Payton (who said earlier this offseason that he was 'looking everywhere' for talent) is impressed enough with Blewett to offer him a spot in training camp.

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4. TEN - A.J. Brown to be limited at minicamp

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Tennessee Titans WR A.J. Brown (hamstring) is expected to sit during team periods at mandatory minicamp beginning Tuesday, June 11, and going through Thursday, June 13.

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Hamstring injuries can linger, and the Titans don't want that to happen with their 2019 second-round pick. Brown is going to line up outside opposite of Corey Davis in 2019, and the rookie has good speed but fantastic ball-tracking ability. With that role, we could see him catching 40-50 passes as a rookie if he can stay healthy.

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5. GB - Jace Sternberger officially in the fold

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Darin Gantt

Green Bay Packers third-round TE Jace Sternberger (Texas A&M) signed his four-year rookie contract Monday, June 10. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

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Sternberger is a rookie tight end we are scooping up in any dynasty league we play in...and for good reason. The rookie from Texas A&M is a smooth athlete and can be dangerous down the seam. He plays like a super-sized wide receiver and is more nuanced as a route runner than fellow tight ends in his draft class. Sternberger could become a favorite target of Aaron Rodgers, but as a rookie he will be on the depth chart behind Jimmy Graham.

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6. DET - Detroit makes four moves

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Free-agent OL Luke Bowanko (Redskins) and QB David Fales (Dolphins) signed undisclosed contracts with the Detroit Lions on Monday, June 10. The Lions also waived QB Connor Cook and S David X. Jones to make room for them on the roster.

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Fales gives the team a camp arm...and apparently a better one than Cook. Tom Savage and Fales will compete in camp to win the backup job to Matthew Stafford in 2019.

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7. ATL - Four Falcons in attendance

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, DT Grady Jarrett, LB Vic Beasley and LB Deion Jones reported to mandatory minicamp Monday, June 10, after they skipped voluntary organized team activities.

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The work is mandatory, so nobody wants to get fined. Jones is expected to get his contract restructured in the near future, even though he still has a couple of years remaining on his deal. We're expecting something to get done before Week 1 of the regular season.

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8. SEA - RB Rashaad Penny more mature

Source: NFL.com - Grant Gordon

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny admitted that he became frustrated by the injuries he dealt with as a rookie, but he said he has 'grown up' and better understands how to be a pro on the field and off the field in terms of taking care of his body.

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Penny had a rough time as a rookie, with injuries and inconsistencies plaguing his game. A 2018 first-round pick, Penny has win-your-league upside if he plays well and earns more playing time in the Seattle backfield. He's going to split time with Chris Carson in 2019.

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9. NYG - Limited work for Kyle Lauletta

Source: The Athletic - Dan Duggan

New York Giants QB Kyle Lauletta (knee) saw his first action of OTAs Tuesday, June 4, attempting three passes with the first-team offense during 7-on-7 drills.

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Lauletta, a fourth-round pick in 2018, had a knee cleanup earlier this offseason. He's got a slim chance of making the 53-man roster since the Giants used the No. 6 overall pick on Daniel Jones this year. We'll see if Lauletta can impress enough (and stay healthy) to earn a spot on the Giants practice squad.

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10. WAS - QB Colt McCoy working on the side

Source: 1067TheFan - Craig Hoffman

Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy (leg) was able to work on the rehab field during OTAs.

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McCoy has undergone three operations to fix his broken leg. He is expected to be back for training camp, but McCoy is going to be pressed to make the team. Washington added Case Keenum, the Broncos starter last year, to perhaps lead the team until 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins is ready to take over.

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11. NE - WR Braxton Berrios making strides

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots WR Braxton Berrios has been 'one of the most improved players' during spring practices, according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com.

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Berrios, a sixth-round pick for the Patriots in 2018, has the quickness and concentration to work great on underneath routes. In fact, he could one day be the replacement for Julian Edelman in the Patriots passing game. We don't want to get too far ahead, but Berrios is a talent...one that has stood out to Mike Reiss (he always has the greatest Pats insight). We'll continue to monitor Berrios in dynasty formats and watch to see what he does in training camp and preseason.

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12. TEN - WR Tajae Sharpe to try special teams

Source: ESPN.com - Turron Davenport

Tennessee Titans WR Tajae Sharpe will have the opportunity to show he can play on special teams, according to head coach Mike Vrabel.

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Sharpe will have to make plays on special teams in order to make the 53-man roster. Last year, Sharpe played in 16 games but was bothered by an ankle injury over the final few weeks of the regular season. He caught 26 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns. The Titans added A.J. Brown via the draft and Adam Humphries via free agency, pushing Sharpe further down the depth chart.

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13. CLE - WR Damion Ratley will be at camp

Source: Elyria Chronicle-Telegram - Scott Petrak

Cleveland Browns WR Damion Ratley (undisclosed) did not practice during minicamp but will be ready for training camp, according to head coach Freddie Kitchens.

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Ratley was a sixth-round pick out of Texas A&M last year for the Browns. As a rookie in 2018, Ratley appeared in 13 games and caught 13 passes for 144 receiving yards. Ratley is raw as a route runner, but at 6'3" 190 pounds he's got the size and is plenty athletic to make plays as a receiver. He's got nice body control and hand/eye coordination for a young player. We'll see if he can stay healthy and impress in training camp and the preseason.

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14. CLE - Derrick Willies set for camp

Source: Elyria Chronicle-Telegram - Scott Petrak

Cleveland Browns WR Derrick Willies (shoulder) is healthy enough to practice and will be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Freddie Kitchens.

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Willies was undrafted out of Texas Tech in 2018 but he made the Browns 53-man roster as a rookie. In five games, Willies had three catches for 61 yards before a collarbone injury cut his season short. Willies has good size, measuring in at 6'4" 207 pounds, and he does a good job of running routes and tracking deep passes over his shoulder. He was injury prone in college, and hopefully that trait didn't follow him to the pros. We'll see if Willies can stay healthy and impress in the revamped Browns WR corps.

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That'll do it for today, Folks.

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

Peace,

J