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Volume 21, #53 -- Tuesday Night, June 11th, 2019

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J

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1. LAR - RB Todd Gurley downplays knee issue

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) told reporters Tuesday, June 11, that he is 'fine' and 'doing the same kinds of things he's always done in the offseason. He also suggested the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in college was a 'bigger problem' for him coming out of college than his current issue.

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Gurley may think he's 'fine' but Fantasy GMs are not feeling the same way. There is a ton of hesitation (for good reason) when it comes to selecting Gurley with a top-10 fantasy pick. We are hearing the team could use Darrell Henderson or Malcolm Brown a little bit more to give Gurley a breather. There are also reports about Gurley's role being smaller than it has been in the past. Oh yeah, Gurley is unlikely to play in the preseason too. Gurley has superstar talent but we'll have to see what the news brings for him and the offense in training camp. Stay tuned.

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2. IND - QB Andrew Luck to miss minicamp

Source: 1070 The Fan - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (calf) will sit out the team's minicamp this week with a calf strain, head coach Frank Reich announced Tuesday, June 11.

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Luck was supposed to be dealing with a low-grade strain. It sounds like the Colts are being wisely cautious with their franchise quarterback. We'll see if Luck can fully participate in training camp when it kicks off later this summer. He is expected to be ready.

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3. NYG - Open QB competition with Giants?

Source: Newsday - Tom Rock

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday, June 11, that rookie QB Daniel Jones is very much in contention to start Week 1 and is 'constantly' weighing scenarios. 'We're gonna play the very best player. I know we're dancing around the words here, but right now Eli (Manning) is getting ready to have a great year and Daniel is getting ready to play.' Shurmur said. 'We'll just see what happens.'

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The word out of Giants camp is that Manning looks like he's done. Jones may not be a world-beater at this point in his career, but he may be a better option than a fading Manning. We'll see if Jones can overtake Manning during training camp and the preseason.

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4. CIN - WR A.J. Green cleared for minicamp

Source: ESPN.com - Katherine Terrell

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) has been cleared to fully participate in minicamp but won't do much beyond individual drills. 'I know what to expect from A.J.,' head coach Zac Taylor said Tuesday, June 11.

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It's news we've seen before about Green, and Taylor just confirmed it on Tuesday. Green is going to be 100 percent for training camp, but he's just getting eased back in by participating in individual drills. We imagine his ADP will rise as the season gets closer. Green is currently going off the board at WR13 (3.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. NYG - TE Evan Engram hurt hamstring

Source: New York Daily News - Pat Leonard

Updating previous reports, New York Giants TE Evan Engram (hamstring) is recovering from a hamstring injury, according to head coach Pat Shurmur.

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Engram should be ready by training camp, and the Giants are wisely being cautious with their starting tight end. He missed time last year due to a hamstring injury, so monitor his health status in August closely. In 11 games last season, Engram finished as the No. 13 fantasy tight end. This season, Engram is going off the board at TE6 (6.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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6. BUF - Robert Foster misses practice

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills WR Robert Foster (foot) did not participate in practice Tuesday, June 11, because of a foot injury. Head coach Sean McDermott said the injury does not appear to be serious.

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Foster splashed onto the scene last year as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama. The injury is not serious, so we'll be watching Foster closely to see if his chemistry with Josh Allen can continue to grow stronger in 2019.

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7. IND - TE Eric Ebron moving at full speed

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (groin) was spotted running routes at full speed during mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 11, after missing most of spring routes following offseason groin surgery.

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We learned in mid-May that Ebron had gone under the knife, and this news is a good sign for his recovery. It looks like the veteran tight end should be a full go for training camp later this summer. Ebron is going off the board at TE7 (6.07) in current 12-team PPR drafts.

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8. SF - QB Jimmy Garoppolo on track for training camp

Source: ESPN.com - Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) continues to participate in individual and seven-on-seven drills and appears as though he will be ready for the start of training camp, according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner.

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Garoppolo made it three games in 2018 before going down with this knee injury. He has been limited in practice but is trending in the right direction. This seems like a make-or-break season for Garoppolo and the 49ers. He's got to stay healthy and play the franchise quarterback he was supposed to be when the team traded for him.

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9. TEN - TE Delanie Walker, TE Jonnu Smith not at minicamp

Source: The Tennessean - Erik Bacharach

Tennessee Titans TEs Delanie Walker (ankle) and Jonnu Smith (knee) were not at mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 11.

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Back in May, Walker declared himself around 85 percent healthy. He was cleared for 7-on-7 drills during OTAs but the team doesn't want to rush things. Walker will be eased into training camp and at this time his Week 1 status is not in doubt. Smith was lost in 2018 with a torn MCL in Week 14. The Titans are taking the same approach with him and will ease him back into action as the season draws near.

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10. CAR - QB Cam Newton throws in minicamp

Source: ESPN.com - David Newton

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) threw to stationary targets Tuesday, June 11, during the team's minicamp practice. It was the first time Newton has thrown passes publicly since undergoing shoulder surgery in January. 'If you go back and look at a lot of things that happened before he started having shoulder issues, you can see the improvement, you can see the footwork, you can see the whole development of him,'' coach Ron Rivera said. 'As the shoulder started to go, then you saw everything fall by the wayside. Now you get an opportunity to go back, rework those things, do the things he needs to do to improve. He's done a great job.'

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Another day and more positive news about Newton here. A healthy Newton is a dangerous Newton and a player Fantasy GMs want to add in drafts of all formats. Newton has QB1 upside but is currently going off the board in the mid-QB2 tier. If he performs well in the preseason, we could see his ADP climb into the low-end QB1 range.

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11. JAX - No contract for CB Jalen Ramsey

Source: The Athletic - Daniel Popper

Jacksonville Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey said he was informed he will not receive a new contract this year.

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Ramsey is under contract with the Jaguars for two more years since they picked up his fifth-year option back in April. He had been staying away from voluntary workouts but he did report to mandatory minicamp this week.

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12. MIN - TE Kyle Rudolph inks four-year extension

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

The Minnesota Vikings signed TE Kyle Rudolph to a four-year extension worth $36 million on Monday, June 10.

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It was unknown earlier this offseason if Rudolph was going to get released, get traded or get a new contract. The Vikings opted for the latter with the veteran tight end. Rudolph is their lead tight end and now on the books for the Vikings through the 2023 season. He's been a top-10 fantasy tight end each of the last three seasons (No. 9 in 2018), but Rudolph's role with the team could be changing with the addition of 2019 second-round pick Irv Smith Jr. Rudolph has a current ADP of TE15 (13.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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13. PIT - Diontae Johnson impresses his quarterback

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Gerry Dulac

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson was reportedly quite impressive during organized team activities, capturing the attention of QB Ben Roethlisberger by flashing sticky hands.'The one thing I noticed was he caught every ball I threw to him. I even threw him some bad balls on purpose, throw some high, behind him, just to see if he would catch them. And he caught every one. It was impressive,' Roethlisberger said Tuesday, June 11.

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Johnson may remind his quarterback of a young Emmanuel Sanders. That's a good comparison when considering what Johnson can be in the NFL. He's got the speed, fearlessness and big-play ability that Sanders brought to the field for the Steelers (and now for the Broncos). We're excited about Johnson in dynasty formats.

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14. NO - New Orleans makes roster moves

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

Free-agent WR Chad Hansen (Broncos) signed with the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, June 11. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also placed LB Chase Hansen (undisclosed) on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list and waived CB David Simmons Jr.

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Hansen was a fourth-round pick for the Jets in the 2017 NFL draft but he's bounced around the league since then. He's a decent route runner and has good body control but has not latched on anywhere just yet...and it's doubtful he does that now. The Saints do have a high-powered passing attack, so any player in that is going to get our attention...and Hansen does but only in super crazy deep dynasty formats.

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15. DAL - PUP list likely for DeMarcus Lawrence

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (shoulder) likely will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The team believes Lawrence will be ready for Week 1.

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No surprise here. Lawrence has been recovering from shoulder surgery and there's a chance he is ready for the start of the regular season. If there are any snags in his recovery, Lawrence might not be able to get onto the field until September or October. We'll know more about Lawrence's recovery in the month of August.

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16. DAL - WR Allen Hurns to be limited

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys WR Allen Hurns (ankle) will participate in individual drills during minicamp this week.

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It's a good sign for Hurns as he recovers from the ankle injury that knocked him out of the Wild Card Round last year. We should see him out there as a full participant at some time during training camp.

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17. BUF - Three RBs see time with starters

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills RBs LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and Devin Singletary all received snaps with the first-team offense during practice Tuesday, June 11.

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McCoy is still the lead back (for now) but the team is ready to move on if he falters. They could use more of Gore and/or Singletary in an effort to keep McCoy fresh in 2019. McCoy has a current ADP of RB41 (9.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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18. BUF - Dawson Knox standing out

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills TE Dawson Knox has made a 'strong argument' that he has done the most to help himself during offseason work this spring, according to WKBW's Joe Buscaglia. According to Buscaglia, Knox has taken advantage of his opportunity with the first team to build an 'excellent little rapport' with QB Josh Allen.

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The Bills have already had a couple of injuries at the tight end position this offseason, thus opening the door for the rookie from Ole Miss. Knox has drawn comparisons to Kyle Rudolph (Vikings) because of his size and athletic ability. We'll see if he can continue to build strong chemistry with Allen during training camp and the preseason.

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19. LAC - Jerry Tillery inks rookie pact

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers first-round DL Jerry Tillery (Notre Dame) signed his four-year rookie contract Tuesday, June 11. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

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Tillery was a near-perfect pick for the Chargers in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft. Measuring in at 6'6" 295 pounds, Tillery is a huge presence in the middle and tough to move inside. He should immediately upgrade the Chargers run defense in 2019.

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20. OAK - Oakland adds two, subtracts two

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal - Michael Gehlken

Free-agent WR Montay Crockett (Jaguars) and CB Isaiah Langley signed undisclosed contracts with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, June 11. DBs Makinton Dorleant and Montrel Meander were waived in corresponding moves.

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Undrafted out of Georgia Southern in 2017, Crockett has already bounced around to a few different teams. He also spent some time with the Atlanta Legends of the now-defunct AAF. Crockett is known for his 4.3 speed but clearly hasn't impressed enough to stay with a team...and he will be a long-shot to make the Raiders 53-man roster.

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21. PHI - JJ Arcega-Whiteside making good impression

Source: NJ.com - Mike Kaye

Philadelphia Eagles WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside has enjoyed a 'pretty strong offseason program,' in the opinion of NJ.com's Mike Kaye.

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One common theme coming out of Eagles camp (when it's not about DeSean Jackson tearing it up) is about the rookie Arcega-Whiteside. Usually these reports indicate that Arcega-Whiteside is standing out in the red zone. We've heard that Carson Wentz and Nate Sudfeld have no fear targeting the rookie wideout in tight windows. The Eagles have a jam-packed WR corps, so we'll have to see if Arcega-Whiteside can carve out a role in training camp and the preseason.

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22. SF - Deebo Samuel dealing with hip tweak

Source: ESPN.com - Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel (hip) did not participate in minicamp practice Tuesday, June 11, after tweaking his hip recently.

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We'll see if Samuel can get back from this injury quickly. Some are reporting this as a groin injury. We'll know more as practice continues.

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23. SF - TE Garrett Celek recovering from back surgery

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers TE Garrett Celek (back) recently underwent back surgery and is expected to need two months to recover, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

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Celek had back issues back in 2014 when he was limited to just three games. He also finished the 2018 season with a concussion that he is still recovering from in the concussion protocol. Celek might be cleared some time towards the end of August.

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24. NO - WR Cameron Meredith a no-go Tuesday

Source: FOX 8 NOLA - Sean Fazende

New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) was at practice but did not participate Tuesday, June 11.

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The reports were already out there that Meredith would not participate in minicamp. His knee injury limited him to just six games in 2018 and has been rather difficult to come back from. Even though he took a $2.1 million pay cut earlier this offseason, Meredith is no lock for the 53-man roster.

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25. PHI - Miles Sanders sidelined with injury

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders (hamstring) will be held out of the team's mandatory minicamp this week due to a lingering hamstring injury, head coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday, June 11.

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No surprise here. Sanders has missed all of the Eagles offseason workouts, voluntary or mandatory, due to his hamstring injury. The injury was called 'minor' at first but it seems to be a little more than that. We'll see if the rookie can get healthy, stay healthy and perform as a change-of-pace back for the Eagles behind Jordan Howard.

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26. NO - DE Cameron Jordan lands extension

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan agreed to a three-year, $52.5 million contract extension Tuesday, June 11, that keeps him signed through the 2023 season.

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A first-round pick of the Saints in the 2011 NFL draft, Jordan had previously expressed that he wants to be a Saints 'lifer' and is now under contract through his age-34 season. Jordan's new deal is worth a maximum of $55.5 million, which includes more than $42 million in guaranteed money, per Schefter's report.

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27. NYJ - WR Robby Anderson a non-participant

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Robby Anderson (undetermined) is present at the team's minicamp practice Tuesday, June 11 but is not participating in team drills.

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Anderson wants to have a bounce-back year in 2019 after struggling with injuries and a rookie quarterback in 2018. Signed to a one-year, $3.1 million contract earlier this year Anderson has a current ADP of WR30 (7.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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28. IND - OLB Darius Leonard says he'll be ready

Source: The Herald Bulletin - George Bremer

Indianapolis Colts LB Darius Leonard (ankle) said Tuesday, June 11, that his recovery from ankle surgery will not hamper his preparation over the next six weeks, adding he has no doubt he'll be ready for training camp.

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Leonard originally opted for no surgery but the problem lingered in the offseason, so he went under the knife in mid-May. The timeline from that surgery puts him in place to be a full participant at some point in training camp.

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29. NYG - Darius Slayton running with first-team

Source: NJ.com - Matt Lombardo

New York Giants WR Darius Slayton is running with the first-team offense Tuesday, June 11.

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Slayton may have been a value pick for the Giants when they picked him up in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL draft. During his college career at Auburn, Slayton was known as a big-play specialist with six touchdowns of 50-yards or more since 2017. Slayton has blazing speed but needs to be more refined as a route runner. He also needs enhanced concentration as Slayton suffered from drops at times. Slayton is getting some first-team work but at this time is still behind guys like Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate on the depth chart. We'll see if Slayton can continue to impress in training camp and the preseason.

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30. KC - Chris Jones absent

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Kansas City Chiefs DT Chris D. Jones isn't at the team's facility Tuesday, June 11, and isn't expected to be at mandatory minicamp.

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Jones is one of the best in the game at his position. A second-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Jones is due only $1.9 million in the final year of his rookie contract. He has been staying away from offseason workouts as he waits for a new contract. Now that the work being missed is mandatory, fines will be implemented 'on paper' but we imagine those will be dismissed once Jones gets his new deal. Talks have stalled at this point, but the Chiefs will have to find a way to get things done.

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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