Footballguys #57 - 6/15 - Early Bird Discount Ends TONIGHT Plus News And Notes You Need To Know

Volume 21, #57 -- Saturday Night, June 15th, 2019

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1. KC - QB Patrick Mahomes to focus on footwork

Source: - Dianna Marie Russini

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes said that he would work on his footwork during the period between minicamp and training camp. He said that he misses many plays because his feet are in the wrong position and he relies too heavily on his arm.

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Mahomes has the arm strength to make any throw from almost any platform. Falling back on that arm strength is something quarterbacks with big arms do all the time. Mahomes will work on his mechanics to enhance his accuracy. His completion percentage of 66.0 in 2018 ranked 23rd in the league.

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2. WAS - PUP list likely for Bryce Love

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Washington Redskins RB Bryce Love (knee) likely will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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Love fell to the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft due to concerns that his knee injury could cause him to miss his rookie season. The latest reports out of Washington speculate that Love could be ready in mid-training camp...but that might be overly optimistic. We just hope he gets healthy. Love at full strength could be a dynamic player as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. We'll monitor him in deep dynasty formats.

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3. SEA - Three options for third-down back

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RBs C.J. Prosise, J.D. McKissic and Travis Homer will all be candidates for the third-down back role during training camp. Prosise and Homer did miss some time this offseason because of hamstring injuries.

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McKissic might be considered the front-runner here. He's the one who hasn't battled the injury bug ...especially the way Prosise has. We'll watch this battle shake itself out in training camp.

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4. SF - CB Jason Verrett looking forward to training camp

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Jennifer Lee Chan

San Francisco 49ers' CB Jason Verrett (Achilles') is expected to remain in the Santa Clara area during the break leading up to training camp and hopes to be able to return to the field when camp begins.

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Verrett is great when healthy...and he struggles to stay on the field. He was unable to participate in OTAs and mandatory minicamp while recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon.

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5. SF - WR Richie James losing ground

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco WR Richie James has fallen behind WR Trent Taylor for the starting slot receiver job during spring practices, in the opinion of Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

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That sounds about right. Taylor has had some injury problems during his pro career, and that's kept him from playing a full 16-game season in two years with the 49ers. Now that he's healthy, Taylor seems to be learning from 49ers wide receiver coach Wes Welker. We should see this battle continue into the preseason.

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6. SF - WR Trent Taylor has found a mentor

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Eric Branch

San Francisco 49ers WR Trent Taylor said he has learned a lot by working with wide receivers coach Wes Welker this offseason.

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We'll see if Taylor can take what he learns from Welker and apply it to the field. The 49ers will use him as their slot receiver once again in 2019. Taylor needs to stay healthy and establish a strong connection with returning QB Jimmy Garoppolo. He's got some dynasty value in deep leagues but Taylor is not getting drafted right now in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. LAR - TE Gerald Everett making strides

Source: - Clarence Dennis

Los Angeles Rams TE Gerald Everett has become a more complete tight end, according to head coach Sean McVay. 'I think the game's slowing down for him,' McVay said this week. 'I think you're just seeing a guy gain confidence, gain experience.'

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Everett is a talented big-bodied receiving tight end who has flashed during his brief pro career. We'll see if he can be a more consistent part of the Rams high-powered passing game in 2019. Right now, Everett should only be seen by Fantasy GMs as a streaming option and he's currently not getting drafted in most 12-team PPR leagues.

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8. ARI - WR Christian Kirk picking up offense

Source: - Mike Jurecki

Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk has shown a 'good feel' for the offense, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

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Kirk should be able to thrive in the 'Air Raid' offense that Kingsbury is bringing to Arizona. The shorter passes can turn into long gains with Kirk's quickness and speed. His current ADP is WR35 (8.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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9. CAR - WR Curtis Samuel ready for next step?

Source: Charlotte Observer - Brendan Marks

Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel has been the 'MVP' of minicamp, according to Brendan Marks of the Charlotte Observer. 'His catch radius I think has improved,' head coach Ron Rivera said. 'I just think his overall game has improved.'

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Pay attention to this type of drumbeat in the offseason. Samuel is a dangerous player who can make big plays with his speed and quickness after the catch. If the Panthers truly tap into his potential, then Samuel is a player Fantasy GMs are going to clamor for. He had only 47 touches in all of 2018, but he scored 7 touchdowns (5 receiving, 2 rushing), giving him a touchdown in every 6 touches. We're excited to see what he could do this year.

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10. CIN - WR John Ross still struggling

Source: The Athletic - Jay Morrison

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross has had issues with consistency during spring practices, according to Jay Morrison of The Athletic.

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Ross may be having trouble picking up the new offense, at least those are some of the rumblings coming out of Bengals OTAs. He needs to stay healthy and produce in what is a make-or-break year for the former first-round pick. Ross has the speed to take the top of the defense, and his seven touchdowns in 2018 showcase how that's the case. He's a boom/bust end-of-the-bench player as the Bengals No. 3 wide receiver in 2019.

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11. CAR - TE Ian Thomas could be ready for camp

Source: The Athletic - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers TE Ian Thomas (leg) hopefully will be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

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The plan was for Thomas to be ready at some point in training camp. Whether or not he's ready to go right off the bat is undetermined at this time. Thomas should be fine for Week 1 of the regular season, and he's a valuable reserve tight end behind Greg Olsen. Thomas showed last year, when Olsen was out in Week 13 to Week 17, that he could be the tight end of the future. During that time, he caught a total of 25 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns.

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12. DET - Isaac Nauta misses practices

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions TE Isaac Nauta (undisclosed) did not participate in offseason workouts because of an undisclosed injury.

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Nauta was a seventh-round pick of the Lions in the 2019 NFL draft. During his college career at Georgia, Nauta showed soft hands the ability to use his frame to shield smaller defenders away from the ball. He's not much after the catch, but he can be solid yet unspectacular as a receiver or blocker. Nauta is going to compete for the fourth tight end spot on the roster...if the team decides to keep that many at the position.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family.

And Happy Father's Day. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.