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Footballguys #60 - 6/18 - Julio Jones Nearing Extension?, Auction Strategies, News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #60 -- Tuesday Night, June 18th, 2019

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A. ICYMI - Injury Rounds: Todd Gurley, Sony Michel, and Degenerative Knees
Making sure you didn't miss this. Our Dr. Jene Bramel with the latest on Todd Gurley and Sony Michel -- and their arthritic knees. Updated table reviewing all offensive skill position injuries around the league.

B. Auction Primer: Section V
Our Jeff Pasquino continues the Auction Series. In this one, he dives into Strategies for Building an Auction Team.

C. Auction Primer: Section VI
Our Jeff Pasquino continues the Auction Series. In this one, he dives into Strategies for Operating an Auction Team.


1. ATL - WR Julio Jones nearing long-term extension?

Source: ESPN - Dianna Marie Russini

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones will have a long-term contract extension before training camp arrives, according to 'confident' team sources.

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Jones is actually signed through the 2020 season but the Falcons aren't likely to make him wait much longer. The veteran superstar wideout attended mandatory minicamp in a good faith move. The team should make him one of the highest paid wide receiver in the league -- again -- with this new deal.

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2. NO - Saints have no timeline for QB Drew Brees

Source: New Orleans Advocate

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees turned 40 in January, but the team is dealing with the situation on a year-to-year basis. 'I think we look at it in terms of, 'Hey, this year,' you know? And man, he had a great season last year, and we expect a great season this year,' Saints general manager Loomis said recently. 'And so for as long as he wants to play and can play, he's going to have that opportunity.'

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Thanks to restructured contract that pushes a $10-million-plus cap hit to 2020, Brees will count more than $21 million against the cap that season (whether or not he's on the team), and number will increase if Brees isn't signed to a new deal that will kick some of that hit over future seasons. Saints GM Mickey Loomis says that Brees can be the quarterback of the Saints 'as long as he wants to.'

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3. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton excelled in slot

Source: Pro Football Focus

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton averaged 2.64 receiving yards per route run from the slot in 2018, which ranked fourth among wide receivers who played at least 100 snaps.

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Hilton's yards-per-reception from the slot in 2018 (19.42 yards) ranked 5th in the NFL. Last season, Hilton ran 133 routes from the slot and was targeted 38 times. From the slot or on the outside, Hilton is a playmaker and it doesn't take advanced data to see that.

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4. ARI - WR Larry Fitzgerald works in offseason program

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has shown up to almost every voluntary workout so far during his 16th NFL offseason. 'I am hoping he enjoys the process and enjoys what the offense turns into and gives him a reason to stick around a few more years,' head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. 'But he practices and he plays like he's trying to make the team, and that's the biggest compliment I can give him. He doesn't need it, and you'd think he's starving out there. It's impressive to watch.'

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Entering his 16th season, Fitzgerald is still capable of playing at a high level. The Cardinals have tons of talent around Fitzgerald in guys like Chritian Kirk, Hakeem Butler, and Andy Isabella. Their presence should help open things up for Fitzgerald. He's coming off the board at WR40 (9.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. DET - QB Matthew Stafford played with serious injury

Source: MLive.com - Kyle Meinke

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) played all 16 games in 2018 to run his consecutive-starts streak to 128 despite reportedly finishing the season with broken bones in his back, according to Mike O'Hara of the team's website.'He had a broken back last year. Broken bones in his back. ... It's been reported. I read that. Word gets out in the NFL,' O'Hara said during a recent episode of his weekly podcast with WJR's Ken Brown.

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There is no denying the numbers went down for Stafford in 2018. Some of this has to do with that injury, and some of this was a lack of weapons in the passing game. They addressed that in the 2019 NFL draft by adding T.J. Hockenson in the first round. We'll see if that helps Stafford have a little bounce back in 2019. The Lions are a run-heavy offense, so don't expect Stafford to put up huge numbers this season.

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6. OAK - Clelin Ferrell inks rookie pact

Source: 1 No Source

Oakland Raiders first-round DE Clelin Ferrell signed his four-year rookie contract with the team Tuesday, June 18. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

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Ferrell was always going to be a first-round pick based on what he did during his college career at Clemson (21 sacks over the last two seasons), but most considered it a reach when the Raiders made him a surprise pick at No. 4 overall. He is a solid defensive end who can rush the passer due to his long arms, strength, and multiple moves to get after the quarterback.

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7. TB - WR Mike Evans restructures

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans restructured his contract Tuesday, June 18, which created $3.2 million in 2019 salary cap space.

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Back in late March, the Buccaneers made a similar move. Evans is entering the second season of a five-year extension he signed back in 2018.

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8. WAS - WR Robert Davis likely to begin on PUP

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

Washington Redskins WR Robert Davis (knee, leg) is likely to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list rather than be ready for the start of training camp.

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Davis was a sixth-round pick out of Georgia State in 2017 and spent most of his rookie season on Washington's practice squad. His 2018 season was lost due to a wrist and LCL injury suffered in early August last year. Davis will be hard pressed to make the 53-man roster with this injury situation still holding him back.

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9. ARI - RB T.J. Logan looks strong this offseason

Source: AZCardinals.com - Kyle Odegard

Arizona Cardinals RB T.J. Logan said Wednesday, June 17 that his lack of impact last season was self-inflicted, and he has been on a mission over the past six months. 'At the end of the season, it clicked for me, like I needed to put more into it,' said Logan. 'This game, you're only going to get out what you put in.' He feels

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Logan played only 21 snaps on offense last year for the Cardinals. We like his change-of-pace ability, but Logan is only worth monitoring in the deepest of deep dynasty leagues.

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10. ARI - Chase Edmond optimistic about role

Source: AZCardinals.com - Kyle Odegard

Arizona Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds expressed confidence Wednesday, June 17 that he will have a regular role in the offseason despite the fact RB David Johnson will be leaned upon heavily as the bellcow back. 'Me and (Dave) are definitely pushing for (two-back looks),' Edmonds said. 'It opens up his dynamic ability and mine as well. Whether it's two-back sets or Dave in the slot, me in the slot, it doesn't really matter.'

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Edmonds, a fourth-round pick out of Fordham in 2018, is going to see limited snaps with Johnson being featured by the Cardinals. However, that makes him a handcuff option if you have the bench space in 2019. Edmonds can work as a runner or receiver out of the backfield, but his pass-blocking needs work.

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11. ARI - TE Ricky Seals-Jones takes part in workouts

Source: The Arizona Republic - Bob McManaman

Arizona Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones (neck) was able to take part in offseason workouts. Seals-Jones and the rest of the tight ends saw plenty of four-receiver sets during minicamp and offseason workouts. However, he wasn't concerned about a lack of targets heading into 2019. 'Regardless of what happens, I'm going to keep trying to trend up,' Seals-Jones said. 'I'm going to get better at what I do, so whatever the outcome is, I'll be happy as long as I know I did my best. We'll see what the numbers look like at the end of the year.'

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In 15 games last year, Seals-Jones had 70 targets snaring 34 catches for 343 yards and one touchdown. This season, Charles Clay will push Seals-Jones for playing time in 2019. Fantasy GMs in dynasty formats have been waiting for Seals-Jones to truly have a breakout season, something that might happen (finally) under Kliff Kingsbury. Keep Seals-Jones on your waiver speed dial, especially in TE-premium formats.

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J