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Footballguys #70 - 6/28 - Will Josh Jacobs Be a Year-One Workhorse?, Plus News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #70 -- Friday Night, June 28th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Saturday to you. We've got two new articles for you plus the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Will Josh Jacobs Be a Year-One Workhorse?
Our Daniel Simpkins with a detailed look at Josh Jacobs' fantasy prospects for 2019.

B. Why Tyler Boyd Is Still Undervalued
Our Justin Howe with a detailed look at Tyler Boyd's fantasy prospects for 2019.


1. KC - WR Tyreek Hill meeting a positive

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Terez A. Paylor

Updating previous reports, Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill's meeting with NFL officials was considered a positive one by Hill's camp. Hill and the Chiefs could re-engage in contract extension negotiations if the investigation into Hill ends with a positive outcome, according to a source.

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Most of the buzz about Hill's fantasy value is positive today. His suspension may not be long enough to materially affect his draft stock. He might not make it out of the third round in drafts now even though there are some in every draft who would not take him in any round. This situation is still volatile and could change before camp.

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2. NYG - QB Eli Manning dismisses QB competition

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he does not believes he is in a competition with QB Daniel Jones for the starting job. 'I mean no, I don't feel like it's a competition,' Manning said. 'I feel like I've got to do my job and I've got to compete every day and try to get better every day. That's the way it's been my whole life and that's just the way I've always approached practice every day to improve, to earn my place on the team, to earn the respect of the teammates and do it each year.' Manning said he has no problem helping Jones improve.

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Manning has gotten a lot of deference from the current Giants regime, but observers said Jones looked better than him in the spring and he'll be on the spot to reverse that momentum in camp. Either way, the Giants will be one of the bottom ten teams in quarterback play this year.

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3. TB - Ronald Jones verging on breakout?

Source: NFL Network - Terrell Davis

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones is a strong candidate to have a breakout season in 2019, according to NFL Network analyst Terrell Davis. 'Bucs running backs coach Todd McNair said during minicamp earlier this month that Jones looks more like the player the Bucs took in the second round than the one on the field last fall,' Davis wrote in a Tuesday, June 25 article on NFL.com. 'This is an encouraging report heading into next month's training camp. He's talented, explosive and is going to get his opportunities to win the starting job over Peyton Barber. If he performs to his ability, Jones could lock up the RB1 gig before too long.'

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Jones has great acceleration and speed, but his ability to contribute in the passing game and the Bucs offensive line's ability to open holes for him are both questionable. He's worth a bench pick to see what happens, but chances are no Bucs back will have sustained relevance this year, especially if Andre Ellington secures a passing down role. The team could also trade for a back like Duke Johnson before the season or claim a veteran at final cuts.

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4. GB - QB DeShone Kizer struggling

Source: Wisconsin State Journal - Tom Oates

Green Bay Packers QB DeShone Kizer has not played well during spring practices, according to Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal.

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It looks like John Dorsey did very well getting anything of value for Kizer after his disastrous rookie season under Hue Jackson.

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5. SEA - TE Will Dissly expected to have big role

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks TE Will Dissly (knee) is expected to have a big role in the offense once he is fully recovered from his knee injury, in the opinion of Seahawks.com's John Boyle.

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That could equal some big plays, but he is just a desperation play in a run-first offense. His main contributions will be as a blocker.

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6. TEN - WR A.J. Brown draws lofty comparison

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR A.J. Brown reminds NFL Network analyst Charles Davis 'a little bit' of Hall of Famer Andre Reed.'I wasn't sure about a 230-pound slot receiver. ... We're used to slot receivers being waterbug guys. But he's going to be a little bit like a guy who is in the Hall of Fame, a guy who played with the Buffalo Bills, a guy by the name of Andre Reed. Now he has a ways to go to be Andre Reed. But he's a thicker version of him, with good hands, and he's an excellent route runner. He can maneuver in traffic. ... A.J Brown can take a good number of those tight end routes inside and create nice plays for them,' Davis said.

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Brown is a crafty receiver who can find space and make things happen after the catch, but he is also formidably built and can line up outside too. It doesn't seem like the Titans offense or Marcus Mariota are equipped to get the most from him and he will share slot snaps with Adam Humphries and outside snaps with Taywan Taylor, so don't look for a first year impact.

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7. BUF - WR Cole Beasley set to lead team in catches?

Source: The Buffalo News - Vic Carucci

Buffalo Bills WR Cole Beasley is the favorite to lead the team in receptions in 2019 due in part to offensive coordinator Brian Daboll's emphasis on the short passing game, in the opinion of the Buffalo News' Vic Carucci.

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Beasley might only post 50-60 catches on his way to this goal. If Brian Daboll and company can get Josh Allen to consistently execute and take the high percentage pass, Beasley could have some fantasy relevance, but he's not worth drafting except in very deep PPR leagues.

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8. NO - DT David Onyemata suspended one game

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New Orleans Saints DT David Onyemata was given a one-game suspension by the league Friday, June 28, for violating the NFL's policy for substances of abuse, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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Onyemata is an important contributor to the defensive line rotation in New Orleans and makes an occasional splash play here and there. Deshaun Watson and the Texans will get the benefit of his absence in Week 1.

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9. LAR - Aaron Neary handed four-game ban

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Los Angeles Rams OL Aaron Neary was given a four-game suspension by the league Friday, June 28, for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, according to NFL Network's James Palmer.

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Neary had some experience with the Rams, even starting a game when they rested the first team before the playoffs in the past, and they will be breaking in two new starters on the offensive line, so this could be a blow to some needed depth.

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10. WAS - RB Bryce Love unlikely to be ready for opener

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Washington Redskins RB Bryce Love (knee) is not expected to be ready for the start of the season as he continues to recover from surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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Chris Thompson should open the season as the passing down back and he has turned that into consistent fantasy value in the past. He can't stay healthy for too long, but Thompson's best ball and late round PPR appeal are intact on this news.

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11. TB - Tampa Bay's offensive line in state of flux

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OL Alex Cappa 'still isn't were (the team would) like him to be yet,' while OL Evan Smith is still recovering from a torn labrums in both hips, according to ESPN's Jenna Laine.

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This could explain some of the Josh LeRibeus signing. The offensive line depth is scary thin for the Bucs right now and they already have a bottom half of the league starting group.

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12. BUF - Trio of RBs shared first-team snaps during spring

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Nate Mendelson

Buffalo Bills RBs LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and Devin Singletary rotated snaps with the first-team throughout offseason practices. Bills.com writer Nate Mendelson believes the competition for snaps will 'heat up during training camp.'

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Singletary is getting a chance for touches early on, but Gore and McCoy will be tough to overcome at first. His value will get a bump if McCoy and his six million plus base salary are judged to be too much to carry. It seems like free agent addition TJ Yeldon will be situational back to start the season.

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13. LAC - Bolts make moves at OT

Source: Chargers.com

Free-agent OT Brant Weiss (Cardinals) signed with the Los Angeles Chargers on Friday, June 28. In a corresponding move, the Chargers placed OT Koda Martin on the Waived/Injured list.

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Weiss was an AAF refugee when the Cardinals signed him, but if they didn't keep him around, it's hard to see him sticking with the Chargers. The Cardinals are in much worse shape at tackle.

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14. TB - Josh LeRibeus signs with Bucs

Source: Buccaneers.com - Scott Smith

Free-agent C Josh LeRibeus (Saints) signed an undisclosed deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, June 28.

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LeRibeus made three starts last year and could make the Bucs because of their thin offensive line depth chart

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15. ARI - WR Christian Kirk in a good spot

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk seems primed to flourish and knows the offense, in the opinion of beat writer Darren Urban.

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Kirk could be a 100-catch player easily and quickly develop into Kyler Murray's go-to target in an offense that will keep defenses off balance. He should be a mid-round upside target in PPR leagues.

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16. ARI - WR Andy Isabella primed for WR3?

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals WR Andy Isabella will be a major factor on offense, and he could wind up starting in the slot, according to beat writer Darren Urban.

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Isabella has the speed to take any target to the house if he is lost by the defense, but needs to tighten up his route running to take advantage of it. The air raid offense won't ask for precise route running as much as a feel for finding space, but Isabella needs to show more urgency than he did in Senior Bowl practices in either case. He's worth a late pick to get a part of the most exciting offense debut of the season.

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17. NE - Isaiah Wynn likely for camp

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots OT Isaiah Wynn (Achilles') is likely to be ready for training camp.

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Wynn will be trusted as the left tackle in an offense with a right tackle that has only played 20 games in the last two regular seasons and no experienced swing tackle. His recovery is an even bigger deal after Jared Veldheer retired instead of being the backup at both tackle positions.

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18. OAK - RB Josh Jacobs poised for big year?

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Scott Bair

Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs is expected to be the team's primary back this season and see most of the opportunities on first and second down, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Scott Bair, who writes that RB Doug Martin will be primarily used as injury protection rather than to spell Jacobs during games. RB Jalen Richard is expected to see opportunities on third down.

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Jacobs has a lot of tread left on the tires and was one of the best passing down backs in the draft. Jon Gruden ran Cadillac Williams into the ground in his rookie year, so Jacobs could have high volume right off of the bat. He's an upside RB2 pick in a crowded 3rd-4th round tier.

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19. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton could improve in red zone

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton should be better in the red zone this season due to QB Joe Flacco's willingness to throw 50/50 balls, in the opinion of the Denver Post's Ryan O'Halloran, who says the Broncos should 'prioritize' using Sutton's size more in the red zone.

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There are some variables in play with Sutton's value this year including his development as a player, Emmanuel Sanders readiness for Week 1, and everyone's chemistry with the new quarterback. Flacco is an upgrade from what the Broncos had last year, but just how much and whether Sutton can be more consistent are big questions we'll be monitoring.

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20. NYG - TE Rhett Ellison making plays

Source: NJ.com - Matt Lombardo

New York Giants TE Rhett Ellison performed well when working with the starting unit during minicamp, according to Matt Lombardo of NJ.com.

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Ellison was on the field 40-50% of the time last year and that doesn't appear to be changing this year. He's part of the reason the number three wide receiver for the Giants is unlikely to matter in fantasy leagues.

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21. GB - Dan Vitale in line to start

Source: Packers.com - Wes Hodkiewicz

Green Bay Packers FB Dan Vitale took every first-team snap at fullback during spring practices.

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Vitale could make the fullback position more of a viable receiver in this offense. His usage will be something to watch under new head coach Matt Lafleur.

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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.

I hope you have a great Saturday.

Peace,

J