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Footballguys #71 - 6/29 - Is Arians The Key To Unlocking Jameis Winston's Promise?, Plus News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #71 -- Saturday Night, June 29th, 2019

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Good Sunday to you.

We've got the News and Notes you need plus some killer new articles. Let's get to it.

J

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A. Is Arians The Key To Unlocking Winston's Promise?
Our Dave Larkin analyzes how much difference Bruce Arians' arrival could make to the prospects of Jameis Winston in 2019.

B. Quality Starts: Quarterbacks
Our Jeff Pasquino takes a look at the "Quality Starts" metric. Something Baseball Analysts have used for years. In this one, he dives into Quality Starts for QBs.


1. SF - WR Jordan Matthews making plays

Source: San Jose Mercury News - Cam Inman

San Francisco 49ers WR Jordan Matthews spent time with the first-team offense during spring practices and had 'his moments' in that role, according to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News.

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Matthews will be battling to make the team in one of the deepest wide receiver groups in the league. There might be a spot as the #6 up for grabs between Matthews and Richie James. Either could catch on elsewhere if they don't make the 49ers final 53.

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2. SF - WR Marquise Goodwin leaves his mark

Source: San Jose Mercury News - Cam Inman

San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin looked the best of all the receivers during spring practices, in the opinion of Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News.

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Goodwin was a 5th/6th round pick last summer when he was projected to be Jimmy Garoppolo's #1 receiver. Dante Pettis has taken over that speculative perch, but Goodwin is still a major piece of the pass offense and shouldn't be lasting until the very late rounds.

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3. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard flexes his muscle

Source: NJ.com - Matt Lombardo

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard was 'far and away the most dominant wide receiver' during spring practices and minicamp, according to Matt Lombardo of NJ.com.

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Shepard might be the most targeted and most valuable receiver on the Giants, but what will that be worth in a Saquon Barkley-centric horizontal pass offense. He's worth a bench pick, but quarterback play will limit his upside.

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4. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert watched minicamp

Source: WKRC TV Cincinnati - Richard Skinner

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) did not participate in minicamp, but he is 'trending in the right direction' ahead of training camp, according to offensive coordinator Brian Callahan.

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Eifert's ankle injury was a freak incident, but it is obviously serious if he is still sidelined. If he can open camp healthy and avoid the PUP list, he might be worth a late pick as a potential cheap TE1 for as long as he can stay on the field.

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5. NFL - Two teams could pursue RB Darren Sproles

Source: NJ.com - Mike Kaye

Free-agent RB Darren Sproles (Eagles) could receive interest from the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints if he decides to play this season, in the opinion of NJ.com's Mike Kaye.

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Sproles showed last year that he can still contribute on passing downs and he is an experienced player in both teams systems. If the Eagles don't like what they see from Boston Scott, who the Saints drafted in the sixth round in hopes he'd fill the old Sproles role, they could turn to the veteran.

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6. HOU - RB Lamar Miller hoping to improve as pass catcher

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller said that he has been concentrating on running routes on the outside of the backfield this offseason to improve as a pass catcher.

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Miller is a viable pass catcher out of the backfield, but not a true mismatch creator in the passing game. If D'Onta Foreman regains form from his 2017 achilles tear, Miller's pass catching could keep him relevant in fantasy leagues.

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7. GB - J'Mon Moore on the bubble?

Source: Packers Wire - Zach Kruse

Green Bay Packers WR J'Mon Moore could be on the bubble for making the 53-man roster, in the opinion of Packers Wire's Zach Kruse, though he also writes that Moore has the 'quickness and size' to be a starter in the NFL.

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Moore was drafted first in the trio of big receivers the team added last year, but appears to be last of the group right now. His quickness sets him apart athletically, but he hasn't made an impact yet. He should catch on elsewhere if the Packers release him.

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8. WAS - WR Paul Richardson making strides

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Washington Redskins WR Paul Richardson (shoulder) 'should be ready to go' for training camp after being limited during minicamp, according to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington.

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Richardson has never been able to stay healthy for long, keeping him from using his speed and deep ball skills to change games consistently. He has some deep best ball value, but otherwise is only an emergency play in redraft leagues because of his lack of durability and mediocre surrounding offense.

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9. WAS - Cam Sims made his mark

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Washington Redskins WR Cam Sims was 'fantastic' during spring practices, according to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington.

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Washington doesn't have any truly established outside receivers other than Paul Richardson. 2016 First round pick has failed to make a consistent impact. This year's third round pick Terry McLaurin has potential and experience with first-round quarterback Dwayne Haskins, but Sims has length that McLaurin lacks. Sims could have an outside shot to make the team and get some snaps after Maurice Harris left for New England in free agency.

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10. NYG - RB Wayne Gallman's stock falling?

Source: NJ.com - Matt Lombardo

New York Giants RB Wayne Gallman appears to have fallen behind RB Paul Perkins in the battle for the No. 2 running back job, and Gallman isn't a lock to be the No. 3 back at this point, according to Matt Lombardo of NJ.com.

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Gallman looked serviceable as a receiver and runner in limited action in 2017, but appears to be falling out of favor with the current regime. He's a versatile high effort back but might be looking for a job after the team added Rod Smith.

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11. NYG - RB Paul Perkins the backup?

Source: NJ.com - Matt Lombardo

New York Giants RB Paul Perkins was the first running back to sub in when RB Saquon Barkley was on the sidelines during spring practices, and Matt Lombardo of NJ.com believes Perkins will enter the season as the top backup if he continues to play well in training camp.

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Perkins was once the team's starter, and he could end up being the handcuff to Barkley in what is a wide open position battle for the #2 back. We'll keep him at the end of our waiver wire watch list for now.

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12. NYG - TE C.J. Conrad stating his case for spot

Source: NJ.com - Matt Lombardo

New York Giants TE C.J. Conrad has put himself in position to compete for a roster spot during training camp by 'catching everything thrown his way' during minicamp, according to Matt Lombardo of NJ.com.

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Conrad sounds like a prime practice squad candidate, although the Giants organization has Evan Engram as the primary receiving tight end for the foreseeable future, so his long term outlook is still dim.

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13. NYG - TE Scott Simonson pushing for spot

Source: NJ.com - Matt Lombardo

New York Giants TE Scott Simonson spent time with the first-team and second-team offenses during spring practices, and his ability as a blocker has him in the mix for a spot on the 53-man roster, according to Matt Lombardo of NJ.com.

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The team will run a lot of two and even some three tight end sets, and Simonson will be important for "establishing the run". This isn't going to be a very innovative offense.

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14. ARI - WR Chad Williams not a lock for roster

Source: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM - Kevin Zimmerman

Arizona Cardinals WR Chad Williams is among the receivers who will need to impress the new coaching staff in order to make the 53-man roster, according to Kevin Zimmerman of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

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Williams is on the outside looking in with a new regime and offense taking over. He hasn't generated much buzz this spring and will have to come on strong to make the team with the three rookies, Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk taking up five spots.

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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