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Volume 21, #79 -- Sunday Night, July 7th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

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

J

SITE NEWS

A. 5 Reasons Kirk Cousins Is the Best Value in Fantasy
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at why Kirk Cousins is among the best values at any position entering 2019.

B. Why You Should Rush to Draft Lamar Jackson
Our Justin Howe with a detailed look at Lamar Jackson's fantasy prospects for 2019.


1. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota not in quarterback competition

Source: 1 No Source

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota will be the team's starting quarterback in 2019, according to head coach Mike Vrabel, who added that QB Ryan Tannehill's job will be to push Mariota and make him better.'His job as a backup - everybody's job as a backup - is to push the guy in front of him. To compete and try to make yourself better and try to make the team better and see how everybody responds,' Vrabel said.

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Mariota is in the final year of his rookie contract, playing on his fifth-year option in 2019. He'll need to stay healthy and impress in order to prove that he should be the Titans long-term answer at the position. Mariota has gained 12 pounds of muscle this offseason to help with his durability. Tannehill should only play if Mariota gets banged up again.

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2. TEN - TE Delanie Walker should be ready for camp

Source: PaulKuharsky.com - Paul Kuharsky

Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (ankle) should be a full participant at the start of training camp, in the opinion PaulKuharsky.com's Paul Kuharsky.

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That's been the plan all along with Walker, and that still appears to be the case. Back in the spring, Walker declared himself around 85 percent healthy. They could ease him in at the start of training camp but his Week 1 status is not in doubt.

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3. DET - Darrell Bevell excited about TE room

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said he's excited about the team's options at tight end heading into the 2019 season. 'I think that whole room has been a big upgrade in all ways,' he said. 'From Jesse (James) to T.J. (Hockenson) to Logan (Thomas) ... it's a great group for us to work with to kind of sift through those guys and find out what they're doing well,' said Bevell. 'But that's a talented group. We're really excited about all of those guys.'

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Bevell should be excited about the room as the Lions upgraded the position through free agency (James, Thomas) and the draft (Hockenson). The question is not talent with the Lions tight end group -- it's usage. Will Bevell use his tight ends more? The Lions want to run the ball early and often (Kerryon Johnson, hello!) but they could mix in some play-action passes geared towards getting these tight ends involved. If they do use tight ends more in 2019, things are shaping up to be a TEBC which obviously negatively impacts the fantasy value of guys like James or Hockenson.

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4. BUF - RB Frank Gore has no plans to retire

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel - David Furones

Buffalo Bills RB Frank Gore said Saturday, July 6, he's not heading into the 2019 season thinking it's his last in the NFL. 'I just go how I feel,' said Gore at his football and cheer camp. 'If I feel I can't do it no more, then I call it.'

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Gore is one of those players who seems like he can play forever. He's gotten some first-team reps this offseason with the Bills and should work in a timeshare with LeSean McCoy (and maybe rookie Devin Singletary too). Gore signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Bills earlier this offseason.

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5. ATL - WR Marcus Green missed time this offseason

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons WR Marcus Green (hamstring) missed a majority of the offseason workouts because of a hamstring injury.

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The Falcons are being wisely cautious here. Green is a speed demon, so this hamstring injury robs him of his greatest asset as a playmaker. A sixth-round pick out of Louisiana-Monroe in the 2019 NFL draft, Green can contribute as a receiver or return man. He needs to clean up his routes and do a better job handling tight coverage but man alive can this kid fly. We'll monitor him in super deep dynasty formats.

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6. TEN - DT Jurrell Casey on track for camp

Source: PaulKuharsky.com - Paul Kuharsky

Tennessee Titans DT Jurrell Casey (knee) should be a full participant at thee start of training camp, in the opinion PaulKuharsky.com's Paul Kuharsky.

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An MCL injury ended Casey's 2018 season, forcing him to the Injured Reserve list after 15 games. He's been progressing well on his road to recovery and should be eased into camp. Casey wants to play at 290 pounds in 2019 after playing at 275 pounds last year.

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7. TEN - Austin Johnson could be on roster bubble

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans DL Austin X. Johnson could be fighting for a roster spot this preseason, according to Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com. His fate will likely be determined by his performance and if the general manager and coaching staff believe they have better options at the position rather than his salary cap number.

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A second-round pick for the Titans in the 2016 NFL draft, Johnson has been okay inside as a defensive tackle. They did select DT Jeffery Simmons in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft, but he's got a knee injury that could force him to a redshirt year this season. Johnson is in a make-or-break year with the team.

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8. ATL - Shawn Bane works as returner

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Will McFadden

Atlanta Falcons WR Shawn Bane saw time as the kick and punt returner during minicamp.

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Bane was a standout at NW Missouri State and has all the tools to make for a nice slot receiver and return man. He's super fast, clocking in at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash during his pro day. Bane has 'late hands' when tracking a ball deep, so he doesn't tip off that a pass is coming in. He's creative with the ball and can toy with defenders in the open field. Bane is not big (170 pounds) and should make a run at the practice squad in 2019. We'll monitor him in crazy deep dynasty formats.

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9. ATL - Kurt Benkert saw lots of action

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Will McFadden

Atlanta Falcons QB Kurt Benkert took a 'vast majority' of the reps during 11-on-11 drills during minicamp, according to Will McFadden of AtlantaFalcons.com.

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Matt Schaub is the backup to Matt Ryan, but he's been in the league since 2004 so the team needs to see what Benkert has learned. Undrafted out of Virginia in 2018, Benkert has some 'Schaub-like' qualities to his game. Like Schaub, Benkert has a big arm and has no problem fitting passes into tight windows. He can make every throw required, but Benkert has trouble with accuracy and timing as a passer. He'll stare down his receivers and bring coverage to where he's going to throw. Benkert needs to show more nuance as a passer if he's ever going to be more than an end-of-the-bench type of quarterback.

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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