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Footballguys #96 - 7/24 - Sigmund Bloom's One Player From Each AFC Team That Could Blow Away Their ADP, Plus News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #96 -- Wednesday Night, July 24th, 2019

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Good Thursday to you. It's another day with tons of new content. Check it out below and stay the most informed GM in your league.

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J

SITE NEWS

A. One Player From Each AFC Team Who Could Blow Away Their ADP
Our Sigmund Bloom picks one player from each AFC team who can vastly outproduce their draft cost.

B. Ask Your Questions at #AskFBG Tonight Thursday - 7-9 PM ET
One of the fun things we've coordinated on Twitter the last few years is our #AskFBG Sessions. It's simple, during the set time, post your questions on twitter with the hashtag #AskFBG. We'll have Footballguy Staff live and they'll be responding to as many as they can. We'll do these through the summer. This week, we'll be on from 7 - 9 PM ET. So starting at 7 PM ET this Thursday night, start posting your questions and make sure to include the #AskFBG tag. See you Thursday night.

C. FREE CONTENT - Key Camp Questions: NFC East
Our Jason Wood with an overview of the biggest questions facing every NFC East team heading into training camp.

D. Key Camp Questions: AFC East
Our Jason Wood with an overview of the biggest questions facing every AFC East team heading into training camp.

E. Key Camp Questions: NFC North
Our Jason Wood with an overview of the biggest questions facing every NFC North team heading into training camp.

F. Coaching Change Analysis: Green Bay Packers
Our Dwain McFarland with an analysis of the likely impact of new head coach Matt LaFleur on Green Bay's offense.

G. Coaching Change Analysis: Cincinnati Bengals
Our Dwain McFarland with a thorough analysis of what to expect from the Bengals offense under Zac Taylor including fantasy implications for Andy Dalton, Joe Mixon, A.J. Green, and more.

H. One Reason You Want Leonard Fournette and Three Reasons You Don't
Our Justin Howe with a detailed look at Leonard Fournette's fantasy prospects for 2019.

I. JuJu Smith-Schuster: A WR1 By Any Measure
Our Ryan Hester explains why JuJu Smith-Schuster will be a high-end WR1 for his real team and your fantasy team in 2019.

J. The Footballguys Players Championship (FPC) and the Dual Flex Rule
Our Jeff Pasquino continues his look at the Footballguys Players Championship. In this one, he dives into the nuances of the Dual Flex Rule.


1. CLE - RB Kareem Hunt to miss start of camp

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt (groin) will start training camp on the Active/Non-Football Injury list because of a groin injury.

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This should be a temporary issue that only sidelines Hunt for days, not weeks. We'll be watching his usage in camp to get an idea of how much he'll take away from Nick Chubb when Hunt returns from his eight game suspension.

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2. NYJ - Le'Veon Bell to be limited during camp

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell will be on a snap count during training camp since he did not play last season, according to head coach Adam Gase. Gase would not say if Bell will play in any preseason games.

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Bell should be in excellent shape, so this seems a bit unnecessary. Hopefully it doesn't indicate that Gase will hold Bell back a bit early in the regular season for the same reason.

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3. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon doesn't report to camp

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon informed the team Wednesday, July 24, he won't report to training camp due to his desire for a new contract.

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It's official, Gordon is holding out. Word came down a couple of weeks ago that Gordon wanted a new deal or to be traded. Gordon is playing on his fifth-year option in 2019 with a cap hit around $5.6 million. He wants the long-term security a new contract comes with but the team doesn't look like they want to budge. In the meantime, we'll see more of Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson for the Chargers while Gordon is away.

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4. NE - WR Julian Edelman going on NFI list

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thumb) will start training camp on the Active/Non-Football Injury list because of his thumb injury, according to a source.

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This was expected. He should be back in the next 2-3 weeks, but if he isn't, we will be concerned. Braxton Berrios will get extended work in the slot in Edelman's absence.

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5. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon on did not report list

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon was placed on the Reserve/Did Not Report list Wednesday, July 24.

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The Chargers are going forward as if Gordon won't play any time soon. The ball is in his court now.

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6. MIN - Minnesota claims De'Angelo Henderson

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Former New York Jets RB De'Angelo Henderson was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, July 24, according to a source.

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Henderson has some history with Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison and the Vikings just released Roc Thomas, so this makes sense. He's still unlikely to make the final roster.

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7. LAC - NFI list for Russell Okung

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Chargers OT Russell Okung (illness) will start training camp on the Active/Non-Football Illness list, according to a source.

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Okung's issue is "pretty serious" and he might miss all of training camp. We'll get more information on this tomorrow from Okung himself. The Chargers already had a weak spot at right tackle in Sam Tevi, and 2018 UDFA or 2019 third-round small schooler Trey Pipkins would be the next men up. If Okung misses time, the Chargers line will be in a bad spot. 2017 second-rounder Forrest Lamp has been a non-factor after tearing an ACL early in his career, but he does have experience at left tackle.

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8. ATL - WR Julio Jones a couple weeks away

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

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) remains 10 to 14 days from being fully cleared to practice, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

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No hurries, no worries here with Jones. The team is going to ease him into action as Jones is a seasoned pro and a superstar in this league. That superstar should get a new big-money deal, especially since the Falcons have already taken care of DT Grady Jarrett and LB Deion Jones.

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9. CLE - RB Duke Johnson will report

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson, who has requested a trade, will report to training camp Wednesday, July 24.

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Johnson wants a trade but there are rumblings that Cleveland has received little interest in the veteran back. He's backing up Nick Chubb right now, but when Kareem Hunt comes back from his 8-game suspension he will move further down the depth chart. We'll see if Johnson gets more interest during training camp if some team loses a running back to injury.

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10. TB - DE Jason Pierre-Paul not ready for practice

Source: Buccaneers.com - Carmen Vitali

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul (neck) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 24.

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It's unclear when Pierre-Paul will be back. In the meantime, the team will have to count on Carl Nassib, William Gholston, and Noah Spence for pressure from the edge.

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11. WAS - RB Derrius Guice a full participant

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice (hamstring, knee) has been cleared to practice and will be a full participant during training camp, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

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It has been a long and winding road for Guice to come back since the ACL tear suffered last preseason. He's in a tough spot to expect success, especially if Trent Williams doesn't report, but this is a rare piece of good news about him over the last year.

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12. TEN - Dennis Kelly may start at LT

Source: PaulKuharsky.com - Paul Kuharsky

Tennessee Titans OT Dennis Kelly likely will take over the starting left tackle job if OT Taylor Lewan is suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season.

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Kelly is one of the better backups in the league and might have been starting at right tackle for Jack Conklin anyway. The Titans are one of the teams more equipped to handle the absence of a starting tackle.

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13. NE - TE Lance Kendricks joins Pats

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent TE Lance Kendricks (Packers) signed with the New England Patriots Wednesday, July 24, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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With Ben Watson suspended to begin the season and no clear starter on the roster, Kendricks has a chance to make the team, but he's unlikely to have any fantasy relevance in any event. Matt LaCosse is probably going to be the Week 1 starter here.

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14. CAR - QB Cam Newton on a pitch count

Source: Panthers.com

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will be on a pitch count in training camp, but he avoided the Physically Unable to Perform list. 'It's going to be structured around our installation. So based on the things that we have as far as going in with our install will dictate what he does,' head coach Ron Rivera said. 'All of his reps will be monitored, they'll be scripted out, and we'll just follow that pattern as we go through it.'

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That sounds about right. Newton has changed his throwing motion to reduce the amount of torque on his shoulder. We'll see if these steps help him stay healthy in 2019. Don't expect to see a lot of Newton in the preseason, so stay tuned to the reports coming out of training camp.

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15. NE - WR Demaryius Thomas not a lock

Source: NFL.com - Gregg Rosenthal

New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) is a candidate to be released, in the opinion of NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal, who notes that Thomas was already showing signs of decline before suffering a serious injury.

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Thomas is not the same player he used to be. He does know the system as he was a first-round pick of the Broncos in 2010 when Josh McDaniels was their head coach. The Patriots have a banged up WR corps right now, including Thomas, and it's a situation/position to watch during training camp.

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16. BAL - WR Marquise Brown making progress

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens WR Marquise Brown (foot) passed his conditioning test Wednesday, July 24, but still needs to pass a physical before being cleared to practice.

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This is great news, and it could mean that he'll be practicing as soon as next week. If he can start developing chemistry with Lamar Jackson via practice and some preseason action, Brown will have a shot at fantasy relevance this year.

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17. SEA - Two players to miss start of camp

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks S Lano Hill (hip) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 24. The team also placed WR Caleb Scott (foot) on the Active/Non-Football Injury list.

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Hill's star is falling since the team drafted Marquise Blair, another box safety, in the second round. He might be on the roster bubble if he can't get healthy soon.

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18. IND - Daurice Fountain activated

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts WR Daurice Fountain (ankle) was activated from the Active/Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 24.

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It was a short stay on the list for Fountain, who is probably on the outside looking in for a roster spot after the Colts added Devin Funchess and Parris Campbell and got Deon Cain back from injury.

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19. CAR - Three headed to PUP list

Source: The Athletic - Jourdan Rodrigue

Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee), LB Jermaine Carter (knee) and LB Brandon Chubb (knee) will start training camp on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list, according to general manager Marty Hurney.

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Smith already had to take a pay cut to stay on the roster. If he has trouble getting or staying on the practice field, it might be curtains for him.

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20. CAR - Matt Paradis ready for practice

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Carolina Panthers C Matt Paradis (leg) will not open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list and will be a full participant during practice.

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This is great news, and the team might not miss a beat after the retirement of Ryan Kalil. The line should be in good shape going into the season.

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21. SEA - Ziggy Ansah to avoid PUP list

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Seattle Seahawks DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) will not start training camp on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list but is expected to be limited during the early part of camp, according to a source.

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This is good news for the Seahawks after they lost Jarran Reed for the first six games. Ansah still has to get through camp and the preseason healthy and it's possible that he won't be 100% for the season opener vs. Cincinnati.

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22. NFL - RB Jay Ajayi cleared

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent RB Jay Ajayi (Eagles) has been medically cleared to play after meeting with Dr. James Andrews Wednesday, July 24, according to a source.

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Ajayi will probably have to wait for a running back injury to get signed, or at least for teams to have enough time to see that they aren't happy with some of their depth at the position. It's good see that he's cleared in time to get into a camp if a spot opens up.

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23. JAX - DE Yannick Ngakoue doesn't report

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating previous reports, Jacksonville Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue didn't report to training camp Wednesday, July 24.

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The move was anticipated as Ngakoue wants a new contract. In the final year of his rookie deal, Ngakoue is one of the premiere rushers in the league. Talks have broken down between the two sides according to reports, but this holdout might change the mind of the team. Ngakoue may want a contract that pays him around $20 million annually, and he may get it...stay tuned.

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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