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  Browns | NFL won't accept 6-8 games for Deshaun Watson    Wed Jun 29, 02:06 PM

The NFL won't accept a suspension of six to eight games for Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson if that's what disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson decides after hearings, according to a source. It was previously reported that the NFL would likely accept such a ban.

Footballguys view: Oh boy, here we go again. The back-and-forth in this situation is nauseating, and we're just waiting for the league to make a *sorry Joe* decision. Watson could be suspended indefinitely, or he could be suspended for the entire 2022 season or he could get a 6-8 game suspension. Nobody knows and there are various reports about what's going to happen. Hopefully soon a decision is made.

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  Seahawks | K.J. Wright endorses Geno Smith    Wed Jun 29, 01:05 PM

Seattle Seahawks QB Geno Smith got an endorsement for the starting job from former teammate and free-agent LB K.J. Wright. 'I'll tell you not Baker Mayfield,' Wright said. 'Not Drew Lock. We ain't gonna play those games. I'm team Geno all day.' Wright went on to explain why Smith is his choice. 'Geno was good.. He was scout team quarterback. The dude has a cannon for an arm. He's intellectual, you know, having those two-minute drills during practice throughout the week, the man can play. Just trust him, just trust Geno.'

Footballguys view: Wright knows Smith's game, and there are plenty of players who feel he deserves a shot as the starter. Lock came over in part of the deal with the Broncos for QB Russell Wilson, but there were rumblings that he was a throw in that Seattle didn't necessarily want. No matter if that's true or not, Lock is there to push Smith for the starting job...and neither one is a great starting option for Seattle in 2022.

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  Browns | CLE confident in Jacoby Brissett    Wed Jun 29, 12:56 PM

The Cleveland Browns are confident in QB Jacoby Brissett's ability to run the offense if QB Deshaun Watson misses time due to suspension, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Brissett has plenty of starting experience, 37 games over the course of his career with most of those starts coming with the Colts (2017 and 2019). He did start five games last year for the Dolphins, setting a career high in completion percentage (62.9 percent). Brissett is not a great starting option, but he can run the system and won't get too rattled by what defenses throw at him.

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  Browns | NFL could accept 6-8 games for Deshaun Watson?    Wed Jun 29, 10:51 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson could be subject to a six-to-eight-game suspension, according to a source. The NFL wants to avoid the appeals process and could be satisfied with the reduced ban.

Footballguys view: So much for the 'NFL is going for an indefinite suspension' talk. We'll all be watching this situation to see what actually happens with Watson. The league talks tough, but avoiding the appeals process could mean they just pop Watson for half the season....like most expected they would. The Browns are ready to move forward with QB Jacoby Brissett as the starter when Watson is suspended. QB Baker Mayfield should be deal at some point, perhaps to a team like the Panthers before the start of training camp.

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  Browns | NFL wants indefinite ban for Deshaun Watson    Tue Jun 28, 09:19 PM

The NFL insisted on an indefinite suspension for Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson during a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday, June 28, per sources.

Footballguys view: Watson's legal team argued there is no basis for such a ban. The hearing is set to resume on Wednesday, June 29.

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  Browns | Baker Mayfield ready to move on    Tue Jun 28, 05:08 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield said he is ready to move on from the Browns and believes the team feels the same way.

Footballguys view: It's just a waiting game now with Mayfield and the Browns. If the Browns pay the majority of Mayfield's salary in 2022, then he could get dealt in the near future. So far, teams like the Panthers and the Seahawks are playing hardball and refusing to work with the Browns on eating his salary. Reports indicate the Browns are willing to pay half of Mayfield's $18 million salary but apparently that's not enough.

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  49ers | Jimmy Garoppolo to negotiate with interested teams    Tue Jun 28, 10:56 AM

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo will receive permission to negotiate his contract with other teams ahead of a potential trade.

Footballguys view: Another day, and another story about Garoppolo potentially getting traded. We get it, he's likely to be dealt as the 49ers are moving forward with QB Trey Lance as their starter. Garoppolo should draw interest from a team like the Panthers, but they may be in the mix - perhaps the front-runners - for QB Baker Mayfield. At some point in the next month we could see Garoppolo finally dealt.

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  Commanders | Carson Wentz impressing    Tue Jun 28, 10:31 AM

Washington Commanders QB Carson Wentz impressed the team with a strong arm, his worth ethics and his cognitive abilities. 'There's a lot of different things he's capable of doing,' offensive coordinator Scott Turner said. 'Obviously a very skilled player. You see him out at practice, he's a big, physical guy. He can really push the ball down the field.'

Footballguys view: You know the offseason fluff is hitting an all-time high when "Wentz impressing" is the headline. Turner is right about Wentz - his physical skill set has always been impressive. He's a big, strong-armed quarterback who can attack a defense deep. However, the physical skill is easy to see. It's the mental side of the game Wentz needs to get better at. That, and he needs to stay healthy in order to play up to his potential in 2022. Wentz is currently going undrafted in 12-team PPR leagues, and we see him as a low-end QB2 with limited upside.

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  NFL | AJ McCarron ready to play    Mon Jun 27, 05:16 PM

Free-agent QB AJ McCarron (knee) said he has been medically cleared to play again and hopes to hear from a team at some point.

Footballguys view: Entering training camp last year, McCarron was looking like the primary backup to Matt Ryan with the Falcons. Then, McCarron suffered a torn ACL in the Falcons' second preseason game against the Dolphins and missed the 2021 season. Now, McCarron is looking to land on another team but he may never get another opportunity like he was set to get in Atlanta last year.

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  49ers | Jimmy G hoping for quick resolution    Mon Jun 27, 11:31 AM

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) is hoping to be traded quickly once he shows he's able to make all the throws, per source. Garoppolo remains on schedule in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery and is expected to start throwing in early July.

Footballguys view: There's no guarantee that Garoppolo is traded away. The team has to have been shopping Garoppolo and feeling out interest across the league this offseason. Nothing has happened yet, but Garoppolo is also still banged up. He should be back at training camp, so perhaps something will get done then. However, the 49ers could hold onto Garoppolo as veteran insurance behind projected starter QB Trey Lance.

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  Browns | Jacoby Brissett the next man up?    Sun Jun 26, 06:18 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Jacoby Brissett will likely start in place of QB Deshaun Watson if he gets suspended, ESPN's Jake Trotter said. Trotter notes that QB Baker Mayfield has 'no intention of playing for the Browns again,' and 'Cleveland has no plans for this to happen, either.'

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Mayfield is likely to be traded either to the Seahawks or the Panthers, and that leaves Brissett as their starter. Watson is expected to face a lengthy suspension, perhaps as long as the entire 2022 season, meaning Brissett should have plenty of time under center this year for the Browns. Adjust expectations for the offense accordingly.

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  Browns | Deshaun Watson hearings to begin June 28    Sat Jun 25, 08:47 PM

Updating ongoing reports, Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson's joint disciplinary hearing conducted by the NFL and NFLPA will begin Tuesday, June 28, with Sue. L. Robinson serving as the appointed disciplinary officer, sources told ESPN.

Footballguys view: The expectations for Watson's suspension have gone up to a year, if not longer, if not an indefinite suspension. The NFLPA will push for something in the 6-12 game range, but it's unclear whether Watson will accept that, and his recalcitrance might influence the league to not back down from their recommendation for the suspension length. We are likely to see Jacoby Brissett start at least half, if not all of the games for the Browns this year as the team's relationship with Baker Mayfield seems to be beyond repair.

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  Giants | Coaching changes hurting Daniel Jones?    Sat Jun 25, 03:35 PM

New York Giants QB Daniel Jones' progress has been hindered by multiple coaching changes, retired QB Eli Manning said of his former teammate. 'By my fifth year, I had been in the same offense the whole time, I knew it, I could coach it up, new guys are coming in, I was speaking the same language as my offensive coordinator and as [former head coach Tom] Coughlin, and kind of preaching the same stuff,' Manning said. 'And with [Jones], it's all new, and it's learning, and he's consistently trying to learn and learn and learn, and it just takes some time before it all sinks in.'

Footballguys view: Jones has not performed up to expectations, but the former coaching staffs he's worked under have pretty much been awful. That's no longer the case with new head coach Brian Daboll. He will implement a system that plays to the strengths of his quarterback, so Jones should look better this season. He still may not be the long-term answer for the Giants and has little time to get up to speed. There is no doubt that Jones is in a make-or-break year in 2022.

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  Buccaneers | Blaine Gabbert has edge over Kyle Trask    Sat Jun 25, 02:33 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Blaine Gabbert has the edge over QB Kyle Trask for the team's backup quarterback job, according to head coach Todd Bowles. 'I'm comfortable with Blaine,' Bowles said. 'We talk a lot. You know, we've gotten to know each other over the past couple of years. He knows this offense very well. He understands the offense very well. He knows where to go with the football because he's been in it. You know, that gives him the edge over Trask.'

Footballguys view: The Buccaneers are in a Super Bowl window so long as QB Tom Brady is under center. They need veteran insurance like Gabbert in case Brady gets banged up during the season. Trask is still a player we like in dynasty formats, and we're excited to see his progress as a passer during training camp and the preseason.

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  Browns | NFLPA bracing for lengthy Deshaun Watson ban    Sat Jun 25, 02:02 PM

The NFLPA believes Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson could get suspended for the entire 2022 season, if not indefinitely, for his off-the-field issues, according to sources. The Browns are also bracing for a lengthy suspension.

Footballguys view: We should know more about Watson's status next month. Perhaps the league makes a decision in early July, or perhaps the league announces a decision right before training camp at the end of the month. Either way, things seem to be trending towards at least an 8-game suspension if not longer. That means QB Jacoby Brissett should be the starter for the Browns for quite some time...if not most of the 2022 season.

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  49ers | Jimmy G remains on schedule    Sat Jun 25, 12:30 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) is on schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery, per source, and is expected to start throwing in early July.

Footballguys view: Garoppolo should be ready to practice at some point during training camp. Whether or not he's still with the 49ers remains to be seen. QB Trey Lance, the 49ers first-round pick last year, is projected as the starter but some feel he might not yet be ready. If Garoppolo was healthy and still with the 49ers there might be a competition for the starting job. Nobody knows if Garoppolo will be traded, released or kept by the 49ers when he's ready to get out there on the football field. Stay tuned.

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  Seahawks | SEA, Baker Mayfield have mutual interest    Fri Jun 24, 02:33 PM

The Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield have mutual interest in a trade, per sources.

Footballguys view: The Seahawks and Panthers have both been linked to Mayfield, but the sticking point was the Browns willingness to pick up some or most of his 18+ million dollar salary. If both are in on Mayfield, that could create pressure for one to cave to the Browns terms for the trade. Either way, Mayfield is highly unlikely to be a Brown when the season opens, even if Deshaun Watson is suspended for the season... or longer.

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  Titans | Malik Willis to be No. 3 QB?    Thu Jun 23, 11:00 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Malik Willis will be on a 'gradual development' program while QB Logan Woodside will serves as the backup in 2022, according to Turron Davenport of ESPN.com.

Footballguys view: We'll see how Willis goes through training camp and the preseason, but he may be further away from competing for a starting job than some think. One of the most exciting quarterbacks in this draft class, Willis can run and has a rocket arm. He needs to get better with timing and accuracy as a passer to be the best pro he can be.

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  Patriots | New England inks Tyquan Thornton, Bailey Zappe    Thu Jun 23, 04:34 PM

Second-round draft choice WR Tyquan Thornton (Baylor) and fourth-round draft choice QB Bailey Zappe (Western Kentucky) signed four-year contracts with the New England Patriots on Thursday, June 23. Financial terms of the deals were not immediately disclosed.

Footballguys view: The team moved up in the second round for Thornton when most felt he would be a Day 3 pick. Thornton has a ton of speed...and more speed...but that's about it for his game. He will take the top off the defense, but he has a lot of work to do as a route runner and on contested catches to be a solid pro. Zappe threw for a zillion yards in college and throws a pretty deep ball. We'll watch him in dynasty formats as he begins his pro career as a backup to QB Mac Jones.

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  Steelers | Kenny Pickett signs rookie pact    Thu Jun 23, 09:55 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick QB Kenny Pickett agreed to a four-year, undisclosed deal with the Steelers Thursday, June 23. All first-round picks receive fifth-year options.

Footballguys view: Pickett is seen as the quarterback of the future for the Steelers, but when that future begins is unknown at this time. Mitchell Trubisky is there to be the starter this season, and he should win the job in camp. If/when Trubisky struggles or if/when the Steelers are out of a playoff race they could turn things over to Pickett. Think of prime Andy Dalton when you think of what Pickett could be at the pro level.

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  Seahawks | Seattle still interested in Baker Mayfield    Wed Jun 22, 06:32 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield is still a trade option for the Seattle Seahawks, and the Seahawks would be open to signing him to an extension if they acquire him, according to a source.

Footballguys view: This report has been out there for some time, but the part about Seattle willing to extend Mayfield is new. The Browns are willing to pay about half of Mayfield's salary, but that may not be enough for Seattle to be enticed to trade for him. The Seahawks are looking at either Geno Smith or Drew Lock to start at quarterback this year...and neither one is a great option. We'll see if Mayfield is traded before the start of training camp.

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  Browns | Deshaun Watson settles all but four lawsuits    Tue Jun 21, 12:05 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson settled all but four of the 24 lawsuits against him, according to attorney Tony Buzbee on Tuesday, June 21.

Footballguys view: The other four lawsuits are expected to be settled as well, and the agreements will be kept confidential. Watson did not play last season, and he's expected to face a lengthy suspension this season. The highest paid player in the league, Watson could be starting for the Browns at some point later in the year. Jacoby Brissett is there to start if/when Watson is suspended.

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  Bengals | Joe Burrow feeling 'normal again'    Sun Jun 19, 06:31 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow topped out at 20.8 miles per hour while doing sprints after practice recently, which Burrow says is a personal best since his 2020 knee surgery. 'It just feels good to feel normal again,' Burrow said on Thursday, June 16. 'We're getting there. Record since surgery, that's for sure.'

Footballguys view: Burrow has been practicing without a knee brace this offseason. He's one of the best young quarterbacks in the game and incredibly fun to watch. Hopefully the Bengals do a better job of protecting him going forward.

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  Texans | Davis Mills 'a lot further along'    Sat Jun 18, 01:19 PM

Houston Texans QB Davis Mills is 'a lot further along' from where he was a year ago, general manager Nick Caserio said on Thursday, June 16. 'Overall I would say from where he was, call it a year ago, to where he is now, he's certainly a lot further along,' Caserio said. 'So, I think the preseason and the training camp will be another opportunity, not only for him, but the whole team to see if we can kind of build on some of the things that we've done here over the last however many weeks it's been.'

Footballguys view: Mills was in for 13 games as a rookie, and he passed for 2,664 yards with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Looking closer at his rookie stats, Mills had four games of 300-plus yards passing and five games where he had multiple touchdowns. The Texans are building around him, and he's the unquestioned starter this season. If he makes another step forward in his career, Mills could continue as the starter in 2023.

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  Browns | CLE willing to pay half Baker Mayfield's salary    Sat Jun 18, 12:51 PM

The Cleveland Browns are willing to pick up half of QB Baker Mayfield's salary in a trade, MMQB's Albert Breer reported on Friday, June 17. 'They're willing to take on a fair amount of Baker's salary,' Breer said. 'Like nine, 10 million dollars.'

Footballguys view: We're getting more movement on the Mayfield situation, and something could be done with him before the start of training camp. The Panthers have interest, perhaps the Seahawks too, but teams have been insisting the Browns pay a large chunk of his salary. He has a cap hit of $18.8 million (fully guaranteed) playing on his fifth-year option in 2022.

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  Packers | Green Bay parting with Kurt Benkert    Fri Jun 17, 03:53 PM

Green Bay Packers QB Kurt Benkert was waived Friday, June 17.

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  Panthers | Matt Corral facing hurdles    Thu Jun 16, 09:49 PM

Carolina Panthers QB Matt Corral has struggled with 'all the things' he has to do before the snap during minicamp, according to Joseph Person of The Athletic. 'I think the arrow's definitely pointed up for Matt,' head coach Matt Rhule said. 'But it's gonna take time.'

Footballguys view: The team has P.J. Walker to back up Sam Darnold, and they could add Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo before the season begins, so Corral will have time to develop. The best measure of how far he comes along this year is whether the team lets him start if they fall out of playoff contention. Corral has running ability and upside as a fantasy quarterback, and he could make us forget he was projected to go higher than the third round if he has success once he gets on the field.

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  Ravens | Contract not reason for Lamar Jackson absence    Thu Jun 16, 06:13 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson said his contract situation was not the reason he skipped the voluntary workouts this offseason. He said he talked with the team this week about his contract.

Footballguys view: The relationship between the Ravens and Jackson seems to have stabilized since he showed at minicamp, but until the ink dries on a long term deal, we can't assume that he will spend all of the foreseeable future with the team. He's set to be a free agent next year, but the Ravens will surely use the franchise tag if the two sides can't come to an agreement.

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  Ravens | Tyler Huntley injury update    Thu Jun 16, 05:52 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Tyler Huntley (shoulder) did not participate in the minicamp this week because of tendinitis in his throwing shoulder.

Footballguys view: We'll be watching this when camp opens as Huntley is one of the highest value backup fantasy quarterbacks and he's behind one of the quarterback who exposes themselves hits on a regular basis.

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  Ravens | Lamar Jackson bulked up    Thu Jun 16, 02:09 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson told reporters he weighs 220 pounds as of Thursday, June 16. Jackson noted that he typically plays somewhere between 205 and 208 pounds.

Footballguys view: As a full-time starter with the Ravens, Jackson has never made it through a full season. Bulking up will help his body take the punishment he absorbs as a scrambling quarterback. Jackson is waiting for a contract extension while the Ravens insist a deal will eventually get done.

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  Bengals | Joe Burrow sheds knee brace    Wed Jun 15, 09:59 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow (knee) has been practicing without a knee brace this offseason. 'I've just been able to focus on the entirety of myself, weight room and conditioning, on field, throwing, mechanics, all of it, not really focusing on the knee,' Burrow said.

Footballguys view: Burrow was able to make it through last season, all the way to the Super Bowl, with the knee brace. He suffered an MCL sprain in the big game but did not need surgery to repair it. Now the brace is gone, and Burrow is working to be better than ever. Hopefully, the Bengals pass protection is much better this season because Burrow is a special passer who is fun to watch.

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  Ravens | Tyler Huntley not participating    Wed Jun 15, 03:07 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Tyler Huntley (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 15.

Footballguys view: Huntley is the primary backup to QB Lamar Jackson, and we appreciate his game in dynasty formats. He's a valuable piece of their roster, and we'll continue to monitor him in dynasty leagues as he continues to develop as a passer (he's already a dangerous rusher).

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  Browns | Deshaun Watson facing 2 more lawsuits    Tue Jun 14, 11:09 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson is set to face two more civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct, attorney Tony Buzbee revealed on Monday, June 13. With those two added, Watson will be facing 26 in total.

Footballguys view: This situation could lead to a lengthy suspension for Watson, but it could also mean the Browns try and get out of his contract. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio believes the Browns could void Watson's contract if he's suspended for conduct related to the latest allegations against him.

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  Panthers | Urgency for Baker Mayfield trade    Tue Jun 14, 11:01 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield remains a trade target of the Carolina Panthers and talks between the two teams continue, according to CBS Sports' Jonathan Jones. He also reports there is urgency on Carolina's side to get a deal done so Mayfield can get time in minicamp. The sticking point remains how much of Mayfield's salary Cleveland will pick up.

Footballguys view: The Panthers want the Browns to pick up some of Mayfield's salary, and they're holding to that because Cleveland is up against it with the Deshaun Watson fully-guaranteed contract. Mayfield has been staying away from the team, and the future of Watson with the Browns is up in the air right now with a possible suspension looming. We'll see if a trade ends up getting done as the Panthers want an upgrade over QB Sam Darnold.

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  Cowboys | Dak Prescott to run more?    Tue Jun 14, 12:08 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott could see an uptick in designed runs in 2022, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. Now more than a year removed from the ankle injury that took his 2020 season, the Cowboys may be more comfortable letting Prescott run more.

Footballguys view: Running and keeping plays alive with his feet are a big part of Prescott's game. He can win from the pocket, something that's still necessary in today's NFL, but Prescott can be even more dangerous when he's able to use his legs to either buy time for his arm or gash a defense with his legs. He's a QB1 for Fantasy GMs - no doubt - but he could work into the top-5 at his position if he's running a bit more (and getting some more rushing touchdowns) in 2022.

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  Lions | David Blough gaining traction    Tue Jun 14, 10:20 AM

Detroit Lions QB David Blough made some great throws in minicamp last week and put himself in position to push QB Tim Boyle for the backup spot.

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  Cardinals | Kyler Murray reports in time for minicamp    Mon Jun 13, 01:56 PM

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray took his physical on Monday, June 13, and is expected to participate in the team's mandatory minicamp beginning Tuesday, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. The work is mandatory, so Murray is going to show up. It seems like things are trending in the right direction between Murray and the Cardinals even though some report there has been no movement in contract negotiations. He wants to be one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, and it seems like the Cardinals will oblige. When that happens is anyone's guess. It's a good faith sign for Murray to show up, so the Cardinals should be showing him the money at some point.

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  Cardinals | Kyler Murray set to attend minicamp    Mon Jun 13, 12:54 PM

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray is expected to attend mandatory minicamp when it starts on Tuesday, June 14, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Murray is currently seeking a new contract. Reports indicate there has been no movement in contract negotiations at this time. However, Murray showing up for mandatory minicamp is a good faith move. Deeper into the summer, the Cardinals could make him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league.

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  49ers | Trey Lance putting in extra work    Mon Jun 13, 11:10 AM

San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance is staying in the Bay Area following mandatory minicamp to get some extra work in, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Lance is the quarterback of the future, and the 49ers would like the future to be now. He's the projected starter for the 2022 season, but QB Jimmy Garoppolo is still on the roster. Lance reportedly was 'fantastic' in practice last year, but his arm wore down as the season went on and he struggled to learn the complexity of the Shanahan offense as a rookie. It's a complicated system that Lance is getting more comfortable with, and Lance can build strength so his arm won't get fatigued. We'll see if the job is his or if Garoppolo can stay with the team as a starter if Lance is not quite ready. When Garoppolo is healthy, things could get interesting with the 49ers.

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  Ravens | Lamar Jackson reports    Mon Jun 13, 09:40 AM

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson reported to camp Monday, June 13.

Footballguys view: Jackson wants a new contract, and the Ravens have yet to pay up. Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Jackson has a lot to prove still. He must continue improving as a passer, and Jackson needs to show he can stay healthy to get a contract that makes him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league.

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  Packers | Aaron Rodgers 'excited about Allen Lazard'    Sun Jun 12, 05:33 PM

Green Bay Packers WR Allen Lazard has an opportunity to be the team's No. 1 receiver, QB Aaron Rodgers said. 'Excited about Allen Lazard. He's been our dirty work guy for most of his career here. Now he's getting an opportunity to be a No. 1 receiver,' Rodgers said. 'So, I'm not worried at all about him stepping into that role. I talk to him a lot. I know how he takes care of his body. I know he'll be ready when he's here.'

Footballguys view: Davante Adams was traded away, making Lazard the top receiver for Rodgers and the Packers. Lazard is not the playmaker that Adams is, but he could be a fantasy asset based on volume - and especially his projected opportunity in the red zone. We like him as a WR3/WR4 with upside for Fantasy GMs this year.

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  Chiefs | Tyreek Hill favors Tua Tagovailoa's accuracy over Patrick Mahomes    Sat Jun 11, 06:30 PM

Miami Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill believes QB Tua Tagovailoa is more accurate than Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes. 'Obviously, I'm gonna go with one five as the strongest arm, but as far as accuracy-wise, I'm going with Tua all day,' Hill said on his podcast 'It Needed To Be Said' on Friday, June 10.

Footballguys view: First Davante Adams says Derek Carr's talent and ability are "similar" to Aaron Rodgers and now this. Both of these receivers got what they wanted in the trade market - money, not a quarterback upgrade - and the fantasy football ADP drops for both from last year indicate that not many people agree with them. Hill is available in the second round, and he might not as good of a pick as teammate Jaylen Waddle, who is available at least a round later.

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  Seahawks | Geno Smith the frontrunner     Thu Jun 9, 09:46 PM

Seattle Seahawks QB Geno Smith remains ahead of QB Drew Lock in the competition for the starting quarterback job, head coach Pete Carroll said Thursday, June 9.

Footballguys view: The Seahawks seem to want to get excited about Lock, who they got in the Russell Wilson trade, but Smith has more experience, including with the Seahawks, and the team was competitive with him at quarterback last year. DK Metcalf was also more than serviceable with Smith on the field, so Smith winning this job would be good news for him - if he doesn't hold out for a new deal.

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  Steelers | Mitchell Trubisky preparing to start    Thu Jun 9, 07:57 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mitchell Trubisky said he is comfortable with the offense and is preparing as if he will be the starting quarterback this upcoming season.

Footballguys view: Most reports have Trubisky well ahead of Kenny Pickett. The Steelers won't feel pressure to put the first round pick out there even though he has a local connection and Trubisky isn't exactly a fan favorite. Expect a low pass attempt offense with room for Trubisky to be a runner to begin the season.

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  Browns | Could a pay cut move Baker Mayfield?    Thu Jun 9, 06:53 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield may need to take a salary reduction into the range of $12 to $14 million if he wants to be traded, according to CBS Sports' Jonathan Jones. Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper refuses to pay Mayfield's full salary of $18 million in guaranteed money, but Jones posits there's a path to Mayfield being traded if Cleveland were to leave Carolina responsible for approximately $4 to $6 million in exchange for a Day 3 draft choice. Jones sees the deal happening as soon as the end of OTAs, provided Mayfield is indeed willing to take a cut in pay. Jones notes this is a similar path to what led Carolina to trade QB Teddy Bridgewater to the Denver Broncos in 2021.

Footballguys view: The Browns are going to have to pay handsomely for the privilege of getting Mayfield off of the roster. This should cast a shadow on Sam Darnold's value in superflex leagues, but Mayfield would still have to beat him out in training camp. Adding Mayfield wouldn't affect the value of D.J. Moore or anyone else in the Panthers passing game.

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  Falcons | Feleipe Franks working as a 'hybrid' player    Thu Jun 9, 04:45 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Feleipe Franks is 'working more at tight end than quarterback, but he is also a quarterback,' according to offensive coordinator Dave Ragone.

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  Lions | David Blough impressive in spring practices    Thu Jun 9, 03:31 PM

Detroit Lions QB David Blough has earned reps on the second-team offense this week, according to Tim Twentyman of the team's website, as he battles Tim Boyle for the right to back up Jared Goff.

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  Jaguars | C.J. Beathard likely to be ready for camp    Thu Jun 9, 03:17 PM

Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars QB C.J. Beathard (groin) appears to be dealing with a relatively minor groin injury and should be fine for training camp, according to Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union.

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  Rams | Matthew Stafford will be ready to throw    Wed Jun 8, 05:58 PM

Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford (elbow) said he will be able to start throwing again before the start of training camp.

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  Ravens | Coach expects Lamar Jackson at minicamp    Wed Jun 8, 04:33 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson should participate in the mandatory minicamp next week, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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