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    NFL Player News - Week of 4/16/18

    Courtesy of Footballguys.com

    Browns | Josh Gordon signs tender
    Cleveland Browns exclusive rights free-agent WR Josh Gordon signed his tender Monday, April 16.
    Footballguys view: Gordon will be a restricted free agent in 2019 and the Browns could sign him to a long-term deal sometime later this year. The veteran receiver needs to have a controversy free (and productive) 2018 season if he wants that new contract.

    Saints | Willie Snead reports
    New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent WR Willie Snead will report for workouts Monday, April 16, but he hasn't signed his tender yet.
    Footballguys view: As a restricted free agent, Snead has until April 20th to sign his tender. The Saints just plucked RFA Cameron Meredith from the Bears last week, and that has clouded the future of Snead in New Orleans. They placed an original round tender on Snead, so the Saints can match any offer he gets but they would receive no compensation if the veteran receiver left in free agency.

    Broncos | Baker Mayfield to visit Denver
    Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield will fly to meet the Denver Broncos Monday, April 16.
    Footballguys view: Mayfield is going to have dinner with the Broncos on Monday night, then he'll visit the team facility on Tuesday. The Broncos have the no.5 overall pick, and they've expressed a clear interest in the Sooners quarterback. He is most like Broncos starter Case Keenum than any other quarterback in this class.

    Giants | Josh Allen to visit Giants
    Wyoming QB Josh Allen will visit the New York Giants Tuesday, April 17.
    Footballguys view: Allen has a rocket arm and is mobile enough to hurt a defense with his legs when the play breaks down. His 56.0 percent accuracy in college is his biggest concern. Through the pre-draft process, Allen has shown improved footwork and the willingness to work through any problem he may have with his technique.

    Giants | Sam Darnold visiting Giants
    USC QB Sam Darnold is visiting the New York Giants Monday, April 16.
    Footballguys view: Reports are swirling that the Giants love Darnold and are targeting him at no.2 overall in the 2018 NFL draft. Darnold is only 20 years old but is seen as a high-floor prospect with an unknown amount of potential. He could use some time to further develop his skill set, and the Giants could draft Darnold with the plan that he could eventually take over for Eli Manning in the future.

    Jets | Teddy Bridgewater should throw this spring
    New York Jets coach Todd Bowles believes QB Teddy Bridgewater should throw at some point this spring, but it is hard to tell how much he will take part in offseason workouts.
    Footballguys view: The Jets have no need to push Bridgewater as he continues to recover from his knee injury. He signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Jets earlier this offseason and Bridgewater should be in the mix as a reserve quarterback. Josh McCown is set to start but we should see the Jets select a quarterback (Baker Mayfield?) at no.3 overall.

    Titans | More big plays for Marcus Mariota?
    Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is going to have more chances to make throws down the field this season, according to offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur.
    Footballguys view: LaFleur is one of the brightest up-and-coming coaches in the NFL. He's worked with both Sean McVay (Rams) and Kyle Shanahan (49ers) during his time as an assistant and now gets to be an OC for the first time in his career. LaFleur could unlock the potential that Mariota has flashed during his time in the pros...and fantasy owners could see him make the jump to a low-end QB1 in 2018.

    Broncos | C.J. Anderson will be at workouts
    Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson said he will be at the start of the offseason workout program Monday, April 16, and he is using the rumors that he was being traded as motivation.
    Footballguys view: Anderson has always been motivated by how much the team loves him. He used that as motivation to rush for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career last season. Anderson is not safe by any stretch as the Broncos could be in line to select Saquon Barkley with the no.5 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. If they select a running back with a premium pick, the Broncos could move Anderson in a trade or outright release him...saving his total $4.5 million salary in the process.

    Patriots | Rob Gronkowski still thinking retirement?
    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski still is considering whether to play the upcoming 2018 season, and a team source said Gronkowski and the Patriots are keeping in touch.
    Footballguys view: Gronkowski was talking retirement last season according to reports and he failed to clarify his future intentions at the Super Bowl back in February. He should be leaning towards playing again, and reports indicate that any tension between Gronkowski and head coach Bill Belichick will subside when the veteran fully commits to the game again.

    Lions | Ameer Abdullah on the block?
    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah would presumably be the easiest running back to move from the roster this offseason because he's in the final season of his rookie contract and his role appears to be less defined than LeGarrette Blount's or Theo Riddick's, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein.
    Footballguys view: Abdullah's pro career has been set back by inconsistency and injury. Too small to be a feature back, Abdullah has had his chance to prove himself as such and failed. The Lions have LeGarrette Blount to carry a heavy load and many expect them to select a RB in this talent rich 2018 draft class. Detroit should not expect much in return if they do get any takers for Abdullah.

    Patriots | Pair of NE stars to skip start of offseason
    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski will not attend the start of the team's offseason program Monday, April 16, according to a source.
    Footballguys view: Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gronkowski is still considering whether to play in 2018, although he has 'good communication' with the team, according to a source.

    Chiefs | KC adds Kerwynn Williams to backfield
    Free-agent RB Kerwynn Williams (Cardinals) signed an undisclosed one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, April 15.
    Footballguys view
    : Williams has starting experience to add valuable depth behind Kareem Hunt. He's an explosive back who is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. Williams could see the field as a change-of-pace back behind Hunt in 2018.

    Source: footballguys.com

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    Tuesday Update

    Packers | Aaron Rodgers disgruntled
    Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is 'frustrated and emotional' about being completely cut out of discussions that resulted in departures of WR Jordy Nelson and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt, according to sources. It is a factor in his thought process when it comes to his contract extension.

    Rams | Malcolm Brown signs tender
    Los Angeles Rams RB Malcolm Brown signed his exclusive-rights tender on Monday, April 16.

    Giants | NY Giants atop Dez Bryant's wish list?
    Based on a recent conversation he had with free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys), 105.3 Dallas' Mike Fisher 'senses' the New York Giants would be his top choice, 'regardless of what the Giants themselves want.'
    Footballguys view: Bryant would likely want to stay in the NFC East where he could get revenge on his old team twice a year. The Giants are likely to move on from Brandon Marshall in the near future, opening up a spot for a someone like Bryant opposite Odell Beckham Jr.

    Bengals | Joe Mixon has dropped weight
    Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon has decreased his weight to 225 pounds this offseason after weighing in at 238 pounds last offseason. The sophomore running back plans to lose five more pounds before the season begins.
    Footballguys view: A lighter Mixon should help with his stamina and explosiveness. The team sees him as a no.1 running back and fantasy owners are hoping he can pay off on his RB1 potential this season. OC Bill Lazor has revamped the playbook this offseason, and he should feature Mixon in this new offense.

    Jets | Nick Rose claimed by Jets
    Free-agent PK Nick Rose (Chargers) was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets Monday, April 16.

    Bills | Zay Jones on good terms with Buffalo
    Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones is in a satisfactory position within the Bill's organization, according to head coach Sean McDermott.
    Footballguys view: That's good news for the second-year pro, but he's got to keep his nose clean from here on out. Both sides agreed they need to move on from Jones' off-field incident and subsequent arrest.

    Dolphins | Miami signs Gavin Escobar
    Free-agent TE Gavin Escobar (Browns) signed with the Miami Dolphins Monday, April 16. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

    Chiefs | Spencer Ware should be ready for camp
    Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware's (knee) availability for the offseason workouts is uncertain, but he should be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Andy Reid.
    Footballguys view: Reid backtracked on those comments later saying 'you never know' in terms of Ware's availability for training camp. The language of the NFL is money, and the Chiefs have added two RBs (Damien Williams, Kerwynn Williams) this offseason. We won't be surprised to see them select a RB in this deep and talented 2018 draft class.

    Bengals | Cincinnati meeting with Lamar Jackson
    Louisville QB Lamar Jackson is having a pre-draft visit with the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, April 16.
    Footballguys view: An interesting visit to be sure. Andy Dalton is the starting quarterback but after years of falling short, Dalton may not have much more time to prove he can get this team to the playoffs and win. Jackson plays like a right-handed Michael Vick, but he could probably use a year of grooming before taking over as a starter in the NFL.

    Buccaneers | Adam Humphries signs tender
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent WR Adam Humphries signed his one-year tender offer Monday, April 16, and is scheduled to make $2.9 million in 2018.
    Footballguys view: The Bucs had a good feeling they could keep Humphries and tat's why they placed a second-round tender on him. He's going to compete for slot duties behind Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson once again in 2018.

    Jaguars | Dez Bryant unlikely to be option for Jags
    Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) is not expected to be pursued by the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason, according to a source.
    Footballguys view
    : The Jaguars have re-shaped their WR corps this offseason. Both Allen Robinson (Bears) and Allen Hurns (Cowboys) are elsewhere and the team is moving forward with guys like Keelan Cole, Marqise Lee and Dede Westbrook.

    Source: footballguys.com

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    Wednesday Update

    Patriots | Tom Brady not a lock for 2018
    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady still hasn't committed to playing in 2018, but people close to him believe he'll be back, according to sources. He wants to spend more time with his family, and there are people around him who would rather see him retire, sources said.
    Footballguys view: The whole report makes this feel like a non-issue. The headline certainly draws attention and has some Patriots fans worried. We saw no worries here, but the negative buzz coming out of New England about how veterans may be tiring of Bill Belichick's way is interesting to say the least. Brady should play in 2018 and beyond, but fully expect the Patriots to select a quarterback with a premium pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

    Patriots | Calvin Ridley visiting Patriots
    Alabama WR Calvin Ridley is visiting the New England Patriots Wednesday, April 18.
    Footballguys view: Ridley is widely regarded as the best WR in this draft class. He's a great route-runner who knows how to set up defenders with his movement. Ridley does have some concentration problems when hits are incoming, even though his hands and generally strong. He should be a first-round pick.

    Texans | Houston takes a look at J'Mon Moore
    University of Missouri WR J'Mon Moore visited with the Houston Texans on Tuesday, April 17.
    Footballguys view: At 6'3" 204 pounds, Moore is one of the most interesting size/speed prospects at the WR position. He can out-muscle smaller defenders for the ball and does a good job of presenting the largest possible target to his quarterback. Moore is raw as a route-runner and needs to show that he can run the full tree in the pros. He should be a fourth-round pick.

    Cardinals | Sam Bradford to be limited in offseason
    Arizona Cardinals QB Sam Bradford was limited in the team's first offseason minicamp practice Tuesday, April 17, and head coach Steve Wilks said afterward Bradford will continue to remain limited for the time being.
    Footballguys view: Bradford has a one-year $20 million deal with the Cardinals and there's an option to pick him up for 2019 for the same price. The Cardinals will slow play Bradford leading up to the season so they can see if he can be near full strength by the time the regular season rolls around.

    Colts | T.Y. Hilton feeling good
    Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton cut out fast food from his diet and worked closely with the team's new director of sports performance to map out a nutrition plan, and the changes he's made have him feeling like he's in the 'best shape of his life,' according to Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star.
    Footballguys view: Hilton needs a healthy Andrew Luck to have a bounce-back season in 2018. The Colts have made multiple changes to the team this offseason, but Hilton is still a key piece of the team's passing game. He finished last year as the no.25 fantasy WR but has top-10 upside if Luck is healthy and things are firing on all cylinders.

    Cowboys | Jason Witten not ready to retire yet
    Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten told the Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota he hopes he can play until he's 40 and has 'no interest in taking a TV job right now.'
    Footballguys view: Witten turns 36 years old in May, so he must think there's plenty left in the tank. Last year was a down season for Witten, but he still finished the year as the no.10 fantasy TE in 2017. As the Cowboys offense gets back on track this year, Witten should post better numbers. Even with an uptick in production, Witten should still be considered a low-end TE1 for fantasy owners.

    Eagles | Carson Wentz running again
    Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) said he has started running in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn lateral collateral ligament.
    Footballguys view: Wentz seems to be far ahead in his recovery. The quarterback added that he feels good and is happy where he's at in his progress. Even with this good news, his status for the start of the regular season is up in the air. If there are no setbacks, he should be good enough to play in Week 1.

    Panthers | Greg Olsen at full health
    Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) said his injured foot is completely healed and that his focus this offseason is securing a contract extension before the regular season begins.
    Footballguys view: Olsen could get back to his 1,000-yard receiving ways at full strength in 2018. If an extension is not achieved then Olsen said broadcasting for Monday Night Football would be a viable option.

    Bears | Jordan Howard won't be traded
    Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard's agent said the Bears will not be trading their star running back.
    Footballguys view
    : There had been plenty of speculation that Howard had played his last down with the Bears, but that may not be the case now. Howard is a banger, and new head coach Matt Nagy may be looking for a more versatile feature back.

    Source: footballguys.com