Fantasy Football News & Views
Lions | Detroit offense tougher for defenses? (Tue Jun 21, 08:50 PM) [jump to this story]
Bears | Alshon Jeffery makes progress on deal (Tue Jun 21, 12:38 PM) [jump to this story]
Bills | Tyrod Taylor has high expectations (Tue Jun 21, 01:08 AM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Arian Foster expects to be ready (Mon Jun 20, 05:15 PM) [jump to this story]
Broncos | Devontae Booker to push for RB2 (Mon Jun 20, 08:45 AM) [jump to this story]
Lions | Corey Washington cut Fri Jun 17, 02:08 PM
Detroit Lions WR Corey Washington (undisclosed) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list.Link to story
Corey Washington player page
Colts | Andrew Luck on the move more? Fri Jun 17, 12:39 PM
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck will be on the move more in 2016, and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer want to design more plays that can use Luck's athleticism outside of the pocket. Protecting Luck remains of utmost importance, though, and the Colts believe they have the personnel to do that. The Colts have used more rollouts in offseason practices.
|Footballguys view: The Colts need to do whatever they can to protect Luck. Last year, the O-Line was terrible and Luck was beat up way too often...eventually knocking him out for the year. Having him on the move will help keep the rush away from him. If nothing is there as a passer, Luck has the athleticism to pick up yards as a rusher.|
Andrew Luck player page
Buccaneers | Cameron Brate a red zone weapon Fri Jun 17, 12:37 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate emerged as a favorite target of QB Jameis Winston last year, and head coach Dirk Koetter has been impressed with the tight end in the red zone this offseason. Brate caught 23 passes for 288 yards last year and scored three touchdowns when TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was injured. Brate will battle with Seferian-Jenkins for a starting position in training camp.
|Footballguys view: Brate is a player fantasy owners in deeper leagues need to take note of. Seferian-Jenkins has been banged up as a pro, and Brate has the ability to make plays if he gets a larger role.|
Austin Seferian-Jenkins player page
Panthers | Michael Oher signs extension Fri Jun 17, 08:38 AM
Carolina Panthers OT Michael Oher was signed to a three-year, $21.6 million extension with $8 million fully guaranteed Friday, June 17.
|Footballguys view: Oher has had plenty of ups and downs during his pro career. After his career fell off with both the Ravens and the Titans, Oher signed with the Panthers as a flier. He played well last year in pass-protection (except for the Super Bowl), and the team wanted to keep him around for the near future.|
Bears | Cody Whitehair stepping up Fri Jun 17, 12:54 AM
Chicago Bears OG Cody Whitehair has been working with the first-team offense in place of OG Ted Larsen (undisclosed), and Whitehair has been one of the bright spots of the offense, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
|Footballguys view: Whitehair was one of our favorite interior linemen in this year's draft. He has Vise-Grips for hands, and Whitehair has no problem controlling his man at the point of attack. He's got the movement ability to stay with his man laterally or be used effectively as a "sticky blocker" at the second level of the defense.|
Raiders | Oakland exploring options in return game Thu Jun 16, 11:16 PM
Oakland Raiders CB T.J. Carrie is currently the frontrunner to return punts and RB Taiwan Jones is the favorite to return kickoffs, special teams coordinator Brad Seely said, but WR Joe Hansley, RB DeAndre Washington and WR Jaydon Mickens have also been receiving reps.
|Footballguys view: Jones should be able to get the job done. However, we want to see Washington touch the ball as much as possible. He could push Latavius Murray for touches as a RB, but Washington has the electric skill set to be a good returner as well.|
Taiwan Jones player page
Travis Carrie player page
Jaguars | Rashad Greene starting in slot Thu Jun 16, 10:18 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Rashad Greene has seen a majority of his reps as the first-team slot receiver, and he said he and QB Blake Bortles are becoming more comfortable working with each other.
|Footballguys view: Greene is a fine receiver when healthy. He has the quickness to get open on underneath routes, and he's got a fearless nature when going over the middle. Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and TE Julius Thomas will get all of the fantasy love so Greene is mainly just a dynasty prospect.|
Blake Bortles player page
Rashad Greene player page
Chiefs | Dee Ford bothered by knee Thu Jun 16, 10:06 PM
Kansas City Chiefs LB Dee Ford (knee) exited practice with a sore knee Wednesday, June 15.
|Footballguys view: The Chiefs need to be cautious here. They already have LB Justin Houston returning from a knee injury, but his status for the start of the regular season is up in the air. Tamba Hali is not quite the same player as he used to be, and he's been missing minicamp with his own knee injury. We should see Hali play a smaller role in 2016, so the Chiefs really need Ford to get healthy, stay healthy and make an impact as a pass-rusher.|
Dee Ford player page
Bengals | Brandon LaFell picking up offense Thu Jun 16, 10:01 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell has picked up the offense quickly, QB Andy Dalton said, and LaFell said he is ready to take advantage if defenses double team WR A.J. Green.
|Footballguys view: We're not buying the LaFell hype. He's a player who has dropped way too many passes dating all the way back to his college career at LSU. LaFell is not consistent, and we're not sure he's going to be the answer opposite Green. Watch to see if rookie Tyler Boyd emerges in the Bengals passing game.|
Brandon LaFell player page
A.J. Green player page
Andy Dalton player page
Patriots | D.J. Foster tweaked hamstring Thu Jun 16, 09:43 PM
New England Patriots WR D.J. Foster (hamstring) had limited opportunities at the end of minicamp after tweaking his hamstring.
|Footballguys view: Foster could work his way up the depth chart...if he can stay healthy. The rookie from Arizona State can play RB or WR, and there's a chance he could develop as a Julian Edelman-like prospect for the team. That's why Foster is a player we'll be monitoring closely in our dynasty leagues.|
Lions | Jim Caldwell quiet about Anquan Boldin Thu Jun 16, 09:18 PM
Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin's (49ers) visit with the Detroit Lions wasn't discussed by head coach Jim Caldwell, who declined to answer all questions related to Boldin Thursday, June 16.
|Footballguys view: That bad, huh? The Lions are looking for more WR help, and that's why they signed Andre Roberts last week. No word on whether or not Boldin is an option.|
Anquan Boldin player page
Steelers | Maurkice Pouncey had seven surgeries Thu Jun 16, 09:05 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (leg) had six surgical procedures and a skin graft as a result of the broken left tibia he suffered in a 2015 preseason game. The initial surgical wound didn't heal properly resulting in a staph infection and a need for the subsequent surgeries.Link to story
Rams | Case Keenum remains starter for now Thu Jun 16, 07:58 PM
Los Angeles Rams QB Case Keenum will enter training camp as the starting quarterback, with QB Jared Goff assuming the backup position, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.
|Footballguys view: That will last until the end of training camp. The team didn't mortgage the future for Jared Goff so he could hold a clipboard. We wouldn't start either of them and best case scenario, Goff ends up a low-end QB3.|
Case Keenum player page
Patriots | Jacoby Brissett contract details Thu Jun 16, 07:52 PM
New England Patriots rookie QB Jacoby Brissett signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, June 16. The deal is worth a total of over $3.4 million and includes a $680,604 signing bonus. He also received workout bonuses of $25,000 for each of 2017, 2018 and 2019. The base salaries of the contract are $450,000 this year, $580,038 in 2017, $735,076 in 2018 and $890,114 in 2019.
|Footballguys view: Jimmy Garoppolo gets his first starts if Tom Brady's suspension holds up, and if he does well, Garoppolo could end up traded. Which means Brissett could be the future of the position. He's only interesting from a Dynasty standpoint though, as it is unlikely he will see action this year.|
Saints | New Orleans backfield taking shape Thu Jun 16, 07:45 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is the lead running back for the Saints, while RB Tim Hightower appears to be the backup, according to Larry Holder of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. RB C.J. Spiller holds the No. 3 spot.
|Footballguys view: Ingram has come into his own, and we think he's a borderline RB1/RB2 and we could see him tipping 1,000 yards this year. Hightower finally got back into the league after some knee issues, but will be limited to whatever Ingram doesn't pick up. That means Hightower is unlikely to have any value save as a handcuff. Spiller might be the third back but he's going to have more work than Hightower, since he brings a little more variety to the table. Consider him only as depth though, as we don't expect him to do enough to warrant more than a bye-week fill-in, and his value is around RB7.|
Tim Hightower player page
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C.J. Spiller player page
Ravens | Two others unlikely to play much Thu Jun 16, 07:37 PM
Baltimore Ravens LBs Terrell Suggs (Achilles') and Elvis Dumervil (foot) are not expected to see much playing time during the preseason, according to head coach John Harbaugh.Link to story
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Ravens | Steve Smith won't play much Thu Jun 16, 07:33 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (Achilles') probably won't play much in the preseason, if at all, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
|Footballguys view: As we've said before, this is expected. They don't want to risk a guy who is a big part of their offense in the most meaningless part of the season. Smith should be a solid WR4 this year, but we don't expect the eye-popping numbers he was putting up last season.|
Steve Smith player page
Seahawks | Doug Baldwin contract being negotiated Thu Jun 16, 07:23 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin's possible contract extension is being worked on by both sides, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll said the goal is to get him locked up for a long time.
|Footballguys view: Baldwin had a tremendous second half to last season, but Seattle's offense still skews towards the run, which limits his upside a little. Without Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, things might shift a little but we aren't sure yet. Baldwin should produce regardless, and we see him as a solid WR3 with upside this year.|
Doug Baldwin player page
Ravens | Trent Richardson expecting surgery Thu Jun 16, 07:07 PM
Baltimore Ravens RB Trent Richardson (knee) will likely need arthroscopic knee surgery this offseason for a pre-existing issue. He will miss some time, but the extent of that missed time was not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: We weren't exactly holding our breath to begin with and we aren't really shocked there is a hiccup as there always is with Richardson. He's going to have a hard time making a dent in the rotation while he's on the trainer's table, and with Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen and rookie Kenneth Dixon in front of him, Richardson is likely to be cut from yet another team.|
Trent Richardson player page
Bengals | Two tackles likely ready for camp Thu Jun 16, 06:56 PM
Cincinnati Bengals OTs Jake Fisher (undisclosed) and Cedric Ogbuehi (knee) should both be ready for training camp despite only participating in individual drills so far this offseason.Link to story
Bengals | Andy Dalton receives praise Thu Jun 16, 06:50 PM
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has been better than advertised so far this offseason, according to WR Brandon LaFell. LaFell noted Dalton's ball placement, accuracy, quick release and command of the huddle as factors that have especially impressed.
|Footballguys view: Dalton was having a great season in 2015 before he got hurt, as if everything clicked. We don't know what Hue Jackson's absence might mean for him but we like what we're hearing from LaFell here. Dalton should be a solid QB2 with upside this year in Cincinnati.|
Andy Dalton player page
Bengals | James Wright to be ready for camp? Thu Jun 16, 06:41 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR James Wright (knee) participated in individual drills for the first time Wednesday, June 15, after undergoing micro fracture knee surgery this offseason. Wright said he felt explosive and he thinks he'll be ready for training camp, but it's not certain at this point.
|Footballguys view: We still think he's a long shot to make the team, forget making an impact but we're still pulling for him.|
James Wright player page
Jaguars | Myles Jack impressing Thu Jun 16, 06:31 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars LB Myles Jack (knee) has shown good explosiveness, his ability to change direction and good instincts during minicamp, according to defensive coordinator Todd Wash. Wash also said Jack knows the defense from a mental standpoint.
|Footballguys view: Short term has really not been the issue for Jack, it's the long term that concerned teams--although the way he dropped in the draft could mean they were worried about both. The league's hesitation is the Jaguars' gain as they got a top five talent in the second round. Jack should be an immediate boost to the defense.|
Patriots | Martellus Bennett fine in backup role Thu Jun 16, 06:26 PM
New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett said he doesn't mind playing second fiddle to TE Rob Gronkowski this year. 'I really don't mind being Robin, you know? So right now it's just working every day and just trying to get better. He's an excellent player, and I'm gonna be able to get a lot of single coverages with him,' Bennett said. He has impressed in organized team activities this offseason as a newcomer with his size and athleticism.
|Footballguys view: There's a fair chance we could see Bennett take over the long absent Aaron Hernandez role. Coach Bill Belichick is always trying to stay one step ahead, so it wouldn't shock us if he went back to that two tight end set. Bennett is working closely with Tom Brady, so we feel good about him in this offense. He's likely to be a solid TE2 this year.|
Martellus Bennett player page
Jaguars | Jalen Ramsey learning off the field Thu Jun 16, 06:25 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey (knee) has been able to watch plenty of film and practices while he nurses his knee injury. Ramsey said he's been trying to stay mentally tuned in and has put himself in positions on the field from a mental standpoint. Ramsey added that he feels great and he'll be good to go for training camp.
|Footballguys view: Half of being a corner is watching film, so Ramsey wasn't just hanging out at home. He'll still have a lot of work to do, but we're excited to see him in this defense.|
Chiefs | Four roster moves made by Kansas City Thu Jun 16, 06:06 PM
Kansas City Chiefs CB Bryce Cheek was waived Thursday, June 16. WR Kenny Cook (undisclosed) was waived/injured. Free-agents WR Seantavius Jones (Eagles) and SS Akeem Davis (Colts) were subsequently signed.Seantavius Jones player page
Bengals | Cincinnati waives Gionni Paul Thu Jun 16, 05:58 PM
Cincinnati Bengals LB Gionni Paul was released Thursday, June 16.Link to story
Bears | More roster moves made Thu Jun 16, 05:32 PM
Free-agent DL Marquis Jackson (Vikings) was signed by the Chicago Bears Thursday, June 16. DL Kenton Adeyemi and LB Don Cherry were waived.Link to story
Dolphins | Kenyan Drake will be ready for camp Thu Jun 16, 05:21 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (hamstring) will still be ready for training camp after being injured in practice Wednesday, June 16.
|Footballguys view: Drake has the raw ability to be a starter but he needs to learn the finer points of technique if he's going to ever get that job. He also goes down a bit too easily. Right now he's on kickoff and punt returns, and though he might see some work as a receiver, we are not expecting to have an impact in fantasy leagues this year barring injuries ahead of him.|
Seahawks | Pete Carroll confident in players' return Thu Jun 16, 05:02 PM
Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) and RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) should 'absolutely' be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
|Footballguys view: Graham has a lot of ability, but he is kept in check by Seattle's offensive scheme and offensive line woes. He has TE1 ability, but is producing TE2 numbers. We don't see it changing right now.|
Jimmy Graham player page
Dolphins | Miami also waives Charles Tuaau Thu Jun 16, 04:50 PM
Miami Dolphins DT Charles Tuaau was waived Thursday, June 16.Link to story
Dolphins | Logan Thomas waived Thu Jun 16, 04:31 PM
Miami Dolphins QB Logan Thomas was waived Thursday, June 16.
|Footballguys view: The first of a few quarterback cuts here, as there was no way the team was carrying five quarterbacks. We don't think they'll carry four either, so Matt Moore, Zac Dysert and rookie Brandon Doughty are all on notice.|
Logan Thomas player page
Cowboys | Tony Romo throwing well Thu Jun 16, 04:08 PM
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (collarbone) said he's throwing as well as he ever has as he continues to recover from a broken collarbone and subsequent offseason surgery. He and the Cowboys will go over his schedule in training camp, and he may continue to take Wednesdays off depending on how his throwing feels each day. Romo did acknowledge that he can't ignore his injury history.
|Footballguys view: Romo healthy is a beautiful thing for Cowboys fans, since without him this offense is a shadow of itself. We think Romo is in for a solid season, and rate him as a solid QB2. Right now his ADP is QB13 and he's going as the 108 player off the boards.|
Tony Romo player page
Lions | Orson Charles signs Thu Jun 16, 03:59 PM
Free-agent TE Orson Charles (Saints) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Thursday, June 16. DL James DeLoach was waived in a corresponding move.Link to story
Orson Charles player page
Panthers | Ron Rivera receives extension Thu Jun 16, 03:49 PM
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera received a one-year contract extension Thursday, June 16, that will pay him more than $6 million a year, according to a league source. Rivera led Carolina to a 17-2 record and a berth in Super Bowl 50 in 2015 and is under contract through the 2018 season. He's now among the top 10 highest paid coaches in the NFL.
|Footballguys view: Riverboat Ron cashes in his chips for a big payday. The way he has managed Cam Newton's development, the improvement of the defense and even overcoming the injuries which sidelined their best receiver last season - all gave him ammunition to get a nice contract. The Panthers are expected to make another run at the Super Bowl.|
Chargers | Melvin Gordon has made speedy recovery Thu Jun 16, 03:10 PM
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) has made a speedy recovery from knee surgery and has been cutting aggressively in team drills during minicamp. 'If you had seen him last Thursday do the conditioning part of the program in the offseason, you would have never known he was injured last year,' head coach Mike McCoy said.
|Footballguys view: Gordon is anxious to get back at it and improve over last year's performance. He has a lot of work to do. For now we have him rated as a decent RB3. That may change but we need to see more of him first.|
Melvin Gordon player page
Bears | Tony Moeaki signs with Bears Thu Jun 16, 02:51 PM
Free-agent TE Tony Moeaki (Falcons) signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears after a successful tryout Thursday, June 16. Financial terms weren't disclosed.Link to story
Tony Moeaki player page
Seahawks | Eugene Monroe interests Seahawks Thu Jun 16, 02:47 PM
Free-agent OT Eugene Monroe (Ravens) has been discussed by the Seattle Seahawks, according to sources.Link to story
49ers | Eugene Monroe interests Niners Thu Jun 16, 02:47 PM
Free-agent OT Eugene Monroe (Ravens) has preliminary interest from the San Francisco 49ers, according to sources.Link to story
Bills | Rex Ryan praises Dezmin Lewis Thu Jun 16, 02:41 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Dezmin Lewis caught the eye of head coach Rex Ryan during offseason workouts.
|Footballguys view: A raw player with natural skills, Lewis needs to improve all aspects of his game before he can become a factor. It's good Ryan was impressed but we're not adding Lewis to our rosters.|
Dezmin Lewis player page
Redskins | Jamison Crowder has impressed Thu Jun 16, 02:41 PM
Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder has excited the coaching staff in offseason practices. Crowder thought he wore down late last year, but he has looked decisive and explosive in his routes in practice this year. Washington will be reluctant to sit Crowder based on how he looked this spring, even when WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') is back. Crowder must show that he can shake defensive backs in press coverage, though.
|Footballguys view: Crowder was mediocre last year despite catching a team rookie record 59 receptions. But then again, you don't ask all that much from fourth round receivers. With Josh Doctson a first round selection this year, we're not sure how much Crowder will have to do. We wouldn't draft him this year.|
Jamison Crowder player page
Redskins | Arie Kouandjio could earn spot Thu Jun 16, 02:36 PM
Washington Redskins OG Arie Kouandjio has been rotating with the starting offensive group in spring practices with OG Spencer Long. OG Shawn Lauvao (ankle) is the starter but hasn't been healthy. Kouandjio could earn the starting nod if he improves as a blocker.Link to story
Redskins | Kirk Cousins taking charge Thu Jun 16, 02:32 PM
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins had some good and bad days during offseason practices, but it's clear that he's taking charge of the offense more and being decisive.
|Footballguys view: Cousins "had some good and bad days during offseason practices" - that's the in depth analysis we love from the World Wide Leader. Let's dig a little deeper here. Cousins had a great 2015, despite a lot of critics waiting for him to fall apart. He topped 4,000 yards and threw for 29 touchdowns compared to just 11 interceptions. He was a huge reason the offense worked and will be the centerpiece of this offense as well. There is the question as to whether he can repeat, however, and while he's not just a game manager, he's not a top-shelf quarterback either at this point. You don't want to hear about him being inconsistent in OTAs, but that will happen so we're not concerned. We expect him to put up solid QB2 numbers and he has some upside, but we wouldn't pull the cord on adding him as a QB1 this year.|
Kirk Cousins player page
Redskins | Matt Jones shows improvement Thu Jun 16, 02:28 PM
Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones took better paths off handoffs during offseason workouts and showed improvement in mandatory minicamp. The Redskins feel they're in a better spot they were in a year ago with Jones' development. The big question remains how Jones will respond to being the main back for a full season.
|Footballguys view: Jones had moments during his rookie season, but needs to show more decisiveness in games. With the departure of Alfred Morris, he has the wheel to control the backfield and if he can keep building his game up, Jones will have a lot of opportunity. Right now Jones is going off as RB21 in early drafts and should work as a decent RB2/RB3.|
Matt Jones player page
Redskins | Jordan Reed has looked good Thu Jun 16, 02:24 PM
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (ankle) missed three days of practice this week but looked very good when he was in camp, and the coaches' confidence in him has increased. Reed will work out on his own before reporting to training camp next month, and his work ethic has been an underrated part of his game. Reed has improved on getting free on certain routes.
|Footballguys view: If Reed can stay healthy, he is a top TE1. The question is whether he can do that. Concussions and nagging injuries have derailed all three of his seasons, and is a concern. So this injury definitely worries us. That said, we'll keep an eye on it and if you are OK with the injury risk - and have a solid backup - his upside is huge.|
Jordan Reed player page
Titans | Tajae Sharpe to open camp as starter? Thu Jun 16, 02:08 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Tajae Sharpe has impressed head coach Mike Mularkey, and Sharpe is expected to begin training camp as a starting wide receiver.
|Footballguys view: It's going to be quite the battle between Dorial Green-Beckham and Sharpe. It's possible they both end up starting along with Rishard Matthews, since Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter have disappointed overall and Harry Douglas is over the hill. Rookies have steep learning curve, so Sharpe may falter when the fur starts flying for real. Right now we aren't throwing him on our rosters, but he has the chance to be a solid WR5 with upside. We just need to see more.|
Ravens | Jimmy Smith likely ready for camp Thu Jun 16, 02:06 PM
Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (foot) is six weeks removed from surgery and is expected to be ready for training camp.Link to story
Jimmy Smith player page
Ravens | Terrell Suggs could be ready for season Thu Jun 16, 02:06 PM
Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles') has a real chance to be ready for the season, but he's unlikely to play in the preseason, according to head coach John Harbaugh.Link to story
Terrell Suggs player page
Broncos | Kenny Anunike will be ready Thu Jun 16, 02:03 PM
Denver Broncos DE Kenny Anunike (knee) didn't take part in the offseason workouts as he continues to recover from a knee injury late last year. However, he said he's 'feeling great' and expects to be on the field by the start of training camp next month. Anunike could have a greater role on the defensive line in 2016. He plans to spend most of his time rehabbing at the team's facility until next month.Link to story
Ravens | No timetable for Terrell Suggs Thu Jun 16, 02:02 PM
Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles') looks good and is rehabbing at the team's facility, according to head coach John Harbaugh. However, there is no clear timetable for when Suggs will begin practicing.Link to story
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