Fantasy Football News & Views
49ers | Colin Kaepernick's rehab on track (Fri May 6, 12:38 AM) [jump to this story]
Broncos | Von Miller wants to stick around (Thu May 5, 12:40 PM) [jump to this story]
Cowboys | Jaylon Smith won't go on IR (Thu May 5, 09:56 AM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | Jordan Reed agrees to extension (Thu May 5, 09:40 AM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | Matt Jones to have large role (Thu May 5, 02:13 AM) [jump to this story]
Seahawks | Tavaris Barnes signs Thu Apr 28, 03:41 PM
Free-agent DE Tavaris Barnes (Saints) signed an undisclosed deal with the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, April 28.Link to story
Seahawks | Seattle could trade back Thu Apr 28, 03:36 PM
The Seattle Seahawks could be convinced to trade their No. 26 pick in the first round if Memphis QB Paxton Lynch and Michigan State QB Connor Cook are available at that point. Seattle hasn't used their first-round pick since 2012, and general manager John Schneider sees this draft as deep.
|Footballguys view: This is one of the many reasons we think Lynch doesn't fall out of the first. He has the talent to go and teams like the Chiefs and Broncos are very interested. Cook is less likely to draw a trade though. Footballguys Andrew Garda and Cecil Lammey are in Chicago covering the draft, and both have heard Denver could move up if Lynch drops to 20 or later.|
Jaguars | Justin Blackmon pleads guilty Thu Apr 28, 03:21 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge from December in Oklahoma Thursday, April 28. He's scheduled to be sentenced June 8. It was Blackmon's third alcohol-related arrest and fourth arrest overall. He hasn't practiced or played since Week 8 of the 2013 season, and he's been suspended indefinitely since. The Jaguars believe Blackmon is unlikely to play in the NFL again.
|Footballguys view: Such an absolutely shame. Blackmon is very talented but cannot get out of his own way. We hope he can find a way to get his life back on track, whether or not he ever sees a football field again.|
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Cowboys | Dallas down to two players? Thu Apr 28, 02:49 PM
The Dallas Cowboys seem to be debating between Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott and Florida State CB Jalen Ramsey with their fourth overall selection in the NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: We're hearing that there's a chance this could be smoke to try and get a team (like the Miami Dolphins) to jump up and trade for the third or fourth pick. Elliott appears to be a great running back in waiting, but it seems an odd selection for the Cowboys who could put any number of decent backs behind their offensive line and succeed. We won't put anything past Jerry Jones, but Ramsey makes more sense.|
Seahawks | Brandon Williams signs with Seattle Thu Apr 28, 02:03 PM
Free-agent TE Brandon D. Williams (Dolphins) signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, April 28, according to his agent.Link to story
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NFL | Reggie Ragland has heart condition Thu Apr 28, 01:38 PM
Alabama LB Reggie Ragland (heart) was diagnosed with an enlarged aorta in his heart, which isn't expected to alter his football career. It's an issue that he must watch closely, according to seven teams, and he could fall in the 2016 NFL Draft because of it.
|Footballguys view: It shouldn't matter much, as many teams know that monitoring it is all that really needs to be done. Ragland is a very good player who won't drop far if he does at all.|
Giants | G-Men to take tackle first Thu Apr 28, 01:34 PM
Michigan State OT Jack Conklin could land with the New York Giants, who are 'for sure' going to take the best available offensive tackle at No. 10 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, according to a source. Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley and Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil are expected to be drafted before No. 10.
|Footballguys view: The Giants are in desperate need for something like a professional-level offensive line, so Conklin makes all the sense in the world. We would also think pass rusher is on the table, but if Conklin is there, the Giants might make it two offensive line prospects in the first round for two drafts in a row.|
Saints | Sheldon Rankins linked to Saints Thu Apr 28, 01:26 PM
Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins has been linked to the New Orleans Saints in the first round.
|Footballguys view: The Saints need defensive help, so we could totally see Rankins ending up with the Saints. An exceptionally productive player both as a bullrusher and edge rusher Rankins would be a great help to the defense.|
NFL | Teams shying away from Myles Jack Thu Apr 28, 01:26 PM
UCLA LB Myles Jack (knee) has 'buyer beware' stamped on him going into the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday, April 28. Scouts and executives are starting to shy away from him because of the uncertainty surrounding the degenerative meniscus issues in his right knee. He's expected to be available Day 1 as a rookie, but his knee likely will require microfracture surgery eventually. Teams are likely to be reluctant to use a first-round pick on him.
|Footballguys view: Whether this is smoke or not, we were surprised that Jack was so candid about the injury. That said, Footballguys Cecil Lammey and Andrew Garda are in Chicago covering the draft and both have heard he won't fall out of the first, although mid-round is no longer out of the question.|
Broncos | Von Miller negotiations peaceful Thu Apr 28, 01:09 PM
Denver Broncos franchise free-agent LB Von Miller said negotiations on a long-term deal with the Broncos are 'just business.' 'My teammates know what type of teammate I am,' Miller said. 'They know what type of guy I am. It's just the business part of it. There's really no hard feelings or anything like that. (The Broncos) know what type of guy I am. I'm expecting a deal any day. That's just the type of mindset I have.'
|Footballguys view: Any day now might end up being July when camp starts. The Broncos want him to stay (need him, really) and he wants to stay a Bronco, so we feel this will happen.|
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Browns | Joe Thomas won't be dealt Thu Apr 28, 12:56 PM
Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas said that team officials told him they have no plans to trade him.
|Footballguys view: They can't risk having him leave when Alex Mack already departed. They need to protect Robert Griffin III or whatever other unlucky sod ends up under center.|
Cowboys | Ronald Leary signs tender Thu Apr 28, 11:34 AM
Dallas Cowboys restricted free-agent OG Ronald Leary signed his one-year, $2.553 million tender Thursday, April 28.Link to story
Texans | Vernon Butler worked out for Texans Thu Apr 28, 11:23 AM
Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler worked out for the Houston Texans recently, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Texans are always looking for more and more ways to continue improving the defense. Butler would be a nice addition though he is a bit undersized. He makes up for it a bit with a quick first step and could develop more tools with some time. He's a third or fourth round pick worth their time.|
Rams | No. 1 pick won't know until it's time Thu Apr 28, 11:08 AM
California QB Jared Goff is expected to be the No. 1 pick by the Los Angeles Rams, but the Rams won't notify the player they're selecting until they're on the clock Thursday, April 28.
|Footballguys view: Here's your tinfoil hat conspiracy for the day: is the NFL asking them to hold off so they can maximize excitement and eyeballs on television? Because otherwise it's odd that this team isn't already working on the contract. We expect Goff to be the pick and while Carson Wentz has more upside, Goff is more ready to go.|
Buccaneers | Mike Evans idle Thursday Thu Apr 28, 11:01 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (undisclosed) is out of practice at the minicamp Thursday, April 28. Evans tweaked something at the end of the first day of the camp.
|Footballguys view: We'll watch this, but it's way too early to freak out. We are hoping Evans can build on last year with another 1,000-plus yards season and adds some touchdowns as well.|
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Dolphins | Mike Pouncey back at practice Thu Apr 28, 10:51 AM
Miami Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (illness) returned to practice Thursday, April 28.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins need stability on the offensive line and Pouncey will be an anchor for it this year.|
Dolphins | Two Dolphins cut Thu Apr 28, 10:49 AM
Miami Dolphins WR Tyler Davis and WR Robert Herron were cut Thursday, April 28.Link to story
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Saints | Myles Jack an option for Saints? Thu Apr 28, 10:18 AM
UCLA LB Myles Jack could have a suitor at No. 12 overall in the New Orleans Saints, who like him quite a bit.
|Footballguys view: A lot of media folks like the fit. We do too and the Saints need an impact player on defense. They might be willing to risk his knee, especially as they have to think their championship window is closing as we draw towards the end of Drew Brees' career.|
Saints | Drew Brees not close to the end Thu Apr 28, 09:59 AM
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees didn't put much stock into the reports the team was looking to trade up to land the No. 1 pick earlier this offseason and said he doesn't plan to retire any time soon. 'It wouldn't be the first time that I've been on a team where they took a quarterback in the first round to come take my position and I would take the exact same approach now that I did then, which is, it's my team, it's my job,' Brees said. 'I don't think there's any use in talking about it because I doubt it would happen. And if it did, I trust our organization. I trust Mickey (Loomis) and Sean (Payton). If there's somebody there that you feel like is going to be the future of our organization for years to come, then take him, but I don't plan on giving up my job anytime soon.'
|Footballguys view: The Saints need to plan for life beyond Brees but both the team and Brees believe the aging quarterback isn't done yet. We think, if the offense clicks, Brees could be a solid QB1 in fantasy and at worst, if it doesn't, fantasy owners will have a really nice QB2 with upside.|
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NFL | Paxton Lynch may fall out of first round Thu Apr 28, 09:46 AM
Memphis QB Paxton Lynch could fall out of the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft unless the Dallas Cowboys trade back into the round to draft him, in the opinion of ESPN's Adam Schefter.
|Footballguys view: This isn't happening, in our opinion. You always take an extra minute to consider when a guy like Schefter posits something like this, but we don't think he gets past Jets-Chiefs-Broncos.|
Broncos | DEN moving on from Sam Bradford Thu Apr 28, 09:45 AM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford is an option the Denver Broncos are moving away from because the Broncos don't believe the Eagles are willing to trade him, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: We don't know if this is the Eagles maneuvering for more value in a trade or if they have talked Bradford off a ledge. They want to sit their rookie quarterback (likely Carson Wentz by all accounts) for a year and they paid Bradford for that. We think Bradford starts the season in Eagles green.|
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Broncos | Von Miller moving closer to deal Thu Apr 28, 02:02 AM
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller said he expects to sign a long-term deal with the Broncos 'any day.'
|Footballguys view: It would be in the best interest of both Miller and the team to do this, as the Broncos will continue to lean on the defense long term.|
Von Miller player page
Buccaneers | Two Tampa wideouts to get chance in slot Thu Apr 28, 01:35 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WRs Donteea Dye and Adam Humphries will get a chance for work in the slot during spring practices, along with WR Kenny Bell.
|Footballguys view: Slot receiver could be a productive role for fantasy purposes in Tampa this year. Whomever gets the nod is someone worth keeping an eye on for a WR3 or WR4 in a PPR league.|
Buccaneers | Kenny Bell ready to make plays Thu Apr 28, 01:34 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Kenny Bell (hamstring) spent the 2015 season, his rookie year, on the Reserve/Injured list due to a hamstring injury, but he stayed connected with the team while the coaching staff made a point to keep him involved in the day-to-day activity, even taking him on every road trip despite his being out. Bell is expected to compete with WRs Donteea Dye and Adam Humphries for slot duties during the spring.
|Footballguys view: We don't know what Vincent Jackson will be capable of this year after an injury shortened year, and if Mike Evans can keep up the yardage production while adding more touchdowns so there is certainly room for Bell to make some impact.|
Kenny Bell player page
NFL | Myles Jack might need injury waiver Wed Apr 27, 10:54 PM
UCLA LB Myles Jack (knee) might need to sign an injury waiver before certain NFL teams will consider selecting him in the 2016 NFL Draft, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Teams have known about this already, so it's questionable how much this impacts his draft stock. Plenty of media pundits have him going in the top ten, with a few dropping him into the 11-16 range. His talent is undeniable. The question is, how many years do you get before he needs microfracture surgery? If the formula works out to where you can get at least his rookie contract length from him (four years with a fifth year option), then you grab him.|
49ers | Anthony Davis not interested in losing Wed Apr 27, 10:53 PM
San Francisco 49ers OT Anthony Davis, who announced his retirement but hasn't filed official paperwork with the league, posted on his official Twitter account Wednesday, April 27, that he does not 'want to work with a front office or anyone else who seemingly doesn't want to win as bad as I do.'
|Footballguys view: That's an interesting quote. Does he mean that Trent Baalke and company really are as big a mess as we all suspected? Or is this a contract move? The Niners need offensive line help and if they are smart they might want to add offensive line talent early in the draft to fix this offensive line.|
Broncos | Connor Cook of interest to Broncos Wed Apr 27, 10:52 PM
Michigan State QB Connor Cook has had a pre-draft visit with the Denver Broncos, and he might be available at the bottom of Round 1 when the team selects at No. 31 overall.
|Footballguys view: We're not sure this would be a good fit for this system, and you have the character questions that have followed Cook all draft season. The Broncos really want Paxton Lynch to drop, but it may not happen. Cook has the physical tools overall, but he doesn't fit the scheme Gary Kubiak runs offensively.|
Broncos | Paxton Lynch has visited Denver Wed Apr 27, 10:52 PM
Memphis QB Paxton Lynch had a pre-draft visit with the Denver Broncos, but for the team to select him in the 2016 NFL Draft they would likely need to trade up from their spot at No. 31.Link to story
Broncos | Moving closer on Sam Bradford deal Wed Apr 27, 10:51 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford remains a trade target of the Denver Broncos, and a league source said Wednesday, April 27, that the Broncos 'are in' on the quarterback. Broncos general manager John Elway has spoken with Eagles general manager Howie Roseman about Bradford, although the team has not expressed a willingness to deal the signal caller.Link to story
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Giants | Myles Jack not an option for Giants Wed Apr 27, 08:26 PM
UCLA LB Myles Jack (knee) is no longer an option for the New York Giants with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft because of his injured knee, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Jack could fall in the early first round, but it sounds like at least one team in the top 10-12 should be willing to take him knowing that they might not get a full second contract out of the ultra-versatile and intense linebacker.|
Chiefs | Knile Davis could be moved Wed Apr 27, 08:24 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Knile Davis is being shopped to other teams.
|Footballguys view: Davis had a few shining moments in the past and his size/speed combination is rare, but he lacks the vision to be more than a backup on his likely new team. If the Chiefs can't get a pick for him, he might get released with three running backs under contract ahead of him.|
Knile Davis player page
Patriots | Tom Brady talks with NFL unlikely Wed Apr 27, 07:54 PM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and the NFL are not expected to talk anymore regarding a settlement, according to a source. The league doesn't believe the NFL Players' Association or any of Brady's representatives have provided a reason to renew settlement talks. Brady's suspension was recently upheld by a federal appeals court and he is expected to miss the first four games of the regular season.
|Footballguys view: It's time to plan on the Patriots not having Brady for the first four games, although he'll likely exhaust every legal avenue he has to avoid it.|
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Titans | Tennessee hosted Vernon Butler Wed Apr 27, 07:45 PM
Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler recently added the Tennessee Titans to the list of teams he's visited.
|Footballguys view: Butler is massive 6'4" 323 defensive lineman who can line up at multiple places and provide pass rush upside with a great motor and nose for the ball. He won't last long on the second day if he is even there at all.|
NFL | Three more visits for Daniel Lasco Wed Apr 27, 07:25 PM
California RB Daniel Lasco recently worked out privately for the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Lasco was a sensation in 2014, but a hip injury slowed him down in 2015. He had one of the two highest SPARQ scores in this years class and is loved by measureables analytics. Consider him a high upside sleeper for the second or third round of rookie drafts.|
NFL | Brian Hoyer will wait Wed Apr 27, 07:15 PM
Free-agent QB Brian Hoyer (Texans) will wait to see what happens with the NFL Draft this week before deciding where to sign, according to a source.Link to story
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NFL| Germain Ifedi had several visits Wed Apr 27, 06:30 PM
Texas A and M OT Germain Ifedi has visited the Houston Texans, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts. He has also worked out privately for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks.
|Footballguys view: Ifedi could be moved inside to guard, but he has a high ceiling if he can tighten up his game in the pros. He might sneak into the late first, but is more likely a second rounder.|
NFL | Two favorites for Reggie Ragland? Wed Apr 27, 06:20 PM
Alabama LB Reggie Ragland has been linked mostly to the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers.
|Footballguys view: Ragland is a thumper who would be a tone setter in any defense. He should one of the first IDPs off the board in dynasty rookie drafts.|
Browns | Cleveland could pick Jack Conklin Wed Apr 27, 06:04 PM
Michigan State OT Jack Conklin is being considered by the Cleveland Browns with their eighth overall selection. Conklin had an extensive meeting with the Browns at Michigan State's pro day.
|Footballguys view: Conklin seems to be in play more in the mid-first than top 10, but with Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) having higher expectations lately, he might ride a wave of tackles up the board. Cleveland is just as likely to trade down and still get Conklin, so the rumored trade down with Miami is in play if they covet him.|
Giants | Laquon Treadwell an option for Giants Wed Apr 27, 05:43 PM
Mississippi WR Laquon Treadwell is in the mix for the New York Giants at their No. 10 pick in the NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Treadwell seemed glum recently saying "I just got to accept where I go & make the most of it..You're wanted by some team so if they pick you..deal with it" today, so a fall out of the first is also possible. Either way, he should be one of the first receivers off the board in dynasty rookie drafts. He could be an ideal complement to Odell Beckham with his ability to win one-on-one.|
Redskins | Washington wants Karl Joseph Wed Apr 27, 05:03 PM
West Virginia S Karl Joseph could be drafted by the Washington Redskins, who may want to trade down for him.
|Footballguys view: Joseph has been linked to some teams in the late first round, so even though he tore his ACL in October, he could still be a first round pick. He is a true do everything safety who can play centerfield and patrol the box with equal aplomb.|
Falcons | Atlanta likes Clemons linemen Wed Apr 27, 04:43 PM
Clemson Des Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd could be options for the Atlanta Falcons with their No. 17 overall pick. The consensus of pundits has the Falcons taking Ohio State LB Darron Lee with that pick, however.
|Footballguys view: The Falcons will look defense in almost any scenario. Lee would add a lot of speed to their linebacking corps, while Lawson and Dodd would be instant additions of pass rush punch and stout run defense from the edge.|
NFL | Michael Thomas undervalued? Wed Apr 27, 04:27 PM
Ohio State WR Michael Thomas appears to be undervalued and will make for a better NFL wide receiver than college wide receiver, according to several teams. Thomas has been in contact with the San Diego Chargers recently and is also highly thought of by the Cincinnati Bengals.
|Footballguys view: Thomas has a big frame and underrated athleticism, and he was underused in the Ohio State offense. He has a chance to be selected in the first round tomorrow, but has stiff competition to get into the first day and could instead be an early second day pick.|
Broncos | Kaepernick trade unlikely by Sunday Wed Apr 27, 04:15 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is not expected to be traded to the Denver Broncos by Sunday, May 1, as there have been no talks of late.Link to story
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NFL | Stock rising for two defensive linemen Wed Apr 27, 04:04 PM
The draft stock of Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins and Mississippi State DT Chris D. Jones continues to rise a day before the NFL Draft. Rankins and Jones are viewed by many teams to be the best interior pass-rushers in this year's draft.
|Footballguys view: Rankins could go in the top 12 and Jones could go in the first round, as players like Aaron Donald have shown the immense value of interior pass rush.|
Vikings | Minnesota could grab Robert Nkemdiche Wed Apr 27, 03:52 PM
Mississippi DE Robert Nkemdiche may be selected by the Minnesota Vikings with their No. 23 overall pick if he is still there, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Nkemdiche has the interior pass rusher athletic toolset of a top 10 pick, but a lack of production and character questions have made him a late-first round boom/bust pick for a playoff team. The Vikings have been linked to wide receivers, but that might not be the pick if Josh Doctson (TCU) goes before their pick.|
NFL | Leonard Floyd's stock rising Wed Apr 27, 03:30 PM
Georgia LB Leonard Floyd is rising up draft boards and could be taken inside the top 10.
|Footballguys view: Floyd has a similar combination of tools to Jamie Collins, which makes him very rare, but he is more projection than player. That won't stop a team from taking him very high in a league thirsting for more edge rushers.|
Broncos | Sam Bradford talks not in depth Wed Apr 27, 03:27 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford has not been discussed at length with the Denver Broncos. Denver has called regarding the quarterback, but no compensation has been discussed. The Eagles are still not inclined to move Bradford.Link to story
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Dolphins | Jay Ajayi wants to be shiftier Wed Apr 27, 03:16 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi said he wants to drop eight to ten pounds this season and play around 218 pounds to 220 pounds in order to be shiftier. He played between 228 pounds and 230 pounds last season.
|Footballguys view: Ajayi is the favorite to be submarined by Ezekiel Elliott tomorrow with the Dolphins rumored to be trading up for the Ohio State back. Even if Elliott ends up elsewhere, Ajayi will be joined by a rookie, but he could hold off anyone not named Elliott to remain the starter.|
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NFL | Jalen Ramsey prefers cornerback Wed Apr 27, 03:15 PM
Florida State CB Jalen Ramsey said 'corner' when asked what position he hopes to play in the NFL. Some evaluators think Ramsey will move to safety in the NFL while also playing cornerback in certain coverages. 'I will play anywhere a team wants me to play, just like I did in college it doesn't matter to me. I want to play ball,' Ramsey admitted.
|Footballguys view: Ramsey should provide an excellent IDP profile for a corner with his ability to play some safety snaps. Even if he lines up at safety, he is such a dynamic athlete that he will be a consideration in the third round of IDP league rookie drafts.|
Broncos | Colin Kaepernick to DEN still likely? Wed Apr 27, 02:32 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is likely to be acquired by the Denver Broncos, in the opinion of ESPN analyst, and former NFL executive, Mark Dominik. Dominik said Wednesday, April 27, on ESPN's Russillo and Kanell, that when Kaepernick met with Broncos team president John Elway, the parameters of a deal and a contract were likely mapped out. Dominik said it didn't benefit the 49ers to let Kaepernick visit the Broncos if a deal wasn't going to happen. Dominik opined that he thinks a trade could happen Friday, April 29, or Saturday, April 30, because the 49ers are likely set on drafting a quarterback in the first three rounds.Link to story
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