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  Titans | Taming Marcus Mariota is key    Mon Jun 24, 09:03 AM

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota has been encouraged to take fewer hits by general manager Jon Robinson. 'The thing I've stressed to him, and I know our coaches have stressed to him is, Let's live to play another play,' Robinson said. 'Don't take that hit. If you feel the pocket coming down on you and you take off running, and the 'backer is coming off of coverage and he's coming screaming at you, throw the ball away. It's OK to punt, we'll get another crack at it. That's the main thing, it's stressing to him - to try as best as possible, like all quarterbacks do, to avoid getting hit.'

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  Saints | Taysom Hill working on receiver skills    Sun Jun 23, 09:36 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill said he feels more comfortable with the responsibilities of being a wide receiver this season. 'I think it will be even easier because there was definitely a learning curve from a fundamental standpoint of getting out of breaks and routes and blocking all that I feel more comfortable doing that.'

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  Bengals | Jeff Driskel could be cut    Sun Jun 23, 09:32 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB Jeff Driskel will likely be cut if QB Ryan Finley plays well enough in the preseason to be used as the backup quarterback, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.

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  Bengals | Ryan Finley still struggling    Fri Jun 21, 09:41 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB Ryan Finley has struggled throughout spring practices, according to Laurel Pfahler of the Dayton Daily News, and Pfahler believes Finley has 'a long way to go' before he can be trusted to be the backup to QB Andy Dalton.

Footballguys view: Jeff Driskel wasn't a total disaster when he played last year, and it looks like he'll be the backup again this year.

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  Redskins | Alex Smith hopes to play again    Fri Jun 21, 08:28 AM

Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith (leg) said he hopes to play football again, but he has more steps to conquer before that. Smith talked about an external fixator that came from Siberia that will 'save my leg, help me heal, allow me to walk again and hopefully play football again.'

Footballguys view: This sounds even more pessimistic than what we heard in the offseason to date. If Smith's leg needed to be "saved" and his walking again was in question, football is far far away.

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  Colts | Andrew Luck excelling in red zone    Thu Jun 20, 12:32 PM

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck's strong red-zone play is a key to the Colts continuing their success inside the opponents' 20-yard line, head coach Frank Reich said earlier in June at the team's minicamp. 'You need really good quarterback play,' Reich said. 'We got that last year. If you look at Andrew's (Luck) career -- that was one of the things I looked at when I got here. I looked at what Andrew's career was on third down and red zone. He's been good at third down and red zone his whole career. We saw that last year.'

Footballguys view: Luck had 32 passing touchdowns in 2018 that were in the red zone. That was good for second in the league behind Patrick Mahomes (35). His 67.4 completion percentage was good for second in the league as well, this time behind Drew Brees (71.6 percent). Luck is currently going off the board at QB2 (4.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Redskins | Colt McCoy not counted out    Thu Jun 20, 09:03 AM

Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy (leg) isn't being counted out of the battle for starting quarterback by the team. 'We would love for him to take some reps, but obviously his health is more important right now than anything, and that is the most important thing for him,' head coach Jay Gruden said about McCoy on the first day of minicamp. 'When his time comes it will come quickly. He will be ready.'

Footballguys view: He's not out but it's easy to see how McCoy is a long-shot for the starting job. Case Keenum is the seasoned veteran who could begin the season as the starter. Dwayne Haskins is the 2019 first-round pick and seen as the quarterback of the future. McCoy is mainly an afterthought right now.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford played with serious injury    Tue Jun 18, 03:57 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) played all 16 games in 2018 to run his consecutive-starts streak to 128 despite reportedly finishing the season with broken bones in his back, according to Mike O'Hara of the team's website.'He had a broken back last year. Broken bones in his back. ... It's been reported. I read that. Word gets out in the NFL,' O'Hara said during a recent episode of his weekly podcast with WJR's Ken Brown.

Footballguys view: There is no denying the numbers went down for Stafford in 2018. Some of this has to do with that injury, and some of this was a lack of weapons in the passing game. They addressed that in the 2019 NFL draft by adding T.J. Hockenson in the first round. We'll see if that helps Stafford have a little bounce back in 2019. The Lions are a run-heavy offense, so don't expect Stafford to put up huge numbers this season.

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  Saints | Saints have no timeline for Drew Brees    Tue Jun 18, 01:36 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees turned 40 in January, but the team is dealing with the situation on a year-to-year basis. 'I think we look at it in terms of, 'Hey, this year,' you know? And man, he had a great season last year, and we expect a great season this year,' Saints general manager Loomis said recently. 'And so for as long as he wants to play and can play, he's going to have that opportunity.'

Footballguys view: Thanks to restructured contract that pushes a $10-million-plus cap hit to 2020, Brees will count more than $21 million against the cap that season (whether or not he's on the team), and number will increase if Brees isn't signed to a new deal that will kick some of that hit over future seasons. Saints GM Mickey Loomis says that Brees can be the quarterback of the Saints 'as long as he wants to.'

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  Jets | Josh McCown calls it a career    Mon Jun 17, 02:01 PM

New York Jets QB Josh McCown announced his retirement via The Players' Tribune on Monday, June 17.

Footballguys view: McCown had a 17-year football career and now finds his way to the TV studio as an analyst for ESPN. Largely a backup or bridge quarterback during his pro career, McCown was a solid player no matter where he went in 10 different NFL stops (and one year with the Hartford Colonials in the UFL).

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  Cardinals | Greatness forecast for Kyler Murray    Sun Jun 16, 02:03 PM

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray will enjoy immediate NFL success in the opinion of teammate David Johnson. 'He's going to be great,' Johnson said Wednesday, June 12 on Sirius XM Radio. 'It's going to be scary for D-linemen. I remember I was just talking to Chandler (Jones), he has to kind of hesitate when he chases [Murray] down. ... People are really underestimating his ability to throw. He can throw dimes and he can throw the ball down the field, he's been throwing it deep to Christian (Kirk), to those guys in the OTAs... these defenses are going to have to definitely practice against a scrambler like him.'

Footballguys view: Murray has unprecedented fantasy potential with freedom as a runner and passer in a scheme that should keep defenses off balance, especially early in the season. Taking him among the top 10 quarterbacks isn't a reach.

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  Rams | Jared Goff contract talks preliminary    Sun Jun 16, 12:51 PM

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff is in line for a new contract, and Rams general manager Les Snead told the Los Angeles Times on Friday, June 14, that the team has had 'preliminary discussions' with Goff's agent, Ryan Tollner, regarding a timeline for talks. Los Angeles Times, Rams G.M. Les Snead said Friday that the Rams have had 'preliminary discussions' with Tollner regarding a timeline for talks regarding Goff's deal.'(It's) nothing heavy,' Snead said of the communications. 'No heavy lifting.'

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  Giants | NYG could carry two QBs on roster    Sun Jun 16, 11:16 AM

The New York Giants may decide to carry only two quarterbacks on their 2019 roster if the coaching staff is convinced that QB Daniel Jones would be able to capably fill in for QB Eli Manning when called upon. Previously, it had been believed that Kyle Lauletta and Alex Tanney would be fighting for the No. 3 quarterback spot on the roster but there's a possibility that neither player will make the team. If the Giants opt to keep three QBs, Tanney is believed to have a slight edge over Lauletta.

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  Bengals | Jacob Dolegala makes most of chance    Sat Jun 15, 09:26 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB Jacob Dolegala worked with the first-team offense during minicamp Thursday, June 13, completing 12 of his 17 passes during team drills and displaying a 'big arm,' according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.

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  Chiefs | Patrick Mahomes to focus on footwork    Sat Jun 15, 11:28 AM

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes said that he would work on his footwork during the period between minicamp and training camp. He said that he misses many plays because his feet are in the wrong position and he relies too heavily on his arm.

Footballguys view: Mahomes has the arm strength to make any throw from almost any platform. Falling back on that arm strength is something quarterbacks with big arms do all the time. Mahomes will work on his mechanics to enhance his accuracy. His completion percentage of 66.0 in 2018 ranked 23rd in the league.

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  Cowboys | Dak Prescott's agent proposes $34M annual deal    Fri Jun 14, 01:47 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott and his agent Todd France/CAA have extended a contract proposal to the team that would have Prescott earning close to $34 million annually, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys just need to face reality and pay Prescott his market value to end any possibility of drama or hurt feelings from this situation.

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  Redskins | Dwayne Haskins showing strides    Fri Jun 14, 12:40 PM

Washington Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins says adaption to the NFL has been a challenge this offseason, but he, his coaches and teammates have been pleased with his progress. 'It's been a process,' Haskins said Tuesday, June 11. 'but every day I feel like I'm getting better at it.'

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  Redskins | Dwayne Haskins has a shot to start    Fri Jun 14, 09:43 AM

Washington Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins deserves a shot to start, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Footballguys view: Unless it looks like Haskins will be overwhelmed, Washington should start him. He can learn on the job and grow while still giving the team about as much chance to win as Colt McCoy or Case Keenum. The best thing the team can do for him is make Trent Williams happy and get him back on the field.

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  Bills | Matt Barkley locked in as backup QB?    Thu Jun 13, 10:48 PM

Buffalo Bills QB Matt Barkley has the 'safest' role on the roster as QB Josh Allen's backup, in the opinion of Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News.

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  Ravens | Lamar Jackson may work with QB guru    Thu Jun 13, 05:27 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson indicated he may work with noted 'quarterback guru' Tom House over the summer and confirmed he will throw to his teammates in either Baltimore or somewhere in Florida in July.

Footballguys view: It sounds like Jackson needs to. The reports from OTAs and minicamp were not kind about Jackson's progression as a passer. He's got time to improve, and it sounds like he'll use his 'off' time to get some more work in. Jackson's rushing ability and the improved playmakers around him could make him produce like a QB1 in some weeks for Fantasy GMs. Jackson is currently going off the board at QB22 (13.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Jets | Sam Darnold impressing in Year 2    Thu Jun 13, 01:51 PM

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold has impressed Jets wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson in his second season. 'It's everything,' Jefferson said of Darnold. 'The way that he works -- he's here early in the morning, he stays after, he probably doesn't leave this building until six, seven at night. He's in the old quarterback room. I've been so impressed with this kids work ethic and the way he attacks everything. It's just been awesome to see a young kid like that. It's almost like he's been here before. He's a young guy, but he has a lot of veteran attributes to him.'

Footballguys view: It will be interesting to see what kind of steps Darnold can take in year two...now with the guidance of head coach Adam Gase. Having better weapons around Darnold (like RB Le'Veon Bell) should greatly help. Darnold is a low-end QB2 for Fantasy GMs in 2019.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins eyeing next level    Thu Jun 13, 12:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins owns a 34-37-1 record as an NFL starter, and said Wednesday, June 12, that his goal is achieving more team success in terms of wins. 'The next level really is all about winning,' Cousins said. 'I'm pretty much a .500 quarterback in my career so far, and I don't think that's where you want to be, and that's not why you are brought in or people are excited about you. If I don't play well, if I don't have gaudy statistics, but we win multiple playoff games, the narrative will be I went to the next level.'

Footballguys view: Yes, the next level would be nice...or getting back to the level they were at before Cousins showed up. The Vikings went to the NFC Championship Game with Case Keenum in 2017...let that sink in. Then let it sting because Cousins didn't even get them to the postseason in 2018, even though they paid him the first fully guaranteed contract in NFL history. Cousins has a ton of pressure on him to perform better than ever in 2019.

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  Ravens | Throwing coach for Lamar Jackson?    Thu Jun 13, 12:08 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson said Thursday, June 13, he might work with throwing coach Tom House before the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: It sounds like Jackson needs to. The reports from OTAs and minicamp were not kind about Jackson's progression as a passer. He's got time to improve, and it sounds like he'll use his 'off' time to get some more work in. Jackson's rushing ability and the improved playmakers around him could make him produce like a QB1 in some weeks for Fantasy GMs. Jackson is currently going off the board at QB22 (13.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Panthers | Cam Newton has new throwing motion    Wed Jun 12, 09:21 PM

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is using a new throwing motion in hopes of preserving his shoulder for the long haul. 'Making him a little more compact in his upper body. A little more closed off, just so he's not as open throwing the ball. And just to make him as efficient as possible and putting the least amount of stress possible,' quarterbacks coach Scott Turner said Wednesday, June 12.

Footballguys view: The work on Newton's passing motion began last year when Turner cleaned up Newton's footwork. They also worked to have Newton get rid of the ball quicker when things weren't open deep. Newton's completion percentage jumped to a career high 67.9 percent (his career average was around 59 percent). Now, the team is keeping his upper body compact to prevent unnatural movement or over-torque on his shoulder. Newton insists the motion is not that different, and we'll see if it helps his shoulder stay healthy in 2019.

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  Chargers | Philip Rivers may sit out preseason    Wed Jun 12, 07:44 PM

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers is not expected to receive a lot of snaps in the preseason and could sit out the entire preseason to make sure he is ready for the regular season.

Footballguys view: The Chargers don't need to see Rivers much if at all during the exhibition portion of the summer. They are in a Super Bowl window so long as Rivers is their quarterback. We should see Tyrod Taylor get plenty of work and the Chargers want to see a lot of rookie quarterback Easton Stick too.

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  Cardinals | Taryn Christion taking part in minicamp    Tue Jun 11, 08:42 PM

Free-agent QB Taryn Christion (Seahawks) is participating in the Arizona Cardinals minicamp this week on a tryout basis.

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  49ers | Jimmy Garoppolo on track for training camp    Tue Jun 11, 04:46 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) continues to participate in individual and seven-on-seven drills and appears as though he will be ready for the start of training camp, according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner.

Footballguys view: Garoppolo made it three games in 2018 before going down with this knee injury. He has been limited in practice but is trending in the right direction. This seems like a make-or-break season for Garoppolo and the 49ers. He's got to stay healthy and play the franchise quarterback he was supposed to be when the team traded for him.

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  Panthers | Cam Newton throws in minicamp    Tue Jun 11, 01:50 PM

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) threw to stationary targets Tuesday, June 11, during the team's minicamp practice. It was the first time Newton has thrown passes publicly since undergoing shoulder surgery in January. 'If you go back and look at a lot of things that happened before he started having shoulder issues, you can see the improvement, you can see the footwork, you can see the whole development of him,'' coach Ron Rivera said. 'As the shoulder started to go, then you saw everything fall by the wayside. Now you get an opportunity to go back, rework those things, do the things he needs to do to improve. He's done a great job.'

Footballguys view: Another day and more positive news about Newton here. A healthy Newton is a dangerous Newton and a player Fantasy GMs want to add in drafts of all formats. Newton has QB1 upside but is currently going off the board in the mid-QB2 tier. If he performs well in the preseason, we could see his ADP climb into the low-end QB1 range.

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  Colts | Andrew Luck to miss minicamp    Tue Jun 11, 01:03 PM

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (calf) will sit out the team's minicamp this week with a calf strain, head coach Frank Reich announced Tuesday, June 11.

Footballguys view: Luck was supposed to be dealing with a low-grade strain. It sounds like the Colts are being wisely cautious with their franchise quarterback. We'll see if Luck can fully participate in training camp when it kicks off later this summer. He is expected to be ready.

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  Giants | Open QB competition with Giants?    Tue Jun 11, 12:45 PM

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday, June 11, that rookie QB Daniel Jones is very much in contention to start Week 1 and is 'constantly' weighing scenarios. 'We're gonna play the very best player. I know we're dancing around the words here, but right now Eli (Manning) is getting ready to have a great year and Daniel is getting ready to play.' Shurmur said. 'We'll just see what happens.'

Footballguys view: The word out of Giants camp is that Manning looks like he's done. Jones may not be a world-beater at this point in his career, but he may be a better option than a fading Manning. We'll see if Jones can overtake Manning during training camp and the preseason.

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  Lions | Detroit makes four moves    Mon Jun 10, 02:17 PM

Free-agent OL Luke Bowanko (Redskins) and QB David Fales (Dolphins) signed undisclosed contracts with the Detroit Lions on Monday, June 10. The Lions also waived QB Connor Cook and S David X. Jones to make room for them on the roster.

Footballguys view: Fales gives the team a camp arm...and apparently a better one than Cook. Tom Savage and Fales will compete in camp to win the backup job to Matthew Stafford in 2019.

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  Giants | Limited work for Kyle Lauletta    Sun Jun 9, 09:06 PM

New York Giants QB Kyle Lauletta (knee) saw his first action of OTAs Tuesday, June 4, attempting three passes with the first-team offense during 7-on-7 drills.

Footballguys view: Lauletta, a fourth-round pick in 2018, had a knee cleanup earlier this offseason. He's got a slim chance of making the 53-man roster since the Giants used the No. 6 overall pick on Daniel Jones this year. We'll see if Lauletta can impress enough (and stay healthy) to earn a spot on the Giants practice squad.

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  Redskins | Colt McCoy working on the side    Sun Jun 9, 08:51 PM

Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy (leg) was able to work on the rehab field during OTAs.

Footballguys view: McCoy has undergone three operations to fix his broken leg. He is expected to be back for training camp, but McCoy is going to be pressed to make the team. Washington added Case Keenum, the Broncos starter last year, to perhaps lead the team until 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins is ready to take over.

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  Jets | Sam Darnold happy to have Bilal Powell back    Sun Jun 9, 04:59 PM

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold spoke glowingly of his team's re-signing of RB Bilal Powell this past week. 'Great to have BP back,' Darnold said. 'Can't wait to get to work with him. I haven't seen him in a while, so it's going to be nice to be able to see him. I know BP is a great guy and obviously a great player, so it's great to have him back.'

Footballguys view: Powell will be a familiar face in the backfield for Darnold at times this year if he makes the team. and he might be the only back from the 2018 roster to make the team. It's also good to see Darnold making "leadership" quotes about his teammates.

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  Giants | Daniel Jones happy with first minicamp    Sun Jun 9, 03:03 PM

New York Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones is pleased with the progress he made in his first NFL minicamp since being selected with the sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. 'I think I improved every day,' Jones said. 'That's the goal. I did some things better, did some things not as good, it's about me being consistent, and I'm learning a lot. Trying to learn as much as I can.' Jones will be able to officially start his competition for the backup job behind Eli Manning at training camp in roughly six weeks.

Footballguys view: Some reports had Jones decisively better than Eli Manning in minicamp, even going as far as to say that he should start over Manning this year. He is generating more positive buzz than expected after his selection at #6 was widely panned.

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  Cowboys | Dak Prescott not close in extension talks    Sat Jun 8, 04:24 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has been talking to the Cowboys about a contract extension, but the two sides are not close at this point.

Footballguys view: Prescott is not worried about the negotiations and knows something will get done. Entering the final year of his rookie contract, reports have indicated the Cowboys have no problem paying him around $30 million annually. They may not be close at this point, but things have a way of getting done quickly when both sides feel there is a deadline. That might be the start of training camp or the start of the regular season in Prescott's case.

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  Panthers | Cam Newton to do plenty of throwing    Sat Jun 8, 11:55 AM

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will throw in all quarterback drills during the team's upcoming mandatory minicamp.

Footballguys view: It was reported a couple of weeks ago that Newton had begun throwing a regulation size football. This is another great sign for Newton's recovery. They'll put him through a bunch of work in minicamp and get him ready for training camp. Newton has stated that he's not going to change his playing style, and with a ton of weapons around him, he could post QB1 numbers once again in 2019. He finished as the No. 14 fantasy QB in 2018 and is currently going off the board around QB12.

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  Giants | Eric Dungey sidelined    Fri Jun 7, 06:05 PM

New York Giants QB Eric Dungey (undisclosed) did not participate in practice this week because of an undisclosed injury.

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  Giants | Daniel Jones already making push to start?    Fri Jun 7, 02:38 PM

New York Giants QB Daniel Jones reportedly outplayed Eli Manning during the team's recent minicamp, and it wasn't really close, in the opinion of Bleacher Report's Mike Tanier, who stated Jones was 'sharper, more accurate and more willing and able to challenge the defense with difficult downfield throws.'

Footballguys view: The Giants are irrationally committed to Manning, but once Jones superior play, even at this early point in his career, becomes apparent, they might have to make the rational move. Jones starting won't be great for the Giants fantasy prospects, but it will still likely be better than Manning taking the field.

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  Eagles | More Carson Wentz deal    Fri Jun 7, 08:13 AM

Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz's four-year, $128 million extension includes $128 million guaranteed at signing and $107.9 million total guaranteed.

Footballguys view: This is a full commitment to Wentz at market value despite his numerous injuries at this early juncture in his career. The Eagles will avoid any franchise tag drama and otherwise have done right by Wentz, but if he misses significant time again this year, it might end up being an unwise investment. This deal sets the floor for what Dak Prescott can ask for from Dallas.

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  Eagles | Carson Wentz signs extension    Thu Jun 6, 07:44 PM

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz signed a four-year contract extension with the Eagles Thursday, June 6, that will run through the 2024 season. It's a four-year, $128 million extension.

Footballguys view: With everything added up, Wentz now has a six-year, $154 million contract with over $107 million in guarantees. The Eagles clearly aren't concerned about the injury woes that have hampered Wentz over the last two seasons. He's healthy now, and the Eagles hope with this investment that he looks like a perennial Pro Bowl quarterback and leader of the franchise.

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  Jaguars | Josh Allen could miss minicamp    Thu Jun 6, 01:55 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars DE Josh Allen (knee) likely will miss the team's minicamp next week with a knee bruise, it was reported Thursday, June 6.

Footballguys view: The Jaguars are getting their first-round pick ready for training camp. They won't have him out there during minicamp, but a bruise should not prevent him from fully participating later in the summer.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady hoping for few more seasons    Thu Jun 6, 12:19 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said 'I hope I can play that long,' when asked Thursday, June 6, is he still wants to play until he's 45.

Footballguys view: Brady stated he wanted to play until age 45 a while ago...and well, nobody should be doubting him. The team is still in a Super Bowl window even with Brady showing a few signs of slowing down. Brady is currently going off the board at QB16 (11.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Colts | Andrew Luck may be ready for minicamp    Wed Jun 5, 04:50 PM

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (calf) may be able to participate in the minicamp next week, but head coach Frank Reich said the team will not be worried if Luck misses those practices as well.

Footballguys view: This calf injury is seen as minor. Don't worry about Luck's participation or lack thereof.

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  Redskins | Alex Smith injury update    Wed Jun 5, 03:19 PM

Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith (leg) will need to wear the external fixator on his right leg for at least another month, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Footballguys view: Gruden has alluded to the fact that Smith could return sooner than expected. While that's possible, nobody should be counting on that. Washington will have Case Keenum compete with 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins for the starting job in training camp. If/when Smith returns, it might be just as the No. 3 quarterback.

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  Bengals | Ryan Finley not impressing    Wed Jun 5, 11:28 AM

Cincinnati Bengals QB Ryan Finley 'looks bad' in practice, in the opinion of beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. 'There's just no way around it,' Dehner writes. 'It's still early, but not so early that we can't begin to wonder what is going on.'

Footballguys view: The Bengals picked up Finley in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft. During his college career at NC State, Finley did not show well under duress. His set up time in the pocket was a bit longer than desired and he tends to wind up when throwing longer passes. Finley is a project who is nowhere near seeing the field in the pros. Looks like he could stick as the No. 3 quarterback for the Bengals behind starter Andy Dalton and backup Jeff Driskel. We're actually a bit more interested in undrafted rookie Jake Dolegala (Central Connecticut State) than we are Finley.

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  Jets | Sam Darnold working on chemistry with Bell    Tue Jun 4, 06:55 PM

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold said Tuesday, June 4, it'll take time to form chemistry with new RB Bell. 'I don't think there's necessarily a certain time period that you can put on it,' Darnold said. 'It's just kind of when we click, we click. ... I think, me and (Bell), we get along well. So, that's kind of the first step in building that relationship. It's good to kind of go on the same page with him and just see how he kind of runs routes and how he runs out there. I haven't seen him really run and it was good to kind of see him run some routes and throw the ball to him a little bit.'

Footballguys view: Makes sense, and a good move for the young quarterback. Bell is going to be the focal point of the offense, and Darnold is going to get to make a lot of plays handing off and throwing to him. Darnold added that he wants to get some offensive players together for workouts ahead of training camp later this summer.

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  Redskins | Alex Smith could return sooner than expected?    Tue Jun 4, 03:14 PM

Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith (knee) is still wearing the external fixator he's been sporting on his right leg since last year's severe break, but head coach Jay Gruden confirmed Tuesday, June 4, that Smith is 'recovering nicely' from his injury.

Footballguys view: Most thought Smith would never play again after the horrific leg injury he suffered last year. We'll see if he can return for Washington someday. Gruden reportedly also told Tom Pelissero of NFL Media that Smith will return sooner than most people think.

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  Colts | Andrew Luck still battling calf strain    Tue Jun 4, 12:25 PM

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck was not participating in OTA workouts Tuesday, June 4, as he begins a third straight week on the sideline with a calf strain.

Footballguys view: The calf strain is seen as a minor injury. We think the Colts are wisely being cautious with their superstar quarterback. There is no reason to think Luck's status for training camp is a concern.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady ready for minicamp    Mon Jun 3, 06:29 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady reported to the team Monday, June 3, for the start of the mandatory minicamp this week.

Footballguys view: Brady skipped all of OTAs this year...just like he did last year. When the work is mandatory, Brady will show up...just like he did on Monday. Keep Brady healthy and the Patriots are set to make another deep postseason run in 2019.

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