Fantasy Football News & Views
Seahawks | Seattle adds more UDFAs Sat Apr 30, 11:54 PM
The Seattle Seahawks agreed to terms with undrafted free-agents RB Tre Madden (Southern California) on an undisclosed deal Saturday, April 30.Link to story
Chargers | Bolts add several UDFAs Sat Apr 30, 11:51 PM
The San Diego Chargers agreed to terms with undrafted free-agents QB Mike Bercovici (Arizona State), RB Kenneth Farrow (Houston), OL Tyler Johnstone (Oregon), WR Jamaal Jones (Montana), WR Dom Williams (Washington) and CB Trevor Williams (Penn State) to undisclosed deals Saturday, April 30.Link to story
Chargers | Bolts add several UDFAs Sat Apr 30, 11:41 PM
The San Diego Chargers agreed to terms with QB Mike Bercovici (Arizona State), RB Kenneth Farrow (Houston), OL Tyler Johnstone (Oregon), WR Jamaal Jones (Montana), WR Dom Williams (Washington) and CB Trevor Williams (Penn State) to undisclosed deals Saturday, April 30.Link to story
Raiders | Several UDFAs head to Oakland Sat Apr 30, 11:19 PM
The Oakland Raiders agreed to terms with undrafted free-agents WR K.J. Brent (Wake Forest), DL James Crowser (Southern Utah), LB Perez Ford (Northern Illinois), WR Marvin Hall (Washington), DB Antonio Hamilton (South Carolina State), WR Johnny Holton (Cncinnati), DL Drew Iddings (South Dakota), OL Denver Kirkland (Arkansas), DT Darius Latham (Indiana), WR Max McCaffrey (Duke), OL Oni Omoile (Iowa State), RB Jalen Richard (Southern Mississippi), OL Terran Vaughn (Stephen F. Austin) and LB Kyrie Wilson (Fresno State) on undisclosed deals Saturday, April 30.Link to story
Colts | Josh Ferguson gets chance in Indy Sat Apr 30, 10:25 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Josh Ferguson (Illinois) signed an undisclosed deal with the Indianapolis Colts Saturday, April 30, according to a source.Link to story
Steelers | Several UDFAs headed to Steel City Sat Apr 30, 09:50 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed undrafted free-agents DL Johnny Maxey (Mars Hill), LB Tyriq McCord (Miami-Fla.), P Will Monday (Duke), DL Giorgio Newberry (Florida State), RB Christian Powell (Colorado), TE David Reeves (Duke), TE Jay Rome (Georgia), OL Quinton Schooley (North Carolina State), WR Canaan Severin (Virginia) and DL Devaunte Sigler (Jacksonville State) to undisclosed deals Saturday, April 30.Link to story
Bengals | DyShawn Mobley added in Cincinnati Sat Apr 30, 09:37 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB DyShawn Mobley (Eastern Kentucky) signed a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, April 30. Terms of the deal were undisclosed, but he will receive a $1,500 signing bonus.Link to story
Redskins | Keith Marshall goes to Redskins Sat Apr 30, 06:30 PM
Georgia RB Keith Marshall was drafted at No. 242 by the Washington Redskins Saturday, April 30.Link to story
Bills | Jonathan Williams going to Buffalo Sat Apr 30, 03:14 PM
Former Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the 156th pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: Williams is mired behind LeSeanMcCoy and Karlos Williams, and he has injury concerns but he has great feet, balance, power, and quickness. If McCoy gets into trouble resulting from his off-season incident in Philadelphia J.Williams will get some play along with Karlos Williams.|
Giants | New York adds Paul Perkins Sat Apr 30, 03:01 PM
Former UCLA RB Paul Perkins was taken by the New York Giants with the 149th pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: Perkins could be the starter there at some point in the next few years given the age and mediocrity of the current backfield. Perkins might not be a bell cow but he has some ankle-breaking moves and he can stay on the field on pass downs as well.|
Bears | Jordan Howard goes to Chicago Sat Apr 30, 02:35 PM
Former Indiana RB Jordan Howard was taken by the Chicago Bears with the 150th pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: Howard's size and talent could make him a full time starter but he takes some big hits and runs with a brutal style that makes injuries a real concern. Add in his upright running style and the fact that he isn't a receiver and you're looking at a guy who is somewhat limited right now.|
Broncos | Denver takes Devontae Booker Sat Apr 30, 02:12 PM
Former Utah RB Devontae Booker was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 136th pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: This is still CJ Anderson's job, but Booker could be the future and his patient, tough running style could make him a three-down back down the road or if Anderson starts off slowly this season.|
Ravens | Baltimore adds Kenneth Dixon to mix Sat Apr 30, 01:56 PM
The Baltimore Ravens selected Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon with the 134th pick in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft.
|Footballguys view: An aggressive, hard-running back who has some very good suddenness when changing direction and a nose for the end zone. He could carve into Justin Forsett's carries but we're a little far away to worry about that yet.|
Texans | Tyler Ervin goes to the Texans Sat Apr 30, 01:21 PM
Former San Jose State RB Tyler Ervin was drafted by the Houston Texans with the 119th pick in the fourth round in the NFL draft Saturday, April 30.Link to story
Seahawks | C.J. Prosise to be used on third downs Sat Apr 30, 10:40 AM
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise is expected to be the team's third-down back in 2016 and be used as a pass catcher out of the backfield.
|Footballguys view: He could be a nice change of pace back in this offense, and maybe a guy who could be a decent flex player during bye weeks this fantasy season.|
Seahawks | C.J. Prosise goes to Seahawks Fri Apr 29, 10:58 PM
The Seattle Seahawks selected Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise with the No. 90 overall pick in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft on Friday, April 29.
|Footballguys view: Prosise used to be a wide receiver, so you know he can catch the ball. That said, he's going to be a role player and that role is likely to be limited enough to keep his fantasy value down.|
Dolphins | Kenyan Drake to Miami at No. 73 Fri Apr 29, 10:08 PM
The Miami Dolphins selected Alabama RB Kenyan Drake with the No. 73 overall pick in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft on Friday, April 29.
|Footballguys view: Drake is a solid change of pace guy who can help support Jay Ajayi, and fill in if his legs cannot hold up.|
Titans | Derrick Henry viewed as other workhorse Fri Apr 29, 08:49 PM
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry could be a second workhouse running back for the Titans in addition to RB DeMarco Murray, according to general manager Jon Robinson. Robinson hopes there will be enough carries for both to be workhorses and help shorten the game.
|Footballguys view: If Murray stumbles early, Henry could take over and be a very effective back. For now we think both backs will limit each other's value.|
DeMarco Murray player page
Dolphins | Daniel Thomas familiar with offense Fri Apr 29, 08:20 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas already knows the offensive terminology and what to expect, according to head coach Adam Gase. Gase added that Thomas is a step ahead of everyone in meetings, too, as Thomas played under Gase when they were both with the Chicago Bears.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins say Jay Ajayi is the man there, but we wouldn't be shocked if Thomas had a nice-sized role as well. Whether it will kill Ajayi's fantasy value or not remains to be seen.|
Daniel Thomas player page
Titans | Derrick Henry goes to Tennessee Fri Apr 29, 08:13 PM
The Tennessee Titans selected Alabama RB Derrick Henry with the No. 45 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft on Friday, April 29.
|Footballguys view: The Heisman trophy winner is a huge back, and is a brutal guy to take down. Tennessee is going to ride him and use him to batter defenses. This is a team that will commit to the run to help keep Marcus Mariota from having to do everything. Unfortunately, with DeMarco Murray there, we may see a split backfield which kills everyone's value.|
Dolphins | Jay Ajayi viewed as starter Fri Apr 29, 07:57 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi is viewed as the starter in the eyes of head coach Adam Gase. 'He knows he's the starter,' Gase said. 'He's showing me a lot of great things. I like his skill set. He's impressd me more both days [of practice].'
|Footballguys view: They planned on Ajayi taking over at some point, and we think he could be productive if the rest of the offense and the line can step up this year. Right now our very early prediction is RB2.|
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Cowboys | Former RB high on Ezekiel Elliott Fri Apr 29, 05:26 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is a better running back than former Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith was when he played, according to Smith.
|Footballguys view: Well, that is high praise but let's slow our roll here. He needs to get on the field before he heads to Canton. We love him behind this line, but it's a tall order to compare him to Emmitt Smith, even if Smith is doing the comparison.|
Cowboys | Dallas takes Ezekiel Elliott fourth overall Thu Apr 28, 08:37 PM
The Dallas Cowboys selected Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft Thursday, April 28.
|Footballguys view: Elliott behind this offensive line? Start up the Rookie of the Year talk because he would be deadly even without that group. He has a shot to be an RB1 right away in fantasy.|
Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott gaining steam with Dallas Thu Apr 28, 07:32 PM
The case for Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott to be drafted by the Dallas Cowboys appears to be gaining steam, according to David Moore of The Dallas Morning News.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if this plays out or not. There's so much smoke fire alarms are going off. They want to trade back into the late first as well, so we still think they will lean defense for the first pick.|
Ravens | Ezekiell Elliott in play for Baltimore Thu Apr 28, 05:35 PM
Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott will be strongly considered by the Baltimore Ravens if he is available when the Ravens pick sixth overall.
|Footballguys view: There's a lot of talk about Elliott going in the top ten and we still think it could be teams trying to get someone to trade up. The Ravens could use a back like Elliott, though we do think Justin Forsett should bounce back from injury. He could be a nice addition in this offense though, and we'd see him being a very productive back.|
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.|
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
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.|
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.|
Jay Ajayi player page
Giants | Orleans Darkwa sidelined Wed Apr 27, 11:28 AM
New York Giants RB Orleans Darkwa (leg) is being held out of offseason workouts due to a small fracture in his tibia. He's expected to miss about a month of workouts.Link to story
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Browns | Ezekiel Elliott at No. 8 by way of CLE? Wed Apr 27, 10:56 AM
Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott has a number of teams calling the Cleveland Browns trying to move up to their eighth pick to select him in the 2016 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: The Miami Dolphins, who originally had the #8 pick, are likely to be willing to pay the most to get him because of their need at running back. The Giants (10), Bears (11) and Raiders (14) could also be teams interested in Elliott, or being used as pawns by the Browns to wring more out of the Dolphins. If Elliott doesn't go to the Cowboys at #4 or Ravens at #6 (both of which seem unlikely), he'll be there for the Browns.|
Seahawks | No timeline for Thomas Rawls Tue Apr 26, 10:15 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) continues to recover from a broken ankle suffered in a game in mid-December. Head coach Pete Carroll said everything is going well with Rawls' recovery, but there is still no official timeline. The team's general feeling is that Rawls will be ready for the beginning of the regular season.
|Footballguys view: Rawls injury did not require surgery, but it is not comforting that the timeline has been unspecified during the offseason. The team could still add Arian Foster or a back in the draft, and Christine Michael could get more work in the offseason and preseason as Rawls is recovering. Rawls was a solid RB1 last year once he took over, but with more competition in the backfield this year, he might not meet that value in 2016.|
Dolphins | Jay Ajayi impressing head coach Tue Apr 26, 08:00 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi has impressed new head coach Adam Gase so far in offseason workouts. 'I guess I never realized how shifty he was, and today was a great example,' Gase said. 'Just seeing him stick his foot in the ground and change direction, you didn't see him do that a lot in college. Just being able to see him move around, it was very impressive for me to see him in person. The way he cut in some of the run game schemes ... I mean, I'm really excited to see what we can do going forward.'
|Footballguys view: Ajayi is impressing Gase, but the team has constantly been on the lookout for RB help this offseason. They signed C.J. Anderson to an offer sheet (that was matched by the Broncos) and they even kicked the tires on Chris Johnson. We like Ajayi, but we won't be surprised if the Dolphins move up in the draft to select Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott.|
Jay Ajayi player page
NFL | Ezekiel Elliott compared to NFL great Tue Apr 26, 07:45 PM
Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott can be an Adrian Peterson-type running back if he stays healthy, according to an anonymous scout. 'He can catch it, he can pass protect, he's got NFL size and he can run,' the scout said. Elliott has been compared to Peterson before by another anonymous scout.
|Footballguys view: We don't think he's quite to Peterson's level, but Elliott could be close. Elliott has good burst, is a fine receiver out of the backfield plus he's intent when running between the tackles. He's clearly the best RB in this draft class, and he could be a top-10 pick in the 2016 NFL draft.|
NFL | Two favorites for Ezekiel Elliott? Tue Apr 26, 02:46 PM
Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott believes the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears are heavily interested in him. Both teams have already been linked to the running back, but securing him may mean trading up in the draft, perhaps ahead of the Dallas Cowboys, who have also been linked to Elliott.
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys may pass on Elliott in order to take a pass-rusher like Ohio State DE Joey Bosa. If they do, then expect the Dolphins to try and leapfrog the Bears to get back into the top 10 to pick up the talented RB. The Dolphins have been trying with every possible angle to add RB talent. They want someone other than Jay Ajayi as their lead back.|
Dolphins | Two players Miami would trade up for Tue Apr 26, 01:24 AM
Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott and UCLA LB Myles Jack are two players the Miami Dolphins would consider trading up from No. 13 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft to select, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Elliott would make a lot of sense for the Dolphins. He's easily the best RB in this draft class and would immediately start for the team. Jack has a knee condition that could cause him to slide in the 2016 NFL draft. How far will depend on each team's medical research.|
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell appears to be on track Mon Apr 25, 07:25 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) posted a video on Twitter showing himself dunking a basketball.
|Footballguys view: That's good news for the Steelers. If healthy, Bell will be a top fantasy back once again this year. The Steelers may mix in a bit more of DeAngelo Williams to help keep Bell fresh. Monitor the discussion about a possible RBBC in Pittsburgh during training camp. The split should heavily favor Bell.|
LeVeon Bell player page
Buccaneers | Storm Johnson signs with Bucs Mon Apr 25, 05:10 PM
Free-agent RB Storm Johnson (Jaguars) signed an undisclosed deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, April 25.
|Footballguys view: Johnson did next to nothing during his time with the Jags. He's a below average all-purpose back who may not be able to make the final roster with the Bucs.|
Storm Johnson player page
Panthers | Cameron Artis-Payne arrested Mon Apr 25, 04:46 PM
Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne was arrested Sunday, April 24, for speeding and reckless driving. He was driving 102 miles per hour in a 65 miles-per-hour zone. Neither alcohol nor drugs were involved, however. Artis-Payne was arrested on an unsecured $5,000 bond and only spent about 30 minutes in jail.
|Footballguys view: This is a minor incident, and we don't think speeding...even speeding THAT much...will draw discipline from the NFL. However, with Roger Goodell you never know.|
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Broncos | Different role for C.J. Anderson Mon Apr 25, 02:17 PM
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson said his role will be different in 2016 because he will control more when he's off the field, as opposed to alternating so much with RB Ronnie Hillman and others.
|Footballguys view: Anderson has been paid like a top RB, and the Broncos are expecting top-level production. He just needs to stay healthy because we've seen him be productive at the end of each of the last two seasons. Last year, Anderson's early season was derailed by an ankle/turf toe injury he suffered in Week 1. If healthy, Anderson is a three-down back who can at least be a RB2 with RB1 upside in the Kubiak system.|
Ronnie Hillman player page
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Cowboys | Lance Dunbar likely will be on PUP list Mon Apr 25, 01:18 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) likely will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list at some point next season.
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys added Alfred Morris to the mix at RB earlier this offseason. He'll compete with Darren McFadden to be the lead back in 2016. We expect the Cowboys to select a RB at some point in the 2016 NFL draft as well.|
Lance Dunbar player page
Ravens | Trent Richardson sheds weight Mon Apr 25, 10:45 AM
Baltimore Ravens RB Trent Richardson has shed 22 pounds down to 218 pounds, and he is lighter than his playing weight in college.
|Footballguys view: He's lost a lot of weight, but is he any good anymore? Richardson had a good rookie season with almost 1,000 yards rushing and 51 receptions...and it's been all downhill since then. Almost washed out of the league, we'll see if Richardson can revamp his career with the Ravens.|
Trent Richardson player page
Browns | Derrick Henry a target of Browns? Sun Apr 24, 02:10 PM
Alabama RB Derrick Henry could be targeted by the Cleveland Browns with their No. 32 overall pick in the NFL Draft, according to Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository. Doerschuk views Henry as a potential upgrade over current RB Isaiah Crowell.
|Footballguys view: The Browns moved down in the first round to assemble more picks. Their draft plan could include taking Henry at the top of the second round. He should be there as we only see one RB (Ezekiel Elliott) going off the board in the first. Henry reminds us of former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs. Like Jacobs, Henry is a tall/large back who has build up power and speed. He's a two-down player, and that limits his value in the NFL and for fantasy owners.|
Isaiah Crowell player page
Eagles | Darren Sproles to be traded? Sun Apr 24, 01:50 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles could be traded this offseason, in the opinion of NJ.com's Elliot Shorr-Parks. Shorr-Parks views Sproles as a logical and likely trade candidate, with Ryan Mathews and Kenjon Barner as the two running backs who will make the final roster.
|Footballguys view: You just never know with the Eagles. Sproles can still make plays as a change-of-pace back, and the Eagles may be selecting another RB at some point in the 2016 NFL draft.|
Darren Sproles player page
Ryan Mathews player page
Kenjon Barner player page
Bears | Ezekiel Elliott of interest to Bears Sat Apr 23, 01:14 PM
Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott is on the Chicago Bears' radar less than a week away from the NFL Draft. Elliott has already visited the Bears and has said that he would love to play for running backs coach Stan Drayton, who recruited Elliott to Ohio State and coached him there.
|Footballguys view: With Matt Forte (Jets) moving on in free agency, the Bears could use a boost to the ground game. Yes, Jeremy Langford and Kadeem Carey are there, but a player like Elliott would be a serious upgrade at the position.|
49ers | San Francisco met with Kenneth Dixon Fri Apr 22, 07:55 PM
Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon recently met with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Dixon is an explosive back who can make defenders miss in the open field. While not the biggest back, Dixon is willing to grind it out between the tackles for tough yards. He's likely a second- or third-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft.|
Dolphins | Miami very interested in Ezekiel Elliott Fri Apr 22, 03:55 PM
Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott is receiving strong interest from the Miami Dolphins, and his visit with the team earlier this week went well.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins would fall all over themselves if Elliott makes it to their pick at 13th overall. Elliott is clearly the best RB in this draft class, and he could make a big fantasy impact as a rookie. Teams like the Cowboys also have interest a bit earlier in the first round.|
NFL | Kenneth Dixon versatile but limited? Fri Apr 22, 12:28 AM
Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon isn't capable of being a workhorse back, according to Senior Bowl president and former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage, but Savage believes Dixon could be either the primary ball carrier or third-down back if paired with another quality back.
|Footballguys view: We like Dixon's ability to quickly burst in and out of his breaks. He runs a bit out of control at times, but Dixon is a dangerous player in space who can make big plays. Dixon should be a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft and should be used in some form of RBBC.|
NFL | C.J. Prosise wants to play every down Fri Apr 22, 12:08 AM
Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise referred to himself as a 'three-down guy' and compared himself to New York Jets RB Matt Forte because of his ability to make big plays as a runner and a receiver.
|Footballguys view: A converted wide receiver, Prosise has an interesting skill set. He's got the size to be a full-time back and Prosise wastes little motion as a runner. With five fumbles on only 156 college carries, Prosise needs to prove that he can take care of the rock at the pro level. We'd also like to see a little more urgency when he runs. At times, Prosise will be too patient when waiting for blocks to develop in front of him.|
Chargers | Melvin Gordon with chip on his shoulder Thu Apr 21, 02:05 PM
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon said he was terrible in his rookie season, and he has something to prove in 2016. In addition to having a full season under his belt, Gordon says being able to train in the offseason is a major advantage. He knows the system. He knows his teammates. Perhaps most importantly, he's on hand for day one of the offseason program.
|Footballguys view: It would help if Gordon had some blockers. We think he has the talent but he's not a talent like Adrian Peterson or Barry Sanders - he's not making lemonade out of bad blocking. If he can get help opening lanes, Gordon should be a solid RB2.|
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