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  Steelers | Vance McDonald to have bigger role    Thu May 24, 11:03 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald will be featured more frequently in the quick passing game this year, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.

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  Broncos | Jake Butt looking sharp    Thu May 24, 10:22 PM

Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) said his surgically repaired knee 'feels great' following organized team activities Thursday, May 24, and QB Case Keenum said he couldn't tell Butt was recovering from a knee injury.

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  Packers | Marcedes Lewis signs with Green Bay    Thu May 24, 06:58 PM

Free-agent TE Marcedes Lewis (Jaguars) signed a deal with the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, May 24. Terms have not yet been disclosed.

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  Packers | GB, Marcedes Lewis meeting Thursday    Thu May 24, 06:17 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent TE Marcedes Lewis (Jaguars) is meeting with the Green Bay Packers Thursday, May 24, according to a source.

Footballguys view: I mean the Packers have yet to find a good tight end solution. Lewis is productive but probably wouldn't change that very much.

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  Patriots | Rob Gronkowski nearing reworked deal    Thu May 24, 10:10 AM

Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is close to a reworked contract, according to sources. It's unknown if he's signing an extension or receiving a raise.

Footballguys view: The Patriots will figure out something with Gronkowski, as they can't really afford to not have him around. We expect him to be a top fantasy option at tight end.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry injury confirmed    Thu May 24, 02:43 AM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) did suffer a torn ACL GM Tom Telesco confirmed on Wednesday, May 23. Telesco said Henry sustained the injury while running a route during practice. Henry's surgery has not yet been scheduled.

Footballguys view: Brutal news and likely finishes his season. We were looking forward to seeing what Henry could do without Antonio Gates and now the team might have to bring Gates back, unless they think Virgil Green is the answer.

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  Cowboys | Geoff Swaim works with starters    Wed May 23, 10:32 PM

Dallas Cowboys TE Geoff Swaim worked with the first-team offense during organized team activities Wednesday, May 23.

Footballguys view: Without Jason Witten (retired), the Cowboys are looking for a new starting tight end and they have a collection of players vying for that spot. TE Blake Jarwin was on the field when the team lined up in two-tight end sets. TE Rico Gathers worked with the second-team offense.

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Rico Gathers player page


  Lions | DeAndre Goolsby waived    Wed May 23, 02:47 PM

Detroit Lions TE DeAndre Goolsby was waived Wednesday, May 23. Free-agent LB Trevor Bates (Patriots) was signed in a corresponding move.

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  Packers | Marcedes Lewis to visit Packers    Wed May 23, 12:26 PM

Free-agent TE Marcedes Lewis (Jaguars) will visit the Green Bay Packers this week.

Footballguys view: A first-round pick for the Jaguars all the way back in 2006, Lewis was released by Jacksonville about two months ago. The Packers wouldn't use him as a receiver (they've got Jimmy Graham or Lance Kendricks for that), but Lewis could be used as a blocker and give the team veteran depth.

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  Patriots | Rob Gronkowski to be at minicamp    Wed May 23, 08:06 AM

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is expected to be at minicamp, according to Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Footballguys view: OTAs are voluntary, so Gronkowski is staying away. Minicamp is mandatory and he should be there. In fact, Gronkowski could be there with a new contract in hand. By NFL rule the Patriots can rework Gronkowski's deal (with incentives) on May 24th, one year to the day from the last time he got a new deal.

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  Chargers | LA to bring back Antonio Gates?    Wed May 23, 02:43 AM

The Los Angeles Chargers are likely to consider re-signing free-agent TE Antonio Gates, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Footballguys view: That would make the most sense for the Chargers, even though Gates is no longer the player he used to be. Gates had previously been told he would not be brought back, but TE Hunter Henry (knee) suffered what's believed to be a season-ending knee injury Tuesday, May 22.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry tears ACL    Tue May 22, 09:47 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) suffered a torn ACL during a drill in OTAs on Tuesday, May 22. While he is scheduled to get a second opinion Wednesday, May 23, he is expected to miss the 2018 season.

Footballguys view: Such a disappointing injury for the Chargers as Henry was their top tight end...and fantasy owners are disappointed as well because Henry has TE1 potential. Expect the team to explore the trade market, and there's a chance they could bring back Antonio Gates even though he's not the player he used to be. At this time, free agent addition Virgil Green is the top tight end on the Chargers depth chart.

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  Chiefs | Demetrius Harris suspended    Tue May 22, 04:08 PM

City Chiefs TE Demetrius Harris has been suspended for Week 1 of the 2018 season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

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  Packers | Numerous Packers absent from OTAs    Tue May 22, 02:39 PM

Green Bay Packers WR Trevor Davis (hamstring), WR Colby Pearson (hamstring), LB Clay Matthews (knee), LB Nick Perry (ankle), OG Lane Taylor (ankle), OT Bryan Bulaga (knee), TE Emanuel Byrd (hamstring), S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (undisclosed) and CB Tramon Williams (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Tuesday, May 22.

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  Broncos | Several Broncos not at OTAs    Tue May 22, 02:08 PM

Denver Broncos TE Troy Fumagalli (undisclosed), OT Jared Veldheer (ankle), OG Ronald Leary (undisclosed), WR Jordan Taylor (hip) and DT Clinton McDonald (shoulder) are not participating in organized team activities Tuesday, May 22.

Footballguys view: Fumagalli had a sports hernia surgery after the Senior Bowl earlier this year. Broncos head coach Vance Joseph didn't seem too concerned about the rookie tight end missing voluntary work. "He's not really cleared to play yet, so we're being smart there." Joseph said.

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  Browns | David Njoku slated to be full-time starter    Tue May 22, 04:05 AM

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku is going to be the club's full-time starter, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Footballguys view: Njoku can be a seam ripper for the Browns, and he should be the primary pass catcher at the position. He's a TE2 with TE1 upside that fantasy owners like taking late in drafts. Right now, Njoku has an ADP of TE17 (13.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Broncos | Jeff Heuerman likely starting TE in DEN    Tue May 22, 03:04 AM

Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman is considered to be the 'likely starter' at tight end in 2018, according to Mike Klis of 9News.com. 'I've been fortunate to learn from some older tight ends the last couple of years and I'm ready,' Heuerman said. 'I'm ready to take on that leadership role, that No. 1 role and go from there.'

Footballguys view: Heuerman doesn't inspire much confidence. A third-round pick in 2015, Heuerman has missed one full year (his rookie season) and only has 18 catches for 283 yards and two touchdowns. Injuries have been one thing to slow him down, but Heuerman only had blocker Virgil Green in front of him and couldn't beat him out. Jake Butt might emerge as the primary tight end for the Broncos, and rookie Troy Fumagalli is an interesting 'F' target who can work the middle of the field.

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  Panthers | Carolina signs two players    Mon May 21, 05:25 PM

Free-agents TE Jason Vander Laan (Colts) and DT Ashaad Mabry (Saints) were signed to undisclosed deals by the Carolina Panthers Monday, May 31.

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  Jets | Chris Herndon agrees to terms    Mon May 21, 02:32 PM

New York Jets fourth-round draft choice TE Chris Herndon agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Jets Monday, May 21, according to sources. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Herndon had season-ending knee surgery (MCL) last year in college with the Miami Hurricanes. When healthy, the 6'3" 255 pound tight end does a good job of creating space after the catch. A former basketball star, Herndon knows how to use his body to 'box out' defenders. Jordan Leggett may have a leg up in the competition to start for the Jets at the TE position, but Herndon could put up a good fight.

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  Patriots | NE looking to rework Rob Gronkowski's deal    Mon May 21, 01:39 PM

The New England Patriots are working on restructuring TE Rob Gronkowski's contract.

Footballguys view: Gronkowski restructured last year on May 24th and by league rule he can't sign a reworked deal (with incentives) again until one year has passed. He's got two years left on his current contract, and we should see the Patriots play ball with their superstar tight end.

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  Patriots | Rob Gronkowski's OTA status uncertain    Mon May 21, 12:04 PM

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's participation in organized team activities is uncertain at this point because of his contract situation, but he will be present for the mandatory June minicamp, according to a source.

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  Steelers | Vance McDonald expected to start    Sun May 20, 04:17 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald reportedly 'made a huge impression down the stretch' and is considered the favorite to start over Jesse James, according to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.

Footballguys view: James is more of the all-purpose tight end, while McDonald is more of the receiving option. McDonald needs to stay healthy and prove that he can be more than a flash in the pan for the Steelers. Fantasy owners who want a TE2 with upside should consider McDonald late. McDonald is currently going undrafted in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Cowboys | Rico Gathers could start?    Sun May 20, 03:42 PM

Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers is a candidate to step up as the team's starting tight end, according to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys have a collection of TEs on the roster right now, and Gathers is at the top of the list. He'll compete with guys like Blake Jarwin and rookie Dalton Schultz.

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  Saints | Deon Yelder deal includes guaranteed money    Sun May 20, 11:36 AM

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Deon Yelder's contract includes $90,000 in guaranteed money.

Footballguys view: Some out there think the Saints got a steal in adding Yelder as a priority free agent after the 2018 NFL draft. He was a prep basketball star and has only one year of production at Western Kentucky. Like most basketball converts, Yelder knows how to use his body to shield defenders away from the ball and he can play 'above the rim' on passes tossed up high. Also, like most inexperienced basketball converts, Yelder's route running leaves a lot to be desired. We'll be monitoring him in super deep dynasty leagues.

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  Saints | Nate Wozniak switching positions    Sat May 19, 03:45 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Nate Wozniak will be used as an offensive tackle with the Saints even though he has only played tight end during his football career. He weighed 283 pounds during the rookie minicamp and has a target goal of around 300 pounds.

Footballguys view: Wozniak isn't much of a receiver, but he's listed at 6'9" 283 pounds. That's a good start if he wants to play tackle in the NFL. It's a transition we've seen before as years ago Jason Peters went from playing tight end in college to being one of the best offensive tackles in the game. Wozniak obviously has his work cut out for him, and is highly unlikely to turn out the way Peters did in the NFL.

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  Broncos | Jeff Heuerman to work with starters    Fri May 18, 07:16 PM

Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman will line up with the first-team offense during organized team activities next week.

Footballguys view: The Broncos only targeted their tight ends 71 times last year, and that's out of 546 pass attempts overall and only 11 times in the red zone. That's not a ton of opportunities for the position. So we are not excited at this point.

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  Jets | Jordan Leggett the favorite to start?    Fri May 18, 12:07 PM

New York Jets LB Jordan Leggett missed his entire rookie season last year due to a knee injury but may have a slight edge over rookie Chris Herndon for the starting tight end job, according to Darryl Slater of NJ.com.

Footballguys view: It doesn't matter a whole heck of a lot, as we don't expect much from other the offense in general, or tight end specifically. The Jets have been a fantasy Wasteland at tight end for a long time. It's not changing now.

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  Colts | Eric Ebron to be busy?    Thu May 17, 10:09 PM

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron could be the 'de facto third receiver' this year, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.

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  Bears | Adam Shaheen draws praise    Thu May 17, 09:18 PM

Chicago Bears TE Adam Shaheen's skill set fits the offense, according to head coach Matt Nagy.

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  NFL | Crockett Gillmore undergoes surgery    Wed May 16, 09:52 PM

Free-agent TE/OL Crockett Gillmore (knee) needed to undergo another surgery on his knee earlier this offseason, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Gillmore struggled at the tight end position, and he's struggled to stay healthy as a pro. He's moving to offensive tackle according to reports that came out earlier this year. The Baltimore Ravens may have interest in re-signing Gillmore, but he would need to be able to pass a physical.

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  Ravens | Mark Andrews agrees on rookie deal    Wed May 16, 08:42 PM

Baltimore Ravens TE Mark Andrews signed his four-year rookie deal on Wednesday, May 16.

Footballguys view: Andrews was one of our favorite TEs from this class, and he's your classic 'F' threat who can attack the seam with speed. We'd feel better about his fantasy prospects if the Ravens hadn't also added tight end Hayden Hurst (South Carolina) in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.

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  Ravens | Two Ravens rookies signed    Wed May 16, 04:10 PM

Baltimore Ravens TE Mark Andrews and OT Orlando Brown Jr. signed their four-year rookie deals Wednesday, May 16. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Andrews is the player to highlight here for fantasy owners. At 6'5" 256 pounds, Andrews can create mismatches with his athleticism down the seam. He's not much of a blocker and needs work on his technique, but Andrews has good hands and should become a favorite target of his quarterback. We'd be more excited about his pro prospects if the Ravens hadn't also selected Hayden Hurst (South Carolina tight end) in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.

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  Lions | Brandon Barnes reverts to IR    Tue May 15, 07:45 PM

Detroit Lions TE Brandon Z. Barnes (undisclosed) reverted to the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, May 15, after being waived/injured.


  Bengals | Scott Orndoff released    Tue May 15, 07:27 PM

Cincinnati Bengals TE Scott Orndoff was cut Tuesday, May 15.


  Ravens | Breshad Perriman, Maxx Williams on notice    Tue May 15, 12:14 PM

Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman and TE Maxx Williams are among those who are expected to be on the roster bubble this summer, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.

Footballguys view: This isn't really news as everyone following the Ravens should have been expecting this. Perriman is on notice as he's been injured for most of his pro career. A first-round pick (UCF) in 2015, Perriman has only 43 receptions during his time in the NFL. Williams, a second-round pick (Minnesota) in 2015, has been banged up too and only snared 47 passes so far as a pro. The Ravens added two quality tight ends (Hayden Hurst, Mark Andrews) in the 2018 NFL draft so Williams days may be numbered in Baltimore.

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  Seahawks | Seattle adds Clayton Wilson    Mon May 14, 10:58 PM

The Seattle Seahawks signed undrafted free-agent TE Clayton Wilson (Northwest Missouri State) to an undisclosed contract Monday, May 14.

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  Giants | Stephen Baggett cut    Mon May 14, 02:01 PM

New York Giants TE Stephen Baggett was waived Monday, May 14.

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  Lions | Detroit makes roster moves    Mon May 14, 01:29 PM

Free-agent TE Marcus Lucas (Raiders) signed with the Detroit Lions Monday, May 14. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived WR Kyle Lewis and waived/injured TE Brandon Z. Barnes (undisclosed).

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  Titans | Anthony Firkser signs with Tennessee    Mon May 14, 01:17 PM

Free-agent TE Anthony Firkser (Chiefs) signed with the Tennessee Titans Monday, May 14. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Jaguars | Zach Conque signs with JAX    Mon May 14, 11:41 AM

Free-agent TE Zach Conque (Texans) signed an undisclosed deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday, May 14. OL Avery Gennesy was waived.

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  Bengals | Three skill players among latest UDFA signings    Sun May 13, 06:50 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals have signed RB Quinton Flowers (South Florida), TE Jordan Franks (Central Florida), and RB Ray Lawry (Old Dominion) as unrestricted free agents.

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  Dolphins | Miami wants Mike Gesicki on the field    Sat May 12, 09:56 PM

Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said they could use more sets with three tight ends this year in order to utilize TE Mike Gesicki.

Footballguys view: Gesicki takes a basketball skill set to the football field and is your prototypical 'F' receiving tight end. We'll be interested to see how Gesicki can be incorporated into the offense, especially since fellow rookie TE Durham Smythe is there as well.

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  NFL | Coby Fleener looking to be medically cleared    Sat May 12, 01:42 PM

Free-agent TE Coby Fleener (concussion) is still trying to get medically cleared after suffering a concussion he suffered in Week 12 of the 2017 season, according to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Footballguys view: Fleener busted during his time with the Saints, and injuries were a part of that failure. He's looking for a fresh start as soon as he's cleared, and there might be a team or two interested in Fleener's services when healthy.

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  Dolphins | Mike Gesicki ready to make impact    Fri May 11, 09:25 PM

Miami Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki said his best attributes right now are 'scoring touchdowns in the red zone' and making contested catches. 'That's one of reasons I was picked where I was,' Gesicki said.

Footballguys view: Gesicki lined up in the slot or as the 'F' tight end for the Nittany Lions in college. A former standout basketball and volleyball player in high school, Gesicki is a fluid athlete who creates mismatches when he's on the football field. The Dolphins have to find a new starter at tight end with their decision to move on from Julius Thomas.

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  Texans | Houston signs three more picks    Fri May 11, 07:10 PM

Houston Texans sixth-round draft choice TE Jordan M. Thomas and seventh-round draft choices LB Peter Kalambayi and CB Jermaine Kelly signed four-year contracts Friday, May 11. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Thomas is a big-bodied (280 pounds) target who used to be a wide receiver. He's still raw at the position and needs work as a blocker. However, his size alone could make him a decent red zone option for the Texans.

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  Patriots | New England signs five picks    Fri May 11, 06:40 PM

New England Patriots fifth-round draft choice LB Ja'Whaun Bentley, sixth-round draft choices LB Christian Sam and WR Braxton Berrios and seventh-round draft choices CB Keion Crossen and TE Ryan Izzo signed four-year contracts Friday, May 11. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Berrios had a good week of practice at the Reese's Senior Bowl earlier this year. The Hurricanes receiver is flashy with the ball in his hands. He can contribute as a slot/underneath receiver or on special teams as a return man.

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  Cowboys | Dallas signs six draft picks    Fri May 11, 04:20 PM

Dallas Cowboys fourth-round draft choices DE Dorance Armstrong and TE Dalton Schultz, fifth-round draft choice QB Mike White, sixth-round draft choices LB Chris Covington and WR Cedrick Wilson and seventh-round draft choice RB Bo Scarbrough signed four-year contracts with the Cowboys Friday, May 11, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Schultz is nasty as a blocker and loves to mix it up. He's a decent receiver who can be asked to go down the seam against linebackers. Without Jason Witten (retired), the Cowboys will use a TEBC with Schultz and guys like Rico Gathers, Geoff Swaim, and Blake Jarwin.

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  Cowboys | Rico Gathers good to go in 2018    Fri May 11, 12:05 PM

Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers has been cleared to play after fully recovering from the concussion, neck and jaw injuries he suffered last August, according to ESPN's Todd Archer.

Footballguys view: Gathers has intriguing size and the athleticism to box out smaller defenders. With Jason Witten retired, Gathers should be part of the mix at tight end with guys like Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin and rookie Dalton Schultz.

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  Texans | Jordan Akins inks rookie deal    Thu May 10, 09:52 PM

Houston Texans TE Jordan Akins signed a four-year deal Thursday, May 10, according to a league source.

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  Broncos | Broncos lock up seven rookies    Thu May 10, 08:11 PM

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton, LB Josey Jewell, WR DaeSean Hamilton, TE Troy Fumagalli, OG Sam Jones, LB Keishawn Bierria and RB David Williams all inked their four-year rookie deals Thursday, May 10.

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