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  Bills | Jaquan Johnson a breakout candidate    Sat Jul 11, 10:04 AM

Buffalo Bills S Jaquan Johnson is tabbed by Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News as a 2020 breakout candidate after playing 43 percent of the special teams snaps last season.

Footballguys view: Johnson got to play defense late last season and made a pick that was nullified by penalty, while looking competent as a deep free safety and hard-nosed in run support. He's a name to remember in deep IDP dynasty leagues if Jordan Poyer or Micah Hyde get hurt.

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  Dolphins | Miami not pursuing two top FAs    Fri Jul 10, 03:13 PM

Free-agent OG Larry Warford (Saints) and CB Logan Ryan (Titans) has not received serious interest from the Miami Dolphins this offseason.

Footballguys view: Both represent upgrades for many teams, and Warford would be especially needed on the rebuilt offensive line, but the Dolphins aren't interested in short-term solutions on the line, and they just spent a first-round pick on a corner after giving two others big contracts. When teams get an up close look at what they have at corner and guard, Warford and Ryan will get signed this summer.

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  Colts | Malik Hooker expected to start    Wed Jul 8, 07:20 PM

Indianapolis Colts FS Malik Hooker is expected to be one of the starting safeties this upcoming season.

Footballguys view: Hooker didn't have his fifth-year option picked up and the team drafted Julian Blackmon (Utah) in the third round, who plays Hooker's free safety position. Blackmon is coming off an ACL injury and he like all rookies will be hurt by the lack of an offseason, so Hooker should have every opportunity to make the Colts wish they had picked up his option. He could follow in the footsteps of Kyle Fuller and DeVante Parker and end up with a long term deal from the team that turned down the fifth year option on his rookie deal.

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  49ers | Teez Tabor clears waivers    Tue Jul 7, 05:47 PM

Updating previous stories, San Francisco 49ers CB Teez Tabor cleared waivers Tuesday, July 7, and is now officially a free agent.

Footballguys view: Tabor (foot) recently underwent surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his foot, according to a source. He is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. We should see some team interested in him after the start of the regular season but just as veteran depth.

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  NFL | Teez Tabor underwent surgery    Mon Jul 6, 06:22 PM

Free-agent CB Teez Tabor (foot) recently underwent surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his foot, according to a source. He is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Footballguys view: The 49ers waived Tabor on Monday. He was on the 49ers practice squad for most of the 2019 season and signed a futures deal with them for 2020. If he's ready for the start of the regular season, we imagine some team will sign him for veteran depth after/around Week 1.

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  49ers | Jamar Taylor joining SF    Mon Jul 6, 03:05 PM

Free-agent CB Jamar Taylor (Falcons) signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers Monday, July 6. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: This is Taylor's seventh team since he came into the NFL as a second-round pick for the Dolphins in the 2013 NFL draft. Now entering his age-30 season, Taylor has not looked like a decent player since 2018. It will be difficult for him to rejuvenate his career and may not make the 53-man roster. If he does make the team, it's only for veteran depth at the position.

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  49ers | Teez Tabor waived    Mon Jul 6, 03:05 PM

San Francisco 49ers CB Teez Tabor (undisclosed) was waived Monday, July 6, with a Non-Football Injury designation.

Footballguys view: Tabor was a second-round pick out of Florida in the 2017 NFL draft. The Lions selected him but Tabor did not make it through final cuts last preseason and spent most of 2019 on the 49ers practice squad. He's only 24-years old and has good size for the position. Tabor should latch on with a third NFL team at some point this year.

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  Panthers | Jordan Chinn may have multiple roles    Sun Jul 5, 03:12 PM

Carolina Panthers CB Jeremy Chinn said he participated in video meetings with several defensive groups this offseason and believes he will be able to line up at multiple positions.

Footballguys view: Chinn should be a box safety and very valuable right away in IDP leagues playing on a team that is likely to trail a lot this year. He should be drafted in redraft leagues along with being a top 3 safety in dynasty rookie drafts.

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  Chiefs | Tyrann Mathieu owns the slot    Thu Jul 2, 09:35 PM

Kansas City Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu allowed a passer rating of 70.0 in the slot in 2019 - the third-best mark of any player with at least 200 snaps inside - according to Pro Football Focus.

Footballguys view: Mathieu has been a massive impact addition to the Chiefs defense and part of the reason he and the rest of the team got rings at the end of the 2019 season. He remains a solid #2 safety/defensive back option in IDP leagues.

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  49ers | K'Waun Williams locks up slot receivers    Thu Jul 2, 09:26 PM

San Francisco 49ers CB K'Waun Williams allowed a passer rating of 69.3 in the slot in 2019 - the second-best mark of any player with at least 200 snaps inside - according to Pro Football Focus.

Footballguys view: Williams has been a strength of the 49ers secondary. He's poised to cash in as an unrestricted free agent next year. Tyler Lockett and Cooper Kupp get to face him twice a year for at least one more season.

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  49ers | D.J. Reed suffers torn pec    Thu Jul 2, 09:14 PM

San Francisco 49ers DB D.J. Reed (pectoral) disclosed on social media Thursday, July 2, that he sustained a torn pectoral muscle during a recent workout.

Footballguys view: Reed is valuable because he can play safety, slot corner, and outside corner, along with returning kicks. There's an outside chance that he'll be able to play when the season opens after Kwon Alexander returned to play on a similar timeline after suffering a torn pec last year. Tarvarius Moore may be pushed into action if Reed can't play Week 1.

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  Seahawks | Two could share nickel back snaps    Thu Jul 2, 07:17 PM

Seattle Seahawks CB Ugo Amadi and S Marquise Blair could share playing time at the nickel back position this upcoming season and alternate depending on the matchup.

Footballguys view: The Seahawks used Mychal Kendricks in their nickel package often last year and had a true nickel defensive back on the field fewer times than any other team. Amadi could be targeted a lot if he doesn't improve from his rookie year performance last season and Blair was drafted more to play the Kam Chancellor role than nickel back. This area of transition will be tested early and often by opposing passing games.

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  Giants | Xavier McKinney likely to start    Thu Jul 2, 06:34 PM

New York Giants S Xavier McKinney appears to be the leading candidate to start at safety opposite S Jabrill Peppers this upcoming season.

Footballguys view: A lot of rookies may have lessened impact this year because of the lack of an offseason, but McKinney can step in right away as a box safety and have a big IDP league impact. There's a good argument for him to be the first rookie safety off of the board in IDP leagues.

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  Ravens | Tavon Young ready    Thu Jul 2, 11:16 AM

Baltimore Ravens DB Tavon Young (neck) is ready to go. 'He looks healthy on the computer,' defensive coordinator Don 'Wink' Martindale said last week, via the team's official website. 'He says he's healthy. He's ready to go. Tavon is ready to go, and if he tells me he's ready to go, I believe in him 100 percent. And he'll be ready to go, so I'm excited about that.'

Footballguys view: The team also brought back Jimmy Smith in free agency, so they should be as strong from 1-4 at corner as any team in the league. The Ravens defense will be breaking in two rookie linebackers, but they added Calais Campbell up front to help a pass rush that doesn't have any impact players on the edge other than Matt Judon, who is coming back this year on the franchise tag.

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  Titans | Chris Jackson facing uphill battle    Wed Jul 1, 07:35 PM

Tennessee Titans S Chris Jackson likely will need a strong performance during training camp in order to have a chance to make the final roster.

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  Dolphins | Nik Needham may see drop in snaps    Wed Jul 1, 06:05 PM

Miami Dolphins CB Nik Needham was on the field for 780 defensive snaps last season but probably will see a drop on his snaps because the team added CBs Byron Jones and Noah Igbinoghene during the offseason.

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  Broncos | Justin Simmons expected to stay    Wed Jul 1, 11:40 AM

Denver Broncos FS Justin Simmons is expected to sign his franchise tender if a long-term deal isn't reached, in the opinion of beat writer Ryan O'Halloran.

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  Chiefs | Chris Jones seeking huge payday    Tue Jun 30, 10:35 PM

Kansas City Chiefs DL Chris Jones has 'always viewed himself as a $20 million-plus' player and intends to seek that much in a contract extension, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Jones suggested via social media that he would be willing to hold out much like Le'Veon Bell did in 2018 if Kansas City fails to meet his asking price.

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  Bills | Josh Norman may be top option for CB job    Sun Jun 28, 02:27 PM

Buffalo Bills CB Josh Norman appears to be the leading candidate for the starting cornerback job opposite CB Tre'Davious White.

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  Ravens | DeShon Elliott ready to go    Sat Jun 27, 10:03 PM

Baltimore Ravens SS DeShon Elliott (knee) will be ready for training camp whenever it begins, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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  Giants | Julian Love could move around    Sat Jun 27, 04:36 PM

New York Giants CB Julian Love has the ability to play cornerback, slot cornerback and safety, according to head coach Joe Judge. Judge said that the game plan will determine how Love will be used each game.

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  Seahawks | Several may compete for returner job    Sat Jun 27, 02:56 PM

Seattle Seahawks WR Penny Hart, WR John Ursua, WR David Moore, RB DeeJay Dallas, RB Travis Homer and S Ugo Amadi may compete for the punt returner job during training camp.

Footballguys view: We think Hart could be the guy with the edge here. He was undrafted out of Georgia State in 2019 (Colts) but did flash in the pre-draft process, especially when he was at the Senior Bowl. He's lightning quick and has speed to his game to boot. That could work well as a return man and reserve receiver for Seattle in 2020.

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  Broncos | Bryce Callahan fully healthy    Fri Jun 26, 07:27 PM

Denver Broncos CB Bryce Callahan (foot) has completely recovered from the broken foot he dealt with last season.

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  Jets | La'el Collins interests Jets    Fri Jun 26, 09:37 AM

Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins is coveted by the New York Jets, and the Jets may be willing to trade S Jamal Adams to land him.

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  Saints | Malcolm Jenkins not comfortable returning    Thu Jun 25, 05:58 PM

New Orleans Saints S Malcolm Jenkins said Thursday, June 25, he wouldn't feel comfortable returning to football until the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic is eliminated. 'Until we get to the point where we have protocols in place and until we get to a place as a country where we feel safe doing it, we have to understand that football is a nonessential business and so we don't need to do it,' Jenkins said. 'And so the risk has to be really eliminated before we, before I, would feel comfortable with going back.' He later released a follow-up video in which he stressed his desire to play.

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  Jets | Jamal Adams' rift with head coach    Thu Jun 25, 09:07 AM

New York Jets S Jamal Adams' rift with the New York Jets stems over his contract, but head coach Adam Gase also is a major factor in the issue. Adams does not want to play for Gase anymore for myriad reasons, according to sources. According to this and other reports there are few players who respond well to their head coach. Some team sources believe that QBs Sam Darnold and David Fales are among the few returning players that actually tolerate Gase.

Footballguys view: This is certainly a make-or-break year for Gase who has now failed with two franchises (Jets, Dolphins) as their head coach. He's been riding the cache he built as the OC for a Peyton Manning Broncos team, but their success should have been attributed more to the future Hall of Fame quarterback and not as much for Gase.

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  Dolphins | Miami unlikely to pursue two FAs    Wed Jun 24, 02:01 PM

Free-agent OG Larry Warford (Saints) and CB Logan Ryan probably will not be options for the Miami Dolphins unless they are willing to accept lower salaries.

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  Dolphins | Three could be slot cornerback    Wed Jun 24, 01:57 PM

Miami Dolphins CBs Noah Igbinoghene, Jomal Perry and Nik Needham are expected to compete for the slot cornerback job during training camp.

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  Chiefs | Two safeties may compete for spot    Sun Jun 21, 02:33 PM

Kansas City Chiefs S Rodney Clemons and S Andrew Soroh may compete for one roster spot during training camp if S Juan Thornhill (knee) has to start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Footballguys view: The Chiefs hope Thornhill will be ready, but as a long term piece and on a team that is looking to go back to the Super Bowl, they won't risk his health and availability later in the season to rush him back to the field.

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  Packers | Josh Jackson not a lock for roster    Sat Jun 20, 06:40 PM

Green Bay Packers CB Josh Jackson could be a possible trade or release candidate if he fails to show improvement during training camp.

Footballguys view: The 2018 #37 overall pick took a step back last year and didn't start or record a pass breakup. The Packers appear to be souring on him with two years left on his rookie deal.

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  Falcons | Keanu Neal feeling good    Thu Jun 18, 05:18 PM

Atlanta Falcons S Keanu Neal (Achilles) said he is feeling good and is looking forward to returning to the field.

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  NFL | Marqui Christian receives suspension    Thu Jun 18, 04:44 PM

Free-agent S Marqui Christian (Rams) has been suspended for the first two games of the 2020 season, according to a source.

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  Broncos | Kareem Jackson tests positive for virus    Wed Jun 17, 05:55 PM

Denver Broncos S Kareem Jackson (illness) said he has tested positive for COVID-19 after being tested Wednesday, June 17. He plans to quarantine for two weeks.

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  Buccaneers | Flags seem to find Carlton Davis    Tue Jun 16, 11:28 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis has been penalized 12 times in coverage since the start of the 2018 season, according to Pro Football Focus.

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  Chiefs | Refs hard on Bashaud Breeland    Tue Jun 16, 10:10 PM

Kansas City Chiefs CB Bashaud Breeland has been penalized 13 times in coverage since the start of the 2018 season, according to Pro Football Focus.

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  Panthers | Eli Apple attracts flags    Tue Jun 16, 10:03 PM

Carolina Panthers CB Eli Apple has been penalized an NFL-high 17 times in coverage since the start of the 2018 season, according to Pro Football Focus.

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  Browns | Kevin Johnson eyeing slot corner job    Tue Jun 16, 08:19 PM

Cleveland Browns CB Kevin Johnson will be 'a top competitor' to land the slot cornerback job in training camp, and he'll also be needed as a 'quality insurance option' behind Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams after both players missed multiple games due to injury in 2019, according to Anthony Poisal of the team's website.

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  Colts | Indy inks Julian Blackmon to rookie deal    Tue Jun 16, 08:08 PM

Indianapolis Colts third-round pick S Julian Blackmon signed a four-year contract with the team on Monday, June 15. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.

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  49ers | San Francisco still looking to lock up John Lynch    Tue Jun 16, 05:34 PM

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch, the 2019 NFL Executive of the Year, is expected to be signed to a contract to keep him paired with head coach Kyle Shanahan through at least the 2025 season, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

Footballguys view: Lynch and Shanahan both signed six-year contracts with the 49ers three years ago. With Shanahan re-upped by the team earlier this week, expect Lynch to get a similar extension. The 49ers are in a Super Bowl window under the guidance of Lynch and have worked to become one of the best teams in the game today.

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  Steelers | Breon Borders will need to earn spot    Mon Jun 15, 07:36 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Breon Borders will need to be a solid contributor on special teams and possible option in defensive subpackages to have a chance to make the final roster.

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  Chargers | Derwin James open to moving around    Mon Jun 15, 04:13 PM

Los Angeles Chargers S Derwin James said he is open to moving around to different defensive positions this upcoming season. 'I'm comfortable at linebacker, comfortable in the slot, comfortable man everywhere on that field,' James said. 'So it don't really matter to me.'

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  Chargers | Desmond King may receive bigger role    Mon Jun 15, 04:12 PM

Los Angeles Chargers S Desmond King could be used at multiple positions this upcoming season, according to defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

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  NFL | Shaun Wade the top corner for 2021?    Sun Jun 14, 11:08 PM

Ohio State CB Shaun Wade 'could emerge as the premier player at his position' for the 2021 NFL Draft, according to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com, and Jeremiah compares Wade to Pittsburgh Steelers CB Minkah Fitzpatrick.

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  Eagles | Darius Slay makes his presence felt    Sun Jun 14, 05:44 PM

Philadelphia Eagles CB Darius Slay has forced 50 incompletions since the start of the 2017 season - tied for the second-highest total in the league over that span - according to Pro Football Focus.

Footballguys view: The Eagles sorely needed a #1 corner and got one for a third and fifth round pick this offseason. Slay will match up with Terry McLaurin in Week 1 in a must-see matchup.

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  Bears | Kyle Fuller slows down passing games    Sun Jun 14, 05:36 PM

Chicago Bears CB Kyle Fuller has forced 50 incompletions since the start of the 2017 season - tied for the second-highest total in the league over that span - according to Pro Football Focus.

Footballguys view: Fuller has been a success since the Bears passed on his fifth-year option, transition tagged him, and then matched Green Bay's four-year, $56 million dollar offer in 2018. He'll face Kenny Golladay and the Lions in Week 1.

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  Patriots | Stephon Gilmore superb at breaking up passes    Sun Jun 14, 05:27 PM

New England Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore has forced a league-high 54 incompletions since the start of the 2017 season, according to Pro Football Focus.

Footballguys view: Gilmore's worst game of the year was against DeVante Parker in Week 17 and that's who he will face in Week 1. He was playing at the highest level of his career last year, but if Parker has success opposing quarterbacks could test Gilmore more in 2020.

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  Bills | E.J. Gaines may push for starting job    Sun Jun 14, 03:33 PM

Buffalo Bills CB E.J. Gaines is expected to compete with CBs Josh Norman and Levi Wallace for one of the starting cornerback jobs during training camp.

Footballguys view: This should be a spot that is targeted frequently no matter who wins the job. Norman is considered well past his prime and might be the best for opposing fantasy matchups. His best years came with Sean McDermott so that could give him an edge in the competition. Breshad Perriman or Denzel Mims will get to test the winner Week 1.

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  Steelers | John Battle a long shot    Sat Jun 13, 10:37 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers S John Battle is a long shot to make the club, in the opinion of beat writer Chris Adamski.

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  Seahawks | Marquise Blair in line for significant snaps?    Thu Jun 11, 09:43 PM

Seattle Seahawks S Marquise Blair will 'get a lot of consideration' to be used in the nickel package, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

Footballguys view: Blair was drafted in the second round last year to play the Kam Chancellor role in the defense long term and should start sooner than later. Bradley McDougald or Quandre Diggs could lose snaps to Blair this year.

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  49ers | Jarquski Tartt on track to start    Thu Jun 11, 07:53 PM

San Francisco 49ers S Jaquiski Tartt is expected to be the starting strong safety this upcoming season.

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