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5 things to know for Monday

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 27: (L-R) Solomon Thomas of Stanford poses with Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell after being picked #3 overall by the San Francisco 49ers (from Bears) during the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Hey football fans, here are five things from Sunday you need to know to start your week off right:

  1. Melvin Ingram signed a new deal. The Chargers and Ingram agreed to a four-year deal worth $66 million, according to Adam Schefter. Ingram makes up one half of a vicious pass-rushing duo for the Chargers, alongside Joey Bosa. Ingram had his highest-graded year as a pro in 2016, and his pass-rushing productivity ranked eighth for outside linebackers. The AFC West had four outside linebackers in the top eight of pass-rush productivity last year.
  2. Brian Cushing should be ready for training camp. After a clean-up operation on his shoulder in the offseason, Cushing should be ready to go once camp starts. Cushing had one of his best seasons for the Texans last year, ranking well in both pass coverage and rush defense.
  3. Jimmy Graham could see a franchise tag from the Seattle Seahawks next year. A tight end franchise tag would be worth around $10 million. After a down 2015, Graham bounced back in 2016. He was the best tight end last year in catching deep passes and was one of the highest graded players in his position group.
  4. Solomon Thomas spent time working with DeMarcus Ware. Thomas cannot work with the 49ers until his semester at Stanford is over, so instead he worked with the former NFLer. Thomas was one of the most dominant defensive linemen in college last year, and he and Ware produced similar results on inside pass rushes.
  5. Fantasy editor Daniel Kelley looked at which teams that are primed to have less fantasy success in 2017. Teams that see wide swings in fantasy production (either positive or negative) tend to regress to the mean the next year. With that in mind, is a team like Dallas, which saw a massive increase in fantasy production last year, going to fall back to earth or will they resist gravity?

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