Daily Dose: Wes Welker Ready, Dez Bryant Signs, Cedric Benson's Meeting

Raymond Summerlin@@RMSummerlinContributor IJuly 23, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Injured Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots walks on crutches out to midfield for the captain's meeting against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Ravens won 33-14. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Welker Ready for Camp
98.5 The Sports Hub is reporting Wes Welker will be a full participant  when Patriots training camp opens on Thursday.

If this report is true, it would mean the Patriots are forgoing to opportunity to place Welker on the active PUP list, which would give the team a lot more options if Welker suffers a setback.
Analysis
As I have said before , several signs point to Welker being ready week one, and this development is just another positive sign.

This great news, however, probably hurts Welker’s value a little bit.

Before this news, Welker’s sixth round ADP was great value for a guy that has been a borderline top ten wide out the last three seasons.

Now, Welker’s ADP is sure to climb above where an aging, injury risk wide receiver should be taken.

If you can still find Welker in the fourth round, do not hesitate to take him, but I suspect he will not fall much farther than the middle of the third round in most drafts this season.

Bryant Signs
Dez Bryant signed a five year, $11.8 million contract  with Dallas on Thursday. The contract included $8.3 million in guaranteed money.

Analysis
There had been concern that Bryant would hold out for at least the first couple weeks of training camp, so this news is presently surprising.

Bryant will now have a real shot at supplanting Roy Williams as the number two wide out in Dallas and should be considered the number one rookie wide out.

Benson’s Meeting ‘Frank and Productive’
Cedric Benson’s lawyer David Cornwell told Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com that his clients meeting with Roger Goodell was “frank and productive.”  

“Cedric is his best advocate and I believe the Commissioner was pleased with their discussion,” said Cornwell.

Analysis
With it becoming more and more likely Benson will be available to play week one, it is time for his ADP to get back to where it needs to be.

Benson is currently coming off the board somewhere near the end of the third round, which is way too low for a guy that has a great shot to be a number one running back.

Guys like Ryan Matthews, Jamal Charles, and Pierre Thomas are going in front of Benson, and that is simply unacceptable.

If Benson is sitting around in the second round, you better take him. 
Contact Raymond at @RMSummerlin on Twitter.


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