|Green Bay brings back Aaron Jones|
$13 million signing bonus
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2021, 4:14 pm
|Source: The #Packers and RB Aaron Jones have a deal. $13 million signing bonus. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There was a lot of speculation that Jones would end up in Miami but that never came to pass. The Packers are committed to the run and Jones is an integral part of their system. Jamaal Williams remains a free agent but AJ Dillon is ready to pickup any slack if Williams lands on a new team.
|Patriots bring back Cam Newton|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2021, 8:05 am
|BREAKING: The #Patriots are re-signing QB Cam Newton to a one-year deal, according to a league source. (Jim McBride on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: According to reports, the deal could be up to $14 million based on incentives but likely to be something less. Newton's rushing ability kept him fantasy relevant early in the 2020 season but missing time due to COVID-19, diminishing skills and lack of outside weapons limited his passing numbers to 2657 yards, 8 TDs, 10 INTs in 15 games. He'll be a middling QB2 in redraft leagues.
|Texans sign Mark Ingram to one-year deal|
David Johnson has a backup
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2021, 1:00 pm
|New Texans running back Mark Ingram's deal includes $500,000 signing bonus, incentive clause for $250,000 for 750 rushing yards, another $250,000 if he gains 1,000 rushing yards (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ingram is going to slide into a backup role behind David Johnson in Houston. At 31 years old, it's difficult to get excited about his fantasy prospects especially if Deshaun Watson gets traded. He's a late-round flier in redraft leagues and off the radar in dynasty leagues.
|Bills release John Brown|
Brown will be 31 in April
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2021, 1:12 pm
|Bills released WR John Brown and DL Quinton Jefferson. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brown was plagued with injuries in 2020 which led to him playing in only 9 games and limited him to being a Flex option most weeks when healthy. Brown's departure could open up more opportunities for Gabriel Davis but the free agent wide receiver market is plentiful and it wouldn't be a shock to see Buffalo add some competition in their wide receiver room.
|Saints release Emmanuel Sanders|
Was due $8M this year, with $2M guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2021, 11:26 am
|Emmanuel Sanders qualifies as a victim of this year's reduced salary cap to me. I thought he was a good fit with the Saints, but they needed to make sacrifices.
He was due $8M this year, with $2M guaranteed. (Mike Triplett on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With the NFL salary cap set at $182.5 million, down from $198.2 million last season, teams will be releasing veterans with high cap costs over the coming days. Sanders posted a 61-726-5 line in 2020 finishing as the WR43 in fantasy points per game. At 33 years old, he'll likely be a late-round flier in redraft leagues this summer.
|Bears place franchise tag on Allen Robinson|
Robinson posted a career-high 102 receptions in 2020
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2021, 1:48 pm
|The Bears placed the franchise tag on veteran wide receiver Allen Robinson, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. Robinson, 27, caught a career-high 102 passes for 1,250 yards in 2020 even as the Bears' offense struggled to find its groove until a late-season three-game winning streak allowed Chicago to sneak into the playoffs at 8-8. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Robinson is coming off his best season since 2015 (80-1400-14). He finished 13th among wide receivers in PPR leagues despite poor quarterback play. He's posted 102 and 98 receptions the last two seasons and will be a low-end WR1 in redraft rankings this summer.
|No franchise tag for Kenny Golladay|
Lions WR headed for free agency
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2021, 12:45 pm
|Lions have informed WR Kenny Golladay that they will not use their franchise tag on him, as @TomPelissero reported. Golladay is headed to free agency. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Godwin off the market, Golladay and Allen Robinson remain the top two free agents available at the wide receiver position. Golladay missed most of 2020 with a hip injury and his departure would put the Lions in full tank mode. Tyrell Williams has recently been signed and currently sits as the team's No.1 wideout.
|Bucs place franchise tag on Chris Godwin|
Guaranteed at least $16.43 million on a one-year contract
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2021, 12:15 pm
|Wide receiver Chris Godwin is the Bucs’ franchise player. Godwin will be guaranteed at least $16.43 million on a one-year contract, the average salary of the top five receivers in the NFL. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: Interesting that the Bucs are choosing to place the tag on Godwin over LB Shaquil Barrett. Godwin missed four games in 2020 but did finish with a respectable 7 TDs and ranked 15th overall in FPts per game among WRs. Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette and wide receiver Antonio Brown are also free agents that the Bucs could re-sign.
|New deal for Dak|
Four-year deal, $66 million to sign
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2021, 6:00 pm
|Cowboys are giving Dak Prescott a four-year, $160 million deal, including a record $126 million guaranteed, source tells ESPN. The first three years average $42 million per year. The deal can be worth up to $164 million, per source. The deal includes $66 million to sign and $75 million in year one, the most in NFL history. Dak Prescott’s deal actually is a six-year deal that voids to four years so as to help the Cowboys against the cap, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Dak played last year on the franchise tag and suffered a broken leg in Week 5. He's on track to be ready for 2021 and should be viewed as a QB1 given his rushing ability and impressive weapons at the skill positions. Dak posted three games over 450 yards passing before his injury last season.
|Steelers sign Roethlisberger to new one-year deal|
Big Ben was the QB14 in 2020
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 4 2021, 1:00 pm
|The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Ben Roethlisberger to a new contract for 2021, it was announced today. (Steelers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Roethlisberger was set to count over $41 million against the cap this season, a number that needed to be reduced in order for Big-Ben to return to Pittsburgh in 2021. The Steelers implemented a short passing game strategy last season relegating him to QB2 status in fantasy. With JuJu Smith-Schuster a free agent, it's hard to imagine Ben elevating into QB1 status in 2021.
|Tyrell Williams finds a home in Detroit|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2021, 1:37 pm
|Former Raiders' WR Tyrell Williams reached agreement on a one-year deal worth up to $6.2 million with the Detroit Lions, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Williams didn't play a snap for the Raiders last season due to a shoulder injury but should have some football left in the tank at just 29 years old. His fantasy value will hinge on if Kenny Golladay and/or Marvin Jones return to the Lions as both are free agents.
|Washington expected to cut Alex Smith|
QB still wants to play
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 1 2021, 10:18 am
|The Washington Football Team is expected to part ways with QB Alex Smith in the coming days, sources tell me and
@KimJonesSports. The AP Comeback Player of the Year has said he still wants to play, and at age 36 may have a chance to do so. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Smith made a remarkable recovery from his gruesome leg injury in 2018 and managed to see the field for eight games in 2020. His release saves Washington $14.7 million in cap space and makes them one of many teams looking for a starting quarterback in 2021.
|Texans release Duke Johnson|
House cleaning continues
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 26 2021, 12:40 pm
|Texans just released RB Duke Johnson, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Back in 2019, the Texans gave the Browns a 2020 third-round pick for Duke who ended up playing two seasons in Houston. He played 11 games last season averaging just 3.1 yards per carry. At 27, he likely land in a similar situation as a pass-catching back in a committee. The Browns turned that third-round pick into LB Jacob Phillips.
|Eagles expected to release Alshon Jeffery|
DeSean Jackson released
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 22 2021, 8:00 pm
|The #Eagles will also be releasing Alshon Jeffery when the league year begins, which has been obvious for quite a while. A much younger group for 2021. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It was a lost season for Jeffery (foot) in 2020 as he finished with only 12 targets and 6 receptions. At 31 years-old and having trouble staying healthy dating back to 2018 he'll have to settle for one-year prove it deal at his next stop. Also, fellow veteran wideout DeSean Jackson has officially been released.
|Tyler Eifert set to become a free agent|
Jaguars expected to decline team option for 2021
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 22 2021, 5:50 pm
|The #Jaguars are expected to decline the team option for TE Tyler Eifert’s contract, source said. He was to earn a little under $5M for 2021, but now he’ll be a free agent. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Eifert posted a 36-349-2 line on 60 targets in 2020 making him fantasy irrelevant at 5.9 PPR points per game and finishing as the TE36 in PPR leagues. His 13 TDs in 2015 look like an outlier based on the rest of his career. He can safely be ignored in all types of fantasy leagues.
|Eagles trade Carson Wentz to Colts|
Colts get 2021 third-round pick and conditional 2022 second-round pick
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 18 2021, 11:44 am
|Philadelphia has agreed to trade Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first, league sources tell @mortreport and me. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The 2022 second-rounder will become a first-rounder if Wentz plays 75% of the plays next season. Wentz will be reunited with HC Frank Reich who he spent time with in Philadelphia. This is likely the best-case scenario landing spot for Wentz and his fantasy value. The Colts should continue to be run-focused with Jonathan Taylor but Wentz will hold high-end QB2 value in redraft leagues.
|Zach Ertz on the move?|
Eagles have reportedly spoken to Colts, Seahawks about Zach Ertz
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 14 2021, 8:00 pm
|NFL trade rumors: Eagles have reportedly spoken to Colts, Seahawks about Zach Ertz. On Saturday, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported what many had already begun speculating: that the Eagles would look to move on from Ertz, who has one year left on his contract. (Philly Voice)|
FFToday's Take: A package of Carson Wentz and Ertz to the Colts is interesting to ponder although it would be a big hit to the Colts' salary cap. Ertz was bothered by injury this past season and posted his worst year as a pro: 36-335-1 in eleven games. Dallas Goedert should be considered the Eagles TE1 moving forward.
|Raiders expected to release Tyrell Williams|
Missed all of 2020 with shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 11 2021, 4:20 pm
|The #Raiders plan to release WR Tyrell Williams at the start of the league year next month, per source. Williams missed the entire 2020 season because of a shoulder injury that required surgery, but should be fully healthy in 2-3 weeks. He’s still only 28. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Williams had a lost year in 2020 after injuring his shoulder during the preseason. Given that he'll turn 29 tomorrow he'll likely get another shot in the league next season but will struggle to have fantasy relevance.
| Patrick Mahomes expected to have off-season surgery on toe|
Isn't expected to fully heal without surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 7 2021, 7:00 am
|#Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is expected to have surgery to repair his turf toe, sources say. But he’d like to win Super Bowl LV first. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Mahomes injured his toe in the Divisional Round against the Browns but played in the AFC Championship game against the Bills and will play in Super Bowl LV. Chad Henne would get the call if Mahomes reinjured his foot against the Bucs.
|Eagles expected to trade Carson Wentz|
Could happen as early as this week
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 6 2021, 3:15 pm
|Eagles are expected to trade Carson Wentz in the coming days in what would be the latest blockbuster QB deal to rock the NFL, sources tell @mortreport and me. The most pertinent questions now become where, when and for what. But it could happen as early as this week. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Schefter indicates that the Eagles are looking for a "Matthew Stafford package" in return for Wentz. The Rams gave up a third round and two first round picks for Stafford. The Colts and Bears have expressed some interest in Wentz who has a $10 million roster bonus due on March 20th. Should Wentz be traded, this would lock in Jalen Hurts as the Eagles starter in 2021. Stay tuned...
| Antonio Brown, Cameron Brate listed as Questionable|
Brown did practice on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 5 2021, 1:48 pm
|Final injury report for Bucs and Chiefs - only two questions are TE Cameron Brate (back) and WR Antonio Brown (knee), both questionable. Good news with defense all a go for Sunday. (Greg Auman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Antonio Brown did practice in full on Thursday and Friday suggesting he will play on Sunday. Brate missed practice Friday making his status in question. Tanner Hudson could be used as a passing game option if Brate ends up being inactive.
| Sammy Watkins listed as Questionable|
Full practice on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 5 2021, 1:42 pm
|Sammy Watkins is listed as questionable for Sunday's game on Chiefs final injury report of the week. Eric Fisher and Willie Gay are out. Everyone else is good to go. (Adam Teicher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday but did practice in full on Friday. Watkins said he is "optimistic" about playing Sunday but we'll have to wait an see. The last time he saw game action was Week 16. Demarcus Robinson has been removed from the COVID-19 list and will play. All are DFS punt plays for Super Bowl LV.
|D'Andre Swift lobbies for AD's return|
Soon-to-be 36-year-old set to hit free agency
By: Doug Orth | Feb 4 2021, 2:55 pm
|D’Andre Swift is coming off a promising rookie season in Detroit. The second-round RB ran for 511 yards and averaged an impressive 4.6 yards per carry while also proving himself as a receiver, catching 46 passes out of the backfield. Swift is primed for a bigger role in 2021 under new head coach Dan Campbell and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn. But Swift still wants the veteran presence of Adrian Peterson with him in the Lions backfield.
“I definitely want him back,” Swift told CBS Sports while adding he “picked (Peterson's) brain” throughout his rookie year. (USA TODAY)|
FFToday's Take: Campbell and Lynn likely view Swift in the same kind of light as Alvin Kamara, but the smash-mouth mentality it appears they hope to use in Detroit makes it reasonable to keep a physical back like Peterson around. Whether Peterson wants to remain in Detroit is another story, but the combination of his age and reputation as an early-down grinder only figure to limit his options on the open market.
|Carson Wentz generating interest|
QB expected to return to Philly next season ... for now
By: Doug Orth | Feb 4 2021, 2:45 pm
|Sources say that teams have begun calling the Eagles on their former starter Carson Wentz, plotting a roadmap for a potential trade as teams get closer to the start of the league year.
The Eagles are not in a hurry to trade Wentz - and in fact as of now intend for him to return for 2021 under new coach Nick Sirianni - but they did field the calls and discussed the issue. GM Howie Roseman will almost always listen, and this is no different. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The most common projected landing spot for Wentz is Indianapolis given the presence of his former offensive coordinator (Colts HC Frank Reich) and the Colts' need for a starting quarterback following the retirement of Philip Rivers. However, it is also clear Philadelphia isn't all that eager to trade him away just because Jalen Hurts showed well late in the season. The odds of him still being in Philadelphia this summer feel no better than 50:50 at the moment.
| Antonio Brown limited on Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 3 2021, 3:30 pm
|Bucs coach Bruce Arians said Jordan Whitehead, Antonio Brown and Antoine Winfield Jr. all practiced today but were limited. (Jenna Laine on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brown was listed as "Doubtful" last week with a knee injury and didn't play in the NFC Conference Championship game. Brown seems to be on the right side of questionable but we'll know more after practice on Friday.
|Saints want Jameis Winston back|
Sean Payton indicates they'll make a run at Winston in free agency
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 3 2021, 9:30 am
|#Saints coach Sean Payton makes clear the team wants Jameis Winston back. They didn’t call on new #Rams QB Matthew Stafford, another potential vote of confidence for his current QBs. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Winston is a free agent but Sean Peyton indicated on Good Morning Football that they will pursue the 27 year-old quarterback. Winston did not start any games for the Saints in 2020 despite Drew Brees missing four games with a rib injury. Taysom Hill will be in the mix but there's a real chance Winston could be the Saints starter in 2021.
|Tom Brady willing to play past 2021 season?|
QB hints he might play past age 45
By: Doug Orth | Feb 1 2021, 9:10 pm
|Tom Brady on whether he'd consider playing beyond age 45: "Yeah, definitely. I would definitely consider that. ... You never know kind of when that moment is. ... It has to be 100 percent commitment from myself to keep doing it." (The Washington Post - Mark Maske)|
FFToday's Take: Brady keeps pushing the boundaries for what most thought was possible for an athlete in his mid-40s, but fantasy owners need to treat him as a year-to-year player at this point. While he just completed a regular season in which he threw for 40 touchdowns and does a good job of avoiding punishment on the field, even the TB12 method can't keep his physical skills from deteriorating. Fantasy owners should consider him a low-end QB1 with considerable risk in 2021 drafts.
|Aaron Rodgers unlikely to get dealt|
HC offers strong vote of confidence
By: Doug Orth | Feb 1 2021, 8:30 pm
|Matt LaFleur reiterates Aaron Rodgers will be here "for a long time" as #Packers QB: "Is that a trick question? Absolutely. There's no doubt about it. You're talking about the guy who's going to win the MVP of the league. We're not in this position without him." (Ryan Wood on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Packers put themselves in the position of having to field these kinds of questions for the foreseeable future when they traded up for Jordan Love last spring. Be that as it may, Rodgers is under contract through the end of the 2023 season and the most likely time to get out from his deal isn't until the end of next season. Of course, that assumes Love shows something between now and then and Rodgers isn't playing at an MVP level.
|Adam Trautman ready to break out?|
Jared Cook likely to be cap casualty
By: Doug Orth | Feb 1 2021, 8:20 pm
|It’s always difficult to forecast a Trey Hendrickson-like breakout season, but the opportunity is going to be there for Adam Trautman to enjoy a big sophomore campaign. Assuming Jared Cook does not return, Trautman will be the projected starting tight end. He was productive in limited playing time as a rookie, catching 15 of the 16 targeted passes, nine of them for first downs. He also showed big-play potential with receptions of 29 and 41 yards. The future is bright for the Dayton product. (The Athletic - Jeff Duncan)|
FFToday's Take: The caveat to predicting a huge second season from Trautman is the likely retirement of Drew Brees. Taysom Hill appeared to be more of a one-read (usually Michael Thomas) quarterback in his time as the starter, while impending free agent Jameis Winston is still very much an unknown in Sean Payton's system (assuming he returns to New Orleans). Trautman's talent is not in question, however. Fantasy owners should keep his name in the back of their mind should the Saints move on from Cook.
|Lions ship Matthew Stafford to the Rams|
Lions Get Goff and two first-round picks
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 30 2021, 11:30 pm
|More on the first - but not the last - major QB moves of 2021: Matthew Stafford to the Rams in exchange for Jared Goff, a 2021 third-round pick, and 2022 and 2023 first-round picks: (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Our first big move of the off-season is a blockbuster. The price seems steep for the 32 year-old quarterback but getting rid of Goff's contract was going to come at a high price. The Lions are in a rebuilding mode and this move doesn't bode well for the fantasy prospects of Kenny Golladay. However, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Cam Akers will be valuable targets in 2021 redraft leagues.
|Deshaun Watson officially requests a trade|
He actually did it weeks ago
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 28 2021, 9:54 am
|Deshaun Watson officially has requested a trade from the Houston Texans, per league sources. He actually did it weeks ago. Their new head-coaching hire, David Culley, has not and will not alter Watson’s thinking. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This saga begun a couple weeks ago as Watson has reportedly been upset about his voice not being heard in the Texans' head-coaching search among other things. Watson does have a no-trade clause in his contract giving him so say in what team he is traded to. Stay tuned...
| Bell, Watkins, Antonio Brown all expected to play in SB LV|
Injured players ready to return
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 26 2021, 10:57 am
|Several injured players for the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to be healthy for Super Bowl LV.
Chiefs running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf), as well as the Bucs duo of wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) and safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle), are all expected to be ready for Feb. 7, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins has been battling a calf injury since Week 16 and missed the Conference Championship game against the Bills. AB suffered a knee injury in the Divisional game against the Saints but should be ready for the Super Bowl. Expect the Chiefs to roll with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams at running back.
| Cole Beasley played through broken fibula|
Played in three playoff games following Week 16 injury
By: Doug Orth | Jan 25 2021, 10:40 pm
|Cole Beasley said he broke his fibula in Week 16: “Take a few meds & suck it up.” Said it hurt vs Colts & somewhat less vs Ravens. Said it didn’t bother him vs KC. “There was no way I was gonna miss a playoff game.” (NFL Network - Kim Jones)|
FFToday's Take: Football players are just a different breed. Beasley told reporters Monday it was a "slight" break and surgery would not be required. If that is the case, Beasley should be ready for offseason work if the league allows teams to hold OTAs and minicamps. The 31-year-old set career highs with 82 catches and 967 yards in 2020 and should be viewed as a low-end WR3/high-end WR4 in fantasy drafts this spring and summer.
| Sammy Watkins a gametime decision|
Chiefs not optimistic he will play
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 24 2021, 7:00 am
|Chiefs likely will have running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire but be without Le'Veon Bell for today’s AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills, per source.
Additionally, the Chiefs will test WR Sammy Watkins pregame, but don’t sound optimistic he will play today. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins has been battling a calf injury for several weeks now and it sounds like he's going to end up on the Inactive list along with Le'Veon Bell. That would make Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson viable cheap DFS options for the two-game slate. Expect CEH and Darrel Williams to handle the running back duties.
|Lions looking to trade Matthew Stafford|
QB approached Detroit staff about potential trade
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 23 2021, 6:09 pm
|Sources: The #Lions and Matthew Stafford have mutually agreed to part ways this offseason and the team will begin exploring trade options in the coming weeks for their star QB. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Stafford reportedly approached the Lions about a trade at the end of the season. New GM Brad Holmes and HC Dan Campbell were aware that Stafford could be traded this off-season before their hiring. There are a number of teams who will be looking for QB help this offseason (SF, WAS, IND, NYJ, DEN) so it seems likely this move will happen at some point. The Lions currently have the 7th pick in this year's draft.
| CEH, Watkins, Bell listed as Questionable for Chiefs|
Patrick Mahomes cleared from concussion protocol
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 22 2021, 3:28 pm
|Willie Gay is out for Sunday's game.
Bashaud Breeland, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Rashad Fenton, Sammy Watkins, and Le'Veon Bell are questionable. (Kansas City Chiefs on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Patrick Mahomes has cleared concussion protocol. Expect LeVeon Bell to be inactive and CEH and Darrel Williams to handle the bulk of running back duties. Watkins should be active as well making him Mecole Hardmon and Demarcus Robinson DFS dart throws.
| Antonio Brown ruled out for NFC Championship game|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 22 2021, 11:30 am
|The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not have wide receiver Antonio Brown for Sunday's NFC Championship Game at the Green Bay Packers, coach Bruce Arians announced Friday.
"I just talked to him this morning, and to put him on the plane and fly up there and have it swell more doesn't make any sense," Arians said. "He wasn't as close as we'd hoped, so we'll get him ready for the next one." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: AB missed practice this week after injuring his knee in the Divisional Round against the Saints. In his absence the Saints will lean on Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller and rookie Tyler Johnson at the receiver position. Evans and Godwin should be the primary targets. Note that tight end Cameron Brate has out-targeted Rob Gronkowski 11 to 6 during the playoffs.
|Expanded passing game usage likely for D'Andre Swift|
New HC intends to regularly utilize RB out of the slot
By: Doug Orth | Jan 21 2021, 10:50 pm
|(New HC Dan) Campbell just talked about moving D'Andre Swift into the slot and letting him go 1-on-1 vs. linebackers. This is all going very well today. (The Athletic - Chris Burke)|
FFToday's Take: Campbell has yet to hire an offensive coordinator, but it sounds like Swift's ability as a receiver will be a key part of the attack - as it should be. Swift managed 46 catches in 13 games as a rookie despite playing about a third of the team's snaps, so it is conceivable he shoots right past 60 in 2021 if the Lions really want to feature his ability to contribute in the passing game. Consider him a near-lock to go off the board in the first two rounds in upcoming drafts.
| Mahomes, CEH limited in practice again|
QB, RB dealing with two injuries apiece
By: Doug Orth | Jan 21 2021, 10:10 pm
|Patrick Mahomes (concussion, toe) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip) were limited in practice for a second straight day Thursday, Jan. 21. (chiefs.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's entirely possible neither player gets a full practice in before Sunday's AFC title game against the Bills, but it seems like a good bet Mahomes will play even though he has yet to move all the way through the concussion protocol. CEH is already ahead of where he was last week when the Chiefs felt like he was "close" to playing. With Buffalo expected to execute a conservative defensive game plan, the rookie could be poised to have another big game against the Bills. If he doesn't go, Darrel Williams becomes a very good play.
| Antonio Brown misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 20 2021, 4:49 pm
|#GoBucs injury report. WR Antonio Brown did not practice. (Rick Stroud on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brown got an MRI on Monday that revealed no major damage and is considered day-to-day. Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller would see increased opportunities if Brown isn't able to play this weekend but for not it appears Brown is on the right side of questionable. We'll have a better indication of his status after practice on Thursday.