|Newton suffered knee injuries during Saints game|
Injuries considered minor, no concussion
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 24 2018, 9:30 am
|Tucked into the league’s report that all concussion protocol procedures were followed regarding Cam Newton‘s fall late in a playoff loss to the Saints is something that could be a bigger issue for them this off-season. “An MRI of the knee the day after the game confirmed ligament and cartilage damage and very extensive swelling in the knee,” the league report noted.
A Panthers spokesman said this morning that the MRI did not show a level of damage to require surgery. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: The fact that surgery wasn't required is a signal the injuries were minor but it won't be a surprise if Newton is limited during off-season practices. The Panthers have made a change at offensive coordinator, removing Mike Shula and bringing in Norv Turner.
|Jaguars have decisions to make at WR|
Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee set to be free agents
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 24 2018, 8:00 am
|The Jaguars are free to sign any of the players to extensions. Here is a player by player look at the Jaguars’ group of unrestricted free agents:
Prediction: Allen Robinson plays under the franchise tag or signs a multi-year deal with the Jaguars that includes easy-to-attain incentives if he is healthy in 2018.
Prediction: Marqise Lee signs with another team. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Robinson tore is ACL back in Week 1 so assuming he has no setbacks he should be able to be on the field for Week 1 of 2018. Jags beat writer Ryan O’Halloran suggests the team may franchise tag Robinson and let Lee walk in free agency. Expect one or the other to be back in Jacksonville next season.
|Todd Haley set to be Browns' next OC|
Hired after Pittsburgh let his contract expire
By: Doug Orth | Jan 22 2018, 7:05 pm
|Todd Haley will become the Browns' next offensive coordinator, according to sources familiar with negotiations. (NFL.com - Michael Silver)|
FFToday's Take: HC Hue Jackson has remained steadfast he will call plays again this year, but it seems unlikely an established veteran like Haley would agree to take this job if he wasn't going to have significant input in running the show on offense. At any rate, Haley's primary focus initially should be helping the Browns end their never-ending search for a quarterback, which means they'll have to figure out if DeShone Kizer or whomever they choose at No. 1 in the NFL Draft will be the answer.
|Giants tab Pat Shurmur as head coach|
Coached Cleveland from 2011-12
By: Doug Orth | Jan 22 2018, 7:00 pm
|The Giants today announced that Pat Shurmur will become the 18th head coach in franchise history. Shurmur, 52, completed his second season as the Minnesota Vikings’ offensive coordinator when they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. This is the second head coaching assignment for Shurmur, who led the Cleveland Browns from 2011-12. (New York Giants on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants made the move today despite after deciding against a second interview, in part because Shurmur was caught in some bad weather. His first task will be trying to squeeze whatever is left out of Eli Manning while also trying develop his heir apparent. The good news for New York is Shurmur was able to muster passable offense in Minnesota without the benefit of high-quality play at quarterback or on the offensive during most of his stay.
|Dalvin Cook making progress|
Has resumed jogging about three months following ACL tear
By: Doug Orth | Jan 22 2018, 6:50 pm
|Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ACL) said he has resumed jogging but doesn't have a plan set yet for returning to football activities. (ESPN - Kevin Seifert)|
FFToday's Take: While no timetable now doesn't mean much, it is likely he'll be held out during OTAs and mini-camp. Either way, he appears to be on schedule and figures to be ready for training camp, where he should resume the bell-cow role he had before tearing his ACL in Week 4. Assuming he doesn't have a setback, he will likely go in the second or early third round of fantasy drafts this summer.
|Steve Wilks expected to be ARI head coach|
Cardinals will hire Panthers DC as new head coach
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 22 2018, 1:00 pm
|Panthers losing another defensive coordinator. Steve Wilks will be named Cardinals new head coach later today, per source. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: An official announcement is expected later today. Wilks has spent the last six seasons in Carolina as an assistant. He only spent one year (last year) as the defensive coordinator. The Panthers are expect to promote Eric Washington (DL coach) to defensive coordinator.
|Pats optimistic Gronk will be ready for SB LII|
Two weeks to clear concussion protocol
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 22 2018, 12:15 pm
|Rob Gronkowski suffered a concussion in the second quarter of the Patriots’ 24-20 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, the Pats are optimistic he’ll be cleared to play against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis, according to a Herald source. (Boston Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Gronk finished with one catch for 21 yards against the Jaguars but missed half the game after being ruled out with a concussion. Considering he'll get two weeks to recover, it would be surprise if he's not ready to face the Eagles in Super Bowl LII.
|Adam Thielen expected to play|
Limited in practice with back injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 21 2018, 7:15 am
|There didn’t seem to be much of a doubt that Vikings receiver Adam Thielen would play on Sunday despite a lower back injury. If there were any doubt, there should be none.
According to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Thielen will play on Sunday evening, when the Vikings face the Eagles in Philadelphia. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Thielen missed practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday and Friday but is expected to play against the Eagles in the NFC Championship game. The Vikings could choose to feature Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph is Thielen is less than 100 percent.
|Rex Burkhead expected to play|
Gillislee expecte to be inactive
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 21 2018, 7:00 am
|Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship game vs. Jaguars, Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead will play, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Burkhead (knee) missed last week's game and was limited in practice this week but should play in the AFC Championship game against the Jaguars. His presence on the field knocks the shine of Dion Lewis' fantasy value but Lewis should still see the majority of running back touches for New England. Mike Gillislee (knee) is expected to be inactive.
|Fournette limited in practice all week|
Not listed on injury report
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 19 2018, 4:00 pm
|If Leonard Fournette’s ankle allows him to play with the power he showed early on against Pittsburgh, he is tough to contain. The key is his health. Before his injury last week, Fournette gained 5, 2, 5, 1 (TD), 10, 6, 18 (TD), 5, 16, 8, 4, 2 yards. After returning from his injury, he gained 4, 1, 0, 0, 2, 3 (TD), 2, 3, 1, 2, 1, 3, 5 yards. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: It appeared Fournette was slowed a bit after injuring his ankle against the Steelers. It's a good sign that not he's not listed on the injury report but how effective he will be remains a big question. T.J. Yeldon could see increased snaps if Fournette is limited or the Jaguars get behind early.
|Brady mum on hand injury, listed as Questionable|
Pats QB gets in limited practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 19 2018, 2:30 pm
|Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had his twice-postponed press conference on Friday afternoon, but didn’t provide any clarity about the status of his injured right hand. We’ll see,” Brady said in response to a question about how confident he is that he will play in the AFC Championship Game against the Jaguars. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: It's been reported that Brady banged his thumb on a teammates helmet, creating a cut that needed stitches. Ian Rapoport is reporting that Brady threw the bell well in practice Friday. As a result, it would be a shock if Brady doesn't play on Sunday. He's listed as questionable.
|Robby Anderson arrested, 2nd time in 8 months|
Subject to discipline under the NFL's personal-conduct policy
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 19 2018, 2:00 pm
|New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is facing nine charges, including two felonies, after allegedly fleeing police at 105 mph and threatening to sexually assault the arresting officer's wife early Friday morning in South Florida, according to police records.
It is Anderson's second arrest in the past eight months. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Anderson was arrested back in May, charged with resisting arrest with violence which is a felony. When the dust settles it will be a shock if Anderson is suspended by the league for part of the 2018 season. Anderson led the Jets in receiving in 2017, posting a 65-941-7 line finishing 15th among fantasy wide receivers.
|Devonta Freeman doesn't need surgery|
Hampered by MCL, PCL injuries late in season
By: Doug Orth | Jan 18 2018, 9:15 pm
|Falcons coach Dan Quinn said some players might need minor surgeries but didn't specify which ones. Said RB Devonta Freeman doesn't need surgery off the PCL tear/MCL sprain. The players to undergo surgery aren't expected to be sidelined long. (ESPN - Vaughn McClure)|
FFToday's Take: Freeman started appearing on the injury report with a knee injury in early November and averaged 2.64 yards per carry over his final four games, so it is quite possible that was the cause for his lack of explosiveness late in the season. Freeman could have run for 1,000 yards and topped 200 carries for a third straight season this year had he not missed two games, but his relatively disappointing season makes it likely he will be a second-round fantasy pick at best this summer.
|David Johnson back to full health|
Recovered from wrist surgery
By: Doug Orth | Jan 18 2018, 8:40 pm
|David Johnson’s wrist is healed, with his strength and full range of motion having returned, and he’s anxious to play again given that he doesn’t even feel like he played football in 2017. Johnson said he was “hit hard” by the retirement of HC Bruce Arians, and that he believes he and Adrian Peterson “can really elevate each other’s game” if they play together this season. (azcardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson figures to return to bell-cow status in 2018 regardless of whom the Cardinals hire as their next coach. With that said, Arizona will probably give Peterson a few more opportunities than any of Johnson's backups did under Arians. While Johnson figures to be a top-five pick in fantasy drafts this summer, it is possible he'll struggle to reach the statistical heights he did in 2016 with a new quarterback, an offensive line in transition and a new play-caller.
|Burkhead, Gillislee limited on Wednesday|
Both limited last week before being inactive
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 17 2018, 7:10 pm
|Pats -- Limited: Tom Brady (right hand), Rex Burkhead, Branch and Mike Gillislee. (Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Both running backs were limited last week and both were inactive. It's likely that Burkhead will be active this week although he was seen favoring his injured knee during practice last week. From a fantasy perspective, this is still Dion Lewis' backfield despite being repeatedly vulture at the goaline last week.
|Jets fire offensive coordinator John Morton|
Bowles looking for third offensive coordinator in four seasons
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 17 2018, 7:00 pm
|The Jets made their first seismic move in an offseason that promises to be filled with them by firing offensive coordinator John Morton.
The Daily News broke the news Wednesday that Gang Green will be looking for a new offensive play-caller after finishing in the bottom third of nearly every meaningful statistical category this season. (New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: It's true the Jets offense was in the bottom third of the league, but given their lack of talent at the skill positions and the outlook of team prior to Week 1, it's hard to justify the firing based on results. It sounds like compatibility with the coaching staff and players was the main issue for Morton's firing.
|Steelers expected to have new OC|
Todd Haley on the way out of Pittsburgh
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 17 2018, 12:30 pm
|Sources: The #Steelers are allowing OC Todd Haley to walk now that he’s out of his contract. Pittsburgh expected to have a new OC. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Haley has been the Steelers OC since 2012 but rumors of Ben Roethlisberger and members of the coaching staff clashing with Haley have been circling for some time. The Steelers have been a top ten offense the last four seasons under Haley. Steelers QB coach Randy Fichtner could be promoted to OC.
|Fournette uninjured after minor car crash|
Expected to practice Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 17 2018, 10:37 am
|Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette was uninjured after being involved in a minor car crash Tuesday, the team announced.
According to Sgt. Dylan Bryan from Florida Highway Patrol, Fournette was rear-ended during a three-car, chain-reaction collision. He was not at fault in the crash, and he drove home after the incident. Fournette, who's also battling an ankle injury, is expected to participate in practice Wednesday, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. It's a positive development for his availability in Sunday's AFC title game.
FFToday's Take: Leonard Fournette and the Jags will be ready to go for this weekend's AFC Championship. Jacksonville's rookie running back was instrumental to their upset of the Steelers a week ago and will be the focal point of the offense once again against New England.
|Drew Brees wants to stay in New Orleans|
Doesn't plan on testing free-agent market
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 16 2018, 3:51 pm
|METAIRIE, La. -- Drew Brees says he doesn't plan on testing the free-agent market this year or waiting until the start of the new league year on March 14 to sign a new contract with the New Orleans Saints, even if that means losing the leverage that might come with other potential suitors. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: Drew Brees finished 2017 with a career-best completion percentage of 72.1 but also threw far less than in previous years. Assuming the 39-year old quarterback can work out a short term extension with the Saints, Brees will be a borderline fantasy starter heading into next season.
|Seahawks tab Ken Norton as DC|
Replaces Kris Richard
By: Doug Orth | Jan 15 2018, 6:15 pm
|Ken Norton Jr. is close to reuniting with Pete Carroll. With Kris Richard likely on the way out of Seattle, Norton is expected to return to the Seahawks as the team's defensive coordinator, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported. Norton served as the team's linebackers coach from 2010-2014 before leaving to become Oakland's defensive coordinator in 2015. Norton accepted an assistant head coach on Jan. 8 with the San Francisco 49ers but was allowed to speak with Seattle because it represented a promotion. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Although he was handcuffed by a lack of talent in two-plus seasons with Oakland, it is telling the Raiders got a lot better on defense in short order this season after John Pagano replaced Norton. Familiarity with Pete Carroll is likely the primary reason Norton was able to land this job. In Brian Schottenheimer and Norton, Seattle has made two uninspiring hires at coordinator this week as Carroll remakes the coaching staff.
|Todd Haley done in Pittsburgh?|
OC, Ben Roethlisberger reportedly at odds
By: Doug Orth | Jan 15 2018, 5:55 pm
|Todd Haley just finished the final year of his contract, and it is not common for a Steelers coordinator to return under those circumstances. They usually sign extensions before they enter that final year, unless there’s a reason not to. However, a Steelers source surmised that some biting words from Haley the day after the loss in New England prompted a frustrated Ben Roethlisberger to bring up retirement publicly. The coach and quarterback rarely talked along the sidelines, never huddled to discuss upcoming strategy while their defense was on the field. It came to a head when the coaches were unprepared to have a play ready when the Jesse James touchdown was overturned against New England. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: It's always something on the offensive side of the ball in Pittsburgh during the offseason. QBs coach Randy Fichtner is reportedly a "strong candidate" to replace Haley if he isn't re-signed. By most accounts, Haley has been a boon to Big Ben's career, as Haley's emphasis on getting the ball out more quickly has helped Roethlisberger log full seasons three of the last five years (he was rested in Week 17 this year). It's hard to imagine the Steelers will find an upgrade on Haley.
|Colts expected to hire Josh McDaniels|
Strong relationship between GM Ballard and McDaniels
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 15 2018, 2:45 pm
|Josh McDaniels is expected to accept a head coaching offer from the Colts, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Previous reports suggested McDaniels would prefer to land in Tennessee but it appears he will be headed to Indianapolis join the Colts as their new head coach. A healthy Andrew Luck would go a long way in helping McDaniels get off to a smooth start in Indy. Official offer will have to wait until the Patriots are out of the playoffs.
|Titans moving on from head coach Mike Mularkey|
Mutually agree to part ways
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 15 2018, 10:30 am
|Filed to ESPN: the Titans and head coach Mike Mularkey have mutually agreed to part ways, according to a league source. Mike Mularkey has agreed to part ways with the Tennessee Titans, who announced Monday that the sides "couldn't come to an agreement over the future." (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Reportedly, the Titans were considering an extension for their head coach but the two sides disagreed on the best way to move forward. The Titans will now be in the hunt for Patriots OC Josh McDaniels who is rumored to be a finalist for the Colts job.
|Roethlisberger wants to return in 2018|
"I look forward to next year with those guys"
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 14 2018, 11:00 pm
|"I definitely have a desire to play football. I love this game. I love these guys. It's tough, it stings, you hate to lose at home. I feel bad because I feel like I let the fans down, let my teammates down, Roethlisberger said following the Steelers loss to the Jaguars in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs. "I don't know about contracts and whose coming back but I know the guys up front are, and that makes it good for me, so I look forward to next year with those guys." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Ben Roethlisberger reportedly contemplated retirement last off-season but shortly after their playoff loss to the Jaguars, the Steelers QB suggested he's looking forward to returning next season. Roethlisberger posted similar stats to 2016 tacking on an extra 15 fantasy points in 2017. Assuming Le'Veon Bell returns, Roethlisberger will be in the low-end QB1 discussion for 2018.
|Matt Patricia expected to be Lions head coach|
Pats D-coordinator in line for Lions job
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 14 2018, 8:45 am
|Patriots’ defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is likely to become the Detroit Lions’ next head coach, league sources told ESPN. More on Sunday NFL Countdown. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The current Patriots d-coordinator has been rumored to be the Giants new head coach but it sounds like he'll be heading to the Motor City. He won't be able to officially take the job until the Pats have completed their playoff run. New England is also expected to lose offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to a head coaching role, perhaps with the Giants or Colts.
|Antonio Brown participates in walkthrough|
Looked fully healthy according to teammates
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 13 2018, 11:45 am
|OK #Steelers fans, breathe easy: Antonio Brown WAS at walk through this morning. According to a couple teammates, he looked fully healthy - and ready for tomorrow's faceoff w/ #Jaguars. (Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brown (calf) was sent home Friday with an illness. His participation in the walkthrough Saturday suggests he'll be ready to play Sunday against the Jaguars despite being listed as questionable.
|Burkhead, Gillislee not expected to play|
Both were limited in practice this week
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 13 2018, 9:30 am
|Patriots’ RBs Rex Burkhead (knee) and Mike Gillislee (knee), both listed as questionable for tonight’s Divisional Playoff game against the Titans, are not expected to play, per league sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Burkhead and Gillislee got in limited practices this week and both are listed as questionable. In their absence, expect Dion Lewis and James White (ankle) to handle the majority of work at the running back position with Lewis being the featured back as he has been the last few weeks.
|Antonio Brown misses practice with illness|
Expected to play Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 12 2018, 1:05 pm
|The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver was sent home from practice Friday with an illness, coach Mike Tomlin told reporters. Tomlin did say that Brown has "looked really good" this week in his return from a calf injury that sidelined him for the season's final two weeks. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Antonio Brown is expected to play assuming he gets over his illness. He's also dealing with a calf injury and will face perhaps the best pass defense in the league on Sunday.
|DeMarco Murray done in Tennessee?|
Derrick Henry taking control of Titans' backfield
By: Doug Orth | Jan 11 2018, 11:30 pm
|It was uncertain exactly when the time would come, but we are likely witnessing the passing of the Tennessee Titans’ running back torch from DeMarco Murray to Derrick Henry. As the Heisman-winning duo of Marcus Mariota and Henry marched past the Kansas City Chiefs last Saturday, it became clearer that this is the present and the future at the same time.
"He has the ability to lead the league in rushing. I think he has the ability to be the league MVP. The sky is the limit. We’re scratching the surface in what he can do. The more opportunities he gets, the better he gets. I have no question that Derrick can be a 1,500-1,800-yard type of running back when he gets the opportunities," former Oilers/Titans running back Eddie George said. (ESPN - Cameron Wolfe)|
FFToday's Take: It's not hard to see Henry has been the best back in Tennessee this season, but too much has been made of the former's fourth-quarter production and effectiveness. Of his 390 rushing yards in the fourth quarter, 147 have come on same inside-fake, outside toss runs to the left side with the game well in hand. With that said, Henry is just the kind of back owners should be able to count on 300-plus carries from for the foreseeable future. If Murray is cut this spring, Henry could very well be a first-round pick in drafts this summer.
|Norv Turner set to run offense in Carolina|
Spent 2017 out of football after resigning from Vikings in 2016
By: Doug Orth | Jan 11 2018, 7:55 pm
|Source say the Panthers have “agreed in principle” for Norv Turner to become their OC. (NFL.com - Tiffany Blackmon)|
FFToday's Take: Turner's offenses are vertical-based in their nature - good for Cam Newton - but tend to feature deep drops - which may not be the best thing for Newton. While Turner tends to serve as a boon to running backs, he also has very little experience with dual-threat quarterbacks. HC Ron Rivera obviously opted for familiarity over fit here, making for what seems like an odd marriage between coordinator and quarterback.
|Antonio Brown gets in full practice Wednesday|
Expected to play on Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 10 2018, 3:45 pm
|Antonio Brown was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday the Steelers' will continue to gauge Brown's availability for Sunday's game. Brown hasn’t played since injuring his calf Dec. 17 against New England. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Brown is expected to suit up this week against a Jacksonville defense that gave up the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. That being said, Brown posted a 10-157 line against Jacksonville in Week 5 on 19 targets.
|Burkhead limited on Wednesday|
Said to be favoring his left knee
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 10 2018, 3:10 pm
|Running back Rex Burkhead, who returned to practice last week on a limited basis, is still heavily favoring his injured left knee.
Burkhead missed the final two games of the regular season after suffering the injury against the Steelers.
If he is available Saturday against the Titans, it appears he’ll be limited, barring a rapid turnaround in the coming days.
FFToday's Take: In addition to Burkhead, Mike Gillislee is also battling a knee injury. He missed practice on Wednesday. It appears Dion Lewis is on track to getting the start in the Patriots backfield. James White (ankle) was also limited in practice Wednesday but he is expected to play.
|DeMarco Murray ruled out|
Derrick Henry will start
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 10 2018, 2:00 pm
|DeMarco Murray will miss a third consecutive game with a right knee injury when the Titans visit the Patriots for an AFC divisional playoff game Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: We expected Murray (knee) to miss this game and now it's official. Derrick Henry has touched the ball 54 times in the last two games and should carry the load against the Patriots.
| QB Mayfield to get combine invite despite arrest|
Arrest did not include violence
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 10 2018, 11:30 am
|Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will not be disqualified from participating in this year's NFL scouting combine because of his arrest in February, a league spokesman said Wednesday. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: This year's Heisman Trophy winner, Baker Mayfield, is scheduled to play in the Senior Bowl on January 27th. A solid outing would improve his draft stock heading into the NFL combine. He is currently projected to be selected in the second wave of this year's deep quarterback class.
|Seattle to fire OC Darrell Bevell|
Changes come after team missed post season for first time since 2011
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 10 2018, 8:40 am
|The Seattle Seahawks have parted ways with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell after seven seasons, sources tell PFT. (Pro Football Talk )|
FFToday's Take: Seattle typically loses their Coordinators when they leave for head coaching positions with other teams so this change is rare for Pete Carroll. Despite numerous injuries in the backfield the offense ranked 11th in total points scored and helped Russell Wilson become the season's top fantasy quarterback.
|DeMarco Murray misses practice Tuesday|
Expect Derrick Henry to carry the load
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 9 2018, 1:30 pm
|DeMarco Murray (knee) did not practice Tuesday. Just a small chance for him to fight to return Saturday vs. Pats. It will Derrick Henry’s show regardless. (Cameron Wolfe on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Murray has been battling a knee injury since Week 16 and it's unlikely he will suit up against the Patriots. David Fluellen has been Henry's backup the last two weeks but has seen very little action (1 target).
|Gillislee misses practice Tuesday|
Burkhead, Hogan back
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 9 2018, 1:00 pm
|WR Malcolm Mitchell not here at the start of practice. RB Mike Gillislee remains absent. In this pic, Tom Brady chats with defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: In addition to Burkhead on the practice field, it appears WR Chris Hogan will return. Hogan hasn't played since Week 14 and hasn't done much on the field since he was injured in Week 9. As usual with the Patriots, we'll have to wait until the Inactives come out to know for sure who will suit up on gameday.
|Bears name Matt Nagy as new head coach|
Former KC offensive coordinator replaces John Fox
By: Doug Orth | Jan 8 2018, 6:20 pm
|The Bears named Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy their new head coach on Monday. General manager Ryan Pace interviewed Nagy, 39, on Sunday, a day after the Chiefs’ loss in the wildcard round against the Titans. (Chicago Sun-Times)|
FFToday's Take: That escalated quickly, especially considering his first and only interview happened Sunday. One of the supposed feathers in Nagy's hat was the fact he was high on Mitchell Trubisky coming out of the draft last year. It's hard to imagine Nagy won't get a lot more out of the Bears' offense than Dowell Loggains did, but Chicago needs help a lot of help at receiver if it wants to maximize Nagy's offensive acumen.
|Antonio Brown expected back for Divisional Round|
WR returned to practice Monday
By: Doug Orth | Jan 8 2018, 6:00 pm
|Just 13 days after the Steelers experienced the emotional trauma of seeing teammate Ryan Shazier severely injured on the playing field, another teammate was writhing in the end zone at Heinz Field. Antonio Brown was in pain. They whisked him off the field and, yes, he was scared. His calf injury needed immediate attention, and while he did not want to talk about it Monday, one of his recent videos showed two bandages on his calf where it appears some sort of surgery was required.
“I can’t tell you what they did," Brown said. “It was pretty ugly.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: The Steelers averaged 31 points per game in two full contests without Brown, although the secondary play of the Texans and Browns may have had something to do with that. A healthy Brown is a must-start every week - even against the Jaguars' defense - especially considering he went off for 10 catches and 157 yards against Jacksonville in Week 5. Assuming Brown stays healthy the rest of the week, Brown will likely be the top receiver play in fantasy again this week.
|Bears eyeing KC's Matt Nagy as head coach|
Chiefs OC to become Bears new HC
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 8 2018, 11:45 am
|The Bears are expected to name Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy their new head coach, a league source said Monday.
General manager Ryan Pace interviewed Nagy, 39, on Sunday, a day after the Chiefs’ loss in the wildcard round against the Titans. He replaces John Fox, who was fired a week ago after a 14-34 record in three seasons. (Chicago Sun Times)|
FFToday's Take: Nagy has been working under Andy Reid since 2008 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2016. Nagy will inherent Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback who he was reportedly high on in last year's draft.