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Footballguys #178 - 10/16 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #178 -- Tuesday Night, October 16th, 2018

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Good Wednesday to you. We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J


1. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman out of commission

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot, groin) is undergoing surgery on his injured groin and is being placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Oct. 16.

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Freeman decided to go under the knife rather than try to manage this groin injury. He could return later in the year if his recovery goes well. In the meantime, the Falcons turn to a duo of Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith in his absence.

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2. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman surgery update

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (groin) will have his groin surgery Thursday, Oct. 18, according to a source.

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Freeman could have tried to have play through this injury but decided surgery was his best option. He could be a candidate to return later this year but per rule Freeman must miss eight weeks of action on the IR list. The Falcons turn to a duo of Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith in the backfield.

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3. OAK - Concern for RB Marshawn Lynch

Source: The Athletic - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) could have a long-term issue with his groin ailment, according to head coach Jon Gruden.

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Keep an eye on this situation during the Raiders Week 7 bye. If Lynch has to miss time due to this injury then Doug Martin would step into a larger role. Jalen Richard is snaring quite a few passes as a receiver out of the backfield (31 catches, 253 yards) so far this year.

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4. BUF - QB Josh Allen could miss multiple weeks

Source: ESPN - Dianna Marie Russini

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen (elbow) could miss multiple weeks with a right-elbow injury suffered in Week 6 against the Houston Texans, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini.

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No surprise here. Allen was considered week-to-week with this injury so that's a sign it could be some time before he's able to return. With Allen out, the Bills have the choice of newly signed Derek Anderson or pick-six prone Nathan Peterman.

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5. BUF - QB Derek Anderson could start

Source: ESPN - Dianna Marie Russini

Updating an earlier report, Buffalo Bills QB Derek Anderson could end up starting for the team in Week 7.

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It's not a shocking development, especially given the way Nathan Peterman has played. There's a feeling within the organization that head coach Sean McDermott could lose the locker room if he went back to Peterman as the starting QB.

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6. LAR - PK Greg Zuerlein may return in Week 7

Source: TheRams.com - Myles Simmons

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said 'there's a chance' PK Greg Zuerlein (groin) returns for the team's Week 7 contest on Sunday, Oct. 21.

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Fingers crossed here. We'll keep an eye on this one for you.

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7. BUF - No surgery for QB Josh Allen

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen (elbow) will not undergo surgery on his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, but he is expected to miss two to three weeks after receiving a second opinion.

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Allen will be considered week-to-week after the two-to-three week period, according to this report. We think the Bills turn to Derek Anderson as their starter while Allen is out.

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8. JAX - TE Niles Paul goes to IR

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Niles Paul (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Oct. 16.

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The Jaguars are quite banged up at the tight end position. Paul and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are now both on Injured Reserve. That's why they signed Blake Bell on Tuesday. The Jaguars have James O'Shaughnessy as their top tight end backed up by David Grinnage and Bell.

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9. ARI - WR Larry Fitzgerald has limited practice

Source: AZCardinals.com

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (back) was limited in practice Tuesday, Oct. 16.

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Fitzgerald and the Cardinals play on Thursday night against the Broncos. Their secondary is bad (outside of Chris Harris), so Fitzgerald might have flex value for Fantasy GMs in Week 7.

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10. SF - QB Tom Savage signed by 49ers

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Jordan Schultz

Free-agent QB Tom Savage (Saints) was officially signed to an undisclosed deal by the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, Oct. 16, according to a source.

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Savage will now compete with Nick Mullens for the primary backup spot behind starter C.J. Beathard. We're not expecting much from him if were to ever see the field for the 49ers.

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11. IND - WR Dontrelle Inman expected to play immediately

Source: The Athletic - Stephen Holder

Indianapolis Colts WR Dontrelle Inman, who signed with the team Tuesday, Oct. 16, likely will be thrust into action in Week 7, offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni said.

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The Colts have an injury riddled WR corps so it's not surprising Inman might get some playing time. Inman has a good size/speed combination but we'll have to see how he fits in with the Colts passing game.

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12. - Nick Bosa focused on NFL

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Pete Thamel

Ohio State DE Nick Bosa (abdomen) is withdrawing from school and focusing on rehabilitating his abdominal injury leading up to the NFL Draft.

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Bosa, the younger brother of Chargers DE Joey Bosa, should be one of the top first-round picks in the 2019 NFL draft. He suffered a core injury in mid-September and decided to have surgery to repair the damage. Now leaving college football for the pros, Bosa won't be in danger of aggravating the injury in a game. The next time we see him perform should be the 2019 Scouting Combine next February.

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13. NYG - TE Evan Engram practicing

Source: New York Post - Paul Schwartz

New York Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) is practicing Tuesday, Oct. 16.

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Engram was close to playing last week, so we're not surprised he's back on the practice field early this week. The Giants play against the Falcons on Monday night and Engram could be back to his TE1 status for Fantasy GMs...provided he practices all week and is cleared to play.

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14. ATL - QB Matt Ryan excelling in red zone

Source: NFL - Next Gen Stats

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has completed 18-of-20 red-zone passing attempts since Week 2 which is tops among all 29 quarterbacks with more than 10 red-zone passing attempts.

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No wonder Ryan has the 2nd-most fantasy points for quarterbacks this year in standard scoring leagues. Fantasy GMs will continue to throw him in as a QB1 as per usual.

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15. NYG - Co-owner: QB Eli Manning decision up to coaches

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

New York Giants QB Eli Manning was the subject of a question posed Tuesday, Oct. 16, to team owner John Mara at the league's fall meetings. 'When you're 1-5, it generally means everybody has to play better,' Mara told NFL Network. Mara added, though, that he will leave it up to the team's coaches as to whether a quarterback change is needed.

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Manning has become 'Captain Checkdown' this season for the Giants. They could turn to rookie Kyle Lauletta eventually but for now they stick with the two-time Super Bowl Champion. Against a bad Falcons defense on Monday night in Week 7, Manning could look better than he has in most other games this year.

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16. NYJ - WR Rishard Matthews working out for Jets

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent WR Rishard Matthews (Titans) is working out for the New York Jets Tuesday, Oct. 16.

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Matthews has been on the open market for a couple of weeks now. The Jets are down Quincy Enunwa and could use a veteran at the position.

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17. NE - WR Josh Gordon's role expanding

Source: NESN.com - Doug Kyed

New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon's role is expanding weekly, according to head coach Bill Belichick.

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You can tell Gordon's role is growing by his snap count. In his first two games with the Patriots, Gordon had 18 snaps in each contest. In Week 6 against the Chiefs, Gordon played a whopping 63 snaps. Fantasy GMs should consider him a deep flex play with incredible upside if he starts playing up to his potential with the Patriots.

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18. IND - WR Dontrelle Inman signs with Colts

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent WR Dontrelle Inman (Bears) signed an undisclosed deal with the Indianapolis Colts Tuesday, Oct. 16. WR Marcus Johnson (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

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The word is that Inman could actually have a role quickly with the Colts due to their injury riddled WR corps. He's got a good size/speed combination but we're taking a wait-and-see approach with the veteran wide receiver.

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19. JAX - TE Blake Bell signs with Jaguars

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent TE Blake Bell (Vikings) signed an undisclosed deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday, Oct. 16.

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Bell, a converted college quarterback, has bounced around to a few different teams as a pro. He'll serve as a third tight end for the Jagaurs behind James O'Shaugnessy and David Grinnage.

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20. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers looking to shed brace

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) said he told the doctor he wants to remove the brace from his knee after the bye week, but he's likely to have another MRI.

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The knee brace hasn't been bothering Rodgers as he's still been moving around well and firing touchdown passes off left and right. The Packers have a bye after a win on Monday night against the 49ers. When they return to practice, we should see Rodgers without his brace as he's nearing 100 percent.

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21. CAR - WR D.J. Moore safe for now

Source: Charlotte Observer

Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore is not yet in danger of being benched, according to head coach Ron Rivera, despite fumbling twice in the team's Week 6 loss Sunday, Oct. 14, opposite the Washington Redskins. 'We're trying to develop a football team,' Rivera said. 'I'm not too concerned about punishing players for making mistakes as much as we are about developing them and making sure they're learning and growing and being able to go forward with them. That's the idea behind that.'

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Despite those two fumbles, the team stuck with Moore and his role should continue to grow. He could have his best game yet against the vulnerable Eagles secondary this week.

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22. CIN - TE Tyler Kroft to return at some point

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Kroft (foot) 'should' return to action at some point this year, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.

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Kroft injured his foot in Week 5 against the Dolphins and missed the game on Sunday against the Steelers. It seems like he's out indefinitely with this injury. The Bengals will continue to use C.J. Uzomah as their top tight end while Kroft is out.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J