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Footballguys #191 - 10/29 - News And Notes Around The League

Volume 20, #191 -- Monday Night, October 29th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

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

J


1. CLE - Hue Jackson fired

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson was fired Monday, Oct. 29.

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Many Browns fans are wondering what took so long. Jackson has only won three games as the head coach of the Browns in 2.5 seasons. They're now going to try and find a fit for their team going forward and that means a coach who will work well with QB Baker Mayfield. Lincoln Riley, Mayfield's coach from Oklahoma, has been suggested as a possible replacement. Rumors also indicate the team could look at retired Sooners coach Bob Stoops. They'll have a complete overhaul of the coaching staff once the offseason hits.

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2. CLE - Todd Haley fired

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley was fired Monday, Oct. 29.

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Head coach Hue Jackson was fired earlier on Monday. The Browns wasted no time in getting rid of Haley too. He struggled to get the Browns offense going and couldn't get Baker Mayfield going consistently. Without Haley to run the offense, the Browns turn to senior offensive assistant Al Saunders or quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese.

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3. CLE - Gregg Williams calling the shots

Source: ESPN - Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter

Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will take over as interim head coach, according to sources.

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Williams has previous head coaching experience, with the Bills (2001-2003) where he went 17-31 in three seasons. We doubt he stays in place after his interim gig as the head coach is done at the end of the 2018 season. The Browns need to find a coach that can get the best out of potential franchise QB Baker Mayfield.

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4. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon may play in Week 9

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hamstring) has not been ruled out of the Week 9 game at this point, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

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Gordon is expected to be practice in some capacity on Wednesday. We'll know more about his status at the end of the week.

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5. TB - Ronald Jones to miss time

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (hamstring) has been diagnosed with a strained hamstring and is expected to miss a few weeks, according to a source.

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Bad news for the rookie running back here. Just when you thought he would emerge with a banged up Peyton Barber, we see Barber get healthy quick and Jones get banged up. If Jones misses a few weeks, the Buccaneers will use Jacquizz Rodgers and Shaun Wilson as the primary backups to Barber.

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6. NYG - Two skill players work out for Giants

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

Free-agents QB Connor Cook (Panthers) and RB Akeem Hunt (Chiefs) worked out for the New York Giants Monday, Oct. 29.

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The Giants are just updating their emergency list here. A fourth-round pick of the Raiders in 2016, the team moved on from him in early September this year. He wound up with the Panthers for about a month after that until getting released from their practice squad about three weeks ago. Hunt is an all-purpose back who can work well as a runner in space or a receiver out of the backfield. He was originally picked up by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2015.

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7. DET - Big offer for WR Golden Tate needed

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate will only be traded if the Lions are 'blown away' by an offer.

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Reports are swirling that Tate has a few teams interested. The Lions have Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. to turn to if Tate is dealt. Set to be a free agent in 2019, Tate must not be in their long-term plans. T.J. Jones would get work as a slot receiver if Tate is dealt. Stay tuned.

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8. WAS - RB Chris Thompson hurts rib

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (rib) injured a rib on the other side of his rib cage from where he was already hurt.

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Thompson just can't shake the injury bug. Rib injuries always come down to pain tolerance. Whether or not he plays depends on how well he can handle the pain. If Thompson has to miss time, Washington could once again turn to Kapri Bibbs as the change-of-pace back behind Adrian Peterson.

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9. BUF - WR Terrelle Pryor receives offer

Source: ESPN.com - Josina Anderson

Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Terrelle Pryor (Jets) was offered a contract during his visit with the Buffalo Bills Monday, Oct. 29, according to a source. Pryor is considering the offer.

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The Jets let Pryor go even though it seemed like he was emerging a bit there in that clustered group of WRs. He had a groin injury that was going to knock him out for a couple of weeks and that's why the Jets let him go with the idea they could bring him back. Pryor has been drawing interest from around the league and obviously Buffalo felt good enough about him to offer him a contract.

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10. TB - QB Jameis Winston to bench

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was benched Monday, Oct. 29.

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The Buccaneers are going with Ryan Fitzpatrick...for now. Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said the team is taking this week-by-week. Winston's 2019 option is guaranteed only for injury, so he might stay on the bench the rest of the season...so long as Fitzpatrick plays well.

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11. TB - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick back under center

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been named the starting quarterback Monday, Oct. 29.

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Fitzpatrick can go off in any given game, and that's why he's a QB1 consideration for Fantasy GMs. He fits what the Bucs want to do better than Jameis Winston and certainly has stronger chemistry with DeSean Jackson. Fitzpatrick is as inconsistent as the day is long, so this 'magic' ride might not last but he's back as the starter for now. Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter says this team is taking it 'week-by-week' with the quarterback.

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12. BUF - WR Terrelle Pryor visiting Bills

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WR Terrelle Pryor (Jets) is visiting the Buffalo Bills Monday, Oct. 29.

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Pryor was let go by the Jets earlier this month. He's been dealing with a groin injury and that's why the Jets felt they could let him go then reclaim him later. That may not be the case if the Bills sign him.

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13. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill throwing

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) is throwing, but it's just a question of how much power he has behind the ball, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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We'll know more about Tannehill's Week 9 status on Wednesday according to Gase. This report indicates there might still be some healing left to do. That means we might see Brock Osweiler start for the Dolphins again as they play the Jets on Sunday.

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14. DEN - Two Broncos defenders could go

Source: MMQB - Peter King

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall and DE Shane Ray could be trade chips.

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Marshall is banged up right now with a knee injury, so they can't trade an injured player. Ray has been banged up too this year but he's healthy enough to trade if the team wants to. They didn't pick up Ray's fifth-year option earlier this year so he's set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

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15. DEN - WR Demaryius Thomas could fetch a third

Source: MMQB - Peter King

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas could probably be acquired for a third-round pick, in the opinion of MMQB's Peter King.

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That price tag could be a bit high. Thomas isn't quite the same player he used to be, but there might be a team out there in need of a quality no.2 wide receiver. The Broncos have Courtland Sutton to take over for Thomas if they trade him away.

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16. LAR - Dante Fowler interests Rams

Source: MMQB - Peter King

Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler would have interest from the Los Angeles Rams if the Jaguars made him available.

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Fowler is playing about 20 snaps a game for the Jaguars this year. He's a part-time pass rusher who has 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery so far in 2018. He's not in their long-term plans as his fifth-year option for 2019 was turned down earlier this year. We'll see if the Jaguars can get something for him before they lose him next offseason for nothing.

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17. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger injured finger in win

Source: NFL Network - Aditi Kinkhabwala

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (finger) sustained an injury to the index finger on his left hand during the second quarter of the team's Week 8 game against the Cleveland Browns, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

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Good thing the Steelers didn't have much work to do in the second half against the Browns. It seems like Roethlisberger is always a little bit banged up so this is nothing new. He might be a bit limited during the week of practice but we fully expect him to play against the Ravens in Week 9.

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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