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Footballguys #192 - 10/30 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #192 -- Tuesday Night, October 30th, 2018

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A. Footballguys Podcast - The Audible - Trade News Impact
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom go over the transactions at the 2018 NFL trade deadline. Topics Include: how does Demaryius Thomas fit in with the Texans, do you downgrade the Lions passing attack without Golden Tate, what to make of Ty Montgomery getting moved to the Ravens, plus more!


1. BUF - QB Matt Barkley to visit Buffalo

Source: NFL Network - Peter Schrager

Free-agent QB Matt Barkley (Bengals) has a visit scheduled with the Buffalo Bills Wednesday, Oct. 30. If he signs he could serve as the Bills' backup quarterback this week with injuries to QBs Josh Allen (elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion).

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The Bills need to do something with both Allen and Anderson banged up. If they feel Anderson won't be able to get through the concussion protocol this week, then we could see them add Barkley.

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2. BUF - One-year deal for WR Terrelle Pryor

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills WR Terrelle Pryor signed a one-year deal Tuesday, Oct. 30. CB Dontae Johnson was released in a corresponding move.

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Pryor is an upgrade for one of the league's worst WR groups. He'll compete with Zay Jones and Andre Holmes for snaps/targets behind Kelvin Benjamin. There's not a ton of fantasy value in Buffalo's passing game.

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3. HOU - WR Will Fuller placed on IR

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Oct. 30.

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Fuller is set to undergo knee surgery this week and his recovery time should be around nine months. That means he should be ready for the start of the regular season in 2019 but that's no guarantee. With his injury history, it will be interesting to see if the Texans pick up Fuller's fifth-year option this offseason. They traded the Broncos for Demaryius Thomas on Tuesday and he's under contract through the 2019 season.

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4. BUF - QB Nathan Peterman likely to start

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Buffalo Bills QB Nathan Peterman is expected to start this week with QB Derek Anderson (concussion) dealing with a concussion, according to sources.

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Get ready for more interceptions. Fantasy GMs can feel confident about starting the Bears defense in Week 9 with Peterman starting.

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5. WAS - Washington adds S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Green Bay Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was acquired by the Washington Redskins Tuesday, Oct. 30, in exchange for a fourth-round pick, according to a source.

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Clinton-Dix, a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, has been an every-snap player for the Packers defense this year. They weren't going to extend him, so now he winds up in Washington and is an upgrade for that defense who should slide right into a starting role.

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6. LAR - Dante Fowler headed to Rams

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler Jr. was acquired by the Los Angeles Rams Tuesday, Oct. 30, in exchange for a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick, according to a source.

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Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips gets another potential weapon for his group. Fowler was a part-time pass-rusher for the Jaguars and had a couple of sacks on the season playing limited snaps. A top-5 pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Fowler has seen his pro career knocked off track by injury and inconsistency. We'll see if Phillips can get the best out of him with the Rams.

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7. JAX - Dante Fowler traded for picks

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler was traded to the Los Angeles Rams Tuesday, Oct. 30, in exchange for a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick, according to a source.

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The Jaguars got something for Fowler, a 2015 first-round pick, before they lost him to free agency this offseason. They did not pick up his fifth-year option for 2019 so the writing was on the wall for quite some time.

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8. TB - WR DeSean Jackson staying put

Source: ESPN.com - Josina Anderson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson will not be traded prior to the deadline Tuesday, Oct. 30.

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Reports indicated that Jackson requested a trade from the Buccaneers but that's not going to happen. With QB Ryan Fitzpatrick taking over as the starter it's good news for Jackson. Fitzpatrick and Jackson seem to have a much stronger chemistry than the veteran receiver has with Jameis Winston. Jackson maintains his flex value (with upside) for the Bucs.

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9. GB - Green Bay trades RB Ty Montgomery

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Green Bay Packers RB Ty Montgomery was traded to the Baltimore Ravens Tuesday, Oct. 30, in exchange for a 2020 seventh-round pick, according to a source.

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This move comes just two days after Montgomery's costly fumble on special teams against the Rams. Montgomery is incredibly versatile as a runner and receiver out of the backfield but wasn't getting used that much with the Packers in 2018. The Packers roll forward with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams as their top two backs.

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10. BAL - RB Ty Montgomery joins Ravens

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Green Bay Packers RB Ty Montgomery was acquired by the Baltimore Ravens Tuesday, Oct. 30, in exchange for a 2020 seventh-round pick, according to a source.

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The Ravens needed some help in the backfield and they get that with Montgomery. The converted wide receiver brings his incredibly versatile skill set to the Ravens backfield where he should take over from Buck Allen as the primary pass-catching back. So long as Montgomery can stay healthy, he should have deep flex value for Fantasy GMs.

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11. BUF - WR Terrelle Pryor inks with Buffalo

Source: ESPN.com - Josina Anderson

Free-agent WR Terrelle Pryor (Jets) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Buffalo Bills Tuesday, Oct. 30, according to a source.

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Pryor was flashing just a little bit with the Jets before they released him due to a groin injury. They felt he could take a couple of weeks to get healthy and then they'd bring him back. Buffalo beats them to the punch with this move and for good reason. Their WR corps is not that exciting, led by Kelvin Benjamin. We'll see Pryor compete with guys like Zay Jones and Andre Holmes for targets at the position.

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12. SEA - Seattle cuts WR Brandon Marshall

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Seattle Seahawks WR Brandon Marshall was released Tuesday, Oct. 30, according to a source.

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The Seahawks don't need Marshall with the emergence of David Moore. He's taken the 'big receiver' role behind Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett. Marshall is not the same player he used to be and is almost at the end of his pro career.

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13. DET - WR Marvin Jones' contract restructured

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones had his contract restructured so as to save the Lions $2.2 million against their salary cap, according to a source.

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Jones is now signed through the 2020 season. With Golden Tate traded away to the Eagles, Jones and Kenny Golladay are the top two wide receivers for the Lions. T.J. Jones will now work into the slot for the Lions.

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14. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger has fractured finger

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Gerry Dulac

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (finger) fractured his left index finger in Week 8, but the injury is not expected to sideline him or keep him from performing well, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

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The injury is to his non-throwing hand so this is likely a non issue for the Steelers quarterback. Watch his practice status during the week but he should be ready for the game against the Ravens on Sunday.

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15. DET - Detroit ships WR Golden Tate for draft pick

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday, Oct. 30, in exchange for a third-round draft pick, according to a source.

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The Lions didn't have Tate in their long-term plans and getting a third-round pick for him is a positive move. T.J. Jones will now work into the slot for the Lions. Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay will start on the outside.

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16. PHI - WR Golden Tate headed to Philly

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

WR Golden Tate (Lions) was acquired by the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in trade with the Detroit Lions in exchange for a third-round draft pick, according to a source.

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It's a great move for the Eagles as Tate is a fine slot receiver. He can make a lot of things happen after the catch and should work into a role opposite Alshon Jeffery. Tate can play on the outside or in the slot. His arrival with the defending Super Bowl champs is bad news for Nelson Agholor (who was already disappointing this year anyway).

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17. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton gets boost with trade

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton is the obvious playing-time beneficiary after fellow WR Demaryius Thomas was traded Tuesday, Oct. 30, to the Houston Texans. 'With the youth we have at receiver, we wanted to get them on the field and Demaryius goes to a team that wanted him,' Broncos general manager John Elway said of the deal. 'It was best for both sides. We weren't going to do this unless we got value. We weren't taking less than a fourth(-round pick).''

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Sutton now steps into WR2 value for Fantasy GMs. He can at least be a flex play going forward with what should be a large role in the Broncos offense. Sutton has a huge wingspan and can win catches at the highest point. We should see more targets his way, and in the red zone he will be even more of a dangerous weapon.

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18. HOU - Houston acquires WR Demaryius Thomas

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, WR Demaryius Thomas (Broncos) was acquired by the Houston Texans on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in a trade with the Denver Broncos. The Broncos will receive a fourth-round draft pick in return, and the teams also will swap seventh-round selections.

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The Texans needed some help at the wide receiver position with the season ending knee injury to Will Fuller. Thomas may not be the player he used to be, but he could be the best no.2 receiver in the NFL. He'll start for the Texans opposite DeAndre Hopkins and may get a slight boost in his fantasy value because of the upgrade he's getting at quarterback. Catching passes from Deshaun Watson certainly sounds more exciting than catching passes from Case Keenum.

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19. NYG - Kyle Lauletta arrested in traffic incident

Source: Rodrigo Torrejon - North Jersey Record

New York Giants QB Kyle Lauletta was arrested in a traffic stop on his way to practice Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Weehawken, N.J., after allegedly almost striking a police officer with his vehicle. 'We were made aware of the situation this morning, and we have been in contact with Kyle,' Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday. 'We are still in the process of gathering information. This is obviously very disappointing.'

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A fourth-round pick out of Richmond this year, Lauletta could be in line for some starts with the Giants as Eli Manning struggles. Not much is known about this situation just yet, but they'll get to the bottom of it and figure out what led to the rookie quarterback's arrest.

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20. CIN - WR A.J. Green seen in walking boot

Source: The Athletic - Jay Morrison

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (foot) was seen in the team's locker room Tuesday, Oct. 30, wearing a walking boot on his right foot.

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The walking boot is reportedly just a precautionary move. Green is expected to be fine, but keep an eye on his practice status next week (the Bengals are on bye 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