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Footballguys #199 - 11/6 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #199 -- Tuesday Night, November 6th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

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

J


1. PIT - Le'Veon Bell may not report after all?

Source: 1 No Source

Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is reportedly contemplating whether or not he will show up by the Nov. 13 franchise tag deadline based on newly learned information from the collective bargaining agreement that would allow him to be deemed a third-year franchise player in 2019 rather than revert to the second year, even if he doesn't report.

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The latest report in the Bell saga reminds us nobody knows anything. At this point, it seems like anything is possible. Stay tuned.

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2. LAR - CB Aqib Talib back in a few weeks?

Source: ESPN.com - Alden Gonzalez

Los Angeles Rams CB Aqib Talib (ankle) said he had a positive visit with his doctor Tuesday, Nov. 6, and expects to back on the field by Week 13.

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Talib had surgery on his injured ankle in late September. Getting him back on the field would be a big boost for the Rams secondary.

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3. TEN - WR Tajae Sharpe hurt but should play

Source: TitanInsider.com - Terry McCormick

Tennessee Titans WR Tajae Sharpe (undisclosed) 'tweaked something' during a pre-game warmup in Week 9, according to head coach Mike Vrabel.

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Only dynasty GMs should be monitoring Sharpe's progress. Vrabel said Sharpe was close to full health and expects him to be able to play this week.

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4. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger misses practice

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (finger, coaches' decision) was held out of practice Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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The Steelers play on Thursday night at home against the Carolina Panthers. Giving Roethlisberger as much rest as possible is always a great idea. He should play in Week 10 and is a QB1 for Fantasy GMs anytime he's out there.

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5. PIT - WR Antonio Brown limited Tuesday

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (coaches' decision) was limited in practice Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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The Steelers have a short week as they play against the Panthers on Thursday night. They'll limit Brown on Tuesday and we think he might actually be limited Wednesday too. Either way, Brown is on track to play and locked into Fantasy GMs lineups as a WR1.

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6. GB - WR Geronimo Allison goes to IR

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers WR Geronimo Allison (core) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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In five games this year, Allison flashed some potential with 20 catches for 303 yards and two touchdowns. He'll now undergo core surgery and wait to see what his future holds with the team as he's an ERFA in 2019. The Packers move forward with rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling getting the largest boost with Allison on IR.

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7. SF - Nick Mullens starting Week 10

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers QB Nick Mullens was informed by head coach Kyle Shanahan that he will remain the starter this week.

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That makes two weeks in a row for Mullens as the team's starter. Last time out, Mullens had three touchdown passes and caused quite a stir in the fantasy community. This week we can recommend Mullens as a QB2 or streaming option. The 49ers play on Monday night against the Giants.

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8. CAR - TE Greg Olsen still limited

Source: Panthers.com

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) was limited in practice Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Olsen is going to be limited all season long in practice with this foot injury. He'll especially be limited this week in practice as the Panthers have a short week. They travel to play the Steelers on the road this Thursday night in Week 10.

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9. DET - Detroit brings back RB Zach Zenner

Source: NFL Network - Andrew Siciliano

Free-agent RB Zach Zenner (Lions) was re-signed by the Detroit Lions Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Zenner had a back injury that prevented him from making the 53-man roster for the Lions earlier this season. He'll bring some value to special teams but shouldn't touch the ball much on offense.

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10. DET - Detroit adds WR Bruce Ellington

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WR Bruce Ellington (Texans) was signed to an undisclosed deal by the Detroit Lions Tuesday, Nov. 6. RB Ameer Abdullah was waived in a corresponding move.

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The Lions are looking for help at the no3 wide receiver position. They traded away Golden Tate (Eagles) last week and didn't get much production from T.J. Jones on Sunday. We'll see if Ellington, coming off a career high 29 catches for the Texans in 2017, can work his way into the mix behind starters Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay.

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11. NO - WR Michael Thomas excelling as top target

Source: Pro Football Focus

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has been targeted by QB Drew Brees on 29.6 percent of his passing attempts this season entering Week 10, the highest target percentage any receiver Brees has thrown to since arriving in New Orleans in 2006.

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Thomas has caught 88.6 percent of his targets, ranking first among receivers with at least 15 targets this season. Fantasy GMs are locking him every week.

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12. NE - RB Sony Michel likely to return Week 10

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is likely to return in Week 10, a source said Monday, Nov. 5.

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That means Cordarrelle Patterson will get less work in the backfield as a running back. Michel will first need a good week of practice participation. Keep an eye on his status as the Patriots prepare for a road game to play the Titans in week 10.

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13. NYG - Kyle Lauletta avoids suspension

Source: Giants.com

New York Giants QB Kyle Lauletta will not be suspended for his Oct. 30 arrest in a traffic incident, head coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Shurmur said he has spoken to Lauletta numerous times since the event, and the quarterback is facing 'internal consequences.'

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14. NYG - QB Eli Manning remains N.Y. starter

Source: New York Post - Paul Schwartz

New York Giants QB Eli Manning will start in Week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers, head coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Shurmur insisted that Manning was going to start in Week 10...but beyond that his future remains unclear. The Giants will likely be moving on from Manning this offseason so at some point they'll want to see what they have in rookie Kyle Lauletta.

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15. ARI - WR Daniel Braverman working out for Cards

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WR Daniel Braverman (Chiefs) is working out for the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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The Cardinals are just updating their emergency list here. Braverman was a seventh-round pick out of Western Michigan for the Bears in the 2016 NFL draft. He is a slot receiver who has appeared in three games (zero receptions) as a pro.

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16. DAL - QB Dak Prescott endorsed by Jerry Jones

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott was endorsed as the quarterback by owner Jerry Jones. '(Prescott) is young, and he is going to get extended,' Jones said.

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Ah, the dreaded vote of confidence. The Cowboys have to support Prescott because they don't have any other option to turn to. They need to build confidence with their young starter and get back on the winning track. That might have to happen with a different coaching staff in 2019.

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17. DEN - Vance Joseph sticking around

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph's job is safe for now as president John Elway said the team is staying the course with Joseph.

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After going 5-11 last year as a rookie head coach, Joseph was on the hot seat from day one. The Broncos are 3-6 going into their bye week in Week 10. There's no real reason for the Broncos to let go of Joseph at this time even though their fan base would love that. The Broncos have lost three of their last four games. In those losses, they've fallen short by a combined 12 points. If they can find a way to win more close games over their final seven games then perhaps Joseph can keep his job. We don't see that happening but Denver may not make changes until after the regular season.

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18. NE - QB Tom Brady intends to play in 2022

Source: NBC Sports - Peter King

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady told NBCSports's Peter King after the game Sunday, Nov. 4, he fully intends to be playing in 2022, which is the next time he would face the Green Bay Packers in the regular season.

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That sounds a bit extreme, but with Brady you just never know. Brady is 41-years old right now and in the 2022 season he would be 45 years old. The Patriots are in another Super Bowl window and the Packers playoff chances are up in the air this season. A Brady vs Rodgers matchup would be great in the Super Bowl but it doesn't seem like that's a possibility based on the way Green Bay is playing.

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19. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill injury update

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) has been 'inconsistent' throwing with trainers, according to head coach Adam Gase, who added that some throws have been good while others he feels discomfort.

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The hope was to get him back after the bye week but now that doesn't sound like a guarantee either. In the meantime, the Dolphins can always continue rolling out Brock Osweiler as their starter while Tannehill remains out.

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20. NFL - QB Sam Bradford hampered by knee injury

Source: ESPN - Chris Mortensen

Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Sam Bradford (Cardinals) was unable to practice during the last five weeks of his tenure with the Arizona Cardinals because his left knee -- which has already been subject to two ACL repairs -- is basically 'bone on bone' with no cartilage.

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Bradford is free to sign with any team after clearing waivers. Teams will be hesitant to bring him in because of his long history of knee injuries.

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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