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Volume 20, #258 -- Friday Night, January 4th, 2019

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Welcome to Game Day. We've got some News and Notes so let's get to it.

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1. CHI - WR Allen Robinson not on injury report

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (ribs) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 4, and is not on the injury report for the Wild Card playoff game.

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All three of the Bears top receivers appear to be at full strength and facing a Philadelphia secondary that is anything but full strength. Mitchell Trubisky should have a lot of opportunities to make plays in his first playoff start.

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2. PHI - Philly's Wild Card injury report

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles LB D.J. Alexander (hamstring), CB Sidney Jones (hamstring) and QB Carson Wentz (back) did not participate in practice Friday, Jan. 4, and have been ruled out for the Wild Card playoff game. OT Jason Peters (quadriceps) and CB Avonte Maddox (oblique) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. DE Michael Bennett (foot) and OG Isaac Seumalo (chest) fully participated in practice but are listed as questionable. DT Fletcher Cox (knee) and C Jason Kelce (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Wentz won't be available to back up Nick Foles, so if Foles rib injury gets aggravated, we'll see Nate Sudfeld.

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3. LAC - Wild Card injury report for Chargers

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers LB Jatavis Brown (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Jan. 4, and has been ruled out of the Wild Card playoff game. DT Brandon Mebane (non-injury) did not practice and is listed as doubtful. SS Jahleel Addae (shoulder), OG Dan Feeney (knee) and OT Sam Tevi (groin) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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The loss of Brown will weaken a run defense that will be tested this weekend, and missing Mebane won't help matters either.

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4. LAC - RB Austin Ekeler listed as questionable

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (groin) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 4, and is listed as questionable for the Wild Card playoff game.

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Ekeler should be good to go and ready for more action if one of Melvin Gordon's injuries pops up again vs. the Ravens.

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5. CHI - S Eddie Jackson likely game-time decision

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears S Eddie Jackson (ankle) is expected to be a game-time decision in the team's NFC Wildcard game versus the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Jan. 6, according to head coach Matt Nagy.

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Jackson is an important player because he harvests the chaos created up front in the form of interceptions, including two he returned for scores this year. If he plays the Chicago D/ST will get a boost.

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6. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill expected to be shopped

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is expected to be shopped to other teams this offseason.

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The Dolphins will eat over 13 million in cap space whether they trade or release Tannehill, but they can get some draft compensation if they find a taker. He's due 18.725 million, so he'll only get traded if someone sees him as a starter.

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7. NFL - Riley Ridley leaving school

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Georgia WR Riley Ridley has announced that he will be entering the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Calvin Ridley's little brother should be one of the first 5-10 wide receivers off of the board with an outside shot to get into the first round with a good pre-draft season.

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8. NFL - Isaac Nauta enters draft

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Georgia TE Isaac Nauta has announced that he will be entering the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Nauta had a great freshman year and strong finish to his junior year. He's a two-way tight end with blocking prowess and receiving ability and should fit in the second tier of a strong tight end class.

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9. NFL - Mecole Hardman declares for draft

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Georgia WR Mecole Hardman has announced that he will be entering the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Hardman's main asset is his speed. He started strong but slowed down in the second half of the year and was shut down in the Sugar Bowl. He'll add value to his draft stock as a punt and kick returner.

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10. NFL - Elijah Holyfield entering draft

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Charean Williams

Georgia RB Elijah Holyfield has announced that he will be entering the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Evander Holyfield's son will try to show he's the real deal in the NFL next year. He and De'Andre Swift were both 1000 yard rushers this year, following in the footsteps of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.

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11. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman should be ready for camp

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (groin) may not be ready for offseason workouts but will be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

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This stands out considering the reports that Freeman might return by the end of the regular season. He had knee problems at the end of last season and did not have surgery. Maybe we'll hear about surgery this offseason to explain this revised timeline.

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12. BUF - QB Josh Allen joined exclusive group in 2018

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen led his team with 2,074 passing yards and 631 rushing yards in 2018, becoming only the fourth quarterback since 2000 to lead his team in both categories.

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Allen will be a hotly debated fantasy player in drafts with one of the highest ceilings and lowest floors at the position, but lots of room to grow.

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13. KC - QB Patrick Mahomes heads AP All-Pro team

Source: The Associated Press

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was selected as the first-team quarterback on the Associated Press All-Pro team announced Friday, Jan. 4.

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This comes as no surprise, but it still deserves a moment of reflection after Mahomes came into the season with one career start and one year in the league under his belt.

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14. MIA - Eric Bieniemy meeting with Miami

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is interviewing with the Miami Dolphins for their head coaching vacancy Friday, Jan. 4.

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Bieniemy will be a hot name after former Andy Reid assistants Matt Nagy had a strong first year in Chicago and Doug Pederson won a Super Bowl in Philadelphia.

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15. OAK - Ryan Grigson headed to Raiders

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has been hired by the Oakland Raiders to an undisclosed position, according to a source.

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Raiders fans aren't happy, but perhaps Grigson won't be in too influential of a role under new GM Mike Mayock. The Colts were often a playoff team during his tenure, but not because of his moves, like trading a first-round pick for Trent Richardson.

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16. TEN - TE Delanie Walker hoping to run soon

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (ankle) said he hopes to receive clearance to resume running in the coming weeks and wants to be ready when OTAs begin.

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The Titans offense missed Walker as both a receiver and blocker. He can still play at a high level despite being in the autumn of his career. He shouldn't be on dynasty waiver wires.

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17. NFL - Joshua Allen wants to go No. 1

Source: DraftWire - Luke Easterling

Kentucky LB Joshua Allen said he believes he should be selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Allen probably won't go #1, but he's in the conversation in the top five in a draft featuring edge rushers and defensive linemen at the top of the class.

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18. NFL - Marquise Brown declares for draft

Source: DraftWire - Gavino Borquez

Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown announced that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Brown is a speedster who will hope to ride the coattails of players like Tyreek Hill and Taylor Gabriel who have overcome being undersized by typical NFL wide receiver standards.

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19. NFL - Trayveon Williams to enter draft

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Ben Baby

Texas A&M RB Trayveon Williams will skip his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Any time someone can lead the SEC in rushing, we should pay attention. He'll likely go among the top ten backs in this year's draft.

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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