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Footballguys #260 - 1/6 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #260 -- Sunday Night, January 6th, 2019

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1. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins draws lofty praise

Source: HoustonTexans.com - Drew Dougherty

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins drew extensive praise Sunday, Jan. 6, in head coach Bill O'Brien's season-ending news conference. 'I don't think there was anybody better in the league,' O'Brien said. ' ... Every team knew that we were going to him on every play.'

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Hopkins gave it his all but was banged up in the loss to the Colts. He's a WR1 for Fantasy GMs and a no-brainer starter each and ever week. Expect him to be a first-round pick in PPR leagues this summer.

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2. PHI - RB Darren Sproles to play another season?

Source: ESPN - Chris Mortensen

Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles has told teammates and coaches he could look into playing another season.

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We'd love to see it. Sproles only made it through six games for the Eagles this season...which was supposed to be his last. One more year would be great for us as football fans and for the Eagles who could continue to use a dangerous weapon like Sproles. The veteran back is set to be a free agent in 2019.

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3. NFL - Tyree Jackson turning pro

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson has decided to skip his senior season in order to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Jackson is a huge prospect, measuring in at 6'6" 245 pounds. Some in the scouting community say there is some Josh Allen (Bills) to his game because of his size, arm strength and surprising athleticism for a man his size. Jackson is likely to be a late-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft and any team that selects him should have a plan for his growth and development. Mainly, Jackson needs better accuracy as a passer and consistency to his game if he's going to be effective at the pro level.

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4. PHI - QB Nick Foles could be traded

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to consider trading QB Nick Foles during the offseason, in order to allow the organization to smoothly transition back to franchise quarterback Carson Wentz for next year, according to multiple sources. They could decide to exercise his $20 million option or use the franchise tag on him.

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Foles could fetch them at least one premium pick for 2019 and beyond. He should be starting in the league somewhere next season. His landing spot will determine how much fantasy value Foles has in 2019.

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5. DAL - WR Allen Hurns recovering from surgery

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys WR Allen Hurns (ankle) has already undergone surgery on his dislocated ankle, according to a source.

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Great news for Hurns here. Assuming there are no setbacks with his recovery, he is expected to be able to return to football by August. That being said, he may not be returning to the Cowboys. He has a cap hit of $6.2 million in 2019 with only $1.25 million in dead money. There's a good chance the Cowboys get out of his contract after only one season in Dallas.

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6. BUF - D'haquille Williams signed by Buffalo

Source: WGR Sports Radio 550 - Sal Capaccio

The Buffalo Bills signed free-agent RB D'haquille Williams (CFL) to a reserve/futures contract on Sunday, Jan. 6.

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It's an interesting name to monitor in crazy deep dynasty formats. Williams spent the past two seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos and he led the CFL last season with 1,579 yards while tying the league lead with 11 touchdowns. He was fourth in the league with 88 grabs and third with 152 targets.

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7. BAL - OLB Terrell Suggs still wants to play

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent LB Terrell Suggs said he still wants to play next season and understands that he may not be with the Ravens.

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A first-round pick of the Ravens all the way back in the 2003 NFL draft, Suggs is not quite the player he used to be. That being said, he still registered 7.0 sacks in 2018 and can play more than a part-time role. Suggs should have quite a bit of interest on the open market if the Ravens don't work to get him back.

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8. NE - TE Jacob Hollister may not be available

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots TE Jacob Hollister (hamstring) has had trouble moving around during practice because of his hamstring injury and may not be available to play during the playoffs, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Mike Reiss.

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Hollister has talent as a move tight end but he does deal with his fair share of injuries....and oh yeah, he's behind Rob Gronkowski on the depth chart. We'll know more about Hollister's status for the Divisional Round during the week of practice.

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9. PIT - TE Jesse James may test market

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Joe Rutter

Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent TE Jesse James expects to receive interest from other teams this offseason and indicated that he will be fielding offers during free agency.

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James won't be the hottest name on the market at the tight end position but his all-purpose skill set should get him quite a bit of attention. He finished the 2018 season with 30 catches for a career high 423 receiving yards.

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10. LAC - TE Hunter Henry expected to be activated

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is expected to be activated from the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Jan. 7, with the Chargers advancing to the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

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The Chargers thought Henry could be back for the Wild Card Round but he wasn't quite ready. Now that they've advanced to the Divisional Round, Henry could be cleared to play. We'll be monitoring his practice status during the week.

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11. HOU - WR Demaryius Thomas hopes to return

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles') said he hopes to return to the Texans next season.

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Thomas was traded to the Texans in 2018 and he made it through a few games before having his season cut short by an Achilles' injury. He's got a big cap number in 2019 and may have to restructure his deal if he wants to stay in Houston. Thomas is currently on the books for $14 million in 2019 but there is zero remaining in dead money. Expect him to rework his deal or get released this offseason.

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12. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins won't need surgery

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (shoulder) had his arm in a sling Sunday, Jan. 6, the day after suffering a Grade # AC joint sprain in a wild-card playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Hopkins said he won't require offseason surgery.

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Great news for Hopkins here. He was limited most of the time on the injury report with various ailments all season long. Hopkins suffered a shoulder injury against the Colts and wasn't quite himself. We'll see him in the offseason program for the Texans and we'll also see Hopkins as a top wide receiver pick in 2019 fantasy drafts this summer.

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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