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Footballguys #261 - 1/7 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #261 -- Monday Night, January 7th, 2019

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J

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1. LAC - TE Hunter Henry added to active roster

Source: Chargers.com - Ricky Henne

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) was activated to the 53-man roster from the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Jan. 7. LB Jatavis Brown (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list to make room for Henry on the roster.

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Henry missed all of the 2018 regular season with this knee injury which he suffered in OTAs. He'll be on a snap count against the Patriots in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

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2. SEA - Seattle signs nine players

Source: NFLCommunications.com

The Seattle Seahawks signed CB Jeremy Boykins, S Justin Currie, S Marwin Evans, C Marcus Henry, WR Keenan Reynolds, OG Jordan Roos, WR Caleb Scott, TE Tyrone Swoopes and CB Simeon Thomas to Reserve/Futures contracts Monday, Jan. 7. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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Reynolds has bounced around the league a bit, including with the Seahawks practice squad. We'll monitor the versatile WR/Offensive Weapon but only in crazy deep dynasty formats.

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3. PHI - WR Carlton Agudosi signs with Philly

Source: NFLCommunications.com

The Philadelphia Eagles signed WR Carlton Agudosi to a Reserve/Futures contract Monday, Jan. 7. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Agudosi came out of Rutgers undrafted in 2017 and has been developing with the Cardinals. He's a huge target, measuring in at 6'6" 205 pounds. We'll monitor him but only in the deepest of deep dynasty leagues.

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4. HOU - Houston signs eight to futures contracts

Source: NFLCommunications.com

The Houston Texans signed TE Jerell Adams, LB Davin Bellamy, RB Josh Ferguson, DE Chris Landrum, OG Maurquice Shakir, OT David Steinmetz, WR Jester Weah and WR Isaac Whitney to Reserve/Futures contracts Monday, Jan. 7. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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Ferguson is a versatile all-purpose back who can make defenders miss in the open field. He's mainly been with the Colts since coming into the league as an undrafted free agent out of Ilinois in 2016. We'll monitor him in the deepest dynasty formats.

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5. BAL - Eight signed to futures deals

Source: NFLCommunications.com

The Baltimore Ravens signed OG Kofi Amichia, OT Randin Crecelius, CB Robertson Daniel, RB Tyler Ervin, RB Christopher Ezeala, S Bennett Jackson, LB Alvin Jones and TE Nick Keizer to Reserve/Futures contracts Monday, Jan. 7. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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Ervin is a dangerous return man and lightning quick change-of-pace back. He's mainly been with the Texans since coming into the league as a fourth-round pick out of San Jose State in the 2016 NFL draft. Ervin is only worth monitoring in the deepest of deep dynasty leagues.

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6. GB - Matt LaFleur going to Green Bay

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur will be the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers, according to sources, beating out Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken for the job.

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LaFleur is a bright, young offensive mind who can bring creativity to the Packers offense. He has experience working under both Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan. LaFleur was a first-year OC with the Titans this year and he got the offense going, working through injuries to Marcus Mariota and finally getting Derrick Henry unleashed. It's a high-risk, high-reward hire for the Packers.

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7. BUF - Buffalo adds Duke Williams

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Free-agent WR Duke Williams (CFL) signed an undisclosed deal with the Buffalo Bills Monday, Jan. 7. Williams led the Canadian Football League with 1,579 receiving yards in 2018.

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With the Edminton Eskimos this year (in 18 games), Williams posted 88 receptions for almost 1,600 yards (1,579) and 11 touchdowns. He measures in at 6'3" 225 pounds and can clearly handle a lot of targets. We'll monitor him in super deep dynasty leagues. Williams was undrafted out of Auburn in 2016 and spent a little bit of time with the Los Angeles Rams.

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8. NFL - Dwayne Haskins declares for the draft

Source: The Record - Art Stapleton

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins announced his intention to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft on Monday, Jan. 7.

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Zero surprise here. Haskins could be the first QB taken off the board in the 2019 NFL draft, and there's a chance he could be selected in the top 10. He was a 70 percent passer for the Buckeyes in 2018 and threw 50 touchdowns with only 8 interceptions. Haskins thrives with shorter passing concepts and is still raw at the position with only one year experience as a starter in college.

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9. PHI - WR Mike Wallace day-to-day

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles WR Mike Wallace (ankle) remains day-to-day, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

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We'll see if the speedster can get out there against the Saints in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Wallace participated in three limited practices leading up to the NFC Wild Card game against the Chicago Bears but he did not play. If Wallace does get on the field, he would see a limited amount of targets behind guys like Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Golden Tate.

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10. HOU - WR Demaryius Thomas not ready to retire

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles') told the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson he's 'not thinking about retirement' and 'would love to finish my career (with the Texans).'

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Thomas wants to stay with the Texans and he's got one year left on his contract. It's a helluva year on paper as Thomas is set to make $14 million in 2019...but there is zero left in dead money on his deal. That means he'll either restructure with the Texans or get released.

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11. NFL - David Montgomery coming out

Source: Twitter

Iowa State junior RB David Montgomery declared for the NFL Draft Monday, Jan. 7.

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Montgomery had 1,216 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns for the Cyclones this season, earning all-conference honors in the process. His game is all about breaking tackles. PFF records that Montgomery has led the FBS in broken tackles each of the last two seasons. Measuring in at 5'11" 215 pounds, Montgomery should get quite a bit of attention in the pre-draft process. He's an all-purpose back who ranked 10th in the FBS with 40 carries of 10 yards or more in 2018.

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12. BAL - QB Robert Griffin III wants to stay

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent QB Robert Griffin III said he would like to return to the Ravens next season.

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Griffin should stick around for a good price. The Ravens are likely to move on from Joe Flacco in 2019 and go with Lamar Jackson as their starter. Griffin could be a good backup with a similar skill set behind Jackson.

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13. MIA - Vic Fangio not meeting with Miami

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will not be interviewing for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching vacancy as previously reported.

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Vangio is meeting with the Broncos on Monday. That's the only team that is interviewing him for a head coaching job.

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14. CLE - Freddie Kitchens interview upcoming

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens will interview for the head coaching vacancy Monday, Jan. 7, or Tuesday, Jan. 8.

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This is the only head coaching job Kitchens is eligible for. The Browns have prevented other teams from interviewing Kitchens. He was a big reason for the Browns turnaround on offense once they let go of Hue Jackson and Todd Haley.

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15. BAL - QB Lamar Jackson is QB1 going forward

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson will be the team's starter going forward, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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The Ravens will move on from Joe Flacco this offseason. Jackson is far from polished as a passer but that ability is there when he hones his game.

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16. LAR - RB Todd Gurley to practice in full

Source: TheRams.com

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) is expected to be a full participant in practice Tuesday, Jan. 8, according to head coach Sean McVay.

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Gurley should be back in action this week for the Rams. He's missed the last two weeks of the regular season and had a bye week to get more rest. We'll see C.J. Anderson play more of a reserve role with Gurley starting in the Divisional Round.

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17. NFL - Alize Mack will turn pro

Source: ESPN.com - Dan Murphy

Notre Dame TE Alize Mack announced he will enter the 2019 NFL Draft and skip his senior season.

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Mack is a fine tight end when healthy. Measuring in at 6'4" 247 pounds, Mack fought injuries through most of his college career. He's accepted an invitation to the 2019 Reese's Senior Bowl and could go as soon as the second round in the 2019 NFL draft.

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18. NFL - Miles Boykin declares for NFL

Source: Miles Boykin - Twitter

Notre Dame WR Miles Boykin announced that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Boykin was the Fighting Irish's leader in receptions (59), receiving yards (872) and receiving touchdowns (eight). He's got great size, measuring in at 6'4" 228 pounds and can certainly use his size to break down smaller defenders.

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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