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Volume 20, #263 -- Wednesday Night, January 9th, 2019

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1. LAC - TE Hunter Henry has full practice

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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Henry is going to be back this week for the Chargers. He missed all of the 2018 regular season with this knee injury, and we expect the Chargers to ease him back in action. Against the Patriots on Sunday, Henry should be on some sort of snap count.

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2. CLE - Freddie Kitchens takes over in Cleveland

Source: ESPN - Chris Mortensen

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens was named the Browns' new head coach Wednesday, Jan. 9, according to sources. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Kitchens has had a meteoric rise to this position...largely due to his work with QB Baker Mayfield. He took over playcalling duties for the Browns around midseason (Week 9) and the offense took off under his guidance. Kitchens clearly has a strong relationship with Mayfield, one which the Browns hope continues. Armed with multiple young playmakers, the Browns could be making a playoff run in 2019.

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3. DEN - Vic Fangio hired by Broncos

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio agreed to a four-year deal to become the next head coach of the Denver Broncos Wednesday, Jan. 9, according to a source. The deal includes a fifth-year option and financial terms were not disclosed.

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Fangio is an old school coach with a no-nonsense attitude. He should work to make the Broncos defense (which has some key pieces) elite in 2019. Fangio is going to get a lot of (needed) help on the offense from new OC Gary Kubiak. In a high-powered AFC West, the Broncos are just trying to prove they can get back on track. They have missed the playoffs each of the last three years and just registered back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since the early 70s.

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4. LAR - RB Todd Gurley limited again Wednesday

Source: Ventura County Star - Joe Curley

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) was limited in practice for the second straight day Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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Gurley had three weeks to recover from this minor knee injury. He missed the final two games of the regular season and had a bye week to get more rest. Gurley is expected to get his normal (large) workload while C.J. Anderson will get more of a backup role.

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5. CAR - OLB Thomas Davis wants to return

Source: ESPN.com - David Newton

Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis said he wants to return for one more year season with the team next season. He added, 'I understand that there's a whole business side of things that has to take place. My whole mindset and everything I want to do is totally surrounded in coming back and playing here. Hopefully, they share that same sentiment.'

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When you think of the Panthers defense, it's difficult not to think of Davis. A first-round pick out of Georgia in 2005 for the Panthers, Davis has been a cornerstone of their defense. He's not the same player he used to be, but Davis still wants to play and could be one of those players the Panthers don't want to play for anyone else. Davis is among 19 players on the team set to become unrestricted free agents this offseason.

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6. NE - WR Cordarrelle Patterson works in full

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots WR Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) practiced in full Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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The Patriots are at home in the Divisional Round against the Chargers on Sunday. Patterson could do damage in that game as a runner, receiver or return man.

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7. DAL - WR Cole Beasley uncertain for Saturday

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

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (ankle) is dealing with a high-ankle sprain which has cost him the first two days of practice this week.

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Beasley is likely to be a game-time decision for the Divisional Round. The team is hopeful he can suit up Saturday, Jan. 12, against the Los Angeles Rams.

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8. DAL - TE Blake Jarwin nursing high-ankle sprain

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

Dallas Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin (ankle) is battling a high-ankle sprain, which is why he missed practice the first two days this season.

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Jarwin is likely to be a game-time decision for the Cowboys. The team is hopeful he can play against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, Jan. 12.

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9. KC - WR Tyreek Hill able to practice in full

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (heel) was able to go through a full practice session on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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Hill had the bye week to get some rest and with full practices this week he's ready to go. The Chiefs are at home to take on the Colts this Saturday in the Divisional Round. We're expecting a lot of points to be scored in this contest.

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10. KC - WR Sammy Watkins does limited work

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) went through a limited practice for the second straight day on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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Watkins played in 10 games this year for the Chiefs. We'll see if he can get out there on Saturday in the Divisional Round against the Colts. If Watkins does play, he's likely to be on a snap count.

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11. KC - Limited practice for RB Spencer Ware

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant for the second straight practice on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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Ware should be back in action against the Colts on Saturday. We'll see Damien Williams as the lead back for the Chiefs with Ware serving as his backup.

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12. NO - WR Ted Ginn Jr. ready for Philly

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) practiced in full on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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The Saints are at home against the Eagles on Sunday in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Ginn sat out the Week 17 game for the Saints because it didn't mean anything as they'd wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. His speed and big-play ability should be on display this weekend.

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13. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery listed as limited

Source: NBC Sports Philadelphia - Dave Zangaro

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (ribs) was listed as a limited participant for the walk-through practice Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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Jeffery should be able to play his normal role against the Saints on Sunday. It will be an interesting matchup to see how he does against Saints CB Marshon Lattimore.

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14. PHI - No practice for QB Carson Wentz

Source: NBC Sports Philadelphia - Dave Zangaro

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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Nick Foles is going to start for the Eagles on Sunday in the Divisional Round against the Saints. We'll see if Wentz is wearing street clothes of if the team wants him as the backup to Foles. It's likely Nate Sudfeld serves as the backup to Foles once again on Sunday.

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15. IND - TE Eric Ebron logs limited practice

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (hip) put in a limited practice Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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Ebron has been limited for some time with this injury. He'll be limited in practice but still play...and he's been a touchdown hog for the Colts this season. Ebron could once again get in the end zone on Saturday in the Divisional Round against the Chiefs.

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16. IND - No practice for WR T.Y. Hilton

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) remained out of practice Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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Hilton hasn't been practicing much over the last month or so...yet he still plays and produces at the expected level. There's no way he's going to miss the Divisional Round game against the Chiefs on Saturday.

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17. TB - Todd Bowles chooses Tamp Bay

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Updating a previous report, former New York Jets defensive coordinator Todd Bowles agreed to a deal Wednesday, Jan. 9, to become the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Bowles has worked with new Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians before with great results. Now, the two get to work together again with the task of turning the Bucs around.

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18. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon not at practice

Source: NBC Sports Boston - Phil Perry

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) was sidelined from practice Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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The Chargers are just giving Gordon as much rest as they possibly can. He's dealing with a minor knee injury, one that was tweaked a bit in the Wild Card Round against the Ravens. If Gordon has to be limited (a little bit) against the Patriots on Sunday, we should see more from guys like Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson.

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19. TB - QB Jameis Winston the cornerstone of offense

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston will be the focal point of the offense under new head coach Bruce Arians.

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This is going to be an interesting fit for the Buccaneers...and Fantasy GMs. Arians lauded the controversial quarterback, crediting his work ethic, intelligence, toughness and physical abilities. The veteran coach added that he has to put the right pieces around Winston. Arians is a noted 'quarterback whisperer' and has a lot of work to do in order to get the most from Winston.

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20. CLE - Gregg Williams done with Browns

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was fired Wednesday, Jan. 9, according to sources.

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Williams was the interim coach for the Browns after Hue Jackson was fired and he led the team to a 5-3 record. We'll see if he can latch on with another team as the Browns hired Freddie Kitchens as their new head coach and let Williams go.

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21. DAL - TE Blake Jarwin out of practice

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

Dallas Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin (ankle) will not practice Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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Jarwin is likely to be a game-time decision for the Cowboys. The team is hopeful he can play against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, Jan. 12.

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22. DAL - WR Cole Beasley out of practice

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

Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (ankle) will not practice Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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Beasley is likely to be a game-time decision for the Divisional Round. The team is hopeful he can suit up Saturday, Jan. 12, against the Los Angeles Rams.

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23. JAX - RB Thomas Rawls signs with Jaguars

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent RB Thomas Rawls (Bengals) signed an undisclosed deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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Rawls has not been the same since his rookie season with the Seahawks back in 2015. He spent a few weeks with the Bengals in 2018 but didn't register a carry for them. Now, Rawls gets to try and impress with the Jaguars. We'll see if he can do enough to get a reserve spot on the 53-man roster but he is facing long odds.

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24. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert able to run

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) has resumed running and is reportedly 'up to jogging 20 minutes at a time,' according to Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson.

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Eifert is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. This news is good news for the veteran tight end but we imagine his market won't be white hot due to his long injury history. Eifert has appeared in only 14 games over the past three seasons and he's never played a full 16-game season since coming out of Notre Dame as a 2013 first-round pick.

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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