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Footballguys #265 - 1/11 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #265 -- Friday Night, January 11th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Saturday to you. We've got Playoff Football so let's get to it.

J


1. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery on track to play

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (ribs) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 11, but is not on the injury report for the Divisional Round playoff game.

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Jeffery's status was never really in doubt. We'll see if he can have a better game against the Saints than he did the last time around. In Week 11 against the Saints, Jeffery played 51 snaps, was targeted five times, caught four passes for just 33 yards.

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2. PHI - WR Mike Wallace listed as questionable

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles WR Mike Wallace (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 11, and is listed as questionable for the Divisional Round playoff game.

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Wallace has made it through two games this year...with only three targets and zero receptions. This ankle problem has plagued him for most of the year but he could make it onto the field in the Divisional Round. If Wallace does play, he's so far down the pecking order we're not expecting a lot of looks to go his way.

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3. NO - WR Ted Ginn on track to play

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 11, and is not on the injury report for the Divisional Round playoff game.

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Ginn has the speed to take it to the house anytime he touches the ball. The Saints are going to be tough to beat at home throughout the playoffs, including on Sunday against the Eagles in the Divisional Round.

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4. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon off injury report

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 11, and has been removed from the injury report for the Divisional Round playoff game.

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Good news for the Chargers here. Gordon is far from 100 percent but he's going to play against the Patriots and should get his normal workload.

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5. LAC - Questionable tag for TE Hunter Henry

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 11, but is listed as questionable for the Divisional Round playoff game.

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Henry is likely to play against the Patriots in the Divisional Round. He missed all of the 2018 regular season but is back for this game. We should see him quite limited in his first action since Week 15 of 2017.

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6. DAL - Owner optimistic about WR Cole Beasley

Source: DallasCowboys.com

Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (ankle) is listed as questionable for the the team's divisional-playoff game Saturday, Jan. 12, in Los Angeles, but owner Jerry Jones is optimistic the slot wideout will be able to play. 'My feeling right now is to play with Cole Beasley,' Jones told 105.3 FM The Fan in an interview Friday. 'He's given every indication he can force himself through it. Right now, we're planning on having Cole Beasley.'

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They can be optimistic but the reality is Beasley's playing status is a huge unknown for the Divisional Round. He should be considered a game-time decision.

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7. BAL - Greg Roman taking over as OC

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens senior assistant and tight ends coach Greg Roman will take over as offensive coordinator, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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They have replaced Marty Mornhinweg as the offensive coordinator and go with Roman in that spot. He'll be in charge of getting the most out of Lamar Jackson and the Ravens run-heavy attack. Roman has been an offensive coordinator before in the NFL with the 49ers and the Bills.

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8. IND - RB Marlon Mack a complete back

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack delivers 'body blows' in the run game in addition to having big-play speed, according to head coach Frank Reich, and QB Andrew Luck said Mack has matured as an all-around back.

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Mack is a complete back and he can run swiftly between the tackles. We'll see if he can build a head of steam against the Chiefs on Saturday.

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9. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley in good company

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley finished his rookie season with numbers similar to what retired WR Marvin Harrison put up as a rookie. Ridley had 64 catches for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018, and Harrison had 64 catches for 836 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie year.

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Ridley had a fine rookie season and we're excited to see what he can do in his second season. The Falcons fired Steve Sarkisian as their offensive coordinator and hired Dirk Koetter in his place. The offense should see a boost with the new coach.

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10. DEN - QB Case Keenum still the starter

Source: NFL.com - Herbie Teope

Denver Broncos QB Case Keenum is still the starting quarterback for the time being, according to head coach Vic Fangio.

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It's interesting to note that Fangio said 'right now' Keenum is their quarterback. The Broncos need to upgrade the offense and try to find a franchise quarterback if at all possible. Keenum is under contract for one more year but there is no guarantee he stays with the Broncos in 2019.

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11. TB - Talent no issue for QB Jameis Winston

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston just needs to relax and let his natural ability take over, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'Talent is no issue,' Arians said. 'It's just becoming a little bit smarter.'

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Winston had the third-most (14) interceptions in the league during the 2018 season. That's a number Arians will work diligently to bring down in 2019. The combination of Arians and Winston has the potential to be a good one.

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12. NFL - Bryce Love rehabbing torn ACL

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Pete Thamel

Stanford RB Bryce Love (knee) tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against California on Dec. 1 but is currently in rehab and on the 'path to recovery for the 2019 NFL Draft after undergoing surgery on Dec. 18 with Dr. James Andrews.

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He chose to come back to Stanford for the 2018 season but ended up injured. Love is expected to make a full recovery but will not participate in the NFL Combine in late February. Love battled injuries for most of 2018 and it hurt his draft stock.

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13. NFL - Quinnen Williams entering draft

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

University of Alabama DL Quinnen Williams announced Friday, Jan. 11, that he is entering the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Williams is one of the best players in this entire draft class. It's a defensive draft for sure with plenty of talented players entering the NFL on that side of the ball. Williams is powerful and explosive, getting off the line quickly and harassing the quarterback at will. He should be a top-5 pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

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14. NFL - Josh Jacobs declares for draft

Source: AL.com - Matt Zenitz

University of Alabama RB Josh Jacobs will enter the 2019 NFL Draft, sources said Friday, Jan. 11.

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Jacobs is a good all-purpose back with explosive traits. Measuring in at 5'10" 215 pounds, Jacobs rushed for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with 20 catches for 247 yards and three TDs. He should be a second- or third-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

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15. NFL - Irvin Smith Jr. coming out

Source: Twitter

Alabama TE Irvin Smith Jr. declared for the 2019 NFL draft Friday, Jan. 11.

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We'll see Smith near the top of his class at the position in the 2019 NFL draft. Smith broke the Alabama single-season records for tight ends with 710 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He's seen as a move tight end with the upside to be a second-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