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Volume 20, #273 -- Saturday Night, January 19th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Sunday to you and welcome to Championship Sunday.

Short personal note. I've been sending you emails every day since this spring. Some of you have been receiving these emails for years. It may be silly, but I feel like we "know" each other a bit and I wanted to share some not so good personal news.

My Mom died Wednesday night.

She had been in poor health for a good while. She'd had two heart attacks over the past ten years.

She went to the hospital Friday with chest pains and had a heart attack Saturday at the hospital.

It had been an up and down thing in the hospital for the past few days. She was better then worse then better then died Wednesday night.

Monday, she was better, she was off the breathing tube and pretty much all there mentally. We talked and laughed and got to have the "You're a good mom - You're a good son" talk. I started it and I'm not sure why I did but it felt natural and right.

She felt it too I think as she clearly told me goodbye as I was leaving. She said, "I'll see you on the other side". I said, "How about I see you tomorrow". She was mostly right.

I'm ok here. Don't worry about me. I don't share this looking for sympathy or anything like that. My Mom had a very strong faith and I don't see this as a tragedy at all.

76 years with a family she saw grow up that she loved dearly and loved her the same way is about as good as it gets. It's the natural progression of life.

My world feels a little different today as you guys who have lost a parent can attest, but it's not unnatural.

Rock on, Mom. Much love.

Thanks for letting me share and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J


1. CAR - WR Devin Funchess not expected back

Source: ESPN.com - David Newton

Carolina Panthers impending free-agent WR Devin Funchess likely will not re-sign with the Panthers this offseason because of WR D.J. Moore's performance during the second half of the season.

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A second-round pick of the Panthers in 2015, Funchess has been overshadowed by younger and more explosive talent at the position like Moore. In 2018, Funchess played in 14 games nabbed 44 passes for 549 yards and four receiving touchdowns. There should be a market for his services, just not a white-hot market in our opinion.

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2. DEN - Denver to look at QB Joe Flacco, QB Nick Foles?

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco and Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles could receive interest from the Denver Broncos this offseason, in the opinion of 9News.com's Mike Klis.

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The Broncos now know that Case Keenum is not the long-term answer at the quarterback position. GM John Elway does not want to rebuild, so that means competing in arguably the toughest division in football the AFC West. Flacco has a big arm and could work in Rich Scangarello's Shanahan-like system...like he did under Gary Kubiak in 2014. Foles, a favorite of the Broncos brass dating back to his days in college, could find himself in the Mile High City to take over as the starter. Either move would likely mean the team moves on from Keenum.

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3. IND - Indy adds TE Gabe Holmes

Source: Colts.com

The Indianapolis Colts signed TE Gabe Holmes to a Reserve/Futures contract Saturday, Jan. 19. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Undrafted out of Purdue in 2015, Holmes has bounced around the league during his time in the pros. Measuring in at 6'5" 255 pounds, Holmes played in 10 career games (four starts) during his time with the Arizona Cardinals (2017-18), Baltimore Ravens (2017), Seattle Seahawks (2017) and Oakland Raiders (2015-16).

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4. TB - WR DeSean Jackson not expected back

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson probably will not return to the Buccaneers next season even though head coach Bruce Arians hopes he stays on the roster, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

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We just don't see Jackson staying with the Buccaneers. He could move on and perhaps wind up back in Philadelphia as a deep threat. Speaking of deep threats, don't be surprised if John Brown finds his way to Tampa to reunite with Arians. 'Smoke' Brown was a good player for Arians during their time with the Cardinals.

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5. OAK - RB Marshawn Lynch could play in 2019

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch said on HBO's 'Real Time with Bill Maher' that he is open to playing in 2019 under the right circumstances.

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Lynch is set to be a free agent in 2019. In six games in 2018, Lynch had 90 carries for 376 rushing yards and three touchdowns for the Raiders. He'll be 33-years old in April of 2019 and may think he's got something left in the tank.

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6. TB - QB Jameis Winston made strides

Source: ESPN.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston threw 11 interceptions in his first five games in 2018 and three interceptions over his final six games.

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It's a good sign for Winston as he's got one more year to impress the Buccaneers as their starter. Playing on his fifth-year option in 2019, Winston will be working with noted 'quarterback whisperer' Bruce Arians. We'll see if Arians can get the best out of Winston and also cut down on his interceptions.

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7. MIA - Miami eyeing RB in draft?

Source: DolphinsWire - Antwan Staley

Iowa State RB David Montgomery could be a target for the Miami Dolphins in the 2019 NFL Draft, according to Antwan Staley of DolphinsWire. Staley believes Montgomery's aggressive running style would fill the hole left behind when RB Frank Gore hits free agency in March.

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Montgomery is aggressive but he's light on his feet and does a good job of fighting for yards after contact. In 2018, Montgomery rushed for 1,216 yards and 13 touchdowns. Pro Football Focus reports Montgomery led the FBS in broken tackles in back-to-back seasons. His 40 carries of 10 yards or more ranked 10th in the FBS in 2018 and Montgomery is seen as a top-5 player at his position in the 2019 NFL draft.

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8. NFL - Jalen Guyton turning pro

Source: NFLCommunications.com

North Texas WR Jalen Guyton has entered the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Guyton began his collegiate career at Notre Dame, but was suspended in December of 2015. He spent 2016 in junior college then two seasons with the Mean Green of North Texas. Measuring in at 6'0" 202 pounds, Guyton caught 54 passes for 805 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 2018.

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9. NFL - Jazz Ferguson going pro

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Northwestern State WR Jazz Ferguson has entered the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Ferguson had six 100-yard receiving games in 2018, setting a record for Northwestern State and also becoming the first player since 2015 to be named All-American (third-team FCS) from the school. Measuring in at 6'5" 220 pounds, Ferguson set Northwestern State single-season records in receiving yards (1,117) and touchdown receptions (13) while recording the second-most catches in school history (66).

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10. NFL - Jovon Durante headed to NFL

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Florida Atlantic WR Jovon Durante has entered the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Durante becomes the first player in FAU history to declare for the draft early. Measuring in at 6'0" 165 pounds, Durante led FAU in receptions (65), receiving yards (873) and receiving touchdowns (five) in 2018.

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11. TB - TE Cameron Brate had surgery

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip) had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, according to a source, and Brate is hoping to return for minicamp in June.

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Brate played through this injury for most of the 2018 season where he finished with 30 catches for 289 yards and six touchdowns (in 16 games). Those were lower numbers than he posted each of the last two years. Fantasy GMs should be expecting that trend to continue for Brate in Bruce Arians offense where the tight end (especially the no.2 tight end) isn't used that much.

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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