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Footballguys #274 - 1/20 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #274 -- Sunday Night, January 20th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

And then there were two. Congrats to the Rams and Patriots for advancing to the big game and congrats to the Saints and Chiefs for amazing seasons.

Also, thanks to you for the incredible emails so many of you sent replying to my message yesterday. You folks humble me. Thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family.

We've got some News and Notes so let's get to it.

J


1. NE - Big workload for RB Sony Michel

Source: ESPN.com

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel rushed 29 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

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Michel was a workhorse for the Patriots as New England delivered with the ground game when they needed it.

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2. NE - QB Tom Brady tops 300 yards

Source: ESPN.com

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 30 of his 46 passes for 348 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

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With the game on the line, Brady converted when he most needed to and is once again in the Super Bowl.

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3. KC - TE Travis Kelce scores but limited overall

Source: ESPN.com

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce caught three of his five targets for 23 yards and a touchdown in a 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

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Kelce was frustrated after the game saying he was frustrated with his performance.

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4. KC - WR Tyreek Hill held in check

Source: ESPN.com

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill caught one of his three targets for 42 yards in a 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

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Hill is a home run threat the Patriots kept in check. Limiting Hill was a key to the New England victory.

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5. KC - Three scores for RB Damien Williams

Source: ESPN.com

Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams rushed 10 times for 30 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 66 yards and two scores in a 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

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Williams was incredibly efficient with his touches producing three touchdowns.

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6. KC - Three scores for QB Patrick Mahomes

Source: ESPN.com

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes completed 16 of his 31 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns and rushed twice for 11 yards in a 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

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Mahomes was up and down but three touchdowns and almost 300 yards was almost enough to win.

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7. LAR - WR Brandin Cooks hurts his former team

Source: 1 No Source

Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks posted seven receptions for 107 yards in the NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints, his original NFL organization.

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Cooks came up big multiple times against his old team. He'll play in his second Super Bowl in a row, but on a different team, a rare feat.

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8. LAR - RB Todd Gurley limited in NFC title game

Source: 1 No Source

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley rushed four times for 10 yards and a touchdown and he added a three-yard catch in the NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints, while RB C.J. Anderson handled the majority of the workload with 17 total touches.

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Gurley was barely used and didn't do anything that would make an observer malign that decision. He won't be more than a committee back for the Super Bowl and the offense seems to miss Cooper Kupp more than him.

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9. LAR - RB C.J. Anderson totals 17 touches

Source: 1 No Source

Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson rushed 16 times for 44 yards in the NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints and he added a five-yard catch.

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Anderson wasn't nearly as strong as he has regularly been since joining the Rams, but he was the lead back and will be playing a big role in the Super Bowl after being released twice this year.

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10. LAR - QB Jared Goff just misses 300 yards

Source: 1 No Source

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff completed 25-of-40 passes for 297 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the NFC Championship Game overtime win against the New Orleans Saints.

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Goff had a slow start with a rushed dumpoff to Todd Gurley that Gurley mishandled into an interception, but he calmed down and got his team back into the game with a strong performance after the running game that carried them last week dried up. He'll start his first Super Bowl at 24 years old.

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11. LAR - PK Greg Zuerlein kicks L.A. to Super Bowl

Source: RamsWire

Los Angeles Rams PK Greg Zuerlein made a 48-yard field goal with 19 seconds left in regulation of the NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints to force overtime and he made a franchise-record 57-yard field goal to win it in OT.

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The Rams needed some help from the officials, who missed a pass interference that might have ended the game, but their offense was effective once they fell behind 13-0 and their defense made plays at the right time.

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12. PHI - QB Carson Wentz should be ready for workouts

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) is expected to be healthy enough to be a full participant when offseason workouts start in April, according to sources.

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With Nick Foles likely to be tagged and traded, Wentz is the clear cut guy for the Eagles...and for good reason. He just needs to stay healthy in order to produce at the expected level. Wentz hasn't played a full 16-game season since his rookie year in 2016.

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13. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski eyeing Hollywood?

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will mull retirement this offseason, and instead of pursuing a WWE wrestling career, movies/acting would be a likelier choice.

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Gronkowski may not play football in 2019. If that's the case, it wouldn't surprise us to see him pursue other careers outside of football. Gronk as an action star would be quite the sight to behold.

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14. KC - QB Patrick Mahomes could receive big extension

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes will be able to sign a contract extension after the 2019 season and could become the first NFL player to receive a $200 million contract, according to sources.

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Mahomes was outstanding in his first season as the Chiefs starter, throwing for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. The Chiefs do have him under control through the 2021 season (with the fifth-year option) but wrapping him up early may actually save them money over waiting and having his price skyrocket even further.

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15. NFL - RB Kareem Hunt receiving interest

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent RB Kareem Hunt (Chiefs) is receiving interest from multiple teams and could sign with a team in the near future, according to a source.

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Hunt is facing a lengthy suspension from the league. Before he plays, Hunt needs to be taken off the Commissioner's Exempt List. Some speculate a team like the Bears could have interest in Hunt because head coach Matt Nagy coached him in Kansas City when he was the OC there.

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16. NFL - RB Kareem Hunt investigations close to ending?

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Although there is no official deadline, multiple sources believe that the National Football League will wrap up their investigations into three incidents involving free-agent RB Kareem Hunt (Chiefs) before the start of free agency in March.

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Hunt has been undergoing counseling but is still facing a long suspension from the league. Before he can play, Hunt needs to be reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list. Some are speculating a team like the Bears (with former Chiefs OC Matt Nagy as head coach) could be Hunt's landing spot.

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17. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott a more complete back

Source: NFL.com

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's 77 catches in 2018 ranked 22nd in the NFL and were the fifth most among running backs.

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No word on who is going to take over as the Cowboys OC but Elliott is going to remain the key piece of what they do. He should be in line for 75-plus catches in 2019.

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18. CLE - RB Nick Chubb showed explosiveness

Source: NFL.com

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb's four runs of 40-plus yards and 11 runs of 20-plus yards in 2018 both ranked second in the NFL.

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Chubb gained a first down on 24.5 percent of his carries in 2018, good for 14th best in the league at the running back position. He didn't really get going for the Browns until Week 7 and ended up just four yards short of 1,000 rushing yards as a rookie.

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19. ATL - TE Austin Hooper solid across the board

Source: NFL.com

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper's 71 receptions in 2018 were the fourth most among tight ends, and he also ranked seventh in receiving yards (660) and tied for ninth in touchdowns (4) at the position.

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Hooper was the no.7 fantasy tight end in 2018 in standard scoring leagues. The Falcons have made changes to their offense already, mainly firing Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator. We'll see how Dirk Koetter runs the offense now as OC in 2019, but he does know how to best use his tight ends.

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20. TB - TE O.J. Howard stretching the field

Source: NFL.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (foot, ankle) was limited to 10 games in 2018, but his 11 receptions of 20-plus yards were the fifth most among tight ends.

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Howard only played in 10 games in 2018 but he finished 13th in the NFL with 565 receiving yards. It's going to be interesting to see how he fits into the plans of new Bucs head coach Bruce Arians. During his time in Arizona, Arians didn't really use the tight end as much as other offenses.

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21. CIN - RB Joe Mixon bringing consistency

Source: ESPN.com

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon finished fourth in the NFL with 1,168 rushing yards in 2018, running for at least 50 yards in 13 of his 14 games and topping 80 rushing yards nine times.

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Mixon's consistency makes him a safe RB1 for Fantasy GMs. In 2018, Mixon ranked 9th in the league with an average of 3.05 yards before contact. Mixon is able to take advantage of that space and turn it into positive yards. The Bengals offense may look a little different in 2019 but Mixon should remain the centerpiece of what they do on the ground.

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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