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Footballguys #275 - 1/21 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #275 -- Monday Night, January 21st, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Tuesday to you. We've got some News and Notes for you so let's get to it.

J


1. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski did not miss a snap

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was on the field for all 97 offensive snaps during the AFC Championship game.

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Gronkowski clearly was ready to leave it all on the field Sunday night.

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2. NE - RB Sony Michel alone in history books

Source: ProFootballReference.com

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel is the first rookie running ever to run for at least 100 yards and two touchdowns in a championship game.

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The Patriots had the discipline to stay with the rushing attack against the Chiefs. Getting Michel 29 carries helped keep the clock moving and Patrick Mahomes on the sideline. Michel's long carry was only 11 yards, but he managed to blast his way to 113 yards and those two scores. We'll see what he does in the Super Bowl in two weeks.

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3. NO - RB Alvin Kamara makes history

Source: ProFootballReference.com

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara became just the second running back ever to catch at least 11 passes in a conference championship game. San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon caught 11 passes in the NFC Championship game last year with the Minnesota Vikings.

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Kamara and McKinnon's teams both lost in these championship games where they caught 11 passes. The Saints are in a Super Bowl window and they'll try to get back to the NFC Championship Game (and to the Super Bowl) with Kamara leading the way in the backfield. Mark Ingram is set to be a free agent in 2019 and may not stick with the Saints.

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4. CHI - Ted Monachino joins Chicago's staff

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Kansas State defensive coordinator Ted Monachino was hired by the Chicago Bears Monday, Jan. 21, as a defensive assistant and outside linebackers coach.

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The move is made because the Bears lost Brandon Staley to the Broncos. Monachino worked with new Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano in two stops (Ravens, Colts) in the NFL.

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5. MIA - Patrick Graham likely the DC

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio - Alex Marvez

Updating previous reports, Green Bay Packers linebackers coach Patrick Graham is likely to be hired as defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins when New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores is hired as head coach.

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Once the Patriots are done playing in yet another Super Bowl, we will see Flores hired as the Dolphins new head coach. Graham worked with Flores in New England from 2009-2015.

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6. PHI - Philly could shop WR Nelson Agholor

Source: PhillyVoice.com - Jimmy Kempski

Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor could be made available in a trade, according to Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski, who cites Agholor's high salary ($9.387 million) and the team's limited cap space as reasons the Eagles would consider trading Agholor.

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A first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Agholor took a couple of seasons to get going as a pro but over the last two years he's caught over 60 passes each year. If he stays with the Eagles and has a similar role, Agholor produces at a WR4 level for Fantasy GMs.

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7. PHI - WR Golden Tate could be re-signed

Source: PhillyVoice.com - Jimmy Kempski

Philadelphia Eagles WR Golden Tate could be brought back if the team moves on from WR Nelson Agholor, in the opinion of Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski, though he believes Tate signing elsewhere to be the more likely outcome.

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Tate is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2019, and he should more than a few teams interested. In a season split between two teams (Lions/Eagles), Tate failed to reach 1,000 receiving yards for the first time since 2015. He's still capable of making plays because of his run-after-the-catch ability. Some are speculating he could find his way back to Detroit.

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8. NO - QB Drew Brees plans to play next season

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Darin Gantt

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees indicated during his post-game comments Sunday, Jan. 20, that he plans on returning for the 2019 season and 'making another run' at a Super Bowl with the Saints.

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The Saints have been in a Super Bowl window each of the last two years and have fallen short...both in heartbreaking fashion. Brees returns in 2019 with Fantasy GMs knowing he can be a QB1 every week...even though his production did slide late in the 2018 season.

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9. LAC - RB Troymaine Pope re-signed

Source: NFL.com

The Los Angeles Chargers re-signed RB Troymaine Pope to a Reserve/Future contract Saturday, Jan. 19.

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Undrafted out of Jacksonville State in 2016, Pope has already had several stops in his short pro career. He was on the Chargers active roster at the end of the regular season but he was waived about 10 days ago. Now Pope returns to see if he can impress enough to make the 53-man roster in 2019.

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10. LAR - No injury for RB Todd Gurley?

Source: ProFootballWeekly.com - Eric Edholm

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley's lack of involvement in the offense against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game was because of the 'flow' of the game, according to head coach Sean McVay.

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It's difficult to believe McVay's 'flow' comment based on the limited touches for Gurley. He's got two weeks before the Super Bowl matchup against the Patriots, so we'll see if that extra time gets him feeling better and more into the 'flow' when it comes to the big game.

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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