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Footballguys #280 - 1/26 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #280 -- Saturday Night, January 26th, 2019

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Good Sunday to you. We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J


1. JAX - RB Carlos Hyde could be let go

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Phillip Heilman

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Carlos Hyde could be released this offseason because the team would save $4.75 million in salary cap space if Hyde is let go.

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No surprise here. Hyde signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Browns last offseason but only lasted a few months before being traded to Jacksonville at the trade deadline. He's got a cap hit of $4.7 million in 2019 with zero remaining in dead money.

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2. LAC - TE Hunter Henry still not 100 percent

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) said he still has not fully recovered from his torn anterior cruciate ligament and will take the next few months to continue his rehab.

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Henry missed all of the 2018 regular season due to this knee injury. He was able to come back in the Divisional Round of the playoffs and certainly didn't look like himself. Henry should be good to go for training camp later this summer.

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3. LAR - RB Todd Gurley claims knee is fine

Source: NFL.com - Steve Wyche

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley claimed that his knee is not injured and that his lack of involvement in the offense during the NFC Championship Game was based on a lackluster performance.

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That's cool that he says his knee is okay...but the eye test showed something different in the NFC Championship Game. Gurley touched the ball just five times, including four carries, in their win over the New Orleans Saints and was on the field for just 46 percent of the Rams' offensive snaps.

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4. NFL - Drew Lock excels in Senior Bowl prep

Source: BleacherReport.com - Matt Miller

Missiouri QB Drew Lock drew positive reviews for his work at the Senior Bowl with an AFC personnel man saying Lock could be a candidate to be the first quarterback selected, according to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, who wrote that Lock showed better-than-expected mechanics and accuracy to go with his arm strength and athleticism.

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Lock had an up-and-down week. He was the best quarterback at the Senior Bowl, but he didn't look anything like the players we saw last year at that game (Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen). Lock has a big arm and can fit passes into small windows. He can make off-platform throws (sidearm) if necessary. Lock showed improved footwork when dropping back to pass but that's still something he needs to work on. Expect him to be a first-rounder and possibly a top-10 pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

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5. NFL - Jarrett Stidham moving up draft boards

Source: BleacherReport.com - Matt Miller

Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham was characterized as a possible late first-round selection by three talent evaluators following his work in practice at the Senior Bowl, according to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller.

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Stidham was solid yet unspectacular during the week of practice in Mobile. He did not stand out with his bad play and generally looked comfortable throughout the process. Stidham also seemed to improve as the week went on. He could sneak into the late first round or early second round of the 2019 NFL draft.

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6. NFL - Daniel Jones fails to impress

Source: ESPN - Todd McShay

Duke QB Daniel Jones had issues handling snaps during Senior Bowl practices, and Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden criticized the lack of command Jones had in the huddle. Todd McShay of ESPN said Jones 'did not look like a first-rounder.'

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Jones had a tough time in Mobile. He certainly didn't look like the first-round pick many had projected him to be. Jones struggled with the center/quarterback exchange and must have fumbled five or so snaps during the week. He also struggled to make quick decisions with the football and telegraphed a couple of interceptions. He still has upside as a pro...but looks to be more of a project than some originally thought.

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7. NFL - Penny Hart's stock on the rise

Source: ESPN - Todd McShay

Georgia State WR Penny Hart was 'lightning quick' during Senior Bowl practices, according to ESPN's Todd McShay, and McShay believes Hart may have worked his way into the Day 2 conversation of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Hart has done a great job during the week of practice for the Senior Bowl. His quickness helps him beat any sort of coverage thrown at him, and Hart's speed helps him get downfield in a hurry. He came into the game from a small school and proved he could beat some of the best defensive players entering the draft. He's a mid-round pick in the draft.

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8. NYG - RB Saquon Barkley eyeing big plays

Source: NFL.com - Herbie Teope

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley said he left 'so many' big plays on the field in 2018. 'You're going to leave plays on the field, but you can learn from it and you can get better,' Barkley said.

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Barkley had a long run of 78 yards in 2018, the 5th-longest carry of the season. He's got the big play ability anytime he touches the ball and is certainly the centerpiece of the Giants offense going forward. Now they just need to upgrade the weapons around him, specifically at the quarterback position.

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9. NYJ - RB Elijah McGuire made most of injury

Source: NewYorkJets.com - Ethan Greenberg

New York Jets RB Elijah McGuire said he used the time he missed with a foot injury at the start of the 2018 season to log 'mental reps' in the film room, which helped him become a better blocker and better understand what opposing defenses are trying to do.

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McGuire only played in eight games this year due to the foot injury. He made plays at the end of the season, scoring four TDs in the last four weeks of the regular season. He's a talented back but might be best served working in a RBBC. That's why we think the Jets will be in the market for running back help either in free agency or the 2019 NFL draft.

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10. NYJ - RB Trenton Cannon needs to slow down

Source: NewYorkJets.com - Ethan Greenberg

New York Jets RB Trenton Cannon needs to slow down and avoid 'getting ahead of his blocks,' according to RB Elijah McGuire.

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McGuire is right, Cannon is an explosive player that could use a little more patience when he runs. Cannon has speed and quickness to his game, and can be a good option as a receiver in open space. Expect the Jets (and new head coach Adam Gase) to pursue running back upgrades in free agency (C.J. Anderson?) or the 2019 NFL draft.

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11. DET - Detroit to pursue slot receivers?

Source: MLive.com - Nate Atkins

Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley and WR Tavon Austin and New England Patriots WR Cordarrelle Patterson and WR Chris Hogan could be options for the Detroit Lions in free agency, according to Nate Atkins of MLive.com. Atkins believes the Lions will want a veteran presence in the slot to pair with WR Kenny Golladay.

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Those players are all options for the Lions this offseason. They'll need a slot receiver to work underneath routes like Golden Tate used to. In fact, there is speculation that Tate might be on their radar to return in free agency after they traded him to the Eagles last season.

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12. DET - WR Marvin Jones no longer needed?

Source: MLive.com - Nate Atkins

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones could be 'expendable' this offseason because of the emergence of WR Kenny Golladay, according to Nate Atkins of MLive.com.

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Jones has a cap hit of $9.1 million in 2019 and there is still $5.3 million remaining in dead money. That's a chunk of change to swallow if the team wants to move on. Golladay has emerged but the Lions still need other weapons in the passing game. There has been some speculation that they would bring back Golden Tate in free agency this offseason.

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13. LAR - RB C.J. Anderson back on the field

Source: NESN.com - Zack Cox

Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson (illness) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 25.

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Anderson could play a large role for the Rams in the Super Bowl. He's done a fine job filling in for an injured Todd Gurley at the end of the regular season, and Anderson gives them a nice 1-2 punch now that Gurley is back in action.

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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