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Footballguys #283 - 1/29 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #283 -- Tuesday Night, January 29th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

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

J


1. LAR - RB Todd Gurley a big part of game plan

Source: MMQB - Albert Breer

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley will be a big part of game plan in the Super Bowl, according to head coach Sean McVay.

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Gurley has been outplayed by CJ Anderson down the stretch, and probably not strictly because of Gurley's knee injury. This could be a fluid situation as the game goes on depending on whether Gurley improves from the poor play he displayed on his handful of snaps against the Saints.

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2. LAR - RB C.J. Anderson has added 10 pounds

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

Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson said Tuesday, Jan. 29, he is now playing at 235 pounds -- up from his previous playing weight of 225.

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Anderson might not be in the best shape, but he is rested and effective. He'll see a lot of action on Sunday and has an outside shot at winning the MVP award.

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3. NE - QB Tom Brady excels vs. unfamiliar foes

Source: The Action Network - John Ewing

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is 16-1 when facing a postseason opponent he did not play earlier that season.

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The one of course is the Eagles last year. The bottom line is that Bill Belichick is a master of one-off game plans, so the Rams will have to be bold to win on Sunday.

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4. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski unsure about future

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said he is not sure if Super Bowl LIII will be the last game of his career.

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Gronkowski clearly lost something this year even if he compensated for it by contributing more as a blocker. He is certainly aware of the toll the game has taken on his body and if the Patriots win on Sunday, it would be fitting end to his career. It should be his last game as a Patriot either way.

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5. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott considering a holdout?

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott may consider skipping offseason workouts if he does not receive a contract extension this offseason, according to sources.

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Elliott sees the writing on the wall regarding running back pay in the NFL. He's smart to try to get the money he earned with strong play on a rookie contract now instead of risking a catastrophic injury that lowers what will likely be the biggest payday of his career.

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6. DAL - DeMarcus Lawrence may hold out if tagged

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent DE DeMarcus Lawrence may consider skipping offseason workouts and training camp if he receives the franchise tag again this season, according to sources.

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Lawrence played well under the tag this year and deserves to get long term security as he has been playing through back and shoulder issues for most of his career. The Cowboys should give him what he wants this offseason.

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7. WAS - Matt Cavanaugh demoted

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh was demoted to senior offensive assistant Wednesday, Jan. 29, in light of new offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell being promoted.

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O'Connell is the second former backup to Tom Brady to get a big-time NFL coaching job while Brady is preparing to play in his ninth Super Bowl.

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8. CHI - Chicago adds Mark DeLeone

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio - Adam Caplan

Former inside linebackers coach Mark DeLeone was hired by the Chicago Bears Tuesday, Jan. 29, for the same position.

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DeLeone worked on the same Chiefs staff as Bears head coach Matt Nagy for five years. He'll have the privilege of coaching Roquan Smith.

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9. MIA - Miami adding more coaches

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Former Buffalo Bills special teams coordinator Danny Crossman, former Detroit Lions quarterbacks coach George Godsey and former New York Jets wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell are expected to be hired by the Miami Dolphins, according to a source. Crossman and Dorrell will serve in the same capacity, while Godsey will serve as tight ends coach.

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Godsey has some experience on the Patriots staff and should fit in well with presumptive offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea, who he worked with 2011-13.

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10. DET - David Walker leaving Lions

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions running backs coach David Walker announced Tuesday, Jan. 29, that he will step away from coaching.

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The Lions will be looking for a new coach to groom Kerryon Johnson and figure out the best group to assemble around him as complements. Walker had stayed with the team through the replacement of Jim Caldwell with Matt Patricia.

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11. HOU - Clay Hampton hired by Houston

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Former New York Jets senior director of football operations Clay Hampton was hired by the Houston Texans Tuesday, Jan. 29, as director of football operations.

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Texans GM Brian Gaine was a tight end and scout with the Jets during Hampton's 30 run with the team that started with him as a ball boy and ended with him as senior director of football operations.

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12. MIA - Miami makes front office moves

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Former Buffalo Bills national scout Marvin Z. Allen officially joined the Miami Dolphins Tuesday, Jan. 29, as assistant general manager. The Dolphins also announced the following promotions: Ron Brockington to senior national scout, J.P. Correia to player personnel scout, Adam Engroff and Anthony Hunt to co-directors of player personnel, Brandon Shore to vice president of football administration and Matt Winston to assistant director of college scouting. They will all report to general manager Chris Grier.

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The Dolphins will likely be undergoing a team-wide rebuilding project and possibly angling for a big name college quarterback in the draft next year. This group will be doing a lot of dirty work to help turn this franchise around in the upcoming offseasons.

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13. IND - Two coaches hired by Colts

Source: Colts.com

Former Arizona Cardinals tight ends coach Jason Michael and former Denver Broncos offensive line-tackles coach Chris Strausser were hired by the Indianapolis Colts Tuesday, Jan. 29, as tight ends coach and offensive line coach, respectively.

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Michael was on the Chargers staff with Colts head coach Frank Reich in 2013 and Strausser has decades of experience as a college coach under Chris Petersen at Boise State and Washington. Reich is filling out his staff with his picks after being hired as a second-choice head coach after Josh McDaniels backed out last year after the Super Bowl.

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14. PHI - Matt Burke to join Eagles

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Former Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke is expected to join the Philadelphia Eagles as an aide to defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

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Burke was previously under Schwartz in Tennessee and Detroit, so he'll be asset to a defensive staff that will looking to bounce back from an up and down year.

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15. GB - TE Jimmy Graham should be back

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham is expected to stay in Green Bay in 2019, according to a source. He is due a $5 million roster bonus by March 15. It was previously reported that the Packers could release Graham to save the money.

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Graham's play generally ranged from mediocre to poor this year, but perhaps another year with Aaron Rodgers under a more creative offensive-minded head coach could revive his fantasy stock. He'll still be well below the optimistic ADP he had last year.

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16. HOU - ILB Brian Cushing returns as strength coach

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Retired Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing on Tuesday, Jan. 29, was hired as as a member of the team's strength and conditioning staff and also will assist the defensive coaching staff.

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This is an interesting hire considering Cushing's history with strength and conditioning, but it certainly helps to have a former player who has experience with some of the current starters.

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17. CIN - WR A.J. Green ready to shed walking boot

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Fletcher Page

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) said Tuesday, Jan. 29, that he hopes to be out of his walking boot in a week as he recovers from his December toe surgery. Green's recovery was estimated to be at least a four-month process when he had surgery , and he said he'll be ready when it counts. 'Whenever the first game is I'll be 100 percent,' he said. 'The first regular season game.'

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Green should be fine for the open of the season and he could even see some action in OTAs. He'll still look like a slam dunk in the second round of drafts.

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18. BAL - David Culley joins Baltimore staff

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

David Culley (Bills) was hired Tuesday, Jan. 29, as the Baltimore Ravens' assistant head coach/wide receivers coach and passing coordinator.

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Greg Roman was promoted to offensive coordinator, but Culley also got a promotion here from his quarterback coach position with Buffalo. The Bills will be looking for a new mentor for Josh Allen while Culley rejoins Harbaugh after the long time they have spent together under Andy Reid with the Eagles in past jobs.

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19. IND - Mark Glowinski signs extension

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent OG Mark Glowinski signed a three-year, $18 million extension Tuesday, Jan. 29.

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The Colts got a terrific deal by signing Glowinski before he hit free agency. He's a former fourth round pick by Seattle that the Colts got on waivers last year. Their offensive line will have continuity next year and the guard market just got thinner.

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20. CAR - TE Chris Manhertz signs with Panthers

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Carolina Panthers impending free-agent TE Chris Manhertz agreed to a two-year deal, according to agent Sean Stellato. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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Manhertz is a strong blocking tight end and rookie Ian Thomas showed he can handle the work in the receiving game when Greg Olsen went out last year. The Panthers are set at tight end for now.

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21. HOU - WR Demaryius Thomas may be cap casualty

Source: Spotrac.com

Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas is a candidate to be released this offseason since the Texans would save $14 million in salary cap space if he is released, according to Spotrac.com.

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Thomas should be released unless he takes a big pay cut and he might be waiting until the preseason to be signed as he comes back from an achilles rupture. His useful fantasy days could be over.

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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