Footballguys #289 - 2/4 - Wrapping The 2018 Season. Sit Tight And We'll See You Soon

Volume 20, #289 -- Monday Night, February 4th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

The 2018 Season is a wrap and I say the same thing each year.

For the last 289 days, I've sent you an email every night. This is the last one for a few weeks.

You don't need to do a thing. Just sit tight. In the meantime, make sure to stay tuned to the website as we never close. If you're serious about Football, you know there's never really any "offseason".

We'll have Dynasty Content for you and new features to help make sure you remain the most informed owner in the league. You have a reputation to keep up after all.

The main message I want to get across today though is one of gratitude. We're able to do what we do because of people like you. Thank you for that. Thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family and thanks for sharing a little bit of your season with us. It's an honor.

Now let's get to some News and Notes.



A. What We Learned In 2018 - WRs
One of the big features we'll be doing this offseason is our Sigmund Bloom's "What We Learned" features. Here's a sneak preview of the WR section. The other positions will be ready shortly. We'll let you know when. Enjoy.

1. NE - WR Julian Edelman in record books

Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman became the second player in Super Bowl history to catch at least 10 passes for at least 140 yards. The other was former Patriots WR Deion Branch in 2004.

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Edelman had a big game in the Super Bowl, earning MVP honors. He'll remain a big part of the Patriots passing attack going forward. Edelman is under contract with the Patriots through the 2019 season.

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2. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson not stopping soon

Source: - Charean Williams

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson said he will be playing next season 'for sure' and believes he might have two or three years left in the tank before he retires. Peterson is currently not under contract for 2019.

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We'll see how much interest Peterson gets on the open market. He certainly resurrected his career in Washington in 2018. Peterson rushed for over 1,000 yards for the first time since 2015 and scored seven rushing touchdowns. No team will likely give him more than a one-year deal, but Peterson did prove he's still got something left as a starting back.

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3. CIN - Cincinnati names QB Zac Taylor head coach


Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor was officially named as the new head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, Feb. 4.

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The Bengals were just waiting for the Rams playoff run to be done in order to make this announcement. The Rams QB coach does have one month of experience being an offensive coordinator (five games with the Dolphins in 2015) but this is a big leap for him as the replacement for Marvin Lewis. Taylor got this job in part because of his work under Rams head coach Sean McVay. After a Super Bowl where McVay was thoroughly outcoached, this hiring of Taylor is a bit less exciting.

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4. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers avoids knee surgery

Source: - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) is expected to be able to fully participate in the team's offseason program and will not require surgery on the left knee that hindered him throughout various points of the 2018 season.

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Good news for the veteran quarterback here. The knee sprain was suffered in Week 1 and Rodgers wasn't himself for most of the 2018 season. Now that he's avoided surgery, Rodgers should be on track to participate in the offseason program. Not only is this great news for Rodgers, but it's also great news for new Packers head coach Matt LaFleur.

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5. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski hints at return

Source: Instagram

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski hinted at a return in a suggestive video on QB Tom Brady's Instagram after the Super Bowl victory Sunday, Feb. 3. The video shows Gronkowski weighing his options and Brady nodding his head to return before Gronkowski appears to agree with 'to be continued' afterwards.

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This debate and discussion about Gronkowski could go on for quite some time. The veteran tight end has dealt with various injuries throughout his pro career, but he can still be a weapon as a pass-catcher and is a great blocker. Gronkowski is under contract with the Patriots through the 2019 season. He's got a cap hit of $11.8 million in 2019 with just $2 million remaining in dead money.

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6. MIA - Brian Flores deal done with Miami

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating an earlier report, New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores will have a 4 p.m. press conference to be introduced as the Miami Dolphins' head coach.

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The Dolphins just had to wait for the Patriots playoff run to end before they could make the hiring of Flores official. Flores is coming off a Super Bowl victory where his defense pretty much dismantled and disgruntled the Rams offense. There's a lot to do with the Dolphins in order to make them contenders and it seems like the team is going to tank in 2019 so they can get a better draft pick (for a quarterback) in 2020.

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And that wraps it up for this season.

As I said earlier, stay tuned to the site and we'll keep you updated with all we're doing. You don't need to do a thing - we'll reach out in a few weeks when we have more info to catch you up with.

Thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family. It's an honor for us that you'd share your season. Thank you.

Peace and Grace to you,

Joe and David

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