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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #135 • Aug. 30th, 2020


TEN DAYS Till Kickoff. Here's Why We're Excited...


Howdy Folks,

Good Monday to you. I hope you crushed your drafts this weekend as we start rolling this week towards the biggest drafting weekend of the year by a long shot.

It's TEN DAYS until the regular season kicks off. Sigmund Bloom has 100 reasons why he can't wait. And neither can I.

Plus Jason Wood weighs in on some players people don't agree on. And News and Notes and more. Let's do this.

J

SITE NEWS

A. 100 Reasons To Be Excited About Week 1
NFL Regular Season Football starts in TEN DAYS. Sigmund Bloom has 100 reasons to be excited.

B. 6 Divisive Quarterbacks, and When to Draft Them
Jason Wood dives into 6 quarterback situations where our experts have a wide-range of opinions, and how you should handle them on draft day.

C. 6 Divisive Early-Round Running Backs, and When to Draft Them
Jason Wood dives into 6 early-round running back situations where our experts have a wide-range of opinions, and how you should handle them on draft day.

D. 10 Divisive Early-Round Receivers, and When to Draft Them
Jason Wood dives into 10 early-round wide receiver situations where our experts have a wide-range of opinions, and how you should handle them on draft day.

E. 5 Divisive Tight Ends, and When to Draft Them
Jason Wood dives into 5 tight end situations where our experts have a wide-range of opinions, and how you should handle them on draft day.


1. PHI - QB Carson Wentz day-to-day

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (lower body) is considered day-to-day because of a lower body injury. It is believed to be a minor soft tissue injury and the team is holding him out of practice Sunday, Aug. 30, for precautionary reasons.

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This is hopefully truly minor, but with the Eagles rash of injuries lately, it is unwelcome news. We'll judge the final concern level in Week 1 by his practice participation.

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2. LAC - S Derwin James leaves practice

Source: The Athletic - Daniel Popper

Los Angeles Chargers S Derwin James (undisclosed) left practice early Sunday, Aug. 30, after suffering an undisclosed injury.

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James ended up having a meniscus injury that will cost him significant time. The Chargers could use Desmond King or Nasir Adderley in his spot from in-house options, or look to Earl Thomas, who is well-versed in defensive coordinator Gus Bradley's system from their time together in Seattle.

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3. PHI - Jalen Reagor to miss a few weeks

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Drew Davison

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor (shoulder) has a small tear in his labrum and will miss at least Week 1 of the regular season, according to a source. He will not need surgery to repair the injury and his status for Week 2 is uncertain.

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Reagor won't be startable until we see him on the field without any reinjury for one week, so probably not until Week 4 at the earliest. He was mostly being drafted on upside, but it does give DeSean Jackson, Zach Ertz, and Dallas Goedert more room to make an early impact, and opens the door for JJ Arcega-Whiteside redemption.

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4. TB - RB Ronald Jones back on field

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (foot) participated in practice Sunday, Aug. 30.

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This is a good sign that the injury truly was minor. Jones will start the year as the Bucs #1 back and have a chance to hit his fantasy ceiling if he plays well, especially in the passing game.

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5. LAR - WR Cooper Kupp has minor injury

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (ankle) suffered a sprained ankle during the team's scrimmage Sunday, Aug. 30, but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, according to a source. Kupp likely will not practice much this week.

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It is reportedly a low ankle sprain, which shouldn't affect him during the regular season, but if it does, second round pick Van Jefferson appears to be ready for prime time.

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6. PHI - Lane Johnson day-to-day

Source: NFL.com

Philadelphia Eagles OT Lane Johnson (lower body) is considered day-to-day because of a lower body injury, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

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The Eagles can't afford any more injuries on the offensive line. We'll look to see if Johnson gets full practices in leading up to the season opener against Washington.

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7. BUF - Zack Moss limited Sunday

Source: ESPN.com - Marcel Louis-Jacques

Buffalo Bills RB Zack Moss (neck) wore a non-contact jersey during practice Sunday, Aug. 30.

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It's good that Moss was out there on the field, but neck issues can be tricky, so if this keeps him on the injury report or resurfaces during the season, it could be problematic. Don't throw away your Devin Singletary shares yet, but keep Moss on your undervalued player list.

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8. NYJ - Denzel Mims not practicing

Source: ESPN.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Denzel Mims (hamstring) is not participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 30.

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The window on Mims having an early season impact has closed and perhaps even for this season, considering how the Jets will be on the low end of offensive efficiency. He's only a dynasty hold right now.

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9. SF - TE George Kittle sits again

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (hamstring) did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 30.

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Kittle is a warrior, playing through a torn labrum for over a year, but we'll watch this to see if it threatens his availability or effectiveness for Week 1, with Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel also questionable at best. The 49ers passing game could be very limited against Arizona in the opener. Chances are this is just precautionary, but we want to see practice participation leading into Week 1 to confirm that.

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10. LAR - S Taylor Rapp set to return

Source: The Athletic - Jourdan Rodrigue

Los Angeles Rams S Taylor Rapp (knee) is expected to return to practice Monday, Aug. 31, according to head coach Sean McVay.

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Rapp is going to play in the box a lot and could benefit on the stat sheet from the inexperience at inside linebacker. We'll watch his practice participation leading up to the season opener against Dallas.

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11. DEN - ILB Mark Barron joining Denver

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent LB Mark Barron (Steelers) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos Sunday, Aug. 30, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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This could be related to injuries to Todd Davis and Justin Strnad. Barron is best-suited for passing down play at this point.

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12. NYJ - La'Mical Perine to undergo MRI

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Jets RB La'Mical Perine (ankle) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his injured ankle.

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Perine was carted off, leaving the Jets with just two healthy running backs. They could bring back UDFA Pete Guerriero, a speed back from Monmouth that they recently released.

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13. BUF - No practice for WR Stefon Diggs

Source: ESPN.com - Marcel Louis-Jacques

Buffalo Bills WR Stefon Diggs (back) did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 30.

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This is probably a minor issue, but if Diggs misses any time, the values of John Brown and Cole Beasley change significantly, so if this comes up again during the season, we'll remember that it was a pre-existing problem.

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14. MIN - WR Adam Thielen receives day off

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Ben Goessling

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen received the day off from practice Sunday, Aug. 30.

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Thielen might have the highest target total in the league this year. The Vikings would be wise to make sure he's healthy for Week 1 against Green Bay.

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15. CLE - CB Greedy Williams still not ready

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns CB Greedy Williams (shoulder) missed his fifth straight practice Sunday, Aug. 30.

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Terrance Mitchell might be next man up with Kevin Johnson sidelined by a liver issue. Mitchell has also been banged up this summer. The Browns also lost Grant Delpit for the year, so they need help in the secondary heading into the season opener against Baltimore.

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16. PHI - Jason Peters staying at OG for now

Source: The Athletic - Zach Berman

Philadelphia Eagles OT Jason Peters worked at right guard with first-team offense during practice Sunday, Aug. 30.

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Peters wants a raise if he is going to play left tackle and it appears the Eagles are not going to give into his demands. Matt Pryor, Jack Driscoll, and Jordan Mailata are options at left tackle if Peters stays at right guard.

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17. NYJ - S Marcus Maye leaves practice early

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Jets S Marcus Maye (calf) left practice early Sunday, Aug. 30, because of calf tightness.

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Maye was in a crucial role with Jamal Adams traded away right before camp and he was having a great summer. Maye was headed for a big leap in IDP value, so hopefully this is a minor issue.

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18. NYJ - WR Breshad Perriman still sidelined

Source: ESPN.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Breshad Perriman (knee) is not participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 30.

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Perriman's knee has been swelling which harkens back to his Ravens days of constantly being on the injury report. He'll be the #1 outside receiver by default when he's on the field, but this dims some of his late round appeal.

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19. CLE - Cleveland interested in CB Logan Ryan

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Free-agent CB Logan Ryan (Titans) is receiving interest from the Cleveland Browns, according to a source.

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Ryan would match up against Juju Smith-Schuster and Tyler Boyd twice a year in an improvement to the Browns secondary. He should get signed somewhere soon.

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20. NFL - Ja'Marr Chase opting out of college season

Source: CBSSports.com - Dennis Dodd

Louisiana State WR Ja'Marr Chase has informed the team that he will be opting out of the 2020 college football season and plans to enter the 2021 NFL Draft, according to sources.

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Chase is the #1 college receiver in dynasty fantasy leagues that allow you roster college players. He is preserving his draft stock and should be a first round pick in 2021.

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21. HOU - ILB Zach Cunningham agrees to extension

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero

Houston Texans LB Zach Cunningham agreed to a multi-year contract extension Sunday, Aug. 30, that is worth $14.5 million per season, according to sources.

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Cunningham signed above what any off-ball linebacker signed this offseason. He's an important piece of the Texans defense, but if the cap number isn't much above the 175 million dollar floor, it's possible that they overpaid a bit for him.

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22. CHI - PK Eddy Pineiro sidelined with groin injury

Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Jason Lieser

Chicago Bears PK Eddy Pineiro (groin) was not seen attempting any field goals during the first two weeks of practice due to a groin injury. He was in uniform for the team's scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 29, but did not kick.

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Cairo Santos, once a Bears for the Bears, is back again, and he could start vs. Detroit Week 1 if Pineiro isn't ready. Either way, it appears the kicker drama in Chicago is back.

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23. MIN - DE Yannick Ngakoue acquired from Jacksonville

Source: 1 No Source

The Minnesota Vikings acquired DE Yannick Ngakoue from the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Aug. 30, in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2022, according to multiple sources. He will rework his one-year, $17.788 million franchise tender to complete the deal. The fifth-round pick can become a fourth-round pick if Ngakoue is a first-ballot Pro Bowl selection or a third-round pick if the Vikings win the Super Bowl in addition to Ngakoue becoming a first-ballot Pro Bowler.

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Ngakoue will team up with Danielle Hunter to make one of the best pass rush duos in the league. Ifeadi Odenigbo will move to backup end but could also get significant snaps or even start at defensive tackle to help preserve some of his fantasy value. The Jaguars have two picks in the first and second rounds next year.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J