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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #262 • Jan. 4th, 2021


Take Your Shot At Postseason Glory - Plus News And Notes

Howdy Folks,

And we're into the postseason. I'm loving how the league has a tripleheader on Saturday and Sunday. And make sure to grab your teams for the Footballguys Playoff Challenge. Just $35 per team for your shot at postseason glory.

Plus we've got some News and Notes so let's go.

J


1. JAX - Doug Marrone fired

Source: Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone was fired Monday, Jan. 4.

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Zero surprise here. Marrone failed to find a quarterback and the team didn't have much success with him outside of a run to the AFC Championship (with Blake Bortles at quarterback) in 2017. The Jaguars are reportedly interested in Urban Meyer as their next head coach. They have the no.1 overall pick and $100 million in cap space to help turn things around in 2021 and beyond.

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2. LAC - Anthony Lynn let go

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn was fired Monday, Jan. 4.

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Lynn had a 33-31 record with the Chargers during the regular season and made one trip to the postseason with them in four years. The team regularly lost games late under Lynn and that's what cost him his job even though the team has a young rising star in QB Justin Herbert. With the assets on both sides of the ball, and Herbert at quarterback, the Chargers will be quite the attractive destination for a new head coach.

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3. CIN - QB Zac Taylor staying

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor will remain as head coach in 2021.

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That sounds about right. Taylor gets another year with QB Joe Burrow and we'll see if the team can start fast and finish strong in the competitive AFC North. The Bengals have plenty of offensive talent like Burrow, RB Joe Mixon and WRs Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. The team needs to build a better offensive line and continue to add talent on defense as well.

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4. NO - RB Alvin Kamara likely back

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (illness) is likely to be back for the Wild Card round of the playoffs against the Chicago Bears.

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Kamara has to stay quarantined through Saturday. The Saints play on Sunday in the Wild Card Round and Saints coach Sean Payton has said that Kamara does not need to practice in order to play. He's a true game-time decision.

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5. NO - WR Michael Thomas likely back

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) is likely to be back for the Wild Card round of the playoffs against the Chicago Bears.

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That was the plan all along when the Saints shut Thomas down for the rest of the regular season. When Thomas was put on Injured Reserve with three weeks left, the idea was that he would be close to 100 percent by the time the postseason rolled around.

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6. PHI - QB Carson Wentz likely to stay

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz is likely to remain with the team as general manager Howie Roseman said he couldn't envision the team without him.

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Wentz may want a trade but he's got a challenging contract. He is under contract through the 2024 season and carries at least $6 million in dead cap money every year until the deal runs out. The Eagles made Wentz a healthy scratch in the season finale, so the team may have to do some salary cap gymnastics to get rid of him and move forward with Jalen Hurts or someone else at quarterback.

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7. LAR - QB Jared Goff iffy for playoff game

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff (thumb) hasn't been ruled out for the playoff game Saturday, Jan. 9, but it's going to be challenging to return 12 days after thumb surgery.

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The Rams were originally optimistic that Goff would be able to go in the Wild Card Round after missing Week 17. John Wolford would get another start if Goff can't go on Saturday. It will be 12 days since his surgery when the Rams play the Seahawks and we'll know more about Goff's status later in the week.

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8. JAX - More on Jacksonville's pursuit of Urban Meyer

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Updating a previous report, former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer appears to be interested in becoming the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but a league source reported Monday, Jan. 4, that Meyer will reportedly seek $12 million per year if he does so.

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The Jaguars have an interesting situation this offseason as they may be the most desirable destination. They have a spot open at head coach, general manager, the no.1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft and $100 million in cap space.

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9. DEN - Denver looking for new GM

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Denver Broncos general manager and president of football operations John Elway announced Monday, Jan. 4, that he intends to take on an elevated role within the organization. Elway is expected to remain the president of football operations but give up his title as the general manager.

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Elway is stepping up in the organization and will help choose the new General Manager. His first draft pick as GM of the Broncos was a future Hall of Famer in LB Von Miller, and Elway did put together a team with Peyton Manning that went to two Super Bowls in four years with one championship. Since that victory in Super Bowl 50 it's been all downhill for the Broncos. We'll see what the new GM thinks of QB Drew Lock but this move by Elway, Lock's biggest supporter, has to be seen as potentially bad news for the young passer.

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10. NYG - NYG ink 13 to futures deals

Source: Giants.com

New York Giants WR Alex Bachman, LB Trent Harris, DB Montre Hartage, CB Jarren Williams, QB Alex Tanney, CB Quincy Wilson, LS Carson Tinker, OG Kenny Wiggins, TE Rysen John, RB Taquan Mizzell, DT David Moa, OG Chad Slade and QB Clayton Thorson were signed to futures deals Monday, Jan. 4.

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Look for Alex Tanney trick shot videos on YouTube, trust us you will not be disappointed. However, don't keep Tanney on your roster even in the deepest of deep dynasty formats.

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11. CHI - Darnell Mooney injures ankle

Source: The Associated Press

Chicago Bears WR Darnell Mooney (ankle) suffered an ankle injury against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Jan. 3, and did not return.

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Ankle injuries are problematic for receivers, especially ones with elite speed like Mooney. His status for the team's Wild Card matchup with the New Orleans Saints is uncertain.

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12. LVR - RB Josh Jacobs charged with DUI

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Gutierrez

Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs was arrested for driving under the influence following a single-vehicle collision early in the morning of Monday, Jan. 4.

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The Raiders didn't make the playoffs, and the legal process now has to take its course. That means fines and a potential suspension are coming for the Raiders starter.

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13. BUF - WR Kenny Stills lands with Bills

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Free-agent WR Kenny Stills (Texans) signed with the Buffalo Bills' practice squad Monday, Jan. 4.

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The Bills need help at the wide receiver position with Cole Beasley banged up. If Beasley can't play on Saturday against the Colts, then Stills could get the call up to the active roster.

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14. DEN - Denver signs 10 to futures deals

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Aric DiLalla

Denver Broncos practice squad OT Quinn Bailey, OT Darrin Paulo, WR Trinity Benson, WR Fred Brown, WR Kendall Hinton, CB Chris Cooper, RB Jeremy Cox, RB Damarea Crockett, TE Jordan Leggett and DT Deyon Sizer signed Reserve/Future contracts with the Broncos Monday, Jan. 4. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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Fred Brown has flashed a bit here and there during his time with the Broncos. That's worth monitoring but only in the deepest of deep dynasty formats.

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15. NYJ - Nine sign futures deals with Jets

Source: NewYorkJets.com - Ethan Greenberg

Free-agent TE Connor Davis, LB Noah Dawkins, PK Sam Ficken, RB Peter Guerriero, CB Zane Lewis, WR Joshua Malone, WR DJ Montgomery, WR Jaleel Scott and QB Mike White signed Reserve/Future contracts with the New York Jets Monday, Jan. 4. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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Jaleel Scott is a player we'll continue to monitor but only in crazy deep dynasty formats. He's a big-bodied receiver who can make plays with his wingspan and strength.

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16. CAR - Carolina adds 14 to offseason roster

Source: Panthers.com - Will Bryan

Carolina Panthers LBs Daniel Bituli and Chris Orr, OGs Mike Horton and Aaron Monteiro, WRs Ventell Bryant, Amara Darboh, Ishmael Hyman and Marken Michel, C Sam Tecklenburg, DB Sean Chandler, LB Clay Johnston, DT Mike Panasiuk, TE Giovanni Ricci and PK Lirim Hajrullahu were signed to futures deals Monday, Jan. 4.

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Ventell Bryant had some late-round buzz when he entered the NFL draft in 2019, but he fell undrafted and has bounced around the league a bit. He played at Temple under Panthers head coach Matt Rhule, so it makes sense he would get a spot to prove himself with the Panthers.

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17. MIN - Justin Jefferson breaks rookie record

Source: The Associated Press

Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson broke the Super Bowl era record for receiving yards by a rookie with 1,379. The record was previously held by then-Arizona Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin, who had 1,377 receiving yards in 2003. Bill Groman of the Houston Oilers still holds the NFL record with 1,473 yards back in 1960.

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Jefferson had a magnificent rookie season, and he certainly showed why the Vikings drafted him in the first round (with the pick they traded away Stefon Diggs for). He's got a bright upside in the NFL as he continues to develop his pro game. Jefferson is looking to be a late first- or early second-round pick in fantasy drafts this summer.

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18. PHI - Nine ink futures deals with Philadelphia

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com - Chris McPherson

Philadelphia Eagles WR Deontay Burnett, TE Hakeem Butler, S Blake Countess, DT Treyvon Hester, CB Lavert Hill, RB Elijah Holyfield, CB Jameson Houston, DE Matt Leo and DE Joe Ostman were signed to futures contract Monday, Jan. 4.

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Deontay Burnett has been a training camp star for a couple of seasons. That's worth noting for Fantasy GMs but only in crazy deep dynasty formats.

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19. SF - San Francisco announces several futures deals

Source: The Athletic - Matt Barrows

San Francisco 49ers CB Adonis Alexander, DL Josiah Coatney, S Chris Edwards, LB Jonas Griffith, DL Daeshon Hall, CB Tim Harris Jr., FB Josh Hokit, WR Jauan Jennings, WR Austin Proehl, OL Dakoda Shepley, WR Kevin White and OL Isaiah Williams were signed to futures deals Monday, Jan. 4.

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Jauan Jennings was a player we appreciated during his time in college at the University of Tennessee. He's got a nice size/speed combination and was known for making defenders miss with the Volunteers. We'll continue monitoring Jennings but only in deep dynasty formats.

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20. BUF - WR Cole Beasley unlikely to go in Wild Card round

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills WR Cole Beasley (knee) is 'still working his way back' and remains week-to-week, according to comments made by head coach Sean McDermott on Monday, Jan. 4.

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There's a reason why the Bills added WR Kenny Stills to their practice squad. If Beasley isn't able to go in the Wild Card Round, then Stills could be activated and produce in a limited role. Without Beasley, we should see more targets for WRs Stefon Diggs and John Brown plus a couple of extra looks for TE Dawson Knox.

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21. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery, DT Malik Jackson get restructured deals

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery and DL Malik Jackson agreed to restructured contracts Monday, Jan. 4. Financial terms of the deals were not immediately disclosed.

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The duo had to take paycuts or risk getting released. No numbers are available as of right now, but reports indicate Jeffery is taking a massive cut from his $12.7 million salary.

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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,

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