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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #263 • Jan. 5th, 2021


News And Notes From Around The League

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J


1. CLE - Kevin Stefanski tests positive

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, two other coaches and two players tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday, Jan. 5.

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The Browns play on Sunday against the Steelers. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer would serve as head coach if Stefanski is forced to miss the playoff game.

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2. WAS - Antonio Gibson sits out Tuesday

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Washington Football Team RB Antonio Gibson (toe) did not participate in the team's walk-through Tuesday, Jan. 5.

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Toe injuries linger and Gibson didn't look like himself in Week 17. Washington will be wise and limit him during the week of practice. Gibson has a tough matchup against the Buccaneers in the Wild Card Round.

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3. NYJ - RB Frank Gore open to playing

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

New York Jets impending free-agent RB Frank Gore said he's open to playing in 2021 in the right situation.

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We hope to see Gore back in the NFL next season. He can still play and still produce as a battering ram who plays running back. It would be cool to see Gore play long enough for his son, Frank Gore Jr., make it to the NFL in a couple of years.

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4. IND - Indy signs two to future deals

Source: Colts.com

Free-agent S Nick Nelson (Raiders) and TE Jordan Thomas (Patriots) were signed to Reserve/Future contracts by the Indianapolis Colts Tuesday, Jan. 5.

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Thomas is a player we'll still monitor in crazy deep dynasty formats. He's a converted wide receiver and a huge target. He's bounced around the league a little bit but that skill set makes him intriguing.

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5. TB - DNP for WR Mike Evans on Tuesday

Source: 1 No Source

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (knee) was spotted on the field but did not officially practice Tuesday, Jan. 5.

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Evans has what is being called a hyper-extended knee. The Buccaneers are in a Super Bowl window and might risk holding Evans out of action for the Wild Card Round in order to get him closer to full strength.

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6. PIT - Joshua Dobbs could see some time

Source: NFL Network - Aditi Kinkhabwala

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Joshua Dobbs could be activated for the AFC Wild Card game this week, according to comments made by head coach Mike Tomlin, who insinuated Dobbs could serve as the backup quarterback against the Cleveland Browns instead of Mason Rudolph.

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The Steelers don't have a great backup in Rudolph. It's no surprise they would be considering a move to Dobbs as the no.2 behind Ben Roethlisberger.

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7. WAS - DNP for WR Terry McLaurin on Tuesday

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Washington Football Team WR Terry McLaurin (ankle) did not participate in the team's walk-through Tuesday, Jan. 5.

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McLaurin was able to play in Week 17, so the team will take it easy on him during the week of practice. He should be ready for the Wild Card Round and we'll know more about his status later in the week.

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8. JAX - Eric Bieniemy to interview with JAX

Source: JosinaMedia.com - Josina Anderson

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is working on scheduling an interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday, Jan. 5.

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Bieniemy may be the hottest head-coaching candidate out there. The Jaguars may be the hottest destination this offseason as they have the no.1 overall pick (hello Trevor Lawrence!) and $100 million in cap space.

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9. WAS - Washington may play two QBs vs. Tampa Bay

Source: The Washington Post - Sam Fortier

Washington Football Team QBs Alex Smith and Taylor Heinicke could rotate in some form or fashion in the NFC Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

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Heinicke was thrust into action in Week 16 and looked good in relief of Dwayne Haskins. Smith started and played in Week 17 going for two touchdowns and two interceptions. Going with two quarterbacks would be an interesting strategy, especially against a ferocious front seven like the Buccaneers have.

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10. DEN - QB Drew Lock receives tepid endorsement

Source: DNVR Sports - Andrew Mason

Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock 'can be' the team's starting quarterback in 2021, according to head coach Vic Fangio, who noted Lock will 'have to improve.'

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Lock improved slightly as the year went on but he regularly was one of the worst quarterbacks in the league, so even average play was an upgrade. A new general manager will have to decide what caliber of competition to bring in this offseason. John Elway stepped away as the GM and he was Lock's biggest supporter. There's a reason why Fangio is rather lukewarm when talking about the young QB.

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11. MIA - Tua Tagovailoa locked in as 2021 starter

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa will remain the team's starting quarterback, according to general manager Chris Greer, who reiterated Tuesday, Jan. 5, that the organization is 'happy with his development.'

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Tagovailoa had an up-and-down rookie season. He certainly showed flashes of a franchise quarterback and looks to have tremendous upside. The Dolphins dealt with a lot of injuries this year to the players around Tagovailoa and that caused some of his struggles. We're excited to see what his future holds in the NFL.

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12. BUF - WR Stefon Diggs dealing with oblique injury

Source: Buffalo Bills PR

Buffalo Bills WR Stefon Diggs (oblique) was limited in practice Tuesday, Jan. 5.

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Diggs is going to be limited in practice this week so he can be as close to 100 percent as possible before the Wild Card Round. The Bills won't have Cole Beasley this weekend, so having Diggs out there is priority number one.

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13. LAR - WR Cooper Kupp expected to return Wednesday

Source: TheRams.com

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp is expected to return from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Jan. 6, according to head coach Sean McVay Tuesday, Jan. 5.

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Kupp missed Week 17 on the COVID list but he'll be out there in the Wild Card Round. The Rams need all the help they can get on offense, especially if QB Jared Goff has to miss another game.

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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