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Volume 22, #272 -- Thursday Night, January 14th, 2021
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1. JAX - Urban Meyer near deal with Jaguars

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero

Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is closing in on a contract to be the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, Jan. 14.

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Jaguars owner Shad Khan has been targeting Meyer for some time. He'll take over a team with the no.1 overall pick and $100 million in cap space. That makes the Jaguars a team who could get into playoff contention quickly, especially with a coach like Meyer running the show.

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2. TB - RB Ronald Jones practicing

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (quadriceps, thumb) was spotted at practice Thursday, Jan. 14.

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He was wearing a brace on his surgically repaired thumb. It's a good sign for Jones ahead of the Divisional Round contest against the Saints. If Jones is a late scratch for any reason, then Leonard Fournette would be back as the main ball-carrier.

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3. LAR - QB Jared Goff to start playoff game

Source: NFL Network - Steve Wyche

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff (thumb) will start Saturday, Jan. 16, in the divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, Rams head coach Sean McVay said Thursday. Blake Bortles will serve as the backup.

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Zero surprise here. Goff was able to come off the bench in the Wild Card Round and lead the Rams to victory over Seattle even though he's not 100 percent healthy. Expect the Rams to limit their passing game and try to hit the Packers with RB Cam Akers early and often if they can.

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4. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky on his way out?

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky may not be in the team's plans for 2021, in the opinion of ESPN's Jeff Dickerson, who noted that GM Ryan Pace declined to say the team would try to re-sign Trubisky during a press conference on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Pace instead said that the Bears 'need more out of the position,' and that 'everything is on the table' for next season.

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A first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft (taken before Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes) is set to be a free agent because the Bears declined his fifth-year option. We doubt Trubisky returns to the Bears. Sure, the team went to the playoffs only to get predictably bounced in the Wild Card Round but that doesn't mean Trubisky is the answer. The Bears will look for a new quarterback this offseason.

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5. KC - Clyde Edwards-Helaire ahead of schedule

Source: The Athletic - Nate Taylor

Kansas City Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip) is a little bit ahead of schedule in returning from a Week 15 ankle injury, according to head coach Andy Reid.

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Edwards-Helaire is trying to get out there for the Divisional Round game against the Browns on Sunday. The rookie first-round pick went down with this hip injury in Week 15 and has been on the road to recovery ever since. The Chiefs are limiting his reps in practice in an effort to have him as close to full strength as possible.

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6. CHI - RB Tarik Cohen update

Source: The Athletic - Kevin Fishbain

Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace indicated he is 'hopeful' that RB Tarik Cohen (knee) will be ready for training camp.

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Cohen tore his ACL in September and missed the remainder of the 2020 season. It will be interesting to see how he's utilized upon his return. Yes, he's a nice change-of-pace back but starter David Montgomery seemed to thrive with a larger role once Cohen went down. Getting Cohen out there as a receiving back will reduce the production and fantasy potential of Montgomery in 2021. Stay tuned.

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7. PIT - Randy Fichtner let go

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner won't return in 2021.

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Fichtner was promoted from quarterbacks coach to OC back in 2018, replacing the ever-grouchy Todd Haley. He worked well with Roethlisberger that year but in 2019 the veteran quarterback was hurt and in 2020 it just looked like Roethlisberger was done. The Steelers offense will look different in 2021 and Fichtner won't have a problem finding a new gig, likely as a QB coach, somewhere else.

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8. WAS - Alabama foursome going pro

Source: AL.com - Mike Rodak

University of Alabama QB Mac Jones, WR Jaylen Waddle, CB Patrick Surtain II and DL Christian Barmore announced their intention to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday, Jan. 14.

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Jones is an efficient passer who used short passing (and incredible weapons) to move the ball. He's likely a second-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft. Waddle is one of the best receivers in this class and could be a top-12 pick. Surtain is likely a top-10 pick as he's arguably the no.1 corner in this class. Barmore is seen as a top-25 pick and an absolute beast in the middle of the defensive line.

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9. DET - Brad Holmes set to be new GM

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Los Angeles Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes is expected to be hired Thursday, Jan. 14, as the Detroit Lions' new general manger, per source. The two sides are finalizing a multi-year deal.

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Holmes worked his way up from a PR intern with the Rams in 2003 to the new Lions GM in 2021. His ability to implement analytics and technology into his scouting routine made him a standout candidate according to Lions team president Rod Wood. We're likely to see Holmes find a new quarterback this offseason as there is plenty of buzz that the Lions will look to trade long-time starter Matthew Stafford.

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10. IND - Phillip Rivers has GM's backing

Source: The Athletic - Stephen Holder

Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers met with the general manager Chris Ballard for an hour earlier this week, Ballard said Thursday, Jan. 14, as Rivers heads into the offseason pondering his future. 'Do I think Philip can still play? Absolutely,' Ballard said. 'He's going to take some time, and we're going to take some time. We'll meet again in about a month.'

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Unlike his draft classmate Ben Roethlisberger, Rivers did not look washed up this season. The Colts are looking for a young franchise quarterback to take over but bringing back Rivers for one more go would make sense.

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11. CLE - TE David Njoku out again Thursday

Source: Around The NFL

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (hamstring) won't practice Thursday, Jan. 14, but is making progress, head coach Kevin Stefanski said.

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The Browns have plenty of options if Njoku can't go on Sunday against the Chiefs. We'll see more Austin Hooper and rookie Harrison Bryant in the Divisional Round if Njoku can't play.

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12. WAS - Washington reaches out to JoJo Wooden

Source: The Washington Post - Nicki Jhabvala

Los Angeles Chargers director of player personnel JoJo Wooden received a request from the Washington Football Team to interview for their general manager vacancy on Thursday, Jan. 14.

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Washington is trying to find a GM who will fit with head coach Ron Rivera. Wooden spent 16 years with the Jets before joining the Chargers in 2013. He oversees the Chargers pro and college scouting departments.

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13. DEN - RB Melvin Gordon pleads not guilty

Source: Denver7 Sports - Troy Renck

Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon's attorneys on Thursday, Jan. 14, in virtual court entered a not guilty plea to a DUI charge last Oct. 14 in Denver. Gordon's next hearing is a disposition on Feb 24.

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Gordon is facing a three-game suspension from the league if found guilty. He's the Broncos lead back and the team may be moving on from RFA Phillip Lindsay in 2021. We'll see what is next for Gordon after his disposition in late February.

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14. IND - RB Marlon Mack likely leaving Indy

Source: The Herald Bulletin - George Bremer

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (Achilles) 'deserves a good contract,' Colts general manager Chris Ballard said Thursday, Jan. 14, but added that he doesn't know if the team will be in position to offer the pending free agent one this offseason.

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Mack appeared in one game in 2020, the season opener, before going down with this injury. It's an unfortunate way for his season with the Colts, and likely time with the Colts, to end. Mack has talent but coming off this major injury is going to negatively impact his free agent market.

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15. SF - WR Travis Benjamin plans to rejoin team

Source: The Athletic - Matt Barrows

San Francisco 49ers WR Travis Benjamin is 'eager' to rejoin the team once the offseason program begins, according to The Athletic's Matt Barrows. Benjamin opted out of the 2020 season.

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Benjamin is a seasoned veteran with speed to burn but there's not much fantasy value there with his game. He might be hard-pressed to make the 53-man roster.

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16. WAS - Nick Polk in running for Washington GM job

Source: The Washington Post - Nicki Jhabvala

Atlanta Falcons director of football operations Nick X. Polk received a request from the Washington Football Team to interview for their general manager vacancy on Thursday, Jan. 14.

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Polk has worked diligently for over a decade in his current role with the Falcons. He helped former General Manager Thomas Dimitroff on contract negotiations and salary cap management in Atlanta.

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17. SEA - Seattle interested in Pep Hamilton as OC?

Source: JosinaMedia.com - Josina Anderson

The Seattle Seahawks could have interest in Los Angeles Chargers quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton for their vacant offensive coordinator role, according to Josina Anderson.

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Hamilton should be getting a lot more interest than he is given how he was able to work with rookie QB Justin Herbert in 2020. We'll see the Seahawks likely go for a more aggressive approach with their new OC and ditch the balanced offense that former OC Brian Schottenheimer ran.

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18. CAR - Scott Fitterer set to become new Carolina GM

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Seattle Seahawks vice president of football operations Scott Fitterer is expected to be hired as the new general manager of the Carolina Panthers, according to multiple sources.

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The Panthers interviewed 15 candidates to replace Marty Hurney, who was fired with two games remaining in a 5-11 2020 season. Fitterer was a late addition to the candidates list but obviously impressed in his interviews. The Panthers need a lot of help on both sides of the ball. However, the biggest decision Fitterer will have to make this offseason had to do with the future of QB Teddy Bridgewater.

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