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  • RapSheet: 'Expect open competition' for Rams at QB
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's "understanding" is the Rams are "expected to have an open competition" at quarterback in training camp next summer, featuring Jared Goff and John Wolford.

    Advice: RapSheet said that's "if" Goff remains on the roster, which is highly likely considering his contract. Wolford started two games for the Rams at the end of the season, "managing" L.A. to a win in Week 17 against the Cardinals, where he went 22-of-38 for 231 scoreless yards and an interception while leading the team in rushing with a 6-56 line. But he was hurt in the Wild Card start against Seattle, and Goff reclaimed the gig. It's clear the Rams aren't satisfied with Goff at all and are now realizing he's holding the team back. But Wolford isn't the answer. The Rams need to start taking their No. 2 QB spot seriously. Today, 10:30 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Jaguars to let Chris Thompson walk in offseason?
    The Florida Times Union believes the Jaguars will look to move on from free agent Chris Thompson.

    Advice: Thompson played in only eight games before landing on IR with a back injury. He averaged four touches per week when healthy, playing 29 percent of offensive snaps.  With a new coaching staff and a three-down back in James Robinson, the Jaguars should let Thompson walk this offseason. Today, 8:14 am
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  • Antonio Brown not expected to practice this week
    Bucs coach Bruce Arians doesn't expect Antonio Brown (knee) to practice this week. 

    Advice: Brown and SS Antonie Winfield are expected to sit out this week of practice. “I think it’s too early,” Arians said. “Neither one of those guys will probably practice and we’ll see how it rolls out next Tuesday for both of them.” The Bucs are also hoping to get FS Jordan Whitehead (shoulder) back in the next two weeks. All three players are up in the air for Super Bowl 55. Today, 7:05 am
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  • Odell Beckham on track in ACL recovery
    Browns GM Andrew Berry said Odell Beckham (knee) is on track in his recovery from ACL surgery.

    Advice: Beckham is two months removed from tearing his ACL in Week 7. It's good news that he's setback-free, but Beckham will be sidelined through OTAs and seems unlikely to be ready for the start of training camp. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said he's "excited" for Beckham's return in 2021, though the Browns figure to explore his market this offseason. Cleveland can clear $15.75 million in cap space by trading or releasing Beckham. Today, 6:23 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Rams RB Malcolm Brown 'unlikely' to return
    The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue believes the Rams are "unlikely to bring back" free agent RB Malcolm Brown.

    Advice: Brown was a nice veteran presence for youngsters Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson, but it's time for the baton to be passed. Akers is likely to emerge as a fantasy RB1 in 2021 fantasy drafts while Henderson operates as a low-volume No. 2 back with high-upside as RB insurance. Brown will likely settle for the veteran minimum in free agency and carries no dynasty value as a soon-to-be 28-year-old. Brown's career-high in carries (101) came last season. Yesterday, 6:35 pm
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  • Rams 'not expected to' re-sign Everett, Reynolds
    The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue reports the Rams are "not expected to" re-sign free agents Gerald Everett and Josh Reynolds.

    Advice: Everett is coming off a career-highs in targets (62), catches (41), and receiving yards (417), but the Rams have already invested in Tyler Higbee, who is signed through the 2023 season. Everett, 27, should sign as a low-level starter or high-end backup depending on his landing spot. Through four seasons, Everett is averaging 6.8 yards per target with a 62% catch rate. He's a former second-round pick. As for Reynolds, he'll likely sign as a backup outside receiver. Reynolds has averaged a forgettable 7.2 yards per target through four years. Yesterday, 6:27 pm
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  • New Chargers OC compares Ekeler to Kamara, Sproles
    Chargers OC Joe Lombardi compared Austin Ekeler to Alvin Kamara, Reggie Bush, and Darren Sproles.

    Advice: Lombardi's background is with the Saints, who have utilized their running backs in the pass game better than any team in the modern era. Ekeler's abilities should be maximized under Lombardi who helped turn Sproles, Bush, and Kamara into PPR cheat codes. Lombardi also mentioned using an up-tempo offense and being aggressive on fourth downs, so it's possible that the Chargers will take a leap in 2021. They certainly have the talent on both sides of the ball to do so. Ekeler belongs in the top-six mix in PPR formats. Yesterday, 4:05 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • 49ers re-sign RB Jeff Wilson to a one-year deal
    49ers re-signed RB Jeff Wilson to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Wilson is coming off a 600-yard, six-touchdown rushing season as a rotational back in coach Kyle Shanahan's offense. He entered the season as a backup but started games with Raheem Mostert dealing with lingering injuries. Both Mostert and Wilson are signed through the 2021 season, making this a competition to track during the offseason. It's unclear what the 49ers will do on third downs with both Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon set to be unrestricted free agents. There's a ceiling to chase in this balanced offense. Yesterday, 3:58 pm
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  • Chargers OC: Uptempo will be a part of the offense
    Chargers OC Joe Lombardi said an uptempo offense will be "a part of what we are building here".

    Advice: Lombardi and coach Brandon Staley seem to be on the same page offensively, and it comes down to playing into Justin Herbert's strengths. Lombardi mentions how Herbert is comfortable with playing fast based on his time at Oregon, and Staley has already talked with Lombardi about utilizing a no-huddle offense at times. That would be a welcomed addition to the Chargers offense, one that has lacked creativity and polish in recent seasons. Both Staley and Lombardi have also mentioned how analytics can help dictate situational football (fourth-down decisions, pass/run splits, etc.), something the Chargers have notoriously gone against. Overall, the Chargers' newly assembled coaching staff seems to aligning with a lot of modern-day approaches. The roster is good enough to compete in the playoffs as soon as 2021. Yesterday, 3:47 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Jake Kumerow amongst Bills to get R/F contracts
    Bills signed WR Jake Kumerow, OT Trey Adams, TE Nate Becker, DT Brandin Bryant, DE Bryan Cox Jr., WR Tanner Gentry, CB Dane Jackson, DE Mike Love, S Josh Thomas, RB Christian Wade, QB Davis Webb, RB Antonio Williams and WR Duke Williams to reserve/future contracts. 

    Advice: Folk hero Kumerow made six 2020 appearances, catching precisely one pass for one of the league's deeper receiver corps. Naturally, it was a 22-yard touchdown. Kumerow has hinted at big-play bonafides for years, but one month shy of his 29th birthday, his NFL door is about closed. Yesterday, 1:53 pm
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  • Schefter: Teams already initiating Stafford talks
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports teams are "already reaching out" to initiate Matthew Stafford trade talks. 

    Advice: A trade can't technically be completed until the start of the new league year in March, but it's not uncommon for big-ticket deals to be agreed upon well in advance of free agency. With Deshaun Watson and a host of other starters potentially on the move, it is going to be an unusually explosive quarterback market this winter. So far, the only team has Stafford has been indirectly connected to is the 49ers, who are said to be "monitoring" the situation. 12 days shy of his 33rd birthday, Stafford will have a robust market. Yesterday, 1:41 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Reggie Begelton amongst Packers to get R/F deals
    Packers signed WR Reggie Begelton, C Jake Hanson, K JJ Molson, CB KeiVarae Russell, DE Delontae Scott and WR Juwann Winfree to reserve/future contracts. 

    Advice: A former CFL standout, Begelton generated some offseason hype but failed to make an early season impact before being stashed on the taxi squad. Going on 28, Begelton will be a long shot to crack the 2021 53-man roster. Yesterday, 1:35 pm
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  • Report: Mullens didn't require Tommy John surgery
    NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports 49ers QB Nick Mullens (elbow) did not require Tommy John UCL replacement surgery. 

    Advice: Mullens went under the knife in late December. Per Garafolo, the damage was "not as extensive as initially feared." He will apparently be 100 percent healthy for training camp. Going on 26, Mullens will be a restricted free agent this spring. The parlor game of "is Nick Mullens better than Jimmy Garoppolo?" has largely been answered as "no," but Mullens is a decent backup. Emphasis on decent. The 49ers could decide to remake their entire quarterback room this year. Yesterday, 12:53 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Packers CEO on keeping Rodgers: 'We're not idiots'
    Speaking Tuesday, Packers team president Mark Murphy said Aaron Rodgers would be back with the team in 2021. 

    Advice: “I’ll say this: There’s no way in heck that Aaron is not going to be on the Packers," Murphy said, unequivocally. "I mean, he is going to be the MVP of the league, might have had his best year ever. He’s our unquestioned leader and, you know, we’re not idiots.” While more or less saying he will be back, Rodgers has refused to come right out and say it. Murphy, for his part, doesn't have the power of a typical team owner, but he is correct that GM Brian Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur would be idiots to move on from Rodgers following his 2020. This controversy is dying just as quickly as it began. Yesterday, 12:46 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Rams ink QB Duck Hodges to reserve/future deal
    Rams signed QB Devlin Hodges to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: Known as "Duck," Hodges appeared in eight games, starting six, for the Steelers in 2019, going 3-3 on the back of the Pittsburgh defense. Hodges completed 62.5% of his passes at 6.6 yards per attempt with a 5:8 TD:INT mark. He averaged 132.9 passing yards per game and absorbed 15 sacks. Hodges won't be the one pushing Jared Goff in camp next summer. The Rams also signed DB Jake Gervase to a reserve/future deal. Yesterday, 11:50 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Saints expected to 'move on' from Jared Cook
    The Athletic's Katherine Terrell expects the Saints to "move on" from Jared Cook this offseason. 

    Advice: This is Terrell's informed speculation, and not a sourced "report." Cook has an $8.04 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, making the move something of a no-brainer for the cap-strapped Saints. Less involved in the offense this season, especially as the year wore on, Cook's 37 receptions were his second fewest since 2010. This, for a team that struggled for healthy pass-catching options. Cutting Cook would create $9.1 million in space for a team that is well north of $100 million over the cap. Cook turns 34 in April. Yesterday, 11:46 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Le'Veon Bell (knee) should be back for Super Bowl
    Le'Veon Bell (knee) is expected to play against the Bucs in the Super Bowl. 

    Advice: Last we saw Bell, he rushed twice for six yards against the Browns in the Divisional Round. He's clearly the team's worst backfield option headed into the Super Bowl. Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams should continue leading the KC backfield. Yesterday, 9:41 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Watkins (calf) expected back for Super Bowl
    Sammy Watkins (calf) is expected to play in the Super Bowl against the Bucs. 

    Advice: Watkins at full strength would remove almost all fantasy relevance from Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson, who have seen expanded snaps in Watkins' absence. Pringle commanded seven targets on 49 pass routes over the Chiefs' two postseason games, while Robinson saw two targets on 60 routes. Mecole Hardman's opportunity hasn't fluctuated all that much with Watkins in the KC lineup; the speedster will be a volatile fantasy option in the Super Bowl whether or not Watkins suits up. Yesterday, 9:33 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Bucs allowing 7th highest completion rate
    Quarterbacks facing this Bucs this season completed 67.88 percent of their passes. 

    Advice: A mere six teams gave up a higher completion rate in the 2020 regular season. QBs facing Tampa in the postseason have completed 61.9 percent of their passes. A pass funnel defense -- 75.5 percent of yards gained against Tampa came through the air -- the Bucs consistently gave up efficient passing performances. They now face Patrick Mahomes in the Super Bowl -- the same guy who roasted the Bucs in Week 12 for 462 yards and three touchdowns while completing 75.5 percent of his throws. The Bucs are going to have to pour on the points if they're going to keep pace with Mahomes and the KC offense. Yesterday, 7:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Packers beat: Jordan Love not ready to start
    ESPN's Rob Demovsky said Packers backup QB Tim Boyle "would be more suited" than Jordan Love to start in 2021 if Aaron Rodgers is traded or retires this offseason. 

    Advice: In other words, the Packers would be in bad spot if Rodgers isn't in green and yellow next season. Demovsky said "nothing [Love] has shown, at least publicly, would suggest" he's ready to replace Rodgers a year after the Packers inexplicably drafted Love in the first round. Packers beat writers have written extensively since last summer that Love is an erratic passer who appears over his head in Green Bay's offense. "Love has struggled with accuracy -- in the drill where quarterbacks throw to a stationary target (usually a net) and to players running routes on air (without a defender)," Demovsky said. He suggested the team's best course might be to trade Love, like the Patriots did with Jimmy Garoppolo when Tom Brady was unhappy about New England drafting his successor. That Love isn't locked in as Green Bay's starter post-Rodgers is an indictment of the entire organization. Yesterday, 7:39 am
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