Player Notes

  • 49ers looking at Falcons Nick Polk for GM?
    Pro Football Talk believes Falcons director of football operations Nick Polk could be a candidate for the 49ers' vacant general manager position.

    Advice: After both Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst decided to stay with the Packers, the 49ers have to look further down their list. Vikings assistant GM George Paton would seem to be the favorite, but it makes sense for San Francisco to find someone presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan is comfortable working with. Polk, who has been with the Falcons for 12 seasons, could be that guy. Just now
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  • Report: 49ers may go 'hard' after Cousins
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers would go "hard" after Kirk Cousins if he is available.

    Advice: Even if the Redskins hit Cousins with another franchise tag, Schefter reports the 49ers may be willing to part with a trade package that includes the No. 2 overall pick to land the quarterback. With former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan almost certain to take over as head coach, Cousins would likely be open to a move to San Francisco. There is little doubt Washington will place the exclusive franchise tag on Cousins if the two sides cannot work out a long-term deal, but even that might not be the end of the saga. 35 minutes ago
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  • C-Patt: I felt wanted by Vikings this season
    Impending free agent Cordarrelle Patterson said he felt wanted by the Vikings this season.

    Advice: Patterson said he "didn't feel wanted" by Minnesota during Mike Zimmer's first two years in charge and was focused on "trying to get out." Patterson had a change of heart this season, likely in no small part because he actually had a role on offense, and now wants to stay. Price will likely determine if the Vikings feel the same way, but they should be interested in keeping around a guy who has led the league in kick return average three of the last four seasons. Today, 8:01 am
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  • Tom Brady has thrown 19 TDs, 0 INTs vs Tomlin
    Tom Brady has thrown 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions in six games against the Steelers with Mike Tomlin as the head coach.

    Advice: Brady has also averaged 314.8 yards per game and owns a passer rating of 127.5 in those contests. This Steelers defense is better than some of the units Brady has faced in the past, but that kind of success is at least worth noting. With both Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan likely to be higher-owned, Brady could be a somewhat sneaky option in DFS this weekend. Today, 7:37 am
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  • GM 'definitely' wants to re-sign Jack Doyle
    Colts GM Ryan Grigson said he "definitely" wants to re-sign impending free agent TE Jack Doyle.

    Advice: This, of course, assumes Grigson will still be the general manager, but it looks like he is safe at this point. Doyle had a breakout 2016, hauling in 59 passes for 584 yards and five touchdowns. All three numbers eclipsed his career totals entering the year. Doyle is not the type of dynamic receiving threat which commands big dollars on the open market, but he should be looking for more than the three-year, $13-million deal Brent Celek landed last January. Today, 7:01 am
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  • Chiefs add 10 on reserve/future contracts
    Chiefs signed WR Seantavius Jones, OG Jordan Devey, QB Joel Stave, OT Joseph Cheek, DB Jimmy Hall, DT Cory Johnson, DE David King, LB Earl Okine, DB Julian Wilson, and FB Will Ratelle to reserve/future contracts.

    Advice: Jones made some noise a couple training camps ago with the Saints, but he was waived by the Chiefs before final cuts last August. He will get another shot to latch on to the bottom of the roster, but his chances are slim. Devey saw some time on the Chiefs' active roster this season after starting nine games with the 49ers in 2015. Today, 6:48 am
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  • Report: Rob Kelley underwent knee surgery's Ben Standig reports Rob Kelley underwent surgery on his right knee following Washington's season-ending loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Kelley suffered the injury in Week 16, played with a brace against the Giants, and had the knee operated on shortly after the loss. A source told Standig the surgery was "relatively minor" and "dealt with the meniscus." Kelley averaged just 3.33 yards per carry over the Redskins' final six games and showed next to no passing-game ability. He'll face competition for his starting job in 2017. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
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  • Bucs add QB Sean Renfree on futures deal
    Bucs signed QB Sean Renfree to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: Renfree has been out of the league since getting cut in the preseason. He was a backup for two years in Atlanta. Renfree could open training camp as the No. 3 quarterback behind Jameis Winston and Ryan Griffin. Yesterday, 5:02 pm
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  • Amendola labeled questionable for Sunday
    Danny Amendola (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

    Advice: He was a limited participant at all three practices this week. Amendola played just 21-of-69 offensive snaps last week in his first game back from a high-ankle sprain. More might be asked of him this week with Chris Hogan nursing a thigh injury and Michael Floyd coming off an awful game in the Divisional Round. Yesterday, 1:49 pm
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  • Martellus (knee) questionable for AFC title game
    Martellus Bennett (knee) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

    Advice: He was limited at practice, just as he is most weeks. Bennett tweaked his knee late in Saturday's win over Houston but should play his usual snaps in Sunday's AFC Championship. He had a very quiet game against Pittsburgh earlier this year, hauling in just one-of-two targets for five yards in Week 7. Of course, that was before the Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski to a season-ending back injury. Yesterday, 1:36 pm
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  • Starks (concussion) out for NFC Championship
    James Starks (concussion) is out for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

    Advice: It will be Starks' sixth straight absence. The Packers will continue to roll with Ty Montgomery as the lead back. Even if the Packers advance to the Super Bowl, Starks remains a long shot to play again this year. Yesterday, 1:25 pm
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  • Jeff Janis (quad) taken off injury report
    Jeff Janis (quad) wasn't listed on the Packers' final injury report for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

    Advice: Janis played only one offensive snap in last week's win over Dallas but could see more action this week with Davante Adams (ankle), Geronimo Allison (hamstring) and Jordy Nelson (ribs) all looking like game-time decisions. Jared Cook and Randall Cobb should see as many targets as they can handle in Sunday's title game. Daily Slant: Janis' DFS viability - or lack thereof - is still very much to be determined. If Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams both end up sitting out of this contest, Janis would become one of the premier value plays on the slate, as he'd see a big boost in offensive snaps (not that it's hard to jump from his total of one snap last week) and would provide Aaron Rodgers with a deep-ball target. Trevor Davis would also be in the mix and given that he'd be less popular, he'd make for a very interesting GPP punt. If Nelson and/or Adams play, both Janis and Davis become very risky. Yesterday, 1:21 pm
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  • Sammy Watkins undergoes 2nd foot surgery
    Sammy Watkins underwent foot surgery on Friday, January 20.

    Advice: The Buffalo News previously reported Watkins needed more surgery, so this note is just for bookkeeping purposes. The Bills announced the procedure and claimed Watkins should be ready for training camp in 2017. Watkins has now undergone two surgeries to address a Jones fracture in his foot. Not yet 24 years old, Watkins will need to overcome repeated early-career injury setbacks in order to realize his immense NFL ceiling. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
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  • Allison questionable for NFC Championship
    Packers WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

    Advice: So are teammates Davante Adams (ankle) and Jordy Nelson (ribs). Allison didn't practice all week but is expected to gut it out on Sunday. With Green Bay's receiving corps operating at well less than 100 percent, tight end Jared Cook could be in for a big workload this week. Yesterday, 1:14 pm
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  • Jordy Nelson listed as questionable
    Jordy Nelson (ribs, illness) is listed as questionable for the NFC Championship Game.

    Advice: He was a "limited" participant in Wednesday and Thursday's practices, then sat out Friday due to the flu. Nelson's availability will be determined on Saturday, or Sunday just before the Packers face the Falcons. We don't know if he'll play, and we don't know if Nelson will be effective if he does. Yesterday, 1:13 pm
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  • Davante Adams DNP all week, questionable
    Davante Adams (ankle) missed practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

    Advice: As expected, Adams was held out of practice all week. He is expected to participate in Saturday's walkthrough and play against Atlanta, but Adams is unlikely to be 100 percent. Green Bay's pass-catcher corps is in injury disarray. Yesterday, 1:10 pm
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  • Chris Hogan (thigh) walking with 'solid limp'
    SI's Greg Bedard said he noticed Chris Hogan (thigh, questionable) had a "solid limp" in the locker room on Friday.

    Advice: Hogan is fully expected to suit up for Sunday's AFC title game against Pittsburgh, but it's fair to wonder how effective he'll be playing at less than 100 percent. With Hogan banged up and Malcolm Mitchell (knee) coming off a long layoff, the Patriots may need to lean even more than usual on Julian Edelman this week. They could also use more production from Martellus Bennett. Yesterday, 12:43 pm
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  • Julio 'limited' Friday, but will play vs Pack
    Updating a previous item, the Falcons listed Julio Jones (toe) as "limited" in Friday's practice.

    Advice: Julio was listed as DNP on Wednesday and Thursday. Early-Friday reports had him returning to a full practice, but Julio was officially limited. Either way, Julio is going to play against the Packers. While his health remains a lingering question mark, Julio's mere presence on the field -- even if for some reason he isn't heavily targeted -- is a massive boon to Atlanta's offense. Yesterday, 12:42 pm
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  • Dwayne Washington 'still learning how to play'
    Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter said Dwayne Washington is "still learning how to play NFL football."

    Advice: It comes on the heels of an up-and-down rookie year for the seventh-round pick. "I think he would maybe like some of his runs back," said Cooter. Washington saw more snaps than expected with Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick on the shelf, but he was phased out down the stretch as the Lions went with Zach Zenner. Washington isn't a lock to keep his roster spot this summer. Yesterday, 11:24 am
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  • Browns, Crowell 'stalemate' in contract talks
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns have reached a "stalemate" in extension talks with restricted free agent Isaiah Crowell.

    Advice: RapSheet contends the sides were in "heavy talks" at one point. It doesn't make much sense for the Browns to commit long term to Crowell when they can retain him with a cheap restricted free agent tender. Crowell is a solid runner who averaged 4.8 yards per carry this past season, but his monetary value is minimal as a two-down grinder who already has over 500 NFL carries under his belt. Yesterday, 11:06 am
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