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Gus Bradley gets another year with Jags

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 8:52pm - [Full Article]

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan knew this would be a lengthy rebuilding project.

He talked about the day he hired coach Gus Bradley and has mentioned it repeatedly since.

So it should be no surprise that he's giving Bradley another year to get the job done.

Khan released a statement Tuesday confirming that Bradley will return for the final year of his contract. Khan said he spoke to Bradley and general manager Dave Caldwell earlier in the day to make them aware of his intentions. Bradley is 12-35 in three seasons.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 8:50pm

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The reunion was short-lived one for the San Diego Chargers and receiver Vincent Brown.

The Chargers announced on Tuesday that they have released the five-year pro.

Signed on Dec. 8, Brown was active his first week with the Chargers, finishing with one catch for 22 yards in a 10-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

However, Brown was inactive for the last two games, with the Chargers playing developmental receivers in Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 8:49pm

Times-Picauyne - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints are signing tight end RaShaun Allen from the practice squad to the active roster, a league source told

Allen, 25, signed with the Saints' practice squad on Nov. 10 after spending most 2014 and 2015 with the Seattle Seahawks.

The Saints must make a corresponding move to add Allen to the roster. His promotion could mean that tight end Josh Hill is going on the injured-reserve list after leaving Sunday's game with an injury. Hill appeared to undergo concussion testing on the sidelines.

Eagles fire head coach Chip Kelly

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 8:01pm - [Full Article]

The Eagles fired head coach Chip Kelly on Tuesday evening.

Owner Jeffrey Lurie made the stunning announcement in a statement released by the team, and he will address reporters on Wednesday.

“We appreciate all the contributions that Chip Kelly made and wish him every success going forward,” Lurie said.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will be the interim head coach on Sunday against the New York Giants.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a surprise move because many felt Kelly would at least get next year to make improvements, but he doesn't even make it to Black Monday. Those who cover the team feel Kelly's comments Monday when he said "he's not the GM" may have done him in, because Kelly has not taken a lot of responsibility for the team's struggles this season and does have full control of the roster. Kelly made big moves over the last two years, like trading LeSean McCoy, releasing DeSean Jackson and trading Nick Foles, and a lot of the replacements didn't live up to the hype. That's especially the case for DeMarco Murray, who seemed like a spur of the moment signing after losing out on Frank Gore to the Colts. Murray clearly hasn't been a fit in Kelly's offense. Murray would be a huge cap hit if the Birds released him so it's possible the new coach builds the offense around Murray's strengths a little more. Sam Bradford is a pending free agent and the team needs to address the offensive line as well as the outside wide receivers in the offseason.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 2:56pm

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The Dallas Cowboys have many needs for 2016, but owner and general manager Jerry Jones reiterated finding a quarterback is at the top of the list.

Backups Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel and Kellen Moore have combined to go 1-10 this season after starter Tony Romo suffered a broken left collarbone twice this season. Jones has acknowledged the front office handled the backup spot entering the season poorly.

“We’re going to try to all the ways – all ways – to come up with a way to get Tony a backup, while at the same time looking toward the future,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday. “Some people would say that’s dreaming. Everybody wants that, but we have a high draft pick, obviously. We're earned it, and we've got it. If we evaluate and get an opportunity to get a couple of players there, we got to look at it hard.”

Fantasy Impact:

Jones said he had a conversation with Romo about the future of the position on Saturday night in Buffalo. He has said he believes Romo, who turns 36 in April, has a 3-5 year window left at playing at a high level. The Cowboys have not drafted a quarterback since 2009 (Stephen McGee, fourth round) and have not selected a quarterback in the first round since Troy Aikman in 1989. They took Steve Walsh with a first-round pick in the 1989 compensatory draft as well.

Panthers 'hopeful' Jonathan Stewart plays Week 17

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 1:37pm - [Full Article]

The Panthers missed Jonathan Stewart in their first loss of the season on Sunday in Atlanta. They could have their top running back on the field when they try to lock up the NFC's top seed in Week 17.

ESPN's Ed Werder reported Tuesday that the Panthers are "hopeful" Stewart will return to the lineup next Sunday against the 6-9 Buccaneers. Stewart -- who has missed the past two weeks with a foot injury -- ran on a treadmill and could practice on Wednesday, according to a source.

In a perfect world, the Panthers would rest Stewart's foot until the divisional playoffs. But Week 17 still has meaning for the Panthers, who would fall to the NFC's No. 2 seed if they were upset by Tampa Bay on Sunday and the Cardinals topped the Seahawks at home.

Fantasy Impact:

Fozzy Whittaker suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Falcons and won't be available, according to reports. If Stewart isn't able to go, Carolina will ask seldom-used Cameron Artis-Payne to lead the backfield attack.

A.J. McCarron has 'significant' wrist sprain, could play Week 17

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 1:32pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron suffered a sprained left wrist during Monday night’s loss to the Broncos.

Citing a source, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted Tuesday that an MRI on McCarron’s non-throwing arm revealed no fracture and that there’s still a chance he plays next Sunday vs. the Ravens, though in a separate tweet Rapoport called the sprain “significant.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Bengals have clinched the AFC North. They’d only get a first-round playoff bye if they win Sunday and the Broncos lose to the Chargers, the story went on to say. So, this is a meaningful game and the extra week off would be nice to give to starter Andy Dalton. The other healthy quarterback on the roster is Keith Wenning, a 2014 Ravens draft pick who’s never played in a regular season game.

Matt Ryan (hip) expected to practice Wednesday

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 1:30pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan admitted he took a good shot to his hip in Sunday’s 20-13 upset of the Carolina Panthers, but maintained he’ll be ready for practice Wednesday.

Ryan was hit on his left hip by Panthers safety Kurt Coleman on a third-and-2 scramble from the Carolina 11-yard line late in the first quarter. He picked up seven yards on the play while eluding an attempted tackle from Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis. Ryan didn’t slide and absorbed the hit, which appeared to leave him wincing in pain throughout the game. The play set up a four-yard touchdown run by Devonta Freeman.

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan played the remainder of the game and should be good to go in Week 17 but it may be something you want to keep an eye on.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 11:19am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo broke his left collarbone twice this season and he’s done it three times over the course of his career, leading him to consider ways that he can protect himself against suffering the same injury again in the future.

During an interview on 1310 The Ticket, Romo said that one of the possibilities up for discussion is attaching a plate to his collarbone during a surgical procedure.

“We have a few ideas of what we can do with the collarbone,” Romo said, via the Dallas Morning News. “There are a few plans. We’re going to pick out the CT scan and some of the other stuff and see how much calcification has taken and whether it’s gotten to a point where we feel like it’s really strong and it will be able to handle some of the normal hits you take. But we’re going to have a good plan. If we have to put a plate in there, something small, we’ll do that. That should ensure that that doesn’t happen, or the percentage of that goes way, way down. From my perspective, I feel very strongly about the way that I’m going to be able to play going forward.”

Fantasy Impact:

The prospect of another injury is one that has to concern the Cowboys given how quickly their season went down the tubes once Romo was injured and that has led to discussion about drafting a quarterback early in next year’s draft, the story said.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 11:16am

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In an interview Tuesday on NFL Network, Drew Brees said he doesn't think there is any scenario in which either he or coach Sean Payton won't be back with the New Orleans Saints next season.

With the team set for its second straight losing season and facing significant salary-cap constraints, there has been much speculation surrounding the future of both longtime Saints.

"A plan was put in place throughout last offseason as to how we were going to build a foundation to make a run at it in the future," Brees said. "That includes new faces, includes young players. I think we are all having a chance to come together and build what will be a team that will really make a run for it."

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 9:37am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Tennessee Titans rookie wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham saw his late-season progress hit a roadblock during Sunday's 34-6 loss to the Houston Texans.

Green-Bekham, who had more than 100 yards receiving in two of the three games prior, was held without a catch on three targets.

Tennessee interim head coach Mike Mularkey attributed Green-Beckham's ineffectiveness to a combination of Houston's defensive tactics along with rookie mistakes.

Via Tennessee's official website:

“Some of it was the coverage,” Mularkey said. “They were playing a coverage that you could roll a corner and a safety over the top on him.

“Some of that was Dorial with some of the mistake he made. He had a number of mistakes on splits and depths and things that he’s had, again, that a young receiver is going to have, Tre McBride included. But some of that is self-inflicted that we need to get better at."

Fantasy Impact:

Green-Beckham caught six passes for 113 yards in the Week 15 loss to the New England Patriots. He caught five passes for 119 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee's Week 13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. DGB struggled much of the season with his patterns and it sometimes led to turnovers, but as of late it seemed like he was turning the corner. In his defense, there were a lot of no-shows on the Titans in Week 16 and he'll certainly have some fantasy value heading into 2016 with a healthy Marcus Mariota under center.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 9:33am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

The biggest shift in the Broncos offense Monday night was the re-emergence of the no huddle offense, an asset that was prevalent when Peyton Manning was the starting quarterback.

Denver went to it late in the second quarter leading to their first points. It appeared again in the third and fourth quarters with more success.

After looking overwhelmed by the Bengals’ defensive line for much of the first half, the Broncos’ transition to the no huddle allowed its offensive line to play with more push and kept Cincinnati on their heels.

“It caught them off guard a lot,” running back C.J. Anderson. “That’s not a Kubiak-style offense that they’re used to seeing. We kind of went back into what we’ve done in previous years and good thing we all knew it.”

A.J. McCarron to get MRI on wrist

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 9:31am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Bengals already had quarterback concerns. Now they have to wait on the results of an MRI today to see if it’s a full-blown panic.

Via Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals backup A.J. McCarron said he was getting an MRI to determine the severity of a left wrist injury that happened on the overtime fumble that cost the Bengals the game.

“I hope not,” McCarron said, when asked if it would keep him out this week against the Ravens. “Going to wait until [Tuesday], but hopefully not.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Bengals still don’t know if starter Andy Dalton’s broken thumb will be healed in time for a potential first-round game, since they lost their best chance at a bye week Monday night. Keith Wenning is next up on the depth chart.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 9:27am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Only one kicker -- Jacksonville's Jason Myers -- has missed more extra points than Buffalo Bills kicker Dan Carpenter this season.

Sure, the NFL has made it tougher on kickers to convert the point-after attempt, which is now a not-so-certain 33-yard kick. But Carpenter's five misses, including one in Sunday's 16-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys, should be a point of concern for the Bills.

But will it impact Carpenter's status with the team next season?

"Well I think with anybody -- and this is any player -- what you look to do is, regardless of the position, you are going to look to give your team the best possibility of being successful," coach Rex Ryan said Monday. "Dan [Carpenter] has had a history being successful kicking here, so that is something you can’t ignore also. Has he struggled this year? Yes, he has.

"But I think -- you know, I don’t see Lou 'The Toe' Groza coming in. If that happens, then OK. We will see what happens."

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan's response seemed to indicate some pause about keeping Carpenter as the kicker for next season, although it would take a worthy replacement to push him off the roster, the story indicated.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 9:24am - [Full Article]

When Pierre Thomas signed with the Washington Redskins a little more than two weeks ago, he talked about the energy he felt in the locker room.

The nine-year veteran running back, who spent eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints and won a Super Bowl title, said he saw a team on the cusp of success with a laser-narrowed focus. With a little hope, Thomas thought, he’d be able to impart some leadership on this team to help them achieve their goal of making the playoffs, and in the process, prove he could still play.

Both of those things happened on Saturday night as the Redskins beat the Eagles, 38-24, to clinch the NFC East title at Lincoln Financial Field. Thomas caught seven catches for 67 yards and rushed for 22 yards on four carries.

Fantasy Impact:

That puts him on the fantasy radar at least in PPR leagues as Chris Thompson is battling injuries. The Redskins aren't sure if they will rest their starters in Week 17 but given Thomas' lack of playing time in the system, he could still get some work.

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