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Bills QB Tyrod Taylor feels starting job was taken from him

Monday, January 2, 2017, 12:46pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

A year after making the Pro Bowl in 2015, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor found himself in an unenviable game of organizational ping pong this season, which eventually led to him watching the season finale on the sidelines.

The Bills classified his absence, which gave way to an EJ Manuel / Cardale Jones combination on Sunday against the Jets, as injury-related and a "business decision" before more was known about a potential hernia surgery this offseason. Taylor told reporters on Monday that his job was taken from him.

Fantasy Impact:

While it's easy to understand the Bills wanting to see one more performance out of Manuel and a first performance from Jones, they are putting a lot of pressure on general manager Doug Whaley to nail the quarterback position this offseason, the story said. Taylor was not a top 10 quarterback but he was more than replacement level. In two seasons, he completed an average of 62.6 percent of his passes for 6,058 yards, 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also ran for another 1,148 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) won't need surgery

Monday, January 2, 2017, 12:35pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The silver lining to Cam Newton's turbulent 2016 campaign: His beaten-up body won't require surgery.

The Panthers passer confirmed Sunday that the throwing shoulder he injured against the Chargers in Week 14 will simply require a little TLC this offseason.

"Rest," Newton said, per The Charlotte Observer. "Rest. A lot of rest."

Fantasy Impact:

One year removed from a torrid MVP campaign, Cam finished 2016 with the NFL's lowest completion percentage among qualified passers (52.9) and a career-low passer rating (75.8).

Report: Saints would be open to trading HC Sean Payton

Monday, January 2, 2017, 10:49am

ESPN - [Full Article]

This time, the possibility of Saints HC Sean Payton leaving seems even more serious, with NOLA.com reporting Sunday night that the Los Angeles Rams are expected to seek permission to speak with Payton and that Saints general manager Mickey Loomis would be open to a trade.

A source told ESPN that Payton and Loomis met on the subject following Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons and will continue meeting into the week. For any deal to be struck, it would have to be considered a win-win-win for the Saints, Rams and Payton, as Loomis and Saints owner Tom Benson really have ultimate control.

Fantasy Impact:

The Saints signed Payton to a five-year contract extension worth more than $9 million per year this past offseason, and multiple sources have told ESPN that they are happy with the direction the team has been headed this year. But, they won't force Payton to stay if he wants to leave.

Bills Sammy Watkins injures hip; doesn't think he needs foot surgery

Monday, January 2, 2017, 10:41am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins does not believe that he will need another surgery on his broken left foot this offseason.

"As of right now, no," he said after Sunday's season-ending loss to the New York Jets. "I think the biggest thing was finishing the season, and probably Monday when we do physicals or whatever, they'll basically give me the outline on my offseason, whether I should get surgery or not. I'm leaning towards not."

Watkins left for the locker room to be evaluated for a hip injury in the second half of Sunday's finale; he did not return. Watkins said he "got popped pretty hard" earlier in the game and began feeling tight at halftime.

Fantasy Impact:

If Watkins can avoid surgery this offseason, it will be his first full offseason in the NFL without undergoing a medical procedure.

QB Sam Bradford makes his case for Vikings in 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017, 10:35am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The year that Sam Bradford has dubbed his most bizarre in the NFL also will go down as his best. The quarterback set an NFL single-season record by completing 71.6 percent of his passes. He threw for a career-high 3,877 yards, with 20 touchdowns and a career-low five interceptions while playing behind eight different offensive line combinations in 15 starts.

"You always believe in yourself, and I think you always believe you can go out and play at a high level," he said. "This year, just in terms of the trade [from Philadelphia] and showing up Week 1, it's been crazy. But, it's been fun and I've enjoyed being a part of this locker room."

Fantasy Impact:

There seems little doubt Bradford will be a part of it in 2017, as the Vikings remain unsure of what they'll get from Teddy Bridgewater. What the Vikings will have to decide, though, is how they want to approach Bradford's long-term future. His base salary will rise to $14 million, after Bradford hit a $1 million salary escalator clause by playing more than 90 percent of the team's offensive snaps.

Patriot assistants are hot coaching candidates

Monday, January 2, 2017, 10:30am

MassLive.com - [Full Article]

Both Josh McDaniels -- and Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia -- have been among the hottest candidates for a head coaching gig this offseason. The 40-year-old McDaniels was previously a head coach for the Denver Broncos in 2009-2010.

After his first run as a head coach ended poorly, McDaniels eventually ended back up in New England, where the general attitude is that the talented offensive mind had taken strides in improving on the subtleties of the job that tripped him up in his first run as a head coach.

Fantasy Impact:

A source said McDaniels could have three interviews this week while the Patriots are on a bye.

HC Gary Kubiak tells Broncos he's stepping down

Monday, January 2, 2017, 10:11am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Broncos announced Monday that coach Gary Kubiak informed the team that he officially stepped down.

"As I told our team last night, this is an extremely difficult decision to step down as head coach," Kubiak said in a statement. "I love to work and I love football, but ultimately the demands of the job are no longer a good fit for me."

49ers fire HC Chip Kelly, GM Trent Baalke

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 9:48pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

On the heels of one of the worst seasons in franchise history, the 49ers fired Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke on Sunday.

Kelly, who was hired by San Francisco last January after he was let go by the Philadelphia Eagles, failed to turn around a 49ers team that limped to a 2-14 finish.

Baalke, who served as GM since 2011 and whose firing he confirmed earlier Sunday morning, couldn't reverse a franchise trajectory that has been falling since the team's appearance in Super Bowl XLVII at the end of the 2012 season.

Fantasy Impact:

San Francisco will have its fourth coach in five seasons when it opens the 2017 season.

Chargers fire HC Mike McCoy

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 9:27pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

After finishing dead last in the AFC West two years in a row, the Chargers are parting ways with head coach Mike McCoy.

The team confirmed the move on Sunday following San Diego's 37-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact:

With San Diego mulling a potential move to Los Angeles, the franchise has extra incentive to start fresh with a coach unlinked to the team's recent string of failure.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy suffers high ankle sprain

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 7:24pm

Mike Rodak on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills HC Anthony Lynn says RB LeSean McCoy has a high ankle sprain.

Fantasy Impact:

Reports said McCoy wanted to get back in the game but there was no reason for that. McCoy had a great fantasy year and should be a top back next summer when drafts come around.

Texans expect RB Lamar Miller to play in playoffs

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 7:19pm

Deepi Sidhu on Twitter - [Full Article]

Lamar Miller should be ready to go for the playoff game.

Fantasy Impact:

With the Texans already wrapping up the division, Miller didn't play in Week 17 but it appears he'll be good to go next weekend.

Schefter: Cards RB David Johnson's ACL in tact; meniscus damage

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 7:15pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Initial tests on Cardinals' RB David Johnson's knee showed meniscus damage, ACL in tact, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson will have an MRI on Monday but this is potentially very good news for owners.

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 7:11pm

Lions Inactives
Jace Billingsley WR
Michael Burton FB
Alex Carter CB
Riley Reiff T
Jake Rudock QB
Travis Swanson C
Antwione Williams OLB

Packers WR Randall Cobb OUT for SNF

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 7:10pm

Packers Inactives
Joe Callahan QB
Randall Cobb WR
Jay Elliott LB
Josh Hawkins CB
Kyle Murphy OT
James Starks RB
JC Tretter C

Fantasy Impact:

Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams should continue to hog the targets for the Packers at WR.

Raiders QB Matt McGloin (shoulder) leaves Week 17

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 6:55pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The playoff-bound Oakland Raiders are down to their third quarterback.

Rookie Connor Cook replaced Matt McGloin late in the second half of Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos after McGloin suffered a shoulder injury.

McGloin made his first start since 2013 on Sunday after starter Derek Carr suffered a broken fibula last week.

Fantasy Impact:

The Raiders were trailing 17-0 when Cook entered the game. McGloin was 6-for-11 with just 21 passing yards when he was injured. The team announced he was questionable to return in the second half. The Raiders would clinch the AFC West title and No. 2 seed with a win. With a loss and a Kansas City Chiefs win in San Diego, Oakland would instead be a wild-card team and play next week at Houston.

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