Danny Amendola caught everything thrown his way, and he always seemed to be open. The latter might be an indictment on those covering him to a degree, but he’s going to be a high-volume guy for Stafford.
Signing with Detroit this season, Danny Amendola is reunited with former New England staffers GM Bob Quinn and HC Matt Patricia. Amendola should see the middle of the field while Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones occupy the outside. Amendola's age is of mild concern but if Matthew Stafford's arm is on point, the 33-year-old could see WR3 numbers at a super cheap price tag. Amendola is currently being drafted as WR118, while John Paulson has him ranked as WR95.
The Detroit Lions are trading tight end Michael Roberts to the Patriots for a future, late-round draft pick.
Roberts' a fourth-round pick in 2017, flashed some potential at various points during his two-plus years here, but couldn't seem to maintain his momentum, often due to injuries. Lions added four TEs this offseason while overhauling the room. Overhaul complete.
Roberts caught just 13 balls for 146 yards and three touchdowns in his two seasons in Detroit and was sidelined for the end of 2018 due to a shoulder injury. He showed flashes of solid ability both years, but just never reached his NFL potential. With a good camp and preseason, Roberts could push Matt LaCosse for snaps during the suspension of Ben Watson.
Rams head coach Sean McVay said that he expected to see running back Todd Gurley back to his old form after a poor outing in the NFC Championship Game, but things didn’t quite turn out that way.
Gurley didn’t play much in the first half and wound up with 10 carries for 35 yards and one catch for a loss of one yard, which led to another round of questions after the game about whether his knee was bothering him. Gurley missed two games at the end of the regular season with a knee injury, but insisted he was fine after the win over the Saints and said the same in Atlanta after the 13-3 loss to the Patriots.
“I know there’s been a lot of concern about my knee but I really am fine,” Gurley said.
The story said Gurley had an MRI after Week 15 but it didn't turn up anything. Another story from Ian Rapoport said the Rams would like to bring back Anderson next year, so Gurley owners in keeper leagues may want to keep an eye on this situation throughout the offseason.
It's been a strange few weeks for Gurley and owners who were looking to play him at the end of the regular season in the fantasy playoffs, and even now in the NFL playoffs. Seems like the knee injury that kept him out at the end of the regular season lingered into the postseason, although the team and Gurley made it seem Gurley's lack of playing time was based on poor performance, at least against the Saints. Obviously Gurley close to full strength will be huge for the Rams in the Super Bowl against the Patriots.
During the game, Fox said the Rams told the network there was “nothing physically wrong” with Todd Gurley. Fox asked because everyone was stunned that Gurley was sitting. Gurley had two big drops early, one that led to a Saints interception, but he’s still one of the Rams’ best players.
Sean McVay continued to say after the game that Anderson’s usage, and Gurley’s lack of snaps, was simply a coaching decision.
The story said Gurley played on 32 plays and Anderson 35, but it was Anderson who had 17 touches to Gurley's give. Gurley had a couple of drops but the switch to Anderson appeared to come before his second drop, according to reports. The most logical reason would be Gurley is just not 100-percent from his late-season knee injury. He'll have two weeks to get ready for the Super Bowl.
On Monday, the day after the Lions season concluded, Kerryon Johnson acknowledged his injured knee is in good shape, and if the team had made an unlikely late-season run, he probably could have been available to play this weekend.
"I’m very close," Johnson said. "I wish we would have made the playoffs. It is what it is."
Prior to the Nov. 18 injury, Johnson had been playing well and trending toward stealing big workloads while also trending toward a 1,000-yard season. He finished his debut campaign with 641 yards on 118 carries (5.4 YPC), while chipping in another 213 yards on 32 receptions.
Rams coach Sean McVay said Monday he expects Todd Gurley to play in the divisional round of the postseason Jan. 12.
“I think it’s been making good progress. He’s feeling good,” McVay told reporters. “He came in today and everything was positive with what we’re getting from [senior director of sports medicine and performance] Reggie [Scott]. We’ll take it a day at a time.
The two weeks off have helped Gurley. The bye week will help even more, the story said. Anderson had a two nice games filling in for Gurley, with a 167 yards in Week 16 and 132 in Week 17 adding TDs in both games.
Dec 28, 2018
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