Bills WR Gabriel Davis (ankle) is questionable for the Conference Championship game against Kansas City.
22 January 2021Davis fortunately got in a limited session to close the week but was unable to practice until that point. He'll head into Sunday as a true question mark given his limited availability. Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley meanwhile both practiced in full on Friday and were cleared to play. If Davis can't go, gadget wideout Isaiah McKenzie will take his spot in four-wide sets.
22 January 2021Gabriel Davis (ankle) meanwhile was limited for Friday's practice and remains questionable. Beasley was downgraded on Thursday but encouragingly practiced in full to close the week and will ultimately suit up against the Chiefs. Even if his full motion is limited, Beasley's availability is tremendous news.
22 January 2021Bell isn't expected to play after being unable to practice throughout the week. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip, questionable) likely back, both Darrel Williams and the rookie will split touches in some manner against Tampa Bay. Williams is our pick to lead this backfield in touches, though Edwards-Helaire could primarily cannibalize The Mentor's workload on passing downs. Even if active, Bell won't make an impact.
22 January 2021Edwards-Helaire is fully expected to play after being limited for every practice throughout the week. Le'Veon Bell (knee) has been a non-factor but will still likely be sidelined since the veteran was unable to get in any amount of work ahead of Sunday. With Patrick Mahomes officially cleared from the league's protocol and under center, it's entirely possible Edwards-Helaire at least gets reps on passing downs over Darrel Williams. The latter is still expected to lead this backfield in touc ...
22 January 2021Watkins is expected to play given that he participated in every practice throughout the week. Although he failed to eclipse 65 receiving yards in any game following his two-touchdown performance in Week 1, Watkins was leaned on as the preferred option in last year's Super Bowl run for 14/288/1 over Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson. It could be all for naught if the Bills invite the Chiefs to run the ball with another heavy dose of two-high safeties, but this news at least ensures Watkins is ...
22 January 2021As expected. There hasn't been any other league interest in Wilson, who last interviewed for a coordinator job in 2014. Wilson is obviously a candidate since he would inefficiently run Seattle's backs into the ground on early downs. Ex-Jets coach Adam Gase, Chargers OC Shane Steichen, Chiefs QB coach Mike Kafka, and former Chargers coach Anthony Lynn have also been linked to Seattle.
22 January 2021As expected. Mahomes himself even said he'll "be able to go out there and be myself" on Sunday. Mahomes was never expected to miss the Conference Championship round, but the fact he's been cleared over 48 hours leading up to kick-off is terrific news.
22 January 2021Vea (6'4/346) was a longshot to return given that he recently fractured his ankle in October, but he'll miraculously be available to play in the Bucs' Conference Championship game on Sunday. Pro Football Focus' No. 3-graded interior defensive lineman prior to injury, the 25-year-old adds a much needed presence up the middle before the team squares off against Aaron Jones. Vea, even if he's limited, is an upgrade there.
22 January 2021This was expected but we now know Hurney's official title. Hurney joins GM Martin Mayhew in a revamped Washington front office. Both will report to Ron Rivera, who remains in control of football operations. Hurney has a long history of working with Rivera, who he overlapped with in Carolina. Washington will try to build off their 2020 success with their new power structure.
22 January 2021Weaver will also serve as the Ravens' defensive run-game coordinator. It's a step back for Weaver, who's coming off a rough year as a first-time defensive coordinator. The Texans ranked 30th in total defense and last in turnovers and yards per attempt under Weaver this past season. Weaver, who played for the Ravens from 2002-2005, replaces Joe Cullen after he was hired to coordinate Urban Meyer's defense in Jacksonville.
22 January 2021Ryan spent last year out of the league after coaching Washington's linebackers in 2019. He'll resurface with the Ravens, where his brother spent a decade as the defensive coordinator in the early 2000s. Baltimore also hired ex-Texans DC Anthony Weaver as its defensive line coach.
22 January 2021Brown's knee injury kept him out of practice all week and will sideline him for the NFC title game. Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson will pick up Brown's targets, though neither projects for a high-volume role behind Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski. Brown should have a chance to return for the Super Bowl if the Bucs advance.
22 January 202127-year-old Collins spent this season on the Vikings' practice squad. He hasn't appeared in a game since 2019. Collins would add depth on a reserve/future contract with multiple tackles set to become free agents for the Steelers.
22 January 2021A 2013 second-round pick of the 49ers, McDonald spent the last four years with the Steelers, starting 47-of-53 games. The 30-year-old finishes with a career 181/2,036/15 line over 101 appearances. McDonald's retirement saves the Steelers $5.2 million in 2021 cap space.
The Chargers and Seahawks have requested permission to interview Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi for their offensive coordinator openings.
22 January 2021The Lions' offensive coordinator from 2015-2016, Lombardi has been the Saints' quarterbacks coach the last two seasons. He was on the Mercyhurst College staff when Chargers coach Brandon Staley played quarterback in 2005. Lombardi helped develop Taysom Hill, Jameis Winston, and Teddy Bridgewater behind Drew Brees with the Saints. He would be a pass-first hire to replace Brian Schottenheimer in Seattle.
Washington Football Team hired 49ers vice president of player personnel Martin Mayhew as general manager.
21 January 2021The Football Team was reportedly "close" to hiring twice-fired Panthers GM Marty Hurney as its new personnel boss, but it is ex-Lions GM Mayhew who is coming away with the top job. Hurney will still be joining the Football Team's front office in some capacity. Mayhew is now over half a decade removed from leading a franchise, but he was far and away the best Lions general manager of the 21st century, building their only playoff cores following their 0-16 bottom out in 2008. He has also been ...
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports ex-Panthers GM Marty Hurney is joining the Washington Football Team's front office, but not as general manager.
21 January 2021Per Rapoport, Hurney will "have a high-ranking role in the front office." The top role is going to ex-Lions GM Martin Mayhew. That's a lot of experience and brainpower in a front office that has been desperately low on both of late, though it could make for a confused command structure, something that has been staple under owner Daniel Snyder. Hurney and coach Ron Rivera's long history together could create a temptation to work independently of Mayhew. Rivera has seemed to know what he's do ...
Josina Anderson reports Chargers QBs coach Pep Hamilton will interview for the Steelers' offensive coordinator vacancy.
21 January 2021Hamilton has a strong reputation but a journeyman recent history, working as the XFL's "DC Defenders" head coach and general manager last spring before landing as the Bolts' QBs coach. Before that, Hamilton served as an assistant at the University of Michigan and with the Cleveland Browns following his checkered three-year stint as Colts offensive coordinator from 2013-15. Hamilton, of course, was the position coach for Justin Herbert's sensational rookie campaign, while he was a key cog in Andr ...
21 January 2021London coaches running backs at Penn State, the Texans, and Bears over the past nine years. He'll take over as the Falcons' QB coach in the waning years of Matt Ryan's career in Atlanta, and just as the team might use their first round draft pick to select Ryan's successor.
21 January 2021Williams, 37, who played six games with Baltimore this season, returns for his third go-round in Green Bay. He'll be little more than a depth option in the excellent Packers secondary as the team chases a Super Bowl.