Pro Football News: December 8th, 2018
Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL): Jaguars expected to release quarterback Blake Bortles at season’s end
The Blake Bortles experiment in Jacksonville had failed and this season showed no progress with Bortles at starter. This season, the Jacksonville Jaguars have fallen off the face of this earth after going to the AFC Championship in 2017. Blake Bortles is no longer the starting quarterback for the Jaguars as he lost the role a couple weeks ago and replaced by current starter Cody Kessler.
Releasing Blake Bortles will save the Jacksonville Jaguars $16.5 million dollars after the month of June. Jacksonville will now look ahead to the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft in hopes of finding their next quarterback option.
Source: NFL Network
Pro Football News: December 4th, 2018
San Diego Fleet (AAF): Washington Redskins sign quarterback Josh Johnson
The Washington Redskins of the NFL have signed quarterback Josh Johnson. Josh Johnson was the first quarterback taken in the AAF’s Protect or Pick Quarterback draft last week by San Diego and was poised to become’s the franchise’s first quarterback. Over in the NFL, the Redskins are two quarterback’s short with Alex Smith and Colt McCoy both falling to injuries this late in the season. The Redskins likely turned to Johnson as he worked with head coach Jay Gruden once before when he was with Tampa Bay in 2008 and Cincinnati in 2013. There are no details if Johnson will be able to play in the AAF in 2019 as the league begins play following the Super Bowl. We will wait and see. San Diego will continue on with 2nd round pick Mike Bercovici as starting quarterback.
Authors Take: On a personal note, Colin Kaepernick is available and would be a significant upgrade over both Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson; but with teams not having interest due to media baggage and the lawsuit with the league that could be a reason as to why Kaepernick remains unsigned.
Source: John Keim of ESPN
Buffalo Bills (NFL): Bills release WR’s Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes
It’s a move that should have already taken place but better now than later right? Kelvin Benjamin, 28, is currently in a down point in his career as he has been a liability issue with the Bills rather than a big-time contributor like he once was in Carolina. This season, Benjamin did not match well with rookie quarterback Josh Allen as he refused to work on routes with him. Also this season, In a game vs. Carolina, Kelvin got into a confrontation with former teammate Cam Newton. Just a lot going on with Kelvin this season. Now a free agent, Benjamin is available to sign anywhere who will give him a shot but declined play and some in-season incidents could draw team’s away.
Source: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network
Denver Broncos (NFL): Broncos sign CB Jamar Taylor formerly of the Arizona Cardinals
The Denver Broncos are being depleted in their secondary as the team’s best defensive back Chris Harris Jr. is out with a broken leg. Jamar Taylor is getting another shot this season as he was let go by Arizona last week after an underperforming time with the team. This is Taylor’s opportunity to resurface again.
Source: Mike Kils of 9News
Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL): Steelers promote rookie RB Trey Edmunds from the practice squad
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be down one running back on Sunday vs. Oakland as James Conner’s ankle injury is more serious than once thought. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin plans to use a running back by committee this week vs. Oakland that will feature Jaylen Samuels, Stevan Ridley, and Trey Edmunds. Should one outshine the other, this could be the plan until Conner returns this season.
Pro Football News: December 2nd, 2018
Kansas City Chiefs (NFL): Chiefs to sign free agent RB C.J. Anderson
During Sunday Night Football In America, Mike Florio reported that the Kansas City Chiefs will sign free agent running back C.J. Anderson should he pass a physical on Monday.
Following the release of Kareem Hunt on Friday, the Chiefs were forced to start Spencer Ware today vs. Oakland. During today’s game, Ware had a disappointing outing which saw him carry the ball 14 times for 47 yards and a struggling touchdown run.
C.J. Anderson started the 2018 season with Carolina but flopped after getting only 24 carries (4.2 YPC) in 9 games this season.
Source: Pro Football Talk
Green Bay Packers (NFL): Packers fire head coach Mike McCarthy following loss to Arizona
If it didn’t happen during the season it was surely going to happen this offseason. Following today’s loss to Arizona, the Green Bay Packers officially parted ways with longtime head coach Mike McCarthy.
Mike McCarthy found success during his tenure with Green Bay but it came solely from Aaron Rodgers. In the last couple of seasons, McCarthy and the rest of the Packers front office failed to gather a playoff caliber team to be lead by Rodgers and the poor offense ran by McCarthy lead to a season like this.
Mike McCarthy has spent 13 seasons with Green Bay where he has a coaching record of 125-77 to go alongside with a Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh in 2010.
Sitting at 4-7-1 this season, the Packers will turn to offensive coordinator Joe Philbin to take over as head coach for the remainder of this lost season.
Pro Football News: November 30th, 2018
Kansas City Chiefs (NFL): Chiefs release RB Kareem Hunt following TMZ leak – TMZ.com
Rightfully so and right decision by the Kansas City Chiefs. Kareem Hunt, 23, was involved in an incident in Ohio back in February which saw him shove a girl which later resulted in him kicking her.
The Kansas City Chiefs dished out the release papers due to the fact that Hunt had lied to the team about the incident when it was first brought to their attention shortly after it happened. Hunt was placed on the Commissioners Exempt List which likely would have ended his season but the Chiefs decided to cut all times with the second year back.
This season, Hunt currently has 824 rushing yards, 378 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns (7 rushing/ 7 receiving). For the Chiefs, the team will turn to Spencer Ware as their feature back for the remainder of the season. As for Kareem, he will still be looking at a league suspension and will wait for the commissioner’s decision to remove him from the list to continue his NFL career at a later date.
Authors Take (Justin Kish): Honestly, this is the right move by the Kansas City Chiefs. Hitting women is not tolerated at all and the Chiefs laid down the law. Some may compare this situation to Ray Rice’s years ago but when it comes down to the time in their careers when it happened Rice was on a decline and Hunt is playing at an elite level. Though I do see a return in sight for Kareem, it will take time and I would predict it could be settled in the offseason.
Pro Football News: November 26th, 2018
Cincinnati Bengals (NFL): QB Andy Dalton placed on I.R (thumb), claimed Tom Savage off waivers – Pro Football Talk
The injury of Andy Dalton was far more serve. Andy Dalton sustained ligament damage in his thumb on his throwing hand while attempting to recover an overthrown snap on Sunday vs. Cleveland.
Dalton was later pulled from the game and was replaced by now starter Jeff Driskel. The addition of Tom Savage was a sign that likely Dalton would be out Sunday and with the exact details of the injury and the team’s decision to place him on I.R., Dalton is done for the season. Andy Dalton finishes the 2018 season with 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions for 2,566 yards.
The Bengals could come down to making a decision on Dalton this offseason as he is due a hefty $16.2 million in 2019 in which by cutting them they would save that with no dead money. It will be quite an interesting offseason for Cincinnati.
Indianapolis Colts (NFL): Colts TE Jack Doyle out for the season with kidney injury – Stephen Holder of The Athletic
Injuries continue to plague the promising career of Jack Doyle. Following the team’s victory over Miami, Colts head coach Frank Reich spoke to the media (via conference call) and said that Doyle went to the hospital and underwent a procedure which would end his season, and a return in 2019 is a go. Going forward, the Colts will resume with Eric Ebron as their go-to tight end as he continues to be a prime factor in the Colts passing game. In Sunday’s win over Miami, Ebron caught two touchdown passes. Mo Alie-Cox will be upgraded to backup tight end for the remainder of the season.
Arizona Cardinals (NFL): Cardinals waived OT Andre Smith & CB Bene Benwikere – Adam Schefter of ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals are full fledge cleaning mode as this is their second consecutive week they are slowly but surely cutting players. This week offensive tackle Andre Smith and another corner in Bene Benwikere were waived. The notable of the two is Benewikere who has started 8 games for the team this season but has also seen his share of down performances this season and his performance vs. Los Angeles on Sunday did it in for him.
The Arizona Cardinals currently have Patrick Peterson, David Amerson, Leonard Johnson, and rookie Chris Jones at cornerback for the remainder of the season. Both Smith and Benwikere will be subject to waivers before hitting free agency.
Pro Football News: November 25th, 2018
San Francisco 49ers (NFL): 49ers waived LB Reuben Foster – Adam Schefter of ESPN
This was the final straw. Reuben Foster is being waived after he was arrested yesterday night after a domestic violence charge was filed against him, his second this year. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, this claim is coming from Foster’s on-and-off again relationship with Elissa Ennis who said, Foster, slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area, and slapped her with an open hand on the left side of her face. There was a scratch visible on her face as well.
This season, Foster opened the season up with a two-game suspension due to his off the field run-in’s and with this arrest, it would be hard to see if a team will give him another shot. With Foster out of San Francisco, rising linebacker Fred Warner will move to outside with Elijah Lee moving up to starting middle linebacker. The 49ers will make another roster move in the next day or so. We will continue to provide updates on the developing story involving Reuben Foster.
Pro Football News: November 24th, 2018
Baltimore Ravens (NFL): Ravens released OL Hroniss Grasu – Ian Rapoport of NFL Network
Signed to a one-year contract back in September. Hroniss Grasu has been healthy all season long but has not been used the majority of the season. With this release having nothing to do to injury, Grasu should find a new home in no-time for a team looking to add depth at offensive line.
Pro Football News: November 20th, 2018
Arizona Cardinals (NFL): Cardinals released cornerback Jamar Taylor – Mike Garafolo of NFL Network
After being acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Browns back in May, the Arizona Cardinals officially parted ways with the struggling corner. On Sunday, it likely make or break it time for Taylor as he has struggled for the majority of the season and on Sunday a touchdown to Jared Cook on the opening drive that sealed the deal on his career in Arizona. Jamar Taylor will now be on the waiver wire and could get looks from team’s looking for cornerback depth. The Cardinals will move forward with four active corners.
Arizona Cardinals (NFL): Cardinals waived kicker Matt McCrane
Rookie kicker Matt McCrane returned to Arizona this past week to fill in for the injured Phil Dawson who was sidelined this week with a hip injury. This releasing is a clear sign that Dawson is healthy and will be ready to play Sunday vs. Los Angeles Chargers. McCrane will look for his potential third team this season.
Washington Redskins (NFL): Redskins sign quarterback Mark Sanchez – Field Yates of ESPN
This just shows how stacked the quarterback free agent market is (sarcasm). Mark Sanchez was in the news back in April when the league handed down a four-game PED suspension and now he has resurfaced. After losing Alex Smith for the season, the Redskins worked out T.J. Yates, Kellen Clemens, E.J. Manuel, and Sanchez to backup Colt McCoy and Sanchez won it out. Sanchez is a short-term stay in Washington.
Pro Football News: October 18th, 2018
Los Angeles Chargers (NFL): Chargers DT Corey Liuget out for the season due with a knee injury
During the post-game media press conference, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn confirmed that defensive tackle Corey Liuget will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn quad tendon. Liuget left Sunday’s loss to the Broncos in the second quarter where he will later walk off the field and later carted to the back. For a second consecutive week, the Chargers lose a key playmaker on defense with linebacker Denzel Perryman gone for the season last week and now Liuget this week. Going forward, Brandon Mebane will continue to fill the role but rookie defensive tackle Justin Jones will get time now. (Source: Eric Williams of ESPN)
Oakland Raiders (NFL): Raiders RB Doug Martin (ankle) held out in second half vs. Arizona
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden held out running back Doug Martin during the second half of Sunday’s win vs. Arizona due to an “ankle injury”. The Raiders skipper spoke to CBS Sports and said that Martin had to be “shot up” at halftime which resulted in his absence in the second half. This is quite a fuzzy situation as Gruden did not determine immediately that Martin was hurt which could bring the league in and investigate the matter at hand. Jalen Richard finished the game for the Raiders in the second half. We will keep you updated on this on-going situation. (Source: CBS Sports)