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Pro Football News: November 6th, 2018
Detroit Lions (NFL): Lions waive running back Ameer Abdullah, re-signed Zach Zenner – Josh Alper of NBC Sports Network
- Ameer Abdullah was barely seeing the field this season as he was buried on the depth chart due to Kerryon Johnson, LeGarrette Blount, and Theo Riddick all playing ahead of him. This season, Abdullah has been playing sparingly with the Lions as he was only suited up for three games this year. Abdullah will now be subjected to waivers where he could get looks from teams looking to add a special teamer and running back depth. Taking his spot will be a familiar face with the Lions in Zach Zenner. Zenner, 27, dealt with injuries which lead to him being placed on I.R. but was recently released from I.R. and has now been brought back. Zenner will be used on special teams. The Lions also signed former Texans receiver Bruce Ellington.
Green Bay Packers (NFL): Packers waived struggling defensive back Jermaine Whitehead
- Over the past two weeks, Whitehead‘s performance in games has taken a step back. Two weeks ago vs. Los Angeles, he was blown in coverage by Rams running back Todd Gurley and then this past week he was in the news for throwing a punch at Patriots center David Andrews. This move does not make much sense as he has been one of the team’s better defensive backs and with Clinton-Dix being traded; now is not the time to be cutting players. Whitehead could get some looks on waivers for depth needy teams.
Pro Football News: November 5th, 2018
Los Angeles Chargers (NFL): Chargers waived kicker Caleb Sturgis, add Michael Badgley – Chargers Official Twitter
- There was no other option for Sturgis after putting up another poor kick performance. Sunday vs. Seattle, Sturgis left five needy points off the board as he missed a field goal and two extra points. The Chargers will return to kicker Michael Badgley who filled in for Sturgis who missed two games due to injury. This season, Badgley is a perfect 10-10 on field goals.
Washington Redskins (NFL): Paul Richardson, Shawn Lauvao, Brandon Scherff ruled out for the remainder of the season – Ian Rapoport of NFL Network
- Just the news that the Redskins and their fans did not want to hear. Paul Richardson (shoulder), Shawn Lauvao (torn ACL) and Brandon Scherff (torn pectoral) are all lost for the season due to their injuries sustained on Sunday vs. Atlanta. Paul Richardson’s injury is most notable as he has been dealing with a shoulder injury all season long and Sunday his shoulder finally gave out on him. The loss of Richardson will hurt the depth of the Redskins as they are still dealing with the ankle injury of Jamison Crowder. Going forward the Redskins will work with Crowder, Michael Floyd, Maurice Harris at receiver and joining the offensive line is Austin Howard formerly of the Colts, Jonathan Cooper formerly of the 49ers and Luke Bowanko formerly of the Jaguars.
Oakland Raiders (NFL): Raiders sign defensive end Kony Ealy – Ian Rapoport of NFL Network
- After working out for a number of teams in recent weeks including division rival Los Angeles Chargers, Kony Ealy finally finds a home with the Raiders. The Raiders are re-building and found an okay defensive end on a cheaper salary than Bruce Irvin’s $9 million 2019 salary. The former second-rounder will be joining the Raiders alongside former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jacquies Smith.
New England Patriots (NFL): Patriots sign former Raiders safety Obi Melifonwu – Adam Schefter of ESPN
- A former second-round pick in 2017 of the Oakland Raiders, Obi Melifonwu was out of Oakland after playing in only five games as injuries derailed him. This past summer, the Raiders finally parted ways with Melifonwu who later began working out for teams and after weighing offers from others he likely wanted to join a winning team who would give him a chance. He joins a Patriots secondary which features Patrick Chung, Jason McCourty and, Duron Harmon all of which he will learn under.
Pro Football News: November 4th, 2018
AAF League News: AAF announces championship game to be played in Las Vegas – League Twitter Account
- The AAF announced today that the league will hold their championship game this April in Las Vegas, Nevada. The game will be played at Sam Boyd Stadium home of the UNLV Rebels. The league’s first two championship games will be played at the stadium. There is rumors circling that the league could bring a team to Las Vegas in the near future.
Pro Football News: November 3rd, 2018
Arizona Cardinals (NFL): Cardinals released quarterback Sam Bradford
- It was just a travesty in his tenure in Arizona. Sam Bradford signed a massive contract back in March (2-year, $20 million dollar contract) but only last three games with the Cardinals before being benched to Josh Rosen and demoted to third string. With Bradford out of Arizona it not only hurts the Cardinals but also the Vikings. The Arizona Cardinals paid Bradford $10 million dollars ($3.5 million in salary and playtime incentives), the Cardinals gained a 6th round compensatory pick in 2019 while the Vikings lose a 3rd round compensatory pick to Arizona. Bradford will hit the waiver wire which he will likely clear and become a free agent. The struggling Cardinals continue to operate with Josh Rosen and Mike Glennon as their two active quarterbacks.
Green Bay Packers (NFL): Packers sign former Chargers punter Drew Kaser
- Drew Kaser struggled this season with the Los Angeles Chargers as he was rated in the bottom half of the league in punting yards. Drew Kaser’s early season struggles cost him his punting job to veteran Donnie Jones. Drew Kaser will now join the Packers which put’s the roster spot of rookie JK Scott in jeopardy.
Oakland Raiders (NFL): Raiders waive defensive end Bruce Irvin
- The Oakland Raiders have waived Bruce Irvin following the team’s blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football. This is a move that made a lot of sense as the Raiders could not find a team willing enough to pay Irvin’s $9 million dollar salary in 2019. According to sources, Bruce Irvin is very much interested in playing for a contender and New England and Seattle have brought up as possible suitors. Irvin should find a home relatively soon.
Pro Football News: October 27th, 2018
Free Agent: Receiver Jeremy Maclin will not play in 2018 due to hamstring surgery – Mike Garafolo of NFL Network
- Jeremy Maclin, 31, has been out of the league since he was cut the Baltimore Ravens back in March after signing a 2-year, $11 million dollar contract in 2017. This offseason, Maclin has been dealing with a hamstring injury which has been a result as to why he has not been working out for teams. Jeremy Maclin is set to undergo surgery and is wanting to continue his career in 2019. Maclin will face an uphill battle to crack a roster due to this operation and the fact that he is an aging veteran.
Pro Football News: October 26th, 2018
Arizona Hotshots announce five new signees including former Arizona State Sun Devil Devin Lucien
- The Arizona Hotshots announced this afternoon that they have signed five new members to their roster which includes former ASU wide receiver Devin Lucien. The full signees include guard Malcolm Bunche, linebacker Ryan Langford, guard Pace Murphy, punter Taylor Symmank, defensive end Rykeem Yates and Lucien. Devin Lucien, 25, had a productive year with the Sun Devils in 2015 before getting drafted by the Patriots in the 2016 NFL Draft in the 7th round. The signee reunites Lucien with former ASU quarterback Mike Bercovici who he caught 7 touchdowns from in 2015.
Pro Football News: October 23rd, 2018
Denver Broncos (NFL): Broncos waive quarterback Chad Kelly following trespassing arrest – Ian Rapoport of NFL Network
- It was a wild Monday for Chad Kelly as Kelly was arrested for criminal trespassing after Von Miller‘s Halloween party. It was reported that Kelly had a little to much to drink and got into an altercation with security and a guest at the party. Later, Chad Kelly was arrested at someone’s house and was mumbling his words when he was found. This is a disappointment in the eyes of the media and of Denver fans as Kelly had a lot of writing on the wall to become the next future leader in Denver. Chad Kelly, 24, has had a history of run-ins with the law enforcement dating back to his high school and Ole Miss days. Kelly will all than likely pass through waivers unclaimed due to this incident, he should resurface in the future at some time.
Pro Football News: October 22nd, 2018
Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL): Jaguars release running back Jamaal Charles – Ian Rapoport of NFL Network
- Last week, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Jamaal Charles as an insurance policy while Leonard Fournette continues to be sidelined with a hamstring injury. Out of the blue, the Jaguars and the Browns made a blockbuster deal which saw the Jaguars acquire Carlos Hyde from the Browns. The addition of Hyde easily put the roster spot of Charles at risk and now its officially been sealed. Charles will now attempt to find a home someplace else.
Dallas Cowboys (NFL): Cowboys release wide receiver Brice Butler after acquiring Amari Cooper – Jane Slater of NFL Network
- The arrival of Amari Cooper means the end of Brice Butler‘s second run with the team before it even got started. Brice Butler will now hit free agency and will be eligible to sign with any team interested.
San Francisco 49ers (NFL): 49ers resigned quarterback Tom Savage – 49ers Twitter
- The 49ers signed Tom Savage last week just to cut him days later. Tom Savage was to return as expected to continue to back up C.J. Beathard for the remainder of the season. Savage takes the roster spot of Adrian Colbert who lands on I.R. with a high ankle sprain.
Pro Football News: October 4th, 2018
Orlando Apollos (AAF): Apollos sign quarterbacks B.J. Daniels and Kevin Anderson to the roster
- Today, the Orlando Apollos announced the signing of two quarterbacks to their roster, B.J. Daniels and Kevin Anderson. BJ Daniels: B.J. Daniels is a local guy who played for the South Florida Bulls from 2008-2012. Following his college career, Daniels was drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft in the 7th round by the 49ers but did not crack their main roster, he was waived in October of 2013. Daniels would later be signed by the Seahawks where did not crack their roster at quarterback, more so at wide receiver but even still that did not save his spot. From 2015-2017 Daniels would jump around from team to team until he spent a cup of tea in the CFL and has now returned stateside. Kevin Anderson: Kevin Anderson is getting his first opportunity at professional football with the Apollos. Anderson recently graduated from Fordham in 2017 and never got a real shot in the NFL. Anderson comes to the Apollo in a learning role and be a backup entering their first season.
Salt Lake Stallions (AAF): Stallions sign former Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata to the roster
- The San Antonio Stallions announced that they have signed former Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata. Matt Asiata spent five seasons in the NFL, all were with the Minnesota Vikings from 2012-2016. In his five seasons, Asiata had 361 career carries for 1,259 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. Asiata joins a Stallions running back core which feature Juwan Thompson, Brandon Cottom, and Aaron Duckworth. Asiata could be the favorite to become the starting running back.