The Giants added Florida WR Kadarius Toney with the 20th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Toney has just 1 season of experience as a full-time WR. He was a dual-threat QB in high school and spent his first 3 years at Florida splitting time between WR, RB and Wildcat QB. Toney broke out at WR this past season, though, leading the Gators with 70 catches and 984 receiving yards and finishing 2nd to TE Kyle Pitts with 10 TDs. He added another 161 yards and a score on 19 carries. Toney is a fun watch. He has elite start-stop and change-of-direction ability. And his combination of vision, burst, contact balance and leg drive make him 1 of the best after-catch receivers in this class. Toney flashes potential as a route runner but has a ways to go in that department. There are also durability and character concerns here. Toney missed 10 games at Florida with shoulder and shin injuries and was involved in 2 off-field incidents involving guns. As a pro, he projects as a slot receiver who can also add value on end arounds, jet sweeps, etc. We’ll see exactly how he fits in a WR corps alongside Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton.
The Giants and WR Kenny Golladay agreed to a 4-year, $72 million deal with $40 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Golladay's market seemed cooler than expected, but he reportedly had the Giants and Bears hot for him. He ends up getting $18 million per season to become the league's 6th-highest-paid WR. Golladay gives the Giants a true alpha -- something that can't be said about WRs Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton. He immediately becomes the favorite to lead the team in targets, although OC Jason Garrett and QB Daniel Jones add risk to the landing spot.
The Lions don't plan on using their franchise tag on WR Kenny Golladay, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. So the 27-year-old will hit the free-agent market next week. Golladay's 2020 was wrecked by a hip injury, but he posted 70-1,063-5 and 65-1,190-11 lines in 2018 and 2019, ranking among the top 25 WRs in yards per route run both years. He figures to garner big money from his next team. The Lions' WR depth chart, meanwhile, now reads: Tyrell Williams, Quintez Cephus, Geronimo Allison. They'll certainly add to the position in free agency and/or the draft.
The Lions are set to hire Anthony Lynn as OC, according to insider Michael Lombardi. Lynn struggled -- particularly with in-game management -- as Chargers HC over the past 4 seasons, but all 4 of those squads finished top 11 in total yards. In his only previous OC stint, Lynn led the 2016 Bills to a 16th-place finish in yards and 10th place in points. That team led the league in rushing yards, yards per carry and TDs -- with RB LeSean McCoy going for 1,267 yards and QB Tyrod Taylor for 580. Lynn is a former RBs coach, and especially with Detroit breaking in a new QB, we'd expect a run-leaning attack in 2021.
The Lions are finalizing a deal to make Dan Campbell their new HC, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Campbell spent 10 seasons playing TE in the league and has been in the coaching ranks for the past 11. The first 6 of those came in Miami -- primarily as a TEs coach, with a 12-game stint as interim HC in 2015. Campbell has been assistant HC and TEs coach in New Orleans under Sean Payton for the last 5 years. It's a relatively uninspiring hire, but we'll see who Campbell brings aboard as OC.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) is out for Sunday's finale vs. the Vikings. He'll hit free agency in March off a disappointing 5-game season. WR Marvin Jones, TE T.J. Hockenson and RB D'Andre Swift should be the top 3 options in Detroit's passing game this weekend.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) is out for Saturday's game vs. the Bucs. WR Marvin Jones and TE T.J. Hockenson will continue to operate as the top 2 options in the passing game.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) is out for this weekend’s game vs. the Titans. We’re not expecting to see him again this season. WR Marvin Jones and TE T.J. Hockenson will continue to serve as the top 2 options in Detroit’s passing game.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) remained sidelined on Wednesday. We'd be surprised if he played again this season. Fantasy owners certainly shouldn't be counting on him in Week 15.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) is out for Sunday’s game against the Packers. He remained sidelined in practice all week and has no timetable for return. WR Marvin Jones and TE T.J. Hockenson will continue to serve as the top 2 options in Detroit’s passing game.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) remained sidelined on Wednesday. Don't expect him to play against the Packers this weekend. WR Marvin Jones has averaged 8.8 targets, 5.8 catches and 71 yards per game with Golladay out over the past 5 weeks.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bears. He remained sidelined in practice all week and has no timetable for return. WR Danny Amendola (hip) practiced all week and will return for Sunday’s game. He’s just a low-upside PPR option.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. Fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on getting him back for this weekend's game vs. the Bears. We'll see if his status changes over the next couple of days.
Lions WRs Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip) are out for Thursday's game against the Texans. That leaves Marvin Jones and Marvin Hall as Detroit's top 2 WRs, with Jamal Agnew, Mohamed Sanu and Quintez Cephus rounding out the depth chart.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay still did not participate in practice Tuesday because of the hip injury that has cost him the past 2 games. Golladay looks like a weak bet to play on Thanksgiving.
Lions WRs Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola are out for this weekend’s game against the Panthers. Golladay was limited on Wednesday before sitting out on Thursday and Friday, so it looks like he suffered a setback. Marvin Jones, Marvin Hall and Quintez Cephus figure to operate as Detroit’s top 3 WRs on Sunday.
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