Dolphins DE Cameron Wake on Saturday signed a 2-year extension. The pact will pay him $15 million, with $10 million of that guaranteed, according to ESPN.com. Wake's season ended last November with an Achilles' tear, and now he reportedly gets the largest contract ever for a pass-rusher older than 33. We don't have the cap details of the new deal yet, but the veteran was set to count $9.8 million against the 2016 cap. This seems like a move to clear cap space for the team, with Wake no lock to return to form this season. IDP owners should remain wary of the 34-year-old. And if you see an opportunity to sell Wake for value in a dynasty format, take it.
The Titans selected RB Derrick Henry with the 45th pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Henry puts massive checks in the measurable and production boxes. After sharing the backfield with (and outproducing) T.J. Yeldon in 2014, Henry busted out as a true junior this past season. He toted the rock 395 times for 2,219 yards (5.6 YPC) and 28 TDs. All 3 of those marks rank among the top 8 in NCAA history. Henry checked into the Combine at 6’3, 247 pounds and ran a 4.54-second 40-yard dash. He also posted strong marks in the vertical, broad and 60-yard shuttle. It earned him a SPARQ score in the 82nd percentile at his position — best among the top RBs in this draft class. The knocks against Henry are a lack of change-of-direction and pass-catching ability. He’s a downhill runner who needs a clear runway to get going. And he totaled just 17 receptions over 3 college seasons, including 11 as the clear starter this past year. Henry will spend 2016 as DeMarco Murray’s backup but could take over as the starter as early as 2017. Murray turned 28 this past February.
The Titans spent a 2nd-round pick on Penn State DT Austin Johnson. At 6'4, 314 pounds, Johnson projects as a NT in Tennessee's 3-4 front. Don't expect much IDP value from him.
The 2016 Miami Dolphins offense will have “elements of what the Colts and Broncos ran with Peyton Manning,” per the Miami Herald. Both HC Adam Gase and OC Clyde Christensen have coached Manning, so the connection is clear. “The attraction to this job is I really enjoyed those years in Indy where we were aggressive, we were no-huddle, the players had fun,” Christensen said. “I would say this is the way I’d like to play. We did it an awful lot of years in Indy and it’s kind of fun. There’s always something new. It’s wide open and you spread them out and you pop some runs in there. I like this style of play.” Ryan Tannehill regressed in 2015, but Miami’s new coaching staff gives some hope for a rebound. He’ll likely come at a discount in summer drafts.
The Titans on Wednesday announced longtime coach Dick LeBeau as their new DC. He spent 2015 as Tennessee's assistant HC for defense -- how that balanced with DC Ray Horton's role, we don't really know -- after 11 seasons as Pittsburgh's coordinator. LeBeau's final 2 Steelers defenses slipped to middling, which led to the team setting him free. But he coached 3 straight units to top-6 finishes in both scoring and yardage before those 2 campaigns. We'll see what he can do with a Tennessee D that has some talent but also still appears to be a few pieces away from turning into a strong group. The Titans have sported some spot-start value as a team D over the past couple of years, though, and will be worth watching this offseason.
The Titans have chosen to remove Mike Mularkey's interim tag and make him the new HC. Tennessee went just 2-7 after Mularkey stepped in for deposed HC Ken Whisenhunt, albeit while dealing with QB Marcus Mariota's 2nd knee injury. The Tennessean reports that the team is expected to replace OC Jason Michael and that DC Ray Horton is expected to leave for the asme position with the Browns. Mularkey has fared well as an NFL OC but carries just an 18-39 record through 4.5 seasons as a head man. He doesn't seem like an inspired choice here, though we'll see what assistants he brings in. For fantasy purposes, though, the continuity should help Mariota, who has already flashed exciting fantasy upside.
Dolphins HC Dan Campbell labeled QB Ryan Tannehill "day to day" with an ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Colts. "My gut says he should be ready to go" for this weekend's game against the Patriots. A banged-up Tannehill won't be a QB1 option for that one, though. He's totaled just 3 TDs in his last 4 games.
Washington LB Will Compton had an MRI Monday after hurting his neck in Sunday's win over Buffalo. The Washington Times reports that the results came back negative and that he suffered only a stinger. We'll see if that allows Compton to return for Saturday's game in Philly. He'll be a lower-level IDP option if active.
Falcons rookie DE Vic Beasley told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he has played all season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, which he aggravated in Sunday's win over Jacksonville. Beasley said he has "played well with it" and that he also played through the issue in college. The 1st-round pick has generated just 3 sacks and 5 total QB hits in his debut campaign, though. It's tough to know whether the shoulder has hindered him, but we'll be curious to track him through the offseason. Beasley retains plenty of long-term upside as a speedy edge rusher.
Titans OLB Derrick Morgan had surgery Monday to repair his injured shoulder, according to The Associated Press. He'll miss the rest of the season. David Bass has started in his place but provided just 0.5 sack total for the year.
The Titans have ruled out OLB Derrick Morgan (shoulder) for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Titans OLB Derrick Morgan is inactive for today's game against the Jaguars with a shoulder injury. His absence hurts the Tennessee defense but doesn't significantly alter their risk/reward profile as a fantasy team D for the week. The injury has limited Morgan for several weeks now.
Titans OLB Derrick Morgan is questionable for Week 13 against the Jaguars with a shoulder injury. He missed last week's game and played a limited role the week before. Morgan's not an IDP option. His availability doesn't make a huge difference to the team defense's outlook.
Titans OLB Derrick Morgan (shoulder) is inactive today against the Raiders. He played only a limited pass-rushing role last week while dealing with the injury. Losing Morgan doesn't alter much the already shaky outlook for the Tennessee team D.
Titans OLB Derrick Morgan (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders after missing practice Thursday and Friday. He played just 17 snaps in a situational rush role against the Jaguars in Week 11. HC Mike Mularkey told The Tennessean he expects a similar role in Week 12 if Morgan's active. We'll update his status Sunday morning, but Morgan's not usable in your IDP league. He'll mildly help the Titans' team D if available, but it's not a good matchup for Tennessee's sack potential. Oakland has allowed just 13 sacks for the season, tied for fewest in the league.
Titans OLB Derrick Morgan is active for tonight's game against the Jaguars despite entering the night questionable with a shoulder injury. He'll carry upside against a shaky Jacksonville line but hasn't produced much in the pass rush this year. Morgan's a weak IDP play.
Titans CB Perrish Cox (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Panthers. He joins CB Jason McCourty (groin) on the inactive list. That leaves Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Coty Sensabaugh starting for Tennessee. Neither makes for a particularly attractive IDP option.
The Titans have fired HC Ken Whisenhunt. He went 3-20 over the last season-and-a-half, getting out-scored to 597 to 379. Former TEs coach Mike Mularkey will take over as Tennessee's interim HC. He was Jacksonville's HC back in 2012, leading the Jags to a 2-14 record. Mularkey was also HC for the Bills in 2004 and 2005, compiling a 14-18 record. We doubt the coaching change makes much of a fantasy impact the rest of the way.
The Titans will have CB Jason McCourty (hamstring) and S Michael Griffin (knee) in the lineup today against the Texans. Griffin was probable and expected to play. McCourty had been questionable. The hammy still makes him a risk, but you can use him as you normally would in your IDP league.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Dolphins DE Cameron Wake tore his left Achilles' tendon in Thursday night's loss to the Patriots, just as everyone feared. That obviously ends Wake's season and might threaten his career. He'll turn 34 in January and has dealt with nagging injuries at times over the past couple of seasons. Colts OLB Robert Mathis actually suffered the same injury in summer 2014, heading into his age-33 season and has started just 1 game since. Already inconsistent against the run, Wake might turn into a pass-rush specialist for any time he has left on the field. He's tough to like as a long-term IDP factor. For this season, Derrick Shelby looks like the main replacement at left DE. Losing Wake obviously hurts the Miami team D as well, taking away its best pass-rusher and top sack producer.
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