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Lions new assistant HC/RBs coach Duce Staley talked up RB D'Andre Swift on Wednesday. "When I look at D'Andre, I do think he's a three-down back and like I said, he has some special traits I can't wait to get my hands on, so I'm excited about that," Staley said. "You can get 18 carries and seven touches as far as receptions and you have 25 touches, which is what you want from your star back." It's the time of the year when coaches toss around touch projections for the coming season, so don't go expecting 25 touches per game from Swift. But it's clear the new coaching staff is high on the Georgia product, despite not being around when he was drafted. There's RB1 upside here if Swift gets feature-back usage.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is told that there will be an "open competition" this offseason between Rams QBs Jared Goff and John Wolford. Goff has been far too inconsistent from game to game in 4 seasons under Sean McVay -- but it'd frankly be a major surprise if he lost a battle to Wolford, a former undrafted free agent who didn't even complete 60% of his passes at Wake Forest. The takeaway here, though, is that Goff is on thin ice in Los Angeles. We'll see if the Rams add any additional competition this offseason.

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.

Rams QB Jared Goff (thumb) was a full-go in Tuesday's practice, while QB John Wolford (stinger) was sidelined. HC Sean McVay wouldn't say who will start vs. the Packers on Saturday, but it's seemingly trending toward Goff. We'll continue to monitor the situation.

Rams QB Jared Goff (thumb) is active for today's game against the Seahawks. "No word yet on if he's starting or if he's the emergency QB," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted. We'll see whether Goff's actually starting this game or if it's John Wolford. You shouldn't be using him in fantasy either way.

Rams QB John Wolford "took the majority of snaps" in practice this week and is "prepared to start," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Jared Goff reportedly threw well this week despite his injured thumb and is "pushing to play." HC Sean McVay has yet to decide which guy will start, per Rapoport. We'll see about this situation on Saturday.

Rams QB Jared Goff (thumb) is listed as questionable for Saturday's Wild Card game vs. the Seahawks after a limited week of practice. HC Sean McVay has been non-committal on Goff's status, but The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue notes that Goff had "good velocity" on short- and medium-range passes on Thursday. Goff said afterward that he's "progressing well." It seems like he has a legitimate chance to start this weekend. We'll find out for sure around 3 pm ET on Saturday.

Rams QB Jared Goff (thumb) put in his 2nd straight limited practice on Wednesday. The team is clearly holding out hope that he can make it back for Saturday's Wild Card game vs. the Seahawks, although NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said earlier this week that it'd be "challenging." We'll continue to monitor Goff's progress over the next couple of days.

Browns LG Joel Bitonio and WR KhaDarel Hodge have tested positive for COVID and are out for Sunday's Wild Card game vs. the Steelers. Bitonio, one of the best Gs in the league, is the big loss. Hodge's absence locks Donovan Peoples-Jones in as Cleveland's #3 WR for this one. HC Kevin Stefanski also has COVID and won't be available for the Steelers game. The Browns offense is in an extremely tough spot.

Lions LB Jamie Collins (neck) is inactive for the 2nd straight game today against the Vikings. Without Collins last week, Jahlani Tavai led the LBs in playing time at 81%, with Jarrad Davis following at 51% and Reggie Ragland 3rd at 49%. Davis led the group with 9 tackles (though just 4 of those solos). This isn't a situation worth targeting for IDP lineups.

Lions LB Jamie Collins (neck) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings. After missing Week 16, he put in just a single limited practice Friday. He doesn't look like a good bet for this game. We'll check his status Sunday morning.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams (quad) isn’t listed on the final injury report and will return for Sunday’s game vs. the Bears. We’re curious to see how reps are split between Williams and A.J. Dillon behind Aaron Jones after the rookie’s Week 16 breakout. Neither Williams nor Dillon can be trusted in Week 17 fantasy lineups.

The Rams have placed DE Michael Brockers on the COVID list. The only way he could make it back to the active roster before Sunday's game would be if Brockers qualifies as a "medium-risk close contact" and tests negative into the weekend. We'd bet on Brockers missing the game, though. That can only help the matchup for Cardinals QB Kyler Murray and the Arizona RBs.

Rams QB Jared Goff had surgery Monday on his broken and dislocated right thumb, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That almost definitely means he'll miss Sunday's regular-season finale against Arizona, but Goff hopes to be back for the playoffs -- if his team gets in. John Wolford will start in his place Sunday. He's basically an unknown with no NFL snaps behind him. Downgrade Rams pass-catchers for Week 17.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Rams QB Jared Goff could wait until after the season to have surgery on the right thumb he dislocated and fractured in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. He reports that Goff is "adamant about attempting to play through" the injury. The QB will have more tests on the area Monday and will need to see how the thumb handles the practice week. If Goff can't go, John Wolford would step in. Given that a healthy Goff hasn't been particularly good lately, we're certainly not planning to trust him in fantasy if we don't have to.

Rams QB Jared Goff hurt his right thumb in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Rams have some concern he might not be able to play in the regular-season finale. Goff suffered a dislocation, and the team fears it might be broken -- even though Goff returned against Seattle after getting the thumb popped back in. His backup is John Wolford, who has yet to take a snap in the NFL. An undrafted rookie signed by the Jets in 2018, Wolford had a nice half-season in the AAF in 2019 before the league disbanded. We'll watch for updates after Goff undergoes further evaluation back in L.A.

Update: NFL Network's Michael Silver reports that the thumb is broken. That figures to mean no Goff for Week 17.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams (quad) is inactive for tonight's game vs. the Titans. Look for Aaron Jones to dominate backfield work.

Lions LB Jamie Collins (neck) and S Jayron Kearse (hip) are inactive for today’s game against the Buccaneers. Kearse’s absence could mean a return to starter duty for Tracy Walker. Playing time for Lions LBs behind Collins lacks claruty

Packers RB Jamaal Williams (quad) missed practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game vs. the Titans. His absence will leave rookie A.J. Dillon as the #2 RB -- but Aaron Jones should dominate backfield work. He set season highs with a 90% snap rate and 20 carries after Williams exited early in last week's game.

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