Lions HC Matt Patricia revealed that WR Kenny Golladay hurt his hamstring in Wednesday's practice. Golladay didn't take part in the portion of Thursday's practice open to the media. We'll see how he's listed on the official injury report, but it looks like his Week 1 availability is in question.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay was limited in Wednesday's practice with a hamstring issue. The fact that he participated should mean he'll be ready for Sunday, but we'll keep an eye on the situation.
Jaguars HC Doug Marrone says it will be "a while" before RB Ryquell Armstead is ready to play. Armstead is back on the COVID list after opening camp there. He also missed time this summer with a groin injury, so he hasn't practiced much. It'll be Devine Ozigbo, Chris Thompson and James Robinson in Jacksonville's backfield at least for Week 1. None is an exciting fantasy option out of the gate -- but they're all worth stashing in most leagues.
The Jaguars have placed RB Ryquell Armstead on the COVID list. It's the 2nd time he's landed there. Armstead also dealt with a groin injury throughout camp, according to ESPN's Michael DiRocco. It's looking like it'll be Chris Thompson, Devine Ozigbo and James Robinson in Jacksonville's backfield for Week 1.
The Giants on Monday agreed to a 1-year deal with free-agent DB Logan Ryan. It's not yet clear where they'll play the former Titans CB, though the New York Post reports a source said, "Everywhere. He's a Swiss Army knife." Ryan has experience with HC Joe Judge and DC Patrick Graham from working with both in New England. And the Giants certainly have room -- and a need -- for Ryan throughout the secondary. He might not practice with the team until next week, but a significant Week 1 role seems likely. Ryan is worth a late shot in IDP drafts of at least moderate depth.
Giants rookie S Xavier McKinney broke his left foot and will have surgery Wednesday afternoon, according to ESPN's Field Yates. There's no word yet on his recovery timeline, but we should expect McKinney to miss at least the beginning of the regular season. Julian Love and Nate Ebner look like candidates to replace McKinney in the lineup. Fellow starter Jabrill Peppers also gains tackle upside from the injury. He's the only 1 among those 3 we'd target in IDP drafts right now.
Bengals WR John Ross returned to training camp on Sunday. He missed 11 days to take care of his son and the boy's mother, who both tested positive for COVID. Ross will resume competing for snaps with Tee Higgins and Auden Tate behind A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd on Cincinnati's depth chart.
The Giants signed K Graham Gano. The 33-year-old missed the entire 2019 campaign with a knee injury but sports a career 82.1% FG conversion rate across 10 seasons. Gano will compete with Chandler Catanzaro for the starting job in New York. Avoid the situation in fantasy drafts until we get a winner.
Bengals WR John Ross has left training camp to take care of his son and the boy's mother after they both tested positive for COVID. He should re-join the team well before Week 1, assuming he doesn't catch the virus himself. The missed time is bad news for a guy battling with rookie Tee Higgins and Auden Tate for snaps behind A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay has been removed from the COVID list. We don't know whether he actually had the virus, but it's a non-issue for now.
Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) avoided the PUP list to open training camp. He spent the offseason rehabbing from December Lisfranc surgery but was running and cutting by the end of June. Durability has been a major problem for Engram, who's missed 14 games over 3 NFL seasons. But he's also consistently produced as a top 7 fantasy TE when he's been on the field. He's a risk/reward pick at his 7th-round ADP.
The Panthers have released K Graham Gano. That leaves the starting job for now to K Joey Slye, who connected on 78% of FG attempts and 87% of XPs last year. Carolina might still bring in competition if Slye struggles in August.
The Lions placed WR Kenny Golladay on the COVID reserve list. As you probably know by now, this either means Golladay tested positive for the virus or was in close contact with someone who did. He's eligible to be removed from the list as soon as he's cleared by doctors. This shouldn't impact Golladay's availability for the start of the 2020 season, but we'll definitely keep an eye on him.
The Raiders signed RB Devontae Booker. The former Bronco has mustered just 3.8 yards per carry over 4 NFL seasons but has averaged 8.3 yards per catch on 105 grabs. He'll compete for a pass-catching role in Las Vegas. Booker is far from a lock to make the final roster, but his addition is another sign that the Raiders aren't ready to hand RB Josh Jacobs a 3-down, workhorse role. The team has also re-signed RB Jalen Richard and drafted RB Lynn Bowden this offseason.
The Giants spent the 4th pick of Round 2 in the NFL Draft on S Xavier McKinney. The Alabama alum brings a versatile skill set to a secondary that let FS Antoine Bethea walk after the season. McKinney tallied 169 tackles, 11.5 for losses, 6 sacks, 15 passes defensed and 5 INTs over 2 seasons starting for the Tide. He'll be worth a look later in your dynasty rookie drafts and on the 2020 redraft radar.
NFL Network reports that the Giants have reached a 3-year, $30 million deal with free-agent LB Blake Martinez. The former Packer spent the past 3 years as an IDP stud after arriving in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. He now moves to a Giants D under new leadership. DC Patrick Graham has spent just 1 season to date as an NFL coordinator: 2019 with the Dolphins. We'll see exactly what his plan is for the LBs. Miami generally found more playing time last season for a 2nd ILB, though, than Green Bay did over the past 3 years. Martinez could lose some tackles off his elite totals from Green Bay -- especially if 2019 rookie Ryan Connelly is all the way back from his ACL tear by September. Expect Martinez to remain prominently in starter territory in our 2020 IDP rankings, but he might slip out of the LB1 range in our initial projections. New Packers LB Christian Kirksey, meanwhile, looks well set up for strong fantasy numbers.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Giants have agreed to a 3-year, $45 million deal (including $32 million guaranteed) with CB James Bradberry. The former Panther has defensed 10+ passes in each of his 4 seasons but topped out at 3 INTs in 2019. Bradberry should remain a solid but unspectacular IDP option in a weak Giants offense.
The Giants on Friday officially announced Jason Garrett as OC, Patrick Graham as DC and Thomas McGaughey as special-teams coordinator. Garrett, of course, spent the past 9.5 years as HC of the Cowboys. He spent the 3.5 years before that as Cowboys OC. Over those 13 seasons, Dallas finished among the league's top 11 in yards 9 times and inside the league's top half in scoring 11 times. Garrett's offenses didn't favor rushing vs. passing, instead seeming to lean toward the talent available. We'll break down his potential impact further as we move toward training camp. Graham spent 2019 as the Dolphins' DC, 2018 as Green Bay's LBs coach/run-game coordinator and the previous 2 seasons as Giants DL coach. We don't have enough on him yet to gauge the impact on scheme. We'll see about Graham's plan for the defense.
The Giants will hire Joe Judge as their next HC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's an out-of-nowhere move. Judge spent the past 8 seasons in New England -- the first 7 as a special teams coach and 2019 as the WRs coach. Prior to that, he worked under Nick Saban at Alabama. At just 38 years old, he's now the league's 2nd-youngest HC. Frankly, that's about all we know about Judge at this point. We'll see who he tabs as his OC.
The Giants will fire HC Pat Shurmur, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Shurmur compiled a 9-23 record in 2 seasons at the helm in New York. We'll see who the G-Men tab as their next HC. They have an excellent core on offense with QB Daniel Jones, RB Saquon Barkley, WRs Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Darius Slayton and TE Evan Engram.
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