Bills QB Tyrod Taylor has been medically cleared from his January groin surgery, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Buffalo has until March 11 to decide whether to pick up Taylor's $27.5M option bonus. Reports on whether they'll do so have been all over the board. If they don't, it'd start another rebuilding process at the position for the Bills. That'd be bad news for WR Sammy Watkins.
On the same day they announced their relocation to Los Angeles, the Chargers named Anthony Lynn their new HC. Lynn has 17 seasons of experience in the NFL, but all but 1 of those were spent as a special teams or RB coach. Lynn was promoted to OC in Buffalo prior to Week 3 of this past season and was then named interim HC for the season finale. The Bills averaged 25.8 points per game under Lynn's watch -- a mark that would have ranked 8th league-wide. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Chargers are hoping to retain OC Ken Whisenhunt and hire Gus Bradley as DC.
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is undergoing surgery on Thursday to address a core muscle injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This is presumably the "severe groin injury" that he played through over the last month of the season. Taylor is expected to need 6 weeks to recover, so it shouldn't impact his offseason much. The big question, of course, is whether he'll remain in Buffalo.
The Chargers have fired HC Mike McCoy. He went 28-38 in his 4-year tenure, including just 9 wins over the past 2 seasons. And a bunch of those were ugly, late-game meltdowns. Whoever takes over in San Diego will have an aging-but-still-effective QB in Philip Rivers and a young group of talented skill-position guys in Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Hunter Henry.
Chargers ILB Denzel Perryman (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Chiefs. That doesn't alter the San Diego team defense outlook. Jatavis Brown is the best tackle bet.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry will be "featured" in 2017, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, despite TE Antonio Gates' plan to return for another season. Henry played behind Gates this year but turned in an impressive campaign at a tough position for rookies. Henry hauled in 32 of 48 targets (66.7%) for 349 yards (13.7 YPC) and 7 TDs. He'll carry top-10 upside in 2017 fantasy drafts -- and Gates' return could keep his ADP down.
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor played through a "severe groin injury" for the past month, according to the Buffalo News' Vic Carucci. He didn't show any signs of it on the field, averaging 35.3 rushing yards over his last 4 games -- just a slight decrease from his 39.9 over the first 11. Carucci adds that the groin injury "could need more attention in offseason," presumably meaning surgery. Taylor's health and employer will be worth closely monitoring over the next few months.
The Bills will bench QB Tyrod Taylor for Sunday's finale vs. the Jets, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "This is a business decision so the Bills are not at risk for the $30.75 million left on his contract that would become guaranteed if Taylor suffered a significant injury," Schefter reports. The team will need to decide this offseason whether it wants to exercise Taylor's option and sign him through 2021 or release him. He had an up-and-down 2016 campaign, finishing with a 61.7% completion rate, 6.9 yards per attempt, 17 TDs and 6 INTs. QB E.J. Manuel will start against the Jets this weekend. He's just a QB2 flier and is a downgrade for WR Sammy Watkins.
Chargers DE/OLB Joey Bosa left in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's loss at Carolina with a neck injury. We'll watch for updates on his status.
The Chargers have ruled LB Jatavis Brown (knee) and CB Brandon Flowers (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Texans. That leaves Korey Toomer starting next to LB Denzel Perryman, who's ready to return from his hamstring injury. Perryman's a halftime player when healthy, so we'd bet on Toomer retaining a 3-down role and a solid IDP profile this week.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. He’ll operate as the #2 TE but could still play a decent-sized role in the passing attack with WR Travis Benjamin out. Henry is still just a TE2, though.
Vikings DT Linval Joseph (shoulder) is active for today's game against Washington. He's a risky IDP play after missing the 1st 2 days of practice this week and putting in only a limited workout Friday. The defense will miss slot CB Captain Munnerlyn (ankle) who's inactive.
The Chargers have ruled LB Jatavis Brown (knee) and LB Denzel Perryman (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. That again leaves Korey Toomer as the only San Diego ILB worth your IDP attention. He tied for the team lead in snaps played last week. OLB Melvin Ingram was the team's only other LB to crack 40% playing time.
Vikings DT Linval Joseph (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game at Washington. He returned to a limited practice Friday but missed the week's 1st 2 workouts. We'll check on his status Sunday.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. He put in 3 limited practices this week, putting him on track to play. Henry had fallen back behind Antonio Gates before the injury, though, and is only a TE2 for Week 10.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) returned to practice on Wednesday. He was limited, but this still gives him a good shot to return for this weekend's game against the Dolphins. The rookie totaled just 7 targets in his previous 2 games and is a low-floor fantasy play. But his return puts a slight dent in TE Antonio Gates' outlook.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Titans. He didn't practice all week, so he might be looking at a multi-game absence. Henry's loss should mean even more volume for TE Antonio Gates, who's already seen 19 targets over his last 2 outings.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. The rookie appears to be in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Titans. That'd raise the target projection for TE Antonio Gates.
Chargers ILB Denzel Perryman (shoulder, foot) is active for today's game at Denver, despite entering the day questionable with a pair of injuries. He plays about half of the defensive snaps even at full health, though, and thus makes for a risky IDP option.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (concussion) is active for today’s game against the Broncos. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday and should be ready for his usual role today. Henry posted a 6-83-1 line on Denver 2 weeks ago.
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