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In accomplished years, midseason NFL shakeups accept laid the foundation for aing Super Bowl wins.
Take the Seattle Seahawks, who traded for alive aback Marshawn Lynch in Oct. 2010. Three years later, they were Super Bowl champions. The aforementioned goes for the Philadelphia Eagles, who acquired alive aback Jay Ajayi from the Miami Dolphins aftermost October and went on to win their first-ever Super Bowl appellation a few months later.
A change at a key position can additionally ballista a aggregation to greater success. In 2012, the San Francisco 49ers fabricated a midseason alteration at quarterback, animate from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick. The then-25-year-old proceeded to advance his aggregation to an NFC appellation and a near-Super Bowl win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Some teams accept gotten a jump-start on midseason overhauls, such as the Oakland Raiders trading advanced receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants trading cornerback Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints. With the NFL’s Oct. 30 barter borderline rapidly approaching, added action should be on the horizon.
Below, go about the alliance and booty a attending at one move anniversary aggregation should accomplish at the amid point of the 2018 season.
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Following their blast 45-10 accident to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night, the Arizona Cardinals accursed abhorrent coordinator Mike McCoy and acknowledgment quarterbacks drillmaster Byron Leftwich to booty his place.
The 1-6 Cardinals shouldn’t stop there, as they accept no astute adventitious at the postseason.
Future Hall of Fame advanced receiver Larry Fitzgerald is conceivably in the final year of his career, and seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson wants to comedy elsewhere, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Cardinals should bind Peterson and body about a amount of quarterback Josh Rosen, alive aback David Johnson, advanced receiver Christian Kirk, edge-rusher Chandler Jones and assurance Budda Baker. Arizona could accelerate its clean by flipping Peterson for abstract advantage (ideally a first-round pick, if not more).
Arizona additionally needs to use Johnson added efficiently, as the NFL’s baton in yards from flat and touchdowns in 2016 is averaging a paltry 3.2 yards per carry. However, that concise affair pales in allegory to the team’s abiding concerns.
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The Atlanta Falcons are acceptance an boilerplate of 30.3 credibility per game, the NFL’s third-worst mark. They’ve absent safeties Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal to season-ending injuries, while linebacker Deion Jones was placed on afflicted assets afterwards Anniversary 1.
The breach is acceptable abundant to adhere with any team, but the aegis needs to get bigger for the Falcons to accept any adventitious of abiding to the playoffs.
One accessible band-aid is a assurance shakeup.
Scott Carasik of Falcons Wire appropriate the aggregation should bank assurance Jordan Richards. Kevin Knight of The Falcoholic offered advancement options such as Keith Tandy or Sharrod Neasman.
Tandy is a seven-year adept who was a atom amateur with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for six years. He adeptness be the bigger aces of the two, as Neasman has played abandoned 17 NFL amateur to date.
Injuries put Richards in a boxy spot, but the Falcons may charge to accomplish a bandy on the aback end.
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The Baltimore Ravens’ hasty advance charcoal dormant. The aggregation has the league’s third-fewest alive aback yards per carry, according to Football Outsiders.
Baltimore’s best abettor this year has been quarterback Lamar Jackson, who has rushed for 5.2 yards per attack on 20 attempts. It couldn’t aching to accord him a few added carries per d to get the arena d going.
The Ravens should accede giving Gus Edwards added opportunities, too. No. 1 aback Alex Collins has not fared able-bodied this year (3.6 yards per carry, two fumbles), while Buck Allen averaged abandoned 2.6 yards per carry.
The Ravens gave Edwards a attack in their 21-0 win over the Tennessee Titans in Anniversary 6, and he responded with 42 yards on 10 carries. He had two carries for aught yards adjoin the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, but Baltimore should accede giving Edwards 10 or so carries afresh to see what he can do.
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The Buffalo Bills accept some austere issues on offense. They’re aftermost in the alliance in credibility per game, and amateur quarterback Josh Allen is nursing an bend abrasion that will force him to absence at atomic one added game.
At 2-5, Buffalo is out of the playoff account admitting touting a aegis that ranks third in Football Outsiders’ DVOA (defense-adjusted amount over average). Aback the postseason is a aqueduct dream this year, the Bills should about-face their focus adjoin trading abroad abhorrent players who aren’t abiding fits.
Wideout Kelvin Benjamin could be one such example.
Benjamin’s banal has collapsed badly this season, as he’s bent abandoned 14 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown in seven games. The Cowboys were “monitoring” him, per ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano, but that was afore they traded for Amari Cooper.
If the Bills can accretion a bacteria for the 6’5″, 245-pound wideout, they should cut a deal.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Bills additionally were accommodating to accept to barter offers for alive aback LeSean McCoy, but they “want to accumulate him.” McCoy suffered a arch abrasion Sunday and is currently in the blow protocol, which may added complicate any barter negotiations.
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Carolina Panthers advanced receiver Curtis Samuel has bristles abhorrent touches in his aftermost three games. Two of those angry into touchdowns.
In an closing 33-31 win over the New York Giants in Anniversary 5, Samuel bulldozed his way to a 25-yard touchdown on a catch-and-run. On Sunday, he kick-started a 17-point improvement over the Philadelphia Eagles with a 14-yard touchdown run.
Samuel is quick, able and versatile. He’s able of demography handoffs to the abode and can additionally be a blackmail deep. He showcased his alive and accepting talents at Ohio State, as he ran for 7.5 yards per backpack on 172 attempts and additionally bent 107 passes for 1,249 yards and nine touchdowns in three years.
An injury-marred 2017 attack bantam his growth, and a affection action abandoned him for the aboriginal few weeks of this season. However, Samuel is now acceptable to go and has accepted to be a game-changer. He should get added opportunities affective forward.
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Although the Chicago Bears’ quarterback bearings has been alive for what seems like decades, advanced receiver Josh Bellamy has not fared decidedly able-bodied in a Chicago uniform. In 53 games, he’s bent abandoned 65 passes for 910 yards and bristles scores.
Bellamy is advancing off a decidedly asperous d adjoin the New England Patriots, as he went catchless on four targets.
Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly called for Kevin White to activate siphoning snaps from Bellamy, which could be a acceptable advantage affective forward.
White additionally hasn’t fared all that able-bodied in a Bears uniform, although injuries accept bound him to abandoned 11 amateur aback the Bears drafted him seventh all-embracing in 2015. He had two catches for 64 yards adjoin New England, which may put him in band for added targets.
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The Cincinnati Bengals accept issues on the appropriate ancillary of their abhorrent band and in their linebacker unit. They’ll anon charge to accomplish changes to abode both, one of which could be a bandy at appropriate guard.
Alex Redmond has accustomed the best pressures of any bouncer in the league, according to Pro Football Focus, and he’s 34th in PFF’s run-blocking grade. He’s additionally aboriginal leaguewide with bristles abhorrent captivation calls.
Cincinnati should accede authoritative Redmond a advancement and inserting Christian Westerman into the lineup. He’s played abandoned seven amateur (with two starts) aback the Bengals snagged him with a fifth-round aces in 2016, but with the aggregation on a two-game drift and crumbling in the AFC North, he may be account a attack as a starter.
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Cleveland Browns alive aback Duke Johnson Jr. has abandoned 38 touches through seven games. That’s a arrant abusage of his talent.
Johnson is an accomplished bifold blackmail who can run calmly (career boilerplate of 4.3 yards per carry) and t passes (he averaged 62.7 receptions per analysis from 2015 through 2017).
The fourth-year pro didn’t get abounding early-season opportunities, as Carlos Hyde toted the bedrock far added often. The Browns traded Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars afore their Anniversary 7 d adjoin the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Johnson accustomed abandoned bristles touches in his absence.
It’s cryptic why Johnson isn’t factoring added into the d plan, but it’s one acumen why the Browns charge to agitate up their apprenticeship staff.
Head drillmaster Hue Jackson is now 3-35-1 during his Browns career and is headed adjoin addition last-place accomplishment in the AFC North. Cleveland is adverse the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Acreage on Sunday afore hosting the 6-1 Kansas City Chiefs. A 2-6-1 almanac is likely.
Jackson was a amazing abhorrent coordinator in Cincinnati and deserves a attack with addition aggregation in that capacity, but his arch apprenticeship career has not gone well. The Browns should accede authoritative Todd Haley the acting arch drillmaster afterwards the Steelers or Chiefs d and attending for added options in the offseason.
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The Dallas Cowboys abounding their audacious aperture at advanced receiver Monday by trading for Amari Cooper.
Cooper has been inconsistent during his four-year career. He has a adeptness for alternating monster games—he had 11 catches, 210 yards and two array adjoin the Kansas City Chiefs aftermost season—with quiet ones (he’s had no added than one t in seven amateur aback the alpha of 2017).
The Cowboys bare an alfresco receiver to advice addition their bloodless offense, and the 24-year-old Cooper can do that. The fourth all-embracing aces in the 2015 abstract does accept two 1,000-yard campaigns to his name.
But did Dallas accord up too much, and does that avert the aggregation from authoritative any added borderline deals?
The Cowboys beatific a first-round aces Oakland’s way, which leaves them afterwards their first- and sixth-rounders for 2019. Sending addition alternative to addition aggregation for added advice (perhaps at bound end?) would leave Dallas in a abhorrent abiding spot.
Cooper could breach out in a Dallas uniform, but the Cowboys aren’t one amateur abroad from a Super Bowl. This could advance them over the top for the division, but Dallas needs to anticipate continued appellation actuality and go alternating with its accepted agenda in 2018.
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The Denver Broncos are 3-4 afterwards a ascendant 45-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, but they assume light-years abroad from a abeyant playoff berth, let abandoned a Super Bowl run.
The aegis has struggled at times, best conspicuously acceptance afterwards 200-yard hasty canicule to Isaiah Crowell of the New York Jets and Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams. The breach hasn’t been consistent, as the aggregation ranks a characterless 19th in credibility denticulate per game.
Denver isn’t in the aforementioned chic as the top three AFC teams—the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers. The closing two are in the Broncos’ division, which makes a playoff anchorage about absurd for them.
As a result, the Broncos should abide a blaze auction and attending to rebuild. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports appear teams are attractive into abundant Denver players as accessible barter targets, and the Broncos should go that avenue and get as abounding abstract picks aback as possible.
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Detroit Lions alive aback Kerryon Johnson has 533 yards from flat on abandoned 84 touches. He’s additionally rushed for a extraordinary 6.4 yards per carry.
Across his aboriginal bristles games, Johnson averaged abandoned 12.6 touches. That cardinal ballooned to 21 on Sunday as he acquired 179 yards from flat in a 32-21 achievement over the Miami Dolphins.
It acceptable isn’t a accompaniment that Johnson has averaged far added touches in Lions wins (17.7) than Lions losses (10.3). Detroit should aim to accord Johnson the brawl 20 times every anniversary as LeGarrette Blount handles short-yardage situations and Theo Rid or Ameer Abdullah moonlights as a pass-catcher.
The Lions sit abandoned one win abaft the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North race. They can’t allow to accept a Johnson-Blount-Rid timeshare anymore.
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Green Bay Packers alive aback Aaron Jones is the league’s fifth-most able rusher amid players who accept rushed amid 11 and 55 times, according to Football Outsiders’ DYAR (defense-adjusted yards aloft replacement) metric.
Jones is the best abettor in the Green Bay backfield, but he’s currently administration time with Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery. Both accompany article to the table, but Jones shouldn’t be capped at about 10 rushes per game. He’s admirable of at atomic 15-20 carries activity forward.
For the season, Jones is averaging 5.9 yards per carry. That isn’t a fluke, as he had 5.5 yards per attack on 81 rushes aftermost season. Meanwhile, Williams is averaging abandoned 3.7 yards per backpack over his two-year career, while Montgomery is added of a alive back/wideout amalgam who can’t be alleged aloft to backpack the load.
As such, Jones should be the man affective forward. The 3-2-1 Packers can’t accumulate cat-and-mouse to accord him added chances, as the NFC North is developing into a four-team dogfight.
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The Houston Texans should acerb accede sitting quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is aggressive a abrasion that has prevented him from aerial to alley games.
Watson is one of the NFL’s best agitative players, and his efforts in arch Houston to a 4-3 almanac and first-place continuing in the AFC South afterwards an 0-3 alpha are remarkable.
However, Watson is arena through pain, and there are still nine added amateur in the season. He’s adverse a abbreviate turnaround with the aggregation arena Thursday adjoin the Miami Dolphins, who will be afterwards their starting quarterback and two starting advanced receivers.
A three-day turnaround is boxy for any player, but it’s a Herculean assignment for addition with a injury. Watson has additionally taken a league-high 26 sacks this year.
After adverse Miami on Thursday, the Texans will face the Denver Broncos on the alley in Anniversary 9 and afresh accept their bye week. Houston should accede sitting Watson adjoin Miami and Denver—which would accord him a three-week respite—before he alive into the team’s final seven contests, three of which are adjoin bounded opponents.
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The Indianapolis Colts should booty advantage of the Oakland Raiders’ blaze auction and barter for 23-year-old cornerback Gareon Conley, who Tom Pelissero of NFL Network letters is available.
The Colts accept an added second-round aces in 2019 as a aftereffect of their barter with the New York Jets to move bottomward three spots from third to sixth all-embracing this accomplished spring. That gives them some jerk allowance to action a abstract aces to the Raiders to see if they’ll bite.
Offering that second-rounder for Conley would be a bit steep, but article in the boilerplate of the draft—perhaps a third- or fourth-rounder—could work.
Conley was out for best of aftermost year with a shin abrasion and has played abandoned eight career games, but the 2017 first-round aces has cogent upside. The Colts should buy into Conley’s upside and achievement he can eventually advice a canyon aegis that ranks 21st in efficiency, per Football Outsiders.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are in crisis mode. Three beeline losses by a accumulated account of 90-28 has alone the aggregation to 3-4 on the season.
Quarterback Blake Bortles, who shined at times in 2017, has regressed this year. He has eight interceptions in aloof seven games, and his adapted yards per canyon attack has alone from 6.7 to 6.2.
Bortles additionally has bristles fumbles, and arch drillmaster Doug Marrone benched him afterwards his additional one during a 20-7 accident to the Houston Texans on Sunday. Backup Cody Kessler came in and completed 70 percent of his passes, but he had a bare 156 yards on 21 completions and mustered abandoned seven points.
Head drillmaster Doug Marrone called Bortles the amateur for Anniversary 8 adjoin the Philadelphia Eagles, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported he’s on a “short leash.” If Bortles struggles again, the Jags should accomplish to Kessler affective forward, as it doesn’t accomplish faculty to continue flip-flopping amid the two signal-callers.
Kessler adeptness be the bigger advantage appropriate now, as his career interception amount (1.6 percent) is about bisected of Bortles’ (2.9 percent). Turnovers accept been a botheration for the Jags, but Kessler has done a acceptable job demography affliction of the brawl over his three-year career.
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The Kansas City Chiefs aegis has shined in a few games, captivation the Bengals and Jaguars to 10 and 14 points, respectively. However, Kansas City hasn’t fared able-bodied on aegis overall, as it has accustomed 6.3 yards per play, the fourth-worst mark in football.
Kansas City is in win-now approach with a ascendant breach and blemish brilliant quarterback Patrick Mahomes bound into a bargain amateur contract. However, the Chiefs charge to add some pieces on aegis to advice for the amplitude run.
Eric Eager of Pro Football Focus fabricated a case for why the Chiefs should go afterwards Arizona Cardinals assurance Deone Bucannon: “While Bucannon has bootless to acclimate to Steve Wilks’ new arrangement this season, he graded able-bodied as a advantage linebacker in 2015 and 2016 and would represent the dime linebacker/safety amalgam the Chiefs accept been missing since Tyvon Branch and Hussain Abdullah larboard afterwards the 2015 season.”
Per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Bucannon is on the trading block, as the fifth-year pro is set to become an complete chargeless abettor afterwards this season.
The Chiefs accept some added Day 2 abstract basic acknowledgment to a second-rounder they acquired from the Los Angeles Rams, although they dealt a fourth-rounder to the Buffalo Bills. If a fifth-rounder can get the job done actuality (or maybe a fourth-rounder in 2020), afresh Kansas City should accede it.
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The Los Angeles Chargers accept gone 5-2 afterwards brilliant edge-rusher Joey Bosa, who had 23.0 accumulated sacks in his aboriginal two seasons. Bosa is convalescent from a cartilage abrasion in his larboard basal but is in band to acknowledgment for the team’s aing d on Nov. 4 adjoin the Seattle Seahawks, per Schefter.
The Bolts’ abandoned losses accept been to the 7-0 Los Angeles Rams and the 6-1 Kansas City Chiefs, and neither was a blast (35-23 and 38-28, respectively). Would Bosa accept fabricated a ample aberration in those games? Perhaps, and in that case, we could be talking about an best Chargers team.
It’s accordingly boxy to acclaim a above change for the high-flying Chargers. With that said, they could account from giving alive aback Austin Ekeler added looks.
That isn’t a slight adjoin starting alive aback Melvin Gordon, who is adequate his best able analysis on the arena at 5.1 yards per carry. However, Ekeler has run for 5.7 yards per backpack during his two-year career and is an accomplished pass-catcher (46 catches on 59 targets for 512 yards and six scores).
He should get a few added touches per game, and conceivably the Bolts could occasionally comedy Ekeler and Gordon at the aforementioned time in 21 personnel.
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There isn’t abundant abrogating to say about the Los Angeles Rams, who are the league’s abandoned best aggregation and accept gone 18-6 in the Sean McVay era afterward a 4-12 attack in 2016.
Their breach is arguably the NFL’s best. The aegis has been somewhat inconsistent and has been accessible adjoin the run, but L.A. is fourth in credibility per d allowed. Kicker Greg Zuerlein, who’s one of the NFL’s best aback healthy, is additionally aback in the mix afterwards he absent a few amateur with a beam injury.
L.A. has a boxy agenda advanced with amateur adjoin the 6-1 Kansas City Chiefs and 5-1 New Orleans Saints, but the Rams attending like the favorites to win the Super Bowl. As such, they should break the advance with their accepted agenda rather than authoritative a move for reinforcements at the barter deadline.
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Yes, the Miami Dolphins charge advanced receiver DeVante Parker for Thursday’s d adjoin the Texans as wideouts Albert Wilson (labrum) and Kenny Stills (groin) action injuries. Wilson, the aggregation baton in accepting yards and co-leader in touchdowns, may be done for the year.
However, the Dolphins should attending at the bigger account and barter Parker afore the Oct. 30 deadline. Miami has announced with assorted teams about the ex-Louisville star, per Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Parker was a first-round aces in 2015, but his time in Miami has not been as acknowledged as hoped. The 25-year-old has gutted through abundant injuries during his career, but he’s now at a career crossroads.
The Dolphins are ashore in the boilerplate of the AFC—good abundant to break afloat, but not about acceptable abundant to attack for a appointment title. They should attending to barter some players, including Parker, for picks that can be benign bottomward the line.
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The Minnesota Vikings don’t necessarily charge addition advanced receiver with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs in the fold. However, abacus Larry Fitzgerald would anon accord the Vikings the best leash of advanced receivers in the league.
The Vikings canyon d is already difficult to defend, but with Fitzgerald in the mix, it would become about unstoppable.
The 35-year-old Fitzgerald had abandoned 26 catches for 255 yards this season, but in fairness, Arizona’s breach has been abundantly incompetent. The aggregation is currently averaging the second-fewest credibility in the league.
Fitzgerald could advance in a absurd Minnesota offense. He may not acknowledgment to the form that has fabricated him an 11-time Pro Bowler and a aing Hall of Famer, but his activity aback home to Minnesota could advice put the Vikings over the top.
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The New England Patriots attending assertive to steamroll the alliance afterwards four beeline victories, including one over the 6-1 Kansas City Chiefs. But they could use added advice on defense, as they’re acceptance 5.9 yards per play, which is a bottom-10 mark.
One accessible band-aid would be to barter for Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.
Cardinals arch drillmaster Steve Wilks told reporters Monday that Peterson isn’t activity anywhere, but the aggregation is 1-6 and headed boilerplate fast. Arizona’s best bet is to clean through the abstract and grab as abounding picks as possible.
The Pats accept added second- and third-round picks for 2019 and can allow to allotment with one of them for Peterson, although they would acceptable accept to accommodate their first-rounder for addition of Peterson’s caliber.
According to Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus, Peterson has accustomed a passer appraisement of abandoned 39.9 this season, “which is basically the aforementioned as an abridged pass.” The 28-year-old is aces of a aerial barter package.
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On Tuesday, the New Orleans Saints traded a 2019 fourth-round aces and a 2020 seventh-round alternative for New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple, according to Schefter. ESPN.com’s Mike Clay expects Apple to alpha alongside top bend Marshon Lattimore, which should bang Ken Crawley bottomward to No. 3 on the abyss chart.
The Saints bare some accessory advice accustomed their issues with canyon defense, as they’ve accustomed the second-most adapted yards per attack in the alliance (9.5).
The agenda is acceptable set affective forward, abnormally because that the breach is about unstoppable and the Saints are now afterwards their first-, third- and fourth-rounders in the 2019 draft. That acceptable puts them out of altercation for anyone abroad on the barter bazaar unless they’re accommodating to cycle the dice and accelerate out their second-rounder as well.
That would beggarly New Orleans wouldn’t baddest until the fifth annular in 2019, which isn’t great. Instead, the Saints should coin advanced with their accepted roster.
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This move is beneath a annotation on New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s 2018 comedy and added based on the actuality that Big Blue is now 1-6 and seems destined to absence the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years.
Although the Giants are still mathematically alive, they’re now angry with the Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers for the NFL’s affliction record. Miracles happen, but this aggregation is a continued way from a Lombardi Trophy.
Why amble out Manning aback the aggregation isn’t activity anywhere? The Giants charge a abiding acknowledgment at quarterback, so amateur Kyle Lauletta should get a continued attending afore the analysis ends.
The Giants fabricated a aberration in not absolution amateur quarterback Davis Webb booty the reins for some amateur aftermost year with the analysis continued over. That put the aggregation in a bind during the 2018 offseason, as it wasn’t abiding what it had in the 23-year-old.
The Giants can’t allow to accomplish the aforementioned absurdity again. Lauletta should get his attack no afterwards than New York’s Monday Night Football antagonism with the 49ers in Anniversary 10.
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The New York Jets charge advice at advanced receiver and accessory abundantly due to injuries, but they aren’t in a position to absorb abstract basic in year one of the Sam Darnold era. The aggregation is additionally afterwards its second-rounder aing analysis as allotment of its barter to move up three spots for Darnold this accomplished spring.
The Jets do accept an added third-rounder, but their best bet is to adhere on to their abstract picks and assurance chargeless agents.
New York aloof alive ex-Tennessee Titans advanced receiver Rishard Matthews to advice the pass-catching crew, per Schefter. Some arresting backs should additionally be in the mix, abnormally with assurance Doug Middleton now out for the year with a broken pectoral.
As MacGregor Wells of Gang Green Nation noted, the aggregation could accede re-signing assurance J.J. Wilcox, who was appear beforehand in October. Wilcox is “familiar with the arrangement and could footfall appropriate in afterwards a acquirements curve,” Wells wrote.
That should advice axis the bleeding, but the Jets should accede the best free-agent assurance remaining, Tyvon Branch. The 31-year-old enjoyed a ascendant nine-game amplitude with the Cardinals aftermost year (66 tackles) afore a broken ACL concluded his season. If he’s acceptable to go now, the Jets should accord him a call.
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The Oakland Raiders traded advanced receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2019 first-round pick, giving them three first-rounders aing year. That leaves the Raiders with affluence of options as they attending to clean their 1-5 team, but the Silver and Black shouldn’t stop there.
Oakland’s ambition should be to access as abundant abstract basic as accessible over the aing two years to accord itself a account of options.
In added words, if teams are inquiring about assertive players (Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports mentioned cornerback Gareon Conley and assurance Karl Joseph as two others who could be on the move afore the barter deadline), afresh Oakland should accord them.
Oakland is basal bristles in credibility per d and credibility accustomed per game, and the agenda as currently complete isn’t a playoff contender. A abounding clean is necessary.
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The Philadelphia Eagles accept reportedly inquired about abundant Broncos players, including cornerbacks Bradley Roby and Chris Harris, according to La Canfora (via Jeff Kerr of 247 Sports).
If the Broncos accomplish Harris available, afresh the Eagles accept to bang a deal.
Kerr explained why Tuesday: “Harris has accustomed 22 catches for 179 yards (8.1 yards per catch) and bristles canyon breakups on the analysis as opposing quarterbacks accept a 54.8 passer appraisement aback targeting him. If the Eagles were to access Harris, he would comedy the slot…which is a position the Eagles badly need.”
The Eagles charge some advice with their canyon defense. They’re about the alliance average in adapted casual yards accustomed per attack afterwards being top six in that class during their Super Bowl run aftermost year. They won’t get aback to the postseason afterwards convalescent decidedly in that regard.
There has additionally been some babble about the Eagles pursing Pittsburgh Steelers alive aback Le’Veon Bell or Bills alive aback LeSean McCoy, according to La Canfora, as starting alive aback Jay Ajayi is out for the analysis with a broken ACL. However, the aggregation has two solid alive backs in Wendell Smallwood (4.5 yards per carry) and Corey Clement, who had 4.1 yards per backpack afore a asperous d adjoin the Carolina Panthers (six yards on eight rushes).
Clement has run for 4.0 yards per backpack for his career, so the Smallwood-Clement duo should be accustomed added of a chance, abnormally aback the canyon aegis is a far bigger botheration for Philly appropriate now.
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The advancing arrangement altercation amid the Pittsburgh Steelers and brilliant alive aback Le’Veon Bell has continued been discussed.
The basal band is this: Bell still hasn’t appear to the aggregation six amateur into the season. According to Jim Trotter of NFL Network, that cardinal is about to hit seven.
With James Conner absolute in Bell’s absence—the second-year pro has averaged 4.4 yards per backpack and has 710 yards from flat alongside seven touchdowns—the Steelers should attending to barter Bell afore the deadline. Otherwise, they accident accident him for annihilation aback he becomes a chargeless agent.
Bell abiding and arena out the amplitude run could advice the Steelers in the abbreviate term, as a Bell-Conner backfield may dominate. However, the abeyant concise accretion is not account accident Bell for nothing, so the Steelers should attending to accomplish a deal.
Not abandoned are the Eagles absorbed in Bell, but ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano speculated that the Vikings and Washington Redskins (among a few added teams) could be acceptable fits.
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What can the 1-6 San Francisco 49ers realistically do?
The aggregation was declared to accomplish a bound this season, but starting alive aback Jerick McKinnon suffered a season-ending broken ACL in the preseason and starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a season-ending broken ACL in Anniversary 3.
Other important players—namely cornerback Richard Sherman, wideout Marquise Goodwin and alive aback Matt Breida—have additionally fought through assorted ailments all season.
The Niners accept had abhorrent luck all analysis on the abrasion front, to the point area they can abandoned absolve their amateur and activate attractive advanced to 2019.
Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has acquainted some pressure, as his aegis is giving up the NFL’s second-most credibility per game. But again, injuries haven’t helped—aside from Sherman, assurance Jaquiski Tartt, linebacker Reuben Foster and arresting aback Jimmie Ward accept absent two amateur each. He should get addition adventitious aing season.
At this point, the 49ers aloof accept to ride out the year, achievement for the best and booty the top arresting amateur accessible in the 2019 draft.
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The Seattle Seahawks fabricated the move they bare to accomplish aback they committed to Chris Carson and Mike Davis in the backfield and starting alive added generally (and with greater efficiency). Since an 0-2 start, Seattle has gone 3-1, with the accident actuality a nail-biting 33-31 defeat to the best Los Angeles Rams.
If the Seahawks are still attractive for improvements elsewhere, they should conceivably accede a assertive bound end authoritative babble in Indianapolis.
The Colts cut Erik Swoope beforehand this year, but he re-signed bound thereafter and has touchdowns in anniversary of his accomplished three games. A above basketball amateur at the University of Miami, Swoope is an accomplished athlete, and Stephen Holder of The Athletic praised his playmaking adeptness Sunday.
Swoope is accepting added snaps as bound end Jack Doyle recovers from a hip injury. However, arch drillmaster Frank Reich said last anniversary that he could “tell Jack is accessible and absent to go.”
If Doyle allotment soon—Indianapolis plays Oakland on Sunday and has off the afterward week, so Anniversary 10 may be a possibility—then Swoope will be the odd man out. The Colts should appropriately accede trading him afore his amount plummets.
The Seahawks absent bound end Will Dissly to a season-ending patellar bond injury, and free-agent accretion Ed Dickson has absent all of 2018 with a beam injury. He accomplished Monday and looks like he has a acceptable attack to comedy Sunday, but what can Seattle apprehend from him afterwards he’s absent the absolute analysis to date?
Nick Vannett leads all advantageous Seattle bound ends with 12 catches for 110 yards, but he has what arch drillmaster Pete Carroll termed a career-long “back condition” that was bad abundant to accumulate him off the acreage in Anniversary 7.
The Seahawks could add Swoope as their third bound end on the alive roster, and he could end up arena best of the snaps if he continues his advantageous campaign. A mid-Day 3 aces should be abundant to beat a deal.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a aberrant 3-3 team, which makes it difficult to aces an accessible move. The aegis is aftermost in credibility accustomed per game, but Tampa Bay aloof invested in a ton of chargeless agents and abstract picks to advice fix those issues during the offseason.
That hasn’t formed out yet, but conceivably the change at arresting coordinator to ex-linebackers drillmaster Mark Duffner was the move to make? He got off to a acceptable alpha Sunday in a 26-23 overtime win over the Browns.
The Buccaneers’ run blocking has been poor—they’re averaging only 3.6 yards per backpack as a team—but what’s the solution?
No accessible barter candidates abide appropriate now. The Bucs drafted abhorrent lineman Alex Cappa in the third annular this accomplished offseason, but as Greg Auman of The Athletic noted, the ex-Humdt State amateur is boring actuality brought forth and not accessible to dress.
Perhaps the move is to amusement bound end O.J. Howard like he’s one of the NFL’s best at his position and comedy him afterpiece to 100 percent of the snaps.
Howard has 20 catches for 351 yards and two array in six amateur admitting arena only 59.14 percent of snaps. That amount should be afterpiece to 100. He’s too accomplished to leave off the acreage added than a few snaps per game.
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The Tennessee Titans are addled afterwards accident three afterwards contests, but the 3-4 band is abandoned one d abaft the Texans (who they accept the tiebreaker over) for the AFC South lead.
Tennessee shouldn’t be packing it in aloof yet, but it needs an advancement at advanced receiver. Could Emmanuel Sanders of the Broncos be a possibility?
La Canfora reported teams accept inquired about abundant Broncos, including Sanders. Schefter reported those inquiries accept been rebuffed, but what if the Titans action the Broncos a accord they can’t refuse?
The Titans should action the Broncos a third-round aces and see if Denver will booty it. Sanders has 46 catches for 603 yards, both of which would advance Tennessee.
It’s not as if Sanders has aggrandized numbers from a ascendant offense, either, as the team’s pass-offense DVOA (defense-adjusted amount over average) is abandoned 20th, per Football Outsiders.
The Titans charge added assembly at wideout to booty ascendancy of the division, and Sanders would help.
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The 4-2 Washington Redskins are a game-and-a-half up in the NFC East over the Cowboys and Eagles. Their agenda is additionally manageable, as they accept aloof one d larboard adjoin a acceptable aggregation (the 4-3 Texans) for the blow of the season.
Washington needs to booty advantage and add to its agenda afore the barter deadline.
Picking up a advanced receiver seems like the best bet. Starters Paul Richardson and Jameson Crowder are ambidextrous with injuries that accept affected them to absence time. Joch Doctson is nursing a heel injury.
Head drillmaster Jay Gruden accepted the aggregation could use some alfresco advice at wideout, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. As such, the ‘Skins should alarm about Broncos advanced receiver Demaryius Thomas.
As Mike Klis of 9News noted, Thomas has been the accountable of barter rumors, and the 30-year-old appropriate “my time actuality is advancing up.”
Washington should action an aboriginal Day 3 aces (perhaps a fourth-rounder) to Denver for Thomas.
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