49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo has torn ACL

By Jordan Hachey | @JHach6

The San Francisco 49ers were dealt a tough blow Sunday, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL ending his season and likely any playoff hopes for the 49ers. Adam Schefter first reported the news.

The injury happened in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 38-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Garoppolo’s knee buckled during a 13 yard run. Schefter spoke to one 49ers player after the game who said the injury “doesn’t look good.”

Garoppolo had completed 59.6 percent of his passes with five TDs, three interceptions and an average of 8.1 yards per attempt for a 90 passer rating. While he hasn’t been quite as efficient as he was in the final games of the season after being acquired at the trade deadline from New England for a second-round pick, the Niners offense has been better than it was before he took over as quarterback.

Without Jimmy G the Niners will be forced to turn the offense over to backup CJ Beathard. San Francisco struggled under Beathard last season he started five games as a rookie last year, completing 54.9 percent of his passes with four touchdowns, six interceptions, 19 sacks, 6.4 yards per attempt and a 69.2 passer rating that was second lowest in the NFL.

ESPN’s Jordan Schultz reported that the 49ers are bringing former Texans quarterback Tom Savage in for a workout. Savage played in preseason games for the New Orleans Saints before being before the season started. Savage played in eight games for the Texans last season during that time the Texans went 1-6 and Savage put up 1412 yards and five touchdowns. Lets just say Savage hasn’t inspired confidence during his tenure in the NFL.

Expectations were high in San Francisco this season that the team could end a four-year playoff drought after Garoppolo had a full offseason to immerse himself in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. But with Garoppolo and new running back Jerick McKinnon both knocked out for the season with torn ACLs in September, those high hopes have been put on hold.

Essentially, Garoppolo’s injury was the worst-case scenario for the 49ers in 2018 and their worst fear has come true.

 

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Browns Trade Josh Gordon to Patriots

By Jordan Hachey | @Jhach6

The New England Patriots have agreed to a trade with the Cleveland Browns to acquire wide receiver Josh Gordon. The deal first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

According to Schefter the Patriots will send Cleveland a fifth round pick. There is a clause where if Gordon doesn’t play at least 10 games then the Patriots get a late round pick from Cleveland.

The Browns confirmed they traded Gordon to the Patriots but didn’t provide the full details of the transaction. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier the two teams were “getting close” to a deal.

According to ESPN.com’s Field Yates, the Patriots are releasing former Browns receiver Corey Coleman to free up a roster spot for Gordon. Coleman signed with New England last week but was inactive for the team’s 31-20 defeat to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2.

The Browns announced Saturday they planned to part ways with Gordon. According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, eight to 10 teams had spoken to the Browns about a potential trade for the 2013 All-Pro.

This is a risk for the Patriots, Gordon has struggled to stay on the field for the past couple seasons. But with Julian Edelman out for two more games it’s good to get a guy who can be a dangerous playmaker.

In 41 career appearances, Gordon is averaging 17.3 yards per catch. The 27-year-old would bring a different dimension to New England’s passing game, assuming he can stay on the field.

Off-field problems have been the bane of Gordon’s career. He missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons while serving suspension. Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reported Saturday the Browns were prepared to cut Gordon in part because “there was concern that perhaps he was struggling again with his sobriety or on the verge of relapsing.”

The Patriots are one of the most well-run franchises in the NFL. In that sense, they should be the great fit for him.

New England has the need for a dynamic receiver and if anyone can keep Gordon off the weed and avoid another suspension it’s Bill Belichick. It’s unknown if he’ll suit up for the Patriots week 3 matchup against the Detroit Lions due to a hamstring injury that is believed to be very minimal.

Browns Plan to Release Josh Gordon

By Jordan Hachey | @Jhach6

In a surprising announcement the Cleveland Browns plan to release wide receiver Josh Gordon after six seasons with the team.

The 27 year old was among the NFL’s top receivers when he was on the field, but a  number of drug and alcohol related suspensions cost him the more than two years, Gordon returned in 2017.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted a possible reason for the release.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Gordon injured his hamstring at a promotional shoot. Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported the organization was concerned about substance abuse. While substance abuse is a definite possibility for Gordon there has been no clear reason for the move.

Schefter reported teams are already calling the Browns with the belief the team will trade him instead of release him.

During the Browns winless 2017 campaign Gordon played in five games an  had 18 receptions for 335 yards and one touchdown.

In week 1 he made a 17-yard touchdown catch against the Pittsburgh Steelers before suffering a hamstring injury that will keep him out of Sunday’s clash with the New Orleans Saints.

After being suspended for the entire 2015 campaign, he served a four-game ban to begin 2016, but he opted to enter a rehab facility shortly before being reinstated.

Gordon released the following statement regarding his decision:

“After careful thought and deep consideration I’ve decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility. This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person. I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process.”

With Gordon out of the picture Browns head coach Hue Jackson said “He is not going to be with us. We wish him well. We are going to move on.”

In addition to his time missed from 2015 through 2017, he was suspended two games in 2013 and 11 contests in 2014.

2013 was his best season, he missed a two games but turned in a dominant season that saw him grab 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns being named a first-team All-Pro.

He has struggled to return to that level since due to fact that he hasn’t been on the field. And it’s because he has failed to comply with the NFL’s substance-abuse policy on numerous occasions.

There has got to be a team that will want Gordon if he is released, like I mentioned earlier teams are asking what the Browns price for Gordon is so a possible trade might happen. If he can get in the right situation and can stay on the field the Browns could come to regret this decision if he can ever get back to where he once was.

Falcons’ Devonta Freeman Out for Week 2

By Jordan Hachey | @Jhach6

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman will be out for Sunday’s week 2 matchup against the Carolina Panthers due to a knee injury that occurred during their week 1 loss to the Eagles.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported the update Friday.

Freeman who is now in his fifth year in the NFL has been pretty healthy for a majority of his career. In his first four seasons he’s played in at least 14 regular season games and playing in all 16 games twice.

Freeman put up 865 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games last season, after putting up back to back 1,000 yards guilty. In the matchup against the Eagles Freeman had six carries for 36 yards and three catches for 14 yards before going down with the knee injury.

Fortunately for Atlanta has multiple back on their depth chart Tevin Coleman has seen an increase in his numbers with each season, finding the end zone 13 times over the past two seasons. there is also Ito Smith—who ran for more than 4,500 yards on 5.5 yards per carry at Southern Miss—is also a candidate to receive more carries.

But neither of those guys have the same background as Freeman does. But they have the potential to be able to carry the load in the backfield should they be called upon. That said, Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the passing attack now faces more pressure to move the ball through the air and open up space on the ground for the running backs.

Bengals’ Joe Mixon Will Reportedly Have Knee Surgry

By Jordan Hachey | @Jhach6

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon is scheduled to a arthroscopic surgery after a small particle was dislodged in his knee during Thursday night 34-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens per ESPN’s  Adam Schefter. Schefter also reports that Mixon is expected to miss two weeks with the injury.

Mixon left the game in the first half but returned to finish the game.

“I had to talk myself [into] going back in,” Mixon said, per the Bengals’ official website. “It’s mental toughness. It was real hard … It felt weird. The knee was hurting. The mental side of it is you always want to play 100 percent. When it’s bothering you, it’s hard mentally. I just had to check back in mentally and tough it out physically.”

Mixon finished the game with 84 yards on 21 carries also catching one pass for three yards.

Mixon is coming off of a solid rookie campaign rushing for 626 yards and four touchdowns on 178 carries, Mixon also got involved in the passing game with 30 catches for 287 yards.

Giovani Bernard will most likely take the majority of the snaps in the Cincinnati backfield. This should also lead to more opportunities for Tra Carson and Mark Walton, especially on the early rushing downs.

Ultimately, Mixon has the tools to eventually become a three-down workhorse for the Bengals offense, but a crowded backfield has prevented it. Cincinnati will benefit from that depth with the second-year rusher is forced out of the lineup for a while.

Boston Bruins Trade Adam McQuaid to Rangers

By Jordan Hachey | @Jhach6

The New York Rangers added some help on the blue line Tuesday when they acquired Adam McQauid from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a 2019 fourth round pick, a conditional seventh round pick as well as Steven Kampfer.

This move makes sense for the Bruins, their defense was a bit crowded especially after the team signed John Moore this summer. In an article written by NBC Sports Boston’s Joe Haggerty said “It’s conceivable McQuaid could be the odd man out with eight NHL defenseman on the roster.”

Mcquaid,31, played in only 38 games last season due to multiple injuries, but over the last decade he has ben one of the toughest members of the Bruins blue line. Over his career Mcquaid has had 462 penalty minutes ranking him fifth most among NHL defenseman despite playing 100 fewer games than the rest of the top four.

The Bruins shouldn’t worry about the rest of the defense as I said they have glut of guys trying to find time on the ice for the black and gold, including Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Matt Grzelcyk, Kevan Miller, Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo and John Moore who are all signed, plus youngsters looking to make a case for playing time during the preseason.

For the Rangers the team adds a veteran presence to their defense that will help them as they are an incredibly young team. McQuaid is a free agent after this season, he is a $2.75MM cap hit for the 2018-29 season, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Rangers re-sign him to a short-term deal before the end of the year. New York is in a clear rebuild mode, though after acquiring several impressive trade packages last year could turn things around in short order.

Buffalo Bills Will Start Josh Allen vs Chargers

By Jordan Hachey | @Jhach6 

The Buffalo Bills are reportedly over the Nathan Peterman experiment and will start Josh Allen this Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

The Bills surprised most when they named Peterman the starter for their week one matchup against the Baltimore Ravens but that went horribly wrong for them. The 24 year was an absolute disaster, throwing two interceptions while only completng 5-18 for 24 yards  in a 47-3 loss.

After Baltimore capitalized on mistakes made by the Bills, head coach Sean McDermott turned the offense over to Allen who went 6-15 for 74 yards in Buffalo’s worst loss since 2007 when they lost 56-10 to the New England Patriots.

After the game Peterman said “Obviously, it wasn’t a good showing,”  “We’ve got to do a lot better, starting with me.” If I’m the Bills I don’t give Peterman another chance. Peterman just isn’t meant to be the long-term option for the Bills under center. Last season in a matchup against the Chargers which I should mention was his first career start, Peterman threw five interceptions in a lop sided loss.

Allen was the seventh overall pick for the Bills in the 2018 NFL Draft and while he wasn’t much better than Peterman I’m sure Bills fans would much rather see their first round pick out there and see what he can do rather than Peterman.

McDermott added there are “a lot of things” that go into deciding whether to go with the rookie on a full-time bases, including his native development but I think that it’s worth it to throw him out there and see what he can do for you.

“I have a lot of confidence in Josh, and a lot of confidence in this football team, and we’ll continue to grow and continue to develop,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of young players on this football team.”

The problem for the Bills is that their roster is… not trash but not good either. The talent level is low and they will most likely be at the bottom of the AFC East after making the playoffs one year ago.

Combine the fact that Peterman has been a dumpster fire every time he’s been on the field showing that he is definitely not the long term option for them and there is little reason for anyone other than Allen to be leading the offense, this is the right move. Let him go out there and get his experience in a low pressure environment and he can go thru the rookie growing pains.

Expectations should be low for Bills fans they have no big play guys that van really make a difference on offense, and their defense isn’t anything to rave about either. But the front office and coaching staff will still hope to see legitimate progress from the new face of the franchise over the next few months.