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Dose: Shanny to Make QB Call

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


With the Redskins getting throttled 45-10 in the fourth quarter last Sunday against the Chiefs, coach Mike Shanahan decided to yank Robert Griffin III from the game, replacing him with Kirk Cousins. RG3 completed 12-of-26 passes for a career-worst 46.2 completion percentage. It was the third time this season he completed less than 50 percent of his passes. Those 26 attempts resulted in 164 yards passing, one touchdown, and one interception. Cousins wasn’t any better, going 7-of-16 for 59 yards and a fumble. Following the loss, Shanahan wouldn’t commit to Griffin as the Week 15 starter by saying, "We'll talk about that later. We'll look at where we are and what direction we're going."

On Monday, Shanahan stated that he is indeed considering starting Cousins this week against the Falcons. It may have been a ploy to try and get himself fired, knowing full well that owner Dan Snyder is 100 percent behind Griffin. However, on Tuesday, Snyder chimed in and said he has no plans to interfere and will let Shanahan start whomever he wants to start. Shanahan has reportedly yet to inform either of his signal callers who will get the nod. That decision is expected to be made Wednesday at some point. Shanahan has said that he doesn’t want to risk Griffin’s long-term health by playing him the final three games in what is a lost season. It makes a tiny bit of sense, but RG3 needs the reps more than he needs to be shielded from injury.

If RG3 gets the call, he’ll be a mid-to-low QB1 in a finger-licking good matchup against the Falcons. Cousins would be nothing more than a bottom-barrel QB2 and would only be worth consideration for fantasy lineups in deeper two-quarterback leagues. We should have an answer as to who the starter will be within the next 24 hours. What we do know is that the Redskins are a complete dumpster fire.

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News Nugget #2

We’ve all been on Aaron Rodgers Watch for a solid six weeks. He’s been dominating headlines here at Rotoworld since breaking his collarbone on November 4 against the Bears. Rodgers worked out on Tuesday, and coach Mike McCarthy said the quarterback is “progressing.” Rodgers will be evaluated on Wednesday by team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie.

Tuesday afternoon, while making his weekly radio show appearance, Rodgers conceded that he’s still feeling pain and discomfort while making “simple movements.” He sounded rather pessimistic regarding his chances for suiting up this week in a dream matchup against the Cowboys.

"Tried a lot (last) Wednesday, didn't feel good," Rodgers said. "Shouldn't be having pain doing simple movements. ... The scan last week did not show healing. We would need different results this week in order to play this week."

We’ll likely find out much more within the next day. Rodgers is going to practice Wednesday and try and push himself along further than he did last week. For now, Rodgers appears less than 50-50 to play against Dallas. If Rodgers does indeed sit out yet again, Matt Flynn will make another start. Flynn has proven to be a much more confident quarterback at home than on the road. We wouldn’t trust him as anything more than a back-end QB2.

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News Nugget #3

Maurice Jones-Drew pulled his hamstring in last Thursday night’s win over the Texans. Coach Gus Bradley said the Jaguars have been “monitoring his progress,” but MJD isn’t expected to practice until Friday at the earliest. He’s highly questionable for Week 15 against the Bills and will likely be a game-time decision. The team’s official website expects Jordan Todman to get the start if Jones-Drew can’t play. Denard Robinson would mix in as a change-of-pace back.

Todman has been working in as a complement to Jones-Drew in recent weeks. He hasn’t put much up in the stats column, but Todman did flash big-play ability in the preseason. Todman rushed for long gains of 63, 26, and 21 yards in exhibition action this summer. He also flashed his 4.4 wheels on a 21-yard catch-and-run touchdown last week against Cleveland. Todman would be on the RB2 radar in a tasty matchup with the Bills’ No. 26 run defense.

Quarterback/Running Back Slants

Coach Marc Trestman reiterated that Jay Cutler will be the starting quarterback once healthy. We’ll see about that. … Brandon Jacobs’ season is over due to a knee injury. He was placed on injured reserve and admitted he needs a clean-out procedure. … Knowshon Moreno (ankle) is practicing in full this week. He’ll be an RB1 against the Chargers Thursday night. … The Kansas City coaching staff is gaining more trust in Knile Davis. … The severity of Toby Gerhart’s hamstring injury remains unknown. Fantasy owners need to monitor him closely. Adrian Peterson (foot) remains in a walking boot and is highly questionable for Week 15. … Ben Tate said he “can’t answer” when asked if he wants to re-sign with the Texans. … Rashad Jennings’ workload is expected to “hold steady” over the final three games. He’ll be back on the RB2 map after sitting out last week with a concussion. … The Dolphins are optimistic Lamar Miller (concussion) will be cleared for Week 15. His concussion reportedly isn’t severe.

Wide Receiver/Tight End Slants

Reggie Wayne (torn ACL, injured reserve) expects to begin running by mid-January. … Keenan Allen (shoulder) is practicing in full this week and will be a WR2 Thursday night against Denver. … Eddie Royal (toe) practiced Tuesday and will man the slot Thursday night. … Wes Welker (concussion) remained sidelined at Tuesday’s practice. … Brandon Stokley (concussion) was placed on injured reserve. … Jerricho Cotchery is battling a shoulder injury. … Percy Harvin (hip) remains day-to-day. … Julius Thomas (knee) is practicing in full this week. He’s a top-five tight end option for the fantasy playoffs. … Jacob Tamme played 45-of-46 snaps following Wes Welker’s concussion last week. He’ll man the slot Thursday night if Welker can’t play.



Nick Mensio is a football writer for Rotoworld.com. The 2014 NFL season marks his third with Rotoworld. He can be found on Twitter at @NickMensio.
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