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Appearing on Showtime's Inside the NFL, NFL Network's Michael Lombardi said he thinks Panthers head coach Ron Rivera will "certainly" be fired on Monday.

Lombardi didn't cite any sources, so take the report with a grain of salt, but Rivera's status heading into the offseason has certainly been in question, especially after Carolina started the season 2-8. The Panthers have rallied to win four-of-five and now sit at 6-9 heading into Week 17. After finishing 2011 with a 6-10 record, Rivera will, at the very least, match that mark, but owner Jerry Richardson may deem that it's not good enough. Aside from blowout losses in Week 3 and Week 10 to the Giants and Broncos, the Panthers have been in every game. Carolina ranks No. 17 in total offense and No. 8 in total defense in 2012. The team has been linked to Oregon's Chip Kelly in recent months.
Wed, Dec 26, 2012 10:30:00 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports second-year Browns WR Corey Coleman would man the slot if suspended WR Josh Gordon is reinstated for 2017.

Per Rapsheet, the plan would be to have Gordon and Kenny Britt man the boundaries. At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Coleman is built like a slot receiver, but like Odell Beckham, he has an outside game. Perhaps coach Hue Jackson views the slot as a soft landing after Coleman's injury-marred rookie season, not that it's an easy position. Gordon's return — something the Browns have hinted they wouldn't welcome — would seriously dent Coleman's breakout appeal.
Mar 30 - 7:18 PM

Ex-Falcons, Redskins and Ravens OG Chris Chester is retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL.

Chester was a 19-game starter for the NFC champion Falcons last season. The No. 56 overall pick of the 2006 draft, Chester has been a regular starter since 2008. He never made a Pro Bowl or All-Pro team, but was a typically solid contributor. Going by Pro Football Focus ratings, however, 2016 was the worst year of his career. Chester turned 34 in January. He had yet to draw interest in free agency.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 30 - 6:53 PM

Ex-Redskins GM Scot McCloughan says his dismissal wasn't related to his past drinking problems.

The disclosure comes via friend and former NFLer Michael Robinson, whom McCloughan helped sign in Seattle. Via Robinson, McCloughan termed his firing as a "pride thing" by Redskins president Bruce Allen. The way Robinson tells the story, Allen dressed McCloughan in a post-Combine meeting. "Nobody likes you in this building. Nobody wants you here," was the way McCloughan recounted Allen's comments to Robinson. By all indications, Allen has gone mad with power (again).
Mar 30 - 6:45 PM

The Washington Post reports the Redskins haven't made Kirk Cousins an offer since February.

Per reporter Mike Jones, the Redskins are still offering "roughly" $20 million per year and "low guarantees." In real-world terms, it's a boat load of money. In franchise quarterback terms, it's an insult. The Redskins are not going to win Cousins back without significantly sweetening their offer, something dictatorial front office power struggle winner Bruce Allen seems loth to do.
Mar 30 - 6:39 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expects third-year WR Sammie Coates to take "another leap" in 2017.

"I think he took a significant leap from Year No. 1 to Year No. 2, one that we expect," Tomlin claimed. "He faced some adversity throughout the journey, with injuries and so forth. I expect him to continue to grow, evolve and come with the level of preparedness that he had last year." Tomlin isn't kidding about the injuries, but it's hard to classify Coates' sophomore season as anything other than a major disappointment. There was no "leap." All Tomlin's comments really indicate is that the Steelers aren't prepared to throw in the towel, and that Coates will receive the benefit of the doubt for 2017. Coates will have vanishingly-little sleeper appeal if suspended WR Martavis Bryant is reinstated.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 30 - 4:46 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd's career is in jeopardy due to complications from his 2016 knee operation.

Per Pelissero, the nerve that controls Floyd's quad was "disrupted" during the September procedure to repair his meniscus. The quad "still isn't firing." Floyd's agent declined comment on Pelissero's report, but offered the following statement: "Sharrif is rehabbing, has seen some of the best doctors in the country, will continue to rehab and hopefully, this will heal sooner than later." The issue limited Floyd to one game last season as a 5-6 week timeline got longer and longer. The 2013 first-rounder turns 26 in May.
Source: USA Today
Mar 30 - 4:16 PM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said walk-year WR Jordan Matthews is "a big part of what we do."

Entering his contract year, there have been rumors the Eagles are looking to deal Matthews, but Pederson expects him to remain on the roster. "Jordan...and Carson [Wentz] have a great relationship," Pederson said. "He's a dynamic slot guy, he's a little bit bigger guy, he works well in there." Matthews' role is sure to decrease following the additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, but he is still a decent bet for 100 targets. Especially considering Jeffery's injury history, Matthews could end up being undervalued in fantasy drafts.
Mar 30 - 11:49 AM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson thinks Alshon Jeffery's presence will help the other receivers.

"For us, he brings some leadership into that room, and makes that room better," Pederson said. "The experience is obviously a big factor in what we're doing, and he can lead by example." Jeffery's work ethic was questioned at times in Chicago, but the Eagles clearly think he will be a good influence for the likes of Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham. A true No. 1 receiver, he will also take pressure off Torrey Smith and especially Jordan Matthews, who were both out of place as top options. As long as Jeffery can stay on the field, the Eagles should have a much better receiving corps this season.
Mar 30 - 11:41 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said "the offense runs through" Jordan Reed.

Gruden made the comment after being asked about losing both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency. Washington did a good job retooling by drafting Josh Doctson last year and signing Terrelle Pryor, but Reed's ability to stay healthy will determine how good the offense can be. Reed caught 66 passes for 686 yards and six touchdowns in just 12 games last season, but he has not played more than 14 games in his career. He is a high-upside, high-risk fantasy asset.
Mar 30 - 11:27 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton said he has "an exact vision" of how to use newly-signed WR Ted Ginn.

"I seem him playing at flanker, I see him being a guy that can take the top off the coverage. I like what this guy does," Payton said. "He’s still, when he’s playing in each game, the fastest player on the field." Payton added Ginn will "do some of the same things" as departed WR Brandin Cooks, although it is highly unlikely he is as involved in the offense. Despite making the switch from Carolina to New Orleans, Ginn's boom-or-bust WR4 fantasy value remains intact.
Source: ESPN
Mar 30 - 11:12 AM

Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens "love" LSU RB Leonard Fournette.

Zrebiec believes the only way the Ravens take a running back in the first round is if Fournette falls to them at pick No. 16. That seems unlikely, but Baltimore looks like the running back's floor. The Panthers at No. 8 appear to be a strong candidate to land Fournette.
Mar 30 - 10:58 AM




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