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Patriots declared Mike Gillislee (knee), DT Alan Branch (knee), OL LaAdrian Waddle (knee), TE Jacob Hollister, WR Kenny Britt, WR Bernard Reedy, and LB David Harris inactive for the AFC Championship Game.

Gillislee is probably healthy enough to play, but New England does not need him with Rex Burkhead back in the lineup. Branch seemingly could have been an asset with Leonard Fournette coming to down, but he seems to have fallen out of favor.
Jan 21 - 1:47 PM

Jaguars declared Chris Ivory, OG Chris Reed, DT Eli Ankou, DE Carroll Phillips, OT Josh Walker, OT Will Poehls, and LB Deon King inactive for the AFC Championship Game.

Ivory is a healthy scratch again after sitting out the Divisional Round win last week. T.J. Yeldon went for 77 total yards last week with Ivory on the bench. He is a reasonable DFS dart throw on the short slate.
Jan 21 - 1:42 PM

Rex Burkhead (knee) is active for the AFC Championship Game.

Considering this is his first game action since Week 15 and Dion Lewis has established himself as the clear lead back during that time, it is difficult to predict how much action Burkhead will see in this game. He was dominating red-zone snaps before his injury, however, and it would not be surprising to see him nab a touchdown or two in this matchup. That makes him worth a look in DFS.
Jan 21 - 1:36 PM

Tom Brady (hand) is active for the AFC Championship Game.

There was never much doubt he would play, but it is now official. Brady will "probably" wear a glove on his injured hand, something he has said he does not like to do, but he reportedly threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice. Ultimately, Jacksonville's ability to get pressure, especially up the middle, will play a much larger role in Brady's success than this injury.
Jan 21 - 1:36 PM

Jaguars FS Tashaun Gipson (foot) is active for the AFC Championship Game.

Gipson sat out the first two practices of the week, but he always said he would give it a go. The safety should be a big part of Jacksonville's plan to slow down Rob Gronkowski.
Jan 21 - 1:36 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores will target ex-Lions coach Jim Caldwell to be his offensive coordinator if he lands the Cardinals job.

Despite seven years as an NFL head coach, most recently with the Lions last season, Caldwell has spent limited time as an OC. He did help lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl after taking over as coordinator late in the 2012 season, but Baltimore's offense struggled the next year. Caldwell is a known quantity, however, which might help Arizona feel more comfortable handing the reins to Flores. Arizona reportedly hopes to get Flores in for a second visit soon.
Source: ESPN
Jan 21 - 1:21 PM

Giants GM Dave Gettleman "reaffirmed his desire" for Eli Manning to return as the team's starting quarterback in 2018.

Gettleman said he had a "great" meeting with Manning earlier this month. Among the topics they discussed were remaking the offensive line while also taking steps to improve the running game. Despite the vote of confidence, Gettleman told Manning the team's personnel department will "dig in" on evaluating the upcoming quarterback class while taking a deeper look at third-round rookie Davis Webb. Pat Shurmur also had good things to say about Manning when he interviewed for the Giants' head-coaching job.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 21 - 1:03 PM

Former Steelers OC Todd Haley interviewed for the Browns' offensive coordinator job.

The two sides are in "serious talks," according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. The Steelers decided not to renew Haley's contract after the season, possibly due to tension with Ben Roethlisberger. Hue Jackson served as both head coach and offensive coordinator in 2017, which predictably backfired as the Browns endured one of the worst seasons in NFL history. The Browns have also interviewed Texans QBs coach Sean Ryan and former Giants coach Ben McAdoo for their offensive coordinator opening.
Jan 21 - 12:31 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cardinals are looking to schedule a second interview with Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores for their head-coaching vacancy.

Falcons specials teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, Cardinals DC James Bettcher and Panthers DC Steve Wilks are also being considered for the head job in Arizona. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that Flores is the current favorite to replace Matt Patricia as New England's defensive coordinator. If Flores does join the Cardinals, he's expected to bring along former Lions coach Jim Caldwell as his offensive coordinator.
Jan 21 - 12:28 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports ex-Raiders coach Jack Del Rio is a "leading candidate" for the Giants' defensive coordinator job.

It's the first we've heard of Del Rio since the Raiders fired him on New Year's Eve. Presumed head coach Pat Shurmur (he'll be officially introduced once the Vikings wrap up their season) has been targeting Del Rio as his defensive coordinator and the interest appears to be mutual. The Raiders still owe Del Rio $6 million annually over the next three seasons, so whatever he earns from the Giants, if hired, will offset against his contract with Oakland. If Del Rio accepts the position, it will put Steve Spagnuolo out of a job.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 21 - 12:20 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores is the favorite to replace Matt Patricia as the team's defensive coordinator.

Flores is a finalist for the head coaching vacancy in Arizona, but if he doesn't get the job, he'll be the front-runner to replace Patricia, who will be announced as the Lions' head coach once the Patriots' season is over. The former Boston College linebacker has been with the Patriots since 2004, beginning as a scout before moving into the coaching ranks in 2008. Saints secondary coach Aaron Glenn, who played for Bill Belichick when he served as the Jets' DC in the late 90s, is also a candidate for New England's defensive coordinator opening.
Jan 21 - 12:07 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, there is a "possibility" the Vikings will use the franchise tag on Case Keenum.

Minnesota has not negotiated "at all" with Keenum, which has surprisingly worked to his benefit as the quarterback's stock continues to rise. The Vikings haven't assigned the franchise tag since 2011, but if they decide to break that trend by using it on Keenum, the 29-year-old would earn a salary in the range of $23.6 million for 2018. That would be an enormous raise from Keenum's current $2 million salary. Even if it's not via the franchise tag, Rapoport expects Keenum to be back with the Vikings next season.
Jan 21 - 11:45 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Adam Thielen (questionable, back) is dealing with a "couple of slight fractures" in his lower back.

Thielen suffered the injury on a hit from Marshon Lattimore late in last week's win over New Orleans. Per Rapoport, Thielen's injury is "extremely painful," though he plans to gut it out against the Eagles in Sunday's NFC title game. Stefon Diggs could be in for a bigger workload this week with Thielen operating at much less than 100 percent.
Jan 21 - 11:27 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day is a candidate for the Titans' offensive coordinator position.

Day has worked with Chip Kelly on several occasions (he also played for him at the University of New Hampshire), most recently serving as his QBs coach when Kelly held the head job in San Francisco in 2016. Marcus Mariota thrived in Kelly's fast-paced scheme at the University of Oregon and could have similar success under Day. Tennessee featured one of the league's slowest offenses with Mike Mularkey calling the shots in 2017.
Jan 21 - 10:43 AM

Falcons hired Greg Knapp as QBs coach.

He's replacing Bush Hamdan, who is leaving to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Washington. Knapp is coming off a four-year stint as Denver's QBs coach and has coached in the league in some capacity since 1997. This will be his second go-round in Atlanta after serving as the team's offensive coordinator from 2004-06.
Jan 21 - 10:21 AM



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