Mon Oct 7 9:33am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Fuller comes up huge Week 5
This week was another filled with many big fantasy performances. There were eight teams that scored 30 or more points, leading to many of the big games. There were two 400-yard passers, two 200-yard receivers and five double-digit reception games. Running games weren’t quite as big, but one player topped 175-rushing yards. Hopefully, your team was on the right side of things in Week 5.
Seahawks 30, Rams 29
Fantasy Stud: Russell Wilson. Wilson continued his MVP-type season in this one, scoring four touchdowns. He was near perfect in the game, going 17-of-23 for 268 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. Wilson has 14 total touchdowns without an interception for the season. He has three three-touchdown games. Wilson is an elite fantasy quarterback making a run for top quarterback in the game right now.
Fantasy Dud: Brandin Cooks. There was a ton of offense in this game, but Cooks was not on the good side of things. The Rams threw for nearly 400 yards, but Cooks had just a catch for 29 yards. He did run once for 27 yards, but his overall numbers still weren’t very good. Cooks has been a little up and down this year, having two gams with fewer than 40 yards and the three others with 70-plus yards. He has been the less consistent of the Rams receiver options.
Game Notes: Gerald Everett had a breakout game at tight end, leading the Rams in receiving yards. He had seven receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown. He made several big plays in the game and could earn a bigger role in the offense going forward.
Toddy Gurley had multiple touchdowns for the second straight game. He had 15 carries for 51 yards and two touchdowns. He has five touchdowns his last four games.
Bills 14, Titans 7
Fantasy Stud: Derrick Henry. There was not much offense in this one. It was not a very good game for fantasy purposes. One of the few bright spots was Derrick Henry. He did not catch a pass but ran 20 times for 77 yards and a touchdown. Henry has touchdowns all but a game this year. He has been a very consistent producer all season.
Fantasy Dud: Marcus Mariota. Mariota was on fire last week but reverted back to his old ways in Week 5. He failed to score a touchdown after a three-touchdown performance the previous week. He was 13-of-22 for 184 yards without a touchdown or interception. This is the second time this season Mariota has failed to score. He is a very hard player to trust for fantasy teams despite a few big showings throughout the season.
Game Notes: Josh Allen looked fine after suffering a concussion last week. He was 23-of-32 for 219 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He also ran 10 times for 27 yards. Allen showed no issues during the game.
John Brown led the Bills in receiving, catching five passes for 75 yards. Brown has at least five receptions all but a game. He also has 70-plus yards three of five.
Eagles 31, Jets 6
Fantasy Stud: Eagles defense. It was quite the showing for the Eagles defense, scoring two defensive touchdowns. The Eagles held the Jets offense to just 128 total yards. Philadelphia also had 10 sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. This performance gives the Eagles defense some hope going forward, but remember, this was a pretty terrible offense the team faced in Week 6.
Fantasy Dud: Carson Wentz. His team won big but Wentz was not much of a factor for fantasy teams. He was 17-of-29 for 189 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. You just expected more from Wentz in such a prime matchup. This was the first time all year Wentz failed to scored 20 fantasy points in a game.
Game Notes: Luke Falk really struggled, getting another chance to start for the Jets. He was 15-of-26 for 120 yards with two interceptions and a lost fumble. It was another disaster of a game for Falk.
Jordan Howard scored a touchdown for the third straight game. He ran 13 times for 62 yards and a touchdown. He has four touchdowns his last three games.
Cardinals 26, Bengals 23
Fantasy Stud: Tyler Boyd. Boyd continued to excel as the No. 1 receiver for the Bengals. He had 10 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. This was his second double-digit reception game of the season. He has been targeted double-digit times all but one game. Boyd is having a breakout season in the Bengals new offense.
Fantasy Dud: Kyler Murray. This matchup looked like one that Murray could have the best game of his career. He wasn’t terrible but didn’t do much for all his fantasy owners. It was a really disappointing showing, considering the dream matchup. He threw for 253 yards but didn’t have a passing touchdown. The only thing that saved Murray this week were his rushing totals, running 10 times for 93 yards and a score. You just expected a bigger performance from Murray in Week 5.
Game Notes: David Johnson had another solid all-around game. He ran the ball the best all season, rushing 17 times for 91 yards. He also caught six passes for 58 yards, giving him 149 total yards.
Joe Mixon was a big part of the offense for the Bengals, rushing 19 times for 93 yards. He also had a catch for 16 yards, giving him 109 total yards. This was the first time all season Mixon had more than 100 total yards.
Raiders 24, Bears 21
Fantasy Stud: Josh Jacobs. Jacobs keeps showing the Raiders spent wisely on their first-round draft pick. He had his best game against a very good defense, rushing 26 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 20 yards, finishing with 143 total yards and two scores. Jacobs has multiple touchdowns two games and at least 99 total yards all but a game. Jacobs is having a big rookie year and is performing like a low-end No. 1 back.
Fantasy Dud: Darren Waller. Waller was surprisingly quiet, catching four passes for 39 yards. This is his first game all year without at least 12 fantasy points. He also didn’t top 50 yards for the first time. Teams might start to game plan against Waller, though, after his fattest start. He is going to have to adjust.
Game Notes: Allen Robinson had seven receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns. This is the first time all year Robinson found the end zone. He does have at least six receptions all but a game, though.
Chase Daniel had an erratic first start of the year. He moved the offense but also had two costly interceptions. He was 22-of-30 for 231 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.
Saints 31, Bucs 24
Fantasy Stud: Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater enjoyed his best game of the season, going 26-of-34 for 314 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. This was the first time all season Bridgewater had more than 200-passing yards. It also was his first three-touchdown game. Bridgewater seems to be getting more confident in the offense every week and could be worth some spot plays going forward while Drew Brees is out.
Fantasy Dud: Mike Evans. It is amazing that this is even possible but Evans didn’t even catch a pass in this game. Evans was targeted just three times in the game. He had scores back-to-back games before this dud of a game. This was the first time all season Evans didn’t catch a pass but it was the second time he had fewer than 30 yards. Evans is having a very strange fantasy season.
Game Notes: Michael Thomas had another one of his monster games. He had 11 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns. This was his third double-digit reception game of the season.
Chris Godwin had multiple touchdowns for the second straight game. He had seven receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Godwin has scores all but a game and three 100-yard games.
Vikings 28, Giants 10
Fantasy Stud: Adam Thielen. We guess all that Thielen had to do was call out his quarterback. He had his best game of the year after that happened during the week, catching seven passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. This was his first 100-yard game of the year and first time with more than 75 yards. Hopefully, this is the performance that gets Thielen going for the rest of the season.
Fantasy Dud: Stefon Diggs. Diggs was great last week but that didn’t carry over to this one. He had three receptions for 44 yards. Diggs reverted back to his poor production from early this season. He has more than 50 yards just one game all season. Diggs is a really hard guy for fantasy teams to trust despite his great track record. He just isn’t producing.
Game Notes: Wayne Gallman suffered a concussion very early in the game and was unable to return. He ran two times for 14 yards before his injury. Jon Hillman got most of the work at running back for the Giants, rushing nine times for 20 yards.
Dalvin Cook just keeps getting it done as the focal point of this offense. He had 21 carries for 132 yards and caught six passes for 86 yards, giving him 218 total yards. He has 100-yard rushing games four of five.
Ravens 26, Steelers 23
Fantasy Stud: JuJu Smith-Schuster. Smith-Schuster showed some signs of life, catching seven passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. His reception total was a season high for Smith-Schuster. He still has yet to hit the 100-yard mark but does have 75 or more yards four of five games. He has been a complete disaster for fantasy teams but just not performing up to expectations just yet.
Fantasy Dud: Lamar Jackson. Jackson had a game to forget. A couple of his interceptions were not his fault but that doesn’t matter in the end for fantasy players. The numbers just didn’t add up this week in what seemed like a really good matchup for him. Jackson was 19-of-28 for 161 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions. He did lead his team in rushing, which helped some, rushing 14 times for 69 yards. But in the end, Jackson had his lowest fantasy total of the season, finishing with just over 15 fantasy points.
Game Notes: Mason Rudolph looked to be knocked out cold on a hit and was forced from the game. He was 13-of-20 for 131 yards and a touchdown before the injury. Undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges took over for the Steelers and played pretty well, going 7-of-9 for 68 yards.
James Conner ran 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown. Conner has now found the end zone two straight and three of his last four games.
Patriots 33, Redskins 7
Fantasy Stud: Julian Edelman. Edelman led the way at receiver for the Patriots. He had eight receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown. This was his first 100-yard game of the year. He has scores two of three games and at least four receptions every game. Edelman is having another solid fantasy season, posting consistent numbers.
Fantasy Dud: Colt McCoy. McCoy was a disaster in his first start of the season. He was 18-of-27 for 119 yards with an interception. He did not move the offense well. We aren’t sure the direction the Redskins will go at quarterback their next game. None of these guys are doing much right now.
Game Notes: Terry McLaurin returned from his hamstring injury and led the Redskins in receiving yards. He had three receptions for 51 yards. McLaurin has at least 50 yards every game this year. He has been very consistent as the top pass catcher in this offense. He has at least seven targets every game. He is the only consistent fantasy player in this offense.
Tom Brady was 28-of-42 for 348 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. It was his third 300-yard game and fourth multiple touchdown performance of the season.
Panthers 34, Jaguars 27
Fantasy Stud: Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey did seem a bit dinged up at the end of the game but his numbers were off the charts before missing some time late. He was fabulous once again. He ran 19 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns. He also had six receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. So McCaffrey had 237 total yards and three touchdowns. He won fantasy games all by himself in Week 5. This guy is some kind of player. Hopefully, his injury isn’t an issue going forward.
Fantasy Dud: Greg Olsen. Olsen is off to a fine start to his season but this was a game to forget for all his fantasy owners. He went without a catch for the first time all year and was targeted just two times. Olsen has two catches for five yards his last two games. He has really cooled since a great start to his season. Olsen could be hit or miss like this the rest of the year, especially if you consider his age and health in recent years.
Game Notes: D.J. Chark found the end zone once again. He had eight receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Chark has touchdowns four of five games and two 100-yard games.
Gardner Minshew continued his great play as the starter for the Jaguars. He did lost three fumbles, which was very costly, but threw for nearly 400 yards. He was 26-of-44 for 374 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.
Texans 53, Falcons 32
Fantasy Stud: Will Fuller. Fuller produced more in this game than he had all season. He was off the charts, catching 14 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Fuller did not have a touchdown or top 70 yards in a game all year before this eye-popping performance. Hopefully, this is the game that really gets him going for the rest of the year. We all know Fuller is capable of big things in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Julio Jones. Jones was surprisingly quiet in a game that had more than 300-passing yards and three passing touchdowns. Jones was held in check, catching three passes for 42 yards. Jones has scores three of five but also fewer than 55 yards three of five. He isn’t having near the season as most expected, posting more inconsistently than past years.
Game Notes: Deshaun Watson was near unstoppable, going 28-of-33 for 426 yards and five touchdowns without a turnover. He was tremendous throughout the game, posting his best game of the year.
Matt Ryan hit the 300-yard mark, giving him at least 300 yards every game. He was 32-of-46 for 330 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He is turning the gall over too much but his yardage and touchdown totals are great for fantasy teams.
Broncos 20, Chargers 13
Fantasy Stud: Phillip Lindsay. Lindsay had a great game as the Broncos running game really was clicking. Lindsay had 15 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown, averaging 7.6 yards per carry. He also had four catches for 33 yards, giving him 147 total yards and a score. This was his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. Lindsay has scores two of three games.
Fantasy Dud: Keenan Allen. Allen was really held in check for the first time all year. He had four receptions for 18 yards. It was an unexpected showing from the Chargers star receiver. He has shown some chinks in the armor after a great start to the season. He has fewer than 50 yards two straight games. You can’t bench Allen but he is showing to be a little more human the last few weeks.
Game Notes: Melvin Gordon had the most carries while Austin Ekeler dominated the work in passing situations. Gordon ran 12 times for 31 yards. Ekeler had three carries for seven yards, but had 15 receptions for 86 yards.
Courtland Sutton had four receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown. Sutton has found the end zone two straight games and has at least four receptions every game.
Packers 34, Cowboys 24
Fantasy Stud: Aaron Jones. Jones had his best game as a pro, producing big numbers as a runner and receiver. He had 19 carries for 107 yards and four touchdowns. He also led the team in receiving, having seven receptions for 75 yards. So he finished with 182 total yards and four touchdowns. Jones has touchdowns all but one game this year and two 100-yard performances. He is starting to really put it all together, especially if you consider the chances he is now getting in the passing game. Jones has 13 receptions his last two games.
Fantasy Dud: Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers had another disappointing game, seeing the rushing game doing much of the damage for the offense. Rodgers didn’t even score a touchdown. He was 22-of-34 for 238 yards without a touchdown or interception. This is the first time all year he failed to score, but Rodgers has one or no touchdowns three of five games. He has been pretty mediocre much of the year.
Game Notes: Amari Cooper had a huge game, catching 11 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown. This is his first 100-yard game since Week 1. Cooper has touchdowns four of five games.
Michael Gallup returned from his knee injury and looked just fine. He had seven receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown on 12 tagets. Gallup has 100-yard games two of three.
Colts 19, Chiefs 13
Fantasy Stud: Marlon Mack. Mack was a game-time decision because of an ankle injury. He not only played but carried the offense much of the night. Mack ran 29 times for 132 yards. He also caught three passes for 16 yards, giving him 148 total yards. Mack has two 100-yard games this year and is over 500 total yards for the season. He is having a breakout year as the starter for the Colts and should continue to see a ton of work going forward. He just needs to stay healthy.
Fantasy Dud: Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes was really ordinary for his standards. He did hit the 300-yard mark but scored just one touchdown. This gives Mahomes one score his last two games. You just expect much bigger games from Mahomes because of the extremely high bar he has set to start his career. His numbers weren’t killers for fantasy teams this week but just not much of a help. He’ll be fine going forward, especially with Tyreek Hill returns to the lineup.
Game Notes: Sammy Watkins injured his hamstring very early in the game and was unable to return. He did not catch a pass in the game. Byron Pringle took his spot in the lineup and had a career game, catching six passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.
Damien Williams returned to the lineup and got the most work at running back. He ran nine times for 23 yards and caught three passes for 15 yards. LeSean McCoy didn’t even get a career in the game. McCoy did have two catches for 23 yards, but lost a fumble.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
May 14th: Draft Values
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that quarterback Lamar Jackson must make defenses pay if they stack the box against the Ravens offense in 2020. "Those corners are going to be one-on-one and those safeties are going to be one-on-one against receivers, especially on some downfield throws, and we got to make them pay for it. We absolutely have to make them pay," Harbaugh said. Jackson led the league with 36 touchdown passes in the NFL's highest-scoring offense in 2019, also setting an NFL record for rushing yards for a QB with 1,206 on his way to MVP honors. At age 22, he was the youngest QB to win the award. But on throws that traveled at least 15 yards, Jackson ranked 27th in completions (35) and 22nd in completion rate (43.8 percent). He certainly has the arm to make teams pay, and it would be good news for second-year wideouts Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin if Jackson takes the next step as a deep thrower. Even if Jackson runs less than he did a year ago, he should be either the first or second QB selected in fantasy drafts.
Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones hasn't had much traction with the team on a contract extension, but both sides still have until July 15 to work something out. Jones has yet to sign his franchise tender, but he's kept in touch with the Chiefs during the virtual offseason program, according to sources. The market for high-end defensive tackles like Jones is $20-plus-million per season. The 25-year-old former second-round selection in 2016 has racked up 33 sacks in his four seasons with the Chiefs, including 14.5 the last two years. He was a Pro Bowler in 2019 for the first time in his career and should be considered a top-20 defensive lineman in IDP formats.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matt Judon signed his one-year franchise tender on Thursday, according to a source. The one-year deal will carry a value of $16.27 million in 2020. The Ravens and Judon still have until July 15 to work out a long-term extension, but that's unlikely to happen considering the Ravens initially tagged Judon with the possibility of trading him. The former fifth-round pick in 2016 has 135 solo tackles, 45 tackles for loss, 82 QB hits, 28.5 sacks, eight passes defensed and seven forced fumbles in his four seasons. Judon was a Pro Bowler in 2019 when he had a career-high 9.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss and 33 QB hits. He'll be entering his age-28 season in 2020.
New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (neck) says that he is embracing his new role as the backup quarterback to Sam Darnold. He says that his job is to help the team get better and to help a young quarterback see things as clearly as possible. Flacco started the first eight games for the Denver Broncos before suffering a season-ending neck injury. He still believes he can be a starting quarterback in the league, but understands his new role with the Jets.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins expects to put up numbers in the team's pass-happy offense under head coach Kliff Kingsbury in his first season in 2020. "So myself, being a receiver, of course I see my stats going up. ... But I definitely see myself having one of my more productive seasons," Hopkins said. He also said he hasn't met up with quarterback Kyler Murray yet, but he plans on getting together with him and the other receivers "soon." Arizona has plenty of aerial weapons in an attack that will feature a lot of four-wide sets, but Nuk will be the No. 1 option for a young QB with a ton of potential. He's consistently one of the most efficient fantasy wideouts on a yearly basis and is a no-doubt top-five fantasy receiver for drafts this fall.
The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms on an undisclosed one-year deal with cornerback Eli Apple on Thursday. Apple agreed with the Raiders earlier in free agency, but the Raiders backed out of the deal and put Apple back on the open market. The 10th overall pick in 2016 by the Giants, Apple failed to live up to his draft billing in two-plus seasons in the Big Apple, and he was underwhelming in 15 games for the Saints last year (53 solo tackles, no interceptions, four passes defensed). But with Donte Jackson and Corn Elder currently set as the two starting corners on the outside, Apple should see plenty of playing time for a Carolina secondary with plenty of questions.
Baltimore Ravens running back Justice Hill played sparingly during his rookie season last year. Hill finished the year with just 66 touches after getting stuck behind Mark Ingram II and Gus Edwards. The Ravens added to their crowded running back room in the 2020 NFL draft when they used a second-round pick on J.K. Dobbins. That leaves an unclear role for Hill in 2020. Head coach John Harbaugh is still high on Hill, however, stating that he expects the sophomore runner to make a big jump. He also went on to tell reporters that there is a role for all four runners in Baltimore. Hill remains a deep dynasty stash but he may not be fantasy relevant until 2021 when Ingram is presumably out of the picture.
The Las Vegas Raiders re-signed tight end Paul Butler to an undisclosed deal on Thursday. In a corresponding move, tight end Nick O'Leary (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. Butler hasn't appeared in a regular season game in two years in the NFL with the Raiders and Lions. O'Leary was signed as a free agent after catching 13 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in 12 games (five starts) with the Jaguars and Dolphins in 2019. He was buried on the tight end depth chart to begin with, behind Darren Waller, Jason Witten and Foster Moreau. Las Vegas also has Derek Carrier and rookie Nick Bowers at the position.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II has impressed new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden with his work during the virtual offseason program. Gruden likes how Minshew has taken charge and seems to have a good grasp of the offense. "He has shown a skill set where he can sit in a pocket, step up, make things happen outside the pocket. He's accurate, he's tough and obviously he's a great leader, so he's got the intangibles you want in a quarterback," Gruden said. The sixth-round pick went 6-6 as a starter in his rookie season and had the highest passer rating and fewest interceptions among rookie QBs in 2019. The 24-year-old took the league by storm last year out of nowhere and has the ability to make things happen outside the pocket and with his legs, as he rushed for 344 yards in 2019. All things considered, though, Minshew is a low-end QB2 that will likely see more inconsistency in his second season.
Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur is looking for his offense to find more explosive plays under quarterback Aaron Rodgers in 2020, the coach admitted on ESPN Wisconsin's Wilde & Tausch. The Packers ranked 19th in explosive-play rate in 2019, according to Sharp Football Stats. However, other than free-agent addition Devin Funchess in the passing game, the Packers didn't really give Rodgers any added help outside of receiver Davante Adams and running back Aaron Jones. It will be on LaFleur to scheme up more explosive situations this year, but it definitely helps to have Rodgers throwing the passes, even if he's getting older. What's certain is that the Packers will need someone besides Adams and Jones to step up for Rodgers to hold off the naysayers.
San Francisco 49ers left tackle Trent Williams agreed to a restructured deal in the final year of his contract in 2020. Williams is due to make $12.5 million this year, but the 49ers agreed to give him some of that up front after he didn't make any money in 2019. The Redskins traded Williams to San Francisco during the draft in April, where he'll immediately become the blind-side protector for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after not playing at all last season. Even though Williams will turn 32 years old in July, the seven-time Pro Bowler is an immediate upgrade for the team's offensive line and should continue to be one of the better left tackles in the NFL.
Arizona Cardinals All-Pro linebacker Chandler Jones has more sacks and forced fumbles than any defender since he entered the league in 2012, and his 96 sacks through eight seasons are four more than Bruce Smith, the all-time sacks leader, at the same point in his career. Jones was one of two players in NFL history in 2019 to have 19-plus sacks and eight-plus forced fumbles in a single season. He's been really good, but he wants to work on improving against the run, his eye placement and his hand work. Jones plans to spend more practice time with the defensive line so that he can get more comfortable playing between the tackles. The two-time All-Pro and member of the league's 2010s All-Decade team can certainly get to the QB, but he'll need to improve his tackling numbers in order to justify his high price in IDP leagues.
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson said he hasn't really had any contract talks with the team as he enters the final year of his current deal. "I feel I have a lot to prove," Peterson said. He also said he would love to stay with one team in his career and praised the organization. The 29-year-old was suspended for the first six games of 2019 and was a bit rusty upon his return. He finished with 53 tackles (46 solo), two interceptions, seven passes defensed and one forced fumble in his 10 games. The Cardinals have potential on defense with some playmakers in the middle of the field, but they'll need Peterson to return to his All-Pro form in order to make some noise in a loaded NFC West division.
The Philadelphia Eagles are interested in both running backs Devonta Freeman and LeSean McCoy, who remain free agents. The Eagles offered a contract to Carlos Hyde before he signed with the Seahawks. Freeman also received an offer, but he's also weighing another offer from the Buccaneers. Philly has yet to make an offer to McCoy. The Eagles would like a veteran presence behind Miles Sanders as he heads into his second NFL season, with Boston Scott as his current backup. Both Freeman and McCoy are past their prime, but they could be effective in spurts while spelling Sanders behind a solid offensive line. Freeman would probably have more fantasy appeal as a handcuff on early downs and in goal-line situations.
Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski started eight games last season for the Bears before signing a three-year, $21 million deal with the Raiders this offseason to become a full-time starter. A fourth-round pick in 2016, Kwiatkoski played a bit role his first three years, but the 27-year-old showed off his abilities when he was granted more playing time in 2019 due to injuries to the position. He had 76 tackles (eight for loss), three sacks, one forced fumble and an interception while impressing as a blitzer, against the run and in coverage. Kwiatkoski will be asked to be the leader of Las Vegas' linebacking corps in 2020, and it's something he's very comfortable with. The middle of the Raiders defense has been a problem spot for a while, so they're hoping Kwiatkoski's addition will change that.
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott was accurate on only 60.9 percent of his throws with three receivers running a route in 2019. However, that mark increased to 81.8 percent when he had four pass-catchers available to him and 79.3 percent with five receivers running a route.
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr was 72.3 percent accurate on his throws in the fourth quarter of games in 2019 - the best such mark of any qualified quarterback last season.
Free-agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is in no rush to sign with a team, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The Browns and Seahawks have made offers to Clowney and the Titans have also been monitoring him, but he's in no hurry to sign with anyone. The former No. 1 overall pick is by far the biggest name still on the free-agent market. His slow market also has to do with teams wanting a physical for the six-year pro after he underwent offseason surgery for a core muscle injury that limited him to 11 starts in 2019 with Seattle. Cleveland apparently has been the most aggressive for Clowney, but it remains to be seen if he'll choose them. Clowney's sack numbers aren't impressive, but he is still plenty disruptive as a pass-rusher when he's healthy.
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller finished with 670 receiving yards in 2019 - the second-highest total for a player who played fewer than 12 games last season - although more than half of that total (357 yards) came in two of his 11 contests.
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson finished 19-for-25 and threw for 12 touchdowns against Cover-0 coverage - an all-out blitz with man coverage and no deep safety - in 2019.