In today’s newsletter we have updates on the Julio Jones trade rumors, Todd Gurley news, my favorite pick in drafts right now, a bunch of nuggets on running backs, and the debut of a new segment, “High Key Thicc.” Let’s get to it...
Julio Jones trade saga. The Falcons have reportedly discussed multiple trade offers for Julio Jones, including an offer that includes a future first round pick, according to sources. Dianna Russini said, “There is a sense around the league that a trade could go down as early as next week.” Meanwhile, AJ Brown is doing his best to recruit Julio to the Titans with pitches on TikTok. Even though Tennessee’s cap situation wouldn’t make that easy, I’m reluctant to bet against the power of TikTok. If they can make Dogecoin a thing, they can certainly get Julio to the Titans.
Dan Campbell wants a pet lion; Todd Gurley. Free-agent RB Todd Gurley was in Detroit yesterday visiting with the Lions. If he were to sign, he’d be reunited with Jared Goff and fellow Georgia alumnus, D’Andre Swift. I legit think a pet lion might have a more positive impact on the team than Gurley, so I’d stick with your first instinct, Dan.
Rookie RB nuggets. ESPN’s Mike Clay released an article projecting rookie stats and you might be surprised to know that he has 3 RBs outpacing Travis Etienne in rushing yards. If Etienne delivers on his current 5th/6th round ADP, it’ll need to be through the passing game, where Clay has him projected for 463 receiving yards. Check out Mike’s full set of rookie projections on ESPN+, part of the Rotopass network.
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My favorite pick in drafts right now. Last week I gave you Tevin Coleman, who is still going in the final rounds of best ball drafts, and today I’m giving you a QB, Tua Tagovailoa. Tua is currently going off the board as QB25-ish, which seems crazy to me. The team dedicated their entire offseason to giving him more weapons that specifically suit his skill set (Will Fuller in free agency & Jaylen Waddle in the first round of the draft) and now his surgically repaired hip feels “10 times” better than it did a year ago.
"I didn't actually know the playbook, necessarily, really, really good, and that's no one else's fault but my fault. Our playcalls were simple when I was in. I didn't have alerts and checks. Where now, I feel comfortable and I can maneuver my way through these things now." - Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa
A lot of fantasy gamers and NFL fans are out on Tua after his rocky rookie season—as evidenced by where he’s going in drafts—but everything is lining up for him to smash his ADP. He’s my ideal target for a QB2 in best ball.
Stat of the week. Mike Evans is a machine...
“Evans snuck over the 1,000-yard barrier for the seventh consecutive season in 2020, becoming the first player ever to hit that mark in each of his first seven seasons in the league. Through seven seasons, Evans ranks 10th in all-time receiving yardage and 15th in receiving yardage per game.” - via Rich Hribar
Zero RB clearance aisle. Let’s go shopping for cheap RBs in drafts...
* Coach Mike Vrabel said recently that RB Darrynton Evans worked at WR for the Titans. Last year the team had compared him to Alvin Kamara before injuries derailed much of his rookie season. The team did sign Brian Hill this offseason, so Evans is unlikely to be the 1-for-1 backup, but there’s a lot of upside here if he carves out a pass catching role.
* Jeff Wiilson suffered a torn meniscus in his knee last Thursday and is expected to miss 4-6 months. We know the Niners are willing to deploy multiple backs, and while Raheem Mostert and Trey Sermon are likely to benefit the most, I wouldn't sleep on veteran Wayne Gallman inheriting all of the Wilson touches. Reports out of camp say he’s pencilled in as the No. 2 runner right now, even ahead of Sermon. He’s worth a stab late in drafts for now.
High key thicc. Something odd happened in the past few years where beat reporters have become obsessed with delivering detailed descriptions of NFL players’ physique. Everyone remembers Saquon Barkley and AJ Dillon’s tree trunk thighs, but now no player is seemingly safe from the microscopic body objectification. The most recent target, D’Andre Swift, described here by Jeff Ridson:
Holy leg muscles! Swift has clearly not missed leg day in some time. The definition of his thighs, calves and even ankles jumped out. He’s very thick in the lower body, thick in a positive way.
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