Checking in on Josh Gordon's struggles 

December, 22, 2014
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Fantasy owners who rolled the dice by drafting Josh Gordon as a lottery ticket back in September failed to get the playoff payoff for which we were hoping. He totaled 15 catches for 195 yards on 29 targets during his first two games, but he managed only nine receptions for 108 yards on 18 targets during the past three outings. He has yet to catch a touchdown in 2014.

Why rookies Gilbert, West were benched 

December, 22, 2014
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The Cleveland Browns may have stumbled and bumbled their way out of the playoff chase by losing three straight games heading into Week 16, but that didn't stop coach Mike Pettine from making a point with a pair of his rookies Sunday, despite losing one more game.

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Rugby star considering DET, SD? 

December, 22, 2014
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The Detroit Lions were among the teams showing interest in Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne a few months ago and things have heated up in recent weeks between the two sides. However, Hayne had been working out in California, and the San Diego Chargers could get into the mix, too.

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Trent Murphy done for the season? 

December, 22, 2014
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2014 second-round pick Trent Murphy had spent the past eight games starting at right outside linebacker for the Washington Redskins, but he was unable to finish Saturday's tilt with the Philadelphia Eagles due to a hand injury.

It appears that the odds are slim that the rookie will be able to play through it in Washington's season finale against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Will Cards cut Fitz due to cap hit? 

December, 22, 2014
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When Larry Fitzgerald restructured his contract with the Arizona Cardinals back in February, he helped chop his 2014 salary-cap hit from about $18 million to $8.6 million. However, as a result of pushing the money down the road, Fitzgerald currently sports a $23.6 million cap hit for 2015.

That's led people to wonder if the Cards will move on from the contract by releasing the veteran wideout, but it appears that will not be the case.

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Falcons planning to fire Mike Smith? 

December, 21, 2014
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Technically, the Atlanta Falcons are in the playoff hunt, thanks to the NFC South being such a mess, but even sneaking into the playoffs won't help coach Mike Smith save his job.

It is believed that Smith will be fired once the Falcons' 2014 campaign is officially over.

"Falcons owner Arthur Blank has informed multiple parties that he plans on moving on from head coach Mike Smith at the end of the season, sources said, and it would take a shocking playoff run to alter that scenario," wrote Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. "Blank has also told some confidants that, for now, he expects to retain general manager Thomas Dimitroff, though it could be revisited through the hiring process."

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Gruden, RG III back for 2015? 

December, 21, 2014
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For all of the midseason buzz that both coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Robert Griffin III might not be with the Washington Redskins in 2015, all signs currently are pointing toward the pair returning, as the 2014 regular season winds down. That's particularly true after Washington beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.

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Titans considering a run at Cutler? 

December, 21, 2014
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In the short-term, Jay Cutler is going to ride the bench for the Chicago Bears, with Jimmy Clausen getting the start Sunday. What they do with Cutler for the long term is going to be one of the more intriguing stories of the upcoming offseason.

Trading him will be complicated due to his massive contract, but there may be some interest in the veteran quarterback.

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Will Browns double-down with Mariota? 

December, 21, 2014
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The Cleveland Browns' approach to their quarterback situation this season generated seven wins in their first 11 games, but since then, they have lost three straight. Meanwhile, game play has proved that Brian Hoyer isn't good enough to be their starter and the jury remains out on how good Johnny Manziel can be.

In other words, they may be back to square one at quarterback come the offseason. With that in mind, they may try to target Marcus Mariota in the draft.

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Julio Jones on track to play Sunday? 

December, 21, 2014
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Last week, Julio Jones couldn't quite push through his hip injury and was declared inactive for the first time this season. His availability for Week 16 has been in doubt all week, too, though it appears things are trending in a positive direction.

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SD's only fantasy-worthy WR on Saturday 

December, 20, 2014
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San Diego's passing game has trailed off considerably over the second half of the season, and on Sunday the Chargers face a San Francisco secondary that has actually held things together pretty well. So this probably isn't the week to be banking on a Chargers receiver to come through with a big day.

That's even more true now that Keenan Allen has been ruled out vs. the 49ers. But if you have to play one in your fantasy championship, which should be in your lineup? Here's what one of the experts says.

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Dedicated QB coach in RG III's future? 

December, 20, 2014
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How to fix Robert Griffin III? That difficult question is one that Washington -- or possibly another team -- will be tasked with next season. On Saturday, John Keim of ESPN's NFL Nation writes that if RG III stays with the Redskins, the team plans to hire a dedicated quarterback coach to address some of the issues that have plagued the former first-round pick over the last two seasons.

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ND's Brian Kelly ready to coach NFL? 

December, 19, 2014
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Aside from Michigan's search for someone to replace Brady Hoke, all is quiet on the collegiate coaching front at the moment. That could change a week from Monday when several NFL head coaches face the chopping block. At that point, we should hear the names of some college coaches mentioned as replacement candidates.

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Will Rex Ryan replace ATL's Mike Smith? 

December, 19, 2014
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As Black Monday rapidly approaches, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith squarely are on hot seats. Sure, technically, Smith has his team in the playoff chase, but at 5-9, that's largely due to the NFC South being the lamest division in the NFL.

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Will Pats slow Jets rushing attack? 

December, 19, 2014
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The last time the New York Jets faced the New England Patriots, back in Week 7, the Jets made a game of it by relentlessly leaning on their rushing attack. They came up short, losing 27-25 in New England, but Chris Ivory racked up 107 rushing yards and a score, while Chris Johnson chipped in another 61 yards.

Not surprisingly, we should expect to see them focus on rushing once again this weekend, as these teams meet in New York for a rematch.

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