Stat Nerd Thursday: Aging Allen Robinson, George Pickens hype & Colts/Broncos preview
Subscribe to the Yahoo Fantasy Football ForecastApple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google PodcastsMatt Harmon is joined by Dalton Del Don for their weekly Stat Nerd Thursday episode. This week, the guys break down the terrible offenses in Carolina, Los Angeles (Rams) and Indianapolis. Don’t worry, they also highlight some of the (surprisingly) good fantasy offenses in Atlanta and Seattle, and provide a preview of Thursday night’s game between the Broncos and Colts. Claim HARMON15 (offer active 10/4/2022-10/9/2022) here. (http://yhoo.it/dfs)Rewards Program terms apply.wftv.com
Buccaneers WR Cole Beasley retires 2 weeks after signing with Tampa Bay
Beasley, 33, had signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice squad just 14 days ago. Beasley played two games for the receiver-depleted Buccaneers this year and caught four of his five targets for 17 yards in 13 total offensive snaps. Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Beasley played three years with the Buffalo Bills and seven with the Dallas Cowboys after going undrafted in 2012. He'll finish his NFL career with 554 career receptions for 5,726 receiving yards and 34 receiving touchdowns. Beasley was known primarily as a reliable slot receiver who had a career catch rate of 71 percent.wftv.com
Buccaneers reportedly sign WR Cole Beasley to practice squad
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed veteran receiver Cole Beasley to the practice squad with the expectation of promoting him to the active roster, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Beasley, 33, played for the Buffalo Bills for the past three seasons following seven years with the Dallas Cowboys. Not quite the star lineup Tom Brady has come to expect in Tampa Bay. He's reliable with a 74.9 percent catch rate and a healthy 10.1 yards per reception average over the past two seasons. Beasley won't magically transform the Buccaneers' offense back into its former self, but he could do enough to keep Brady and company competitive in Week 3.wftv.com
Davante Adams, Raiders shake up free agency with big trade
Packers Raiders Trade Football FILE - Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams runs during the first half of the team's NFL football game against the Detroit Lions on Jan. 9, 2022, in Detroit. The Las Vegas Raiders have traded two draft picks to Green Bay for All-Pro receiver Adams. The Raiders made a blockbuster move Thursday by acquiring All-Pro receiver Davante Adams from the Green Bay Packers to highlight the second day of NFL free agency. He signed a $10 million deal for this season, saying he sees a good fit with the Lions desperately needing a deep threat. The Green Bay Packers signed De'Vondre Campbell to keep their All-Pro linebacker at home.wftv.com
Cole Beasley, Julio Jones cut as Allen Robinson joins Rams
Allen Robinson joined the reigning Super Bowl champs with a three-year deal, and DJ Chark chose filling a need in Detroit for a season over a longer deal elsewhere. Baker Mayfield wants to be traded out of Cleveland, not happy the Browns wanted to try and replace him with Deshaun Watson on the second day of NFL free agency. Robinson is a big winner, going from Chicago to the Rams and becoming teammates with Cooper Kupp and quarterback Matthew Stafford. The Buffalo Bills released Beasley, while the Tennessee Titans officially released a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver in Jones on Thursday. Reed officially Thursday on a three-year deal.wftv.com
Bills cut receiver Cole Beasley day after signing Von Miller
Cole Beasley can forget trying to negotiate a trade out of Buffalo now that he’s a free agent after being cut by the Bills on Thursday. The Bills made the move to cut their top slot receiver to free up salary cap space a day after making a huge splash in free agency by signing two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Von Miller to a six-year contract. Beasley’s tenure in Buffalo was already in question with his release coming two weeks after the Bills granted the 10th-year player permission to negotiate a trade.news.yahoo.com
Bills clinch playoff berth, eliminate Falcons with 29-15 win
Devin Singletary scored two touchdowns rushing in the second half to make up for Josh Allen’s sloppiness and the AFC East-leading Buffalo Bills rallied to clinch their third consecutive playoff berth with a 29-15 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Tyreek Hill among 21 NFL players added to COVID-19 list
— (AP) — Another 21 NFL players were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, including Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, cornerback Rashad Fenton and tight end Blake Bell. On Monday, the first day under the NFL’s revised protocols, 47 players were placed on the COVID-19 list, the most in a single day since the pandemic began. Kelce and Bell on the COVID-19 list would leave rookie Noah Gray as the only tight end on the active roster. — The Ravens put linebacker Pernell McPhee on the COVID-19 list. — The Jets placed rookie left guard Alijah Vera-Tucker and cornerback Michael Carter II on the COVID-19 list.wftv.com
Chiefs add Tyreek Hill, others to growing COVID-19 list
— (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs added wide receiver Tyreek Hill, cornerback Rashad Fenton and tight end Blake Bell to their growing COVID-19 list Tuesday that already included tight end Travis Kelce and kicker Harrison Butker. Kelce has 1,066 yards receiving this season, the sixth straight of at least 1,000 — a record for both the Chiefs and for NFL tight ends. I’m glad he’s on my team.”Together, Hill and Kelce have half of the Chiefs' receptions and more than half of their yards receiving this season. Kelce and Bell on the COVID-19 list would leave rookie Noah Gray as the only tight end on the active roster. — Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Texans defensive lineman Jaleel Johnson also have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.wftv.com
The Latest: Herbert looks sharp on Chargers' opening drive
Chargers Washington Football Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws during pregame warmups prior to the start of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Landover, Md. Herbert completed his first six passes, Ekeler rushed for a 3-yard touchdown and the Chargers took a 7-0 lead on Washington less than six minutes into the game. Washington’s defense, which ranked second in the NFL last season, provided little resistance and helped L.A. with a red zone penalty. The Tennessee Titans honored Staff Sgt. The first full Sunday of the NFL season is about to begin with seven new head coaches making debuts with their respective teams.wftv.com
The Latest: Bills make change, stand on sideline for anthem
Steelers Bills Football Buffalo Bills fans react as they watch warmups before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. The Buffalo Bills stood on the sideline, rather than retreating to their locker room, for the national anthem for their season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bills receiver Cole Beasley was greeted with a mix of cheers and boos as he was introduced among the starters. The Tennessee Titans honored Staff Sgt. The first full Sunday of the NFL season is about to begin with seven new head coaches making debuts with their respective teams.wftv.com
Column: 20 years after 9/11, sports reveals its limitations
There was still a buzz over Venus Williams beating little sister Serena in prime time for the U.S. Open tennis singles title. 1 college football team in all the land, coming off a 61-0 thrashing of Rutgers. In some ways, so was life as Truex and the rest of us knew it. Instead of a salve, sports has become a mirror on our angry divisions in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’ll play for free this year to live life how I’ve lived it from day one,” Beasley added in a rant this summer.wftv.com
Beasley among four Bills players in COVID-19 reentry process
Bills Receivers Out COVID Football FILE - Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley is shown on the sideline during an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, in this Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, file photo. That means Beasley and Davis will miss the Bills’ final preseason game on Saturday, when Buffalo hosts the Green Bay Packers. Only unvaccinated players are subject to what’s referred to as the five-day reentry cadence. Unvaccinated players are tested daily, while fully vaccinated players are required to be tested once every 14 days. In June, he posted a statement on social media threatening to retire after the NFL and NFLPA announced new rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated players.wftv.com
AP source: Bills' Beasley, Davis in COVID-19 reentry process
That means Beasley and Davis will miss the Bills’ final preseason game on Saturday, when Buffalo hosts the Green Bay Packers. Both Beasley and Davis tested negative for COVID-19 but were required to leave the Bills facility and follow the NFL and NFLPA’s five-day reentry protocols before they can rejoin the team, the person said. Only unvaccinated players are subject to what’s referred to as the five-day reentry cadence. Unvaccinated players are tested daily, while fully vaccinated players are required to be tested once every 14 days. In June, he posted a statement on social media threatening to retire after the NFL and NFLPA announced new rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated players.wftv.com
Beasley makes vaccination statement, then changes topics
Beasley opened his news conference Wednesday by reading from a prepared statement for 2 minutes, 30 seconds, then asked reporters to stick to football questions. Shortly afterward he released a new rap song in which he says there “ain’t a vaccination” for him. I’m pro choice,” Beasley said in his statement. General manager Brandon Beane said that just over 80% of Bills players have received at least one vaccine dose. Earlier this offseason, Beasley threatened to retire after the NFL and NFLPA announced new rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated players.wftv.com
Bills WR Beasley rather retire than follow NFL COVID rules
BUFFALO, N.Y. — (AP) — Buffalo Bills receiver Cole Beasley does not plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and insists he will not follow rules jointly adopted by the NFL and NFLPA requiring unvaccinated players to stay clear of people. Beasley tweeted that his has spoken with the players' association since initially ripping them on their agreement with the league. It restricts unvaccinated players while allowing vaccinated players to return to near normalcy, which made Beasley think the union was not representing all the players. Under the new policy, vaccinated players will also no longer be required to wear masks at the team’s facility or during team travel. Unvaccinated players will be required to quarantine after high-risk exposure, while vaccinated players will not.wftv.com
Big offenses, overlooked defenses in AFC title game
The Kansas City Chiefs won their first NFL title since 1970 when they beat San Francisco in last year's Super Bowl. What we get Sunday is a matchup of dynamic offenses and overlooked defenses, the top two teams in the conference. Kansas City (15-2) has the confidence of a reigning champion and a charisma few NFL teams can match. That could provide an edge over Bills rookie Tyler Bass — except that Bass has been very reliable all season. Buffalo punter Corey Bojorquez and Kansas City rookie Johnny Townsend were two of the most dependable in the AFC.
Bills beat Broncos 48-19 for first AFC East crown since 1995
DENVER – Donning gray caps that declared them AFC East champions for the first time since 1995, the Buffalo Bills acted like this was old hat. “To be the team and to be the quarterback on the team that does it, obviously feels really good. “But there’s still a lot on the table.”Buffalo coach Sean McDermott said he received a congratulatory email from Marv Levy, the last Bills coach to win the AFC East. He also missed the 51-yard field goal attempt way to the right on Denver’s opening drive. Broncos: visit the Los Angeles Chargers, who they rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat on Nov. 1 with a touchdown as time ran out.
Allen throws for 4 TDs, Bills beat 49ers 34-24 in Arizona
The Bills are one game ahead of the Miami Dolphins with four games left for both teams. San Francisco (5-7) lost in its first game at its adopted home in Arizona. “As long as it correlates to team success, it means we’re doing the right thing, making the right decisions and we’re winning football games," Allen said. But San Francisco got the ball back one play later on a fumble by Allen and the 49ers took advantage. The town is about a 3-hour drive from San Francisco, and Allen went to games as a kid with his family.
Hail Murray: Cardinals stun Bills 32-30 in final seconds
Even the players and coaches for the Arizona Cardinals couldn't hide their disbelief when he jumped over three Buffalo defenders and came down with the ball. Kyler Murray completed a stunning 43-yard desperation pass to Hopkins with 2 seconds left to lift Arizona to an improbable 32-30 victory over the Bills. The catch was as sensational as the throw, which was quickly dubbed a “Hail Murray.”The game appeared lost for the Cardinals until Murray rolled out to his left as the seconds ticked off the clock. But Murray and the Cardinals (6-3, tied for the NFC West lead) ended the Bills' winning streak at three games with the improbable throw and catch. It was a crazy ending to another entertaining Cardinals game, which usually have come down to the final seconds in recent weeks.
Chiefs, Edwards-Helaire run away with 26-17 win over Bills
“But if teams are going to play us like this, we’ve got to show we can run the football.”Mission accomplished. Led by Edwards-Helaire’s 161 yards rushing, the Chiefs finished with 245 — the most since Mahomes took over as starter in 2017. The Chiefs, who were originally scheduled to play three games in 11 days, wound up having two more days of rest than the Bills. During that drive, Buffalo’s Justin Zimmer stripped the ball from Edwards-Helaire at the Kansas City 30. Kansas City had four drives of 10 plays or more and dominated time of possession by more than 15 minutes.
Bills remain undefeated, top Raiders in Las Vegas, 30-23
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson (90) celebrates after recovering a fumble by the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Las Vegas. Shaking off a second-quarter stinger, Allen threw two touchdowns and rushed for another to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 30-23 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. Las Vegas (2-2) lost its second straight game and first inside the shiny new $2 billion Allegiant Stadium. Las Vegas gave the ball back to the Bills by way of punt, fumble, downs and another fumble before scoring on its final possession. Las Vegas had allowed scores on nine straight non-kneeldown drives.
Bills remain undefeated, top Raiders in Las Vegas, 30-23
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson (90) celebrates after recovering a fumble by the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS – Shaking off a banged-up left shoulder, Josh Allen threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another, leading the Buffalo Bills to a 30-23 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. Las Vegas (2-2) lost its second straight game after falling in New England last week. Las Vegas gave the ball back to the Bills by way of punt, fumble, downs and another fumble before scoring on its final possession. “Bills Mafia travels all over the country, regardless of whether or not we can’t be in the stadium to support the team,” said Taylor Maurer, whose Bills-themed jacket was highlighted with “Bills Mafia” on the back.