Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell wants Jared Goff to take ownership of the offense.
O’Connell says of the fifth-year quarterback, “There’s a layer going into his fifth year, his fourth year in the offense, of ownership, where you feel strongly about presenting him with a plan where he could truly have some ownership, while also understanding at the end of the day, it’s just about being great with the details of doing his job.” While Goff’s numbers took a step back last season while playing behind an offensive line that really struggled to protect him for most of the year, the former No. 1 overall pick has shown he can play quarterback at a very high level—and it sounds like LA wants Goff to take a step into that bonafide elite category of passers. The Rams offensive line came together down the stretch in 2019 (when Goff threw 11 touchdowns and four interceptions in December), and the Cal product obviously has great upside in Sean McVay’s offense if there’s consistent play up front.
Nick O’Leary plans to play football in 2021.
O’Leary actually underwent heart surgery last month, having an angioplasty to reduce a 100 percent blockage of an artery. This explains why the Raiders placed O’Leary on the NFI/reserve list last month. Thankfully, O’Leary told the Palm Beach Post that he feels “good” and plans to play football again. The former Florida State star will turn just 28 this August, and he shouldn’t have much trouble getting an opportunity next year assuming he’s cleared by doctors. We wish O’Leary the best of luck as he looks to recover and get back on the field.
Dak Prescott has officially signed his exclusive franchise tender.
This was fully expected, and Prescott will now be paid over $31 million this season on the tag if he and the Cowboys don’t agree to a long-term deal by July 15. At this point, an extension seems highly unlikely, so it will be interesting to see how Dak plays in 2020—and how long this saga might drag on.
Dak Prescott plans to sign his franchise tender soon.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter says Prescott is expected to sign the one-year $31.4 million exclusive tender “by Monday.” This action would ensure that Dak must play for the Cowboys in 2020, whether on this one-year tag or on a long-term extension. The two sides have until July 15 to agree to a long-term deal, but there should not be any drama in terms of a holdout this summer if Prescott and the team don’t get something done by then.
Colby Parkinson broke his foot and recently had surgery, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Parkinson suffered the injury on June 2 while running routes, and he’s now rehabbing the injury. The fourth-round rookie is joining a very crowded tight end room in Seattle, so the missed time could be costly for him as he looks to earn a role in 2020. Veteran Greg Olsen is probably locked in as the Seahawks’ starter with Will Dissly (patellar) primed to see the field if he’s healthy. For dynasty owners, Parkinson has the profile to be a red zone threat at six-foot-seven.
Richie James Jr. suffered a broken wrist.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo says James is expected to miss at least two months with the injury. We would expect James will be ready to go for Week 1, but he’s in a competitive Niners receiving corps and could struggle to get consistent playing time on offense if he misses too much time this summer during camp. From a fantasy perspective, James is now off the radar for most redraft leagues.
Deebo Samuel broke his foot, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
More specifically, Rapoport says it’s a Jones fracture for Samuel, an injury that’s seemingly been somewhat common with wide receivers over the years. The promising second-year receiver is having foot surgery today and is reportedly expected to miss 12-16 weeks, which puts him on a timeline to potentially be ready as early as Week 1 and as late as early October. Of course, the hard-nosed Samuel will want to get on the field as soon as possible, but ideally the team and player will ensure he’s 100% healthy to avoid a re-fracture after he returns. Samuel’s recovery will be something to watch all summer.
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