We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
We have written frequently about the concern for Andrew Luck’s recovery from shoulder surgery. However, we have not written much about Cam Newton. He is slow to return from his shoulder injury. Last week, Dianna Russini of ESPN tweeted, “Cam Newton's shoulder recovery is going to be a major storyline heading into this season. It could really be a problem for them. #Panthers.” While he is throwing. The arm strength is not back to normal. This is a story to monitor.
One of the bigger storylines this past weekend is the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback situation. After a poor performance against Tampa Bay on Thursday evening, many are opining that Blake Bortles could soon be benched. Beat writer Ryan O'Halloran said that "it would make perfect sense" for the Jaguars to cut their starting quarterback. At face value, this does not make sense to send the quarterback from the starting lineup to the bench. But, when taking a deeper look, it is clearer. Bortles will have a guaranteed $19 million salary if injured this season. The only guarantee is for injury. For those that might remember, this is like how Washington treated Robert Griffin III. Bortles was the third overall pick in the 2014 but has seen his stock steadily falling. Tom Coughlin has stated that he wants to rely on the running game more and throw less frequently. Therefore, the team invested a high pick in running back Leonard Fournette. O’Halloran has gone on record as saying he thinks Chad Henne will be under center for the season opener.