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.
It was not unexpected, but eyebrows were raised when Aaron Wilson tweeted Monday, “Bill O'Brien has been fired as Texans' head coach and general manager, effective immediately, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.” The Houston Texans are a mess. But it is quite remarkable how O’Brien managed to misuse resources as general manager. This tweet from Field Yates says it all (and still does not include losing Clowney and Hopkins), “The Houston Texans are spending $255M in cash on their roster this season, more than any other team in the NFL. They owe their first- and second-round picks in 2021 to the Dolphins. They're currently 0-4.” It is not too difficult to image this team in the cellar of the division, even with an elite quarterback in his prime. With Deshaun Watson, this is still an attractive coaching job.
Before the victory over the Jets on Thursday Night Football, Broncos coach Vic Fangio said “there’s a chance” quarterback Drew Lock could return for the Week 5 matchup against the Patriots. Lock has missed two games with a shoulder injury and is likely to be out again this coming week. Currently, we do not believe the coachspeak. Even James Palmer is passing on said coachspeak with this tweet from Friday afternoon, “Right now #broncos QB Drew Lock (throwing shoulder) is legitimately 50/50 to play next Sunday against the #patriots. They’re going to see how he progresses during the week and evaluate where he’s at as the days go by.” Pick up the Patriots defense if your league uses the position. Brett Rypien will likely get another start. His weak arm will be easy pickings for the New England defense. For those believing that Lock is close to returning this week, let this tweet from beat reporter Mike Klis sink in, “Fangio said Drew Lock has not thrown a football yet. Thrown some other balls. #9sports.” This was last Friday. What are the chances that Lock can graduate from his shoulder being so injured that he cannot throw a football to throwing one in a game in a week’s time? Slim.