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.
The loss to Washington was especially painful for Cincinnati as rookie sensation Joe Burrow suffered a knee injury. A few minutes after the end of the game, Ian Rapoport tweeted, “#Bengals QB Joe Burrow suffered a torn ACL based on the initial diagnosis, source said. There may be additional damage. Burrow signaled it with his tweet, but the MRI confirming the injury would end his stellar rookie season.” There was damage to his MCL, too, which may lengthen the rehabilitation and recovery. Burrow had a great rookie season, throwing for 2,485 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Bengals have a full complement of young weapons for Burrow to bond with over the next few years. The largest need for the Cincinnati offense is the line. With a potential top-3 pick, the Bengals can trade down and add offensive line talent through the draft. As for the remainder of the 2020 season, Ryan Finley is a huge step down for Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and the running game. He was atrocious against the two-win Football Team, completing just 3 of his 10 pass attempts for 30 yards and Finley took 4 sacks totaling 31 yards in lost yardage. There is talk that Brandon Allen, who is currently on the team’s practice squad, might get the call over Finley. Either way, it will be ugly. The next two opponents, the Giants and Dolphins, have good enough defenses to torment the downcast Bengals.
Last Tuesday, San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters about his long-term view of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. “I expect Jimmy to be our starter next year,” Shanahan said. “I mean, I expect him to come play with us this year after he recovers. We have six games left. We are not out of the playoffs yet. I’ve been on a team that was 3-6 going into a bye week that ended up winning their division.” He continued, “To think that we’ve made any decisions on anybody going into the future isn’t the case. Jimmy’s won a lot of games for us this year. It’s a lot harder to win games when he’s not here, and I’m just hoping we can get him back.” The quarterback has two years left on his contract without any guarantees. While it is great to see the coach support his quarterback, let’s remember how the 49ers pursued Tom Brady last offseason. We expect the team to bring in competition for Garoppolo at the least and a replacement the most likely option. If Garoppolo departs, the team would have just $2.8 million in dead money. The 49ers have built a young nucleus of weapons and possess a strong defense so the quarterback position will dictate how competitive San Francisco will be over the next year or so.