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.
Even before the big-time victory over Dallas on Thanksgiving, Ian Rapoport reported Washington head coach Ron Rivera wanted quarterback Alex Smith back as the team's starter in 2021. This may seem extreme but consider that the team will not be picking high enough to select one of the top passers, especially if the squad makes the playoffs. Smith is under contract for one more year. At the ripe old age of 36, he is no guarantee to return to the football field next season, but it is good news that the team wants him back. Smith would be an ideal bridge to a second-round selection. He is slated to make $19 million in 2021. The veteran has vastly outplayed both Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen. At this point, he is the obvious choice for the NFL Comeback Player of the Year after enduring 17 surgeries. The injury seems so long ago, even though it was just in 2018. For those questioning this report, remember how much Rivera loves veterans.
The division-leading New York Giants could be without quarterback Daniel Jones for a few weeks as the starter injured his right hamstring after a rush attempt late in the third quarter. He was grabbing the hamstring before going down. Veteran Colt McCoy replaced Jones to close out the victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. In a quarter of action, McCoy completed 6 of his 10 pass attempts for a paltry 31 yards. If Jones plays hobbled in Week 13, he will likely exit early again as hamstring injuries do not heal in a week. McCoy is the most likely starter for the next week or two. Expect short passes from the veteran. He never has had a big arm and the team knows it. Dink and dunk will be the flavor of the offense.
The Miami Dolphins played coy with the rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s thumb injury until Sunday morning. It was not until Saturday night that when the rookie sensation was downgraded to “doubtful” that most knew veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick would get the start against the New York Jets. Sunday, Mike Garofolo reported Tagovailoa could be out multiple weeks. A victory over the Bengals could be integral to the Dolphins' playoff hopes. If you are wondering whether Fitzpatrick could play well enough to displace Tagovailoa, Garafolo tweeted an update during the post-game press conference, “Brian Flores asked postgame if Tua is still the #Dolphins’ starter: “Yeah, if he’s healthy, he’s the guy. I don’t know how many different ways we have to continue to say that. You keep asking, I’ll keep answering the same way.” Said they’ll see how he looks in practice this week.” That settles it. Fitzpatrick is the guy while the rookie is out, but it is the youngster’s job long-term.