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.
Last week, the San Francisco 49ers designated quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to return from injured reserve. He has been sidelined with a high-ankle sprain for several weeks. His replacement, Nick Mullins, has been marginal at best. Beat reporter Cam Inman tweeted, “#49ers QB news, Nick Mullens facing Tommy John elbow surgery. Jimmy Garoppolo will practice but won't play in games. CJ Beathard will start vs Arizona, by default. Josh Johnson on COVID-19 list. Looking to sign off practice squad.” Beathard has fallen out of favor with the coaching staff but got his opportunity to shine Sunday. It was a middling effort. Last Tuesday, Adam Schefter tweeted a surprise and a solid gamble by the team, “49ers are signing QB Josh Rosen off the Buccaneers practice squad on to SF’s active roster, per @FieldYates and me.” Rosen is now on his fourth NFL team after being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the 10th overall pick. He was traded to Miami after the Cardinals drafted Kyler Murray. Rosen could not emerge with either team. Miami cut Rosen and he was claimed by Tampa Bay and signed to the Buccaneers’ taxi squad. San Francisco signed Rosen to give him a short window to shine with the injuries to Garoppolo and Mullins. Field Yates tweeted, “Any QB getting the chance to develop under Kyle Shanahan is in good hands. A chance for San Francisco to evaluate the 2018 10th overall pick.” Rosen’s presence means that Johnson will remain on the practice squad and Rosen will back up Beathard. Adam Schefter tweeted an interesting dynamic to the situation, “Postscript: San Francisco would have promoted QB Josh Johnson from its practice squad to its active roster, with a chance to play, but he tested positive for COVID, per source. 49ers then signed former first-round pick Josh Rosen off Tampa Bay’s practice squad.” In superflex leagues, Rosen is worth a stash.
What a sad ending to Dwayne Haskins’ tenure in Washington. He was released Monday after getting benched for Taylor Heinicke. While Haskins’ poor play contributed to the decision, it was driven by his off-field behavior. In his two years as the Washington quarterback, Haskins completed 60% of his passes and had 12 touchdowns opposed to 14 interceptions. Coach Ron Rivera hopes Alex Smith can be ready for the big game Sunday. If not, the team will fall back to Heinicke. Unsurprisingly, Heinicke outplayed Haskins in his limited duty against the Carolina Panthers, but Smith is a huge upgrade over both.
Last week, the 49ers placed tailback Raheem Mostert on injured reserve with a left high-ankle sprain, ending his season. He re-injured the same ankle that cost him four games earlier in the season. Mostert has a salary of just $2.975 next season so he is likely back in San Francisco in 2021. He is 28 years of age and will be coming off an injury-plagued season. Given the committee approach coach Shanahan has utilized in 2020, Mostert should not be considered the unquestioned starter next year, especially with the way Jeffrey Wilson played in his stead. One could argue that Wilson will be above Mostert in the 2021 pecking order.