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Giants' Evan Engram (foot) still in walking boot
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (lisfranc) is still wearing a walking boot following his December surgery.
Engram has been an electric playmaker for the Giants since entering the league three years ago, but has struggled to stay on the field. Lisfranc injuries can cause trouble the season after they occur.
Engram averaged 58.4 yards per game when healthy last season, second-most for the G-Men behind wideout Golden Tate, and 5.5 receptions per game. If he is healthy before the season, he'll remain a top fantasy option at the tight end position.
Darlington: Tom Brady not expected back with Patriots in 2020
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is not expected to return to the Patriots next season, according to Jeff Darlington of ESPN.
"I’m now at the point where I would be stunned if Tom Brady went back to New England," Darlington said Thursday. The Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers, and Oakland Raiders are rumored to be Brady's most likely destinations. Brady, who turns 43 in August, is set to be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.
Brady completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 4,057 yards (6.6 per attempt), 24 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions this season. It was his lowest yardage total in a 16-game season since 2010 and lowest YPA since 2002.
Dak Prescott 'definitely' Cowboys' franchise QB
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is "definitely" the team's franchise quarterback, head coach Mike McCarthy declared.
McCarthy described Prescott's contract situation as a "business matter." The Cowboys have said they don't plan on making a deal with Prescott until the ongoing CBA negotiations are completed. The franchise tag window closes on March 10.
Dak averaged 21.8 FanDuel points per game last season. He completed 65.1 percent of his passes for 4,902 yards (8.2 per attempt) with 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season. Prescott added 277 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground.
Cam Newton (foot) reportedly staying under center for Carolina
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is considered the team's starter moving forward, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Newton is still months away from being ready to play in games, which complicates a potential trade, and the Panthers would prefer not to release the former league MVP, so it makes sense for him to remain QB1. At least for now. New Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said Tuesday that he was "unbelievably excited" to work with Newton.
Newton completed 56.2 percent of his passes for 572 yards (6.4 per attempt) with 0 touchdowns and 1 interception in two games last season before going down. He also rushed for negative-2 yards on 5 carries.
Philip Rivers reportedly going to sign with Colts
Free agent quarterback Philip Rivers, formerly of the Los Angeles Chargers, will sign with the Indianapolis Colts, reports Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network.
According to Pauline, people at the NFL Combine believe “this will happen” due to Rivers' relationship with Colts head coach Frank Reich and an anticipated abundance of cap space. If Rivers does sign with the Colts, it could cause Jacoby Brissett to change teams. Rivers has also been linked to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He turned 38 in December.
Rivers averaged 16.0 FanDuel points per game last season. He completed 66.0 percent of his passes for 4,615 yards (7.8 per attempt), 23 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions.
David Montgomery seen as Bears' feature back
Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery can be the team's "featured back" and "carry a heavier load" in 2020, general manager Ryan Pace said.
Montgomery emerged as the Bears' lead back last season, out-carrying Tarik Cohen 242-64 for a modest 3.7 yards per carry. He only caught 25 passes, so more involvement through the air in his Montgomery's second season would be an upgrade for his fantasy status.
Montgomery averaged 9.9 FanDuel points per game last season. He rushed for 889 yards and 6 touchdowns while adding 185 receiving yards and another score.
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