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Kansas City's Eric Berry (heel) fully participates in Wednesday's practice
Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Berry (heel) practiced fully on Wednesday.
Berry was unable to play in the Divisional Round after not practicing most of last week but a full participation today is a great sign of improvement. If the Chiefs defense can even get Berry back in a limited role, his presence in their secondary would be a huge boost.
The Kansas City pass defense finished the 2018 season with a 14th overall ranking according to numberFire's models.
Chiefs' Spencer Ware (hamstring) limited in Wednesday's practice
Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Ware was able to practice in limited fashion last week but remained inactive in the Divisional Round. Expect Ware to play behind Damien Williams if available this Sunday against the Patriots.
If active, our models project Ware to produce 15.1 rushing yards and 7.8 receiving yards on 4.3 touches.
Panthers suggest Cam Newton (shoulder) could sit out 2019
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton could potentially sit out the 2019 season if he undergoes a second shoulder operation, per comments from David Tepper.
"If you told me he took a year off and could recover and be fully recovered and everything else, and that's what it took, an extra year, why wouldn't you do that," Tepper replied when asked to compare Newton's situation to that of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who sat out the 2017 season after undergoing a second shoulder surgery. Newton is currently going the rest-and-rehab route after being shut down for the final two games of the season.
Newton averaged 242.5 passing yards (7.2 yards per attempts) on a career-high 67.9 completion percentage in 14 games this season, with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He added another 488 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground.
Buccaneers could release Gerald McCoy this offseason
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has a "real chance" of being released this offseason, writes ESPN team reporter Jenna Laine.
The Bucs would save $13 million against the cap by releasing McCoy, who has three years remaining on his contract, but no guaranteed money. Turning 31 next month, McCoy has 6-plus sacks in six straight seasons.
McCoy recorded 24 tackles (14 solo) with 6 sacks in 2018.
Carson Wentz (back) is Eagles' quarterback 'going forward'
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz "is the quarterback going forward," head coach Doug Pederson stated.
There was some rumblings that the Eagles would commit to Nick Foles following a late-season surge, but Wentz is the superior talent, as well as a younger option who projects to be cheaper on the books over the next couple seasons. The main question will be whether or not the 26-year-old can stay healthy after missing 17 combined games over the past two seasons.
Wentz averaged 279.5 passing yards (7.7 yards per attempt) on a 69.6 completion percentage this season, with 21 touchdowns and 7 interceptions over 11 games.
Jay Gruden: Jamison Crowder should be offseason priority for Washington
The Washington Redskins re-signing of impending free agent wide receiver Jamison Crowder should be an offseason priority, head coach Jay Gruden said Monday.
"He's got great quickness in intermediate routes, can separate, has good hands, he's tough, he's physical in the running game," said Gruden. "There is really not anything that Jamison can't do. We have to try and get him back for sure." An ankle injury forced Crowder to miss seven games in 2018, but he was effective when active, recording a career-high 13.4 yards per reception. Crowder turns 26 in June.
Crowder caught 29 passes (49 targets) for 388 yards and 2 touchdowns in nine games for Washington this season.
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