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Lions Sign RB Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams is back in Detroit. NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero reports (via Twitter) that the Lions have signed the running back off Washington’s practice squad.

The 26-year-old joined the Lions back in August, and he was added to Detroit’s practice squad after being cut in early September. He was promoted to the active roster for Week 1, but he was subsequently demoted and (eventually) released. He ended up catching on with Washington’s practice squad earlier this month, but Detroit is now adding him back to their active roster.

It’s tough to envision Williams doing much during his second stint in Detroit. Adrian Peterson and rookie D’Andre Swift have led the team’s running game, and while Peterson was recently dealing with an abdomen injury, he won’t carry an injury designation heading into tomorrow’s game against the Colts. The Lions are also currently rostering Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough, so there aren’t many carries to go around.

Williams was a fifth-round pick by the Bills in 2016, and he’s also had stints with the Broncos, Saints, and Colts during his five-year career. His had his best season in 2019 with Indy, running for 235 yards and one score on 49 carries. Most of that production came in a two-week span when Williams ran for 220 combined yards against the Jaguars and Texans.

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Ron Rivera Wraps Up Chemotherapy

The Cowboys have spent this week clearing out some 2020 acquisitions, trading Everson Griffen and cutting Dontari Poe and Daryl Worley. Mike McCarthy does not currently have to worry about being a one-and-done coach. Jerry Jones expressed support for his 2020 HC hire, despite the team’s disappointing start.

One of the, without a question, reasons Mike McCarthy is the coach is because he’s been through it,” Jones said during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan (via the Dallas Morning News). “… Certainly, we couldn’t have anticipated being at this stage with our team this year. But if I were going to hire for a head coach, that we’re going to be at this stage this year and work through this for the betterment of what’s in store for us for the rest of the year and for what’s for us in the future, I got my man.”

McCarthy has kept Kellen Moore as his play-caller and hired Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator. While the Cowboys’ offense was surging with Dak Prescott, it has cratered without him. Dallas’ defense ranks 30th in DVOA. Jones retained Jason Garrett for nearly 10 full seasons and has given all but one coach (Chan Gailey) at least three full seasons. Considering McCarthy’s Super Bowl-winning pedigree, it would be shocking if Jones ousts him after one season.

Here is the latest from the NFC East:

  • The Eagles are currently down four offensive linemen, each of their three top receivers, their top two tight ends and Miles Sanders. But they are, despite being 2-4-1, in first place in the NFC East. A Jay Glazer report prior to the Eagles’ Week 7 win indicated they told teams they would listen to offers for their best players, but ex-Eagles president Joe Banner said (via the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Paul Domowitch) Philly is interested in acquiring offensive line and linebacker help. The Eagles have been buyers in trades for years, and Ertz’s ankle injury halted trade talks. Despite the Eagles projected to be nearly $70MM over the 2021 cap, they may again be ready to acquire veterans.
  • On the subject of Eagles veterans, the news is not good for DeSean Jackson. Calling it a similar injury to Dallas Goedert‘s, NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo said Jackson suffered a non-displaced ankle fracture and is expected to miss between six and eight weeks (video link). The 33-year-old deep threat has missed 16 games since returning to Philadelphia and looms as a near-certain 2021 cap cut, but Garafolo adds D-Jax does not intend to retire after this season.
  • Saquon Barkley‘s ACL reconstructive surgery is set for Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Interestingly, the World Series delayed the Giants running back’s procedure. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the operation, but since he is also the Dodgers’ team doctor, he was in the final MLB bubble and off-limits until the Series’ conclusion, per Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post. No word has emerged regarding if Barkley’s surgery will need to be further tabled because of Justin Turner’s positive COVID-19 test. Barkley suffered the injury Sept. 20. Despite this delay, doctors are hopeful he will be ready for training camp, NFL.com’s Andrea Kremer tweets.
  • Washington first-year HC Ron Rivera finished up his chemotherapy and proton therapy treatments Monday. While he still has follow-up appointments on tap, per ESPN.com’s John Keim, this marks a major development in the veteran coach’s recovery from lymph node cancer.

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 10/27/20

We’ll keep track of the practice squad moves from the past day here:

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Released: T Jared Hilbers

Kansas City Chiefs

Las Vegas Raiders

Los Angeles Rams

  • Signed: K Austin MacGinnis

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

New York Giants

Pittsburgh Steelers

San Francisco 49ers

Tennessee Titans

Washington Football Team

Eric Reid Declines Washington Practice Squad Offer

Washington may have to look elsewhere to help fill the void created by Landon Collins‘ season-ending injury. A Ron RiveraEric Reid reunion is on hold for the time being.

The free agent safety said, via Rob Maadi of the Associated Press, he declined an offer to join Washington’s practice squad (Twitter link). A report earlier Tuesday indicated Washington was considering adding Reid.

Several veteran players who would have looked strange on practice squads prior to this unusual season have signed such agreements this year, only to make belated appearances on 53-man rosters. Reid may be eyeing a more direct path back to action.

A seven-year veteran who played most of the past two seasons with the Panthers, Reid has experience with in-season signings as well. The Panthers signed him to their active roster in 2018, and the former 49ers first-round pick started 13 games that season. Carolina then gave the outspoken safety an extension, but upon changing coaching staffs this offseason, the Panthers released Reid.

Washington is shorthanded at safety, however. The team gave Collins a then-record $14MM-per-year deal in 2019. That changed a safety market that curiously cratered in 2018, when Reid and multiple other proven starters struggled to land jobs throughout the offseason. Troy Apke and backups Deshazor Everett and Kamren Curl — a rookie seventh-rounder — reside as the other safeties on Washington’s active roster.

Washington is making a move at safety, however, albeit a lower-profile transaction. The team is promoting Jeremy Reaves from its practice squad.

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Washington Considering Signing Eric Reid

Eric Reid could be back in the league before too long. The veteran safety has been a free agent since he was released back in March, and we haven’t heard of much known interest.

Now in the wake of Landon Collins‘ season-ending Achilles injury, Washington is considering signing Reid, a source told John Keim of ESPN.com. He signed a three-year extension back with the Panthers back in February of 2019, but once Carolina changed regimes and cleaned house he was sent packing. He had to wait a while the last time he was a free agent too, sitting out until September when the Panthers finally came calling.

Of course, many believe that Reid’s relationship with Colin Kaepernick and role in national anthem protests have hampered his market. Washington’s interest would make a lot of sense due to the presence of Ron Rivera, who coached Reid in Carolina and has always spoken highly of him. Texans safety Justin Reid lobbied for Houston to sign his brother, but other than that it’s been pretty quiet.

Keim notes that Rivera essentially foreshadowed this situation last month when he said “We’re in a fortunate position where we have Landon Collins. A guy like Eric Reid wouldn’t fit us here. But if we didn’t [have Collins], believe me, I’d call him. [Reid] has the ability to play in this league and hopefully, if somebody needs a strong safety, he’s a guy they would call.”

That being said, it’s far from a done deal, as Keim notes the team is considering all options. Still only 28, Reid should have plenty left in the tank physically. He started all 16 games for the Panthers last year, notching 130 tackles, six passes defended, and four sacks as he was often used as a blitzer. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear more on the situation.

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Landon Collins Done For The Year

Washington picked up their first win of the year since Week 1 when they crushed the Cowboys on Sunday, but that victory now has a dark cloud hanging over it. Safety Landon Collins has suffered an Achilles injury that is believed to be season-ending, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network tweets.

That means it’s almost certainly a torn Achilles for the Alabama product. It’s a brutal blow to a Washington defense that quietly has a lot of talent on it. Washington is 2-5, but thanks to the pitiful state of the NFC East they’re still very much alive in the race for first place and are currently only a half-game back of the Eagles. Collins was drafted by the Giants with the first pick of the second-round back in 2015, and spent his first four seasons in New York.

He then made the jump within the division as a free agent last year, signing a massive six-year, $84MM deal with Washington. Torn Achilles’ can obviously be tricky, and Collins should at the very least miss most of next offseason. Hopefully he’s able to make a full recovery in time for the 2021 season.

Collins, who made the Pro Bowl three straight years from 2016-18, had been an every down player for Washington this season. He had a crucial strip-sack of Andy Dalton early in the game before going down. He’ll finish the season with 41 tackles, two sacks, and an interception.

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Trade Rumors: Giants, Ryan, Fuller

After dealing Markus Golden to the Cardinals, it appears the 1-6 Giants have officially declared themselves sellers at this year’s trade deadline. Though GM Dave Gettleman may be reluctant to trade away veteran talent that could theoretically help Big Blue win a few games — and perhaps save Gettleman’s job in the process — players like Evan Engram, Kevin Zeitler, and Golden Tate could be available, as Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post writes (though Ian Rapoport of NFL.com says the club is unlikely to deal Engram).

2017 second-round DT Dalvin Tomlinson could also be on the move, per Dunleavy. Tomlinson is playing out the last year of his rookie contract, and while he has expressed interest in staying with the Giants long-term, there has been little progress in contract talks.

As we creep closer to the November 3 deadline, let’s round up a few more trade rumors from around the league:

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/24/20

Here is another spree of Saturday minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

  • Moved from IR to reserve/COVID-19 list: CB Michael Joseph

Cincinnati Bengals

Dallas Cowboys

Green Bay Packers

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Promoted: CB Dylan Mabin

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

  • Activated from IR: OL Cameron Clark
  • Promoted: K/P Sergio Castillo, LB Bryce Hager

Pittsburgh Steelers

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Tennessee Titans

Washington Football Team

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/21/20

Here are Wednesday’s minor moves:

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Detroit Lions

New England Patriots

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: OL Matt Pryor

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Washington Football Team

Washington’s Joshua Garnett Retires From NFL

Joshua Garnett is calling it a career, per an announcement from the Washington Football Team. Still only 26, Garnett will turn his attention non-football endeavors.

The Niners took Garnett No. 28 overall in 2016, but he never lived up to his pre-draft hype as a high-end offensive lineman. The Stanford product started in 11 of his 15 games as a rookie, but failed to impress. Then, knee surgery wiped out his 2017 season and he played in just seven games as a reserve in 2018. The Niners cut him before 2019, and his ensuing workout tour didn’t result in a contract. The Lions picked Garnett up in February and dropped him a few months later, leading him to an August deal with the WFT.

Garnett played in just 22 games between 2016 and 2019. With Washington, he suited up for three, giving him a grand career total of 25 games. He also earned upwards of $9MM over the course of his NFL career, giving him plenty of options off the field. We here at PFR wish Garnett the best in retirement.

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