Sun Dec 22 4:54pm ET
By STEPHEN WHYNO
AP Sports Writer
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (26) dives over a scrum while scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Washington Redskins linebacker Nate Orchard, right, blocks a punt attempt by New York Giants punter Riley Dixon during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants defensive end B.J. Hill (95) and linebacker Markus Golden (44) sack Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum throws a pass against the New York Giants during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard, center left, congratulates tight end Kaden Smith after he caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Jones during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, bottom, lies on the ground after being sacked by New York Giants linebacker Lorenzo Carter, not visible, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. Haskins walked to a cart and was taken off the field after the play. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, right, catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Jones, not visible, as Washington Redskins strong safety Landon Collins (20) tries to defend during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Jones during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) and tight end Hale Hentges (88) celebrate after they connected for a touchdown pass and catch against the Washington Redskins during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Washington Redskins wide receiver Steven Sims (15) celebrates after scoring on a touchdown pass from quarterback Dwayne Haskins, not visible, during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) falls into the end zone for a touchdown after making a catch on a pass from quarterback Daniel Jones, not visible, as Washington Redskins strong safety Landon Collins (20) tries to defend during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. Giants' Golden Tate (15) reacts on the play. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones works out prior to an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Daniel Jones put together the best performance of his rookie season fresh off an ankle injury, throwing for 352 yards and five touchdown passes in the New York Giants' 41-35 overtime victory against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Jones was 28 of 42 in his first action since missing the past two games with a sprained right ankle. He tossed two TDs to Kaden Smith - including the game-winner - and also connected with Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley and Cody Latimer. His career-best fifth TD pass, 3 yards to Smith, came with 4:15 left in overtime after the Redskins (3-12) tied it in the final minute of regulation.
Barkley was the perfect complement for Jones and tormented a Redskins secondary missing several regulars. He was responsible for 279 total yards: 189 rushing and 90 receiving and a score each way.
The trio of Jones, Barkley and Shepard showed further evidence that whoever is running the Giants (4-11) next season has talented building blocks to work with on offense, along with a high draft pick.
With the loss, the Redskins moved into the driver's seat to draft Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young.
The Chase Young Bowl was a showcase of prolific playmaking and porous defense. Barkley ran for 108 yards on his first four carries, while Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins was 12 of 15 for 133 yards and two TD passes before injuring his left ankle on the first play of the second half.
Veteran Case Keenum relieved Haskins and threw his first passes since Oct. 24, when he was concussed at Minnesota. He was 16 of 22 for 158 yards and rushed for the tying score with 29 seconds left in the fourth.
With and without Haskins, the Redskins offense similarly showed off some young weapons to entice a strong coaching candidate. Undrafted free agent receiver Steven Sims caught two TD passes, and third-round steal Terry McLaurin had seven receptions for 86 yards.
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Barkley came into the day with just one run of 40-plus yards this season. He busted out a 32-yard run on New York's first possession and turned Redskins safety Montae Nicholson inside out during a 67-yard TD on his fourth carry.
He also had the game's longest reception at 51 yards when Jones found him wide open in the first quarter.
When Haskins injured his right ankle earlier this month at Green Bay, the 15th overall pick insisted he wasn't coming out. He wasn't afforded the opportunity to show the same toughness Sunday after a sack by Giants linebacker Markus Golden had him hobbling off the field favoring his left ankle before being carted off.
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When he scored early in the fourth quarter, Washington's Adrian Peterson recorded his 111th career rushing touchdown. That broke a tie with Walter Payton and put Peterson in sole possession of fourth on the NFL's career list.
Giants: RT Mike Remmers left in the first half with a concussion. ... LB Alec Ogletree was absent from the first series on with a back injury.
Redskins: McLaurin was injured while making a catch with 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter. He was evaluated for head and shoulder injuries. ... Lost RT Morgan Moses to a knee injury in the third quarter shortly after Haskins was knocked out of the game. ... S Montae Nicholson injured his neck in overtime. ... Played without cornerbacks Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau, who were out with hamstring injuries.
Giants: Host the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday in what could be Pat Shurmur's last game as coach.
Redskins: Visit the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday in what's expected to be interim coach Bill Callahan's final game.
July 5th: Tightend Preview
The odds have likely increased that free-agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks, in the opinion of The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta. The Browns reportedly offered Clowney as much as $17 million at one point, but they're likely out of the picture now after they restructured Olivier Vernon's deal on Tuesday. The Raiders reportedly made an offer to Clowney this week, but it's considered to be the third-best offer he's received. Seattle won't offer him $15-16 million a year, but he doesn't have much to choose from at this point and would benefit from the familiarity of returning to the Seahawks. The 27-year-old is a pass-rushing force when healthy, but his lack of production (zero double-digit sack seasons) and lengthy injury history give pause to owners in IDP leagues. Expect Clowney to sign soon with training camp quickly approaching.
The Cleveland Browns signed No. 10 overall pick Jedrick Wills to his rookie contract on Tuesday. Wills and the team agreed upon a four-year, $19.7 million deal with a team option for a fifth year. The entire contract is fully guaranteed and the rookie tackle will take home an $11.889 million signing bonus. With Wills under contract, Cleveland has all but two of their draft picks signed as they gear up to begin training camp later in the month. Wills has plenty of work ahead of him as he will be asked to switch from right tackle, which he played in college, to left tackle. All reports about Wills' switch have been positive up until this point as the protector of Baker Mayfield's blind side.
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has not engaged in contract talks with the team since March, according to a source Monday, July 6. If a long-term extension isn't done by July 15, Prescott will play out the 2020 season under the franchise tag.
Updating a previous story, free-agent LB Jadeveon Clowney (Seahawks) is becoming more likely to return to the Seattle Seahawks in 2020, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler's receiving grade of 94.2 over the last three seasons ranks No. 1 among all running backs, according to Pro Football Focus.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler should handle the lion's share of the backfield duties all season and may become even more involved in the passing game with either of QB Tyrod Taylor or rookie Justin Herbert under center. He should be selected as a low-tier RB1.
Updating a previous story, New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead will 'almost certainly play the final year of his three-year contract' after agreeing to restructure his deal and create just shy of $1 million in cap space Tuesday, July 7, according to Sean T. McGuire of NESN.com.
Updating a previous story, Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson apologized to team owner Jeff Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman Tuesday, July 7. The team told him he needs to be active to promote equality.
Updating previous stories, San Francisco 49ers CB Teez Tabor cleared waivers Tuesday, July 7, and is now officially a free agent.
Free-agent LB Jadeveon Clowney isn't believed to be a potential target of the Cleveland Browns any longer, after they were able to agree to a restructured contract with LB Olivier Vernon, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times Tuesday, July 7.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams ranked second in yards while catching 47 percent of tight-window throws sent in his direction in 2019.
Fantasy Spin: Williams led the NFL with 20.4 yards per receptions last year but caught just 49 of 90 targets overall. He finished with a career-best 1,001 yards. His upside may be hampered at the beginning of the season with QB Tyrod Taylor expected to be the Week 1 starter, but he should be stashed until rookie Justin Herbert gets his chance. He should be viewed as a WR3 with some early regression in store with the QB change from Philip Rivers.
Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson could be nearing the end of his time with the team for anti-Semitic comments he recently posted on one of his social media accounts. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the team's decision to keep Jackson on the roster could come down to whether or not the nature of the posts he made is a 'default' under his contract. Schefter, who also reports Jackson is guaranteed $4.8 million in salary in 2020 and has already received a $2 million option bonus, suggests the Eagles could try to figure out a way to recoup his guaranteed salary first before parting ways with the receiver.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson got himself into trouble with several anti-Semitic messages on his Instagram and could see himself released from his contract because of it. Jackson claims he feels no hatred toward the Jewish community, but he posted a quote attributed to Adolf Hitler and tried to say it was taken "the wrong way." The official statement by the Eagles said, "We are continuing to evaluate the circumstances and will take appropriate action." ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Jackson has already received a $2 million player option this year and has $4.8 million guaranteed. His release could come down to whether or not the Eagles are able to get their money back. If Jackson does end up released, Alshon Jeffery and Marquise Goodwin would benefit the most.
After restructuring Olivier Vernon's contract on Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns are now unlikely to sign free-agent Jadeveon Clowney. Cleveland had been one of the teams often brought up as potential suitors for Clowney's services but the new contract for Vernon fully guarantees $11 million, money that likely would have gone into a deal with Clowney. Of course there were reports earlier in the offseason that Clowney didn't want to play for the Browns. Vernon will book-end star pass rusher Myles Garrett on the Cleveland defense for at least another season.
New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead has agreed to restructure his deal for the upcoming 2020 NFL season. His base salary will drop from $2.5 million to $1.05 million and includes a $550,000 signing bonus in 2020. The 30-year-old running back is entering his final year of his deal with the Pats. Sony Michel, James White, and possibly Damien Harris will all be above Burkhead on the depth chart. He won't carry much value in most fantasy formats, but a couple of injuries could open up an opportunity for Burkhead. However, until that happens, Burkhead will be stuck towards the bottom of the depth chart.
Cleveland Browns LB Olivier Vernon restructured his contract Tuesday, July 7. Vernon, who was previously due $15.25 million non-guaranteed, receives $11 million guaranteed through a $7 million signing bonus, a $3.75 million base salary and a $250,000 workout bonus. He can earn $2 million more from incentives.
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead restructured his contract Tuesday, July 7. He received a $550,000 signing bonus and lowered his base salary from $2.5 million to $1.05 million. He can earn $400,000 in roster bonuses, which was reduced from $500,000. The move created $981,250 in salary cap space.
The Cleveland Browns and edge rusher Olivier Vernon have agreed to a restructured deal for the 2020 season. Vernon was originally owed $15.25 million non-guaranteed and will now bring home $11 million guaranteed for this upcoming season, with a $3.75 base salary and a $7 million signing bonus. The team and the pass-rusher were originally expected to part ways earlier in the offseason but he will stick around to bookend star defender Myles Garrett at least for another year.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III thinks Denver's backfield in 2020 will be explosive with himself and Phillip Lindsay. Gordon realizes that both he and Lindsay will be fighting to be the No. 1 back, regardless of the balance in the play-calling. "I hope it's electric, man, just cause it's crazy that his numbers [are what they are]; I just had a season with Austin Ekeler phenomenal player. Their game is about the same. And I think Lindsay is a great, phenomenal back," Gordon said. The former Bolts back acknowledged that the two will be competing for top-dog duties, but the Broncos didn't sign Gordon in free agency for him to be the No. 2. The two-time Pro Bowler should see plenty of work and is an RB2 with upside in an offense more suited to his strengths.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson ended last year as one of the league's most dominant players. He finished with 3,127 passing yards and 36 touchdowns (six interceptions) while maintaining an exceptional 66.1 completion percentage. He also added 1,206 yards and seven additional scores on the ground and finished second with 867 rushing yards before contact. Though it is reasonable to think that the 23-year-old will regress this season, analyst Marcellus Wiley believes the opposite. While conversing on Fox Sports "Speak for Yourself," the former defensive end stated that he feels the young signal-caller will be "greater than great" in 2020, which is a scary declaration considering his statistical output through 15 games last season. He also indicated that a second consecutive MVP award is on the horizon. Whether fantasy managers agree or not, they should expect Jackson to be the first or second quarterback off the draft boards for the upcoming campaign.