The NFL regular season ended a week and a half ago, but there is plenty of action going on around the league. Along with the playoffs reaching the divisional round this weekend, five of the NFL head coaching vacancies have already been filled with just the 49ers vacancy remaining. Check out the latest news on that & more in our NFL Rumors Roundup:
Jordy Nelson ruled out for Sunday's game
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys after being diagnosed with multiple fractured ribs, reports ESPN's Rob Demovsky:
Jordy Nelson has ruled out for Sunday's game at Dallas. "Dr. McKenzie and Dr. Gray will not medically clear him to practice tomorrow," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. When asked if Nelson could play in the NFC Championship Game if the Packers move on, McCarthy said: "We'll re-evalute Monday. He's actually in the training room now going through a workout"
Nelson suffered the injury in Green Bay's win over the Giants last weekend. He caught 97 passes for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.
Deshaun Watson "absolutely" a top 10 pick
Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson has already declared for the NFL Draft after leading Clemson to the national title, but saw his draft stock fall this year from the projected No. 1 overall pick to the No. 3 quarterback in the class (behind North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky and Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer).
However a NFL personnel director told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen that Watson's play in the College Football Playoff - particularly in the championship game - have made him a lock to be a top 10 pick.
He's better than Vince Young. He's a better kid, a better thrower. Would I take him there? No, I would not. But what gives the kid a chance is he's a tremendous kid, unbelievable competitor with a great skill set. But he's got inconsistent accuracy and throws a lot of interceptions. But this whole thing is momentum, like stocks. His stock is rising. Everything he does between now and draft, will build. He will look great, test great, interview great. Absolutely he'll be a top-10 pick.
Watson passed for 4,593 yards with 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions while rushing for 629 yards and nine touchdowns this season.
Kyle Shanahan wants 49ers head coaching job
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was thought to be the top candidate for the Denver Broncos' head coaching vacancy, but after Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph got the job, he is now likely the top candidate for the San Francisco 49ers' coaching vacancy.
According to Bleacher Report, Shanahan is very intrigued by the 49ers job because it is a complete rebuild:
Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reported the Denver Broncos and 49ers as the likely destinations for Shanahan. On Wednesday, former Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph accepted the Broncos’ offer to succeed Gary Kubiak.
Based on Cole’s report and the process of elimination, the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator would accept an offer for the 49ers job when he’s ready. Apparently, general manager Jed York’s decision to wipe the slate clean intrigued Shanahan. He could step in without complications from the previous regime clouding his vision.
Shanahan has been the offensive coordinator of the Falcons for the past two seasons, and has been an OC in the NFL since 2008, working for the Texans, Redskins and Browns before taking the Falcons job.Back to the NFL Newsfeed