Free Agency and Injury report week 15 2019
Here Comes the Boone
Dalvin Cook reaggravated the shoulder injury that he suffered a few weeks ago and was unable to finish his game versus the Chargers. The extent of his injury is unknown. With Alexander Mattison inactive due to an ankle injury, the Vikings were down to preseason stud Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah in their backfield.
Boone carried the ball 13 times for 56 yards and two scores. Abdullah went for 25 yards on five carries.
Vikings fullback C.J. Ham operated as the receiving back, recording the only running back receptions outside of Dalvin Cook. Boone is a 90th-percentile athlete but his usage trumps all other factors. Boone wasn't the only back getting carries and he didn't get the receiving work.
Boone is a worthwhile pickup if you are reeling at running back but it's championship week. Most teams that are forced to start Boone will be working from a disadvantage.
Two More Receivers Lost for Tampa Bay
The Bucs entered Week 15 without Mike Evans and they left without Chris Godwin or Scott Miller. Godwin suffered a hamstring injury that Bruce Arians likened to Evans' injury that appears to have ended his season. Miller reaggravated a hamstring injury that cost him his previous two games. In a lost season, it would make sense for the Bucs to take it easy on all of their banged-up receivers.
In the absence of basically everyone, Breshad Perriman balled out with a 5-113-3 line. He did this on six targets. Jameis Winston spread the ball around a lot on Sunday as 10 players were targeted at least once. O.J. Howard led the team in targets with eight.
Perriman and Watson will start at receiver and the Bucs are going to run a lot of 2TE sets with Howard and Cameron Brate, who saw seven targets.
Howards' athleticism and now his role make him an every-week starter and the same can be said for Perriman and his 4.30-Forty wheels.
Who Scored from the Lions Backfield?
Wes Hills is his name. He scored twice on 10 carries with Bo Scarbrough nursing a rib injury and J.D. Mckissic sidelined after suffering a stinger. Ty Johnson carried the ball twice.
Hills carried the ball 246 times for 1,734 yards during his final year at Slippery Rock University. He was called up form the practice squad to replace Scarbrough.
The Lions were committed to pounding the rock with Scarbrough who they gave 18 carries per game to through four starts. If Hills gets that same treatment he would be a notable add off the wavier this week.
Ty Johnson is a talented pass-catcher and elusive but the Lions have flat-out refused to get him involved as a rusher. He had four catches but only two carries on Sunday. There's no reason to look deep enough to get to Johnson.