Free Agency and Injury report week 17 2020
Adam Gase Fired
Gase led a dysfunctional franchise that routinely had players who wanted off the team and publicly bickered with him. The players that stayed on the team rarely found themselves on the winning end of games and that was often the fault of Gase's play-calling. His offense came straight from the 1990s and he even failed the ultimate goal of 2020 for bad teams: securing Trevor Lawrence. This move was long overdue as the Jets went 9-23 in Gases' two-year tenure with the team.
Mike Evans Escapes without a Serious Injury
Just after recording his seventh-straight 1,000-yard season and becoming the only receiver to do so to start their career, Evans pulled up with a knee injury and had to be carted to the locker room after limping to the sideline. Luckily for him and the Bucs, Bruce Arians said they don't believe the injury to be serious. Evans has a decent chance of suiting up in the Bucs playoff opener versus the Washington Football Team. If he can't go, Antonio Brown appeared to take over his role as the high-volume downfield threat for Tom Brady. He racked up 138 yards and two scores on 11 receptions in Tampa's blowout win over the Falcons. Brown would be in line for another big day if Evans is out.
A Slew of Rookie WR Injuries
Darnell Mooney suffered an ankle injury in Week 17 but no reports have indicated that it will put his playoff status in jeopardy yet. The Bears will face the Saints in a presumed shootout. If Mooney can't go, Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller could see increases in volume.
Denzel Mims, Henry Ruggs III, and Donovan Peoples-Jones all suffered concussions in Week 17. Only DPJ is slated to play in the playoffs so the other two injuries don't hold any fantasy implications. If DPJ misses the Browns' matchup with the Steelers, Rishard Higgins could be in line to see a massive role as Cleveland's field-stretcher.
Tee Higgins went down with a hamstring injury and came up yelling in pain. No reports have come out indicating that the injury was serious so he should be able to proceed into the offseason as normal.
Kyler Murray Can't Close Out Vs. Rams
Murray entered Week 17 dealing with a leg injury and immediately pulled up with an ankle injury versus the Rams. He briefly returned in the fourth quarter but wasn't able to do much, totaling 87 passing yards in a season-ending loss to LA. A win over the Rams, who started backup QB John Wolford, would have put the Cardinals in the playoffs. Murray enters the 2021 offseason as a top-five QB in redraft and dynasty.