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Josh Gordon SEA WR
Seahawks' Josh Gordon: Participating in new league15h ago
Gordon (suspension) will participate in the Fan Controlled League in the offseason, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The Fan Controlled League season ends in late March, so Gordon shouldn't have an issue playing for a NFL team should he be reinstated from his indefinite suspension due to violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Gordon is set to be an unrestricted free agent March 17 and has not played in the NFL since 2019.
Justin Strnad DEN LB
Broncos' Justin Strnad: Gearing up for offseason program16h ago
Strnad (wrist) will be ready to participate when Broncos team workouts open up this spring, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
The Broncos acquired Strnad in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, intrigued by the pass-defending skill set he showcased during his career at Wake Forest. After dislocating the lunate bone and suffering multiple torn ligaments in his wrist during an August practice, Strnad did not ultimately field a single snap during his rookie campaign. Strnad's rehabilitation process incorporated upper body exercises several weeks ago, according to Troy Renck of Denver7 News. Now, it's confirmed the linebacker will be ready to roll when offseason workouts begin in late April.
Rashard Higgins CLE WR
Browns' Rashard Higgins: Contract situation in flux19h ago
The Browns have not offered Higgins a contract extension, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
It's a bit surprising to hear the Browns' front office hasn't offered Higgins any type of deal considering the 26-year-old appears eager to re-up for his sixth season with the franchise. After settling for a one-year contract last offseason near the league minimum, the 2016 fifth-round pick put together a career year after the season-ending injury to Odell Beckham (knee) despite playing just 13 games. Higgins will surely be in line for a pay raise this go around, but in a year where the salary cap took a dramatic fall, the veteran receiver may struggle to really net a lucrative long-term deal.
Deshaun Watson HOU QB
Texans' Deshaun Watson: Willing to sit out games2d ago
Watson is willing to sit out the preseason and even miss regular-season games if the Texans don't agree to trade him, independent NFL journalist Dov Kleiman reports.
Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reported Thursday that Watson has already informed new Texans coach David Culley that he has no intention of playing for the team again, so announcing a willingness to skip games is simply the star signal-caller doubling down on his position. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports Houston still isn't taking trade inquiries for Watson, making it notable the team could fine the 25-year-old over $3 million if he skips events such the offseason minicamp, plus preseason and regular-season games. Of course, if Watson is indeed as firmly entrenched in his desire to be traded as it seems, the Texans could ultimately be forced to relent and recoup losses rather than play hardball. Watson's no-trade clause could complicate eventual negotiations, as any final deal would require his approval; however, Houston should still be positioned receive multiple first-round picks in return for the three-time Pro Bowler.
Nick Martin HOU C
Nick Martin: Cut by Texans2d ago
Martin was cut from the Texans on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The veteran is leaving Houston after retaining the starting center role since 2016. Martin's absence will leave a notable mark on the team's offensive line, but the 27-year-old shouldn't have too much trouble finding another NFL home.
Julian Edelman NE WR
Patriots' Julian Edelman: Wants to play, health permitting2d ago
Edelman (knee) wants to continue his career but is 'still trying to see if he is healthy enough to be out there for the 2021 season,' Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Rapoport said that Edelman is progressing in his rehab process and wants to play in 2021, but that 'no decision has been made yet' about whether or not his knee injury will allow him to suit up. Edelman only played six games in 2020 before landing on IR, and though he was designated for return mid-December, he never progressed enough in his recovery to make his way back to the active roster. The Patriots also have a potential out from Edelman's contract this offseason, as cutting him would only result in a $2.7 million dead cap hit. Next season will mark Edelman's age-35 campaign.
J.T. Brubaker PIT SP
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Looking to land in rotation8h ago
Brubaker is expected to battle for the team's fifth rotation spot, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
He made nine starts and two relief appearances in his major-league debut last summer, compiling a 4.94 ERA (4.14 xFIP) and 1.37 WHIP in 47.1 innings. Brubaker features an effective slider, but the shape of his curve ball is often too similar. The organization's 2018 Minor League Pitcher of the Year missed nearly all of 2019 with a strained forearm, but he's healthy for the second straight year. The 27-year-old likely has an inside shot at the final rotation spot due to glimpses of effectiveness in 2020, but he will be challenged by the likes of Cody Ponce and Wil Crowe.
Paul Blackburn OAK SP
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Remains with organization11h ago
Blackburn cleared waivers Saturday and will remain in camp as a non-roster invitee, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Blackburn and his 5.69 career ERA were unsurprisingly not a hot commodity on waivers. He'll remain in an organizational depth role for Oakland going forward.
Spencer Torkelson DET 3B
Tigers' Spencer Torkelson: Doing drills at first13h ago
Torkelson (finger) has been taking groundballs at first base the past few days at camp, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Manager A.J. Hinch previously said Torkelson will focus exclusively on third base during spring training, but the 21-year-old isn't throwing right now due to his finger injury, so it appears the work at first is more by necessity. Torkelson won't play in Sunday's Grapefruit League opener against the Phillies, though the team has described his injury as "very mild," so he should see game action soon.
Julio Teheran DET SP
Tigers' Julio Teheran: Virus impacted mechanics13h ago
Teheran said he didn't have his usual arm or leg strength after contracting COVID-19 last summer, and that impacted his mechanics during the season, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Teheran posted an atrocious 10.05 ERA in 31.1 innings with the Angels, so it's clear he was never quite right after his COVID-19 diagnosis. He ended up signing a minor-league contract with the Tigers earlier this month, but he could earn a rotation spot if he's back to full strength. The righty posted a much better 3.64 ERA on average while with Atlanta from 2013 through 2019.
Robel Garcia HOU 2B
Astros' Robel Garcia: Claimed by Astros13h ago
Garcia was claimed off waivers by the Astros on Saturday.
Garcia finds himself on his fourth team of the offseason, having previously been a Red, a Met and an Angel. He returned from playing in Italy to flash a bit of promise in a short stint with the Cubs in 2019, hitting five homers in 31 games, but he also struck out in 43.8 percent of his plate appearances. He didn't get any big-league action in 2020 and is unlikely to contribute much this season unless he solves the whiff issues.
Javier Baez CHC SS
Cubs' Javier Baez: Wants to stay in Chicago13h ago
Baez, who could become a free agent after the 2021 season, said he is open to a contract extension during spring training, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Coming off of a subpar 2020 performance, Baez and the Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $11.65 million contract in January. However, the 28-year-old said "I don't want to play for another team," and noted he is open to extension talks during spring training. The Cubs have decisions to make on a number of core players, including Baez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras, and it's possible they go for a rebuild and let some of those pieces move on. Either way, Baez will be looking to restore his value with a bounceback 2021 campaign.
Jalen Brunson DAL PG
Mavericks' Jalen Brunson: Scores 14 points in reserve role8m ago
Brunson compiled 14 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, two steals and an assist across 27 minutes in Saturday's 115-98 win over the Nets.
Brunson continues to provide offensive momentum off the bench, especially when Luka Doncic steps out to recoup during the game. The Villanova product is unlikely to garner a starting role unless COVID-19 protocols or injury compromises the current rotation.
Tim Hardaway Jr. DAL SF
Mavericks' Tim Hardaway: Contributes 13 points from bench3h ago
Hardaway tallied 13 points (4-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three rebounds, an assist and a steal across 21 minutes in Saturday's 115-98 win over the Nets.
After a standout 29-point performance against the Grizzlies last week, Hardaway's numbers have returned to earth, settling in the 10-15 point range. His influence as the team's sixth man was minimal in the victory. Although the upside potential is always there for the veteran, his recent production has been disappointing.
Kristaps Porzingis DAL PF
Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis: Goes for 18 points in return3h ago
Porzingis totaled 18 points (7-13 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four rebounds, three blocked shots, two assists and a steal across 26 minutes in Saturday's 115-98 win over the Nets.
Although he was on a minute restriction, the 7-3 center had a massive size advantage over the Nets, who were undersized without Kevin Durant's presence. His minutes will increase in the coming weeks, assuming he doesn't re-aggravate his back injury.
Luka Doncic DAL PG
Mavericks' Luka Doncic: Pours in 27 points in decisive win3h ago
Doncic compiled 27 points (11-21 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 2-6 FT), seven assists, six rebounds and two steals across 34 minutes in Saturday''s 115-98 win over the Nets.
The Mavericks shut down James Harden and the Nets in the second half, and Doncic provided the offensive engine to end their losing streak. Doncic can sometimes be turnover-prone, but he kept his mistakes to a minimum and only coughed up the ball once. Overall it was a nice bounce-back game for the All-Stae after an off game against the Sixers.
Anthony Edwards MIN SG
Timberwolves' Anthony Edwards: Continues to struggle with his shot5h ago
Edwards had 21 points (9-22 FG, 3-11 3Pt, 0-2 FT), six rebounds, two blocks and a steal across 32 minutes in Saturday's loss against the Wizards.
Edwards has had to experience the growing pains of being a highly-touted rookie in a rebuilding franchise, but there's no question he seems to be up to the challenge. The Georgia product recorded at least 20 points in back-to-back games just for the second time this season and has scored in double digits in three of his last four outings. He is averaging 16.0 points per game since moving to the starting lineup on a permanent basis 17 games ago.
Karl-Anthony Towns MIN C
Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns: Double-doubles in loss5h ago
Towns mustered 23 points (7-19 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 7-9 FT), 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks across 32 minutes in Saturday's loss against the Wizards.
Towns led the Timberwolves in points and assists while also finishing as the second-best rebounder behind Jarred Vanderbilt's 12 boards, and it's absolutely clear that he will be the engine that will make Minnesota's offense run on a nightly basis. Since the coaching change, Towns has shot at least 19 field-goal attempts in every game while recording two double-doubles -- one with assists and one with rebounds. Towns has seven double-doubles in his last 10 games.
Vince Dunn STL D
Blues' Vince Dunn: Tacks on assist3h ago
Dunn posted an assist, two shots on goal and a plus-3 rating in Saturday's 7-6 win over the Sharks.
Dunn set up Sammy Blais for a tally at 3:34 of the second period. The 24-year-old Dunn has been inconsistent on offense this season -- he now has seven points in 20 appearances. The Ontario native has added 31 shots on net, 20 blocked shots, 17 hits and a minus-2 rating.
Oskar Sundqvist STL C
Blues' Oskar Sundqvist: Points in consecutive outings3h ago
Sundqvist notched an assist and three hits in Saturday's 7-6 win over the Sharks.
Saturday's contest was defense-optional, leading to a chaotic back-and-forth between the teams. Sundqvist set up Marco Scandella's second goal of the game at 7:14 of the third period, which proved to be enough for the win. The 26-year-old Sundqvist has four points in his last seven outings, and he's up to seven points in 21 appearances overall. The Swede has added 41 hits, 29 shots on goal and 20 blocked shots, demonstrating a solid two-way game.
Jordan Kyrou STL C
Blues' Jordan Kyrou: Plucks apple3h ago
Kyrou notched an assist and three shots on goal in Saturday's 7-6 win over the Sharks.
Kyrou set up Zach Sanford for the game-tying goal at 18:16 of the second period. It was the last time the Blues had to erase a deficit in the contest. The 22-year-old Kyrou has cooled off a bit recently, but he still put up eight points in 12 games during February. Overall, the Toronto native has seven goals, 11 helpers, 48 shots and a plus-4 rating in 21 appearances.
Justin Faulk STL D
Blues' Justin Faulk: Gathers helper in win3h ago
Faulk recorded an assist, three shots on goal, two hits and two PIM in Saturday's 7-6 win over the Sharks.
Faulk set up Ryan O'Reilly for the third goal between the two teams in a span of 2:02 early in the third period. This gave the Blues a 6-5 lead at the time. Faulk has only nine points in 21 contests this season, but he's added 55 shots on net, a plus-15 rating, 15 PIM, 57 hits and 23 blocked shots to provide a well-rounded stat line.
Torey Krug STL D
Blues' Torey Krug: Dishes apple Saturday3h ago
Krug posted an assist, three hits and two shots on goal in Saturday's 7-6 win over the Sharks.
Krug had the secondary helper on Zach Sanford's equalizer late in the second period, the fourth and final tying goal the Blues needed in the game. The 29-year-old Krug is up to 12 points, a plus-11 rating, 47 shots on net, 27 blocked shots and 22 hits through 21 appearances. Only three of his points have come with the man advantage -- he had 28 of his 49 points on the power play last year.
Mike Hoffman STL LW
Blues' Mike Hoffman: Chips in with assist3h ago
Hoffman posted an assist and went plus-2 in Saturday's 7-6 win over the Sharks.
Hoffman had the secondary helper on the game-winning goal by Marco Scandella at 7:14 of the third period. In 20 outings this year, Hoffman has six goals, nine helpers, 53 shots on net and a plus-11 rating. The high-scoring winger took some time to settle in with the Blues, but he's generally been productive through the first six weeks of the season.