admin / March 3, 2018
Here’s what it looks like in a sideline situation, courtesy of Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones.
A player has the ball long enough to become a runner when, after his second foot is on the ground, he is capable of avoiding or warding off impending contact of an opponent, tucking the ball away, turning up field, or taking additional steps.
When a receiver goes to the ground or goes out of bounds after establishing possession, he has to maintain control throughout. Cowboys receiver Brice Butler gave us a textbook example in 2017 against the Giants.
Butler dives for it, gets both hands underneath it as he’s going to the ground, and maintains control throughout the catch.
Jones taps one foot down, then the other, all while pulling the ball securely against his body to establish and keep possession.
Cleveland’s roster revamp at the trade deadline — sending six players out and bringing four players in to replace them — was seen as a necessary transfusion for a team that was, in the words of general manager Koby Altman, “marching a slow death.”
Gone are Isaiah Thomas and his struggles on the comeback trail from a serious hip injury; Dwyane Wade and his demanding presence if not always consistent production; Jae Crowder and his awkward offensive fit; as well as role players Channing Frye, Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert.
“I’ve had a great run,” said Winston, who has earned $31 million in his NFL career, per Spotrac.com. “I’m going to see what’s out there, especially early on (in free agency), at the Combine. I’m at that point where I have three kids and a great family and wife. They’ve done a lot of traveling around. I think it’s going to have to be in the right spot and the right opportunity.
“We’ll see. I’m definitely staying ready and working out. I’ll make a decision sooner than later. At the same time, I can envision (Year) 13 for sure.”
With the market now better established by the trade of Michael Grabner to the New Jersey Devils and the deal that sent Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers, there should be at least a few more fantasy-relevant transitions between now and Monday’s NHL trade deadline.
Not all trades are automatically good for fantasy value. While Mrazek’s fortunes rise quickly with a steady job and better offensive support in front of him, Grabner doesn’t have a clear path to any more scoring than he already had with the New York Rangers. The Devils shouldn’t be breaking up the trio of Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri to make room for Grabner, so he’ll be on a secondary — or perhaps tertiary — line at even strength.