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Patriots lose 3rd-round pick for filming Bengals sideline

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 28, 2020

Fined $1.1 million

NFL has handed down these penalties to the Patriots for their television crew filming the Bengals-Browns game in December, sources tell @MikeReiss.

– 1.1 million in club fines.
– of 2021 third-round pick.
– Patriots’ TV crews not allowed to shoot games during 2020 season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Makes you wonder if the Patriots announced the Cam Newton signing today just to mitigate the bad press from this penalty. Their inability to video means the technically can’t cheat in the same manner this season.

NFL cancels Cowboys/Steelers Hall of Fame game

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 25, 2020

Hall of Fame ceremony postponed

The Dallas Cowboys-Pittsburgh Steelers preseason opener at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 6 is being canceled and the Hall of Fame’s enshrinement ceremony on Aug. 8 is being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, league sources told ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: With most teams expected to report to training on July 28th, it’s no surprise that the standalone Hall of Fame has been canceled. It’s likely the pre-season scheduled is going to be shortened to two games meaning more cancellations are expected.

Dak Prescott signs franchise tender

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 22, 2020

Two sides have until July 15th to work out long-term deal

Dak Prescott has signed his franchise tender, a source confirmed. He’s expected to be at camp. The Cowboys and Prescott have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. If one isn’t finalized by then, Dak will play the 2020 season under a fully-guaranteed $31.4 million contract. (Jon Machota on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Reports leaked out over the weekend that Prescott would sign his tender on Monday. As a result, we don’t have to worry about the quarterback showing up for camp while the two sides work to strike a long-term deal. The sticking point seems to be the length of the contract (four or five years).

Josh Gordon applies for reinstatement

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 18, 2020

Working out in Seattle area

Receiver Josh Gordon has officially applied to the NFL for reinstatement, a necessary step in his attempt to continue to play, according to several reports Thursday.

Gordon was indefinitely suspended by the NFL on Dec. 16 for violating the league’s policies on both performance enhancing drugs and substances of abuse after having played five games for the Seahawks. (Seattle Times)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Gordon’s suspension in 2019 was the 7th of his NFL career. He’s hoping to get some clarification on his status soon and be available for training camp at the end of July. A reunion with Seattle is a possibility but a likely suspension and risk of relapse makes him an extremely risky fantasy pick.

Deebo Samuel suffers broken foot, surgery today

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 18, 2020

Injury Jones fracture

#49ers WR Deebo Samuel suffered a broken foot on Tuesday during a throwing session with teammates in Nashville and will be having surgery today, I’m told. It is a Jones fracture, and he should be able to be on the field early in the season. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Not good. Samuel could easily miss the next three months which makes him a candidate to begin the season on the PUP list. The 49ers lost Emmanuel Sanders to free agency and now sport a depth chart of Kendrick Bourne, Brandon Aiyuk, Jalen Hurd and Dante Pettis. Samuel finished as the WR31 in PPR leagues last season.