Week 13 of the NFL season begins tomorrow as teams try to position themselves in the hunt for a playoff position. Here’s a look at some of the interesting items in the news around the league.
Abram Released By Packers
Former Las Vegas Raiders’ first-round pick Johnathan Abram was released Tuesday by the Green Bay Packers less than three weeks after signing with the team off waivers. He was the 27th pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft and played mainly on special teams for the Packers against the Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans in recent weeks.
Packers special teams coach Rich Bisaccia, who was the interim head coach with the Raiders when Abram was in Vegas, says he was surprised when the safety was cut and ended up in Green Bay. The move to release him comes at a time when the Packers have injury issues at the position.
Abram failed to move up the depth chart in his time with the team as they look to evaluate their current talent. Safety Innis Gaines was elevated from the practice squad to replace him on the 53-man roster.
Beckham To Visit Three Teams Starting This Week
Free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is being courted by several teams that would like to hire his services as the NFL season reaches its last six weeks of the regular season. He will meet with the New York Giants on Thursday and Friday, as his personal driver suggests that a deal has already been done. Odell’s driver, whose Instagram handle is Dannyboyhustlehard, posted pictures on his account suggesting the wide receiver is headed back to play for the New York Giants.
After meeting with the Giants, Beckham will travel to talk with the Dallas Cowboys on December 5 and then make a trip to Buffalo to meet with the Bills. The Giants badly need his services after losing wide receivers Wan’Dale Robinson and Sterling Shepherd for the season with torn ACLs.
Going to the Giants and playing the rest of the season with Daniel Jones may not seem like the best choice for Beckham. The latter could play with either Dak Prescott or Josh Allen and have a better chance of winning his second straight Super Bowl.
Watson Makes Season Debut On Sunday
After nearly two years, Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will be back on an NFL field Sunday as the Browns host his former team, the Houston Texans. According to the league, he has complied with the terms of his 11-game suspension and will be eligible to start this weekend’s game. He last played back on January 3, 2021, before requesting a trade from the Texans.
Watson was suspended for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy for what the league defined as sexual assault on more than 20 massage therapists. He also had to pay a $5 million fine and attend a mandatory treatment program. He has agreed to settle 23 of the 24 lawsuits filed, with a 25th suit dropped by the accuser after a judge ruled she was required to amend the complaint with her name.
Watson has denied all wrongdoing and has said that no one is interested in hearing his side of the story. He has yet to speak to the public since beginning his suspension almost three months ago.