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Practice Squad Elevation Tracker: Week 5

Here is the updated list of practice squad elevations on the season. The Steelers finally made an elevation this week so now everyone has used the rule at least once.

NameTeamPositionTimes Elevated
Jonathan WardCardinalsRB2
Khalil DorseyRavensCB2
Jordan RichardsRavensS2
Reggie BonnafonPanthersRB2
Freedom AkinmoladunBengalsEDGE2
Trayvon HendersonBengalsS2
Kahlil McKenzieBengalsRG2
Robert JacksonBrownsCB2
LeVante BellamyBroncosRB2
Derrek TuszkaBroncosDE2
John LovettPackersTE2
C.J. ProsiseTexansRB2
Ben EllefsonJaguarsTE2
K.C. McDermottJaguarsLT2
Darius BradwellChargersRB2
Mark FieldsVikingsCB2
Nick ThurmanPatriotsDE2
Bennie FowlerSaintsWR2
Margus HuntSaintsEDGE2
Josh AdamsJetsRB2
Lawrence CagerJetsWR2
Lamar JacksonJetsQB2
Josh MaloneJetsWR2
Grayland ArnoldEaglesS2
Deontay BurnettEaglesWR2
Hroniss Grasu49ersC2
Joe Walker49ersLB2
Cyril GraysonBuccaneersWR2
Jeremy McNicholsTitansRB2
Joshua GarnettFootball TeamLG2
Jared NorrisFootball TeamLB2
Cam SimsFootball TeamWR2
Sean ChandlerGiantsS2
Cameron BatsonTitansWR2
Eric SmithCowboysLT2
Kenjon BarnerBuccaneersRB2
Billy WinnPackersDE2
Deon LaceyBillsLB2
Torry McTyerBengalsCB2
George IlokaVikingsS2
Devante BondBearsLB2
Tyler HallFalconsS2
Damarious RandallSeahawksS2
Jace WhittakerCardinalsCB1
Delrick AbramsFalconsCB1
Jamal CarterFalconsLB1
Edmond RobinsonFalconsLB1
Terrell BondsRavensCB1
Trystan Colon-CastilloRavensC1
Cameron LewisBillsCB1
Andre SmithBillsRT1
Justin ZimmerBillsDT1
Woodrow HamiltonPanthersDT1
Chris OrrPanthersLB1
Tyler BrayBearsQB1
Cairo SantosBearsK1
Amani BledsoeBengalsDT1
A.J. GreenBrownsWR1
Deante BurtonCowboysCB1
Brandon CarrCowboysS1
Marcus HenryCowboysC1
P.J. LockeBroncosS1
Jake RodgersBroncosRT1
Josh WatsonBroncosLB1
Kevin StrongLionsDT1
Dee VirginLionsCB1
Kenny WigginsLionsRG1
Jonathan WilliamsLionsRB1
Tipa GaleaiPackersEDGE1
Willington PrevilonPackersDE1
Scottie PhillipsTexansRB1
Farrod GreenColtsTE1
Nathan CottrellJaguarsRB1
Mike GlennonJaguarsQB1
Braxton HoyettChiefsDE1
Keelan DossRaidersWR1
Kyle EmanuelRaidersLB1
Madre HarperRaidersCB1
Datone JonesRaidersDT1
Theo RiddickRaidersRB1
Javin WhiteRaidersLB1
Ryan GroyChargersC1
Tyron JohnsonChargersWR1
Gabe NabersChargersTE1
Cole TonerChargersRG1
Marquise CopelandRamsDE1
Juju HughesRamsS1
Natrez PatrickRamsLB1
Tae HayesDolphinsCB1
Tyshun RenderDolphinsEDGE1
Nick FolkPatriotsK1
Xavier WilliamsPatriotsDT1
Isaiah ZuberPatriotsWR1
Garrett GriffinSaintsTE1
Johnny HoltonGiantsWR1
Austin MackGiantsWR1
Jimmy MurrayJetsC1
Iosua OpetaEaglesLG1
Elijah RileyEaglesS1
Trevor WilliamsEaglesCB1
Trey EdmundsSteelersS1
JaMycal Hasty49ersRB1
Dontae Johnson49ersCB1
Kevin White49ersWR1
Shaquem GriffinSeahawksLB1
Gavin HeslopSeahawksCB1
Ryan NealSeahawksCB1
Chad WheelerSeahawksRT1
Tanner HudsonBuccaneersTE1
Josh PearsonBuccaneersWR1
Mazzi WilkinsBuccaneersCB1
Nick WestbrookTitansWR1
Chad SladeGiantsRG1
Jordan ThomasCardinalsTE1
Kevin Toliver IIBroncosCB1
Hardy NickersonVikingsLB1
Ryan LewisGiantsCB1
De’Jon HarrisPackersLB1
Anthony RushSeahawksDT1
Joey IvieBrownsDT1
Steven ParkerCowboysS1
Brian Allen49ersC1
Temarrick HemingwayFootball TeamTE1
Marcus JohnsonColtsWR1
Ross CockrellBuccaneersCB1
Jahleel AddaeChargersS1
Aldrick RosasJaguarsK1
Ken CrawleySaintsCB1
Evan BaylisCardinalsTE1
Jason CroomEaglesTE1
Marcus GilchristRavensS1
Elliott FryFalconsK1
Jamar Taylor49ersCB1
Mike WhiteJetsQB1
Curtis RileyCardinalsS1

NFL Week 4 Valuations

The valuations for week 4 are now updated for all players. This week’s values are available for free on the valuations page and the full season numbers as well as results from week 1 through 3 are available for premium subscribers.

It was a good week to be a Bronco apparently this week. Here were this week’s top valued players.

PositionPlayerPositional ValueTotal Value
QBTom Brady$38,084,000$38,084,000
RBDalvin Cook$16,244,000$16,244,000
WRAmari Cooper$20,713,000$20,713,000
WRTyler Boyd$20,189,000$20,233,000
TEGeorge Kittle$12,592,000$12,592,000
LTGarett Bolles$18,400,000$18,973,000
RTJack Conklin$16,805,000$17,427,000
CRodney Hudson$12,674,000$12,674,000
GMichael Onwenu$15,401,000$15,490,000
GAli Marpet$14,444,000$15,018,000
EdgeBradley Chubb$26,468,000$26,468,000
EdgeZa’Darius Smith$26,237,000$26,237,000
IDLShelby Harris$19,145,000$19,675,000
IDLAaron Donald$17,243,000$17,735,000
LBJosey Jewell$17,812,000$18,385,000
LBAlexander Johnson$16,166,000$16,739,000
CBRashad Fenton$19,482,000$19,482,000
CBJaire Alexander$19,451,000$19,451,000
CBDenzel Ward$18,593,000$18,682,000
SJustin Simmons$12,679,000$13,252,000
SChuck Clark$12,064,000$12,523,000
PBradley Pinion$3,182,000$3,182,000
KBrandon McManus$3,880,000$3,880,000
LSCharley Hughlett$1,669,000$1,669,000

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Practice Squad Elevation Tracker: Week 4

Last week Troy brought up an interesting point about use of the elevation rule and the use on vets vs non-vet players so I thought we could look that up this week. Thus far there have been 113 players who have been elevated. Of those players 34 are veterans, so about 30% of call ups are veterans and 70% are those who would be eligible for waivers. This is pretty much right in line with the typical NFL roster construction. Thus far the ratio of 1 time to 2 time call ups is about 2 to 1 for each group so both groups are being treated equally which I think debunks my theory that termination pay could be a reason for the use on some veterans.

Thus far the NFL average is to have used the elevation 4.6 times per team. The teams who have used it the most are the Jets and Broncos at 8 (they are the only max out teams) with the 49ers, Bengals, Chargers, and Jaguars all tied at 7. The Steelers are the lone team to not use it while the Dolphins and Chiefs have only used it one time. The teams most likely to use it on veteran players have been the 49ers, Saints, and Football Team. The 49ers lead the way with 6 veteran elevations (4 different players), with the Saints at 5 elevations (3 players) and the Football Team with 4 elevations (2 players). 11 teams do not have a veteran elevation this year.

Here is the current list of players who have been elevated. For players who have been elevated two times with one team they are ineligible to be elevated a third time.

NameTeamPositionTime Elevated
Hroniss Grasu49ersC2
Joe Walker49ersLB2
Freedom AkinmoladunBengalsEDGE2
Trayvon HendersonBengalsS2
Deon LaceyBillsLB2
LeVante BellamyBroncosRB2
Derrek TuszkaBroncosEDGE2
Robert JacksonBrownsCB2
Cyril GraysonBuccaneersWR2
Kenjon BarnerBuccaneersRB2
Jonathan WardCardinalsRB2
Darius BradwellChargersRB2
Eric SmithCowboysLT2
Grayland ArnoldEaglesS2
Deontay BurnettEaglesWR2
Joshua GarnettFootball TeamRG2
Jared NorrisFootball TeamLB2
Cam SimsFootball TeamWR2
Sean ChandlerGiantsS2
Ben EllefsonJaguarsTE2
K.C. McDermottJaguarsLT2
Josh AdamsJetsRB2
Lawrence CagerJetsWR2
Josh MaloneJetsWR2
John LovettPackersTE2
Reggie BonnafonPanthersRB2
Nick ThurmanPatriotsDE2
Khalil DorseyRavensCB2
Jordan RichardsRavensS2
Bennie FowlerSaintsWR2
Margus HuntSaintsEDGE2
C.J. ProsiseTexansRB2
Jeremy McNicholsTitansRB2
Cameron BatsonTitansWR2
Mark FieldsVikingsCB2
George IlokaVikingsS2
JaMycal Hasty49ersRB1
Dontae Johnson49ersCB1
Jamar Taylor49ersCB1
Tyler BrayBearsQB1
Cairo SantosBearsK1
Devante BondBearsLB1
Amani BledsoeBengalsDT1
Kahlil McKenzieBengalsRG1
Torry McTyerBengalsCB1
Cameron LewisBillsCB1
Andre SmithBillsLB1
Justin ZimmerBillsDT1
P.J. LockeBroncosS1
Jake RodgersBroncosRT1
Josh WatsonBroncosLB1
Kevin Toliver IIBroncosCB1
A.J. GreenBrownsCB1
Tanner HudsonBuccaneersTE1
Mazzi WilkinsBuccaneersCB1
Jace WhittakerCardinalsCB1
Jordan ThomasCardinalsTE1
Ryan GroyChargersC1
Tyron JohnsonChargersWR1
Gabe NabersChargersTE1
Cole TonerChargersRG1
Jahleel AddaeChargersS1
Braxton HoyettChiefsDE1
Farrod GreenColtsTE1
Marcus JohnsonColtsWR1
Deante BurtonCowboysCB1
Brandon CarrCowboysCB1
Tae HayesDolphinsCB1
Iosua OpetaEaglesLG1
Trevor WilliamsEaglesCB1
Delrick AbramsFalconsCB1
Tyler HallFalconsC1
Johnny HoltonGiantsWR1
Austin MackGiantsWR1
Chad SladeGiantsRG1
Ryan LewisGiantsCB1
Nathan CottrellJaguarsRB1
Mike GlennonJaguarsQB1
Aldrick RosasJaguarsK1
Lamar JacksonJetsCB1
Jimmy MurrayJetsC1
Kevin StrongLionsDT1
Dee VirginLionsCB1
Kenny WigginsLionsRG1
Jonathan WilliamsLionsRB1
Tipa GaleaiPackersEDGE1
Willington PrevilonPackersDE1
Billy WinnPackersDE1
Woodrow HamiltonPanthersDT1
Chris OrrPanthersLB1
Nick FolkPatriotsK1
Xavier WilliamsPatriotsDT1
Isaiah ZuberPatriotsWR1
Keelan DossRaidersWR1
Kyle EmanuelRaidersLB1
Madre HarperRaidersCB1
Theo RiddickRaidersRB1
Javin WhiteRaidersLB1
Marquise CopelandRamsDE1
Juju HughesRamsS1
Natrez PatrickRamsLB1
Terrell BondsRavensCB1
Garrett GriffinSaintsTE1
Ken CrawleySaintsCB1
Shaquem GriffinSeahawksLB1
Gavin HeslopSeahawksCB1
Ryan NealSeahawksS1
Chad WheelerSeahawksRT1

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NFL Week 3 Valuations

The valuations for week 3 are now updated for all players. This week’s values are available for free on the valuations page and the full season numbers as well as results from week 1 and 2 are available for premium subscribers.

Here were this week’s top valued players.

PositionPlayerPositional ValueTotal Value
QBPatrick Mahomes$39,163,000$39,163,000
RBDerrick Henry$15,812,000$15,812,000
WRDeAndre Hopkins$21,017,000$21,017,000
WRKeenan Allen$20,773,000$20,773,000
TETravis Kelce$11,869,000$11,869,000
LTCharles Leno Jr.$18,560,000$19,052,000
RTDaryl Williams$16,149,000$16,193,000
CJason Kelce$14,760,000$14,760,000
GMike Iupati$13,854,000$14,313,000
GDavid Edwards$13,601,000$14,093,000
EdgeMyles Garrett$25,220,000$25,353,000
EdgeKhalil Mack$23,338,000$23,382,000
IDLJeffery Simmons$22,885,000$23,415,000
IDLAaron Donald$20,938,000$21,431,000
LBBobby Wagner$17,516,000$18,046,000
LBJamie Collins Sr.$16,101,000$16,593,000
CBDarqueze Dennard$19,402,000$19,897,000
CBLevi Wallace$18,961,000$19,491,000
CBXavien Howard$18,000,000$18,000,000
SHarrison Smith$17,188,000$17,761,000
SDuron Harmon$13,226,000$13,846,000
PRigoberto Sanchez$3,194,000$3,194,000
KStephen Gostkowski$4,449,000$4,449,000
LSJosh Harris$1,668,000$1,668,000

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Looking at Potential Roster Turnover in 2021

Now that just about everyone has completed three weeks of the season some fanbases begin to panic about a team’s prospects for 2020 and immediately start looking toward 2021. One of the things that we often talk about is roster turnover and releasing players to overhaul a roster. In the last two years we have seen the Dolphins and Jaguars enter historic rebuilds where they dropped most veterans from their rosters to basically start over. That got me to thinking about just how much turnover is possible for each team in 2020.

One of the big impediments to releasing a player is dead money in a contract. While the cash component of it is usually a bigger consideration than the sunk cost aspect caused by bonuses those dead money numbers often can give us a gauge as to the likelihood of release of a player. In grouping the listing of dead money in every year since 2016 by salary range we had the following releases.

YearOver $15M$10-$15M$7.5-$10M$5-$7.5MUnder $5M
201713492329
20181310112321
2019644142388
2020254161377
Average2.53.85.512.52103.8

The numbers give us a reasonable idea of how dead money correlates with a release. The $15M category represents in the ballpark of 4% of all players whose dead money is that high in a given year. The next group jumps to about 7%, then 12%, then 20%. The under $5M numbers are huge (its about 45% if we broke it down to $2.5M as a floor) and I don’t think causes anyone to think twice. The 2020 under $5M aggregate numbers are lower than the other years for two reasons- UDFA signings were way down and a number of players will be released during the year.

Now part of the reason why the percentages are low for these releases is because the players with the most dead money are usually considered the best players and teams chase those performances after a bad year. Still this can provide a good guide as to what type of roster turnover can be expected simply based on the dead money we see in a contract.

What I did was look at every teams 2021 roster and broke their roster up by dead money ranges. Since we are looking at the “rock bottom” scenarios I added a few percentage points to the $5M+ category as to the likelihood of release and considered anyone under $5M to be a possible cut. The first set of numbers are based on players under contract in 2021. The second set is based on letting every free agent walk in 2021 to put roster size on a more equal footing. Here is the list I came up with.

Roster Turnover Index

TeamUnder ContractPotential TurnoverLikely ReturningPotential Turnover (inc. FAs)Likely Returning (inc FAs)
Eagles4275.0%25.0%83.8%16.2%
Cardinals3280.6%19.4%89.5%10.5%
Chiefs3482.2%17.8%89.9%10.1%
Falcons3282.5%17.5%90.0%10.0%
Panthers3583.0%17.0%90.2%9.8%
Steelers3483.1%16.9%89.5%10.5%
Bears3183.4%16.6%91.6%8.4%
Saints4484.3%15.7%88.9%11.1%
Giants4084.8%15.3%90.5%9.5%
Chargers3585.3%14.7%91.6%8.4%
Vikings4185.6%14.4%90.8%9.2%
Texans3886.1%13.9%91.0%9.0%
49ers3886.2%13.8%92.6%7.4%
Lions3986.4%13.6%91.7%8.3%
Packers3886.7%13.3%91.9%8.1%
Broncos3786.8%13.2%92.6%7.4%
Raiders3987.2%12.8%92.1%7.9%
Cowboys4387.2%12.8%91.9%8.1%
Titans3387.3%12.7%93.0%7.0%
Browns4387.6%12.4%91.6%8.4%
Football Team4388.0%12.0%92.0%8.0%
Rams4588.1%11.9%90.9%9.1%
Seahawks3588.3%11.7%94.0%6.0%
Dolphins4089.0%11.0%92.4%7.6%
Jets3690.0%10.0%94.8%5.2%
Ravens4090.6%9.4%93.6%6.4%
Bills4292.0%8.0%94.4%5.6%
Jaguars4392.3%7.7%95.3%4.7%
Buccaneers3692.8%7.2%95.7%4.3%
Patriots4592.9%7.1%95.5%4.5%
Bengals3693.3%6.7%96.1%3.9%
Colts3695.3%4.7%97.3%2.7%
NFL avg38.387.0%13.0%92.1%7.9%

Based on this analysis the Eagles would have the least flexible roster in the NFL with 25% of the players under contract for 2021 most likely safe and a whopping 16.2% of their 2020 roster likely returning. That’s fine if the Eagles turn things around but a bad thing if they don’t. The Cardinals ranked number 2 at just under 20% with the high priced Chiefs and Falcons in the 17% range. I didn’t expect the Panthers to be number 5 but they did sign a lot of free agents last season. If we factor free agency into the equation the Saints jump into the top 5 as do the Steelers.

The Colts have the most flexibility in the NFL with really only 5% of their roster protected by contract structure. The Bengals are at 6.7% in part because they don’t do future guarantees. However, they also don’t usually release players that they recently signed. New England not surprisingly is in the third best shape while the Bucs are 4th and the Jaguars round out the top 5.

Based on the early season results I would imagine that the Colts, Patriots, Buccaneers, Bills, and Ravens have to be thrilled with their setup. The Eagles, Vikings, Texans, Giants, and Falcons all have to be more concerned for the future. If you are a bad team this year you at least have some hope if you are the Jaguars or Jets to continue to redo the roster.

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