Latest NFL News & Rumors: Tuesday, November 8

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones (7) is tackles by Las Vegas Raiders safety Johnathan Abram (24) during the second quarter of a regular season NFL football matchup Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Jaguars held off the Las Vegas Raiders 27-20. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union] Jki 110622 Raiders Jags Cp 35

Las Vegas Raiders waive former first-round safety Johnathan Abram

  • The Raiders tried to trade Abram but found no takers, leading to today’s decision to waive him.
  • The No. 27 overall pick in the 2019 draft has earned a 49.5 PFF grade this season and recently lost the starting job to veteran Duron Harmon.
  • Abram logged over 850 snaps in 2020 and 2021 after missing almost his entire rookie season. His 56.9 grade in 2021 was a career-best by a good margin.
  • Abram is now the fourth first-round pick made by Jon Gruden/Mike Mayock to be released by the Raiders in recent months, joining Alex Leatherwood, Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette

Pittsburgh Steelers “optimistic” TJ Watt will return this week

  • Watt, the NFL's reigning Defensive Player of the Year, suffered a pectoral injury in Week 1 and has not played since. The injury was not deemed season-ending and he’s been able to rehab without surgery. Pittsburgh designated him to return last week.
  • Without Watt, the Steelers have struggled to generate pressure and have just eight sacks in the seven games without him. Their 62.7 pass-rushing grade is bottom-five in the league.
  • Pittsburgh (+2.5) will host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Jerry Jones: Dallas Cowboys star would look good on Odell Beckham Jr.

  • Beckham is expected to be medically cleared later this week, and the Cowboys have been mentioned as a team that would have interest.
  • Speaking on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday, Jones said Beckham “is someone we have all the appreciation in the world for what he is as a competitor and know that the Cowboys star on the helmet when he puts it on could look pretty good.”
  • The Cowboys are coming off their bye and have a 6-2 record on the season. They discussed acquiring Brandin Cooks before the trade deadline but a deal never came to fruition. 

New York Giants WR Kenny Golladay set to return this week

  • Golladay has not been active since Week 4 due to a knee injury. He wasn’t getting much playing time when he was healthy, playing just 99 snaps and catching two passes for 22 yards. His PFF grade was 51.7.
  • The Giants, under then-GM Dave Gettleman, signed Golladay to a big four-year, $72 million contract in 2021. He struggled in his first year, catching 37 passes for 521 yards and no touchdowns. He earned a 68.3 PFF grade, the lowest since his rookie season.
  • The Giants (-6.5) are coming off their bye week and will host the Houston Texans on Sunday.

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