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Latest NFL News & Rumors: Thursday, October 20

Elijah Moore (8) of the New York Jets sprints downfield during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA on October 2, 2022. Pittsburgh Steelers Vs New York Jets Week 4

New York Jets WR Elijah Moore requests trade

  • Moore was excused from practice today, and the team described it as a “family matter.” Nonetheless, it seems to be way deeper than that. Moore expressed frustration with his targets after Sunday’s game via Twitter and sent out two cryptic tweets earlier today as well.
  • Per the report from NFL Network, the Jets have no interest in trading the 2021 second-round pick. He’s now the second Jets’ receiver to request a trade, joining Denzel Mims.
  • Through six games, Moore has 29 targets, 16 catches, 203 yards, no touchdowns and a 58.3 PFF grade. He was not targeted at all last week against Green Bay
  • The timing is a bit odd, as the Jets have won three straight games and are off to their best start since 2015. Moore still has two more years left on his contract and is not extension-eligible for another year.

Mac Jones expects to return on Monday night

  • ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported that Jones expects to be available Monday night against the Chicago Bears with a final hurdle to be cleared this week in practice. Jones was once again limited today.
  • Jones has missed the last three games due to a high ankle sprain suffered in Week 3. 
  • Rookie Bailey Zappe has started the past two games, and the Patriots won both. Overall, Zappe is 51-of-70 for 596 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. He’s earned a 78.3 overall grade and an 82.6 passing grade in the two games he’s started.
  • In the first three games of the year, Jones was 64-of-97 for 786 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions. The Patriots were 1-2, and Jones earned a 58.4 PFF grade.

Dak Prescott confirms he will start on Sunday

  • Prescott will officially return against the Detroit Lions after missing the last five games with a thumb injury.
  • The Cowboys won four straight with backup Cooper Rush before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday night.
  • The Lions, who are coming off a bye, have allowed 28.0 points per game this season. Their defense has a bottom-six grade in run defense, pass rush, coverage and tackling.

Indianapolis Colts get good news on two key players

  • RB Jonathan Taylor and LB Shaquille Leonard were both full participants at practice today.
  • Taylor has missed the last two games due to an ankle injury and Leonard has missed all but one game due to a back injury and concussion.
  • The Colts (+2.5) have a massive divisional game this week against the Titans in Tennessee. 
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