I’ll be digging through the trash for your next waiver stash. Like last week, these 3 guys are barely owned. They might not be huge contributors to your squad right now, but could possibly be useful down the road. Here goes:
1. Temarrick Hemingway, TE, Denver Broncos
(0% owned in FFPC leagues)
Vs Los Angeles Rams, @ Arizona, @ Kansas City
Opportunity is what Hemingway may have in the coming weeks. Originally drafted in the 6th round by the Los Angeles Rams, he had some impressive stats at the combine (9’7” broad jump, 4.7 40 yard dash and a 6.88 3-cone time), but hasn’t made an impact in the NFL as of yet. In college at South Carolina State, Hemingway was a threat in the passing game. During his 4 year college career, he caught a total of 93 passes for 1,056 yards (11.4 YPC) and 7 scores. The only claim to fame he has had so far in the NFL regular season is playing 8 games on special teams and recording a single tackle. He did, however, have some flashes in his first preseason when lined up at tight end. In the 2nd week of preseason in 2016, he caught a nice 26 yard seam pattern and showed off some quickness. Then again in week 4 that year, he led the team in yardage with 3 catches for 41 yards (with a nice 21 yard grab on 3rd down).
Hemingway spent his second season in 2017 on IR with a fractured fibula that he sustained in the third preseason game. In the 2018 preseason, Hemingway didn’t produce much (4 catches for 10 yards total). With 3 other tight ends on the roster, he was cut by the Rams and tried out for a number of teams (most recently with Detroit and Denver). He wasn’t given an opportunity until this past week when Denver signed him to their practice squad.
Denver’s tight end position is decimated by injuries currently with Jake Butt done for the year with a torn ACL and Troy Fumagalli also done for the year with sports hernia. Jeff Heuerman is their current starter with Matt LaCosse and Brian Parker backing him up. Hemingway could find his way on the field if he can pick up the Denver offense. Blessed with the size (6’5” and 244lbs) of a red zone wide receiver, Hemingway is a receiving tight end that if given the chance, could become a touchdown target. Heuerman didn’t really do much in the receiving game this past Sunday by only catching 2 passes for 18 yards on 4 targets. Since Hemingway has yet to really show what he can do in the pros, it remains to be shown if he could have value.
That’s why Hemingway lands on the Trash Pile here. If you have a roster of over 30 players and you have some dead weight to cut, why not add Hemingway just to see if he has what it takes?
2. Kyle Lauletta, QB, New York Giants
(0.1% owned in FFPC leagues)
Vs Philadelphia, @ Atlanta, Vs Washington
New York is Eli Manning’s team. At least it appears it is, until his contract is done. That means Lauletta will continue to learn behind Manning. Kyle Lauletta was the Giants 4th round draft choice (108th overall) in 2018 out of Richmond University. In his time at Richmond, he threw for a school record 10,465 yards and 73 touchdowns. His performance in the Senior Bowl is what probably landed him in the 4th round. He outplayed other first round quarterbacks such as Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen in this game and ended his day going 8/12 for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns on his way to receiving the MVP honors. If you haven’t seen his 75 yard bomb to DJ Chark in this game, please do yourself a favor and YouTube this. Before the draft, he also had a nice write-up in The Players Tribune titled, “A Letter to NFL GM’s”. Giants GM Dave Gettleman may have read said letter.
All jokes aside, Lauletta does look like he has some skill and if he works on his arm strength and accuracy, could possibly be a starter at some point in his NFL career. When that time will come is the question. He has been the scout team quarterback so far this season, and has been inactive in all 5 of the Giants regular season games. The only action he has seen was in the preseason (much like a lot of the Trash Pile players). His preseason numbers aren’t going to “WOW” you. Lauletta threw a total of 35 passes and completed 17 (roughly 49%), 194 yards, 1 passing touchdown, 2 INT’s and 1 rushing touchdown. The rushing touchdown he scored was actually pretty nice. It was on a bootleg play, where he decided to take it himself and weaved in and out of defenders for a 10 yard score. Another impressive stat of note was that he was only sacked twice in the 4 preseason games he made appearances in for a total of 17 yards. This figure is mildly impressive given the Giants offensive line issues. Brian Billick called him “the best quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft”.
I realize that isn’t much since the guy hasn’t coached in years, but he did see something in Lauletta. Eventually someone is going to have to take the reins away from Eli Manning. It could be Lauletta, it could be Davis Webb. Who knows? I’m not sure the Giants even know. If you want to bet on a quarterback who may or may not become the future quarterback for this team, add Lauletta before it’s too late.
3. Simmie Cobbs, Jr., WR, Washington Redskins
(0.1% owned in FFPC leagues)
Vs Carolina, Vs Dallas, @ New York Giants
Finally, on the Trash Pile is wide receiver Simmie Cobbs, Jr. Cobbs was tremendous during his tenure at Indiana University. He ended his career with 139 receptions for 1,990 yards and 12 scores. Due to a slow 40 time of 4.64 seconds, Cobbs went undrafted. He was invited to as Redskins camp as an undrafted free agent and was signed to their practice squad.
Cobbs is a big bodied wide receiver (6’4” 220lbs) who can be a threat in the red zone. He also has shown that he can make some pretty unbelievable catches. In a game against Ohio State, he made 2 one handed grabs (one catch was while making a nice spin and tucking the ball in before heading out of bounds). Both can be seen on YouTube. He torched Browns first-round draft pick Denzel Ward for 11 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown in that game. All of that is pretty impressive. Why did he go undrafted then? Well, besides that average 40 time, Cobbs has a hard time with separating from the corner at the line. This is something that he can work on with NFL coaching and veteran mentoring.
He did show flashes in the preseason though. During week 3 against Denver, quarterback Kevin Hogan found Cobbs streaking down the right side after he beat the corner using some speed for an 18 yard score. Then in the final week of the preseason against Baltimore, Hogan threw a deep 38 yard pass to Cobbs where he snuck underneath the corner to make the grab and spin his body out of bounds while maintaining control of the ball. He definitely does have talent.
The Redskins current wide receiver group isn’t going to scare anyone (they also just signed former first-round bust Michael Floyd), which is why Cobbs might be a sneaky add. He could be made active at any time though due to the wide receivers in front of him and their injury history (Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, and Brian Quick). Like a lot of players, he just needs to wait for his time to shine.