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  • Giants WR Darius Slayton Attends OTAs

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    While the Giants and Darius Slayton have yet to resolve the receiver's salary concerns, it sounds like the player was at practice today. As Dan Duggan of The Athletic observes, Slayton was in attendance at Giants OTAs. [RELATED: Trade Candidate: Darius Slayton] Slayton was absent during the early portions of organized team activities as he [...]

    May 28 · Pro Football Rumors New York Giants Darius Slayton
  • Dawand Jones Could Be Full-Go For Training Camp

    Cleveland Browns second-year right tackle Dawand Jones (knee), who was taken in the fourth round in 2023 out of Ohio State, is still recovering from surgery to fix his torn right MCL that he suffered in practice on Dec. 7. The injury caused him to miss the final five games of the year and the wild-card loss to the Houston Texans. Jones has been taking part in organized team activities this offseason with a knee brace and is aiming to be ready for the start of the 2024 season this fall. If all goes according to plan, both Jones and left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. (knee), who is also rehabbing from a torn MCL, will be close to full-go in training camp this summer. Apparently, Wills is a step behind Jones in his recovery, but the Browns are hoping to have both tackles available for the Week 1 season opener. Jones finished his rookie campaign as the 26th-best tackle in the NFL, according to PFF.

    May 28 · Source via Cleveland Browns Dawand Jones
  • Cardinals Sign Round 1 DL Darius Robinson

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    The Cardinals are one step closer to completing their rookie signings. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cardinals have signed first-round defensive lineman Darius Robinson. The rookie inked a four-year, fully guaranteed $13.8MM deal. [RELATED: Cards Sign Round 1 WR Marvin Harrison Jr.] The Cardinals entered the draft armed with a pair of first-round picks. [...]

    May 28 · Pro Football Rumors Arizona Cardinals Darius Robinson
  • Rams Sign First-Round DE Jared Verse, Complete Draft Class

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    The Rams entered Tuesday with only one draftee yet to sign his rookie deal. First-rounder Jared Verse is now on the books, however, per a team announcement. 2024 marked the first season of the Sean McVay era in which the Rams made a selection in the first round. Los Angeles was connected to a move up the board aimed [...]

    May 28 · Pro Football Rumors Los Angeles Rams Jared Verse
  • Eric Stokes In A Great Place

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    Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur thinks cornerback Eric Stokes (hamstring) is in a great place physically and mentally this offseason after he missed most of the last two years with injuries. LaFleur also said he thinks Stokes is "in the best shape" he's ever seen him in. "When you look at him physically, his body looks different. He's hitting some fast speeds out there at practice. I can tell mentally he feels like he's in a great place," LaFleur said. The former first-round pick in 2021 was great as a rookie but suffered foot and knee injuries in Week 9 in 2022 and missed the final eight games. The 25-year-old played in just three games in 2023 due to hamstring issues. It's no surprise the Packers declined their fifth-year option on Stokes, so he's now in a contract year in 2024 as he looks to stay healthy. If healthy, the speedster could start opposite Jaire Alexander.

    May 28 · Source via Green Bay Packers Eric Stokes Jaire Alexander
  • Tony Jefferson Coming Out Of Retirement

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    Former Baltimore Ravens star safety Tony Jefferson is coming out of retirement and plans to play in 2024, according to a source. Jefferson has stayed in shape, has been training on his own, and wants to play again. He intends to start talking to teams in the near future after spending last year with the Baltimore Ravens as a scouting intern. In his last year in the NFL in 2022 with the New York Giants, Jefferson played in only nine games (one start) and had 23 tackles (16 solo). The 32-year-old former undrafted free agent entered the league in 2013 with the Arizona Cardinals and spent four years in the desert before joining the Ravens from 2017-21. Jefferson hasn't played in more than nine games in a single season since 2018 but could provide some nice veteran depth for a team in need of secondary help.

    May 28 · Source via Tony Jefferson
  • Jarrett Stidham Prepared To Compete For Starting Role

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    Denver Broncos quarterback Jarrett Stidham is embracing the team's three-man QB competition this offseason between himself, former first-round Zach Wilson and this year's first-rounder Bo Nix. "I'm not going to just sit down and let someone else walk on in here -- I'm going to work my butt off to get the job. I'm super excited about it," Stidham said. The 27-year-old signed a two-year, $10 million deal prior to last season and could now be considered a mentor who could be an upset winner of the starting job this summer. Stidham, Wilson and Nix will get an equal split of the work during the offseason program, but we probably won't have a better sense of who is in the lead in the competition until training camp. Stidham has the advantage of knowing the offense from a season ago, but even if he's the starter in Week 1, he'll be on a short leash and will be a low-upside, low-end QB2 in fantasy.

    May 28 · Source via Denver Broncos Jarrett Stidham
  • Bills GM Brandon Beane Addresses Stefon Diggs Trade

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    The Bills' receiver room was positioned to undergo change during the early portion of free agency with Gabe Davis expectedly departing on the open market. Buffalo followed that up with the blockbuster deal which sent Stefon Diggs to the Texans. The Bills originally intended to keep Diggs in the fold for at least one more season, viewing the [...]

    May 28 · Pro Football Rumors Houston Texans Buffalo Bills Stefon Diggs
  • Saints DE Tanoh Kpassagnon Suffered Offseason Achilles Tear

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    Well before the 2024 season, the Saints' front seven has been dealt a blow. When speaking to media at OTAs on Tuesday, head coach Dennis Allen said defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon suffered an offseason Achilles tear. Allen added Kpassagnon will miss at least the start of the coming campaign as a result of the injury. He did, however, [...]

    May 28 · Pro Football Rumors New Orleans Saints Tanoh Kpassagnon
  • Patriots, QB Drake Maye Agree To Terms

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    As expected, three quarterbacks came off the board to begin the 2024 draft. Neither Caleb Williams nor Jayden Daniels have inked their rookie contracts, but that is now the case for Drake Maye. New England came to terms with the latter on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Maye will now be under contract for the next four years, [...]

    May 28 · Pro Football Rumors New England Patriots Drake Maye
  • Justin Fields Says He Won't Return Kicks

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    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Justin Fields said he won't return kicks this season. "Nah, I think everybody kind of interpreted it wrong," said Fields when asked about the rumor. "It's funny how serious social media takes everything." The signal-caller was traded in March after spending the last three years in Chicago. He finished his most recent season in 2023-24 by throwing for 2,562 yards, 16 touchdowns, and nine picks while running for 657 yards and four touchdowns off 124 attempts. Fields hopes to compete with Russell Wilson for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. However, unless he's starting come Week 1, he won't offer much to fantasy managers.

    May 28 · Source via Pittsburgh Steelers Justin Fields
  • Darius Slayton Spotted At OTAs

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    New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton was present for Tuesday's OTAs. The wideout is coming off the best year of his career, catching 50 of his 79 targets for 770 yards and four touchdowns. As a result, he wants a new deal. While there's still time for both sides to work things out, there's also room for the situation to go in the wrong direction, especially as the offseason inches closer to training camp. Nonetheless, the 27-year-old wasn't a reliable fantasy producer throughout the 2023-24 campaign despite his increase in production. That isn't expected to change, considering the Giants added Malik Nabers out of LSU. The team also still has Daniel Jones (knee) under center, who hasn't been the most consistent fantasy signal-caller over the years.

    May 28 · Source via New York Giants Darius Slayton
  • Nico Collins, Texans Agree On A Contract Extension

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    According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Texans and wide receiver Nico Collins agreed on a three-year, $72.75 million extension. The wideout, who will make $52 million in guaranteed cash on his new deal, had a breakout season in 2023-24, amassing 80 catches for 1,297 yards and eight touchdowns. While Houston added Stefon Diggs and Joe Mixon to the equation, two players who will command targets during the 2024-25 campaign, Collins remains a viable fantasy option in any format, considering the Texans could be one of the NFL's highest-scoring offenses.

    May 28 · Source via Houston Texans Nico Collins
  • S Tony Jefferson Attempting NFL Comeback

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    Almost exactly one year ago, Tony Jefferson brought his playing career to an end. The veteran safety retired to begin a tenure in the Ravens' scouting department. He has since reversed course. Jefferson is now attempting to un-retire and play in the NFL this season, per Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report. The 32-year-old has played nine seasons [...]

    May 28 · Pro Football Rumors Tony Jefferson
  • Steelers WR Quez Watkins Eyeing Starting Role?

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    The Steelers have made a number of changes at the receiver position this offseason, and the departures of Diontae Johnson (traded) and Allen Robinson (released) has left plenty of playing time available. Quez Watkins is among the newcomers aiming to secure a first-team role this summer. The 25-year-old spent his first four seasons with the Eagles, serving as a deep threat. [...]

    May 28 · Pro Football Rumors Pittsburgh Steelers Quez Watkins
  • Kenyon Green Healthy And Ready To Compete

    Houston Texans offensive guard Kenyon Green (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury in the team's preseason win over the New Orleans Saints last fall and spent the entire 2023 campaign on Injured Reserve. It was an injury that Green had been dealing with since May. The 23-year-old has since made great progress and was participating at organized team activities last week. "Kenyon has done a really great job of putting himself in a position to compete," head coach DeMeco Ryans said. "He did a great job of working throughout the offseason. We know he had the surgery last season, so he was battling back, rehabbing." Green started 14 of 15 games as a rookie in 2022 and allowed 47 pressures, 31 hurries, 12 QB hits and five sacks at left guard while playing through a knee injury. Now healthy, the former first-rounder will have a chance this summer to reclaim his starting role.

    May 28 · Source via Houston Texans
  • Patriots Sign Drake Maye To Rookie Deal

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    The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with quarterback Drake Maye on his rookie deal on Tuesday, according to a source. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft is now under contract and ready to compete with veteran signal-caller Jacoby Brissett in training camp and the preseason for the starting job under center in New England. The 21-year-old former Tar Heel has plenty of high-end, long-term upside in fantasy at the QB position, but he wasn't quite seen as NFL-ready as much as Caleb Williams and Jayden Daniels, who went one and two, respectively, in the draft to the Bears and Commanders. Maye had only 26 starts in college and could benefit from sitting and learning for a year, and he doesn't turn 22 until August. Especially given the lack of standout weapons on the Patriots offense, Maye is much more of a dynasty asset than a redraft one in 2024 fantasy circles.

    May 28 · Source via New England Patriots Drake Maye
  • Amare Barno Taking Part In Offseason Workouts

    Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Amare Barno (knee) finished last year on Injured Reserve and missed the final two games of the regular season, but he's progressing nicely and was limited in organized team activities last week, according to head coach Dave Canales. "The reports we're getting are great, so he's trending in the right direction. I don't have a specific date, but he is out there working and he's got his cleats on doing stuff, so I'm looking forward to getting him back up to speed so we can get him back in a practice at some point," Canales said. Barno saw an 11% increase in defensive snaps in 2023 and even made his first career start, finishing with 21 tackles and one tackle for loss in 15 games played. The 25-year-old is likely to serve as depth at the linebacker position again this year for Carolina.

    May 28 · Source via Carolina Panthers Amare Barno
  • Tee Higgins A No-Show At OTAs

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    Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers Tee Higgins and Ja'Marr Chase are both not present for voluntary organized team activities on Tuesday as they seek new deals this offseason. Higgins has yet to sign his franchise tender for this year, so until he does, he will not be allowed to participate in offseason workouts with the team. The 25-year-old requested a trade from the Bengals when the team put the franchise tag on him just before the start of free agency in March, but he remains in Cincinnati for now as he angles for a new long-term deal. It's an offseason storyline to follow for fantasy managers after Higgins had an extremely disappointing 2023 campaign. It didn't help that quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending wrist injury, but Higgins was also injured himself and finished with a career-low 42 catches for 656 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games.

    May 28 · Source via Cincinnati Bengals Tee Higgins
  • Ja'Marr Chase Not Present For Voluntary OTAs

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    Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase wasn't present for voluntary organized team activities on Tuesday. Chase is heading into the fourth year of his rookie deal after the team picked up his fifth-year option for the 2025 season back in April. The 24-year-old is slated to make $5 million in 2024 and remains one of the best all-around receivers in the game. His absence during voluntary offseason workouts shouldn't raise too many eyebrows, although it would be nice to see him working with quarterback Joe Burrow after Burrow suffered a season-ending wrist injury in 2023. Chase is unlikely to stage a long holdout into mandatory minicamp next month and training camp this summer, and he and the Bengals should eventually work out something long term that should make him one of, if not the highest, paid receiver in the NFL.

    May 28 · Source via Cincinnati Bengals Ja'Marr Chase
  • 'We want to put defenses in a bind': Texans plan to deploy WR trio of Diggs, Collins, Dell

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    Houston coach DeMeco Ryans is ready to open up the playbook with Stefon Diggs, Nico Collins and Tank Dell.

    May 28 · ESPN Houston Texans Nico Collins Tank Dell Stefon Diggs
  • 'I'm here to compete': Broncos' Jarrett Stidham ready to fight for starting QB job

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    The quarterback, entering his fifth season in the NFL, is excited to battle against Zach Wilson and Bo Nix this offseason.

    May 28 · ESPN Denver Broncos Jarrett Stidham Bo Nix Zach Wilson
  • Voluntary OTAs first step in Nick Bosa's quest to recapture Defensive Player of the Year form

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    Bosa hasn't participated much in the 49ers' voluntary OTAs in the past, but he is hoping it's the first step to regain his All-Pro status.

    May 28 · ESPN San Francisco 49ers Nick Bosa
  • Packers' Jordan Love Expected To Approach Top Of QB Market?

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    Jordan Love entered the 2023 season having been handed the reins of the Packers' offense despite his inexperience. With a bridge deal in hand, he delivered a strong second half of the campaign in particular, earning the team's trust as a long-term solution under center. The 2020 first-rounder posted a 96.1 passer rating in 2023, finishing [...]

    May 28 · Pro Football Rumors Green Bay Packers Jordan Love
  • LB Patrick Queen Rejected More Valuable Offers Before Signing With Steelers

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    The Steelers' most notable defensive addition this offseason was the signing of linebacker Patrick Queen. The former Raven made an intra-divisional move on a deal which includes no money guaranteed beyond its first year. Queen signed for $41MM on a three-year pact which includes $13.84MM fully guaranteed for 2024. After that, though, the deal includes roster [...]

    May 28 · Pro Football Rumors Pittsburgh Steelers Patrick Queen
  • LB Eric Kendricks Addresses Cowboys Deal

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    Eric Kendricks had a deal in place to sign with the 49ers this offseason, but he ended up backing out of that agreement to join the Cowboys. The veteran linebacker reunited with Mike Zimmer in the process, and that was a factor in his decision to sign with Dallas. "Yeah absolutely, I always appreciated Zim," Kendricks said (via [...]

    May 27 · Pro Football Rumors Dallas Cowboys Eric Kendricks
  • Latest On Joe Burrow's Bengals OTAs Participation

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    The Bengals' 2024 season was dealt a major blow when Joe Burrow was shut down due to a torn wrist ligament. His latest ailment threated to cause missed time in the offseason, but that has not turned out to be the case. Burrow resumed throwing in the early portion of Cincinnati's offseason program. Unlike most teams, the [...]

    May 27 · Pro Football Rumors Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow
  • Bills Impressed With Chase Claypool At OTAs

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    Buffalo Bills wide receiver Chase Claypool has seen his stock steadily decline since his 11-touchdown rookie season in 2020 with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last year with the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins, he caught just eight passes for 77 yards. He signed with the Bills on a one-year, $1.1 million deal this offseason, giving him another chance to revive his career. So far at Bills' OTAs, he's making a good impression. "Very impressed with Chase. Really just starting with his approach, here's a veteran receiver, former high pick, that has been on a journey, right, through the course of recently in his career," head coach Sean McDermott said. "I applaud Chase for coming here to see where things go. And so he's very focused, he's working extremely hard day in and day out." The former Notre Dame wideout has an uphill battle to re-enter the fantasy radar in 2024, but a wide receiver group consisting of Khalil Shakir, Curtis Samuel, and rookie Keon Coleman isn't the most daunting group to compete with. Still, he's likely to be a non-factor if he makes the team's 53-man roster, barring a surprise.

    May 27 · Source via Buffalo Bills Chase Claypool
  • Vita Vea Slims Down Ahead Of 2024 Season

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea has lost weight this offseason while training with long-time NFL defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. The 2018 first-round pick reportedly weighed a lot more than the 347 pounds he was listed out last season, and the team believes it hampered his play in 2023. Buccaneers defense line coach Kacy Rodgers said Vea "looks a lot different," and the team wants him to go from being "good" to "dominant." Over his first six NFL seasons, Vea has racked up 180 tackles (111 solo), 23.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, six pass deflections, and 23.5 run stuffs. He is a one-time Pro Bowler (2021).

    May 27 · Source via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vita Vea
  • Hendon Hooker Moves Into QB2 Role

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    Detroit Lions quarterback Hendon Hooker was rumored to be a first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft in the middle of his stellar final season at Tennessee in 2022. However, he suffered a late-season ACL tear and was ultimately a third-round selection by Detroit. Teddy Bridgewater was Jared Goff's primary backup last season, while Hooker spent most of his debut campaign on the Injured Reserve list. With Bridgewater announcing his retirement this offseason, the 26-year-old is set to move into the QB2 role in 2024. So far at OTAs, the reviews have been promising. "It was fun watching Hendon Hooker sling it in a team setting for the very first time," Colton Pouncy of The Athletic wrote. "Really nice touch on his deep ball. Good velocity. One of his best plays of the day was a deep ball down the right sideline to Daurice Fountain, which drew "oooohs" and "aaahhs" from the team." After Goff signed a four-year extension to remain with the organization, Hooker's narrow path to the starting job closed. However, he can be stashed in deep Superflex or two-QB leagues. If Goff had to miss any time due to injury, the 26-year-old sophomore would have intriguing upside thanks to his rushing ability and pass-catching group headlined by Amon-Ra St. Brown and Sam LaPorta.

    May 27 · Source via Detroit Lions Hendon Hooker
  • Billy Price Retires From NFL

    NFL veteran center and former Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick Billy Price has announced his retirement, according to NFL.com. The 29-year-old cites health risks stemming from a recently discovered blood clot as the reason he is hanging up his cleats after six NFL seasons. "On April 24th I had emergency pulmonary embolism surgery to remove a saddle clot that was entering both of my lungs. As a healthy 29-year-old, an unprovoked pulmonary embolism with no further medical explanation is terrifying. I am truly thankful to be alive today," Price wrote on Instagram. "Unfortunately, I will be retiring from the NFL as the risk of an internal bleed while on blood thinners creates tremendous risk." Price played in 69 games (45 starts) for the Bengals, New York Giants, and Arizona Cardinals after a stellar collegiate career at Ohio State.

    May 27 · Source via Cincinnati Bengals
  • Browns RB Nyheim Hines Aiming For Training Camp Return

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    Nyheim Hines missed the entire 2023 season due to an ACL tear suffered in a jet ski accident last summer. That hurt his free agent value, and the veteran running back/returner took a one-year deal with the Browns this offseason. That pact (worth up to $3.5MM) will allow Hines to demonstrate his special teams ability in [...]

    May 27 · Pro Football Rumors Cleveland Browns Nyheim Hines
  • Brandon McManus Accused Of Sexual Assault

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    Two women are suing kicker Brandon McManus and the Jacksonville Jaguars, alleging that McManus sexually assaulted them during the team's overseas flight to London last year, according to court documents. The lawsuit was filed on Friday and accuses McManus of rubbing himself against them and grinding against them. The two women are also accusing the Jaguars of failing to supervise McManus and failing to create a safe environment for staff serving the team. They are seeking over $1 million and are demanding a jury trial. The 32-year-old veteran signed a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the Washington Commanders this offseason, but he could now be facing a suspension to begin the 2024 season. In 17 games for the Jaguars in 2023, McManus made 81.1% of his 37 field-goal attempts and was successful on all 35 of his extra-point tries.

    May 27 · Source via Washington Commanders Brandon McManus
  • Jonathan Allen Healthy This Offseason

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    Washington Commanders defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (knee) has been participating in the team's organized team activities this spring and has been extremely happy with the team's new regime change in the front office and on the sidelines. Allen said months ago that he didn't want to be part of another rebuild, but the long-time defensive captain is thrilled with how things are unfolding under new general manager Adam Peters and head coach Dan Quinn. Following Pro Bowl nods in 2021 and 2022, Allen had 53 tackles (30 solo), 5.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss and 19 QB hits in 16 starts. The 29-year-old former 17th overall pick in 2017 out of Alabama has no more guaranteed money left on his deal, which has two years remaining. It's unclear how Allen's role on defense might change in 2024 under Quinn.

    May 27 · Source via Washington Commanders Jonathan Allen
  • Shane Zylstra Back From His Injury

    Detroit Lions tight end Shane Zylstra (knee), who was out with a knee injury last year, was back at practice at organized team activities last week and looked great. Zylstra picked up right where he left off and was catching everything thrown his way. He showed good chemistry with quarterback Hendon Hooker and the second-team offense. The 27-year-old tight end spent all of the 2023 campaign on Injured Reserve due to a knee injury that he suffered in training camp last summer. Now that he's back and looking good, Zylstra will give the team extra depth at the tight end position behind Sam LaPorta, Brock Wright and James Mitchell. The former undrafted free agent isn't anywhere close to the fantasy radar and has only 14 receptions for 94 yards and four touchdowns since entering the league in 2021.

    May 27 · Source via Detroit Lions Shane Zylstra
  • Lions Seem To Want Jack Campbell As Their Middle Linebacker

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    Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn said second-year linebacker Jack Campbell has taken control of the offseason the way he should. Glenn called Campbell a "grown man" with the way he's approaching things as a true Mike linebacker. After the team tinkered with his positional versatility in 2023, the Lions seem to want him to settle in as their middle linebacker moving forward. Campbell was drafted with the 18th overall pick last year out of Iowa and finished his first year in the NFL with 95 tackles (52 solo), two sacks and five tackles for loss in 17 regular-season games (12 starts). The 23-year-old was in the starting lineup for 11 of the team's final 12 games and should continue to see a bigger role for Detroit's D heading into his second season.

    May 27 · Source via Detroit Lions Jack Campbell
  • Brian Branch Likely Out Until Training Camp

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    It sounds as though Detroit Lions defensive back Brian Branch (leg) will be out until training camp, at the very least. Head coach Dan Campbell said that Branch had a clean-up surgery for an injury they thought would heal on its own, but the Lions decided they'd rather just get it done and let Branch heal before the season. He was spotted riding a scooter around the facility during organized team activities last week. The 22-year-old cornerback is progressing well despite the fact that he wasn't available to take part in OTAs this spring. In his rookie campaign in 2023 for the Lions, Branch looked pretty good, recording 74 tackles (50 solo), one sack, three interceptions, 13 passes defended and a forced fumble that resulted in a touchdown.

    May 27 · Source via Detroit Lions Brian Branch
  • Matthew Judon Expected To Be Ready For Mandatory Minicamp

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    New England Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon (biceps) is back to full health this offseason and is expected to take part in the team's mandatory minicamp in June after he tore his biceps early last year before having season-ending surgery. Barring a setback in minicamp and in training camp and the preseason, the 31-year-old veteran appears to be on track to be ready for the start of the 2024 season. And if he's fully healthy all year, Judon should be on the IDP fantasy radar after he racked up a career-high 15.5 sacks to go along with 60 tackles (36 solo) in 17 games (15 starts) in 2022. Judon was a Pro Bowler in four straight seasons from 2019-22 and had a combined 28 sacks, 74 solo tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 53 QB hits, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 2021 and 2022.

    May 27 · Source via New England Patriots Matt Judon
  • Anthony Richardson and Jonathan Taylor together is an exciting notion in Indianapolis

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    Emerging offensive stars and a healthy Taylor have Colts coach Shane Steichen thinking big.

    May 27 · ESPN Indianapolis Colts Anthony Richardson Jonathan Taylor
  • Trade Candidate: Darius Slayton

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    The Giants offense has the potential to look extremely different in 2024 than they did in 2023. The starkest change obviously came with star running back Saquon Barkley heading to division-rival Philadelphia. The departures also included those of backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor and backup running back Matt Breida, and there's a chance that the team [...]

    May 27 · Pro Football Rumors New York Giants Darius Slayton
  • Browns Considering Adding Hunter Renfrow?

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    According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, the Browns could consider signing free-agent wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. However, Cabot added that Cleveland might only sign the 28-year-old if Deshaun Watson, his former collegiate teammate, requests it. Renfrow played his entire career with the Raiders before the team released him in March in a cost-cutting move. His best season was in 2021 when he had 103 catches for 1,038 yards and nine touchdowns. But his production declined significantly over the last few seasons. With that said, the Browns already have Amari Cooper and Jerry Jeudy on the roster, meaning there may not be enough targets for others. Yet, Renfrow has a rapport with Watson, so he could be capable of playing better than he did at the end of his tenure in Vegas.

    May 26 · Source via Cleveland Browns Hunter Renfrow
  • Contract Talks Between Rams, Matthew Stafford Ongoing

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    During last month's draft, it was learned Matthew Stafford is seeking a new Rams deal. Two years remain on his existing contract beyond 2024, but his salaries for that span are not guaranteed. Stafford enjoyed a healthy campaign last year, rebounding from the 2022 season in which he was limited to nine games. He helped the Rams [...]

    May 26 · Pro Football Rumors Los Angeles Rams Matthew Stafford
  • Latest On Saints DEs Cameron Jordan, Chase Young

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    Saints stalwart Cameron Jordan underwent surgery earlier this year to address the significant ankle injury he sustained in November. While the eight-time Pro Bowler was able to play through the injury, he was clearly limited by it down the stretch of the 2023 season, and he ultimately recorded just two sacks (his lowest total since [...]

    May 26 · Pro Football Rumors New Orleans Saints Cameron Jordan Chase Young
  • Latest On Falcons LB Troy Andersen

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    After seeing action in all 17 games (five starts) as a rookie in 2022, Falcons linebacker Troy Andersen opened the 2023 season as a full-time starter alongside Kaden Elliss in Atlanta's defense. Unfortunately, the shoulder and pectoral injuries he sustained in Week 3 sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign, and his replacement -- [...]

    May 26 · Pro Football Rumors Atlanta Falcons Troy Andersen Kaden Elliss
  • Ravens Officially Convert Malik Cunningham To WR

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    When the Ravens signed 2023 UDFA Malik Cunningham off the Patriots' practice squad in December, it was widely assumed they were doing so with an eye towards installing Cunningham as quarterback Lamar Jackson's backup for the upcoming season (and perhaps beyond). However, as Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official website notes, Cunningham is now listed [...]

    May 26 · Pro Football Rumors Baltimore Ravens Malik Cunningham
  • Start of something new? Patriots' Drake Maye bonding with his two rookie receivers

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    Maye's relationship with Ja'Lynn Polk and Javon Baker was one key takeaway during organized team activities.

    May 26 · ESPN New England Patriots Drake Maye Javon Baker Ja'Lynn Polk
  • Why Derek Carr believes Saints are 'so far ahead' of 2023 struggles

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    The quarterback, entering Year 2 in New Orleans, thinks the team proved what it was capable of too late into last season.

    May 26 · ESPN New Orleans Saints Derek Carr
  • Charlie Kolar Adds Bulk In Offseason

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    Baltimore Ravens tight end Charlie Kolar added some bulk to his frame this offseason, and head coach John Harbaugh said this offseason that he'd like to see Kolar continue to become a more developed blocker. Kolar looks ready to take on that role, which is extremely important for an offense that relies so much on punishing opposing defenses on the ground. The 25-year-old tight end showed progress in his second year in the NFL in 2023, but that still amounted to only seven receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown on nine targets, even with top tight end Mark Andrews missing time with a leg injury. Behind both Andrews and Isiah Likely and because he's primarily a blocking-first tight end, Kolar should remain well off the fantasy radar in 2024.

    May 26 · Source via Baltimore Ravens Charlie Kolar
  • Derrick Henry Will Be Involved In Passing Attack

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    Baltimore Ravens running back Derrick Henry will be involved in the team's passing game in his first year with the team in 2024. Henry caught a couple passes out of the backfield from quarterback Lamar Jackson during organized team activities this week, and he did more pass-catching in the last couple years with the Tennessee Titans, catching 33 passes for 398 yards in 2022 and 28 passes for 214 yards last year. He had never reached 20 receptions in a season before that in his career. Despite all the tread on Henry's tires at this point in his career, it sounds as though the Ravens aren't putting a cap on his workload in 2024 as they try to get over the hump to reach the Super Bowl. Henry will start to become more of an injury risk at the 30-year-old mark, but you can't ignore the fact he's led the league in rushing in four of the last five seasons. As long as his workload remains hefty, Henry will be an RB1 in fantasy.

    May 26 · Source via Baltimore Ravens Derrick Henry
  • Anthony Bradford Tweaks His Ankle At OTAs

    Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike MacDonald said that offensive guard Anthony Bradford (ankle) tweaked his ankle at organized team activities on Tuesday but that he shouldn't be out for long. Bradford should be ready to go at least for the start of training camp at the end of July and should also be fine for the start of his second season in the NFL. After being drafted by Seattle in the fourth round (108th overall) last year out of LSU, Bradford ended up playing in 14 games (10 starts) in his first year in the league for the Seahawks. Bradford will be competing for a starting guard spot in training camp this year with Nick Harris and rookie third-rounder Christian Haynes.

    May 26 · Source via Seattle Seahawks Anthony Bradford Christian Haynes
  • Cory Trice Says He'll Be Ready For Training Camp

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    Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cory Trice (knee) said this week's organized team activities felt like the "first day of school" after he missed all of the 2023 season while rehabbing a torn ACL in his knee. Trice is still wearing a brace on his surgically repaired knee, but he said he'll be fully cleared for training camp this summer. The 23-year-old wasn't able to get on the field at all in his first year in the NFL after the Steelers took him in the seventh round out of Purdue in 2023. During training camp and the preseason this summer, Trice will be mostly likely competing for a backup role behind Donte Jackson and rookie Ryan Watts, and he won't be guaranteed a roster spot heading into Week 1 this fall.

    May 26 · Source via Pittsburgh Steelers Cory Trice Donte Jackson Ryan Watts
  • Olu Fashanu A Full Participant At OTAs

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    New York Jets rookie offensive tackle Olu Fashanu (quadriceps) was a full participant at organized team activities earlier this week. Fashanu has been recovering from a strained quadriceps muscle that he suffered while running the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine in February but appears to be fine now and should be ready for training camp, the preseason and the start of his rookie season in 2024. The Jets selected the 21-year-old with the 11th overall pick in last month's NFL draft, so Fashanu will most likely become a starter for the Jets sooner than later in 2024. The move to bolster the team's offensive line early in the draft made sense, considering the Jets need to do a better job of protecting veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers so that he can stay healthy for a full season.

    May 26 · Source via New York Jets Aaron Rodgers
  • Latest On Potential Brandon Aiyuk Extension

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    Brandon Aiyuk is looking to approach the top of the WR market on his next deal. The 49ers wide receiver is eyeing Amon-Ra St. Brown's recent extension with the Lions, and Aiyuk is hoping to sign a new deal "at that number or higher," per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler (via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com). [RELATED: [...]

    May 26 · Pro Football Rumors San Francisco 49ers Brandon Aiyuk
  • Veteran C Price retires after 'terrifying' blood clot

    2018 first-round draft pick Billy Price announced his retirement from the NFL due to the potential of complications from a blood clot.

    May 26 · ESPN Billy Price
  • Trade Candidate: Treylon Burks

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    Almost a year ago to this day, the Titans claimed they were "satisfied" with their group of wide receivers heading into the 2023 season. Two months later, the team decided to augment the group with the acquisition of veteran free agent DeAndre Hopkins. Still, the team finished 29th in the NFL in passing yards last [...]

    May 26 · Pro Football Rumors Tennessee Titans Treylon Burks DeAndre Hopkins
  • Kirk Cousins Addresses Achilles Rehab

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    Atlanta will receive plenty of attention this summer as both Kirk Cousins and first-round rookie Michael Penix Jr. take part in their first training camp with the team. The latter is slated for backup duties in 2024, but the former faces questions about his rehab from the Achilles tear which ended his Vikings tenure. Cousins was enjoying a productive [...]

    May 26 · Pro Football Rumors Atlanta Falcons Kirk Cousins Michael Penix
  • Chiefs' Butker: No regrets for expressing beliefs

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    Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker said he received both support and "a shocking level of hate" in the wake of his recent controversial commencement speech and said he doesn't regret expressing his beliefs.

    May 26 · ESPN Kansas City Chiefs Harrison Butker
  • Latest On Seahawks RT Abraham Lucas

    The Seahawks found starters at both tackle spots during the 2022 draft. No. 9 pick Charles Cross is in place as the team's blindside blocker of the present and future, while third-rounder Abraham Lucas has impressed when on the field at right tackle. [RELATED: Seahawks To Conduct C, RG Competitions] The latter was limited to only six games last [...]

    May 26 · Pro Football Rumors Seattle Seahawks Abraham Lucas
  • Sean McDermott: Bills DC Bobby Babich To Receive Look As Play Caller

    Leslie Frazier served as the Bills' defensive coordinator from 2017-22, but he was away from the team last season and he has not returned for the coming campaign. Buffalo has a replacement in place (Bobby Babich), but it remains to be seen if he will call plays. Babich - promoted from the role of linebackers coach [...]

    May 26 · Pro Football Rumors Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills
  • Lions Looking Into Options At Kicker

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    Since the departure of Matt Prater following the 2020 NFL season, the Lions have struggled to find constancy at the placekicking position. Twice, Michael Badgley has come to their rescue with admirable results, and though he's set to return in 2024, that hasn't stopped Detroit from examining all its options. Badgley first helped out the [...]

    May 25 · Pro Football Rumors Detroit Lions Arizona Cardinals Michael Badgley Matt Prater
  • No "Special Pitch Counter" For Joe Burrow

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    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (wrist) hasn't faced any limits regarding his activity level during voluntary OTAs. "We designed the whole thing to stay within the constraints of where the medical people think he should be and where he wants to be right now," said offensive coordinator Dan Pitcher. "Nobody is sitting there with a special pitch counter. But we've been smart how we put it together." It's undoubtedly a positive update on the signal-caller, who suffered a season-ending torn ligament in his right wrist during a meeting with the Ravens in mid-November, and it appears he's well on his way to being ready for Week 1. While Burrow has all the tools needed to be a top fantasy quarterback, his health will be on the mind of all fantasy managers. With that said, the Bengals have a favorable schedule in 2024-25, meaning the 27-year-old could thrive as long as he stays on the field.

    May 25 · Source via Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow
  • Joe Mixon, Dameon Pierce Viewed As A "One-Two Punch"

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    According to Houston Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans, running back Dameon Pierce will have a role this season. While Joe Mixon is believed to be the No. 1 option on the depth chart, it appears Pierce could have a bigger function than anticipated. "I see Dameon having a very clear headspace as we are out working, and I think that will allow him to have a really productive year this year, " said Ryans during an interview with the Houston Chronicle. "He has everything it takes to be a really good running back for us, and I think him and Joe as a one-two punch would be very beneficial for us all." Of course, it remains to be seen how things will work out for the revamped Texans' offense. However, it seems Mixon and Pierce could collectively remain productive enough to exceed expectations during the 2024-25 campaign, although it will be tough to tell which player will be the most productive from week to week.

    May 25 · Source via Houston Texans Joe Mixon Dameon Pierce
  • Brandon Aiyuk Reportedly Looking To Double Annual Salary

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    According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk is reportedly looking for a new contract similar to what Amon-Ra St. Brown got from the Lions. The wideout is slotted to make just over $14 million on his fifth-year option. However, if Aiyuk gets his wish, he could double that amount. Of course, St. Brown has been more productive, so it will be tough to justify making Aiyuk one of the highest-paid receivers in the National Football League. But the 26-year-old is coming off the best season of his career, amassing 1,342 yards and seven touchdowns off 75 catches, meaning someone would be more than happy to pay him if the 49ers decide to move on from this situation.

    May 25 · Source via San Francisco 49ers Brandon Aiyuk
  • Latest On Steelers' Offensive Line

    The Steelers offensive line in 2023 was pretty decent, allowing the ninth-least sacks in the NFL and ranking as the 13th-best rushing offense. Still, Pittsburgh opted to make a number of moves towards an upgrade on their offensive front for the 2024 season. In fact, the Steelers utilized their first two draft picks (and three [...]

    May 25 · Pro Football Rumors Pittsburgh Steelers
  • AJ Dillon Discusses Decision To Re-Sign With Packers

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    While the Packers underwent some major changes atop their RB depth chart, AJ Dillon will be sticking around Green Bay after re-signing with the organization this offseason. While the running back acknowledged that he probably could have earned more money on a new squad, he believes the extra cash wasn't enough to uproot his family. [...]

    May 25 · Pro Football Rumors Green Bay Packers AJ Dillon
  • OL David Bakhtiari Receives Positive Health Update

    As free agent David Bakhtiari continues to seek his next job, the offensive lineman received some positive news this week regarding his health. After undergoing knee surgery last October, Bakhtiari had a positive follow-up exam with expert Dr. Brian Cole, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Cole, the chairman of Orthopedics at Rush University Medical Center [...]

    May 25 · Pro Football Rumors David Bakhtiari
  • With Tyler Boyd gone and Tee Higgins' future uncertain, young Bengals WRs eye opportunity

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    Jermaine Burton, Trenton Irwin and Charlie Jones might get a look at starting in the slot.

    May 25 · ESPN Cincinnati Bengals Jermaine Burton Tee Higgins Trenton Irwin Charlie Jones
  • Dyami Brown's Stock Is Down

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    Washington Commanders wide receiver Dyami Brown's stock is down this offseason after the team added Olamide Zaccheaus in free agency and drafted Luke McCaffrey in the third round. Brown, a third-round pick in 2021, has just 29 receptions in his three NFL seasons, and two of his three career touchdowns came in one game. He offers a different player profile than both Zaccheaus and McCaffrey, but Washington's previous staff made Brown available at last year's trade deadline, according to league sources. Another challenge for Brown will be the fact that the Commanders love to use 12 personnel, which means two tight ends on the field at the expense of a receiver. The presence of pass-catching running back Austin Ekeler also likely cuts down the available snaps for Brown in 2024.

    May 25 · Source via Washington Commanders Dyami Brown
  • Chris Rodriguez Jr. Likely To Serve As No. 3 RB

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    Washington Commanders running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. is likely headed for the No. 3 role in the backfield behind Brian Robinson Jr. and Austin Ekeler after the team passed on selecting another RB in this year's NFL draft. Rodriguez is the clear early-down backup to Robinson, whether that means five to 10 touches from scrimmage per game or a lower figure. However, he could have a bigger role on special teams if the Commanders view him as part of what looks like a trend of teams seeking bigger-bodied kick returners given the new league rules on kickoffs. The 23-year-old doesn't have a path to any kind of real fantasy value in 2024 unless one of Robinson or Ekeler go down with an injury. In his rookie campaign in 2023, Rodriguez had 51 carries for 247 yards and two touchdowns while catching two passes for 12 yards in 13 regular-season games.

    May 25 · Source via Washington Commanders Chris Rodriguez
  • Mazi Smith Still Working His Way Back From Shoulder Surgery

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    Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Mazi Smith (shoulder) is still working his way back from a shoulder problem that bothered him during his rookie season which forced him to have surgery at the beginning of the offseason. "He's still in the rehab group," McCarthy said. "Working primarily with our rehab guys. He's still in our meetings and everything else." The 22-year-old former 26th overall pick last year out of Michigan played in all 17 regular-season games (three starts) in his first NFL season in 2023 and finished with just 13 tackles (nine solo), one sack, three tackles for loss and three QB hits. The hope is that Smith is much more effective in his sophomore campaign after getting his shoulder fixed. The Cowboys hope that he'll be a force on the interior of their defensive line in 2024.

    May 25 · Source via Dallas Cowboys Mazi Smith
  • Dustin Hopkins Has Recovered From Hamstring Injury

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    Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said that kicker Dustin Hopkins (hamstring) has recovered from the torn hamstring that he suffered on Christmas Eve last year against the Houston Texans that sidelined him for the rest of the season and the playoff loss. Despite being recovered from the injury, Hopkins was a notable absence during organized team activities this week. The Browns also have kickers Cade York and Lucas Havrisik on the current roster, but barring injury, the 33-year-old Hopkins figures to be the team's starting kicker in Week 1 of the 2024 regular season. Despite missing the final two games of the regular season last year, Hopkins finished as the No. 12 fantasy kicker by making 33 of his 36 field goal-attempts and 24 of his 26 extra-point tries. He'll be a fringe fantasy kicker in drafts this fall.

    May 25 · Source via Cleveland Browns Dustin Hopkins
  • Jalen Tolbert In Position For WR3 Role In Dallas

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    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb's absence at voluntary organized team activities this offseason has opened up opportunities for the team's young receivers such as Jalen Tolbert, a third-round pick in 2022. Tolbert has the chance to take the No. 3 role behind Lamb and Brandin Cooks this year after the Cowboys released Michael Gallup in the offseason and didn't address the position with a known commodity in free agency or early in the draft. The 25-year-old had only 22 catches for 268 yards and two touchdowns last year, but he showed improvement from his rookie season in which he caught just two passes for 12 yards and was inactive for nine games. Tolbert is heading into the 2024 season with more confidence and more trust from quarterback Dak Prescott, which could make him a sleeper to target late in deeper fantasy leagues.

    May 25 · Source via Dallas Cowboys Jalen Tolbert
  • Aaron Rodgers On Jets OC Nathaniel Hackett

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    Nathaniel Hackett is in place to reprise his role as offensive coordinator of the Jets in 2024. The maligned play-caller has been the subject of considerable speculation this offseason, though, with New York reportedly seeking out a de facto replacement. Hackett had success alongside Aaron Rodgers as a non-play-calling offensive coordinator in Green Bay. He took his first [...]

    May 25 · Pro Football Rumors New York Jets Aaron Rodgers
  • Vikings Unlikely To Make WR Addition?

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    The Vikings lost quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason, but much of their pass-catching corps remains intact. Wideouts Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison are on the books, as is tight end T.J. Hockenson. [RELATED: Justin Jefferson Seeking NFL's Largest Non-QB Deal?] Among Minnesota's free agent losses was receiver K.J. Osborn, though. He proved to be a consistent secondary option in the team's passing game [...]

    May 24 · Pro Football Rumors Minnesota Vikings Jordan Addison T.J. Hockenson Justin Jefferson
  • Packers WR Christian Watson Addresses Hamstring Rehab

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    During his first two seasons in the NFL, Christian Watson has missed considerable time. A goal for he and the Packers this offseason was to find a long-term solution to his hamstring issues, and progress on that front has been made. The No. 34 pick in the 2022 draft, Watson joined Green Bay with considerable expectations. His [...]

    May 24 · Pro Football Rumors Green Bay Packers Christian Watson
  • Ravens Interested In Safety Addition

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    The Ravens have Marcus Williams and Kyle Hamilton in place as projected safety starters for 2024. The team lost Geno Stone in free agency this offseason, however, and finding a replacement late in free agency appears to be a priority. Baltimore used three-safety looks regularly in 2023, and doing so allowed Hamilton to wear a number of hats for the team's [...]

    May 24 · Pro Football Rumors Baltimore Ravens Kyle Hamilton Marcus Williams
  • Dee Eskridge Getting A Shot As Kick Returner

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    Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Dee Eskridge will likely get one more season to prove himself in the NFL after being a second-round pick in 2021, and new head coach Mike MacDonald's coaching staff has decided to give him a shot as a kick returner in 2024. In addition to Eskridge, free-agent pickup Laviska Shenault Jr. is also getting reps as a returner in organized team activities. The 27-year-old Eskridge finished off the 2023 campaign on Injured Reserve with a rib injury, but he appears to be fully healthy now and ready to go for the 2024 regular season. He didn't have a single catch while playing in just four games in 2023 and has only 17 receptions on 34 targets for 122 yards and one touchdown in his three years in the NFL. Eskridge remains well off the fantasy radar.

    May 24 · Source via Seattle Seahawks Dee Eskridge
  • Latest On Saints, Marshon Lattimore

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    Dennis Allen continues to respond in the affirmative when asked if Marshon Lattimore will be part of the 2024 Saints. The third-year New Orleans HC kept this trend going from OTAs this week. Trade rumors have persisted, after teams checked in on Lattimore earlier this offeason. This led to Allen discussing the rumors with the [...]

    May 24 · Pro Football Rumors New Orleans Saints Marshon Lattimore
  • Javon Baker Inks Rookie Deal With Patriots

    The New England Patriots signed fourth-round rookie wide receiver Javon Baker to his rookie contract on Friday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. Baker, the 110th overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft was rumored to potentially come off the board on Day 2, but New England, a team that needed pass-catching help, stopped his fall. Baker earned first-team All-Big-12 honors in his final season at UCF after hauling in 52 passes for 1,139 yards and seven touchdowns. The Patriots have a wide-open wide receiver depth chart consisting of Kendrick Bourne, K.J. Osborn, Demario Douglas, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Tyquan Thornton, and second-round rookie Ja'Lynn Polk. It's difficult to predict who will start in three-wide sets in 2024, but the passing offense will likely offer limited fantasy upside under rookie quarterback Drake Maye when he takes over for Jacoby Brissett.

    May 24 · Source via New England Patriots Javon Baker
  • Calvin Austin III, Others Competing For WR2 Role

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    The Athletic's Mark Kaboly writes that the No. 2 wide receiver spot for the Pittsburgh Steelers is currently wide open. Quez Watkins, Calvin Austin III, Marquez Callaway and Van Jefferson could all be competing for the job this summer at training camp if the team doesn't add a legitimate No. 2 receiver via trade before then. Austin could be the most consistent of the group, but rookie Roman Wilson also can't be counted out for now because of his quickness. George Pickens is the team's unquestioned top wideout this year after the Steelers traded Diontae Johnson to the Carolina Panthers this offseason. Because of the lack of clarity beyond Pickens right now, tight end Pat Freiermuth, who has already developed notable chemistry with new quarterback Russell Wilson, could be one to watch for a breakout season.

    May 24 · Source via Pittsburgh Steelers Calvin Austin
  • Pat Freiermuth Developing Chemistry With New QB

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    Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth has been one of new quarterback Russell Wilson's favorite targets during organized team activities this week. The Athletic's Mark Kaboly writes that it's hard not to notice the connection the two have already built. The two had a throwing session in San Diego earlier in the spring, which might have helped. Wilson seems to have the most trust in Freiermuth right now, and the big tight end is fully healthy and is entering a contract year in 2024. Having a more accurate QB and an offensive coordinator in Arthur Smith who will highlight the tight end position could be the factors that lead to the 25-year-old having a breakout year. A hamstring injury cost Freiermuth five games in 2023, and he caught just 32 passes for a career-low 308 yards and two touchdowns in 12 regular-season games (nine starts) in 2023. With better health, he's a value pick at TE to consider in fantasy this fall.

    May 24 · Source via Pittsburgh Steelers Pat Freiermuth
  • Russell Wilson Looking Good At OTAs

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    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Russell Wilson has looked on point during organized team activities this week with his new team, and the 35-year-old still appears to have plenty of arm strength. Wilson's accuracy was spot on this week, whether in warmups, drills or competition periods, including a 70-yard pass in stride to receiver Quez Watkins on Thursday. His ability to sell play-action fakes was also noticeably better than the other QBs this week. Wilson is in pole position to open the 2024 season as Pittsburgh's starter under center for Week 1, but Justin Fields, a former first-rounder, is competing to make starts for the Steelers at some point in 2024 as well in what is a contract year for him. Fields' presence and dual-threat abilities will be a threat to Wilson's value as a QB2 in fantasy in his first year in the Steel City.

    May 24 · Source via Pittsburgh Steelers Russell Wilson
  • Jarrett Stidham Says He's More Comfortable In The Offense

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    As he competes with both rookie first-round quarterback Bo Nix and former first-rounder Zach Wilson in offseason workouts, Denver Broncos QB Jarrett Stidham said he's much more comfortable running the offense in his second year with the team. Stidham was with head coach Sean Payton a year ago and will have an advantage over both Nix and Wilson in that area. His four career starts in the NFL have come in the last two seasons with the Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders. "I'm not out there thinking as much, I'm just out there playing free and playing more confident, which is great. It's been good," Stidham said. It remains to be seen who will emerge as the team's Week 1 starter after training camp and the preseason, but if it's Stidham, he'll probably be no more than a low-end QB2 in fantasy. Even if Stidham wins the job to begin the year, it would be a surprise if Nix doesn't make starts at some point in 2024.

    May 24 · Source via Denver Broncos Jarrett Stidham
  • Caleb Williams Has Struggled At OTAs

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    Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Caleb Williams, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft out of USC, has looked like a rookie in the early going at organized team activities this week. The Bears are hoping that their strong defense will prepare the rookie QB and help him improve by the time he's facing other teams in games that matter. The Bears are installing a new offense under coordinator Shane Waldron and have a rookie signal-caller learning the speed and intricacies at the next level, so it's not exactly a surprise that he's struggling early on. Williams also hasn't had first-rounder Rome Odunze or Keenan Allen to throw to. Odunze is sitting out with a minor injury. Fantasy managers shouldn't read too much into Williams' early struggles against a strong defense in voluntary offseason workouts, but it's certainly worth noting.

    May 24 · Source via Chicago Bears Caleb Williams
  • Christian Watson Hoping To Move Past Hamstring Issues

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    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) said this week that he's made significant progress toward ending his hamstring issues for good. Tests this offseason showed a muscle imbalance in his legs, which likely contributed to his problems -- he has missed 11 games in his first two seasons, including eight in 2023, due to a pulled right hamstring. Packers coaches have raved about the progress Watson has made so far this year, and the 25-year-old former second-rounder in 2022 out of North Dakota State looked explosive as a full participant in organized team activities on Tuesday. Watson had a 20% difference in muscle mass between his right and left legs. Now, it's between 8% and 10%. It's interesting news, but most fantasy managers may still be hesitant to roster a player with the injury history he has early in his career. But when healthy, Watson has the most upside of any of Green Bay's current wideouts.

    May 24 · Source via Green Bay Packers Christian Watson
  • Jonathan Taylor Getting Valuable Reps

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    Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor has been getting valuable repetitions during organized team activities this week with second-year quarterback Anthony Richardson. Last year at this time, Taylor and Richardson didn't practice together in the offseason because Taylor was hurt and in a contract dispute. When he returned in Week 5, Taylor played with Richardson for two snaps before Richardson suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. Taylor missed seven games in 2023 due to ankle and thumb injuries but ended the year with season-highs in carries (30) and rushing yards (188), including a 48-yard touchdown run. The 25-year-old should be a lock for 1,000 rushing yards in 2024 if he's healthy, and his ceiling will be pretty high if Richardson remains healthy all years as well, although the dynamic QB could vulture plenty of TDs at the goal line.

    May 24 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Jonathan Taylor
  • Anthony Richardson Won't Change His Playing Style

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    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson (shoulder), who suffered a severe AC joint sprain in his right shoulder in Week 5 of last year that required season-ending surgery in October, is not limited at all during organized team activities and is throwing 60-yard bombs. The 22-year-old also dismissed any notion that he needs to change his dual-threat playing style to remain available. He described his injury last year as unlucky rather than unwise. Through the first two days of OTAs, head coach Shane Steichen said Richardson has "been pretty smooth." Richardson said some days his surgically repaired shoulder feels "a little achy," but he's not worried about the occasional soreness. He said he's also more comfortable in the offense in his second year in the NFL. Richardson is a bit of an injury risk, but he has clear high-end QB1 appeal, which will make him attractive in fantasy drafts.

    May 24 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Anthony Richardson
  • Vikings roster review: When will rookies J.J McCarthy, Khyree Jackson start?

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    With the Vikings' roster largely set, here are five observations at key positions, including quarterback and cornerback.

    May 24 · ESPN Minnesota Vikings J.J. McCarthy Khyree Jackson
  • Latest On Cowboys, Dak Prescott

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    Wideout CeeDee Lamb is absent from the Cowboys' OTAs as he seeks a new contract. Quarterback Dak Prescott is likewise a pending free agent, but he is in attendance amidst questions regarding his future in Dallas. The 2023 MVP-runner up has no-trade and no-tag clauses, giving him considerable leverage in talks with the Cowboys. Prescott is [...]

    May 24 · Pro Football Rumors Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott CeeDee Lamb
  • Steelers Sign La'Mical Perine

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free agent running back La'Mical Perine to a one-year deal, they announced on Thursday. Perine had been cut loose by the Kansas City Chiefs roughly one week earlier. A fourth-round pick in 2020, Perine has never been a major contributor out of the backfield. His best season came as a rookie with the New York Jets when he totaled 295 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns. He has just 33 touches over seven games since then, though he did log one start with the Chiefs in 2023 (21 rushes, 76 rushing yards, three receptions, 33 receiving yards). Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren have the top two running back spots occupied in Pittsburgh, so Perine is presumably competing for the third-string role with versatile veteran Cordarrelle Patterson, former Harvard standout Aaron Shampklin, and undrafted rookie Daijun Edwards. He remains off the fantasy radar.

    May 24 · Source via Pittsburgh Steelers Lamical Perine
  • Rams Seeking Three-Down Role From Blake Corum

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    The Los Angeles Rams have asked running back Blake Corum to evolve into a three-down back, according to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic. Specifically, he's working to improve his route running, pass-catching, and pass-protection skills. This is an interesting note out of Los Angeles for a couple of reasons. First, Corum was viewed as a goal-line and change-of-pace option when drafted by the Rams just a few weeks ago. Expanding his role suggests Los Angeles has high expectations and optimism for the running back, and it could also lead to more snaps and touches (which equates to extra fantasy points). Second, the Rams' request for Corum to take on a larger role could have some connection to Kyren Williams (foot) being sidelined at OTAs. If the Rams think Williams could be delayed this offseason, it only makes sense that they look to get Corum involved as their No. 1 running back for the time being. Similarly, expanding Corum's skill set prepares him for the opportunity to jump into the starting role during the regular season should Williams suffer a different injury and miss time. The landing spot of the Rams wasn't immediately attractive for fantasy managers looking at drafting Corum. However, the latest signs out of Los Angeles suggest that the Michigan product could get his fair share of work right away in 2024. His fantasy value should climb as September draws nearer.

    May 24 · Source via Los Angeles Rams Blake Corum
  • Malik Cunningham Shifts To Wide Receiver

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    Baltimore Ravens quarterback Malik Cunningham has officially transitioned to wide receiver, according to his listing on the team's website. The Louisville product even hauled in some passes during Thursday's OTAs. This move has been roughly a year in the making for Cunningham, who previously drew attention thanks to his athleticism and flashy playing style last preseason with the New England Patriots. The Patriots were reportedly interested in using him at both quarterback and wide receiver, but they ultimately made him active for just one game and deployed him under center. The Ravens poached him from the Patriots' practice squad in December, but he only appeared in one game with Baltimore, too. In theory, though, this official switch to wide receiver could allow Cunningham to carve out more opportunities, even if it's in a depth role. With most teams carrying around a half-dozen receivers on their 53-man rosters, there's a chance that Cunningham could be active in Week 1. Of course, that's dependent on him producing throughout training camp and the preseason. Even if he does make the team, he's unlikely to generate any fantasy appeal.

    May 24 · Source via Baltimore Ravens Malik Cunningham
  • Newcomers Threatening Javonte Williams' Role

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    Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams "will face a challenging battle" to maintain his role heading into the 2024 season, according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic. He notes that the same is true for Samaje Perine and Jaleel McLaughlin. It appears as though all three holdover running backs in Denver have reduced job security after the team drafted Audric Estime and signed Blake Watson. There will be plenty of competition throughout the offseason as the Broncos work to determine which running backs are worthy of key volume in 2024. However, as of now, it appears there's at least some favor for Estime and Watson while the three returners may need to do a little extra to prove themselves. From a fantasy perspective, Williams and Estime seem like the most intriguing names, but Perine and Watson (and even McLaughlin) benefit from their pass-catching skills.

    May 24 · Source via Denver Broncos Javonte Williams
  • Samaje Perine, Jaleel McLaughlin Facing Threat To Workload

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    Denver Broncos running backs Samaje Perine and Jaleel McLaughlin "will face a challenging battle to maintain their roles this offseason," according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic. He notes that the same is true for Javonte Williams. It appears as though all three holdover running backs in Denver have reduced job security after the team drafted Audric Estime and signed Blake Watson. There will be plenty of competition throughout the offseason as the Broncos work to determine which running backs are worthy of key volume in 2024. However, as of now, it appears there's at least some favor for Estime and Watson while the three returners may need to do a little extra to prove themselves. From a fantasy perspective, Williams and Estime seem like the most intriguing names, but Perine and Watson (and even McLaughlin) benefit from their pass-catching skills.

    May 24 · Source via Denver Broncos Jaleel McLaughlin Samaje Perine
  • Maxx Crosby Gets Pay Raise

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    The Las Vegas Raiders and star defensive end Maxx Crosby have agreed to a restructured contract that pays him an extra $6 million in 2024, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. The team also moved an additional $1.2 million into 2025. As Schefter notes, the Raiders wanted to reward Crosby for being a standout player and leader. This move accomplishes those goals while not altering the total length of his contract. He still has three more years left on his deal, tying him to Vegas through the 2026 season. That's bad news for AFC West quarterbacks, of course. Crosby tallied 90 tackles (23 for loss), 14.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles through 17 starts last year.

    May 24 · Source via Las Vegas Raiders Maxx Crosby
  • Packers Sign Round 2 LB Edgerrin Cooper

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    The Packers have drafted two off-ball linebackers in the first two rounds since 2022, with Edgerrin Cooper following Quay Walker to Wisconsin. This represents a shift for the team, one in line to have some talented prospects manning its defensive second level. Saying goodbye to De'Vondre Campbell (via release) after three years this offseason, the [...]

    May 23 · Pro Football Rumors Green Bay Packers Edgerrin Cooper Quay Walker
  • Jerome Baker Still Recovering From Wrist Surgery

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    Seattle Seahawks linebacker Jerome Baker (wrist) didn't take part in organized team activities on Wednesday. Baker injured his right wrist in the Week 18 regular-season finale last year while playing for the Miami Marlins and required offseason surgery. The 27-year-old is still recovering from his surgery, and it remains to be seen what his availability will be like for mandatory minicamp next month and training camp this summer. When healthy, Baker should help make up for the offseason losses of both Jordyn Brooks and Bobby Wagner at the linebacker position in Seattle. The former third-round pick of the Dolphins in 2018 out of Ohio State has 22.5 sacks, 382 solo tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 46 QB hits, five interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), 21 passes defended and six forced fumbles in his six years in the league.

    May 23 · Source via Seattle Seahawks Jerome Baker
  • Uchenna Nwosu Plans To Be Ready For Training Camp

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    Seattle Seahawks linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (pectoral) said last month that he "absolutely" plans to be ready for training camp this summer after having surgery last October to fix a torn pectoral. Nwosu was seen at organized team activities on Wednesday working in a positional drill and he later took part in team periods and didn't look to be at all limited. OTAs are non-contact practices, but it's still good progress for the 27-year-old former second-round pick by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2018 out of USC. He tore his pectoral muscle back in Week 7 in 2023 and missed the rest of the season, but barring a setback, Nwosu should be ready for Week 1 of the 2024 regular season this fall. The Seahawks signed Nwosu to a three-year, $45 million extension after he had a career-best 9.5 sacks in 2022.

    May 23 · Source via Seattle Seahawks Uchenna Nwosu
  • Bengals Offense To Have New Look

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    Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor has decided to hand over the direction of the offense to new offensive coordinator Dan Pitcher this year. "I'll take a step back this spring," Taylor said, "And let [Pitcher] take ownership in the direction of the offense." Tight end Drew Sample said that Pitcher has "added new wrinkles." The Cincinnati Enquirer's Charlie Goldsmith wrote that the Bengals' playbook has changed more this offseason than it has in any offseason since quarterback Joe Burrow's rookie year. The Bengals are more interested in lining up under center this year, using the play-action passing game more and marrying their run game, their screens and their drop-back passing. It remains to be seen if Taylor will turn the play-calling over to Pitcher, too, but in general, it should be good news for Burrow and the rest of the offense in 2024.

    May 23 · Source via Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow Drew Sample
  • Giants CB Cor'Dale Flott On Track To Start

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    Adoree' Jackson remains available in free agency. In addition to work with the Giants, Jackson overlapped with new DC Shane Bowen during his Titans stay. But the Giants are moving in a different direction. Not expected to re-sign the three-year starter, the Giants will first see if one of their younger cornerbacks can win the [...]

    May 23 · Pro Football Rumors New York Giants Cordale Flott
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