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  • Jacoby Brissett Still The QB1 In New England

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    New England Patriots veteran quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who spent a year running offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt's offense with the Cleveland Browns, is definitely ahead of the other QBs on the team during offseason workouts. Brissett has run the offense smoothly and is smart about distributing the football. So far, he's gotten all the No. 1 QB reps in practices open to the media, and it's clear the other QBs, including first-round rookie Drake Maye, look to Brissett for advice and tips on the offense. Maye, the No. 3 overall pick, will likely still make his NFL debut in 2024, but at this point, it would be a surprise if Brissett isn't starting in the Week 1 regular season opener. Maye, who will surely benefit from some time learning from Brissett, should only be drafted in dynasty/keeper leagues this fall.

    May 31 · Source via New England Patriots Jacoby Brissett
  • Mike MacDonald Praises Jaxon Smith-Njigba

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    Seattle Seahawks new head coach Mike MacDonald said "his practice habits are awesome" when discussing wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba's big day at organized team activities this week. The feeling inside the organization was that Smith-Njigba really improved in that regard as his rookie season progressed, along with his wrist healing later in the year. After Seattle selected him with the 20th overall pick last year out of Ohio State, the 22-year-old caught 63 of his 93 targets for 628 yards and four touchdowns in 17 games (three starts). While those numbers might have been a bit disappointing for some given his draft pedigree, you also have to remember he did it with both DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett ahead of him on the receiver depth chart. Seattle may be impressed with his work ethic, but it's probably going to take an injury to one of Metcalf or Lockett to take the next step for fantasy managers.

    May 31 · Source via Seattle Seahawks Jaxon Smith-Njigba
  • Lions Want To Use Jahmyr Gibbs More As A Receiver

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    It's clear that the Detroit Lions want second-year running back Jahmyr Gibbs to be more involved in their offense in 2024 after he rushed for almost 1,000 yards as a rookie and finished third in the league in yards per carry (5.2). Heading into his second year, the Lions are looking for more consistency out of Gibbs, mainly in pass protection, as he was graded 61st out of 63 qualified RBs in pass-blocking in 2023 by PFF. The Lions also want Gibbs to be more involved in the passing game, even though he was in the top 10 among RBs with 52 catches and 71 targets in 2023. His average depth of target, per PFF, was literally zero yards, so Detroit will be looking to use him more in the slot and deeper down the field in 2024. With David Montgomery still in town, Gibbs' ceiling will remain somewhat limited, but if he's more involved as a pass-catcher deeper down the field, he'll still have RB1 upside in PPR leagues.

    May 31 · Source via Detroit Lions Jahmyr Gibbs
  • Tyreek Hill Aiming For New Contract

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    The Dolphins have acted early with Jaylen Waddle, making the younger of their two 1,000-yard wide receivers the NFL's fourth-highest-paid pass catcher. Already employing the No. 3 player on that list, the Dolphins look to have a bit of an issue on their hands. Tyreek Hill has used the Miami portion of his career to [...]

    May 31 · Pro Football Rumors Miami Dolphins Tyreek Hill
  • Bengals, Tee Higgins Have Not Discussed Extension Since Early 2023

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    Although the "deadlines spur action" disclaimer applies, no signs point to the Bengals reaching an extension with Tee Higgins by the July deadline. Higgins stands alone among this year's tagged contingent, as the seven franchise players and transition-tagged Kyle Dugger have since been locked up long term. With Ja'Marr Chase the priority for the Bengals [...]

    May 31 · Pro Football Rumors Cincinnati Bengals Tee Higgins
  • Colts Haven't Discussed Extension With Kwity Paye

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    Despite coming off a breakout 2023 campaign, Kwity Paye probably won't see an extension offer this offseason. According to ESPN's Stephen Holder, the Colts are "not believed" to have engaged Paye's camp in extension talks. Further, Holder believes the Colts will use the 2024 campaign to evaluate whether the defensive lineman is an extension-worthy piece. [...]

    May 31 · Pro Football Rumors Indianapolis Colts Kwity Paye
  • Buccaneers Waive/Injured WR Deven Thompkins

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    The Buccaneers will have a new primary returner in 2024. The team has waived Deven Thompkins with an injury designation, according to ESPN's Jenna Laine. Thompkins joined Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent out of Utah State in 2022. After playing sparingly on offense as a rookie, the wideout got into close to one [...]

    May 31 · Pro Football Rumors Tampa Bay Buccaneers Deven Thompkins
  • Chris Lammons Not Practicing At OTAs

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    Indianapolis Colts cornerback Chris Lammons (foot) has a boot on his left ankle/foot and is not practicing during organized team activities this week. Lammons entered the NFL in 2019 with the Miami Dolphins after being an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina. The 28-year-old defensive back spent his first year in South Beach before playing for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2020-22 before spending last year with the Colts, where he had just six tackles (four solo) and one pass defended in four games (one start). Lammons will be hoping to get back on the field by the time mandatory minicamp starts next month as he looks to earn a spot on the active roster following training camp and the preseason. He has only 32 combined tackles in 46 career NFL games (one start) since 2019.

    May 31 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Chris Lammons
  • Jerome Baker Won't Be Back Until Training Camp

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    Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike MacDonald said that linebacker Jerome Baker (lower body, wrist) won't be back with the team until training camp this summer while recovering from a wrist injury and a couple of lower-body issues. Baker injured his wrist in the Week 18 regular-season finale last year and is also dealing with a lower-body ailment, so the Seahawks won't push him until late July for the start of training camp. The 27-year-old's absence in offseason workouts will allow rookie fourth-rounder Tyrice Knight some more repetitions heading into his first NFL season. When healthy, Baker profiles as a starter in the middle of Seattle's defense. Baker has recorded 100-plus combined tackles in half of his six seasons and had 78 tackles (51 solo), 1.5 sacks, four QB hits, two interceptions (one returned for a TD) and three passes defended in 13 regular-season games (12 starts) in 2023.

    May 31 · Source via Seattle Seahawks Jerome Baker Tyrice Knight
  • Xavier Gipson In Open Competition For Return Job

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    New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh said wide receiver Xavier Gipson still has "first dibs" on the kick-return job this year, but that it's also an "open competition" involving former Pro Bowl return man Tarik Cohen. Saleh said the soon-to-be-signed running back is an "explosive playmaker" and remembers it being "a nightmare" trying to defend with the Chicago Bears. Cohen could be intriguing with the league's new kickoff rules, starting in 2024, but the 28-year-old speedster is going to need to finally stay healthy to put himself in a position to make an impact for the Jets on special teams. Gipson, a former undrafted free agent out of Stephen F. Austin, returned 33 punts for 319 yards and a touchdown and 22 kickoffs for 511 yards in his rookie campaign in 2023 as the Jets' primary return specialist.

    May 31 · Source via New York Jets Xavier Gipson
  • Vikings, LT Christian Darrisaw Begin Extension Talks

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    Vikings extension rumors still center around one of their 2020 first-round picks, but the final first-rounder from Rick Spielman's GM tenure is also now eligible for a big-ticket deal. Although Justin Jefferson is not yet signed, the Vikings have also begun talks with their 2021 first-round pick. Christian Darrisaw has become one of the NFL's [...]

    May 30 · Pro Football Rumors Minnesota Vikings Christian Darrisaw Justin Jefferson
  • Dallas wants to see Micah Parsons expand leadership, but his absence hasn't helped

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    Parsons skipped the Cowboys' voluntary program again despite talk of bringing more leadership.

    May 30 · ESPN Dallas Cowboys Micah Parsons
  • Malik Cunningham Making The Move From QB To Receiver

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    The Baltimore Ravens have officially moved former quarterback Malik Cunningham to wide receiver this offseason after signing him off the New England Patriots' practice squad last December to reunite him with former college teammate Lamar Jackson. Last year, the Ravens cross-trained Cunningham as a QB, receiver and special teams contributor, and he played in one game, taking four snaps at receiver in the Week 18 regular season finale. At organized team activities this spring, the Ravens are immersing the 25-year-old at the receiver position, and the Ravens think he has transitioned well to wideout. Cunningham has the athleticism, but he still faces an uphill battle to stick at the position. If anything, he'll likely continue to be a special teams option for Baltimore in 2024.

    May 30 · Source via Baltimore Ravens Malik Cunningham
  • Ricky Pearsall Sporting Non-Contact Jersey At OTAs

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    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Ricky Pearsall (undisclosed) is reportedly working through an injury and wearing a non-contact jersey at OTAs. However, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports that his injury has not held him out of practice or slowed him down. That said, this should not be a concern for fantasy managers. "As was the case last week, Pearsall looked comfortable in the offense and caught several passes from Brock Purdy, including one at the sideline that Pearsall snagged in front of cornerback Isaac Yiadom, who had close coverage," Barrows wrote. The former Arizona State and Florida wideout was selected with the No. 31 overall pick in April's 2024 NFL Draft, and although he lands in a great offense, it's tough to find a path toward consistent production in 2024. As of now, Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel remain on the roster, and the organization re-signed Jauan Jennings to a two-year extension on Wednesday. Pearsall is likely best served as a dynasty-league stash for rebuilding teams.

    May 30 · Source via San Francisco 49ers Ricky Pearsall Isaac Yiadom
  • Puka Nacua "Moving Better" At OTAs

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    Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua is coming off arguably the greatest rookie season ever for a wideout. He posted 105 receptions for 1,468 yards and six touchdowns, and he set a rookie record for receiving yards in a postseason game (181). It's difficult to project a better season of production in Year 2, but Rams offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur said he has improved this offseason. "You can definitely see he's made strides. He's moving better. I know he feels more comfortable," LaFleur said. "He's in year two and that's what you expect from all the players, but you know that you're going to get it from Puka because he's just made of the right stuff." Nacua is being drafted as a mid-to-late first-round pick in PPR leagues, and if Cooper Kupp takes another step back, he could compete for an overall WR1 finish in fantasy football. Los Angeles did not add legitimate target competition in free agency or the 2024 NFL Draft.

    May 30 · Source via Los Angeles Rams Puka Nacua
  • Michael Pittman Jr. Held Out Of Thursday's Practice

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    Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (knee) did not participate in Thursday's OTA practice, but Joel A. Erickson of Indy Star said it was for precautionary reasons. Pittman banged knees with a defender last week and limped off the field, but he is expected to be "fine". The former second-round pick has posted at least 88 receptions, 925 yards, and four touchdowns over the last three seasons, but he'll face more target competition this year. The Colts selected Adonai Mitchell in the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft, and 2023 third-rounder Josh Downs is expected to have an expanded role. All that said, Pittman should remain the WR1 for Anthony Richardson and post at least low-end WR2 numbers in his fifth NFL campaign.

    May 30 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Michael Pittman
  • David Ojabo Expected To Take Part In Training Camp

    Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker David Ojabo (knee) suffered a partially torn ACL in Week 3 of last season, but he is expected to be a full participant at some point in training camp later this summer. The 2022 second-round pick suffered a torn Achilles in the pre-draft process leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, or he likely would've been a first-rounder. Through two NFL seasons, he has accumulated seven total tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles in just five games. Hopefully, he can stay healthy in 2024 and show what he can do as at least a situational pass-rusher.

    May 30 · Source via Baltimore Ravens David Ojabo
  • Giants Add Incentives To WR Darius Slayton's Contract

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    Darius Slayton's return to Giants practice looks to have ended a brief contract squabble. While the team's top wide receiver during the Daniel Jones era has not secured an extension, the Giants did make a move that led to his return to practice. The team added incentives to Slayton's contract, with the wideout confirming (via [...]

    May 30 · Pro Football Rumors New York Giants Darius Slayton
  • Gary Brightwell Waived By Giants

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    The New York Giants waived running back Gary Brightwell (undisclosed) with an injury designation on Thursday, according to NFL.com. The former 2021 sixth-round pick by the G-Men out of Arizona has remained on the roster over the last three seasons, but his time looks to be coming to an end. So far in his career, Brightwell has rushed 41 times for 164 yards and one touchdown and caught 11 passes for 92 yards in 37 games. He played 100 snaps on special teams last year. With Brightwell out of the building, Devin Singletary, Eric Gray, and Tyrone Tracy Jr. now have less competition for touches.

    May 30 · Source via New York Giants Gary Brightwell
  • Audric Estime Undergoes Precautionary Knee Scope

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    Denver Broncos running back Audric Estime (knee) underwent a precautionary knee scope for an injury he suffered last week, according to NFL.com. Although it's not ideal for the rookie Notre Dame product to get banged up early in his career, the injury is not serious, and he is expected to be ready for training camp later this summer. Following Estime's final season in college which included 1,483 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns, some viewed him as a top running back in the 2024 class. However, his 4.71 40-yard dash time at the NFL combine likely led to him falling to Day 3. Either way, he could carve out a role in Sean Payton's offense right away as a short-yardage and goal-line back behind Javonte Williams.

    May 30 · Source via Denver Broncos Audric Estime
  • Tyree Wilson soaking up Maxx Crosby's wisdom in attempt to improve

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    Wilson is using his first healthy NFL offseason to pick the brain of his All-Pro Raiders teammate.

    May 30 · ESPN Las Vegas Raiders Maxx Crosby Tyree Wilson
  • Tim Boyle Back On Practice Field

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    Houston Texans quarterback Tim Boyle (finger) was back on the practice field at organized team activities on Thursday after missing time last week after getting stitches for a finger cut while taking a snap. Boyle will be competing for a roster spot this offseason and in training camp this summer. He's currently listed as the No. 4 QB on the Texans' depth chart behind C.J. Stroud, Davis Mills and veteran Case Keenum. It will be an uphill battle for the 29-year-old former undrafted free agent. Boyle has already served as a backup option for five different teams since entering the NFL with the Green Bay Packers in 2019. In his five years in the league, Boyle has completed only 62.3% of his 183 pass attempts for 934 yards, four touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 20 games (five starts). He's not anywhere near the fantasy radar in any format.

    May 30 · Source via Houston Texans Tim Boyle
  • Eric Gray Sees Plenty Of Run With First-Team Offense

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    New York Giants running back Eric Gray saw a lot of run with the first-team offense during organized team activities on Thursday, leading the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard to put Gray as the team's RB2 behind starter Devin Singletary. In addition, the Giants waived/injured Gary Brightwell, a sixth-round pick in 2021 by the previous regime, on Thursday. The G-Men are facing life without Saquon Barkley in 2024. Singletary is likely to lead this backfield, but he's never been a workhorse back in the NFL and will certainly cede backfield touches in his first year in the Big Apple. Gray was a fifth-rounder in 2023 and had only 23 touches for 70 yards on 65 offensive snaps a year ago. Given the lack of competition behind Gray, he's a good bet to see a significant boost in touches in Year 2. He'll be a handcuff option for Singletary owners in deeper fantasy leagues.

    May 30 · Source via New York Giants Eric Gray
  • Broncos Expecting Growth From Marvin Mims Jr.

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    The Denver Broncos are expecting to see growth from wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. as he heads into his second year in the league. "You're going to see a lot of growth from Year 1 to Year 2," head coach Sean Payton said. Mims, the team's second-round pick (63rd overall) in 2023 out of Oklahoma, averaged a healthy 17.1 yards per catch in his first NFL season last year but caught just 22 passes on 33 targets for 377 yards and only one touchdown in 16 games (seven starts). The 22-year-old didn't get all that many opportunities to get into a rhythm in his rookie campaign but showed potential as a deep threat down the field from time to time. His fantasy stock immediately got a boost when the team traded Jerry Jeudy to the Browns in the offseason, but he'll still have to show improvement in Year 2 in order to see playing time alongside Josh Reynolds, Tim Patrick and rookie Troy Franklin.

    May 30 · Source via Denver Broncos Marvin Mims
  • Darnell Washington Should Be More Of A Receiving Threat

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    Pittsburgh Steelers second-year tight end Darnell Washington got put into a box as a blocking tight end as a rookie in 2023 and rarely had opportunities to showcase his potential as a pass-catching mismatch, catching just seven of 10 targets for 61 yards. But 6-foot-7, 265-pound monster of a tight end said there's a "strong possibility" he'll become more of a receiving threat in new offensive coordinator's tight end-friendly system. The 22-year-old is an intriguing mismatch if sent out on routes, but as long as Pat Freiermuth remains healthy as the team's top pass-catching TE, it's going to be hard for Washington to stand out in fantasy.

    May 30 · Source via Pittsburgh Steelers Darnell Washington Pat Freiermuth
  • Trey Lance Making Progress

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    Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy reiterated on Thursday at organized team activities that he's "definitely" seen significant progress from backup quarterback Trey Lance. "Now starting to get the timing with the routes. He's close to being a master of the system. He has a really high understanding. He just needs as many reps as he can," McCarthy said. Despite the Cowboys unsurprisingly declining Lance's fifth-year option this offseason, they have liked what they've seen from the former first-round pick (third overall) heading into his second season with the team. The 24-year-old signal-caller has lost most of his dynasty/keeper appeal at this point after not playing a single snap for Dallas in 2023 while sitting behind Dak Prescott. Unless Prescott misses time with an injury that forces Lance into the fold in 2024, he'll be off the redraft radar.

    May 30 · Source via Dallas Cowboys Trey Lance
  • Josh Reynolds Could Have Big Role In Denver

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    Denver Broncos wide receiver Josh Reynolds could find himself in a substantial role in the Broncos' offense in his first year with the team after signing a two-year, $9 million deal in March. Reynolds comes from Detroit, where head coach Dan Campbell previously worked under current Broncos head coach Sean Payton in New Orleans. Payton is seeking more production all across the offense in 2024 and is embracing the idea that it could come from anywhere. "He's long; he has strong hands. Another veteran receiver," Payton said of Reynolds. Courtland Sutton is the unquestioned top wideout in Denver, but Reynolds will be competing for a starting role with the rehabbing Tim Patrick, Marvin Mims Jr. and rookie fourth-rounder Troy Franklin. With questions at QB, though, Reynolds will most likely go undrafted in standard 12-team fantasy leagues this fall.

    May 30 · Source via Denver Broncos Josh Reynolds
  • Texans Sign Round 2 T Blake Fisher, Wrap Draft Class Deals

    Trading out of the first round weeks before the draft, the Texans completing that swap with the Vikings left their second-rounders as the top prizes in their latest draft class. Houston now has both those draftees under contract. No. 59 overall pick Blake Fisher finished out the Texans' rookie signings, with KPRC2's Aaron Wilson noting [...]

    May 30 · Pro Football Rumors Houston Texans Blake Fisher
  • Darius Slayton Back At Practice

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    New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton was back at organized team activities on Thursday after saying that the team added incentives to his contract to appease him. Slayton was staying away from voluntary OTAs this offseason as he angled for a new contract extension from the team, but the 27-year-old former fifth-round pick in 2019 out of Auburn is now back with the team. Despite the addition of rookie pass-catcher Malik Nabers in the first round of this year's NFL draft, Slayton still figures to be in line for a starting role in New York's offense in 2024 after recording a career-high 770 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 50 receptions in 17 games (13 starts) a year ago. However, Slayton's fantasy ceiling and floor will be volatile, especially since both Jalin Hyatt and Wan'Dale Robinson figure to be asked to take on more in 2024.

    May 30 · Source via New York Giants Darius Slayton
  • Rome Odunze Takes Part In OTAs Thursday

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    Chicago Bears rookie first-round wide receiver Rome Odunze (hamstring) was seen on the field taking part in organized team activities on Thursday, and he showed off his contested-catch abilities. The Bears took precaution in holding Odunze out of previous OTA sessions last week, but the 21-year-old Washington Husky alumni is now back on the field as he prepares for his first season in the NFL. The ninth overall pick in last month's NFL draft has a bright future ahead of him and can pretty much do anything on the football field as a receiver, but fantasy managers in single-year redraft leagues may want to pump the brakes on his value in 2024 as long as both DJ Moore and Keenan Allen stay healthy in front of him in Chicago's receiver pecking order. But in the long term, Odunze may have the highest ceiling of any rookie wideout while being paired with QB Caleb Williams, the first overall pick.

    May 30 · Source via Chicago Bears Rome Odunze
  • Jaylen Waddle Agrees To Three-Year Extension With Dolphins

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    Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle is signing a three-year contract extension worth up to $84.75 million that includes $76 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The $28.25 million average salary ranks fourth among NFL wideouts, trailing only A.J. Brown, Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Tyreek Hill. Since entering the league as a first-round pick in 2021 out of Alabama, Waddle has hauled in 251 of his 361 targets for 3,385 yards and 18 touchdowns. He's caught at least 72 passes and racked up 1,000-plus yards in each of his first three campaigns. Although he is the clear No. 2 wide receiver in Miami behind Hill, he remains a strong fantasy football asset with WR1 upside in an explosive passing offense. Last season marked his first year without a WR1 finish, but he should bounce back after setting career lows on catches, yards, and touchdowns. He's a screaming value at his low-end WR2 price tag in early fantasy drafts.

    May 30 · Source via Miami Dolphins Jaylen Waddle
  • Josh Jacobs Nearing Return To Field

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    Green Bay Packers running back Josh Jacobs (hamstring) continues to make progress and could return to the field for contact and action next week. "Hopefully next week we'll get him out there when we go full speed," head coach Matt LaFleur explained to the media. The former Raiders star inked a deal with Green Bay over the offseason, and his extreme versatility makes him an appealing pick. As long as he gets healthy once again, he could push to be a low-end RB1 in fantasy leagues. Regardless of his exact finish, he should have several opportunities to feast within a competent Jordan Love-run team.

    May 30 · Source via Green Bay Packers Josh Jacobs
  • Jaleel McLaughlin Participates In OTAs

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    Denver Broncos running back Jaleel McLaughlin (head) was photographed participating in OTAs on Thursday, according to the Marietta Daily Journal. The pass-catching back came on strong late in his rookie campaign last year, but he's still expected to face firm competition in the form of Javonte Williams and Audric Estime, to name a couple. Adding extra faces to this backfield complicates the matter and drops McLaughlin to a depth role, making him a reasonable target at his ADP of 163. Fantasy managers will find extra solace in the fact that he's healthy and ready to go for the season.

    May 30 · Source via Denver Broncos Jaleel McLaughlin
  • Samaje Perine Could Be Cut To Clear Cap Space

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    Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine could be one of the players released or traded by the team this offseason, according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic. Kosmider notes that "it wouldn't be a huge surprise if the Broncos moved on from Perine" given that releasing him would create roughly $3 million in cap space. That's a very reasonable outcome for Denver as they look for extra money and find ways to win with younger players. Perine, 28, broke free for 238 rushing and 455 receiving yards in 2023. He should be rostered as a decent RB4 option in most fantasy leagues.

    May 30 · Source via Denver Broncos Samaje Perine
  • Tank Bigsby To Have Bigger Role In 2024

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    The Jacksonville Jaguars intend to get running back Tank Bigsby more involved next season, according to Demetrius Harvey of the Jacksonville Florida Times-Union. Bigsby was a rookie last year, and while he did earn some opportunities, he was clearly the backup option to Travis Etienne Jr. Sure, Etienne will remain the Jaguars' undeniable top back in 2024, but the expectation is that Bigsby will be more involved. "We've talked about this too as a staff and myself, making sure Tank [Bigsby] gets opportunities to get out there and take some of the pounding off of Travis," explained head coach Doug Pederson. While this new report might not be enough to put Bigsby on the radar in typical 12-team redraft leagues, he's still worth monitoring as the season gets underway. A slow start or injury from Etienne could put Bigsby in a favorable role.

    May 30 · Source via Jacksonville Jaguars Tank Bigsby
  • WR Rashod Bateman Addresses Ravens Extension

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    Rashod Bateman has not had a breakout campaign to date, but he will have a number of opportunities to deliver one in the coming years. The fourth-year Ravens wideout is under contract through 2026 as a result of the extension he signed in April. That agreement - which came about in part due to the fact [...]

    May 29 · Pro Football Rumors Baltimore Ravens Rashod Bateman
  • Yannick Ngakoue Receiving Interest; DE Aiming For Deal Before Training Camp

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    At this point of the NFL offseason calendar, many veterans who are still unsigned will likely not have a deal in place until training camps open in July. In the case of Yannick Ngakoue, that could be different. The journeyman edge rusher indicated during an interview on SiriusXM Radio that he has received interest this offseason [...]

    May 29 · Pro Football Rumors Yannick Ngakoue
  • Bears Staffer Ryan Griffin Playing QB In Italy, Expected To Join Team In June

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    Ryan Griffin's lengthy career as an NFL reserve quarterback ended after the 2022 season. The Buccaneers, who had rostered Griffin as a third-stringer behind Tom Brady and Blaine Gabbert, did not re-sign the experienced practice arm last year. This led Griffin to the coaching ranks. He joined the Bears' staff as an offensive assistant, but [...]

    May 29 · Pro Football Rumors Chicago Bears Ryan Griffin
  • 49ers Extend WR Jauan Jennings

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    With the deadline for restricted free agents to sign their tenders nearing, the 49ers and Jauan Jennings will move to a different contractual phase. The parties are done with the RFA process thanks to a Wednesday extension agreement. San Francisco's No. 3 wide receiver agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth up to $15.4MM, [...]

    May 29 · Pro Football Rumors San Francisco 49ers Jauan Jennings
  • J.J. Watt Comeback Pledge Includes Steelers

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    J.J. Watt has made it known he considers a comeback a longshot scenario, but the future Hall of Famer continues to let DeMeco Ryans know he is available if needed. This offer appears to extend to one other team as well. Watt reaffirmed his pledge to Ryans about rejoining the Texans in an emergency circumstance, [...]

    May 29 · Pro Football Rumors Pittsburgh Steelers J.J. Watt
  • Tyler Conklin A Potential Riser In 2024

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    New York Jets tight end Tyler Conklin caught 61 passes for 621 yards last season while primarily catching passes from Zach Wilson. All things considered, it was a decent year, but the New York offense was one of the worst units in the league, and Conklin failed to catch a touchdown. Jets reporter Connor Hughes believes the 28-year-old could be a riser heading into 2024 with the return of quarterback Aaron Rodgers (Achilles). Conklin reportedly developed great chemistry with Rodgers last offseason, and the pair is picking up where they left off in OTAs this year. Wide receiver Garrett Wilson is the unquestioned No. 1 option in the passing game, but Conklin could be at least the No. 3 option. Mike Williams is coming off a torn ACL, while Malachi Corley is a rookie and could take time to develop. Conklin was the overall TE18 in PPR leagues last year without a single end-zone trip, so an uptick in scoring could lead to him being firmly on the fantasy radar.

    May 29 · Source via New York Jets Tyler Conklin
  • Braelon Allen The Early Favorite For RB2 Role

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    New York Jets rookie running back Braelon Allen is the early favorite to be Breece Hall's primary backup in 2024, according to Zack Rosenblatt of the Athletic. "He's known for his ability in pass protection but also flashed as a receiver on Wednesday, getting open against linebackers in coverage." Rosenblatt wrote. "He showed some shiftiness after the catch too." Allen was once viewed as a potential contender for the RB1 in the class of 2024, but he regressed following his freshman season. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Wisconsin product posted 1,307 yards from scrimmage and 12 total touchdowns while averaging 6.8 yards per attempt as a 17-year-old freshman, but he fell to a 5.4 yards-per-carry clip in his junior season and fell short of 1,200 yards from scrimmage. This likely led to him falling to the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft. Either way, he looks to be the leader for the RB2 job, making him worth stashing as Hall's "handcuff" in 2024. If New York's offense turns things around with a healthy Aaron Rodgers, Allen could have a few spike weeks in his rookie campaign.

    May 29 · Source via New York Jets Braelon Allen
  • Titans High On Tony Pollard, Tyjae Spears As Receivers

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    Tennessee Titans running backs Tony Pollard and Tyjae Spears figure to share the backfield in 2024 under new head coach Brian Callahan, and the Titans are high on both players as receiving threats. "Anytime we can find ways to match those guys up in the passing game on linebackers is a huge benefit to us. They are hard to cover. They can run routes like receivers, which is unique," Callahan said. "I have not seen guys like them very often and we have two of them...they catch naturally which is exciting." Pollard, who spent the last five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, was often used as a receiver out of the backfield as a change-of-pace complement to Ezekiel Elliott. Meanwhile, Spears played 52.9% of Tennessee's offensive snaps last year -- primarily on passing downs. It's going to be a challenge to project each back's workload in the new-look Titans' offense, but given the predicted identity shift to a pass-first approach, both could have flex value in PPR formats. Pollard is being drafted as a low-end RB2 in early fantasy drafts, while Spears is going off the board around the low-end RB3 range.

    May 29 · Source via Tennessee Titans Tony Pollard Tyjae Spears
  • Isaiah Buggs Facing Misdemeanor Warrants Related To Animal Cruelty

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    Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs is facing two misdemeanor warrants issued by Tuscaloosa police for second-degree cruelty to dogs, according to NFL insider Ari Meirov. The 27-year-old is accused of leaving two dogs locked on his property without access to food or water. Needless to say, these are serious allegations and could put the veteran journeyman on the roster hot seat. Buggs entered the league as a sixth-round pick in 2019 and has totaled 89 tackles and two sacks with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions. He signed with Kansas City's practice squad on January 4 but did not appear in one of their postseason games.

    May 29 · Source via Kansas City Chiefs Isaiah Buggs
  • Buccaneers Officially Sign Jalen McMillan

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Jalen McMillan signed his rookie contract on Wednesday, according to NFL.com. The Washington alum was selected in the third round of the 2024 NFL Draft and is set to compete with 2023 sixth-round pick Trey Palmer for the No. 3 WR role behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. While sharing a field with Rome Odunze and Ja'Lynn Polk, McMillan caught 124 passes for 1,657 yards and 14 touchdowns over his final two collegiate seasons. He outproduced Polk in 2022 but regressed and became the No. 3 receiver in 2023. Regardless, the 22-year-old flashed upside and earned Day 2 draft capital, so he could be a fantasy football sleeper at some point in his career. For now, he has limited upside in a crowded wide receiver group.

    May 29 · Source via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jalen McMillan
  • Alex Leatherwood Signs With Chargers

    Free-agent offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood signed with the Los Angeles Chargers on Wednesday, according to NFL insider Ari Meirov. The former Raiders first-round pick in 2021 out of Alabama is set to join his fourth NFL team in as many years, but landing with an organization going through a rebuild could help him turn his career around. The 25-year-old won the 2020 Outland Trophy, which is given to college football's most outstanding interior lineman, and he was a first-team All-American while playing in the SEC. The Bolts are looking to become a physical football team under new head coach Jim Harbaugh, so it'll be interesting to see if Leatherwood can carve out a role in 2024.

    May 29 · Source via Los Angeles Chargers Alex Leatherwood
  • Jauan Jennings Signing Two-Year Deal To Stay In San Francisco

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    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jauan Jennings agreed to a two-year deal worth up to $15.4 million that includes $10.5 million guaranteed on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jennings was a restricted free agent, but he'll remain with the organization ahead of the 2024 campaign. Jennings, who has been stuck in a crowded offense with Christian McCaffrey, Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel, and George Kittle, has put up just under 1,000 yards in his first three NFL seasons. However, he's viewed as one of the best blocking wide receivers in the NFL and was likely to be named Super Bowl LVIII MVP had the 49ers won following his two-touchdown game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The former Tennessee Volunteer is unlikely to be a weekly producer in fantasy football, though he'll have a better chance if one of Samuel or Aiyuk are traded. Jennings is likely to lose snaps to first-round rookie Ricky Pearsall if Samuel and Aiyuk stick around in 2024.

    May 29 · Source via San Francisco 49ers Jauan Jennings
  • Jets To Bring In RB Tarik Cohen

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    Injuries stalled Tarik Cohen's career early in the 2020s. The former Bears running back and Pro Bowl return man managed a comeback opportunity with the Panthers last year, but the team ended that bid recently. The Jets will now take a flier. Cohen is heading to New York on a one-year agreement, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter [...]

    May 29 · Pro Football Rumors New York Jets Tarik Cohen
  • Kyren Williams Working With Trainers At OTAs

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    Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (foot) was seen doing an up-tempo workout on a side field with athletic trainers during organized team activities on Wednesday. Williams isn't going to take part in OTAs or mandatory minicamp next month, but the Rams fully expect him to return for training camp this summer. The 23-year-old is worth keeping an eye on this offseason after he broke his foot early in his rookie season in 2022. In addition to his foot injury, Williams faces much more competition going into the 2024 season from rookie third-rounder Blake Corum, who the Rams think has three-down capabilities. Williams will open the year as LA's top RB on the depth chart, but if he gets hurt or starts out slow, Corum could become a bigger part of the backfield sooner than later.

    May 29 · Source via Los Angeles Rams Kyren Williams
  • Malachi Corley Injured At OTAs

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    New York Jets rookie wide receiver Malachi Corley (undisclosed) left organized team activities on Wednesday with a trainer with an undisclosed injury. Corley later returned but was walking with a limp and didn't have his helmet with him. It doesn't appear to be a very serious injury, but the Jets will probably play it safe and hold the 22-year-old out for the rest of the week after taking him with the first pick of the third round in this year's NFL draft out of Western Kentucky. How much Corley is involved in his first year in the league will depend a lot on how healthy and productive new wideout Mike Williams (knee) is after coming off a torn ACL in 2023. Even if Williams stays healthy, Corley will have the inside track to become the team's No. 3 receiver, although it still seems like more of a long shot that he'll be an every-week fantasy starter in redraft leagues in his rookie campaign.

    May 29 · Source via New York Jets Malachi Corley
  • Vikings To Re-Sign G Dalton Risner

    Dalton Risner has logged two extensive stays in free agency since his rookie contract expired. For a second straight year, it will be the Vikings who end that period. The veteran starter has an agreement in place to stay in Minnesota, according to ESPN.com's Adam Schefter. Risner will rejoin the Vikings on a one-year deal. [...]

    May 29 · Pro Football Rumors Minnesota Vikings Dalton Risner
  • No Timeline For Mike Williams

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    New York Jets wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) has been rehabbing, and head coach Robert Saleh said he is progressing and looks good. However, Saleh told reporters on Wednesday at organized team activities that he doesn't have a timeline on Williams' return to practice. Williams suffered a torn left ACL in Week 3 last year in his final season with the Los Angeles Chargers and then signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Jets in free agency this offseason. The 29-year-old big-bodied wideout could be ready to go for the Week 1 regular season opener, but he's currently missing valuable offseason repetitions with the Jets' first-team offense and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. When he's healthy, he figures to be the team's No. 2 wideout behind Garrett Wilson, which will give him plenty of touchdown appeal as long as both he and Rodgers can stay healthy.

    May 29 · Source via New York Jets Mike Williams
  • Breece Hall Working In Rehab Area At OTAs

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    New York Jets running back Breece Hall (undisclosed) is working in the rehab area during organized team activities this week. It's unclear what type of injury Hall is dealing with or when he suffered it, but it doesn't sound very serious and it shouldn't negatively impact his fantasy value as the 2024 season approaches this fall. If the 22-year-old RB1 is unable to take part in mandatory minicamp in June, it will then become a bigger issue. With Hall out this week, running backs Israel Abanikanda, Braelon Allen and Isaiah Davis should all see more work at OTAs, in addition to recent signee Tarik Cohen as he attempts to revive his career. With quarterback Aaron Rodgers (Achilles) returning, Hall's fantasy upside this year will be even higher with the offense expected to be more explosive.

    May 29 · Source via New York Jets Breece Hall
  • Buccaneers' K.J. Britt In Lead For Three-Down LB Role

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    Although the Buccaneers' extensive offseason retention effort makes receiving contributions from rookie-contract players pivotal this year, it would not have cost the team too much to authorize a second Devin White deal. The former first-round pick fetched a one-year, $4MM accord from the Eagles. For base value, White's contract matches Baker Mayfield's 2023 Bucs agreement. [...]

    May 29 · Pro Football Rumors Tampa Bay Buccaneers K.J. Britt
  • Dalton Risner Re-Signs With Vikings

    Veteran free-agent offensive guard Dalton Risner re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings on an undisclosed one-year deal on Wednesday, according to a source. Risner will give the Vikings more depth on the offensive line heading into the 2024 season. The 28-year-old returns after playing in 15 games (11 starts) in his first year with the Vikings in 2023. He was originally a second-round selection (41st overall) in the 2019 NFL draft out of Kansas State by the Denver Broncos. Risner spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Broncos and has never played in fewer than 15 games in any of his five years in the league. His time in Minnesota last year was the only time he hasn't started all of the games he's appeared in in his career.

    May 29 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Dalton Risner
  • Jets Sign Tarik Cohen

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    The New York Jets signed free-agent running back Tarik Cohen to an undisclosed one-year deal on Wednesday, according to a source. Cohen was one of the league's top return specialists and a receiving threat with the Chicago Bears before serious injuries derailed his career. He last played in the NFL in 2020 but will not attempt a comeback with the Jets. The Bears took the 28-year-old in the fourth round (119th overall) in 2017 out of North Carolina A&T. Cohen was a Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro in 2018 as a kick returner, and he had 264 rushing attempts for 1,101 yards and five touchdowns in his four seasons in Chicago, adding 209 receptions for 1,575 receiving yards and nine touchdowns through the air. He spent most of last year on the Panthers' practice squad and is unlikely to make an impact for the Jets or for fantasy managers in 2024.

    May 29 · Source via New York Jets Tarik Cohen
  • Xavier Legette Dealing With Hamstring Injury

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    Carolina Panthers first-round rookie wide receiver Xavier Legette (hamstring) tweaked his hamstring during organized team activities on Tuesday and is erring on the side of caution and sitting out of practice on Wednesday. It's not a major injury for the 32nd overall pick last month, but he's going to miss some valuable repetitions as he heads into his first NFL season. The 23-year-old should be good for mandatory minicamp in June and training camp at the end of July, and despite other additions to the position in the offseason, Legette should have an opportunity for a big role in his first NFL season as the Panthers look to improve drastically on offense from a year ago. However, with veteran Adam Thielen and newcomer Diontae Johnson likely ahead of him in the target pecking order, fantasy managers should prepare for Legette to be inconsistent in 2024 as a deep threat.

    May 29 · Source via Carolina Panthers Xavier Legette
  • Taysom Hill In The Backfield At OTAs

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    New Orleans Saints hybrid offensive player Taysom Hill was seen taking direct snaps out of the backfield at organized team activities on Tuesday while also working with the special teams unit. SI.com's John Hendrix wrote that seeing Hill in the backfield is starting to be a pretty exciting thing. He lined up as the running back in shotgun formation and took the run left for a nice gain. In addition to taking direct snaps out of the backfield, Hill also caught some passes from quarterback Derek Carr as a pass-catcher. It remains to be seen exactly how Hill will be used in new offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak's system, but he could be on the field often in a variety of roles. With tight end eligibility in fantasy, he will at least have value as a low-end TE1 with the possibility for more if he's more active as a ball-carrier out of the backfield in 2024.

    May 29 · Source via New Orleans Saints Taysom Hill
  • Kayvon Thibodeaux already learning from fellow edge rusher Brian Burns

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    Thibodeaux will start his third season alongside the two-time Pro Bowler, who the Giants acquired in March.

    May 29 · ESPN New York Giants Brian Burns Kayvon Thibodeaux
  • Why Mike Zimmer is back in his element as the Cowboys' DC

    Zimmer has turned bad defenses around, but the hope is he'll take a "pretty darn good" Cowboys D to another level.

    May 29 · ESPN Dallas Cowboys
  • Latest On Brandon McManus Lawsuit

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    Veteran kicker Brandon McManus has been accused of sexually assaulting two flight attendants while he was playing with the Jaguars in 2023. After the news broke yesterday, we heard from McManus's camp, the Jaguars, and his current team, the Commanders. Now, we're hearing from his former coach, as Doug Pederson revealed that he only learned [...]

    May 29 · Pro Football Rumors Washington Commanders Brandon McManus
  • Rams' Bennett: Time away was for mental health

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    Rams backup quarterback Stetson Bennett confirmed Tuesday that his time away from the team last season was related to his mental health.

    May 29 · ESPN Los Angeles Rams Stetson Bennett
  • Saints DE Kpassagnon tore Achilles in offseason

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    Saints defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon tore an Achilles tendon in the offseason.

    May 29 · ESPN New Orleans Saints Tanoh Kpassagnon
  • 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
  • '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
  • '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
  • 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
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