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Dalvin Cook RB, MIN

Minnesota tenure ending soon?

Published 2023-06-03

Cook (shoulder) is unlikely to be on the Vikings roster by the start of the new campaign, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports.

Typically situations like this aren't discussed with such absolute language, so Seifert suggesting "all that remains is for the Vikings to formalize Cook's exit, a denouement that seems likely if not completely certain" is worth noting. Cook carries a nearly $14 million cap hit entering 2023, an untenable number especially after the Vikings opted to trade productive pass rusher Za'Darius Smith who also had a similar cap figure earlier this offseason. As a result, the soon-to-be 28-year-old back has been heavily involved in different trade rumors, although given no such trade has materialized, it's unclear how many teams remain interested in Cook given his high price tag. The Vikings re-signed long-time backup Alexander Mattison to a pricey, two-year, $6.5 million deal this offseason and the fourth-year back would presumably act as a three-down workhorse in the event Cook were to be released/traded.

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Michael Pittman WR, IND

Managing hip issue

Published 2023-06-02

Pittman didn't participate at Friday's practice due to a hip injury, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

Head coach Shane Steichen indicated it's not a serious issue, saying the injury is "nothing crazy." Pittman appears as though he'll be ready for the start of training camp, which is nearly two months away. The 25-year-old led the Colts last season 99 receptions for 925 yards and four touchdowns, and he'll remain the No. 1 wideout for 2023 while entering a contract year.

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Jonathan Taylor RB, IND

Not yet practicing

Published 2023-06-02

Taylor (ankle) isn't participating at Friday's practice, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

The 24-year-old relayed in April that the arthroscopic debridement surgery he underwent on his right ankle in January was a "perfect success," but he's apparently not yet ready to practice. Taylor missed the final three games of the season due to the ankle injury, and the Colts are likely to remain cautious with his offseason work. He's expected to be fully healthy for the start of training camp.

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Tony Pollard RB, DAL

On track for training camp

Published 2023-06-01

Pollard (ankle) said Thursday he's ahead of schedule in his recovery and plans to be ready for the start of training camp, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The 26-year-old was participating in reduced-tempo OTA practices last week and appears to be progressing well in his recovery after he underwent tightrope surgery on a high-ankle sprain and broken fibula in his left leg back in January. According to Jon Machota of The Athletic, Pollard also said he's "not really limited at this point," and the tailback is poised to lead Dallas' backfield in 2023 following the release of Ezekiel Elliott, who remains a free agent.

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Treylon Burks WR, TEN

Looking good at OTAs

Published 2023-05-31

Burks has been Ryan Tannehill's "favorite target" at OTAs, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official website reports.

"It seems like Tannehill connects with Burks at the start of every period, and I haven't seen Burks drop a ball intended for him yet in the open OTAs," Wyatt wrote Wednesday. Burks got off on the wrong foot after he was picked in the first round of last year's draft, battling asthma and conditioning issues while missing practices, but he's in a much better place in 2023. The conditioning stuff appears to be behind him, and Burks is being counted on for big production with Robert Woods gone and the Titans only adding veteran Chris Moore and seventh-rounder Colton Dowell to their wideout room. If he's able to stay healthy, Burks should run away with the team lead for targets this season.

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Brock Purdy QB, SF

Looks good in return to throwing

Published 2023-05-31

GM John Lynch said Wednesday that "the early returns are really good" after Purdy (elbow) resumed throwing this week, Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Trey Lance and Sam Darnold figure to take most of the practice reps this spring and possibly into training camp, but both Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan have suggested Purdy is the favorite to top the depth chart once healthy, with Lynch using the term "leader in the clubhouse" twice now. Coming back from offseason UCL surgery, Purdy reportedly is a bit ahead of schedule and could be ready in time for Week 1 of his second NFL season.

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Amari Cooper WR, CLE

Back on practice field

Published 2023-05-31

Cooper (abdomen) is participating in Wednesday's OTAs session, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Cooper is participating in on-field drills again for the first time since undergoing core muscle surgery in February, as predicted by coach Kevin Stefanski last week. Stefanski also said the soon-to-be 29-year-old is on track to be at full strength by the start of training camp, per Matt Fontana of ESPN. A full offseason to build chemistry with quarterback Deshaun Watson could help Cooper take another step forward heading into his second year in Cleveland's scheme, in which he once again projects to act as the No. 1 target.

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Breece Hall RB, NYJ

Jets optimistic for Week 1

Published 2023-05-31

Coach Robert Saleh said Wednesday he's "very optimistic" about the chances of Hall (knee) being on the field Week 1, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Saleh affirmed that Hall's rehab from a left ACL tear is continuing on track, per Eric Allen of the Jets' official site, saying that the running looks powerful and has already hit over 22 miles per hour via GPS monitor. Though Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic reports Hall isn't expected to be ready for the start of training camp, the 2022 second-round pick could still be available to kick off the regular season as long as he can avoid any setbacks. Of course, Hall might be eased into action even if he does avoid missing any games. In that case, Michael Carter, Zonovan Knight and Israel Abanikanda could all see increased opportunities.

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Aaron Rodgers QB, NYJ

Hopeful to practice fully Friday

Published 2023-05-31

Coach Robert Saleh said Rodgers (calf) will be limited at Wednesday's OTAs session and the hope is for him to practice fully Friday, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

Saleh said Rodgers, who suffered a strained calf last week, is "fine" per Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. The Jets don't appear worried about the status of the veteran quarterback, which reinforces the belief that he's simply dealing with a minor injury. Saleh said Rodgers will "for sure" be back in full next week, according to Cimini.

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Jordan Addison WR, MIN

Not practicing at OTAs

Published 2023-05-30

Addison (undisclosed) did not practice Tuesday, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

The Vikings' first-round pick at No. 23 overall, Addison was injured during the rookie minicamp earlier this month and is being held out of OTAs for "precautionary reasons," according to coach Kevin O'Connell, who added that it's "nothing serious at all." Addison was at least in attendance Tuesday but only as a spectator. Perhaps he'll be cleared for mandatory minicamp next month.

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Calvin Ridley WR, JAC

Getting eased back into action

Published 2023-05-30

Speaking Tuesday, coach Doug Pederson said the Jaguars are limiting Ridley's reps at OTAs as a way to ease him back into football shape, ESPN's Michael DiRocco reports.

Pederson said Ridley will be limited at OTAs and minicamp before gaining full clearance for training camp in July. "He hasn't played in a while plus the injury, so we're just trying to be careful with him," Pederson said. "But he's doing a great job. He's picking up the offense well." Ridley hasn't played in a game since October of 2021 when he was injured with the Falcons before being suspended for all of the 2022 campaign. Ridley should have no problem displacing Zay Jones as the Jaguars' top weapon next to Christian Kirk.

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Christian Kirk WR, JAC

Good to go off of knee injury

Published 2023-05-30

Kirk (knee) participated in OTAs Tuesday, Jaguar Report's John Shipley reports.

Kirk injured his knee in last season's playoff loss to the Chiefs, so this is the first real update on him out there since the Jaguars were knocked out. The 27-year-old wideout wasn't sporting a brace or anything at Tuesday's session, so it's safe to consider Kirk 100 percent healthy. With Calvin Ridley now in the mix off of his suspension, there's added competition for targets in Jacksonville, but Kirk should remain a reliable source of WR2/3 fantasy production.

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Jimmy Garoppolo QB, LV

Could be released without penalty

Published 2023-05-28

Garoppolo's three-year, $72.75 million contract with the Raiders contains a clause that would allow Las Vegas to release him without penalty if he's unable to pass a physical due to his surgically repaired foot, Tashan Reed and Vic Tafur of The Athletic report.

Garoppolo fractured his left foot while playing with the 49ers in early December, then underwent surgery in March, shortly after he finalized his contract with Las Vegas. According to a waiver and release clause in the deal, Garoppolo acknowledged the risk of further injury while continuing to play upon his return from surgery, and he also waived any responsibility on the part of the Raiders, who can terminate his contract with no further obligation or financial ramifications. The waiver becomes null and void if Garoppolo passes a physical at any point during the 2023 season, however. While the terms of the deal give the Raiders an easy out to move on from Garoppolo if his recovery doesn't proceed as anticipated, the team won't have much in the way of appealing alternatives. The Raiders are left with 37-year-old journeyman Brian Hoyer, fourth-round rookie Aidan O'Connell and 2022 undrafted free agent Chase Garbers as the other signal-callers on the roster, and Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan, Teddy Bridgewater and Joe Flacco are the most experienced options among an uninspiring crop of quarterbacks on the free-agent market.

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Marquise Brown WR, ARZ

Moves up depth chart

Published 2023-05-26

Brown has moved up the wide receiver depth chart in Arizona after the team released DeAndre Hopkins on Friday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Due to Hopkins' six-game suspension to start last season and injury concerns for both he and Brown thereafter, the pair only suited up for four games together. With Hopkins out of the picture, Brown will kick off his second season with the Cardinals as the team's top wideout, followed by the likes of Rondale Moore, Greg Dortch, Zach Pascal and rookie third-round pick Michael Wilson. Brown also may not be working with Kyler Murray once Week 1 arrives due to the quarterback's recovery from an ACL tear suffered Dec. 12. In eight contests without Hopkins in 2022, Brown put together a 50-553-3 line on 77 targets.

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DeAndre Hopkins WR, FA

Released by Cardinals

Published 2023-05-26

The Cardinals released Hopkins on Friday.

A suspension and knee injury limited Hopkins to nine appearances last season, but his per-game numbers -- 7.1 catches for 79.7 yards and 0.33 TDs -- remained prolific. He now becomes a free agent two weeks before his 31st birthday and is instantly the top player on the post-draft market at any position. Prior to his release, Hopkins was scheduled for a non-guaranteed $19.45 million salary in 2023 and $14.92 million in 2024.

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Russell Wilson QB, DEN

Healthy and lean at OTAs

Published 2023-05-25

Wilson (knee) is participating in OTAs and said he feels "leaner and meaner" after losing some weight in the offseason, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Fitness was the least of his problems last year, but it's at least good to hear Wilson is healthy and feeling strong after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee this winter. The Denver offense has a bunch of other players coming back from more serious injuries/surgeries, namely RB Javonte Williams (ACL), LT Garret Bolles (broken leg) and WRs Tim Patrick (ACL) and KJ Hamler (torn pectoral). Even so, Wilson should be set up better under new coach Sean Payton than he was last year with Nathaniel Hackett, aided by pricey additions at left guard (Ben Powers) and right tackle (Mike McGlinchey) and a second-round pick at wide receiver (Marvin Mims). Any issues with the knee didn't seem to impact Wilson's mobility much last year, as a 55-277-3 rushing line in 15 games was an improvement from 43-183-2 in 14 games his final season in Seattle.

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Javonte Williams RB, DEN

Doing limited work at OTAs

Published 2023-05-25

Williams (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's OTA practice, Chris Tomasson of The Denver Gazette reports.

There's no contact at this early stage of the offseason, and Williams presumably will be sitting out once there is. Still, this shows he's making progress in his rehab from ACL and LCL tears suffered Week 4 last year. GM George Paton hinted in March (and again in April) that he wasn't sure about Williams' Week 1 availability, and while that may still be the case, new coach Sean Payton says the Broncos are encouraged by the RB's early progress. Offseason addition Samaje Perine is the obvious candidate to get more work if Williams isn't ready come September, but it looks like open competition otherwise with the Broncos rostering a slew of RBs that have been released by other teams, including Tony Jones, Jacques Patrick and Tyler Badie.

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Anthony Richardson QB, IND

Splitting first-team reps

Published 2023-05-25

Richardson and Gardner Minshew are splitting first-team reps in 7-on-7s Thursday, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

The Colts seem open to starting Richardson as soon as Week 1 if he looks ready, rather than defaulting to Minshew's experience and track record of competence. The fourth overall pick is miles ahead of his veteran counterpart (and most other pro QBs) when it comes to physical traits, combining a strong arm with wide-receiver speed (4.44 40) and linebacker size (6-4, 244). Even if he doesn't start the season opener, Richardson will take the field at some point during his rookie year.

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Jimmy Garoppolo QB, LV

Recovering from March surgery

Published 2023-05-25

Garoppolo had foot surgery in March, shortly after signing with the Raiders, Tashan Reed and Vic Tafur of The Athletic report.

Coach Josh McDaniels didn't provide a timeline or details, though he told reporters Garoppolo's absence from spring practices was expected. The Raiders apparently discovered that the QB needed surgery during a physical exam, after he'd avoided going under the knife in December when he suffered the left foot fracture. The 31-year-old never returned from the injury last season but might've been able to do so had the 49ers won one more game and reached the Super Bowl. His new team is confident Garoppolo will be ready for Week 1, and it helps that both he and backup quarterback Brian Hoyer have played in McDaniels' offenses before.

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Jimmy Garoppolo QB, LV

Not practicing yet

Published 2023-05-25

Garoppolo (foot) hasn't been practicing and may be out until training camp, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Coach Josh McDaniels didn't say if Garoppolo had offseason surgery but did suggest that the quarterback's absence from OTA practices isn't any surprise to his new team, per Tashan Reed of The Athletic. While he avoided surgery on a broken left foot after suffering the injury in December, the 31-year-old never returned to action during the Niners' deep playoff run before signing a three-year, $67.5 million contract with the Raiders in March. Brian Hoyer figures to get most of the first-team reps with Garoppolo not practicing, backed up by rookie fourth-round pick Aidan O'Connell and 2022 UDFA Chase Garbers.

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Jameson Williams WR, DET

Making progress entering Year 2

Published 2023-05-25

Coach Dan Campbell said Thursday that Williams (suspension) is "miles ahead of where he was last year" and praised his activity in OTAs, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Williams wasn't able to participate in last year's offseason activities due to a torn ACL, but per Twentyman he's now made significant improvements, with Campbell singling out his route running in particular. The speedster's ACL recovery hindered his production as a rookie, limiting him to just one catch (a 41-yard touchdown) in six appearances, in addition to one carry that went for another 40 yards. Now back to full health, Williams' big-play skillset could set him up as an extremely productive contributor in Detroit's offense alongside Amon-Ra St. Brown, but he'll first need to fully serve his six-game suspension for violation of the NFL's gambling policy.

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Cooper Kupp WR, LA

Not present for start of OTAs

Published 2023-05-24

Kupp (ankle) isn't taking part in the start of the Rams' OTA workouts, as he and his wife are expecting their third child soon, Skyler Carlin of USA Today reports.

Fantasy managers eager to see the star wideout return to the field after undergoing tightrope surgery for a right high-ankle sprain in November will have to wait a little longer, as Kupp awaits the arrival of a new member of his family. When Kupp does get back on the field for practice, he'll do so under the watchful eye of a new offensive coordinator (Mike LaFleur). Aside from subtracting Allen Robinson and gaining fifth-round draft pick Puka Nacua in the offseason, Kupp will be returning to a Los Angeles receiving corps that doesn't look dramatically different from when he suffered the ankle injury.

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Amari Cooper WR, CLE

Working off to side at OTAs

Published 2023-05-24

Cooper (abdomen) hasn't been practicing at OTAs this week, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

Cooper had core muscle surgery back in February, and the procedure typically entails a recovery timeline of 6-to-8 weeks. While Cooper was in attendance for Wednesday's team workout, he was working off to the side with the training staff. There's no reason for the Browns to rush the 28-year-old wideout on the field ahead of training camp, and he should be back to 100 percent in time for padded practices.

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Patrick Mahomes QB, KC

Looking healthy at spring practice

Published 2023-05-24

Mahomes (ankle) has been participating in the first week of OTAs, PJ Green of Fox 4 Kansas City reports.

Mahomes played through the injury last winter and avoided surgery after the Super Bowl, but he revealed in mid-April that his ankle still wasn't quite back at full strength. Per Nate Taylor of The Athletic, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid used the term "100 percent" when discussing Mahomes' health Wednesday, noting that the quarterback is "going after it" and "doing a great job" working with his teammates. There's been some change to the wideout room for a second straight offseason, with JuJu Smith-Schuster moving elsewhere and the Chiefs adding second-round pick Rashee Rice and veteran Richie James. The biggest change is at offensive tackle, where veterans Donovan Smith and Jawaan Taylor were signed to replace Orlando Brown (Bengals) and Andrew Wylie (Commanders). It'll likely be a downgrade on the blindside with Smith replacing Brown, but Taylor is coming off a big year for Jacksonville and received the largest contract of the three this offseason despite being a right tackle. It's still a great setup for Mahomes, aided by an elite interior offensive line and future Hall of Famers at head coach and tight end.

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Brian Robinson RB, WAS

Healthy for OTAs

Published 2023-05-24

Robinson (knee) is participating in OTAs without any apparent limitations, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Robinson missed Week 18 of his rookie season with a knee injury, but it may not have had any impact on his offseason plan given that the team never reported that the required surgery. The 2022 third-round pick had an eventful debut campaign, missing the first four games after he was the victim of a shooting before he returned to average 17.1 carries for 66.6 yards (3.9 YPC) over the next 12 games. He caught only nine passes and scored only three times, but Robinson and Antonio Gibson could be headed for similar-sized roles under new offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, whose backfield at the start of OTAs consists of four holdovers from the 2022 Commanders (Robinson, Gibson, Jaret Patterson, Jonathan Williams) in addition to rookie sixth-round pick Chris Rodriguez.

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Calvin Ridley WR, JAC

Making strong early impression

Published 2023-05-23

Ridley impressed new coach Doug Pederson during the first day of OTAs on Monday, Demetrius Harvey of the Florida Times-Union reports. "He's been here, he's been focused, engaged, doing the things we've asked him to do," Pederson said.

The 28-year-old was suspended for the entire 2022 campaign for violating the league's gambling policy and played in only five games during 2021 in order to focus on his mental health, but he now appears to be in top shape after being acquired by Jacksonville in November. Pederson also indicated Ridley has been active in the offseason program, which should put him in a strong position to establish an on-field rapport with quarterback Trevor Lawrence ahead of training camp.

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Brock Purdy QB, SF

Will start throwing next week

Published 2023-05-23

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday that Purdy (elbow) will start a throwing program next week, NFL Network's Taylor Bisciotti reports.

It's all part of Purdy's 12-week plan, and he remains on track to be ready for Week 1 after tearing his UCL in a playoff loss to the Eagles back in January. Trey Lance has been handling all of the first-team reps at OTAs this week, but Sam Darnold is expected to start mixing into the equation at some point this offseason. Purdy remains the favorite to open the year as San Francisco's starter.

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Darnell Mooney WR, CHI

Still rehabbing ankle injury

Published 2023-05-23

Mooney (ankle) isn't participating in the Bears' OTAs this week, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

Mooney suffered an injury to his left ankle in Week 12 of last season and needed season-ending surgery. Coach Matt Eberflus said Mooney is "progressing," but it sounds like the wideout isn't expected on the field before the start of training camp. With DJ Moore now in town and Chase Claypool getting ready for his first full season in a Chicago uniform, Mooney's targets are going to take a hit, but he should also see less attention from opposing defenses. Look for him to serve as Chicago's top downfield weapon with Moore, Claypool and Cole Kmet handling the intermediate looks.

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Aaron Rodgers QB, NYJ

Diagnosed with strained calf

Published 2023-05-23

Rodgers suffered a strained calf in Tuesday's practice, CBS Sports' Josina Anderson reports.

Rodgers' injury was initially reported as an ankle issue, but it's actually to his calf. According to Anderson, the injury is considered minor, and the veteran quarterback shouldn't miss much time. This doesn't seem like it will affect Rodgers' availability for training camp, but we might see the Jets dial him back for the remainder of OTAs.

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Aaron Rodgers QB, NYJ

Dealing with ankle injury

Published 2023-05-23

Rodgers suffered an apparent ankle injury at Tuesday's OTA session and didn't participate in team drills, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

Rodgers appeared to tweak his ankle in warmups prior to practice and was seen getting checked by the training staff. He ended up sitting out the rest of the day but did remain on the sideline, suggesting his absence might have been more precautionary than anything else. It'll be interesting to see if Rodgers is back out there later this week. Either way, this doesn't have the sound of a long-term issue.

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C.J. Stroud QB, HOU

Starting strong at OTAs

Published 2023-05-23

Coach DeMeco Ryans suggested Tuesday that he's in no rush to name a starting quarterback, though Stroud has done an "excellent job" so far, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

Davis Mills was the first QB through drills at OTAs on Tuesday, followed by Stroud and then Case Keenum. The No. 2 overall pick in 2023 figures to make starts as a rookie, but he won't necessarily be under center Week 1 if he struggles during the offseason program. Ryans said a starter won't be determined until training camp.

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Breece Hall RB, NYJ

Not practicing yet

Published 2023-05-23

Hall (knee) isn't practicing Tuesday at OTAs, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

As expected, with Hall rehabbing an ACL tear suffered in October, the Jets are not pushing the running back during the offseason program. He also damaged his meniscus, but that issue wasn't considered serious and likely won't complicate his recovery. The Jets seem optimistic about having the 2022 second-round pick available for Week 1, with coach Robert Saleh telling reporters in April that Hall looked "fantastic". If it doesn't work out that way and he ends up missing games in September, the Jets can turn to Michael Carter, Zonovan Knight and Israel Abanikanda in the backfield.

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Austin Ekeler RB, LAC

Staying in LA with new incentives

Published 2023-05-23

Ekeler is expected to remain with the Chargers for 2023 after they added $1.75 million in incentives for the final season of his contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Ekeler requested a trade earlier this offseason, and while a minor adjustment to his current contract isn't exactly what he wanted, it'll apparently be enough to keep him in Los Angeles for one more year without a holdout. The 28-year-old led the NFL in touchdowns each of the past two seasons, scoring 38 times in 33 games while averaging 96.8 scrimmage yards. Ekeler figures to be busy again this season given the questionable backfield depth behind him, though Justin Herbert is expected to push the ball downfield more with the help of new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and rookie first-round wideout Quentin Johnston.

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Bryce Young QB, CAR

Works with first team

Published 2023-05-22

Young split first-team reps with Andy Dalton on the first day of OTAs, Mike Kaye of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Dalton took the initial reps, but he and Young ultimately split pass attempts evenly with the first-team offense. Earlier in May, coach Frank Reich stated that Young would work with backups to start OTAs, though it appears he's already scrapped that plan. While it will almost certainly take some time for the Panthers to make an official announcement as to their starting quarterback to begin the season, Young looks to be trending toward that role.

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Austin Ekeler RB, LAC

Not present for Day 1 of OTAs

Published 2023-05-22

Ekeler wasn't present Monday for the first day of Los Angeles' OTAs, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ekeler wanted an extension ahead of the 2023 campaign, which is the final year under his current four-year contract, but with no progress made, he requested and was granted permission to seek a trade. However, he still remains with the Chargers following the draft, and it's becoming more likely he'll have to stick in Los Angeles for at least one more year before testing the open market in 2024. Despite the offseason antics, head coach Brandon Staley has remained steady and expects Ekeler to be present for the mandatory offseason workouts in June.

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Justin Herbert QB, LAC

Throwing at OTAs

Published 2023-05-22

Herbert (shoulder) threw passes to teammates Monday at OTAs, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Herbert resumed throwing earlier in May, about 13-to-14 weeks after postseason surgery on the labrum in his left shoulder. He's doing well enough to throw in practice, albeit without any defenders on the field for the first day of OTAs. There's still a chance Herbert misses some reps this spring, but he's well on his way to starting Week 1 and has a couple new faces in town (OC Kellen Moore, WR Quentin Johnston) to help him rebound from a disappointing 2022 in which the QB's touchdown rate (3.6 percent, 25 total) and yards per attempt (6.8) nosedived even with a career high in completion percentage (68.2). The Chargers are counting on their offseason additions to help Herbert rebound to his 2020-21 level -- 7.4 YPA; 308.9 total yards and 2.4 total TDs per game -- or possibly even reacher greater heights. Offensive line depth again looks like a weakness for the Chargers, but they at least have star LT Rashawn Slater coming back from a biceps tear and an elite center in Corey Linsley.

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DeAndre Hopkins WR, ARZ

Not at voluntary OTAs

Published 2023-05-22

Hopkins isn't at voluntary OTAs but has been talking to teammates and working out with private trainers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Hopkins was oft-mentioned in trade rumors earlier this spring, before he posted an Instagram story May 1 (on the heels of the NFL Draft) suggesting he didn't want to leave. He sounds more open to a trade in a recent interview with the I AM ATHLETE podcast, though he also said he thinks the Cardinals are "in good hands" with new GM Monti Ossenfort. While the soon-to-be 31-year-old wideout might seem an odd fit on a team many consider to be rebuilding under a new front office and new coaching staff, Hopkins seems to think the Cardinals have enough veteran talent to be competitive. Still, it won't be shocking if he's traded at some point this spring or summer, nor will it come as any surprise if the Cards struggle through another lackluster campaign.

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Hayden Hurst TE, CAR

Recovering from sports hernia

Published 2023-05-22

Coach Frank Reich said Monday that Hurst (sports hernia) is recovering from a procedure and progressing well, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Hurst is absent from the start of Carolina's voluntary offseason workouts due to his rehab. While Reich didn't offer an exact timeframe for his expected return, it doesn't seem as though Hurst is in danger of missing significant time. The veteran tight end signed a three-year contract with the Panthers this offseason, putting him in prime position to act as one of the top pass catchers for No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young and Andy Dalton once Hurst is healthy.

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Austin Ekeler RB, LAC

Not at voluntary workouts

Published 2023-05-15

Ekeler isn't present Monday for voluntary offseason workouts, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

As expected, with no progress reported since Ekeler requested and received permission in March to seek a trade. He wants an extension as he heads into the final season of a four-year contract that he's easily outplayed, and his trade request seems to be an acknowledgement that the Chargers are unlikely to give him the deal he wants. There's a possible holdout brewing with the first mandatory team activities only a few weeks away, though it's still possible the team changes its mind on contract terms or finds a trade partner willing to give up a lot for Ekeler. The Chargers don't have much else in their backfield, with returning reserves Joshua Kelley, Isaiah Spiller and Larry Rountree thus far joined by only a pair of undrafted rookies (Elijah Dotson, Tyler Hoosman).

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Justin Herbert QB, LAC

Resumes throwing after surgery

Published 2023-05-15

Herbert (shoulder) threw a football Monday, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Coming off winter surgery on a torn labrum in his left shoulder, Herbert hadn't resumed throwing as of late April. He's throwing now, which doesn't mean he'll be cleared for spring practices but does show he's progressing about as expected. Once he's ready to practice, Herbert will have a new offensive coordinator (Kellen Moore) and rookie first-round wideout (Quentin Johnston) on hand to help him thrive in his fourth NFL season.

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Javonte Williams RB, DEN

Making steady progress in recovery

Published 2023-05-13

Broncos head coach Sean Payton believes there's a "good chance" Williams won't be placed on the PUP list to begin training camp, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.

This is the first bit of reported optimism regarding Williams' status to start the 2023 season given general manager George Paton had previously made couched remarks regarding the star running back's availability when August rolls around. The third-year running back saw his 2022 season cut short in Week 4 after tearing his ACL and LCL along with severe bruising in other areas of his knee. Rehab from the season-ending surgery was thought to be a long road, but evidently the 23-year-old has made significant progress over the last couple of months. Samaje Perine would likely have first crack at the starting role if Williams was unable to play Week 1.

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Jahmyr Gibbs RB, DET

Bothered by ankle at rookie camp

Published 2023-05-13

Gibbs suffered a minor ankle injury Friday and won't practice Saturday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

It's only rookie minicamp at this point, with the first set of OTAs coming May 23-25. Gibbs should be a big part of Detroit's offense from the jump, after he and Bijan Robinson became the first RBs since 2018 to get drafted in the first half of the first round. The Lions traded D'Andre Swift to Philadelphia two days later, completing an offseason backfield makeover in which they swapped out Swift and Jamaal Williams (Saints) for Gibbs and David Montgomery. It's certainly an upgrade in terms of athleticism, with Gibbs offering 4.36 speed and double-threat college production (2,132 rushing yards and 1,212 receiving yards in three seasons) while Montgomery profiles as a younger and more versatile version of Williams.

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Brock Purdy QB, SF

Expected back for training camp

Published 2023-05-10

Coach Mike Shanahan expects that Purdy (elbow) will be ready for training camp barring any setbacks, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Shanahan further noted that Purdy has been making throwing motions with a towel and is expected to be able to throw a ball in June. Assuming Purdy continues to progress as expected, he'd be the favorite to lead the dynamic 49ers' offense to begin the 2023 campaign after an impressive rookie season. That would leave Trey Lance in an uncertain situation, particularly because the team has acknowledged receiving trade calls regarding him this offseason.

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Baker Mayfield QB, TB

Starting role up for grabs

Published 2023-05-10

Offensive coordinator Dave Canales said Wednesday the Buccaneers won't rush to name Mayfield of Kyle Trask as the starting quarterback for the 2023 season, Brianna Dix of the team's official site reports.

Mayfield and Trask both managed to avoid added competition at the quarterback position during the 2023 NFL Draft, though Tampa Bay did sign John Wolford on Tuesday. Canales said the starting role will go to the quarterback who proves they can take "care of the ball" and "push the ball down the field," and while Mayfield certainly looks like the favorite to win out among the Buccaneers' current options, it's possible a competition could still linger late into the offseason. The 28-year-old Mayfield inked with Tampa Bay on a one-year, $8.5 million contract back in March and may be facing his last real chance at a career bounceback.

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Justin Fields QB, CHI

Showing progress in Getsy's offense

Published 2023-05-07

Bears OC Luke Getsy recently said Fields is "light years ahead of where he was" at the same point last offseason, Collen Kane of The Chicago Tribune reports.

Fields is entering his third pro season and second year in Getsy's offense after running for 1,143 yards and eight TDs in 15 games last season. It wasn't all good, of course, as Fields took a league-high 55 sacks and fumbled a league-high 16 times for a pathetic Bears team that got the No. 1 pick. They then traded that pick for a package that included WR DJ Moore, and later used a first-rounder on OT Darnell Wright and a fourth-rounder on WR Tyler Scott, giving Fields a lot more help than he had last season. The 24-year-old's progress as a passer is still a major question mark, but the running alone should make him useful for fantasy and suggests massive upside if the Bears are able to throw the ball effectively. With Darnell Mooney (ankle) and Chase Claypool complementing Moore, the team won't lack for speed or athleticism on the perimeter.

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Darnell Mooney WR, CHI

Recovery going well

Published 2023-05-06

Mooney was spotted running during spring workouts and appears to be recovering well from 2022's season-ending ankle injury, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Chicago's top receiver suffered an ankle injury in Week 12 of last season that kept him out for the remainder of the year, but his recovery seems to be going well. Before the injury, the now fourth-year wide receiver was leading the team with 493 yards, 61 targets and 40 receptions in what was a down year compared to his previous season where he had 1,055 yards, 140 targets and 81 receptions. In the ensuing months, Chicago acquired wide receivers Chase Claypool and DJ Moore and addressed their poor offensive line play, drafting tackle Darnell Wright 10th overall and signing guard Nate Davis in an effort to maximize starting quarterback Justin Fields. While Mooney won't be the target hog he used to be due to Chicago's new and improved weapons, he could be more potent on a per-play basis.

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Lamar Jackson QB, BAL

Officially signs extension

Published 2023-05-04

Jackson signed his five-year, $260 million contract extension with the Ravens on Thursday.

Baltimore and Jackson agreed to terms on the five-year extension, which reportedly includes $185 million in guarantees, just prior to the start of the 2023 NFL Draft, and both sides have now made the deal official. The team then selected rookie wideout Zay Flowers in the first round, adding another hopeful boost to a wide receiver room that also saw Odell Beckham signed to a one-year deal, and will get Rashod Bateman (foot) back from injury. By virtue of the revamped wide receiver corps, not to mention Mark Andrews' continued presence, Jackson looks set up to thrive with new offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

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Saquon Barkley RB, NYG

Contract dialogue to reconvene

Published 2023-05-03

Barkley's representation "had conversations" with the Giants last week, and general manager Joe Schoen said the two sides will "circle up after the draft," Patricia Traina of SI.com reports.

Barkley was given the franchise tag by New York just before he was set to hit free agency, but he has yet to sign his franchise tender. As such, he hasn't participated in the team's team's offseason program and could potentially hold out if a long-term contract isn't agreed upon. The Giants took running back Eric Gray in the draft, but as a late fifth-round pick, it's unlikely that New York sees him as an immediate replacement for Barkley. There's a good chance that Barkley will suit up for the Giants this season, but there remains uncertainty about how far apart the team and the running back's representatives are on contract numbers.

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Ryan Tannehill QB, TEN

Still the starter, for now

Published 2023-05-03

Tannehill will open offseason practices as the starting quarterback while second-round pick Will Levis is the third-stringer, but Titans coach Mike Vrabel said "whatever happens after that will be up to the players," NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

It's essentially just coach-speak, though other coaches have been known to make stronger commitments to the veteran option -- at least verbally, if not in practice. Widely expected to be a first-round pick, Levis dropped to the second round and went 33rd overall after the Titans traded up to get him. That's early enough to threaten Tannehill's job security, but it's also worth noting that the Titans passed on Levis at 11th overall (instead drafting OL Peter Skoronski) and didn't trade back into the first round for him. It all makes for a complicated situation, as the team doesn't seem especially confident in Levis becoming a franchise QB but will probably want to see him play at some point before next year's QB-rich draft. On top of that, Tannehill has a non-guaranteed $27 million base salary in 2023, the final year of his contract, which means he could still be released before the start of the season if the Titans love what they see from Levis on the practice field this spring/summer. Tannehill told reporters Wednesday that the "whole system is pretty much different" with Tim Kelly replacing Todd Downing as offensive coordinator in Tennessee, per Paul Kuharsky.

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Jerick McKinnon RB, KC

Officially back with Kansas City

Published 2023-05-02

The Chiefs re-signed McKinnon on Tuesday, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Kansas City did nothing to address its running back room in free agency or the draft and is reuniting with McKinnon to pair with Isiah Pacheco atop the depth chart. Clyde Edwards-Helaire will open training camp as a distant No. 3 back. McKinnon caught a whopping nine touchdowns last season after entering 2022 with seven of them in his previous 87 career contests. It's not sustainable, but McKinnon should remain heavily involved as a pass-catching complement after seeing 71 targets last year.

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Jordan Love QB, GB

Signs one-year extension

Published 2023-05-02

Love is signing a one-year extension worth up to $22.5 million, including $13.5 million fully guaranteed, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Love and the Packers found a workaround shortly before the deadline for fifth-year options for 2020 first-round picks. The team apparently wasn't comfortable guaranteeing Love a $20.3 million salary for 2024, instead convincing him to accept a one-year extension with a smaller guarantee and a slightly higher ceiling. The 24-year-old is set to take over as Green Bay's starting quarterback after the Aaron Rodgers trade, leading an offense with Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon in the backfield and Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs and Jayden Reed projecting as the top three wide receivers. The Packers took Reed in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft, also adding TE Luke Musgrave (Round 2), TE Tucker Kraft (Round 3) and WR Dontayvion Wicks (Round 5).

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Bryce Young QB, CAR

Opening OTAs with second unit

Published 2023-05-01

Panthers coach Frank Reich said Young will work with the second-team offense at the beginning of OTAs, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports.

Given that Young was the No. 1 overall pick after two full seasons as an SEC starter, the real question is whether he'll be promoted to the first unit before the start of training camp or sometime later in the summer. It'll be surprising if Andy Dalton lasts beyond early-to-mid August with the first unit and shocking if Dalton gets the Week 1 start (absent an injury to the rookie). The strong probability of Young starting most/all of the season makes him relevant in superflex and two-QB leagues, but he's much less intriguing in single-QB redraft, as he didn't run much at Alabama and has mediocre receiving options in Carolina. The Panthers do at least have a promising offensive line, and they took WR Jonathan Mingo in the second round after signing RB Miles Sanders, TE Hayden Hurst and WRs Adam Thielen and DJ Chark earlier this offseason. The 5-foot-10 rookie thus figures to be mostly surrounded by competent players, though not particularly exciting ones at the skill positions.

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Jerry Jeudy WR, DEN

Fifth-year option exercised

Published 2023-05-01

The Broncos picked up Jeudy's fifth-year option for the 2024 season on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Denver now has Jeudy under contract for two more season, setting him up to carry a $12.98 million salary for the 2024 campaign. The 24-year-old fell short of of his first 1,000-yard season by just 28 yards last year, but a strong finish nonetheless allowed him to rack up a 67-972-6 receiving line through 15 appearances. The Broncos added rookie wideout Marvin Mims in the second round of April's draft, and Tim Patrick (knee) could play a significant role once fully recovered from his ACL tear, but picking up Jeudy's fifth-year option is a no-brainer for new head coach Sean Payton.

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Kenneth Walker RB, SEA

Joined by Day 2 rookie

Published 2023-04-30

Walker will be joined in the backfield by 2023 second-round running back Zach Charbonnet, Gregg Bell of The News Tribune reports.

A second-round pick in 2022, Walker started the season injured and didn't take over as the starter until Rashaad Penny went down with a broken leg in Week 5. Walker never looked back once being handed the reins, as he finished the regular season with 1,050 yards and nine touchdowns on 228 carries (4.6 YPC) and 27 catches (35 targets) for 165 yards. Notably, he posted 100-plus rushing yards in each of the final three games. Despite the dominant effort, it's not surprising that the Seahawks added to the backfield on Day 2. In fact, adding depth was necessary at some point during the draft. Head coach Pete Carroll's offense requires a heavy run game, and Walker frequented the injury report last year despite missing just two games. Charbonnet is an excellent prospect that should do well when he's on the field. However, head coach Pete Carroll will almost certainly make Walker the clear starter as long as he continues last year's effort.

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Trey Lance QB, SF

Receives medical clearance

Published 2023-04-29

Coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch said after the conclusion of the 2023 NFL Draft on Saturday that Lance (ankle) is 100 percent healthy ahead of OTAs, David Lombardi and Matt Barrows of The Athletic report.

Lance was lost for the 2022 season in Week 2, when he sustained a fibula fracture and ligament disruption in his right ankle. Prior to the injury, he was set to lead the 49ers offense as a 2021 first-round pick, but first Jimmy Garoppolo and then Brock Purdy righted the ship, with the latter leading the team to the NFC Championship Game. Purdy himself was hurt in that contest and required surgery on his right throwing elbow in March. While Purdy has an indefinite recovery timeline, San Francisco's brass has mentioned that he's the "leader in the clubhouse," when healthy. In the meantime, though, Lance and free-agent addition Sam Darnold will handle all the QB reps this offseason, which will be key for Lance potentially reclaiming his status as the team's signal-caller of the future.

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Dorian Thompson-Robinson QB, CLE

Intriguing landing spot in Cleveland

Published 2023-04-29

The Browns selected Thompson-Robinson in the fifth round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 140th overall.

A five-year starter at UCLA, Thompson-Robinson had plenty of experience running an NFL-style offense with Chip Kelly at the helm. The 23-year-old set career highs in passing touchdowns (27), rushing touchdowns (12) and rushing yards (646) in his final season at UCLA, but the growth as a playmaker was offset by a rise in turnovers. Most people will laud Thompson-Robinson's intangibles as a quarterback, but he's a promising enough asset off platform that he makes for an intriguing backup behind Deshaun Watson.

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D'Andre Swift RB, PHI

Sent to Philly

Published 2023-04-29

Swift was traded to the Eagles on Saturday for a 2025 fourth-round pick and additional compensation in the 2023 NFL Draft, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The writing was on the wall as soon as the Lions drafted Jahmyr Gibbs in the first-round of the 2023 NFL Draft. The third-year running back was unique dynamic as both a runner and pass catcher when healthy, but the Lions never really unleashed the 2020 second-round pick either due to concerns regarding his consistent availability or just an organizational philosophy. In Philadelphia, Swift should get ample opportunities to prove his worth even if he ends up splitting time with incumbents Kenny Gainwell and Boston Scott, and offseason addition Rashaad Penny.

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Darnell Washington TE, PIT

Links up with Pittsburgh

Published 2023-04-28

The Steelers selected Washington in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 93rd overall.

There simply aren't many football players like Washington. At 6-foot-7 and 264 pounds, Washington wowed at the combine by running a 4.64 in the 40 and clocking impressive agility scores. His production may not jump off the page from his time at Georgia as he recorded just 45 receptions for 774 yards and three touchdowns in three seasons, but there's reason to believe he's just scratching the surface of that element of his game. While he develops as a pass catcher, Washington can still be a factor for the Steelers. He uses his size to his advantage and is essentially an extra tackle attached to the offensive line. He can maul people in the run game as a blocker. Pat Freiermuth is the top pass-catching option at tight end for Pittsburgh, so it may be a while yet before Washington starts producing for fantasy purposes. It's also worth noting that Washington was considered a second-round prospect based on talent, but Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that his slide to the late third was due to concerns over medicals.

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Tyjae Spears RB, TEN

Joins Tennessee's backfield

Published 2023-04-28

The Titans selected Spears in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 81st overall.

Spears put himself on the map with an incredible 2022 season highlighted by 1,581 yards and 19 touchdowns on 229 carries. He continued to build momentum with an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl. Things halted a bit when he checked in light at the combine at 5-foot-9 and 201 pounds, and he ran just a 4.52 in the 40 at the Tulane Pro Day. Derrick Henry will continue to be the workhorse as long as he's in Tennessee, and Spears didn't show the pass-catching ability at Tulane to be a lock to force his way into a third-down role, either. Spears can work his way onto the fantasy radar in time, but his rookie-year prospects are less than ideal.

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Josh Downs WR, IND

Lands in Indy

Published 2023-04-28

The Colts selected Downs in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 79th overall.

This is a fortuitous landing spot for the UNC product, as he should challenge for the role vacated by Parris Campbell. Downs was a target monster over his final two seasons at North Carolina, especially in Sam Howell's final year in 2021 when he commanded an absurd 40 percent target share. His production was great, but how he adapts to the NFL game will depend on how well he can overcome his physical limitations -- he's 5-foot-9 and 171 pounds and doesn't have standout speed (4.48). Still, Downs is a crafty route runner that should fit well in the slot for Indianapolis.

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Jalin Hyatt WR, NYG

Links up with G-Men

Published 2023-04-28

The Giants selected Hyatt (hamstring) in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 73rd overall.

Hyatt is an interesting receiver prospect and the Giants make for an interesting landing spot. New York has a crowded receiver room with a mix of vets and developmental projects like Wan'Dale Robinson. Hyatt, who won the Biletnikoff Award in 2022, may not be a "complete" receiver, but his big-play ability is for real. He averaged 18.9 yards per reception in 2022 and caught 15 touchdowns. However, Hyatt has a light frame at 6-foot and 176 pounds and he had an interesting role as a vertical option out of the slot, so it remains to be seen how that will translate. If nothing else, Hyatt brings a speedy downfield element to the Giants offense.

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Kendre Miller RB, NO

Heads to Big Easy

Published 2023-04-28

The Saints selected Miller in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 71st overall.

Miller outlasted fellow 2023 prospect Zach Evans to take over the TCU backfield last year while Evans took his talents to Ole Miss. TCU got plenty of production out of Miller en route to its National Championship appearance, as he produced 1,399 yards and 17 touchdowns on 224 carries. Prior to that, Miller had 137 carries for 1,011 yards in two seasons. Miller is unproven as a pass-catcher with 29 career receptions for 229 yards, and an MCL injury prevented him from participating at the combine or pro day. The Saints are an interesting landing spot for Miller; if Alvin Kamara plays the whole season, it's tough to see Miller taking on a major role with Jamaal Williams also in the mix. Miller is an interesting speculative prospect in Dynasty formats, but his redraft value is murky for the time being.

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Nathaniel Dell WR, HOU

Stays in H-Town

Published 2023-04-28

The Texans selected Dell in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 69th overall.

Dell won't have to go far to meet up with his new team as the former Houston Cougar gets to stay in the area. A polarizing prospect, Dell was a dominant producer in college (32 receiving TDs) but his nickname of "Tank" is a bit of a misnomer; he's perilously slight at 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds. To be that small, standout athleticism is a necessity and Dell didn't show that at the combine with a 4.49-second 40-yard dash and a 121-inch broad jump. Houston doesn't have much settled in its receiving corps so there's a chance Dell finds his way onto the field, but his margin for error at the next level is small.

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Marvin Mims WR, DEN

Heads to Mile High City

Published 2023-04-28

The Broncos selected Mims in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 63rd overall.

Denver has a crowded receiver room on paper, but Tim Patrick is coming off an ACL tear and KJ Hamler hasn't been the picture of durability, either. Mims had a varied role during his time at Oklahoma; he stood out as a freshman with nine touchdowns on 51 targets. His volume dropped off as a sophomore with 41 targets in 13 games, but he averaged a ridiculous 17.2 yards per target on those opportunities. He drew more volume as a junior in the new-look offense and still thrived, catching 54 of 91 targets for 1,083 yards and six scores. Mims showed well at the combine with 4.38 speed at 5-foot-11 and 183 pounds, too. He may not have been on the mainstream fantasy radar before Friday, but his going to Denver in the second round definitely changes that.

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Rashee Rice WR, KC

Lands with Super Bowl champs

Published 2023-04-28

The Chiefs selected Rice in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 55th overall.

The Chiefs lost JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman this offseason, and while Kadarius Toney and Skyy Moore are candidates to replace those slot reps, Kansas City needed to add an outside receiver. Rice (6-0, 204) was a strong four-year contributor at SMU that racked up 19 touchdowns over his final two seasons. He isn't blazing fast (4.51 40-yard dash) but his leaping ability gives him a solid catch radius for his size and he can run his routes on the outside. With so much young but unproven talent in the receiving corps already, solving Kansas City's passing game from a fantasy perspective just got even trickier.

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Jonathan Mingo WR, CAR

New target for Bryce Young

Published 2023-04-28

The Panthers selected Mingo in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 39th overall.

Carolina gets a passing game weapon to pair with first overall pick, Bryce Young. A fellow SEC product, Mingo never truly dominated at Mississippi but he did break out as a senior with 51 catches for 861 yards and five touchdowns on 92 targets. His selling point has less to do with his production and more to do with his athleticism. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds with 10.38-inch hands, Mingo ran an impressive 4.46 in the 40 and his jumps ranked in the 89th percentile among receivers. As it stands, Adam Thielen, DJ Chark and Terrace Marshall project as the top three wideouts, but each of them are far from sure things to earn starter-level snaps all season. With that, there's a chance Mingo works his way into the target rotation as the 2023 season unfolds.

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Michael Mayer TE, LV

Scooped by Las Vegas

Published 2023-04-28

The Raiders selected Mayer in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 35th overall.

Las Vegas dealt Darren Waller to the Giants this offseason, making tight end a need. The board set up well for them as only one tight end went in the first round, and the Raiders were able to get a player that many had ranked as the top prospect at this position. Mayer (6-4, 249) is a "complete" tight end in that he's an asset both as a blocker and as a receiver. The Notre Dame product carried the Irish passing game during his three years in South Bend, leading them in receptions each of those seasons and finishing with 180 career grabs. His combine performance was something of a disappointment, as his 4.7 speed was not ideal for a player under 250 pounds. Still, Mayer projects to be in the mix right away for not just run-blocking snaps, but targets as well.

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Will Levis QB, TEN

Slide ends in Tennessee

Published 2023-04-28

The Titans selected Levis in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 33rd overall.

Levis' long slide out of the first round came to an end early in Round 2 as the Titans moved up via a trade with the Cardinals to make the pick. Though the notion of Levis going first overall never seemed plausible, there was some sense he would be a top-10 pick at the very least. Levis has plenty of pluses and minuses to his game. On the one hand, Levis has a big frame (6-foot-4, 229 pounds) with solid mobility to go with a powerful throwing arm. On the other, Levis is still very raw for a player his age. He will turn 24 before his rookie season and it took him until his fourth year in college and a transfer out of Penn State in order to win a starting job. Levis had strong statistics in his first year at Kentucky with 24 passing touchdowns and nine rushing scores. He played through bumps and bruises in 2022 and the production suffered, especially in the rushing category. There was concern regarding a lingering toe issue that may have fueled his slide out of the first round. Now in Tennessee, Levis projects to compete with 2022 third-round pick Malik Willis for the right to back up Ryan Tannehill before possibly challenging for the starting role in his second year.

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Justin Herbert QB, LAC

Receives fifth-year option

Published 2023-04-28

The Chargers picked up the fifth-year option on Herbert's (shoulder) rookie contract Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

With the May 1 deadline to make such a decision with 2020 first-round picks, L.A. did as expected with its franchise signal-caller. Through three seasons, Herbert has racked up at last 4,300 passing yards on each occasion, posted 94 touchdowns versus 35 interceptions and also added eight scores on the ground. Currently, he's in the midst of his recovery from surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder and remains a couple weeks away from making light throws, but there's little worry about him being healthy by the time training camp kicks off in late July.

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D'Andre Swift RB, DET

Receiving trade interest

Published 2023-04-28

The Lions have received inquiries about trading Swift in the wake of the team selecting Jahmyr Gibbs 12th overall in the 2023 NFL Draft on Thursday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

General manager Brad Holmes said Thursday that Swift is "still a part of our team" Thursday, adding that "it is early," per Jeff Risdon of USA Today. The fact remains that the team saw fit to spend a high first-round pick on a capable pass-catching back in Gibbs, after already having signed David Montgomery to a three-year, $18 million contract this offseason. It doesn't take much reading between the lines to see that Swift could be on the way out. A dynamic playmaker in his own right, durability concerns have limited Swift's upside with the Lions, as he missed at least three games in each of his three seasons with the team. It's possible, though, that another team could be intrigued enough by Swift's flashes to take a chance on him and be willing to part with more than a late-round pick in exchange for the young runner. For fantasy purposes, a chance of scenery would likely only boost Swift's stock with Gibbs now atop the Lions' backfield depth chart.

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Jordan Addison WR, MIN

Lands with Minnesota in first round

Published 2023-04-27

The Vikings selected Addison in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 23rd overall.

Addison is slightly built at 5-foot-11, 173 pounds, but the former USC and Pittsburgh star produced at a level in college that makes his skill set beyond question. Addison's skill level is basically off the charts, otherwise he wouldn't have been able to catch 160 passes at Pittsburgh before turning 20 years old. It's highly unusual for a wide receiver to produce the volume Addison did at Pittsburgh (2,259 yards and 21 touchdowns) while maintaining the efficiency he did (68.4 percent catch rate, 9.7 yards per target). Because he's so light it's unlikely that Addison will bully anyone at the catch point, but his ability to separate from defenders and snatch the ball from the air is stuff you don't see often. Justin Jefferson is the unquestioned WR1 in Minnesota, but Addison could prove himself overqualified as a WR2 in time.

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Zay Flowers WR, BAL

Baltimore swoops in

Published 2023-04-27

The Ravens selected Flowers in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 22nd overall.

Baltimore's spotty track record with drafting receivers in the first round aside, Flowers fills an immediate need for the Ravens with Rashod Bateman's injury track record and Odell Beckham being on just a one-year deal. The Boston College product was the third receiver taken in this class and he has impressive production in his prospect profile. Flowers (5-foot-9, 182 pounds, 4.42 40) caught 29 touchdowns over four seasons while carrying what was an otherwise anemic passing attack. It will be a challenge for Flowers to ascend in the target pecking order with Bateman, Beckham and Mark Andrews in the fold, but he could have the inside track at a slot role in a new-look offense designed by Todd Monken.

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Quentin Johnston WR, LAC

Bolts to Los Angeles

Published 2023-04-27

The Chargers selected Johnston in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 21st overall.

Wide receiver was a need for the Chargers and that market was slow to develop in the first round, which worked out in their favor. Jaxon Smith-Njigba was the first receiver off the board the pick right before and now Johnston is headed to Los Angeles. Johnston isn't a perfect prospect -- there are questions about his route-running and whether the athletic dominance he showed against Big 12 competition at TCU will translate after running a 4.51 40 at his pro day -- but he's the most projectable outside receiver in this class at 6-foot-3. He projects to line up opposite Mike Williams with Keenan Allen in the slot. Johnston may be fourth in the target pecking order when the season starts, but there are durability concerns with the other Charger receivers. In all, this is a solid landing spot for Johnston, who now has a chance to be fantasy-relevant as a rookie in an explosive passing attack.

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Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR, SEA

First WR off the board to Seattle

Published 2023-04-27

The Seahawks selected Smith-Njigba in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 20th overall.

Smith-Njigba was widely expected to go in the top 12 or so, meaning at 20 the former Ohio State star looks like a bargain for the Seahawks. Tyler Lockett will be tough to displace from two-wideout formations, something the Seahawks run often as they trot out many multi-TE sets, but whenever Lockett declines it will be Smith-Njigba that the Seahawks depend on to step up. Smith-Njigba should make an immediate impact when Seattle goes three wide, likely running from the slot most of the time. At 6-foot-1, 196 pounds Smith-Njigba has only an average build and his 4.52-second pro day 40 time might have been more like a 4.60 on the combine track, but his excellent agility testing (6.57-second three-cone drill, 3.93-second 20-yard shuttle) should make Smith-Njigba stand out from the slot.

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Jahmyr Gibbs RB, DET

Goes to Detroit 12th overall

Published 2023-04-27

The Lions selected Gibbs in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 12th overall.

Backfield depth is nice, but with David Montgomery signed in free agency it's difficult to see how the Lions could make room for both Gibbs and D'Andre Swift in the remaining reps. Gibbs (5-foot-9, 199 pounds) is one of the most talented pass catchers the NFL is likely to see at the running back position, and with 4.36 speed the Alabama/Georgia Tech product is a threat to go the distance from any part of the field. In short, Gibbs is the kind of talent you make room for, and it's just about impossible to imagine the Lions leaving him on the bench very much. While his light frame makes Gibbs unlikely to log many 20-carry games, his pass-catching ability should make him a fantasy standout even on modest rushing volume.

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Bijan Robinson RB, ATL

Taken eighth overall by Atlanta

Published 2023-04-27

The Falcons selected Robinson in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, eighth overall.

Robinson (5-foot-11, 215 pounds) is the highest running back selection since Saquon Barkley went fifth in 2018. Like Barkley, Robinson is expected to be a three-down workhorse and a standout pass-catching threat, a setup that should allow him to become one of the top fantasy running backs in a hurry. Tyler Allgeier might be overqualified as a backup runner with Robinson now in Atlanta, but talent like Robinson's demands the first and second opportunity. With 4.46 speed and an exceptionally productive collegiate career to his credit, the former Texas back seems like a potential star at the position.

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Devon Witherspoon CB, SEA

Seattle swoops in

Published 2023-04-27

The Seahawks selected Witherspoon in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, fifth overall.

After hitting a home run with Tariq Woolen in the fifth round last year, Seattle is going back to the well at cornerback but using a much higher pick to do so. Witherspoon was tremendous in coverage at Illinois, especially in press. He logged 17 pass breakups as a senior in 2022 to go with three interceptions en route to becoming a consensus All-American. Witherspoon, at 5-foot-11 and 181 pounds with 4.43 speed, isn't as toolsy as fellow rookie corner Christian Gonzalez, but Witherspoon's instincts and physicality were enough to make him the first corner off the board this year. He and Woolen could form a dominant cornerback pairing in the Pacific Northwest.

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Anthony Richardson QB, IND

Goes to Indy fourth overall

Published 2023-04-27

The Colts selected Richardson in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, fourth overall.

Richardson is raw as a passer and has mechanical work ahead to improve his accuracy, but the Florida product will only turn 21 in May and is not unusually raw for a player his age. If Richardson can make improvements to his skill set then the results could be uniquely explosive, because athletes of his caliber just do not happen very often. At 6-foot-4, 244 pounds Richardson is massive for a quarterback, yet his 4.43-second 40-yard dash indicates speed that would make most wide receivers jealous. Richardson only completed 53.8 percent of his passes in 2022 and his nine interceptions were too much for just 327 attempts, but even if Richardson never improves as a passer he should prove a top-two rushing threat at quarterback. It's not clear whether Richardson might start over veteran Gardner Minshew in Week 1, but the Colts will presumably give Richardson a chance to compete for the opportunity.

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Will Anderson LB, HOU

Targeted by Houston in trade-up

Published 2023-04-27

The Texans selected Anderson in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, third overall.

Houston is making quite a splash to kick off the 2023 NFL Draft and new head coach DeMeco Ryans' tenure, taking its quarterback of the future at No.2 overall and then trading up from 12th overall to nab Anderson. The Alabama product was a game-wrecker for the Crimson Tide with 62 career tackles for loss and 34.5 sacks, including 17.5 sacks in 15 games as a sophomore in 2021. He took home the SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors in each of his last two seasons in T-Town. He checks in at 6-foot-3 and 253 pounds with long arms and impressive speed for his size (4.60 40). Look for the Texans to deploy him as a pass rusher off the edge in Ryans' scheme.

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C.J. Stroud QB, HOU

Selected second overall by Houston

Published 2023-04-27

The Texans selected Stroud in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, second overall.

For much of the pre-draft process, Stroud was considered a candidate to go first overall, and it's difficult to identify ways he could have played much better at Ohio State. This selection gives the Texans a credible franchise quarterback prospect, and one who will perhaps jumpstart the Houston passing game after throwing 85 touchdown passes to just 12 interceptions over the last two years. Stroud (6-foot-3, 214 pounds) is not a big quarterback and is unlikely to run much at the NFL level, but his pocket movement is adequate and his quick release allows him to pose as a big-play threat as a passer.

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Bryce Young QB, CAR

Goes first overall to Carolina

Published 2023-04-27

The Panthers selected Young in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, first overall.

There was plenty of intrigue as to which direction the Panthers would go after giving up a haul to move into the first overall slot. C.J. Stroud and even Will Levis were bandied about as legitimate candidates to go to Carolina, but the team landed on the decorated signal-caller out of Alabama. Young for his own part is a bit of a polarizing prospect. His production as a two-year starter was prolific, and the film shows him to be a decisive and accurate quarterback with next-level anticipation. That said, Young being a success in the NFL would be somewhat unprecedented. He's often compared to Kyler Murray in terms of stature, but while Murray was a prolific runner at Oklahoma, that wasn't much of a calling card for Young (185 total rushing yards in two seasons as the starter). At 5-foot-10 and 204 pounds with average arm strength on deep passes, there's reason for concern that the speed and physicality at the next level will prevent him from reaching his ceiling. As for his fit in Carolina, the Panthers are jumpstarting a rebuild with Young at the forefront. With DJ Moore gone, Young won't have the type of loaded receiving corps he became accustomed to in Tuscaloosa. Andy Dalton was signed this offseason and will likely fill a mentor role while Young gets ready to take over as the starter as early as Week 1. Young's redraft value is murky as of now given the team context and the questions about his transition to the NFL, but he's certainly on the radar as an early pick in dynasty and is likely a QB2 to target in superflex formats.

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Justin Herbert QB, LAC

Recovery progressing, not throwing

Published 2023-04-27

Herbert's shoulder is roughly 75 percent healed, but he is still a few weeks away from beginning light throwing, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Herbert underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in late January and has been rehabbing since. He may miss OTAs, as the team is likely to play it safe with its franchise quarterback, but there is little concern that he'll be ready for the start of training camp. In the meantime, Herbert and the Chargers have been in talks on a long-term extension.

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Lamar Jackson QB, BAL

Lands five-year extension

Published 2023-04-27

Jackson has agreed to a five-year deal to remain with the Ravens.

Jackson's previously uncertain status for the coming season has now gained clarity, with the team confirming that the star QB is slated to ink a five-year agreement (worth $260 million, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network) with the franchise that drafted him in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Earlier this offseason, Jackson -- who the Ravens placed their $32.4 million non-exclusive franchise tag on -- had requested a trade, but he's sticking with the team after all. Now past the sprained PCL that ended his 2022 campaign, the 26-year-old is poised to continue to helm a Baltimore offense that bolstered its pass-catching corps earlier this month by signing veteran wideout Odell Beckham.

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Lamar Jackson QB, BAL

Agrees to extension with Baltimore

Published 2023-04-27

Jackson and the Ravens have agreed to terms on a contract extension, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Terms of the pending deal have yet to be reported, but after Jackson requested a trade earlier this offseason, his future with the Ravens appeared cloudy. Now, just hours before the 2023 NFL Draft, Baltimore's franchise signal-caller is slated to to remain with the team, with a long-term extension now in pace, per Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.

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Tee Higgins WR, CIN

Present for voluntary workouts

Published 2023-04-26

Higgins is participating in voluntary offseason workouts, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Prominent players in contract years often skip the voluntary portions of offseason programs and sometimes the mandatory parts as well. Higgins' decision to do otherwise in the final year of his rookie deal suggests he's optimistic about signing an extension or doesn't mind playing out the season without one. He's been mentioned in trade rumors for a while due to the expectation of QB Joe Burrow and WR Ja'Marr Chase taking up a big chunk of Cincinnati's budget, but it wouldn't be all that complicated for the Bengals to keep all three, especially if they're willing to backload the cap hits and/or make sacrifices on the defensive side of the ball.

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Joe Burrow QB, CIN

2024 option exercised by Cincinnati

Published 2023-04-25

The Bengals exercised Burrow's fifth-year option for 2024 on Tuesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

The two sides remain in talks about a long-term extension, which could get hammered out well before 2024. Picking up the option was merely a procedural move keeping Burrow under team control should extension talks go sideways. The No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, Burrow won Comeback Player of the Year in 2021 and made his first Pro Bowl in 2022 while finishing fourth in MVP voting. Burrow has already played in seven playoff games over the last two seasons, reaching the Super Bowl back in 2021 before falling to Kansas City in the AFC title game last year. Burrow could soon be in line to become the NFL's highest-paid player.

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Justin Jefferson WR, MIN

Has fifth-year option picked up

Published 2023-04-25

The Vikings exercised Jefferson's fifth-year option for 2024 on Tuesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

This was a no-brainer for Minnesota, but it would be a shock if the two sides don't have a long-term contract worked out well before the start of the 2024 campaign. This is likely just a placeholder keeping Jefferson tied to the Vikings for at least the next two seasons. Since being taken 22nd overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, Jefferson has 324 catches for 4,825 yards and 25 touchdowns and has yet to miss a game. Turning 24 in June, Jefferson is coming off Offensive Player of the Year honors last season.

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Jordan Love QB, GB

Officially taking over for Rodgers

Published 2023-04-24

The Packers will move on to Love at quarterback after agreeing to trade Aaron Rodgers to the Jets on Monday, Rich Cimini and Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

With the long-awaited deal soon to be ironed out in the coming days, the post-Rodgers era in Green Bay now has clarity. A first-round pick in 2020, Love has just 10 appearances and one start on his resume through three campaigns, having completed 50 of 83 passes (60.2 percent) for 606 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions and rushing 13 times for 26 yards. His performance (113 yards and a TD strike to Christian Watson in one and a half quarters) in place of Rodgers against the Eagles in Week 12 last season likely was the sign the Packers needed that Love was ready to take over the offense. As the roster stands before the 2023 Draft, the skill-position talent at Love's disposal consists of notables like running backs Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon and wide receivers Watson and Romeo Doubs.

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Aaron Rodgers QB, NYJ

Officially traded to Jets for picks

Published 2023-04-24

The Jets acquired Rodgers from the Packers in exchange for a package of draft picks Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Along with Rodgers, the Jets are acquiring the No. 15 overall pick in Thursday's NFL Draft and a 2023 fifth-rounder, at No. 170 overall. Headed to Green Bay are the 13th overall pick Thursday night, the No. 42 overall selection on Friday and a sixth-rounder at No. 207 Saturday. The Packers are also receiving a 2024 second-rounder that will become a first-round pick if Rodgers plays 65 percent of the offensive snaps this upcoming season. It's a pretty sizable haul for Green Bay, considering they had little leverage other than just keeping Rodgers around. The book now can be closed on this drama, with Rodgers quarterbacking a Jets offense that features Garrett Wilson, Allen Lazard and Mecole Hardman as his top three wideouts while Corey Davis is still viewed as a likely release candidate. Rodgers' fantasy arrow has been trending downward with his inability to use his legs much anymore. Look for him to post mid-range QB2 numbers under old-turned-new OC Nathaniel Hackett.

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Jameson Williams WR, DET

Given six-game suspension

Published 2023-04-21

The NFL announced Friday that Williams will be suspended six games for violation of the league's gambling policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Williams and Stanley Berryhill are being handed six-game suspensions for violating the NFL's gambling policy, while CJ Moore, Quintez Cephus and Shaka Toney are receiving indefinite suspensions, minimum one year. Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports that the incident involving Williams and Berryhill occurred within team facilities, and involved online betting on non-NFL games. The surprising development throws a wrench in projecting Williams' prospects for the 2023 campaign, as he had been a popular breakout candidate after coming off a rookie season largely lost to injury. Though now fully recovered from his ACL tear, Williams will now have to wait at least six games before being able to get on the field and produce in the 2023 regular season.

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CeeDee Lamb WR, DAL

Gets fifth-year option

Published 2023-04-20

The Cowboys exercised the fifth-year option on Lamb's rookie contract Thursday, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Teams have a deadline of May 1 to make such decisions with first-round picks from the 2020 Draft, and the 17th overall selection that year now is locked in in Dallas through the 2024 season. Lamb is coming off a second consecutive 1,000-yard campaign, having put together a 107-1,359-9 line on 156 targets in 17 games last season. He's also been plenty durable during his three-year career, missing just one of a possible 50 regular-season contests to date. After the Cowboys added Brandin Cooks to their receiving corps this offseason, Lamb may have even more room to operate in a Dak Prescott-led offense.

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Saquon Barkley RB, NYG

No progress ahead of draft

Published 2023-04-20

Giants GM Joe Schoen said Thursday that nothing has changed between Barkley and the team, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Schoen implied that the team will focus more on veteran contracts -- namely Barkley's and DL Dexter Lawrence's -- after the conclusion of the NFL Draft next weekend. Barkley still hasn't signed his franchise tender and thus remains absent from the offseason program, but the Giants have until July 17 to work out a long-term contract. If nothing happens by then, Barkley can either sign the tender or hold out.

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Allen Robinson WR, PIT

Passes physical to complete trade

Published 2023-04-19

Robinson (foot) has passed his physical with the Steelers, which makes his trade from the Rams official, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.

Per Brooke Pryor of ESPN, the Steelers are sending a seventh-round draft pick (No. 234 overall) to the Rams in exchange for Robinson and a seventh-round choice (No. 251 overall). Under the terms of the deal, Los Angeles is slated to pay $10.25 million of Robinson's $15.25 million guaranteed salary for the coming season, while Pittsburgh will pay the remaining $5 million. In his new locale, Robinson will provide depth, versatility and experience to a wideout corps that features Diontae Johnson and George Pickens, and also includes 2022 fourth-rounder Calvin Austin. On the heels of logging 33 catches for 339 yards and three TDs in 10 games last season, Robinson has some bounce-back potential in 2023 if he can prove that he's fully past the stress fracture in his foot that landed him on IR last November.

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Tua Tagovailoa QB, MIA

Optimistic about avoiding concussions

Published 2023-04-19

Tagovailoa considered retirement this offseason but instead decided to prioritize training that may help him avoid future concussions, The Miami Herald reports.

Tagovailoa said Wednesday that doctors told him he isn't at significant risk for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and doesn't have any extra risk of suffering additional concussions. Head injuries limited him to 13 games last year in what was otherwise a breakout season, with Tagovailoa throwing 25 touchdowns to only eight interceptions while leading the league in yards per pass attempt (8.9). He'll have a similarly favorable setup this season under coach Mike McDaniel, with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle forming the fastest WR duo in the NFL and having a strong argument to be considered the best. The team's skill-position players look much the same as last year minus TE Mike Gesicki, whose role had been scaled back under McDaniel in any case.

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Jonathan Taylor RB, IND

Pleased with results from surgery

Published 2023-04-19

Taylor said the offseason surgery on his ankle was a "perfect success", Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.

Taylor was shut down for the season after suffering a high-ankle sprain Week 15, and while he initially hoped the injury would heal without surgery, he ultimately underwent an arthroscopic debridement at the end of July. It's not considered to be an especially invasive procedure, potentially allowing for some participation in the offseason program. At worst, Taylor should be ready for the start of training camp as the Colts look to bounce back from an ugly 2022 under new head coach Shane Steichen, who previously served as offensive coordinator for the Chargers (2020) and Eagles (2021-22). It isn't yet clear who will be the starting quarterback, as the Colts signed Gardner Minshew this offseason but also have been mentioned as a potential destination for Lamar Jackson or the top rookies in the 2023 NFL Draft.

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Trey Lance QB, SF

49ers receiving trade calls

Published 2023-04-19

San Francisco has received inquiries from teams around the league about trading Lance (ankle), Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The 49ers have reportedly only received trade inquiries about Lance, rather than actively making calls, though the team's willingness to do even that is another hint that Brock Purdy (elbow) is in the lead to start when healthy. Rapoport confirms that no deal is imminent, but given that San Francisco also brought in Sam Darnold as a potential backup option this offseason, it wouldn't ultimately be surprising to see Lance get a fresh start. The former 2021 No. 3 overall draft pick, Lance has shown flashes in his mere four career starts, but he will likely still need development even if he's medically cleared in time to fully participate in offseason activities. If he remains in San Francisco, Lance is expected to split first-team reps with Darnold until Purdy is able to make his way back on the field.

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Allen Robinson WR, PIT

Flipped to Steelers in pick swap

Published 2023-04-18

The Steelers have agreed to acquire Robinson and the No. 251 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft from the Rams in exchange for the No. 234 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Robinson is on his way to Pittsburgh Tuesday afternoon and will take his physical Wednesday. In order to facilitate the deal, the Rams are paying $10.25 million of Robinson's 2023 salary, while the Steelers cover the remaining $5 million. With the Steelers, Robinson figures to be kicking inside to the slot while Diontae Johnson and George Pickens remain on the outside. Robinson had a miserable 2022 with Los Angeles but had no chemistry whatsoever with Matthew Stafford after Stafford sat out much of the offseason program resting his elbow. Robinson, 30 in August, shouldn't be counted on to return meaningful fantasy numbers in Pittsburgh, but there's no direction to go but up following his lost 2022 that ended prematurely with a broken foot in Week 11. He should be ready in time for a normal training camp.

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Jalen Hurts QB, PHI

Had minor ankle procedure

Published 2023-04-18

Hurts underwent offseason surgery to remove "hardware" from a previous high-ankle sprain, ESPN's Tim McManus reports.

Hurts originally had the hardware inserted back in 2018 when he was still at Alabama. He underwent the most recent surgery back in February following the Eagles' Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs, but Hurts has already "returned to his offseason workout routine" and appears to be ready to roll for OTAs as a full participant. Hurts is fresh off inking a five-year, $255 million extension with Philadelphia on Monday. Hurts should again be viewed as an elite fantasy quarterback, in the same tier with Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen.

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Allen Robinson WR, LA

Could be traded to Steelers

Published 2023-04-18

The Steelers are bringing Robinson (foot) in for a physical and if that goes well, the wideout is expected to head to Pittsburgh in a trade, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Robinson, who recorded a 33-339-3 stat line on 52 targets in 10 games last season with the Rams in 2022, is bouncing back from a foot injury, but if he's past the issue, the 29-year-old would be a nice addition to a Pittsburgh wide receiver corps that is currently headed by Diontae Johnson and George Pickens.

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Amari Cooper WR, CLE

Recovering from offseason surgery

Published 2023-04-18

Cooper underwent core muscle surgery in February, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The procedure has an estimated recovery period of eight weeks, which should allow Cooper to participate in spring practices. He said he's almost completed his recovery, though he did miss out on private offseason workouts with QB Deshaun Watson and other receivers. Cooper also mentioned that the core muscle injury bothered him a lot toward the end of last season, even as he played all 17 games and caught 78 passes for 1,160 yards and nine touchdowns.

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Patrick Mahomes QB, KC

Expects to be full go for camp

Published 2023-04-17

Mahomes (ankle) said Monday that he "still isn't 100 percent," but he expects to be fully healthy for the start of training camp, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Mahomes avoided surgery following the Super Bowl win, but he's still working his way back to full health. "I'm happy with where I'm at," he said Monday. Mahomes continues to rehab throughout the week. Come Week 1, his ankle should be a non-issue.

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Justin Herbert QB, LAC

Uncertain for OTAs

Published 2023-04-17

Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said Herbert (shoulder) is "up in the air" for OTAs next month, according to Daniel Popper of The Athletic.

Herbert underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder shortly after the Wild Card loss to the Jaguars. He was initially believed to be injured in Week 17. The two sides are also in the midst of long-term contract extension talks. Herbert should be healed in time for training camp later this summer.

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Jalen Hurts QB, PHI

Becomes highest-paid NFL player

Published 2023-04-17

The Eagles signed Hurts to a five-year contract extension Monday.

Hurts' new contract is for $255 million and makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Additionally, the extension through 2028 includes a no-trade clause and $179.3 million in guarantees. After leading Philadelphia to a narrow 38-35 Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs in just his second season as the Eagles' starter, it's little surprise to see general manager Howie Roseman lock in the franchise quarterback with a long-term deal. Heading into his age-25 season, Hurts has already established himself as one of the league's elite quarterbacks and one of the few premier fantasy options at the position. With A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert still headlining his receiving corps, and Rashaad Penny having filled the backfield void left by Miles Sanders' departure, Hurts is positioned well to continue his streak of outstanding production heading into the 2023 campaign.

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Lamar Jackson QB, BAL

Still in team's plans, per DeCosta

Published 2023-04-13

Ravens GM Eric DeCosta reiterated Thursday that he wants to sign Jackson to a long-term deal and believes the quarterback is "the right player for this team," ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.

It's no secret the Ravens hope to keep Jackson; they just haven't been willing to give him the contract he wants. He's also been unable to find it from another team, perhaps in part because the non-exclusive franchise tag would require the loss of two first-round picks if the Ravens were to not match an offer sheet. The team has until July 17 to work out a long-term deal with Jackson, who has yet to sign the franchise tender and thus won't be at the start of the offseason program to learn new OC Todd Monken's playbook. DeCosta's comments Thursday came at the introductory press conference for Odell Beckham, who didn't receive any assurances Jackson will be with the team but expects it will play out that way. "The goal is to come here and have that possibility with [Jackson]," Beckham said Thursday.

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Dalton Kincaid TE, FA

Gains full medical clearance

Published 2023-04-12

Kincaid (back) received full medical clearance Wednesday via a letter sent by Dr. Robert Watkins to NFL teams, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Kincaid, one of the top-ranked tight ends in this year's rookie class, suffered a back injury late last season but has now gained full clearance ahead of late April's draft. The letter written by Dr. Watkins stats that "[Kincaid] is cleared to play football with no restrictions." The 23-year-old standout out of Utah visited Cincinnati on Wednesday and is scheduled to meet with the Patriots on Thursday, after having already visited eight NFL franchises including the Cowboys, Chiefs and Lions.

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Saquon Barkley RB, NYG

Yet to sign franchise tag

Published 2023-04-12

Barkley has not yet signed his franchise tag with the Giants and won't be eligible to participate in the start of offseason workouts Monday until he does so, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

New York applied the franchise tag to Barkley early March, shortly after having signed Daniel Jones to his four-year extension, but Kim Jones of Newsdsay reports that the star running back isn't planning to sign his non-exclusive tender in time for the start of offseason activities. The move is a likely attempt at leverage on Barkley's part as he continues to attempt to negotiate a multi-year deal of his own. Barkley and the Giants have until July 17 to finalize a long-term contract, but if that deadline is missed both sides will be unable to re-open negotiations until after the end of the 2023 season.

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Odell Beckham WR, BAL

Heading to Baltimore

Published 2023-04-09

Beckham agreed to sign a one-year contract worth up to $18 million with the Ravens on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Beckham spent the 2022 season as a free agent while recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Rams' Super Bowl win over Cincinnati in February of 2022. The 30-year-old has been in contact with and worked out for numerous teams this offseason. Beckham was scheduled to visit with the New York Jets on Monday, but it appears Baltimore will come away with the three-time Pro Bowler's services instead. Across 12 games in the 2021 regular season and playoffs with the Rams in 2021, Beckham caught 48 passes for 593 yards and seven touchdowns. He should have a chance to immediately step in as one of the primary wideouts for the Ravens, who are in desperate need of help at the position. Starting wideouts Rashod Bateman (foot) and Devin Duvernay (foot) as well as primary reserve Tylan Wallace (hamstring) all ended the 2022 regular season on IR.

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Odell Beckham WR, FA

Meeting in New York

Published 2023-04-08

Beckham is expected to visit the Jets on Monday, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports.

Beckham is expected to be given a physical and get more acclimated with the Jets' training staff and coaches during his stay in New York, but Connor Hughes of SNY.tv did note there's currently no deal in place to sign the star wide receiver. This comes on the heels of a separate meeting with Beckham's representation in Arizona in which, general manager Joe Douglas called the multi-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, "a unique talent...and the more weapons, the better." The 30-year-old has missed the last 13 months after tearing his ACL in the Rams' Super Bowl win over the Bengals.

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Kyler Murray QB, ARZ

Resumes working out

Published 2023-04-07

Murray (knee) did squats Friday, 13 weeks removed from surgery on an ACL tear, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

While he still has a ways to go before he can sprint or do agility work, Murray is showing tangible signs of progress as rumors swirl around the league about what the Cardinals will do with the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming draft. They're widely expected to stick by Murray as the franchise QB, which means they can trade back and accrue more picks or have their choice at No. 3 of any non-quarterback in the draft (assuming the first two picks are signal-callers). The timing and severity of Murray's injury has led many to suggest he could miss the start of the season -- including team owner Michael Bidwell -- but new head coach Jonathan Gannon hasn't quite gone that far, instead merely saying he'll be cautious even if the 25-year-old is eager to get back on the field, per Johnny Venerable of PHNX Cardinals.

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Patrick Mahomes QB, KC

Not too bothered by ankle

Published 2023-04-07

Mahomes (ankle) avoided offseason surgery and has been able to do most of his workouts this offseason, NFL.com's Christian Gonzales reports.

Shortly after winning his second Super Bowl ring, Mahomes said he didn't think the injury he'd been playing through would impact his availability for OTAs this spring. Coach Andy Reid provided another positive report in late March, furthering the notion that Mahomes will be cleared for full participation when the Chiefs begins on-field work May 22. The team's offseason workout program opens April 17, with the first phase limited to strength and conditioning, injury rehab and meetings. Notable departures since last season on the offensive side include WRs JuJu-Smith Schuster and Mecole Hardman, LT Orlando Brown (replaced by Jawaan Taylor) and OC Eric Bieniemy (replaced by Matt Nagy, who previously had the same role in 2016-17). Reid said he expects 2022 second-round pick Skyy Moore to handle a larger role this year, but the Chiefs also figure to add more talent to their WR room before Week 1 to make up for the offseason losses.

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Joe Mixon RB, CIN

Charges being refiled

Published 2023-04-07

The Cincinnati Police Department refiled a first degree misdemeanor criminal charge of Aggravated Menacing against Mixon on Friday, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Mixon was initially charged early February before the Hamilton County (Ohio) Municipal Court dismissed them the next day, but now the running back has been summoned to appear in court April 19. This refiling reopens the possibility for Mixon to potentially be subject to criminal punishment, not also discounting the possibility of punishment from the NFL. Mixon remains under contract with the Bengals through 2024.

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Tyreek Hill WR, MIA

Only wants to play three more years

Published 2023-04-06

Hill told former teammates Anthony Sherman and Gehrig Dieter that he wants to retire after 2025, per Tyler Greenawalt of Yahoo Sports.

Hill made the comment five weeks after his 29th birthday on March 1, suggesting he wants to retire at the conclusion of his age-31 season. Given how well he's aged so far, it seems only injuries would prevent him from still being one of the fastest players in the league at that time. This is something to at least make note of for dynasty leagues, though Hill could easily change his mind three years from now and would only be missing out on post-prime years anyway if he does end up retiring a bit early by the standards of a superstar player. He had career highs for targets, catches and receiving yards in 2022 -- his debut campaign with the Dolphins -- and while he's technically now entering the first season of a four-year, $120 million extension it's really more like a three-year, $75 million contract for practical purposes given that there's $45 million in non-guaranteed compensation scheduled for the final season (2026).

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Dalvin Cook RB, MIN

Recovery progressing well

Published 2023-04-03

Cook (shoulder) is making progress in his recovery from a shoulder procedure undergone back in February, a recent in-person checkup confirms, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Cook hopes the procedure will strengthen his shoulder, which has plagued him with recurring injuries dating back to 2019. The 27-year-old running back started all 17 regular-season games for Minnesota in 2022 while protecting the shoulder, and though his recovery from surgery could impact his availability for the start of OTAs, it would be a positive development if his long-term durability sees a boost. The Vikings have reportedly received inquiries about trading Cook, which could make sense considered his upcoming $8 million salary cap hit for the 2023 season.