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  Steelers | No minicamp participation for Najee Harris    Thu Jun 13, 03:34 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Najee Harris was present for two of the three days of the team's minicamp this week, but he did not participate in any of the sessions. Head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters after practice on Wednesday, June 12, that Harris had no health issues and downplayed his lack of participation by pointing out minicamp is more about learning about the players he is less familiar with.

Footballguys view: Tomlin explained his reasoning, so we're just left to see what Harris looks like in training camp and the preseason. The Steelers declined his fifth-year option, so Harris is in the final year of his contract with the team. He will have plenty of motivation to play his best football in 2024.

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  Saints | Taysom Hill agrees to reworked deal    Thu Jun 13, 03:10 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill reportedly agreed to a restructured contract that converted his base salary to a signing bonus and lowered his salary cap number from $15.7 million to $6.8 million.

Footballguys view: Hill has a larger cap number next year (around $18 million) but the Saints will figure that out later. For now, Hill remains the Swiss Army knife he's always been. Fantasy GMs can use him as a gadget player where league software may consider him a TE or a QB.

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  Bills | Keon Coleman under contract    Thu Jun 13, 03:03 PM

Buffalo Bills second-round draft choice WR Keon Coleman (Florida State) signed a four-year contract worth a reported $10.074 million - including a $4.146 million signing bonus - on Thursday, June 13.

Footballguys view: Coleman is a big-bodied receiver that had a first-round grade. The Bills get him early in the second round, and he's there to become a favorite target for QB Josh Allen. The rookie will have a learning curve, but his sheer size and 'my ball' mentality means he could be a red-zone threat. We like Coleman as a WR4/flex play with upside in 2024.

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  Patriots | Ja'Lynn Polk inks rookie pact    Thu Jun 13, 02:49 PM

New England Patriots second-round draft choice WR Ja'Lynn Polk (Washington) signed a four-year contract worth a reported $9.694 million - including a $3.87 million signing bonus - on Thursday, June 13.

Footballguys view: The Patriots don't have a great group of wide receivers, but Polk is there to build for the future. Polk was a secondary option in the Huskies offense, but he made plays for QB Michael Penix as a slot or outside receiver. We like Polk's hand strength, versatility, and ability to make difficult catches in contested situations. We like him more in dynasty formats where you can take the long view (something needed for this offense).

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  Saints | Alvin Kamara unhappy with contract    Thu Jun 13, 01:59 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara skipped the team's final mandatory minicamp practice on Thursday, June 13, due to what is believed to be contract-related reasons, according to Jeff Duncan of NOLA.com.

Footballguys view: Kamara is likely looking for more guaranteed money. There's only $1 million remaining in guarantees on his contract, but Kamara is scheduled to make around $18 million this season. The Saints could potentially lower his cap number for this year and give the centerpiece of their offense more security. Stay tuned to see if this lasts into training camp.

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  Chargers | Gus Edwards should be ready for training camp    Thu Jun 13, 01:28 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Gus Edwards (undisclosed) 'has been on a really good track' and there is a 'high possibility' he will be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Footballguys view: Edwards could lead the charge (pun intended) for the offense this year. Harbaugh loves to run the ball early and often, so Edwards and JK Dobbins have an opportunity to do what they were supposed to do in Baltimore. We see a healthy Edwards as an RB2 or flex option for Fantasy GMs out there.

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  Commanders | Dan Quinn not ready to name starting QB    Thu Jun 13, 01:03 PM

Washington Commanders QBs Jayden Daniels and Marcus Mariota each saw significant snaps with the first team during the spring and nothing has been determined yet in regards to which one will start the season, according to head coach Dan Quinn on Thursday, June 13.

Footballguys view: Quinn may not be ready, but that's just coach speak. It's likely to be no.2 overall pick Jayden Daniels. He's a dazzling player who can make an instant impact in this league. Mariota is a nice veteran backup, but he lacks the upside that Daniels provides from day one.

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  Giants | Tyrone Tracy getting first-team reps    Thu Jun 13, 11:34 AM

New York Giants RB Tyrone Tracy Jr. 'spent a good portion of 11-on-11 drills on Tuesday with the first team,' according to Art Stapleton of NorthJersey.com on Wednesday, June 12.

Footballguys view: Let's keep an eye on this situation. Plenty of draft analysts loved Tracy as a sleeper running back in this class. Devin Singletary is there to be the lead back, but Tracy will push him for the starting job in camp. Eric Gray might get into the mix as well.

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  Falcons | Atlanta loses draft pick for tampering    Thu Jun 13, 11:16 AM

The Atlanta Falcons were fined $250,000 and docked a 2025 fifth-round draft selection for violating the NFL's anti-tampering policy with three players, including QB Kirk Cousins, the league announced Thursday, June 13.

Footballguys view: So much for Cousins saying "There's not a whole lot there" when asked about potential tampering. The NFL decided otherwise, and the Falcons are docked some cash and a pick.

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  Packers | Extension close for Jordan Love?    Thu Jun 13, 01:52 AM

Green Bay Packers QB Jordan Love indicated he was optimistic that the team would finalize an extension with him before the start of training camp. When asked why he was optimistic, Love said, 'It's what I've heard.'

Footballguys view: Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said in a radio interview that the plan was to get something done before training camp. We think Gutekunst is one of the best GMs in the game, so consider us optimistic that something will happen. Love had some struggles early last year, but he looked like the stud quarterback the Packers were hoping he would be for most of the 2023 season. The future is bright for Love and the Packers.

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  Buccaneers | Jalen McMillan impressing his QB    Thu Jun 13, 12:39 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Jalen McMillan's performance at practice Tuesday, June 11, impressed QB Baker Mayfield. 'Just explosive, a smooth route runner,' Mayfield said. 'So just now, having him put it all together in the offense.'

Footballguys view: With Trey Palmer banged up, McMillan has a larger opportunity. He could win the no.3 job for the Buccaneers behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

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  Giants | Daniel Bellinger dealing with injury    Thu Jun 13, 12:39 AM

New York Giants TE Daniel Bellinger (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 12, because he suffered an undisclosed injury a few weeks ago. Head coach Brian Daboll the team are just being cautious with Bellinger.

Footballguys view: Bad news for the Giants, especially because Bellinger is expected to be the lead tight end now that Darren Waller has retired. With Bellinger banged up, guys like rookie Theo Johnson has a chance to impress.

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  Vikings | Sam Darnold top QB option for now    Thu Jun 13, 12:39 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Darnold is the leading candidate for the starting quarterback job at this point, according to head coach Kevin O'Connell.

Footballguys view: All roads lead to JJ McCarthy at some point. Darnold is a veteran with plenty of starting experience, but as soon as McCarthy is ready he's likely to be the top quarterback.

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  Broncos | Greg Dulcich remains sidelined    Thu Jun 13, 12:39 AM

Denver Broncos TE Greg Dulcich (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 12.

Footballguys view: Get to know the name Lucas Krull. While Dulcich has missed the entire offseason (even though Sean Payton hinted he could be out there during minicamp), Krull has been the start of minicamp. Dulcich's spot on the roster is not guaranteed.

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  Chargers | Five emerging as clear o-line starters    Wed Jun 12, 01:37 PM

Los Angeles Chargers OT Rashawn Slater, OG Zion Johnson, C Bradley Bozeman, OT Trey Pipkins and OT Joe Alt - from left to right - have 'really separated themselves' and will enter training camp as the likely starters up front, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Footballguys view: This offensive line has three recent first round picks and could serve the Harbaugh/Roman offense for a long time. It is a good group for a run first approach and could be part of the story of how this offense surprises us and creates more fantasy value than expected this season.

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  Saints | No timetable for Ryan Ramczyk    Wed Jun 12, 01:37 PM

New Orleans Saints OT Ryan Ramczyk (knee) still has not made much progress in his recovery and there is no timetable for his return, according to head coach Dennis Allen.

Footballguys view: It's time to ask whether Ramczyk is going to play again, to be brutally honest. The Saints understand this, taking tackle Taliese Fuaga in the first round this year. If 2022 first rounder Trevor Penning can generate some positive momentum, the offensive line might be ok. Michael Thomas called out the Saints medical staff for their ineffective rehab plans earlier in the offseason.

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  Commanders | Lucas Havrisik trying out    Wed Jun 12, 01:37 PM

Free-agent PK Lucas Havrisik (Browns) is participating in the Washington Commanders minicamp this week on a tryout basis.

Footballguys view: Havrisik was adequate at best making 15-of-20 field goal attempts for the Rams last year in nine games, but the Commanders want to bring in competition for Ramiz Ahmed after signing him last week. Ahmed is the only kicker on the roster following Brandon McManus release in the wake of sexual assault allegations.

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  Giants | Darius Slayton leaves early    Wed Jun 12, 01:37 PM

New York Giants WR Darius Slayton (undisclosed) left practice early Tuesday, June 11, after colliding with a defense back.

Footballguys view: All of the reports say the injury wasn't serious. Slayton stayed away from the team and got a contract adjustment for his trouble earlier in the offseason. He'll probably be the Giants #2 wide receiver behind #6 overall pick Malik Nabers, but Wan'Dale Robinson and Jalen Hyatt will also have significant roles in the wide receiver group.

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  NFL | Three teams interested in Jake Bates    Wed Jun 12, 01:37 PM

Free-agent PK Jake Bates (Texans) is receiving interest from the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens, according to a source. All three teams are looking to meet with Bates.

Footballguys view: Bates was a standout UFL kicker with makes from 58, 62, and 64 yards among his 17 conversions out of 22 attempts. He was kicking in Ford Field, so it makes sense that the Lions would be looking at him. The Packers could see him as an alternative to Anders Carlson, who missed six field goal attempts and five extra point attempts last year. The Ravens won't be replacing Justin Tucker, but Tucker won't see much work in camp or the preseason, and Bates could build his resume for another team to add him when they find they don't have a true winner in their kicker battle.

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  Broncos | Courtland Sutton not ruling out holdout    Wed Jun 12, 01:37 PM

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton said he wants to stay with the Broncos for his entire career but is not ruling out the possibility of holding out of training camp depending on his contract situation.

Footballguys view: We can't read anything about trade prospects for Sutton into this. He's saying the right thing for the locker room and the media with the possibility of Sutton being the Broncos #1 receiver getting greater with every passing day. At this point, it might be better for his fantasy stock to stay with the Broncos than go to a better offense, but with a less prominent role and less time to ramp up in his new offense for the season.

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  Rams | Matthew Stafford at minicamp    Wed Jun 12, 01:37 PM

Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford is participating in the minicamp this week and is expected to report to training camp on time, according to head coach Sean McVay.

Footballguys view: Stafford has no guaranteed money on his deal after this year, so there has been some speculation that he would want more assurances for the future to play this year. Stafford appears to be ready to play out this season without new money. His elbow issues are behind him and he should help this be one of the best offenses for fantasy football again this year.

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  Jets | Two linemen on track for camp    Wed Jun 12, 01:26 PM

New York Jets OT Morgan Moses (pectoral) and OG Alijah Vera-Tucker (Achilles) are expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Robert Saleh.

Footballguys view: Some of the names have changed, but we are still watching the Jets offensive line durability closely going into this season. Moses, Vera-Tucker, and Tyron Smith are the three best starters on the team. Two are coming back from serious injuries and Smith has only played in 30 games over the last four seasons. We'll check back in to see if Moses and Vera-Tucker are ready for camp as expected. If not, added pessimism about the Jets offense could be warranted.

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  Giants | Daniel Bellinger banged up    Wed Jun 12, 11:38 AM

New York Giants TE Daniel Bellinger (undisclosed) has reduced repetitions in minicamp because he had an injury pop up a few weeks ago.

Footballguys view: With the retirement of Darren Waller, this is consequential news for fourth round pick Theo Johnson, who could be asked to do more in his rookie year than expected if this is a long term issue for Bellinger. In any event, this is probably not going to be a spot that is conducive to a fantasy tight end breakout in 2024.

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  NYJ | Breece Hall Confident He'll Be Full Speed For Training Camp    Tue Jun 11, 05:41 PM

Breece Hall isn't on the field with the other Jets who reported for work. Head coach Robert Saleh said that Hall is not practicing because of a lower-body issue that the running back downplayed during a press conference. "It's not really a concern to be honest," Hall said, via SNY. "I'm just focused on continuing to get better and just still keep building my body up for the season. I could practice right now, I feel great, but the coaches are real cautious with me and I appreciate them for that."

Footballguys view: Hall sounded confident that he'll be at full speed for training camp and said he's looking forward to the team's opener on Monday night against the 49ers. He said 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey "sets the standard" for NFL backs and wants to see how he measures up. "It's exciting just to see where I stand and really let everybody see my full talent now that I'm healthy," Hall said. Hall currently holds the RB2 spot (behind only McCaffrey) on the Footballguys 2024 Draft Rankings. He's a legitimate contender to finish as RB1 this year.

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  49ers | Report: Brandon Aiyuk Looking For More Than Team's $26 Million Offer    Tue Jun 11, 04:56 PM

The 49ers and receiver Brandon Aiyuk continue to remain at an impasse as to the value of his next contract. The draft came and went without a trade to a new team, which means no other team was willing to both give Aiyuk what he wants by way of money and the 49ers what they want by way of compensation. Via NBC Sports Bay Area, Michael Silver of the San Francisco Chronicle recently said that the team's most recent offer to Aiyuk is in the range of $26 million per year.

Footballguys view: As Profootballtalk.com's Mike Florio pointed out, That's well below the $35 million high-water mark set last week by Justin Jefferson. It also would trail the likes of A.J. Brown ($32 million), Jaylen Waddle ($28.25 million), and Amon-Ra St. Brown ($28 million). Aiyuk, currently set to make $14.1 million this year, has pointed to St. Brown's deal as his desired target. Whatever the 49ers are offering, Aiyuk wants more. He skipped last week's mandatory minicamp. The next question is whether he'll report for training camp without a new deal. We'll continue to watch for more.

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  Broncos | Courtland Sutton Reports For Mandatory Minicamp, As Promised    Tue Jun 11, 04:55 PM

Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton said he would attend the team's mandatory minicamp, and he has kept his word. Sutton showed up for work today, according to James Palmer.

Footballguys view: Although Sutton wants a new contract and has skipped all of the team's voluntary offseason work, he said he still loves playing for the Broncos and hopes to get a deal done to remain in Denver beyond this season. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported last month that Sutton, who started 14 games last season, catching 59 passes for 772 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns, is seeking a contract worth about $15-$16 million annually. It's a small bump, but Sutton has little leverage here. We'll continue to watch for more.

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  Cowboys | Rico Dowdle a strong contender to start?    Tue Jun 11, 03:32 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Rico Dowdle reportedly has a very good chance of being the 'RB1 favorite' this season, according to multiple sources close to the team.

Footballguys view: At 6-foot, 215-pounds, Dowdle has a great blend of size and speed. His well-rounded game makes him a potential do-it-all back in the image of Ezekiel Elliott. But USA Today contends Dowdle's strength and explosiveness add in an element of big-play potential severely lacking from the team's committee of runners. The article acknowledges that Ezekiel Elliott will have a significant role, but it also projects Dowdle for 10-12 attempts per game. It's a situation worth watching when training camp opens.

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  Chiefs | Travis Kelce intends to play through 2025    Tue Jun 11, 02:11 PM

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce told reporters on Tuesday, June 11, that he 'really cannot put a timeframe on (retirement)' intends to 'keep going until the wheels fall off,' according to Nate Taylor of The Athletic.

Footballguys view: Kelce and the Chiefs agreed on a new deal this offseason that bumped up his compensation through the end of the 2025 season, so it seems likely we'll get at least two more years from one of the critical pieces of the Chiefs' three Super Bowl wins. The Footballguys staff has expectations. Kelce is our TE1, ahead of Detroit's Sam LaPorta, on the 2024 Draft Rankings.

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  Panthers | Team playing it safe with Miles Sanders    Tue Jun 11, 02:00 PM

Carolina Panthers RB Miles Sanders (heel) has been working on the side during offseason workouts and not practice with the team due to a heel injury, according to head coach Dave Canales. Per Canales, the team is being cautious with the running back.

Footballguys view: With incoming rookie Jonathon Brooks and Chuba Hubbard ahead of him, Cody Benjamin of CBSSports recently listed Sanders among his top post-June 1 cut and trade candidates. Even with new coach Dave Canales angling for a stronger run game, releasing Sanders would save the Panthers an instant $200,000. Avoiding possible complications in advance of any potential roster move makes sense.

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  Jets | More information on Aaron Rodgers' absence    Tue Jun 11, 01:32 PM

Updating a previous report, New York Jets QB Aaron Rodgers (personal) is not expected to participate in mandatory minicamp this week. While the absence is considered unexcused and Rodgers will be subject to fines due to not being present, the absence is one that Rodgers stated was 'important to him' and head coach Robert Saleh knew about 'a while ago'.

Footballguys view: Rodgers recently said he "respects" anyone's opinion that he is a distraction to the Jets, but he added: "Once the season starts, it's all about football." So we'll see about that. This absence, however, remains noteworthy because the Jets knew it was coming and didn't excuse it. Not defusing the issue when they easily could have says something. Meanwhile, backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor will now get an opportunity to receive more first-team reps with Rodgers out. The Jets also have rookies Jordan Travis and Andrew Peasley on the roster.

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  Bengals | Joe Burrow Confident He Will Be Ready For Week 1    Tue Jun 11, 01:04 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow (wrist) told reporters on Tuesday, June 11, that while it is 'tough to say' how close to 100% he is right now, he will be 'ready to go by the (start of the) season.'

Footballguys view: Burrow, who underwent surgery after suffering a season-ending injury on Nov. 16, has been a participant since OTAs began in May. According to SI.com, Burrow told reporters today that he understands why he must take it a little easier this offseason. "It's a constant process," Burrow said about his rest days and injury management. Being ready for Week 1 has been the goal all along, so expect more load management throughout the summer.

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  Browns | Jerry Jeudy has minor injury    Tue Jun 11, 12:25 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Jerry Jeudy (undisclosed) was inside receiving treatment Tuesday, June 11, for a 'minor' injury.

Footballguys view: Head coach Kevin Stefanski was vague when asked about Jeudy's absence, saying the wideout was in the building "working through some things." We'll follow up on this as needed. The Browns traded for wide receiver Jerry Jeudy in March and signed him to a three-year extension. Stay tuned.

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  Falcons | Time For The Bijan Robinson Show    Tue Jun 11, 12:22 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Bijan Robinson is going to be used as much as possible, according to head coach Raheem Morris. When asked about Robinson's role, Morris said: 'Get the ball to Bijan as much as you can in as many ideal situations as you possibly can.'

Footballguys view: We've already heard it from Robinson and offensive coordinator Zac Robinson. Now Morris is singing from the same sheet. It seems safe to assume the Falcons will make a concerted effort to get Bijan the football. Both Robinson's have mentioned Christian McCaffrey-like usage. That was 22.1 opportunities per game last season. We can draw a more direct line to what we saw in Los Angeles, where Zac Robinson worked under Sean McVay when Rams RB Kyren Williams averaged 21.6 touches per game in his breakout season last year. If Bijan Robinson gets that kind of usage this year, he will offer investors RB1 overall upside.

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  Browns | Amari Cooper Absent From Minicamp    Tue Jun 11, 11:28 AM

Cleveland Browns WR Amari Cooper is absent from mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 11.

Footballguys view: Head coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed after practice that the wideout's absence was unexcused. Profootballtalk.com notes that that subjects Cooper to fines of more than $100,000 for missing the entire minicamp. Cooper also missed OTAs, and the belief is that he is looking for a new contract with the team. Stefanski declined to address that beyond saying that there has "been a dialogue" between Cooper's camp, general manager Andrew Berry, and the rest of the organization. Cooper has a base salary of $20 million for the 2024 season.

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  Jets | Aaron Rodgers Absent From Mandatory Minicamp    Tue Jun 11, 11:27 AM

New York Jets QB Aaron Rodgers is absent from mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 11. The absence is unexcused.

Footballguys view: Head coach Robert Saleh stressed that while it's an unexcused absence, the team knew the quarterback wouldn't attend minicamp due to a previous engagement. Rodgers had been a participant in the Jets' voluntary workouts. "Aaron and I spoke before OTAs started," Saleh said Tuesday. "He's been very good in communication. He's been here the entire time. It's inexcused, but he had an event that was very important to him, which he communicated." As NFL.com suggested, veteran players missing non-contact practices in June isn't the end of the world -- especially in Rodgers' case since he's been around all spring -- but it's notable. The team could have easily made this an excused absence, so the event wasn't as important to them as it was to Rodgers.

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  Commanders | Austin Ekeler Returning Kicks    Tue Jun 11, 09:44 AM

Washington Commanders RB Austin Ekeler was spotted returning kicks at minicamp Tuesday, June 11.

Footballguys view: It's one minicamp practice session, so let's not read too much into the return role. While the recent rule change elevating the importance of kickoff returns could lead to more prominent players handling that role, Ekeler is slated to operate in tandem at running back with Brian Robinson Jr. to help ease the offensive workload on rookie QB Jayden Daniels. Robinson (RB33) is going slightly ahead of Ekeler (RB38) in current Underdog drafts, so it's worth noting that Ekeler (RB19) is well ahead of Robinson (RB37) on the Footballguys Draft Rankings. Don't be surprised if both sets of numbers change as we gain clarity on the backfield roles in the coming weeks.

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  Bengals | Ja'Marr Chase In Attendance At Mandatory Minicamp    Tue Jun 11, 09:02 AM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase is attending mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 11.

Footballguys view: Chase has been away from the Bengals all offseason as he awaits a contract extension. Those sessions were voluntary, This week's session is mandatory. Had Chase skipped the workouts, he would be subject to more than $100,000 in fines. As Profootballtalk.com pointed out, some players on the verge of big contracts have been taking those fines as part of the process, but Chase opted to go a different route. It's possible the market-setting, $140 million contract Justin Jefferson signed with the Vikings last week sets the table for the Bengals and Chase to begin progressing in their talks. We'll continue to watch for more.

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  Bengals | Tee Higgins not expected at minicamp    Mon Jun 10, 07:39 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tee Higgins has not signed his franchise tag tender at this point and is not expected to participate in the mandatory minicamp.

Footballguys view: This is not a surprise. Because he hasn't signed his franchise tender, Higgins is ineligible to report for organized team activities. He cannot rejoin the team until he signs. According to previous reporting, the two sides haven't discussed an extension in over a year. The deadline to reach a long-term agreement is July 15. If a deal isn't done at that point, Higgins will play on the tag.

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  Patriots | Mayo Confident In Rhamondre Stevenson As New England's Starter    Mon Jun 10, 05:04 PM

RB Rhamondre Stevenson is in the last year of his contract, and the possibility of extending his stay came up during head coach Jerod Mayo's press conference on Monday. "I will say this about Rhamondre," Mayo said. "I think he's one of the better backs in the league, it's no doubt about it. I think over the last few years, it's been kind of tough on him, as far as getting started. So, I'm excited to see what he does this season. And look, he's earned everything that he gets. He is our starting running back, and hopefully, we do get something done."

Footballguys view: As Profootballtalk.com's Josh Alper acknowledged, Mayo is not in charge of negotiating deals, but having the head coach stumping for you to stick around has to be a positive. Even if the coach isn't involved in the talks, fantasy managers have to appreciate the level of confidence expressed in Stevenson. The Patriots added Antonio Gibson to their backfield in free agency, but Mayo couldn't have been more explicit in stating Stevenson is the starter.

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  Steelers | Mike Tomlin extended    Mon Jun 10, 02:47 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin signed a three-year contract extension, the team announced Monday, June 10.

Footballguys view: The 52-year-old Tomlin has been the Steelers' head coach since 2007, and if he coaches for the length of this contract, he'll have been the head coach in Pittsburgh for 21 seasons. There's no reason to believe change is coming. Tomlin is one of only three head coaches the Steelers have had since before the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, and Pittsburgh likes that kind of continuity. Bill Cowher was the Steelers' head coach for 15 years before Tomlin, and Chuck Noll, hired in 1969, was the Steelers' head coach for 23 seasons before Cowher.

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  Patriots | Jacoby Brissett remains QB1    Mon Jun 10, 01:48 PM

New England Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett continued working as the starter ahead of rookie Drake Maye at minicamp Monday, June 10.

Footballguys view: While Brissett continues to work as the starter, it's worth noting Maye was second in the QB order in today's session. According to the team's official website, the rookie is also seeing more volume, with 29 competitive reps (Brissett had 30). Maye was the standout today, but the expectation Brissett will be the Patriots' Week 1 starter remains until further notice.

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  Patriots | Javon Baker limited at practice    Mon Jun 10, 12:35 PM

New England Patriots WR Javon Baker (leg) was limited at practice and did not partake in team drills while wearing a sleeve on his leg, according to sources Monday, June 10.

Footballguys view: There's no reason for concern at this point. Baker, selected in the fourth round, is one of two wideouts added in April's Draft. Fellow receiver Ja'Lynn Polk was drafted in the second round. Baker is a tremendous big-play threat (he had five catches of 50-plus yards at Central Florida last season). Still, he has a long way to go before assessing a potential role, even in a New England receiving corps that is most notable for a lack of high-end talent.

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  Steelers | Pat Freiermuth set for big year?    Sun Jun 9, 09:28 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth 'looked like a legitimate playmaker' in the offense during OTAs, according to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.

Footballguys view: Let's not get carried away here. Freiermuth, currently TE16 on the Footballguys 2024 Draft Rankings, shouldn't be considered a front-line fantasy tight end. We all saw incoming offensive coordinator Arthur Smith's inconsistent use of Kyle Pitts in Atlanta after Pitts' 1,000-yard rookie season. That said, Smith's heavy reliance on two- and three-TE sets could result in more opportunities for Freiermuth. Drafting him as a TE2 and hoping he delivers some upside isn't cost-prohibitive.

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  Colts | Evan Hull details knee injury    Sun Jun 9, 09:05 PM

Indianapolis Colts RB Evan Hull (knee) has been cleared for football activities, and revealed that his knee injury included a torn left medial collateral ligament in addition to a torn meniscus.

Footballguys view: With Jonathan Taylor absent during recent OTA sessions (due to personal issues), Trey Sermon was the next man up. In terms of the passing-down back, observers at those sessions reported that Hull appeared to get the initial looks ahead of Tyler Goodson. When he's on the field, Taylor will handle a featured role, but there could be room for a receiving option here. It's a situation worth watching in deeper leagues.

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  Saints | Alvin Kamara expected at minicamp    Sun Jun 9, 06:39 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara is expected to participate in the mandatory minicamp this upcoming week, according to head coach Dennis Allen. Kamara did not report for the voluntary workouts this offseason.

Footballguys view: While Kamara hasn't participated in OTAs, ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell reports teammates and coaches have said he was around the facility over the offseason. The veteran running back finished 2023 with a disappointing 1,100 scrimmage yards and six touchdowns after missing the first three weeks to suspension. Is there potential for a rebound here? If incoming offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak uses Kamara, currently RB14 on the Footballguys 2024 Draft Rankings, the way he used Christian McCaffrey in his previous job in San Francisco, we could see a return to past form.

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  Falcons | Bijan Robinson hopes for significant role    Sun Jun 9, 06:05 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Bijan Robinson said he hopes to be used similarly to how San Francisco 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey is used in the Falcons new offensive scheme.

Footballguys view: Remember, incoming coordinator Zac Robinson also discussed the possibility of using Bijan like McCaffrey. The coach explained: "Bijan's such a talented player. He's gonna play running back, first and foremost - and then any way we can find creative ways to get him the ball like the Niners do with McCaffrey is exactly right." Assuming the Falcons run a scheme similar to what Zac Robinson worked with under Sean McVay in Los Angeles (McVay has always been best when relying on one back to drive his offenses), Bijan profiles as a player who should see his stats boosted.

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  Jets | Tyler Conklin expects improved play    Sun Jun 9, 05:06 PM

New York Jets TE Tyler Conklin said he expects a big step in his play this upcoming season.

Footballguys view: Conklin's 621 yards in 2023 ranked second on the team, and his 61 receptions ranked third while catching passes from four quarterbacks last season. According to Pro Football Focus, Conklin ranked No. 2 in the NFL with a 66.7 percent contested-catch rate among TEs who took a minimum of 400 passing snaps. His 12 contested catches also ranked second. More importantly, Conklin had the second-most targets on the team last year. If he maintains a similar role with Aaron Rodgers as his QB all season, you could wind up with a reaonably-priced TE2 delivering low-end TE1 totals.

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  Giants | Darren Waller retires    Sun Jun 9, 03:42 PM

New York Giants TE Darren Waller informed the team of his retirement from the NFL, according to sources Sunday, June 9.

Footballguys view: Waller has been away from the team this offseason, and many were expecting him to call it a career. A former college wide receiver, Waller entered the league coming out of Georgia Tech as a sixth-round pick for the Ravens in 2015. He was suspended the entire 2017 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but Waller was traded to the Oakland Raiders and became a premier weapon. He posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for the Raiders (2019, 2020) and was a fantasy force. Injuries caused his production to decline over the last three seasons, and now Waller hangs up his cleats. The Giants move forward with Daniel Bellinger and rookie Theo Johnson competing for the top spot on the depth chart.

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  Broncos | Zach Wilson still in the mix?    Sun Jun 9, 03:03 PM

Denver Broncos QB Zach Wilson is still 'in the mix' for the starting quarterback role, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Sunday, June 9.

Footballguys view: Yeah, we'll go ahead and disagree with that. Wilson is 'in the mix' but reports out of OTAs (from our very own Cecil Lammey) have not been kind about Wilson (holding onto the ball too long, throwing picks, running in 7-on-7 drills). We think all roads lead to rookie QB Bo Nix. Perhaps Jarrett Stidham, who has looked steady in OTAs, begins the season as the starter with Nix soon to take over. Nix has looked good (not great) as he learns the nuances of the Sean Payton offense. Overall, we're excited about Nix.

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  Patriots | Several receivers may be on roster bubble    Sun Jun 9, 10:18 AM

New England Patriots WRs Javon Baker, Kendrick Bourne, Demario Douglas, K.J. Osborn and Ja'Lynn Polk appear to be locks to make the team's 53-man roster at the beginning of the regular season, according to Doug Kyed of the Boston Herald. A handful of other receivers, such as Kayshon Boutte, Jalen Reagor, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Tyquan Thornton are battling for one or two roster spots.

Footballguys view: The Patriots have quite the collection at the wide receiver position. There are some has-beens, never-weres, and who knows among the group behind the top five. We'll have to see how these battles shake out in training camp, but from a dynasty perspective, none of these players are that exciting.

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