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  Bills | Josh Allen becoming more vocal    Sat Jul 13, 02:50 AM

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen has taken on a more vocal role as the leader of the team following the departure of several key veterans this offseason, Bills LT Dion Dawkins told The Herd on Wednesday, July 10. 'Josh is one of those guys that will do what it takes at that moment,' Dawkins said. 'He's definitely a barker when that time comes. I've actually seen the bark a lot more this OTAs where he's been very, very verbal, because our team is different. It's different. We've got some young dudes that, when they come in, they see a little bit of success, and they can change, so Josh is doing exactly what he should.'

Footballguys view: It's a make-or-break season in Buffalo...not necessarily for Allen though. If the Bills fail to make a deep postseason run, then HC Sean McDermott could be on the hot seat and seen as a guy who can turn things around but not get them over the top. Just like John Fox years ago, that can only take a coach so far. The Bills may lean on their rushing attack a bit more this year but Allen's ability as a passer and a runner make him an elite fantasy quarterback.

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  Steelers | Russell Wilson avoided bad throws in 2023    Fri Jul 12, 01:01 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Russell Wilson - then with the Denver Broncos - finished fourth in the league in bad throw percentage at 13.2%, according to Pro Football Reference.

Footballguys view: Wilson throws a pretty pass - especially deep - but he also throws the ball away at a higher rate. Last year, Wilson did not run the Sean Payton offense effectively. He would hold onto the ball too long, turn his back to the defense when he decided to scramble (often too early), and he tossed 26 passes away. That mark ranked 7th in 2023. We'll see if he can play within the Steelers offense this season, but we know his passes will look good when he throws them.

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  Raiders | Aaron Rodgers still courting Davante Adams    Fri Jul 12, 01:01 AM

Las Vegas Raiders WR Davante Adams said Tuesday, July 9, during the 'Up and Adams' show that New York Jets QB Aaron Rodgers continues to push for Adams to join his former quarterback in New York. 'He's in the ear, that's for sure, he's in the ear,' he told host Kay Adams. 'But it's not as easy,' Adams added. 'Obviously, we can get together and talk about the old times and the potential of doing this and that, but like I said, I'm a Raider, and he knows that.'

Footballguys view: Rodgers is like the guy who still goes to high school parties when he's in college - he's stuck in the past. Everyone knows he would love to play with Adams again, but Jets fans would love if he could stay healthy and win some games. It's an interesting thought to be sure because Adams is so talented, but the reality is that Rodgers has plenty to prove this year - without Adams - and he needs to do what is expected.

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  49ers | Brock Purdy benefited from teammates' YAC ability    Thu Jul 11, 02:15 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Brock Purdy led all qualified passers with 6.7 yards after catch per completion during the 2023 season, according to Pro Football Reference.

Footballguys view: Purdy runs the 49ers' offense to perfection. He makes quick decisions, gets the ball out to his receivers, and he watches them work after the catch. Expect more of the same this season, and that means the 49ers will be paying the former "Mr. Irrelevant" a bunch of money in the not-so-distant future.

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  Ravens | Lamar Jackson may not see more carries    Thu Jul 11, 01:20 AM

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson probably will not receive more carries this season even though he dropped some weight during the offseason, in the opinion of BaltimoreRavens.com's Ryan Mink. Jackson averaged 9.25 rushing attempts last season.

Footballguys view: The Ravens have Derrick Henry to do the heavy liftin in the backfield. Jackson is going to take off and run under pressure, and that's always going to be part of his game. However, as he gets older it's wise to cut down on those designed runs to save the wear and tear on his body.

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  Raiders | Aidan O'Connell the favorite?    Wed Jul 10, 01:35 PM

Las Vegas Raiders QB Aidan O'Connell is the favorite to be the team's starter in 2024, in the opinion of WR Davante Adams. 'I want whoever is going to look the best when it's live bullets,' Adams said. 'I think right now if I had to say, I think Aidan has the job because obviously he was here before and that's the way that it was. He was running with the one's more and until Gardner [Minshew] comes in and takes the job away from him, I think it's Aidan's job right now.'

Footballguys view: That sounds about right. If both quarterbacks are even, the Raiders are likely to go with the young guy in O'Connell. Minshew is there to be the solid veteran backup who can step in to start if the second-year pro struggles. We don't know if O'Connell can be the future for the Raiders, but he's got the opportunity to prove himself in 2024.

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  Broncos | Jarrett Stidham working with teammates    Wed Jul 10, 03:33 AM

Denver Broncos QB Jarrett Stidham is participating in workouts with his teammates this week in Texas. WR Courtland Sutton is among the receivers that will be participating in the workouts.

Footballguys view: "Camp Stiddy" as the Denver media has dubbed it has most all of the Denver skill position players in attendance. Rookie first-round QB Bo Nix is there as well. Stidham did not look good in two games starting last year for the Broncos, so all roads will lead to Nix eventually. We'll see Stidham and Nix compete for the starting job in training camp.

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  Cowboys | Dak Prescott has discussed extension recently    Wed Jul 10, 03:33 AM

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott recently revealed that he and his agent have had 'some conversations' regarding a new contract, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys need to get Prescott's extension done, but they also are looking to extend superstar WR CeeDee Lamb. Prescott should be getting a contract similar to what Jared Goff and Trevor Lawrence signed earlier this offseason. That would put him in the above $50MM annually crowd. With little support from the ground game, the Cowboys offense is going to be all about Prescott, Lamb, and the passing game in 2024.

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  Titans | Will Levis chucked it deep as a rookie    Wed Jul 10, 03:33 AM

Tennessee Titans QB Will Levis averaged 10.6 intended air yards per pass attempt in 2023, according to Pro Football Reference. The mark was easily the highest among qualified quarterbacks, 1.6 yards more than second-place C.J. Stroud.

Footballguys view: Levis did a good job of testing a defense vertically, and passes did connect with some consistency. He was no.3 last year in completed air yards per completion at 7.1 CAY, behind Stroud (7.4) and Brock Purdy (7.2). Levis is entering year two with questions about his upside, but it's clear that going deep is (and should continue to be) part of his game.

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  Packers | Teams not shy about blitzing Jordan Love in 2023    Wed Jul 10, 03:33 AM

Green Bay Packers QB Jordan Love faced a league-high 215 blitzes in 2023, according to Pro Football Reference.

Footballguys view: Love had to go through the fire last year. Defenses were trying to test him by blitzing him early and often. Love did a fine job of standing up to the pressure, and he used his arm more than his legs to beat the blitz. He only scrambled 24 times due to the blitz. However, when he did scramble Love led the league with 8.5 yards per carry (from regular starting quarterbacks).

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  Bengals | Joe Burrow noticeably stronger    Tue Jul 9, 02:36 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow (wrist) recently told the 'Pardon My Take' podcast that he has added 10 to 15 pounds this offseason and feels 'a lot stronger' than he did even two years ago.

Footballguys view: Burrow hasn't just packed more muscle on his frame, either. He's talked openly about better knowing when to push through discomfort and other minor things, seemingly in response to the non-contact calf injury last summer before the season-ending wrist injury. His health has been a central talking point, with Burrow being the driver of the conversation. So it's clearly on his mind, and it's fair to believe the increased body mass is part of the plan to avoid similar issues this year.

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  Cowboys | Dak Prescott's ankle is fine    Tue Jul 9, 11:41 AM

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (foot) said there is absolutely nothing wrong with his ankle.

Footballguys view: Now, in addition to multiple reports from local and national outlets, we have it directly from the horse's mouth -- again. Speaking at his youth football camp on Tuesday, Prescott continued to insist that there's no cause for concern after he was seen wearing a protective boot. "Literally, it's absolutely nothing," Prescott told Jon Machota of The Athletic. "It's the same ankle, right, that I snapped and had a nasty surgery on four years ago. So, a couple of hard days of training and you get a little sore. And you're going on a fishing trip, and you want to protect it and make sure things don't get worse. People are reaching -- trying to make things that they aren't." Prescott started all 17 games for the Cowboys last year. He finished the year with a 70 percent completion rate, 4,516 passing yards, a league-leading 36 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He was fantasy's QB3 as a result of those totals.

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  Cowboys | Dak Prescott sheds the boot    Tue Jul 9, 11:21 AM

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (foot) is no longer in a boot and is on track to be ready for training camp, per source on Monday, July 8.

Footballguys view: This report, from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, adds to an already extensive body of information downplaying the issue. Prescott has also been photographed without the boot since the initial photos with the boot circulated. Cowboys training camp is set to begin July 25. The assumption is that the quarterback will be good to go, but we'll continue to monitor.

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  Chiefs | Carson Wentz seeking to improve    Mon Jul 8, 11:37 AM

Kansas City Chiefs QB Carson Wentz has fully embraced his role as backup, but he seeks to improve in order to play a bigger role in the future. Wentz signed a one-year deal in hopes of competing for a starting job elsewhere next year.

Footballguys view: Head coach Andy Reid prefers to have a veteran with years of NFL experience as a backup for Mahomes, mainly to give him a study partner and sounding board for things he might be seeing in the video room or on the practice or game field. The Chiefs have had veterans Chad Henne, Matt Moore, and Blaine Gabbert serve as Mahomes' backups before Wentz, who signed with the team during the offseason. The Chiefs are now his fifth NFL team and fourth in as many seasons. He made 93 starts in eight seasons with the Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Commanders, and Los Angeles Rams. In other words, Wentz fits the mold here.

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  Broncos | Bo Nix progressing in playbook    Sun Jul 7, 09:17 AM

Denver Broncos QB Bo Nix has done 'nothing but impress his teammates and coaches' and has drawn praise for his'composure in the pocket and understanding of the playbook,' according to Ryan McFadden of The Denver Post on Saturday, July 6.

Footballguys view: Nix looked very good during OTAs and mandatory minicamp earlier this year. He's running the Sean Payton offense efficiently, and Nix is more of a threat to run than some think. Nix should start sooner rather than later as he's the future for the Broncos, and he's the player HC Sean Payton tied his legacy to by selecting him in the first round. We'll see Nix compete with seasoned veteran Jarrett Stidham for the starting job in training camp.

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  Saints | Derek Carr in better shape    Sun Jul 7, 09:17 AM

New Orleans Saints QB Derek Carr said he spent the offseason making sure he is in better shape entering this season. 'Overall conditioning, I just took things to a different level,' Carr said. 'I just want to make sure that I could run all day.'

Footballguys view: Carr enters his second year with the Saints, but from a fantasy perspective, things should remain about the same. He's always ranked as a mid-range QB2 with some upside, and that should be the case this season. Projecting Carr for around 3,900 yards passing with 25 passing touchdowns makes sense.

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  Saints | Spencer Rattler making strides    Sun Jul 7, 09:17 AM

New Orleans Saints QB Spencer Rattler said he is adjusting to the speed of the NFL. 'Just getting timing down with the plays, listening to your feet, I think that's the biggest thing,' Rattler said. 'But I'm getting used to it.'

Footballguys view: Rattler has some intrigue in deep dynasty formats. The talk before the draft about him being a possible first-round pick was always folly. Rattler has skill and leadership ability, but he needs to be much better under duress (a huge problem for him in college) before we get overly excited about his pro potential.

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  Broncos | Bo Nix will not be No. 3 quarterback    Sat Jul 6, 09:30 AM

Denver Broncos QB Bo Nix will not start the 2024 season as the team's No. 3 quarterback, even if he struggles mightily during training camp, according to Mike Klis of 9News.com. He will either begin the year as the Broncos' starter or their primary backup.

Footballguys view: Jarrett Stidham may begin the regular season as the starter, but Nix is going to push him in training camp and the preseason. Nix is the future of the Broncos, so they'll likely start him as soon as possible. The rookie runs the Sean Payton offense to design (unlike Russell Wilson last year), and he could provide a spark once he's in the lineup. Zach Wilson is not 'in the mix' for the starting job at all, especially after his poor performances during OTAs and mandatory minicamp.

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  Cowboys | No quarterback more on point than Dak Prescott    Sat Jul 6, 03:39 AM

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott led the league with an 82.6 on-target percentage in 2023, according to Pro Football Reference.

Footballguys view: Prescott is on target as a passer, and he should continue to thrive this season. The Cowboys will use their passing game to lead the way on offense. That means Prescott could fill the air with footballs - and outperform his current ADP of QB7.

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  NFL | C.J. Stroud, Bryce Young shared strange struggle    Sat Jul 6, 03:39 AM

Carolina Panthers Bryce Young (21.5%) and Houston Texans QB C.J. Stroud (19.9) did not share much in common during their rookie seasons, but the top two picks in the 2023 NFL Draft ranked first and second, respectively, in the league in bad-throw percentage last year, according to Pro Football Reference.

Footballguys view: As rookies in 2023, both quarterbacks had some struggles - Young much more than Stroud. With a year under their belt, we imagine both quarterbacks will improve their on-target percentage. We certainly love the weapons around Stroud more than we do the guys around Young. While Stroud looks like a superstar in the making, Young has a ton of questions about him entering 2024.

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  Dolphins | Tua Tagovailoa benefited big from run fakes in 2023    Fri Jul 5, 10:25 AM

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa attempted 105 passes off run-pass offense (RPO) action for 1,069 yards last season, according to Pro Football Reference. Both marks were easily league highs. Tagovailoa also ranks second in the league in both play-action pass attempts (126) and play-action passing yards (1,145).

Footballguys view: The Mike McDaniel offense is built off the Mike Shanahan system - and that means play-action passing early and often. The Dolphins will continue to implement this strategy to get the most out of Tagovailoa and their offense. The system and the weapons around him make Tagovailoa a low-end QB1 with upside for Fantasy GMs out there.

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  Titans | Will Levis felt the heat as a rookie    Fri Jul 5, 10:25 AM

Tennessee Titans QB Will Levis was under pressure on 28.1% of his 255 pass attempts in 2023, according to Pro Football Reference. That mark ranked second among qualified quarterbacks.

Footballguys view: Defenses will not respect Levis until he beats them under duress. We're curious to see how he looks in his second season as the Titans' starter. If Levis can handle pressure better, teams will have to think twice before blitzing. Levis is a QB3 for Fantasy GMs in redraft leagues.

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  Patriots | Drake Maye showing improvement    Fri Jul 5, 10:25 AM

New England Patriots QB Drake Maye showed improvement during offseason workouts but probably is still unlikely to be the starting quarterback to open the season, in the opinion of NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran.

Footballguys view: The Patriots have veteran QB Jacoby Brissett to be their starter while Maye develops. It's clear that Maye is the future, but his time as the starter will be determined by his progress in training camp and the preseason. Maye has a rocket arm, and he can take off to run. That makes him an intriguing prospect in dynasty formats. Now, if only the Patriots could put better pass-catchers around him. We might see Brissett begin the season as the starter, but Maye will get time this season.

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  Cowboys | Dak Prescott all good    Fri Jul 5, 10:25 AM

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (foot) said the walking boot he was spotted in was just for precautionary reasons because the last time he went deep-sea fishing, his ankle swelled up.

Footballguys view: Nothing to see here people in what is being called a 'very minor foot sprain.' Prescott is a tremendous value for Fantasy GMs out there because the Cowboys' offense is going to go through the passing game. With a current ADP that places him near the end of the sixth or seventh round, Prescott could be a value if you wait on a quarterback.

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  Lions | Jared Goff executed play-action like none other in 2023    Thu Jul 4, 03:13 PM

Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff attempted 151 play-action passes for 1,415 yards last season, according to Pro Football Reference. Both marks were easily league highs.

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  Titans | Malik Willis on the bubble    Thu Jul 4, 02:43 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Malik Willis is not a lock to make the 53-man roster, Mike Moraitis of Titans Wire wrote on Monday, July 1.

Footballguys view: The Titans have put considerable effort into upgrading around Will Levis as their presumed QB of the future. The upgrades include adding former Steeler Mason Rudolph to serve as their QB2. As Moraitis put it, Rudolph is "technically competing" with Willis for the backup job, but Rudolph is easily winning the battle after the offseason program. That was always the expected outcome the moment Rudolph signed with the Titans. He'll have to seal the deal in training camp, but there has been nothing to suggest that Willis will be able to beat Rudolph out.

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  Cowboys | Dak Prescott dealing with minor foot sprain    Thu Jul 4, 02:41 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (foot) was spotted wearing a protective walking boot during his vacation in Cabo San Lucas and is reportedly dealing with a 'very minor foot sprain,' according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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  Cowboys | Trey Lance not the favorite for QB2?    Thu Jul 4, 10:31 AM

Dallas Cowboys QB Trey Lance will need to show a lot this preseason in order to beat out QB Cooper Rush for the backup spot on the roster, in the opinion of beat writer Clarence Hill Jr.

Footballguys view: While we haven't seen Lance fail spectacularly, items like this don't give us confidence that there is something there the 49ers gave up on too quickly. The Cowboys also don't have Dak Prescott under contract for next year. Some have speculated that Lance (who is also a free agent next year) is a possible succession plan, but this throws cold water on that idea. Lance might not be an essential hold in superflex dynasty at this point.

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  Browns | Deshaun Watson opened eyes    Tue Jul 2, 11:53 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) surprised beat writer Mary Kay Cabot with his arm strength in minicamp. Cabot also expects him to be mostly back to himself by the start of the season.

Footballguys view: Cabot added, "I absolutely think Watson can return to his elite form" this season under new coordinator Ken Dorsey and head coach Kevin Stefanski, who are committed to maximizing his talent and giving him every chance to excel. Remember, Stefanski pointed to Dorsey's background as a quarterback and success coaching the position (with Josh Allen in Buffalo and Cam Newton in Carolina) as factors that made him appealing. Beyond coaching, Cabot contends Watson has everything he needs to succeed this season, provided Amari Cooper is back soon from his contract holdout. Currently QB20 on the Footballguys 2024 Draft Rankings, Watson is QB21 in ongoing Underdog drafts. If you're interested in buying into a possible rebound, it's certainly affordable.

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  Chargers | Ladd McConkey draws praise from QB    Mon Jul 1, 12:54 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Ladd McConkey drew some high praise from QB Justin Herbert, according to ESPN on Monday, July 1. 'He's just picked up the offense so easily. It's like he's been a four- or five-year vet. He understands the game,' Herbert said.

Footballguys view: We'll continue watching developments here closely as McConkey is heading towards a significant role in this offense. How significant? In a recent edition of the Gutcheck, Footballguy Matt Waldman opined the idea of McConkey earning 130-150 targets, 90-110 catches, 1,000-1,200 yards, and 3-5 scores isn't out of the question with the rookie assuming Keenan Allen's role in the slot. If so, McConkey could be positioned to outperform his current WR43 spot on the Footballguys 2024 Draft Rankings.

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  Bills | Khalil Shakir may be popular target    Sat Jun 29, 09:06 AM

Buffalo Bills WR Khalil Shakir may see increased targets from QB Josh Allen because he is the only receiver on the roster that has caught a pass from Allen in a regular season game, in the opinion of BillsWire's Nick Wojton.

Footballguys view: And yet he is the cheapest of the three Bills wideouts in most redraft and best ball leagues. Shakir was very productive in the 2023 postseason, with at least 12 PPR points in all three games, and he's the receiver whose skillset matches Stefon Diggs the most. We'll be listening for reports of the developing chemistry between Josh Allen and new Bills wide receivers Curtis Samuel and Keon Coleman, but we already know about the chemistry between Allen and Shakir.

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  Vikings | J.J. McCarthy will have to wait    Sat Jun 29, 09:06 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB J.J. McCarthy will 'definitely not' be the Week 1 starter, according to Alec Lewis of The Athletic.

Footballguys view: This makes sense is not an indictment of how McCarthy has looked so far in practices. McCarthy wasn't as central to his team's success as the other first round quarterbacks and probably needs seasoning the most of the six. Sam Darnold is a solid bridge quarterback, so it's possible we won't see McCarthy play until Minnesota is out of playoff contention. For best ball leagues, both are only very late round picks if you are desperate for a QB3.

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  Chiefs | Patrick Mahomes did not go deep often in 2023    Fri Jun 28, 12:22 PM

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes had only 13% of his completed passes go at least 20 yards in the air last season, which was the lowest percentage of his career.

Footballguys view: The good news is that the Chiefs added Marquise Brown and Xavier Worthy in the offseason. Worthy has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, but all reports say that Brown and Mahomes have already developed good chemistry. Fantasy players are believers, as Mahomes is still going in the top three quarterbacks even though he didn't finish near that level last year.

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  Titans | Will Levis refines mechanics    Fri Jun 28, 10:55 AM

Tennessee Titans QB Will Levis has worked on refining his mechanics this offseason. He realized he was moving his feet too much during play-action passes and wanted to be 'more stationary.'

Footballguys view: According to the article, Levis is very aware of his mechanics and active in continuing to improve them. The new staff has said he's very coachable, which is a good sign as Levis learns a new offense for the fourth time in four years. Levis is going at the end of drafts, but a revamped pass-first offense with an improved offensive line and experienced wide receiver group could make him a great value, especially in superflex leagues.

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  Cowboys | Dak Prescott case dismissed    Thu Jun 27, 10:21 AM

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott had a sexual assault charge dismissed by a judge Wednesday, June 26, as he was cleared of all civil claims. The charge stems from a 2017 incident when a woman claimed Prescott forced himself on her in an adult nightclub parking lot. Prescott denied the allegations from the beginning; Dallas police dropped their criminal investigation into the matter in May due to a lack of evidence. He filed his own extortion lawsuit against his accuser following a demand of $100 million, which was to be in exchange for the woman not going to police.

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  Giants | Daniel Jones working out with WRs    Thu Jun 27, 08:19 AM

New York Giants QB Daniel Jones is working out with several of the team's wide receivers this week.

Footballguys view: Jones is a forgotten man in fantasy circles after there was some optimism about his value going into last season. After some speculation that the Giants would start Drew Lock to avoid risking Jones getting hurt and locking in a big injury guarantee for 2025, it looks like this is Jones' offense. He did gain a true #1 receiver in Malik Nabers, but lost Saquon Barkley and Darren Waller in the offseason. Jones is going late enough in best ball drafts to be a viable upside QB3, and he could still have bye/injury backup value in redraft leagues.

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  Colts | No restrictions for Anthony Richardson entering camp    Tue Jun 25, 04:20 PM

Indianapolis Colts QB Anthony Richardson (shoulder) will be a 'full-go' at the start of training camp next month, according to general manager Chris Ballard.'He'll be full-go. He was full-go all the way up until the last day of OTAs, and we had two heavy throwing sessions the two days before, and so we backed off a little on the last day,' Ballard said.

Footballguys view: Richardson had been a full participant throughout OTAs and during the two days of minicamp practices before sitting out the third day. Richardson said at the time there was "nothing to worry about" and that he was told during the rehab process that this could be expected as he continues to work his way back to full capacity. As USA Today's Paul Bretl suggested, if needed, further proof that Richardson's shoulder is in good shape is that he and the wide receiver unit will be getting together during this time off for a "second minicamp," as Richardson put it, and the opportunity to get into a groove heading into training camp, which begins July 24th.

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  Titans | Malik Willis sticking around?    Sun Jun 23, 11:01 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Malik Willis could still make the 53-man roster as the No. 3 quarterback, in the opinion of Jim Wyatt of the team's official site.

Footballguys view: As Wyatt explained, Willis is on the roster because the team is still developing him and believes Willis is worth keeping around. However, Wyatt also expects former Steeler Mason Rudolph to be the team's No.2 quarterback behind Will Levis.

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  Patriots | Drake Maye not slowing down    Sun Jun 23, 09:26 PM

New England Patriots QB Drake Maye said he will be working with former NFL assistant coach Clyde Christensen to prepare for the start of training of camp.

Footballguys view: The Athletic's Chad Graff recently reported that Maye still has a chance to win the starting quarterback job during training camp, even though veteran QB Jacoby Brissett took all of the reps with the first-team offense at the Patriots' mandatory minicamp and is expected to be the Week 1 starter. Maye already moved ahead of Bailey Zappe during OTAs, so the rookie has some momentum to build on as he prepares for camp.

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  Commanders | Jayden Daniels impresses veteran WR    Sun Jun 23, 06:33 PM

Washington Commanders QB Jayden Daniels has impressed WR Terry McLaurin during the offseason program with his confidence and command of the offense. 'It seemed like he knew the entire offense when we got there,' McLaurin said on Friday, June 21. 'He's in there calling the huddles through the walkthroughs. He's in there calling the plays, and he's extremely confident. It's a testament to his preparation and his studying that he did on his own. But also, I think the kid loves ball, and he has a good feel for the game.'

Footballguys view: On Saturday, Ben Standig of the Athletic told us that Daniels has been everything the Commanders expected on the field and in the locker room. "It's been all positive so far," Standig said. "He's come in and impressed his coaches and fellow players with his work ethic." Standig added that Daniels' accuracy as a passer has been noteworthy and will benefit Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson, adding to their yards after the catch totals.

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  Raiders | Aidan O'Connell ahead of Gardner Minshew?    Sun Jun 23, 04:13 PM

Las Vegas Raiders QB Aidan O'Connell 'probably has the slight edge' in the quarterback competition with Gardner Minshew, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler said on Sunday, June 23.

Footballguys view: As The Sporting News' Mike Moraitis noted, many have pegged Minshew as the favorite thanks to his free-agent deal and overall advantage in experience. But head coach Antonio Pierce has made it clear since Minshew signed that O'Connell is first in line. "Whatever happens, and whatever we do, it has to go through O'Connell," Pierce said in May. SI.com beat writer Hondo Carpenter recently told us Pierce has said the same privately. Despite a strong finish to his rookie campaign, O'Connell still has much to prove. And at this point, all signs point to him getting every opportunity to do just that.

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  Steelers | Russell Wilson outplaying Justin Fields    Sun Jun 23, 09:13 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Russell Wilson was 'clearly the better quarterback' during minicamps and organized team activities, in the opinion of Mike DeFabo of The Athletic. He took the overwhelming majority of meaningful reps, including on the final day of mandatory minicamp, when most other veterans took off. In addition, DeFabo wrote that QB Justin Fields 'doesn't often shine in seven-on-seven situations.'

Footballguys view: All of the reports agree that Wilson looks like the clear starter. There's time for that to change in camp and the preseason, but it doesn't sound like this is a wide open competition. Fields should still get in some special package plays in any event, and if Wilson slumps, the Steelers could turn to Fields. Fields still has as much upside as any quarterback going late in best ball drafts, but Wilson looks like the safe depth pick with a low ceiling.

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  Patriots | Drake Maye still has chance to start    Sun Jun 23, 08:30 AM

New England Patriots QB Drake Maye still has a chance to win the starting quarterback job during training camp, even though veteran QB Jacoby Brissett took all of the reps with the first-team offense at the Patriots' mandatory minicamp and was referred to as the starter by offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt.

Footballguys view: The Patriots would be smart to ease Maye in, and maybe even wait until the team is out of playoff contention to start him. He had some decision-making lapses under pressure and the Patriots offensive line could be porous at the beginning of the season with two new starters on the left side of the line while left guard Cole Strange recovers from a serious knee injury and the team conducts a competition at left tackle.

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  Vikings | J.J. McCarthy doesn't work with first-team offense    Sun Jun 23, 08:30 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB J.J. McCarthy did not take any reps with the first-team offense during the club's mandatory minicamp. However, this is not a reflection on his performance but rather an indication that the Vikings plan to take a long-term, slow-and-steady approach to developing the 21-year-old rookie, according to Alec Lewis of The Athletic.

Footballguys view: The Vikings have a perfectly fine bridge starter in Sam Darnold, and the main knock on McCarthy was the need for more seasoning before taking on NFL defenses, so this makes a lot of sense. The good news for fantasy is that this was a productive passing game even with the likes of Joshua Dobbs and Nick Mullens in at quarterback last year, so Darnold should be able to support the values of Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison.

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  Falcons | Michael Penix agrees to terms    Sat Jun 22, 09:16 AM

Atlanta Falcons first-round draft choice QB Michael Penix Jr. agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Falcons Friday, June 21, worth $22.8 million, a source told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The deal includes a fifth-year option.

Footballguys view: No pick from the 2024 draft will be debated more than this one. We might not know for 3-4 years whether the Falcons have the last laugh, but if Penix hits, a lot of pundits will be eating their words. Penix should be one of the most closely watched players in the preseason even though he's unlikely to start this year unless Kirk Cousins goes down with another serious injury.

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  Patriots | Bailey Zappe's time up in New England?    Sat Jun 22, 09:16 AM

New England Patriots QB Bailey Zappe's 'days with the Patriots may be close to over' after QB Joe Milton performed well during spring practices.

Footballguys view: Zappe had ample opportunity to show that he belonged as at least a backup last year, but instead, the Patriots signed Jacoby Brissett and took Drake Maye with the third pick in the draft and Joe Milton in the sixth. It would be a surprise if Zappe made the Patriots, but he should end up on another roster or practice squad because of his experience, including eight starts.

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  Panthers | Bryce Young more comfortable in Year 2    Fri Jun 21, 12:13 PM

Carolina Panthers QB Bryce Young is getting more comfortable entering his second NFL season, according to WR Adam Thielen. ''You can tell, Bryce's demeanor in the building -- he's just more comfortable, right? And you don't realize it when you start getting to be a veteran guy, just because you forget about those times,' said Thielen.

Footballguys view: Young should experience some growth under new head Dave Canales, who helped revive Baker Mayfield and Geno Smith's careers at his last two stops. Whether that will make him fantasy relevant outside of superflex leagues is yet to be seen. He's on the fringe of draftable in 1QB leagues.

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  49ers | Brock Purdy sees improvement    Fri Jun 21, 12:05 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Brock Purdy said he believes he has improved during offseason workouts because he is more experienced.

Footballguys view: It's easy to forget that Purdy is only entering his third season in the league. He's still cheap in redraft and best ball leagues, but could take another step forward after almost winning the Super Bowl in his second season last year.

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  Cardinals | Kyler Murray putting in extra work    Wed Jun 19, 09:10 PM

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray has been working with his receivers on the weekends to try to perfect his timing.

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  Bills | Josh Allen looking to work with WRs    Wed Jun 19, 07:12 PM

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen said he plans to work out with the wide receivers before training camp begins.

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