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Testing on Christian Watson’s hamstrings revealed an asymmetrical stride was the cause of his persistent hamstring injuries.

26 May 2024

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said in March that Watson — who missed eight games in 2023 — was working with a “special lab” to figure out why he has sustained so many soft tissue injuries. Testing at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health showed Watson had a 20 percent muscle mass difference between his right and left leg. That difference has since been reduced to 8-10 percent. “For me, it really was the asymmetry between the legs,” Watson said this we ...

The Rams have asked Blake Corum to develop a three-down skillset.

26 May 2024

The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue reports the Rams are asking Corum to develop his route running, pass-catching and pass-protection skills with starter Kyren Williams sidelined (foot) in OTAs. Corum was already expected to contribute as a rotational rusher and potential goal-line vulture after scoring a positional Power Five-high 23 green zone rushing touchdowns via a second-ranked 61.0% conversion rate (min. 15 attempts). Establishing a passing-game role significantly increases Corum’s fantas ...

Cardinals signed No. 4 overall pick WR Marvin Harrison Jr. to a four-year contract.

26 May 2024

Harrison’s four-year deal is reportedly worth $35.3 million total, $22.5 million guaranteed and features a fifth-year option, per Spotrac. Harrison is the first of the top four players selected in the 2024 NFL Draft to sign a rookie contract. Underdog Fantasy drafters are selecting Harrison with a 2.03, WR9 ADP. He is expected to command a significant target share in the Cardinals’ passing offense.

Broncos HC Sean Payton said Bo Nix is “farther along” than most rookies would be.

26 May 2024

Payton attributes Nix’s NFL readiness to the 61 games he played in college while also adding that Nix is “extremely smart” and “picked [the offense] up very quickly.” Selected by the Broncos with the No. 12 pick in this year’s draft, Nix has a chance to open the season as the Week 1 starter if he can simply beat out Jarrett Stidham and Zach Wilson for the job — a task that appears relatively easy on the surface. Payton’s early praise of his young signal-caller can only bode well ...

Bengals HC Zac Taylor said he would “take a step back this spring” and let OC Dan Pitcher “take ownership in the direction of the offense.”

26 May 2024

Whether or not this means Taylor will turn over all play-calling duties to Pitcher is to be determined, but the former quarterbacks coach turned offensive coordinator will clearly have a chance to add some wrinkles of his own to the offense. Pitcher was promoted to OC earlier this offseason after Brian Callahan accepted the job to become the Titans’ next head coach. Pitcher has been with the Bengals since 2016 and is more than familiar with the offensive philosophy and schemes Taylor has imple ...

Broncos HC Sean Payton told reporters he expects TE Greg Dulcich to return prior to training camp.

26 May 2024

Hamstring and foot injuries ended Dulcich’s 2023 season prematurely but Payton told reporters "[Dulcich] is close [to returning],” per Denver Sports’ Andrew Mason. “His rehab has gone well” and Payton expects Dulcich to return prior to the team’s July training camp. The 2022 third-round pick has been plagued by recurring hamstring strains but the starting tight end job is his for the taking, if healthy.

Courtland Sutton has been absent from Broncos voluntary OTAs.

26 May 2024

Head coach Sean Payton said he and the team are not concerned about Sutton, who is remaining away from the team as he waits out a new contract. The Broncos fielded trade offers for Sutton earlier this offseason but opted not to trade the disgruntled receiver, who is set to earn $17.825 million this season. Sutton caught 59 passes for 772 yards and 10 touchdowns in 16 games last season and hasn’t gone for more than 829 yards in any of his last four seasons. He will turn 29 in October and could ...

Ravens QB Malik Cunningham has switched to wide receiver.

26 May 2024

According to Ravens team writer Ryan Mink, the Ravens listed Cunningham as a wide receiver on their roster. Mink also added that Cunningham made “several grabs” during Thursday’s OTAs. Cunningham went undrafted out of Louisville last season and split time at quarterback and receiver with the Patriots last season before being signed off the Patriots practice squad by the Ravens in December. It now appears Cunningham will make a permanent move to receiver for the Ravens, which may give him a ...

The Athletic’s Nick Kosmider believes holdover Broncos RBs Javonte Williams, Samaje Perine and Jaleel McLaughlin face a “challenging battle” to maintain their 2023 roles.

26 May 2024

Coach Sean Payton has confirmed it’s a position where he expects major competition, in the words of Kosmider. The Broncos used a fifth-round pick on Audric Estimé and scooped up ballyhooed pass catcher Blake Watson on the rookie free agent market. Williams, Perine and McLaughlin were decent enough role players in 2023, but nothing more. This is going to remain a role player backfield, but the pass-catching job in particular will be valuable in fantasy. 24-year-old Watson probably has a decent ...

Bills HC Sean McDermott said he is “very impressed” with what Chase Claypool has shown so far in OTAs.

25 May 2024

It’s just pad-less practices, but for a player hoping to contribute to a team more than he did in 2024, it’s a positive sign for Claypool, who entered the league as a second-round pick of the Steelers in 2020 but has already been labeled a journeyman. The fifth-year receiver is on his third team in two seasons and has totaled just 22 receptions for 217 yards and one touchdown since being traded to the Bears during the 2022 trade deadline. Claypool joined a rather thin receiver room earlier t ...

ESPN’s Todd Archer says Cowboys WR Jalen Tolbert “has a chance to take the No. 3 role behind CeeDee Lamb and Brandin Cooks” this upcoming season.

25 May 2024

The departure of Michael Gallup this offseason immediately opened the door for Tolbert to step into a bigger role. Couple that with the fact that the Cowboys didn’t take a receiver until the sixth round of the draft, and his path to snaps becomes all the more clear. Archer reports that Tolbert has “joined [Dak] Prescott at the hip” this offseason, spending additional time with Prescott in hopes of developing additional familiarity and trust with the quarterback come game day. Head coach Mi ...

Speaking on NFL Live, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said “the benchmark” for a Brandon Aiyuk contract extension “is Amon-Ra St. Brown.”

24 May 2024

Fowler went on to point out that St. Brown is getting $28 million per year on his new four-year deal, adding that Aiyuk “doesn’t have to be the highest paid [wide receiver] in the league” but that he thinks he deserves to be paid like a top wide receiver. Aiyuk has totaled back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for the 49ers and went for a career-high 1,342 yards in 2023 while scoring seven touchdowns. He’s currently set to earn $14.124 million in 2024 after the 49ers picked up his fifth-year o ...

Stetson Bennett has been participating in full at Rams OTAs.

24 May 2024

Bennett, who was drafted in the fourth round of last year’s draft, missed all of the regular season while on the non-football illness list. Rams GM Les Snead said he believes Bennett’s time away was “very beneficial” while adding that Bennett was “exhausted” after leading Georgia to back-to-back national championships in 2021 and 2022. Bennett is expected to compete with Jimmy Garoppolo for the backup job behind Matthew Stafford this offseason.

Patriots signed No. 110 overall pick Javon Baker to a four-year contract.

24 May 2024

Baker becomes the fourth rookie from the Patriots’ 2024 draft class to sign his contract. The former UCF Knight has a chance to compete for playing time in a thin wide receiver room, but will likely be stuck behind Kendrick Bourne and fellow rookie Ja’Lynn Polk for snaps on the outside. Baker has good size and athleticism and averaged 21.9 YPR in his final college season, but he should be viewed as more of a developmental player in his rookie season, assuming he doesn’t get shoehorned into ...

Bears HC Matt Eberflus told reporters rookie WR Rome Odunze (hamstring) is expected to return to practice in OTAs next week.

24 May 2024

Odunze was seen working individually alongside Chicago’s OTA sessions this week, managing his ongoing hamstring tightness. Eberflus told reporters that the the plan is for Odunze to “ramp back in there next week during the OTAs”, indicating a gradual return to full participation is expected.

Anthony Richardson said he won’t change the way he plays in 2024.

24 May 2024

Richardson described his season-ending 2023 shoulder injury as unlucky. “I don’t think there’s any way I could’ve avoided what happened to me. Just a regular, routine tackle,” Richardson said. “I tried to brace myself for the fall and my shoulder just did what it did. … People see me, I’m a big quarterback, so they always think, ‘He wants to run the ball. He wants to be physical, and that is what’s going to get him hurt.’ That’s not the case.” Colts head coach Shane Ste ...

The Athletic’s Jon Greenberg reports Caleb Williams and the Bears offense has struggled during OTAs.

24 May 2024

Bears beat writers have reported plenty of Williams’ passes hitting the ground, difficulties getting set for plays, and constant pressure on the rookie from the Chicago defense. Greenberg said Williams was “under pressure while his receivers (which didn’t include Rome Odunze or Keenan Allen) tried to get open. There were a few just-missed interceptions. Sometimes, Williams couldn’t even get passes off as the secondary used its space advantage in the red zone to shut down receivers. We sa ...

Testing on Christian Watson’s hamstrings revealed an asymmetrical stride was the cause of his persistant hamstring injuries.

24 May 2024

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said in March that Watson — who missed eight games in 2023 — was working with a “special lab” to figure out why he has sustained so many soft tissue injuries. “For me, it really was the asymmetry between the legs,” Watson said this week after an OTA session. “It comes from a lot of things. Obviously, the issues I’ve had in the past with hamstrings, not fully recovering from those strength-wise. I’ve been attacking the strength side of it, trying ...

The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly reports TE Pat Freiermuth developed a connection with Russell Wilson during Steelers OTAs.

24 May 2024

Kaboly said Wilson was precise and accurate, demonstrating effective play action during the team’s OTA sessions. He frequently targeted Freiermuth, who worked closely with Wilson this spring. Freiermuth is healthy, entering his contract year and finally has an accurate quarterback and an offensive coordinator who will highlight the tight end. He could have a breakout year,” Kaboly said. Coming off a disappointing, injury-ridden 2023 season in which he had 32 receptions for 308 yards and two ...

Broncos head coach Sean Payton said Box Nix, Jarrett Stidham, and Zach Wilson are splitting reps in OTAs.

24 May 2024

“There’s going to be a time when you read into the reps, I don’t think it’s early in OTAs,” Payton said. “It’s kind of the orphan group, they’re all orphan dogs. They’ve come from somewhere, but they’re doing good. It’s a good room.’' Nix, according to Denver beat writers, has not been sharp so far in OTA sessions, with Stidham standing out among the QB trio. As the team’s first round draft pick and a good fit for the Payton offense, Nix is still the odds-on favorite to ...

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