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  • NYG Running Back #26
    Schoen’s comments at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis come a day after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Giants are unlikely to tag him for 2024 — a move that would pay Barkley around $12 million. Coming off a 1,242-yard season, Barkley in 2023 showed he can still be a lead back, and should draw interest from a handful of teams this offseason looking to bolster their backfields. Both parties seem ready to part ways. It would be a stunner if the Giants tagged Barkley, 27, in the coming days.
  • JAX Wide Receiver #0
    Shipley added the interest should be mutual. Ridley, coming off an up-and-down season in Jacksonville, has “plenty of reasons to ... want to return,” Shipley said. Ridley had 910 yards and seven touchdowns on 70 receptions in his first year with the Jaguars following a two-year hiatus from the NFL. He’s an unrestricted free agent entering his age-30 season, and should hold some appeal as a No. 2 wideout option for other teams. Ridley in 2023 had the ninth most air yards in the league and the 27th most receiving yards, mostly operating as a boundary vertical threat. Unless that role changes in 2024, he’ll likely be a frustrating fantasy producer.
  • FA Linebacker #7
    Barrett, 31, a two-time Pro Bowler, spent five seasons in Tampa and won a super bowl with the Tom Brady Bucs in 2020. He’s coming off a down year in Tampa, as his three tackles of loss was the lowest mark of his nine-year NFL career. Pro Football Focus in 2023 graded Barrett 34th out of 222 qualifying EDGE players. He’ll certainly see interest from multiple teams seeking EDGE help this offseason.
  • WAS Wide Receiver #17
    Kingsbury and Brian Johnson, the team’s assistant head coach and pass game coordinator, dismissed any mention of the Air Raid offensive scheme, saying Washington would strive to be balanced in 2024. Last season, only the Chiefs and Bengals had higher pass rates over expected than the Commanders. “We want to be able to run the football and play-action pass and really do whatever it takes to win,” Kingsbury told The Washington Post. Johnson and Kingsbury said the Commanders could use far fewer shotgun formations than they’ve used at previous NFL stops, especially if they’re breaking in a rookie quarterback. In 2022, Kingsbury’s Cardinals led the league in pistol and shotgun usage, as Denny Carter and Patrick Daugherty discussed on a recent Rotoworld Football Show. The 2022 Cardinals were 28th in net adjusted yards per attempt out of pistol and shotgun looks.
  • NYG Quarterback #8
    As Raanan points out, the Giants have the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft, along with two second-round picks. In addition to the draft capital, there are also questions over whether or not the team wants to move forward with Jones given his recent injury history (neck/torn ACL). Jones signed a four-year, $160 million deal last offseason, which the Giants almost instantly regretted after a 40-0 Week 1 loss to the Cowboys in which Jones threw for 104 yards and one touchdown. It was only one game, but the struggles looked eerily familiar. Jones later suffered a neck injury that sidelined him for a few weeks and then a torn ACL, which kept him out for the remainder of the year. Already holding a high pick in the draft, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Giants take a shot on a top quarterback come April, as Jones has struggled to look like a franchise quarterback for much of his career.
  • FA Head Coach
    Before taking the job as the Chargers head coach in 2021, Staley served as the Rams’ defensive coordinator in 2020 and also has experience as a DC at the college level. Interestingly, Staley interviewed with the Rams earlier this offseason for their defensive coordinator opening after Raheem Morris left for Atlanta, but they instead promoted LBs coach Chris Shula, to the role. Staley’s defense struggled during his time with the Chargers, never ranking better than 21st in points allowed per game. In addition to Staley, the 49ers also interviewed Nick Sorenson, who is an internal candidate currently serving as their defensive pass game coordinator.
  • FA Running Back
    Brooks suffered a torn ACL in mid-November and underwent surgery soon after. Considered by some to be the top running back in this year’s class, Brooks will not work out at the NFL Scouting Combine but is “healing well and as expected,” according to Rapoport, and projects to be cleared by training camp according to Dr. Dan Cooper. Before going down, Brooks rushed 187 times for 1,139 yards and 10 touchdowns in 11 games with the Longhorns last season and added another 25-286-1 through the air. His versatile skillset should make him a valuable rookie pick for the upcoming fantasy season.
  • FA Wide Receiver
    Nabers joins Marvin Harrison Jr. as the second high-profile wide receiver who will not work out at the combine. According to Rapoport, Nabers will report to the combine and interview with teams, but will run through tests on March 27th during LSU’s pro day. Nabers is widely considered to be the No. 2 receiver of the class and should hear his name called in the top 10 of April’s draft.
  • DAL Running Back #20
    Pollard will be 27 at the start of next season and is coming off his first year as a full-time starter. Last season with the Cowboys, Pollard rushed 252 times for 1,005 yards and six touchdowns while adding another 55 catches for 311 yards. Despite totaling more than 1,300 yards from scrimmage, Pollard was far from the explosive back we saw when he was splitting touches with Ezekiel Elliott. He averaged a career-low 4.3 yards per touch and struggled mightily to score near the opponent’s goal line. Pollard’s 17 carries from inside the opponent’s five-yard lines ranked sixth-most in the league, while his three touchdowns were the fewest of any back with 15-plus carries in the same situation. Pollard is a versatile back who can handle lead duties when needed, but he may be better suited in a split similar to what he saw through the first four years of his career.
  • LAC Running Back #30
    Despite drawing praise from new head coach Jim Harbaugh earlier this month, Ekeler is anything but a lock to return to the Chargers. The soon-to-be 29-year-old back had arguably his worst season as a pro in 2023, rushing 179 times for 628 yards and five touchdowns while averaging a career-low 3.5 YPC. The 4.3 yards per touch Ekeler averaged was also a career-low, although some will attribute his struggles to a high-ankle sprain suffered in the first game of the season. Regardless, it was a bad look for Ekeler, who attempted to secure a long-term extension last offseason only to play out the remainder of his contract while looking like one of the least efficient backs in the league. While his days as a workhorse back may be behind him, Ekeler still has utility as a pass catcher and could be deployed as more of a third-down option moving forward.
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