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  • TEN Tight End #81
    Team reporter Jim Wyatt reported the previously 6-foot-7, 248-pound TE Josh Whyle focused on “getting bigger and stronger” this offseason and expects “Whyle to make a big jump in 2024.”
    Titans tight ends focused on their physiques this offseason; Wyatt reported in June that Chig Okonkwo likewise worked to improve his stability, in order to improve his cutting ability. A wise move, given Whyle’s incremental encroachment on Okonkwo’s 2023 role before a Week 13 knee injury landed Whyle on injured reserve. Okonkwo remains the team’s No. 1 tight end but Whyle did perform more efficiently last year, earning targets at a 25.9 percent rate while averaging 1.62 yards per route run. Okonkwo finished respective per-route averages of 18.4 percent and 1.31. Whyle will have to fully unseat Okonkwo to become re-draft relevant but should be safely stashed on dynasty benches in the meantime.
  • NE Wide Receiver #1
    The Athletic’s Chad Graff believes Ja’Lynn Polk “has a chance to be the Patriots’ No. 1 in the season opener.”
    Graff notes that this may be dependent on whether or not Kendrick Bourne (knee) needs more time to recover from his torn ACL. However, he also says Polk was “a steady, reliable target in minicamp” as the rookie worked in more with the first-team offense. The Patriots drafted Polk with the No. 37 overall pick in this year’s draft. The former Washington Husky totaled 69 receptions for 1,159 and nine touchdowns in his final college season, and while it sounds like his impact in 2024 is somewhat contingent on when Bourne returns, it’s worth noting that the Patriots have one of the worst receiver rooms in the league. It’s possible Polk shows enough in camp to earn a significant role regardless of Bourne’s availability, which could set the stage for a strong rookie season. With that said, expectations should be tempered, as the Patriots have a long way to go before becoming a high-end offense for fantasy purposes.
  • MIA Running Back #31
    ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques wrote, Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel said “the whole group, pretty much led by Raheem [Mostert], it is of quality and depth as good as I’ve been around.”
    McDaniel went on to say he has spent “zero time trying to forecast that room because I recognize supreme competition when I see it,” later suggesting he hopes to incorporate De’Von Achane in a more diverse manner in his upcoming second NFL season. Increased passing-game opportunities would help Achane return value on his late-second-round ADP but Mostert’s eighth-round ADP offers substantially more value if he can remain healthy in his age-32 season. Fourth-round rookie RB Jaylen Wright is also likely to factor in, and makes for a high-upside, late-round pick.
  • DEN Running Back
    Broncos HC Sean Payton said Audric Estimé is expected to be a “full go” for training camp after undergoing a minor knee scope this offseason.
    The Athletic’s Nick Kosmider writes that Estimé is expected to push Javonte Williams for the starting job in camp. Estimé, who was selected by the Broncos in the fifth round of this year’s draft, is a 5-foot-11, 233-pound bruiser who averaged 6.2 YPC in his three seasons at Notre Dame. Despite missing much of the team’s offseason programs, Kosmider believes he’ll have a chance to unseat Williams, the incumbent, who is a second year removed from a devastating knee injury that ended his 2022 season. Williams averaged just 3.6 YPC last season while totaling 1,002 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns, but he should still find a role in Payton’s offense — even if it’s a reduced one. We’ll see how things play out in camp, but it will likely take an impressive performance from Estimé for him to be viewed as the Week 1 starter.
  • TEN Safety #33
    Titans signed S Jamal Adams, formerly of the Seahawks, to a one-year contract.
    Adams, 28, was released by the Seahawks at the end of the 2023 season. The former First-team All-Pro played in 34 of a possible 67 regular season games during his four-year tenure with the team and has played in just 10 games over the last two seasons. A myriad of injuries have plagued Adams in recent years, with a quad tear ending his 2022 season in Week 1, and a concussion and knee strain limiting him to nine games in 2023. Adams earned a PFF coverage grade of 50.7 while playing on 287 coverage snaps. The former do-it-all safety, who once racked up 9.5 sacks in a season, hasn’t recorded a sack since 2020 and is far from the player he once was. Despite this, he should have plenty to offer a Titans secondary that’s undergone a major overhaul this offseason.
  • NE Linebacker #9
    FOX Sports’ Henry McKenna reports the Patriots have offered Matthew Judon a contract extension, but “the two sides are not close to an agreement.”
    Judon reported to mandatory minicamp last month and isn’t considered a risk of holding out of training camp at this time. McKenna did say that “things are progressing in the right direction for an extension,” but it doesn’t sound like anything is imminent at this time. Last season, the Patriots restructured Judon’s contract for the 2023 season to guarantee him $14 million instead of the $2 million he was set to receive. It’s possible the two sides do something similar if they can’t land on a long-term extension, but there’s still time to get a deal done. Judon, who turns 32 in August, is coming off a 2023 that was shortened due to a biceps injury, but the veteran pass rusher totaled four sacks in the four games he appeared in. While the two sides appear to be in good standing with one another, it’s apparent that Judon is hoping to maximize on his value before entering the twilight of his career.
  • TEN Wide Receiver #18
    The Nashville Post’s John Glennon believes Kyle Philips is facing a “make-or-break” scenario heading into training camp.
    In his first game as a pro, Philips caught 6-of-9 targets for 66 yards while also returning four punts for 62 yards. The fifth-round rookie looked like an immediate impact player out of the slot but has been limited to just 13 games over two seasons due to injury. In addition to injuries, Glennon also points out that Philips lost value when he muffed away his job as a returner last season. Now, rookie Jha’Quan Jackson, who the team selected in the sixth round this spring, has a chance to unseat Philips in the slot and as a returner. Neither player would offer much fantasy upside if they make the Titans’ 53-man roster, but this is a position battle worth monitoring under a new coaching regime.
  • LV Quarterback #12
    The Athletic’s Tashan Reed says Aidan O’Connell and Gardner Minshew “split snaps with the starters during offseason team activities and will continue to do so when training camp begins.”
    According to Reed, both O’Connell and Minshew “got off to a rough start in OTAs,” struggling with accuracy and turnovers while offering little in the way of a vertical passing game. Given the profiles of both quarterbacks and what we saw last year, this isn’t all that surprising, as O’Connell and Minshew ranked 17th and 20th in ADOT last season amongst 30 quarterbacks (min. 300 dropbacks). It was reported in June by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that O’Connell “probably has the slight edge” over Minshew in the Raiders’ quarterback competition, but that’s to be expected with O’Connell being the incumbent to the newly-signed Minshew. Both quarterbacks are serviceable starters, but neither should be viewed as a long-term answer at the position. Barring an unexpected breakout from either signal-caller, Reed notes that “it wouldn’t be a surprise if both Minshew and O’Connell take the field at some point this year.”
  • LAC Running Back #4
    The Athletic’s Daniel Popper said he sees Gus Edwards “as the clear lead back” for the Chargers heading into training camp.
    Popper adds that he believes “secondary touches are open for competition, though if J.K. Dobbins is healthy, I think he wins that job.” Those drafting rookie Kimani Vidal would be interested in knowing that Popper believes Vidal is currently third on the running back depth chart. It’s about what we’d expect to see heading into training camp, as the Chargers brought in both Edwards and Dobbins via free agency this offseason, while Vidal is a sixth-round rookie. However, Edwards is entering his age-29 season and appeared to be on the decline at various times last season, and Dobbins has a lengthy injury history that includes a torn ACL suffered in 2021 and a torn Achilles suffered last year. While we’d expect the two veteran backs to get ever chance at earning the top two spots on the depth chart, the younger and likely more explosive Vidal could impress in the coming weeks.
  • DAL Quarterback #4
    When discussing a potential new contract, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott said “the money and all that will take care of itself.”
    Prescott is entering the last season of a four-year, $160 million contract. The Cowboys have waited to get a deal done with Prescott, who has leverage with Jared Goff and Trevor Lawrence signing for over $50 million a year this offseason. Jerry Jones has his hands full with Prescott and WR CeeDee Lamb in line for extensions. Prescott seems confident that his deal will get worked out while Lamb said he will not discuss his contract heading into camp.