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  • LAR Wide Receiver #16
    Texans declared WR Tyler Johnson, QB Kyle Allen, LB Garret Wallow, LB Jake Hansen, DL Thomas Booker, OL Austin Deculus, and DL Rasheem Green inactive for Week 1 against the Colts.
    Johnson, who was claimed on waivers, seems to not be completely up to speed with the playbook just yet. Rasheem Green was the only player actually listed on the injury report, with a thigh injury that had him questionable, after the team sent Mario Addison to injured reserve. It’s a little surprising to see the supposed backup quarterback Allen inactive. Wallow, too, seemed to have his backers in the building though he missed plenty of training camp with an injury.

  • FA Head Coach
    ESPN reports Bill Belichick did not demand full control of the Falcons before being turned down for the team’s head coaching vacancy.
    ESPN reporters, including Jeremy Fowler, confirmed what Falcons owner Arthur Blank had said in February after the team went with Raheem Morris over Belichick, the second winningest coach in NFL history.
  • DAL Running Back #24
    Cowboys signed RB Royce Freeman, formerly of the Rams, to a one-year contract.
    Freeman has bounced around the league in his six seasons, most recently spending 2023 with the Rams. He rushed 77 times for 319 yards and two touchdowns in a backup capacity, getting his most opportunities in Kyren Williams’ absence. The veteran now joins a sparse Cowboys backfield that currently has Rico Dowdle and Deuce Vaughn as its top two running backs. Freeman’s signing should not take the Cowboys out of the running to add another back in this year’s draft.
  • IND Center #78
    The Indianapolis Star’s Joel Erickson reports Colts C Ryan Kelly wants to stay with the Colts for his next contract.
    Kelly is entering the last year of his contract. He has been with the Colts since being drafted in 2016 and has the desire to stay, saying “it’s my ninth year here, it’s the last year of my contract, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want another one.” The 30-year-old is a four-time Pro Bowler, starting all 111 career games. The Colts have re-signed and extended several of their players this off-season, and Kelly could be next in line.
  • CHI Wide Receiver #15
    The 49ers have agreed to terms with Trent Taylor, formerly of the Bears, on a one-year deal.
    Taylor returns to the 49ers for the first time since 2020. The past three seasons he spent time as a reserve for the Bears and Bengals. The 29-year old receiver had his best season in 2017 as a rookie (43-430-2) with the 49ers who originally drafted him. He’ll now look to stick in San Fransisco once again.
  • CLE Running Back #24
    Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said there’s no timetable yet for Nick Chubb’s return from a knee injury.
    Chubb suffered a pretty brutal knee injury in Week 2 of the 2023 season and has now undergone two major knee surgeries during his career. At 28 years old, there is no guarantee he will come back to the same level we’ve come to know from him. “I can promise you he’s working very hard,” said Stefanski. “I don’t know that we’ll go past today and this week. At least that’s the way I’m looking at it...When he’s ready, he’ll be ready.”
  • CLE Quarterback #4
    Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said the team has “a very, very good plan” for Deshaun Watson (shoulder).
    Watson, who played in six games in 2023, is coming back from a fractured shoulder and said he would be ready for Week 1. “He’s doing all the things he’s supposed to be doing when it comes to rehab” said Stefanski. “When he get to those points and OTAs and minicamp, we will go with what’s suggested by the medical team.” There’s still plenty of time to go before Week 1 so much of this will depend on how Watson’s shoulder continues to respond to treatment, but both Stefanski and the Browns training staff seems to feel good about Watson being under center to start the season.
  • MIA Wide Receiver #17
    NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the Dolphins will exercise Jaylen Waddle’s fifth-year option.
    Waddle has had a nice start to his career racking up at least 70 receptions and 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons. It’s no surprise the Dolphins’ GM Chris Grier will use the option on him and Jaelan Phillips who were both drafted in 2021. Waddle will remain a key cog in the Dolphins’ offensive machine, while being a better-than-average fantasy option.
  • KC Running Back
    Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Louis Rees-Zammit will “start off” as a running back.
    The rugby superstar, who signed a three-year deal with the Chiefs in March, could be used at multiple positions in the KC offense, but will begin in the backfield. ESPN’s Adam Teicher suggested the Chiefs “will look at Rees-Zammit at running back and perhaps wide receiver” and as a possible kick returner. That Rees-Zammit signed a three-year deal with guaranteed money means he’ll likely make the roster in 2024 and could see regular playing time. Reid conceded going from pro rugby to the NFL is “not an easy transition, but he seems to be wired” for the NFL game. Rees-Zammit is reportedly working with Patrick Mahomes in Texas before Kansas City’s official offseason workouts.
  • DET Tackle #68
    Lions OT Taylor Decker said he underwent foot/ankle surgery after the 2023 regular season.
    Decker said he’s been working out since the middle of February following the procedure, adding that he’s dealt with foot and ankle issues since his college days at Ohio State. Decker said he has started contract extension talks with the Lions. Pro Football Focus graded Decker as last year’s 15th best pass-blocking offensive lineman; he allowed nine QB hits all season. The Detroit offensive line was rated by PFF as the league’s 12th best pass blocking unit.
  • DEN Wide Receiver #14
    NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports Broncos WR Courtland Sutton did not report for voluntary OTAs.
    Sutton has just $2 million guaranteed on his current deal with Denver after catching 10 touchdowns on 59 receptions in 2023. Sutton, headed into his age-29 season, profiles as the team’s No. 1 wideout after the Broncos dealt Jerry Jeudy to the Browns this offseason. Sutton could be seeking a short-term deal with more guaranteed money ahead of the 2024 season. He’ll work with his 10th starting quarterback in his seven pro seasons.