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  • ATL Quarterback #4
    Taylor Heinicke (ankle) practiced in a limited capacity on Wednesday.
    Heinicke melted down in Week 17 against the Bears, throwing three picks and completing a meager 33 percent of his attempts. Desmond Ridder took over for Heinicke, who is iffy to suit up in Week 18 with an ankle issue. It doesn’t matter who starts for the Falcons in what could mercifully be Arthur Smith’s final game as head coach.
  • NE Guard #69
    NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Patriots LG Cole Strange (knee) “is expected to miss the start of the 2024 season and may be out until the middle of the season.”
    Strange suffered a serious knee injury in Week 15 against the Chiefs and could be out for a while — a blow to a New England offensive line graded by PFF as last year’s fourth worst pass blocking unit and 12th best run blocking unit. PFF graded Strange as the 27th best guard in the NFL last season. Sidy Sow is playing left guard for the Patriots in offseason practices, according to the Boston Herald’s Doug Kyed.
  • MIA Quarterback #1
    ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe reports Tua Tagovailoa lost 10-15 pounds this offseason.
    Wolfe said Tua dropped the weight “seeking more agility/escapability.” It’s a worthwhile effort from a largely immobile passer who was dead in the water last year as soon as pass rushers broke through the Miami offensive line. A slightly more mobile Tua — one who could break the pocket and make plays out of structure — would add an entirely new element to a dangerous Dolphins offense. Tagovailoa, who is working on a long-term deal with the team, reported to OTAs on Monday. Wolfe said he expects Tua to get $50 million a year in his new deal, in line with Jared Goff’s recent extension with the Lions.
  • CIN Wide Receiver #5
    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Bengals WR Tee Higgins has not signed his franchise tender.
    The ramifications of the disgruntled veteran wide receiver having yet to sign his franchise tender means he will be unable to report to the team for organized team activities next week. We’re still a long way off from considering Higgins a potential holdout candidate even after he requested a trade in March and has yet to sign his franchise tender, although that potential grows with each passing day. Even so, the idea of missing out on a $21.816 million pay day while on the franchise tag in 2024 makes in unlikely Higgins misses a snap when his paycheck is on the line. Higgins averaged a career-high 15.6 yards per reception in 2024 but missed significant time with multiple injuries, likely prompting his decision to leave the tender unsigned through OTAs.
  • PHI Wide Receiver #13
    Eagles WR DeVante Parker announced his retirement from the NFL.
    The nine-year veteran wide receiver signed a one-year contract with the Eagles in March but ultimately retired before playing a snap with the franchise. Parker spent the first seven years of his NFL career with the Dolphins before playing the previous two seasons with the Patriots. He cited a desire to spend more time with his family as the primary reason for his decision. Parker ends his career with 402 receptions, 5,660 yards, and 27 touchdowns.
  • DEN Linebacker #41
    Broncos LB Drew Sanders tore his Achilles in late April during his offseason workout program.
    Per Mike Klis of Denver 9News, second-year linebacker Drew Sanders tore his Achilles in late April and has already undergone surgery to correct the ailment. That places the 2024 season in doubt for Sanders but the report states that the team in hopeful he can return before the end of the season. The standard six-to-eight-month recovery timetable for full Achilles tears leaves his expected return window some time from the end of October to the end of December, meaning it remains possible that Sanders could make it back in time for the end of the season. That said, there would be no reason to rush him back if the Broncos are out of postseason contention by that time. Sanders played a complementary role for the Broncos during his rookie season, managing just 258 defensive snaps, and was likely to serve in a similar capacity during his second year in the league.
  • CAR Defensive Back #8
    Panthers CB Jaycee Horn made changes to his offseason routine in an attempt to stay healthier.
    Horn has missed more games than he has played in after the Panthers selected him No. 8 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, appearing in just 22 games while missing 29. He reportedly added more weightlifting to his offseason routine, saying Monday, “Just trying to switch something up and start from ground zero and build my body back up.” Horn added, “I know what I’m capable of, and I still feel like I’m one of the best DBs in this league. I’ve just got to be out there to show it. So, that’s what I’m looking forward to doing.” Horn will play the 2024 season on the fourth year of his five-year rookie deal after the team exercised his fifth-year option in April.
  • NYG Quarterback #8
    Giants QB Daniel Jones participated in 7-on-7 drills Monday.
    Jones’ presence on the field for 7-on-7 drills Monday seems to confirm previous reports that the Giants signal caller would be ready for the start of preseason camp as he works his way back from a torn ACL suffered in November. Jones and the rest of the New York offense got one of the top playmakers in this year’s draft when the team selected WR Malik Nabers in the first round, a player that should immediately step into the primary pass-catching role in his rookie season. The biggest concern for the Giants offense had been whether or not Nabers would get any real repetitions with Jones prior to the start of the regular season, something that now seems to be a moot point.
  • LAR Quarterback #9
    Rams QB Matthew Stafford was present for the opening day of OTAs Monday.
    Stafford’s presence for the opening day of OTAs is notable considering the veteran quarterback had expressed intent to seek more guaranteed money in his contract this offseason, placing doubt in his status for organized team activities leading up to camp in the process. It also speaks to his level of health heading into the 2024 season after Stafford battled multiple injuries the previous two years. Either way, consider it a slight boost to Stafford’s fantasy value for the coming year.
  • CAR Quarterback #9
    Panthers HC Dave Canales said Bryce Young is “doing fantastic” in the team’s new offense.
    Coming off one of the worst rookie years in recent memory, anything that’s positive is good news for Young, who is hoping to put a disastrous 2023 campaign behind him. Canales added that Young has “really mastered” learning the routes and desired footwork for plays early on, and praised him for his consistency. Canales was instrumental in Baker Mayfield’s bounce-back with the Buccaneers last season. His success with Mayfield is ultimately what helped him land his role with the Panthers this offseason, as owner David Tepper hopes his former No. 1 pick can display some of the promise that made him the top selection in last year’s draft. An early mastery of the offense is a great sign for Young, but we’ll have to see how this continues to transfer to the field once training camp starts up in a few months.
  • CLE Kicker #39
    Browns signed K Lucas Havrisik, formerly of the Rams.
    Havrisik had a brief stint with the Browns last season but never attempted a field goal for them. The third-year kicker did, however, make nine appearances for the Rams last season, converting on 15-of-20 field goals, with four of them coming from 40-plus yards out. He’ll presumably get a chance to compete with Dustin Hopkins and Cade York for the Browns’ starting kicker role this season. Last season, Hopkins converted on 33-of-36 of his field goal attempts.