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  • SEA Running Back #9
    Seahawks head coach Mike Macdonald said the team would emphasize the run in 2024.
    Macdonald, who hired former Washington Huskies offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb as Seattle’s OC, said the team would stress controlling the ball and maximizing time of possession in 2024. “We’re going to be a physical unit, we’re gonna run the football, and we want to have answers for the quarterback and we want to keep it consistent for him so he can play fast and play decisive and get the ball to our playmakers,” Macdonald said. “I know that’s kind of coach speak. But it needs to be an efficient unit, we want to be able to possess the ball, we want to be able to obviously be explosive and not turn the ball over. And I think that’s going to come through run and play action on early downs.” It’s a decidedly old-school approach that may or may not come to fruition, and it’s no surprise Macdonald preaches the run game considering his defensive background. Ken Walker would presumably be the primary beneficiary of a run-first Seattle offense, though he could split the workload with second-year back Zach Charbonnet.
  • DEN Wide Receiver #14
    Broncos GM George Paton believes Courtland Sutton is “in a good place” despite his absence from voluntary OTAs.
    With his contract situation in limbo — Sutton is guaranteed only $2 million for 2024 — the veteran wideout is opting out of “voluntary” practice. Paton has opted for diplomacy instead of irritation. “It’s the first week of the offseason program. (Coach Sean Payton has) talked to Courtland. I’ve talked to Courtland. He’s in a good place and we’ll just leave it at that.” It is very much up in the air whether Sutton will return to the Mile High City for 2024, but the matter could be settled during next week’s draft.
  • LAC Running Back #27
    Chargers GM Joe Hortiz believes newly-signed RB J.K. Dobbins (Achilles) “should be” ready for training camp.
    “Should” is doing a lot of work here, especially since Dobbins’ 2023 injury is only one of multiple traumatic lower-body issues suffered during his four-year NFL career. Hortiz also admitted the obvious that Dobbins’ signing should not affect the Chargers’ odds of selecting a back in the draft. “You don’t want to turn away from a good player because you’ve signed someone.” At least in terms of fantasy, Dobbins is squarely in the realm of “any 2024 contributions will be a bonus.”
  • DEN Head Coach
    Broncos HC Sean Payton said the team is open to trading up for a QB if they believe it could “change the landscape” of the team.
    This comes less than a month after Payton said it’s “realistic” to think the Broncos could trade up from the No. 12. The Broncos’ need for a franchise quarterback after the failed Russell Wilson trade can’t be overstated. With Jarrett Stidham the only quarterback of note on the roster, Denver needs to find a solution that offers more than what Stidham has over his career. Denver holds two top 100 picks in this year’s draft and also has its 2025 first-round pick to use as a bargaining chip. If they were to attempt to trade up, these picks could prove valuable in facilitating a deal to land what they hope will be their franchise quarterback. The only quarterback the Broncos have held a top-30 visit with is Michael Penix, but we know they also met with Bo Nix at the scouting combine.
  • FA Wide Receiver #87
    NFL reinstated free agent WR Quintez Cephus from the reserve/suspended list.
    When last we left Cephus last April, he was receiving an indefinite ban for betting on NFL contests. He’s lucky he’s back in the league at all. Still only 26, Cephus might actually get a second chance, however, as a relatively experienced, versatile-ish veteran with 37 career grabs. We assume it won’t come in Detroit after last year’s unpleasantness.
  • JAX Quarterback #16
    Jaguars GM Trent Baalke said the team is still working toward a contract extension with Trevor Lawrence.
    Baalke said the team is trying “not to force anything” but acknowledged that he spoke recently with Lawrence’s agent. Lawrence is heading into the fourth year of his rookie deal and will presumably have his fifth year exercised later this offseason. Lawrence has thrown for 11,770-58-39 through his first three seasons in the league, going 20-30 in his first 50 starts and 17-16 in a post-Urban Meyer world. He led the Jaguars to the playoffs in 2022 and led them to an inspiring comeback win over the Chargers in his first playoff game. It seems apparent at this point that both sides hope to get a deal done but with essentially two years left on his rookie contract, it’s no surprise that neither is rushing to get a deal done.
  • GB Tackle #71
    Packers signed OT Andre Dillard, formerly of the Titans.
    After spending four seasons with the Eagles, Dillard, a former first-round pick, signed a three-year, $29 million deal with the Titans last offseason. The Titans’ hope that Dillard would bolster a struggling offensive line was quickly dashed, as he started just 10 of the 16 games he appeared in while allowing a career-high 12 sacks on 41 pressures. The Titans released Dillard after his underwhelming performance, taking on a $7.8 million dead cap hit while saving just $2.8 million in cap space. Now, Dillard will get a chance to revive his career with the Packers on what will likely be a prove-it deal for the veteran tackle. Dillard will likely compete with tackles Rasheed Walker and Zach Tom for a starting role, but both should be viewed as having the inside edge at this time.
  • BAL Wide Receiver #4
    The NFL announced Ravens WR Zay Flowers will not face league discipline after determining there was insufficient evidence to support Flowers’ involvement in anything that violated the league’s personal conduct policy.
    Flowers is eligible to participate in all team activities. The second-year receiver was temporarily under investigation for his alleged involvement in a domestic assault incident, but that investigation was ultimately suspended by the Baltimore County Police, and Flowers was never charged with anything. Flowers is coming off a rookie season in which he totaled 77 receptions for 858 yards and five touchdowns and is expected to take a significant leap forward in 2024.
  • NYG Tight End #12
    Giants GM Joe Schoen said the team hasn’t given Darren Waller a timeline to make a decision on whether or not he will retire.
    It was reported in early March that Waller was considering retirement. A month and a half later, that still appears to be the case, and the Giants are in no hurry to get a decision from the veteran tight end. Schoen said the team is “giving him time and space to make a decision on what he wants to do” and didn’t have much else to say regarding the situation. Waller has battled numerous nagging injuries in recent years and appeared in just 12 games last season due to a hamstring injury. Waller was still serviceable when available, totaling 52-552-1 in those games while totaling 70-plus yards in three of his first eight contests. Waller will turn 32 shortly after the season begins. Clearly, on the back nine of his career, even if he does opt to play in 2024, he’s a long way off from being the player we saw in 2019 and 2020.
  • FA Defensive Back #38
    Free agent CB C.J. Moore was reinstated from his season-long suspension for violating the league’s gambling policy and is free to sign with any team.
    Moore was one of several players suspended last season for violating the league’s gambling policy. He was released by the Lions shortly after the suspension was handed down and had signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract a month before. Moore has played primarily on special teams and has just 345 defensive snaps to his name over the first four years of his career. In addition to Moore, the league also reinstated WR Quintez Cephus, DL Demetrius Taylor, EDGE Shaka Toney, and LB Rashod Berry.
  • CLE Running Back #24
    Browns GM Andrew Berry said Nick Chubb (knee) started running last week.
    As Berry stated, Chubb running is “not to say that he’s through the woods or anything, but he’s doing everything in his power [to return].” Everything remains wait-and-see with Chubb, who suffered a devastating knee injury in last season’s Week 2 contest against the Steelers. It was the second time Chubb was dealt a serious injury to that knee, with the previous injury coming during his college days at Georgia. Berry said Chubb has attacked his rehab “very aggressively,” but we likely won’t know much about his early-season availability until we get closer to training camp.