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  • DET Running Back #26
    Pro Football Talk reports Lions GM Brad Holmes expects Jahmyr Gibbs will see more of a workload in 2024.
    While you shouldn’t expect David Montgomery to completely fade away, Gibbs should get a larger share of the touches in 2024. “I definitely would expect him to see more of a load, but David Montgomery will still be here too,” Holmes said. Despite being out-touched by Montgomery, Gibbs still finished as RB10 in total fantasy points. More touches for Gibbs means he’s a realistic threat to be a top five running back in fantasy football this season.
  • FA Running Back #23
    Giants released RB Gary Brightwell.
    Brightwell was released with a waived/injured designation. The three-year pro has contributed primarily on special teams and has just 52 offensive touches to his name. Brightwell was a sixth-round pick of the Giants in 2021 and should have a chance to catch on with another team in training camp if healthy. In addition to the release of Brightwell, the Giants also signed safety Elijah Riley, who has spent the last two seasons with the Steelers in a backup role.
  • MIA Wide Receiver #17
    Dolphins signed Jaylen Waddle to a three-year, $84.75 million extension.
    Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Waddle’s deal includes $76 million in guaranteed money, as the star receiver is now under contract through 2028. Waddle has been one of the most productive receivers in the league since being drafted in 2021, tallying up 3,385 yards and 178 touchdowns through his first three seasons. He’s managed to eclipse 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons despite playing alongside Tyreek Hill for each of the last two years. Reaching a long-term deal with Waddle was a no-brainer for both sides, as the Dolphins get him under contract with two years still left on his rookie deal, and he’ll have a chance to earn another big deal after his age-30 season.
  • KC Defensive Lineman #96
    ESPN’s Adam Teicher reports two misdemeanor warrants have been filed against Chiefs DL Isaiah Buggs on charges of cruelty to dogs in the second degree.
    Buggs was charged in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, where he played college football for the Crimson Tide. Court documents say that two dogs were found on the porch of a home rented by Buggs with no access to food or water. Buggs’ agent, Trey Robinson, denies the charges, saying the dogs do not belong to Buggs and the charges are part of a campaign to force the closure of a hookah lounge he owns in Tuscaloosa. Robinson also stated that Buggs was arrested on misdemeanor chargers twice in the past two months at his hookah lounge, but no public record was made of these arrests. He maintains that this is part of a campaign to force him to surrender his business license. Buggs started his career with three seasons in Pittsburgh, then two with the Lions before joining the Chiefs’ practice squad in January and then re-signing on a futures contract. He is the latest Chief to face legal troubles this offseason.
  • SF Tight End #85
    George Kittle said he underwent core-muscle surgery in the offseason and expects to return to practice by training camp.
    Kittle told reporters he suffered the injury around Week 9 or 10 and played through it for the remainder of the season. He has been out of commission for OTAs but wasn’t concerned about his availability for camp, saying his recovery is on schedule. Kittle topped 1,000 yards for the third time in his career and caught 65 passes despite the injury. He didn’t miss any games outside of the rest week all San Francisco starters got in Week 18. Though his production remains streaky, Kittle showed no signs of slowing in 2023 and remains in the middle of the TE1 pack.
  • SF Wide Receiver #15
    49ers re-signed WR Jauan Jennings to a two-year contract.
    The 49ers originally tendered Jennings, a restricted free agent this offseason, at the second-round level. Jennings chose not to sign the tender and managed to get the two-year deal instead. As Schefter notes, the deal functions as a one-year extension on top of the tender he was offered. It’s worth up to $15.4 million with $10.5 million guaranteed. Jennings has been the team’s WR3 for most of his career. He didn’t see the ball much in 2023, only catching 19 passes for 265 yards and a single touchdown. Jennings did, however, catch and throw for a touchdown in the 49ers’ Super Bowl loss. With first-round rookie Ricky Pearsall now in the mix, there isn’t much room for Jennings’ role to grow, but he will be a valuable depth piece for Kyle Shanahan over the next two seasons.
  • LAC Guard #74
    Chargers signed OL Alex Leatherwood, formerly of the Bears.
    Leatherwood spent the 2023 season on Cleveland’s practice squad but last appeared in an NFL game in 2022 with the Bears. Chicago claimed Leatherwood off waivers after the Raiders cut him just ahead of the season. Leatherwood was a disastrous pick for the Raiders. He began his career at right tackle but was quickly moved to right guard when that didn’t work out. The former first-round pick was a highly-regarded prospect entering the league but is now at risk of flaming out after just three seasons. He is far from a lock to make the Chargers’ roster at the end of training camp.
  • GB Running Back #8
    Packers coach Matt LaFleur said he is hopeful Josh Jacobs (hamstring) is able to practice when the team goes full speed next week.
    Jacobs missed the first week of OTAs with a hamstring issue but was back for individual drills this week. He was seen cutting and running during individual work and looked perfectly healthy. His light workload to start OTAs is almost certainly a precaution and nothing more. Assuming Jacobs is a full go in practice next week, the hamstring issue will be a non-story by training camp. Projected to easily lead an ascending Green Bay offense in carries, Jacobs is rightfully being drafted as a low-end RB1 to start the summer.
  • TB Wide Receiver
    Bucs signed No. 92 overall pick WR Jalen McMillan to a four-year contract.
    The deal should be worth roughly $5.7 million over four years. Tampa Bay got a few splash plays out of rookie wideout Trey Palmer last year but opted to add more firepower at receiver with McMillan in the third round. Chris Godwin is also entering the final year of his contract, opening a path for McMillan to see more playing time in 2025. For this year, it’s safe to assume he will be a rotational player and the clear WR3 at best, making him a better stash in dynasty and keeper leagues.
  • NYJ Running Back #28
    Jets signed RB Tarik Cohen, formerly of the Panthers.
    Jets head coach Robert Saleh said Cohen was signed primary to handle kickoff returns. Cohen, who hasn’t taken a regular season snap since the 2020 season, will try to make the Jets roster this summer. He’s suffered both an ACL tear and an Achilles tear during his pro career and has struggled to get back to the form he displayed in his first couple seasons with the Bears. Cohen had a combined 1,000 scrimmage yards in 2018 as a scat back in Chicago.
  • NO Quarterback #7
    Sports Illustrated’s John Hendrix reports Taysom Hill is being used in the backfield during Saints OTAs.
    Hill, listed as a tight end but used through the years as a versatile offensive weapon, was seen taking direct snaps on offense and working with the special teams unit. Hendrix said Hill being deployed in the “backfield is starting to be a pretty exciting thing to see unfold. There was a play in team where he was the running back in shotgun and took the run left for a nice little gain. On that play, we also saw two players go in motion, with Juwan Johnson and Dallin Holker.” It appears new Saints OC Klint Kubiak is willing to retain always-shifting package of Taysom plays that have been intriguing and sometimes frustrating for fantasy purposes. Hill and Kubiak reportedly met in the offseason to discuss Hill’s role in the Kubiak system; Hill said the conversation was “super positive.” Taysom in 2023 finished as fantasy’s tenth highest scoring tight end, just behind Trey McBride. Continued backfield usage for Hill in 2024 would be decidedly bad news for Alvin Kamara’s touchdown upside.