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  • WAS Wide Receiver #87
    Commanders signed WR Damiere Byrd, formerly of the Falcons, to a one-year contract.
    Byrd had a cup of coffee on the Texans’ practice squad at the end of the 2023 season but saw his only action while on the Falcons last year. He appeared in one game and logged 18 snaps on offense. Byrd was a rotational receiver for Atlanta in 2022, totaling 268 yards and two scores across 14 games. Byrd’s previous experience as a kick and punt returner could be useful to the Commanders, though he is still a long-shot to make the team.
  • DAL Quarterback #19
    Cowboys quarterbacks coach Scott Tolzien said Trey Lance is “super coachable.”
    “It’s not just hearsay for him, he works at it, whether he’s with us or on his own time. It’s obvious that he works at it and we’re appreciative of that,” Tolzien said after Tuesday’s OTAs. Lance, 24, who was acquired by Dallas last season in exchange for a fourth round draft pick, is expected to see plenty of action in the preseason while Dak Prescott sits. After mostly serving as the Cowboys’ emergency QB3 in 2023, Lance could be Prescott’s direct backup in 2024. His rushing potential could make Lance interesting for fantasy purposes if Prescott misses any time this season.
  • ATL Running Back #7
    Falcons head coach Raheem Morris said Bijan Robinson (ankle) should be able to participate in the team’s mandatory minicamp in June.
    Robinson has not participated in Falcons OTAs this week while recovering from an ankle injury. “I’m hoping — really, really positive about it as well, too — veteran minicamp, we’ll get a chance to see something, some movements, things of that nature,” Morris said Tuesday. “But he’s progressing well. He’s been out there. He’s in great spirits.” Coming off a rookie campaign with nearly 1,500 total yards and eight touchdowns, Robinson should function as the centerpiece of Atlanta’s offense in 2024.
  • LAC Wide Receiver #15
    The Athletic’s Daniel Popper reports the “majority” of Ladd McConkey’s “snaps with the first-team offense came in the slot.”
    Justin Herbert, per Popper, is “developing a connection” with McConkey, the second-round rookie wideout out of Georgia, where he ran 31 percent of his pass routes from the slot over three seasons. The smallish McConkey profiles as a traditional slot guy in the NFL, and should take on that role in the LA offense while Josh Palmer and Quentin Johnston operate on the outside. If McConkey is strictly a slot receiver in 2024, his snaps and routes could be somewhat limited in the run-first Chargers offense. Rotoworld’s Denny Carter recently wrote about McConkey’s target-earning profile at Georgia.
  • CLE Quarterback #4
    Deshaun Watson (shoulder) did not participate in Wednesday’s OTAs.
    This is only notable because Watson had offseason surgery to repair his right throwing shoulder. The team released video of Watson throwing during Tuesday’s OTA session, which was not open to the media. Watson, 29, said his doctors encouraged him to be conservative with how much he uses the shoulder in offseason practices. “I feel really good, very confident in myself and the process, how it’s going,” Watson said in April. “The shoulder has been really well, so just making sure that I don’t do anything extra that’s going to harm it or anything like that. I think that’s the biggest thing.” Watson has said he’s not sure when he’ll be deemed fully recovered from last year’s injury. If Watson misses any time in 2024, Jameis Winston will likely start for the Browns.
  • SF Running Back #23
    49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said he’s “not too concerned” about Christian McCaffrey’s absence at OTAs.
    Shanahan emphasized that attendance at the spring practices were voluntary, and that he trusts McCaffrey’s offseason work ethic. McCaffrey’s absence is a bit surprising considering he attended and practiced in full at every OTA session during the 2023 offseason. CMC, 28, is signed through the 2025 season before a void year in 2026. The 2023 NFL rushing champ and the lynchpin of the Niners offense is slated to make $14.1 million this year.
  • PIT Quarterback #2
    Steelers QB Justin Fields said he’s “nowhere near [his] ceiling.”
    Fields practiced alongside nominal starting QB Russell Wilson during OTAs this week and said the quarterback duo is “definitely competing” for the Steelers’ Week 1 starting job. “I’m not the same quarterback that I was last year,” Fields said. “I’m not the same quarterback that I even was yesterday. … I think I have a lot more room to grow. I’m nowhere near my ceiling.” The Athletic’s Mike DeFabo said the quarterback competition will continue throughout the summer, though it “remains to be seen whether Fields can do enough in practice and in preseason games to change the team’s thinking.” The hyper-mobile Fields could eventually be used as a red zone weapon while Wilson is deployed as the between-the-20s QB in Arthur Smith’s run-heavy offense.
  • GB Tight End #85
    Packers coach Matt LaFleur said TE Tucker Kraft (pec) will be out until training camp.
    Per LaFleur, Kraft is dealing with a torn pectoral muscle and will be ready by the start of training camp or early into camp. Kraft started his rookie season as the backup to fellow first-year tight end Luke Musgrave. Kraft eventually took over for Msurgave after the latter suffered a lacerated kidney. He totaled 312 yards and two scores over the final seven weeks of the regular season. Missing a chunk of Green Bay’s offseason program could give Musgrave the inside track to reclaim the starting role this summer. Early drafters should avoid Kraft until we see him back on the practice field.
  • GB Running Back #8
    The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman reports Packers RB Josh Jacobs is dealing with a hamstring issue in OTAs.
    Jacobs is working through a hamstring issue as the Packers’ OTAs are underway. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur does not expect him to be sidelined long as Jacobs was limited in Tuesday’s workouts. Soft tissue injuries can linger but are not all that uncommon getting back into football workouts in the offseason. Jacobs also dealt with a quad strain that kept him out for a few games at the end of last season. No cause for concern with the hamstring issue just yet, but something to eye for Packers OTAs.
  • DAL Linebacker #11
    NFL Network’s Jane Slater reports that Cowboys EDGE Micah Parsons will report to Dallas for media responsibilities next week and minicamp.
    Parsons has been absent from Cowboys OTAs as a new contract looms ahead for him. However, he told Slater that he will be “in house” for media responsibilities next week and for minicamp. Parsons is entering the fourth year of his rookie deal and while the Cowboys picked up his fifth-year option, the All-Pro is headed for a payday soon. Every missed offseason activity, such as OTAs, brings speculation of a holdout. The fact that Parsons plans to report for media duties and minicamp should ease Cowboys fans’ concerns at least for a little bit.
  • NYJ Defensive Back #1
    Jets head coach Robert Saleh said there is a ‘possibility’ that CB Sauce Gardner travels with the opponent’s WR1 this upcoming season.
    ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported that Saleh mentioned Gardner may travel with opponents’ No. 1 receivers more than last year. It won’t be exclusive, but Gardner is the Jets’ top corner and headed for shadowing duties. He tallied 11 passes defended while earning a first-team All-Pro honor last season. The Jets secondary was one of the best in the league as a whole and with Gardner shadowing top receivers more often in his third season, D.J. Reed and company will cover the rest of the field.