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  • WAS Running Back #30
    Austin Ekeler was seen returning kicks during Commanders minicamp.
    Ekeler hasn’t returned kicks since 2017 with the Chargers, when he had five returns for 85 yards. It would be surprising if the Commanders used Ekeler as a kick returner as he enters his age-29 season, though the league’s new kickoff rules could lead to teams using more important players on returns in 2024 and beyond. Ekeler’s return usage will be something to monitor in minicamp and during the team’s training camp next month. He’s expected to split backfield duties with Brian Robinson.
  • FA Tackle #69
    Former Packers OT David Bakhtiari said he’s “really happy” with his recovery from a 2020 knee injury and wants to play multiple seasons in the NFL.
    Bakhtiari, 32, has played in just 13 games since the start of the 2021 season after a horrific late season injury in 2020. He continues a media tour to try to gin up interest among contending teams with offensive line issues, mostly recently sitting down with ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Even if he signs with a team this summer, it’s hard to imagine Bakhtiari will be more than a rotational player. The Jets, with longtime Bakhtiari friend Aaron Rodgers under center, makes sense as a landing spot this summer.
  • LAR Quarterback #9
    NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Rams QB Matthew Stafford “wants his contract adjusted” after recent pay rises in the quarterback market.
    Stafford is 36 years old and coming off a solid season passing for 3,965 yards, 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The Rams and head coach Sean McVay feel like they are in a good, competitive spot with Stafford after a productive season that got the team to a Wild Card game. Rapoport says, to his understanding, Stafford “wants more guaranteed money, doesn’t sound like he would mind a raise either.” Stafford is set to make $31 million in 2024 and has no guaranteed money in the remaining two years of his deal after this season. He is not expected to hold out of training camp, but with recent jumps in the quarterback market, Stafford desires more guaranteed money as he enters the late-30s stage of his career.
  • FA Guard #58
    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports former Dolphins and Cowboys C Connor Williams expects to be ready for the start of the season and is in discussions with multiple teams.
    Williams tore his ACL as a member of the Dolphins in December of last year. He started nine games for Miami last season after starting 17 games in 2022. Starting his career with the Cowboys, Williams has been a starting interior offensive lineman for most of his career. He is currently a free agent and is in discussions with multiple teams for 2024. Schefter reports that Williams expects to be ready for the start of the season and plans to pick a new team before training camp.
  • ATL Running Back #7
    Falcons head coach Raheem Morris said the team would give the ball to Bijan Robinson as much as possible in 2024.
    Morris, like other Atlanta coaches this offseason, emphasized Robinson as a centerpiece of the team’s new offense under OC Zac Robinson. “In as simple of a form as you can possibly make it,” Morris said, “it’s ‘get the ball to Bijan as much as you can in as many ideal situations that you possibly can.’” It’s clear the new Falcons regime will do everything it can to feed Robinson, who totaled 1,463 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns as a rookie. Unlike former head coach Arthur Smith, Morris’ staff seems intent on seeing what they have in Robinson. Tyler Allgeier likely won’t have much of a role in the Falcons backfield unless Robinson misses time in 2024.
  • NYG Running Back #39
    Giants signed RB Jacob Saylors, formerly of the UFL’s St. Louis Battlehawks.
    Saylors in 2024 led the UFL in rushing yards (537), averaging five yards per carry and scoring five touchdowns for the Battlehawks. Saylors led the UFL in yards after contact per rush. He also caught 24 passes for 264 yards. It will be an uphill battle for Saylors to crack the Giants roster this summer. For now, Devin Singletary and Tyrone Tracy are expected to lead New York’s backfield.
  • LAC Wide Receiver #15
    Chargers signed WR Ladd McConkey to four-year rookie contract.
    NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the contract is the richest for a No. 34 overall pick in league history, although the exact values have yet to be released. McConkey’s agent, Chris Cabott of Equity Sports, reportedly confirmed the deal to Rapoport late Monday afternoon. The contract reportedly bests the No. 34 overall quarterback premium from a year ago, at least as far as guaranteed money is concerned. McConkey has every opportunity to lay his claim to a healthy target share for an offense that saw its top four skill position players from 2023 walk in the offseason.
  • ATL Wide Receiver
    Falcons WR Drake London said WR Casey Washington has been “killing it” in OTAs and minicamp this offseason.
    Washington wasn’t on many draft radars this offseason, but the Falcons went out and selected the former Illinois Illini with the No. 187 overall pick in this year’s draft, giving him a chance to make the 53-man roster this offseason. In addition to the praise heaped on Washington by London, Falcons beat writer, Daniel Flick, noted that Washington also took first and second-team snaps during the middle of OTAs, and had the chance to catch passes from Kirk Cousins and rookie first rounder Michael Penix. Washington still has a long way to go to break camp with the 53-man roster. We’ll see how things shape up next month once the pads come on for training camp.
  • SF Wide Receiver #11
    Brandon Aiyuk posted a video to his TikTok saying the 49ers “said they don’t want me back.”
    There’s a good chance this is a negotiation tactic by Aiyuk, who skipped out on mandatory minicamp amidst his contract dispute with the team. The veteran wide receiver is set to play out 2024 on the fifth-year option the 49ers exercised earlier this offseason, but he appears steadfast in his desire not to play without a long-term extension. Aiyuk caught 74 passes for a career-high 1,342 yards last season and found the end zone seven times. The 2020 first-rounder has strung together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and has been a focal point of the offense. However, the lack of movement on an extension, coupled with their selection of Ricky Pearsall in the first round of this year’s draft, could be spelling the end of Aiyuk’s time in the Bay Area. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that the 49ers ‘have made efforts’ to extend Aiyuk, “but the sense is things have stalled.” We’ll see what comes of this situation in the coming weeks, but with training camp a month away, it’s fair to say Aiyuk is a legitimate threat of a holdout if he and the team can’t agree to terms on an extension.
  • WAS Quarterback
    Commanders HC Dan Quinn said Jayden Daniels is “further along than you probably should be.”
    While Quinn and the coaching staff won’t commit to a starting quarterback at this point in the offseason, we know Daniels has handled the majority of first-team reps, and he’s left coaches impressed with his effort on and off the field. In an article published by ESPN’s John Keim, quarterbacks coach Tavita Pritchard said Daniels is “a student of [the game]” while adding that Daniels “loves talking about it, loves watching it, loves playing it, loves practicing it.” Offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury also credited Daniels for having a high football IQ. With OTAs and minicamp now over, the next stop for Daniels is training camp, which is scheduled to begin in about a month. Given his draft capital, reps with the first team, and high praises thus far, it would be a surprise if Daniels wasn’t under center for the Commanders in Week 1 when they take on the Buccaneers. Fantasy managers looking for a reliable quarterback at a discount can look to Daniels, whose rushing upside helps make for a strong fantasy floor and a potentially high-end QB1 ceiling if he’s able to put everything together early in the season.
  • DEN Cornerback #2
    When asked about offseason trade rumors, Broncos CB Pat Surtain II said he hopes to remain with the team long-term.
    Surtain is entering his fourth season as a pro and is coming off arguably his worst year. The former No. 9 overall pick earned a PFF coverage grade of 64.7 last season while allowing 56 receptions for 701 yards and three touchdowns. It was the most receptions and yards he had ever allowed in a season, while opposing quarterbacks also enjoyed a 93.9 passer rating when targeting the Broncos’ CB1. The bill will soon come due for Surtain, who had his fifth-year option picked up earlier this offseason. While it’s possible he will play out this season without an extension, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him ink a new deal next offseason if the Broncos view him as part of their long-term plans.