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  • NYJ Linebacker #7
    Jets beat writer Connor Hughes reports Jets EDGE Haason Reddick has not reported to minicamp.
    Much to the surprise of Robert Saleh, who said he expected Reddick to report to minicamp, the star pass rusher has opted to stay away for the time being. Things were obviously trending in this direction after Reddick avoided voluntary OTAs and refused to comment on whether or not he would report to minicamp late last week. The Jets acquired Reddick, who is in search of a new contract, from the Eagles back in April. Since then, we’ve heard little news of any contract negotiations between the two sides, as Reddick appears committed to sitting out until a deal gets done. There has been ample time to get a deal done, as more than two months have passed since the Jets traded for Reddick. We’d assume they have a plan to eventually get Reddick into camp, but what that is remains to be seen.
  • CAR Tight End #80
    ESPN’s David Newton said Ian Thomas has “stolen the spotlight” at tight end during Panthers’ OTAs and minicamp.
    Rookie fourth-rounder Ja’Tavion Sanders was expected to be the Panthers tight end who would impress in the passing game. While that still may happen, Newton writes that in head coach Dave Canales’ “tight-end-friendly scheme [Thomas] has become a big target” at the position. The Panthers rank dead last in the league in tight end targets over the last four seasons, and Thomas hasn’t gone for more than 197 yards since posting a line of 36-333-2 as a rookie back in 2018. We’ll take this one with a grain of salt, but it’s possible the seven-year vet is the preferred tight end for the Panthers in 2024 if his strong offseason carries into training camp.
  • IND Running Back #27
    ESPN’s Stephen Holder believes Trey Sermon is “the likeliest option” to win the Colts’ backup running back job.
    A former third-round pick of the 49ers in 2021, Sermon hasn’t seen much work as a pro, appearing in just 25 games during his three-year career while rushing for 78-346-1 over that span. With Zack Moss now in Cincinnati, Sermon, who joined the Colts last season, has a chance to earn a meaningful role heading into this season. Jonathan Taylor will still handle the large majority of the Colts’ touches, but whoever ends up as his backup could make for a solid stash in fantasy leagues. Sermon rushed for 88 scoreless yards on 17 carries in a Week 15 matchup against the Steelers last season and averaged a solid 4.6 YPC on the season.
  • NYJ Running Back
    ESPN’s Rich Cimini says Braelon Allen “demonstrated plenty of ability” as a pass-catcher during Jets OTAs and minicamp.
    As Cimini points out, Allen caught just 49 passes in three collegiate seasons at Wisconsin, but said the 235-pound back has shown “excellent ball skills and terrific body control.” Allen isn’t expected to see much work as long as Breece Hall is healthy, but the rookie fourth-rounder is also the early favorite to serve as Hall’s backup, making him a valuable stash in fantasy leagues. Whether or not Allen would emerge to see a three-down role in Hall’s absence will likely be determined during training camp, but this is an interesting note worth remembering as fantasy drafts begin to ramp up this summer.
  • LAR Wide Receiver #10
    ESPN’s Sarah Barshop says Cooper Kupp has been a “surprise offseason standout” for the Rams.
    It goes without saying that Kupp, 31, is a well-established name in football circles, but Barshop notes that the veteran receiver being healthy this offseason is “showing up on the practice field.” Head coach Sean McVay also said during OTAs that he doesn’t think “anyone really understands the amount of things” Kupp was dealing with last season as far as injuries are concerned. Kupp has a concerning injury history, appearing in just 21 games over the last two seasons. He also hasn’t cracked 1,000 yards since going for 145-1,947-16 in 2021. While we don’t expect him to be the player he was during that 2021 season, Kupp still remains a high-volume target in the Rams’ offense. He was targeted on an impressive 23.2 percent of his routes last season. Assuming he’s healthy, Kupp should be a high-end WR2 in PPR drafts and is still more than capable of providing a top-12 fantasy week.
  • SF Wide Receiver #11
    Speaking on NFL Live, Ryan Clark reported that Brandon Aiyuk and the 49ers were scheduled to meet with one another on Monday.
    According to Clark, this is a meeting Aiyuk requested with the team. He also added that Aiyuk has taken contract negotiations with the team as “personal” over the last several months. Aiyuk posted a video to his social media account last week of him telling Commanders quarterback Jayden Daniels that the 49ers “said they don’t want me anymore.” The team somewhat refuted this when it was reported they still wanted Aiyuk, but not at the price he is asking for. At this time, Aiyuk is set to play out 2024 under the franchise tag, where he’ll earn roughly $14 million. The veteran receiver caught 75 passes for 1,342 yards and seven touchdowns last season and could likely get signed to his desired contract by another team if the 49ers were open to dealing him. Clark said Aiyuk would prefer to remain with the team but is open to playing elsewhere if the team opts to trade him. We expect to know more about this situation in the near future.
  • FA Cornerback #27
    Jets released CB Tae Hayes.
    Hayes was arrested in Morgan County, Alabama, over the weekend for marijuana possession. The 2019 UDFA has spent time with nine different teams over his six-year career but has appeared in just 14 games, playing primarily on special teams.
  • BAL Tight End #80
    Isaiah Likely said he’s focused on becoming a “chess piece” for the Ravens this season.
    The Ravens hope to get Likely on the field more in 2024. The third-year tight end said that it’s possible we see him line up “in the slot, in-line, in the backfield” or “split out wide” by himself. After the Ravens lost Mark Andrews in Week 11 of last season, Likely stepped up to catch 21-of-28 targets for 322 yards and five touchdowns over the final five regular-season contests. He was the overall TE5 in fantasy points per game over that six-game stretch. He’s caught 66 passes for 784 yards and eight touchdowns in his career and is one of just a handful of backup tight ends who could have good fantasy value this season. Going in the late double-digit rounds, Likely is worth a dart throw in best ball leagues but shouldn’t be counted on in redraft leagues as long as Andrews stays healthy.
  • FA Defensive Lineman #96
    Chiefs released DL Isaiah Buggs.
    This one felt inevitable. Over the last month, Buggs has been charged with misdemeanor cruelty to dogs in the second degree and was arrested last week on domestic violence and burglary charges. The sixth-year pro never played a regular-season game with the Chiefs and is unlikely to see action anytime soon as he sorts out these legal issues. Buggs played in 10 games for the Lions last season before being released, totaling 12 tackles, two TFLs, and one sack. Buggs remains in jail after last week’s arrest.
  • GB Front Office
    NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports the Packers’ board of directors has named Ed Policy as the team’s next president and CEO.
    Policy has been working with the Packers since 2012. He first joined them in a vice president/general counsel role and was named as chief operating officer in 2018. Current president/CEO Mark Murphy will remain in his role until July 2025, with Policy set to take over following Murphy’s retirement. Prior to joining the Packers, Policy served as as the commissioner of the Arena Football League and also spent two seasons as an executive consultant for the NFL.
  • LV Quarterback #12
    ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports Raiders QB Aidan O’Connell “probably has the slight edge” over Gardner Minshew for the team’s starting quarterback job.
    Minshew went 7-6 as the Colts’ starter in 2023 and earned a two-year, $25 million contract from the Raiders in the offseason. It made sense to pencil him in as the starter when he signed the deal, but O’Connell has looked good in the offseason program after making some noise as a rookie. He went 5-5 as a starter and put his best work on tape down the stretch. O’Connell threw for eight touchdowns with no interceptions in the final four weeks of the season. For now, fantasy managers can avoid this quarterback room as we will likely see both passers at some point this season.