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  • CLE Wide Receiver #2
    Amari Cooper did not report to Browns minicamp.
    Cooper is in the final year of his contract and is set to earn $23 million in 2024. The veteran receiver totaled 72 receptions for 1,250 yards and five touchdowns last season and has gone for 1,100-plus yards in each of his first two seasons with the Browns. In search of a new deal before the start of the season, Cooper, who turns 30 later this month, is subject to fines for every day he misses mandatory minicamp.
  • TEN Quarterback #7
    Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt said, “At this point, I’m leaning toward thinking the Titans will keep three QBs” on their 53-man roster.
    Wyatt said he expects Mason Rudolph to beat out Malik Willis for the backup job behind Will Levis but he wouldn’t be surprised if Willis stuck around on the roster this upcoming season. Willis has thrown for 350 yards, no touchdown, and three interceptions in his 11 games as a pro while adding another 32-144-1 on the ground. Willis remains a developmental player heading into his third season, and while he may not be in line for too many starts this season, Wyatt added that the team “believes he’s worth keeping around” at this time.
  • NE Wide Receiver #3
    The Athletic’s Chad Graff says DeMario Douglas “was by far the Patriots’ best and most explosive playmaker in practice this spring.”
    Douglas was a sixth-round pick of the Patriots last season and went on to lead them with 561 receiving yards. The speedy receiver played 67.7 percent of his snaps from the slot and has a chance to once again lead a receiver room that returns many familiar faces. Currently going in the later rounds of fantasy drafts, Douglas has the making of a PPR steal if the Patriots’ offense can take a leap in their first year under head coach Jerod Mayo and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt. Douglas had four double-digit PPR performances last season, playing in a broken Pats offense as a rookie.
  • ATL Quarterback
    Falcons signed No. 8 overall pick Michael Penix Jr. to a four-year, $22.88 million contract.
    Per Jordan Schultz, the deal includes a $13.46 million signing bonus. The Falcons shocked fans, and starting QB Kirk Cousins alike, by selecting Penix with the No. 8 overall pick. An NFL-ready passer, Penix’s 90.5 PFF passing grade, 7.3% big-time-throw rate and 10.7-yard average depth of target rank top-six among 35 Power Five quarterbacks with at least 370 dropbacks in 2023. Penix is equipped to run the offense, should complications arise during Cousins’ rehabilitation from an Achilles tendon rupture, suffered by his right plant-foot.
  • DEN Wide Receiver #81
    Broncos WR Time Patrick said, “I felt like myself,” when asked about how he felt after wrapping up minicamp.
    Patrick is working his way back from a torn Achilles he suffered in training camp last season. The year before, Patrick saw his 2022 come to an end due to a torn ACL. The veteran receiver is set to enter his eighth season with the Broncos, but hasn’t taken a regular-season snap since 2021. Patrick caught 53 passes for 734 yards and five touchdowns in his last year of play, but his status with the team heading into this season remains very much up in the air. Assuming he makes the 53-man roster, Patrick probably won’t see a significant role as long as the guys ahead of him are healthy.
  • SF Wide Receiver
    49ers signed No. 31 overall pick WR Ricky Pearsall to a four-year, $12.5 million contract.
    Pearsall was the last unsigned member of the 49ers 2024 draft class. The former Florida Gator was a surprise first-round pick by them earlier this year, and could step into an early role if the contract situation with Brandon Aiyuk isn’t resolved. Pearsall played 58.2 percent of his career snaps from the slot, but can be moved all over the formation in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. He’s been a late-round dart throw in fantasy drafts, but it could take just one trade/injury for him to see a significant role.
  • CAR Quarterback #9
    Adam Thielen said Bryce Young appears “more comfortable” this offseason than he did in 2023.
    “It’s been awesome. Not only him, just a lot of the young guys, a lot of the staff. It’s just been a great offseason to just see some of these guys who haven’t been in the league very long — just the way that they’ve come in with confidence,” Thielen said on the Rich Eisen Show. “You can tell, Bryce’s demeanor in the building — he’s just more comfortable, right? And you don’t realize it when you start getting to be a veteran guy, just because you forget about those times.” Offseason reports on Young have been unfailingly positive after he was among the worst quarterbacks in the NFL during his 2023 rookie season, in which he had the second worst adjusted EPA per drop back. A more competent Young could lead to solid seasons for short-area pass catchers like Thielen and Diontae Johnson in 2024.
  • NYG Wide Receiver #13
    Second-year Giants WR Jalin Hyatt, who is listed at 185 pounds, said he has put on weight this offseason.
    Hyatt declined to provide the exact number, though his increased bulk was apparently been a frequent topic of discussion during Giants OTAs. “That was one of the things I wanted to improve on,” Hyatt said. “Playing on the outside, you’re going to get more press coverage and more body-to-body catches. So just getting bigger, getting strong with my catch point, getting stronger with my hands, and so far everything is working.’’ Coach Brian Daboll also believes Hyatt is playing faster this offseason. Hyatt has understandably fallen off the fantasy radar after his quiet rookie campaign and the Giants’ subsequent first-round selection of Malik Nabers, but he’s a sensible, talent-based zero-cost flier in the final rounds of deeper drafts.
  • LV Wide Receiver #11
    ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez believes second-year Raiders WR Tre Tucker has "(solidified) his hold not only on a roster spot but also on a more multidimensional role beyond speed.”
    5-foot-9, 4.4-speed Tucker caught just 19 balls as a third-round rookie last season, though 11 of those came over his final four games. Per Gutierrez, he has been “blowing by poor defensive backs” and “stopping on a dime to run comebacks and outs.” He’s caught the attention of coach Antonio Pierce. “Tre Tucker, different dude,” Pierce gushed. “Looks different. Acts different. Runs different. Catches the ball different. Don’t look at the size; don’t mention that. Watch him play. He’s the biggest guy out there.” Tucker is a distant third on the depth chart behind Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers, but his No. 3 job certainly sounds secured. He’s a late-round freebie behind his older teammates.
  • FA Defensive End #63
    Browns waived DE Lonnie Phelps.
    Phelps was recently arrested for drunk driving after crashing his car into a restaurant and causing nearly $300,000 worth of damage. The 2023 UDFA has yet to appear in a game as a pro and could struggle to latch on with a new team as he goes through his upcoming legal proceedings.
  • NE Running Back #38
    Patriots signed RB Rhamondre Stevenson to a four-year, $36 million contract extension.
    Stevenson said earlier this month that he thought he and the Patriots were “pretty close” to an extension. Now, the 26-year-old back is under contract through the 2028 season and set to lead the Patriots’ backfield under a new regime for the foreseeable future. Stevenson has rushed for 2,265 yards and 14 touchdowns in his three seasons with the team, adding another 121 catches for 782 yards and one touchdown. He averaged a career-worst 4.4 yards per touch last season, but the team is hoping for a much-improved offense with Mac Jones now gone and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt taking over. Stevenson could be challenged by Antonio Gibson for third-down touches this season but still profiles as an RB2 in PPR leagues. The Patriots are giving Stevenson $17 million in fully guaranteed money on this deal, which also includes an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million worth of incentives.