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  • DEN Quarterback #10
    Broncos QB Bo Nix “has done nothing but impress his teammates and coaches” in Denver.
    It is assumed that Nix will take over the offense in Denver either this season or next after he was taken with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Whether or not that happens during his rookie season remains to be seen, but reports continue to flood in stating that the first-year quarterback has impressed his new coaching staff as camp nears. Head coach Sean Payton has specifically called out Nix’s composure in the pocket, understanding of the playbook, and quick release. Working against the rookie is the fact that Payton has yet to develop a young quarterback throughout his coaching career, although that trend could change as early as this year. Expect Nix to continue to battle fellow quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham and Zach Wilson through camp and preseason.
  • NYG Quarterback #8
    Daniel Jones (knee) said he is “Ready to go for training camp.”
    This report comes via ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. Jones, who suffered a torn ACL in November, was not fully cleared for football activities this spring but has not suffered any setbacks in his recovery. According to Raanan, Jones “was throwing and playing without any limitations with 500 kids at his first official football camp,” which is starkly different from an NFL practice but aligns with how Jones feels about his recovery. Raanan reports that Jones isn’t expected to be placed on the PUP list to start camp, which would signal his availability when they open practice on Wednesday. Jones enters a make-or-break season with the Giants after last year’s disastrous performance. Jones signed a four-year, $160 million contract last offseason, only to throw for 909-2-6 in six games. If he can return to his 2022 form, Jones would have some high-end QB2 upside in fantasy, but it’s more likely he will play closer to what he’s shown in four of his five years as a pro.
  • HOU Linebacker #48
    KPRC2’s Aaron Wilson reports Texans LB Christian Harris (knee) is dealing with a soft-tissue injury that is “not considered long-term.”
    Harris isn’t practicing with the team in the early stages of training camp. The third-year linebacker, who totaled 101 tackles and two sacks, is instead observing from the sideline as he works his way back to the field. According to Wilson, Harris “is expected back relatively soon,” so we won’t read too much into this for now. Harris turned in a career year last season and is expected to help anchor a Texans defense that ranked 11th in points allowed per game (20.8) in 2023.
  • CIN Tackle #71
    Bengals signed No. 18 overall pick RT Amarius Mims to a four-year, $15.37 million contract
    Mims becomes the final rookie of the 2024 class to sign his deal. It’s a fully guaranteed one for Mims, who will also receive a $7.99 million signing bonus on the deal. The Bengals selected Mims in hopes of shoring up an offensive line that has proven detrimental, at times, to Joe Burrow. With Orlando Brown anchoring the left side, Mims will slot in at right tackle, where he spent the majority of his three-year career while at Georgia. Mims earned a PFF blocking grade of 75.6 last season, allowing no sacks on just one pressure in seven games. He should be an immediate upgrade over Jonah Williams, who is now with the Cardinals.
  • KC Wide Receiver #19
    Kadarius Toney was taking snaps at running back during various portions of practice for the Chiefs.
    This is an interesting one to monitor. Listed at six feet tall and 193 pounds, Toney has the size to take on some of the brunt that the running back position demands. The Chiefs also have a relatively underwhelming cast of characters behind Isiah Pacheo in Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Deneric Prince, and Keaontay Ingram. Head coach Andy Reid said Toney “did a good job when he was in there” regarding Toney’s snaps in the backfield, which is encouraging but far from a ringing endorsement. Toney enters camp on the roster bubble after underperforming for much of his time with the Chiefs. The former. No. 20 overall pick has struggled to stay healthy and has just 41 catches for 340 yards and three touchdowns in 20 games with the Chiefs. Any kind of versatility Toney can show could go a long way in securing him a spot on the 53-man roster. His fantasy value is at an all-time low, but it could see an uptick if these running back snaps become more of a norm.
  • HOU Running Back #28
    Texans offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik said Joe Mixon is “an absolute workhorse, in every regard.”
    It’s the latest sign that Mixon, 27, who signed a three-year contract extension with Houston this offseason, will be the team’s unquestioned primary back in 2024. Though Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans recently said Mixon and Dameon Pierce will be a “one-two punch,” all indications point to Mixon as the lead back who will see high-leverage touches in the ascendant Houston offense. Mixon totaled more than 1,200 yards in each of his final three years with the Bengals. Pierce in 2023 was among the worst running backs in the NFL, averaging 2.8 yards per carry. He’ll be a backfield insurance option in Mixon misses time this season. The team recently added journeyman Cam Akers to the backfield.
  • HOU Running Back #31
    Texans signed RB Cam Akers, formerly of the Vikings.
    Returning from his second torn Achilles in three years, Akers will now look to make the Texans’ 53-man roster this summer. The former second-round pick struggled last season while splitting time between the Rams and Vikings, running for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 60 carries (2.8 YPC) before seeing his season come to an end in Week 9 against the Falcons. Even if he makes the Texans’ roster, Akers will presumably be buried behind Joe Mixon and Dameon Pierce on the depth chart. As of now, this signing doesn’t move the fantasy needle for any of the three backs.
  • Vikings signed No. 17 overall pick EDGE Dallas Turner to a four-year, $15.76 million contract.
    The initial report comes from ESPN’s Kevin Seifert. ESPN’s Adam Schefter later broke the deal’s financial details, including its fully-guaranteed status. Turner should anchor the Vikings’ pass-rush for years to come after finishing top five in pass-rush win rate (19.6 percent), quarterback pressure rate (19.6 percent) and pass-rush productivity (11.6), ranked among Power Five EDGE rushers with at least 260 qualifying snaps.
  • GB Defensive Lineman #97
    Packers signed DL Kenny Clark to a three-year, $64 million contract extension.
    It’s not the extension Packers fans were hoping for prior to camp, but it’s a key one nonetheless. Clark is fresh off a season in which he totaled a career-high 7.5 sacks and nine TFLs on his way to his third Pro Bowl. The veteran tackle has spent his entire eight-year career with the Packers and earned a PFF grade of 68.8, which ranked 33rd amongst all defensive linemen (min. 300 snaps). If the best ability is availability, then Clark is elite. He’s missed just eight regular season games in his career and just one game in the last three seasons. He will earn $29 million this season and is now under contract through 2027.
  • DEN Linebacker #41
    Broncos placed LB Drew Sanders (Achilles) on the active/PUP list.
    The report comes from NBC Houston’s Aaron Wilson, who notes the Broncos also moved S Caden Stearns (patellar tendon) and S Delarrin Turner-Yell (ACL) to the active/PUP list. Sanders ruptured his Achilles tendon in late April. Initial reports suggested the team was hopeful he could return before the 2024 season ends. His move to the active/PUP list, rather than the reserve/PUP list, is a positive step in this regard. Should he remain on the active/PUP list entering the regular season, he will be eligible to return against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 5.
  • GB Wide Receiver #11
    Packers placed WR Jayden Reed on the active/non-football injury list.
    We’ll assume this is a minor issue that will be rectified in short order. There haven’t been any reports of an injury to Reed, who has been present and active with the team throughout the offseason. The second-year receiver is hoping for a breakout campaign in 2024 after an impressive 64-793-8 line last season. In addition to Reed, the Packers also placed cornerback Corey Ballentine and offensive tackle Caleb Jones on the NFI list.