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  • LV Running Back #3
    The Athletic’s Vic Tafur said, “It wouldn’t shock me if the Raiders added a running back” this offseason.
    Tafur notes that the Raiders adding a running back would likely push rookie sixth-rounder Dylan Laube to the practice squad before the start of the season. Incumbent Zamir White is expected to remain as the team’s lead back, with free agent signee Alexander Mattison expected to spell him on occasional downs. The Raiders’ running back room is thin behind White. In his first and only season as a full-time starter, Mattison rushed for 700 scoreless yards while averaging 3.9 YPC and averaged just 4.2 yards per touch overall. Laube, in addition to his low draft capital, is a 24-year-old back from FCS New Hampshire who will likely need time to adjust to the competition he’ll see at the NFL level. While there’s a short list of serviceable running backs available on the open market, there are a handful of vets like Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon who could provide valuable depth to the roster.
  • DET Safety #32
    Lions removed S Brian Branch (ankle) from the active/PUP list.
    Branch went on the PUP list ahead of training camp with a minor ankle issue but is good to go now. He started 9-of-15 games as a rookie in 2023. Branch proved to be an instant play-maker, tallying three interceptions, one forced fumble, and one sack. He took one of his picks to the house. His playing time should grow significantly in his second season.
  • NO Wide Receiver #12
    Saints removed Chris Olave (shoulder) from the active/non-football injury list.
    The injury was initially believed to be a back issue and was later specified as a shoulder injury. He was placed on the NFI list ahead of camp. Per NewOrleans.Football’s Nick Underhill, Olave was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. The fact that he was a full-go so quickly suggests the shoulder injury was extremely minor. As the clear WR1 for the Saints, Olave is in a great position to post a true breakout season this year. The third-year wideout has 159 career receptions for 2,165 yards but is still looking for his first 1,200-yard season. He currently goes off the board as a low-end WR1 in Best Ball drafts.
  • GB Wide Receiver #11
    Packers removed WR Jayden Reed from the active/non-football injury list.
    Reed was put on the NFI list with a minor toe issue at the start of camp but his stay didn’t last long. Per head coach Matt LaFleur, Reed was limited to individual work for his first practice back. LaFleur is hoping to have Reed back in team drills by Friday. Barring any setbacks, the issue should be behind Reed now. The second-year receiver is currently being drafted as the top Green Bay wideout. He led the Packers with 64 grabs, 793 yards, and eight receiving touchdowns as a rookie. Though the Packers will undoubtedly rotate their receivers more than fantasy managers would like to see, Reed’s electric rookie season makes him a high-ceiling bet heading into year two.
  • CLE Tackle #78
    Browns placed RT Jack Conklin (knee) on the active/PUP list.
    Left tackle Jedrick Wills (knee) was also placed on the PUP list. Conklin suffered a torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2023 season and has been out ever since. Wills suffered multiple knee injuries in Week 9 and was out for the remainder of the season. Both players can be activated from the PUP list and return to practice at any time during training camp. When healthy, the Browns have one of the best offensive lines in the league. The hope will be that both tackles are able to suit up in Week 1.
  • CLE Running Back #24
    Browns placed RB Nick Chubb (knee) on the active/PUP list.
    Fellow running back Nyheim Hines was placed on the active/NFI list with a knee issue of his own. Chubb is still working his way back from the devastating knee injury he suffered in Week 2 of the 2023 season. He can be removed from the PUP list at any time during training camp. If he remains on the PUP at the end of camp, the Browns will move him to reserve/PUP and he will be required to miss at least four games. The Browns have Jerome Ford and free agent addition D’Onta Foreman available to fill Chubb’s role at the start of the season. Ford should get the starting nod in Week 1, though Chubb’s eventual return could make him a non-factor midway through the fantasy season.
  • IND Wide Receiver #18
    Colts signed WR Laquon Treadwell, formerly of the Ravens.
    Indy waived WR Xavier White in a corresponding move. Treadwell bounced between the Ravens’ practice squad and active roster throughout the 2023 season. He appeared in five games and caught one pass for 16 yards. The former first-round pick will be a depth option for the Colts if he makes their 53-man roster.
  • SF Tackle #71
    49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said LT Trent Williams did not report to training camp for contract-related reasons.
    Shanahan didn’t seem too worried about Williams’ absence. He told reporters discussions between Williams and the team have “been going on for a while.” Shanahan also noted that the veteran tackle will be alright missing a few practices. Williams’ contract situation isn’t as drastic as that of teammate Brandon Aiyuk, who is currently “holding in” while on the final year of his rookie deal. Williams is signed through 2026 but doesn’t have any guaranteed money left on his contract. It may only take a restructure that adds more guarantees to the deal to get Williams back on the practice field.
  • NO Running Back #25
    Saints coach Dennis Allen said Kendre Miller (hamstring) “needs to figure out how to stay healthy.”
    Miller left Wednesday’s practice early with a hamstring issue. Allen would go on to say, “It’s hard to make the team when you’re in the training room all the time.” Allen has been critical of Miller in the past, saying earlier in the offseason that he wants to see more consistency from the young back. Miller missed the start of his rookie season with a hamstring issue and was later sidelined with an ankle injury. His current injury will give Jamaal Williams a chance to cement himself as the backup to Alvin Kamara. Williams posted a dreadful 106/306/1 rushing line in 2023.
  • DEN Running Back #33
    Sean Payton said Javonte Williams has lost weight heading into the 2024 season.
    Payton said he wanted Williams to look more like he did during his final season of college ball. He then noted that Williams’ goal was to get down to 220 or 221 pounds, which would be a few pounds heavier than his weight at the NFL Combine. Payton named Williams as a player who stood out during the first day of training camp and praised him for his speed. Williams was an electric player early in his career but looked sluggish in 2023. He averaged 3.6 yards per carry after returning from a catastrophic knee injury in the previous season. If Williams can return to form while still holding onto a lead-back role this year, he will be a phenomenal value at his current positional ADP of RB34.
  • BAL Quarterback #8
    Lamar Jackson (illness) returned to practice Wednesday.
    Jackson was sent home from practice earlier this week because of an illness. He missed three sessions in total. Jackson has inexplicably dealt with more illnesses over the years than any almost other player, so the news wasn’t entirely shocking. Backup quarterback Josh Johnson should see an uptick in reps if Jackson misses any more time. Jackson remains a strong pick to finish as a top-five fantasy quarterback despite his clear lack of a daily probiotic.