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    The report comes from NBC Houston’s Aaron Wilson. Fisher spent the 2023 and 2024 UFL seasons playing defensive line for the D.C. Defenders, initially rushing the passer as a defensive tackle before moving to the edge the following year. He played well in both roles, producing a 10.8 percent pass-rush win rate in 2023, third among 39 UFL interior defenders with at least 150 pass-rushing snaps, and tied for second in sacks (seven) in 2024, ranked among 25 edge rushers with at least 150 pass-rush snaps.
  • SEA Wide Receiver #11
    Smith-Njigba went on to note Grubb’s frequent use of motion and “putting us in the right position to make plays.” The young receiver famously suffered through a shallow, 6.4-yard average depth of target (aDOT) in former OC Shane Waldron’s offense last year. Smith-Njigba’s praise suggests he will be used in a more diverse role under Grubb, which bodes positively for his fantasy outlook. Grubb’s 2023 Washington offense produced a 19.5 percent explosive pass play rate (15-plus yards) when using motion, seventh-best among Power Five offenses.
  • CLE Kicker #7
    The deal comes after Hopkins’ career-best 91.7 percent field goal conversion rate in 2023. He was extremely accurate from afar, converting eight-of-eight field goal attempts from 50-plus yards. Among 33 NFL kickers to attempt at least 10 total field goals, Hopkins is one of just three such players to produce a 100.0 percent conversion rate at that distance.
  • CLE Kicker #7
    The $5.3 million annual value places Hopkins amongst the top-five highest paid kickers in the league and ties him to the Browns through the 2027 season. The 10-year veteran made 33-of-36 field goal attempts in 2023, marking the third consecutive season with a conversion rate higher than 90 percent. Last season was also the first time in four years that Hopkins attempted more than 20 field goals after battling various injuries in his last year with the Commanders and two years with the Chargers. The extension also indicates a commitment from the Browns after the franchise brought in Lucas Havrisik earlier in the offseason.
  • BAL Running Back #34
    The move was expected following Mitchell’s likely ACL-plus injury in Week 15. Should he remain on the PUP list through training camp, he will be eligible for the regular season’s active PUP list, where he must remain for at least four games. Whether Mitchell returns to his rookie-season form remains to be seen. He produced explosive 10-plus-yard rushing gains on 25.5 percent of his rushing attempts last year, ranking No. 1 among NFL running backs with at least 45 attempts.
  • WAS Front Office
    Fitterer was relieved of his duties as the Panthers’ general manager in January. The team went 14-37 in three years under him. Carolina was in a rebuilding period when Fitterer took over and the plane never so much as left the runway. His tenure ended in disaster after he traded up to the No. 1 overall pick for Bryce Young, only for the Alabama quarterback to implode as a rookie. To Fitterer’s credit, David Tepper had his thumb on the scale more than almost any other owner in the league, making it hard to know how much blame to assign to Fitterer. Now under new ownership, the Commanders’ front office has been revamped for the 2024 season and is led by Adam Peters.
  • CIN Tight End #88
    Dehner noted that Gesicki could be a mismatch for slower safeties and small slot corners while operating out of the slot. He named Gesicki as his fantasy breakout candidate for the Bengals. Gesicki’s career has been on the ropes for the past two years, with both Mike McDaniel’s Dolphins and the Patriots failing to find a role for him. Before McDaniel arrived in Miami, Gesicki strung together two productive seasons as the Dolphins’ big slot. He topped 700 yards in back-to-back seasons and even caught 73 passes in 2022. Gesicki ran over 60 percent of his routes from the slot in those two seasons. A return to his pseudo-receiver role bodes well for Gesicki’s fantasy outlook, though fantasy managers should still treat him as a flier and a TE2 in early drafts.
  • MIN Wide Receiver #3
    According to a report released by the California Highway Patrol, Addison was found asleep behind the wheel of his Rolls Royce, blocking a lane of traffic on I-105. After the police conducted an investigation for DUI, they decided to arrest Addison and released him from custody a few hours later. The Vikings said they are aware of the arrest and “are currently gathering information regarding the incident.” It’s a bad way for Addison to close out the offseason before reporting to training camp on July 23, as he looks to build on a rookie season that featured 70 catches for 911 yards and 10 touchdowns.
  • ATL Tight End #8
    Pitts logged positional top-six perimeter (26.4 percent) and slot (58.5 percent) rates, with a bottom-four in-line rate (14.9 percent) last year, per PFF, so the news comes as affirming rather than breaking. While his slot rate is already sky-high, increased opportunities against linebackers and safeties would be positive. Perhaps the biggest item of note in Ledbetter’s report, HC Zac Robinson expressed excitement over Pitts’ blocking potential. Improved run-blocking would allow the Falcons to keep Pitts on-field for the position’s high-value play-action snaps, keeping defenses guessing about his role pre-snap. Fantasy managers should monitor Pitts’ reported run-blocking development through training camp.
  • CIN Wide Receiver #5
    This has long been the expected outcome for Higgins, who signed his franchise tender last month. The sides never appeared remotely close to a deal, and it seems all but certain Higgins will be allowed to reach free agency and walk next March.

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