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  • Saints' Mac McCain: Latches on with New Orleans

    The Saints signed McCain on Thursday.

    McCain was waived by the Panthers with an undisclosed injury last September, and he appears to now be back to full health. The 26-year-old hasn't played in an NFL game since getting into two contests with Philadelphia in 2021 but will have a chance in training camp to compete for a depth role in New Orleans' secondary.

  • Nelson Agholor WR | BAL

    Ravens' Nelson Agholor: Feels more comfortable in offense

    Agholor recently told reporters he and his teammates have a better understanding of Baltimore's scheme in the second season under offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

    The Ravens need to replace three starting linemen but mostly opted for continuity at skill positions, with the big exception being Derrick Henry replacing Gus Edwards in the backfield. They also lost WR Odell Beckham, who was a part-time player last season, and didn't bring in any early draft picks or pricey free agents at the position, instead re-signing Agholor, extending Rashod Bateman and taking Devontez Walker in the fourth round. Coach John Harbaugh made multiple comments this offseason about viewing Bateman as the starter opposite No. 1 receiver Zay Flowers, which means Agholor profiles as the No. 3 heading into training camp. With FB Patrick Ricard and backup tight end Isaiah Likely both candidates to play 20-plus snaps a game, Baltimore almost certainly will rank near the bottom of the league in usage of three-wide formations, per usual.

  • Isaiah Likely TE | BAL

    Ravens' Isaiah Likely: Impresses throughout OTAs

    Likely was one of Baltimore's standouts during spring practices, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

    With Rashod Bateman positioned as their No. 2 WR and Nelson Agholor the No. 3, the Ravens may often prefer passing from two-TE formations using Likely and Mark Andrews together. Even if that's the case, Likely will have a hard time drawing enough targets to be a fantasy starter when Andrews is healthy, especially because Baltimore also has FB Patrick Ricard taking some skill-position snaps. Likely caught nine passes through his first 11 games last year, before exploding for a 21-322-5 receiving line over the final six weeks of the regular season (28 targets) while Andrews was out with a leg/ankle injury. If nothing else, Likely should be a functional fantasy starter in the event Andrews misses games again.

  • Jacob Copeland WR | PIT

    Steelers' Jacob Copeland: Picked up by Pittsburgh

    Copeland agreed to a deal with Steelers on Friday.

    Copeland spent some time on the Steelers' practice squad during his rookie campaign before signing a reserve/future deal with the Chiefs following the season. He was ultimately cut by the team in May and has now found a fresh start in Pittsburgh. He will compete with a plethora of pass catchers for a depth receiving role in the upcoming season.

  • Patriots' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Fails to impress during OTAs

    Smith-Schuster didn't look explosive at spring practices even though he says he's healthier than he was last year, according to Chad Graff of The Athletic.

    Graff notes that Smith-Schuster may end up competing with Kayshon Boutte, Tyquan Thornton and Jalen Reagor for one or two roster spots, with the locks at WR likely being DeMario Douglas, Kendrick Bourne (knee), K.J. Osborn and rookies Ja'Lynn Polk and Javon Baker. The final math will partially depend on whether the Patriots keep Reagor as a kick return specialist or prefer to deploy a returner that also has a considerable role on offense (e.g. Douglas or RB Antonio Gibson). Either way, Smith-Schuster's guaranteed $7 million salary won't necessarily ensure him of a spot on the team after he had 260 receiving yards in 11 games last season. Knee surgery last offseason may have impacted his speed and strength, but it was head and ankle injuries that ultimately led to six absences.

  • Patriots' DeMario Douglas: Shines at spring practices

    Douglas was the Patriots' "best and most explosive playmaker" at spring practices, according to Chad Graff of The Athletic.

    Douglas led the team in receiving last season as a rookie sixth-round pick, albeit with only 561 yards and nary a touchdown. Around 65 percent of his snaps and production came from the slot, which presents a potential complication for a New England offense with three veteran WRs -- Kendrick Bourne (knee), K.J. Osborn and JuJu Smith Schuster -- that are arguably at their best working inside. All three are at least 6-foot, 200 pounds, while Douglas is much shorter (5-8, 192) but also the fastest (4.44 40) and most agile of the bunch. New Patriots offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt should find a way to keep Douglas involved, even if it means leaving Smith-Schuster and/or Osborn out of the rotation or bringing the team's rookie WRs along slowly (second-round pick Ja'Lynn Polk and fourth-rounder Javon Baker).

  • Packers' James Turner: Gets new NFC North home

    Turner was claimed off waivers by the Packers on Thursday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

    Turner inked a deal with the Lions as an undrafted free agent shortly after the 2024 NFL Draft, but he was ultimately waived earlier in the week. He will now stay within the division and relocate to Green Bay where they already roster two kickers in Anders Carlson and Greg Joseph. The former had an up-and-down season as a rookie in 2023 and will now have to compete against both Joseph and Turner for the kicking job entering the upcoming season.

  • Kyric McGowan WR | JAC

    Kyric McGowan: Exiting Jacksonville

    McGowan was waived by the Jaguars on Thursday.

    The Jaguars opted to sign free agent pass catcher Denzel Mims and let McGowan go in a corresponding move. The latter suited up for two games in Washington as a rookie in 2022 before missing the entire 2023 season with an undisclosed injury. He will now look for a fresh start in a new city.

  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Vying for larger role Year 2

    McLaughlin is working to earn an increased workload entering Year 2 while competing with backfield mates Javonte Williams and Samaje Perine, Ryan McFadden of The Denver Post reports.

    McLaughlin has been one of the earliest to arrive throughout Denver's voluntary offseason workouts, and at mandatory minicamp he reportedly looked more explosive than in his rookie season, when he averaged an impressive 5.4 yards per carry. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi praised McLaughlin's "speed, acceleration (and) explosiveness," saying "I don't know if there's anyone who works harder than him." Still, the Broncos' backfield is crowded, with Javonte Williams presumably still the No. 1 option and another year removed from his ACL injury, plus rookie fifth-rounder Audric Estime (knee) and undrafted free agent Blake Watson having been added to the mix.

  • Lonnie Phelps DE | CLE

    Lonnie Phelps: Let go by Browns

    The Browns waived Phelps on Thursday.

    The move follows a Wednesday night incident in which the defensive end was charged with drunken driving. Phelps, who first joined the Browns as an undrafted free agent last May, spent the 2023 season on the team's practice squad and was subsequently signed to a reserve/future contract in January.

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