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  • Devron Harper WR | MIN

    Devron Harper: Let go by Minnesota

    The Vikings waived Harper on Monday, Howard Balzer of reports.

    Harper inked with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent shortly after the 2024 NFL Draft, but after spending OTAs and mandatory minicamp with the team he now has to search for an opportunity elsewhere in the league. The former Mercer standout was a productive return man at the collegiate level.

  • De'Von Achane RB | MIA

    Dolphins' De'Von Achane: Wants more looks in passing game

    Achane has prioritized improving his route-running this offseason and could earn more opportunities to line up out wide Year 2, David Furones of the Sun Sentinel reports.

    Achane said during June mandatory minicamp he's been "lining up at different positions, as far as like receiver, running routes and stuff," calling those drills "something that we're doing different this year." The second-year pro, who logged record-breaking efficiency during his rookie season, said that in addition to becoming a more versatile pass-catcher, his priority this offseason has been adding muscle in order to better avoid injury. Achane will have to compete with positional mates Raheem Mostert and rookie Jaylen Wright for touches during the 2024 campaign, so it would be encouraging to see him develop into a capable enough receiver to catch passes out wide, rather than only out of the backfield. Despite the Dolphins looking primed to deploy a backfield committee, Achane's explosiveness and big-play ability make it easy to project a high fantasy ceiling Year 2. If he's indeed able to improve his versatility and durability this offseason, that could also give him a more consistent floor.

  • Kaiir Elam CB | BUF

    Bills' Kaiir Elam: Entering important third season

    Elam received extra reps throughout the spring due to veteran Rasul Douglas missing the voluntary OTA sessions, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

    Elam hasn't quite panned out yet as a first-round draft choice from 2022, but all the talk around the Bills this offseason seems to indicate the team is going to give him a fair crack at playing time in 2024. He's currently listed as a backup behind Douglas (who did show up for all non-voluntary work) and holdover Christian Benford, but with Tre'Davious White departing to the Rams, there's a real chance for Elam to see meaningful playing time, whether as a key backup or even sneaking his way into a starter's role.

  • Tee Higgins WR | CIN

    Bengals' Tee Higgins: Signs franchise tag

    Higgins signed his franchise tag with the Bengals on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Higgins now figures to report for the start of training camp and will make $21.8 million on a one-year tag. Schefter's report indicates it's unlikely Higgins and the Bengals will come to terms on a long-term deal, potentially making this his last campaign with the team as they push for another Super Bowl appearance. He missed five full games and parts of two others last season, finishing with career lows in every major counting stat even as he averaged a career-high 15.6 yards per catch. Higgins missed three games total over his first three seasons and had at least 908 receiving yards and six touchdowns each year.

  • Saints' Jesper Horsted: Secures deal with Saints

    New Orleans signed Horsted to a contract Friday.

    Horsted finished last season on the Raiders' injured reserve list due to a hamstring issue, but he's presumably now healthy. The tight end was limited mostly to special-teams work with Las Vegas in 2023, logging eight offensive snaps and catching his only target for four yards while recording 216 special-teams snaps. Horsted's signing will help fill the void left by Juwan Johnson's foot injury. Johnson is set for surgery but could still be ready for the start of the regular season.

  • Dylan Leonard TE | DEN

    Dylan Leonard: Dealing with minor hamstring injury

    Leonard suffered a minor hamstring injury before reaching an injury settlement with the Broncos on Thursday, Chris Tomasson of The Denver Gazette reports.

    Leonard signed as an undrafted free agent with Denver May 11 but was waived with an injury settlement Thursday. The nature of the tight end's injury was undisclosed at that time and has now been revealed to be a minor hamstring issue. Since Leonard isn't dealing with a serious injury, he should be able to join another organization this season if presented an offer.

  • Tony Jefferson SS | LAC

    Chargers' Tony Jefferson: Returning to NFL with Chargers

    The Chargers signed Jefferson to a contract Friday.

    Jefferson spent last season working as a scouting intern with the Ravens, but he is coming out of retirement to get back on the field. The defensive back last played for the Giants in 2022, when he recorded 23 tackles (16 solo) and one defensed pass over nine contests. Jefferson isn't guaranteed to make Los Angeles' roster, but he'll have a chance to compete during training camp for what would likely be a depth role in the team's secondary.

  • Adam Trautman TE | DEN

    Broncos' Adam Trautman: Dealing with abdomen injury

    Trautman did not participate in Denver's mandatory minicamp Wednesday due to an abdomen injury, Jon Heath of USA Today reports.

    Coach Sean Payton said Trautman's injury isn't too serious and won't need surgery, calling it "basically a sprain." The fifth-year pro thus appears on track for the start of training camp late July. Trautman projects to contribute as a rotational part of the Broncos' tight-end corps behind Greg Dulcich (foot/hamstring), though the latter is still working toward a return to the field.

  • Tim Patrick WR | DEN

    Broncos' Tim Patrick: Moves past injury

    Patrick, who is moving past last summer's Achilles injury, looked healthy and sharp during the Broncos' mandatory minicamp this week, Jon Heath of the USA Today reports.

    The report notes that Patrick -- who sustained a torn left Achilles late last July -- was one of the team's standout performers during Tuesday's session. As the coming campaign approaches, it remains to be seen what Patrick's role in Denver's offense will be, especially given that the 30-year-old last saw regular-season action in 2021. With Jerry Jeudy no longer in the mix, however, the pecking order behind top wideout Courtland Sutton has yet to be determined, which sets the stage for Patrick to vie for slotting in the coming months with Josh Reynolds, Troy Franklin, Marvin Mims, Lil'Jordan Humphrey, Brandon Johnson and Devaughn Vele.

  • Blake Corum RB | LAR

    Rams' Blake Corum: Already making good impression

    Coach Sean McVay said Thursday in an OTAs recap video that Corum "has really stood out" early this offseason, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.

    Corum, a rookie third-round pick, had a chance to handle extra reps during OTAs while starter Kyren Williams dealt with a foot injury, though Los Angeles' backfield was fully healthy for June minicamp. McVay praised Corum's "mental toughness" and "the way that he handles himself," and said that the rookie will "definitely" have an opportunity to contribute as a pass catcher. Williams still appears entrenched as the clear top option in the Rams' backfield, but if Corum can keep his momentum up throughout training camp, he could have an opportunity to push for a notable role early in his career.

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