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  • Dalton Risner OG | MIN

    Vikings' Dalton Risner: Returning to Minnesota

    The Vikings are re-signing Risner to a one-year contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Risner spent the first four seasons of his career with Denver before signing with Minnesota last September, and he eventually took over the starting role at left guard. Risner will presumably reprise that starting role in 2024.

  • Markese Stepp RB | NYJ

    Markese Stepp: Waived due to undisclosed injury

    Stepp was waived-injured by the Jets on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

    Stepp was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent May 13, but he's dealing with an undisclosed injury. If the running back clears waivers, he'll revert to IR.

  • Cam Smith CB | MIA

    Dolphins' Cam Smith: Adds weight in offseason

    Smith has added 15 pounds during the offseason, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.

    Smith put on weight to help him better endure a 17-game season, though he spent much of his rookie year on the sidelines with just 20 defensive snaps over 15 games. The South Carolina product was a second-round draft pick in 2023, so the lack of opportunities was somewhat surprising, but he could get a chance to see the field more often in Year 2 with Vic Fangio replaced by Anthony Weaver as Miami's defensive coordinator.

  • Packers' Lukas Van Ness: Dealing with thumb injury

    Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Wednesday that Van Ness is dealing with a broken thumb, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

    LaFleur did not get into the origin of Van Ness' injury, but he downplayed the severity of the issue by saying that Van Ness "broke his thumb just a little bit," per Demovsky. The 2023 first-round pick also did not participate in Green Bay's voluntary OTA sessions Wednesday, according to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, so it will be worth monitoring by the start of the team's mandatory minicamp on June 11. Van Ness recorded 32 tackles and 4.0 sacks over 17 games during his rookie season.

  • Quay Walker LB | GB

    Packers' Quay Walker: Could wear green dot in 2024

    Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Wednesday that Walker "more than likely" will wear the green dot helmost as the Packers' primary defensive communicator, Ryan Wood of USA Today reports.

    Walker logged over 100 tackles during each of his first two seasons in Green Bay, making him the team's most proven off-ball linebacker with De'Vondre Campbell now in San Francisco. The Packers are shifting to a new 4-3 defensive scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley, and the team added Edgerrin Cooper in the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft while bringing back veteran Isaiah McDuffie. So, Walker will still likely have to prove that he's capable of handling a bigger role as Hafley begins to implement his defense this offseason.

  • 49ers' George Kittle: Remains on track for training camp

    Kittle (groin) has set a goal to be ready for training camp following core muscle surgery this offseason, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Kittle stated he played through the injury for about 10 weeks last season, according to David Lombardi of The Athletic. Although he was hurting, the two-time All-Pro still managed to accumulate 65 receptions (on 90 targets) for 1,020 yards and six scores. Even if the 49ers opt to err on the side of caution with Kittle when training camp approaches, it would not impact his status as one of the top fantasy options at tight end.

  • K.J. Britt LB | TB

    Buccaneers' K.J. Britt: Ready for bigger role

    Head coach Todd Bowles indicated Wednesday that Britt is ready to play all three downs and is becoming a leader on defense, Brianna Dix of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

    Britt has also been grasping the mental part of the game according to coach Bowles. The 24-year-old recorded 29 tackles (16 solo) and one pass defensed last season. It looks like he will be in line for a bigger role in the upcoming campaign when he starts at inside linebacker next to Lavonte David.

  • 49ers' Jauan Jennings: Inks two-year deal

    Jennings and the 49ers have come to terms on a two-year deal worth up to $15.4 million, including $10.5 million guaranteed, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    The Niners gave Jennings a second-round restricted free agent tender in March. Given that it was unlikely any team would give up a pick that early for the right to pay Jennings a considerable contract, a trade was the only other option. Both parties were able to avoid that situation with this new deal, which is akin to a one-year extension that keeps him with San Francisco through the 2025 season. This means the pass catcher will be back to fill the No. 3 wide receiver option behind Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.

  • Odafe Oweh LB | BAL

    Ravens' Odafe Oweh: Looks good at OTAs

    Oweh (thumb) has impressed at the Ravens' organized team activities, Ryan Mink of the team's official website reports.

    Oweh underwent thumb surgery following the 2023 season, but his presence at OTAs indicates he has fully recovered. Baltimore picked up his fifth-year option in April. The 31st overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft has tallied 13.0 sacks across 45 appearances during his first three seasons. He projects to start opposite Kyle Van Noy at outside linebacker in the upcoming season.

  • Josh Jacobs RB | GB

    Packers' Josh Jacobs: Returns to limited practice

    Jacobs (hamstring) returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Ryan Wood of USA Today reports.

    Jacobs returned for individual drills but then mostly sat out the team period. He did, however, take at least one carry in full-team drills and appears to have made it through the day without any setbacks. The hamstring injury shouldn't have much impact on Jacobs as he prepares to lead a Green Bay backfield that also has AJ Dillon and rookie third-round pick MarShawn Lloyd on hand.

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