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  • Tre Tucker LV WR
    Raiders' Tre Tucker: Excels during OTAs and minicamp
    15h ago

    Tucker blew by the Raiders' defensive backs during spring practices, according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com.

    Granted, it's not unusual for small, fast receivers to excel in early offseason practices without tackling. The Raiders seem optimistic it will carry over in this case, with coach Antonio Pierce saying Tucker is a "different dude" who plays like "the biggest guy out there" despite being 5-foot-9, 185 pounds. Tucker opened last season as the team's fourth/fifth WR after being a third-round pick, eventually working his way up to the No. 3 role and then catching 11 of 15 targets for 170 yards and two touchdowns over the final four weeks. He now seems to be holding off Michael Gallup for that No. 3 role, but it probably won't come with too many snaps or targets in an offense that has Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers at wide receiver and Brock Bowers and Michael Mayer at tight end.

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  • Jahan Dotson WAS WR
    Commanders' Jahan Dotson: Optimistic about Kingsbury's offense
    15h ago

    Dotson recently told reporters it's been "really nice" having a simplified approach under new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

    Dotson wasn't a good fit under former offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, whose scheme emphasized screen passes and other quick throws that relied on yards after the catch. That's not Dotson's strength, nor did it help that Sam Howell was one of the least accurate QBs on deep passes. Kingsbury and No. 2 overall pick Jayden Daniels may prove to be better fits for Dotson, but it would still be unwise to completely ignore his 2023 struggles. Out of 81 qualified wide receivers, he was 73rd in yards per target (6.2), 77th in yards per route (0.79), 78th in YAC average (2.1) and 78th in target rate (12.7 percent). Dotson had five more yards and three more TDs in five fewer games back in 2022, when he was the 16th overall draft pick and a Week 1 starter. The upcoming season will be his fifth in a row with a new coordinator/playcaller, dating back to his junior year at Penn State.

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  • Jayden Daniels WAS QB
    Commanders' Jayden Daniels: Works with starters at minicamp
    16h ago

    Daniels got most of the first-team reps at June minicamp, Ralph Vacchiano of Fox Sports reports.

    Commanders WR Terry McLaurin, RB Austin Ekeler and head coach Dan Quinn all offered glowing praise during minicamp, mentioning Daniels' work ethic, leadership and understanding of Kliff Kingsbury's offense. Even so, Quinn hasn't determined a Week 1 starter and said the plan all along was for Daniels and Marcus Mariota to split first-team snaps during spring practices, per John Keim of ESPN.com. Reports from training camp in late July and early August should provide a better idea as to whether Daniels is truly competing with Mariota or is all but locked in for the Week 1 start at Tampa Bay.

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  • Shaquille Leonard PHI OLB
    Shaquille Leonard: Wants new team, open to retirement
    19h ago

    Leonard said he wishes to sign with a new team and play during the 2024 NFL season, but that he'd be at peace with calling it a career if no opportunity presents itself, Kyle Smeldy of the Indianapolis Star reports.

    Leonard, a three-time All-Pro, posted 88 tackles in 14 regular-season games split between the Colts and Eagles in 2023, his comeback after a 2022 campaign plagued by injuries. Though he's remained a free agent throughout OTAs and mandatory minicamps, Leonard said he's staying in shape and waiting for an opportunity to sign, while leaving open the possibility of retirement. "If it happens, it happens," Leonard said. "If it don't, it don't. I think throughout my career I've had a great career, even if I do step away from it."

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  • Mac McCain III NO CB
    Saints' Mac McCain: Latches on with New Orleans
    2d ago

    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.

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  • Nelson Agholor BAL WR
    Ravens' Nelson Agholor: Feels more comfortable in offense
    2d ago

    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 wide receiver 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.

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  • Bryan Mata BOS RP
    Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Rehab moving to Triple-A
    16m ago

    Mata (shoulder) will have his rehab assignment transferred to Triple-A Worcester this week, Peter Abraham and Alex Speier of The Boston Globe report.

    Mata made two appearances (both starts) for Double-A Portland last week, throwing five shutout innings for the Sea Dogs. The right-hander was initially sidelined in February by a hamstring injury, which has since healed, but shoulder soreness ensued. Mata, who is out of minor-league options, can remain on his latest rehab assignment until July 15, at which point the Red Sox will have to decide how to proceed. The club was focused on making him a reliever prior to hamstring injury, and it's unlikely Mata would be part of the parent club's rotation.

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  • Connor Wong BOS C
    Red Sox's Connor Wong: Extends hit streak to 13 games
    30m ago

    Wong went 1-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Sunday's 7-4 win over the Reds.

    Wong got the Red Sox started with a two-run home run in the fourth inning, extending a hit streak to 13 games (17-for-48, .354). The catcher, who entered 2024 with a career .232 batting average, is up to .330 for the season.

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  • Tyler Stephenson CIN C
    Reds' Tyler Stephenson: Double, RBI in return
    39m ago

    Stephenson started at catcher and went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Red Sox.

    Stephenson was back in the starting lineup after being held out for two games with an undisclosed injury, although he did pinch hit Saturday. The Reds had called up catcher Austin Wynns on Friday, but Stephenson's injury was not serious, and Wynns was sent back to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.

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  • Will Benson CIN CF
    Reds' Will Benson: X-rays on elbow negative
    45m ago

    Benson was removed from Sunday's loss to Boston after getting hit by a pitch on the inside of his left elbow, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. X-rays following the game came back negative.

    Benson was plunked during the bottom of the eighth inning and stayed in the game to run, but he was replaced by Nick Martini for the top of the ninth. Prior to leaving, Benson went 0-for-3, running his hitless streak to a career-high 21 at-bats. It's unclear if the injury will force Benson to miss much action, but it's unlikely he will be in the lineup Monday against Pittsburgh left-hander Bailey Falter. The lefty-hitting Benson doesn't get many opportunities against southpaws, against whom he's batting .095 (4-for-42) this season.

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  • Wyatt Langford TEX LF
    Rangers' Wyatt Langford: Logs RBI in fifth straight
    1h ago

    Langford went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Royals.

    The story of the game was the return of Max Scherzer to the mound, but Langford also contributed to the Rangers' fourth straight win. His fourth-inning double plated Texas' first run and he came home on Leody Taveras' two-run single. Langford has at least one hit and one RBI in five consecutive games, knocking in 10 runs in all while going 8-for-19 with five extra-base hits.

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  • Lourdes Gurriel ARI LF
    Diamondbacks' Lourdes Gurriel: Logs fifth straight multi-hit game
    1h ago

    Gurriel went 2-for-4 in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Phillies.

    Gurriel returned to action after sitting out Saturday with minor elbow soreness. Sunday's two-hit outing gives the outfielder five consecutive games with multiple hits. He's 10-for-21 (.476) with nine singles and one home run during that stretch.

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  • Oshae Brissett BOS SF
    Oshae Brissett: Declines player option Sunday
    16h ago

    Brissett declined his $2.5 million player option with the Celtics on Sunday, Keith Smith of Spotrac.com reports.

    Brissett will become an unrestricted free agent after declining his player option Sunday. The 26-year-old spent one season with the team, and he averaged 3.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.3 steals across 11.5 minutes in 55 regular-season games. Brissett was a non-factor for Boston in the playoffs, and his departure likely signals a desire for a larger role elsewhere.

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  • Vlatko Cancar DEN SF
    Vlatko Cancar: Nuggets declining team option
    21h ago

    The Nuggets declined Cancar's (knee) team option for the 2024-25 season Sunday, Bennett Durando of The Denver Post reports.

    Cancar will become a free agent after Denver declined his team option. The 27-year-old missed all of last season after undergoing knee surgery, and teams will likely have concerns about his injury history. However, Durando relays that there is mutual interest in the Nuggets bringing Cancar back on a minimum contract, which would be mutually beneficial. Across four years with Denver, the forward averaged 3.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.7 assists across 9.1 minutes per game.

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  • Ja Morant MEM PG
    Grizzlies' Ja Morant: Will be cleared in near future
    22h ago

    Morant (shoulder) said Saturday he will be medically cleared for basketball activities in about two weeks, CBSSports.com reports.

    Morant played only nine games last year due to a 25-game suspension and a major shoulder injury. He averaged 25.1 points, 8.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.4 steals across 35.3 minutes. The All-Star had successful surgery on his right shoulder in mid-January and will be able to practice soon, meaning he should be 100 percent for next season's training camp. Morant hopes to take the Grizzlies back to the playoffs after a year ruined by injuries saw them finish with a 27-55 record.

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  • Drew Eubanks PHO C
    Drew Eubanks: Set to hit free agency
    3d ago

    Eubanks announced Friday he is declining his $2.6 million player option from the Suns for 2024-25 and will become an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Eubanks will hit free agency after averaging 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 15.6 minutes across 75 appearances, including six starts, for Phoenix in 2023-24. Eubanks will likely continue to operate as a backup center for a different team if he finds a new destination in free agency.

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  • Malik Monk SAC SG
    Kings' Malik Monk: Will stay with Sacramento
    3d ago

    Monk (knee) intends to sign a four-year, $78 million deal with the Kings, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Monk continues to recover from a knee injury, but that hasn't stopped him from reaching an agreement with the Kings. The sharpshooter averaged career-high marks in points (15.4) and assists (5.1) per game en route to finishing second in the 2023-24 Sixth Man of the Year award voting. Even though Monk was expected to be a sought-after player in the open market, instead, he chose to sign with the Kings and is expected to make the deal official once the league year begins July 1.

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  • Josh Giddey OKC PG
    Bulls' Josh Giddey: Dealt to Chicago
    4d ago

    The Thunder traded Giddey to the Bulls in exchange for Alex Caruso on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    After receiving a significantly reduced role in the playoffs, averaging just 12.5 minutes across six games against Dallas, Giddey's long-term future in Oklahoma City seemed uncertain. As such, it is not surprising to see the 21-year-old guard dealt for Caruso, who can offer better perimeter defense for the Thunder. Giddey could receive an opportunity to have the ball in his hands more often now that he is no longer playing alongside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He averaged 12.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 25.2 minutes across 80 games in 2023-24. However, he will be competing for playing time in a crowded backcourt with Coby White, Zach LaVine, Ayo Dosunmu and Lonzo Ball (knee).

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  • Derick Brassard OTT C
    Derick Brassard: Announces retirement
    16h ago

    According to Mathias Brunet of La Presse, Brassard announced Sunday that his playing days are over.

    Brassard didn't play in 2023-24 after suffering a fractured fibula against Philadelphia on March 30, 2023. The 36-year-old forward produced 215 goals and 545 points in 1,013 career regular-season games for the Blue Jackets, Rangers, Senators, Penguins, Avalanche, Panthers, Islanders, Coyotes, Oilers and Flyers.

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  • Evander Kane EDM LW
    Oilers' Evander Kane: Available for Monday
    17h ago

    Kane (abdomen) is available for Game 7 on Monday against Florida, but head coach Kris Knoblauch did not clarify whether or not he'd be in the lineup, per TSN.

    Kane hasn't played since Game 2, and the Oilers have forced a Game 7 after being down 3-0 in the series. At the moment, it's unclear if the Oilers will want to adjust the lineup to fit Kane back in after they've caught fire. He produced a minus-4 rating in two games against the Panthers and has eight points with a minus-7 rating this postseason.

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  • Sergei Bobrovsky FLA G
    Panthers' Sergei Bobrovsky: Tending twine in Game 7
    18h ago

    Bobrovsky will patrol the home crease Monday in Game 7 against Edmonton, according to Colby Guy of The Palm Beach Post.

    Bobrovsky will be back on the ice for Monday's morning skate after skipping Sunday's session for routine-related reasons. He has surrendered 12 goals on 58 shots during his three-game losing streak. Bobrovsky needs to end that skid Monday for the Panthers to avoid becoming the second team in NHL history to blow a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. The 35-year-old netminder has a 15-8 record with a 2.38 GAA and a .903 save percentage through 23 starts this postseason.

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  • Egor Afanasyev NSH LW
    Sharks' Egor Afanasyev: Acquired in trade
    19h ago

    San Jose acquired Afanasyev from Nashville on Sunday in exchange for Ozzy Wiesblatt.

    Afanasyev has appeared in 19 NHL contests over the past two seasons, collecting one goal, 26 shots on net, 15 blocked shots and 29 hits. The 23-year-old forward registered 27 goals and 54 points in 56 regular-season games for AHL Milwaukee in 2023-24.

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  • Ian Mitchell BOS D
    Bruins' Ian Mitchell: Signs one-year contract
    21h ago

    Mitchell signed a one-year, two-way contract with Boston on Sunday, per Conor Ryan of The Boston Globe.

    Mitchell earned two assists, 11 shots on goal and 13 blocked shots in 13 regular-season outings with Boston in 2023-24. He also had six goals and 24 points in 42 regular-season appearances for AHL Providence during the 2023-24 campaign. It wouldn't be a surprise if he spent most, if not all, of next season in the minors.

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  • Dmitry Kulikov FLA D
    Panthers' Dmitry Kulikov: Nabs helper in loss
    2d ago

    Kulikov posted an assist, two shots on goal and four hits in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 6.

    The helper was Kulikov's first point since April 4, ending a 27-game dry spell that had covered all of the Panthers' postseason run. While his offense has been absent, the 33-year-old blueliner has racked up 55 hits, 25 blocked shots and a minus-1 rating over 23 playoff appearances. He's been a fixture in a third-pairing role, though that's not one that comes with much ice time given the talented defensemen on the Panthers' roster.

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