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  • Julius Brents CB | IND

    Colts' JuJu Brents: Limited to nine games as a rookie

    Brents (hamstring) recorded 43 tackles (30 solo), six passes defended with one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery across nine regular-season games with the Colts in 2023.

    Brents dealt with injuries during his rookie campaign, beginning with a pre-draft wrist issue. He then suffered a mid-season quad injury that forced him to miss six games, and a hamstring issue that forced him out of Indianapolis' season finale. Brents' hamstring injury doesn't appear to be something that will impact his availability for training camp, however. He's said that his focus during the offseason will be on improving his durability, per Nate Atkins of the Indianapolis Star.

  • Jaylon Jones DB | IND

    Colts' Jaylon Jones: Exceeds expectations as rookie

    Jones racked up 44 tackles (33 solo) and five passes defended across 17 regular-season appearances with Indianapolis in 2023.

    The 2023 seventh-round pick was thrust into a starting role early in his NFL career due to a season-ending injury to Dallis Flowers (Achilles), and by Week 8 he was handling more than 90 percent of defensive snaps. Jones played an impressive 763 defensive snaps as a rookie, and while he may not retain a full starting role for the 2024 campaign, he has certainly solidified himself as a key cog in the Colts' secondary.

  • Kwity Paye DE | IND

    Colts' Kwity Paye: Tallies 8.5 sacks in 2023

    Paye notched 52 tackles (31 solo), 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries across 16 regular-season appearances in 2023.

    Paye solidified himself as one of the Colts' more exceptional defensive players in 2023, setting a new career-best sack threshold. The 2021 first-round pick could be a candidate to reach double-digit sacks with another year in defensive coordinator Gus Bradley's scheme, as Indianapolis' defense as a whole ranked fifth in the NFL with 51 sacks in 2023.

  • Colts' Julian Blackmon: Impressive numbers in contract year

    Blackmon (shoulder) racked up 88 tackles (65 solo), eight passes defensed with four interceptions and two fumble recoveries across 15 games with the Colts in 2023.

    Blackmon missed the last two games of the year due to a shoulder injury, and Indianapolis' secondary suffered for it, especially in the team's season-ending loss to the Texans. The safety tallied career-high marks across the board in the final year of his rookie contract, emerging as one of the more dependable players in the Colts' secondary. If Indianapolis doesn't ultimately re-sign Blackmon, he won't have a shortage of interest on the free agent market.

  • Ji'Ayir Brown SAF | SF

    49ers' Ji'Ayir Brown: Finishes rookie season as starter

    Brown recorded 35 tackles (22 solo) with two interceptions over 15 games with San Francisco in 2023.

    The third round pick started the season backing up Talanoa Hufanga while being mixed in on certain defensive packages. A combination of strong play and an injury to Hufanga afforded Brown the opportunity to thrive as the starting strong safety for a dominant 49ers defense in the second half of the season. Starting free safety Tashaun Gipson will be an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason, so Brown has a path to a starting job as a sophomore if the veteran signs with another club.

  • Patriots' Matthew Slater: Ends storied special-teams career

    Slater announced Tuesday that he has retired from professional football.

    Slater, 38, is calling it a career after 16 seasons in the NFL, all of which were spent with New England as a core contributor on the Patriots' special-teams units. The 2008 fifth-round pick retires with three Super Bowl rings, five first-team All-Pro nods, and 10 Pro Bowl honors under his belt. Former Patriots head coach Bill Belichick recently referred to Slater as the best special-teams player in NFL history, per Mike Reiss of, saying he was glad to have coached the greatest players in all three phases of the game, the others being Tom Brady on offense and Lawrence Taylor on defense.

  • Eagles' Tyrion Davis-Price: Inks with Philly

    The Eagles signed Davis-Price to a reserve/future contract Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Davis-Price, a 2022 third-round pick drafted by the 49ers, signed the largest reserve/future contract in the league per his agency Elite Loyalty Sports, which could be notable for his chances of sticking on the roster through the offseason. In his lone cameo for San Francisco last season, Davis-Price carried the ball six times for 21 yards.

  • Rashod Bateman WR | BAL

    Ravens' Rashod Bateman: Falls flat in Year 3

    Bateman finished the 2023 regular season season with 32 catches for 367 yards and one touchdown on 56 targets over 16 games.

    The bright spot for Bateman was that he was able to stay healthy for most of the season, with the 16 games being a career high. Other than that, it was a down season for the 2021 first-round pick. He caught just 57 percent of his targets and had a 7.1 percent drop rate. Bateman was also not a threat after the catch with an average of 2.1 YAC per reception. Quarterback Lamar Jackson averaged 8.0 yards per attempt but Bateman averaged just 6.6 yards per target. The wideout saw the second-most snaps on the team among receivers, but he just wasn't able to draw much volume or convert those targets efficiently. Bateman now enters the final year of his rookie contract with significant pressure to produce. The Ravens could look to add a receiver in what is widely considered to be a strong group in the 2024 draft.

  • Dalvin Cook RB | BAL

    Ravens' Dalvin Cook: Struggles in 2023

    Cook finished the year with 75 carries for 237 yards and no touchdowns while adding 15 catches for 78 yards on 20 targets, including the postseason.

    The veteran began the year with the Jets before mutually parting ways with Gang Green in time to sign with a playoff contender. Cook latched on with the Ravens and was saw some action in the divisional-round win over the Texans with eight carries for 23 yards. Unfortunately, this was the worst season of the 28-year-old's career by any metric. Cook was on a one-year deal and it does not appear likely that Baltimore will re-sign him, so the veteran projects to hit the open market as an aging running back coming off a tough year. The days of Cook garnering a long-term deal are likely behind him.

  • Isaiah Likely TE | BAL

    Ravens' Isaiah Likely: Arrow pointing up after Year 2

    Likely finished his second NFL season with 30 catches for 411 yards and five touchdowns on 40 targets over 17 regular-season games. He added four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown in two postseason games.

    Though the tight end's target count dropped from 60 to 40, with most of his looks coming during Mark Andrews' lengthy absence, his counting stats and efficiency both ticked up significantly. Likely bumped his catch rate from 60 percent to 75 and his yards per target from 6.2 to 10.3 while topping his rookie totals for receiving yards and touchdowns. Though Andrews is still a major factor in the Ravens' passing game when healthy, Likely is overqualified to be a traditional No. 2 tight end. Baltimore's wide receiver corps is still a work in progress beyond Zay Flowers, however, so there could be more opportunities for the TEs. Likely has downfield ability and plenty of experience working from the slot (231 of 567 snaps in 2023) so his role could expand during his second year in OC Todd Monken's scheme.

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