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NFL News Summary for Wednesday, June 28th, 2023

June 28, 2023

Arizona Cardinals

  • Ari – WR Michael Wilson “The rookie third-rounder has impressed his coaches and teammates with his route running and talent. Wilson benefited from DeAndre Hopkins not taking part in any of the voluntary workouts before he was released and Marquise Brown not being involved much this offseason, either. That led to him getting a significant number of reps, which has helped him climb the depth chart to a point where he could be a factor in Arizona’s offense from Day 1 of the season.”

Atlanta Falcons

  • Atl – WR Josh Ali “In Atlanta’s wide-open receiver room after Drake London, it is an almost-unknown player who has stood out. Ali, who was on the practice squad last season after suffering a knee injury late in his college career at Kentucky, worked a bunch in 2022 with Falcons starting quarterback Desmond Ridder. That chemistry has shown, and Ali has gotten work with the veterans, usually a good sign for a player with 14 career snaps and one career target. Will he make the team? It’s unclear. Has he put himself in a potential position out of spring? Quite possibly.”

Denver Broncos

  • Den – RB Jaleel McLaughlin “McLaughlin, an undrafted rookie who had more than 8,000 rushing yards in a five-year career at Youngstown State, showed speed, vision and decisiveness in the no-pads portion of the Denver offseason program. He’s undersized — 5-foot-7, 187 pounds — but his potential as a runner is clear, especially if he shows that same one-cut, foot-in-the-ground decisiveness when the pads go on. Yes, spring is the time folks in the NFL say they’re in the best shape of their lives, but if McLaughlin flashes in training camp, he could be the leading candidate to keep the team’s roll going with undrafted rookies. The Broncos have had an undrafted rookie make the cutdown to 53 players in 18 of the previous 19 years.”

Kansas City Chiefs

  • KC – RB Deneric Prince “Prince, a rookie undrafted free agent, took advantage of a thin running back depth chart and stood out as a receiver during offseason practice, making several difficult catches. With Isiah Pacheco recovering from offseason surgery, Prince has a chance to claim not only a roster spot but some playing time if he shows an aptitude for pass protection at training camp.”

Los Angeles Rams

  • LAR – WR Puka Nacua “Nacua, a fifth-round draft pick from BYU, earned steady praise from coach Sean McVay, quarterback Matthew Stafford and fellow wideout Cooper Kupp. Nacua seems to have picked up the offense quickly and has a knack for getting open, which bodes well for carving out a role in a receiving corps that lacks certainty behind Kupp.”

Miami Dolphins

  • Mia – RB Devon Achane “The rookie third-round pick has already looked like one of the Dolphins’ more explosive offensive players — although his practice production should be taken with a grain of salt until the pads go on. Even in non-padded team drills, Achane showed prowess as a pass-catcher and home run ability after the catch. It’s a crowded running back room in Miami, but it may not be long before the rookie has a prominent role.”

San Francisco 49ersSF – WR Brandon Aiyuk “There’s a good argument to be made he was consistently the best player on the field during OTAs and minicamp, as his performance left fellow wideout Deebo Samuel marveling that “you can’t cover that boy in a phone booth” and cornerback Deommodore Lenoir declaring that Aiyuk will be a top-five receiver in the NFL in 2023.”

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