Kirk Cousins, Anthony Richardson, and Deshaun Watson Highlight Monday’s Top Storylines From NFL OTAs

With NFL OTAs underway, we're tracking the latest news, rumors, injuries, holdouts, and other developments coming out of spring practices.

Football never sleeps. While NFL training camps are still weeks away, teams are getting in work during the spring via organized team activities (OTAs). Contact isn’t permitted during these practices, but OTAs can give a club’s decision-makers their first impression of how their squad will look in 2024.

With that in mind, we’re tracking every bit of news coming out of OTAs in early June. Here are the top stories from Monday’s NFL practices.

Latest News and Notes From NFL OTAs

Latest on Falcons’ Kirk Cousins, Bijan Robinson

Kirk Cousins continues to recover from the torn Achilles that ended his 2023 season in late October, but the new Atlanta Falcons quarterback is ready to roll.

In May, Cousins said he was “good to go” and could suit up if the season started this summer. On Monday, Falcons head coach Raheem Morris reiterated Cousins’ positivity.

“It would be hard for me to say he can do anything more since he’s done just about everything,” Morris said, per Terrin Waack of the team’s website.

Cousins will be working inside a talented offense that includes RB Bijan Robinson, WRs Drake London and Darnell Mooney, TE Kyle Pitts, and an underrated offensive line.

Robinson, the eighth overall selection in the 2023 NFL Draft, was outstanding during his rookie campaign. But he could explode under first-year offensive coordinator Zac Robinson in 2025, especially if the Falcons increase his workload.

“I’m gonna be more of a runner that does everything else,” Robinson said Monday, indicating he hopes to be used similarly to the San Francisco 49ers’ Christian McCaffrey, per ESPN’s Marc Raimondi.

Where Is Colts QB Anthony Richardson Health-Wise?

The Indianapolis Colts aren’t conducting OTAs this week, but second-year quarterback Anthony Richardson joined ESPN’s Pat McAfee on Monday and offered an update on his recovery from shoulder surgery.

Richardson, the No. 4 pick in last year’s draft, was dynamic on the field but only stayed healthy enough to appear in four games (while starting just two). He suffered a Grade 3 AC joint sprain in Week 5 and subsequently underwent season-ending surgery.

Speaking to McAfee, Richardson said he’s at roughly “95%” as he works his way back.

“Still some rust I gotta shake off,” Richardson said. “It took me four months to start throwing again. They said it was gonna take eight.”

Richardson admitted he’ll need to better balance his ability to push for more yards against the safety of getting out of bounds and avoiding the kind of significant hits that led to his injuries in 2023. However, the Florida product said he doesn’t plan to alter his playing style.

“Some of the stuff that happened, it just happened,” Richardson said. “It’s football. It’s a physical sport. It’s gonna happen. Everybody just thinks I’m out there being a maniac and just getting hit, but I’m not.”

Browns HC Updates Deshaun Watson’s Progress

While Deshaun Watson has appeared in just 12 NFL games since the 2020 campaign, the Cleveland Browns are confident in their starting quarterback as he returns from shoulder surgery.

“He’s doing everything he’s supposed to do,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said Monday. “He’s attacked this rehab from Day 1 of the rehab. When he gets out there and throws it around — which I know you guys saw last week — he looks like Deshaun Watson.”

Watson reportedly “showed no outward signs of discomfort” during last Thursday’s practice. New Browns offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey, who helped Cam Newton return from a shoulder injury with the Carolina Panthers, said Watson is “raming it a little bit more” each day.

Even when healthy, Watson struggled in 2023. He consistently appeared uncomfortable in the pocket, while his 42.9 QBR would’ve ranked 25th in the league if he’d posted enough attempts to qualify.

Cleveland added Jameis Winston as Watson’s new backup this offseason.

Cardinals HC Impressed by Marvin Harrison Jr.

The Arizona Cardinals have big plans for wideout Marvin Harrison Jr. after making him the fourth overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. But head coach Jonathan Gannon may have to be deliberate about managing the Ohio State product’s routine.

“He’s extremely detailed,” Gannon said Monday. “He does a lot of extra (work), probably too much. I’m gonna be fighting him about that.”

Gannon elaborated on why the Cardinal needs to limit Harrison’s workload through the summer.

“If we’re spaced out with how many reps and the amount of workload that he gets, and then he goes and runs a hundred routes on the weekend, he might be dragging a bit. Now, he doesn’t drag …  I love extra work. You just gotta be smart about it.”

Chargers Working Out Veteran DB

Longtime NFL safety Tony Jefferson, who hung up his cleats almost precisely one year ago today, is attempting a comeback. The 32-year-old defensive back tries out for the Los Angeles Chargers at their upcoming veteran minicamp, as Jordan Schultz of The Score reported.

Jefferson, a San Diego native, appeared in 113 NFL games (67 starts) from 2013 to 2022. Chargers general manager Joe Hortiz was the Baltimore Ravens’ director of player personnel while Jefferson was with the club for parts of the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

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