NFL OTAs and Minicamp Recap: Micah Parsons’ Explosive Comments, Nick Chubb’s Triumphant Return, and More Top Storylines

With NFL OTAs and minicamps 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) and minicamps. Contact isn’t permitted during these practices, but OTAs and minicamps 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 and minicamps in early June. Here are the top stories from Wednesday’s NFL practices.

Latest News and Notes From NFL OTAs and Minicamp

Carolina Panthers

  • Edge rusher D.J. Wonnum, who joined the Carolina Panthers as a free agent this offseason, is battling complications from quadriceps surgery, head coach Dave Canales told reporters, including Joe Person of The Athletic, on Tuesday.
  • Wonnum spent four years with the Minnesota Vikings and posted a career-high eight sacks in 2023. He inked a two-year, $12.5 million pact with Carolina in March.
  • Wonnum hasn’t participated in the Panthers’ spring practices due to injury, while fellow edge rushers and free agent signings Jadeveon Clowney and K’Lavon Chaisson are voluntarily avoiding workouts.

Cleveland Browns

  • Nick Chubb said Wednesday that he doesn’t have a timeline for returning to the field after suffering a gruesome knee injury in Week 2 of the 2023 campaign.
  • “I’m doing everything I can at this point,” the Cleveland Browns RB said today. “I’m right where I want to be. When that time happens, when I feel great, I’ll be on the field.”
  • Chubb, 28, topped 1,000 rushing yards and exceeded five yards per carry every season from 2019 to 2022. He earned Pro Bowl nods each year during that stretch and a second-team All-Pro berth in 2022.
  • Chubb accepted a pay cut this offseason after tearing his MCL and damaging his ACL last September. Until Chubb returns, the Browns will rely on holdover Jerome Ford and additions D’Onta Foreman and Nyheim Hines.
  • “I just know Nick is working like crazy,” Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said. “He’s working like crazy, and I get to witness it. I know everybody wants to know ‘When?’ and all that, but he’s a huge part of what we do.”

Dallas Cowboys

  • Dallas Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs “looks great” as he recovers from a torn ACL, head coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday (via Michael Gelhlken of the Dallas Morning News). Still, there’s a decent chance Diggs — who went down during a Sept. 21 practice — begins training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
  • Asked if he expects to become the NFL’s highest-paid non-quarterback on his next contract, pass rusher Micah Parsons said, “I mean, yeah,” according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson is the league’s most expensive non-QB after inking a $35 million-per-year extension this week.
  • “I’m patient. Patient is a virtue,” Parsons said this week. “I’m waiting my turn. Let CeeDee (Lamb) go get whatever. Let Dak (Prescott) get whatever.”
  • “This market is going to just jump up, and the cap goes up again next year,” Parsons continued. “They’re talking about these contracts might for a high-caliber player might be up to $40 million by then.”
  • Seven-time All-Pro Cowboys guard Zack Martin isn’t ruling out the idea of retiring after the upcoming season, according to Gehlken.
  • “I’m not saying 100%, but I think it’s definitely in the realm of possibilities,” Martin said. “And that’s one thing I don’t want to do. For myself, I don’t want to be thinking, ‘Oh, this is it. This is it.’ I want to stay in the moment, and I want to play the best that I can play at this point and be the best right guard this team needs on a weekly basis. And then after the season, we’ll figure out what’s going on.”

Detroit Lions

  • Second-year RB Jahmyr Gibbs is not participating in Detroit Lions OTAs while he recovers from a soft-tissue injury, head coach Dan Campbell announced on Wednesday. While Campbell didn’t get many details, the Lions are likely just exercising caution.
  • Gibbs, the No. 12 overall pick in last year’s draft, totaled 1,261 yards from scrimmage in his rookie campaign. The Alabama alum scored 11 total touchdowns, earned a Pro Bowl nod, and finished fourth in Offensive Rookie of the Year voting.

Los Angeles Chargers

  • The Los Angeles Chargers released center Corey Linsley on Wednesday. The move was largely procedural, as Linsley is expected to retire after being diagnosed with a non-emergency heart-related medical issue last season.
  • Linsley started 132 NFL games, 99 with the Green Bay Packers and 33 with the Bolts. He earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2020 before grabbing a second-team and Pro Bowl berth the following season.

Miami Dolphins

  • Wednesday was tough for Miami Dolphins CB Cam Smith, the club’s second-round pick in last year’s draft.
  • “Tasked with covering Jaylen Waddle for much of the day, Smith gave up a deep completion from (Tua) Tagovailoa in 7-on-7s and then was part of a major coverage bust with Patrick McMorris and Siran Neal that led to a Waddle big-gainer from Mike White in team drills,” Pro Football Network’s Adam Beasley writes in his Dolphins practice report.
  • Can the Dolphins work out a new contract for WR Tyreek Hill after extending fellow pass catcher Jaylen Waddle last week? Beasley has a creative solution in mind for Hill and Miami.

New England Patriots

  • Can Drake Maye win the New England Patriots’ starting QB job over veteran Jacoby Brissett? Maybe not, but the Pats’ coaching staff revealed what Maye needs to work on as he begins his NFL career, as Pro Football Network’s Dakota Randall writes.
  • Joe Milton III isn’t competing for New England’s starting gig — he’s just trying to grab a roster spot. The sixth-round rookie is battling Bailey Zappe to become the Patriots’ QB3. On Tuesday, Milton described the realities of his NFL path to Randall.
  • “It’s been very rewarding, but also a very humbling experience as well,” Milton said after practice. “Coming from Tennessee, being the starter, and then coming here, you have other guys taking reps, it humbles you. At the same time, that’s always been me — learning from the older guys, and when my time comes, I’ll be ready.”

New Orleans Saints

  • Chris Olave wore a red non-contact jersey during Tuesday’s New Orleans Saints practice after recently injuring his shoulder while lifting weights, head coach Dennis Allen said today (via Matthew Paras of The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate).
  • Olave, who posted an 87-1,123-5 line for the Saints last season, still practiced in full.

Philadelphia Eagles

  • The Philadelphia Eagles ranked dead last in their use of pre-snap motion at 10.9%, well below the league average of 22%. As Pro Football Network’s Anthony DiBona writes, that philosophy seems likely to shift in 2024 under new offensive play-caller Kellen Moore.
  • “I think it’s going to do great,” Eagles WR DeVonta Smith said when asked about Moore’s offense on Tuesday. “Get a new style of offense around. Be able to do things that we weren’t allowed to do. Moving guys around, things like that.”
  • New Philadelphia DC Vic Fangio faces many challenges in 2024, including determining the best position for versatile rookie defensive back Cooper DeJean. According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of 94 WIP, DeJean was the Eagles’ first-team slot corner during Tuesday’s practices; he moved to boundary corner for second-team reps.

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers reunited with CB Cameron Sutton on Tuesday, signing the veteran defensive back to a one-year deal, as John Fields of Pro Football Network writes.
  • The Lions released Sutton in March after a warrant was issued for his arrest for aggravated battery/domestic violence. While he initially evaded arrest, Sutton eventually turned himself in and entered into a pretrial diversion program to avoid criminal charges.
  • The Steelers selected Sutton in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He started 39 games in Pittsburgh before signing a three-year, $33 million deal with Detroit in 2023.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs plans to attend the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ mandatory minicamp next week after skipping OTAs, as ESPN’s Jenna Laine reports.
  • Wirfs is entering his contract year in 2024. He’s scheduled to earn $18.244 million on his fifth-year option. Because Wirfs is under contract with the Bucs, he’d be fined over $100,000 for missing next week’s workouts.
  • Wirfs, 25, has earned two All-Pro nods and made three Pro Bowls in four NFL seasons. He’s the best offensive tackle on next year’s free agent market and is likely targeting the $28 million AAV that Lions right tackle Penei Sewell received on his recent extension.

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