Justin Jefferson, Rashee Rice, and Aaron Rodgers Highlight Top 5 Storylines From Day 1 of NFL OTAs

    As NFL OTAs began for 21 NFL teams, there were several storylines to watch for, including Justin Jefferson's absence, the return of Rashee Rice, and more.

    The NFL season seemingly never ends as the next chapter of the offseason is underway. On Monday, 21 teams began OTAs (organized team activities), as they continue to prepare for the regular season.

    Top 5 Storylines From NFL OTAs on Day 1

    OTAs are notable because they allow all players and coaches to hit the practice field together. While no live contact is permitted, teams are allowed to run 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills during OTAs.

    While several teams have yet to start OTAs, there were plenty of notable storylines that emerged during the first day of organized team activities around the NFL. Here are the top five storylines from Monday’s slate of practices!

    Rashee Rice Attending Chiefs’ OTAs

    Following a fantastic performance during his rookie season, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice has had quite an eventful offseason. In late March, Rice was involved in a car crash and is facing eight charges for the incident.

    Earlier this month, Rice allegedly hit a photographer at a nightclub. While his status is up in the air for the start of the regular season, he’s still participating in OTAs. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Rice is in attendance as the Chiefs begin full-team practices.

    Justin Jefferson Not in Attendance at Vikings’ OTAs

    While several other top wide receivers have received massive contract extensions this offseason, Justin Jefferson is still waiting to sign his new deal. According to Schefter, Jefferson was not in attendance as the Minnesota Vikings began OTAs on Monday.

    As the price of WR contracts continues to skyrocket, Jefferson is deservedly waiting for his new deal. Given the elite level of production through his first four NFL seasons, many believe that his new deal will completely reset the market.

    Aaron Rodgers Returns to Action on the Field

    There was a ton of hype surrounding the New York Jets last season due to the arrival of superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Then, Rodgers suffered a season-ending Achilles injury within just a few snaps of starting his career in Gotham City.

    Yet, in a certainly welcome sight for Jets fans, Rodgers was spotted throwing one of his patented sidearm passes to rising star wide receiver Garrett Wilson. Thanks to a much-improved offensive line, Rodgers and the Jets should be in much better shape in 2024.

    Bryce Young Drawing Early Praise From Dave Canales

    After struggling during his rookie season, Carolina Panthers quarterback Bryce Young is quickly impressing his new head coach, Dave Canales.

    The Panthers likely hired Canales due to his tremendous work rebuilding Geno Smith and Baker Mayfield. Now he’ll focus on bringing the best out of Young, who has already drawn praise from Carolina’s first-year head coach.

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    Canales stated that Young is doing a “fantastic” job with the early installation of Carolina’s offensive scheme. Young has also praised Canales for his consistency and calming presence.

    DeVante Parker Retiring, What Will the Eagles Do at WR?

    After dealing with a revolving door at the third WR spot last season, the Philadelphia Eagles made several additions at the position this offseason. Yet, according to Schefter, DeVante Parker is opting to retire after signing a one-year deal with the Eagles in free agency.

    While Parker wasn’t a lock to make Philadelphia’s final roster, he was surely the most experienced outside wide receiver behind A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. Now the Eagles could look to free agency again to fill that role.

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    Given his size and experience on the outside, former New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas could be worth considering for the Eagles.

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