The Bears signed Marquise Goodwin.
Goodwin will be a deep threat in Matt Nagy’s offense, and the track-speed receiver should be fresh after sitting out last season as a COVID opt-out. Goodwin could have a pretty big role as a field-stretcher, but it might be difficult to rely on the veteran as a strong fantasy contributor in 2021.
The Saints signed Jalen McCleskey.
McCleskey went undrafted last year and signed with the Falcons before getting cut during the summer, so hopefully a more normal offseason will give him a better opportunity to win a role this year. McCleskey played his first four college seasons at Oklahoma State and finished his career with a fifth season at Tulane, and he was a contributor during all five of his years in school.
The Cardinals have signed Tavien Feaster.
Feaster went undrafted last year, but he’s a name to take note of as a former standout at Clemson and South Carolina. Arizona has Chase Edmonds, James Conner, and Eno Benjamin on the depth chart, so we’ll see if Feaster can show enough to stick around deep into the summer.
Ito Smith has been released.
Smith had flashed over the past three seasons with Atlanta, but the team could potentially have a whole new backfield in 2021. Not turning 26 until the fall, Smith shouldn’t have trouble getting a shot elsewhere this summer, though redraft value is unlikely at this point. Even after signing Mike Davis (and Cordarrelle Patterson), the Falcons could be a team that drafts a running back early later this month.
The Texans signed Anthony Auclair.
Auclair spent the past four years with the Bucs after going undrafted in 2017, and he has a Super Bowl ring to show for it. He’ll now join a Houston squad that’s been adding a bunch of players this offseason and will certainly be preaching competition, so we’ll see if he can win a big role in the Texans offense this summer.
The Falcons are excepted to sign Cordarrelle Patterson.
NFL Network reports that Patterson is on a visit to Atlanta with a deal expected, and now Patterson has tweeted that he’s going to miss his teammates in Chicago, so it looks like something should be finalized very soon. Patterson is obviously an elite weapon on special teams as a kick returner, and he can also contribute on offense at both running back and receiver. This signing is interesting and somewhat reminiscent of when fellow all-time returner Devin Hester joined the Falcons late in his career.
The Steelers re-signed Joshua Dobbs to a one-year deal.
Pittsburgh has a crowded quarterback room behind Ben Roethlisberger with Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins also on the depth chart, but the team likes what Dobbs brings to the table in terms of intelligence and some playmaking ability. It will be interesting to see a potential battle for the No. 3 job in the preseason between Dobbs and Haskins.
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