NFL Minicamps Recap: Notable Returns, QB Controversies, and Edge Rushers on the Mend
The NFL offseason is in full swing, and teams are gearing up for mandatory minicamps after completing voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) in May. As teams prepare for the upcoming season, here are some of the latest updates to keep an eye on.
Several players are making their way back to the field after suffering injuries last season. Damar Hamlin, who suffered cardiac arrest on the field five months ago, was seen fully participating in practice for the Bills. Meanwhile, Washington Commanders' edge rusher Chase Young made his 2023 offseason program debut after tearing his ACL and patellar tendon on his right knee last season. Young says he feels "night and day" different from last year and appears to be in good form during practice.
Many teams are still trying to figure out who their starting quarterback will be for the upcoming season. The 49ers are dealing with a QB carousel as Brock Purdy is still recovering from surgery, leaving either Trey Lance or Sam Darnold to take on the primary role. The Washington Commanders have maintained that Sam Howell will be their starting quarterback, but head coach Ron Rivera has left the door open for Jacoby Brissett to take the job away from Howell. With pressure on Rivera to prove he's the coach for this team in the future, it remains to be seen which quarterback he'd choose.
Edge Rushers on the Mend
In addition to Chase Young's comeback, Leonard Floyd, the new edge rusher for the Bills, is already practicing with the team after signing on Monday. Montez Sweat and Charles Leno also returned to practice with the Washington Commanders after skipping the previous two weeks of voluntary workouts.
As the offseason continues, be sure to stay up to date on the latest news and analysis from mandatory minicamps.