Best of Wednesday’s NFL minicamps: Stefon Diggs makes his return

  • ESPN staffJun 14, 2023, 03:00 PM ET

It’s Day 2 of mandatory minicamp for the 21 teams that didn’t start last week, including the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and the entire AFC South — where two of the top three quarterbacks taken in the 2023 NFL draft reside. Bryce Young, the No. 1 overall pick, is also in action with his Carolina Panthers.

Two teams, the New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles, chose not to have mandatory minicamps.

Here are some snapshots, some by ESPN’s NFL Nation reporters who are on the scene, from Wednesday’s minicamps:

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Top news of the day

Bills’ Stefon Diggs back practicing day after his absence

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs is present and participating in the team’s mandatory minicamp practice Wednesday. His attendance comes a day after he was not present at the team’s first minicamp practice.

Lamar Jackson relishing chance to play with ‘legend’ OBJ

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson acknowledged this offseason that he requested that the team sign wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. This week, Jackson has gotten a chance to work with a wide receiver whom he has long admired for the first time. “Odell is a legend to a lot of us [with] what he did early in his career and the [2021 season] when he was with the Rams,” Jackson said Wednesday. “Odell is him, one of those guys.”

Source: Texans’ Maliek Collins to sign 2-year, $23M extension

The Houston Texans will sign defensive tackle Maliek Collins to a two-year, $23 million extension that includes $20 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Bucs’ Lavonte David said emotions got best of Devin White

Inside linebacker Devin White allowed emotions to get the best of him when he requested a trade this offseason, longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers team captain Lavonte David said Wednesday. White reported to minicamp to avoid a holdout, but he isn’t practicing with the team and instead has watched from the sideline. “Emotions got the best of him, but he’s here,” said David, who has mentored White since he was selected fifth overall in the 2019 NFL draft. “He’s ready to work. He’s not ready to go right now but he’s getting himself ready for training camp. I talked to him throughout the whole process.”

Seeking deal, Colts’ Jonathan Taylor wary of how NFL values RBs

Jonathan Taylor has assessed the current economic attitudes toward running backs in the NFL, and the All-Pro is beginning to wonder what it all means for him. The Indianapolis Colts star said Wednesday that recent developments with backs such as Dalvin Cook, Saquon Barkley and others have given him reason for pause as he embarks on his own contract negotiations. Taylor, who is entering the final season of his rookie contract, is guardedly optimistic.

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He’s here. 😁#GoBills | #BillsMafia

— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) June 14, 2023

Lamar Jackson said Odell Beckham Jr. looked smooth in their first practice together

— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) June 14, 2023

With all the focus on Jordan Love, the young pass-catchers and the changing offense, don’t forget the Packers used the 13th overall pick on this guy:

— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) June 14, 2023

CJ Stroud :rocket: Jalen Camp

— DJ Bien-Aime (@Djbienaime) June 14, 2023

Moore catches comin’ your way. @PatrickMahomes x @skyymoore24

— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) June 14, 2023

A look at how Shaq Barrett is coming along in his rehab from a torn Achilles in Week 8. His goal all along has been to be ready for training camp. Coach Bowles told me Barrett is “one of the mentally toughest character guys I know.”

— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) June 14, 2023

Panthers QB Bryce Young takes accountability in all he does, including having a red zone pass batted down today. He also keeps it in perspective.

— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) June 14, 2023

Last day of camp vibes 🕺🕺@cjham28 @AlexMattison22 @d1roy1000

— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) June 14, 2023

What we are hearing

#Titans HC Mike Vrabel said the Patriots joint practices will happen this year. They’ll practice together on that Tuesday and Wednesday before playing each other on Friday.

— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) June 14, 2023

A team-building, no-practice day for Patriots on Day 3 of mandatory minicamp.

There was a sense of finality after Tuesday’s practice. They went through everything, including contingency personnel situations (e.g. backup QB steps in, backup C steps in etc.).

So now, some fun.

— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) June 14, 2023

Colts’ rookie fifth-round pick, safety Daniel Scott, tore his ACL on the last play of OTA’s last week and was placed on the Injured Reserve list today, per source. Scott is now out for the season.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 14, 2023

(2/2) “… and then picked up those conversations after practice. So, let me make it clear, it was not Stef leaving unexcused, he was excused by me, and so those conversations, have got us to a, to what I think and believe is a great spot.”

— Alaina Getzenberg (@agetzenberg) June 14, 2023

👀 from Kirk Cousins today on the recently-released Dalvin Cook: “I’m excited to see where he goes, I’ll always be pulling for him and I’m kind of optimistically hoping maybe we get him back. Who knows. Maybe there is an outside chance. We’ll see.”

— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) June 14, 2023

Best photos

— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) June 14, 2023

QB1 is present for Day 2 of minicamp.

— Ben Baby ( June 14, 2023

Mood for Minicamp Day :v:

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 14, 2023

visor gang or don’t bang

— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) June 14, 2023

The road to recovery💪

— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) June 14, 2023

The Media Day LED set. 🤌

— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) June 14, 2023

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) June 14, 2023


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