Jadeveon Clowney - LB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is expected to return to the field Monday, Aug. 17, according to Texans head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: Clowney is recovering from microfracture surgery and his availability for Week 1 is still unclear. However, it's a positive sign that he's expected back soon. Clowney's presence makes an already strong Texans' defensive front even more formidable.
Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones (knee) had to sit out the final portion of training camp Sunday, Aug. 2, after tweaking his knee.
Huddle Up: Doesn't sound too serious, but with Jones competing for the third-down back role--and perhaps more--in Washington it would behoove him to get back on the field and get some reps.
Reggie Bush - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush was held out of training camp for the second day in a row Sunday, Aug. 2. 'I'm not going to wait to see Reggie tired and (then) give him a break,' head coach Jim Tomsula said. 'He's been doing this for a long time. Our goal is to not get Reggie tired. He's in shape.'
Huddle Up: Bush should be the third-down back in San Francisco, but if they're already pacing him in early August there's no reason to think they'll be asking much more from him once the games start to count.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was reportedly involved in an altercation with CB Tyler Patmon during training camp Sunday, Aug. 2.
Huddle Up: Bryant took umbrage to Patmon's extended bump off the line of scrimmage and the two came to blows. Eventually cooler heads prevailed, as they often do.
Terrelle Pryor - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor took reps with the first-team offense during training camp Sunday, Aug. 2.
Huddle Up: At 6-4 and 230 pounds, the former QB has the size and athleticism to make a successful transition, and he's definitely with the right team as the Browns are desperate for play-making WRs following Josh Gordon's troubles. Certainly a player to keep tabs on the next few weeks.
Trent Richardson - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson is likely competing with undrafted rookie RB Michael Dyer for a spot on the 53-man roster, and NFL.com's Ian Rapoport puts Richardson's chances of making the final roster at 50-50.
Huddle Up: In a word: Yikes! If T-Rich hasn't reached rock bottom yet, he's getting awfully close.
Ryan Mallett - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett worked with the first-team offense Sunday, Aug. 2, after QB Brian Hoyer worked with the first-team Saturday, Aug. 1. 'Whenever he (Bill O'Brien) feels like someone is ready to be named the starter, that's what he'll do, and whatever way it goes, I have really a lot of trust and faith in him,' Hoyer said. 'Whatever he decides will be best for the team.'
Huddle Up: This figures to be a tight battle, but outside of two-QB leagues -- and even in those the Texans' starter will be scraping the bottom of the barrel -- it'll be a derby contested well below fantasy radar range.
Marlon Brown - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Marlon Brown (back) is regarded as day-to-day.
Huddle Up: Brown, who's trying regain his 2013 form when he caught 49 passes for 524 yards and seven TDs, has drawn his share of offseason praise, but he can't afford to miss too much time as he's battling a host of other young wideouts for one of the team's backup wideout spots.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed is ready to shed the narrative that he is injury prone. Reed has missed a total of 12 games over his first two seasons in the NFL. 'Right now I'm staying positive and I feel like the injuries are in my past and I'm moving on,' Reed said. 'I just need to focus on maintenance of my body. I won't let nagging injuries catch up to me. I've made some changes, and I'll be ready,' said Reed.
Huddle Up: When he's on the field, Reed is usually involved, averaging 6.2 targets and 4.8 receptions per game, and he's one of the low-end TE2s/high-end TE3s who has the talent and upside to make some fantasy noise if -- and here's the qualifier again -- he can stay healthy. He's certainly worth a deep-league flier if you're desperate for TE help.
Geno Smith - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Geno Smith and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick have not thrown interceptions thus far in training camp, but Smith is still the leading candidate to open the year as the starter.
Huddle Up: Make that a "very early lead" as the Jets are still two weeks away from their exhibition opener. Expect plenty of ups, downs and N.Y. media-led drama as the battle plays out over the next few weeks.
Sam Bradford - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) was cleared for 11-on-11 drills Sunday, Aug. 2, and "went all out" in practice, according to reports, and wasn't even wearing a brace on his twice-surgically repaired left knee.
Huddle Up: Sounds like a promising start for the QB who hasn't taken a regular-season snap since midway through the 2013 season. Let's see how the rest of camp and the early preseason goes, but if you're drafting soon, Bradford carries a lot of current value with an ADP of 169 as the 25th QB coming off the board on average.
Martavis Bryant - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant will undergo a procedure for an elbow infection that will cause him to miss the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Aug. 9, against the Minnesota Vikings. He is expected to be sidelined for seven to 10 days because of an infection caused by an ingrown hair.
Huddle Up: It doesn't sound like it will be anything more than a temporary setback for Bryant, who is looking to build on his impressive 26-549-8 season a year ago and nail down the Steelers' No. 2 WR role.
Stephen Hill - WR - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers WR Stephen Hill (knee) has torn the ACL in right knee and will miss the 2015 season. The wideout, who was carted off the field Saturday after attempting to make a catch across the middle during an afternoon practice, was waived by the team Sunday, Aug. 2.
Huddle Up: More misfortune and another missed opportunity for the 2012 second-round pick of the Jets, who had impressed during offseason OTAs and was battling for a backup WR spot. Hill caught 45 passes in two seasons in N.Y. before spending last season on the Panthers' practice squad.
Breshad Perriman - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman may take more time than the team initially hoped he'd need to recover from a bruised knee. The injury is still not regarded as long-term at this point.
Huddle Up: Every day missed is costing the rookie valuable reps, and Perriman likely could a few more than the typical first-round pick as he's making the transition from a non-power conference school (Central Florida) to the NFL.
Jamison Crowder - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder has stood out in training camp, and he was on the receiving end of a 50-yard pass from QB Kirk Cousins on Friday, July 31. 'He has done a great job,' head coach Gruden said. 'He's very smart. He went to Duke and understands the passing game, understands route concepts. He has got good, strong hands, [is] very quick in and out of breaks. But he does have a role as a punt returner, for sure.'
Huddle Up: The fourth-round pick sounds like a deep-league sleeper to keep an eye on the Washington WR depth chart is wide open once you get past DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.
Jeremy Maclin - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin caught a long pass from QB Alex Smith on the second play of training camp Saturday, Aug. 1, and he caught a few more deep balls during the day. 'We've got a new weapon,' Smith said. 'We've got to test it out a little bit. We've known for a while what we've got with him.'
Huddle Up: The Maclin-K.C. match is an intriguing one to say the least as the big-play wideout had seven receptions of 40 or more yards last season -- more than double the total (3) of the entire K.C. team.
Brandon Boykin - CB - Philadelphia Eagles
The Pittsburgh Steelers acquired CB Brandon Boykin from the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Aug. 1, in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Eagles could receive a fourth-round pick depending on Boykin's playing time, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Boykin is one of the better slot corners in the NFL. He instantly upgrades a Steelers' secondary that struggled badly last season. Chip Kelly continues to reconstruct the Eagles under his watch.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo took some first-team reps at training camp Saturday, Aug. 1. QB Tom Brady worked with the starters during every period of practice, but Garoppolo took a 'few snaps,' according to James Palmer of NFL Media.
Huddle Up: This should be expected with Brady's four-game suspension still up in the air. Garoppolo would start if Brady is out for those four games. He would be a sneaky low-end start and daily league play.
Breshad Perriman - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) is considered day-to- day with a bruised knee. Perriman has missed two practices in a row because of the injury.
Huddle Up: It's never good when a rookie misses practice time but the injury doesn't appear to be serious. Perriman is still on track to open the season opposite Steve Smith as one of the Ravens' starting receivers. He currently has a Round 8 ADP.
Melvin Gordon - RB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has struggled with pass protection through the first three days of training camp.
Huddle Up: Gordon played at Wisconsin where they sometimes punt on third and long, so it's not surprising he's struggling in pass protection. This could impact his fantasy value, however. Danny Woodhead is healthy again and likely to resume his role as the third-down back. Gordon will see the bulk of the early down work but if he can't pass protect, Woodhead will be on the field a lot as well.
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