Albert Wilson - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Albert Wilson will be given the first chance to win the starting wide receiver job opposite WR Jeremy Maclin.
Huddle Up: Wilson's main competition figures to be third-round pick Chris Conley with newcomers Jason Avant and Da'Rick Rogers and holdovers Junior Hemingway DeAnthony Thomas and Frankie Hammond also in the mix. Don't expect much fantasy production, though, out of the position unless the Chiefs starting airing it out more.
Phillip Dorsett - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Phillip Dorsett is expected to compete with WRs Donte Moncrief, Duron Carter and Vincent Brown for the No. 3 wide receiver job during training camp. Dorsett is also expected to be a candidate for the kick and punt returner jobs.
Huddle Up: The Colts will be sure to get the speedy first-round pick involved, but don't expect too many fantasy points out of the Indy No. 3 wideout slot given the team's overall abundance of offensive weapons.
Sean Lee - LB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) has been cleared to practice and is expected to participate in organized team activities next week.
Huddle Up: The talented but star-crossed Lee is back for another go-around after missing all of last season as part of a combined 30 missed games over the past three years. Hopefully, he'll at least be able to make it out of OTAs this year.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will have the appeal of his four-game suspension heard by commissioner Roger Goodell after the NFL rejected a motion by the NFL Players Association to have Goodell remove himself from the appeal, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The union gets shot down again as the Commish will see the Brady issue through to the end -- whenever that is.
Frank Gore - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore was made a 'pretty seamless' transition to the Colts' offense and is displaying strong knowledge of the playbook, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.
Huddle Up: A player to definitely keep an eye on as having just turned 32, Gore could be a little undervalued come fantasy draft time because of his age and departure from the only NFL home he's ever known.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension has not been scheduled at this time.
Huddle Up: The drama drags on as fantasy GMs wait to see if there will be any kind of reduction in Brady's 4-game ban.
Marvin Jones - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (foot) should be able to participate in offseason workouts that start next week.
Huddle Up: Jones, who missed the entire 2014 season after a 51-712-10 2013 campaign, will be trying to regain the No. 2 WR gig opposite A.J. Green, and we'll keep an eye on his progress.
Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) will not need surgery on his injured finger and may be able to throw again before the end of offseason workouts, according to his agent.
Huddle Up: That sound you heard was the sigh of relief coming from Raider Nation as the second-year QB can use all the time he can find to adapt to a new offense and build a rapport his shiny new toys, including draft picks Amari Cooper and TE Clive Walford.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains in pursuit of being traded or receiving a new contract and remains away from the organization during voluntary workouts. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN Radio he has a target date in mind of when he thinks Peterson will return to the team, but Zimmer did not give the specific date.
Huddle Up: It isn't out of the ordinary for Peterson to skip voluntary workouts, but then again, this is far from a normal offseason for the RB and the team. The Vikes' first mandatory workouts are scheduled for June 16-18 so that's the next big date to keep an eye on in the ongoing Peterson Watch.
Philip Rivers - QB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers and the Chargers are optimistic about a long-term extension. Rivers had been the subject of trade rumors prior to the NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: With the L.A. rumors still very much in play, the Bolts have a number of big decisions on their plate, and their post-2015 QB situation is certainly one of them. Rivers will turn 34 in December, but with a number of his contemporaries still producing at a high level in their late 30s, Philip is far from done.
Ray Rice - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) could be a consideration for the Dallas Cowboys in free agency, speculates The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota. He cites Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones' willingness to give players a second chance and Dallas' continued search for running back depth. However, Machota notes the chance of Dallas pursuing Rice is unlikely due to Rice's time away from the game, drastic on-field decline in 2013, and Jones having to eventually draw a line in the sand with forgiving off-field incidents.
Huddle Up: Dallas was a possible landing spot that immediately came to mind for Rice, but it sounds like even Jerry Jones might already have enough to deal with without adding Rice.
Carlos Hyde - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is nursing a leg injury and did not practice Thursday, May 21. A timetable for his return was not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The season remains more than 3 months away, but Hyde's durability will certainly be under extra scrutiny this offseason as he's now the man in San Fran.
Justin Hardy - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy is projected as the Falcons' No. 3 receiver behind WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White, according to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.
Huddle Up: Devin Hester, Leonard Hankerson and Drew Davis are also in the mix, but the fourth-round pick out of East Carolina has the build (5-10, 190) and ability to contribute immediately out of the slot and has to be considered the front-runner for the No. 3 role.
EJ Manuel - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel has a firm believer in offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who has said Manuel will not be cut in camp if he doesn't show progress.
Huddle Up: With a 6-8 record as a starter and a 78.5 career passer rating after two seasons, Manuel certainly is facing a critical year with a new coaching regime. And if he can't beat out newcomer Matt Cassel for the starting job, expect the Bills to at least test the trade winds to see what they could get for the 2013 first-round pick.
Steve Smith - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith could see his snaps drop this season, because the team wants to keep him healthy during the season, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
Huddle Up: Smith, who turned 36 a week ago, led the Ravens with 79 catches for 1,065 yards and 6 TDs a year ago but tailed off in the second half of the season. The team spent its first two draft picks on WR Breshad Perriman and TE Maxx Williams but don't be surprised if Smith again manages to lead the Ravens in receptions this coming season.
Melvin Gordon - RB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's four-year rookie deal has $10.669 million guaranteed and includes a $6.019 million signing bonus.
Huddle Up: Even without a contract, Gordon still was able to get in some camp work in with the Bolts and is primed to be one of the first rookies off fantasy draft boards this summer.
Michael Floyd - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd was recognized for his conditioning by head coach Bruce Arians during organized team activities Tuesday, May 19.
Huddle Up: Floyd his career highs with his six TD receptions and his 17.9-yards-per-catch average last season but his targets, receptions and receiving yardage all fell off compared to his 2013 numbers. The Cards' 2014 QB problems shoulder a lot of that blame, though, so don't be surprised to see a mini-rebound season out of the wideout.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) was held out of 11-on-11 drills Tuesday, May 19, during organized team activities. Palmer did, however, participate in 7-on-7 drills. Palmer will wear a knee brace this season as he continues to recover from surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Huddle Up: Expect the Cards will take all precautions with the 35-year-old QB to make sure he's ready and as well-protected for the games that matter.
Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) has a right ring finger injury that could be surgically repaired. A return for training camp is still achievable, however, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Even though Carr isn't likely to miss as much as a training camp practice, the second-year QB still might miss valuable time getting used to the Raiders' new coaches and offense and building an on-field rapport with first-round pick Amari Cooper.
Latavius Murray - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray is looking forward to being the Raiders' starting running back in 2015. 'It's a great feeling, but every day I have to go in there knowing I need to get better every day,' Murray said. 'Every season is a new year for me and it's a year I have to go out and prove something.'
Huddle Up: Murray gained 370 of his 424 rushing yards in the last five games of the 2014 season, averaging 5.2 yards per carry, while all other Silver & Black ballcarriers averaged only 3.2 yards per tote. Still, it's a new offense and new coaching staff and Murray is going to have to prove himself and clearly beat out newcomers Trent Richardson and Roy Helu for the starting gig.
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