Mike Evans - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans tweaked his hamstring during organized team activities Thursday, May 28. Head coach Lovie Smith said Evans' injury isn't major.
Huddle Up: A common occurrence with players getting back up to practice speed. It doesn't sound like any thing to worry about but something to file away as hammy issues can sometimes linger.
Ryan Mallett - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett has been splitting first-team repetitions in offseason workouts with newcomer Brian Hoyer. 'The tempo (stood out),' said Hoyer. 'You can tell we put a lot of work in and guys were just prepared. There weren't a lot of mental mistakes. Guys came ready to go and it was exciting -- got after it a little bit.'
Huddle Up: Hoyer's edge in starting experience is offset by Mallett's familiarity with the offense, and this looks to be an even battle that will go deep into the preseason before a starter is named. This figures to really matter, though, only in deeper or two-QB fantasy leagues.
Sam Bradford - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) was throwing on the side in individual drills Thursday, May 28, according to Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly said Bradford will begin 7-on-7 drills next week.
Huddle Up: Good news for Bradford and the Eagles as the QB is attempting to come back from another injury, adjust to new teammates and get up to speed in a different offense all at the same time.
Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders indicated he may not be able to put up the same numbers in 2015 than he did in 2014 because of the offense head coach Gary Kubiak is bringing to the team. 'It's definitely different,' Sanders said. 'You talk about going from a no-huddle offense to an offense that's huddling up, to an offense that is predicated off running a football and then throwing it. It's different.' Sanders said his goal is to have 1,000 receiving yards on the season.
Huddle Up: The passing and pass-catching numbers figure to go down across the board in the Mile High City, and if Sanders can settle in around the average of his first season with the Broncos and his final season with the Steelers -- which computes to roughly 84 catches for 1,070 yards and eight TDs -- it would certainly be a success given the new offense.
Matt Forte - RB - Chicago Bears
Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte will attend training camp despite his desire for a contract extension that Chicago has declined to offer. Forte is attending organized team activities.
Huddle Up: Yeah, Forte certainly knows his 30th birthday -- and the perceived defining age for NFL RBs -- arrives in December, but until further notice, there's no reason for any kind of 2015 concern over fantasy's fourth-ranked back last season.
Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (hamstring) sat out organized team activities Thursday, May 28, as he continues to nurse a sore hamstring.
Huddle Up: It's still not even June, but it's something to keep a casual eye on in the coming weeks for fantasy's 16th-ranked WR in 2014.
Denver Broncos OT Ryan Clady (knee) tore the left anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during practice Thursday, May 28, and he is likely to miss all of the 2015 season, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Tough news for the Broncos and the four-time Pro Bowl LT, but it's not necessarily the end of the world for Peyton Manning and the fantasy prospects of the Broncos' offense as Clady suffered a foot injury and missed all but two games of the 2013 season when Manning and the Orange and Blue set a bevy of single-season NFL offensive records.
Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
Updating an ongoing story, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson's agent Mark Rodgers said contract negotiations are positive and encouraging, adding there is no deadline to finalize a deal, during an interview with 710 ESPN radio in Seattle. Regarding the reported philosophical differences between the two sides, Rodgers said, '95 percent of the speculation has been off point.'
Huddle Up: There really is nothing for Seahawks fans and Wilson's dynasty league owners to be concerned about as taking care of and locking up fantasy's No. 6 QB of a year ago remains Seattle's clear No. 1 priority. And while there is no deadline, for a deal to get done sooner rather than later.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson would like guaranteed money in 2016 from the Vikings. Peterson is not participating in organized team activities but is not looking for a trade.
Huddle Up: At this juncture Peterson lacks leverage, but he's staying away from OTAs in hopes of getting the Vikings to guarantee some or all of the $12 million his contract calls for in 2015. The $250K he'll miss out on for not showing up for OTAs is a mere drop in the bucket compared to that--heck, it may not even cover another camel for his next birthday party.
Bishop Sankey - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey has been asked by the team to add some weight this offseason, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. The team would like him to be around 215 to 220 pounds. Whisenhunt said he would also like Sankey to have a full grasp of the offense.
Huddle Up: Whisenhunt's second comment is more disconcerting than the first, as it implies that Sankey didn't have a full grasp of the offense last year. He'll be battling with rookie David Cobb for carries in the Tennessee backfield, and being bigger--while maintaining his speed--would be one way for Sankey to secure a larger share of those touches.
Martellus Bennett - TE - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett is not participating in organized team activities since he is looking for a new contract.
Huddle Up: There was talk of Bennett being traded prior to the draft, but he remains a Bear--at least for the short term. Missing out on reps with a new coach and new offense isn't likely to help him start quickly if the hope is to capitalize on the 2015 season to secure a new contract.
Darren McFadden - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RBs Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle have been splitting reps with the first-team offense during organized team activities this week.
Huddle Up: The Dallas duo will be running behind one of the better offensive lines in football, but they will definitely test the Cowboys' apparent theory that they don't necessarily need a big name back to have success running the football. Meanwhile, fantasy owners get to deal not only with McFadden's injury history but also the dreaded backfield by committee.
Keenan Allen - WR - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen is the second longest tenured wide receiver on the team, other than WR Malcom Floyd. ďHopefully I can take on a leader role along with Malcom. Hopefully I can help the new guys build a connection with Philip (Rivers) and understand the playbook. Iím helping them with the new terminology, and picking up on the words and the lingo. Even though they may have been in similar systems, Iím helping them with the splits and where Phil wants it to be. Iíve grown a lot since I first came here. I donít press as much as I used to. I am under control. It is only two years, but Iíve definitely grown a lot.Ē Allen expects to work out of the slot a lot more in 2015.
Huddle Up: Allen was a mild disappointment last season after a strong rookie campaign, but as one of the senior members of Rivers' receiving corps he'll have plenty of opportunity to bounce back from his sophomore slump.
Lorenzo Taliaferro - RB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens RBs Lorenzo Taliaferro and rookie Javorius Allen will battle for the Ravens' backup running back position this offseason, playing behind RB Justin Forsett. The role could end up being shared, according to ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley.
Huddle Up: A committee for the smaller end of a split backfield? That's not exactly a recipe for fantasy success. Taliaferro flashed at times last season as the bigger back in Baltimore's two-pronged attack, but the fact they drafted Allen suggests the Ravens weren't entirely happy with that performance. The fantasy value here would come if either Allen or Taliaferro emerge as a goal-line back, spelling the smallish Forsett at the stripe.
Philip Rivers - QB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers said Tuesday, May 26, it would be 'awesome' to stay in San Diego but added there is nothing new on the contract extension front. Rivers said he has no expectations as to when a deal could be finalized.
Huddle Up: Rivers wasn't traded on draft day as some rumors speculated, but he still may have qualms about committing long-term to a team that may be moving to Los Angeles. If that means he's more motivated to put up big numbers this season--and thus earn a bigger paycheck next year--that's good news for potential fantasy owners.
Ryan Tannehill - QB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill praised his largely rebuilt wide receivers corps Tuesday, May 26, saying this is the most athletic group he has worked with in the NFL. He also praised them for being natural hands-catchers.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins not only rewarded Tannehill with a fat new contract, they also revamped his receiving corps--apparently to Tannehill's liking. It's another reason to be excited about Tannehill's fantasy potential heading into the 2015 season.
Alfred Morris - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris has been declared the feature back by Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. Washington added third-round draft pick RB Matt Jones, which fueled speculation about Morris' job security. Gruden said Jones adds depth and that it is important to have several capable running backs. Morris said likes the power-running attack that will be mixed into the Redskins' current zone-blocking system. The outside zone plays will not be removed from the playbook, and the new approach will allow Morris to run downhill more frequently. 'I feel I'm better at downhill plays anyway,' he said. 'You know what's coming. It's a knockout, drag-out style of play. I don't shy away from contact. It's right up my alley. I thoroughly enjoy it.'
Huddle Up: The addition of a power game certainly plays to Morris' strengths as a running back, and the vote of confidence from Gruden doesn't hurt his fantasy prospects either.
Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman worked with the first-team offense during organized team activities Tuesday, May 26.
Huddle Up: It's plenty early, but for now at least Freeman is leading Tevin Coleman in the race for touches in Atlanta's backfield.
T.J. Yeldon - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RBs T.J. Yeldon, Denard Robinson, Toby Gerhart and company could see a lot of action this season as head coach Gus Bradley has said the running game will be a point of emphasis in 2015.
Huddle Up: The Jags finished 28th in attempts and 21st in yards last season -- and those numbers/ranks likely will only see significant increases if the Jags can manage to make more games competitive. As for the individual backs, the rookie Yeldon is the J'ville back to target.
Quinton Patton - WR - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton is feeling much better this offseason than he has in previous seasons, largely because of working out with QB Colin Kaepernick this offseason. 'It's benefitted me knowing we're throwing the ball together and he's telling me what he's seeing and I'm telling him what I'm seeing, and just knowing where to be and when I need to be there,' Patton said.
Huddle Up: Patton, who's caught only six passes for 78 yards in 10 games his first two seasons, has a clearer path to playing time this season with only vets Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith ahead of him on the depth chart heading into the summer. See if he's able to hold the spot in camp.
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