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.
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.
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.
Chris Ivory - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RBs Chris Ivory, Stevan Ridley, Zac Stacy and others could be busy this season, according to head coach Todd Bowles. Bowles said the reason he hired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey is because he has a track record of being able to run the ball, at least in his college coaching days. Bowles supposedly prefers a balanced, ball-control offense, which puts more of the onus on the running backs.
Huddle Up: Given the QB situation, it will be no shocker if the Jets are one of the league's most run-heavy teams in 2015. After all, they have been for the last three seasons, finishing in the top six in rushing attempts each year. What bears watching, though, is if any of the top three backs -- Ivory, Ridley or Stacy -- gets enough work to rise above the RBBC level and into solid RB2 territory.
Jadeveon Clowney - LB - Houston Texans
Updating an ongoing story, Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is doing well in his recovery from microfracture surgery. Clowney has been working hard at rehabbing the knee, according to Texans head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: Microfracture surgery is never good news, but Clowney at least got a jump on things, missing the last month-and-a-half of the 2014 season. The progress reports sound promising, but the true tests lie ahead, and let's see what he able to do once training camp and the preseason roll around.
Shayne Graham - PK - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham was released Tuesday, May 19 as free-agent WR Lance Lewis (49ers) was signed.
Huddle Up: So the Saints will again be looking for a new kicker, but don't necessarily target whomever they wind up going with just because of the strong offense-pairing as a New Orleans kicker hasn't finished as a PK1 in most standard-sized fantasy leagues since 2011.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will continue to appeal his four-game suspension, despite owner Robert Kraft saying Tuesday, May 19 that the team will not appeal the DeflateGate discipline levied against them.
Huddle Up: This might actually end up helping Brady's cause, and don't be surprised if the four-game suspension winds up at two after the DeflateGate dust finally settles.
Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne is expected to win the No. 2 running back job behind starting RB Jonathan Stewart. Artis-Payne, a 2015 fifth-round draft choice, should play a significant role in the offense, in the opinion of ESPN.com's David Newton. Rookie RB Brandon Wegher and RB Fozzy Whittaker are likely to compete for the No. 3 job.
Huddle Up: Artis-Payne impressed by rushing for 1,608 yards and 13 TDs last season at Auburn and whomever wins the No. 2 gig could quickly find themselves as the Panthers' lead dog given Stewart's injury history.
Ryan Tannehill - QB - Miami Dolphins
Clarifying a previous story, Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill's new deal includes four new contract years and up to $77 million in new money. The deal is worth $95.27 million over six total years, with options for 2015 and 2016 added in.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins overhauled their offensive line last year and revamped their receiving corps this season. Now they've locked up Tannehill for the next five years with a significant investment. Clearly the team believes in him, which makes it a whole lot easier for fantasy owners to do the same.
Ifeanyi Momah - WR - Free Agent
Arizona Cardinals TE Ifeanyi Momah has a good chance to make the team's final roster following the retirement of TE John Carlson. Momah is likely to make the full-time switch to tight end, after playing wide receiver in high school and college. Momah is expected to earn a spot on the Cardinals' depth chart behind tight ends Troy Niklas and Darren Fells.
Huddle Up: Momah has the size to be an NFL tight end, and it's not as if there is much ahead of him on the Arizona depth chart. If you're into deep deep sleepers, Momah might be worth a late-round dynasty stash.
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