Hakeem Nicks - WR - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans WR Hakeem Nicks blamed Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton's scheme for his down season in 2014. Nicks had 38 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns. Nicks feels comfortable in his new system in Tennessee. 'It's more one-on-one, trips backside, vertical throw, shallow-cross game, that's more of my style if you look at my past history, where I excelled,' Nicks said.
Huddle Up: A good carpenter never blames his tools... or in this case, the blueprint. On the bright side Nicks has found an offense he's more comfortable in, and he may wind up being a popular downfield target for Titans rookie Marcus Mariota.
Jeremy Hill - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill is likely to see a majority of the reps in the backfield over RB Giovani Bernard, according to beat writer Paul Dehner Jr.
Huddle Up: This should come as no surprise, as Hill took over the lead role in Cincy's backfield last season. If anything Hill will see an even greater workload, with Gio spotted more from scrimmage and used in the return game as well.
Giovani Bernard - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard might see an expanded role as a punt returner this season. He returned two punts for touchdowns in college, and was working as a returning the preseason in his rookie season before his running back role expanded. If he sees fewer snaps playing alongside RB Jeremy Hill it might open up an opportunity for Bernard on special teams.
Huddle Up: While Hill is definitely the lead dog in Cincinnati, it makes sense to find ways to get the ball in the hands of a playmaker like Bernard. Given his experience with punt returns and his diminishing role from scrimmage, this move makes sense for the Bengals. Bump Gio up a shade if your league scores return yardage and touchdowns.
Doug Martin - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin was confirmed as the team's lead back Monday, Aug. 3, by head coach Lovie Smith. 'We talked about being able to establish the run. Doug will be the lead guy doing that, so it's very important that we open up some holes and let him do his thing,' Smith said via the Tampa Bay Times.
Huddle Up: Martin has only totaled 1,080 total yards and three TDs in 17 games since rolling up 1,926 yards and 12 TDs in 16 contests as a rookie in 2012, and Smith and the Bucs are banking on a rebound season with some help from a (hopefully) improved offensive line. If you're a believer, Martin can be had at a bargain price as he's currently going 34th among RBs with an ADP of 109.
Elvis Dumervil - LB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens LB Elvis Dumervil (knee) missed a fourth straight practice Monday, Aug. 3, as he continues to recover from knee tendinitis.
Huddle Up: Dumervil matched his career high with 17 sacks last season, but age is starting to creep up on the pass-rusher as he'll turn 32 in January. Let's see if the Ravens start cutting down on his reps and snaps once he returns to keep him fresher.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones said Monday, Aug. 3, his agent and the team have been discussing a contract extension, but he didn't have an update. 'I don't know,' Jones said. 'Seriously, I don'ít know where it's at. I don¬'t know when it's going to be done. I don'ít know if there's a deadline. I don't know what's going on. I'm just here, playing ball,' said Jones.
Huddle Up: The Falcons always have the franchise tag to fall back on next season if they can't get a deal done with the fifth-year stud WR. In the meantime, fantasy GMs aren't exactly worried as Jones is the fourth WR coming off the board in standard-scoring leagues with an ADP of 14.5.
Leonard Hankerson - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson has purportedly been the best wide receiver for the Falcons at training camp so far. Hankerson has shown great hands and made his presence known on the outside and over the middle.
Huddle Up: Knee injuries have limited Hankerson to only 30 catches -- all in 2013 -- in 11 games during the last two seasons in D.C., but with Harry Douglas now gone and Roddy White not getting any younger (he'll be 34 in November), Hankerson has a good chance to earn the No. 3 WR gig -- and possibly more -- in Atlanta if he can stay healthy himself.
Jameis Winston - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston struggled against the blitz in practice Monday, Aug. 3. Winston threw three interceptions in his first five pass attempts.
Huddle Up: Hey, all part of a rookie's job description -- and the more he sees now, the (hopefully) better prepared he'll be for the Week 1 matchup with DC Ray Horton, special assistant Dick LeBeau and the Titans' D.
Bishop Sankey - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RBs Bishop Sankey and David Cobb could lead a running back by committee this season, according to ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky. RBs Antonio Andrews and Dexter McCluster would also be in the mix.
Huddle Up: Sankey totaled 170 touches last season on the high end of a split with Shonn Greene (95 touches) and McCluster (66), and it could be even more of an even split with the fifth-rounder Cobb replacing Greene in the mix. See what develops early in the preseason.
Ace Sanders - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Ace Sanders (Jaguars) was suspended 10 games by the NFL on Monday, Aug. 3, for a second violation of the league's drug policy.
Huddle Up: Hmmmm -- perhaps that's why the Jags parted ways with the 2013 fourth-round pick earlier this summer and no other team has since shown much interest.
David Johnson - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals rookie RB David Johnson is considered day-to-day with a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick pulled up Sunday night on a long run down the sideline and didn't return to practice after being examined by trainers. He also sat out Monday along with starter Andre Ellington, who's also dealing with a hammy issue. That left Kerwynn Williams handling the bulk of training-camp work Monday, but the injuries to Johnson and Ellington aren't regarded as serious. Something to keep an eye on, though, in the desert.
Jermaine Gresham - TE - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (back) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 3. He is expected to be limited during his first few practices.
Huddle Up: Gresham is coming off herniated-disc surgery in March, but it sounds like he's making solid progress. As long as that continues, he should be regarded as the favorite to win the Cards' starting gig.
Josh Hill - TE - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 3, but was present at both of the team's workouts.
Huddle Up: The Saints and Sean Payton are notoriously tight-lipped concerning injuries, so we don't know what the issue with Hill is, but being that he still attended practice suggests it's not anything too serious. Still, more than a few fantasy GMs are a little anxious as Hill is viewed as Jimmy Graham's successor and currently ranks 12th among all TEs in ADP.
Haloti Ngata - DT - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions DT Haloti Ngata (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Monday, Aug. 3.
Huddle Up: The Lions are saying Ngata has a minor injury to his hamstring. He'll be fine. Ngata will be practicing in a day or two.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray hardly practiced Sunday, July 30, but it wasn't because he's not healthy. Murray said he is fine and is trying to do as much as he can for his new team.
Huddle Up: It's interesting that Murray barely practiced even though he's completely healthy. When it comes to Chip Kelly it's best not to try to read too many things into his methods. It will only give you a headache.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (hamstring) will miss practice Monday, Aug 3, with a tightened hamstring. The injury is not serious, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: It's not an issue now but remember Ellington has dealt with injuries in the past, so it's not a great sign. Bruce Arians said he wants Ellington to touch the ball 20 times a game. Ellington can't do that if he isn't healthy.
Michael Johnson - DE - Cincinnati Bengals
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals DE Michael Johnson (knee) will be out four weeks with a grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain.
Huddle Up: It's great news for Johnson and the Bengals. If Johnson is indeed back in four weeks, he'll be on the field when the Bengals face the Raiders and Latavius Murray in Week 1.
Alshon Jeffery - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 3, because he suffered a sprained AC joint in his shoulder over the weekend. The team does not believe Jeffery's injury is serious.
Huddle Up: It looks like the Bears are just being cautious with Jeffery and giving him some rest. There's nothing to be concerned about at this point.
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.
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