Nick Toon - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Nick Toon's snap count will go way up this season, according to head coach Sean Payton. Payton said Toon has been working hard, he understands the system and he has shown progress.
Huddle Up: There's certainly ample room for the 2012 fourth-round pick to improve as he's caught all of 21 passes for 283 yards and a TD in three seasons but Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks figure to remain head and shoulders above Toon in the Saints' fantasy WR pecking order.
Breshad Perriman - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens rookie WR Breshad Perriman said he's taking a mental approach to working on his issue of dropped passes. 'It's really all mental,' Perriman said. 'I talk to myself, tell myself the things that I need to do to complete those passes and just try to step it up a notch more.'
Huddle Up: There are plenty of expectations with the first-round pick stepping in for the departed Torrey Smith, but the fantasy prognosis here at The Huddle is lukewarm at the moment with the rookie from Central Florida ranking as a low-end WR4 at best at 44th on the current 2015 cheat sheet.
Lance Moore - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WRs Lance Moore, Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller and Ryan Broyles will all be candidates for the slot receiver job during training camp. Ross worked with the first-team offense during offseason workouts, but his roster spot is uncertain at this point.
Huddle Up: Even though Moore is with his third team in three seasons and has only caught 51 passes over the last two seasons, he's reunited with former Saints offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, under which he enjoyed his greatest success. With Golden Tate's emergence last season opposite Calvin Johnson, the slot position doesn't carry as much fantasy weight as it would've in recent Lions' seasons past but it's still an intriguing battle to keep an eye on.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas is looking for a deal similar to Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson's deal that averages $16 million per season with $48 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: Thomas has paced all NFL pass-catchers with 654.3 fantasy points over the last seasons, and while all the numbers say he and 2010 draft classmate Dez Bryant certainly have earned a long-term deals, the Megatron contract isn't likely to be approached with the prevailing league opinion seemingly being that an elite WR isn't a key ingredient in the Super Bowl-championship recipe.
Andrew Quarless - TE - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers TE Andrew Quarless will not be released at this time even though he was arrested this past weekend for discharging a firearm in public, according to sources.
Huddle Up: While the Packers aren't necessarily going to discipline Quarless, he could face league punishment, and that could be enough to tip the scales toward second-year TE Richard Rodgers, who is competing with Quarless for the Pack's starting TE gig.
Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) has said all offseason he expects to be ready to go for training camp. He said Tuesday, July 7, that everyone with a say in the matter also feels confident Cruz will avoid the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list when the team reports to camp. 'I don't think PUP will be an option,' Cruz said.
Huddle Up: Great news for Cruz owners, but fully realize that he's coming back to an offense where the whole WR dynamic has changed with Odell Beckham Jr. entering his sophomore season after his standout rookie campaign.
Jason Pierre-Paul - DE - New York Giants
Updating previous items, New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul's injuries from a fireworks accident are not life-threatening, according to sources. Both of his hands were injured in the accident, and he suffered burns on the palm of one hand and the tips of three fingers. His finger is being tested for nerve damage. Doctors don't think there will be any permanent damage to his hands or disfigurement. The Giants are fine with Pierre-Paul playing out the 2015 season on his $14.8 million franchise tag and entering free agency next year. He had a career year in 2014, starting all 16 games and recording 12.5 sacks and forcing three fumbles.
Huddle Up: Other reports indicate that JPP may already have undergone surgery and will not sign his franchise tender until he's ready to play. It's early, but at the moment, it seems likely he'll be able to play Week 1.
Sam Bradford - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford may have his best opportunity yet in Philadelphia under head coach Chip Kelly, according to an anonymous NFL executive. 'If Bradford had gone anywhere else, you wouldn't even be talking about him,' the source said. The executive added that there's hope with Kelly and the Eagles after Bradford's struggles with injuries the past couple years. 'Chip Kelly is the one guy who can make Bradford a success.'
Huddle Up: Between Nick Foles in 2013 and Mark Sanchez in the latter half of last season, Philly QBs have fared just fine under Kelly. Sure it's a small sample size, but compare his current fantasy outlook with the one he would've had with the moribund Rams' passing offense.
Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater said the Vikings still have a long way to go in order to fulfill expectations. 'Right now, we're not as good as what we think,' Bridgewater said. 'We know that the ceiling is very high and the expectation level is very high, not only for the players, but [for the coaches] also. We know what's being asked of us, but we have a long way to go.'
Huddle Up: The Vikes and Bridgewater are trendy sleeper picks -- primarily due to Adrian Peterson joining the mix -- but keep in mind that the QB still has a lot of ground to make up to be fantasy relevant in most standard leagues as his average of 17.6 fantasy points per game barely cracked the QB top 25 last season.
Robert Turbin - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Robert Turbin (hip) may not be ready to play Week 1 as he continues to recover from hip surgery this offseason.
Huddle Up: The Seahawks don't often go to the bullpen behind Marshawn Lynch, but for now it looks like Christine Michael is the handcuff to have if you're cuffing your 'Hawks.
Stevie Johnson - WR - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson is expected to be used as the slot receiver this season and could see increased targets early in the season because of the suspension to TE Antonio Gates. Johnson said he does not care about where he lines up on offense.
Huddle Up: Plenty of opportunity for Johnson to carve out fantasy value in San Diego, especially during the first month of the season when Gates is sidelined.
Trent Richardson - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson lost some weight this offseason and showed some quickness during offseason workouts, according to offensive line coach Mike Tice.
Huddle Up: This story would have more fantasy importance if Tice were telling us Richardson was putting on weight and playing guard for the Raiders. After his showing the past two seasons few if any fantasy owners are banking on Richardson--lighter or not--bringing anything to the fantasy table as a possible backup to Latavius Murray.
Latavius Murray - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray performed well during the mandatory minicamp this offseason, according to offensive line coach Mike Tice. Tice said Murray showed good speed and finish during practices.
Huddle Up: Murray should have every opportunity to claim the Raiders' RB1 gig. If he's able to stay healthy he's demonstrated he has the talent to be successful in that role.
Montee Ball - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball is expected to receive seven or eight carries a game, while RB C.J. Anderson serves as the bellcow with 18 per game, in the opinion of beat writer Troy E. Renck.
Huddle Up: Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has been a "play the hot hand" guy before, but at least heading into the season the popular opinion is that Ball will play second fiddle to Anderson. There may be enough of a workload that even Ball's secondary role provides fantasy value, but you certainly can't bank on him being a fantasy factor at this juncture.
Roy Helu - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu had an 'outstanding' offseason and showed good quickness, awareness and hands, according to offensive line coach Mike Tice.
Huddle Up: Helu has averaged 32 receptions a season since entering the league in 2011 and should be the third-down back in Oakland with Latavius Murray as the starter. He's definitely a name that might fly under the radar in PPR drafts.
Jason Pierre-Paul - DE - New York Giants
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) injured his hands in a fireworks accident, according to multiple sources. He was still meeting with doctors after being hospitalized for his injuries, and the extent of the injuries is unknown. The injuries are not believed to be career threatening, according to sources.
Huddle Up: JPP played a full 2014 season after missing five games the previous season and we'll have to wait and see on the prognosis here, but the good news is it doesn't sound overly serious.
Fred Jackson - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson is expected to be the leading candidate for the No. 2 running back job entering training camp. Jackson will have to contribute on the field if he wants to stay with the team since he does not play special teams.
Huddle Up: Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are the other top candidates for the LeSean McCoy's backup role, but the 34-year-old Jackson just keeps rolling along. He's had at least 207 touches in each of the last seasons, but that number seems destined for a dip with the workhorse McCoy now in town.
Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles was given a checklist by offensive coordinator Greg Olson before the Jaguars six-week break in offseason programs. 'A lot of it is him homing in on the protections,' Olson said. 'When he gets back here, we want him to be completely clear on what he's doing at the line of scrimmage in terms of that,' said Olson.
Huddle Up: The second-year QB most definitely has plenty of room to grow after an up and (mostly) down rookie campaign, and given his new weapons (TE Julius Thomas, RB T.J. Yeldon and WR Rashad Greene) he has the room to take a sizable leap forward.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (hip) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp after he was limited during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Watkins brings a wealth of second-year talent and potential to the table but there's suddenly a lot more competition for offensive touches in Buffalo -- LeSean McCoy, Percy Harvin and Charles Clay -- and the QB situation still remains far from ideal so regard him as a low-end WR2 at best right now.
EJ Manuel - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel was called 'timid' by former FS Ronde Barber. He holds the ball,' Barber said. 'He's scared to deliver it when he needs to.'
Huddle Up: After a 6-8 record and a 78.5 rating in 14 starts over his first two seasons, it's time for the 2013 first-round pick to stand up and deliver as he's in a three-way battle to start in Buffalo. And even with all the added weapons in Buffalo, though, whomever the Bills' starting QB is, they're bottom-of-the-NFL-barrel fantasy material.
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