Vontaze Burfict - LB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict's (knee) status for the start of training camp is uncertain at this point. Burfict hopes to be ready for camp and does not want to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: The 2013 NFL tackles leader (177 total) was limited to 29 in five games last season due to knee and concussion issues and his status heading into the summer is obviously a major question mark after undergoing microfracture surgery in January. The Bengals, though, have a decent backup plan in place after having drafted TCU's Paul Dawson in the third round. Stay tuned ...
Chris Matthews - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Chris Matthews may be the favorite to win the No. 3 wide receiver job with his favorable size and wingspan, according to NFL.com's Chris Wesseling. WRs Paul Richardson, Kevin Norwood and Tyler Lockett should also be in the mix.
Huddle Up: The 6-5, 220-pound Matthews, a former CFL Rookie of the Year, was a Super Bowl revelation with four catches for 109 yards and a TD, and certainly gives Seattle a another dimension at the position. Still, don't forget that TE Jimmy Graham has been added to the mix in an offense which likes to spread the targets around so definitely temper your fantasy expectations for Matthews or whomever wins the No. 3 gig.
Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons could use a two-back system this season where RBs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman wind up receiving near-equal reps.
Huddle Up: Some fantasy folk got a little carried away after the RB-needy Falcons were able to pick up Coleman in the third round, but definitely don't count out Freeman, who totalled 473 yards and scored a pair of TDs on 95 touches as a rookie last season.
EJ Manuel - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QBs EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel will all have a chance to win the starting job, according to general manager Doug Whaley.
Huddle Up: Another summer, another QB circus for a Rex Ryan-coached AFC East team, and newcomer Cassel and the incumbent Manuel -- likely in that order -- are the favorites.
Robert Griffin III - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III can't blame his regression on injuries, according to former coach Mike Shanahan. 'I don't think getting hurt has anything to do with it,' Shanahan told WJFK in Washington Friday. May 22. 'I think what you do is you rehab yourself and you get better. ... You don't have to have great running ability to run the read-option. You have to be able to know when to slide, when to throw the football away, depending on if you're running or passing.'
Huddle Up: The problem for Griffin lies not with what his former coach thinks, but what his current coach thinks and the QB is going to have to show some definite signs of improvement in training camp and the preseason to win the trust of Jay Gruden.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson once again has drawn praise from Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer -- this time for his route-running improvements. Patterson has worked extensively this offseason to become a better receiver from a technical standpoint.
Huddle Up: The rave reviews in May are one thing, but on-field fantasy production in the games that count is another and Patterson is going to have regain the trust of all the fantasy GMs he burned with last season's disappointing disaster.
Torrey Smith - WR - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith was a featured part of the offense during practice last week, connecting with QB Colin Kaepernick on several plays and catching a touchdown from QB Blaine Gabbert in the red zone.
Huddle Up: With his speed and Kaepernick's big arm, Smith has plenty of fantasy potential -- especially given that the Niners are in need of reliable offensive weapons after parting ways with mainstays Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree earlier this offseason.
Charles Sims - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is viewed very highly by coaches, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Sims didn't make a start last season as a rookie but finished with 66-185-1 rushing and 19-190 receiving over the final eight games. He's mainly been viewed as a third-down, change-of-pace option, but that might not be the thinking of the Bucs' second-year coaching staff which drafted Sims and not former first-round pick Doug Martin.
Andre Johnson - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Andre Johnson will play a significant part in the Colts' offense this season, according to ESPN.com's Mike Wells.
Huddle Up: While the soon-to-be 34-year-old Johnson certainly isn't as explosive as he once was, it's easy to foresee the the wideout filling the 2012-13 Reggie Wayne role and leading the Colts in targets and receptions having caught at least 85 passes in six of his final seven seasons in Houston.
Ty Montgomery - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Ty Montgomery's explosion stood out in rookie minicamp, head coach Mike McCarthy said. Team scout Sam Seale compared Montgomery to a bigger version of WR Randall Cobb.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick is buried somewhat on the WR depth chart right now, but the Cobb comparison is intriguing and Montgomery has ample sleeper potential, particularly in dynasty leagues.
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.
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