Matt Cassel - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel opened training camp Friday, July 31, as the first-team quarterback.
Huddle Up: The well-traveled veteran remains the front-runner to start in Buffalo, but 2013 first-rounder EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor, who's made an impression this offseason, will get ample August opportunities to show their wares as well. In the end, it may not matter too much for standard--league fantasy purposes, but it should be an intriguing battle to watch, nonetheless.
Joique Bell - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) is making progress in his recovery from injuries, but there is still no timetable for his return, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
Huddle Up: Bell is a RB2 on many draft boards, but each day he misses this preseason is another opportunity for rookie Ameer Abdullah to stake his claim in the Motown backfield.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas ran routes with teammate WR Emmanuel Sanders on Friday, July 31, in practice. Thomas has been eased back into the mix after a contract dispute.
Huddle Up: D.T. has some catching up to do in the team's new offense after boycotting OTAs and minicamp. It wouldn't be shocking, though, to see his workload trimmed a little after attracting a league-leading 184 targets a year ago as the team incorporates more running into 2015 attack, but he still figures to wind up in solid WR1 territory when all is said and done, barring injury of course.
Marques Colston - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (undisclosed) was activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 31, after three days.
Huddle Up: Sounds like the veteran wideout is good to go, but don't get too carried away on draft day as he projects as a low-end WR3/high WR4.
Junior Galette - LB - Free Agent
Free-agent LB Junior Galette (Saints) is sisning a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins on Friday, July 31.
Huddle Up: As might be expected, it's looks to be a low-risk, high-incentive deal for the pass rusher, who's had a rough offseason with a pectoral injury and reported off-the-field issues, but if all goes well he could be a find after recording 22 sacks the last two seasons.
Jameis Winston - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was officially named the starting quarterback Friday, July 31, by Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith.
Huddle Up: Like Thursday's Mariota announcement in Tennessee, certainly no stunner here with the No. 1 overall pick, and we can now all start officially looking forward to the Week 1 clash in Tampa between the draft's top two selections. Both currently are going in the QB2 range, with Winston currently owning a 118 re-draft ADP (14th among QBs) while Mariota's is at 130 (17th).
Jay Ajayi - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi left practice Friday, July 31, with an apparent right shoulder injury.
Huddle Up: No immediate word on the severity of the injury, but it's not the way the fifth-round pick -- who already slipped in the draft because of health concerns -- wanted to hit the ground running in South Beach. Many have penciled him in as the No. 2 RB and possible goal-line back behind starter Lamar Miller, but let's see about this shoulder issue first and then go from there.
Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
Updating an ongoing story, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $87.6 million. He'll receive $21 million in signing bonus money and $60 million guaranteed in total.
Huddle Up: You knew it was just a matter of time before the Seahawks inked Wilson. Now the team can get back to the matter of returning to the Super Bowl--with Wilson comfortably at the helm.
Ryan Tannehill - QB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has looked sharp so far in training camp, according to Chris Perkins, of the Sun-Sentinel. Tannehill's accuracy has improved, which is an indication of enhanced footwork.
Huddle Up: Expectations continue to grow for Tannehill, as the Dolphins have surrounded him with dynamic receivers and are putting together a solid offensive line in front of him to give him time to throw. Positive reports on Tannehill only help his fantasy stock, as well as those of Jarvis Landry, Jordan Cameron, and the rest of the Phins' fantasy prospects.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant said his new contract won't change the way he approaches the game. 'It's no pressure, man,' Bryant said Thursday, July 30. 'It's no pressure. That deal don't make me. It don't make me. I play this game because I love this game.'
Huddle Up: The new contract carrot would have been nice to wave in front of Dez this year, but fantasy owners will trade that for the security of knowing he won't be holding out.
Martellus Bennett - TE - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett said he isn't worried about his production declining because of the time he missed while protesting his contract. 'Some terminology and still learning some things like that, but overall… I don't think anyone has the offense down,' Bennett said Thursday, July 30. 'I may be a leg behind, but I'm a pretty quick learner.'
Huddle Up: Should we be more concerned that none of the Bears have the new offense down yet? Nah. With first-round pick Kevin White still shelved Bennett will have plenty of opportunities to ensconce himself as Jay Cutler's number two target behind Alshon Jeffrey.
Sam Bradford - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford has been working with WR Nelson Agholor, and Agholor said that Bradford has been 'moving great' and 'looking healthy.'
Huddle Up: With a new team and new coach, having not taken a meaningful NFL snap in nearly two years and entering a contract year, the former No. 1 overall pick is one of 2015's most intriguing players -- fantasy or reality. And if things pan out in Philly, Bradford will be a late-round steal with a current ADP of 152 -- ranked 21st among all QBs.
Jason Pierre-Paul - DE - New York Giants
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul has not reported to training camp as he continues to rehabilitate from a finger injury, much to the dismay of owner John Mara. Mara said he's disappointed Pierre- Paul has not shown up, adding that the Giants have a solid training staff that could help Pierre-Paul and he would be able to learn the new defense. "We don't know how extensive the damage is right now," Mara said at a press conference Thursday, July 30. "That is the problem. I don't (even) know how many fingers he has."
Huddle Up: JPP, who led the team with 12.5 sacks a year ago, has kept the Giants -- and just about everyone else -- in the dark about his condition since his Fourth-of-July-weekend fireworks mishap. And every day that he remains apart from the team incrementally increases the likelihood that a disappointing season is going to be the net result.
DeVante Parker - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (foot) has no timetable for his return from the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach Joe Philbin on Thursday, July 30.
Huddle Up: The first-round pick just had foot surgery -- his second within the last year -- and the last thing the Dolphins are going to do is rush him back and risk a re-aggravation. That could mean that many fantasy GMs will have to draft Parker without seeing him suit up in as much as an intrasquad scrimmage. Still, there's some value to be had as he currently owns an ADP of 79 -- ranking 32nd among all WRs.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be eased into training camp as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury. Beckham recently said the hamstring feels better than it did earlier this offseason.
Huddle Up: No rush for the second-year stud, who missed the first six games last season with a balky hammy. In the meantime, though, we have a sneaky feeling a few more folks are going to stay tuned to his progress this time around.
Isaiah Crowell - RB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell and QB Josh McCown had trouble exchanging the football more than once early in practice Thursday, July 30. Crowell also struggled securing the football in his rookie season.
Huddle Up: The undrafted Crowell, who started four games as a rookie last season, has the No. 1 gig to lose, but he can't afford too many miscues given that RB might be the deepest skill-position group on the team with fellow second-year back Terrance Williams and highly-touted rookie third-round pick Duke Johnson also in the mix.
Steven Jackson - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Steven Jackson (Falcons) posted his desire to join the Dallas Cowboys on Twitter on Thursday, July 30.
Huddle Up: Jackson, who rushed for 1,250 yards during his two seasons with the Falcons after eight straight 1,000-yard campaigns with the Rams, just turned 32 last week but undoubtedly would look a few years younger running behind Dallas' talented offensive front. The 'Boys, meanwhile, insist they are fine with Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar, but that could change in a hurry should a serious injury strike or the ground game gets off to a sordid start.
Andrew Quarless - TE - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers TE Andrew Quarless has not reported to training camp, and the Packers still don't know when he will do so. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Quarless is dealing with a difficult family situation and that he'll be gone as long as he needs to be. Quarless was arrested and charged earlier this month for firing a gun, but that seems to be unrelated to his current situation.
Huddle Up: In meantime, the fantasy prospects of second-year TE Richard Rodgers -- who had 25 catches for 273 yards and three TDs as a rookie, including the playoffs -- are looking better and better.
Dorial Green-Beckham - WR - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham likely will be limited during the early part of training camp since he missed offseason workouts because of a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: With the likes of Kendall Wright, Harry Douglas, Hakeem Nicks and the troubled Justin Hunter already in the fold, the Titans aren't about to rush the second-round pick. He's definitely a player to monitor, though, as the preseason progresses.
James Jones - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR James Jones (Raiders) is signing a one-year deal with the New York Giants on Thursday, July 30. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Don't look now, but the Giants' deep WR corps just got deeper with the signing of the underrated Jones, who is tied for 13th in the league with 23 TD receptions over the last three seasons, including a team-high six in Oakland last season when he also paced the squad with 73 catches.
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