West Virginia WR Kevin White is visiting with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, April 21.
Huddle Up: The Bears are a bit of a wild card, picking seventh overall in the first round, but a WR is certainly near the top of the franchise's draft wish list after trading away Brandon Marshall to the Jets.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains a candidate to be traded, and a source close to the situation believes that if he isn't traded before or during the 2015 NFL Draft next week, that he will remain in Minnesota. The Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the mix for Peterson, and the source didn't include the Oakland Raiders, who had been mentioned in previous reports as a possible candidate. Peterson is under contract for three years and $43.25 million, but none of the money is guaranteed. The Vikes may be hard-pressed to receive a late first-round pick for Peterson, because of his age (30).
Huddle Up: Each of the seven teams certainly need RB help, and with this many involved there's a decent chance one of them will overpay a little and come up with a deal to the Vikes' liking After all, it only takes one ...
Philip Rivers - QB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers has been present for the start of off-season workouts this week, as expected. It is business as usual for Rivers.
Huddle Up: Rivers played through a nagging rib issue and finished ninth among all QBs with 349 fantasy points a season ago, but the trade rumors linking the 33-year-old QB with the Titans aren't going away so see where Rivers and the Bolts stand after we get through the draft.
Alex Smith - QB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (spleen) was medically cleared for the start of offseason practice, Monday, April 20. The Chiefs don't begin full-squad practices until May, 26.
Huddle Up: Smith, as you may recall, missed the Chiefs' regular-season finale with a lacerated spleen, ending his late-season run in which he posted his three highest passing-yard totals of the year in Weeks 14-16. Overall, Smith finished the season as a low-end QB2 with with 267 fantasy points, but his stock is on the rise with the Chiefs adding FA WR Jeremy Maclin and also exploring other wideout options in the draft.
A.J. Green - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he's not in a hurry to get a new deal done, even though he's in the final year of his current contract. 'I'll just focus on football, and everything else will take care of itself.'
Huddle Up: Hampered by a toe injury, Green missed three games last season and finished with a career-low 1,041 receiving yards and six TDs while placing 21st among all fantasy wideouts (140 points). He then missed Cincy's wild-card playoff loss with a concussion. If he can avoid similar maladies, look for a bounce-back season and a return to WR1 status in 2015 -- new contract or not.
Carlos Hyde - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde has reportedly dropped his weight near 220 pounds. It's the lightest he's been since his days at Ohio State University.
Huddle Up: Hyde rushed for 333 yards and four TDs as a rookie last season backing up Frank Gore, but he's now the man in San Fran -- teaming with complementary FA signee Reggie Bush -- with Gore gone to Indy, and he'll be a popular RB2 selection in drafts this summer.
Dennis Pitta - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) is participating in the team's voluntary conditioning program that started Monday, April 20. Pitta's career remains in doubt after fracturing his right hip twice in the past two seasons and the Ravens don't expect to know his availability for the 2015 season until the summer.
Huddle Up: Even if he returns to full health for the start of the 2015 season Pitta won't have nearly the fantasy value with Gary Kubiak's tight end-friendly offense relocating to Denver in the offseason.
Zach Mettenberger - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger was applauded by TE Delanie Walker for recently organizing practice sessions. Walker said he's excited about Mettenberger showing leadership and initiative, adding that Mettenberger could be the franchise quarterback the Titans need.
Huddle Up: We'll find out April 30 if the Titans agree with Walker's assessment, but in the meantime Mettenberger is doing all the right things if he is to take the helm for the Titans in 2015.
Tim Tebow - QB - Free Agent
Free-agent QB Tim Tebow (Patriots) officially signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, April 20. Financial terms were undisclosed.
Huddle Up: Chip Kelly. Tim Tebow. Even if he never takes a snap, this could very well be the most talked about coach/QB tandem of 2015--and likely in inverse proportion to Tebow's actual fantasy value.
Cody Latimer - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer believes he has already improved this offseason after participating in QB Peyton Manning's Duke passing camp. 'I got a lot of repetitions; I am faster than I was [last season], shiftier,' Latimer said. Latimer's counterpart, WR Emmanuel Sanders, has already heaped praise on him. 'He's a special player. He has strong hands, the physical tools. I think this is going to be the year he jumps onto the map.'
Huddle Up: Latimer has said he wasn't ready for Peyton Manning's offense last year, spending too much time thinking instead of reacting. So any additional time he can spend getting on the same page with Manning will only help him once the games start to count.
Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel reported for the first day of voluntary workouts Monday, April 20.
Huddle Up: It's Johnny Football's first action since his stint in rehab--and Manziel's first opportunity to stake his claim to Cleveland's open QB job.
Antonio Brown - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is seeking a new contract and could hold out from minicamps and training camp, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Tis the season for veterans to find a way out of minicamps. Brown is too valuable not to get paid--especially given what the Steelers have invested in Ben Roethlisberger. And so long as Brown is back catching passes from Big Ben by training camp, all is good.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is absent for the beginning of the team's voluntary workouts this week.
Huddle Up: Dez is exercising what limited leverage he has, having been franchise tagged. He'll show up when the Cowboys give him the long-term deal he seeks--or just in time to start collecting on the $12.8 mil franchise deal.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has a $250,000 offseason bonus in his contract for participating in all mini-camps, all organized team activities and reporting to training camp on time. The first day that has implications on that bonus is May 26 when OTAs begin.
Huddle Up: That's a drop in the bucket for someone who was paid a whole lot of money to not play much football last year, not to mention someone who is due more than $12 million this season. Peterson is going to have to show up to collect, however, or convince another team to make a trade offer the Vikings deem worthy. T-minus 36 days until the showdown...
Miami (Fla.) WR Phillip Dorsett will visit with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, April 20, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Dorsett is a late-second- or third-round talent who's climbed the WR board with his sub-4.35 40-yard dash times, and he would give the Eagles the deep threat they're currently lacking after the team has parted with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin over the last two offseasons.
Tim Tebow - QB - Free Agent
Free-agent QB Tim Tebow (Patriots) is expected to sign a 1-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, April 20.
Huddle Up: Just when you thought things couldn't get more intriguing in Philly, Chip Kelly's Crew goes and adds the lightning rod known as Tim Tebow, giving the Eagles another QB to go along with Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley. Tebow, who last played in a regular-season game in 2012 with (Sanchez) and the Jets, has been out of football since being cut by the Patriots in the 2013 preseason. He's in a good situation with Kelly's offense and will be able to participate in the Eagles' entire off-season program but still faces a long road to making the final roster, let alone earning any regular-season PT.
Peyton Manning - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning won't be forced into a playbook that doesn't suit his gifts, according to head coach Gary Kubiak, and Kubiak added that it has been easy to mix his playbook with the playbook Denver used last season.
Huddle Up: Yeah, don't expect the 39-year-old Manning to be running a lot of play-action rollouts but do look for more running from the Broncos overall with a FB a part of the regular lineup istead of a third WR.
Brandin Cooks - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks is set to be atop the depth chart with WR Marques Colston to enter the 2015 season.
Huddle Up: Cooks averaged six touches and 62.3 yards from scrimmage with four total TDs in 10 games last season in a rookie campaign cut short by a wrist injury but definitely look for much more from the second-year wideout with the Saints' perennial top target -- TE Jimmy Graham -- over the last few seasons now in Seattle.
Drew Stanton - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton could be limited during offseason workouts since he is recovering from a knee injury.
Huddle Up: Stanton was limited to 1,711 yards and seven TD passes in nine games -- including eight starts -- this past season, but if all goes according to plan, he won't start a game this coming year, resuming a backup role behind hopefully healthy veteran Carson Palmer.
Louisville WR DeVante Parker is an option for the Miami Dolphins with the No. 14 pick in the first-round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins have second-year wideout Jarvis Landry and acquired Kenny Stills from the Saints but could certainly use an elite No. 1 WR, and Parker would fill the bill.
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