T.J. Yeldon - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RBs T.J. Yeldon, Denard Robinson, Toby Gerhart and company could see a lot of action this season as head coach Gus Bradley has said the running game will be a point of emphasis in 2015.
Huddle Up: The Jags finished 28th in attempts and 21st in yards last season -- and those numbers/ranks likely will only see significant increases if the Jags can manage to make more games competitive. As for the individual backs, the rookie Yeldon is the J'ville back to target.
Quinton Patton - WR - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton is feeling much better this offseason than he has in previous seasons, largely because of working out with QB Colin Kaepernick this offseason. 'It's benefitted me knowing we're throwing the ball together and he's telling me what he's seeing and I'm telling him what I'm seeing, and just knowing where to be and when I need to be there,' Patton said.
Huddle Up: Patton, who's caught only six passes for 78 yards in 10 games his first two seasons, has a clearer path to playing time this season with only vets Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith ahead of him on the depth chart heading into the summer. See if he's able to hold the spot in camp.
Tamba Hali - LB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs LB Tamba Hali (knee) said he is feeling good as he recovers from a knee scope he underwent this offseason to remove loose cartilage.
Huddle Up: Hali is entering a contract year trying to bounce back from a six-year low in sacks (6) so keep an eye on his progress throughout the summer.
Antonio Brown - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown did not answer questions on the first day of organized team activities regarding a possible new deal.
Huddle Up: Brown has three more seasons remaining on his 5-year, $42 million deal, and while he clearly is outplaying the contract, procuring an extension could be tricky given the number of years remaining on his deal.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed is experiencing knee soreness after the first day of organized team activities Tuesday, May 26, according to head coach Jay Gruden.
Huddle Up: Yeah, it's May, but this is hardly the game plan for Reed to regain the confidence of his team or fantasy owners after missing a combined 12 games over his first two pro seasons. See how the coming days and weeks go for the TE and see if can at least stay on the practice field.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was not present for the first day of organized team activities Tuesday, May 26. The workouts are voluntary.
Huddle Up: Again, no surprise here, and the date to watch is June 16 -- the start of the team's mandatory three-day minicamp, which Bryant is expected to attend.
A.J. Green - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green would like to sign a contract extension with the Bengals and the team would like to sign him to an extension. Green currently has a fifth-year option worth $10.2 million, which would make him the largest cap hit on this season's team. With next season's strong class of free-agent wide receivers, whichever one signs first, is likely to be surpassed by the rest.
Huddle Up: That group of pending free-agent elite WRs -- which also includes current franchise players Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant -- has created a logjam, and agents and teams alike are waiting to see which wideout signs first and sets the market.
Nelson Agholor - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor possesses the speed, agility, route-running skills and big-play ability to make him an immediate contributor as a rookie, in the opinion of CBSSports.com's Rob Rang. Agholor played in a pro-style offense at the University of Southern California and can line up all over the field. Rang also cites Philadelphia's strong running game as being a positive for Agholor.
Huddle Up: The table is ideally set in more ways than one for the first-round pick as Philly has parted ways with top wideout Jeremy Maclin, leaving the role to the rookie in Chip Kelly's potent offensive scheme. It all adds up to Agholor being one of the most sought-after rookies in fantasy drafts this summer.
A.J. Jenkins - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR A.J. Jenkins (Chiefs) signed an undisclosed deal with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, May 26. Dallas wanted to add a veteran receiver with WR Dez Bryant not taking part in the offseason training program. WRs Terrance Williams and Devin Street have worked with the first team in Bryant's absence, with WR Cole Beasley playing the slot.
Huddle Up: Jenkins, the 2012 first-round pick of the Niners, has caught all of 17 passes for 223 yards and no TDs in his three NFL seasons and will be a longshot to make the Cowboys' final roster even given the team's lack of WR depth.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Updating an ongoing story, the Dallas Cowboys have moved on from the idea of trading for Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, despite persistent rumors, according to The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George. Don't entirely rule out anything when it comes to Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones, George says, but the belief is that the organization is largely content with their current crop of running backs.
Huddle Up: Peterson is now threatening to retire so definitely don't rule out a trade to Big D -- especially if the asking price and Peterson's salary demands start become more favorable if the rift between the RB and the Vikes continues.
Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles is working this offseason on improving his mechanics to become a better quarterback. He attended 3DQB, which specializes in bio-mechanics motion analysis to help improve quarterbacks' footwork and throwing motion.
Huddle Up: Bortles' mechanics and decision-making were certainly in need of upgrades after throwing for only 11 TDs and compiling a 69.5 passer rating and 21.94 QBR last season a rookie, and with his surrounding cast getting a boost this offseason, don't be surprised if Bortles morphs into a solid QB2 as a sophomore.
Antone Smith - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith (leg) is still recovering from a broken leg, but he hopes to be back in the mix by the start of training camp in late July. "The recovery is going pretty good,” Smith said. "I'm up and running. I’m almost full force, but not quite where I need to be. In time, that will take care of itself,” said Smith.
Huddle Up: The Falcons drafted Tevin Coleman to be their feature back, but it's possible Smith could be in the mix for carries. He'll need to be 100 percent by the start of camp, however, and missing off-season activities while recovering from his injury won't help.
Lamar Miller - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi is considered the No. 2 running back at this point and could potentially challenge RB Lamar Miller for the starting running back position.
Huddle Up: Ajayi has the talent to be Miami's every-down back; the concern is whether his knees can hold up. At minimum he'll push Miller, who the Dolphins are far from committed to.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still wants to be traded, according to a source. Peterson intends to skip all organized team activities, which would cause him to lose $250,000 in workout bonuses.
Huddle Up: It's unlikely a $250K loss will hurt Peterson. However, Minnesota also isn't about to give him away so unless they receive an offer they can't refuse he'll have to buck up and honor the same contract that paid him $12 million to sit on his butt last season. And if his holdout stretches past the voluntary part and into the mandatory sessions, the Vikings can go after some of the bonus money Peterson received last year. So this one's far from over.
Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Phillip Dorsett has impressed QB Andrew Luck with his ability to quickly learn the offensive scheme. 'It's definitely not too big for him,' Luck said. 'He fits in very, very well.'
Huddle Up: Dorsett gives Luck a dazzling array of weapons, the problem from a fantasy perspective being there are so many options it's tough for one to consistently stand out. Still, anything Dorsett can do to draw Luck's attention is a good thing.
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.
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