Jordy Nelson - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, July 26. Head coach Mike McCarthy said there are no long-term concerns with Nelson, and he's likely to be activated at some point in training camp.
Huddle Up: Since he's nearly had a full year since his preseason knee injury last August, Nelson's receovery looks to be nearly complete, but it would be completely understandable if the Pack played it safe with him this preseason.
Devin Hester - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester was released Tuesday, July 26.
Huddle Up: The age-33-going-on-34 Hester may have another year or two left as a return specialist, but his fantasy-relevant WR days -- what few there were -- are in the rear-view mirror.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is likely in his final year with the Vikings as his salary hikes to $18 million in 2017, and QB Teddy Bridgewater is due for a large salary increase, according to beat writer Charley Walters.
Huddle Up: It just wouldn't seem right seeing Peterson wearing something other than purple, but the combination of his big-$$$ deal and RB age (he turns 32 nextg March) could very well lead to a parting of ways. Given AD's seemingly super-human skills, though, it wouldn't be at all surprising to see him crank out 2-3 more strong seasons -- wherever he's at.
Julian Edelman - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WRs Julian Edelman (foot) and Danny Amendola (ankle, knee) and RB Dion Lewis (knee) were all placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: No surprise here as fantasy GMs are going to have to keep an eye on their progress through camp, and this trio may have to be drafted with leaps of faith and best-guess projections.
Jamaal Charles - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles' workload won't be limited if he's healthy and returns to the player he was before his knee injury, according to beat writer Adam Teicher.
Huddle Up: Andy Reid never has been shy about featuring his lead back, but given Charles' injury history and approaching 30th birthday combined with the skilled backups (Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware) now behind him, there is cause for some ? about J.C.'s overall share of the workload.
Will Tye - TE - New York Giants
New York Giants TE Will Tye is the favorite to start at tight end over TE Larry Donnell, in the opinion of NJ.com's Dan Duggan. TE Matt LaCosse is also expected to compete for the starting job.
Huddle Up: Tye emerged in Donnell's injury absence in the second half of last season, but the best guess right now is that a full-blown TEBC develops and no one N.Y. TE becomes fantasy useful in the majority of leagues.
Josh Doctson - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson will back up WRs DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon on the outside in his rookie season, according to ESPN.com's John Keim. Keim also said Doctson is not expected to see much work in three-wide-receiver sets.
Huddle Up: Doctson was the third WR off the board in the draft, but unlike his fellow first-round wideouts, he's landed with a team well-stocked in pass-catchers -- throwing in Washington TE Jordan Reed -- and his first-year fantasy expectations must be tempered as a result.
Anquan Boldin - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (49ers) is finalizing a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, according to sources.
Huddle Up: For those who were seeing a lot of value in Golden Tate and Marvin Jones stepping in for the Megatron-less Lions, this adds a new wrinkle to the depth chart -- and one which will take targets away from the two aforementioned wideouts.
Jordy Nelson - WR - Green Bay Packers
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) said he was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list because he recently tweaked his other knee, and not his knee that required season-ending surgery last year. Nelson added Week 1 is not in jeopardy, but he does not know when he will be ready to practice during training camp.
Huddle Up: Yikes -- not what Nelson's fantasy owners and Packer Nation wanted to hear, but it certainly sounds like it could've been worse. It's not time to drop Nelson on your WR board, but a little more deep thought needs to take place when weighing him with the other mid-to-low-end WR1s. In the meantime, don't expect to see Nelson much -- if at all -- this preseason.
Colin Kaepernick - QB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) has received medical clearance to participate fully in training camp, according to a source. Kaepernick had a torn left labrum repaired this offseason in addition to surgery on his right thumb and left knee.
Huddle Up: That means we'll have two healthy combatants for what figures to be one of the more intriguing and tightly contested QB battles of August. Let the duel begin ...
Tyler Eifert - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, July 26. Eifert underwent right ankle surgery in late May.
Huddle Up: Certainly no shocker here as Eifert is in real danger of missing early-season games as well. Stay tuned ...
Chase Coffman - TE - Indianapolis Colts
Free-agent TE Chase Coffman (Seahawks) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Indianapolis Colts Tuesday, July 26.
Huddle Up: Indy was in need of tight-end help after losing Coby Fleener in the offseason, but don't count on Coffman suddenly becoming a fantasy factor as he's only totaled 33 receptions in his five pro seasons to date.
Ameer Abdullah - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) did not appear on the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list, suggesting he will be a full-go for training camp following offseason shoulder surgery.
Huddle Up: Good news for the second-year back, who's set to take over as the Lions' No. 1 back this season. Sustained health, though, remain a concern for the 5-8, 198-pound back.
Tyler Eifert - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is reportedly progressing as planned following right ankle surgery on May 27, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Probably about as good as can be hoped for at this point, although that still likely means the tight end will miss some games early in the season. We'll know more as Cincy's camp and preseason progress.
Geno Smith - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Geno Smith remains in line to start with the contract impasse between the organization and free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Head coach Todd Bowles said he is confident in Smith as the starter. 'I think Geno can be a good starter, but he's got to prove it in training camp like everybody else,' Bowles said. 'It's not just about the quarterback position. You got to have a team around that position to play ball, but he's been in the system a year. He has a better grasp of it going into training camp and we'll see what he does.'
Huddle Up: What else can Bowles say at this point with the Fitzpatrick impasse dragging out far longer than expected? If only the fantasy owners of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker could share the same outlook.
Amari Cooper - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said he has a better idea of where QB Derek Carr wants to go with the football this season, and Carr said he is able to throw the ball to Cooper earlier because he knows where Cooper will be. Cooper has appeared more relaxed this season, and retired WR Jerry Rice said Cooper's attitude will help him avoid the drops that hurt him at times as a rookie.
Huddle Up: Sounds like things are lining up for Cooper to take the next step, building on a solid rookie season and teaming with Carr to present one of the league's up-and-coming tandems.
Isaiah Crowell - RB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could reach 1,000 rushing yards this year, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, and Cabot believes Crowell is going to receive a 'bulk' of the carries this season.
Huddle Up: Hue Jackson is the coach, so you know there will be a high volume of carries. If you slot Crowell in the Jeremy Hill role and Duke Johnson playing the part of Giovani Bernard from Jackson's last stop as OC in Cincinnati, Crowell should see the larger portion of a 60/40 split in carries. He'll need to be better than last year's 3.8 yards per carry to reach the 1,000-yard mark, but all indications are he'll be given the opportunity to do so.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is being reinstated by the NFL conditionally, according to a source. He will be suspended for the first four games of the season.
Huddle Up: Huge news for Browns fans and a chance to almost certainly overdraft the wideout who has not played since 2014 and only had five games that year. His last and only big season was in 2013. He'll be a plus to the mix for Cleveland assuming he is still in reasonably good shape. But it is an entirely new Browns offense and scheme that he greets him.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald expects 'better things' from QB Carson Palmer this season because of Palmer's understanding of head coach Bruce Arians' offensive system.
Huddle Up: We can appreciate Fitz's positive outlook, but it'll be the 36-year-old Palmer's fourth season in Arians' system now, and he'll doing well to even approach his career-high numbers (4,671 yards, 35 TD passes) of last season when he finished fifth among fantasy QBs.
Dennis Pitta - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) has been cleared to participate in the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Pitta, who's only played in seven games since the end of the team's 2012 Super Bowl season, still faces a huge uphill climb to resume his career, and if he does, it'll create even more of a TE jumble for the Ravens with Benjamin Watson, Maxx Williams and Crockett Gillmore currently topping the depth chart.
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