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  • Marcus Mariota - QB - NFL Draft Prospect
    Posted 3/29/15 9:48pm ET

    Former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is not currently scheduled for a pre-draft visit with the Cleveland Browns, and ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler believes the Browns could be saving one of their 30 in-house visits because quarterbacks coach Kevin O'Connell already has inside knowledge about Mariota from his time as Mariota's private tutor.

    Huddle Up: While it's somewhat of a longshot, the Browns do have the ammo with the No. 12 and 19 overall picks to move up and draft Mariota. And if that happens, it'll be the sixth top three-round pick the franchise will have used on a QB in the last 11 drafts, including three first-round selections in the last four years. Uh, yikes.

  • Colt McCoy - QB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 3/29/15 8:27pm ET

    Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will be the first-team quarterback during offseason workouts, according to head Jay Gruden, but Gruden also said he expects QB Kirk Cousins and QB Colt McCoy to be on the roster when the regular season begins.

    Huddle Up: Another year, same three-ring QB circus in D.C. after Griffin started seven games, Cousins five and McCoy four -- with all three finishing with losing records -- last season in Gruden's 4-12 debut.

  • Brandon Lloyd - WR - San Francisco 49ers
    Posted 3/29/15 8:27pm ET

    Free-agent WR Brandon Lloyd (49ers) has had no conversations with his former team about a new contract.

    Huddle Up: The 33-year-old Lloyd had 14 catches for 294 yards and a TD last season but the Niners seem intent on building a new WR corps around holdover veteran starter Anquan Boldin, adding Torrey Smith while not making a move to retrain (as of yet) Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson or Lloyd.

  • DeVante Parker - WR - NFL Draft Prospect
    Posted 3/29/15 8:27pm ET

    Louisville WR DeVante Parker is set to meet with the Baltimore Ravens in the next few days. He will also meet with the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins in the future.

    Huddle Up: The Ravens certainly can use a new wideout or two with Torrey Smith having signed a free-agent deal with the Niners, but Parker -- widely considered to be one of the top-three WRs available in another strong draft for wideouts -- figures to be long gone before the Ravens' first pick comes up at No. 26 overall.

  • Eddie Lacy - RB - Green Bay Packers
    Posted 3/29/15 2:53pm ET

    Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy will have his touches limited next season in order to keep him healthy during the season, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. 'I'm conscientious of how many times each guy touches the ball, how much each guy plays, especially the running back. I think you have to be smart there,' McCarthy said. McCarthy indicated he is not looking for Lacy to abandon his physical running style.

    Huddle Up: Lacy had 38 fewer rushes and 31 fewer touches this past season than he did in rookie year of 2013 but did more with less, gaining 131 more total yards and scoring two more TDs, lending credence to McCarthy's point.

  • Stevan Ridley - RB - Free Agent
    Posted 3/29/15 2:53pm ET

    Free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is scheduled to meet with a few teams this week. Ridley is expected to receive full medical clearance in around six weeks.

    Huddle Up: Ridley was limited to six games, 98 touches and 360 total yards last season and, pending he gets a medical green light, is aming of the best free-agent backs still available -- a list that includes Chris Johnson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Knowshon Moreno and Pierre Thomas.

  • Michael Crabtree - WR - San Francisco 49ers
    Posted 3/29/15 2:53pm ET

    Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) is not a target for the Minnesota Vikings at this time.

    Huddle Up: After coming back from his 2013 offseason Achilles' rupture, Crabtree has had a so-so 87 catches for 982 yards and five TDs in 21 games and his best option may end up being re-signing with the Niners.

  • Pierre Garcon - WR - Washington Redskins
    Posted 3/29/15 2:53pm ET

    Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon's production slipped last year largely because of instability at the quarterback position, according to head coach Jay Gruden, and Gruden said that he plans to have Garcon's numbers go 'back up' in 2015.

    Huddle Up: Garcon saw his targets drop from 181 in 2013 to 105 last season with the rest of his stat line following suit, falling from 113-1,346-5 to 68-752-3. It would be no surprise if Garcon's numbers climb, but a return to his 2013 levels likely is asking way too much.

  • Jonathan Stewart - RB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 3/28/15 10:55pm ET

    Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart will ideally be limited to 15 carries a game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. The team will look to draft a running back in the 2015 NFL Draft that will likely take eight to 10 carries per game.

    Huddle Up: So much for those dreams of Stewart finally being the Panthers' go-to back, with accompanying fantasy value. On the bright side, limiting his touches may keep the oft-injured Stewart on the field and off the injury report. Probably not, though.

  • DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Houston Texans
    Posted 3/27/15 10:34pm ET

    Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins caught 76 passes for 1,210 yards last year, and among players drafted in the past two seasons, his production was better than everyone except New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. 'We just want to see him continue and progress,' head coach Bill O'Brien said. 'We think he can be one of the best, we think he is one of the best. We have a lot of confidence in him and we're looking forward to seeing him progress when the offseason program starts.'

    Huddle Up: Hopkins finished 14th among all fantasy WRs with 157 points last season but will now have to produce without respected vet Andre Johnson drawing attention on the other side. There's also the continuing matter of the Texans' less-than-ideal QB situation, but despite all the above, Hopkins does have the talent to make a push for WR1 territory this coming fall.

  • Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
    Posted 3/27/15 10:34pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington, who averaged 20.6 touches per game in 2014 before being injured, won't have his role reduced in 2015, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Ellington's role in the passing game may increase, too. Ellington was often limited in practices during the week last year because of his foot injury.

    Huddle Up: Things could change if the Cards use a high pick on one of the backs in the deep incoming RB draft class, but at the very least, the talented Ellington will be pass-catching/change-of-pace back in a two-man platoon.

  • C.J. Anderson - RB - Denver Broncos
    Posted 3/27/15 10:23pm ET

    Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson, who finished 2014 with 648 rushing yards in the last six games, will enter the 2015 season at the top of the running back depth chart, according to new head coach Gary Kubiak. However, competition will be "fierce" for touches in training camp, with RBs Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman still around. Ball vowed 'to get back my job' at the end of last season after landing on the Injured Reserve. Hillman is a wild card, and he has yet to top 106 carries in any one season. RB Juwan Thompson is a possibility as a fullback/running back hybrid.

    Huddle Up: Make no mistake: It's Anderson's job to lose, with Ball and Hillman figuring to be fighting for No. 2, but Gary Kubiak and the new coaching staff want to keep all from getting too comfortable throughout the offseason and camp.

  • Matt Schaub - QB - Free Agent
    Posted 3/27/15 10:23pm ET

    Free-agent QB Matt Schaub (Raiders) could be added by the Atlanta Falcons, as they currently have QBs T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree backing up QB Matt Ryan. New Falcons head coach Dan Quinn didn't rule out signing Schaub, who is familiar with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's systems from his days with the Houston Texans. Schaub also played three seasons with the Falcons early in his career behind QB Michael Vick.

    Huddle Up: Yates just re-upped with the Falcons, getting a one-year deal, but the Falcons would have little to lose in adding Schaub and setting up a camp battle for the No. 2 spot between the two former Texans.

  • Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
    Posted 3/27/15 10:09pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and QB Carson Palmer were finally on the same page last season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

    Huddle Up: Fitz had his three highest yardage totals and both of his TD receptions in games Palmer started last season, and the two 30-somethings are looking forward to having more than six shared contests to work with this coming season.

  • Brian Quick - WR - St. Louis Rams
    Posted 3/27/15 10:09pm ET

    St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick (shoulder) is making progress in recovering from a torn rotator cuff and separated shoulder he suffered last October. Head coach Jeff Fisher has described Quick's injuries as significant and has not disclosed any timetable in regards to Quick's return. Fisher did say that Quick is coming along after a difficult time during the early stages of rehabilitation.

    Huddle Up: Quick only has 54 career receptions in three seasons but hit career highs across the board with a 25-375-3 line in only seven games this past season. He's penciled in as the team's No. 3 wideout for now, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Rams draft a WR.

  • Santana Moss - WR - Free Agent
    Posted 3/27/15 5:06pm ET

    Free-agent WR Santana Moss (Redskins) could re-sign with the Washington Redskins this offseason, but the two sides have not had a lot of talks to this point. The team likely will see what happens during the draft before making a decision on Moss.

    Huddle Up: Moss, who will turn 36 in June, may return to D.C. but he's completely fallen off the fantasy radar with his receptions and receiving-yard totals having been on the wane for the last four seasons, all the way down to 10-116-0 a year ago.

  • Jarrett Boykin - WR - Green Bay Packers
    Posted 3/27/15 5:06pm ET

    Free-agent WR Jarrett Boykin (Packers) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers on Friday, March 27. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.

    Huddle Up: Boykin, who finished with 49 receptions for 681 yards and three TDs in 2013 before being replaced by rookie Devante Adams as the Pack's No. 3 wideout a year ago, should contend for the starting gig opposite second-year stud Kelvin Benjamin.

  • Nick Foles - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 3/27/15 5:06pm ET

    St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said it's the team's intention to draft a quarterback in this year's draft, despite trading for QB Nick Foles in the offseason. Florida State QB Jameis Winston and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota are expected to be off the board when the Rams pick with the 10th overall pick in the first round, but the Rams could also trade up to take one of them. The Rams could also look at the second tier of quarterbacks in this class, which includes Baylor QB Bryce Petty, California-Los Angeles QB Brett Hundley, Oregon QB Sean Mannion and Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson. Petty indicated that he has a visit planned with St. Louis. Rams QBs Austin Davis and Case Keenum will compete for the backup job, and the loser might be on the street if the Rams draft another quarterback.

    Huddle Up: It's hard to see the Rams trading up for Winston or Mariota unless it was only a spot or two, but it's certainly within reason that the franchise would target Petty or a fellow member of the second tier in third or fourth round with Foles still a largely unproven commodity.

  • Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
    Posted 3/27/15 5:06pm ET

    Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers may be regularly in the pistol formation in 2015, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers used the formation often after Rodgers suffered a calf injury in 2014 in order to take stress off his leg. 'I like the pistol,' McCarthy said during a break at the NFL owners meetings this week. 'I think there's a lot of value regardless of the injury to Aaron. I know he likes it. There's a place for it year-round in your offense.' McCarthy hasn't used the pistol formation for a read-option offense, and it's unlikely McCarthy will ask Rodgers to become a read-option quarterback. The pistol formation would add an element of unpredictability to the Packers offense.

    Huddle Up: Pistol formation, under center or in the shotgun, Rodgers will be in strong contention for the title of fantasy's best QB and league MVP as long as he stays fairly healthy.

  • Jay Cutler - QB - Chicago Bears
    Posted 3/26/15 11:28pm ET

    Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will head into the offseason as the team's No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, but head coach John Fox said there will be an 'open competition' at the quarterback spot between Cutler and QB Jimmy Clausen during training camp and offseason workouts. The current coaching staff and general manager Ryan Pace have nothing vested in Cutler, and they've made it clear that money isn't the sole driver of their decisions.

    Huddle Up: Having an open competiion is perfectly understandable given Cutler's continued and maddening inconsistency nine seasons into his career, but Clausen isn't exactly the most threatening of threats with 11 starts, five TDs, 10 interceptions and a 60.2 rating so far in his five-year career.

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