Michael Crabtree - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree said he has a chip on his shoulder since he did not receive a lot of interest in free agency and believes he has a lot to prove in 2015.
Huddle Up: If so, Crabtree will avoid injury, emerge as the No. 1 WR the Silver & Black desperately needs and help lift second-year QB Derek Carr and the Raiders' passing game to the next level. That's a decent amount on any WR's plate.
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota could be selected by the Philadelphia Eagles if the team could make trades with the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans, according to one draft rumor. The rumor states the Eagles would trade QB Sam Bradford to the Browns for the 19th overall pick, then the Eagles would trade DT Fletcher Cox, LB Mychal Kendricks, the 19th overall pick and the 20th overall pick to the Titans for the second overall pick where they would select Mariota.
Huddle Up: Far-fetched? Too good to be true? Hey -- don't put anything past Chip Kelly after the wild offseason he's already orchestrated in Philly.
Bobby Rainey - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent RB Bobby Rainey signed his one-year tender offer Friday, April 24. Rainey will make $1.542 million in 2015.
Huddle Up: Rainey finished second on the team with 406 rushing yards and paced all T.B. backs with 721 yards from scrimmage. He also contributed as a kickoff and punt returner so he can do a little bit of everything, but with Doug Martin and Charles Sims also in the backfield picture, you just can't count on Rainey for any type of of consistent fantasy production.
Chris Polk - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles restricted free-agent RB Chris Polk's tender offer has been rescinded by the Eagles, according to a source. Polk will become an unrestricted free agent and allowed to sign with any team.
Huddle Up: With the additions of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles entering his second season in Philly, there simply was little room left for Polk, who served as the primary backup to LeSean McCoy last season.
Dion Jordan - DE - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins DE Dion Jordan did not receive a vote of confidence from any of the front office people during their pre-draft press conference Friday, April 24. Jordan did not participate in voluntary workouts earlier in the week.
Huddle Up: Jordan, the third overall pick in the draft two years ago, has been a big-time bust so far with all of one start, 46 tackles and three sacks in a suspension and injury-marred two-year career, and his days in South Beach are numbered unless he soon starts trending in the opposite direction.
Alabama WR Amari Cooper is a possibility for Jacksonville Jaguars with the third pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, according to beat writer Ryan O'Halloran.
Huddle Up: The majority of mock drafts, including The Huddle's just-released 2.0 version, have the Jags fortifying their pass rush with DE Dante Fowler of Florida at No. 3, but don't forget last season when the Jags sprung a major surprise by drafting Blake Bortles with the third overall pick. Cooper, though, is one of the surest things in this draft, and the Jags are likely going to have to decide whether to give Bortles a potent weapon, draft the pass rusher they desperately need or trade down and plug even more holes.
Hakeem Nicks - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Colts) agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal with the Tennessee Titans on Friday, April 24.
Huddle Up: Nicks, who had 38 catches for 405 yards and four TDs last season in Indy, isn't exactly improving his fantasy lot by moving from Andrew Luck to the uncertainty of the Tennessee passing game and will be vying with holdover Justin Hunter and fellow newcomer Harry Douglas for the No. 2 WR job opposite Kendall Wright.
Justin Blackmon - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon is likely done with the Jaguars if he's reinstated into the league, in the opinion of beat writer Ryan O'Halloran.
Huddle Up: The fifth-overall pick of the 2012 draft has started 18 games in three suspension-marred seasons with the Jags, and even though the talent is there for the 25-year-old WR, it's likely for the best that Blackmon gets a new start.
John Brown - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown has added 10 pounds this offseason and is up to 183 pounds. Brown said the long season took a toll on his body, and he wanted to add weight.
Huddle Up: As long as the extra weight doesn't hamper Brown's top-end speed, the 2014 third-round selection should be just fine as he looks to improve on a solid 48-696-5 rookie campaign.
Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman is an option for the Miami Dolphins, who are hoping to trade down in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft to land a receiver and recoup some draft assets, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Perriman, whose father Brett starred for the Saints, is an intriguing prospect -- even amongst the strong overall WR draft class -- who has been linked to the Dolphins in many a mock draft so far as Miami looks to re-construct its WR corps, even after the recent signing of veteran Greg Jennings. The Dolphins can't trade down too far, though, and still expect to snare the in-state standout.
Maurice Jones-Drew - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Raiders) will sign a one-day deal to retire as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars next Tuesday, April 28. He played nine seasons and rushed for 8,167 yards and 68 touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Hey, best wishes for the future endeavors of one of fantasy's true stud RBs over most of the past decade, and it's fully fitting he'll be taking his final bow in J'ville.
Miami (Fla.) WR Phillip Dorsett has met with the Baltimore Ravens this week, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Dorsett and his 4.33 speed would certainly be a good fit for the Ravens if he's there for the taking when pick No. 26 rolls around next Thursday night as big-armed Joe Flacco lost his No. 1 deep threat when Torrey Smith signed with the Niners.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said his knee is close to being 100 percent after injuring it in the regular-season finale.
Huddle Up: Although Bell missed the wild-card playoff loss to the Ravens, he suffered no real ligament damage. Oh, and don't forget that he'll also have an extra 3 weeks to recover with his season-opening personal-conduct suspension.
Kendall Wright - WR - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright's fifth-year option is expected to be picked up by the team this offseason.
Huddle Up: Although his 2014 reception and receiving-yards totals (57-715) fell off markedly (from his 94-1,079-2 stat line a year earlier, he still led all Tennessee WRs in receptions and yards while hauling in a career-best six scoring passes last season. That said, he has 2015 fantasy sleeper potential -- especially if the Titans can upgrade their QB situation.
Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) said he believes that he will be ready to play in the season opener next season and play like he did before he suffered the injury. "Absolutely," Cruz said at a news conference Thursday, April 23. "There is not a doubt in my mind that I'll be out there playing on that field. It's just a matter of getting myself back to 100 percent, but as of now, definitely, there is zero doubt in my mind that I'll be playing in that first game, and that I'll be back to the player I was."
Huddle Up: Cruz was injured closer to the beginning of the 2014 season (Week 6) than the end, but the injury was a serious one -- tearing the patellar tendon -- and it marked the second straight season Cruz's year was cut short by a knee injury. More power to the WR and his recovery, but don't be shocked if he proves to be overly optimistic and either misses a few games or is slow in rounding into form to start the season. Either way, though, Cruz will find himself in the immense fantasy shadow of second-year teammate Odell Beckham Jr. in drafts this summer and should have mid-to later-round value.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be of interest to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports. Robinson also added that Peterson may not be in the Dallas Cowboys' plans after all, reporting that the Cowboys have not spoken to the Vikings regarding the RB.
Huddle Up: After a lackluster last two seasons from Doug Martin and a pedestrian trio of backs behind him on the depth chart, the Bucs certainly could use a no-doubt No. 1 back. In addition, coach Lovie Smith got an up-close dose of Peterson twice a season when he was coaching the Bears and surely wouldn't mind adding AD to his side. Stay tuned as the trade mill will be heating up with the draft now less than a week away and closing fast.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas has decided not to participate in offseason workouts because he does not want to suffer an injury, but general manager John Elway does not know why Thomas is sitting out. 'That makes no sense to me, him not getting hurt,' Elway said. 'If he gets hurt here, he's covered. If he gets hurt on his own... I don't understand it all. It makes no sense for him.'
Huddle Up: Thomas, of course, is mainly staying away from voluntary team workouts in protest of his franchise tag, but either way, it's not good to rankle the boss. The two sides allegedly are still working to get a long-term deal hammered out, but it sounds like the progress is slow going.
Bear Pascoe - TE - Atlanta Falcons
Free-agent TE Bear Pascoe (Falcons) signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears on Thursday, April 23. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Pascoe, who has totaled only 40 receptions in 82 games, is really nothing more than a blocking complement to Martellus Bennett and Zach Miller and is fantasy value should be considered nil unless a rash of injuries strikes the Bears' TE ranks.
Sam Bradford - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles and QB Sam Bradford have yet to make significant progress on a contract extension sparking speculation the quarterback might be traded again, although head coach Chip Kelly insists Bradford won't be used as a bargaining chip.
Huddle Up: With any other team, Bradford would appear safe to stay, but the Chip Kelly-Marcus Mariota link simply remains too plausible to write anything in ink -- especially after what we've witnessed from the mercurial Kelly so far this offseason.
Brandin Cooks - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (wrist) spent time training together with QB Drew Brees during the offseason in San Diego. 'Man, I love everything about him, his makeup, and then just his physical ability. I mean he's got all kinds of talent,' Brees said.
Huddle Up: The 2014 first-round pick got off to a strong start (53-550-3) before a wrist injury cut short his rookie campaign after 10 games. Now with TE Jimmy Graham gone and fellow WR Marques Colston not getting any younger, the sky's the fantasy limit for Cooks.
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