Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman should end up starting Week 1 ahead of RB Devonta Freeman, according to Steven Ruiz of USA TODAY Sports, because Coleman has top-end and was picked by the coaching staff.
Huddle Up: Even if he doesn't start, Freeman should still his share of touches, but that would likely only leave him in the RB4/5 range while Coleman projects as a solid low-end RB2.
Jeremy Hill - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill said he wanted to build up the strength in his legs this offseason in hopes of improving his acceleration into the second level of opposing defenses. Hill said he believes he was tackled by the first defender too often last season.
Huddle Up: The 2014 second-rounder led all NFL backs with 720 rushing yards from Week 11 on last season while averaging a cool 5.1 yards per carry for the whole season, making it a little scary to think he believes he can be even better this season. Be prepared to spend a second-round pick to get Hill in drafts this summer.
Dennis Pitta - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) has not been cleared to practice at this point and could begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: Don't be shocked at all to see Pitta also begin the regular season on the PUP list as he coming off back-to-back hip procedures which limited him to seven combined games over the last two seasons.
Khiry Robinson - RB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson is ready to take what he can get after an arm injury cut his 2014 campaign short. 'I'm the type of person, I'm gonna get what I get and do what I do with it,' Robinson said. 'So whether it's 20 carries or one carry, I'm gonna [perform to] the best of my ability every play.' Robinson is remaining confident after the Saints spent big money to re-sign RB Mark Ingram and acquire RB C.J. Spiller.
Huddle Up: Ingram and Spiller don't exactly have sterling health track records, so don't be surprised if Robinson follows up his career season (84 touches-425 total yards-3 TDs in 10 games) by playing a significant role again in 2015.
Ladarius Green - TE - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green likely will be the starting tight end with TE Antonio Gates being suspended for the first four games of the season.
Huddle Up: Stepping in for last season's No. 2 fantasy TE for the first month of the upcoming season will be a huge opportunity for Green, who for all the preseason hype he's generated in his career, has all of 40 career receptions for 658 yards and three TDs in his three pro seasons.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has had no progress in contract talks with the team, according to sources. The Cowboys are not budging off their offer of a long-term deal with $20 million guaranteed initially and more guarantees later. The team believes Bryant is bluffing about missing a game or two in a holdout. The team also believes Bryant has financial issues and needs the money, according to the sources.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys would appear to be holding all the cards in this high-stakes standoff, but make no mistake that they need Bryant more than he needs them so he does have some leverage. With Bryant seeking more guaranteed money, expect the sides to meet somewhere in the middle before the July 15 deadline.
Darren McFadden - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden has topped 155 carries just twice in his seven years in the league, and he has averaged less than 3.5 yards per carry in each of the last three seasons.
Huddle Up: Exactly, and that in a proverbial nutshell is why Joseph Randle has been one of the fastest-rising fantasy RB commodities this offseason.
Kevin White - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White sought advice from Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald at the recent NFL Rookie Symposium.
Huddle Up: The rookie wideout couldn't have sought out a better role model as the pro's pro Fitz has averaged a 82.6-1,104.6-8.1 stat line over his 11-year career with the Cards and has been a model citizen off the field. Finishing in the neighborhood of Fitzgerald's 58-780-8 rookie numbers would be a strong start for White.
Dorial Green-Beckham - WR - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham was called a 'nightmare matchup for any cornerback at any level' by one of his former college coaches, Jay Norvell. 'He's not a finished product, but most players aren't,' Norvell said. 'So he's going to have to learn the pro game and that's a completely different game from college. But he's got some natural gifts that will help him in that game, and in some ways, the NFL is probably a better game for him than college football, just because of the bump rules and (less) contact and all of that. So there are some advantages he has. ... That's why they picked him.'
Huddle Up: At 6-5 and 235 pounds-plus, the second-round pick is one of the biggest WRs in the league and if he can make a quick adjustment to the pro game, his size and athleticism alone will lead to a number of receptions and big plays. The rookie also will be competing for PT with a solid veteran corps but, again, he has the best tools of the bunch and it likely is just of matter of when he can put it all together at this level.
Marcus Mariota - QB - Tennessee Titans
Updating previous reports, Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota's rookie deal is not being held up because of a supposed clause that would forbid him from surfing, according to a source. Mariota has not signed his contract yet due to differences in contract language, according Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Huddle Up: We guess with the last unsigned first-round pick, there are going to be some off-the-wall rumors and reports, and this certainly qualifies. In a little under a month from now when training camp gets rolling, this should all be water under the board -- er, bridge.
Josh Morgan - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Josh Morgan battled TE Benjamin Watson for most catches in practices this offseason.
Huddle Up: The 30-year-old Morgan has had all of 30 receptions for 284 yards and one TD over the last seasons playing for Washington and Chicago, but he actually does have an outside shot at landing the No. 3 WR/TE role in the Big Easy which is nothing to sneeze at fantasy-wise with Drew Brees at the controls. See what develops in training camp.
Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles dealt with a shoulder injury near the end of the 2014 season, which affected his ability to throw passes, according to general manager Dave Caldwell. Bortles did not need surgery during the offseason.
Huddle Up: With J'ville missing the postseason -- again -- the rookie has had ample time to heal, and while a healthier shoulder is certainly going to benefit the second-year QB, the upgrades (TE Julius Thomas, RB T.J. Yeldon and WR Rashad Greene) made to his supporting cast are going to be a lot more vital.
Ryan Kerrigan - LB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan said his rehab from knee surgery is going well and that he has been able to start running. Kerrigan said he is focused on building strength in the surgically repaired knee.
Huddle Up: Sounds like all is going as well as expected for the LB who hasn't missed a start in four seasons and hit career highs a year ago with 13.5 sacks, 51 solo tackles and five forced fumbles. IDP leaguers, though, will need to continue to monitor his progress in training camp.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas' 184 targets last year were the most in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Regardless of whether or not he secures the long-term deal he's seeking, D.T. again easily figures to lead the Broncos in targets but definitely don't be shocked in the least if his overall numbers are his lowest in four years as Denver is expected to run more and throw less this coming campaign under new coach Gary Kubiak.
Michael Campanaro - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro has made quick progress in his rehab from an offseason quadriceps injury and expects to be ready for the start of training camp. Campanaro has been rehabbing at the team's facility and has started to run.
Huddle Up: The 2014 seventh-round pick showed some brief flashes as a rookie, catching seven passes for 102 yards and a TD but is fighting for a roster spot with the team drafting Breshad Perriman (first round) and Darren Waller (sixth) this offseason.
DeSean Jackson - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson caught nine passes for 243 yards and a score in two games against the Philadelphia Eagles last season, continuing a trend of big performances against NFC East opponents. 'I'm called a Cowboy killer,' Jackson said. 'They call me the Cowboy killer. I'm a Giants killer, I'm a Cowboys killer, now I'm an Eagles killer, too.'
Huddle Up: Jackson wasn't too shabby against everyone else, either, finishing as fantasy's 17th-ranked WR last season with 154 points -- and doing it with three different QBs making starts. Let's see what kind of early rapport he can build with projected Week 1 starter Robert Griffin III.
Antonio Gates - TE - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. It was previous reported that Gates had been suspended for substance abuse.
Huddle Up: Perhaps this helps explain Gates' fountain-of-youth season (69-821-12) at the age of 34 last season. Regardless, this should finally provide the fantasy jump-start backup TE Ladarius Green needs.
Rolando McClain - LB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's policy and program for substances of abuse.
Huddle Up: This puts a crimp in the fantasy values of McClain (IDP) and the Dallas team D as McClain finished second on the squad last season with 87 total tackles.
Nick Foles - QB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams QB Nick Foles' command of the huddle is something that has been missing from the quarterback position in recent years, according to TE Jared Cook. 'Hopefully, he can make all of us better,' Cook said. 'This is something we've needed the past few years -- somebody to fill the mold, step in, grab the ram by the horns and say, 'Let's go, guys! This is our time!''
Huddle Up: Foles wasn't a fit for Chip Kelly in Philly, but he could give the Rams just what they need at quarterback--namely someone who can stick around for 16 games. The Rams are expected to be run-heavy, but they have some talented receivers and there is certainly some upside to Foles as a backup fantasy option.
Andrew Quarless - TE - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers could see more playing time in 2015, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Rodgers played 528 snaps, while fellow TE Andrew Quarless played 695 snaps. Demovsky said he wouldn't be surprised if those numbers reversed this season.
Huddle Up: Rodgers has been generating some buzz this offseason, but if all it means is he's on the winning side of a 60/40 split--as opposed to a more legit TE1 role--his fantasy outlook isn't quite as bright as some might have hoped.
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