Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, cold) was able to go through a full practice session Thursday, Jan. 29.
Huddle Up: Yeah, somehow we don't think Brady's cold or lingering ankle injury are going to be much of a factor come his record sixth Super Bowl on Sunday.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has been impressing in his mimicking of Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in practice. He has been studying the dual-threat quarterback, and trying his best in practice to get the Patriots ready for Super Bowl XLIX. 'I've had to get a lot faster real fast,' Garoppolo said. 'He's an athletic guy, so (I am) trying to extend plays and give those guys the best looks I can. It's a tough balance between studying their offense and studying our defense, so it's a little bit of time management.'
Huddle Up: Tough assignment for the rookie QB, but ready or not, the Patriots' D will get a taste of the real deal Sunday in Wilson, who led all QBs with 849 yards and six rushing scores during the regular season while throwing for a career-high 3,475 yards.
Marvin Jones - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones is progressing well, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Jones is recovering from a broken foot he suffered this season.
Huddle Up: Don't forget about Jones late in drafts next summer as the WR sat out the entire 2014 season after breaking out with 51 receptions for 712 yards and 10 TDs a year earlier.
Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's new contract should be able to get worked out this offseason, according to team president Michael Bidwill. 'Larry and I have met about it, and I know he's interested in getting something resolved,' Bidwill said. 'I think we'll get this all worked out.'
Huddle Up: Most figured the soon-to-be 32-year-old Fitzgerald's run with the Cards was over, but it sounds as if there's been quite a bit of negotiation going on, and most all reports have things progressing toward a new deal. Stay tuned ...
Austin Collie - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Austin Collie (Patriots) has signed a contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
Huddle Up: Hey, best of luck to the concussion-plagued 29-year-old former slot standout with the Colts who's caught only seven passes for 69 yards since the end of the 2011 season.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has been able to work out despite ending the season with an injured knee. 'The knee is close to 100 percent,' Bell said. 'I'm probably about 85-90 percent, been able to run on it a little bit. So I'm getting back to work out a little.'
Huddle Up: With the whole offseason still to come, Bell will be fine and will be a worthy selection as the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts next summer.
Jermaine Gresham - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham, a soon-to-be free agent, still has a place within the offense, according to offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. 'We have a way that we do things, and how we want to accomplish things,' Jackson said. 'Within what we asked him to do this year, he did some good things. There are some things he knows he needs to do to be better, and he will work at them to be better.'
Huddle Up: Gresham hasn't quite lived up to his 2010 first-round draft status, but he's had a solid career and shouldn't break the bank to re-sign. Gresham had 62 receptions last season -- the second-highest single-season total of his career -- but averaged a career-low 7.4 yards per catch. Keep in mind, though, that fellow TE Tyler Eifert missed the season with a dislocated elbow and should be back for 2015.
Earl Thomas - S - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) was administered a human growth hormone test by the league Wednesday, Jan. 28, and he believes it was directed at him after he recovered fast from his injury in the NFC Championship Game. Thomas was able to practice in full Wednesday, Jan. 28.
Huddle Up: Just a sign of the times as HGH testing has been allowed since early October.
Jay Feely - PK - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears PK Jay Feely said QB Jay Cutler isn't a leader off of the field. 'That's not who he is. You're going to have a vacuum there,' Feely said on Mad Dog Sports Radio. 'So you have to know that as a general manager or a head coach, 'Hey, we're not going to have that leadership from this position, so we've really got to have other guys that are going to step up and are going to be our verbal leaders.''
Huddle Up: Ouch -- nothing like a fill-in kicker pontificating on the starting QB's leadership abilities.
Alex Smith - QB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith needs more weapons around him, according to impending free-agent LB Justin Houston. He believes the Chiefs can win a championship with Smith. "For the past two years we had winning seasons. This year, I feel like our offensive line struggled a little bit, we had some injuries that caused him to get sacked more than usual. But I think we can do it," Houston noted.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs neglected to add WR help last offseason and wound up with a wideout corps that inexplicably failed to catch a TD pass all season. Don't look for K.C. to make this same mistake this offseason.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
Huddle Up: Clearly Tom didn't wear his Uggs out in the New England snow. No matter, there's sure to be an endorsement deal at the end of the illness. Drew Brees, move over; Nyquil has a new spokesman.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch could face a significant fine for wearing an unauthorized "beast mode" hat to media day.
Huddle Up: We're only writing this so we don't get fined.
Richard Sherman - CB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman (elbow) has torn ligaments in his elbow, but he is improving daily and he is no longer receiving treatment for the injury.
Huddle Up: Ouch -- not good. There's likely no ongoing treatment because nothing can really be done besides getting rest, and that's not going to happen until after Sunday. Sherman will be out there, likely wearing a brace, and expect Tom Brady to test him early.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was directed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to meet with a league-assigned psychiatrist following Peterson's suspension. The National Football League Players Association is now crying foul on the commissioner's mandated counseling, arguing that Goodell did not have the power to enforce such a stipulation. The NFLPA said the terms of Peterson's suspension violate the limits of Goodell's power under the collective bargaining agreement.
Huddle Up: Just when you think the Peterson drama has passed and all parties can move on, more back-fighting and bickering surface, clouding the RB's already murky future.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has publicly stated he'd like to play well into his 40s and feels perfect after playing his 15th season, but his father Tom Brady Sr. believes it won't end well with the Patriots. The younger Brady is under contract through 2017, although he'll turn 40 prior to that season. Brady has publicly said he plans on playing until he's 43 or 44. The 37-year-old quarterback is scheduled to make $12 million in 2015, $8 million in 2016 and $9 million in 2017. His father thinks his son's determination to keep playing won't go over well with the Patriots' brass. "It will end badly," Brady Sr. told New York Times Magazine. "It does end badly. And I know that because I know what Tommy wants to do. He wants to play 'til he's 70. ... It's a cold business. And for as much as you want it to be familial, it isn't."
Huddle Up: After a slow start, Brady finished 2014 with a passer rating (97.4) above his career average (95.9) and bounced back from his 25-TD season a year ago with 33 scoring passes and two fewer interceptions (11-9). Now, as the Patriots chase another Super Bowl title, the lesson likely is don't count Brady out until he bows out.
Drew Brees - QB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said 2014 was the most frustrating season of his career, but remained optimistic about the team's future. 'I think we've identified the problems or the things that got us beat or the things that didn't allow us to be as good as we know we can be, and we have the solution to fix it,' Brees said. 'It's going to take a lot of work, but I know we can get it done.'
Huddle Up: Cutting down on his own turnovers after throwing 17 interceptions and losing three fumbles last season is likely at or near the top of the list for Brees, who turned 36 earlier this month. Meanwhile, Brees' other passing numbers (4,952 yards, 33 TDs and 97.0 passer rating) were certainly right in line with his other totals from recent seasons.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch averages more yards per carry and yards after contact (5.00, 2.67) during the postseason than during the regular season (4.41, 2.01).
Huddle Up: In nine career postseason contests -- all with Seattle -- Lynch has five 100-yard games and has rushed for eight TDs while adding 81 yards on nine receptions. Despite scoring a TD, Lynch did have his second-worst postseason rushing day (15-39) in last year's Super Bowl and will certainly be looking for much better numbers Sunday against a Patriots' D that finished in the middle of the pack (16th) in terms of the fewest fantasy points allowed to opposing RBs this season.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is an offensive weapon that the Seattle Seahawks are focused on shutting down during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 1. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll thinks his team matches up well against the All-Pro tight end, though, as LBs K.J. Wright and Bruce Irvin are 'pretty tall and long' and SS Kam Chancellor is 'about as big a strong safety as you can find.' The Seahawks will be focused on not allowing Gronkowski and QB Tom Brady to take over the game.
Huddle Up: The Seahawks have surrendered the third-most receiving TDs (11) to opposing TEs this season, but when fully focused, the Legion of Boom has shown it can negate a top TE -- reference Jimmy Graham's 1-catch, 8-yard performance in last season's divisional playoffs. Now no one's forecasting a 1-8 Super Sunday for Gronk, but don't expect him to run wild, either.
Trent Richardson - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson's one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team voided the guarantee of a $3,184,062 salary in 2015.
Huddle Up: Sounds like the perfect out for Indy with the deeply disappointing Richardson having averaged only 3.1 yards per carry in 20 games with the team.
Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is working on bulking up this offseason. 'We know where he's going to be, what he's going to be doing, in terms of lifting,' offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. 'He's never going to be a real big man, but he's going to be a guy that eventually is 220-225. He played most of the year about 212, so continue to work and get stronger and put on a few more pounds, and he will gradually, but that strength, I don't want people to think I'm talking about getting his arm stronger, no.'
Huddle Up: The extra bulk should help Bridgewater withstand more punishment, but it also likely will decrease his mobility a step or two. Regardless, though, the arrow is pointing up for the second-year QB who completed at least 68 percent of his passes in each of his last five games as a rookie.
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