Cordarrelle Patterson - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson once again has drawn praise from Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer -- this time for his route-running improvements. Patterson has worked extensively this offseason to become a better receiver from a technical standpoint.
Huddle Up: The rave reviews in May are one thing, but on-field fantasy production in the games that count is another and Patterson is going to have regain the trust of all the fantasy GMs he burned with last season's disappointing disaster.
Torrey Smith - WR - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith was a featured part of the offense during practice last week, connecting with QB Colin Kaepernick on several plays and catching a touchdown from QB Blaine Gabbert in the red zone.
Huddle Up: With his speed and Kaepernick's big arm, Smith has plenty of fantasy potential -- especially given that the Niners are in need of reliable offensive weapons after parting ways with mainstays Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree earlier this offseason.
Charles Sims - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is viewed very highly by coaches, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Sims didn't make a start last season as a rookie but finished with 66-185-1 rushing and 19-190 receiving over the final eight games. He's mainly been viewed as a third-down, change-of-pace option, but that might not be the thinking of the Bucs' second-year coaching staff which drafted Sims and not former first-round pick Doug Martin.
Andre Johnson - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Andre Johnson will play a significant part in the Colts' offense this season, according to ESPN.com's Mike Wells.
Huddle Up: While the soon-to-be 34-year-old Johnson certainly isn't as explosive as he once was, it's easy to foresee the the wideout filling the 2012-13 Reggie Wayne role and leading the Colts in targets and receptions having caught at least 85 passes in six of his final seven seasons in Houston.
Ty Montgomery - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Ty Montgomery's explosion stood out in rookie minicamp, head coach Mike McCarthy said. Team scout Sam Seale compared Montgomery to a bigger version of WR Randall Cobb.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick is buried somewhat on the WR depth chart right now, but the Cobb comparison is intriguing and Montgomery has ample sleeper potential, particularly in dynasty leagues.
Albert Wilson - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Albert Wilson will be given the first chance to win the starting wide receiver job opposite WR Jeremy Maclin.
Huddle Up: Wilson's main competition figures to be third-round pick Chris Conley with newcomers Jason Avant and Da'Rick Rogers and holdovers Junior Hemingway DeAnthony Thomas and Frankie Hammond also in the mix. Don't expect much fantasy production, though, out of the position unless the Chiefs starting airing it out more.
Phillip Dorsett - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Phillip Dorsett is expected to compete with WRs Donte Moncrief, Duron Carter and Vincent Brown for the No. 3 wide receiver job during training camp. Dorsett is also expected to be a candidate for the kick and punt returner jobs.
Huddle Up: The Colts will be sure to get the speedy first-round pick involved, but don't expect too many fantasy points out of the Indy No. 3 wideout slot given the team's overall abundance of offensive weapons.
Sean Lee - LB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) has been cleared to practice and is expected to participate in organized team activities next week.
Huddle Up: The talented but star-crossed Lee is back for another go-around after missing all of last season as part of a combined 30 missed games over the past three years. Hopefully, he'll at least be able to make it out of OTAs this year.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will have the appeal of his four-game suspension heard by commissioner Roger Goodell after the NFL rejected a motion by the NFL Players Association to have Goodell remove himself from the appeal, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The union gets shot down again as the Commish will see the Brady issue through to the end -- whenever that is.
Frank Gore - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore was made a 'pretty seamless' transition to the Colts' offense and is displaying strong knowledge of the playbook, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.
Huddle Up: A player to definitely keep an eye on as having just turned 32, Gore could be a little undervalued come fantasy draft time because of his age and departure from the only NFL home he's ever known.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension has not been scheduled at this time.
Huddle Up: The drama drags on as fantasy GMs wait to see if there will be any kind of reduction in Brady's 4-game ban.
Marvin Jones - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (foot) should be able to participate in offseason workouts that start next week.
Huddle Up: Jones, who missed the entire 2014 season after a 51-712-10 2013 campaign, will be trying to regain the No. 2 WR gig opposite A.J. Green, and we'll keep an eye on his progress.
Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) will not need surgery on his injured finger and may be able to throw again before the end of offseason workouts, according to his agent.
Huddle Up: That sound you heard was the sigh of relief coming from Raider Nation as the second-year QB can use all the time he can find to adapt to a new offense and build a rapport his shiny new toys, including draft picks Amari Cooper and TE Clive Walford.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains in pursuit of being traded or receiving a new contract and remains away from the organization during voluntary workouts. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN Radio he has a target date in mind of when he thinks Peterson will return to the team, but Zimmer did not give the specific date.
Huddle Up: It isn't out of the ordinary for Peterson to skip voluntary workouts, but then again, this is far from a normal offseason for the RB and the team. The Vikes' first mandatory workouts are scheduled for June 16-18 so that's the next big date to keep an eye on in the ongoing Peterson Watch.
Philip Rivers - QB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers and the Chargers are optimistic about a long-term extension. Rivers had been the subject of trade rumors prior to the NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: With the L.A. rumors still very much in play, the Bolts have a number of big decisions on their plate, and their post-2015 QB situation is certainly one of them. Rivers will turn 34 in December, but with a number of his contemporaries still producing at a high level in their late 30s, Philip is far from done.
Ray Rice - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) could be a consideration for the Dallas Cowboys in free agency, speculates The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota. He cites Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones' willingness to give players a second chance and Dallas' continued search for running back depth. However, Machota notes the chance of Dallas pursuing Rice is unlikely due to Rice's time away from the game, drastic on-field decline in 2013, and Jones having to eventually draw a line in the sand with forgiving off-field incidents.
Huddle Up: Dallas was a possible landing spot that immediately came to mind for Rice, but it sounds like even Jerry Jones might already have enough to deal with without adding Rice.
Carlos Hyde - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is nursing a leg injury and did not practice Thursday, May 21. A timetable for his return was not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The season remains more than 3 months away, but Hyde's durability will certainly be under extra scrutiny this offseason as he's now the man in San Fran.
Justin Hardy - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy is projected as the Falcons' No. 3 receiver behind WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White, according to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.
Huddle Up: Devin Hester, Leonard Hankerson and Drew Davis are also in the mix, but the fourth-round pick out of East Carolina has the build (5-10, 190) and ability to contribute immediately out of the slot and has to be considered the front-runner for the No. 3 role.
EJ Manuel - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel has a firm believer in offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who has said Manuel will not be cut in camp if he doesn't show progress.
Huddle Up: With a 6-8 record as a starter and a 78.5 career passer rating after two seasons, Manuel certainly is facing a critical year with a new coaching regime. And if he can't beat out newcomer Matt Cassel for the starting job, expect the Bills to at least test the trade winds to see what they could get for the 2013 first-round pick.
Steve Smith - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith could see his snaps drop this season, because the team wants to keep him healthy during the season, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
Huddle Up: Smith, who turned 36 a week ago, led the Ravens with 79 catches for 1,065 yards and 6 TDs a year ago but tailed off in the second half of the season. The team spent its first two draft picks on WR Breshad Perriman and TE Maxx Williams but don't be surprised if Smith again manages to lead the Ravens in receptions this coming season.
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