Adrian Peterson - RB - New Orleans Saints
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon trained with former teammate Adrian Peterson in Houston during the offseason and weighs 211 pounds, up from 200 a season ago. McKinnon is reportedly not only stronger, but faster as well. 'I?m just ready to prove myself and show how much better I?ve got in the offseason,' McKinnon said.
Huddle Up: The Vikings added Latavius Murray and second-round pick Dalvin Cook this spring, but McKinnon boasts enough talent to give both a run for their money. Cook and Murray will likely end up winning out as the team has invested more money in them, although it will be difficult to keep a stronger and faster McKinnon off the field. If his offseason training is as good as he thinks it was, McKinnon could force the Vikings to go with a three-man committee backfield.
Allen Hurns - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns said he knows he has to play better than he did in 2016 and has been working to improve during the offseason. Hurns has added some weight but has cut his body fat. He has also worked on improving his change of direction during routes and has been strengthening his legs to help avoid hamstring injuries.
Huddle Up: Hurns struggled with injuries in 2016 and finished with 35 receptions and 477 yards in 11 games. He likely will be a top three receiver for the Jaguars this upcoming season and should improve on his 2016 stats. He could be a No. 5 receiver in fantasy leagues.
DeShone Kizer - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer plans to work with throwing coach Tom House leading up to training camp.
Huddle Up: Kizer is expected to compete for the starting quarterback job but likely will be an underdog in the competition. Owners in fantasy leagues probably should avoid him even if he wins the starting job. Kizer could have some value in keeper leagues because he appears to be the quarterback of the future for the Browns.
Robert Woods - WR - Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods is determined to be a 'No. 1 receiver,' according to the Los Angeles Times' Gary Klein.
Huddle Up: Woods has not eclipsed 699 yards receiving in a season, has only three 100-yard receiving games and no multi-touchdown games over his four-year career, although it could be argued he didn't have much of a chance playing second-fiddle to Sammy Watkins in a run-based offense. On a team lacking veteran offensive playmakers in the passing game, the Rams may be able to grant Woods his wish. His target share alone in 2017 should allow him to be a fantasy WR3.
Carson Wentz - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz is noticeably stronger and appears to be throwing the ball better than he did as a rookie, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane.
Huddle Up: It would have been a surprise if this wasn't the case, but it is still good to hear nonetheless. The Eagles overhauled their receiver corps in the offseason and that alone should give Wentz to occasionally flirt with QB1 value, even though he'll likely settle in as a midrange QB2.
Josh McCown - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Josh McCown is the 'heavy favorite' to be named the starting quarterback even though the team plans on having an open competition, giving McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg an equal amount of practice reps, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.
Huddle Up: McCown has not shown much durability throughout his long career, so it might not matter much anyway. In reality, there's a decent chance all three players may log starts in 2017. Don't be surprised if Hackenberg ends up getting the most, if only so the Jets can see what they have in him before investing what figures to be a top-five pick into another college signal-caller. None of the three warrant a fantasy draft pick this summer.
Martavis Bryant - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant worked with the first-team offense during OTAs and 'looked great on the field while showing a more mature demeanor,' according to a team source.
Huddle Up: It looks like the Steelers are wasting no time reinserting their big-play weapon into the offense. It remains to be seen if Bryant can stay out of trouble and on the field, but he is a high-upside WR3 when he's out there.
Terrelle Pryor - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is still adjusting to throwing jumps ball and back-shoulder fades to WR Terrelle Pryor, according to head coach Jay Gruden.
Huddle Up: Pryor has elite size and athleticism, and he made a surprisingly quick transition to receiver last year. He could be Cousins' go-to target this season, and Pryor should be drafted as a high-upside WR3.
DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins said it has been great learning from assistant coach Wes Welker.
Huddle Up: Hopkins was the victim of poor quarterback play last year, but the WR1 upside is still there. If he slips past the first few rounds, don't hesitate to snatch him up.
Nelson Agholor - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor has benefited from the offseason additions to the receiving corps, according to head coach Doug Pederson. 'As I've said all along, competition, man, sharpens you,' Pederson said Tuesday, May 23. 'And that's what I've seen from Nelson. He's done a great job already this spring.'
Huddle Up: Agholor has been a huge bust up to this point, and even if he is finally putting it all together, it might be too little too late with Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith now in the mix. He doesn't need to be drafted.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) has been a full participant in drills during voluntary workouts, and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Gronkowski has been 'involved in everything' and 'looks like Gronk.'
Huddle Up: Despite the injury history, Gronkowski still deserves to be the first tight end off the board in drafts as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks. His upside is unmatched at the position.
DeShone Kizer - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer said he has been glued to head coach Hue Jackson, and Jackson said he has to find out more about Kizer than any of the other quarterbacks on the roster. 'He's not going to get too far away from me, I know that,' Jackson said. 'He's done a good job. He just has to keep getting better. He's improved from day to day.'
Huddle Up: It still seems like a reach for Kizer to open the year as a starter, but he is going to have his chance to show his stuff at some point. He has all the physical traits you want in an NFL quarterback and is worth stashing in keeper formats.
Matt Asiata - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Matt Asiata (Vikings) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Friday, May 26, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Asiata will be joining a running back group that includes Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington. He probably will have to compete for a roster spot during training camp and likely can be avoided in most fantasy leagues because he would see limited carries.
Julius Thomas - TE - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas' chemistry with QB Ryan Tannehill appears to be a work in progress at this point during offseason workouts, in the opinion of The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson.
Huddle Up: Thomas will have training camp and the preseason to build chemistry with Tannehill, so owners should not be worried about the situation. Thomas should be a valuable fantasy option for owners as long as he is healthy and can be a low-end No. 1 option.
Chris Ivory - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Chris Ivory looks to be in much better shape than he was in last season, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Huddle Up: Ivory likely will be competing for the No. 2 job during training camp with Leonard Fournette on the team. He likely will receive limited touches if he makes the 53-man roster and probably would only be a late-round pick in deeper leagues.
Cole Beasley - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys fourth-round pick WR Ryan Switzer is getting first-team reps in the slot while WR Cole Beasley is dealing hamstring soreness. However, while head coach Jason Garrett has made it clear while Switzer was drafted in part for his ability to back up Beasley, the Cowboys are working on packages for both to be on the field at the same time to take advantage of mismatches. '(Switzer) has a similar game (to Beasley), but he has his own things. We would really like those two guys to be able to complement each other and run real similar route trees. ? His role is significant. ? He complements Beasley and also gives us some big-time needed depth at that position,' Garrett said.
Huddle Up: Beasley is coming off a career-high 75-catch season and figures to remain the top slot option for at least this season, but the heat will be on. Switzer is a dynamic return man and possesses more talent, so it may only be a matter of time before their roles are reversed. While Beasley is easily the better redraft option in 2017, Switzer is the better long-term use of a roster spot in dynasty.
Leonard Fournette - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette impressed head coach Doug Marrone with his ability to catch the ball during OTAs, according to 1010XL AM's Hays Carlyon.
Huddle Up: One of the questions on Fournette during the draft process was his ability to be a threat out of the backfield, although LSU didn't do him many favors by rarely ever using him as one (41 catches in three seasons). If the No. 4 overall pick earns the coaching staff's trust as a receiver and blocker, he should quickly emerge as an every-down back and potential low-end RB1 in fantasy.
Evan Engram - TE - New York Giants
New York Giants TE Evan Engram lined up everywhere in practice Thursday, May 25. He was in-line, in the slot, out wide and in motion like an H-back during team drills.
Huddle Up: The Giants have a history of reliance on the tight end and haven't had one since Larry Donnell's lone big season in 2014. Engram is one to watch and worth taking as an upside TE2.
Cody Kessler - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler increased his arm strength this offseason and said the added strength will allow him to be more aggressive. 'Being able to push the ball down the field and having that confidence and knowing that you can get it there and put a little more on it is something that definitely helps you,' Kessler said.
Huddle Up: Kessler appears to be the favorite for the starting spot, but he merits very little fantasy appeal right now.
Michael Floyd - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd's one-year deal that contains no guaranteed money, according to ESPN's Ben Goessling. That means the team has no financial commitment to Floyd should he fail to make the final cut.
Huddle Up: Floyd teased for years in Arizona as part of a much better passing attack. There are certainly opportunities to earn snaps in Minnesota, but it's unlikely Floyd will do enough to return meaningful value. He's best left on waivers.
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