Chris Johnson - RB - New York Jets
Free-agent RB Chris Johnson was recently stopped outside a Los Angeles restaurant by TMZ and was asked about the possibility of playing for the Dallas Cowboys. "I'd fit good in Dallas," Johnson said when asked if the Cowboys were a good option. "They need it. Yeah. That's what we're trying to do."
Huddle Up: First, nothing like fantasy insight from TMZ, but in reality, don't be surprised if the Cowboys add a veteran RB after failing to add one in the draft -- even if the seemingly made-for-Dallas CJ2K doesn't turn out to be the option.
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker could start in his rookie season, according to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Kelly has Parker behind WR Jarvis Landry and ahead of WR Kenny Stills.
Huddle Up: No offense to Mr. Kelly, but we kinda think that was the intention with the WR-depleted Dolphins spending a first-round pick on Parker.
Jermaine Gresham - TE - Free Agent
Former Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (back) could be targeted by the Arizona Cardinals if he is medically cleared, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports.
Huddle Up: Yeah, with Troy Niklas, Darren Fells and Ifeanyi Momah currently comprising the Cards' TE depth chart, adding Gresham -- who's coming off a 62-460-5 season despite the injury -- certainly couldn't hurt.
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson could be the man to beat for the No. 2 running back spot in Arizona, according to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. Johnson would primarily play in red-zone and third-down situations, while RB Andre Ellington would still be the primary ball carrier.
Huddle Up: We can see the red-zone fit with the 225-pound Johnson, but it's hard to envision the 200-pound Ellington being a workhorse back and coming out on third downs after catching 85 passes over his first two seasons.
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman could see the majority of work in the Falcons' backfield in 2015, with Devonta Freeman closely behind him, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Huddle Up: Freeman will get his touches, but look for Coleman, the prized third-round pick, to be given every opportunity to win the starting gig in Kyle Shanahan's new rushing offense.
Tyler Eifert - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder, elbow) has been cleared from his dislocated elbow but is awaiting clearance on his shoulder. He said he lost 15 pounds but has packed on some of that back to 250 and is working on bulking up. He's expected to be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Cincy spent a third-round pick on Tyler Kroft and fifth-rounder on blocking-oriented CJ Uzomah, but the Bengals are certainly counting on having a healthy Eifert, who played in only one game last season.
Josh McCown - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown is the favorite to start training camp as the team's starting quarterback, with head coach Mike Pettine saying 'it's fair to say.' QB Johnny Manziel struggled last year as a rookie and was in rehab for 10 weeks. McCown is the most experienced quarterback the team has on roster.
Huddle Up: The soon-to-be 36-year-old McCown figures to be the Browns' most game-ready option when the season opener rolls around, but just be wary of expecting too much from the QB as outside of a 3-2 starting stint with the 2013 Bears in which he tossed 13 TDs and only 1 interception, McCown has a 14-30 record as a starter with a 48-to-58 TD-to-interception ratio.
Justin Forsett - RB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett has a firm grip on the lead running back role after the Ravens waited until the fourth round to select RB Javorius Allen in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Forsett easily enjoyed the best season (1,266 rushing yards, 8 TDs) this past year in seven pro seasons and he projects as a solid RB2, but he'll also have his share of fantasy doubters this summer as he's rushed for a total of 1,692 yards in his other six seasons combined.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston will be given every chance to start in 2015. 'It's pretty difficult to say with a straight face that we're not going to give Jameis that opportunity to win it right away,' general manager Jason Licht told PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio. 'He's the first overall pick. We think he's very advanced in terms of his ability to play and pick up schemes and concepts and learn the playbook relative to most rookies, or any rookie we've scouted in recent history. So he's gonna have every opportunity.'
Huddle Up: With Mike Glennon and second-year undrafted free-agent Seth Lobato the only other QBs listed on the Bucs' depth chart at the moment, definitely expect Winston to be the starter when the Bucs open the season Sept. 13 against the Titans.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) participated in on-field drills with the team Monday, May 4. He handed the ball off to the running backs and threw short, intermediate and deep throws to his receivers. While the action wasn't close to replicating game-like conditions, Palmer said joining the rest of the team on the field was a big mental boost after missing the last eight games of the 2014 season.
Huddle Up: The Cards are banking big-time on a healthy full-season return from the 35-year-old Palmer, who went 6-0 as the Arizona starter last season with a 11-3 TD-to-interception ratio. Without him, the team went 5-6 and had 11 TD passes and 11 interceptions.
Dennis Pitta - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) may have an unclear future in Baltimore if he is even able to play next season. TE Maxx Williams was selected in the second round and is primed to take over Pitta's role if necessary.
Huddle Up: Sadly, after being limited to seven games and 30 receptions over the last two seasons due to a pair of hip surgeries, the deck certainly is stacked against the 30-year-old Pitta, making Williams the top rookie fantasy TE option. Still, that's far from a guarantee of overall fantasy success as rookie TEs have notoriously struggled to make first-year fantasy impacts.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has not had any contract-extension talks with the team at this time, but general manager Thomas Dimitroff said extending Jones is one of the team's priorities.
Huddle Up: Jones has logged 278 catches for 4,330 yards and 26 TDs in four seasons and is coming off a career-best 104-1,593-6 campaign a year ago. Jones will earn a $10.2 base salary under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, but don't be surprised if a new deal is in place before training camp, making Jones one of the league's highest-paid WRs.
Charles Sims - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is likely to be featured in the offense this season.
Huddle Up: With Doug Martin a short-timer after the Bucs declined to pick up his option for 2015, Sims looks to be the go-to option in Jameis Winston's backfield. Would be nice if fantasy owners had any sort of track record for him to work off of.
Doug Martin - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin will be an unrestricted free-agent in 2016 after the team decided not to exercise his fifth-year player option Monday, May 4.
Huddle Up: Martin's stock has plummeted steadily since a standout rookie season, to the point that the Bucs don't even want him around next year and appear poised to give feature-back touches to Charles Sims. All Martin can do is stay healthy, perform if and when given the opportunity, and look for a new team next season.
Jeff Demps - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Kadron Boone, DE Gannon Conway, RB Jeff Demps and OT Matt Hall were waived Monday, May 4.
Huddle Up: Demps' Olympic speed has yet to translate to the gridiron, and with at least three teams in his rear view mirror there's a pretty good chance it never will.
Darren McFadden - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden could return kicks this season, head coach Jason Garrett said Saturday, May 3.
Huddle Up: Yikes, that's going to be asking a lot of one of your lead backs -- especially one as fragile as Run-DMC has proven to be. You've got to think adding another veteran back is on the Cowboys' itinerary after passing over the position group in the draft.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington's role in 2015 will be similar to the role he had last season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Ellington had 247 offensive touches, including 201 rushes, in 12 games last season -- up from 157 in his rookie campaign of 2013 -- and 250-275 sounds about right if he can stay healthy, even with the Cards drafting Northern Iowa stud David Johnson in the third round.
Alfred Morris - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris's role won't be impacted by rookie RB Matt Jones, according to head coach Jay Gruden. 'Alfred's still the running back here,' Gruden said. 'He's had three great seasons and that won't change.'
Huddle Up: After logging 346 offensive touches as a rookie in 2012, Morris' total has dipped in each of the past two seasons, settling in at 282 last season. Although Jones has the size (6-2, 230) and pass-catching skills to be more than a change-of-pace back, Morris is still projects as a bona fide low-end RB1.
Indianapolis Colts WR Phillip Dorsett will be the team's kick returner in addition to his role on offense.
Huddle Up: Strictly as a fantasy WR, the curious pick by Indy -- given the team's other needs -- doesn't have as clear of a path to playing time as his fellow first-round WRs given the abundance of weapons in the Colts' passing game.
Jimmy Graham - TE - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham is committed to learning to block since he was traded to the Seahawks, according to offensive line coach Tom Cable.
Huddle Up: This will be one of the differences between playing offense in the Big Easy and playing in the Pacific Northwest, but we're still banking that the two-time defending NFC champs didn't trade for Graham because of his blocking potential.
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