Von Miller - LB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos franchise free-agent CB Von Miller said he wants to sign a long-term contract that will keep him in Denver for the rest of his career. 'I'm going to be here in Denver no matter what,' Miller said. 'The contract is going to take care of itself. I'm going to be a Denver Bronco for life.' However, Miller isn't expected to show up for workouts this week.
Huddle Up: Miller and the Broncos have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal or he'll play under the franchise tag this coming season. Miller's IDP owners can't quibble, but they wouldn't mind seeing his 2015 postseason production (five sacks, two forced fumble, interception) carry over into the regular season after he had 11 sacks in 2015.
Jay Ajayi - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi is expected to see 15 touches per game with the backup receiving 10 touches, in the opinion of Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins drafted Kenyan Drake in the third round, but Ajayi is the back atop the depth chart for now. There's still the possibility, though, that Miami could still pick up a veteran RB later this offseason.
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper will help the Falcons in the red zone, where they ranked 17th in the league with a 54.7 percent conversion rate last season. Stanford tight ends coach Morgan Turner was most impressed with the red-zone production Hooper had in a 41-31 win over USC. 'If you go back and watch the game, he goes up and on a corner route, high-points the ball over two DBs,' Turner said. 'He makes another catch when it's Cover 0; a contested catch. Both were in the red zone that got us down to the 1- and 2-yard lines. He's definitely a threat because he will make contested catches.'
Huddle Up: Don't be surprised if the 6-4 third-round pick beats out veteran Jacob Tamme for the starting tight end gig, and shows glimpses of becoming the tight end the Falcons have lacked since Tony Gonzalez's retirement.
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson will start out as an outside receiver, playing behind WRs DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, according to offensive coordinator Sean McVay. McVay and head coach Jay Gruden see similarities between Doctson and Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green. 'I think that's a great comparison, because you look at a taller, leaner player with great body control and excellent ball skills,' McVay said.
Huddle Up: The first-round pick will get his share of targets, but don't forget that newly-extended TE Jordan Reed also is in the mix as well. Doctson's sophomore season, though, could prove to be his break-out year with the contracts of Jackson and Garcon both up after the 2016 season.
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will be a valuable part of the Cowboys' offense, but defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli believes he'll help the defense, too. Marinelli said the Dallas defense will play the Dallas offense more than anyone, and guys like Elliott and WR Dez Bryant will force the defense to be physical and be better prepared for opposing offenses.
Huddle Up: To say fantasy expectations are high for the fourth-overall pick would be a gross understatement, and he tops the Huddle's list of fantasy rookies to watch. For more, check out David Dorey's breakdown article currently headlining this site.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed will sign a five-year, $50 million extension Thursday, May 5, according to reports.
Huddle Up: Coming off a breakout 88-960-11 season in which he finished second among all fantasy tight ends, Reed is worth the cash outlay -- provided he can stay healthy and on the field.
Matt Jones - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones can handle the load, and the team wants him to be the lead back. They're confident he'll jump into the starting role and be just fine. He posted 339 total offensive snaps in 2015, piling up 490 rushing yards and three touchdowns while adding 19 receptions for 304 yards and a score. Offensive coordinator Sean McVay believes Jones can be an every-down back.
Huddle Up: The second-year back has a golden opportunity with the Skins letting Alfred Morris go as Chris Thompson, Mack Brown and rookie Keith Marshall are currently the only other RBs listed on the roster.
Nelson Agholor - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor was one of the least productive wideouts in the league in 2016. No receiver with as many routes run averaged fewer yards, and only eight receivers with as many targets had a worse defense-adjusted yards above replacement ranking.
Huddle Up: With Jeremy Maclin departing last offseason, the 2015 first-round pick was a high rookie fantasy selection, but his 23-283-1 stat line was beyond disappointing. Agholor's next hurdle, though, might be overcoming the Eagles' suddenly-muddled QB situation.
Isaiah Crowell - RB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell has a fan in head coach Hue Jackson, and his confidence in Crowell and RB Duke Johnson is why the team did not select a running back in the 2016 NFL Draft. Crowell led the team with 185 carries, 706 yards and four touchdowns in 2015. Jackson sees Crowell as a bellcow who can carry the load, and he is confident Crowell can find holes quicker this season.
Huddle Up: Jackson and Co. had best hope they're right as the Browns had 14 draft picks and did use one on a running back. Count on Crowell getting most of the team's carries this season, but keep your fantasy expectations in check.
Andre Caldwell - WR - Detroit Lions
Free-agent WR Andre Caldwell (Broncos) has signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Caldwell, who caught only 32 passes for 337 yards and five TDs in four seasons as a backup in Denver, will be nothing more than that at best in the Motor City, even with the Lions revamping their WR corps in the wake of Calvin Johnson's retirement.
Tyrod Taylor - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is a player the team wants to lock up with a long-term deal, and general manager Doug Whaley said Tuesday, May 3, he is 'supremely confident there's a chance' a deal will get done.
Huddle Up: The Bills haven't exactly gone out of their way to lock up Taylor, but with Cardale Jones as their developmental quarterback they'd love to buy at least a couple years out of their current starter. With Cordy Glenn's deal done there may be more wiggle room under the salary cap as well.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's deadline to appeal his four-game suspension has been extended to May 23, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Oh good. For a second there I was worried the whole Deflategate saga might just go away. Kudos to the lawyers for stretching this thing out even longer.
Jeff Janis - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams' roster spot is not a lock for the 2016 season, in the opinion of Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. WRs Jared Abbrederis, Ty Montgomery, Jeff Janis and Trevor Davis are also not guaranteed roster spots.
Huddle Up: The Packers have robust competition for their complementary receiver roles. And in the end they might just bring back James Jones anyway. There's certainly fantasy upside to be had amongst the likes of Adams, Janis, and Montgomery but also plenty of risk.
Clive Walford - TE - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford (knee) suffered a knee injury earlier this offseason in an all-terrain vehicle accident, according to sources. He is expected back for training camp, and one source said the injury may not be as bad as originally thought. It's unclear what his injury was, but indications are that he's weeks removed from surgery.
Huddle Up: Scary news -- particularly after the death of the Ravens' Tray Walker in a dirt-bike accident earlier this offseason -- but it sounds like Walford escaped serious injury. The Raiders really have not made any corresponding moves in free agency or the draft, either, so it appears they are planning to their starting tight end on the field in training camp and the preseason.
Ezekiel Ansah - DE - Detroit Lions
Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah's fifth-year option in 2017 will be worth $12.374 million.
Huddle Up: Ansah's productivity has progressed at a steady pace, going from eight sacks and 30 total tackles as a rookie to 14.5 and 47 last season, making it an easy financial call for the Lions.
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell adds a physicality dimension and the ability to grab jump balls, according to Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. 'As we sat there and talked with the coaches, the biggest thing is the catching radius, the ability to catch in traffic, to go up and get jump balls and the physicality of him as a receiver, getting in and out of his cuts,' Spielman said. 'You can just see he generates a lot of power when he's getting off the line of scrimmage. I could put a highlight reel together, and I know Adrian Peterson's going to be very excited how this guy plays the game and blocks at the edge, but he's a receiver that just plays with a chip on his shoulder in all phases of the game.'
Huddle Up: The rookie gives Teddy Bridgewater a big target he's lacked in his two seasons, and he figures to be a strong complement to Stefon Diggs and Jarius Wright.
Cleveland Browns TE Seth DeValve can present mismatches, according to executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown. DeValve, who the Browns took in the fourth round in 2016, was a wide receiver that moved all across the field in college. The team termed him an 'H-back adjuster.' DeValve had two surgeries in college to correct a condition he had at birth, but it's not expected to hinder him as he prepares for rookie minicamp. Brown said the team was prepared to take him in the third round, but the fact he went to Princeton made him fall a round.
Huddle Up: The former Princeton standout was one of five wideouts drafted among the Browns' eight picks, and to reiterate once again, the team's wide receiver/pass-catching corps is a free-for-all outside of TE Gary Barnidge.
EJ Manuel - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel's fifth-year option was not picked up by the team.
Huddle Up: No surprise whatsoever as the former first-round pick is 6-10 as a starter with 521 career passing attempts in three seasons. And now with the selection of Cardale Jones in the fourth round, Manuel's 2016 backup role is possibly in jeopardy.
Alfred Morris - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris said he does not regret signing with the Cowboys this offseason even though the team selected RB Ezekiel Elliott in the first round of the draft. Head coach Jason Garrett has not talked with Morris about his role on offense, but Morris is excited to compete for a job.
Huddle Up: Morris' career numbers have been trending downward, and that's obviously not a good combination with the Cowboys using the fourth-overall pick on a shiny new toy. Expect Morris and Darren McFadden to compete for No. 2 touches.
Mark Sanchez - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez still views himself as a starting quarterback and believes Denver drafting QB Paxton Lynch was affirmation of his starting status. 'Absolutely, that's the message I've received,' Sanchez said. 'I'm thrilled with the opportunity.' Sanchez hasn't let Lynch or any potential trades change his focus. 'I just kind of learned with time, who knows what's going to happen and who cares? What are you supposed to do? Meet your teammates, develop a relationship with them, learn the playbook, get involved in the community, that's it, those three things.'
Huddle Up: While Lynch has considerable upside and projects as a good fit for Gary Kubiak's offense, he faces a steeper-than-usual NFL learning curve coming out of Memphis' no-huddle, shotgun attack. And with the only other QB on the roster -- second-year Trevor Siemian -- having only taken one regular-season snap, that leaves the seven-year vet Sanchez as the clear favorite to open as the Broncos' starter. Adjust the Denver pass-catchers accordingly.
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