DeSean Jackson - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson is likely to open the year as the backup to WR DeSean Jackson and WR Pierre Garcon while WR Jamison Crowder works as the starting slot receiver, according to bear writer John Keim.
Huddle Up: Playing in a backup capacity will limit Doctson's initial fantasy value, but with both Jackson and Garcon in potentially the final year of their respective contracts his dynasty value remains strong.
Calvin Johnson - WR - Retired
Retired WR Calvin Johnson (Lions) said Saturday, June 25, that he feels good about his decision to retire and is no coming back to the NFL.
Huddle Up: Apparently we've run out of "Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets have not agreed to a contract yet" news, so we're filling the void with "Calvin Johnson is still retired" news. Updates to this story as non-news continues to develop.
Zach Zenner - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner (ribs, lung) has appeared to be fully recovered from his rib and lung injuries last season.
Huddle Up: There is a definite role for Zenner in the Detroit backfield. He flashed last preseason and could make a run at a chunk of the carries this August as well.
Jeremy Kerley - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Jeremy Kerley is expected to be the Lions' No. 3 wide receiver behind WRs Golden Tate and Marvin Jones and ahead of WR T.J. Jones.
Huddle Up: The Lions throw enough to make a third wideout a potentially viable fantasy entity, so it's worth watching whether or not Kerley can hold off Jones for the gig this August.
Tarvaris Jackson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
Free-agent QB Tarvaris Jackson (Seahawks) was arrested Friday, June 24, and has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly pulled a gun on his wife.
Huddle Up: While his attempt at quarterback play was criminally bad, this is obviously far more significant. Don't look for him to return to his previous role as Russell Wilson's clipboard holder any time soon.
Shaun Suisham - PK - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers PK Shaun Suisham was released Friday, June 24. PK Chris Boswell enters training camp as the likely starter.
Huddle Up: The 34-year-old kicker, who is recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, reportedly has failed a physical, meaning Boswell will be back after scoring 113 points in 12 games last season.
Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has had discussions about a long-term deal over the last week, but talks continue to go nowhere. He's expected to play 2016 on the $19.95 million franchise tender.
Huddle Up: Again, Washington should be in no hurry to dole out a long-term, big-$$$ extension for a QB who still has more to prove.
Antonio Andrews - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB Antonio Andrews has responded well to the added competition of RB DeMarco Murray and RB Derrick Henry, head coach Mike Mularkey said.
Huddle Up: Andrews led the Titans with 520 yards on 143 carries last season, but no matter how good he looks in the offseason, it's expected to be the Murray and Henry Show come the games that count.
Dorial Green-Beckham - WR - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham said he is happy with how he performed during offseason workouts and expects to be more productive in 2016 because he is more comfortable.
Huddle Up: There's plenty of opportunity for DGB to continue to emerge as a big-play producer in the Titans' young offense after he averaged 17.2 yards per catch and hauled in four TD receptions among his 32 grabs last season as rookie.
Ameer Abdullah - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah averaged 4.7 yards per carry in the second of last season, and beat writer Tim Twentyman believes Abdullah will be given the opportunity to be the lead back in 2016.
Huddle Up: It will certainly be a step up for the second-year back who rushed more than 14 times in only one game last season and finished the year with 143 attempts.
Carlos Hyde - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde said he is excited about head coach Chip Kelly's offensive system and believes it will allow him to showcase all his abilities.
Huddle Up: Kelly's Eagles ranked in the league's top 14 in rushing yards and the top 11 in attempts in all three of his seasons in Philly, so Hyde -- if he shows he's past his 2015 foot injury -- should have ample opportunity to shine as the team's unquestioned bellcow back.
Tyrod Taylor - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor and the Bills are both open to an in-season extension, according to a source. Talks have been ongoing through the offseason, but an extension is not expected before the season starts.
Huddle Up: Taylor definitely had his moments in his first season as a full-time starter, but it seems like the Bills' just want to see a little more. In the meantime, Taylor checks in at No. 13 in the Huddle's preseason fantasy QB ratings.
Donald Brown - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB Donald Brown led all running backs with 19 receptions in Patriots minicamp, and he is taking advantage of the opportunity to contribute in any way possible. His most likely path to a role is as the top backup to RB LeGarrette Blount. Brown is not considered a lock to make the team, according to Mark Daniels, of the Providence Journal. New England would carry a $300,000 salary cap charge if Brown is released.
Huddle Up: Brown just might be versatile enough to step in for either Blount or Dion Lewis -- provided he comes back from his own injury issues -- and is definitely a RB name to consider late in drafts.
Charles Sims - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is expected to see more carries in 2016, in the opinion of PewterReport.com's Mark Cook.
Huddle Up: Sims did total 107 carries, but was a distant second on the team to Doug Martin's 288. He might get a few more opportunities in 2016, but the newly-re-signed Martin remains the man in T.B. as long as he's healthy.
Leonte Carroo - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo made a favorable impressive on the coaching staff during the team's offseason program. He said Wednesday, June 22, that his first priority is losing weight. 'I'm 217 now, trying to get down to 210,' Carroo said. 'You become faster when you shed some pounds. I don't have any bad weight on me. That's what I was at the combine. Why not be as fast and explosive as I can be?'
Huddle Up: The third-round pick has received a fair amount of sleeper hype, but to have any significant 2016 fantasy relevance, he'll likely have to beat out 2015 first-round pick DeVante Parker for a starting position.
Matt Ryan - QB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been working on increasing his comfort level with the offense this offseason. Ryan has worked in front of a mirror to try to get his feet in the right position to be able to throw the ball the way he wants to and to improve the timing of the play. He is able to watch his feet closely this way and can make sure everything is aligned correctly before dropping back.
Huddle Up: After finishing as a top-10 fantasy QB in four of the previous five years, Ryan fell way off the pace last season with only 21 TD passes. Julio Jones is going to Julio, but Ryan needs some other targets to emerge/step up in the passing game.
DeAndre Washington - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington spent some time with the first-team offense during the team's minicamp, although there has been nothing guaranteed about Washington's role going forward. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave see Washington as a player who can do a little bit of everything, plus help out on special teams.
Huddle Up: Latavius Murray finished fourth in the league with 307 offensive touches, but the Silver & Black didn't exactly seemed thrilled with a the quality and consistency of Murray's work and that's where Washington, the team's fifth-round pick, fits in as a ready-to-step-in backup and/or change-of-pace option.
Brandon Coleman - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman needs a strong training camp and preseason to secure his roster spot, as the team drafted a similar type of receiver in WR Michael Thomas.
Huddle Up: Coleman had his moments with 30 receptions for 454 yards and a pair of TDs last season, but particularly with the selection of Thomas in the second round, it's clear the Saints are looking more out of the WR position outside of Brandin Cooks.
Kyle Rudolph - TE - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he feels he is the best all-around tight end in the NFL, and he added that the position is about more than catching passes and running routes.
Huddle Up: Rudolph bounces back from consecutive injury-shortened seasons to catch 49 passes for 495 yards and five TDs last season, and he projects as TE2 with upside for this coming year as the Vikes remain a low-volume passing offense.
Reggie Bush - RB - San Francisco 49ers
Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (49ers) has received calls from two teams, but he hasn't made a decision on where he'll play in 2016.
Huddle Up: Hard to believe Bush already has logged an NFL decade, and he's relatively fresh having logged only 84 carries over 16 games since the start of the 2014 season. On the flip side, he has plenty of free-agent RB company at the moment.
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