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Bruce Ellington - WR - San Francisco 49ers Posted 7/20/14 7:39pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington suffered an undisclosed injury while working out on his own, but it is not believed to be serious. Ellington will start training camp on the Non-Football Injury list.
Huddle Up:  While the injury may not be serious, the preseason implications are if the fourth-round pick misses much time in his bid to secure playing time at a suddenly fairly stacked position on the Niners' roster.

Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots Posted 7/20/14 7:39pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) said he is planning on playing the whole season in 2014. 'I'm planning on playing the whole season this year,' Gronkowski said. 'I'm always antsy to get back on the field, no matter when it is,' he said. 'I just want to play football. I love playing the game.'
Huddle Up:  Gronk's desire and ability are unquestioned, but is his body up to the task? He's played a full season only once in four years in N.E. and has missed nearly a third (20) of a possible 64 regular-season starts as a pro.

Eli Manning - QB - New York Giants Posted 7/20/14 3:49pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
New York Giants QB Eli Manning has not had any contract extension talks with the team, according to owner John Mara. "We haven't even really discussed that yet," Mara said. "We'll discuss that at the appropriate time. Obviously it's our hope that he finish his career as a Giant."
Huddle Up:  Something will get done, but until then, expect Manning to carry on in his customary un-flustered professional manner and focus on rebounding from his -- and the team's -- disappointing 2013 season.

Josh Boyce - WR - New England Patriots Posted 7/20/14 3:49pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
New England Patriots WRs Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins are expected to receive the chance to compete for the kick return job during training camp.
Huddle Up:  Aaron Dobson is the second-year Pats' wideout on most fantasy radars heading into 2014, but don't completely forget about Thompkins and Boyce, who combined for 41 catches last season. Given the right set of circumstances, either could emerge as a surprise fantasy factor.

Jerricho Cotchery - WR - Carolina Panthers Posted 7/20/14 1:58am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery is expected to be one of the starting wide receivers this upcoming season.
Huddle Up:  The Panthers don't have much else at the position, so this is hardly a big win for Cotchery. He's still expected to drop off dramatically from last season's unexpected touchdown success.

Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers Posted 7/20/14 1:58am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was limited in his mobility when he worked out with some of his wide receivers last week.
Huddle Up:  Newton had offseason ankle surgery and isn't all the way back yet. Ideally, fantasy owners would like to see him a whole lot closer to 100 percent by the time fantasy drafts roll around, as Cam's mobility--especially given his dearth of receivers--is a key component of his fantasy value.

Mike Williams - WR - Buffalo Bills Posted 7/20/14 1:58am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Buffalo Bills WR Mike Williams said he felt good after participating in conditioning workouts on the first day of training camp Saturday, July 19. 'I'm fully ready to go,' Williams said. 'I trained this whole offseason. There was really no offseason for me. I kinda had to get my leg better. I had to get back to feeling like Mike again, like my mom always tells me. Today running that conditioning test made me feel like I was Mike again.' Williams had missed several spring practices to rest a surgically-repaired hamstring.
Huddle Up:  A healthy Williams will help give E.J. Manuel a deep and talented receiving corps in Buffalo, though Williams will be battling Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods for looks so his fantasy value won't be where it was when he was running as Vincent Jackson's wingman in Tampa.

Jermaine Gresham - TE - Cincinnati Bengals Posted 7/20/14 1:58am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (hernia) could sit out practice early in training camp, because he is recovering from offseason hernia surgery.
Huddle Up:  Less Gresham means more work for Tyler Eifert, who may very well run away and hide with the Bengals' regular tight end gig while Gresham is recovering.

Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots Posted 7/20/14 1:52am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he is not sure if he will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up:  It'll be another preseason of wondering whether or not you should draft Gronk. When healthy he's a top-two fantasy tight end, but there's the very real possibility you'll get only a half-season out of him again. Hopefully this training camp the news will be better and you'll have a clearer picture of his health by the time your fantasy draft rolls around.

Reggie Wayne - WR - Indianapolis Colts Posted 7/18/14 5:16pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (knee) can still play, get open and make a catch, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. Pagano said it will be great to have Wayne back (from injury) not only because of his on-field ability but because of the leadership he brings to the locker room.
Huddle Up:  Wayne may not be done yet, but at this point in his career he's WR2 to TY Hilton and will be competing with Hakeem Nicks for looks. There's still some fantasy value here, just not the top-10 WR value Wayne has had in the past.

Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns Posted 7/18/14 5:16pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will have a suspension appeal hearing soon, his agent said Thursday, July 17. However, he would not comment further. Gordon's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he plans to meet with the team next week to discuss how they can help Gordon as he waits on his looming drug suspension. If Gordon loses his appeal, he's likely to be suspended by the NFL for the entire 2014 season, and he'd only be eligible for reinstatement after the season is up. The Browns have reached out to several professionals to try and get Gordon some help for his substance-abuse problems.
Huddle Up:  At this point it's unlikely Gordon sees the field in 2014. The Browns need to figure out a way for Gordon to get his life in order so a return to action in 2015 is possible. And fantasy owners need to determine if a potential Gordon return is worth carrying on their dynasty roster through the 2014 season.

Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings Posted 7/18/14 5:16pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will reportedly have some of his carries converted into catches as the team wants to use him more in space and alleviate his wear and tear.
Huddle Up:  Norv Turner's backs have caught passes, so there's no reason to think getting the ball to AP in space isn't a key component of his offensive game plan in Minnesota. Don't expect Peterson to be Roger Craig, but the thought of AP in the open field with just one man to run over, around, or through is definitely appealing to fantasy owners.

Marcus Lattimore - RB - San Francisco 49ers Posted 7/18/14 1:30am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) will start training camp on the non-football injury list as he continues to rehabilitate his knee.
Huddle Up:  This lends some pre-camp clarity to the Niners' backup RB situation but not much as Kendall Hunter, second-round pick Carlos Hyde and LaMichael James are all still stacked behind Frank Gore.

DeMarco Murray - RB - Dallas Cowboys Posted 7/17/14 8:03pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray said he is in good health as he heads into training camp. "I'm excited. I'm feeling great," Murray said. "Excited to get out [to training camp] and get things going."
Huddle Up:  Murray is coming off a career year in which he finished 8th among all fantasy RBs with 207 points (1,121 rushing yards, 350 receiving, 10 total TDs) but he's missed 6 starts over the past 2 seasons and has an injury history dating back to his days at Oklahoma. That's the big ? keeping him from being a no-doubt elite fantasy RB this summer.

Wes Welker - WR - Denver Broncos Posted 7/17/14 7:53pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker probably will not be used as a punt returner this upcoming season because of his concussion history.
Huddle Up:  That's the last thing Welker owners want to see: The 33-year-old wideout fielding punts in the face of the onrushing special-team kamikazes looking to lay the wood to the 5-foot-9, 190-pounder.

David Wilson - RB - New York Giants Posted 7/17/14 7:47pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
New York Giants owner John Mara said he expects RB David Wilson (neck) to be ready to go for training camp. 'We expect him to be playing ... all signs are he'll be ready to go,' Mara said.
Huddle Up:  There's a lot of optimistic talk surrounding Wilson coming out of the Big Apple/Jersey, but it's just that -- optimistic talk -- until Wilson is back in pads taking some contact. If he does return healthy, though, you'll hear a lot of air escaping from the Rashad Jennings' balloon.

Julius Thomas - TE - Denver Broncos Posted 7/17/14 7:43pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas is a priority for the team to sign to a long-term deal, but general manager John Elway isn't willing to pay him close to what New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham received. Elway said the team hasn't received a response from Thomas' representation after the team's initial offer. 'Even though Julius had a tremendous year for us, he's only (played) 23 games. We want Julius to be a Bronco for a long time and we think he has tremendous upside, but he's not at that level,' Elway said.
Huddle Up:  Fantasy GMs would do well to listen to Elway's words. Thomas has had one elite season (to Graham's 3) after catching only a single pass total over his first 2 years in the Mile High City. In other words, Graham belongs in a clear tier above until we see more.

LeSean McCoy - RB - Philadelphia Eagles Posted 7/17/14 7:43pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy is unlikely to be in line for a smaller workload this year after leading the league in carries (314) and touches (366) last year. There were no signs that McCoy's production suffered because of his heavy workload in 2013, and he often mentions that his running style helps him take fewer big hits.
Huddle Up:  If any of McCoy's numbers are going to take a dip, it's likely his reception totals. Here's all you need to know: McCoy's 232 receptions rank third among all NFL RBs from 2010-13. The clear No. 1 on that list is Darren Sproles with 291. Sproles is now in Philly after being acquired in a trade for a 5th-round pick.

Greg Hardy - DE - Carolina Panthers Posted 7/17/14 4:37pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy could be cut by the team because, according to former DE Mike Rucker, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is sensitive to the topic of domestic violence. The guilty verdict could at least keep the team from looking to re-sign him to a long-term deal.
Huddle Up:  It's hard to envision the Panthers flat-out waiving the DE, who tied the franchise single-season sack record with 15 last year, but a team- or league-mandated suspension is pretty much a certainty if Hardy's guilty verdict stands after his appeal is heard.

Cody Latimer - WR - Denver Broncos Posted 7/17/14 4:37pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer (foot) is on schedule to be ready for the regular season opener after fracturing a bone in his foot during a pre-draft workout in January. He is squarely in the team's plans.
Huddle Up:  The second-round pick has the size and skills to be a factor in the Broncos' high-powered offense, but expect it being later rather than sooner as the rookie is sure to need some time to get acclimated to the intricacies of Peyton Manning and the passing game.

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