Cameron Artis-Payne - RB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne is expected to win the No. 2 running back job behind starting RB Jonathan Stewart. Artis-Payne, a 2015 fifth-round draft choice, should play a significant role in the offense, in the opinion of ESPN.com's David Newton. Rookie RB Brandon Wegher and RB Fozzy Whittaker are likely to compete for the No. 3 job.
Huddle Up: Artis-Payne impressed by rushing for 1,608 yards and 13 TDs last season at Auburn and whomever wins the No. 2 gig could quickly find themselves as the Panthers' lead dog given Stewart's injury history.
Ryan Tannehill - QB - Miami Dolphins
Clarifying a previous story, Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill's new deal includes four new contract years and up to $77 million in new money. The deal is worth $95.27 million over six total years, with options for 2015 and 2016 added in.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins overhauled their offensive line last year and revamped their receiving corps this season. Now they've locked up Tannehill for the next five years with a significant investment. Clearly the team believes in him, which makes it a whole lot easier for fantasy owners to do the same.
Ifeanyi Momah - WR - Free Agent
Arizona Cardinals TE Ifeanyi Momah has a good chance to make the team's final roster following the retirement of TE John Carlson. Momah is likely to make the full-time switch to tight end, after playing wide receiver in high school and college. Momah is expected to earn a spot on the Cardinals' depth chart behind tight ends Troy Niklas and Darren Fells.
Huddle Up: Momah has the size to be an NFL tight end, and it's not as if there is much ahead of him on the Arizona depth chart. If you're into deep deep sleepers, Momah might be worth a late-round dynasty stash.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is participating in the strength and conditioning program, despite being at odds with the Cowboys regarding his current contract. 'I wanted to be here for my teammates,' Bryant said. 'In the past two years that locker room has changed. There is something special in there.' If Bryant isn't given a long-term deal, he may not practice with the team until late July when training camp begins.
Huddle Up: Bryant has to see that the Cowboys are operating without a net at running back, which likely means they'll need to throw more--playing right into Bryant's wheelhouse in a contract year. Get some reps now with Tony Romo, take the summer off, then show up at the end of summer and earn some money. It's a solid plan.
Matt Jones - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones said that he loves the offense and has a chip on his shoulder after not being used properly while in college. 'My college career wasn't what I wanted it to be (because) of the offense I was in,' Jones said Saturday, May 16. 'I love (Washington's) offense. I love getting downhill. I think that's what they drafted me for. I can add more size, more catching out of the backfield, more blocking. I feel like I can do it all and complement Alfred Morris at the same time.'
Huddle Up: Morris has logged at least 282 touches in each of his three NFL seasons, but Jones -- the third-round pick out of Florida -- projects as the best No. 2 back have had during his run in D.C. The key might be how fast the rookie picks up pass protection and contributes as a pass catcher -- the latter being a notorious weakness for Morris.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo's quick decision making and accuracy fit well with New England's playbook that includes quick-rhythm passes as part of the foundation, and Bucky Brooks of NFL.com believes the Patriots will continue to use the diverse aerial attack that is used when QB Tom Brady is under center when Garoppolo starts.
Huddle Up: The 2014 second-round pick took snaps in five games last season, completing 19-of-27 passes for for 182 yards and a TD so there's not much to go on, but with Bill Belichick having four months to get the backup ready to play during Tom Brady's suspension -- however long that turns out to be -- don't make the mistake of downgrading the Pats' pass-catchers more than a few notches.
Jason Witten - TE - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten said Sunday, May 17, that he and QB Tony Romo could play four or five more years if they continue to play like they did last season.
Huddle Up: The veteran TE's targets, receptions and receiving yards have dipped in each of the past two seasons but that's mainly due to the better supporting cast -- i.e. the emergence of the ground game. At the same time, that reduces the wear and tear on the two 30-somethings, so three or more solid seasons out of each -- particularly Romo -- isn't out of the question.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray is going to be missed by his former team, the Dallas Cowboys, according to retired WR Michael Irvin. 'I want to upchuck sometimes when I hear the thoughts of others and (they say), 'Oh, you can put any running back behind that offensive line of the Dallas Cowboys,' Irvin said. 'I say, 'Really? Why did they hand the ball off to DeMarco Murray 392 times? Why didn't they stick anybody back there last year?' Because they already knew.'
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs, meanwhile, will miss the clear RB1 option they had last season in the Big D backfield as the dice will be rolled with and hopes will be pinned on Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and even Ryan Williams and Lance Dunbar in the middle and later rounds.
Rashad Greene - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Rashad Greene has looked smooth in rookie minicamp and is expected to be used out of the slot when the Jaguars use three- or four-receiver sets.
Huddle Up: Greene, who caught 270 passes including 29 TD grabs during his productive four seasons at Florida State, could prove to be a fifth-round find for the Jags. The addition of the rookie, however, only serves to further jumble the team's fantasy picture as he joins new TE Julius Thomas and second-year wideouts Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns in the mix for targets.
Marcus Mariota - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is scheduled to begin contract talks with the team Monday, May 18, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Mariota already has gotten his feet wet in workouts so don't look for this to be a lingering issue with the slotted rookie pay structure already in place.
Cody Latimer - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer will step in as an outside receiver when the team uses three-receiver sets this year.
Huddle Up: Look for Latimer and Demaryius Thomas on the outside with Emmanuel Sanders shifting inside to replace Wes Welker in the slot. In the big fantasy picture, though, look for Latimer to be competing with TE Owen Daniels for the No. 3 spot in the team's pass-catching pecking order behind Thomas and Sanders.
Mark Sanchez - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Mark Sanchez could be the team's best bet for a starting quarterback. Sanchez went 4-4 after taking over as the starter last season, and finished the campaign with a career best 64.1 completion percentage. Sanchez has played all but one game during his six-year career, showing health that's lacked by the Eagles' other options.
Huddle Up: As the 4-4 record attests, the results certainly were mixed as Sanchez started the second half of the 2014 season in Philly, leading many to believe that it's newcomer Sam Bradford's job to lose. Still, the elephant in the room is Bradford's lengthy injury history so Sanchez might end up finishing the 2015 season as the Eagles' starter even if it doesn't start out that way.
T.J. Yeldon - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon will likely win the starting job and be the feature back in 2015, according to ESPN.com's Michael DiRocco.
Huddle Up: That most definitely seems to be the plan for the second-round pick as Toby Gerhart has primarily moved to FB and Denard Robinson is simply to too light at 5-10 and 199 pounds to shoulder the load.
Joseph Randle - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle has the skills to lead the team's backfield in 2015 but he'll need to work on his off-field issues, according to Jon Machota of SportsDayDFW.com. Randle will need to prove to his coaches he can stay out of trouble and be relied on every week.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys will need Randle to step up, as Darren McFadden is far from reliable and there are no other legitimate options on the current depth chart. And while the Dallas offensive line is one of the best in football, Randle will need to demonstrate his trustworthiness in a hurry if fantasy owners are going to make him anything more than a late-round add in fantasy drafts later this summer.
Dennis Pitta - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) will likely begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Pitta has been participating in offseason workouts and is allowed to run and cut. He has also been running routes and catching patches during practice. Pitta added he is feeling good and is optimistic about playing in 2015.
Huddle Up: Difficult to count on Pitta for any fantasy assistance. The Ravens think the same way, having spent an early pick on Maxx Williams.
Melvin Gordon - RB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon impressed in his first day of rookie minicamp Friday, May 15, making quick decisions at the line of scrimmage and showing good burst when he reached the second level.
Huddle Up: The first-round pick took to the field Friday after arriving and signing a four-year contract with a fifth-year option the night before. With the starting job -- and the lion's share of the carries -- all his, the former Wisconsin stud is among the early top two or three front-runners to be fantasy's highest-scoring rookie in 2015.
Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel is likely to enter Week 1 of the season as the team's backup quarterback, in the opinion of The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci. He also thinks head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman are open-minded about QB EJ Manuel and will give him a fair shot to compete for a starting job this summer. If Cassel or QB Tyrod Taylor win the starting job, the Bills would be expected to trade Manuel before outright cutting him.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins, with Ryan Tannehill, likely will have the most stable AFC East QB situation entering the regular season with Tom Brady's expected suspension and the Bills and Jets staging preseason competitions.
Robert Griffin III - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was benched last season, in part, to set him up to succeed in 2015. The team wanted him to lose his sense of entitlement to his opportunities.
Huddle Up: It's a bit of a slippery slope, and we'll see if RGIII can regain his confidence. He also could use some better protection after Washington surrendered 58 sacks a year ago -- the second-highest mark in the league.
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess has played all three receiver positions during minicamp.
Huddle Up: Expect to see the 6-4, 230-pound second-round pick utilized all over the field -- including at tight end -- as the Panthers try to create as many favorable mismatches as they can.
Darren McFadden - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones expressed confidence in the team's overall run game Thursday, May 14. "You say the entire running game, and that would be including our tight ends, including our fullback -- the entire game -- we're better," Jones said. The Cowboys have yet to determine roles for their running backs. As it stands, RB Darren McFadden is at the top of the depth chart, with RBs Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams in the mix.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys may very well again have one of the league's top ground games -- they finished second a year ago with 147.1 yards per contest -- but it may play out as a RBBC this time around as opposed to last season when DeMarco Murray shouldered the load.
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