Eric Decker - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Eric Decker is skipping organized team activities this week because he is upset that the team has not re-signed free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick at this point, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Both Decker and Brandon Marshall have made it known they want their quarterback back... though if the Jets are unable to bring Fitzpatrick back, missing out on valuable time with the guys likely to replace him might not be Decker's best strategy.
Chris Thompson - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (shoulder) likely will not participate in any of the offseason workouts because he is still recovering from shoulder surgery.
Huddle Up: The Washington running back situation remains unsettled, so it's unfortunate Thompson won't be available to show what he can bring to the table. He'll have to compete for his old gig as the team's third-down/pass catching back in training camp.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB - New York Jets
Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) has not had contract talks with the New York Jets over the last few weeks, according to a source.
Huddle Up: So the news is... there's no news yet. But everyone still expects a Jets/Fitz reunion.
Dorial Green-Beckham - WR - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham impressed QB Marcus Mariota at organized team activities Tuesday, May 25. Mariota called Green-Beckham a stud and said he's gifted physically. 'Hopefully we can find ways to get him the football and let him do this thing,' Mariota said. Head coach Mike Mularkey said a bigger role for Green-Beckham hinges on his grasp of the playbook after the second-year receiver struggled with route-running last year. 'I think he knows that's a point of emphasis for him,' Mularkey said. 'He'll have a lot to say on whether he's that guy or not.'
Huddle Up: The quarterback loves him. The team needs him. And if DGB can figure out this whole route-running thing there's some serious fantasy upside to be had here.
Kevin White - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (shin) has not been limited during organized team activities. White said he is trying to use as much energy as he can and run as fast as he can after not playing at all in 2015.
Huddle Up: The Bears got nothing from their 2015 first-rounder, so they have to be thrilled to see him on the field fully participating. Anything he can do in OTAs to get on Jay Cutler's radar will pay dividends--fantasy and otherwise--this year.
Rueben Randle - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Rueben Randle (gall bladder) is fine, according to a source, but he is extremely sore and will be out two to three weeks while he recovers from having his gall bladder removed, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The surgery shouldn't prevent Randle from participating fully in training camp, but he could have used OTAs to get on the same page with his new quarterback, new coaches and new offense.
Niles Paul - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Niles Paul appears to have bulked up this offseason as the Redskins started organized team activities this week. Paul gained at least 20 pounds last offseason but lost all of that weight while sitting out due to his ankle injury.
Huddle Up: Paul was a wide receiver in college and even returned kicks early in his NFL career, so staying bulked up has been an issue. He'll need to stay healthy and keep the weight on to thrive in his role as Jordan Reed's backup.
DeSean Jackson - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson has not participated in voluntary workouts this week, but he has visited the Redskins. Head coach Jay Gruden said Jackson knows what kind of shape he has to be in and does expect him to participate in other voluntary workouts.
Huddle Up: Veterans take the "voluntary" in "voluntary workouts" quite seriously, and it's not as if Jackson needs to learn a new offense or prove anything to the coaches. In fact, Gruden and the Redskins would be perfectly happy if Jackson simply managed to stay healthy until his presence on the field is required.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) will have more X-rays on his injured right foot soon, and he hopes to participate more as the offseason progresses. Bryant admitted that he needs to be patient during his recovery, but said he feels great. He did participate in the early part of organized team activities Wednesday, May 25, before his rehabilitation.
Huddle Up: Bryant's foot injury scuttled what was expected to be a big season last year, so it's imperative that he's fully recovered before returning to action. There's nothing he needs to do in May to prove he's a top fantasy wideout; a fully healthy Bryant hitting the field in August would do just fine.
Ladarius Green - TE - San Diego Chargers
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) is out of organized team activities as he recovers from offseason ankle surgery. He doesn't have a firm timetable, but he's hopeful to be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: If Green is to be the safety blanket Heath Miller was for Ben Roethlisberger, he's going to need some reps with his new quarterback. Hopefully he'll be at full go for the start of training camp; if he's not, fantasy owners will need to back off the expectations that are building for Green and his new role in Pittsburgh.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he's 'hopeful' that QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is re-signed by training camp. However, Bowles didn't say he's confident.
Huddle Up: How many different ways can we say it? The Jets want Fitzpatrick back, Fitzpatrick wants to be back. Get it done already!
Eddie Lacy - RB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy still weighs 'in the 240s,' according to a source. Lacy did P90X workouts in the offseason and turned to basketball and boxing, too. It was reported back in April that Lacy had already lost 15 to 18 pounds. Head coach Mike McCarthy characterized Lacy's condition as 'so far, so good.' 'Eddie will be fine,' McCarthy said. 'I believe he'll hit the target that we're all looking for when the lights come on.'
Huddle Up: It was clear that Lacy's girth was a hinderance last season, so any work he's doing to get into better playing shape can only help. We'll know more when the Packers open training camp in July.
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott must compete to earn a starting role this year, according to running backs coach Gary Brown. Elliott was drafted fourth overall by the Cowboys and will compete with RBs Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris. 'It's a lot faster pace,' Elliott said. 'The game moves so much faster. Yesterday, I'm not going to lie, I was a little bit shell-shocked. But today I came out. I was a little bit more prepared and was more ready mentally so it was a little bit easier for me.'
Huddle Up: The learning curve definitely is not as steep for rookie RBs, and expect the fourth-overall pick to comfortably win the starting gig with his strong, pro-ready skill set.
Ameer Abdullah - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) had surgery to fix a torn labrum in his shoulder in January and could miss the rest of the offseason, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Abdullah led the team in rushing last year with 597 yards. He's said to be ahead of schedule in his rehab, but the Lions are being cautious with him until training camp. Abdullah is expected to be the starting running back in 2016.
Huddle Up: Yikes! Not the way those banking on a strong sophomore season from Abdullah wanted to see his offseason start. Definitely a player to track the rest of the summer whether you already own him or not.
Drew Brees - QB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, who said he hasn't had contract extension talks in two months, will not negotiate a new contract during the 2016 season. He doesn't plan to miss any offseason activities, whether a deal gets done or not.
Huddle Up: Brees turned 37 in January and looks to be on the downside of a great career. Expect any extension to be of the short-term variety with low risk for the Saints.
Trent Richardson - RB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens RB Trent Richardson is dealing with a hamstring injury Thursday, May 26, that he suffered last week.
Huddle Up: Not surprising, but definitely something that doesn't belong on the itinerary of player with a whole bunch to prove and coming off a season out of the league.
Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is back at practice in organized team activities Thursday, May 26, for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in training camp last year. Carolina is likely to ease him back into work, though, after he totaled 1,008 receiving yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie.
Huddle Up: Definitely expect the Panthers to treat Benjamin with kid gloves as he's expected to return to his No. 1 WR status. In The Huddle's preliminary player rankings, Benjamin checks in at 18th among WRs.
Brandin Cooks - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (undisclosed) is out of practice Thursday, May 26, and working on the side with trainers.
Huddle Up: The Saints are notoriously hush-hush with injuries, but it doesn't sound too alarming if Cooks is at least still getting in some work on the side. Stay tuned ...
DeMarco Murray - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray has received praise from both head coach Mike Mularkey and QB Marcus Mariota during organized team activities this week. 'I certainly liked some of the cuts I saw,' Mularkey said. 'Even without pads on, those were cuts he wasn't going to get touched on. It was going to be an explosive run. You can tell when a play is going to work and not work.'
Huddle Up: Perhaps the Titans' run offense suits Murray better than the square-peg-in-the-round-hole fit he had in Chip Kelly's Philly offense a year ago. Look for Murray to wind up being the lead horse in the Titans' RBBC, which also will feature second-round pick Derrick Henry.
Pierre Thomas - RB - Washington Redskins
Free-agent RB Pierre Thomas (Redskins) is still receiving interest from the Washington Redskins, but Thomas may want to wait until the season begins before signing with a team like he did last season.
Huddle Up: Right now Matt Jones is in line for feature back carries, but Thomas could horn in on both those and Chris Thompson's passing game work. It's a situation worth keeping an eye on.
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