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.
Joseph Randle - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Joseph Randle (Cowboys) has added another felony charge to the two he's already facing. He made an alleged threat against a Sedgwick County (Kan.) Jail deputy while incarcerated for two other pending felony cases, according to court and sheriff's office records.
Huddle Up: Talk about winning the offseason! Randle's three felonies put him in the lead among NFL free agents and all but ensure he never plays another down in the league.
Davone Bess - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Davone Bess (Browns) has been arrested after a standoff with police at his suburban Phoenix home. Police say Bess fled a traffic stop early Monday, June 20. He is being held on one felony count each of endangerment, flight and failure to stop for a police officer.
Huddle Up: Not to be outdone by Joseph Randle, Bess is making a strong play for most felonious this offseason. He looks to be a solid start in PPF (point per felony) leagues.
Brandon LaFell - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell is feeling confident with QB Andy Dalton, and two continue to build rapport. 'I've been working with (Dalton) for a little over two months now so we've got the timing down and it's been showing in practice every day,' LaFell said Tuesday, June 21.
Huddle Up: With Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu gone and Tyler Eifert injured, Dalton is looking for a pass-catcher to step up alongside AJ Green. If LaFell becomes Dalton's security blanket it could translate into him being a solid value play in larger fantasy leagues.
Kyle Rudolph - TE - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater said he and TE Kyle Rudolph talk about how they can improve when they're not on the field. Bridgewater also said Rudolph studies the plays from a quarterback's perspective. The young quarterback has learned to trust his tight end more, too, and Bridgewater has counted on Rudolph to come through.
Huddle Up: Rudolph has teased with snippets of fantasy value, but he needs to stay healthy to secure a spot in the top 10 tight ends. It doesn't help that the Vikings are a run-first team or that they just added red zone threat Laquon Treadwell to the mix, either.
Brandon Marshall - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall will ideally play at 230 pounds throughout the 2016 season, if head coach Todd Bowles has his way. Marshall said he's played at an average of 234 pounds to 235 pounds the last five seasons.
Huddle Up: Marshall doesn't rely on speed to get open, so five pounds isn't likely to make or break his productivity. However, if the coach says drop five pounds it would certainly behoove any player, even a veteran like Marshall, to shed the weight.
Jerome Simpson - WR - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers WRs Jerome Simpson, Bruce Ellington and Quinton Patton are in the mix for the starting job opposite WR Torrey Smith. WR Dres Anderson isn't expected to be consistent enough to shoulder the load, but he is also in the battle. WR DeAndrew White has plenty of size, but he is considered closer to the roster bubble than he is to being a regular contributor.
Huddle Up: While Smith is underrated as the team's clear No. 1 target, it's at least a three-way quaqmire right now involving Simpson, Ellington and Patton for the No. 2 gig.
Ronnie Hillman - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman is still ahead of RB Devontae Booker to back up RB C.J. Anderson, according to Andrew Mason of denverbroncos.com. RB Kapri Bibbs will also compete with Hillman and Booker for backup duties.
Huddle Up: Even though, he actually led the Broncos in rushing last season with 207 attempts and 863 yards, Hillman is perennially dismissed in many fantasy circles with GMs gravitating toward C.J. Anderson and, now, Booker, the fourth-round pick. While Anderson remains the projected starter, keep an eye on the Hillman-Booker battle for the No. 2 gig.
Arian Foster - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Arian Foster (Texans) anticipates being healthy enough to participate in training camp, according to a source. Foster is eager to regain his 2012 form, but he has not been signed yet despite at least three teams having had interest in him.
Huddle Up: There's no sense in anyone signing Foster until they get a clearer picture of where he's at health-wise so expect that to come closer to camp, or even into the preseason.
Eric Berry - S - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry has a reasonable chance to become the highest-paid safety and top Minnesota Vikings FS Harrison Smith's $51.25 million deal.
Huddle Up: Berry enjoyed a boffo comeback season last year with 61 total tackles, 10 passes defensed and a pair of interceptions, putting the 27-year-old in prime position to cash in as the Chiefs need him more than ever.
Alshon Jeffery - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery has continued to talk about a long-term contract, and a new deal is possible for the receiver, who received the franchise tag.
Huddle Up: Like most franchise-tag deals, talks likely will come down to the last few hours of the July 15 deadline. Stay tuned ...
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