Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has officially appealed his four-game suspension.
Huddle Up: As fully expected, and even if the appeal is denied, Brady could take it the courts so brace yourselves for a DeflateGate summer.
Baltimore Ravens TE Maxx Williams is expected to make an impact right away on third down and in the red zone, according to general manager Ozzie Newsome.
Huddle Up: It seems Newsome knows a thing or two about TE play as the Ravens have had a line of standouts at the position from Shannon Sharpe to Todd Heap to Dennis Pitta. It may take a year or two to acclimated to the next level, but don't be surprised if Williams is next on that list.
Alfred Morris - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris has a 50 percent chance to land a contract extension with the team, in the opinion of beat writer John Keim. Morris is in the final year of his contract.
Huddle Up: Morris' rushing yardage and average per carry have gone done in each of his last two seasons since debuting with 1,613 yards as a rookie in 2012, and much might hinge on the team's long-range outlook for third-round pick Matt Jones, who is a bigger version of Morris.
Dwayne Allen - TE - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen is missing the first four weeks of the Colts' offseason program as part of his plan to play as many as 20 games in 2015. "The high ankle sprain (from 2014) lingered a little longer then I wanted it to. I talked to (Coach Pagano) about it and there was an understanding. I've been out here for two months, just grinding, getting my body in good shape so that I can go out and the team can depend on me. Getting late in the year (2014), I had a banged up knee and a banged up ankle. They didn't feel, I didn't feel, that they could depend on me and that was frustrating because I feel as if, in every situation throughout the season, they can count me," Allen said. Allen expects to rejoin the team Monday, May 18, for the beginning of organized team activities.
Huddle Up: Allen has missed 18 of Indy's 32 regular-season games over the last two seasons, but still has been productive with nine TD catches among his 30 receptions during that span and has some definite fantasy value once the top TEs are off the board in your fantasy drafts.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington said the selection of rookie RB David Johnson will give him more rest time and keep the offense upbeat.
Huddle Up: Ellington who missed four games last season and never seemed to be quite himself even when he did play can certainly stand to be kept fresher while letting the 6-1, 225-pound rookie handle more of the inside-the-tackles dirty work.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been impressive during offseason workouts, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. 'He's really done well,' Zimmer said. 'He's running routes good; he's working hard. So we just need him to continue to do those things and continue to keep getting consistent and keep improving. I've been impressed with the things that he's done.'
Huddle Up: Patterson was a 2014 fantasy dud by all measures -- falling off his previous season's marks in all three of the "T" metrics with his targets dipping from 77 to 67, his touches falling from 57 to 43 and his offensive TDs dropping from seven to two. He'll be available for cheap after last season's disaster and could be a true sleeper given that his main WR competition consists of Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright.
Reggie Bush - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush has been an asset to QB Colin Kaepernick this offseason, according to general manager Trent Baalke. The GM said Bush and Kaepernick have developed a rapport and that Bush's downfield speed gives Kaepernick more room to work with.
Huddle Up: Bush will be attempting to bounce back from an injury-riddled disappointing second season in Detroit but has averaged 51.8 catches a season during his nine NFL campaigns and will give Kaepernick an out-of-the-backfield weapon that he's lacked.
EJ Manuel - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said he likes the new offense that offensive coordinator Greg Roman is bringing to the team. 'I just think the dynamics that we have and the personnel that we have, you look at the receivers, running backs and the tight ends we have at the skill positions and the O-linemen getting better, getting stronger, getting nastier,' Manuel said. 'But with the shifts and motions and the things we'll do to mix it up for a defense is going to be really good. Instead of just being vanilla we'll have a whole lot of different looks for opponents to prepare for.'
Huddle Up: The Bills' offense will be much improved, but will the team's starting QB be usable fantasy material? The third-year Manuel posted an ugly 19.77 QBR in five games last season, and is trying to beat out newcomer Matt Cassel for the No. 1 gig. It'll be interesting to see how the competition plays out over the summer.
Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants
Huddle Up: Tough to bank on much from Cruz this year, especially with Odell Beckham Jr. emerging as the Giants' go-to receiver in Cruz's absence last year. But if he's looking like his old self in training camp, it will be a situation worth revisiting.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's four-game suspension could be reduced significantly, and possibly overturned, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Brady has put together a renowned legal team to appeal his suspension.
Huddle Up: It wouldn't be at all surprising to see Brady's four-game ban reduced to three or even two, but exonerating him completely would represent a huge backpedal by the league. Worse for the image-conscious NFL, it would go against public sentiment... outside of New England, at least.
Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) did not experience swelling in his injured knee after running routes and doing some agility drills. Cruz, however, will not participate in team practices during the Giants' minicamp and will continue doing some of his own rehabilitation work.
Huddle Up: Slow and steady remains the recovery pace for the Cruz, who is bouncing back from a torn patellar tendon. The wideout is making good progress, but there are questions still remaining as to if he's going to be able to approach his pre-injury skill level.
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman signed a four-year contract Tuesday, May 12. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Good news for the third-round pick, who now can go about making a serious run at the team's No. 1 RB gig. This past season, Coleman joined Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon III and Penn State’s Larry Johnson as the only players in Big Ten history to eclipse 2,000 yards, finishing with 2,036.
Fred Jackson - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson may not make the final roster if the Bills end up keeping only three running backs, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. RB LeSean McCoy is a lock for the final roster, while RBs Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown will also compete for a spot.
Huddle Up: Crazy to think that after splitting touches and vulturing reps from each other for the last four years that Jackson and current Saints RB C.J. Spiller may both be gone by the time the season opener rolls around in September. One key determining factor may be if fifth-round pick Karlos Wiliams can put his off-field issues and disappointing final season at Florida State behind him and make a compelling case for a spot on the final roster.
Josh McCown - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown has taken control of the Cleveland offense and the locker room, according to new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. Head coach Mike Pettine has already said that McCown's experience has given him the advantage for the starting quarterback position.
Huddle Up: Yeah, the Browns might be able to use a little leadership as they try to snap a string of seven straight losing seasons. Some production at the position also might be nice after Cleveland finished with the second-worst team passer rating (72.8) in the league last season -- finishing ahead of only the Jags (72.0).
Ryan Mallett - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QBs Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett will split first-team repetitions once organized team activities (OTAs) begin later this month.
Huddle Up: This figures to be one of the more tightly contested QB battles this summer, but the fantasy fortunes of the rest of the Texans' offensive skill players don't figure to be affected one way or the other.
Tony Romo - QB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo said he believes the team's offensive line could extend his career if they play well moving forward. 'When you have a good offensive line like we do the thought definitely crosses your mind to ensure you do everything possible to play longer than maybe what you had envisioned,' Romo said.
Huddle Up: Hey, it's not a coincidence that the 34-year-old Romo put up some of the best marks of his career -- 69.9 completion percentage, 7.8 TD percentage, 8.5 yards per attempt, 113.2 rating -- in a season in which he was only sacked 29 times, his lowest full-season total in six years. Having the league's best ground games to fall back on also didn't hurt, either.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has three days to appeal his four-game DeflateGate suspension and most definitely will file one, according to his agent.
Huddle Up: Brady certainly would start climbing back up the fantasy QB ranks for every potential game he could shave off his suspension, but judging what the commish and and NFL office is going to do these days is a dart throw at best. Here's thinking the four-game ban might end up sticking, but, of course, stay tuned ...
Lance Moore - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Lance Moore (Steelers) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.
Huddle Up: Moore only caught 14 passes for 198 yards and two TDs and never seemed to quite find a fit in his one-season stop in Pittsburgh, but he has a good chance of being better utilized by Detroit OC Joe Lombardi who worked with Moore during his heydays in New Orleans.
A.J. McCarron - QB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron (shoulder), who spent almost all of his rookie season in 2014 on the non-football injury list with a shoulder injury from college, plans to push QB Andy Dalton hard for the starting job in training camp this summer. 'Andy's our starter. I know that. I love Andy to death. But I want to make him better every way that I can,' McCarron said. The coaches said McCarron looks to be throwing pain-free this offseason. He spent the offseason training with quarterbacks coaches David Morris and Tom House, and House changed some of McCarron's mechanics to help him throw tighter with more compact body control.
Huddle Up: There's more competition up and down the Cincy QB depth chart with Terrelle Pryor recently joining McCarron, Dalton and Josh Johnson but realistically it's going to take a near-full meltdown or an injury to knock Dalton out of the starting spot.
Joseph Randle - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle could see the bulk of the carries as the season weighs on, in the opinion of beat writer Todd Archer. Archer pegged Randle for 1,200 rushing yards this season in what Archer admitted was a bold prediction.
Huddle Up: Offseason addition Darren McFadden certainly can't be counted on given his injury history, but meanwhile Randle -- a fifth-round pick in 2013 -- has shown a penchant for finding off-the-field trouble and has amassed only 507 yards on 105 carries in two seasons so far, obviously leaving many to wonder if he's suited to shoulder the lead-role load. Still, that Big D offensive line can smooth over a lot of issues ...
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