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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.

Justin Hunter - WR - Tennessee Titans Posted 7/17/14 4:37pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter is drawing big comparisons to retired WR Randy Moss from WR Michael Preston. 'Not only is the sky the limit, I think he's going to be alright (personally),' Preston said. 'I know how great a player Randy Moss was, and in my mind, there's no reason Justin can't be the next greatest player. I just want to be there to support him. I know he's going to grow, make a great leap this year, and impress the city and fans with his talent.'
Huddle Up:  Hunter did most of his rookie-season damage in 2 games (10-223-2 TDs), but he definitely passed the big-play eye test -- backed up by his 19.7 yards-per-catch average and 4 TDs among 18 receptions -- so if you need to take a flier on a WR4 with upside, you certainly could do a lot worse than Hunter.

Marcedes Lewis - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars Posted 7/17/14 4:16pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Jacksonville Jaguars tight ends coach Ron Middleton said he hopes TE Marcedes Lewis will get more opportunities to catch passes in the middle of the field because of the additions of WRs Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. 'That's going to be huge for Marcedes,' Middleton said. 'It will give him a chance to do what he does best -- run right by safeties down the seam and have [QB Chad Henne] throw it up high to him.'
Huddle Up:  Lewis hit 7-year lows in receptions (25), receiving yards (359) and games played (11) last season, and now is on the wrong side of 30, but he definitely still has a lot of upside if the talent around him can take a step (or leap) forward.

Jimmy Graham - TE - New Orleans Saints Posted 7/16/14 7:19pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham said it was hard not to work with his teammates this offseason but did work out in Miami with free-agent LB Jonathan Vilma (Saints). He said he had a similar regime this offseason than what he did during the lockout in 2011, which produced one of his best NFL seasons. 'It was tough being away from the guys,' Graham said. 'The good thing is that the base and group of friends I have here in Miami is still strong. I did the same thing I did during the lockout year. I basically did the same day-to-day routine that I did (in 2011). And after the lockout, I had one of my best seasons I have ever had.'
Huddle Up:  No worries about Graham showing up to training camp out of shape as he sets to work earning the big payday he just inked.

Malcom Floyd - WR - San Diego Chargers Posted 7/16/14 7:19pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) said it was good that he was able to work with QB Philip Rivers during offseason workouts and is looking forward to the start of training camp. 'I think it's good for Philip, good for me to get that trust back,' he said. 'It's good for us to go through these plays right now so in training camp it'll be fluid and then you can run the plays without thinking,' Floyd said. He said he is not concerned about the neck injury he suffered last season and considered it a fluke event. Floyd was considered one of the top performers during the workouts.
Huddle Up:  Floyd has developed into a reliable fantasy contributor and will offer Rivers an alternative should Keenan Allen be covered. He's not a go-to guy, but you can plug Floyd into a bye-week hole without embarrassment.

Giovani Bernard - RB - Cincinnati Bengals Posted 7/16/14 7:19pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is expected to be utilized early and often in 2014. One beat writer expects 230 carries and 70 receptions.
Huddle Up:  Fantasy owners wouldn't mind seeing Gio get 300 touches this season, a reasonable workload that shouldn't overly tax the smaller-in-stature Bernard. The key will be if Jeremy Hill (or Rex Burkhead, or BenJarvus Green-Ellis) plays well enough to earn a chunk of carries that will keep Gio fresh without compromising the Bengals' offensive success.

Demetrius Harris - TE - Kansas City Chiefs Posted 7/16/14 12:34am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Kansas City Chiefs TE Demetrius Harris looks like a player ready to contribute this season, according to head coach Andy Reid. Meanwhile, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com believes Harris could receive plenty of looks if TE Travis Kelce (knee) is unable to play or is limited.
Huddle Up:  Harris is a 6-foot-7, 230-pound former hoops player at Wisconsin- Milwaukee who spent his rookie season on the K.C. practice squad. Kelce remains the Chiefs' TE to watch, but keep Harris' name handy, particularly in deep leagues.

Greg Hardy - DE - Carolina Panthers Posted 7/16/14 12:34am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy was found guilty Tuesday, July 15, of assaulting a female and communicating threats. Mecklenburg County Judge Rebecca Thorn-Tin sentenced Hardy to 18 months' probation. A 60-day jail sentence was suspended. Hardy's attorney Chris Fialko said he'll appeal, and Hardy has asked for a jury trial in superior court.
Huddle Up:  Any NFL penalties likely will wait until after the appeal is heard. And that appeal now is almost sure to cut into the season for the Pro Bowl DE -- not good news for the Panthers or Hardy's IDP owners.

Jonathan Dwyer - RB - Arizona Cardinals Posted 7/16/14 12:34am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Arizona Cardinals RBs Jonathan Dwyer and Stepfan Taylor will both be used to spell RB Andre Ellington this season, according to ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss.
Huddle Up:  With the 5-10, 195-pound Ellington not built to carry a full-size workload, it's looking like a three-headed RBBC in the desert. Ugh.

C.J. Spiller - RB - Buffalo Bills Posted 7/16/14 12:34am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller will likely touch the ball 20 times per game if the offense is operating efficiently, according to BuffaloBills.com.
Huddle Up:  Spiller has averaged 15.6 touches per game in each of the past 2 seasons, and unless Fred Jackson (15.8 per outing in 2013) misses a significant portion of the season, it's going to be tough for Spiller to hit that mark, especially considering that FA signee Bryce Brown also is now in the mix.

Bobby Wagner - LB - Seattle Seahawks Posted 7/16/14 12:34am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Seattle Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner said Tuesday, July 15 he thinks the team has gotten way better this year, mainly because of how young they are.
Huddle Up:  Youth is most definitely on the side of the defending champs as the 'Hawks' current two-deep depth chart features only 2 players (backup QB Tarvaris Jackson and reserve DT Kevin Williams) age 30 or older as of the current month.

Greg Hardy - DE - Carolina Panthers Posted 7/15/14 7:39pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy appeared in court Tuesday, July 15, on charges of communicating threats and assaulting an ex-girlfriend. She testified Tuesday that Hardy strangled her and threatened to kill her.
Huddle Up:  Hardy's career year (15 sacks, 65 total tackles) was a big reason why the Panthers' D made the jump to No. 2 in the league in both points and yards allowed in 2013, but Tuesday's lurid testimony is another reminder why the team franchise-tagged the DE instead of putting more effort into working out a long-term deal.

Kyle Orton - QB - Free Agent Posted 7/15/14 7:30pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
The Dallas Cowboys' released QB Kyle Orton on Tuesday, July 15, adding $1.12 million in dead money to the team's 2014 salary cap and $2.25 million to their 2015 salary cap, according to a source.
Huddle Up:  That leaves Cleveland castoff Brandon Weeden as the man in Big D should something happen to Tony Romo. Still, despite his recent back troubles and surgeries, Romo has only missed 1 regular-season start over the past 3 years.

Trent Cole - LB - Philadelphia Eagles Posted 7/15/14 7:30pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Philadelphia Eagles LB Trent Cole said earlier this week he feels good and believes he has at least three years left in the tank. With his experience, Cole said he knows how to rush the passer the right way and knows more about the game in general.
Huddle Up:  Cole's 55 sacks from 2007-11 trailed only the totals put up by DeMarcus Ware (80) and Jared Allen (77.5) during that span, but the soon-to-be 32-year-old has only 11 combined over the past 2 campaigns. He may be his prime, but definitely don't write him off just yet.

Jermichael Finley - TE - Free Agent Posted 7/15/14 7:30pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (Packers) is receiving interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers. It should be noted that the Steelers' neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Maroon, performed Finley's surgery in November and cleared him in May. 'Pittsburgh have showed me a couple deals, but we all know the money ain't what it's supposed to be,' said Finley, who has 223 career catches for 2,785 yards and 20 touchdowns. 'If I quit the game right now, I can take tax-free money, and that's a difficult thing that I'm going through with myself.'
Huddle Up:  Finley is still waiting for a contract offer to exceed the insurance payment he's scheduled to receive, but teams so far are proving to be a bit leery of a big-$$$ commitment.

Malcom Floyd - WR - San Diego Chargers Posted 7/15/14 7:30pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) said he is confident he is healthy heading into 2014. "I'm confident right now," Floyd said. "I don't have any doubts in my mind right now. It was just a fluke event."
Huddle Up:  Floyd has slipped to the fantasy back-burner due to the 2013 injury absence and advancing age (he'll be in 33 in Sept.), but the veteran could very easily re-gain his starting gig with the remainder of the Bolts' WR corps unproven and inconsistent outside of Keenan Allen.

Jimmy Graham - TE - New Orleans Saints Posted 7/15/14 12:20pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Updating earlier reports, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham will be the highest-paid tight end in the league with his 4-year, $40 million deal with between $20 million and $21 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up:  As expected, the deal beat the deadline and put Graham atop the TE charts -- a place he's already held in fantasy the past couple of seasons. On the flip side, Graham is more important than ever to QB Drew Brees and the Saints' passing game considering the team's young WR corps and the offseason departure of pass-catching RB Darren Sproles, who's now in Philly.

Shonn Greene - RB - Tennessee Titans Posted 7/15/14 12:20pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Tennessee Titans RB Shonn Greene could be cut if his injured right knee continues to prevent him from working out this offseason, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. Wyatt believes the team will opt to save the $2.3 million it owes Greene if he won't be able to contribute.
Huddle Up:   . . . rookie RB Bishop Sankey just keeps looking better and better.

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