James Casey - TE - Free Agent
Free-agent TE James Casey (Eagles) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos Saturday, April 11. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Intriguing move by the Broncos, as perhaps Gary Kubiak sees Casey as the heir to Owen Daniels, his personal tight end. And if that's the case, fantasy value is in store for Casey in Denver.
Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has been released from his rehab facility.
Huddle Up: Hopefully Manziel has his personal life in order and can now focus on the business of becoming a viable NFL quarterback.
Vernon Davis - TE - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis is attending voluntary workouts this season after skipping them the year before, saying 'I'm here this year because I want to get better.'
Huddle Up: Davis was a bust last season, so it's nice to see him doing something about it. There will be opportunities in the San Francisco passing game this season with Michael Crabtree gone, so a motivated Davis might place himself back on the fantasy radar.
Louisville WR DeVante Parker is scheduled to meet with the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers before the 2015 NFL Draft, according to a source. Parker is drawing comparisons to Odell Beckham Jr. from several talent evaluators. 'Parker is the kind of kid who could go to the right spot and put up 1,200 receiving yards as a rookie,' one personnel man said. 'He's that good.'
Huddle Up: Due to a foot injury, Parker missed all but seven games of his senior season at Louisville and finished with 43 catches for 855 yards and five TDs but he has the size, speed and skill combo to come in and make an immediate fantasy impact -- particularly if he lands with a team such as the Pats or Saints who have stud QBs already in place.
Colin Kaepernick - QB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has been impressive this offseason and looks like a different quarterback, according to TE Vernon Davis.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick posted career-low numbers in yards-per-attempt (7.0) and QBR (55.86) while finishing 16th among all QBs with 314 fantasy points, so it actually won't take much for him to improve. Re-establishing his lost connection with Davis -- who somehow only had 26 catches for 245 yards and two TDs -- will go a long way toward turning things around.
Robert Woods - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods could see a notable drop in targets in 2015 after the additions of RB LeSean McCoy, WR Percy Harvin and TE Charles Clay. Woods was targeted 104 times in 2014 and had 699 yards. However, Woods thinks he'll still have plenty of opportunities to make an impact in the passing game. He'll be playing for new offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and Woods already believes Roman's scheme will create more chances for the offense to make big plays.
Huddle Up: Also don't forget about stud wideout Sammy Watkins, who is sure to be more involved after seeing only 24 more targets than Woods as a rookie last season. Woods, meanwhile, finished in low-end WR4 territory with 100 fantasy points and will be fortunate to approach that area code again given the Bills' lingering QB question marks.
Navorro Bowman - LB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) is expected to be on the field for offseason workouts, according to head coach Jim Tomsula.
Huddle Up: Bowman, who wound up missing the entire 2014 season after his knee injury in the previous season's NFC Championship Game, is being counted on heavily in San Fran with the surprising off-season retirements of fellow LBs Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.
Rob Housler - TE - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns TE Rob Housler said hopes to receive a big role in the passing game next season, because he believes he can contribute on offense.
Huddle Up: The Browns certainly need a receiving threat at the TE position with the free-agent departure of Jordan Cameron, and Housler has shown he can be a threat, recording a combined 84 catches for 871 yards over the 2012-13 seasons.
Anthony Spencer - DE - Free Agent
Free-agent DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints on Friday, April 10. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Spencer will try to rekindle his career after a deeply disappointing half-sack, 27-total tackle showing in 13 games last season after missing all but one game in 2013 to injury.
Boise State RB Jay Ajayi is meeting with the Dallas Cowboys Friday, April 10. Ajayi also has dinner with representatives from the team Thursday, April 9.
Huddle Up: Whether it be Ajayi or one of the other prime RBs from this deep rookie class, look for the 'Boys to draft a back and look for that back to be a hot fantasy commodity given the ideal run-game setup in Big D.
Doug Martin - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has a supporter in head coach Lovie Smith. Smith said the team hasn't 'seen the true Doug Martin yet.' Smith also said RB Bobby Rainey is the current starting punt returner.
Huddle Up: In the two seasons since his standout rookie debut (1,926 yards from scrimmage, 12 TDs in 2012), Martin has had 1,080 total yards and three scores. And while he's still listed atop the RB depth chart and is receiving public praise from the head coach, don't be surprised if the Bucs add another back before training camp.
Hakeem Nicks - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Colts) had just 38 catches and four touchdowns in a complementary role with the Indianapolis Colts, but he insists that his career is not over. He also says that he is as healthy as he's been in a long time. 'I'm nowhere near finished, man, and I want to prove that to the world and everybody,' Nicks said. 'That's definitely my mentality, but I don't even want to talk about it. I feel like I got into that situation last year talking about it. I'm about to just go out there and prove it.' Nicks admits he let his injuries and contract situation with the New York Giants get to him. It does not look like he'll be returning to the Colts in 2015.
Huddle Up: Nicks just turned 27 in January so he theoretically should be in the prime of his career, but the interest has been scant so far this offseason. The WR did visit with the 49ers and reportedly has talks lined up with several other undisclosed teams, so look for Nicks to land an incentive-laden, one-year deal -- eventually.
Cedric Peerman - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Free-agent RB Cedric Peerman (Bengals) re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, April 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Peerman was re-signed after the Eagles showed some interest, but with Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard locked in atop the depth chart the fantasy implications are almost nil as Peerman has had all of 77 offensive touches in five seasons in Cincy.
Ezekiel Ansah - DE - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah is nearing the end of his rookie contract, and team president Tom Lewand mentioned Ansah as a possible candidate for an extension.
Huddle Up: With Ndamukong Suh now gone, Ansah will be counted on as the Lions' defensive-front play-maker after recording 15.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and 82 total tackles over his first two seasons in the Motor City.
Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck's fifth year option was picked up by the team Thursday, April 9. He is scheduled to make $16.155 million in 2016.
Huddle Up: No-brainer move of the year, locking up the game's best young quarterback -- and fantasy's top 2014 QB -- for one more season before the big $$$ become due.
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is drawing legit interest from the Cleveland Browns, who are interested in trading their two first-round picks in order to move up and draft him, according to multiple league sources. The Browns have picks No. 12 and No. 19 in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Another draft, another QB selection for the Browns? Cleveland has drafted eight QBs -- including six in the first three rounds -- since re-entering the league in 1999 and none of them has been selected to a Pro Bowl or even owns a winning record as a starter. On the flip side, rumor season is upon us in the NFL, and let's see if this really turns out to be any more than that.
The Miami Dolphins appear to be targeting West Virginia WR Kevin White in the 2015 NFL Draft, and they are reaching out to other clubs to gauge what it might cost to move into the top 10 this year, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins -- who have parted ways with WRs Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson this offseason -- certainly need a WR and will have to weigh the costs of trading up from the 14th overall pick to select the rapidly rising White or one of the other "elite" WR prospects versus staying put and selecting from the deep overall crop of wideouts.
Kamar Aiken - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh says WRs Kamar Aiken and Michael Campanaro are players who will have a chance to grow into bigger roles in the 2015 season.
Huddle Up: Aiken and Campanaro combined for 31 catches, 379 yards and four TDs last season and currently are penciled in as the backup WRs behind Steve Smith and Marlon Brown. Still, definitely don't expect the depth chart to stand pat with plenty of WR talent available in the draft and the remaining free-agent pool.
Rob Housler - TE - Cleveland Browns
Free-agent TE Rob Housler (Cardinals) has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns on a one-year deal, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Housler, who caught a combined 84 passes for 871 yards over the 2012 and '13 seasons, becomes the early favorite to start in Cleveland with Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray the only other TEs currently on the roster.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Updating an ongoing story, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was suspended three games and fined an additional game check Thursday, April 9 after violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to league sources. He has appealed.
Huddle Up: Bell might be able to get the suspension knocked down to two games, but those fantasy GMs willing to use a high first-round pick on the RB might have to make do without their top pick for almost a fifth of the regular season if the penalty stands. That also means that newly signed DeAngelo Williams is the early favorite to open the season as the Steelers' starting RB. Start adjusting your draft board accordingly.
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