Antonio Brown - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown believes his experience on Dancing With the Stars can give him an advantage on the football field. '[Dance training] can definitely help me with football, change of direction, fluidity, constantly being ready for the next move,' Brown said. 'Dancing is all about the next move, being prepared for the next move in the midst of any move. It will definitely help with ankle strength, pushing off, change of direction.'
Huddle Up: It's scary to think that a wide receiver who's caught 375 passes for 5,031 yards and 31 TDs over the last three seasons could possibly improve, but he'll be in the running for the No. 1 overall pick in drafts this summer -- PPR league or not.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Patrick Murray was released Thursday, May 19.
Huddle Up: A Sunshine State shocker as the kicker (Roberto Aguayo) the Bucs traded up in the second round to draft apparently already has won the PK job.
Phillip Dorsett - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) suffered an apparent hamstring injury during organized team activities Tuesday, May 17, according head coach Chuck Pagano.
Huddle Up: Dorsett is expected to take over a more substantial role in the Colts' receiver rotation, so missing opportunities during OTAs to find his niche in Andrew Luck's passing game is not what the Colts were hoping for.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB - New York Jets
Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) is not close to a contract agreement with the New York Jets, but Jets WR Eric Decker said he expects Fitzpatrick to be the starting quarterback in the first regular season game.
Huddle Up: Most of the football-watching planet expects Fitz to be the Jets' quarterback, but until it happens the fantasy values of Decker and Brandon Marshall remain in limbo.
DeSean Jackson - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder will serve as the Redskins' primary slot receiver in 2016, with WRs Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Ryan Grant also capable of playing in the slot.
Huddle Up: Josh Doctson will claim one of the outside spots, leaving the above-listed candidates battling for one starting spot in Kirk Cousins' receiver rotation.
Donte Moncrief - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Donte Moncrief (toe) had surgery on his turf toe early in the offseason, but it's not expected to be a long-term issue.
Huddle Up: Colts wideouts are emulating their quarterback in being all kinds of banged up. Indy needs to get the entire passing game on the field to shake off the rust and live up to last season's expectations--and by the looks of things that may not happen until training camp.
Jeremy Hill - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill is using his costly playoff fumble from last season to motivate himself this offseason. 'If anything [the fumble] motivated me as a player and will continue to help me the rest of my career,' Hill said. Hill added that he's embracing his mistake and waiting for his opportunity to overcome it.
Huddle Up: Not much else you can do after a costly gaffe like that then to use it as fuel for improvement. Hill is addressing the issue head-on and looks to be ready for a shot at redemption.
Josh Scobee - PK - Free Agent
New Orleans Saints PK Josh Scobee was released Tuesday, May 17.
Huddle Up: The veteran kicker has bounced around since leaving Jacksonville, but the way the kicker carousel spins in the NFL he's likely to get at least one more look in training camp.
Zach Mettenberger - QB - Tennessee Titans
Free-agent QB Zach Mettenberger (Titans) was claimed by the San Diego Chargers Tuesday, May 17.
Huddle Up: It's not as if the Bolts are loaded behind Philip Rivers, and Mettenberger showed at least some competence in Tennessee before Marcus Mariota arrived. So he's at least worth a waiver claim.
Colin Kaepernick - QB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) is not falling behind QB Blaine Gabbert despite still rehabilitating his injuries, according to head coach Chip Kelly. '[Kaepernick] has a great grasp of what we're doing,' Kelly said. 'I'm really impressed by both [Gabbert] and him and their intelligence and being able to pick up what we're trying to do.' Kelly said he hasn't set a timetable for when the starter will be announced.
Huddle Up: Expect Chip to play this battle out throughout camp, and maybe even into the season. Given the dearth of receivers in San Francisco it's tough to bank on either QB for fantasy help this year even given the productive history of quarterbacks in Kelly's offenses.
Darren Sproles - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles is absent from organized team activities as the team has fielded trade offers for him. The team received calls in the middle of the NFL draft about Sproles, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The soon to be 33-year-old Sproles should have another good change-of-pace season or two left in him, but it's sounding unlikely they will be in Philly, where the post-Chip Kelly purge continues. Stay tuned ...
Andre Roberts - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR Andre Roberts was released Tuesday, May 17. The move will save the team nearly $4 million on the salary cap.
Huddle Up: Roberts caught only 47 passes for 588 yards and two TDs in two seasons in D.C., and with the Skins adding Josh Doctson and Ryan Grant in the last two drafts, he became expendable. He now joins the free-agent pool, where he'll try to catch on with a team as a bottom-of-the-depth-chart wideout.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is not expected to play in the preseason after undergoing foot surgery three weeks ago.
Huddle Up: At least this happened in the offseason, but it's not exactly encouraging news for Watkins owners who have seen the wideout battle multiple injuries in his two seasons in Buffalo.
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd, the team's second-round draft pick, has signed a four-year deal with the team. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Boyd is definitely a wideout to have on your rookie radar with the WR spot wide open across from A.J. Green after the offseason departures of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu.
Mark Sanchez - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez injured his left thumb in the weight room Thursday, May 12, and underwent surgery Saturday, May 14. He will miss a few organized team activities, according to Mike Kils of 9news.com.
Huddle Up: Not a huge deal given the calendar, but it reiterates the fragility of the Broncos' QB situation with only raw rookie Paxton Lynch and untested second-year Trevor Siemian the only other QBs on the roster. In any case, it's not looking overly promising for wideouts Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Thomas Rawls - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RBs Thomas Rawls, Christine Michael and C.J. Prosise could be called on early and often in 2016, according to WR Doug Baldwin. Baldwin said the Seahawks are going to go back to the run game and not pass as much this season.
Huddle Up: Rawls, the second-year back, figures to be the main beneficiary as he averaged 22 carries per game in the five full games he started and finished last season while Marshawn Lynch was out.
Carlos Hyde - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde was praised by new head coach Chip Kelly recently. 'Carlos is a stud. He's been full-go since we started in the beginning of April,' Kelly said. 'Participated in everything. And he's as advertised. To have someone that size that is that agile, has that vision, it's really impressive to see him work every day. There have been no restrictions on him at all. He's full clear, 100 percent, and he's going. He's really good, we're really excited about him.'
Huddle Up: By most accounts, Hyde's recovery from his foot injury has gone swimmingly, and if so he'll be the unquestioned bellcow in Kelly's new offense. Think a solid RB2 in fantasy drafts.
Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins said he believes long-term contract talks will intensify closer to the July 15 deadline.
Huddle Up: Nothing like a deadline spurs action, but in any case, Cousins will be at the helm in D.C. for least one more season.
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson said he is working on learning the new routes he will have to run in the NFL. 'A lot of the routes are deeper,' Doctson said. 'A lot of deep in-breaking routes. I probably didn't run one double move in college and we have a whole arsenal of double moves here. It's a little different in and out of breaks, getting your hips around. Things like that.'
Huddle Up: A learning curve is to be expected for rookie receivers. The first step for Docston is knowing that there's work to be done, which he appears to be on top of; now comes the much tougher task of scaling that learning curve.
Doug Baldwin - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin wants to focus on his catch rate for next season, ideally hauling in any catchable target. Baldwin only dropped two passes in 2015 while catching 78 balls, 14 of which were touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Two drops hardly necessitate an offseason devotion to improving his catch rate, but maybe that attention to detail is why Baldwin is emerging as a top-end receiver.
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