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Chris Polk - RB - Philadelphia Eagles Posted 7/15/14 12:20pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk should serve as RB LeSean McCoy's primary backup this year with RB Darren Sproles maintaining a secondary role in the offense, according to ESPN.com's Joe Kaiser.
Huddle Up:  With the addition of Sproles, Polk has sort of been lost in the shuffle, and that's somewhat understandable given the 2012 college free agent only has 15 career NFL touches. But Polk is a player who belongs on the fantasy radar given LeSean's lofty status and the overall potency of Chip Kelly's offense.

Mike Williams - WR - Buffalo Bills Posted 7/15/14 12:20pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Buffalo Bills WR Mike Williams could become one of the main weapons in the red zone for the team this season because of his physical style of play, according to ESPN.com's Mike Rodak. Last year, the Bills were one of just four teams to finish with a red zone touchdown efficiency of less than 50 percent.
Huddle Up:  In 4 seasons with the Bucs, the 6-foot-2 Williams was targeted 63 times inside the red zone, resulting in 28 catches for 232 yards and 18 of his 25 career TD grabs. He and 6-7 TE Scott Chandler figure to be EJ Manuel's go-to guys inside the 20 this season.

Matt Asiata - RB - Minnesota Vikings Posted 7/15/14 3:07am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon could see the field more than backup RB Matt Asiata because of his ability as a receiver and change-of-pace runner outside or between the tackles.
Huddle Up:  Asiata would be the likely 20-carry back if Adrian Peterson were to go down, but as far as a complementary back receiving a half-dozen touches a game McKinnon is the more likely candidate. Assuming All Day stays on the field, however, neither holds much in the way of fantasy value.

Percy Harvin - WR - Seattle Seahawks Posted 7/15/14 3:07am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin is penciled in to return kickoffs.
Huddle Up:  Additional value for Harvin in leagues that reward return yards and touchdowns--at least for the six to eight games Harvin actually makes it to the field.

Eli Manning - QB - New York Giants Posted 7/15/14 3:07am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he has been working hard on learning offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system this offseason. 'It's reenergized me,' Manning said. 'I'm trying to speed up the process of getting comfortable in the new system. I don't have 10 years. I have a few months.'
Huddle Up:  Eli struggled mightily last season, and all the blame can't be placed on his offensive line. He's learning a new offense that is asking something completely different of him this season--namely, short timing routes--so he bears watching in the preseason to see if he's taking to it. The fantasy fates of Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, and Odell Beckham Jr. hang in the balance.

Jimmy Graham - TE - New Orleans Saints Posted 7/15/14 3:06am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
The New Orleans Saints are close to a long-term deal with franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham that would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history. The team is optimistic that a deal will get done by the July 15 deadline.
Huddle Up:  Graham is appealing the ruling that allowed the Saints to franchise him as a tight end, so if a deal is to be reached expect it to be for more than tight end money. Graham is valuable enough to the Saints that it would make sense to overpay him; if they do, it would alleviate a whole bunch of concern heading into fantasy draft day.

Golden Tate - WR - Detroit Lions Posted 7/15/14 3:06am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate said he expects to catch more passes in 2014 than he did last season because opponents will be focusing on trying to cover WR Calvin Johnson. 'I think if I can stay healthy ... it's going to be fun,' Tate said. 'I have a chance to catch a ton more balls. I'm going to see a lot of single coverage. I'm probably going to see a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks because everyone's going to be on No. 81.'
Huddle Up:  The Lions throw more in one game than Tate's former team threw in a month, so even if he's the second option for Matthew Stafford he'll see plenty of balls in Detroit this season.

C.J. Spiller - RB - Buffalo Bills Posted 7/15/14 3:06am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller recently said there's a noticeable difference in the team's running game with a year of experience under the new offensive system. At the same time, Spiller admitted there's still work to be done before the season starts.
Huddle Up:  It makes sense that if the team is more comfortable with the system they'll be able to run it more efficiently. The Bills ran the ball well last season, so if Spiller can stay on the field maybe he'll finally live up to the fantasy hype that's surrounded him since he was a first-round pick a few years back.

Vernon Davis - TE - San Francisco 49ers Posted 7/14/14 6:13pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
It is believed that San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis is leaning toward not reporting for training camp on time because of his contract situation, according to a source.
Huddle Up:  Nothing to get too worked up about yet, though if you're trying to buy low on Davis in a dynasty league you could start planting seeds of worry in the Davis owner. If and when Davis doesn't show up for workouts in August... then you can start to worry. But after paying Colin Kaepernick this offseason it would be shocking if the Niners don't come correct for his most reliable receiver as well.

Dwayne Bowe - WR - Kansas City Chiefs Posted 7/13/14 10:39pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe looked great during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up:  Bowe hit 4-year lows in catches (57) and yards (673) last season, but K.C. doesn't seem at all worried, doing nothing to address the position in the offseason. In short, the Chiefs and certain keeper-league owners are counting on Bowe's numbers to start trending in the opposite direction -- in a hurry.

Lance Dunbar - RB - Dallas Cowboys Posted 7/13/14 10:39pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) hasn't missed a snap this offseason and should fill the third-down back role for the team this year.
Huddle Up:  Dunbar is listed as the No. 2 back behind DeMarco Murray and has the talent to produce in a limited role, but at only 5-8 and 190 pounds, it's hard to imagine him shouldering the starting load for more than a game or 2 if something happens to Murray..

Brian Hoyer - QB - Cleveland Browns Posted 7/13/14 10:39pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he knows that he will be pushed by QB Johnny Manziel for the starting quarterback job but is looking forward to competing during training camp.
Huddle Up:  Of all the QBs currently sitting No. 1 on an NFL depth chart, none is under the gun like Hoyer, who's going to have to immediately pick up where he left off left season -- and then some -- to hold off the wildly popular rookie and keep ravenously hungry Browns fans at bay.

Trent Richardson - RB - Indianapolis Colts Posted 7/13/14 10:39pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson will need to produce right away in the running game if he wants to keep the starting job, because the team will not wait for him to turn things around if RB Ahmad Bradshaw or Vick Ballard are playing well.
Huddle Up:  Uh, yeah, there's zero chance a contender such as the Colts will keep giving Richardson start after start if he's averaging anywhere close to the 2.9 yards per carry he averaged a season ago.

Ted Ginn Jr. - WR - Arizona Cardinals Posted 7/13/14 10:23pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Arizona Cardinals WR Ted Ginn Jr. appears to have the inside track for the No. 3 wide receiver job this upcoming season.
Huddle Up:  Ginn has had only one season of more than 38 receptions, and that was way back in his second season of 2008, so things thin out pretty quickly in the desert behind starters Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.

Jarrett Boykin - WR - Green Bay Packers Posted 7/13/14 10:23pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Green Bay Packers WR Jarrett Boykin will be entering training camp as the No. 3 wide receiver, and it will be hard for one of the other wide receivers to outperform him for the job.
Huddle Up:  Boykin's chief competition will come from second-round pick Davante Adams, but Boykin has 2 years' head start in the system, emerging as was a mid-season revelation a year ago and finishing with 49 catches for 681 yards and 3 TDs.

Martavis Bryant - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers Posted 7/13/14 4:08pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
The Pittsburgh Steelers hope WR Martavis Bryant will be able to be a factor in the red zone and could also be a deep threat on offense, according to wide receivers coach Richard Mann. 'He's a big guy, different from what we've had, as far as his length. We feel like we can utilize his talents in the red zone. He has a big reach. He has good speed. So we can use him in various ways, as far as cleaning things out. He's also a deep threat. He does have the speed,' Mann said.
Huddle Up:  With the Steelers' other top WRs (Anonio Brown, Lance Moore and Markus Wheaton) all 5-foot-11 or shorter, the 6-4 fourth-round rookie clearly stands out among the bunch. Definitely look for him to get some regular work in the rotation unless the training-camp learning curve proves to be too steep.

Marcell Dareus - DT - Buffalo Bills Posted 7/13/14 4:08pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
There has been no clarification as to whether Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus will receive any suspension for his offseason arrest.
Huddle Up:  Dareus turned down a recent plea deal and instead is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 9 -- 2 days after the Bills' Week 1 opener in Chicago -- on a reckless-driving charge, leaving IDP owners in limbo for the time being.

Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers Posted 7/13/14 3:57pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said training camp and preseason games will determine how the team uses RBs Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer in the running game.
Huddle Up:  Bell ranked 12th in the league last season in logging 68.2 percent (244 carries) of the Steelers' rushing attempts -- and that was with the rookie missing 3 full games due to injury. Blount, meanwhile, carried the ball 153 times for the Pats, and then factor in the speedy rookie Archer, so don't be shocked if Bell's percentage of the workload takes a slight dip.

Andy Dalton - QB - Cincinnati Bengals Posted 7/13/14 3:57pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said he wants to help QB Andy Dalton improve his play this upcoming season. 'We are tethered together. And I'll jump off a building with this guy,' Jackson said, 'because I believe in the things he's trying to accomplish with his career, and I think I can help him.'
Huddle Up:  Look for the Bengals to offer immediate help by calling more running plays. Dalton aired it out a career-high 586 times last season -- ranking eighth in the league -- but look for that number to drop with a running game featuring Giovanni Bernard, BenJarvus Green-Elllis and second-round pick Jeremy Hill.

Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns Posted 7/13/14 3:57pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Cleveland Browns SS Donte Whitner said the team should not release WR Josh Gordon, because the players and coaches need to help him out with off-field issues. 'We have to help him collectively. It's not going be one person that helps him, it's not going to be two people that help him. It's gonna come from the front office, the coaching staff, the players and his whole family. We have to help him - not only for football purposes, but for life purposes to get his life in order,' Whitner said. Whitner said he is one of several teammates that have reached out to Gordon, who is very remorseful for what has happened.
Huddle Up:  When the problem clearly -- and continually -- outweighs the production, then a player will be let go, but Gordon is by far the Browns' top offensive weapon after leading the league -- and shattering the franchise single-season record -- with 1,646 receiving yards last year, so the squad likely isn't at the waiver- wire stage with the wideout quite yet.

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