Chris Johnson - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Jets) has been in contact with the Dallas Cowboys.
Huddle Up: You mean... Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden isn't the answer? CJ behind that offensive line has some fantasy upside and would definitely be a camp battle worth watching.
Sio Moore - LB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders LB Sio Moore (hip) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.
Huddle Up: The Silver & Black were hoping to have one of their best defenders back by the start of training camp this week, but according to reports, they only expect this to be a minor setback and anticipate Moore won't miss much more time. In 11 games last season, Moore finished third on the squad in both total tackles (89) and sacks (3).
Matt Asiata - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata was a fantastic contributor in goal-line situations last season, but head coach Mike Zimmer indicated Monday, July 27, that RB Adrian Peterson will be leaned upon in the situations this season. 'Obviously, we're going to have to spell (Peterson) at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we're probably not pulling him out, you know?,' Zimmer said.
Huddle Up: Asiata finished 2014 with the league's seventh-most carries (23) and wound up with the third-most TDs (nine) inside the opponents' 10-yard line in 2014, but Peterson never has a season with less than 10 rushing scores when he's played at least 12 games, and he's back in his lead-dog role in the Twin Cities, bumping all the other pups aside.
Chris Cooley - TE - Free Agent
Free-agent TE Chris Cooley (Redskins) is still considering a comeback, although he said Monday, July 27, in a radio interview that he does not anticipate a team signing him before the start of training camp. In addition, he is likely to join a contending team. 'It would probably have to be a team that realisitically has a chance of winning this year. Teams that don't have a chance of winning don't sign 33-year-old tight ends,' Cooley said.
Huddle Up: Cooley hasn't played since 2010 and hasn't played in double-digit games in a season since 2010, but talented tight ends are always in NFL demand, and look for a team to give the former D.C. standout an incentive-laden shot to show what he's got in camp.
Josh McCown - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown enters training camp as the team's starting signal caller, but head coach Mike Pettine said Monday, July 27, that McCown is not guaranteed of the job. 'The repetitions will (still) be handled that way, with Josh as the one,' Pettine said. 'Now, I wouldn't say I'm guaranteeing today that Josh McCown is going to be the starter against the Jets (in Week 1).'
Huddle Up: Other than his 3-2 record as a starter and 13-1 TD-to-interception ratio in 2013 with the Bears, McCown owns a 14-30 career record as a starter with 48 TDs and 58 interceptions. Moreover, the Browns' 2015 skill-position supporting cast isn't exactly the 2013 Bears' contingent, either, so the fantasy -- and certainly reality -- jury remains very much out on the 36-year-old QB
Markus Wheaton - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton is believed to have performed the best among the wide receivers during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Wheaton is set to be the Steelers' slot man when the team goes to three-WR sets, but as of right now, his fantasy upside is limited with Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, Heath Miller and likely even Martavis Bryant ahead of him in Pittsburgh's pass-catching pecking order.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell last season became one of five RBs -- Marshall Faulk did it three times -- since the 1970 merger to have at least 1,000 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in the same season.
Huddle Up: Bell finished second in the league with 1,361 rushing yards and led all RBs with 854 receiving yards last season, and while he figure to be up there again, the 1,000-800 Club is unlikely unless his current three-game season-opening suspension somehow gets trimmed to a game.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins was targeted 128 times last year, but only one receiver has been targeted more than 110 times in a season for head coach Rex Ryan.
Huddle Up: Watkins wasn't in the best of health all season, playing hurt in a number of games, and figures to be ready for more looks in Year 2, but the Bills, meanwhile, have added several new weapons (RB LeSean McCoy, WR Percy Harvin and TE Charles Clay) in addition to a ground-oriented coach in Ryan so approaching 128 again might be a reasonable number for Warkins.
Doug Martin - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin could be in line for a big, bounce-back year, in the opinion of beat writer Roy Cummings.
Huddle Up: Martin only has 286 touches for 1,080 yards and three total TDs in 17 games during the two seasons since his breakout rookie year of 2012, in which he totaled 368 touches for 1,926 yards and 12 TDs. In short, he's a player who bears watching as he'll first have to hold off second-year back Charles Sims to hold on to the starting gig, and then he'll have to show he can stay healthy. Follow along as we keep tabs on his progress in training camp.
Junior Galette - LB - Free Agent
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette was officially released Monday, July 27.
Huddle Up: Despite 22 sacks over the last two years, Galette's productive run with the Saints is now history. He says he's now ready to move on to the next stop of his NFL career, but reports of off-field misconduct and the pectoral injury he suffered this offseason will both have to pass muster before a new team breaks out the check book.
Denver Broncos LB Shane Ray (foot) said his foot is 100 percent, and he will be ready to fully participate in training camp.
Huddle Up: Typically, there'd be a little more IDP buzz surrounding a first-round pick who notched 22.5 tackles for losses and 14.5 sacks in the SEC last season, but Ray is expected to rotate in to spell OLBs DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller this season and won't have as high of a ceiling as a result.
Jadeveon Clowney - LB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.
Huddle Up: Clowney is recovering from microfracture surgery and it's unclear whether or not he'll be ready for Week 1. Clowney could open the year on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of the season.
Brandon LaFell - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (foot) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.
Huddle Up: LaFell was wearing a protective boot during OTAs, so this is an injury worth monitoring. However, it's not expected to keep LaFell out of any game action yet. LaFell currently has an ADP of Round 9.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants to rush for 2,500 yards this season.
Huddle Up: Peterson always sets lofty goals for himself. As a consensus Top 3 pick in fantasy drafts, owners will be happy with 1,500+ rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns from AP.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension still has not been announced, and the NFL is now open to talking with the NFL Players Association about a possible settlement in the case, according to sources. Brady is not expected to accept any suspension in a settlement with the NFL but is willing to accept a fine.
Huddle Up: It's hard to imagine the NFL wiping away any suspension but hopefully for fantasy owners and everyone involved this gets settled soon. Regardless of where you stand on this issue, it's gone on for way too long. With the regular season just over a month away, it's time to reach a final decision and move on.
Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said the difference is 'night and day' in his readiness between this year and last. He said his head is no longer spinning at the game's pace.
Huddle Up: Bortles threw for 2,908 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie. He also tossed 17 interceptions and was sacked 55 times. Bortles should improve in 2015 with a healthy Allen Robinson and the additions of TE Julius Thomas and RB T.J. Yeldon. Bortles has a chance to emerge as a weekly QB2 if he can cut down on his mistakes.
Scott Chandler - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Scott Chandler was one of the stars of the offseason workout program by dominating in the red zone alongside TE Rob Gronkowski.
Huddle Up: Chandler stands 6-7 and has scored 17 touchdowns in his five NFL seasons. He'll give Tom Brady another dangerous weapon in the red zone. However, his fantasy value is limited with the presence of Gronkowski. Chandler could make an impact in deeper TD-heavy leagues.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins recorded 53.3 percent of his receiving yards and four of his six touchdowns in four games last year.
Huddle Up: That puts Watkins down near the bottom of the fantasy consistency ratings -- something his owners would like to see improve -- but in the end, it added up to 65 catches for 982 yards and the six TDs, which was good enough for 24th overall among all WRs in standard scoring.
Mike Wallace - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace was impressive during training camp Sunday, July 26.
Huddle Up: Last season in Miami, Wallace finished with an 67-862-10 receiving line -- numbers which would've easily paced the Vikings last season. He now projects as Minnesota's No. 1 wideout and a low-end WR3 in 12-team leagues.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell looked explosive during the first day of training camp Sunday, July 26, and he said he is in the best shape of his life.
Huddle Up: Bell, of course, has had plenty of time to recover from the knee sprain that kept him out of the team's wild-card loss, and it still remains to be seen if he'll have to serve his full three-game suspension to open the season. Regardless, he's had the highest ADP (4.78) in early drafts so far.
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