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Posted: 10/23/2014 10:16am et
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. might be moved around over the final nine games, according to receivers coach Sean Ryan. He said Wednesday, Oct. 22, that he envisions moving Beckham around so teams cannot just key on the young playmaker, and the belief is that Beckham's skills will play well in the slot. The only thing that may prevent the team from moving him inside is that they don't want 'to overload him.'
Huddle Up: Beckham missed much of the team's offseason and preseason work due to injury, so throwing another position at him might be counterproductive. That said, expect the Giants to find ways to take advantage of Beckham's skill set and get him the ball on a consistent basis.

Posted: 8/20/2014 10:22am et
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers TE Colt Lyerla (knee), who was waived/injured Tuesday, Aug. 19, could move to fullback in the future, according to tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot. He said fullback 'certainly seems to fit (Lyerla's) wheelhouse.' Lyerla will likely be placed on Injured Reserve after he clears waivers, according to Lyerla's agent, Vinnie Porter. 'So to put him on IR and give him a redshirt season is probably the best option for the whole situation,' Porter said. 'They've already put a decent amount of work into him. But it's a business and you never know what could happen.'
Huddle Up: It's a bit of a risk for the Packers to slide Lyerla through waivers (think the Giants and Jake Ballard), but it appears the team sees a future for him if he's able to avoid injury and the off-field issues that have plagued him. If he does clear waivers and winds up on Green Bay's IR, he may be worth a deep dynasty stash.

Posted: 8/20/2014 10:22am et
Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams said he is working to gain the trust of QB Aaron Rodgers. 'Just making sure that it becomes second nature,' Adams said about what he needs to work on most. 'Everything out there is just flowing and I don't have to worry about thinking too much and I can just play.'
Huddle Up: Some early-camp drop issues certainly didn't help Adams, but he's a talented pass catcher in an elite pass offense. If he can gain Rodgers' trust, the potential exists to carve out a role in a receiver rotation that includes two players--Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin--who will be free agents following the season.

Posted: 8/16/2014 1:34pm et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) is a candidate for the Active/Reserve/Injured list, which would keep him out until the middle of the season. The team hopes Sims will be about to play in their ninth game of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Sims is expected to return in Week 10 or later, so he has no value in re-draft leagues. Doug Martin gets a bump with Sims out. Martin currently has an ADP of Round 3.

Posted: 8/13/2014 10:30am et
Detroit Lions RB George Winn ran with the first-team kickoff units Tuesday, Aug. 12. He also had a few situational plays with the first-team offense. The team wants to get a closer look at him as he's having an impressive camp.
Huddle Up: With Reggie Bush and Joique Bell atop the depth chart there aren't a ton of touches available for Winn. However, he's sparkled this preseason and may force his way into the mix--or at least provide solid insurance should Bush and/or Bell succumb to the injury bug.

Posted: 8/2/2014 1:10pm et
Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney (undisclosed) left practice early Saturday, Aug. 2, because of some soreness, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. O'Brien said Clowney has been on a snap count during training camp.
Huddle Up: Clowney appeared to be dealing with a right leg injury and eventually left practice on a cart. The No. 1 overall pick underwent sports hernia surgery during the offseason and the team has been managing his snaps so far in training camp. Despite the snap count, Clowney has reportedly been having a strong training camp before Saturday's setback.

Posted: 7/25/2014 9:48am et
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will begin his NFL career by trying to replace RB Jason Snelling (retired) as a do-all backup. Snelling played tailback, fullback and even returned kickoffs last year. Freeman's first task is to learn the system and then find a spot to carve out a role behind trusted veteran RBs Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith.
Huddle Up: Don't peg Freeman as just a backup; the Falcons haven't received nearly the production from Jackson they thought they would, and Rodgers hasn't lived up to his billing either. Freeman could take over as Atlanta's every-down back sooner rather than later, and the crash-course of filling all the roles will get him on the field plenty.

Posted: 7/21/2014 11:11pm et
Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger was allegedly sucker punched in a Nashville bar this weekend but did not need medical attention. The owner of the bar said Mettenberger did not throw any punches.
Huddle Up: There were allegedly some SEC undertones to the scuffle, but the upshot is that Mettenberger escaped unscathed--and unarrested.

Posted: 7/21/2014 11:04pm et
Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger was rumored to have broken his hand in an accident over the weekend, but that rumor is false.
Huddle Up: Mettenberger comes into the league with some off-the-field issues on his resume, as well as an injury history. While his hand is apparently fine, this incident isn't what the Titans were hoping for when they drafted Mettenberger as their potential successor to free agent-to-be Jake Locker.

Posted: 6/25/2014 3:14pm et
New York Jets rookie TE Jace Amaro is struggling in his initial workouts. The no-huddle, spread system at Texas Tech is significantly different from the Jets' deeper pro-style playbook. He looked lost in three-wide packages and needs to polish his routes, in-line position, footwork and releases.
Huddle Up: No surprise that Amaro is facing a difficult transition, especially given the offense he came from and the offense he's moving to. However, it's plenty early so don't write him off just yet; the Jets' passing game needs a ton of help, and once Amaro picks up the program he's talented enough to contribute.

Posted: 6/11/2014 11:51pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer 'has been tagged internally as a miniature version of Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles in offensive coordinator Todd Haley's system, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.
Huddle Up: That's a nice comparison, but playing in a backfield with Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Archer is unlikely to see anything resembling Charles' volume of touches. And it's tough to see him making a significant fantasy impact even if he's providing a Charles-like bang on the touches he does receive.

Posted: 6/11/2014 11:51pm et
The Cleveland Browns have signed third-round draft choice RB Terrance West. West's contract is worth $2.796 million that includes a $527,400 signing bonus. West has been getting reps with the first-team offense in practice, and he has shown power through the first level and quickness when eluding defenders. He is expected to play a major role for the team offensively. RB Chris Ogbonnaya has also taken reps with the first team while the team takes it slow with RB Ben Tate.
Huddle Up: Keep in mind the Browns traded up to secure West in the 2014 Draft, so he definitely factors into their plan. Given Tate's injury history and the lack of Josh Gordon in Cleveland's passing game, there is significant fantasy opportunity for the Towson rookie this season.

Posted: 6/6/2014 3:29pm et
The Houston Texans agreed to terms with LB Jadeveon Clowney on a contract Friday, June 6. Per NFL rules, the length of the contract is four years. Clowney's contract is worth $22.27 million guaranteed, including a $14.51 million signing bonus.
Huddle Up: The rookie scale makes it significantly easier for teams to sign their draft picks. Now that the money is squared away and at least $22.27 million will be heading into Clowney's bank account, we'll see if all the predraft handwringing about his supposed lack of a high motor will come into play.

Posted: 5/30/2014 6:25pm et
New York Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's West Coast system was on display Thursday, May 29. The majority of plays included a three-wide receiver set. Expect plenty of screen passes and quick-timing, horizontal pass patterns, with three-step drops from the quarterback.
Huddle Up: The shorter drops should help Eli Manning with some of the issues he had with regards to pressure last season, but he's never been a timing quarterback so this new offense will be a work in progress throughout the OTAs and training camp.

Posted: 5/30/2014 6:25pm et
Green Bay Packers TE Colt Lyerla is feeling at home and accepted with the Packers organization. Lyerla commented Thursday, May 29, on feeling lost and admitted to hitting rock bottom, but knows what it will take to improve as a person. He said football is a 24-hour job and his only focus.
Huddle Up: Lyerla has plenty of issues in his past, but if the Packers are able to give him a solid foundation off the field he has the talent to provide massive benefits on the field.

Posted: 5/28/2014 11:27am et
The Seattle Seahawks signed fourth-round draft pick WR Kevin Norwood to a four-year deal Tuesday, May 27. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Huddle Up: Norwood is an intriguing addition to the Seahawks, but as an unproven depth receiver on a run-first offense there isn't much fantasy value to be had.

Posted: 5/24/2014 1:53pm et
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said the biggest hurdle for QB Logan Thomas to clear is breaking the habit of trying to decide where to throw while dropping back. Arians wants Thomas to drop back and set his feet before making a throw.
Huddle Up: Thomas is a project, but there are few better choices for a coach to develop such a prospect than Arians. He's a deep, deep dynasty investment, one with low risk and a potentially huge payoff if he flashes the ability he did a couple seasons back at the collegiate level.

Posted: 5/23/2014 11:38am et
New York Giants RB Andre Williams is a power back that doesn't figure to be much of a receiving threat. He has drawn comparisons to former Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner.
Huddle Up: Committee backfields are all the rage in the NFL, and it would make sense for the Giants to focus on Williams' strengths by using him where he's effective--and finding a complementary back to handle third-down work. Not being a receiving threat will impact Williams' value in PPR leagues, but if he's as much of a goal line threat as Turner that shouldn't be much of an issue.

Posted: 5/23/2014 11:38am et
Houston Texans third-round pick TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $3.95 million. The deal includes a signing bonus of $703,304.
Huddle Up: With the regime change in Houston, tight ends will be used differently than in the past. That may present the multi-dimensional Fiedorowicz with an opportunity, though it's tough to project him for Owen Daniels-type numbers right out of the gate.

Posted: 5/23/2014 11:38am et
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers TE Colt Lyerla's three-year contract does not include any guaranteed money, according to a source. He is scheduled to make $420,000 in 2014, $510,000 in 2015 and $600,000 in 2016.
Huddle Up: It's a win-win for the Packers, who ink perhaps the most talented tight end in this draft class without having to commit money to a guy who has had more than his share of off-the-field issues. If Lyerla can keep his nose clean off the field, he has the ability to provide Aaron Rodgers with a Jermichael Finley-type target.

Posted: 5/21/2014 12:30pm et
Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson posted on his official Twitter account Tuesday, May 20, that he has signed his rookie contract. While financial details were not divulged, Richardson is due to receive a $1.7 million signing bonus and the standard four-year deal is worth roughly $4.7 million overall.
Huddle Up: Richardson has an opportunity to crack the Seahawks' receiver rotation right away, and getting signed and into camp will help in that regard. That said, Seattle is a run-first team and the fantasy value of a depth receiver is limited at best.

Posted: 5/19/2014 3:19pm et
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said QB Johnny Manziel had a very successful three-day minicamp with the team over the weekend, and he'll begin practicing with the rest of the team this week. 'They see Johnny in the locker room and they know he's a good guy and a good teammate,' Pettine said. 'There's no diva-type personality there -- he's just another guy. He's funny and fun to be around and he's going to work hard and that's something they all respect.'
Huddle Up: This is about as good a start as the Browns could hope for, with Manzielmania driving ticket and jersey sales while the player himself remains grounded and ready to work to earn his spot with the team. Of course, we're barely into minicamps so there's still a ways to go.

Posted: 5/18/2014 6:17pm et
Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson (shoulder) sat out of practice Sunday, May 18, due to a sore shoulder. He's expected to be back by the end of the week.
Huddle Up: It's early of course but Richardson figures to be more of a project than most second-round picks and needs all the reps he can get if he hopes to have any kind of sizable role this season.

Posted: 5/17/2014 12:47pm et
Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey will miss some of the team's offseason workouts, because he is still in school at Washington. Sankey will return for the final two workouts and the June minicamp.
Huddle Up: It hurts a little that Sankey isn't getting full reps with the team this offseason, but running back is a position where that shouldn't impede his progress up the depth charts. He'll get plenty of work in prior to training camp, and the expectation is that he remains the rookie running back most likely to get an extended workload.

Posted: 5/17/2014 12:47pm et
Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger (knee) participated in practice Friday, May 16, with a bulky brace on his left knee, which limited his movement. 'I am not moving as fluidly as I have in the past but I am working hard to get back there,' Mettenberger said. "Being in the brace for two months, trying to learn how to walk, you lose a lot of muscle. I just have to keep working."
Huddle Up: Mobility isn't exactly one of Mettenberger's strong points anyway, so it's not as if the team needs to wait for him to regain 4.4 speed to take snaps. Any work he can get in this early in the offseason will only help as Mettenberger looks to take the starting gig away from Jake Locker.

Posted: 5/17/2014 12:47pm et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) was limited during practice Friday, May 16, because he is still recovering from foot surgery.
Huddle Up: Good that ASJ is at least getting some reps in during the Bucs' OTAs. There's no indication his foot surgery will prevent him from pushing for a starting spot once training camp opens.

Posted: 5/17/2014 12:47pm et
The Miami Dolphins have been using OT Billy Turner at left guard and right guard during workouts. The team hopes Turner will be able to develop into a starter right away.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins' offensive line needs a ton of help, so it only makes sense for them to want to fast-track the talented Turner into an open role. Turner played guard at the Senior Bowl after playing tackle in college, and it appears the Dolphins concur with the general predraft feeling that he's better suited to be a guard at the NFL level.

Posted: 5/17/2014 12:47pm et
The New England Patriots signed draft picks RB James White and WR Jeremy Gallon Friday, May 16. Financial terms of the deals were undisclosed. Per NFL policy, both contracts are four years in length.
Huddle Up: White and Gallon are talented rookies who could challenge immediately for roles in a New England offense that seems thin on playmakers at either position.

Posted: 5/16/2014 6:04pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee was used on two jet sweep run plays at rookie minicamp Friday, May 16, which is a definite sign of how the Jaguars intend to use him.
Huddle Up: It's not as if the Jaguars' offense is jam-packed with playmakers, so it makes sense to find ways to get the ball into the hands of a guy who has the potential to provide Jacksonville with that dimension. A handful of running game touches per week give Lee's prospective fantasy value a bump as well.

Posted: 5/16/2014 6:04pm et
The New York Giants signed RB Andre Williams Friday, May 16. Per NFL rules, all rookie deals are four years in length. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Williams should have an opportunity to carve out playing time in the thin Giants' backfield, and getting into camp without issue can only help his cause.

Posted: 5/16/2014 1:37pm et
The Washington Redskins signed third-round pick OG Spencer Long and sixth-round pick RB Lache Seastrunk to four-year deals.
Huddle Up: Seastrunk brings an intriguing skill set to the table in Washington; a good showing in training camp could allow him to push Roy Helu and even Alfred Morris for touches in Jay Gruden's offense.

Posted: 5/16/2014 1:37pm et
Updating a previous report, the New York Jets signed sixth-round draft choice QB Tajh Boyd to a four-year deal worth $2.3 million. The deal includes a $79,000 signing bonus.
Huddle Up: Toss Boyd in the mix with Michael Vick and Geno Smith for quarterback duties in New York. Though he's just a sixth-round selection, Boyd came into last season as a potential first-round option so there's some talent there to work with. At minimum he projects as the likely long-term backup to Smith if Vick is a short-timer with the Jets.

Posted: 5/16/2014 1:37pm et
Updating a previous report, the New York Jets signed fourth-round draft choice WR Shaquelle Evans to a four-year deal worth $2.67 million. The deal includes a $450,000 signing bonus.
Huddle Up: The Jets aren't particularly deep at wide receiver, so Evans could work his way into the regular rotation sooner rather than later--especially since now there's no risk of a contract holdup.

Posted: 5/16/2014 1:37pm et
Updating a previous report, the Houston Texans signed fourth-round draft choice QB Tom Savage to a four-year deal worth $2.52 million. The deal includes a $300,584 signing bonus.
Huddle Up: The Texans' potential quarterback of the future is locked up for four seasons--more than enough time for Bill O'Brien to mold him and see if he's everything Houston is hoping for at the position.

Posted: 5/12/2014 12:43pm et
Kansas City Chiefs QB Aaron Murray (knee) said he is feeling good and has been cleared to practice after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in November. 'I'm ready to go right now,' Murray said. 'I'm fully doing everything when it comes to running, jumping, all my dropbacks, all my rollouts right and left. So there's really absolutely no restrictions right now. The doctors have given me the green light to go out there and do everything. I'm excited to get out there and practice next week.'
Huddle Up: It's not as if Murray is expected to compete for playing time right away in Kansas City, but the sooner he's able to get on the field the sooner he can pick up the offense--and the sooner the Chiefs can determine if they found themselves a sleeper QB.

Posted: 5/9/2014 8:08pm et
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins with the 38th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The Bucs are giving Josh McCown a very similar set of targets to that with which he enjoyed success in Chicago, with Seferian-Jenkins likely torpedoing whatever fantasy value Timothy Wright might be clinging to.

Posted: 5/9/2014 8:08pm et
The Oakland Raiders selected Fresno State QB Derek Carr with the 36th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The Texans couldn't pull the trigger on David Carr's little brother, but the Raiders don't view him with quite as much baggage and have him lined up to succeed Matt Schaub under center--likely sooner rather than later.

Posted: 5/9/2014 12:22pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (heart) has been diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat but does not think it will be an issue in the future.
Huddle Up: The Vikings brought Bridgewater back for a second physical, and you have to think if they spent a first-round pick on him he's been cleared medically.

Posted: 4/26/2014 12:20am et
Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley said the team will look to add pieces to the offense that will help QB EJ Manuel be successful this upcoming season. 'It's a quarterback driven league, so we're going to give every avenue and every piece of the puzzle to surround EJ and make him as successful as possible,' Whaley said. 'What we did this offseason affords us the opportunity to go any way and every way in this draft, but our main focus is making sure EJ progresses.'
Huddle Up: Reading between the lines, look for Buffalo to add a receiver or two in a draft class especially deep at the position. And if one or more of the "big three" quarterbacks in this class slip down the board to the Bills, expect them to deal out of the spot.

Posted: 4/26/2014 12:20am et
Updating a previous report, Auburn RB Tre Mason (wrist) refuted claims he needs wrist surgery after the 2014 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: You have to believe at this juncture Mason has been fully vetted, especially with regards to any injury he may or may not have. So talk that he will or won't need surgery shouldn't do anything to impact his draft stock.

Posted: 4/26/2014 12:20am et
San Francisco 49ers OG Mike Iupati (ankle) is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. Iupati did not need surgery on the broken ankle he suffered during the NFC Championship game. General manager Trent Baalke said Iupati is out of a walking boot and is able to walk on his own.
Huddle Up: Good news for one of the league's top guards and for the 49ers' offense.

Posted: 4/11/2014 3:09pm et
Free-agent C Alex Mack (Browns) has signed his five-year, $42 million offer sheet from the Jacksonville Jaguars that includes $26 million in guarantees. He can void the final three years of the team with the promise that he won't be tagged again, and the contract also includes a no-trade clause. The Cleveland Browns now have five days to match the offer sheet.
Huddle Up: Mack has said he'd prefer to exit Cleveland, but the transition tag allows the Browns to match Jacksonville's front-loaded offer if they so desire. If not, Toby Gerhart and Chad Henne upgrade the line in front of them while Brian Hoyer and Ben Tate take a hit.

Posted: 4/10/2014 12:37am et
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns transition free-agent C Alex Mack has agreed to terms of an offer sheet with the Jacksonville Jaguars Wednesday, April 9. The actual offer sheet is not yet drawn up, but will be shortly and then submitted. The Browns have the opportunity to match the offer to retain Mack.
Huddle Up: Tough to see the Browns letting one of the better centers in the league walk, but then again they've had ample opportunity to lock him up with an offer and failed to do so. Now we'll see how good the Jaguars' contract people are at coming up with an unmatchable deal.

Posted: 4/2/2014 5:45pm et
The Miami Dolphins signed WR Mike Rios (Cardinals) Wednesday, April 2. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: No reason to think Rios is anything more than a depth guy in Miami.

Posted: 3/21/2014 12:28pm et
Fresno State QB Derek Carr (illness) fought through an illness and completed 56 of 63 passes during his pro day Thursday, March 20. At least 23 teams were on hand to scout Carr. Among those attending were Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen and Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. Carr was scheduled to meet with the Vikings and Raiders following his workout. Scouts were not voicing concerns over Carr's arm strength after his throws. 'Obviously, he was very impressive today,' said Turner, whose Vikings have the eighth overall pick. 'He came out and showed he has a strong arm, very accurate, he made all the throws. He had a heck of a workout.'
Huddle Up: You'd like to think teams have a pretty good read on a prospect well in advance of watching him run his own scripted workout against no defenders, but maybe teams were impressed by how Carr toughed it out and threw well despite the adversity. Carr remains a fringe option in the first round, not likely to crack the top 10 but definitely on the radar later in the round or on Day 2.

Posted: 3/18/2014 11:05am et
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater said he believes he could have done better throwing the ball at his Pro Day Monday, March 17. 'Me being a perfectionist, it was nowhere near where I wanted it to be,' Bridgewater said. 'It's a learning process. I was able to take away something from those throws and just tell myself that, 'Hey, keep hitting the guy in the left shoulder.' Or, 'Keep hitting the guy in stride.' But, overall, I just felt I had a great day.' Bridgewater ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds during his workout. Bridgewater did not throw with gloves on during the workout even though he played with gloves on this season. At least 10 of Bridgewater's passes were either drops or overthrown.
Huddle Up: Certainly not a deal breaker but the less than stellar showing under optimal conditions won't make teams feel like reaching for him. His stock wasn't hurt too much by the performance but certainly wasn't helped.

Posted: 3/3/2014 2:21pm et
Central Florida QB Blake Bortles is often being compared to Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck by NFL personnel people as the NFL Draft approaches. Bortles measured 6-foot-5 1/2, 232 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine, and Luck measured 6-foot-4, 234 pounds.
Huddle Up: It's that time of year when the predraft smoke is pretty thick, so take the Bortles/Luck comparisons with a grain of salt. The Central Florida QB is likely a top-10 pick; if he's truly Luck-like, he should be the first player off the board.

Posted: 2/19/2014 8:21pm et
Fresno State QB Derek Carr will not throw during the NFL Scouting Combine but will participate in other drills.
Huddle Up: It's not unusual for top prospects to opt out of various drills at the Combine, choosing instead to showcase their talents at personal or school pro days where the player has more control over the environment. Carr, however, isn't necessarily a top prospect and will draw plenty of scrutiny for his decision.

Posted: 2/15/2014 8:47pm et
Central Florida QB Blake Bortles said he currently plans to throw at the NFL Scouting Combine. He said he probably will participate in every drill except the bench press.
Huddle Up: Nice to see one of the marquee names and a probably top-10 pick stepping up to throw in the Underwear Olympics.

Posted: 1/24/2014 11:21pm et
University of Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis (hamstring) has left the Senior Bowl early because of a hamstring injury. He is expected to be ready for the NFL Scouting Combine.
Huddle Up: Abbrederis was impressive prior to the injury, solidifying his status as a reliable NFL-ready target. He should be able to run at the Combine, so his draft status shouldn't be negatively impacted by the injury.