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Posted: 8/18/2014 9:42am et
A poor performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has Miami Dolphins OG Dallas Thomas on the hot seat. Thomas let Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy through for a sack and fumble, as well as a hit and tackle for loss on Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill.
Huddle Up: Pushing Thomas for playing time is third-round pick Billy Turner. The Dolphins will be starting an all-new offensive line across the board, at least until Mike Pouncey returns from his hip injury, so finding the right five building blocks will be a process. Once Miami finds a unit that can keep Ryan Tannehill upright and open holes for Lamar Miller, they have the offensive weapons to make noise in Bill Lazor's new scheme.

Posted: 8/16/2014 3:05pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel said he doesn't feel ready for the team's regular season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Manziel added he can get ready, though, as it's only the second week of the preseason.
Huddle Up: Manziel's comments may show some modesty but the bottom line is he's still in close competition with Brian Hoyer to start Week 1. Expect the Browns to name a starter early next week. If it's Manziel, he'll be a top-tier QB2 entering the year with plenty of upside.

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: 8/16/2014 11:40am et
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (concussion) suffered a concussion and not an injury to his ribs during the second preseason game, according to head coach Dennis Allen.
Huddle Up: Carr will now go through the concussion protocol before returning to action. Matt Schaub hasn't been impressive this preseason but he's set to began the year under center for the Raiders with Carr likely getting starts as well at some point throughout the season.

Posted: 8/16/2014 12:06am et
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews mixed in with the first-team in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 15, against the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Matthews thrived against the Patriots, catching nine balls for 104 yards. Matthews has a chance to see a lot of playing time as a rookie, especially with Jeremy Maclin's injury history. He currently has an ADP of Round 12.

Posted: 8/15/2014 7:10pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel worked with the first-team offense in 9-on-9 and 11-on-11 drills in practice Friday, Aug. 15, and looked better going through his progressions. Head coach Mike Pettine said the team has left all of their options on the table when determining who the starting quarterback would be going into Week 1.
Huddle Up: The Browns are expected to make a decision on their starting quarterback some time early next week. How Manziel and Brian Hoyer perform in the second preseason game will go a long way in deciding who gets the starting nod on opening day.

Posted: 8/15/2014 7:10pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has impressed the team with his progress in training camp and the preseason so far, according to head coach Gus Bradley.
Huddle Up: The Jaguars had originally planned to ease Bortles in as a rookie but he's played so well during the preseason, they're now re-thinking their strategy. Playing against second and third-team defenses, Bortles has thrown lasers and been in total control of the offense. He'll now get a chance to play with the starters in Jacksonville's next preseason game. If Bortles unseats Chad Henne, he'll be a QB2 with upside.

Posted: 8/13/2014 7:36pm et
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) took part in 11-on-11 drills in practice Wednesday, Aug. 13, but it remains unlikely that he'll play in the preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts this week.
Huddle Up: Beckham is getting close to returning but may still be held out one more preseason game. The rookie has a lot of talent but his slow start to camp has dropped Beckham to an ADP of Round 14.

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: 8/13/2014 10:30am et
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has struggled at blocking in training camp.
Huddle Up: The Lions didn't draft Ebron to block, but it's still something he needs to be able to do to get and stay on the field on a regular basis. Pile this on top of the dropsies Ebron battled earlier in camp and the Lions' first-round pick is doing nothing to suggest he'll buck the trend of first-round tight ends struggling in their initial NFL season.

Posted: 8/12/2014 9:11am et
San Francisco 49ers OG Alex Boone is drawing trade interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: The Niners seem more than willing to move on without Boone, with Joe Looney currently filling his right guard spot. And the Bucs, after getting less than expected out of Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks over the past few seasons and demoting Jamon Meredith following an abysmal outing in the first preseason game, have a glaring need at guard. It's a match made in NFL trade heaven!

Posted: 8/11/2014 10:54am et
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) will participate in individual drills during practice Monday, Aug. 11, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.
Huddle Up: Beckham needs to get back to full workouts in order to carve out a role in the Giants' receiver rotation. Right now he's on Coughlin's list, which isn't a good place to be--especially if you're banking on Beckham to be a fantasy factor.

Posted: 8/9/2014 11:57pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has not been named the starter for the team's second preseason game Monday, Aug. 18, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: All signs point to Manziel starting Cleveland's second preseason game so the rookie can get reps with the first-team offense. Manziel showed flashes on Saturday night when he played with the second and third-team units, completing 7-of-11 passes for 63 yards. He also added 27 yards rushing.

Posted: 8/9/2014 1:34am et
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater completed six of his 13 pass attempts for 49 yards in his preseason debut Friday, Aug. 8, against the Oakland Raiders. He did not throw any touchdown passes, nor did he toss any interceptions. The rookie out of Louisville was also sacked twice.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater's first pass was a nice 21-yard completion but it was called back because of a penalty. Things only went downhill from there. Bridgewater's receivers didn't help him out with some drops but the rookie will need a much better performance in his next preseason game to stay in the hunt for the starting job.

Posted: 8/8/2014 11:16pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles completed seven of his 11 pass attempts for 117 yards in his team debut in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 8, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bortles entered the game with the second team to a huge ovation.
Huddle Up: Chad Henne is entrenched as Jacksonville's starter but it was a strong debut from Bortles. While Henne will begin the season under center for the Jaguars, Bortles will likely make starts at some point during the year. Bortles isn't on the re-draft radar right now but he does have a lot of future value in dynasty leagues.

Posted: 8/7/2014 10:50am et
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (undisclosed) is day to day with an undisclosed injury, and he might miss the team's preseason opener Saturday, Aug. 9, against the Cleveland Browns. 'He has an injury,' head coach Jim Caldwell said Wednesday, Aug. 6. 'We'll keep him out a couple days and see how he does.'
Huddle Up: Doesn't sound like the Lions' top rookie will see the field this weekend, which is unfortunate as fantasy owners would love to see where he fits into Detroit's passing game. More importantly, Ebron needs to get healthy and keep getting reps with the first team so we can get an extended look at him in the third preseason game.

Posted: 8/5/2014 11:18am et
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is working with the first-team offense in practice Tuesday, Aug. 5.
Huddle Up: The plan is still for Brian Hoyer to start the first preseason game, and quite likely the regular season as well. But Manziel is the future franchise quarterback, so it makes sense to get him some reps with the ones. Manziel hasn't exactly been lighting it up, so it's not like he's staking a serious claim to the job right now. In other words, don't draft him in fantasy redraft leagues expecting to get 16 starts out of him in 2014.

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: 8/1/2014 9:52pm et
New England Patriots RB James White has been performing well during training camp and has shown a lot of maturity during practice, according to QB Tom Brady. 'He's done a great job since he's got here,' Brady said. 'He's got a real maturity for someone who is just getting out of college. He's made a lot of really great plays out here. We're all trying to work to get better, and we're all trying to make improvements. We can all do it. The young players need to come out here and keep working hard, and he's one of those guys who has been out here every day so he's been able to do that. He's been able to make a mistake, get the correction, come out again and not make the mistake the next day, so it's been great.'
Huddle Up: White has been receiving a lot of hype this summer but he will start the season behind Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen. However, Vereen is injury-prone and Ridley has battled fumbling problems. White is an intriguing prospect, especially in dynasty leagues, but it will be difficult for him to be a weekly fantasy factor early in the season. White is worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues but keep expectations realistic for a rookie in New England's crowded backfield.

Posted: 7/31/2014 10:30am et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has picked up things quickly and made plays in camp. The team is excited about him.
Huddle Up: Seferian-Jenkins teams with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans to give Josh McCown an even taller trio of targets than he had last season in Chicago. And if he's assimilating quickly, his fantasy impact will come earlier as well--good news in redraft leagues.

Posted: 7/30/2014 10:56pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (and fellow rookie WR Allen Robinson) have seen more reps in training camp with WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and WR Ace Sanders (personal) sidelined. Lee has shown off his versatility, lining up all over the field so far in camp, and offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch is finding ways to get him the ball. Lee is still not 100 percent from an ankle injury suffered in June, but he is improving. 'It's coming along. I'm still getting treatment and rehab, but it's coming back gradually. I've got to keep it strong to go through an entire season,' Lee said Wednesday, July 30.
Huddle Up: The Jaguars want to get Lee involved as many ways as possible and he should get plenty of opportunities on a Jacksonville offense in need of receivers. Still, the Jaguars figure to be a run-first team with questionable quarterback play, so the talented Lee projects to have and up-and-down rookie campaign.

Posted: 7/29/2014 10:32am et
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is expected to be sidelined at least another week due to his hamstring injury. Beckham was originally injured during organized team activities (OTAs), and then he aggravated the hamstring during the first training camp practice. He hasn't practiced since Tuesday, July 22.
Huddle Up: Not the best way to open your NFL career, especially on a Tom Coughlin team. Beckham needs reps with Eli Manning to carve out a role in the Giants' passing game; until he's able to get on the field and do so, his fantasy value slides.

Posted: 7/28/2014 5:07pm et
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) has a bone bruise, according to head coach Ron Rivera. There is swelling in the knee but nothing is structurally damaged.
Huddle Up: Benjamin will miss some practice time but the injury isn't serious. Obviously missing time isn't ideal for a rookie receiver the Panthers are depending on to produce right away but considering the injury could have been much worse, this is good news for Benjamin. He currently has an ADP of Round 11.

Posted: 7/28/2014 4:00pm et
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) missed practice Monday, July 28, to receive treatment for his injured hamstring. Head coach Tom Coughlin said Beckham probably has some tests scheduled for the hamstring.
Huddle Up: Beckham's hamstring injury is becoming concerning for a rookie receiver learning a new offensive. He's yet to participate in training camp and the injury doesn't appear to be improving. Beckham's absence is good news for Jerrel Jernigan's fantasy prospects this season. He has deep sleeper potential in the Giants offense if Beckham remains sidelined.

Posted: 7/28/2014 2:48pm et
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's (knee) left knee injury isn't expected to be serious, and head coach Ron Rivera is optimistic that Benjamin won't miss much time. Benjamin is heading for an MRI exam Monday, July 28. 'He's had a great camp,' Rivera said. 'He came in in tip-top shape and ready to roll. He's one of those guys who spent time with Cam (before camp) working out. It's one of those that we want to make sure and be smart about.' Benjamin's MRI results are expected later Monday.
Huddle Up: It looks like Benjamin escaped a scare. The rookie is entering a good situation in Carolina with a Panthers team short on quality receivers. At the very least, the 6-5 Benjamin should be a factor in the red zone while he adjusts to the NFL.

Posted: 7/26/2014 12:50pm et
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and OG Carl Nicks and the team have mutually agreed to part ways Friday, July 25.
Huddle Up: At one time Nicks was among the best guards in the NFL, and Tampa Bay paid him as such. However, he had a limited run with the Bucs due to injury and now his career may be in jeopardy.

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: 7/23/2014 9:51pm et
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) tweaked a hamstring in practice Tuesday, July 23, according to general manager Jerry Reese.
Huddle Up: While it's better the injury happens now so Beckham has plenty of time to recover, he'll miss valuable camp reps as he tries to carve out a spot in the Giants' receiver rotation.

Posted: 7/23/2014 2:25pm et
Miami Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip) could miss the first eight weeks of the season because of the hip surgery he had this offseason, according to a source. He will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of training camp and could stay on the PUP list when the regular season begins.
Huddle Up: Pouncey's absence certainly throws a monkey wrench into the Dolphins' plans, as they had hoped to rebuild their offensive line around Pouncey in the wake of last season's issues. Now they'll start from scratch and hope Pouncey can move quickly into the lineup once he's healthy. In the meantime, fantasy owners should put their raised expectations for Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace on hold.

Posted: 7/21/2014 11:11pm et
Buffalo Bills OT Cordy Glenn (illness) does not have a timetable for his return at this point, according to head coach Doug Marrone. 'I don't know that. It's a medical condition. I'm preparing to go on as if he's not playing, which he's not,' Marrone said. 'I'm just waiting for the doctors, and I can't speak about the condition because it's something that happened outside of football.'
Huddle Up: Sounds a little ominous, especially for a guy the Bills are banking on to help drive their ground game and keep sophomore quarterback E.J. Manuel upright so he can hit prize rookie Sammy Watkins down the field. It's definitely a situation worth keeping an eye on.

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 11:11pm et
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins was poked in the eye during practice Monday, July 21. Watkins returned after temporarily leaving the field.
Huddle Up: There was an initial scare when Watkins left the field, but he returned and made several big plays so no worries; the top fantasy rookie in this year's class is just fine.

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: 7/20/2014 1:52am et
Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer has been suspended three games by the team for making offensive and insensitive homophobic remarks in the presence of former P Chris Kluwe. Priefer's suspension could be reduced to two games if he attends individualized anti-harassment, diversity and sexual-orientation sensitivity training.
Huddle Up: Priefer's absence could have an impact on Cordarrelle Patterson's success in the return game, but with Patterson expected to be a larger part of the offense his returning will be a smaller portion of his fantasy value.

Posted: 7/16/2014 7:19pm et
The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms with WR Marqise Lee Wednesday, July 16. Per NFL rules, the length of the contract is four years. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Lee is expected to move quickly into the Jaguars' starting lineup, and the hope is he'll be a go-to target for Blake Bortles once Jacksonville turns over the starting quarterback gig to him.

Posted: 7/15/2014 3:06am et
Philadelphia Eagles rookie WR Jordan Matthews was recently praised by wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell, who said Matthews has looked very good, is physical and has a good feel for what he wants to do.
Huddle Up: Matthews is pushing his way into Philly's receiver rotation, and in Year Two of Chip Kelly's offense there should be more than enough passing production to fill a third receiver's fantasy coffers.

Posted: 6/27/2014 4:19pm et
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins said his chemistry with QB EJ Manuel is not fully there. 'It's not fully there. I mean, we've been connecting at minicamp, and OTAs,' Watkins said. 'But at the same time, I could be wide open, and if he don't feel it, or if I run it a different type of way, he won't throw the ball.'
Huddle Up: Plenty of OTAs and training camp for this duo to get on the same page, but it's vital that they do because they're the projected future of the Buffalo offense.

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: 6/24/2014 10:26am et
New York Giants special teams coach Tom Quinn said he is not sure if WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be used as a returner this upcoming season, because he could have a role on offense. Beckham will be used on kick and punt returns during training camp.
Huddle Up: Good news/bad news here, in that it's good the rookie will have an expanded role in the offense but bad for those looking for a return game contribution from Beckham for their fantasy scoresheet.

Posted: 6/19/2014 2:11am et
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks could be in line to replace RB Darren Sproles' production in his rookie season, according to QB Drew Brees. Brees noted that the team was creative with Sproles, using him out of the backfield, splitting him wide and using him on screen passes. Cooks was versatile and extremely productive in 2013 in college, and he's incredibly fast, has good hands and is strong after the catch. "Oh man, I've seen all the highlights, and that gets you excited," Brees said. "I think he can do a lot of things. I think he can play outside receiver. I think I he can play inside in the slot. You can hand him reverses. You can throw him screens. He can return punts."
Huddle Up: Cooks has plenty of speed, and as Brees noted the Saints know what to do to free up a speedy receiver and get him the ball in space. Cooks taking over the Sproles role also frees up Kenny Stills to take over the Lance Moore/Devery Henderson role in New England's offense--and both roles could see an uptick in looks if the Jimmy Graham contract dispute isn't resolved in a manner that gets Graham back on the field for the start of the season.

Posted: 6/18/2014 11:32am et
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo saw plenty of repetitions Tuesday, June 17, and went 17-for-24 in 11-on-11 work. He completed most of his short and intermediate passes, but he looked slow to find receivers with a defense swarming around him at times. He looked more accurate with his deep ball than he did in OTAs. He admitted he's adjusting to the speed of the game.
Huddle Up: In a best-case scenario for the Patriots, Garoppolo won't see much action this season as Tom Brady's caddy. He's an option in deep dynasty leagues only.

Posted: 6/18/2014 11:32am et
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews took a number of repetitions with the first-team offense Tuesday, June 17. Matthews seems to be the early favorite for the slot wide receiver position with the team this year. He is competing with WR Josh Huff. 'Matthews is a big, physical, athletic guy that is going to I think do really well. I love his attitude. He's been a great teammate,' QB Nick Foles said.
Huddle Up: The third receiver in Philly's offense should have some fantasy value, and if Matthews works his way into the top end of the Eagles' receiver rotation he'll definitely be on the fantasy radar heading into 2014.

Posted: 6/16/2014 10:39pm et
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers second-round selection TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins' four-year contract is worth $5.254 million, including $3.22 million guaranteed, with a $2.141 million signing bonus, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Seferian-Jenkins will battle Timothy Wright for the starting gig in Tampa Bay during training camp, and there's plenty of fantasy upside to the rookie.

Posted: 6/16/2014 10:39pm et
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions first-round selection TE Eric Ebron's four-year contract is worth $12.249 million guaranteed, with a $7.228 million signing bonus, according to a source. Ebron will receive roster bonuses of $200,000 (2015), $300,000 (2016) and $500,000 (2017) if he attends training camp.
Huddle Up: Not a bad chunk of change for the guy Detroit hopes can become a suitable wingman for Calvin Johnson in their pass-happy offense.

Posted: 6/13/2014 2:13pm et
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said QB Derek Carr has made significant improvement in his brief time with the team. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said Carr is a lot better than they thought he would be.
Huddle Up: The Raiders have Matt Schaub as a placeholder quarterback, but they wouldn't be disappointed if Carr came along more quickly than expected.

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: 6/2/2014 11:58pm et
The New England Patriots have signed second-round draft choice QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but all contracts signed by draft picks are four-year deals, according to NFL rules.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo now inherits the Tom Brady understudy role, where he will be groomed until the Patriots grab the next "next Tom Brady".

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.