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Posted: 4/18/2015 12:19pm et
Georgia RB Todd Gurley (knee) has been undergoing tests in Indianapolis Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, on his surgically repaired knee and everything checked out fine, according to a source.
Huddle Up: There's still some risk with Gurley being just five months removed from a torn ACL, but getting the official clearance only helps his prospects of being the first running back off the board in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Posted: 4/18/2015 12:19pm et
Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong (wrist) underwent several medical tests during his visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers and has cleared by their doctors. The Steelers will send the results of his tests to other teams so he does not have to be re-checked in Indianapolis.
Huddle Up: Initially there was concern that Strong may need surgery on his wrist, but if the rest of the league is willing to accept the Steelers' results you can remove one red flag from his draft dossier.

Posted: 4/15/2015 10:49pm et
Updating a previous report, Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong (wrist) said he will not need surgery on his broken wrist.
Huddle Up: Initial reports suggested Strong would need surgery, but now it's looking like that won't be the case. Given that, it's unlikely the injury should do anything to his draft status, which projects to be anywhere from mid-first round to early on Day Two.

Posted: 4/4/2015 1:58pm et
Former Georgia RB Todd Gurley could begin the 2015 NFL season on the physically unable to perform list and be eased into action by whichever NFL team selects him in the 2015 draft. Gurley will be nine months into rehab to repair his torn anterior crucial ligament by the season opener.
Huddle Up: The ideal situation for Gurley would be to go to a quality team at the back end of the first round with a short-term solution at running back; Indianapolis, anyone? Fantasy owners should temper expectations for Gurley for at least the first half of the season, but if you're looking for a dynasty league investment there is plenty of upside to a full return to health from the talented running back.

Posted: 3/25/2015 4:26pm et
Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in under 4.3 seconds at his Pro Day Wednesday, March 25.
Huddle Up: Some reports had Perriman as fast as 4.15, though the consensus seems to be something in the mid-4.2s--still plenty fast. It's enough to lift Perriman's draft stock, perhaps into the latter picks of the first round.

Posted: 3/23/2015 8:28pm et
Free-agent TE Rob Housler (Cardinals) has had talks with the Cleveland Browns, but no deal is imminent and no visit has been scheduled, according to a source. Housler is believed to be interested in joining the Browns.
Huddle Up: Housler would be a candidate to replace the departed Jordan Cameron, with a significant drop-off in fantasy productivity.

Posted: 3/23/2015 2:35pm et
Free-agent WR Nathan Slaughter (Jaguars) agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal with the Arizona Cardinals Monday, March 23.
Huddle Up: Slaughter is the first signing to come out of the veterans' combine held last week. He'll have an uphill battle for relevancy in a crowded Arizona receiving corps.

Posted: 3/21/2015 10:45am et
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel is not locked in as the starting quarterback. Head coach Rex Ryan said Friday, March 20, that the quarterback competition will be open. 'It's a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that's out there,' Ryan said. 'We have some talented guys and we'll see what happens. You bring in a veteran like (QB Matt Cassel). He's done some pretty good things in this league. He's got that veteran presence about him. With EJ back there just going into his third year I really believe EJ is going to improve with his fundamentals having (QB coach David Lee) here.'
Huddle Up: The uncertainty, coupled with Manual's performance in limited action to date, makes this quarterback situation one to generally avoid fantasy-wise--and drives the fantasy value of Sammy Watkins down as well.

Posted: 3/16/2015 2:34pm et
Florida State QB Jameis Winston, who is widely projected to be the No. 1 overall selection in this year's NFL Draft, doesn't plan on attending the draft, as he'd rather spend the time with his family and friends in Alabama. Antonor Winston, Winston's father, said his son's decision 'was not set in stone.' Ohio State DT Dan Wilkinson, who was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1994, was the last No. 1 overall pick not to attend the draft.
Huddle Up: Could be a hedge by Winston against a draft free-fall, or it could be a suggestion from the league or Winston's advisors that he not open himself up to all of the scrutiny his presence at the league's marquee offseason event would draw to Winston's off-field baggage.

Posted: 3/3/2015 6:43pm et
Auburn WR Sammie Coates was being watched intently by the New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick at his pro day event Tuesday, March 3. Belichick was the only NFL head coach in attendance Tuesday, and Coates is a candidate to go in the first two rounds of this year's draft. Coates did not re-test on his combine numbers Tuesday, and he just caught passes in positional drills in front of scouts.
Huddle Up: Wide receiver is consistently viewed as a need for the Patriots, so Coates would certainly be on the radar with New England's late first round pick. Of course, Belichick is the master of subterfuge so take his presence at Coates' workout with a grain of salt.

Posted: 3/3/2015 6:43pm et
Florida State QB Jameis Winston said that he wants to be Tampa Bay's quarterback and added that he's excited to potentially throw the ball to WR Vincent Jackson after visiting with the Buccaneers Tuesday, March 3.
Huddle Up: Winston said during the Combine he wanted to be the first overall pick, and during his whiteboard session with Steve Mariucci he mentioned having V-Jax in the slot to throw to. Plus he wouldn't need to uproot at all if he landed in Tampa. If the Bucs are comfortable with what has to be an extensive investigation into Winston's off-field issues, it's a fit that makes sense for both sides.

Posted: 2/23/2015 11:15pm et
University of Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon ranked second among running backs at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.07 seconds, and his 60-yard shuttle time of 11.00 seconds was the best by a running back in the past decade.
Huddle Up: With Todd Gurley unable to participate in the on-field drills Gordon had little competition for the title of best back in this year's draft class, and his performance in the drills certainly solidified that stance. In fact, Gordon may break the two-year streak of no running backs going off the board in the first round.

Posted: 2/23/2015 11:15pm et
Florida State QB Jameis Winston will be the second-highest rated quarterback prospect in the last 10 years (Andrew Luck being first) by ESPN draft guru Todd McShay.
Huddle Up: While Winston's 40 time and other workout measurables at the recently concluded NFL Combine weren't all that impressive, once the on-field drills started he flashed his NFL-caliber arm and leadership skills. Plus, his breakdown of plays on the white board has drawn rave reviews as well. Winston is certainly positioning himself to be the first overall selection in the upcoming draft, which means he'll be throwing to Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson next season; there's plenty of fantasy upside there.

Posted: 2/18/2015 9:25am et
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota has decided he will throw at the 2015 NFL Combine, but Mariota will throw on Sunday, Feb. 22, instead of Saturday, Feb. 21, when most other quarterbacks are throwing.
Huddle Up: Nice for one of the top two quarterbacks to step up and participate. Let's see if Jameis Winston follows suit.

Posted: 2/16/2015 2:42pm et
Florida State QB Jameis Winston isn't sure if he'll throw at the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend, according to his quarterbacks coach. 'It's a game-time decision,' George Whitfield Jr. told USA TODAY Sports. 'He's a very big believer in himself, so it'll be interesting. He's prepared to do it. Whether he goes in and does it will probably be determined a couple of days from now.' Whitfield also said Winston has lost around 12 to 15 pounds as he prepares to enter the draft this year. Winston's Pro Day is set for March 31.
Huddle Up: Generally the elite quarterback prospects do the bare minimum of on-field drills at the combine, opting to save themselves for their more personally scripted Pro Day. Don't be surprised if that's the route Winston takes.

Posted: 2/2/2015 10:29am et
Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn reached an agreement to become head coach of the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Feb. 2. According to a source, it's a five-year deal.
Huddle Up: Quinn to the Falcons was one of the worst-kept secrets of the past two weeks. However, just think how interesting this might have become had Atlanta had a handshake agreement with Seattle's other coordinator prior to the late-game play-calling brain fart in the Super Bowl.

Posted: 2/2/2015 10:27am et
Seattle Seahawks WR Chris Matthews had four catches for 109 yards and a touchdown in a 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1.
Huddle Up: Matthews has had himself an eventful postseason, what with the onside kick recovery and a big game in the Big Game. Whether the former CFL rookie of the year is the solution to Seattle's receiving corps woes, however, remains to be seen. At minimum he just popped up on a whole bunch of dynasty league radars.

Posted: 1/26/2015 3:54pm et
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) said he played this season with two tears in his right hamstring, which never fully healed. Beckham said he'll need to shut himself down this offseason in order to enter 2015 fully healthy and in great shape. He said he had tears to his semitendinosus and bicep belly of his hamstring this season. 'It's still not right, I'm still working on it,' Beckham said. 'I'm trying to get it 100 percent for next year.'
Huddle Up: Beckham was pretty good at less than 100 percent, so go ahead and salivate at the prospects of a fully healthy Beckham in 2015. Now wipe that drool off your cheat sheet and bump Beckham up a couple more spots.

Posted: 1/21/2015 5:47pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could benefit from new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, according to Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr. Carr said DeFilippo will do great with Manziel, adding that DeFilippo has worked with a running quarterback before in Kansas City Chiefs QB Terrelle Pryor.
Huddle Up: Addressing the Browns' quarterback issues will be DeFilippo's first order of business, and he comes with a ringing endorsement from Carr. The Browns may make the decision easier by opting not to re-sign free agent Brian Hoyer, but DeFilippo will still need to get much, much more out of Johnny Football than we saw this season.

Posted: 1/21/2015 12:44pm et
Former Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo will be hired as the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator. The deal has not officially been completed, but it's expected to be done by the end of the week, according to a source. DeFilippo hasn't called plays at the NFL level yet but did so at San Jose State.
Huddle Up: The Browns' fourth OC in as many years will elicit a giant "who?" from football fans. He'll inherit Johnny Manziel, maybe Brian Hoyer, a couple very good rookie running backs, and the headache that is Josh Gordon. Good luck with all that.

Posted: 1/21/2015 12:44pm et
Former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson was hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars to be their offensive coordinator Wednesday, Jan. 21.
Huddle Up: Olsen is known as a quarterbacks guy, and Job One for him in Jacksonville will be to turn Blake Bortles from a first-round pick into an elite quarterback.

Posted: 1/19/2015 10:44am et
Former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was not offered the DC job with the Washington Redskins following his interview on Sunday, Jan. 18.
Huddle Up: Seemed like the Redskins were heading down the path towards Fangio; now we'll have to wait and see who they add to Jay Gruden's staff to handle the defense.

Posted: 1/19/2015 10:44am et
Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is expected to be hired by the Atlanta Falcons for their head coaching position after the Super Bowl. Quinn and new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan planned to be a package deal.
Huddle Up: The Falcons will have an opportunity to talk to Quinn this week with the Seahawks off before picking up Super Bowl preparation, but they can't make anything official. However, with the younger Shanahan in place as Atlanta's OC, you can expect a wink-wink handshake agreement that will move Quinn south following the big game.

Posted: 1/14/2015 6:48pm et
The San Francisco 49ers are set to promote defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to head coach. The two sides are ironing out the details.
Huddle Up: Tomsula was the team's interim head coach for one game prior to Jim Harbaugh being hired. His players love him, and he gets along with the current San Francisco front office unlike their recently deposed coach. Whether that will result in the team returning to the NFC championship game remains to be seen.

Posted: 1/14/2015 6:48pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB James Wilder Jr. signed a Reserve/Future contract Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: Doesn't look like Hue Jackson is getting any of these open head coaching jobs, which means the Bengals will be run-heavy again next season. And that means Wilder could stick as a depth guy behind Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard.

Posted: 1/14/2015 12:37pm et
Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will be hired by the New York Jets for their head coaching position, a source involved in the process said Tuesday, Jan. 13. He is expected to officially sign a four-year deal Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: Bowles extends the Jets' string of defensive-minded head coaches to six, but while the cupboard is not necessarily bare he doesn't inherit nearly the same level of defensive talent he worked with in Arizona. On the bright side, he's used to trying to overcome lackluster quarterback play.

Posted: 1/12/2015 5:58pm et
San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman has agreed to become the Buffalo Bills new offensive coordinator, according to a source. Roman is expected to travel to Buffalo Monday, Jan. 12, and sign a contract.
Huddle Up: Roman's work with the run-first 49ers should serve him well in Buffalo, where quarterback questions abound but the ground game has been solid. For better or for worse, don't expect much to change with the Bills' attack.

Posted: 1/7/2015 3:26pm et
Philadelphia Eagles OG Evan Mathis was added to the Pro Bowl Wednesday, Jan. 7. Mathis is replacing New Orleans Saints OG Jahri Evans, who is not able to participate due to injury.
Huddle Up: Nice for Mathis to get some recognition, as he's consistently been one of the best guards in football.

Posted: 1/7/2015 3:26pm et
Florida State QB Jameis Winston will forego his junior and senior seasons to enter the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: This news should surprise no one. Winston is generally considered the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's draft class, but there will be some concerns about his character after the many red flags raised during his tenure at Florida State.

Posted: 1/7/2015 3:26pm et
The Oakland Raiders are interested in possibly hiring Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator, sources said Tuesday, Jan. 6. Shanahan will consider a lateral move in the offseason due to friction between coaches and the front offices, sources said.
Huddle Up: There are few situations where a move to the Raiders would be viewed as a step up, but in Oakland Shanahan would get a stable quarterback situation and some intriguing talent in Latavius Murray, Andre Holmes and Mychal Rivera.

Posted: 1/5/2015 4:27pm et
The Buffalo Bills interviewed Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn for their head coaching vacancy Sunday, Jan. 4. Quinn also interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Jan. 4, for their head coaching position.
Huddle Up: Busy day for Quinn, who is one of the hotter candidates for one of the six head coaching openings in the league. He'll turn his immediate attention back to the Seahawks' playoff game, but he's taken advantage of his window of opportunity to make an impression.

Posted: 12/30/2014 2:13am et
Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer was fired Monday, Dec. 29, according to a source.
Huddle Up: No surprise that Marc Trestman's OC is given the gate; expect much of the rest of the staff to follow suit, as the Bears' defense was even worse than the offense in 2014.

Posted: 12/26/2014 11:22am et
South Carolina RB Mike X. Davis told reporters that his Independence Bowl appearance Saturday, Dec. 27, would be his final game at South Carolina. He plans on declaring for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: With a solid performance in the bowl game Saturday Davis will join former Heisman winner George Rogers as the only backs in Gamecocks history with multiple 1,000-yard seasons. Where he fits into a draft that in recent years has devalued the running back position remains to be seen.

Posted: 12/26/2014 11:22am et
Miami RB Duke Johnson is expected to announce his declaration for the 2015 NFL Draft shortly, according to several sources.
Huddle Up: Johnson holds several "U" records, including career rushing and all-purpose yards, and after breaking his ankle last season has come back to threaten Willis McGahee's single-season rushing record as well. He's likely to be a second-day pick in a draft that has been more inclined to wait on the running back position in recent years.

Posted: 12/24/2014 11:08am et
Atlanta Falcons RB Jerome Smith was signed to the 53-man roster Wednesday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: This feels like an insurance move, though adding a running back might also be a sign that Steven Jackson's quad injury is more serious than originally thought.

Posted: 12/22/2014 9:02am et
The Cleveland Browns may look to upgrade the quarterback position in the offseason despite the presence of QB Johnny Manziel. League sources have said Browns general manger Ray Farmer has long been fascinated by Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, who is widely expected to be a top-five pick in the 2015 draft. Cleveland owns the 14th and 19th picks in the first round.
Huddle Up: It would be admitting the Manziel pick was a bust after just more than one game of evidence were the Browns to trade up for Mariota, but there wasn't much to like about Manziel's showing so the Browns may just pull the trigger. Brian Hoyer is a free agent; they could opt to bring him back instead, though he wasn't necessarily the answer either.

Posted: 12/19/2014 10:38am et
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford is headed to the Canadian Football League as head coach of the British Columbia Lions. Tedford, who missed the season due to health issues, has agreed in principle to a deal.
Huddle Up: Tedford was unable to have much of an impact on the Bucs' offense in his first season as OC due to health issues. We're glad those are resolved and wish him well north of the border.

Posted: 12/16/2014 10:43am et
Free-agent RB Zach Bauman (Cardinals) will sign with the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: The Cards have some running back issues, but Bauman isn't likely the solution fantasy owners are looking for.

Posted: 12/10/2014 9:12pm et
University of Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon has elected to forgo his senior year of eligibility and declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The 6-1, 215-pound Gordon is a bigger version of Jamaal Charles. Gordon has blazing speed and underrated power between the tackles. His one negative is Gordon has lost six fumbles this season - which is the most in the nation. Obviously he'll need to correct his fumbling problems to stay on the field in the NFL but Gordon projects as a first-round pick in this year's draft.

Posted: 12/8/2014 10:34am et
Montreal Alouettes WR Duron Carter will hold a 'Pro Day' sometime in January for interested teams to watch him work out. Carter then plans to visit with various squads.
Huddle Up: Cris Carter's kid has been tearing up the CFL and would like a shot at the big time. Not unlike his father, Carter was a bit on the immature side during his first run through the league but has grown up and could be an impact fantasy player sooner rather than later. The Colts and 49ers are believed to be among the teams highly interested in the younger Carter's services.

Posted: 11/26/2014 10:33am et
Updating a previous report, the Minnesota Vikings have not yet placed OT Phil Loadholt (pectoral) on the Reserve/Injured list, but that move is expected to take place Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: The Vikings have now lost the entire right side of their offensive line as well as their All-Pro running back. Makes for tough sledding in the ground game.

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: 8/16/2014 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: 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.