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Posted: 6/25/2016 10:54pm et
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper has impressed offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with his route-running ability and ball skills. 'He really comes off the ball hard,' Shanahan said. 'He's not the fastest guy in the world, but he's fast enough. He's got good cutting ability, so he can break guys off at the top of his routes.'
Huddle Up: Hooper was drafted to fill the role vacated by Tony Gonzalez. Those are big shoes to fill, but it's a positive sign that the rookie is impressing coaches early on in the process.

Posted: 6/15/2016 9:42am et
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff took first-team reps during organized team activities Tuesday, June 14.
Huddle Up: There is no plan in place for Goff to learn behind one of the Rams' existing quarterbacks, so any first-team reps he's getting are positioning him to take the starting job and run with it.

Posted: 6/12/2016 10:03pm et
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper will take part in the club's mandatory minicamp beginning Tuesday, June 14. He was unable to participate in three weeks of organized team activities because Stanford's academic calendar had not been completed.
Huddle Up: That's put the third-round pick behind the rookie learning curve, and he'll have to put in double time in minicamp and early in training camp. Still, the opportunity for PT remains in ATL with veteran Jacob Tamme and Levine Toilolo the two TEs ahead of him on the depth chart.

Posted: 6/11/2016 11:46am et
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman was very impressive during organized team activities and minicamp after working himself into NFL shape, according to head coach Hue Jackson. Jackson said Coleman is a tremendous player but still needs to earn his playing time.
Huddle Up: Cute that Jackson is making Coleman earn his playing time, as there are few if any playmakers on the Browns roster to challenge Coleman for that role. Better the first-round pick is impressing, however, than the alternative.

Posted: 6/8/2016 11:09am et
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch worked with the third-team offense in practice Tuesday, June 7, but he guided the No. 3 offense to a touchdown against the No. 3 defense. Afterwards, head coach Gary Kubiak praised the quarterback's work. 'I think Paxton did some really good stuff. He took the young kids down the field at the end of practice,' Kubiak said.
Huddle Up: Important to note that Lynch is still taking snaps with the third team, as the Broncos don't feel like they have to rush him. That bodes well for Mark Sanchez as a fantasy entity this season.

Posted: 6/2/2016 11:10am et
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (foot) hurt his foot in practice Tuesday, May 31. He underwent X-rays that came back negative, but he won't be practicing this week, according to head coach Jay Gruden.
Huddle Up: No reason to rush the rookie back at this juncture, but his missing out on OTA reps with Kirk Cousins and the Redskins' first-team offense won't help him crack the receiver rotation any sooner.

Posted: 6/1/2016 10:29am et
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch continues to make progress as he gets comfortable during organized team activities (OTAs). Head coach Gary Kubiak has continued to divide the first-team snaps for the quarterbacks three ways between Lynch, QB Mark Sanchez and QB Trevor Siemian.
Huddle Up: Splitting first-team snaps three ways is cute in June, but come August the Broncos will want to give their starter as many reps as possible. If it's still a three-way split in training camp, it will mean the Broncos haven't found their quarterback yet--and that won't be good news, fantasy or otherwise.

Posted: 5/31/2016 10:21am et
New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas has impressed head coach Sean Payton with his hands so far this offseason.
Huddle Up: The rookie is expected to step directly into the Saints' receiver rotation, quite possibly into Marques Colston's role and targets. A lot to ask of a rookie who didn't post particularly big numbers in college, but Thomas has the talent to make an immediate fantasy impact in that role.

Posted: 5/23/2016 12:08pm et
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman should see the ball early and often, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, and she believes he will take over as the No. 1 receiver immediately.
Huddle Up: Gutsy call, Mav; and who exactly is Coleman's competition for the Browns' No. 1 wide receiver? Josh Gordon isn't returning any time soon, Travis Benjamin is in San Diego... the whole reason the Browns drafted Coleman was to add a playmaking pass-catcher to an offense devoid of one. Put another way: if Coleman doesn't take over as the team's No. 1 receiver immediately, this new Browns' administration will be out of work before you can list all the quarterbacks who have taken snaps for Cleveland since Bernie Kosar stepped away from the game.

Posted: 5/20/2016 11:23am et
Updating a previous item, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports C Jason Brown agreed to terms with the Rams on a five-year contract worth $37.5 million with $20 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins were supposed to be the most interested party, and the Vikings also were alleged to have interest in Brown. However, neither team was willing to match the Rams' substantial offer.

Posted: 5/13/2016 9:50am et
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake will be used in as many ways as possible as a rookie. 'You look at his career, he's done a little bit of everything,' special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi said. 'He's caught passes. He's run the ball well. He's had high yards per carry. He's caught the ball out of the backfield. He's covered kicks.'
Huddle Up: The Dolphins made Drake a third-round pick because of his speed, but as he's never had more than 107 touches from scrimmage in a season it remains to be seen if he can be more than a gadget in the Miami offense.

Posted: 5/9/2016 11:20am et
Washington Redskins QB Nate Sudfeld, RB Keith Marshall, S Su'a Cravens, DT Matt Ioannidis and LB Steven Daniels signed their rookie deals Monday, May 9.
Huddle Up: Of this group Marshall has the most fantasy upside. If healthy, he could supplant Chris Thompson as the Redskins' pass-catching back and perhaps even push Matt Jones for feature-back carries.

Posted: 5/9/2016 11:20am et
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson signed his rookie contract Monday, May 9.
Huddle Up: Doctson should now be available for all of Washington's offseason workouts, giving him the opportunity to learn the offense and acclimate to Kirk Cousins in time to make an immediate impact once the fantasy season kicks off.

Posted: 5/9/2016 11:20am et
Free-agent WR Andre Davis (Buccaneers) re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, May 9.
Huddle Up: Davis will battle for looks at the back end of the Buccaneers' receiver rotation.

Posted: 4/29/2016 12:33pm et
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff starting the season opener is the goal for the team, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.
Huddle Up: Given what the Rams traded to move up to select Goff, and the dearth of quarterback talent on the Los Angeles depth chart, Goff failing to start the opener would be a huge disappointment.

Posted: 4/29/2016 12:33pm et
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch was being pursued by the Dallas Cowboys, but Dallas was unable to find a trade partner to move back into the first round of the 2016 NFL draft, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys could still make a play for Connor Cook as their developmental quarterback, though they pick third in the second round behind the Browns and Titans.

Posted: 4/29/2016 12:33pm et
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman has the speed to turn short plays into long plays and will be a dynamic weapon in the offense, according to general manager Sashi Brown.
Huddle Up: Coleman does give the Browns an explosive playmaker, but he'll need to dramatically improve his route-running or depend on the Browns to manufacture ways to get him the ball for him to have an immediate impact.

Posted: 4/29/2016 12:33pm et
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller's speed adds a new element to the offense, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: Fuller is a tremendous complement to a Houston offense that completely re-tooled this offseason. He doesn't have to be the go-to receiver--DeAndre Hopkins has that covered--and the Texans bring plenty to the table in the ground game with free agent signee Lamar Miller. In short, the team has done a great job of giving Brock Osweiler the tools he needs to succeed--and in the process bullt a formidable fantasy attack.

Posted: 4/28/2016 11:13pm et
The Washington Redskins selected Texas Christian WR Josh Doctson with the 22nd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Washington nabbed the third wideout taken in the first round, giving Kirk Cousins a strong trio of wideouts in Doctson, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Throw in TE Jordan Reed, and the D.C. passing game suddenly has been elevated to one of the league's best.

Posted: 4/25/2016 10:47am et
California QB Jared Goff is the player the Los Angeles Rams are targeting with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, according to beat writer Sam Farmer. Farmer said he initially believed North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz was the pick, but he said he misread the signs.
Huddle Up: Signs, signs, everywhere's there's signs. Quarterbacks are going one-two in the draft, and now the consensus is that Goff will go to the Rams. Whomever LA drafts, they still have to beat out Case Keenum.

Posted: 4/25/2016 10:47am et
San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said the coaching staff has been talking about how to improve the run game, and they are going to 'strip it down and start over,' possibly with a new scheme.
Huddle Up: Whether it was the line or the scheme or Melvin Gordon or some combination of all of the above, the San Diego ground game didn't work last season. Perhaps a rebuild is a good thing.

Posted: 4/20/2016 10:39am et
The Philadelphia Eagles might be able to make a deal with the Cleveland Browns for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, as they like North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz. According to a source, such a deal would mean the Eagles send the Browns first- and third-round compensation in 2016 and 2017.
Huddle Up: The analytics could make sense for the Browns, as they are far more than one quarterback away from being a contender. Multiple early picks allow them to fill multiple holes, and they'll still have additional shots at a quarterback for Hue Jackson to develop later in Round 1 or early on Day Two. And of course there's always next year.

Posted: 4/14/2016 9:45am et
The Cleveland Browns have been called in regards to trading their No. 2 overall draft pick, according to director of football operations Sashi Brown. Brown expects more serious calls in about a week. He added that it's highly unlikely that the Browns would trade up to the No. 1 pick, but they could trade down in order to accrue more picks.
Huddle Up: At this point there's no reason to pile on the Browns with comments like "why whiff on one draft pick when you can trade down and whiff on multiple picks?", so we'll just note that Cleveland's roster could use a serious influx of talent and trading down for multiple picks would give them a better chance of undertaking that task sooner rather than later.

Posted: 3/29/2016 11:04am et
Mississippi WR Laquon Treadwell ran unofficial times of 4.65 seconds and 4.63 seconds at Mississippi's pro day Monday, March 28.
Huddle Up: While slower than many of his positional colleagues, this time should come as no surprise to anyone who's seen Treadwell play. He's not a burner, yet he still gets separation and makes plays down the field. That 40 time might scare off a top-10 team who figures they can get a faster (though perhaps less effective) receiver in a later round, but Treadwell is still the most likely candidate to be the first wide receiver off the draft board.

Posted: 11/18/2015 10:09am et
Arizona Cardinals OG Mike Iupati (neck) has been cleared for the Week 11 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Head coach Bruce Arians said Iupati suffered a double stinger.
Huddle Up: After the scary sight of Iupati being placed on a backboard and taken from the field in an ambulance, it's great news that he's been cleared to return. The Arizona ground game is thrilled as well.

Posted: 11/16/2015 12:19pm et
New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was fired Monday, Nov. 16, according to two sources.
Huddle Up: In the least surprising move ever, the Saints finally fired Ryan. The Saints rank last in the league in both yards and points allowed and are on pace to give up the most touchdown passes in NFL history. You have to wonder how much longer being Buddy's son gets Rob work.

Posted: 9/9/2015 9:30am et
Atlanta Falcons OG Andy Levitre restructured his deal and is due $23.25 million through 2018 instead of $27.3 million. He has no guaranteed money past 2015. His 2015 salary was reduced from $6.5 million to $1.5 million with a $5.5 million signing bonus.
Huddle Up: Levitre signed his big deal with the Titans but never quite fit there; we'll see if Atlanta is a better schematic fit. If the Falcons get Buffalo-era Levitre it will be a huge boost to their retooled offensive line.

Posted: 9/9/2015 9:30am et
New Orleans Saints C Max Unger restructured his contract to convert $3 million of his $4.5 million base salary into a signing bonus Wednesday, Sept. 9. It created $1.5 million in cap room.
Huddle Up: Unger's addition upgrades the Saints line and positions them well as they transition to a more ground-oriented offense. Of course, the additional protection he affords Drew Brees doesn't hurt, either.

Posted: 8/31/2015 8:34am et
Oakland Raiders OT Menelik Watson (Achilles') said on Twitter that he is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles.
Huddle Up: Watson's loss is a blow to the rejuvenated Raiders offense, though they do have an experienced replacement in Austin Howard.

Posted: 8/10/2015 2:59pm et
Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas (knee) suffered a knee injury during practice Monday, Aug. 10, but head coach Mike Pettine does not believe the injury is serious.
Huddle Up: Thomas has never missed a game in his NFL career and this injury appears to be minor. Thomas is the anchor of the Browns' rushing attack.

Posted: 7/27/2015 3:22pm et
Carolina Panthers OT Jonathan Martin (back) has chosen to retire. Martin will need surgery on his injured back.
Huddle Up: Martin is only 25. Martin was the 42nd overall pick by the Dolphins in 2012 but struggled in the NFL. Still, the loss of Martin leaves Carolina thin at the tackle position heading into the season.