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Posted: 6/28/2015 1:49am et
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he could be a three-down back if needed. 'That's what I've done my whole life,' Abdullah said. 'I haven't done anything else, so I don't see why I wouldn't be confident in my game. I know my teammates trust me in such a short time to do so. I trust myself.'
Huddle Up: With Joique Bell coming off multiple offseason surgeries, Abdullah could very well be asked to be a three-down back for the Lions. He's certainly in position to outperform expectations, both fantasy and otherwise.

Posted: 6/20/2015 9:47am et
St. Louis Rams RB Todd Gurley's (knee) timetable is still up in the air as he continues to rehabilitate from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to head coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher said Gurley has been doing well but could start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list if necessary. Fisher added that if Gurley does not go on the PUP list, he could play sooner than people think.
Huddle Up: Thank you for that Patriot-like injury update, Coach. So apparently Gurley is somewhere between the PUP list (which, if he starts the regular season on the PUP list, means he'll miss a healthy chunk of his rookie campaign) and the vague "sooner than people think". At this point you need to look at Gurley as a dynasty investment with tremendous upside, because you simply can't bank on anything from him this season.

Posted: 6/17/2015 2:11pm et
Updating previous reports, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) won't practice again until training camp opens in July. Beckham was limited to straight-line running Tuesday, June 16, but he's done for organized team activities.
Huddle Up: Remember that Beckham's rookie season started late due to hamstring issues and he still cobbled together a pretty nice campaign. So no reason to hit the panic button on his availability just yet.

Posted: 6/17/2015 2:11pm et
Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley has been receiving a lot of snaps with the starting offense, with satisfactory results. Conley also started with the first-team offense recently when WR Jeremy Maclin (foot) sat out with a sore foot.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs' cupboard was bare at the receiver position, so it's not at all surprising to see Conley get some run with the starters. He may even work his way into position for a share of all those wide receiver touchdowns the Chiefs score. Oh, wait...

Posted: 6/13/2015 1:50pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson has been performing well this offseason, showcasing his explosiveness and versatility. Johnson will compete with RBs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West for the starting running back position. Johnson will not be an every-down back this season but will be moved around on offense so he can create matchup problems for the defense.
Huddle Up: Sounds like another committee in Cleveland, though Johnson may be the back to have especially in performance scoring systems. Crowell and West can battle for the goal line work, which has obvious value in TD-heavy scoring systems.

Posted: 6/13/2015 1:50pm et
Free-agent OG Evan Mathis (Eagles) has received interest from at least six teams since he was released but may not make a quick decision on his next team, according to his agent.
Huddle Up: Mathis was not a fit with Chip Kelly, but the two-time Pro Bowl guard still has something left in the tank and should be able to find work sooner rather than later.

Posted: 5/27/2015 11:27pm et
Miami Dolphins rookie WR DeVante Parker has already gained the attention of QB Ryan Tannehill. 'He's a good player. You can see his athleticism, his natural ability, already,' Tannehill said. 'He made a bunch of good catches [Tuesday] -- catches where he's using his body, keeping the defender off of him. He catches the ball with his hands.'
Huddle Up: There's no reason to think Parker won't be a Week One starter for the Dolphins, and the fact that he's already impressing his quarterback only helps his fantasy prospects.

Posted: 5/27/2015 11:22pm et
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota has impressed teammates with his speed in their opening day of organized team activities Tuesday, May 26. Titans LB Zach Brown, who is known for his speed, was particularly impressed. 'One time he took off-–I was guarding Delanie (Walker)-–and I turned around and I was like, 'Where is he?' He is fast. He impressed me. He is still a rookie and he has to learn, but he is a cool guy. I haven't seen him get frustrated yet,' Brown said.
Huddle Up: It shouldn't come as a surprise that Mariota is fleet afoot. Where he'll need to demonstrate that he can handle the transition from college to the NFL is in throwing the football and reading defenses. When he's impressing his defensive teammates with those skills, then it will be time to get giddy over Mariota's pro prospects.

Posted: 5/27/2015 11:22pm et
Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham (hamstring) had to leave organized team activities early Tuesday, May 26, after he aggravated a hamstring injury. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said he does not think the injury is serious, but Green-Beckham could sit out a week.
Huddle Up: Not good news for DGB, who hasn't played in a football game for more than a year after off-the-field issues prematurely ended his career at Missouri and he subsequently transferred to Oklahoma. More reps with his new team and new quarterback would be a boon in getting him on the field earlier in his NFL career.

Posted: 5/19/2015 1:29am et
Tennessee Titans RB David Cobb has been asked by the team to drop some weight but was nor given a specific number. Cobb said he weighs 232 pounds but wants to be around 225 pounds.
Huddle Up: Not sure if Cobb looks slow at minicamp or if the team just prefers he play at a lighter weight, but most of the redraft analysis referenced him getting quicker so it makes sense the Titans equate that with less weight. Cobb weighed 229 at the Combine, so it shouldn't be difficult for him to get down to his personal goal. He's in line to see plenty of carries in Tennessee, especially if he can keep his new employers happy by following their directive.

Posted: 5/19/2015 1:29am et
New York Jets WR Devin Smith may not be a candidate for the kick or punt returner job this season since he does not have much experience in the role, according to special teams coach Bobby April.
Huddle Up: It's easy to see how Smith's blazing speed would translate to the return game, but it's a skill he has yet to acquire so it may not be where he makes his first NFL splash. In other words, don't bank on extra points in the return game if your fantasy league's scoring system rewards such stats.

Posted: 5/19/2015 1:29am et
New England Patriots WR Devin Gardner was waived Monday, May 18.
Huddle Up: An undrafted free agent, Gardner is looking to make the transition from college quarterback to NFL wideout, but apparently he won't be doing so in New England.

Posted: 5/17/2015 12:16am et
Arizona Cardinals rookie RB David Johnson was recently lauded by head coach Bruce Arians. '[He's] very, very bright. The kid can do anything as far as a wide receiver, running back, full back,' Arians said. 'He will find a niche quick because he can learn so much.'

Posted: 5/15/2015 7:28pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates signed a four-year deal with the team Friday, May 15. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Coates was a three-year starter at Auburn but he's one of the few highly drafted rookie receivers that might struggle to find consistent playing time with Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton already topping the the Pittsburgh WR depth chart.

Posted: 5/13/2015 5:40pm et
Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley signed his rookie four-year deal Wednesday, May 13.
Huddle Up: Conley should be in the mix to score the Chiefs' first WR TD since 2013.

Posted: 5/11/2015 11:12am et
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White has spent time at all three receiver positions during rookie minicamp.
Huddle Up: The more White can do to get on the field, the more valuable a weapon he'll be for the Bears--and the more productive fantasy asset he'll be as well.

Posted: 5/11/2015 11:12am et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was praised by head coach Lovie smith for his ability to learn the playbook. 'He's been cramming like it's a final exam, and he's doing a good job of it,' Smith said. 'We've seen marked improvement from the moment we gave him his playbook. Jameis is a bright guy. He'll be able to get it all.'
Huddle Up: Winston's football IQ was never in question during the draft process, so it should come as no surprise he's grasping the playbook quickly. The key to his success will be turning that knowledge into production as opposed to the interceptions that plagued him during his collegiate career.

Posted: 5/11/2015 11:12am et
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett was used all over the field during rookie minicamp and was praised by head coach Pete Carroll. He is in line to return punts and kicks and see action in the passing game.
Huddle Up: Expect the Seahawks to use Lockett as they had intended (and occasionally had the chance) to use Percy Harvin. For fantasy purposes, that means one or two monster fantasy games a season and a whole bunch of "why don't they get the ball to him more?" frustration.

Posted: 5/2/2015 8:17am et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon is viewed as a three-down back, general manager David Caldwell said Friday, May 1.
Huddle Up: Yeldon was always part of a committee in college, but the Jags are hoping he can flourish when given an opportunity to see more touches. His arrival puts a serious dent in the fantasy value of Denard Robinson.

Posted: 4/27/2015 1:41pm et
Georgia RB Todd Gurley is drawing plenty of interest from the Miami Dolphins, and multiple sources indicate the team may select Gurley if he is available when Miami drafts in the first round.
Huddle Up: Gurley remains a distinct first-round possibility, and the Dolphins at 14 might have first crack at him. Miami also has Lamar Miller for the short term if Gurley isn't completely recovered for the start of the 2015 season.

Posted: 4/22/2015 11:20am et
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is receiving the most attention from the Cleveland Browns, who are the front runners to land him, sources have led's Tony Pauline to believe. Last week, the Tennessee Titans' asking price for the No. 2 pick in the first round was the Browns' two first-round picks and a second-rounder. The Browns rejected the offer. The Browns may be willing to part with the first-rounders but want to keep the second-round pick to draft a receiver.
Huddle Up: The Browns essentially worked out Mariota most of the offseason, as his trainer Kevin O'Connell was lined up to become Cleveland's quarterbacks coach but didn't officially accept the gig until mid-February so as to skirt the NFL's rule on contact with a player prior to the Combine. They must have liked what they saw; now the question becomes who will blink when it comes to what the Titans want in exchange for the second overall selection.

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: 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.