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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 5/17/2014 12:47pm et
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said QB Tom Savage got off to a good start in the team's rookie minicamp Friday, May 17. "He went out there (Friday) and had a decent start to what hopefully is a long career for him," said O'Brien.
Huddle Up: Savage has all the physical tools to be developed into an NFL quarterback, which is likely why O'Brien added him in the recent draft. Whether he can develop those tools quickly enough to take over the vacant Texans' starting gig this year, however, remains to be seen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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