Description: According to nj.com, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he'll use a running back by committee this season, even with David Wilson out.
Insight: The Giants signed Rashad Jennings, re-signed Peyton Hillis, drafted Andre Williams and brought back second-year back Michael Cox. However, we tend to think the talk of a committee is training camp coach-speak. Jennings has the power to run between the tackles and the hands and pass-protection skills to play on third downs, so he should get the majority of the work. The one thing to be concerned about is Williams vulturing touchdowns, as the rookie has been getting first-team reps on the goal line.
Description: Jets quarterback Geno Smith took all 16 of the first-team reps Thursday, according to the New York Post.
Insight: Michael Vick was relegated to the second team. Smith had been getting about 75 percent of the first-team snaps previously and is the favorite to start in Week 1. Smith was very inconsistent as a rookie, racking up 17 or more fantasy points six times but seven fantasy points or less seven times.
Description: A person with knowledge of Giants running David Wilson's medical condition said Wilson "needs a miracle" to continue his playing career. SOURCE: nj.com
Insight: Wilson left Tuesday's practice with a "neck burner" after undergoing spinal fusion surgery last season. The running back tweeted Wednesday that "everything was fine," but apparently it isn't. He'll be reevaluated on Aug. 4.
Description: According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski "doesn't look like someone coming off a torn ACL/MCL."He's been "firing off the line, planting hard, cutting and catching passes from (Tom) Brady."
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14, but he's made an impressive recovery. Gronk has missed 14 games the past two seasons and his third-round ADP makes him a high-risk, high-reward option.
Description: Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace's hamstring injury will likely keep him out past Saturday's scrimmage, according to the Miami Herald.
Insight: The injury isn't serious, but it may cause him to miss the preseason opener next Friday and prevents him from getting valuable reps with Ryan Tannehill. If Wallace stays healthy he should have a much better season than he did in 2013 (73 catches, 930 yards, five touchdowns) with creative new OC Bill Lazor calling the shots.
Description: According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Seahawks agreed to raise Marshawn Lynch's base salary for 2014 from $5 million to $6 million and give him a $500,000 signing bonus.
Insight: Lynch had no leverage to get a new contract, but he ended up getting something out of his holdout. That should tell fantasy owners that the Seahawks still consider Lynch a big part of the equation and wanted to get him in camp as quickly as possible. Lynch isn't going to see 337 touches again like he did last year, but he'll still be heavily involved. Three hundred touches plus all the goal-line work will keep Lynch in the RB1 group.
Description: Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has decided to end his holdout, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Insight: Lynch had absolutely no leverage to get a new contract. He's already set to earn $5.5 million in salary and bonuses this season and the Seahawks have potential star Christine Michael behind him. Lynch isn't going to see 337 touches again like he did last year, but he'll still be heavily involved. Three hundred touches plus all the goal-line work will keep Lynch in the RB1 group.
Description: According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, Teddy Bridgewater is closing the gap between himself and Matt Cassel in the competition for the Vikings' starting QB job.
Insight: Jay Glazer reported earlier this week that Bridgewater has been more impressive than the Vikings expected. If Bridgewater can emerge as a viable NFL starter this season, it would be great for the fantasy value of Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph.
Description: Jaguars OC Jedd Fisch has been finding ways to "feed" Marqise Lee, according to the Florida Times-Union.
Insight: Cecil Shorts' hamstring strain has given Lee and fellow rookie Allen Robinson a chance to get more work in practice. Lee has been lining up all over the field. "Marqise has that speed factor," coach Gus Bradley said. "He has a chance to break one and is extremely quick. He’s freakish in his skill set in some of the things he does." Shorts is injury-prone and if he goes down for an extended period of time during the season Lee will have a shot to see a ton of targets from Chad Henne.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell (knee) "cut and accelerated with ease" during team portions of practice Tuesday, according to mlive.com.
Insight: Bell sat out OTAs and minicamp due to a knee injury he's been dealing with since last season. The 27-year-old had 1,197 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns on 219 touches (166 carries) last season. He's expected to have closer to a 50 percent split of the touches with Reggie Bush this season after Bush had 277 touches in 14 games a year ago.
Description: According to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, Rams running back Zac Stacy has been getting most of the work with the first team during training camp.
Insight: The Rams drafted RB Tre Mason in the third round this year, so Stacy probably won't average 20.8 carries per game again like he did in his 12 starts last season. However, Mason likely won't be more than a change-of-pace back and Stacy should still see roughly 17 carries per game plus all the goal-line work.
Description: Giants running David Wilson (neck) tweeted that he passed all physical examinations and "everything turned out to be fine." He'll be reevaluated on Aug. 4.
Insight: Wilson left practice Tuesday with a "neck burner," which was a cause for concern because he sustained a career-threatening neck injury last season. The Giants aren't going to be able to count on him as anything more than a change-of-pace back behind Rashad Jennings, so there's no reason to draft him.
Description: According to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, Browns receiver Josh Gordon's appeal will either result in his 16-game suspension being upheld or no suspension at all.
Insight: The suspension won't be cut down to 12 or eight games. According to NFL policy, the officer who hears Gordon's appeal will have the responsibility only to determine if there was a violation and if he rules that there was one Gordon will be bound by the agreed-upon sanction.
Description: According to mmqb.si.com, Raiders running back Darren McFadden has the starting edge over Maurice Jones-Drew but McFadden's injury history should make it a committee backfield.
Insight: McFadden has missed 29 games in his six NFL seasons and never played more than 13 in any year, but the bigger concern might be his play when he's been healthy. He's rushed for 3.3 ypc and averaged 6.2 yards per catch in two seasons under coach Dennis Allen and OC Greg Olson. MJD should get a chance to start at some point, though he too struggled last year (3.4 ypc).
Description: Mlive.com predicts Lions receiver Calvin Johnson's targets will decline in 2014 after the team brought in Golden Tate and drafted Eric Ebron.
Insight: Johnson drew 12 targets per game over the past two seasons, including 11.1 last year. Even if his targets drop, he's still going to see at least 10 per game and should have to face fewer double and triple coverages this season due to Detroit's new weapons. That should mean a catch-per-target rate closer to his 2012 rate of 59.5 percent than last season's 53.8 percent. Johnson is a monster and should be the top receiver drafted in all leagues, but he's probably a little overvalued in auction drafts. His average value in ESPN.com auctions is $50.50, well above Demaryius Thomas' $39.20, A.J. Green's $37.50, Dez Bryant's $35.6, Brandon Marshall's $32.2 and Julio Jones' $30.60.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Insight: Richardson hadn't practiced since last Thursday. The Colts need big things from him this season after trading a No. 1 pick for him last year and letting backup Donald Brown go in free agency. The Colts are going with the narrative that Richardson didn't have time to grasp the offense last year and has studied hard this offseason, but we're skeptical he'll live up to his fifth-round ADP.
Description: Redskins coach Jay Gruden said running back Alfred Morris has "caught the ball very well" during training camp.
Insight: Morris caught just 20 passes for 155 yards combined in his first two seasons while carrying 611 yards for 2,888 yards and 20 TDs. Gruden likes to throw to his running backs so displaying better hands will help Morris stay on the field more often. He's in the RB1 conversation.
Description: Buffalo running back Fred Jackson has signed a one-year extension worth $2.6 million.
Insight: Jackson is now signed for the next two seasons. The extension is a sign that the team isn't ready to phase out the 33-year-old Jackson from the offense even though C.J. Spiller is healthy and the Bills acquired Bryce Brown. Jackson had 253 touches last season and scored 10 touchdowns. He'll probably see closer to 200 this season but still has RB2 upside because of his goal-line work.
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews has been dominating the second-team defense, and beat reporter Sheil Kapadia thinks he's ready for a test against the first team.
Insight: Matthews reportedly looked like the best receiver on the team during spring practices and has continued to impress during camp. He may surpass Jeremy Maclin as the team's No. 1 receiver even if Maclin stays healthy.
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (foot) practiced without limitations on Wednesday, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Patterson dealt with a foot injury early in camp, but it was nothing serious. The second-year receiver's ADP has skyrocketed in the past month up to the middle of the fourth round, but he could be worth the risk due to his top-10 upside.
Description: According to ESPN.com, Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro had a rough day at practice on Wednesday.
Insight: Amaro ran the wrong route and got an earful from OC Marty Mornhinweg and he was razzed by a defensive player after dropping a pass. He's struggled learning the X's and O's of New York's offense so far after playing in a basic offense at Texas Tech. Jets tight ends combined to catch 62 passes for 849 yards and six of New York's 13 passing touchdowns last season so Amaro is a sleeper, but he'll need to show improvement.
Description: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said quarterback Tony Romo is "100 percent," according to NFL.com.
Insight: Romo had December back surgery and didn't practice Tuesday, but Jones said the team is just being cautious. Romo threw for 3,828 yards and 31 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions over 15 games in 2014 and is a bargain at his eighth-round ADP.
Description: According to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, Browns receiver Josh Gordon has passed at least 70 drug tests and one test, the one that has him facing a one-year suspension, barely generated a positive. The one test would have been a negative if his urine samples were organized differently.
Insight: Urine samples are radomly split into two bottles, an "A" and a "B." If the "A" bottle is positive, the "B" is tested. The substance abuse policy states that the "'B' bottle Test need only show that the substance, revealed in the 'A' bottle Test, is evident to the 'limits of detection' to confirm the results of the 'A' bottle Test." Gordon's "A" bottle showed a concentration just one nanogram per milliliter above the limit while the "B" bottle was below the threshold. If the "B" was tested first, the "A" wouldn't have ever been tested because the "B" bottle would have counted as negative. Gordon may have a shot to get his one-year suspension reduced, especially because the NFL is taking heat for giving Ray Rice just two games for domestic violence, but he likely will get a minimum of eight games because he's failed to stay out of trouble in the past few months. His appeal will be heard on Aug. 1.
Description: Atlanta running back Steven Jackson suffered a left hamstring injury Monday, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.
Insight: It isn't the same hamstring that Jackson strained last season. Falcons coach Mike Smith said he's fully confident Jackson will be ready for Week 1, but the injury is a reminder that Jackson isn't getting any younger. The 31-year-old missed four games last year and rushed for just 3.5 ypc. Rookie Devonta Freeman has a good chance to start at some point this season.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster has a hamstring injury, according to a Houston Chronicle report.
Insight: This doesn't appear to be a serious injury, but with Foster you always have to worry. He's got top-five ability, if healthy for a full season, but missed eight games last season and three in 2011.
Description: Jets running back Chris Ivory was confirmed as the team's goal line back, according to RBs coach Anthony Lynn.
Insight: Chris Johnson is the No. 1, but this will hurt his fantasy value. Ivory is a clear No. 2 and goal line back ... when healthy. The Jets also have Bilal Powell and Daryl Richardson in the backfield, but they don't figure to see much time, barring injury.
Description: According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss at least another week due to his hamstring injury, though an MRI ruled out a tear.
Insight: Beckham is missing out on valuable practice time he could be using to get acclimated to QB Eli Manning and New York's offense. Jerrel Jernigan has been getting reps in his place in three-receiver sets.
Description: Oakland wideout Rod Streater suffered a concussion during Monday's practice, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Streater also sustained a concussion during the preseason last year. The 26-year-old led the Raiders with 60 grabs and 888 yards last season and could break out in his third year now that Oakland has some stability at quarterback.
Description: The Vikings and Kyle Rudolph have agreed to a five-year contract extension, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.
Insight: Rudolph has breakout potential in Norv Turner's offense, which made stars out of Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron. The 24-year-old has huge upside for his ninth-round ADP, which ranks 10th among tight ends.
Description: Rookie running back Jeremy Hill has been playing ahead of BenJarvus Green-Ellis in training camp, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: Green-Ellis seemingly is closer to losing his third-string job to Cedric Peerman or Rex Burkhead than he is to catching Hill. The Bengals drafted Hill (6-1, 238 lbs) out of LSU in the second round to serve as the team's between-the-tackles rusher. Green-Ellis carried the ball 220 times and scored seven touchdowns last season but ran for 3.4 yards per carry. Giovani Bernard is going to get more than 170 carries in 2014, but Cincinnati is also going to run the ball more often under new OC Hue Jackson so Hill could see 200 carries.
Description: Third-round selection John Brown is getting rave reviews, according to beat reporter Josh Weinfuss.
Insight: He's a small, fast receiver that GM Steve Keim recently called "uncoverable." Barring an injury to Larry Fitzgerald or Michael Floyd we wouldn't expect any fantasy-worthy numbers from Brown in 2014, but he might be worth a play in dynasty leagues.
Description: Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson isn't expected to see much action in the preseason, perhaps none at all, according to Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Peterson followed up his MVP 2012 campaign with a still respectable though not up to expectation 1,266 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013. He doesn't need much to be ready for the regular season and is still a top-five fantasy selection.
Description: Bengals RBs coach Kyle Caskey is thinking 260-300 touches for new starter RB Giovani Bernard in 2014.
Insight: Bernard had 695 rushing yards on 170 carries, 514 receiving yards on 56 catches and eight total touchdowns as a rookie while splitting time with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Now a starter with a more run-heavy gameplan expected, it's certainly not unreasonable. In our projections we are expecting 264 touches, 1,437 total yards and 10 touchdowns.
Description: Indianapolis running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson appear to be the only backfield options and both should have fantasy value this season.
Insight: The Colts backfield took a hit over the past week with the loss of Vick Ballard (knee injury) and Chris Rainey (cut for off-the-field reasons). If Richardson falls on his face again, Bradshaw could end up being an RB2 or better.
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate has been removed from the active/PUP list and is on the practice field.
Insight: Tate was dealing with a sore shoulder in the spring, but was never in real danger of missing training camp time. We project Tate to have 70 receptions, 977 yards and seven touchdowns this year as Detroit's No. 2 receiver.
Description: Carolina wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin bumped knees in practice and will have an MRI Monday, according to beat writer Steve Reed.
Insight: No one thinks it's too serious, but as thin as the Panthers are at wideout it's important they all stay healthy. At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, Benjamin should be a red zone favorite of Cam Newton's next season.
Description: Colts tight end Coby Fleener could get on the field with Dwayne Allen more often this season, according to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star.
Insight: Both are talented tight ends with receiving ability, though we like Allen a little bit more than Fleener. With the return of Reggie Wayne and the addition of Hakeem Nicks both tight ends may actually see reduced targets.
Description: San Francisco rookie running back Carlos Hyde could become a decent fantasy option and will certainly be the handcuff for Frank Gore after this weekend's injures to the 49ers backfield.
Insight: Kendall Hunter was the handcuff, but tore his right knee ACL over the weekend and LaMichael James will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a dislocated elbow. That leaves just Marcus Lattimore (knee) and Hyde as back ups. The team has stated they wanted to reduce Gore's workload this season.
Description: San Francisco RB/KR LaMichael James will miss at least a month with a dislocated left elbow, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: Earlier this spring, it looked as if the 49ers would enter training camp with major depth at running back, but Kendall Hunter tore his ACL on Friday, Marcus Lattimore (knee, hamstring) still is unable to practice and James will miss the entire preseason. The team plans to reduce Frank Gore's workload and rookie Carlos Hyde is now in position to see most of the work as a backup.
Description: Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel have been "pretty much splitting reps" so far in camp, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.
Insight: According to Glazer, Bridgewater has been more impressive than the Vikings expected. If Bridgewater can emerge as a viable NFL starter this season, it would be great for the fantasy value of Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph.
Description: According to the Miami Herald, "there's a hope in Dolphins camp" that Lamar Miller can play the role of LeSean McCoy in new OC Bill Lazor's offense. Lazor spent last season as the Eagles' QB coach.
Insight: Miller has outplayed free agent acquisition Knowshon Moreno this offseason and is expected to be the unquestioned starter in Week 1. Moreno is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. Miller put on 6-8 pounds of muscle this offseason after ranking 24th among running backs in yards after contact last season, and coach Joe Philbin doesn't think Miller has sacrificed any speed in getting bigger. McCoy led the NFL with 366 touches last season so Miller could be ticketed for a huge workload if Lazor is serious about making him the McCoy of its offense. We should see his seventh-round ADP rise in the coming weeks.
Description: Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro hurt his right knee Sunday, according to the Associated Press.
Insight: He tore the ACL in his left knee a few years ago and said he initially feared the worst on Sunday. "It felt like something was wrong," he said. "It was a similar pain, but it didn't hurt as bad. Once I started walking on it, it felt OK." Jets tight ends combined to catch 62 passes for 849 yards and six of New York's 13 passing touchdowns last season, so Amaro is a nice sleeper.
Description: Bills tight end Scott Chandler suffered a groin injury on Sunday, according to the Associated Press.
Insight: Tony Moeaki went down with a hamstring injury on Friday and Chris Gragg spent two days in the hospital with heat-related cramps. Chandler has increased his catches and yardage in two straight seasons but dropped from six TDs in 2011 and 2012 to two last year. The additions of Sammy Watkins and red-zone weapon Mike Williams won't help Chandler become fantasy-relevant.
Description: Jacksonville receiver Cecil Shorts will miss several weeks with a strained hamstring, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.
Insight: Shorts has missed five games the past two seasons and played most of last year with a sports hernia that required surgery in the offseason. Still, with an ADP of 113.5 he's a good value pick because he should dominate targets for Jacksonville.
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart pulled his hamstring before training camp even started and thinks he'll miss 2-4 weeks. SOURCE: Jonathan Jones, Charlotte Observer
Insight: Given Stewart's history of recovering from injuries, he could be out longer. It's a bad sign that a player who seemingly is always hurt is already injured. He's played 15 games combined and rushed for 3.7 ypc the last two seasons. DeAngelo Williams should be good for another 200 carries, but he lacks upside because Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton are the goal-line rushers.
Description: Colts running back Vick Ballard tore his left Achilles during Friday's practice and will likely miss the rest of the season. SOURCE: Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Insight: Ballard played one game in 2013 before tearing his right ACL during practice. With only injury-prone Ahmad Bradshaw and former sixth-rounder Dan Herron as backups, the Colts really need Trent Richardson to come through in 2014.
Description: Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said that Andre Ellington is ready to be the "bell cow" in Arizona's offense, according to Darren Urban of azcardinals.com.
Insight: Arizona coach Bruce Arians said in May that he expects Ellington to get 25-30 touches per game this season, which was an outrageous exaggeration. However, we may see him get 16-18, with 4-6 coming on receptions. GM Steve Keim estimated Thursday that Ellington has put on 8-10 pounds, which could take away some of his explosiveness. Ellington is going 15th among running backs at an ADP of 29.9, which is a good spot for him because he's not guaranteed to see goal-line work.
Description: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (knee surgery) appears to be ready to go for the start of training camp, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.
Insight: Prior to his injury, Bradford threw for 1,687 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games. While Bradford has struggled to live up to expectations, he's more than capable of delivering gaudy numbers if healthy, so definitely keep an eye on his progress in camp.
Description: According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins will add the read-option to the offense this season.
Insight: The Dolphins QB is athletic and this could lead to more rushing yards and touchdown opportunities. It could also open him up to more injuries. Tannehill was much improved in Year 2 and could be a viable fantasy starter this season if he continues his upward trend.
Description: Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is now expected to hold out while he seeks a new contract.
Insight: Sounds like Lynch got a look at the Jamaal Charles deal and wants to get a bigger and better deal too. Lynch has been worked hard the past three seasons (901 carries) and is smart to want to get a deal done now before anything changes.
Description: Injury-prone Jets running back Chris Ivory is already sitting out drills with a hamstring problem.
Insight: Ivory dealt with a hamstring injury last season and despite his talent we want no part of him this season. Chris Johnson is the No. 1 and Ivory a clear No. 2, when healthy. The Jets also have Bilal Powell and Daryl Richardson in the backfield.
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon is set to appeal his suspension at an Aug. 1 hearing in New York, according to Ian Rapoport.
Insight: We think there is little chance of his one-year suspension being reduced, but at least the final answer will come before most fantasy leagues hold their draft. Gordon was a fantasy stud last season catching 87 balls for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.
Description: Indianapolis running back Ahmad Bradshaw has been cleared to practice, according to an Indianapolis Star report.
Insight: Bradshaw has always been a solid fantasy option, when healthy, but he's part of a three-man backfield including Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard. Richardson should get the most carries, though after averaging 3.0 yards per rush last season, there's little reason to be confident in him. Fantasy owners may be better off avoiding all three.
Description: The Falcons have signed receiver Roddy White to a three-year extension, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: White came on strong in December after an injury-plagued first three months. The 32-year-old is eighth among active players in career receiving yards with 9,436 in nine seasons in the league. He and Julio Jones make up one of the league's top tandems.
Description: Robert Griffin III may not be utilizing the "read-option" much this season as coach Jay Gruden has never been a fan of this offensive strategy.
Insight: Griffin will still use his feet to get outside on rollouts and should have the green light to take off whenever he needs to, but we're not expecting to see much "read-option" football in D.C. Fantasy owners will want to see this offense in action to determine what effect it will have on RGIII's value, but with his receiving weapons the QB should be a top-six fantasy quarterback in 2014.
Description: Russell Hulstine of Newson6.com is reporting that suspended Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon was "arrested for the possession of marijuana following a traffic stop Wednesday night" in Edmond, Okla.
Insight: Blackmon was already on indefinite suspension and this won't help his chances of some day rerurning to the NFL.
Description: Cowboys QB Tony Romo is expected to be a full participant in training camp from the first day, according to a Dallas Morning News report by Jon Machota.
Insight: The Cowboys QB had December back surgery and is right on schedule with his rehab work. Romo threw for 3,828 yards and 31 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions, but missed the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Description: Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the season.
Insight: The suspension is actually a little shorter than expected. Still, it means backup Bernard Pierce will be fantasy worthy for the first two games of the season and if he plays well who knows what could happen down the road.
Description: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will continue to return kicks this season even though he's expected to have an expanded role on offense, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Patterson picked up 1,393 yards and two touchdowns on 43 kick returns last season in addition to putting up 627 yards and seven touchdowns from scrimmage. His ADP continues to rise and is up to 41.4, 15th among receivers, in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts, so he's turning into a high-risk, high-reward player.
Description: Jets running back Chris Johnson (knee) has been medically cleared for training camp, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: Johnson sat out offseason activities after undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus, which he says he suffered in Week 3 last year. He rushed for a career-low 3.9 ypc in 2013 but was still a fantasy factor because he received 279 carries, caught 42 balls and scored 10 touchdowns (six rushing). He's going to split carries with Chris Ivory on early downs and Bilal Powell will handle third downs, so Johnson may not reach 250 touches this season.
Description: According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns rookie running back Terrance West is expected to practice Friday.
Insight: West was placed on the NFI (Non-Football Injury) List Wednesday, but he tweeted that he passed his conditioning test and is healthy. West is expected to push Ben Tate for the starting job this season and could remain heavily involved even as a backup, as the Browns plan to use a run-heavy offense.
Description: Browns rookie running back Terrance West will open training camp on the active/NFI list, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: The reason is undisclosed. The NFI (Non-Football Injury) List is for injuries suffered off the football field or for rookie who sustained an injury prior to the draft. West is expected to push Ben Tate for the starting job this season and could remain heavily involved even as a backup, as the Browns plan to use a run-heavy offense.
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate has been placed on the active/PUP list, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: It's unclear what's ailing Tate, who signed a five-year, $31 million contract with the Lions this offseason. We project Tate to have 70 receptions, 977 yards and seven touchdowns this year as Detroit's No. 2 receiver.
Description: According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Giants GM Jerry Reese admitted he's concerned about rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s hamstring injury.
Insight: "He missed part of spring ball with a hamstring and he tweaked it yesterday," Reese said. "Obviously there is a concern." Jerrell Jernigan replaced Beckham in three-receiver sets Wednesday. Rookie receivers usually struggle so Beckham needs all the practice time he can get.
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Chiefs and Jamaal Charles have agreed to a new contract and he's headed to training camp now.
Insight: Charles' holdout lasted less than a day. He led the Chiefs in carries, targets and receptions last season and accounted for 1,980 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns, so he deserved a new deal.
Description: According to Jordan Raanan of nj.com, Daniel Fells has worked as the Giants first-team tight end in the first two days of training camp.
Insight: Fells is competing with Adrien Robinson and Kellen Davis for the starting job. Fells has 92 catches for 1,086 yards and eight touchdowns in 71 career games. The Giants are going to play a lot of three-receiver sets and are a team that still often uses a fullback, so whoever starts at tight end won't be a fantasy option. Brandon Myers, last year's starter, had 47 catches for 522 yards and four touchdowns.
Description: Seattle receiver Sidney Rice has retired due to a history of concussions, according to ProFootballTalk.
Insight: The 27-year-old had one huge season -- 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns on 83 catches in 2009 with the Minnesota Vikings -- but hasn't been able to stay healthy. His other six seasons, he averaged 10.8 games, 26.67 catches, 380 yards and 3.67 touchdowns.
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will not report to training camp Wednesday unless there's an unexpected breakthrough in contract negotiations.
Insight: Charles wants a new deal and he deserves one. He led the Chiefs in carries, targets and receptions last season and accounted for 1,980 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns. He's scheduled to make just $3.9 million this season and $6 million in 2015. His holdout shouldn't last long, as Kansas City seems to be open to giving him a new contract.
Description: Dolphins center Mike Pouncey (hip) is expected to be out until late October, according to the Miami Herald.
Insight: Pouncey needed surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip after suffering the injury during OTAs. He was initially expected to be out the first 3-4 weeks of the season, but now he may not return until the second half. Miami improved its putrid offensive line by signing Branden Albert and drafting Ja'Wuan James, but Pouncey's loss is a big one.
Description: Rams receiver Tavon Austin says he had trouble grasping the team's playbook last season, according to the Associated Press. "I didn't really know what was going on," Austin said. "Everything looked like Spanish and sounded like Spanish to me."
Insight: Austin was drafted eighth overall but played limited snaps and had 40 catches for 418 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games. He also rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and racked up 678 return yards (398 kick, 280 punt) on 51 attempts. He insists he knows the playbook now. "I understand the plays, the depth, the routes, the splits and everything," Austin said. "I just feel good that I can make some plays. Definitely, the game's slowed down for me." Austin has a lot of upside and carries a ninth-round ADP.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been cleared for training camp and won't be placed on the active/PUP list.
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14, but he's made an impressive recovery. Fantasy owners won't have to worry about him being placed on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of the regular season, because he's not eligible. Gronk has missed 14 games the past two seasons and his third-round ADP makes him a high-risk, high-reward option.
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis has reported to training camp, according to Matt Maiocco of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Davis missed OTAs and minicamp because he wants a new contract, but San Francisco doesn't want to give him one and he really doesn't have any leverage. Davis had 52 receptions, 850 yards and 13 touchdowns in 15 games last season and comes with a fifth-round ADP.
Description: According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Ravens running back Bernard Pierce has been medically cleared. He underwent offseason surgery on his rotator cuff.
Insight: Ray Rice is expected to be suspended for multiple games at the start of the season, so Pierce will get a chance to be the lead ballcarrier and prove he deserves a larger role when Rice returns. The Ravens had a league-worst 3.1 ypc average in 2013. They'll try to revive the running game under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
Description: Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders faces a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse program. SOURCE: Ryan O'Halloran, Florida Times-Union
Insight: Sanders will leave the team indefinitely. "I've decided to go seek help, get (the) attention that I need -- hopefully somebody can help me out," Sanders said. "I should be OK; I just want to get better and come back and be ready to play. Sometimes life hits and it's hard." The 5-foot-7, 178-pound Sanders had 51 catches as a rookie, but produced just 484 yards and one touchdown. His spot on the roster was already tenuous after the Jags drafted Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the second round this year.
Description: KCTV5 is reporting that Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will hold out from training camp in an effort to get a new contract, though the Kansas City Star reports that the Chiefs believe Charles will report to camp on Wednesday regardless of whether an extension has been agreed to or not.
Insight: Charles led the Chiefs in carries, targets and receptions last season and accounted for 1,980 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns. He's scheduled to make just $3.9 million this season and $6 million in 2015.
Description: According to Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News, rookie Andre Williams worked as the first-team goal-line rusher on the first day of training camp Tuesday. He also handled goal-line duties this spring.
Insight: This could spell doom for the fantasy value of Rashad Jennings because he's already going to be losing some carries to David Wilson on early downs. Jennings' ADP is 44.3 in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts, 21st among running backs.
Description: Wide receiver Stevie Johnson is the third most talented receiver on the 49ers roster, but that doesn't mean he'll be the No. 3 wideout ... or even on the team.
Insight: With Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree ahead of him on the team's wide receiver depth chart, Johnson (52 catches, 597 yards, 3 TD in 12 games last season) will have to prove he's worth the high salary he comands or the team could go for youth.
Description: A Cleveland Plain dealer report says the wide receiver to watch in Browns camp will be Charles Johnson.
Insight: With Josh Gordon out of the picture and journeymen Nate Burleson and Miles Austin penciled in as starters, Johnson might be the most exciting receiver on the practice field. He's got size (6-foot-2, 215) and speed (4.38 40). He needs to stay healthy, but he could be a player worthy watching this summer.
Description: Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will begin training camp on the active/PUP list, according to Field Yates of ESPN.
Insight: Dobson had surgery on his foot this offseason and was expected to be back for minicamp, but he's taken much longer than expected. He should be back before the end of the preseason. The 22-year-old has the potential to turn into New England's No. 1 receiver in his second season and he comes with an 11th-round ADP. No other New England receiver has Dobson's combination of size and speed.
Description: According to the Tennessean, the Titans plan on using a running back by committee this season.
Insight: We're guessing they'll move away from that quickly once they see the difference between Bishop Sankey and Shonn Greene. Dexter McCluster will be involved, but more as a pass-catcher in the role Danny Woodhead occupied last season for the Chargers under new Tennessee coach Ken Whisenhunt. Woodhead had 182 touches, but there were still 311 touches left for Ryan Mathews. Sankey will likely lead the backfield in touches, but with Greene looming as a touchdown vulture a 39.3 ADP is a little high for the rookie.
Description: ESPN.com's Michael C. Wright says that Jimmy Clausen "appears poised to unseat" Jordan Palmer for the backup QB job.
Insight: Clausen hasn't thrown a pass in the NFL since his rookie year in 2010, when he had a 3/9 TD/INT ratio and a .525 completion percentage. But remember that Josh McCown was a journeyman with a 37/44 TD/INT prior to putting up a 13/1 TD/INT and a .665 completion percentage in Bears coach Marc Trestman's offense last season. Bears starter Jay Cutler has missed 13 games over the past four years.
Description: Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com predicts rookie running back Tre Mason will get 8-10 carries per game for the Rams this season.
Insight: Zac Stacy saw 249 carries across his 12 starts in 2013, or 20.8 per game, and St. Louis really didn't use a backup much during that stretch. Mason stealing 8-10 carries per game would be devastating to Stacy's fantasy value unless the Rams plan to run the ball more than they did last season (St. Louis averaged 24.25 non-quarterback runs per game). We expect Stacy to still see around 17 touches per game and all the goal-line work, so his 27.1 ADP in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts is reasonable.
Description: Vic Carucci of clevelandbrowns.com expects rookie running back Terrance West to push Ben Tate for the starting job in training camp.
Insight: The Browns signed Tate this offseason and drafted West in the third round. Tate backed up Arian Foster the past three years in Houston and had 1,992 yards and 10 touchdowns on 421 carries (4.7 ypc) and is the favorite to win the job. The Browns are expected to be a run-heavy team this season following Josh Gordon's expected suspension, so both Tate and West could see enough carries to make them fantasy options.
Description: According to ESPN's John Clayton, 49ers running back Frank Gore could see 50 fewer carries in 2014 than he did last year.
Insight: Earlier this month, ESPN NFC West blogger Bill Williamson projected Gore to get 220 carries, 56 fewer than the 276 he had last season. Gore no longer contributes in the passing game so he'll be no more than a low-end RB2 with just 220 carries.
Description: According to ESPN.com, the Packers wants Eddie Lacy to be able to stay on the field for all three downs to maintain a quick pace.
Insight: Lacy touched the ball 319 times last season (284 carries, 35 receptions) even though he really played just 14 games (he left after one carry due to a concussion in Week 2). Green Bay probably won't have him run the ball 20 times a game again with Aaron Rodgers healthy, but he could catch more passes. Over 16 games, Lacy should handle the football at least 320 times.
Description: According to Tom Rock of Newsday, Giants co-owner John Mara said the team expects David Wilson (neck) to be medically cleared to play this season.
Insight: "We expect him to be playing ... all signs are he'll be ready to go," Mara said. Wilson has burned fantasy owners two years in a row and was terrible in 2013 even before his serious neck injury. He'll be a change-of-pace back and home-run threat behind workhorse Rashad Jennings if he's healthy in 2014.
Description: Packers coach Mike McCarthy and QB Aaron Rodgers both want to run 75 plays a game in 2014, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: The Packers ranked 11th in the NFL with an average of 67.125 plays per game last year and the Broncos were first with 72.25, so 75 plays is ambitious. Still, we like that Green Bay plans to push the pace. That will help Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy all live up to their lofty ADPs.
Description: According to buffalobills.com, C.J. Spiller is likely to touch the ball 20 times per game "if the offense is operating at peak efficiency."
Insight: The Bills also said last year that Spiller would get the ball until he threw up and then gave him 15.7 touches per game, so we aren't buying he's going to be a 320-touches-per-year guy even if he's 100 percent healthy. Fred Jackson is still around to steal third-down work and goal-line carries and the Bills added Bryce Brown in case the 33-year-old Jackson finally hits a wall. At most, Spiller will get 275 touches this season. He's being drafted 16th among running backs on fantasyfootballcalculator.com, so while he's not as risky as last season he still a high-risk, high-reward option.
Description: The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. expects BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Rex Burkhead to battle for one roster spot in camp.
Insight: Giovani Bernard and rookie Jeremy Hill are guaranteed spots and Dehner thinks Cedric Peerman is as well because he plays on special teams. Even if Green-Ellis makes the team, he won't see the field much and shouldn't be drafted in any leagues.
Description: Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times predicts Marshawn Lynch will still be the focal point of the Seahawks' offense in 2014 but that he'll lose a few carries per game to Christine Michael.
Insight: Lynch averaged 18.8 carries per game last season and Condotta predicts he'll be around 15-16 this year which will put him at 240-256 for the entire season. Lynch will still get all the goal-line work so he shouldn't drop out of the first round in fantasy drafts.
Description: We like that Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe will come into camp in better shape than previous seasons, according to a USA Today report.
Insight: Bowe will be 30-years-old this season and we hope he has finally realized he can't slide through on just his talent anymore after the 57-catch, 673-yard, five TD performance of last season. He's still the best receiver on the Kansas City roster.
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Description: More bad news for the troubled wideout. He was arrested July 9 in Los Angeles and charged with battery with serious bodily injury, according to a Detroit Free Press report.
Insight: Its a shame that he could never get his life together, because he had talent. His NFL football career is over.
Description: Former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has yet to find a landing spot in 2014.
Insight: Finley has had trouble finding a new team since undergoing offseason neck surgery. Fantasy owners know he's never lived up to the hype, but he should find a job somewhere this season, though he may have to wait until training camp injuries take their toll.
Description: The Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham have come to an agreement on a four-year deal.
Insight: His fantasy owners can relax now as the tight end won't have to hold out. He's the highest paid tight end which is right for the best tight end in football. Even at less than 100 percent he caught 86 balls for 1,215 yards and a league-leading 16 TDs last season. Hard as it may be to believe, those numbers could rise in 2014.
Description: Tennessee running back Jackie Battle should have zero fantasy value this season as he's been moved to fullback, according to Jim Eyatt of The Tennessean.
Insight: Battle was a viable handcuff candidate in previous stops with Kansas City and San Diego, but isn't likely to touch the football much in 2014. The Titans have three running backs in Bishop Sankey, Shonn Greene and multi-position Dexter McCluster for that role.
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson wants out of Houston, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Johnson (109 catches, 1,407 yards, five touchdowns in 2013) posted another good season despite the obvious problems the team had at quarterback last season and at 33-years-old apparently doesn't want to go through a rebuilding period.
Description: New England running Brandon Bolden may not make the Patriots 53-man roster this season, according to a Boston Globe report by Erik Frenz.
Insight: Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen figure to be the workhorses out of the backfield both running and receiving and should eat up most of departed LeGarrette Blount's 153 carries. The reporter believes James White, Roy Finch and James Develin will make the roster.
Description: When asked if he'll be at training camp, Texans receiver Andre Johnson told Marcus Smith of NFL Network "hopefully" and added "we'll see what happens."
Insight: Johnson (109 catches, 1,407 yards, five touchdowns in 2013) expressed his desire to be traded because he doesn't want to go through another rebuild with the Texans. He'll likely be with Houston when the season starts and is a bargain at his ADP of 46.6 (fantasyfootballcalculator.com).
Description: According to masslive.com, "there is now optimism" that Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson (foot surgery) will be ready for the start of training camp.
Insight: Dobson had surgery on his foot this offseason and was expected to be back for minicamp, but he's taken much longer than expected. He would have had the surgery sooner but the team thought he would heal naturally. Dobson first suffered the injury in Week 12 last year, missed three games, aggravated the injury in the last regular season game and sat out until the AFC Championship. The 22-year-old has the potential to turn into New England's No. 1 receiver in his second season and he comes with a 12th-round ADP.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell (knee) has gained clearance to run at full speed, according to mlive.com.
Insight: "I'm feeling 100 percent," Bell said. "I'm feeling great." Bell sat out OTAs and minicamp due to a knee injury he's been dealing with since last season. The 27-year-old had 1,197 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns on 219 touches (166 carries) last season. He's expected to have closer to a 50 percent split of the touches with Reggie Bush this season after Bush had 277 touches in 14 games a year ago.
Description: ESPN.com's 49ers blogger Bill Williamson projects Frank Gore will get 220 carries in 2014.
Insight: That would be a decrease of 56 carries from last season. If he receives just 220 carries, Gore would have to increase his ypc from 4.1 to 4.6 to rush for 1,000 yards for the eighth time in the last nine years. San Francisco drafted Carlos Hyde in the second round this year and has stashed Marcus Lattimore since last year while he recovered from a serious knee injury. Because Gore no longer contributes in the passing game -- he had 51 catches per season from 2006-2010 but 61 catches total in Jim Harbaugh's three years as 49ers coach -- he would have a difficult time returning RB2 value with 220 carries.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to be ready to play in Week 1 of the NFL season, according to patriots.com.
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14. When healthy, Gronkowski is as good as any tight end in the league, but he's had at least eight surgeries in his career and missed 14 games the past two years.
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon has reportedly been arrested for DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Insight: If Gordon was hoping to catch a break from the league concerning his upcoming suspension he's certaining not behaving like a man who cares about his NFL future. Fantasy owners should not plan on Gordon stepping onto the field during the 2014-15 season.
Description: Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III called tight end Jordan Reed "one of the most talented tight ends in the league."
Insight: Reed certainly is talented, but comes with a couple of caution flags. He's a huge concussion risk and the addition of wideout DeSean Jackson will steal targets. Jackson's speed could also give the tight end more room to work.
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has dramatically improved his route running and defense recognition, according to quarterback Matt Cassel.
Insight: Patterson should be the star of the passing game and may not need gadget plays to get the ball. The multi-talented Patterson had three rushing touchdowns, two kick return scores and four TD receptions last year, but may be able to produce from a standard playbook in 2014.
Description: Dolphins DE Dion Jordan has been suspended four games for PEDs.
Insight: Both the No. 3 and No. 4 picks (Jordan and Lane Johnson) in the 2013 NFL Draft have been popped for performance-enhancing drugs in the past week. Jordan had just two sacks as a rookie and was rumored to be on the trade block this offseason. This won't help his standing in Miami.
Description: Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso has been diagnosed with a torn ACL, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Insight: Alonso suffered the injury while working out in Oregon. The 2013 second-round pick had 159 tackles, two sacks, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble as a rookie and is a huge loss for an up-and-coming defense.
Description: Denver tight end Julius Thomas says the Broncos will use him "a lot more creatively" in 2014 because he's more familiar with OC Adam Gase's system, according to foxsports.com.
Insight: Thomas caught 65 passes for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 14 games last season and the Broncos will look to him to replace some of the production they lost with Eric Decker's departure. He played just one season of college football at Portland State and thinks he's just scratching the surface of his potential. He should be drafted as a top-three tight end in all leagues.
Description: An arbitrator has ruled that the Saints can franchise tag Jimmy Graham as a tight end.
Insight: Graham took 67 percent of his snaps last season from out wide or in the slot and wide receivers who are tagged receive $5.277 million more than tight ends. Fantasy owners should be happy with the ruling, as Graham will now definitely retain his precious tight-end eligibility.
Description: Titans tight end Delanie Walker said he's "looking to catch 80 balls this year." SOURCE: titansonline.com
Insight: In his first season with the Titans, Walker caught 60 passes for 571 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games, so him catching 80 catches isn't as much of a stretch as it seems. New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt worked with Antonio Gates in San Diego last year and compared Walker to Gates in January. Walker is going undrafted in 12-team mocks on fantasyfootballcalculator.com, but he could be a low-end TE1.
Description: Detroit rookie tight end Eric Ebron has been learning more than just the one position and recently told the Ross Tucker Football Podcast he expected to line up in the slot half the time.
Insight: The Lions have a number of options in front of Ebron, namely Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Brandon Pettigrew and Reggie Bush out of the backfield, so we don't believe he'll be a viable fantasy option this season, but in 2015-16 he certainly should be.
Description: Darren Urban from the Cardinals official website predicts Andre Ellington will get 20-22 touches per game.
Insight: Arizona coach Bruce Arians said last month that he expects Ellington to get 25-30 touches per game this season, which was an outrageous exaggeration, and it would be shocking if he averaged 20-22 touches per game as Urban is projecting. It would put the 5-foot-9 running back in the 320-350 territory, which would be close to what Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte and LeSean McCoy saw last season. Ellington will likely be closer to 15 touches per game than 22.
Description: Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn said that the team is "going to have to be strategic" in how it uses Chris Johnson to "keep him fresh so that he can be the explosive guy that I know that he can be." SOURCE: nj.com
Insight: Lynn said earlier this month that the Jets would use a hot-hand situation at running back. Johnson averaged 298 carries the past five seasons, but he may not reach 220 carries this year with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell also getting touches.
Description: According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers coaching staff "would like to lessen the burden" on Eddie Lacy in 2014.
Insight: Lacy carried the ball 284 times and caught 35 passes in 2013 even though he really played just 14 games (he left Week 2 after one carry due to a concussion and missed Week 3). He played through a badly sprained ankle late in the year. Even if his carries are cut down by three to four per game, he'll still end up in the 250-270 range while catching 30-40 passes.
Description: Browns coach Mike Pettine says the team will use a "running back by committte" in 2014. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: "I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee," Pettine said. "You'd like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys." With one-back proponent Kyle Shanahan in the fold as offensive coordinator, free-agent signee Ben Tate looked to be in a great situation after backing up Arian Foster for a few years, but third-round pick Terrance West is going to be more involved than anyone expected.
Description: The Packers OTAs and minicamp have given ESPN's Rob Demovsky the impression that rookie Richard Rodgers could have the inside track to be the team's starting tight end. Rodgers was the 98th overall pick this year.
Insight: Andrew Quarless hasn't practiced at all this offseason for an undisclosed reason after finishing last season healthy and Rodgers has taken advantage. If he can prove to be an effective blocker in training camp, Rodgers could take the job. However, he wouldn't be more than a low-end TE1 in 12-team leagues because Green Bay spreads the ball around so evenly.
Description: ESPN's Bill Williamson says that San Francisco rookie running back Carlos Hyde "is likely to get a chance at playing time right away."
Insight: Hyde reportedly has shined as a runner and receiver so far in practice. However, he's unlikely to carry fantasy value as a rookie unless Frank Gore gets hurt. After dealing with injuries early in his career, Gore has proven to be ultra reliable the last three years, though he is now 31 years old and rushed for a career-low 4.1 yards per carry last season. The team also has Kendall Hunter and Marcus Lattimore, who is attempting to come back from the devastating knee injury he suffered in 2012, in the backfield.
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno is expected to miss four-to-five weeks due to knee surgery.
Insight: That would give Moreno enough time to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, but it will put him further behind Lamar Miller in the competition to be the starter. There wasn't expected to be any competition after Miami signed Moreno, but Moreno showed up a little out of shape and has been running mostly with the second team. Both players are going to be iffy fantasy options, especially with how bad the Dolphins' offensive line was last season.
Description: The Baltimore Sun says Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce (rotator cuff surgery) is the favorite to be the opening day starter.
Insight: The Ravens' running game is a mess. Pierce is coming off shoulder surgery, Ray Rice is expected to receive a multi-game suspension and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro is dealing with legal issues of his own. Justin Forsett is also in the mix.
Description: Vikings veteran wideout Greg Jennings said it will be young receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, not Jennings, that will be the focal point of the passing game in 2014.
Insight: The multi-talented Patterson had three rushing touchdowns, two kick return scores and four TD receptions last year. When he develops his receiving skills, he's going to be a top-five fantasy wide receiver. That could be sooner rather than later if Minnesota can fix their quarterback situation.
Description: NBC Sports reported that Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno may need left knee surgery.
Insight: We expected Moreno to win the top spot after a big year in Denver last season (1,038 yards rushing, 13 total TD), but this could explain why he was working with the second team. If true, and there is no confirmation at this time, Lamar Miller's fantasy value would take a giant leap forward.
Description: Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said the team is "looking for big things" from second-year running back Latavius Murray, according to csnbayarea.com.
Insight: "He’s shown, to me, the biggest upside right now in what we’ve seen thus far, if he can stay healthy," Olson said. The 6-foot-3, 223-pound Murray, who ran a 40-yard dash of 4.38 seconds, missed his rookie year with an ankle injury. He's behind Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew on the depth chart but could get a shot later this season and is someone to watch in dynasty leagues.
Description: According to Jeff Legwold of espn.com, Broncos running back Montee Ball is making huge strides as a receiver.
Insight: Knowshon Moreno had 241 carries and 60 catches last season as Denver's starter. Ball's value could be even better than expected if the Broncos get him 40-50 catches in addition to the 250-270 carries we expect him to get.
Description: Packers running back Johnathan Franklin's career is over due to a neck injury. He suffered the injury in Week 12 last season.
Insight: Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Franklin will "not be back with us," and Franklin went on Twitter later to announce he has been ruled out from playing in the NFL again. Franklin was a fourth-round pick last year and rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in Week 3 last year while Eddie Lacy was out with a concussion. However, he had just four rushing yards in his other 10 games.
Description: According to USA Today, Saints QB Drew Brees brought up rookie receiver Brandin Cooks when asked how New Orleans will replace Darren Sproles this season.
Insight: "Even though Darren Sproles played the running back position, we were creative with him," Brees said. "We did a lot of things with him out of the backfield. We'd split him out. We'd throw him screens. We'd do all kinds of stuff with him. So, that role can be filled by maybe even a receiver. Hey, we go out in the draft and get a guy in Brandin Cooks out of Oregon State -- an explosive player, great speed, great talent, tremendous young man, loves to learn, loves the game of football. From all indications, this guy can do a lot of things for us, and he's eager to fill a role that we need him to on offense." Cooks has a 98.9 ADP in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts, 40th among receivers, but he has a strong chance to end up as the top rookie wideout in 2014.
Description: 49ers cornerback Eric Wright has announced his retirement from the NFL. SOURCE: Mike Garafolo, Fox Sports 1
Insight: Wright is only 28 so this news is a little surprising. He's never been to a Pro Bowl but Wright has been a productive player throughout his career, logging 15 interceptions and 367 tackles over seven seasons.
Description: The Texans have released quarterback T.J. Yates. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: Prior to getting cut, Yates had fallen to fourth on the team's QB depth chart behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Savage and Case Keenum. Yates should find a backup job somewhere but he won't have fantasy value.
Description: The Colts expect to have receiver Reggie Wayne (knee) back for the start of training camp, according to Phillip Wilson of the Indianapolis Star.
Insight: Coach Chuck Pagano said he would be "shocked" if that didn't happen. Wayne tore his ACL last October and missed OTAs, but he's been cleared for football activities. Draft the 35-year-old as a WR3 due to his age and lack of touchdowns the past three years (11 TDs in 39 games).
Description: According to the Miami Herald, Dolphins running back Lamar Miller "remains clearly ahead" of Knowshon Moreno in the competition for the starting job.
Insight: Free agent acquisition Knowshon Moreno showed up to OTAs out of shape and has been working with the second team. Miller appears to have a realistic shot at starting the season opener but Moreno's presence will limit Miller's value.
Description: Seattle halfback Marshawn Lynch arrived to mandatory minicamp Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: Lynch didn't show up to voluntary OTAs because he wants to rework his contract and there was even a report from Rapoport last week that he was mulling retirement. According to ESPN, Lynch believes the Seahawks will negotiate with him in good faith because he showed up to minicamp. With Seattle OC Darrell Bevell mentioning that he wanted to use a committee at running back this season and a contract dispute looming, Lynch could be a riskier pick than expected in fantasy leagues.
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis did not show up for the team's mandatory minicamp despite earlier reports that he would. He also sat out OTAs last month because of his contract dispute. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The two-time Pro Bowler won't hit free agency until 2016 but after seeing Colin Kaepernick's new deal, he feels he deserves a raise. Only time will tell if the 49ers feel the same way.
Description: Houston QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was named the starter by coach Bill O'Brien.
Insight: Considering O'Brien's other options, this isn't much of an announcement. It's also the reason star wideout Andre Johnson isn't happy. We're expecting a huge workload for running back Arian Foster.
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller looks healthy again, according to his quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Insight: Miller played 14 games last season, but never looked like the tight end we have become familiar with after 2013 ACL surgery. He's one of Ben Roethlisberger's favorite targets and should rebound in 2014.
Description: Jets running back Chris Johnson will have first shot, but its likely to be a "go with the hot hand situation" according to RB coach Anthony Lynn.
Insight: That makes this situation a lot different than the one he had in Tennessee where he was definitively the No. 1 guy. In six seasons with the Titans the fewest attempts he saw were 251 in his rookie season. Johnson will battle with Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Daryl Richardson for reps.
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray set personal records for rushing attempts (217), rushing yards (1,124), rushing touchdowns (9) , receptions (53) and receiving yards (350) in 2013-14.
Insight: Two factors made it possible. Murray started and played in 14 games, the most in his three professional seasons and the Cowboys didn't re-sign Felix Jones. Dallas doesn't have a No. 2 back to challenge Murray on their roster, so if healthy, Murray should be able to reproduce last year's fantasy totals.
Description: The Broncos have offered Pro Bowl receiver Demaryius Thomas a five-year contract extension. SOURCE: Nate Lundy, 104.3 The Fan
Insight: Thomas is entering the final year of his rookie contract and Denver's priority is obviously to lock him up long-term. He's finished fourth in the league in receiving yards each of the last two seasons.
Description: Quarterback Vince Young has decided to call it a career.
Insight: Young won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2006 and appeared on the cover of Madden 08, but he never lived up to the hype. He made just three starts after the Titans cut him following the 2010 season and will finish with 8,964 passing yards, 46 touchdown passes, 51 interceptions, 1,458 rushing yards and 12 rushing scores in 60 games. Despite the pedestrian numbers, Young went 31-19 in his 50 career starts.
Description: San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick won't be charged in connection with a suspicious incident that took place in Miami earlier this offseason.
Insight: Investigators were unable to find evidence of any wrongdoing on Kaepernick's part. It appears life can go on as usual for Kaepernick, who just signed a six-year extension to become one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL.
Description: Seattle halfback Marshawn Lynch isn't happy about his contract situation and is considering sitting out next week's mandatory mini-camp.
Insight: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport even said retirement could be an option for Lynch. This would be a massive blow to the Seahawks and fantasy owners alike. Lynch logged 1,257 yards on 301 carries last season while leading Seattle to its first Super Bowl. He's only 28.
Description: Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee had surgery on his torn left ACL Thursday.
Insight: Lee suffered the injury on the first day of OTAs Tuesday. Dallas, who finished last in the NFL in yards allowed last season already lost Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware for financial reasons. This doesn't bode well for the Cowboys.
Description: Atlanta linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has suffered a ruptured Achilles. He'll miss the entire 2014 season. SOURCE: Vaughn McClure, ESPN
Insight: Knee and foot injuries limited Weatherspoon to seven games last season. Even when healthy, which hasn't been the case in quite some time, Weatherspoon has had a tendency to miss tackles. This injury certainly won't help him going into free agency next season.
Description: Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said last week that the team would use a "running back by committee" in 2014, but he backtracked from that comment Monday, according to beat writer John Boyle.
Insight: Bevell said he meant that he would be using a committee in OTAs rather than during the season. Marshawn Lynch has handled an average of 329 touches the last three seasons but may drop to 285 this year as the team gets 2013 second-round pick Christine Michael more involved.
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews, the No. 42 overall pick in the 2014 draft, is reportedly shining at OTAs.
Insight: Jimmy Kempski of the Philadelphia Inquirer said Matthews has "looked like the best receiver on the team" and added that "it hasn't been close." His colleague Jeff McLane said Matthews has yet to drop a pass. This will be an interesting situation to watch, as the Eagles had one of the best offenses in the NFL last season and released No. 1 wideout DeSean Jackson in March. Matthews will be competing with Jeremy Maclin, who is coming off an ACL tear, and Riley Cooper, who may have hit his ceiling with 835 yards and eight touchdowns last year, for targets.
Description: According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons receiver Julio Jones (foot) is hoping to be back by Week 1 of the regular season.
Insight: He had to have season-ending foot surgery after five games in 2013. Prior to the injury, Jones was finally reaching his enormous potential and had accumulated 580 yards and two touchdowns on 41 catches, a pace of 131 receptions and 1,856 yards per 16 games.
Description: According to the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith indicated Tuesday that he has a high opinion of running back Doug Martin but understands the need for more than one back.
Insight: Bucs OC Jeff Tedford said last week that he believes in alternating running backs. "I think you have to alternate,'' Tedford said. "Even when we had two 1,000-yard rushers (at California), J.J. Arrington was a 2,000-yard rusher and and we had a couple times guys had 1,000 yards apiece. But I don’t believe that one back can carry the load. It's just too physical. I think you probably need to have two to three guys to bring different things to the table. But I think you at least need to have two to be able to spell them here and there and keep them healthy and that type of thing." Bobby Rainey and Mike James both played well last season when Martin was out with a shoulder injury, and the team drafted receiving back Charles Sims in the third round this year. Martin saw 368 touches as a rookie and was on pace for 371 last year before his season-ending injury. He'll probably be closer to 300 this year.
Description: We believe Seahawks second-year running back Christine Michael should overtake Robert Turbin for the backup role to Marshawn Lynch.
Insight: Unless Marshawn Lynch gets hurt or has more legal issues, Michael shouldn't have much fantasy value this season, but keeper league owners should keep an eye on him as he looks like a more explosive option/handcuff than Robert Turbin.
Description: Miami running back Daniel Thomas will struggle just to make the Dolphins roster this season and shouldn't have any fantasy value barring an injury to Lamar Miller or Knowshon Moreno.
Insight: A second round selection in 2011, Thomas has never lived up to expectations. He rushed 109 times for 406 yards and four touchdowns last season, but will have to work hard in training camp to beat out Mike Gillislee and Damien Williams just to make the team.
Description: Giants QB Eli Manning has been a full participant in OTAs and again said he feels 100 percent healthy, according to a New York Daily news report.
Insight: Manning had ankle surgery two months ago. We don't expect the ankle to be an issue, but the Giants have installed a new offense this year under new OC Ben McAdoo which will take a while to learn, so Manning may get off to a slow start.
Description: Now that second-round picks Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson are in the mix at wide receiver, Ace Sanders' roster spot with the Jaguars could be in jeopardy. SOURCE: Ryan O'Halloran, Florida Times Union
Insight: Sanders had a respectable rookie season (51 catches, 484 yards, one touchdown) but at 5-foot-7 and 178 pounds, he doesn't match up well against bigger defensive backs. Justin Blackmon's absence might ultimately be what allows Sanders to keep his job.
Description: Second-round draft pick Derek Carr will have a chance to compete for the Raiders' starting quarterback job this season. SOURCE: Albert Breer, NFL.com
Insight: Matt Schaub, acquired from Houston in a trade this offseason, is the current No. 1 on Oakland's QB depth chart. However, Carr was excellent in his final year at Fresno State (50 TD, 8 INT, 5,082 passing yards) and should challenge Schaub every step of the way. This situation may not be resolved until deep into training camp.
Description: The Texans have signed No. 1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney to a four-year, $22.3 million contract.
Insight: Clowney was a defensive end in college but he'll switch to linebacker to accomodate defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's new scheme. Clowney and 2012 Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt will give opposing QBs all they can handle next season.
Description: Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace will apparently move around in the formation this season as opposed to last year when he lined up on the right side 90 percent of the time, according to a Palm Beach Post report.
Insight: Wallace finished the season with 73 receptions for 930 yards five touchdowns, but more was expected of him. He may be a much better fantasy value in 2014 with expectations lowered.
Description: According to the Miami Herald, Dolphins running back Lamar Miller has been taking a lot of snaps with the first team.
Insight: Free agent acquisition Knowshon Moreno showed up to OTAs out of shape and dropped a pass Wednesday at practice. Moreno has plenty of time to get on track and will probably start the season opener, though Miller could remain involved if he impresses this preseason. Moreno shouldn't be drafted as more than a 12-team league flex option this season.
Description: The Niners and quarterback Colin Kaepernick have agreed to a six-year, $126 million extension with $61 million of that guaranteed. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: Accuracy was a bit of an issue for Kaepernick last season (58.4 completion percentage) but he still finished the year with 21 touchdowns and over 3,000 passing yards. He's always been a good runner, averaging six yards per carry on 157 career rushes. With Kaepernick under center, San Francisco should once again be one of the top teams in the NFC.
Description: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (knee surgery) is expected to be ready to participate in the team's minicamp this week. Source: Chris Wesseling, NFL.com.
Insight: With a vote of confidence from head coach Jeff Fisher behind Bradford, the QB appears ready to return to action seven months after tearing the ACL in his left knee. Prior to his injury, Bradford threw for 1,687 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games. While Bradford has struggled to live up to expectations, he's more than capable of delivering gaudy numbers if healthy, so definitely keep an eye on his progress this offseason.
Description: According to USA Today's Jim Corbett, Robert Griffin III "looks like a different quarterback" without his knee brace.
Insight: Griffin wasn't up to snuff last season but that's understandable after he rushed back from ACL surgery. Now that Griffin is finally healthy, he should be a top-ten quarterback. Washington receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson will also benefit from Griffin's resurgence.
Description: This could be Danny Amendola's final year in New England if he doesn't get his act together. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: The Patriots are prepared to cut ties with Amendola if he doesn't show significant improvement this season. Amendola was brought in to replace Wes Welker but didn't come anywhere close to Welker's level of production, catching just 54 passes for 633 yards. You won't have to pay top-dollar for him on draft day.
Description: Giants running back David Wilson (neck) has not yet been medically cleared to participate in training camp after an MRI and exam Wednesday morning. Source: Mike Garafolo, FOX Sports 1.
Insight: Garafolo reported that Wilson will have another checkup before the start of camp, at which point the Giants are hoping he is medically cleared to play. It's a frustrating situation for Wilson and hopeful fantasy owners alike as the once-promising back averaged only 3.3 yards per carry and lost two fumbles in five games before his season-ending injury.
Description: Cincinnati tight end Tyler Eifert won't participate in OTAs. SOURCE: Bengals.com
Insight: He's dealing with a shoulder injury though the severity is unknown. Eifert (39 catches, 445 yards, 2 TD in 2013) was unable to distance himself from Jermaine Gresham last season and the two figure to split playing time again in 2014.
Description: Former Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones should have the No. 1 wideout spot locked up in Oakland, but a big question to be answered in Raiders' camp will be who starts across from him?
Insight: Denarius Moore, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes and Greg Little will compete for the job. We like Moore if he can stay healthy with Streater as the primary backup.
Description: Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno has been running with the second team in OTAs, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Insight: We expect Moreno to eventually win the top spot. Though Moreno had the best season of his career in 2013 (1,038 yards rushing, 13 total TD), he'll face a lot more players at the line this year with Ryan Tannehill under center. Fantasy owners who only consider last year's numbers will likely overbid for him on draft day.
Description: New England tight Rob Gronkowski is making progress, but there is no timetable for the talented tight end's return. SOURCE: Ben Volin, Boston Globe
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14. The hope is that he'll be ready for training camp later this summer. When healthy, Gronkowski is as good as any tight end in the league.
Description: Seahawks DE/LB Bruce Irvin had a hip procedure, but tweeted that he should be ready for training camp, according to beat writer Bob Condotta.
Insight: The Seattle linebacking corps, once a weakness, is deep and talented, so Irvin will have to be completely healthy if he wants to start this season. He missed four games due to a suspension in 2013 and wasn't much of a factor in the Seahawks Super Bowl run.