Evan Engram - TE - New York Giants
Updating a previous report, New York Giants TE Evan Engram's four-year deal is worth $10.7 million with a $5.9 million signing bonus. All first-round picks receive an option for a fifth year.
Huddle Up: Engram has wowed with his speed, and the hype in fantasy circles is building. He may start going off the board in the midrange TE1 area.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) has been a full participant in practice and hasn't missed a practice this offseason.
Huddle Up: That's a great sign for Gronk, but the number of injuries is piling up on his 28-year-old body. The tight end fray is starting to catch up to him, and the risk associated with taking him so high in drafts may not be worth it anymore. The team is also loaded with receivers and running backs that catch the ball. He's still an elite TE1, if not still the best at the position, but the risk is glaring.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has showcased the same arm strength he has for most of his career in offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Brady is turning 40, but there is little reason to believe a downswing is coming. He is more loaded at the skill positions than he has ever been, and he's an elite QB1 option.
Chris Hogan - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan has been lining up with WR Brandin Cooks and WR Julian Edelman in three-wide receiver sets.
Huddle Up: Hogan had a modest 38-680-4 line on the season, but he had some big performances in spots. Hogan isn't someone to lean on consistently, but he can be a matchup beast as a WR5.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been a 'revelation' as a receiver thus far, according to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez, who indicated Patterson has displayed his playmaking ability throughout OTAs and minicamp.
Huddle Up: Patterson is arguably the top kick returner in the NFL, but that explosiveness never translated on offense with the Vikings. If the light finally comes on for the former first-rounder, opportunities could abound with nobody locked in at receiver beyond Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Keep an eye on him this preseason.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's workload has been a topic of conversation for the coaching staff, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. 'He's a guy who gets stronger every game,' Haley said. 'He does not want to come out of the game. He's a year older. We've got to make sure we cover all of that, which we will and do as a staff.'
Huddle Up: Bell is one of the true workhorse backs left in the NFL, and he is also one of the most versatile backs. Expect him to see all the touches he can handle again in 2017, and he should be one of the first two players selected in drafts.
Christian McCaffrey - RB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey had his first practice Thursday, June 15, and he said he hopes to be used in as many ways as possible.
Huddle Up: There is no denying his versatility, and while his exact role in the offense remains to be seen, you can comfortably draft him as flex option in PPR formats. In rookie drafts, McCaffrey should be in the mix for the top pick.
Kevin White - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (leg, ankle) is practicing at full speed and working on expanding his route tree, and he said he has to show what he can do this season.
Huddle Up: Injuries have caused White to miss 28 of his first 32 games, but the former first-round pick could end up being Chicago's No. 1 receiver if he can stay healthy. He is worth the risk as a WR4.
Donnel Pumphrey - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood has seen noticeably fewer reps than RB Donnel Pumphrey during practice, according to Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com
Huddle Up: The addition of LeGarrette Blount and the emergence of Pumphrey has torpedoed Smallwood's once promising fantasy stock. At this point, Pumphrey looks like the back to invest in for keeper formats. He could eventually replace Darren Sproles as the third-down back.
Frank Gore - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore is still expected to remain the 'workhorse' back this season and see around 16 to 18 carries per game, according to Mike Chappell of CBS 4 Indianapolis.
Huddle Up: Gore isn't flashy, but as long as he seeing a bulk of the carries for the Colts, he is going to remain a dependable flex option with RB2 upside against weaker opponents.
Josh McCown - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QBs Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty are in a genuine quarterback competition, according to head coach Todd Bowles. Bowles said so far there is no frontrunner for the starting position and that the quarterback battle will be sorted out during training camp.
Huddle Up: McCown would be the most beneficial from a fantasy standpoint. Even if Bowles doesn't call McCown the favorite, McCown's experience and leadership probably give him an edge. Even so, McCown has topped 2,500 yards only once in his 14-year career and has never thrown more than 13 touchdowns in a season. He can be avoided.
Dalvin Cook - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has a chance to be a special player, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. 'Now, he's got some things he's got to work on, like all young backs, but I've been very impressed with him this spring,' Zimmer said.
Huddle Up: Cook is only in his first NFL offseason, but the potential is apparent. He'll be part of a committee with Latavius Murray, at least to start the season, but Cook is the favorite to be the Vikings' most valuable fantasy running back. The rookie has low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 appeal.
Jordan Matthews - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) expects to be ready for training camp despite dealing with knee tendinitis.
Huddle Up: Matthews will man the slot again this year with newly acquired teammates Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith playing on the outside. With the added company, Matthews' stock takes a hit and places him in the WR3 to WR4 conversation.
Evan Engram - TE - New York Giants
New York Giants TE Evan Engram signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, June 15. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Engram joins a crowded pass-catching corps in New York. He'll be targeted behind the likes of Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard, but his size, athleticism and playmaking ability will demand some targets. Still, Engram is outside of TE1 territory in his first year.
Latavius Murray - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: Murray's injury, recovery and the presence of Dalvin Cook make him an iffy fantasy player for 2016. While Murray will be involved in a committee with Cook, assuming he's healthy, he can't be viewed as more than a weekly flex option.
David Njoku - TE - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, June 15. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Njoku is expected to start right away for the Browns as he takes over for Gary Barnidge. The Browns passing offense will struggle this year, so expectations should be tempered for Njoku. He is not in TE1 territory yet in his inaugural season.
Travis Kelce - TE - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (shoulder) has a 'pretty good chance' of being ready for training camp, according to head coach Andy Reid. Kelce is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and it was originally believed that he would not be healthy enough for training camp.
Huddle Up: Kelce is the best tight end in the NFL not named Rob Gronkowski. What he lacks in touchdowns he makes up for in receptions and yards. As long as Kelce is at full health by the start of the season, he should be one of the first three tight ends drafted.
Jeremy Maclin - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin is expected to assume the slot receiver position with WRs Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman lining up on the outside.
Huddle Up: Maclin fills one of the voids left behind by Steve Smith, Kamar Aiken and Dennis Pitta, among others. He will be able to make an immediate impact as the Ravens' starting slot receiver and could turn into Joe Flacco's safety blanket. That being said, drafting Maclin as a WR3 or higher would be a reach.
Willie Snead - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead is optimistic that he'll have a long-term deal with the club before the new season begins. 'I think the guys upstairs are working on it,' Snead said. 'I'm hopeful, and I just have to keep worrying about myself and staying healthy and doing all the right things. I know it's going to be handled, it's going to take time, but I feel like we'll get it done sooner or later.'
Huddle Up: Just as the Saints would be wise to lock up Snead for the long term as soon as possible, fantasy owners might want to think about doing the same with the third-year wide-out for the upcoming campaign. Although he's only recorded seven touchdowns across 30 games in his two seasons, Snead has been a force, accumulating 141 catches for 1,879 yards over that span. With Brandin Cooks no longer in New Orleans, Snead could produce his best season yet.
Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said that the team is 'sick and tired of being below average' and 'not being successful when we feel as though we have the ability to be a good team.' He added: 'We haven't been. It's time to make a change. It's not going to happen overnight. You have to go do something about it.'
Huddle Up: The Jaguars, especially Bortles, had a lot of promise going into last season, only to end up falling far, far below expectations. The 2014 No. 3 overall draft pick will be entering the most important season of his career, as another disappointing campaign would most likely end his tenure as the starter in Jacksonville. He may become a reliable option again in fantasy down the line, but out of the gate, Bortles won't be a recommended starter for owners in most leagues.
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