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LaQuan Williams WR - BAL Williams has returned to the Ravens, Aa...
Jeremy Maclin WR - PHI Maclin relayed to CSN's Geoff Mosher th...
Maclin relayed to CSN's Geoff Mosher that he believes he is fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered last July.
Impacts: Maclin -- who is bouncing back from a torn right ACL -- suggests that he'd be full-go if it was training already. That said, he isn't sure what the Eagles will have him do at OTAs, though he does expect to participate in some drills. Assuming no setbacks, Maclin has an opportunity to emerge as the Eagles' top wideout this coming season, with DeSean Jackson no longer in the mix.By Rotowire.com
Rob Gronkowski TE - NE Gronkowski -- who tore his ACL this past...
Gronkowski -- who tore his ACL this past December -- was present this week when the Patriots opened their voluntary offseason workout program, the Boston Herald reports.
Impacts: Of course, given that he is bouncing back from a serious knee injury, Gronkowski remains focused on his rehab, though the report suggests encouragingly that he might be ready to participate in training camp this coming July, in some capacity. That said, it still remains unclear whether Gronkowski will be available for action at the start of the coming season. With that in mind, we'd expect the Patriots to consider drafting a tight end next month, adding another option at the position in free agency, or possibly both.By Rotowire.com
Cecil Shorts WR - JAC Shorts continues to bounce back from gro...
Shorts continues to bounce back from groin surgery that he underwent in December, the Florida Times-Union reports. "I'm on the right path where I'm able to run without any pain," Shorts said. "I still have some work to do and I'm not 100 percent yet, but I'm looking to get there soon. Now, I have to get my strength back and confidence back."
Impacts: Though Shorts isn't quite up to speed yet, coach Gus Bradley is encouraged by the wideout's progress. "His rehab has gone very well," Bradley said. "He's leaner and he's in great shape." Once he's fully healthy, Shorts -- who caught 66 passes for 777 yards and three TDs in 13 games this past season, will be counted on heavily by the Jags, with Justin Blackmon's status uncertain. Meanwhile, Shorts is in the final season of the four-year, $2.6 million contract that he inked with Jacksonville after being drafted in 2011.By Rotowire.com
Victor Cruz WR - NYG Cruz indicates at this stage that the kn...
Cruz indicates at this stage that the knee he injured this past December is 100 percent, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: With Hakeem Nicks no longer in the team's wideout mix, the Giants will be counting on a healthy Cruz returning to top form in 2014, after a 2013 campaign in which he recorded 73 catches for 998 yards in 14 contests, while seeing his TD output decrease from the 10 that he recorded in 2012 to just four.By Rotowire.com
Rashad Jennings RB - NYG The Giants plan to make Jennings their s...
The Giants plan to make Jennings their starter at running back this coming season, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: At this stage, fellow RB David Wilson indicates that he is pain-free, but has yet to receive clearance to play. Assuming Wilson is able to re-enter the mix at some point, we'd expect the Giants to ease him back in, a scenario in which Jennings would head the team's rushing attack (which also includes Peyton Hillis) out of the gate.By Rotowire.com
Ryan Broyles WR - DET Broyles (Achilles) participated in drill...
Broyles (Achilles) participated in drills at Wednesday's voluntary minicamp, the Detroit News reports.
Impacts: Broyles, who has already been forced to rebound from torn ACL's in both of his knees, tore the Achilles tendon in his left leg last October, with his participation Wednesday thus an encouraging development. The Lions added Golden Tate this offseason to complement Calvin Johnson, but if Broyles can get and, more importantly, stay healthy, he could possibly emerge on the fantasy radar in 2014.By Rotowire.com
Tyrann Mathieu DB - ARZ Mathieu (knee) wants to avoid the PUP li...
Mathieu (knee) wants to avoid the PUP list at the start of the 2014 season, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impacts: Mathieu isn't expected to be ready for the start of training camp and likely won't be available for any part of training camp. His ultimate goal is to avoid the PUP list and be ready for Week 1, but that seems questionable at this point.By Rotowire.com
Shaun Draughn RB - CHI Draughn has signed a one-year contract w...
Draughn has signed a one-year contract with the Bears, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impacts: Draughn -- who carried just four times for two yards in three games for the Ravens in 2013 -- will join Michael Ford in the Bears' backup RB mix behind Matt Forte, though we'd expect the team to add more depth at the position as the 2014 season approaches.By Rotowire.com
Sean Weatherspoon OLB - ATL Weatherspoon (knee) has yet to be been c...
Weatherspoon (knee) has yet to be been cleared for team workouts, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impacts: That said, Weatherspoon who injured his knee back on Dec. 15, indicates that he is making progress. "I have been working nonstop with the training staff about four or five days a week doing whatever I can do to get my body feeling good so I can get back to where I'm feeling at top (speed)," Weatherspoon said. "I would say I'm feeling about 80 percent right now. I'm working hard and looking forward to getting back to 100 percent. I really don't know my schedule."By Rotowire.com
Stephen Burton WR - JAC Burton (concussion) is on the Jaguars' r...
Daryl Washington LB - ARZ Washington was sentenced Wednesday to a...
Washington was sentenced Wednesday to a year of supervised probation stemming from an assault charge related to an incident last May, the Associated Press reports.
Impacts: The report adds that Washington, who served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy to start the 2013 season, may now be subject to further league discipline as a result of the ruling. The inside linebacker recorded 75 tackles and three sacks in 12 games for the Cardinals last season.By Rotowire.com
Malcom Floyd WR - SD Floyd (neck) 'looks good' at Chargers wo...
Floyd (neck) 'looks good' at Chargers workouts according to Philip Rivers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impacts: Floyd, who is attempting to come back from the potentially career-ending neck injury that he sustained on September 15, has been cleared to run and do light weightlifting, but has not returned to full football activities yet. "Hopefully, he can keep progressing, and we'll see where he stands, if he's ready to roll or not," said Rivers. "You'd hate for it to end the way it did. Hopefully, he's back rolling. He looks good and himself from all I've seen." Nice words from the quarterback, but looking good while running in shorts is a lot different than being able to actually play football. Floyd and his doctors must weigh the risk of re-injury before deciding if he will be able to get back on the field.By Rotowire.com
Lance Dunbar RB - DAL Dunbar says he's fully recovered from la...
Dunbar says he's fully recovered from last season's knee injury, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impacts: The Cowboys running back situation is still unsettled behind DeMarco Murray, as Joseph Randle did little as a rookie to show he deserves to be the top backup. A healthy Dunbar could be poised to see a fair number of snaps in 2014, but he'll need to prove himself in camp first.By Rotowire.com
Chris Houston CB - DET Houston (undisclosed injury) was not pre...
Houston (undisclosed injury) was not present for the Lions' voluntary minicamp, which opened up on Tuesday, the Detroit News reports.
Impacts: Coach Jim Caldwell noted that Houston is dealing with an injury, though it's unclear if the cornerback's current issue is related to the toe injury that kept Houston out of action for four games late last season. When healthy, Houston -- who recorded 44 tackles and two picks in 12 games in 2013 -- is penciled in as the Lions' starting left cornerback.By Rotowire.com
Ray Rice RB - BAL Rice, who is emphasizing speed over bulk...
Rice, who is emphasizing speed over bulk this offseason, has impressed the Ravens' strength and conditioning coach with his work at the voluntary offseason program, the the team's official website reports.
Impacts: Dealing with a serious legal incident and coming off a career-worst season, Rice is under pressure to show up at training camp in the best shape of his life. Doing so would hardly guarantee a big season, but it would certainly be a step in the right direction. While the possibility of league discipline is still looming, there have been some positive developments for Rice's fantasy value this offseason, namely the Ravens addressing an offensive line that was putrid in 2013. The report from the team website notes that Rice topped out at 217 pounds last season, 5-to-10 pounds above his normal playing weight. The increase was attributed to an effort to bulk up, a plan that wouldn't really make any sense given Rice's skill set and always-sturdy 5-8 frame. It's quite possible that he merely showed up out of shape last year, which bodes well for his odds of a bounce back. With so many factors at play here, Rice's value is nearly impossible to gauge at this juncture. Dropping pounds and emphasizing agility over power would be an excellent start.By Rotowire.com
Eli Manning QB - NYG Manning, who underwent arthroscopic ankl...
Manning, who underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery on April 10, indicates that he will be ready for action by the start of training camp, the Star-Ledger reports.
Impacts: Though Manning was sporting a walking boot Tuesday, he remains confident that he'll be good to go when the Giants open their training camp on July 19. "I'd think I'd be safe to say I'd be 100 percent for the start of training camp," Manning said Tuesday. "The procedure went well. It's healing quickly. I don't have an exact timetable. This is the first kind of surgery I've ever had. I'm going to be smart with it and let it heal fully and make sure I come back 100 percent."By Rotowire.com
Julio Jones WR - ATL Jones, who is recovering from foot surge...
Jones, who is recovering from foot surgery, continues to progress as he works with the Falcons' training staff, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Julio is participating with our athletic performance department,"coach Mike Smith noted Tuesday. "With (trainer) Marty Lauzon and his group. He will be able to get out on the field and do some walkthrough stuff with us when we start going."
Impacts: Meanwhile, the continued focus is ensuring that the star wideout is good to go to start the regular season and things seem to be trending in the right direction on that front. "He's progressing well," Smith added, without immediately detailing Jones' projected preseason activity. "We're not going to do anything to hinder his time-frame in terms of getting back to work with us."By Rotowire.com
EJ Manuel QB - BUF Manuel, who underwent a knee procedure...
Manuel, who underwent a knee procedure in January, was a full participant Tuesday as the Bills opened their offseason workouts, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: While the voluntary workouts are limited to strength and conditioning work, the important thing to note here is that Manuel appears past his knee issue. "No limitations," said Manuel, who missed the final two games of the 2013 season with a sprained LCL. "I feel great." Looking ahead to the coming season, Manuel will have an intriguing new wideout target to throw to in former Buc Mike Williams, plus there's a solid chance that the team will also upgrade at tight end in next month's NFL draft.By Rotowire.com
Russell Allen LB - Allen, who suffered a stroke during a ga...
Allen, who suffered a stroke during a game this past December, will not play football again, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: The 27-year-old linebacker was released by the Jaguars last week, based on a failed physical, with Tuesday's report clarifying the reason that Allen was let go by the team. Allen, who joined the Jaguars in 2009, thus finishes up his NFL career with 331 tackles in 78 games, including a career-high 131 stops in 2012.By Rotowire.com
Cam Newton QB - CAR Newton indicated Tuesday that his ankle...
Newton indicated Tuesday that his ankle is feeling great, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impacts: "We're moving at a rapid pace," said Newton, who is still sporting a walking boot on his surgically-repaired ankle. While the quarterback is obviously not ready to participate in the team's offseason workouts, the expectation is that Newton -- who underwent a procedure last month to tighten the ligaments in his left ankle -- will be ready for training camp.By Rotowire.com
Kyle Orton QB - DAL Orton was not present for the first day...
Orton was not present for the first day of the Cowboys' offseason workout program, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impacts: The workouts are voluntary, but given that Orton was previously reported to be mulling retirement, his absence is of some note. If Orton does rejoin the Cowboys, he would be in line to compete with Brandon Weeden for the team's No. 2 QB job behind Tony Romo.By Rotowire.com
Ndamukong Suh DT - DET Suh won't attend voluntary camp this wee...
Suh won't attend voluntary camp this week, Larry Lage of the AP reports.
Impacts: Earlier in April, teammate Reggie Bush said Suh's absence from voluntary workouts was due to "a contract thing." It's no secret that the stud defensive tackle wants an extension as he enters the final season of his rookie contract, and the Lions almost certainly want to work things out with their clear-cut top defensive player. However, Suh is somewhat controversial due to his history of on-field conflict, and as a former No. 2 overall draft pick who was selected before the rookie wage scale was implemented, he's already signed one huge contract. Public opinion wouldn't be in Suh's favor in the event of a holdout, if it all comes to that. As is typically the case in these situations, the player in question will very likely be playing for his current team come Week 1. Whether Suh will happily be playing for the Lions is quite a bit more questionable.By Rotowire.com
Terrelle Pryor QB - OAK Pryor was traded from the Raiders to the...
Pryor was traded from the Raiders to the Seahawks on Monday, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Details of Oakland's compensation were not initially reported, and the Raiders will likely just get a late-round draft pick, possibly one that's conditional based on Pryor making the Seahawks' final roster. The fit looks pretty good here, as the Seahawks already run an offense for a speedy quarterback, although Pryor's skill set is quite a bit different than Russell Wilson's, both as a runner and passer. Pryor is far from a lock to make the roster, as incumbent backup and Pete Carroll favorite Tarvaris Jackson re-signed with the 'Hawks in March. As Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR points out, Jackson has a fully guaranteed contract that very likely means he'll be the backup. The Pryor trade may make for a good headline outside of the fantasy world, but we're talking about a guy who will probably spend training camp battling B.J. Daniels for the No. 3 quarterback spot. Pryor still offers some promise in dynasty leagues, but his 2014 prospects don't really improve with this trade.By Rotowire.com
A.J. Green WR - CIN The Bengals have exercised their fifth-y...
The Bengals have exercised their fifth-year contract option on Green, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Not that there was any doubt that they would do so, but Green is now under contract with the Bengals through 2015. The 25-year-old is coming off a stellar 2013 campaign in which he caught 98 passes for 1,426 yards and 11 TDs, guaranteeing his place as one of the top fantasy options at his position heading into the coming season.By Rotowire.com
Chris Johnson RB - NYJ Coch Rex Ryan suggests that Johnson's ro...
Coch Rex Ryan suggests that Johnson's role with the Jets has yet to be determined, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: While Ryan is enthusiastic about the team's depth at running back, with Johnson, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Mike Goodson (for now) in the fold, he notes that the distribution of carries has yet to be plotted out. "Nothing was ever promised that, 'You're going to get X amount of carries,'" Ryan indicated. "We're going to have to compete for roles. No role has been determined for anybody on this football team." With that in mind, a continuing theme in our evaluation of Johnson in his new uniform is that he's unlikely to match the workload he saw during his tenure with the Titans.By Rotowire.com
Josh Morgan WR - CHI The Bears have signed Morgan to a one-ye...
The Bears have signed Morgan to a one-year deal, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Morgan, who recorded 20 catches for 214 yards and no touchdowns in 14 games for the Redskins in 2013, will presumably compete with the likes of Marquess Wilson for the Bears' No. 3 wideout job this coming season. It's an assignment that doesn't carry a ton of fantasy reliability with it, as long as top options Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery remain healthy.By Rotowire.com
Patrick Peterson CB - ARZ Peterson's fifth-year option was officia...
Peterson's fifth-year option was officially exercised Monday, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.
Impacts: Thus, the ballhawk that is Peterson is locked up through the 2015 season. In 48 career games, he's picked off 12 passes, despite opponents avoiding throwing his way after tallying three interceptions combined in Weeks 4 and 5 last fall. In any case, the Cardinals now have ample time to discuss a contract extension, which will surely come to pass at some point.By Rotowire.com
Rolando McClain LB - McClain said that he is retiring from fo...
McClain said that he is retiring from football, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impacts: McClain (the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft) was reinstated from the Ravens' reserve-retired list last week, but the 24-year-old -- who hasn't played in an NFL game since late in the 2012 season -- has evidently elected not to pursue his football career.By Rotowire.com
NaVorro Bowman LB - SF The 49ers plan to place Bowman (knee) on...
The 49ers plan to place Bowman (knee) on the PUP list at the start of training camp, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impacts: Moreover, the report adds that Bowman -- who is bouncing back from a torn ACL that he sustained in the NFC Championship game -- is not expected to be cleared for the start of the regular season. Bowman, who has topped the 140-tackle mark in each of the last three seasons, will thus see his IDP value restricted to that of a potential in-season addition.By Rotowire.com
LaMichael James RB - SF James will train on his own in Texas, as...
James will train on his own in Texas, as the 49ers start their voluntary offseason conditioning program, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impacts: While the workouts are voluntary, James' absence does nothing to dispel the notion that he would welcome a fresh start with a new team, after being used sparingly by the 49ers since being made a second-round draft choice in 2012.By Rotowire.com
Sam Bradford QB - STL Bradford, who is bouncing back from a to...
Bradford, who is bouncing back from a torn ACL that he suffered back on Oct. 20, will be limited as the Rams' offseason conditioning program opens Monday, the St. Louis Dispatch reports. "Sam's in a very good place considering what happened last year," coach Jeff Fisher noted. "I thought he was off to a great start. Had he stayed healthy his projected numbers could've been quite impressive. He's worked hard through the process, and I would expect him at some point to be throwing in OTAs."
Impacts: Based on that estimate, Bradford would be on track to throw during the Rams' OTAs, which take place over the first three weeks of June. Assuming no setbacks, he's in line to reprise his starting role with the team in the fall, with the Rams thought to be considering adding quarterback depth in next month's NFL draft.By Rotowire.com
Tony Romo QB - DAL Romo, who underwent surgery to repair a...
Romo, who underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back this past December, was with his teammates as the Cowboys' organized team activities opened Monday, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impacts: The early stage of the team's OTAs will focus on strength and conditioning, but the fact that Romo -- who turned 34 on Monday -- is cleared to participate at this stage provides further evidence that his rehab/recovery is going well, as had been previously indicated by the Cowboys.By Rotowire.com
Marcus Lattimore RB - SF Lattimore (knee), who has not experience...
Lattimore (knee), who has not experienced any setbacks in the course of his offseason workouts, is slated to be present for the opening of the 49ers' offseason program on Monday, csnbayarea.com reports.
Impacts: Lattimore, who finished the 2013 season on the team's non-football injury list, is in line to be a full participant in all of the 49ers' upcoming conditioning and football activities. With Anthony Dixon having signed with the Bills and LaMichael James a candidate to be moved by the team, Lattimore -- assuming his health -- figures to have a chance to make a splash with the 49ers in 2014, working in tandem with veteran Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Gibson WR - MIA Gibson (knee), who has been doing light...
Gibson (knee), who has been doing light jogging as he recovers from a torn patella tendon, said that he will definitely be ready to play by Week 1, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports.
Impacts: Having suffered the injury in October, Gibson will likely be ready by Week 1, but he still shouldn't be taken at his word. It sounds as if he still has a ways to go in the recovery process, and Week 1 is less than five months away. Health permitting, Gibson figures to serve as Miami's No. 3 receiver, a role he took kindly to before the injury last season.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Lloyd WR - SF Lloyd's one-year, $1.005 million contrac...
Lloyd's one-year, $1.005 million contract with the 49ers does not include any guaranteed money, CSNBayArea.com reports.
Impacts: Lloyd figures to compete for the No. 3 wideout role behind presumed starters Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, but as the entirely non-guaranteed deal indicates, the 32-year-old is no lock to make the final roster. Quinton Patton appears to be Lloyd's top competition for that No. 3 role.By Rotowire.com
Terrelle Pryor QB - OAK The Raiders are expected to release Pryo...
The Raiders are expected to release Pryor if they are unable to trade him by Monday, FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports.
Impacts: There's likely a fair amount of interest in Pryor as a project and novelty athletic quarterback, but the fact that he's not perceived as a potential starter means the Raiders might have trouble getting anything in a trade, especially since everyone knows they'll cut Pryor otherwise. If the Raiders don't select a quarterback high in the draft, they'll likely head into 2014 with Matt Schaub and Matt McGloin as their top two passers.By Rotowire.com
Colin Kaepernick QB - SF Contract talks between the 49ers and Kae...
Contract talks between the 49ers and Kaepernick are reportedly on hold for now, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: The report indicates that the two sides would like to get a deal done before the start of the 2014 regular season, with Matt Maiocco of csnbayarea.com suggesting that the 49ers are inclined to hold off on expediting an extension with the quarterback while police look into what has been described as a "suspicious incident" (allegedly involving Kaepernick, teammate Quinton Patton and Seattle's Ricardo Lockette) in Miami earlier this month. The 26-year-old Kaepernick finished the 2013 season with 3,197 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 91.6 passer rating in 16 games for the 49ers. He also recorded 524 rushing yards (on 92 carries) with four rushing touchdowns.By Rotowire.com
Robert Meachem WR - NO Meachem signed a one-year deal with the...
Meachem signed a one-year deal with the Saints on Friday.
Impacts: After a disappointing season with the Chargers, Meachem returned to the Saints for 2013, where he caught 16 passes for 324 yards and two scores. His utility to the Saints is based largely on his blocking ability as a receiver, leaving him with minimal fantasy value. Meachem is too far down on the Saints' depth chart to warrant much fantasy consideration, although he remains a threat to score any week in an offense led by QB Drew Brees.By Rotowire.com
Aldon Smith LB - SF Smith is not expected to have his fifth-...
Smith is not expected to have his fifth-year contract option picked up by the 49ers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Smith remains under contract through 2014, but the 49ers have until May 3 to pick up his team option through 2015, and it appears as though they have no intention to do so. In the wake of his most recent arrest, uncertainty surrounds the linebacker's availability for the start of 2014, so it's not overly surprising that the team is not inclined to pick up the option.By Rotowire.com