Ameer Abdullah - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) began the team's offseason program on time Monday, April 17. It's the first time he will go through this after missing last year's offseason work while rehabbing from shoulder labrum surgery. He's still 'getting there' in regards to his injury, but added that he's 'at a really good spot.'
Huddle Up: Entering his third season, Abdullah has already been through an assortment of injuries, missing all but two games a year ago. Before going down, he showed some glimpses of what made him a second-round draft pick in 2015, rushing for 101 yards on 18 carries in just six quarters before tearing a ligament in his left foot. With Theo Riddick still around getting a good chunk of work out of the backfield, it's hard to trust Abdullah as a fantasy option going into 2017.
Tyler Eifert - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) said that while his back 'feels great' after offseason surgery, he doesn't know if he'll be ready in time for training camp. 'I don't know,' Eifert stated. 'I'll have to see how I'm feeling and go from there. I've still lost a lot of strength with the nerve issues and all of that stuff. Just working through some of that. Once I get my strength back I'll be fine.'
Huddle Up: Only about a week ago, it seemed Eifert would indeed be healthy enough by the time training camp rolls around, but now his status looks to be up in the air. It's definitely concerning, considering the 26-year-old missed eight games last season, but hopefully it doesn't affect his status going into Week 1. He's still worth the investment in drafts as a TE1 for his mega potential to lead all players at his position.
Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) said he first injured his shoulder during an early season game in 2015. Luck said he made the decision to undergo surgery and does not have a timetable for his return.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation because Luck likely will not do anything until training camp at the earliest. Luck is one of the better quarterbacks when he is healthy and can be a No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues, but owners may want a strong backup in case Luck is not ready.
Cairo Santos - PK - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs restricted free-agent PK Cairo Santos signed his exclusive rights tender Monday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Santos has been one of the better kickers in the NFL the last two years. Kickers should be selected in the latest rounds of fantasy drafts, but Santos deserves to be one of the first kickers drafted.
Willie Snead - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead participated in organized team activities Monday, April 17, despite not yet signing his exclusive rights tender. Snead is not permitted to sign with any other team as the Saints did offer him the required one-year tender worth $615,000.
Huddle Up: Snead took somewhat of a backseat to Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas last year, but he may be called on more in 2017 with Cooks gone. Snead has quietly produced just under 1,900 yards in his two season with the Saints. He's an under-the-radar flex consideration in standard leagues.
Jay Cutler - QB - Free Agent
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is likely to retire, according to ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson. Dickerson said he would be surprised if Cutler doesn't hang up his cleats.
Huddle Up: It would be a tough pill to swallow for Cutler after such a tumultuous tenure in Chicago, but retirement is probably in his best interest. Both sides can move on from their mutual failures and focus on the future. Even if Cutler does return, he's no longer fantasy relevant except for possibly serving as a bye-week replacement here and there.
Charcandrick West - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West has lost 10 pounds this offseason but is as strong as he was last year. He is optimistic that he'll be able to be more explosive in 2017.
Huddle Up: West will likely back up Spencer Ware as long as Ware is healthy, although they could make up a formidable committee. West was a big help to Ware and the Chiefs with Jamaal Charles sidelined last season. He'll be one of the top handcuff options in 2017 fantasy drafts.
Travis Kelce - TE - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (shoulder) is not expected to be completely healthy before the start of training camp, although he may participate in some light activities, according to head coach Andy Reid. Kelce underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs may take it easy with their star tight end so as to not risky any aggravation. If he avoids any setbacks along the way, he should be full go before the regular season commences. Kelce deserves to be one of the first three tight ends drafted in 2017 after being the top scoring fantasy tight end last season.
Marcus Mariota - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (leg) hopes to begin running again in two to three weeks. Mariota underwent surgery on his right leg earlier this offseason.
Huddle Up: Keep an eye on Mariota's status as the offseason progresses. The Titans will indubitably be cautious with their franchise quarterback. He has QB1 potential when he's fully healthy, especially with his running ability. If he makes it through the offseason without any restraints, he'll be a QB1 consideration in fantasy drafts.
Carson Wentz - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz said his focus this offseason has been on his footwork.
Huddle Up: Wentz was a pleasant surprise for the most part in his first professional football season. Unfortunately, his touchdown to interception ratio left something to be desired (8:7). Improved footwork will help, but Wentz remains a backup fantasy quarterback in his second NFL season.
Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr may receive a contract extension this offseason.
Huddle Up: There's no question Carr deserves an extension after solidifying himself as the quarterback of the future for the Raiders. Extension or no extension, one can expect about 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns from Carr this season, putting him in low-end QB1 to high-end QB2 territory.
Mike Evans - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Evans had a monster 96-1,321-12 season last year, but he had very little help. He might not receive 175 targets again with DeSean Jackson in town. However, that addition should free up Evans more, and he's in the low-end WR1 mix in fantasy.
Jarvis Landry - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry reported to voluntary workouts Monday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Landry is hoping to get a new contract and doesn't appear to be playing hardball. His numbers have been good, but he has yet to take that next step to WR1 status. He's a very good WR2, but he averages just over four touchdowns per season.
Doug Martin - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has completed rehab and re-joined the team for offseason conditioning.
Huddle Up: Martin's status with the team is dicey, and he still has three games to serve in his suspension. He'll be an RB3 with bounce-back potential at best in fantasy drafts.
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