Elijah McGuire RB NYJ (11) 2 days ago
McGuire is expected to carve out a role on offense behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell this season, NJ.com reports.
McGuire, a sixth-round pick in this year's draft, could be used as a pass catcher out of the backfield, though with Forte and Powell expected to get a vast majority of the touches, it's tough to see the rookie making a meaningful fantasy impact if the incumbents stay healthy.
Bilal Powell RB NYJ (11) 2 days ago
Powell could play a complementary role to starter Matt Forte this season, NJ.com reports.
Powell took over the backfield at the end of last season when Forte was out injured, and while he played well enough for many to think he could win the starting job this year, NJ.com is apparently not believing it. Whether Powell wins the starting job or not, both backs, plus rookie Elijah McGuire, figure to split touches, which obviously limits their respective upsides.
QMatt Forte RB NYJ (11) 2 days ago
Forte (knee) is expected to be the Jets' primary running back this season, with Bilal Powell playing a complementary role, NJ.com reports.
Powell took over the Jets' backfield toward the end of last year in place of the injured Forte, and while there have been plenty of expectations that Powell could win the starting job, NJ.com is obviously not buying it. Nevertheless, Forte's upside will certainly be capped due to Powell's presence, as well as that of rookie Elijah McGuire, who figures to get more work as the season unfolds.
Eric Ebron TE DET (7) 2 days ago
Ebron believes the addition of tight ends Darren Fells and Michael Roberts should help him this upcoming season, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports. "I think it's going to play a significant role for me to allow me to do the things that I'm best at," Ebron said.
Last season, Ebron was the top gun in a tight end group that included very little established talent behind him. Due to this predicament, the 2014 first-rounder couldn't always to play to his strengths because he was often the only tight end on the field and subsequently was responsible for the bulk of the position's duties as both a receiver and a blocker. With Fells around, Detroit has one of the most reliable blocking tight ends in the league. Roberts, on the other hand, is a massive target who caught 16 touchdowns during his final season at Toledo last year and can hold his own in the run game, too. Whether it's by using more two-TE sets or subbing Ebron off the field entirely, both Fells and Roberts could be utilized in a fashion that allows Ebron to stay fresh and focus on his strength as a pass-catcher.
Alvin Kamara RB NO (5) 2 days ago
During portions of practice in last week's minicamp, Kamara would split off and work with the receivers instead of the running backs, reports Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.
Kamara has impressed during minicamp and OTAs, and the Saints were thrilled to land the Tennessee product with the 67th pick in this year's draft, viewing him as a pass-catching "joker" back in the mold of Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush. In fact, the Saints appear to even be considering lining Kamara up at receiver at times in order to get him on the field as much as possible. With both Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson ahead of him on the depth chart, it seems unlikely that the rookie will receive many carries, but Kamara should slide into a pass-catching role in the Saints high-powered offense, which makes him an interesting sleeper in PPR leagues.
Will Fuller WR HOU (7) 2 days ago
Fuller focused on getting stronger during the offseason to improve his tackle-breaking and blocking abilities, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Fuller is coming off a rookie campaign that included 47 catches on 92 targets for 635 yards and two touchdowns. While that production was decent for a first-year player, and Fuller trailed only star teammate DeAndre Hopkins in yards, the Texans expect more from their 2016 first-rounder in Year 2. First and foremost, they want Fuller to cut down on his amount of drops, something that plagued him last season. From there, Houston hopes the speedy Fuller can be more elusive after the catch, where some added strength should benefit him this term.
C.J. Prosise RB SEA (6) 2 days ago
Prosise is anticipated to see a large portion of the Seahawks' third-down backfield duties and could see his role expanded to take advantage of specific matchups throughout this season, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Prosise was impressive in the few games he played as a rookie, finishing with 30 rushes for 172 yards and 17 receptions for 208 yards while scoring once in six appearances. However, because of shoulder and wrist injuries, the Notre Dame product was unable to secure a regular role. Now that he's fully healthy, Prosise figures to do so this season, but having both Eddie Lacy (ankle) and Thomas Rawls on the Seahawks crowds his path to carries. While, like Prosise, neither Lacy nor Rawls have been models of health thus far, their hard-nosed running styles figure to give them a leg up on first and second downs, leaving the pass-catching threat Prosise to come in on third downs. However, given Prosise's unique skill set, he could also feature more if a favorable matchup presents itself or if he gets rolling in a given game.
Thomas Rawls RB SEA (6) 2 days ago
Rawls is expected to receive a decent workload during the preseason, and should see a comparable amount of carries to Eddie Lacy (ankle) during the regular season, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Rawls is coming off an injury-plagued first two seasons in the league, as he's missed 10 of 32 possible games in his career thus far. Although Rawls dealt with leg and shoulder problems last year, he approaches training camp with a clean bill of health. That should allow him to see a fair chunk of exhibition action, but the Seahawks are also expected to be careful in order to preserve him for the regular season. At that point, Rawls and Lacy figure to share the bulk of Seattle's ball-carrying duties, unless one player gets the hot hand and garners an increased workload. With C.J. Prosise around as well, Rawls certainly faces competition for touches, but he'll be keen to capitalize on his opportunities now that he's healthy again.
QEddie Lacy RB SEA (6) 2 days ago
Lacy (ankle) is anticipated to see his fair share of carries during the preseason, but the Seahawks' main goal will be to ensure he enters the upcoming campaign in top condition and health, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Lacy's weight incentives have been highly publicized, but the running back is also coming off ankle surgery heading into his first campaign with the Seahawks. Although he was limited by his ankle during OTAs, Lacy should be ready to suit up for preseason action, when Seattle figures to give him a large enough workload to evaluate his ability against that of fellow tailbacks Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins. Still, the team is anticipated to be careful to not overload Lacy early, as having him enter Week 1 in tip-top shape is far more important.
Xavier Grimble TE PIT (9) 2 days ago
Grimble is currently expected to serve as the Steelers' second-string tight end, but he could make a push for the starting job if his consistency improves, Bob Labriola of Steelers.com reports.
Grimble is pegged behind Jesse James at tight end after the Steelers released Ladarius Green (concussion) in May. Although he only caught 11 passes on 21 targets for 118 yards and two scores as a rookie, Grimble has reportedly shown flashes lately, which could allow him to put pressure on James. However, in order to do so, Grimble will need to show more reliable hands, which is something to monitor once training camp begins.