Raiders' Clive Walford: Injures knee in ATV accident
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(5/3/2016) Walford injured his knee in an ATV accident earlier this offseason, FOX Sports reports.

Walford will miss spring practices, but he's ahead of schedule in his recovery and is expected to be available at some point during training camp. A 2015 third-round selection, he split snaps and targets with Mychal Rivera as a rookie, posting a 28-329-3 receiving line on 51 targets. As the better blocker of the two players, Walford could be in line for a major role increase this season.

Konrad Reuland: Moving on from Baltimore
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(5/3/2016) The Ravens withdrew their exclusive rights tender to Reuland on Tuesday.

With the Ravens boasting impressive depth at tight end, the 29-year-old Reuland wouldn't have had a real shot to make the final roster. He only has 12 receptions in his career and will now look to catch on elsewhere.

Dolphins' Thomas Duarte: Selected in seventh round by Miami
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(4/30/2016) The Dolphins selected Duarte in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 231st overall.

Duarte was a receiver at UCLA but moves to tight end due to a lack of NFL speed. A ceremonial move to tight end would do well for his fantasy potential, but not necessarily his odds of making the roster. If he does stick, though, he's worth monitoring to see if fantasy owners can more or less get a wideout with tight end classification.

Giants' Jerell Adams: Picked by Giants in sixth
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(4/30/2016) The Giants selected Adams in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 184th overall.

Adams was widely expected to go in the third or fourth round, so this should turn out to be a nice value for the Giants. It's also a close to ideal landing spot for Adams -- unheralded tight ends like Larry Donnell and Will Tye have made fantasy impacts with the Giants in recent years, and Adams is almost certainly more talented. Standing at 6-foot-5, 247 pounds, Adams showed 4.64 speed at the Combine.

Rams' Temarrick Hemingway: Rams select in sixth round
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(4/30/2016) The Rams selected Hemingway in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 177th overall.

Hemingway could have easily gone in the fourth or fifth round, so this looks like a nice value for the Rams. Hemingway (6-foot-5, 244 pounds) has good size and equally good athleticism, highlighted by his 4.71-second 40 and 6.88-second three-cone drill.

Rams' Tyler Higbee: Fourth-round pick by Rams
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(4/30/2016) The Rams selected Higbee (knee/legal) in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 110th overall.

Recovering from a knee surgery and with very serious allegations of race-influenced assault hanging over him, Higbee carries far more baggage than anyone selected to this point in the draft. He's a rare athletic talent at tight end, but his April 10 arrest leaves his situation highly uncertain. Higbee claims he's not guilty, and his arraignment is May 5.

Jets' Jace Amaro: Healthy for 2016
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(4/30/2016) Amaro (shoulder) is back in uniform and expected to be ready for offseason workouts, the team's official website reports.

Amaro missed all of last season due to his shoulder injury, but if he can get up to speed quickly, he could be a decent option in the passing game. Unfortunately, the Jets have a plethora of weapons there, including Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Matt Forte, which likely means Amaro isn't heading for a huge season.

Seahawks' Nick Vannett: Third-round pick by Seattle
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(4/29/2016) The Seahawks selected Vannett in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 94th overall.

Vannett is a fine player, but his skills don't really translate to fantasy football, as he figures to make a lot of his living as a blocker. He won't be able to push the far more athletic Luke Willson for targets.

Falcons' Austin Hooper: Selected in third by Atlanta
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(4/29/2016) The Falcons selected Hooper in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 81st overall.

Hooper might not have a great deal of upside, but he has a high floor and should be a meaningful contributor to an Atlanta offense that never bothered to replace Tony Gonzalez. Rookie tight ends almost never produce, however, so don't expect returns on Hooper until 2017 at the earliest.

Chargers' Hunter Henry: First tight end selected
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(4/29/2016) The Chargers selected Henry in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 35th overall.

The Chargers lost Ladarius Green in free agency, and Antonio Gates will turn 36 in June. Given those facts, it's easy to understand why the Chargers would covet Henry, the consensus top tight end in the draft. While Henry doesn't boast obvious star potential, he heads into the NFL as an accomplished pass catcher and experienced blocker. Timed around the 4.7-second range in the 40-yard dash at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Henry has the athleticism and size to turn into a standout fantasy tight end a couple years from now.

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