Shaun Suisham: Released by Steelers
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(6/24/2016) Suisham was released by the Steelers on Friday.

The Steelers revealed that Suisham suffered a setback in his recovery from knee surgery and will be sidelined a while longer, which prompted them to give him his release and free up a roster spot. With Suisham no longer on the roster, Chris Boswell is the clear favorite to open the season as the Steelers' kicker.

Dolphins' Leonte Carroo: Plans to lose seven or eight pounds
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(6/23/2016) Carroo plans to drop seven or eight pounds from his current weight of 217, The Miami Herald reports.

Despite gaining six pounds in the four months since the Combine, Carroo said he isn't carrying any "bad weight", perhaps suggesting that some of his additional mass is muscle. He posted mediocre numbers (including a 4.50 40 time) in all of the key Combine drills, but his showing looks a bit better if his weight is taken into account, as most wideout prospects his height (6-0) check in closer to 190-200 pounds. Though largely known as a deep threat at Rutgers, the 22-year-old Carroo also impressed on shorter routes, with strong YAC skills helping him produce 19.5 yards per reception and 29 touchdowns on 122 career catches (30 games). While the Dolphins seemingly got a steal in the third round, it's still unclear if Carroo will have a significant role out of the gate, as Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker figure to account for a large portion of the team's targets. Carroo may have a shot to take snaps away from No. 3 wideout Kenny Stills, who caught just 43 percent of his targets during his dud of a first season in Miami.

Lions' Ameer Abdullah: Should get shot at heavy workload
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(6/23/2016) Abdullah (shoulder) will have every opportunity to earn most of the workload for the Lions' rushing attack, according to Tim Twentyman of the team's official site.

Abdullah missed the Lions' offseason program while recovering from January surgery to repair a torn labrum, but there doesn't seem to be any concern within the organization about his availability for training camp. Though not of much use to fantasy owners, Abdullah's rookie campaign wasn't a lost cause from his perspective, as he led the team in carries (143), rushing yards (597) and YPC (4.2), showing notable improvement along with the rest of Detroit's offense after Jim Bob Cooter replaced Joe Lombardi as the offensive coordinator mid-season. Abdullah averaged 10.7 carries for 51 yards (4.8 YPC) over the final six weeks, albeit with just one touchdown and 63 receiving yards (11 catches) while facing a soft part of the schedule. The 2015 second-round selection also did a better job taking care of the ball as the season progressed, with only one of his five fumbles occurring after Week 6, though it was still somewhat alarming to see his fumbling issues from college (23 on 980 touches) re-emerge. Assuming he returns to full health and mostly holds onto the ball, Abdullah doesn't have anything standing between him and the lead-back role, as Detroit's other running backs are either plodders (Stevan Ridley, Zach Zenner), pass-catching specialists (Theo Riddick) or special-teamers (George Winn). While easily the most explosive runner of the bunch, Abdullah is unlikely to surpass Riddick as the primary passing-down back -- a crucial role on a Detroit team that attempted 600+ passes each of the last six years. Further adding to Abdullah's workload concerns, Zenner and/or Ridley may take on most of the goal-line and short-yardage carries, with one of the two possibly even pushing for something akin to Joique Bell's role from last season. Even so, Abdullah offers an intriguing ceiling for prospective fantasy owners, entering his second NFL season with a clear path to lead-back status, assuming the shoulder checks out.

Cowboys' Darren McFadden: Could be out for 3 months
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(6/23/2016) McFadden (elbow) could miss three months, reports.

The Cowboys haven't provided any hints about McFadden's timeline since June 14, when head coach Jason Garrett said the veteran running back will miss "a couple months" after having surgery on his fractured elbow, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Early reports suggested that McFadden is expected to return at some point during training camp, which would likely give him a shot to be ready for Week 1. Subsequent reports have been a bit more pessimistic, suggesting McFadden will miss 2-3 months, with his rehab process potentially stretching closer to the regular season. Alfred Morris figures to take most of the second-team reps when training camp begins, but sixth-round rookie Darius Jackson could push for a role.

Cowboys' Alfred Morris: Has shot to solidify job
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(6/23/2016) Morris has a shot to solidify his roster spot in the absence of teammate Darren McFadden, who will likely miss most or all of training camp after undergoing surgery to address a fractured elbow, reports.

Morris presumably expected to push McFadden for the starting job after signing with Dallas in late March on a two-year, $3.5 million contract that has approximately $1.8 million in guarantees, including a $1 million signing bonus. While the cap-strapped Cowboys may have had some buyer's remorse once they drafted Ezekiel Elliott, it still seemed that the structure of Morris' contract all but assured the four-year veteran of a roster spot. With Elliott the presumed starter and McFadden now uncertain for Week 1, Morris will likely work with the second-team offense at the beginning of training camp, though he may have to hold off sixth-round rookie Darius Jackson, who put up elite marks in the 40-yard dash (sub-4.4), vertical jump (41 inches) and broad jump (133 inches) while checking in at 6-1, 220 pounds at his pro day. The Cowboys don't have a clear favorite for the backup work on passing downs, as Morris has just 47 career receptions and recently admitted that he's having a tough time learning the pass protections. Lance Dunbar (knee) would be an obvious choice if he were healthy, but he's still recovering from a torn ACL and MCL suffered in October.

Raiders' Roy Helu: Bouncing back fron hip woes
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(6/23/2016) Helu has yet to practice this offseason as he recovers from hip procedures, CSN Bay Area reports.

That said, the East Bay Times notes that coach Jack Del Rio expects Helu to be ready to go by training camp, at which time the change-of-pace back will have to contend with rookie DeAndre Washington and veteran Taiwan Jones to a lesser degree for complementary work behind the Raiders' top back, Latavius Murray.

Raiders' DeAndre Washington: Slated to work in complementary role
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(6/23/2016) Washington saw some work with the Raiders' first unit during last week's minicamp, CSN Bay Area reports.

While the reps he saw on that front do not signal that he's a threat to overtake top back Latavius Murray, the Raiders continue to evaluate the rookie, with an eye toward grooming him as a complementary option behind Murray. "He's really worked well for us thus far, so we're putting him in different situations, again, to get a feel for (his) strengths and how we can tailor plays, tailor situations so he can really flash for us," offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said of Washington. "He's going to be good in first, second or third down." In order to secure enough of a role in the Oakland offense to merit fantasy consideration, Washington -- a fifth-round pick in April -- will need to overtake Roy Helu Jr. and Taiwan Jones on the team's RB depth chart, but that's a very plausible outcome at this stage.

Curtis Lofton: Underwent offseason surgeries
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(6/23/2016) Lofton, currently an unrestricted free agent, said Thursday he underwent offseason ankle and knee surgeries, Alex Marvez of reports.

Despite an offseason filled with recovering from surgeries, Lofton is not ready to hang up his cleats as the 30-year-old hopes to sign with a team prior to training camp with the intention of playing throughout the 2016 season. He tallied 64 tackles and one sack in nine starts with the Raiders during his 2015 campaign, proving he can still add value to a linebacker corps.

Eagles' Kenjon Barner: Could be on roster bubble
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(6/22/2016) Barner may find himself on the roster bubble, according to ESPN's Phil Sheridan.

Rookie UDFA Byron Marshall, also from the University of Oregon, has a skillset similar to Barner's as a fleet-footed scatback with potential to contribute in the return game. The Eagles also used a fifth-round pick on WVU product Wendell Smallwood, who joins a backfield that already had Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. It thus seems Barner will have to fight for a roster spot, though it is worth nothing that Mathews has a lengthy injury history and Sproles just turned 33. A 2013 sixth-round selection, Barner has just 34 career carries for 131 yards, with 11 receptions for 29 yards.

Buccaneers' Bernard Reedy: Impressive throughout offseason
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(6/22/2016) Reedy made a strong impression throughout OTAs and mini-camps, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The 24-year-old speedster, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Falcons in 2014, turned heads throughout on-the-field work in the offseason. Reedy often appeared to be one of the fastest players on the field during OTAs and mini-camps, and made an array of impressive catches, many of them downfield. Although the Bucs' receiver depth chart is one of the most crowded on the team, the stellar play certainly caught the eye of the coaching staff, some of who Reedy has a history with from his Atlanta stint. "Well Bernard is a guy that we had in Atlanta for a while," said Koetter, who was Reedy's offensive coordinator in Atlanta in 2014. "His quickness number one - he's one of the quickest guys on the field. We call him 'Speedy Reedy' for short - somebody besides me thought of that - and he's just a quick little guy in the slot on those little crossing routes and stuff like that. He has a knack for getting himself open." The Toledo product is expected to compete with the likes of second-year wideouts Adam Humphries and Donteaa Dye-- as well as veteran Louis Murphy-- for the slot receiver role this summer.

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