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Sharrif Floyd (knee) is expected to start the 2017 season on the physically unable to perform list, Matt Vensel of The Star Tribune reports.

Impact

Floyd – who's making slow and steady progress in his recovery from nerve damage suffered during September knee surgery – missed out on the entirety of the Vikings' offseason program and seemingly has little to no chance of making it back for any point of training camp or preseason. Although him landing on the PUP list is currently the expectation, he could ultimately land on injured reserve if Minnesota management isn't optimistic about his progress after the season's first six weeks.

Younghoe Koo is in competition with incumbent starter Josh Lambo for the Chargers' starting kicker job, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports.

Impact

Head coach Anthony Lynn said the kicker job is an open competition, which doesn't come as much surprise after Lambo finished 19th in the league in terms of field-goal accuracy as well as 0-for-3 from beyond 50 yards. What's more, Lambo excruciatingly sent three kickoffs out of bounds. In all likelihood, the winner will likely be decided by who fares better in preseason action.

Elie Bouka (hamstring) is healthy after spending the 2016 season on injured reserve, Adam Green of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.

Impact

Bouka originally landed on IR after suffering a hamstring injury in training camp last season. Finally healthy, he'll likely need to carve out a role on special teams to make the team ahead of Week 1.

Ishaq Williams (undisclosed) reverted to the Giants' injured reserve, NJ.com's Dan Duggan reports.

Impact

Williams was released by the Giants earlier in the offseason after suffering an unspecified injury but has since cleared waivers and, in turn, landed on the Giants' IR. Unless he reaches an injury settlement with the team or becomes one of the team's two injured-reserve activations this season, Williams is stuck there.

Elijah McGuire is expected to carve out a role on offense behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell this season, NJ.com reports.

Impact

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 could play a complementary role to starter Matt Forte this season, NJ.com reports.

Impact

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, he's still expected to be used regularly as the No. 2. Whether Powell wins the starting job or not, the two veterans figure to split touches, with rookie Elijah McGuire factoring in, which obviously limits their respective upsides.

Matt Forte (knee) is expected to be the Jets' primary running back this season, with Bilal Powell playing a complementary role, NJ.com reports.

Impact

Powell took over the Jets' backfield toward the end of last year in place of the injured Forte, and while many expect that Powell could win the starting job, that's not currently the plan. 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 increasing work as the season unfolds.

Eric Ebron believes the additions 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.

Impact

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 play to his strengths because he was often the only tight end on the field and thus 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.

During portions of practice in last week's minicamp, Alvin Kamara split off and worked with the receivers instead of the running backs, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

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 focused on getting stronger during the offseason to improve his tackle-breaking and blocking abilities, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

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 finished second on the team only to DeAndre Hopkins in receiving yards, the Texans expect more from their 2016 first-rounder in Year 2. First and foremost, they want Fuller to cut down on his 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. Besides those areas, Fuller's stock could be enhanced by more consistency at quarterback, where holdover Tom Savage and rookie Deshaun Watson figure to provide more stable service than Brock Osweiler did last year.

C.J. 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 the upcoming season, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Impact

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 has been a model 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 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.

Impact

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.

Eddie 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.

Impact

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 careful not to overload Lacy early, as having him enter Week 1 in tip-top shape is far more important.

Xavier 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.

Impact

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, and whether he does so is something to monitor once training camp begins.

ArDarius Stewart (groin/thumb) is not sure if he will be ready for the start of training camp, though coach Todd Bowles is optimistic, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Impact

Selected in the third round of this year's draft at No. 79 overall, Stewart couldn't have landed in a better position to earn immediate playing time, though the likelihood of poor quarterback play figures to limit his productivity even if he's regularly on the field. His bid for a starting role did take a bit of a hit when he missed time at OTAs due to a thumb injury which ultimately required surgery in June. With the rookie already slated to miss minicamp, the Jets decided it was best that he also have surgery on a lingering groin injury that likely would've required attention at some point in his career. In the meantime, Eric Decker's release further thinned out a shaky receiving corps, leaving Quincy Enunwa as the No. 1 target and Robby Anderson – who may be facing a suspension – as the team's only other wideout with any real NFL track record. Even if he misses a good chunk of camp, Stewart should be in the mix for a key early-season role, with the Jets hoping his polish as a receiver makes up for his middling athletic measurables.

Evan Engram said he started to gain confidence following a June practice in which he made some big catches and knew all of his assignments, Art Stapleton of The Record reports. "I had a really good day, some really big catches, and I could see I was starting to learn the offense, getting comfortable," Engram said. "There were a couple times, I went out in the slot or in my position [at tight end], and Eli [Manning] gave an adjustment, and I knew exactly what to do, and I felt really confident, and I went and made the play."

Impact

Engram may have been slightly intimidated joining an offense with veteran standouts like Eli Manning, Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall, but it seems the No. 23 overall pick from this year's draft is quickly seeing how he can be an asset to a team that had tight ends account for only 609 of its 4,027 receiving yards and three of its 26 receiving touchdowns last season. Engram may start his career with a part-time role, but his 4.42 speed should make him an immediate asset on passing downs, at the very least. It seems everything has gone in his favor over the last year, as he produced a 65-926-8 receiving line in 11 games during his senior season at Ole Miss, and then tore up the Combine with top-three marks for his position in the three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle as well as the 40-yard dash. Returning starter Will Tye was one of the league's least explosive and least efficient tight ends last season, producing 8.2 yards per catch and 5.6 per target (on 70 targets).

Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen expects DeVante Parker to have a big season, ESPN.com's James Walker reports. "I really think he'll have a great, big year – a gigantic year for us," Christensen said of Parker. "That would be huge. It helps with the quarterback. It helps with your running game. It helps everything."

Impact

The No. 14 overall pick in the 2015 draft, Parker seemingly has been hampered by injuries and questionable conditioning more than his total of three missed games in two seasons suggests. Dolphins coach Adam Gase hinted that the 24-year-old wideout didn't pay enough attention to details the past two years while attempting to coast on the talent that made him an early pick. Parker seems to get the message that he'll need a more dedicated approach if he wants to venture beyond mediocrity and into stardom, as he revamped his diet, sleep schedule and preventative injury work during the offseason. Parker shouldn't have too much trouble topping last season's 90 targets if he stays healthy, but there are still concerns about workload upside in an offense which also features Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, RB Jay Ajayi and TE Julius Thomas. Should he truly reach his potential, Parker could push ahead of Landry as the team's top target and quickly put those questions to rest .

Panthers coach Ron Rivera and GM Dave Gettleman both said the team should have used Devin Funchess (ankle) more last season, Bill Voth of Panthers.com reports.

Impact

Funchess didn't exactly make a strong case for a larger workload last season when he hauled in only 23 of 59 targets (39 percent) in 15 games, though he did produce 16.1 yards per catch and four touchdowns. He's still the favorite for the No. 2 wideout job, but the Panthers probably wouldn't have used their first two draft picks on pass-catching back Christian McCaffrey and slot receiver Curtis Samuel if they had confidence Funchess – a 2015 second-round selection – was about to emerge as a major weapon. Part of the problem may be that his skill set is somewhat redundant alongside Kelvin Benjamin's, as neither offers much speed and both are among the league's largest wide receivers. Funchess suffered a minor ankle injury during the offseason program, but he participated in mandatory minicamp in mid-June and should be at full health for training camp.

DeAndrew White was released by the Patriots on Thursday, the Patriots' official site reports.

Impact

White was released in order to make room for veteran linebacker David Harris. The 25-year-old spent the entire 2016 season on the Patriots' practice squad and will now look to find his way onto another roster in time for training camp.

Logan Paulsen has the skill set and history with head coach Kyle Shanahan to make a serious bid for a roster spot this season, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.

Impact

At 30 years old, Paulsen is the elder statesman of the group of tight ends currently in camp. While that works against him on paper, his size (6-foot-5, 268 pounds), blocking ability and presence as a red-zone threat (six touchdowns on 82 receptions) make the veteran a good fit for Shanahan's offense. Both he and Garrett Celek possess similar skill sets, and they will likely compete for a spot on the depth chart this preseason.