Bernie Kosar (1985), Cris Carter (1987) and Josh Gordon (2012) are among the well-known players to be selected in the NFL's Supplemental Draft. Are there any players in this year's Supplemental Draft, to be held Thursday, with a chance to make nearly the impact of those three?

Increased role for Pitta? 

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When Dennis Pitta agreed to a new five-year deal with Baltimore back in late February, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome touched on the ways the 6-foot-4 tight end helps the offense.

"Dennis creates a number of mismatch problems for defenses," general manager Ozzie Newsome said at the time. "He makes it tough on them, and because of that, he really helps out our wide receivers. Opponents have to always pay attention to where he lines up and where his routes take him. Dennis is also a big target with very good hands, and his presence in the red zone is very important to us."

Coming off an injury-shortened 2013, Pitta's health will be a big key in 2014, and new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak will look to use him in a more versatile role. That could be something for fantasy owners to pay close attention to.

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Good sign for Bridgewater? 

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One of Minnesota's three quarterbacks -- Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder -- will have to separate himself during training camp and the preseason to win the starting job. On Tuesday, Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner had some encouraging things to say about each of them.

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Last season, Brent Celek posted a career-high 15.7 yards per catch and caught six touchdowns (second-best mark of his career). Despite those promising numbers, his pass-catching workload was the lightest since the 2008 season -- 32 passes (50 targets) for 502 yards. His workload also slipped some in 2012, while he still was in Andy Reid's system.

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Nobody is sleeping on the potential upside of Chandler Jones. The New England Patriots took the defensive end in the first round of the 2012 draft and he has progressed each season since.

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The Buffalo Bills have a pair of veteran running backs who are entering the final year of their respective contracts. C.J. Spiller is a playmaker but has battled injuries. Fred Jackson is a 33-year-old but keeps holding Father Time at bay. Together, they should continue giving the Bills a terrific one-two punch from the backfield.

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With a turnover differential of minus-8, the Washington Redskins tied for the seventh-worst mark in the NFL last season. RB Alfred Morris shoulders much of the blame, since he was tied for the most fumbles in the league with five. Balls thrown in the direction of WR Pierre Garcon also were a significant issue for the Redskins.

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Former New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles was a darling of fantasy football owners who play in point-per-reception leagues due to his ability to rack up tons of catches and yards out of the backfield.

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For quite some time now, Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt has pegged Jake Locker as his starter, veteran backup Charlie Whitehurst as his No. 2 QB and rookie Zach Mettenberger as a clipboard holder. Nonetheless, the rookie said on SiriusXM NFL Radio last week that he has no intention of sitting back and not competing.

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The NFL is continuing to kick the tires on several cities to host the 2015 draft, now that they plan to take the show on the road. Among those cities is Chicago, where the event could be hosted in the Loop.

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The New York Giants have worked this offseason to revamp their RB corps, but the group remains full of questions. Can Rashad Jennings handle a featured role? Can David Wilson get and stay healthy? Does Peyton Hillis still have something to offer? Will fourth-round draft pick Andre Williams make an immediate impact?

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Since the Baltimore Ravens lost starting D-lineman Arthur Jones to the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent, the likes of DeAngelo Tyson, Brandon Williams, Kapron Lewis-Moore and rookie Timmy Jernigan will stage a preseason battle to replace him in the starting lineup alongside Haloti Ngata and Chris Canty.

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PUP list for Chris Harris? 

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The Denver Broncos liked Chris Harris, Jr. enough that they re-signed him this offseason, despite the fact that his 2013 campaign ended with a torn ACL in his knee. He was their best corner last season, and his surgery revealed that the ligament was only partially torn, so it's really no surprise they kept him around.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have Vincent Jackson penned in atop their WR depth chart and rookie Mike Evans penciled in as their No. 2 option. After that pair of pass-catchers, the remainder of their WR corps will be in a wide-open competition during training camp and the preseason to make the roster.

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The New Orleans Saints may have come out on top of the initial arbitrator ruling that resulted in Jimmy Graham being dubbed a tight end -- not a wide receiver -- for purposes of the franchise tag. However, they reportedly didn't care for the reasoning behind the decision, which basically stated that a tight end is a tight end if he lines up most of the time within four yards of the offensive tackle.

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