The San Francisco 49ers have plenty of veteran depth in their WR corps but little in the way of sure-fire playmakers. Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin top the depth chart, but Crabtree will have to stay healthy and Boldin is aging. And if offseason additions Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd are unable to secure the No. 3 role, they may not even make the final cut.
As a rookie, Doug Martin carried the ball 319 times, fourth most in the NFL. He outpaced that average of 19.9 carries per game last season with an average of 21.2 carries during the six games in which he took part.

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The Oakland Raiders used the 12th overall pick in last year's draft to select D.J. Hayden, who had abdominal surgery soon after the draft and missed the end of last season with a groin injury.

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The massive potential seen in Sammy Watkins is why the Buffalo Bills traded up five spots to take the wide receiver with the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft. The long-term upside is obvious, but what can we expect from him as a rook?

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The Houston Texans have a pair of interesting contract quandaries as training camp nears. Andre Johnson, who is 33 and has three years remaining on his current contract, continues to holdout, because he wants to be traded. On the other end of the spectrum is 25-year-old J.J. Watt, who is under contract through 2015 after the Texans picked up the fifth-year option on his contract this offseason.

Time will tell how things will work out with Johnson, but the Houston Chronicle's John McClain expects the Texans to give Watt an extension sooner than later.

"... Watt, 25, won't play under his current contract in 2015. The Texans' philosophy for their best players has been to extend their contracts with a year remaining," McClain wrote.

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Since the Cleveland Browns eschewed a glaringly obvious need at wide receiver to select offensive lineman Joel Bitonio with the 35th pick of this year's draft, it's no surprise that he slid right in as their starting left guard during OTAs.

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On Monday, veteran guard Chris Snee called it a career, announcing his retirement from the NFL due to a troublesome elbow. Who will replace him at right guard for the New York Giants?

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Ever since David Wilson sustained a season-ending neck injury in Week 5 last year, his short- and long-term futures were in doubt. However, Wilson tweeted Monday that he has been given medical clearance to hit the gridiron.

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It's no surprise that the ugly knee injury that NaVorro Bowman sustained in the NFC title game is expected to force him onto the PUP list when the San Francisco 49ers get their training camp underway this week. Although his recovery from surgery that repaired his torn ACL and MCL has been going well, he also is slated to remain on the PUP list when the regular season gets underway.

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Over the weekend, we examined one NFL writer's thoughts on whether Ben Tate will be able to hold off rookie third-rounder Terrance West to be the lead rusher in the Cleveland Browns backfield this season.

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The Detroit Lions finally added a legitimate No. 2 option to work off of Calvin Johnson when they signed free-agent WR Golden Tate during the offseason.

Tate, who caught 64 passes for 898 yards and 5 TDs last season with the Seahawks, said this offseason that he envisions himself working in a Lance Moore-type role as Lions OC Joe Lombardi installs his version of the New Orleans Saints offense. Moore's heaviest workloads with the Saints had him reeling in 79 passes in 2008 (16 games), 66 passes in '10 (16 games) and 65 passes in '12 (15 games).

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The NFL has allowed more types of referee calls to be challenged by coaches in recent years, but they still don't allow a coach to throw a red flag when he questions the validity of a pass-interference call made -- and not made -- by the refs.

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Injuries essentially nixed Julius Thomas' first two NFL campaigns, so after breaking out last season, the tight end is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Denver Broncos president John Elway has said he would like to sign Thomas to an extension, but does Thomas want to stick with the Broncos for the long term?

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Will Smith start over Vick? 

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In his annual ranking of NFL quarterbacks, ESPN's Ron Jaworski pegged New York Jets QB Geno Smith 30th as we head into training camp. Because he ranks only one quarterback from each NFL team, the presumption, then, is that he expects Smith to start over offseason addition Michael Vick.

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We saw Jay Gruden's use of his fullbacks diminish significantly during his final season as Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator. FB Chris Pressey was on the field for 282 snaps in 2011. In 2012, Gruden's fullbacks took part in 314 snaps. Last season, Gruden used his fullbacks on only 83 snaps.

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