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RB Alfred Blue, Houston Texans
Blue currently sits behind both Arian Foster and Andre Brown on the Texans RB depth chart, though the rookie out of LSU could potentially challenge Brown for the primary backup duties, according to a report from ESPN’s Tania Ganguli. If Foster misses any time, Blue could easily have value this season.
WR Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bryant joins a Steelers team where he has one big thing going for him—he’s very big. At 6’4”, Bryant towers over the team’s other receivers—Markus Wheaton (5’11”), Antonio Brown (5’10”) and Lance Moore (5’9”).
It’s no surprise then that Pittsburgh plans to use Bryant as a weapon in the red zone, according to the team’s official website. Also possessing downfield speed, Bryant is a unique weapon who could carve out a valuable role for himself in 2014.
RB Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
An undrafted free-agent rookie out of Alabama State, Crowell possesses an explosive skill set that has caught the eye of his coaches, according to a Fox Sports report by Zac Jackson. Like Blue, Crowell is the Browns’ No. 3 RB behind the perennially banged-up Ben Tate and fellow rookie Terrance West, but Crowell could have a role as a dynamic back on a team in need of playmakers.
TE Zach Miller, Chicago Bears
Miller jumped off the screen in the Bears’ first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, racking up six receptions for 68 yards and two scores.
First-string tight end Martellus Bennett just faced a team-imposed suspension for misconduct, and the team’s No. 3 wide receiver Marquess Wilson recently suffered a serious injury and should miss significant time. The door is open for Miller to continue to impress his coaches and earn a bigger role going forward.
RB Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
A massive running back (6’3”, 225 pounds) with fantastic speed (4.38 40-yard dash), Murray is certainly an intriguing player in a backfield that currently consists of two veteran backs with major question marks, Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew.
Murray dealt with a foot injury his rookie season, but he’s healthy now and performing well in training camp, according to Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune. Though he’s third in the pecking order, Murray could have real value if Jones-Drew or McFadden should struggle.
TE Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers is arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, and he’s still without a starting tight end heading into mid-August.
A third-round pick out of California, Richard Rodgers is currently in the mix for that lead gig. And he’s helped his case this offseason by making a good impression on QB Rodgers, according to Rob Reischel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. No final decision has been made, but the rookie did start in the Packers’ preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans.