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Ryan Williams -- remember him?  The 2011 2nd-round pick of the Cardinals spent all of 2014 on the Cowboys practice squad and signed a 2-year futures contract with Dallas after the season.  Insider Clarence Hill takes it as a sign that Williams is part of the team's 2015 backfield plans.  DeMarco Murray is set to hit free agency and seems no better than 50-50 to return to Dallas.  Lance Dunbar is a restricted free agent and no lock to return.  And Joseph Randle remains largely unproven.  The Cowboys backfield will be one of the bigger fantasy football story lines of the offseason.  Whoever is carrying the ball will have loads of upside behind an offensive line that finished 2nd in Pro Football Focus' run-blocking rankings and 1st in Football Outsiders'.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter predicts that RB Adrian Peterson will be playing somewhere other than Minnesota in 2015.  "To put it in injury terms, Peterson is questionable for Minnesota, probable for somewhere else," Schefter writes.  Besides the off-field issues, we're talking about a 30-year-old RB with a $15.4 million cap number.  Peterson would need to renegotiate his deal to make sense for the Vikings, and he's previously stated he's not interested in doing that.  Schefter hears that at least 6 teams have started doing background work on Peterson in the event he becomes available.

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The 49ers have named Geep Chryst their OC.  It's an uninspiring hire after the team was spurned by numerous other candidates.  Chryst has spent the past 4 seasons as San Francisco's QB coach.  Prior to that, he spent time with the Bears, Chargers, Cardinals and Panthers.  Chryst was San Diego's OC in 1999 and 2000, leading the team to 26th- and 28th-place finishes in total offense.  Expect a lot of continuity from the 49ers offense in 2015, which isn't exactly a good thing.

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The Colts are set to sign WR Duron Carter, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  Carter is the son of Hall-of-Famer Cris Carter and was a 4-star prospect coming out of high school.  He attended Ohio St. and Alabama, as well as Florida Atlantic and a community college, but played just 1 season due to academic and eligibility issues.  Carter went undrafted back in 2013 and spent the past 2 years with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.  He posted lines of 49-909-5 and 75-1,030-7, averaging 15.6 yards per catch.  Carter recently checked in at 6'4, 198 pounds with a 4.58-second 40-yard dash.  He chose the Colts over the Vikings, Panthers and numerous other teams.  It's a nice landing spot for his fantasy value.  Indianapolis has the best young QB in the game, and T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief are the only sure things at WR.  Carter is capable of pushing for #3 WR duties as early as 2015 and is worth stashing in dynasty leagues.

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ESPN.com's Cole Harvey reports that Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict is working his way back from microfracture surgery on his left knee. That certainly seems to make his situation more serious, but Burfict's surgeon expects a full recovery. "I don't see any reason, if this thing heals like we want and we think it will, why he won't be back like he was," Dr. Neal ElAttrache said. "Microfracture has a bad connotation, but there are plenty of guys who have come back and been able to play like before. But it's not really news when it works out." We'll see if Burfict is ready to participate fully when training camp begins. He won't turn 25 until September, so time and youth remain on Burfict's side.

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Giants WR Odell Beckham revealed after the Pro Bowl that he played the entire season with 2 tears in his right hamstring.  The 1st occurred on the 1st day of training camp; the 2nd just before the Giants' 3rd preseason game.  Beckham ended up missing the first 4 games of the regular season before dominating the league over the final 12.  “They healed up enough to where I could play with them, but they were never truly good and I’m still just working on them and trying to get ready,” Beckham said.  “I should be good by training camp.  The plan is to play at full strength next season, and I definitely hope to do it. I’m just looking forward to getting healthy.”  There's almost certainly some degree of embellishment to Beckham's story.  It's tough to believe he wasn't very close to 100% considering how productive he was.  But it's also fair to say that a healthy offseason will help him be even better in 2015.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Browns WR Josh Gordon is facing a 1-year suspension for consuming alcohol.  That was banned as part of Gordon's deal with the league after this past July's DUI arrest.  Pro Football Talk hears that a successful appeal for Gordon is "unlikely."  That means he'll miss the entire 2015 season, again leaving Cleveland with a massive hole at WR.  They need to address the position in free agency and/or the draft.  Gordon, meanwhile, will still only be 25 when eligible to return for the 2016 season.  But it's uncertain whether the Browns or any other team will have him.

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Colts GM Ryan Grigson revealed Friday that he doesn't yet know whether OLB Robert Mathis will be ready for the start of training camp. "No, he's still in recovery," Grigson told ESPN.com in reference to Mathis' Achilles tear. "A timeline is not there because it’s a tough injury. Hopefully in a couple months from now, we’ll be able to have some information on that.” Mathis suffered the injury in early September while working out during his 4-game PED suspension. It's an injury that regularly keeps players from getting all the way back to their previous performance level through at least their 1st season back. Heading into his age-34 season, Mathis might never regain his pre-injury form. Bjoern Werner had an up-and-down season that ended down with decreased playing time. Fifth-round rookie Jonathan Newsome might be the Colts' best current hope for replacing Mathis and helping a struggling pass rush. Expect the team to address that area this offseason.

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Colts GM Ryan Grigson revealed today that the team suspended RB Trent Richardson 2 games for “personal reasons.” T-Rich has already served 1 game, and he’ll serve the other if he’s back next season. Of course, that’s no guarantee after he posted just 3.3 yards-per-carry on 159 attempts. Unsurprisingly, Grigson wouldn't commit to bringing the struggling rusher back in 2015.  The Colts are a lock to bring in RB help this offseason.

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam agreed Thursday with HC Mike Pettine's description of the "muddy" QB situation. But Haslam might have gone a step further and indicated that he doesn't believe in Johnny Manziel. “We’ve got to get a quarterback and got to get it fixed,” he said, according to NorthCoastNow.com. “What I would say to our fans is, we’re going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team.” There don't seem to be many -- any? -- folks in Cleveland optimistic about Manziel's future, but it'll be really telling if he doesn't at least get to compete for the 2015 starting job. Manziel retains plenty of fantasy appeal if he can get his (act) together, but he has a lot to prove to everyone.

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Dolphins WR Mike Wallace's 2014 season ended with him getting benched for complaining about his role.  It wasn't the 1st run-in he's had with the coaching staff, and it has Miami considering cutting ties with the guy they handed $30 million guaranteed to just a couple years ago.  GM Dennis Hickey was non-committal when asked about Wallace's Dolphins future at the Senior Bowl this week.  “We’re looking at all things with our players and evaluating, that’s part of our process," Hickey said.  We're still betting on Wallace hanging around Miami once cooler heads prevail.  He led the team in receiving yards (862) and TDs (10) this past season, and cutting him would leave the Fins with a big need at WR.

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The Bears on Wednesday reached a 3-year deal with Adam Gase to make him their new OC. Gase, of course, spent the past 2 seasons running Denver's offense under then-HC John Fox, who's now the boss in Chicago. The Peyton Manning-led Broncos topped the league in points and yards in 2013 before finishing 2nd in points and 4th in yards last year. Gase spent the 4 seasons before that as a position coach in Denver, joining the franchise when Josh McDaniels arrived. We'll be quite interested to see how he works with a more challenging QB in Jay Cutler. But Gase seems to be quite well respected in the league and continues what appears to be a strong coaching staff for the Bears on both sides of the ball. The new OC certainly shouldn't hurt Cutler's fantasy outlook or those of Matt Forte, the Bears' WRs and TE Martellus Bennett.

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