A Week 1 starter after being selected in the fifth round of last year's draft, Sharpe failed to advantage of his role, catching only 41 of 83 targets for 522 yards (6.3 YPT) and two touchdowns in 16 games. The Titans responded by drafting Corey Davis in the first round and Taywan Taylor in the the third round, later adding Eric Decker when he was released by the Jets in June. With Decker, Davis and Rishard Matthews all slated for key roles, Sharpe was already staring at a slide down the depth chart before he had surgery on a fractured foot in early June. He's expected back for training camp, but he may have to compete with Harry Douglas, Eric Weems and a few other players for only one or two roster spots.
A likely Day 2 selection at one point, Higbee fell to the fourth round of last year's draft due to off-field concerns and a sketchy injury history, and while neither of those potential issues cropped up during his rookie season, he was still remarkably unproductive in catching only 11 of 28 targets for 85 yards and a score in 16 games. With Lance Kendricks no longer around, Higbee is the favorite to enter Week 1 as the Rams' starting tight end, though second-round rookie Gerald Everett still has time to make a push for the job. New head coach Sean McVay made the most of his tight ends -- particularly Jordan Reed -- while serving as offensive coordinator for the Redskins, but McVay will have his hands full working with second-year QB Jared Goff, a shaky offensive line and an unproven group of pass catchers. While the team context is far from ideal for fantasy production, Higbee does have a clear opportunity to earn regular snaps and targets.
Although the offseason addition of Brandin Cooks pushed him down the depth chart, Hogan still figures to have a regular spot on the outside when the Patriots go three-wide, which has been the team's base alignment in recent years. However, Malcolm Mitchell and No. 2 tight end Dwayne Allen could cut into Hogan's snap count, and regular targets will be hard to come by in a passing attack featuring Cooks, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Despite turning in a highly efficient 2016 season (11.9 yards per target) and then leading the team in receiving yards (332) during the playoffs, Hogan probably won't see a major uptick from last year's 57 regular-season targets.
While there's no indication the injury is significant, it isn't ideal for a rookie to miss any time during the offseason program. Mack still figures to be ready for training camp, where he'll compete with 27-year-old Robert Turbin and 2016 UDFA Josh Ferguson for backup work behind 34-year-old Frank Gore. The fourth-round rookie is the only one of the bunch with any real upside as a runner, but Turbin's combination of size, experience and pass-blocking ability makes him the favorite to earn the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. There could be room for three players to contribute each week, as the Colts seemingly hope to ease Gore's workload in what could be his final season.
Harris caught on with Washington as an undrafted rookie last season, catching eight of 12 targets for 66 yards in 10 games. The team signed Brian Quick in the offseason, but it seems Harris and Ryan Grant may enter training camp ahead of the veteran on the depth chart, possibly even getting a shot to push Josh Doctson for the No. 3 job if the 2016 first-round selection struggles during camp.
The No. 33 overall pick in the 2012 draft, Quick enjoyed a productive stretch early in the 2014 season but otherwise failed to live up to his draft status during his five-year tenure with the Rams, eventually serving as the No. 3 wideout in a lifeless offense last season. His one-year contract with the Redskins doesn't include much guaranteed money, leaving him to compete with Maurice Harris and Ryan Grant, among others, for the fourth and fifth spots on the depth chart. Quick doesn't have much of a track record playing special teams, which could hurt his bid for a roster spot.
Howard underwent offseason surgery to remove bone spurs in his hip, which was the injury that sidelined him for the final eight games of the 2016 season. Since he was healthy enough to participate in OTAs in May and June, it is completely believable that he'll be ready for training camp in late July.
Goldman hurt his ankle in Week 2 and then missed the next six games before returning in Week 10. He then missed out on Week 11 with the same ankle problem but then played the next three games only to land on injured reserve in Week 15 with a repeat injury. The 2015 second-rounder ultimately missed a total of 10 games in 2016, after losing out on three during his rookie season. While it's encouraging that he's going the extra mile to avoid further setbacks, injuries are simply a matter of chance and there's no guarantee he'll log his first 16-game season in 2017.
A routine preseason arthroscopic knee surgery ultimately kept Fuller on the sidelines for the entire 2016 season and likely factored into the team's decision to decline his fifth-year option as well. Despite returning to full health, the 2014 first-rounder is not considered a "lock" to make the final roster ahead of Week 1 and is reportedly behind both Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper on the depth chart.
Houston lasted until Week 2 last season before tearing his ACL for the second time in three years -- but this time it was in his left knee and not his right. Despite participating in the Bears' OTAs this spring, the 2010 second-rounder hesitated to say whether he's returned to full strength. Thus, it seems like he's not quite there yet, but it doesn't seem like it will take much longer either.