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Jarrett Boykin will be 'hard to dislodge'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Jarrett Boykin improved dramatically last season and "will be hard to dislodge" from the Packers' No. 3 receiver job, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Boykin will have to hold off second-round pick Davante Adams, fifth-rounder Jared Abbrederis and seventh-rounder Jeff Janis.

Boykin, 24, caught 49 passes for 681 yards and three touchdowns last season.


Bruce Ellington trying to overcome stature


by Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
(7/11/2014) At 5-foot-9, Bruce Ellington is the shortest receiver on the 49ers' roster. But the fourth-round pick out of South Carolina should not be discounted, his high school coach, Jerry Brown, told the Sacramento Bee.

Brown said Ellington is relentless at finding open space and catching everything thrown his way. "Football's played on a big field and it's hard to track someone like Bruce who's got so much agility," Brown said.

Ellington believes he has lots of room for growth because he only gave up basketball last year. Also a former track competitor, Ellington clocked a 4.45 forty at the combine.

"I'm just going to work hard, give it a hundred (percent) every time I step on the field and keep on chasing the dream," he said.


Colts dump LaVon Brazill, sign Aaron Burks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Colts waived suspended wideout LaVon Brazill and signed receiver Aaron Burks, an undrafted free agent from Boise State. Brazill, 25, is suspended for at least a year for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Burks caught 18 passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns for the Broncos last season, averaging 17.2 yards per catch.


Andre Johnson's trade value a matter of disagreement


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Texans receiver Andre Johnson could garner anywhere from a 2nd-round pick to a 5th-rounder in a trade, according to a survey of four executives by the Sideline View's Lance Zierlein. The 33-year-old Johnson reportedly wants out of Houston.

The Houston Chronicle asserted earlier Friday that the Texans won't trade Johnson.


Jordy Nelson, not Randall Cobb, is Packers' No. 1 receiver


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Packers' official website considers Jordy Nelson the team's No. 1 receiver and Randall Cobb the No. 2 receiver. Nelson, who plays the "X" receiver spot, is the guy who "lines up on the line of scrimmage. He’s the guy who’s big enough and strong enough to get off the jam, and fast enough to defeat the jam and still get deep," the website said.

Cobb plays the flanker or the slot. "He’s a guy who plays off the line of scrimmage and is used in a lot of strategic ways," the report said.


Giants weighing Odell Beckham's use as returner


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the Giants "can certainly feature" rookie receiver Odell Beckham in the return game. Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said Beckham is "explosive, he’s got legitimate speed and he runs, I think, pretty strong for his size. You put all of that together and it ends up being a good returner."

But according to the New York Post, it's risky to put a prized first-round pick "in the line of fire in the return game." Given there's a good chance Beckham is heavily involved in the offense as a receiver, the team might opt against giving him "a steady diet" as a returner, the paper said.


Will Witherspoon: Kenny Britt will 'blossom into a star'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Former Rams linebacker Will Witherspoon believes the team will reap major rewards from the signing of receiver Kenny Britt "I think the addition of Kenny Britt will be a huge boost for the Rams offense," Witherspoon told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "I expect him to blossom into a star."

Britt, 25, is trying to resurrect his career after making just 11 catches last season with Tennessee.


Report: Andre Johnson not going anywhere


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Disgruntled Texans receiver Andre Johnson will not be traded, according to the Houston Chronicle. Johnson will either report to the team or he'll sit out, the paper said.

"Johnson, one of the best receivers in NFL history, will not be traded for several reasons," the paper's John McClain wrote. "The Texans want him to finish his career in Houston. They know they are a better team with him. And they don't want to set a precedent for similar situations that might develop in the future."

Johnson wants a trade, NFL Network reported Thursday, and four teams have expressed interest in acquiring the 33-year-old. He's scheduled to make $21.5 million over the next two seasons.


Panthers WRs set to catch Cam Newton's passes soon


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/11/2014) The Panthers open training camp on July 26 but the receivers will begin working with quarterback Cam Newton next week in Charlotte, wideout Tiquan Underwood told USA Today on Thursday. 

"It's been more difficult because Cam's coming off an ankle injury and he had to get surgery, so we couldn't throw with him as much as we would like," Underwood said. " ... We're just going to try to speed up the process. We're all going to throw -- Derek Anderson, Cam Newton, Joe Webb, Matt Blanchard and all the receivers -- just to work on timing and get that down pat before camp."

Newton has barely practiced with his receivers this offseason as he's recovered from ankle surgery. Nearly all of his receivers are new to the Panthers -- Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and Underwood all signed as free agents while Kelvin Benjamin was taken with the team's first-round pick.

Any chemistry Newton can develop with his receivers before camp starts would be considered a huge plus for the Panthers offense. 


A.J. Green staying loyal to Andy Dalton


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Bengals receiver A.J. Green told NFL Network he's hoping quarterback Andy Dalton receives a contract extension. "We came in together and that is the great thing for me and him," Green said. "I know he's my guy. I don't want any other quarterback throwing me the ball. I think he feels the same way about me."

Green said he's built chemistry with Dalton in their three years together.

"He feels confident that whether I'm double covered, triple covered, it don't matter I'm going to come down with the ball," Green said. "And I feel like we've grown over these last three years and I feel like this year is going to be another key year for us."


Four draft picks unsigned as camp nears


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) With training camp fast approaching, four of the NFL's 256 draft picks remain unsigned. They are Browns corner Justin Gilbert (first round, eighth overall), Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (first round, 11th overall), Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee (second round, 39th overall) and Dolphins offensive tackle Billy Turner (third round, 67th overall).

Getting rid of Andre Johnson would be costly


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) The Texans would incur $12 million in dead money on their salary cap if they cut or trade receiver Andre Johnson, reports ESPN.com. Johnson has asked for a trade, but the Texans are resistant to the idea, according to NFL Network.

Johnson is owed $21.5 million over the next two seasons. He's unhappy with the direction of the team, which is rebuilding with a new coach and new quarterbacks.


Falcons 'certain' Julio Jones will be good as new


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) The Falcons are "certain" receiver Julio Jones will "return to his old explosive self," reports ESPN.com. Jones is coming off foot surgery and is waiting for doctors to clear him to go all out. 

Jones says he's running routes and feels no pain in his foot.


Report: Browns 'not likely' to cut Josh Gordon


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) It's possible, but not likely, that the Browns cut receiver Josh Gordon, reports Pro Football Talk. Gordon is facing a possible one-year suspension for alleged failed drug tests, according to PFT. He also was suspended two games at the start of last season.

If Gordon is exposed to the waivers system, the Texans would get the first chance to acquire him because they had the league's worst record last year.


Report: Four teams interested in Andre Johnson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Four teams have expressed interest in trading for disgruntled Texans wideout Andre Johnson, reports NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Johnson is unhappy with the direction of the Texans and has told them he wants to play for another team, but Houston is resistant, the report said.

Johnson stayed away from the team's offseason program, forfeiting $1 million in bonuses. He wanted to earn it back but the team said no, causing another rift, according to Rapoport.


Andre Johnson hints at Texans return


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/10/2014) Disgruntled wide receiver Andre Johnson told NFL.com that he will "hopefully" be at Texans training camp. 

"We'll see what happens," Johnson said. "Camp is three weeks away." 

Johnson held out of the Texans' offseason program after expressing disappointment with the direction of the team, though he never formally asked for a trade. Johnson will be 33 when the season starts and has played in four postseason games in 11 seasons. 


Marquise Goodwin ticketed for change-of-pace role


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) The Bills view speedy receiver Marquise Goodwin as a change-of-pace option behind Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Mike Williams, according to WGR550.com. A former track star, Goodwin averaged 23.6 yards on his 17 receptions last year, scoring three touchdowns.

Mike Williams expected to be No. 3 receiver


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods are projected as the Bills' top two receivers, with Mike Williams expected to see the field in three-receiver sets, reports WGR550.com. Still, coaches view Williams "as a potential instant contributor and someone who could help EJ Manuel in both the red zone and as a player with high-pointing ability on all areas of the field," the report said.

Kendall Wright working out with Robert Griffin III


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Titans receiver Kendall Wright returned to Baylor to work out with his former college quarterback, the Redskins' Robert Griffin III, reports the Tennessean. Wright posted a picture of himself with Griffin and another former Baylor wideout, the Cowboys' Terrance Williams.

"Good grind session with my bros … where it all started at BU," wrote Wright, who caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards and two touchdowns last season.

Baylor coach wants to help Josh Gordon


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Baylor coach Art Briles told Sirius XM NFL Radio he wants to help troubled Browns receiver Josh Gordon, a former Baylor standout who's staring at a long suspension by the NFL.

"Everybody’s different in the world and that’s what makes it so unique and everybody’s got special talents and gifts," Briles said. "Josh certainly has a tremendous amount of physical talent and intellectual gifts. We all just hope and pray that he’ll be able to get through everything and finally reach his full potential. The thing about Josh that’s so unique is he’s still young, he just turned 23. His future is ahead. He’s going to be judged by everything that’s happened, but he still has a great future ahead and that’s the way he needs to approach the situation. When you’re in our family, you’re always in so we’ll do whatever we can do to help him be successful in his life."


Jeremy Butler a prospect worth watching


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Ravens receiver Jeremy Butler, an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee-Martin, has made a strong early impression, reports the Baltimore Sun. The 6-2, 218-pounder "is an imposing downfield target with size, strength and leaping ability working in his favor," the report said, adding coaches view Butler as "an intriguing developmental prospect."

During minicamp, Butler ran with the second-team offense while other rookies worked on a separate field.

"I would say I bring versatility in the schemes and being able to play all over the passing game," Butler told the paper. "I make the plays downfield in the deep game. I go across the middle. I enjoy the dirty work and like the short, quick game.

"I bring that physicality to the table and overpower defenders. I'm just a hard-nosed Ravens style player. I can bring that element to the offense."


Emmanuel Sanders enjoying 'wide receiver heaven'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) New Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders told Sirius XM NFL Radio he feels like he "made it into wide receiver heaven." Sanders can't wait to play with Peyton Manning in Denver's pass-happy offense.

He'll be a top target along with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and tight end Julius Thomas.

"The thing that I like about the Broncos is there is really no No. 1 guy," Sanders said. "Peyton always goes with the favorable matchup and that's what I'm really liking about this offense. Any guy could go off for 180 yards or 100 yards with 10 catches any week, week in and week out, just based off of matchups."


Report: Deal likely between Josh Gordon, NFL


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) It's likely a deal will be worked out between Browns receiver Josh Gordon and the NFL over Gordon's punishment for alleged failed drug tests and his recent DUI arrest, according to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman. "It may not be a full season," sources told Freeman. "But the number of games Gordon will be suspended is still a mystery."

The report said some of Gordon's teammates feel betrayed by his actions and now "want nothing to do with him."

Pro Football Talk reported earlier that Gordon has an appeal hearing with the league scheduled for later this month.


Aaron Dobson's foot 'getting better every day'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson, who had foot surgery in March, sounds confident he'll be available during training camp, reports the Boston Herald. "It’s doing better, man," he said. "It’s getting better every day. Every week it’s getting better, so we’re just going to see where it’s at by the time camp starts."

Dobson caught 37 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. He's tried to stay mentally sharp despite missing offseason workouts.

"You’ve got to keep yourself focused on what your job is," he said. "I know I can’t go out there and physically do it, but mentally you’ve got to be there. That’s the biggest part is just being there mentally because it’s easy for yourself to slip. So you’ve just got to stay on top of yourself and be responsible, really, and do your job."


Josh Morgan agrees to community service


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/9/2014) Bears receiver Josh Morgan, who was accused of assaulting a valet driver in April, has agreed to do community service to have the charge against him vacated, reports Comcast Sports Net.

The report says Morgan has agreed to 32 hours of community service, and they must be completed within four months. If Morgan complies with the terms of the program, the misdemeanor assault charge against him will be erased from his record.

Morgan is competing to be the No. 4 receiver for the Bears behind Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Marquess Wilson.


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