DeAndre Hopkins
Bill O'Brien: 'Sky's the limit' for WR DeAndre Hopkins
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
5:34 PM
News: With Andre Johnson now in Indy, DeAndre Hopkins enters the 2015 season as the Texans' undisputed No. 1 receiver.

“He had a really good year last year and the sky’s the limit with Hop (Hopkins)," coach Bill O'Brien told NFL Network. "He’s an excellent young player who works extremely hard and we’re looking forward to putting together our whole receiving corps and he should be the leader of that.”

Hopkins led Houston with 1,210 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns last year. He has 128 catches for 2,012 yards and eight scores in his two NFL seasons.

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Darrius Heyward-Bey
Steelers re-sign WR Darrius Heyward-Bey to one-year deal
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, PIT
11:48 AM
News: The Steelers announced they re-signed receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract. Heyward-Bey, 28, enters his second season with Pittsburgh after catching three passes for 33 yards last year.

Heyward-Bey's best season came in 2011 with the Raiders, when he caught 64 passes for 975 yards and four touchdowns.

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Victor Cruz
No timetable on return for Giants WR Victor Cruz
Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
3/25/2015
News: Although Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is cautiously optimistic about the return of wide receiver Victor Cruz, he seems to be lowering his expectations, according to the New York Post.

“I think he’ll be the player that he was, and hopefully better,” Coughlin said during the NFC coaches’ breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore. “But as far as when, I would be careful. Hopefully, it’s the first [regular-season] game. But if it isn’t, we’ve done that before. We just went through it.”

Cruz suffered a nasty patellar tendon injury in 2014. Coughlin liked what he saw in last week's workout for the wideout, stating that he hopes to have Cruz available at the start of training camp. But they won't rush him back.

“You’re not just going to throw him to the wind,” Coughlin said. “He’ll work his way through.”

The 28-year-old was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Over his five-year career, he has tallied 264 receptions for 3,963 yards and 24 touchdowns.

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Brian Quick
Rams WR Brian Quick 'starting to see the light'
Brian Quick, WR, STL
3/25/2015
News: Rams wideout Brian Quick is coming along in his rehab from shoulder surgery and is "starting to see the light," coach Jeff Fisher told ESPN.com. Fisher, however, would not commit to Quick being ready for training camp.

Quick, 25, caught 25 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns before getting hurt in the seventh game of the season.

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Justin Blackmon
Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee projected as starting outside WRs
Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
3/25/2015
News: Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee are expected to be the Jaguars' starting outside receivers this season, per the team's website. Justin Blackmon remains suspended indefinitely, and Cecil Shorts left the team via free agency.

Under this scenario, Allen Hurns would be a backup or possibly play the slot.

"The Jaguars like Lee and Robinson on the outside," the website said. "That’s where they envision them."

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Alshon Jeffery
John Fox: New conditioning program will aid Alshon Jeffery
Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
3/25/2015
News: Bears coach John Fox is changing the team's offseason conditioning program, and he thinks the tweaks will help wideout Alshon Jeffery, reports ESPN.com. Jeffery is the Bears' No. 1 receiver now that Brandon Marshall has been traded to the Jets.

The 25-year-old dealt with nagging hamstring problems last year.

“I really liked Alshon coming out [of college],” Fox said at the NFL owners' meetings. “One of the things I’d say is we had a lot of soft-tissue injuries last year as a football team. We’ve kind of changed philosophically in the weight room. I think you’ll see we’re going to do things a lot different from offseason conditioning, the approach to how we handle that. I don’t think we had a soft-tissue injury a year ago in Denver other than one particular guy.”

Jeffery caught 85 passes for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns last year, his second straight 1,000-yard season.

“I think [the new conditioning approach] will help him,” Fox said. “There have been times in his career when he might have been a little bit overweight, but obviously a beast as far as size, and a guy we’re looking forward to getting to know better.”

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Golden Tate
Golden Tate might return more punts in 2015
Golden Tate, WR, DET
3/25/2015
News: The Lions' Golden Tate was used strictly as a receiver during the regular season last year before returning a punt against the Cowboys in Detroit's playoff loss. Coach Jim Caldwell suggested Tate might get more opportunities as a punt returner in 2015.

"I suspect at some point in time he's going to play a role in that area for us," Caldwell told MLive.com.

Playing for Seattle in 2013, Tate had eight punt returns of at least 20 yards. Lions punt returner Jeremy Ross had just three such returns last season, and he fumbled four times.

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Ifeanyi Momah
Cardinals sign TE Ifeanyi Momah
Ifeanyi Momah, WR, ARI
3/25/2015
News: The Cardinals announced they've signed tight end Ifeanyi Momah, who was waived by the Lions last month. Momah, 26, spent time on the Browns and Lions practice squads last season after signing with the Eagles in 2013 as a rookie free agent out of Boston College.
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Jordy Nelson
Packers WR Jordy Nelson had hip procedure following Pro Bowl
Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
3/25/2015
News: Packers coach Mike McCarthy said star wideout Jordy Nelson had a "cleanup" procedure on his hip after the Pro Bowl, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The procedure went well, and Nelson will be fully recovered in time for OTAs, the coach added.

"It was something that was kind of hindering him after the Pro Bowl. Something that he felt he needed to get cleaned up," McCarthy said, per ESPN. "But it's nothing serious."

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Dez Bryant
Cowboys not worried about a Dez Bryant holdout
Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
3/25/2015
News: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told the team's website he's not worried wideout Dez Bryant might hold out if the sides can't agree on a long-term contract. Dallas slapped the franchise tag on Bryant and will pay him $12.7 million this season.

"I'm not worried about that at all, and it's because of how much he loves the game, how much he knows that preparation, practice, all of that improves him," Jones said.

The owner added there's no timetable for getting a multiyear deal done.

"It's not imperative for him or us to get something done by the season or otherwise," Jones said.  "Let's be real clear: The franchise is there just to do exactly what it's doing, and it really rewards, financially, a player. And so while both of us would like to have a long-term agreement -- and I can speak to that, we both would -- it's not imperative on any type of timeframe of months or during the time the franchise is in to get something done."

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