Devin Smith
Jets' Devin Smith: 'Doubtful' to play in Week 1
Devin Smith, WR, NYJ
5/28/2016
News: Smith (knee) is expected to begin training camp on the PUP list, making him "doubtful" to play in Week 1 against the Bengals, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports.

The recovery timetable for an ACL tear has dwindled in recent years, but such injuries need to be explored on a case-by-case basis. Considering Smith's rookie campaign came to a close in Week 14, it's no surprise that the final stages of his rehabilitation will extend into training camp, at least, and potentially into the regular season. Once healthy, though, he'll have a prime opportunity to succeed in a receiving corps that's unproven behind Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.

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Josh Doctson
Redskins' Josh Doctson: Looking at red-zone role
Josh Doctson, WR, WAS
5/28/2016
News: Although Doctson tended to a sore Achilles in OTAs this week, Kirk Cousins believes the rookie wideout will be a "great weapon in the red zone," Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

The injury concern notwithstanding, Doctson was tabbed 22nd overall last month to provide a bit of variety to a jam-packed receiving corps. Looking at Cousins' plans for the 6-foot-2, 206-pound rook, Doctson would seemingly be the other top red-zone threat with tight end Jordan Reed. Helping Doctson's cause in that realm is a 41-inch vertical leap, but in reality, his study of a voluminous playbook and chemistry with Cousins will be key in making an immediate impact as a professional.

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Jamison Crowder
Redskins' Jamison Crowder: Expected to make second-year leap
Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS
5/28/2016
News: Kirk Cousins expects Crowder to make a jump in his second professional season, Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. "He's a great teammate, smart player, has a natural sense of how to get open, how to run different option routes and choice routes, great natural hands and is really good after the catch pulling away from people," Cousins said. "So, just add him [to a list] of guys who we are excited about being able to throw to."

Following the selection of Josh Doctson in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, a cursory glance at the receiving corps would seem to indicate there are too many bodies to keep in the loop. In addition to Doctson and Crowder, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed, and free-agent pickup Vernon Davis will all be vying for Cousin's attention. Thus, it's encouraging to hear platitudes coming from Cousins, who has hit the speedy Crowder in stride numerous times during the offseason program to date. If he indeed takes the leap intimated by Cousins, Crowder will seek to improve upon rookie marks of 59 catches (on 78 targets) for 604 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games.

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Dez Bryant
Cowboys' Dez Bryant: X-ray on upcoming schedule
Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
5/28/2016
News: Bryant will have an X-ray in the next few weeks to determine if he'll receive full clearance to resume football activities, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The Cowboys have relayed that Bryant is expected to be cleared for offseason practices in early June, but an X-ray appears to be the linchpin for the final decision. With OTAs taking place until their three-day mandatory minicamp commences on June 14, the organization will wait with bated breath for the news that Tony Romo's (back) No. 1 target is officially back in the fold.

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Eric Decker
Jets' Eric Decker: Skipping OTAs
Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
5/27/2016
News: Decker skipped the Jets' OTAs this week to show his solidarity for unsigned quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, ESPN New York reports.

Decker and fellow wideout Brandon Marshall developed a strong rapport with Fitzpatrick during their first season together last year, and while Fitzpatrick remains an unsigned free agent, neither Decker nor Marshall were present for the Jets' voluntary practices this week. At the moment, negotiations between Fitzpatrick and the Jets appear to be at a standstill, but it remains to be seen whether the absences of Decker and Marshall could influence New York to close a deal sooner than later.

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Breshad Perriman
Ravens' Breshad Perriman: Back at full speed
Breshad Perriman, WR, BAL
5/27/2016
News: Perriman (knee) returned to full speed during the Ravens' OTAs this week.

Perriman lost his rookie season due to a reoccurring PCL injury last year, but has now gotten to the point where he no longer thinks about his knee while running. At this week's OTAs, Perriman reportedly showed great burst and deep speed. The 2015 first-rounder also practiced with the Ravens' first-team offense on Thursday, and should compete with Steve Smith (Achilles), Mike Wallace and Kamar Aiken for snaps during training camp.

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Stephen Hill
Panthers' Stephen Hill: Takes part in OTAs
Stephen Hill, WR, CAR
5/27/2016
News: Hill (knee) took part in some individual portions of the Panthers' OTAs this week.

Hill is 10 months removed from suffering a torn ACL during last year's training camp, so his return to early practices is encouraging. Although Hill isn't participating in team drills just yet, he's seemingly on pace to be up to speed in time for this year's camp, when he figures to compete for a roster spot once again.

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Mike Evans
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Continues to shine in OTAs on Thursday
Mike Evans, WR, TB
5/27/2016
News: Evans continued his success hauling in the deep ball during Thursday's OTAs, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The third-year receiver continued his productive start to on-field work in 2016, as Kania reports he caught "a handful of deep balls" Thursday. That included a long-range missle from Jameis Winston down the right sideline on the first play of seven-on-seven drills. Evans' first week of OTAs has progressed much better than his injury-shortened voluntary mini-camp stint late last month.

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Jeremy Maclin
Chiefs' Jeremy Maclin: Injures ankle Thursday
Jeremy Maclin, WR, KC
5/26/2016
News: Maclin was removed from Thursday's practice due to a minor ankle injury, Kansas City Star reports. "He just tweaked his ankle a little bit," head coach Andy Reid said. "He's OK. No problem."

After kicking off OTAs on Tuesday, the Chiefs were unable to emerge from the week without an ailment afflicting one of their offensive mainstays. For what it's worth, Maclin was able to walk off the field without assistance, so Reid's lack of concern is likely warranted. Nevertheless, Maclin did suffer a high right-ankle sprain in January's wild-card win against the Texans, yet still played in the divisional round against the Patriots, so his progress through the current issue will be of interest as the offseason program continues.

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Robert Woods
Bills' Robert Woods: Prominent role awaits?
Robert Woods, WR, BUF
5/26/2016
News: Woods is healthy and participating fully in OTAs following offseason groin surgery, The Buffalo News reports. "I'm healthy. I got my speed back. So other than that, it's all timing. Be open, stay open, said Woods. "I feel like I can run again."

Woods is also serving as the top receiver in practice while Sammy Watkins begins his recovery from foot surgery. There's a small chance that could carry over into the season if Watkins doesn't heal properly, though everyone seems to initially think Watkins will be back by Week 1. Woods is a very clear No. 2 entering the final season of his current contract, though we'll note once again the Bills lean extra heavy toward the run.

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