Speculation bloomed that Brown was dissatisfied with his contract, which is scheduled to pay him $6 million this season, but Brown wrote on Twitter that he was spending time with his newborn child and would be back soon.
The receiver racked up 1,815 yards and 138 catches for the Steelers last season.Analysis:
At least that's the approach Jacksonville is taking. Blackmon has been indefinitely suspended since Nov. 1 2013 for three violations of the substance-abuse policy under the old CBA.
"Our process hasn't changed," Caldwell said, via ESPN.com. "[We] plan to go without him, but if he emerges, he emerges, and he's going to go in with those top guys and compete with those other guys. Hopefully we're able to get some news, but if not we weren't planning on [having Blackmon]. We're just going to go [without him]."
Before he can re-join the Jaguars, he'll need to file an application for reinstatement, with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell making a decision within a 60-day window. The application letter would include details of the treatment he's received.
Since being selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft, Blackmon has only played in 20 games. He has 1,280 yards and six touchdowns in his career.Analysis:
The 27-year-old Nicks suffered through the least productive season of his career in 2014, snagging 38 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns with Indianapolis.Analysis:
Crabtree signed a one-year, incentive-laden deal for $3.2 million with the Raiders.
His experience in San Francisco was not always positive, especially as it neared its end. He spoke about feeling disrespected, referring himself as a third-down receiver and a fourth option, after an overtime victory over New Orleans. The result was criticism about his attitude.
"That's just talk," Crabtree told ESPN. "I don't worry about talk. Some people say a lot of things, but until you get to know people, then you'll know for yourself. It's just talk. ... I was friends with my teammates."
Crabtree never fulfilled his potential with the Niners after being selected No. 10 overall in 2009. Injuries prevented him from displaying his explosiveness and he finished his six seasons there with 347 receptions for 4,237 yards and 26 touchdowns.Analysis:
By picking up the option, Wright will have his 2016 salary guaranteed. In 2014, Wright caught 57 passes for 715 yards and six touchdowns.Analysis:
Taylor has 22 receptions for 229 yards during his four-year career.Analysis:
"It was kinda tough because like, at the end of the season, my body started going down and I started losing weight," Brown said. "So, this year I'm trying to focus on being able to keep all this weight on as the season goes on."
By adding 10 pounds of muscle to his frame, Brown hopes the weight gain will translate to a more productive season.
"Be able to make more plays than I did last year," he said.Analysis:
"I'd love to go outside," Jennings said. "Coach [Joe] Philbin knows what I can do outside."
Jennings signed a contract with the Dolphins on Thursday and he said his previous relationship with coach Joe Philbin was a big factor in his decision.
"He played a big role," Jennings said."Joe and I talk frequently whether over the phone, via text. I kept him up to date. I know what kind of a man he is, the morals and values he possesses and he instills within his own guys and himself."
Jennings is heading into his 10th season and said he still has plenty of production left.
"As much as I need," he said.Analysis:
"[It's] always in the back of my mind, but I'm definitely a lot healthier this year than I was last year," he said.
The injury caused Beckham to miss the first four games of the his rookie season. Along with having a healthy season, Beackham said he would like to better control his emotions on the field.
"Nobody comes into this and doesn't want to be the best at what they do," he said.Analysis:
"There's zero doubts that I'll be playing in that first game," he said.
Cruz is attempting to comeback from a surgically-repaired knee and general manger Jerry Reese said the team is pleased with Cruz's progress.
"He looked good, he's running pretty good, right now and he's scheduled to be back ready for the opener for us," Reese said. "But until you get out there and turn it loose, you never know what a guy is going to do. But he looks great right now."
Cruz added that he intends to return to the same player he was before he suffered the knee injury.
"I do feel like I can continue to be the same guy that I was before," he said.
During his rehab, Cruz has been able to do some straight-line running, but has not been cutting on his knee, reports The Record.Analysis: