Getting rid of Andre Johnson would be costly
, WR, HOU
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
, WR, ATL
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
, WR, CLE
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.
Marquise Goodwin ticketed for change-of-pace role
, WR, BUF
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
, WR, BUF
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
, WR, TEN
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.
Jeremy Butler a prospect worth watching
, WR, BAL
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'
, WR, DEN
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."
Aaron Dobson's foot 'getting better every day'
, WR, NE
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
, WR, CHI
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.