Corey Fuller
Lions' Corey Fuller: Placed on PUP list
Corey Fuller, WR, DET
7/24/2016
News: Fuller has been placed on the physically unable to perform list for the start of the Lions' training camp.

Fuller had offseason foot surgery in June and a timetable has not yet been released for his return. That being said it's now clear he won't be able to practice at the start of training camp. When healthy, he's a likely candidate for the Lions' No. 3 wide receiver slot behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones. Whether or not he returns to practice during training camp remains to be seen. Look for Andre Roberts and Jeremy Kerley to see some extra reps as long as Fuller is sidelined.

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Josh Gordon
Browns' Josh Gordon: Eligible to re-apply for reinstatement on Aug. 1
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
7/24/2016
News: Gordon, who has been suspended by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy since Feb. 3, 2015, is eligible to re-apply for reinstatement on Aug. 1, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

As part of the process toward the wideout's potential reinstatement, Gordon met in person with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York on Wednesday. While having a chance to meet with Goodell face-to-face would appear to represent a step in the right direction, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relays that he gets the sense that "nothing is imminent on (Gordon's) return." Meanwhile, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that the recent meeting doesn't "necessarily mean (Gordon will) get the green light shortly after Aug. 1." At this stage, the wideout's 2016 availability remains murky, with no concrete change in his status possible until after he applies for reinstatement. Ideally, from a fantasy perspective, some sort of timetable for a decision on that front will emerge sooner rather than later, though ESPN's Dan Graziano speculates that a call on Gordon's status may not be likely before the start of the coming season.

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Jonathan Krause
Buccaneers' Jonathan Krause: Claimed by Buccaneers
Jonathan Krause, WR, PHI
7/23/2016
News: Krause has been claimed by the Buccaneers off waivers, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

Krause played in just two games during the 2015 season. He grabbed two balls on four targets totaling 11 yards. He will try to earn a spot on the Eagles' roster during the preseason.

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Breshad Perriman
Ravens' Breshad Perriman: Begins training camp on PUP list
Breshad Perriman, WR, BAL
7/23/2016
News: Perriman (knee) will begin training camp on the PUP list, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.

The 2015 first-round pick missed his entire rookie season with a PCL injury, and suffered a scare earlier in the offseason when he was diagnosed with a partial ACL tear in his other knee. Fortunately, Perriman was able to opt for a stem-cell injection to help the ligament heal and avoid surgery. The Ravens anticipated that he would not be ready for the start of training camp, but remain optimistic he will be ready to return to the field prior to the start of the season. With the uncertainty surrounding veteran Steve Smith Sr. returning from an Achilles injury the Ravens are already thin in the receiving department, which will leave plenty of opportunity for Perriman should his recover remain on track.

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Steve Smith
Ravens' Steve Smith: Will begin training camp on PUP
Steve Smith, WR, BAL
7/23/2016
News: Smith (Achilles) will start training camp on the PUP list, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.

This is an unsurprising move as it has already been announced that the veteran Smith would not be playing in the preseason. He suffered his Achilles injury on Nov. 1, and was not able to participate in any offseason workouts. His role with the team this season remains uncertain until he is able to display he has recovered from the serious injury. However, the Ravens have relatively thin depth in their receiving department, so he will have plenty of opportunity to produce if he can get healthy.

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Phillip Dorsett
Colts' Phillip Dorsett: Expected to start in new-look Colts offense
Phillip Dorsett, WR, IND
7/20/2016
News: Dorsett is projected for an every-down role in 2016 with the Colts transitioning to what is "definitely going to be a three-wide-receiver offense", ESPN's Mike Wells reports.

Following an injury-marred rookie season in an offense that regularly featured two tight ends, the Colts have extensively operated out of three-wide receiver sets during their offseason program. With the departure of TE Coby Fleener (Saints), this trend is expected to continue into 2016. The main beneficiary in such a scenario would be Dorsett, who would consequently see every-down snaps on the outside, opposite Donte Moncrief (toe), with T.Y. Hilton manning the slot. Further working in Dorsett's favor are the losses of Andre Johnson (free agent) and Griff Whalen (Dolphins), both of whom, combined with the aforementioned Fleener, vacate 188 targets from 2015. Looking ahead, Dorsett's usage in 2016 could likely resemble his role during Week 17 when Dorsett logged 53 snaps and received nine targets split wide, as well as a tote out of the backfield.

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Laquon Treadwell
Vikings' Laquon Treadwell: Draws praise from offensive coordinator
Laquon Treadwell, WR, MIN
7/20/2016
News: Minnesota offensive coordinator Norv Turner raved about Treadwell's instincts and fluidity running routes in spring practices, and he could be a focal point with the offense using him in skinny post routes similar to how he was used in college, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "That was our offense - quick routes and running across the middle," Treadwell said. "Drags. Slants. Bang 8s. Comeback routes. It's similar."

Treadwell may be utilized in the skinny post or routes to catch the ball over the middle with a safety lurking that has been a theme of Turner's successful offenses in the past. Turner doesn't go into many specifics about his plans, but the article talks to those who know his offense well and say Treadwell could have a featured role that brings a new dynamic to the Minnesota offense. However he's used, the first-round draft pick seems to have made a strong impression in spring practices.

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Marcus Easley
Bills' Marcus Easley: End of a long road?
Marcus Easley, WR, BUF
7/19/2016
News: Easley, who shattered his knee cap in three places during Week 16, is mostly recovered and is hoping to be on the field for at least part of training camp, BuffaloBills.com reports. "Based on the original prognosis they said six to nine months, so we're getting close to that point," said Easley. "So it'll be interesting to see where I stand in a couple of weeks. I feel that will determine where things go."

As bad as the injury was, doctors are saying Easley's repaired knee is structurally sound. He's arguably the team's best special teams player, so if he can prove just a hint of receiving value in camp he's got a shot to land the final receiver spot. We'll note that the team will have a slew of candidates in camp, however.

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Sammy Watkins
Bills' Sammy Watkins: Feeling good, unsure of timetable
Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
7/19/2016
News: While Watkins (foot) says he's "feeling great," he's still unsure as to when he'll be able to return to the practice field, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports. "I don't know how much I'm gonna be doing or when I'm gonna be on the field, but I'm definitely going to be active and engaged," Watkins said Tuesday. "I don't know what the schedule is like with me being on the field competing-wise, but I'm right where I need to be at -- feeling good, healthy. Nothing is bothering me. Just really prepare for whatever they do."

No one around the team expected Watkins to come in at 100 percent when camp opens up in a couple of weeks. He'll be such a high pick in leagues, his status should be monitored regularly during the end of the summer so you know if the high-upside (yet injury prone) third-year wideout is full-go for Week 1. With the Bills running back situation all of a sudden being a question mark, you can bet the team would love to see much of the offense flow through Watkins and Tyrod Taylor.

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Braxton Miller
Texans' Braxton Miller: Will play any position
Braxton Miller, WR, HOU
7/19/2016
News: Miller refers to himself as a "playmaker" and said he'll play slot receiver, wide receiver or running back. "Whatever's in the game plan," he said. "I'm capable of playing any position."

While Miller is up for any role that comes his way, position coach Sean Ryan was less expansive. "I think Braxton is coming along great," Ryan said. "Another good inside and outside guy. Great skill set, change of direction, catching the ball well. I've been really happy with him." Miller's eventual role will be determined during training camp, but he's still relatively new to the wide receiver position. If he develops quickly and engenders the confidence of coaches, Miller could emerge as the starting slot receiver. We also expect he'll get a chance to be a return man on special teams.

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