Vikings' Cordarrelle Patterson: I'm entering make or break year
by R.J. White |
(10:23 am ET) Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson followed up a promising rookie season by catching just 33 passes for 384 yards and one touchdown in 2014 while making just six starts. He feels like 2015 will be a make or break year, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

"This year is going to make me or break me, and I hope I step up and have a good role in this offense," Patterson said Monday during the second week of voluntary workouts.

Patterson worked out in San Francisco last month while many of his offensive teammates were working out in Los Angeles.

"I feel like I needed to work on something different from what those guys were doing," Patterson said. "So I went to San Francisco."

He indicated he touched up on some skills that needed refining.

"This whole offseason, I spent a lot of time just thinking to myself, 'How can I get better?' " he said. "I just want to let my game speak for itself. I just focused on the little things that really matter, and I hope this year will be way better than last year. Just route running. Growing up, I was always athletic and could just do anything. I'm in the NFL now, so I just have to focus on my craft and just work at route running, getting in and getting out of breaks and stuff like that."

Patterson could open the season as the team's slot receiver depending on how the Vikings approach this weekend's draft.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown arrives at team facility
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was noticably absent during the first few days of the team's offseason workout program, was back in camp on Monday, the team reported. 

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.

Jaguars planning to play 2015 season without Justin Blackmon
by Jason Butt |
(4/24/2015) As far as the Jaguars are concerned, Justin Blackmon will not be lining up at receiver for them this season. 

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 "[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. 

Report: WR Hakeem Nicks ready to sign with Titans
by Marty Gitlin |
(4/24/2015) Veteran wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is set to sign with the Titans, per Fox Sports 1, which is further reporting that other teams that had been interested have been told the news.

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.

Raiders new WR Crabtree talks about criticism with 49ers
by Marty Gitlin |
(4/24/2015) Wide receiver Michael Crabtree is shedding no tears over his departure from the 49ers, which resulted in a short move to Oakland.

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.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree trying to prove himself
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(4/23/2015) After struggling to produce the same numbers in 2014 as previous seasons, Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree said he's working to silence his doubters, reports

"I've got a lot to prove, a lot," Crabtree said. "I don't have anything to lose, but I've got a lot to prove."

Crabtree caught 68 receptions for 698 yards in 2014, and coach Jack Del Rio said he can still be a productive player.

"He brings sure hands, the ability to separate and catch the ball," he said. "He has played in big games and made big catches. He has had significant production through the first six years of his career. He's a good football player."

Report: Titans to pickup option on WR Kendall Wright
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(4/23/2015) The Titans are planning to exercise the fifth-year option on WR Kendall Wright, reports The Tennessean.

By picking up the option, Wright will have his 2016 salary guaranteed. In 2014, Wright caught 57 passes for 715 yards and six touchdowns.

Broncos waive WR Kerry Taylor
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(4/23/2015) The Broncos released wide receiver Kerry Taylor on Thursday, the team announced.

Taylor has 22 receptions for 229 yards during his four-year career.

Cardinals WR John Brown trying to add bulk during offseason
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(4/23/2015) Over the course of his rookie season in 2014, Cardinals wide receiver John Brown said he could feel his body weaken as the season went on. To help avoid that in his second season, Brown said has been trying to add more bulk during the offseason, reports

"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.

Dolphins WR Greg Jennings wants to play outside receiver
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(4/23/2015) Dolphins wide receiver Greg Jennings has been on the team for less than 24 hours and he already has a preference on where he would like to line up, reports the Palm Beach Post.

"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.

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