Titans receivers can thrive in YAC with Marcus Mariota's accuracy
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) The Titans wide receiving corps could gain more yards after the catch this season because of rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota and his accurate throws, per ESPN.com.

The Titans were 24th in the league in yards after the catch last season, but with Mariota under center that can all change.

“If you have an accurate quarterback, it allows us to get more yards after that catch,” wide receiver Harry Douglas said. “And that’s one thing that makes a receiver dynamic -- first being able to catch the ball and then being able to do some things with it after you catch it. I feel like [to this point] Marcus has done everything he needs to do to get the ball to his receivers.”


Terrelle Pryor ready to embrace new role with Browns
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Terrelle Pryor once declared that he could not play football if he could not play quarterback.

Reality has since set in.

Pryor has been cut twice and is now playing on a Cleveland Browns team desperate for a quarterback, but apparently not desperate enough to give him a shot. He is instead embracing what he is calling a "slash-player" role.

"I'm going to give (it) a chance," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space. This should definitely open up some opportunities."

Pryor has already taken the first step by contacting Steelers receiving stud Antonio Brown and making plans to work out with him and Randy Moss so they can teach him the nuances of the position.

He also figures there's another reason he's ahead of the game.

"The thing that helps me is that I played quarterback, and I know what the quarterback wants," Pryor said.


Chiefs' Jeremy Maclin off to best start ever with Alex Smith
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) New Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin has hit it off with quarterback Alex Smith during the offseason. 

Maclin came to Kansas City from Philadelphia in the offseason, and his communication with Smith has been more than either player expected. 

“I don’t think I’ve ever been off to a better start with a particular quarterback in my life,” Maclin said, per KCChiefs.com.

Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, like head coach Andy Reid, brought the Philadelphia offense to Kansas City, which has helped Maclin's transition. 

“He’s only a couple years removed from our system,” Pederson said. “We’ve changed some things since he’s been in the offense, but he’s such a smart, savvy, veteran guy that he’s picked up on what we’re doing really fast. He and Alex have sort of developed that continuity right away.”


Report: Cowboys finally meet with agents for WR Dez Bryant
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) The Cowboys have met face-to-face with the agents for superstar wideout Dez Bryant for the first time in nearly four months, ESPN.com has reported.

Bryant was slapped with the franchise tag this offseason and has declined to sign the $13 million tender. He is seeking a long-term deal and has threatened to sit out the regular season opener if no such contract has been completed. If they cannot come to terms, he must play out the year for the $13 million.


Giants WR Victor Cruz on rehab: Make or break moment
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will overcome a lot of adversity as he continues to recover from a torn patellar tendon, he acknowledged as much according to NFL.com.

"I knew I wanted that. I kept thinking, 'This is going to be big for me,'" Cruz said, per NFL.com. "Either it's going to make me, or it's going to break me."

Cruz played in six games last season before injuring his knee. He caight 23 passes for 337 yards and a touchdown before going down.


Niners WR DeAndrew White among surprises of offseason
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) DeAndrew White was an undrafted free agent. He is out to make every team that passed on him regret it.

Even the 49ers, who finally signed the wideout.

White is well on the way to doing that. He has been impressive ever since he stepped on the field for offseason workouts and has earned the praise from coaches and teammates.

"The type of person he is; he motivates himself," said wide receivers coach Adam Henry. "He has a little chip on his shoulder, and he bring it to the building each and every day."

White arrived at Alabama as one of the premier wide receiver prospects in the nation. He started over ballyhooed freshman Amari Cooper until a season-ending ACL injury impeded his progress. Cooper than starred while White faded into the background. The latter served as a starter last season, but managed just 40 catches for 504 yards.

He is now out to prove that the potential with which he arrived at Alabama will not go unfulfilled.

"I'm a hard-worker and ultra-competitive," he said. "I just can't wait for the opportunity to showcase my talent. I know what I want to achieve, and I know that I need to get better than what I've been doing. ... The NFL is not for everybody, but I feel like I'm at home; I feel like I belong here. I know I'm going to succeed. This is just the beginning."


Percy Harvin eager to play only wide receiver with Bills
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Labels are hard for athletes to shed. Bills veteran Percy Harvin understands that. He was labeled a gadget player upon his trade from Minnesota to Seattle in 2013 and hasn't been able to shake it since.

Harvin plans to do just that this season. He wants to thrive as strictly a wideout, but must stay healthy and produce on the field to achieve that goal.

The 27-year-old Harvin flashed in his first four seasons with the Vikings, but never reached 1,000 yards receiving. Injuries and migraines limited him with the Seahawks, where he was utilized more as a jack-of-all-trades rather than a featured wide receiver. He has played in just 14 games and caught 52 passes for 500 yards over the last two seasons combined.

Rex Ryan is seeking greater production from Harvin and is planning to line him up extensively on the outside rather than in the slot.

"He's a playmaker and I think Percy now [is] just scratching the surface of what kind of outside receiver he can be," Ryan told the team website. "I'm excited to see how he can elevate his game at that position."

So is Harvin.

"Aside from the first two years I got in the league I've been just a gadget guy," he said. "...I think this year a lot of people are going to see the end result of [playing exclusively wide receiver]."


Panthers WR Corey Brown adds muscle during offseason program
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) Panthers receiver Corey Brown spent the offseason focusing on adding more bulk to his frame, according to the team's web site.

Brown hit the weights and added some muscle mass during offseason workouts, going from 180 pounds to 185. 

"I worked on gaining weight and keeping that weight," Brown said. 

As an undrafted rookie, Brown, who used to go by the nickname "Philly," made the roster and played in 13 games. He totaled 21 catches for 296 yards and two touchdowns. Though the Panthers added Devin Funchess in this year's draft class, Brown said he's looking forward to producing for his team. 

"I can't control who they bring in or what they do," Brown said. "I can only control what I do on the field and leave them no choice but to play me."


Broncos WR Cody Latimer vows to make an impact
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/25/2015) Wide receiver Cody Latimer was expected to play a role in the Broncos offense during his rookie season, but wound up catching just two passes. This year, he tells the Denver Post, he wants to make more of an impact in the passing game. 

"Last year was a disappointment to myself. I hated not being on that field," second-round picck said. "I took it as an oath of mine. This year I'm going to get on that field. I'm going to study extra and do whatever I need to do."

Latimer attended quarterback Peyton Manning's throwing camp and studied new coach Gary Kubiak's playbook in order to fit in when the action begins. 

"I didn't have the opportunity to get on the field because I wasn't doing my job," Latimer said. "This year, they'll know who I am."


Redskins WR Pierre Garcon determined to rebound in 2015
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) It's one thing for veteran wideout Pierre Garcon to desire a more prominent role in the Redskins offense this season. It's another thing for him to go out and prove it.

And that's what Garcon has done in the offseason. He has not missed a voluntary practice and was stellar at minicamp.

"I'm impressed [with] Pierre," Jay Gruden told the Washington Post. "Pierre has been here every day, working his tail off, doing a great job."

Wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard was even more effusive in his praise.

"Can't say enough good things about him," he said. "He's a pro's pro - a guy you model your game after if you're a young pro; a guy you pick his brain ... You watch him work; you process the game - or try to process the game the way he does. The consummate pro."

Hilliard caught 68 passes for 752 yards in 2014, a year after racking up a career-high 1,346 yards receiving for Washington.


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