Colts WR Wayne: I didn't beg for streak-extending targets
by Marty Gitlin |
(10:17 am ET) Colts veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne has scoffed at the notion that he asked for two late targets Sunday against Jacksonville that allowed him to extend his streak of consecutive games with at least three catches to 81.

Chuck Pagano called for those passes, which totaled two yards.

"I guarantee you nowhere in there did I say I wanted two more catches to extend the streak," Wayne said on his radio show. "I'm never going to beg for catches, especially when we're winning."

Wayne departed the locker room without answering questions from the media following the game, but cited home obligations for leaving quickly.

Megatron contends he's still the 'same guy' from record-breaking year
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10:07 am ET) It's quite evident Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson's production in 2014 has not been up to par. Johnson has missed time this season due to an ankle injury, but when he has been active, he has averaged just 72.3 receiving yards per game, which is his lowest average since 2010. He had averaged more than 100 receiving yards per game from 2011-13.

Johnson said Tuesday he is still the "same guy" from 2012, when he totaled 1,964 receiving yards, which is an NFL record. Quarterback Matthew Stafford suggests Johnson's drop in production is because defenses are doing a better job "keying in" on the star receiver.

"He’s the best receiver in the league, and they know that," Stafford said, per The Detroit News. "It’s on me to just throw him better balls and make sure we’re on the same page."

Stafford added it's tough to tell if Johnson is still hobbled by the ankle injury.

"It was a long time that he was out," Stafford said. "Even when he was in early on in the season, there were a couple games he played where he wasn’t himself. It’s always a long process coming back."

Report: Patriots sign Matthew Slater to two-year contract extension
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9:41 am ET) The Patriots have signed wide receiver Matthew Slater, who primarily plays on special teams, to a two-year, $4 million contract extension, sources told ESPN. The contract runs through the 2016 season.

Cowboys WR Terrance Williams says he'll play Thursday
by Larry Hartstein |
(12:08 am ET) Cowboys wideout Terrance Williams told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he'll play Thursday against the Eagles despite breaking his left index finger Week 12. He pointed out he once played at Baylor with a cast on his broken hand.

Williams will wear a splint and likely take a pain-killing injection before the Thanksgiving game, the report said. He was able to catch passes in practice Tuesday, though he told the paper his finger "hurts bad."

Bruce Arians: Larry Fitzgerald 'felt some progress today'
by Larry Hartstein |
(11/25/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told SiriusXM NFL Radio that wideout Larry Fitzgerald "finally felt some progress today" in his recovery from a sprained MCL. The injury forced Fitzgerald to sit out Week 12 at Seattle, his first missed game since 2007.

The Cardinals visit the Falcons on Sunday, and Fitzgerald's status will be updated throughout the week.

Rams settling into three-receiver rotation
by Larry Hartstein |
(11/25/2014) The Rams "seem to have settled into a three-man rotation at wide receiver," reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The paper noted Kenny Britt played 59 snaps at San Diego, followed by Tavon Austin (50) and Stedman Bailey (43).

Chris Givens played just 14 snaps and was not targeted.

St. Louis hosts the Raiders on Sunday.

Brandon Marshall limited with ankle injury
by Larry Hartstein |
(11/25/2014) Bears wideout Brandon Marshall (ankle) was limited in Tuesday's practice ahead of Thursday's game at Detroit. Marshall was held to three catches and 32 yards Week 12 after back-to-back dominant performances.

Alshon Jeffery no longer on injury report
by Larry Hartstein |
(11/25/2014) Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery is not on the injury report this week after several weeks of dealing with a hamstring problem. Jeffery has caught a touchdown pass in three of his past four games entering Thursday's game at Detroit.

Calvin Johnson limited in Tuesday's practice
by Larry Hartstein |
(11/25/2014) Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) was limited in Tuesday's practice ahead of Thursday's game against the Bears.

Saints WR Nick Toon looking to build off best game
by Larry Hartstein |
(11/25/2014) Saints third-year wideout Nick Toon set career highs Monday night with three catches for 42 yards in the loss to the Ravens. The five targets he received also were a career best.

Toon is seeing increased snaps due to injuries to Brandin Cooks and Robert Meachem.

"Obviously, I prepare every week like I'm playing," he told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I got an opportunity to go out there and get some good work in. Hopefully, I can continue to be out there contributing and I just have to build off of what we did last night."

New Orleans visits the Steelers on Sunday.

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