Jets' Charone Peake: Should have plenty of chances in camp
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(11:41 am ET) Peake has an opportunity to earn a key role in a revamped Jets receiving corps, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

With Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall gone, the Jets need someone to step up alongside Quincy Enunwa. Robby Anderson flashed deep-threat potential as an undrafted rookie last year, but he may face league discipline for an offseason arrest, and fellow 2016 UDFA Jalin Marshall is already suspended through Week 4. Meanwhile, 2017 draft picks ArDarius Stewart (thumb/groin) and Chad Hansen (knee) missed most of the offseason program and may find themselves limited to second- or third-team reps, if they're even available, when training camp opens. Peake, a seventh-round selection last year, could open camp as the No. 3 or 4 receiver, despite producing only 5.5 yards per target on 34 looks as a rookie. He's a former top recruit who was buried on a deep roster for much of his injury-marred college career at Clemson, eventually earning a spot in the draft (barely) when he ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at the 2016 Combine while checking in at 6-foot-2, 209 pounds.

Redskins' Jamison Crowder: Likely to get more playing time outside
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(11:00 am ET) Crowder could take more snaps on the outside this season, Mark Bullock of The Washington Post reports.

Crowder was primarily used out of the slot last season as Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson combined to miss only one game and both drew triple-digit targets (Crowder wasn't far behind with 97). Although he still figures to man the slot in three-wide formations, Crowder may also have a regular job out wide in two-receiver sets, potentially playing ahead of 2016 first-round selection Josh Doctson. Such a role takes on added importance given how well No. 2 tight end Vernon Davis played last season, as the Redskins likely will use a lot of two-TE formations if Davis and Jordan Reed both stay healthy. At 5-foot-8, 182 pounds, Crowder has the physical profile of a pure slot specialist, but last year's marks of 12.6 yards per catch, 8.7 per target and seven touchdowns were more in line with what's expected of an outside receiver, with his excellent work after the catch playing a big part in that production. He has a clear path to improving upon last season's target total and offensive snap percentage (73.7), though his efficiency quite possibly could suffer if a higher portion of his targets were to occur near the sidelines.

Vikings' Michael Floyd: Likely to report to hometown club
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(6/27/2017) Vikings GM Rick Spielman said he expects Floyd to be with the team for the start of training camp.

Released by the Cardinals in December after a DUI arrest, Floyd spent 24 days in an Arizona jail in February and was granted permission to finish out his house arrest in Minnesota after signing with his hometown team. His violation of the house arrest led to speculation he'd be released, but it seems the Vikings still plan on giving him a shot, even though his argument in the recent legal case -- blaming his significant kombucha consumption for positive alcohol tests -- seems flimsy at best. While he should be available at the start of training camp, Floyd may find himself merely competing for the No. 4 spot on the depth chart, as 2016 first-round selection Laquon Treadwell got most of the first-team work alongside Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen when the Vikings used three-wide sets during their offseason program. Given that he has no real history of contributing on special teams, Floyd may have to battle just to make the Week 1 roster.

Texans' Braxton Miller: May stay in slot for 2017
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(6/27/2017) Texans receivers coach John Perry believes Miller has enough quickness and speed to continue playing the slot, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "The thing that's really intriguing is that [Miller]'s generally a larger guy than most slot receivers," said Perry. "But he does have that quickness and speed to go along with that. That's something that's really valuable and gives him options to play on the outside and do those things, too. He's fighting to try to get on the field in a lot of different ways."

After running a 4.50 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 201 pounds, the former Ohio State quarterback seemed to profile as an outside receiver, though he also displayed excellent agility and quickness by posting top-three marks among wideouts in the three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle at the 2016 Combine. The Texans tried to take advantage of that quickness last season by using Miller from the slot in three-wide sets, but his lack of polish was on clear display as he caught only 15 of 28 targets for 99 yards and a score in 10 games. He served as the No. 3 receiver whenever he was healthy, missing two games in September with a hamstring injury and later sitting out the final four weeks with a shoulder sprain. Miller received a clean bill of health in January, giving him a full offseason to solidify his role as the slot receiver in three-wide formations. He doesn't seem to have much competition, if any, and it's possible he could eventually push Will Fuller for the No. 2 spot if last year's first-round pick can't bounce back from a rookie campaign which featured minimal production after Week 5.

Dolphins' Rashawn Scott: Nursing foot injury
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(6/26/2017) Scott is dealing with a foot injury, Charles Trainor Jr. of The Miami Herald reports.

Scott was known to have missed out on the final portion of OTAs, but the injury he was tending to wasn't previously clear. The Dolphins are "hopeful" he'll be ready in time for training camp.

Vikings' Michael Floyd: Sentenced to one day in jail
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(6/26/2017) Floyd was sentenced Monday to one day in jail and ordered to serve the final five days of his house arrest sentence for violating the original terms of his sentencing, ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports.

Floyd, who starting in February served a 24-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to extreme DUI, was deemed to have violated his 96-day house arrest sentence by testing positive for alcohol earlier this month. Although Floyd reportedly blamed the positive tests on a fermented tea containing trace amounts of alcohol, the 27-year-old was sent back to jail for a daylong stint. From there, Floyd will need to serve his final five days of house arrest before completing his punishment. Despite Floyd's tumultuous offseason, he's anticipated to battle for a top-four spot on the Vikings receiving depth chart during training camp, when he should be relieved to have his legal troubles behind him.

Eagles' Alshon Jeffery: Draws praise from coach
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(6/26/2017) Jeffery has enjoyed his best offseason since 2013, according to wide receivers coach Mike Groh, ESPN's Tim McManus reports.

Jeffery worked under Groh in Chicago from 2013 to 2015, and the wide receivers coach says he's pleased with where Jeffery is both physically and mentally upon being reunited in Philadelphia. It's worth noting that Jeffery's lone Pro Bowl appearance came in 2013, when he caught a career-high 89 passes for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns. Given that success, it's intruiging to hear Groh compare Jeffery's current form to that of his best offseason to date. While Jeffery still needs to solidify his chemistry with quarterback Carson Wentz ahead of the regular season, the fact that he'll be playing on a one-year contract should motivate him to have another strong campaign.

Bills' Sammy Watkins: Will build up workload during camp
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(6/26/2017) Watkins (foot) is unlikely to be handed a full workload once training camp begins, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Watkins is coming off two foot surgeries over the previous two seasons, but was able to partake in a handful of plays during team drills at Buffalo's mandatory minicamp earlier this month. That progress provided a source of encouragement going into the summer, but coach Sean McDermott maintains the Bills will handle Watkins on a day-to-day basis once training camp starts. As a result, it's doubtful that he'll be turned loose in a full capacity right away. Instead, expect Watkins to gradually build his activity level, with a larger focus on being ready for Week 1.

Bengals' Alex Erickson: Needs to earn roster spot again
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(6/25/2017) Erickson will have to compete for a roster spot, despite leading the AFC in kickoff return average (27.9 yards) as a rookie, Dan Hoard of reports.

Erickson caught on as an undrafted free agent due to his ability to contribute on special teams, and while his work on kickoffs was impressive, he averaged only 7.0 yards on 28 punt returns. He also caught just six passes, and the Bengals' first-round selection of John Ross (shoulder) provides competition for the return gig, in addition to all but ensuring Erickson won't be involved in the offense.

Lions' Marvin Jones: Focused on lower-body strength and YAC
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(6/25/2017) Jones spent part of the offseason training with Randy Moss, who emphasized the importance of lower-body strength and running routes in a manner that maximizes yards after the catch, Tim Twentyman of reports.

Jones might also consider talking to teammate Golden Tate, who led all NFL wideouts with 635 yards after the catch (7.0 per reception) last year. Jones produced a middling average of 4.3 YAC in what ultimately was a disappointing first season in Detroit, with 408 of his 930 receiving yards coming within the first three weeks. Lions coach Jim Caldwell is optimistic Jones will be more consistent this year, and the team seems to be counting on it, having yet to add a veteran replacement for Anquan Boldin. Already established as a deep threat after producing 16.9 yards per catch last season, Jones seemingly hopes that improved route running and the addition of some lower-body muscle onto his wiry frame will help him contribute more in the short and intermediate passing game.

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