Dolphins' Leonte Carroo: Plans to lose seven or eight pounds
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(6/23/2016) Carroo plans to drop seven or eight pounds from his current weight of 217, The Miami Herald reports.

Despite gaining six pounds in the four months since the Combine, Carroo said he isn't carrying any "bad weight", perhaps suggesting that some of his additional mass is muscle. He posted mediocre numbers (including a 4.50 40 time) in all of the key Combine drills, but his showing looks a bit better if his weight is taken into account, as most wideout prospects his height (6-0) check in closer to 190-200 pounds. Though largely known as a deep threat at Rutgers, the 22-year-old Carroo also impressed on shorter routes, with strong YAC skills helping him produce 19.5 yards per reception and 29 touchdowns on 122 career catches (30 games). While the Dolphins seemingly got a steal in the third round, it's still unclear if Carroo will have a significant role out of the gate, as Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker figure to account for a large portion of the team's targets. Carroo may have a shot to take snaps away from No. 3 wideout Kenny Stills, who caught just 43 percent of his targets during his dud of a first season in Miami.

Buccaneers' Bernard Reedy: Impressive throughout offseason
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(6/22/2016) Reedy made a strong impression throughout OTAs and mini-camps, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The 24-year-old speedster, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Falcons in 2014, turned heads throughout on-the-field work in the offseason. Reedy often appeared to be one of the fastest players on the field during OTAs and mini-camps, and made an array of impressive catches, many of them downfield. Although the Bucs' receiver depth chart is one of the most crowded on the team, the stellar play certainly caught the eye of the coaching staff, some of who Reedy has a history with from his Atlanta stint. "Well Bernard is a guy that we had in Atlanta for a while," said Koetter, who was Reedy's offensive coordinator in Atlanta in 2014. "His quickness number one - he's one of the quickest guys on the field. We call him 'Speedy Reedy' for short - somebody besides me thought of that - and he's just a quick little guy in the slot on those little crossing routes and stuff like that. He has a knack for getting himself open." The Toledo product is expected to compete with the likes of second-year wideouts Adam Humphries and Donteaa Dye-- as well as veteran Louis Murphy-- for the slot receiver role this summer.

Packers' Jared Abbrederis: Receives praise from coaching staff
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(6/21/2016) Packers head coach Mike McCarthy complimented Abbrederis on the final day of the team's offseason program, saying that the third-year wideout plays his position "technically and fundamentally at a very high level," the Packers' official site reports.

The Packers will likely have a slew of wideouts competing for playing time behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, with Abbrederis, Jeff Janis and Ty Montgomery (ankle) all hoping to unseat incumbent No. 3 receiver Davante Adams, who struggled through an ugly 2015 campaign. Abbrederis caught just nine passes in 10 games last season, and he still seems more likely to land fifth or sixth on the depth chart than third or fourth.

Bengals' Brandon LaFell: Picking up offense quickly
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(6/21/2016) Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said LaFell has picked up the offense quickly, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

After losing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in the early days of free agency, the Bengals signed LaFell to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, and then drafted Tyler Boyd in the second round. LaFell worked with the first-team offense throughout the offseason program, but it's possible the rookie could push him for snaps with a strong camp. LaFell and/or Boyd may be in line for more targets than previously expected, as TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is uncertain for the start of the season.

Colts' Donte Moncrief: Starts running routes
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(6/20/2016) Moncrief (toe) has started running routes, according to his Twitter account.

Moncrief aggravated a toe injury late last season and ended up having surgery on it earlier this offseason. He's missed Indy's offseason practices, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Broncos' Jordan Taylor: Could be in mix for No. 3 or 4 role
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(6/19/2016) Taylor could compete for a role behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, reports.

The Denver depth chart at receiver is wide open behind the two starters, with competitors including Jordan Norwood, Bennie Fowler, DeVier Posey and 2014 second-rounder Cody Latimer. A 2015 UDFA, Taylor spent much of last year on the Broncos' practice squad, after recording three straight seasons with 800+receiving yards at Rice University. Listed at 6-5, 210 pounds, Taylor presumably won't be a candidate for slot work, which significantly hurts his chances to earn a key role. However, he did receive praise from former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who suggested that Taylor could be a useful piece in the offense for 2016 and beyond.

Broncos' Cody Latimer: Set to compete for No. 3 role
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(6/19/2016) Latimer will likely compete with a slew of players for slotting on the depth chart behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, reports.

A 2014 second-round selection (56th overall), Latimer has just eight catches for 82 yards in 22 career appearances, having mostly lingered toward the bottom of Denver's depth chart. He was unable to beat out a washed-up Wes Welker as a rookie, and then found himself behind the likes of Jordan Norwood, Bennie Fowler and Andre Caldwell last season. Caldwell is now with the Lions, but Norwood and Fowler are still around, as are 2015 UDFA Jordan Taylor and former Texan DeVier Posey. Given their considerable draft investment, the Broncos presumably hope Latimer will emerge from the group and seize the No. 3 job for his own.

Bills' Sammy Watkins: Expects to be ready for camp
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(6/19/2016) Watkins expects to be ready for the start of training camp July 30, reports. "For training camp, I think I'll definitely be available," Watkins said. "I might sit out two or three days. It's all about how I feel within those days. The goal is to come back and be prepared for training camp."

Watkins had surgery in April to address stress fractures in his left foot, with most reports suggesting he had a Jones fracture, which is a common injury that typically sidelines players for 8-12 weeks. The timetable puts him on track for training camp, and he's no longer wearing a walking boot or limping. Still, Watkins made it clear he'll take a cautious approach, even conceding that he'll need to test his foot out when the Bills open camp. Given the high rate of re-injury with foot fractures, the team may opt to be even more cautious than Watkins wants.

Texans' Cecil Shorts: Takes pay cut
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(6/19/2016) Shorts' base salary has been reduced to a non-guaranteed figure of $1.2 million for 2016, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Shorts' original deal called for $2.75 million non-guaranteed, but by re-working his contract with the Texans, he's presumably earned a degree of job security at the amended team-friendly terms. Shorts, who caught 42 passes for 484 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games last season, is thus slated to face competition for playing time opposite DeAndre Hopkins from the likes of fellow wideouts Jaelen Strong, Will Fuller and Braxton Miller. In any case, Shorts' experience figures to be an asset to the team's passing game, now helmed by QB Brock Osweiler, and it's plausible that the 28-year-old wideout will carve out some PPR utility this season if he's able to mesh well with his new signal-caller.

Bears' Kevin White: Struggles with drops in minicamp
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(6/17/2016) Despite being fast and imposing, White struggled with drops during the offseason, reports Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times.

Although White displayed his exceptional athleticism during the Bears' offseason practices, he had struggles with drops, especially when Alshon Jeffery was away from the team. It's important to remember that White is basically a rookie after losing the entire 2015 season to a shin injury. During the season, he'll have the advantage of lining up across the field from Jeffery, which will often provide him with single coverage against the opponent's second-best cornerback. He'll be a player to watch during training camp to see how well he functions in the Bears' offense.

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