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  Cowboys | Dez Bryant tag could be temporary     Sat Feb 28, 10:05 PM

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is expected to receive the franchise tag by Monday, March 2, but during the NFL Scouting Combine, team owner Jerry Jones said that he hoped the tag would serve as a 'placeholder' while the two sides worked out a long-term deal.

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  Cowboys | Cowboys intend to tag Dez Bryant    Sat Feb 28, 08:40 PM

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant will receive the franchise tag by the deadline Monday, March 2, executive vice president Stephen Jones confirmed Saturday, Feb. 28. The move will guarantee Bryant roughly $13 million in 2015.

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  Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson not asked for pay cut    Sat Feb 28, 03:07 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson was not asked to take a pay cut this season, despite a previous report that he had been asked to do so.

Footballguys view: Jackson is still expected to return this season, and he'll provide the team with star potential at the WR position once again. If (when) Jameis Winston is the first overall pick, the Bucs will be wise to surround him with as much talent as possible.

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  Packers | Randall Cobb deal not imminent    Sat Feb 28, 02:10 PM

Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb may not be re-signed in the near future, but a new deal still remains a top priority for the Packers, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

Footballguys view: Cobb could earn a new contract that pays him around $9 million annually. That's a fair price for a player like Cobb. No deal is imminent right now, but the Packers have until March 10th before the new league year begins and Cobb hits the open market.

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  49ers | Stevie Johnson expected to be cut    Sat Feb 28, 11:22 AM

San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson is expected to be released this offseason, according to sources.

Footballguys view: It didn't really work out for Johnson in San Francisco. The veteran could latch on with a WR-needy team in 2015, but his best days are behind him. The 49ers would save $5.5 million in salary cap space by making this move.

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  Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson won't take cut?    Fri Feb 27, 11:46 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson will not take a pay cut, according to a source, but Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com believes Jackson will be back with Tampa Bay in 2015 regardless.

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  Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald contract update    Fri Feb 27, 04:50 PM

Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is scheduled to count 10.85 million against the salary cap in 2015 and $15.85 million in 2016. His contract will void after two seasons, and the Cardinals will have $4.85 million of dead money on their salary cap in 2017 and 2018.

Footballguys view: It's a good deal for the Cardinals, and Fitzgerald gets a good amount in a renegotiated deal. He's unlikely to play for Arizona in 2017 or 2018 with $16 million due each season. Fitzgerald is locked in with the Cardinals for the next two years.

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  Colts | Reggie Wayne undergoes surgery    Fri Feb 27, 04:32 PM

Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent WR Reggie Wayne (triceps) recently underwent surgery on his triceps and has started his rehab. Wayne still has not decided if he will play in 2015.

Footballguys view: Wayne needs to first decide if he's going to play or retire. He tore his ACL in 2013 and his triceps in 2014, and Wayne is not getting any younger. He's not the same player he used to be, and the Colts should be looking to move on without him.

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  Dolphins | Brandon Gibson released    Fri Feb 27, 03:39 PM

Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson was released Friday, Feb. 27.

Footballguys view: Nobody should be shocked here. Gibson injured his knee in 2013, and he hasn't looked the same since. He's lost explosiveness and struggled to impress as the Dolphins fourth receiver last year.

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  Bengals | Greg Little released    Fri Feb 27, 01:28 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Greg Little was released Friday, Feb. 27.

Footballguys view: Little has bounced around the league after coming out of North Carolina a few years ago. He's athletic but he drops too many passes and he's never played up to his potential. He might find the market cool for his services.

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  Dolphins | Mike Wallace won't restructure    Fri Feb 27, 10:42 AM

Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace is unwilling to restructure his contract and would rather test free agency, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Per Spotrac.com, the Dolphins would save $6.9 million on the cap with $5.2 million in dead money this season by cutting Wallace with a post-June 1 designation. He's reportedly unhappy with the conservative nature of the offense, and Wallace could be playing elsewhere in 2015.

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  Falcons | Harry Douglas released by Atlanta    Fri Feb 27, 10:26 AM

Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas was released Friday, Feb. 27.

Footballguys view: A bruised foot in 2014 slowed Douglas down last year, and he played in a career-low 12 games. Douglas finished with 51 catches, 556 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Some teams should be interested in the veteran receiver.

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  Dolphins | Brian Hartline cut by Miami    Fri Feb 27, 10:26 AM

Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline was released Friday, Feb. 27.

Footballguys view: The Dolphins passing game is going to look different in 2015. Hartline signed a five-year deal in 2013, and he was due to count $7.35 million against the Dolphins' salary cap next season. Some team should take a chance on the veteran receiver who can work routes over the middle.

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  NFL | Kevin Dorsey has other teams interested    Fri Feb 27, 07:08 AM

Free-agent WR Kevin Dorsey (Packers) has interest from at least three other teams than the New England Patriots. The teams looking at Dorsey were not specified.

Footballguys view: Dorsey was a seventh-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 2013 NFL draft. He's an explosive player with only one career catch. If added (by any team), Dorsey would be considered a long shot to make the final roster.

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  Cowboys | Cole Beasley talking extension    Fri Feb 27, 02:15 AM

Free-agent WR Cole Beasley (Cowboys) and the Dallas Cowboys are discussing a contract extension that would keep Beasley under control for multiple seasons.

Footballguys view: Beasley is a tough player who is unafraid to run routes over the middle. He had a career-high four touchdowns last year and a career-best 420 yards receiving. It's wise to keep him around as an explosive slot receiver.

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  Cowboys | Dallas afraid to pay Dez Bryant    Thu Feb 26, 08:53 AM

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is likely to receive the franchise tag because the team is hesitant to sign him long term due to a lack of trust off the field. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport discovered via an open-records request that Bryant was involved in an 'unknown disturbance' in a Walmart parking lot July 11, 2011. Upon further investigation, 'it was determined that there was no offense' and 'all parties were advised they were free to go.' The team has known about this incident for a while. However, Bryant has had the police called to his home six different times since 2011. None of the calls resulted in any arrests.

Footballguys view: We'll have to see how this plays out. They can't let him hit the open market because he won't last half a second, but if there are off-field issues then paying him a big, long-term deal isn't smart either. Staying in Dallas though, we know he will be a top fantasy WR for 2015.

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  Panthers | Carolina interested in Ted Ginn    Thu Feb 26, 12:13 AM

The Carolina Panthers are interested in free-agent WR Ted Ginn Jr. (Cardinals).

Footballguys view: According to a league source, the Panthers plan to reach out to Ginn, who spent the 2013 season with the team. Ginn isn't much help as a receiver, but he could still be used effectively as a return man. However, in 2013 Ginn caught a career-high five touchdown passes.

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  Dolphins | Miami shopping Mike Wallace    Wed Feb 25, 09:59 PM

The Miami Dolphins do not plan to cut WR Mike Wallace just yet. They are exploring the trade route not just on Wallace's play, but also his fit in the locker room. He removed himself from the regular season finale, and had a shouting match with head coach Joe Philbin afterwards. Wallace is due $9.85 million in 2015, part of a five-year, $60 million deal that runs through 2017.

Footballguys view: What in the world could they get in return for Wallace? He's speedy, but Wallace has failed to transform into a true WR1--even though he's making WR1 money. We have a feeling they'll work out a re-worked contract with him before they trade him.

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  Dolphins | Three Miami receivers could be cut    Wed Feb 25, 03:39 PM

Miami Dolphins WRs Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson could all be let go this offseason if contracts aren't restructured. Wallace, especially, likely won't take a paycut on the $9.85 million he's due next season. Hartline is due $5.9 million but could restructure this offseason. Gibson isn't believed to be worth the $3.225 million he's due, so he could also be gone.

Footballguys view: They couldn't cut all three could they? We don't think that happens, but they're likely to take a look at restructuring all three of these receivers. Wallace has been the biggest disappointment here (with the biggest price tag).

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Mike Wallace player page


  Browns | Ted Ginn an option for Cleveland    Wed Feb 25, 01:52 PM

Free-agent WR Ted Ginn Jr. (Cardinals) is receiving interest from the Cleveland Browns, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Browns won't use Ginn much as a receiver, but they could certainly be interested in him as a return man.

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  NFL | J.J. Nelson posts fastest 40 time    Wed Feb 25, 12:38 PM

Alabama-Birmingham WR J.J. Nelson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds at the NFL scouting combine, which was the fastest time among all of the prospects.

Footballguys view: Awesome. It would be even better if he didn't weight 150 pounds. Teams are concerned about players in the 170s....so Nelson might get a camp invite, but we can't imagine teams falling all over themselves for such a small (yet explosive) player.

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  Ravens | Jacoby Jones released    Wed Feb 25, 12:31 PM

Baltimore Ravens WR Jacoby Jones was released Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Footballguys view: Things change pretty quick around here. Just last March, Jones signed a four-year deal with the Ravens with $4.5 million guaranteed...now he's looking for a job. Teams should be interested in him, mainly because of his ability as a return man.

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  Raiders | OAK may make run at Randall Cobb    Wed Feb 25, 07:24 AM

Free-agent WR Randall Cobb (Packers) may be targeted by the Oakland Raiders if he reaches free agency.

Footballguys view: The Raiders have a ton of money to spend in free agency, and we're expecting them to make a run at several big players. Cobb would be a great fit in the offense, and he'd give Derek Carr a quality target.

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  Dolphins | Miami wants to keep Rishard Matthews    Wed Feb 25, 02:03 AM

The Miami Dolphins would like to keep WR Rishard Matthews, who has a low cap number of just $673,403.

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  Dolphins | Brandon Gibson facing uncertainty    Wed Feb 25, 02:03 AM

Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson has a cap number of $4.3 million for 2015. He has not been told by the team what their plans are for him next season.

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  Dolphins | Brian Hartline costly in 2015    Wed Feb 25, 02:02 AM

Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline has not been informed of his status for 2015, but he has a current cap number of $7.3 million.

Footballguys view: We can't imagine the Dolphins keeping him around at that price tag. Hartline has $4.2 million left in dead money on his contract, so perhaps the team is going to restructure his deal instead of releasing him.

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  Cowboys | Dez Bryant's career in jeopardy?    Tue Feb 24, 10:30 PM

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant's NFL career could be in jeopardy if a video he allegedly appears is as bad as it sounds. A source said the 'incriminating video of Dallas Cowboys superstar receiver Dez Bryant is being released today or tomorrow, and is so bad it's 'five times worse than the Ray Rice video and that his football career is in jeopardy.' The Cowboys have claimed no such video exists.

Footballguys view: This mysterious video will reach the surface eventually if it does exist. Bryant has no arrests during his time in the NFL, but the police have been called to his house six times. The Cowboys are likely to use the franchise tag on Bryant, but a long-term deal might be difficult to agree to if these off-field concerns heat up.

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  Jaguars | Allen Robinson should be fine by April    Tue Feb 24, 06:08 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson (foot) should be full-go once offseason activities begin in April. Robinson is recovering from surgery for a stress fracture.

Footballguys view: Robinson should be good to go, but we'd still expect the Jaguars to take it easy on him upon his return. The Jaguars WR corps is up in the air right now as the status of Justin Blackmon (suspended) is unknown. If he returns, Blackmon would likely be the top target in the offense.

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  Ravens | Baltimore won't overpay for Torrey Smith    Tue Feb 24, 04:18 PM

Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent WR Torrey Smith might command too much money on the open market for the Ravens to re-sign him, and general manager Ozzie Newsome said the team won't break the bank to keep him around.

Footballguys view: We just can't imagine teams lined up around the block ready to pay Smith a ton of money. It just makes a lot of sense if Smith sticks around with the Ravens in 2015.

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  Patriots | NE interested in Percy Harvin if cut    Tue Feb 24, 03:07 PM

New York Jets WR Percy Harvin will draw interest from the New England Patriots if he is released by the Jets this offseason. Harvin is unlikely to return to the Jets unless he takes less than the $10.5 million he's owed next season.

Footballguys view: Bill Belichick loves him some Florida players. Harvin was a star in college for Belichick's buddy, former Gators coach Urban Meyer. New England will be one of several teams interested in Harvin if he is let go. The Patriots tried trading for Harvin before he was traded to the Jets last year.

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  Falcons | Nick Williams signs    Tue Feb 24, 02:40 PM

Free-agent WR Nick Williams (Steelers) signed with the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, Feb. 24. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

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  Packers | Randall Cobb delivered on promise    Tue Feb 24, 12:04 AM

Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb said prior to the start of the 2014 season that he would prove that he deserved a contract extension, and he finished the season with career highs in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns.

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  Cardinals | Ted Ginn Jr. released    Mon Feb 23, 04:51 PM

Arizona Cardinals WR Ted Ginn Jr. was released Monday, Feb. 23.

Footballguys view: This move saves the Cardinals $2.5 million, but they do have to eat $1.5 million in dead money remaining on his contract. Ginn could find a home with a team that is in need of veteran WR depth and an upgrade at kick/punt returner.

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  Giants | NY committed to Rueben Randle?    Mon Feb 23, 01:17 PM

New York Giants WR Rueben Randle appears to have the commitment from the team heading into next season after being benched twice in 2014. However, general manager Jerry Reese left open the possibility that the team could draft another receiver this year. 'I think Rueben gets banged on a lot. Sometimes he should get banged on, but I think he gets banged on sometimes a little too much,' Reese said. 'I think he is a good, young player and all he needs are some chances. With Odell and Victor, I think he will get plenty of chances.'

Footballguys view: Randle is--and has always been--inconsistent as a receiver. The Giants are set up top with two star receivers in Cruz and Beckham. Preston Parker, Corey Washington or Marcus Harris could be backup plans if Randle doesn't pan out.

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  Giants | Was Odell Beckham Jr. hurt?     Mon Feb 23, 02:47 AM

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., who claimed he played part of the season with two torn hamstrings, had his claim questioned by Giants general manager Jerry Reese. 'I don't know about that,' Reese said. 'I think he's trying to be a hero. I don't think you can play with two [tears in your] hamstring and run fast like that. I think our doctors would've caught that.'

Footballguys view: Beckham has the upside to be a superstar in this league. Fantasy owners should be considering him in the first or second round of their fantasy drafts for 2015.

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  Browns | CLE meets with DeVante Parker    Sun Feb 22, 09:19 PM

Louisville WR DeVante Parker had an informal meeting with the Cleveland Browns. He is considered a first-round prospect and good route runner.

Footballguys view: The Browns have to find an upgrade at the WR position. They'll be considering WRs with one of their two first-round picks in the 2015 NFL draft. Parker has sticky hands and can make crazy catches. He lacks top-end speed, but Parker does a good job of setting up routes and getting open.

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  Texans | DeAndre Hopkins recovering from surgery    Sun Feb 22, 08:01 PM

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (wrist) said in a radio interview that he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his wrist after the regular season. He said he had a pin and rod inserted into the wrist that was set to be removed Saturday, Feb. 21. He expects to resume regular activities in a couple of weeks.

Footballguys view: Hopkins should be good to go when minicamp opens up, although the Texans may want to bring him along slowly as he comes back from this injury. Either way, it's not going to hamper him in training camp. What could hold him back is the bad QB situation the Texans have. Ryan Mallett or Tom Savage could be the lead QB for Houston in 2015....and neither are good options.

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  Chiefs | KC interested in Justin Hardy    Sun Feb 22, 07:59 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs are reportedly very high on East Carolina WR Justin Hardy, according to sources at the NFL Combine.

Footballguys view: The Chiefs need all the help they can get at the WR position. Hardy would be a good fit as he's an explosive player who can adjust to poorly thrown passes. More than 70 percent of Hardy's catches went for a first down in 2014. He's likely to be a third- or fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  NFL | Nelson Agholor performs well at combine    Sun Feb 22, 12:04 AM

University of Southern California WR Nelson Agholor clocked an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine Saturday, Feb. 21.

Footballguys view: That's a good time for a wideout with Agholor's skill set. He gains speed as he goes through a route, and Agholor can move well after the catch. Agholor does have to show better route-running technique as he can get a little sloppy when making a break at the stem. He's likely a second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Cowboys | Dez Bryant receives offer from Cowboys    Sat Feb 21, 02:39 PM

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has reportedly received an offer from the team, but the Cowboys have not heard back from Bryant's agent.

Footballguys view: If Bryant does not sign a long-term deal, he could very well be franchise tagged. The tag would guarantee Bryant a one-year salary of $12.8 million. Placing the tag on Bryant would also give the Cowboys until July 15th to sign him to a long-term deal.

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  Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald can't be traded    Sat Feb 21, 02:06 PM

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald had a no-trade clause included in his new four-year deal, which prevents the Cardinals from using Fitzgerald in any trade talks.

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  NFL | Jaelen Strong runs at combine    Sat Feb 21, 01:42 PM

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong posted unofficial times of 4.51 seconds and 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Footballguys view: Strong is a former basketball star who naturally boxes out smaller defenders. He has great 'my ball' mentality and can win at the point of the catch regularly. Strong isn't a blazer, and he needs work on his route-running.

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  NFL | Devin Smith posts solid times at combine    Sat Feb 21, 01:40 PM

Ohio State WR Devin X. Smith posted unofficial times of 4.47 seconds and 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Footballguys view: Smith can get to top speed in a hurry. This helps him off the line of scrimmage, but it also benefits him when making a break in his route. We'd like to see him show better hands as too many times on film Smith would double-clutch or body-catch passes.

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  NFL | DeVante Parker runs at combine    Sat Feb 21, 01:25 PM

Louisville WR DeVante Parker posted unofficial times of 4.45 seconds and 4.50 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Footballguys view: Parker is not as fast as other receivers in this draft class, but he wins on film. His immense wingspan (80 inches) helps him play above the rim and gives him a huge catch radius. Parker can catch poorly thrown passes, and he has no problem laying out for a catch.

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  NFL | Kevin White shows off speed    Sat Feb 21, 01:22 PM

West Virginia WR Kevin White posted unofficial times of 4.35 seconds and 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Footballguys view: White could be the top receiver off the board in the 2015 NFL draft. He had problems with drops in 2013, but he did a fantastic job of catching most everything thrown his way in 2014. White finished 2014 with 109 catches, 1,447 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns. There's no doubt he's a big play waiting to happen.

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  NFL | Phillip Dorsett runs fast at combine    Sat Feb 21, 12:09 PM

Miami (Fla.) WR Phillip Dorsett posted unofficial times of 4.35 seconds and 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Footballguys view: There's no doubt that Dorsett can flat out fly. He's averaged over 25 yards per catch since 2012. Dorsett reminds some in the scouting community of John Brown (Cardinals) because of his deep speed and ability to track passes over his shoulder.

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  NFL | Breshad Perriman will not work out    Sat Feb 21, 11:47 AM

Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman (hamstring) has not been cleared to participate in the drills at the NFL Scouting Combine because of a pulled hamstring.

Footballguys view: Perriman's dad Brett was a productive receiver in the NFL for years, and Breshad could be a good one as well. It's unfortunate to see him miss out on the combine, but he should be able to participate at his pro day in March.

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  NFL | Dorial Green-Beckham runs at combine    Sat Feb 21, 11:16 AM

Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham posted unofficial times of 4.50 seconds and 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Footballguys view: Green-Beckham is a special talent on the field. He has top-10 talent, but off-field problems will cause his draft stock to fall. Green-Beckham could be a late first-round pick as some team like Seattle might be willing to take a chance on him.

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  NFL | Amari Cooper posts solid 40 times    Sat Feb 21, 11:05 AM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper posted unofficial times of 4.43 seconds and 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Footballguys view: Cooper is arguably the best WR in this draft class. These times show up on film as well. We like his ability to create separation and fly down the field. Cooper should be a top-10 pick in the draft.

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  Giants | Victor Cruz looks good    Sat Feb 21, 10:21 AM

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) looks good as he continues to recover from a torn right pateller tendon in his knee, according to general manager Jerry Reese. Reese said the Giants would not put all their eggs in that basket heading into next year.

Footballguys view: It's a wise move for the Giants to have options at the ready if Cruz is not quite the same. Cruz should be able to pick up where he left off. All signs about his recovery to this point have been very positive.

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