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Wide Receiver Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE7/29/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: According to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, Browns receiver Josh Gordon has passed at least 70 drug tests and one test, the one that has him facing a one-year suspension, barely generated a positive. The one test would have been a negative if his urine samples were organized differently.
Insight: Urine samples are radomly split into two bottles, an "A" and a "B." If the "A" bottle is positive, the "B" is tested. The substance abuse policy states that the "'B' bottle Test need only show that the substance, revealed in the 'A' bottle Test, is evident to the 'limits of detection' to confirm the results of the 'A' bottle Test." Gordon's "A" bottle showed a concentration just one nanogram per milliliter above the limit while the "B" bottle was below the threshold. If the "B" was tested first, the "A" wouldn't have ever been tested because the "B" bottle would have counted as negative. Gordon may have a shot to get his one-year suspension reduced, especially because the NFL is taking heat for giving Ray Rice just two games for domestic violence, but he likely will get a minimum of eight games because he's failed to stay out of trouble in the past few months. His appeal will be heard on Aug. 1.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN7/29/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu will likely play multi positions this season, according to a bengals.com report.
Insight: Sanu will mostly play at wide receiver, but will get some work out of the backfield and possible throw a pass or two this season. He's still not likely to be fantasy worthy.
Aaron Dobson, WR, NEP7/29/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson had more serious surgery than though back in March which explains his slow recovery, according to Pats beat reporter Jeff Howe.
Insight: Dobson had surgery on his foot this offseason and was expected to be back for minicamp, but he's taken much longer than expected because he had a permanent screw inserted in the foot.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG7/28/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss at least another week due to his hamstring injury, though an MRI ruled out a tear.
Insight: Beckham is missing out on valuable practice time he could be using to get acclimated to QB Eli Manning and New York's offense. Jerrel Jernigan has been getting reps in his place in three-receiver sets.
Rod Streater, WR, OAK7/28/2014 9:23:00 PM
Description: Oakland wideout Rod Streater suffered a concussion during Monday's practice, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Streater also sustained a concussion during the preseason last year. The 26-year-old led the Raiders with 60 grabs and 888 yards last season and could break out in his third year now that Oakland has some stability at quarterback.
John Brown, WR, ARI7/28/2014 2:48:00 PM
Description: Third-round selection John Brown is getting rave reviews, according to beat reporter Josh Weinfuss.
Insight: He's a small, fast receiver that GM Steve Keim recently called "uncoverable." Barring an injury to Larry Fitzgerald or Michael Floyd we wouldn't expect any fantasy-worthy numbers from Brown in 2014, but he might be worth a play in dynasty leagues.
Golden Tate, WR, DET7/28/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate has been removed from the active/PUP list and is on the practice field.
Insight: Tate was dealing with a sore shoulder in the spring, but was never in real danger of missing training camp time. We project Tate to have 70 receptions, 977 yards and seven touchdowns this year as Detroit's No. 2 receiver.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR7/28/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Carolina wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin bumped knees in practice and will have an MRI Monday, according to beat writer Steve Reed.
Insight: No one thinks it's too serious, but as thin as the Panthers are at wideout it's important they all stay healthy. At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, Benjamin should be a red zone favorite of Cam Newton's next season.
Jordy Nelson, WR, GBP7/27/2014 1:19:00 PM
Description: Green Bay wideout Jordy Nelson signed a four-year contract extension that will pay him $39 million with $14.2M guaranteed.
Insight: Nelson set career highs with 85 catches and 1,314 yards and added eight touchdowns last season. With Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback, the 29-year-old is a low-end WR1.
Cecil Shorts III, WR, JAC7/27/2014 1:16:00 PM
Description: Jacksonville receiver Cecil Shorts will miss several weeks with a strained hamstring, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.
Insight: Shorts has missed five games the past two seasons and played most of last year with a sports hernia that required surgery in the offseason. Still, with an ADP of 113.5 he's a good value pick because he should dominate targets for Jacksonville.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU7/25/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson reported to training camp Friday after talking with management during the week, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Johnson (109 catches, 1,407 yards, five touchdowns in 2013) had wanted out of Houston, but that doesn't appear to be an option. On the downside of his career, he's still a WR1.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE7/24/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon is set to appeal his suspension at an Aug. 1 hearing in New York, according to Ian Rapoport.
Insight: We think there is little chance of his one-year suspension being reduced, but at least the final answer will come before most fantasy leagues hold their draft. Gordon was a fantasy stud last season catching 87 balls for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.
Roddy White, WR, ATL7/24/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: The Falcons have signed receiver Roddy White to a three-year extension, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: White came on strong in December after an injury-plagued first three months. The 32-year-old is eighth among active players in career receiving yards with 9,436 in nine seasons in the league. He and Julio Jones make up one of the league's top tandems.
Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC7/24/2014 11:33:00 AM
Description: Russell Hulstine of Newson6.com is reporting that suspended Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon was "arrested for the possession of marijuana following a traffic stop Wednesday night" in Edmond, Okla.
Insight: Blackmon was already on indefinite suspension and this won't help his chances of some day rerurning to the NFL.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN7/23/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will continue to return kicks this season even though he's expected to have an expanded role on offense, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Patterson picked up 1,393 yards and two touchdowns on 43 kick returns last season in addition to putting up 627 yards and seven touchdowns from scrimmage. His ADP continues to rise and is up to 41.4, 15th among receivers, in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts, so he's turning into a high-risk, high-reward player.
Golden Tate, WR, DET7/23/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate has been placed on the active/PUP list, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: It's unclear what's ailing Tate, who signed a five-year, $31 million contract with the Lions this offseason. We project Tate to have 70 receptions, 977 yards and seven touchdowns this year as Detroit's No. 2 receiver.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG7/23/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Giants GM Jerry Reese admitted he's concerned about rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s hamstring injury.
Insight: "He missed part of spring ball with a hamstring and he tweaked it yesterday," Reese said. "Obviously there is a concern." Jerrell Jernigan replaced Beckham in three-receiver sets Wednesday. Rookie receivers usually struggle so Beckham needs all the practice time he can get.
Sidney Rice, WR, SEA7/23/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Seattle receiver Sidney Rice has retired due to a history of concussions, according to ProFootballTalk.
Insight: The 27-year-old had one huge season -- 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns on 83 catches in 2009 with the Minnesota Vikings -- but hasn't been able to stay healthy. His other six seasons, he averaged 10.8 games, 26.67 catches, 380 yards and 3.67 touchdowns.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND7/23/2014 1:36:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne (knee) said he's been cleared for training camp, according to colts.com.
Insight: Wayne tore his ACL last October. The 35-year-old is a WR3 at best due to his age and lack of touchdowns the past three years (11 TDs in 39 games). He's being drafted in the eighth round.
Tavon Austin, WR, STL7/23/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Rams receiver Tavon Austin says he had trouble grasping the team's playbook last season, according to the Associated Press. "I didn't really know what was going on," Austin said. "Everything looked like Spanish and sounded like Spanish to me."
Insight: Austin was drafted eighth overall but played limited snaps and had 40 catches for 418 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games. He also rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and racked up 678 return yards (398 kick, 280 punt) on 51 attempts. He insists he knows the playbook now. "I understand the plays, the depth, the routes, the splits and everything," Austin said. "I just feel good that I can make some plays. Definitely, the game's slowed down for me." Austin has a lot of upside and carries a ninth-round ADP.
Ace Sanders, WR, JAC7/22/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders faces a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse program. SOURCE: Ryan O'Halloran, Florida Times-Union
Insight: Sanders will leave the team indefinitely. "I've decided to go seek help, get (the) attention that I need -- hopefully somebody can help me out," Sanders said. "I should be OK; I just want to get better and come back and be ready to play. Sometimes life hits and it's hard." The 5-foot-7, 178-pound Sanders had 51 catches as a rookie, but produced just 484 yards and one touchdown. His spot on the roster was already tenuous after the Jags drafted Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the second round this year.
Stevie Johnson, WR, SFX7/22/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Wide receiver Stevie Johnson is the third most talented receiver on the 49ers roster, but that doesn't mean he'll be the No. 3 wideout ... or even on the team.
Insight: With Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree ahead of him on the team's wide receiver depth chart, Johnson (52 catches, 597 yards, 3 TD in 12 games last season) will have to prove he's worth the high salary he comands or the team could go for youth.
Charles Johnson, WR, CLE7/22/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: A Cleveland Plain dealer report says the wide receiver to watch in Browns camp will be Charles Johnson.
Insight: With Josh Gordon out of the picture and journeymen Nate Burleson and Miles Austin penciled in as starters, Johnson might be the most exciting receiver on the practice field. He's got size (6-foot-2, 215) and speed (4.38 40). He needs to stay healthy, but he could be a player worthy watching this summer.
Aaron Dobson, WR, NEP7/21/2014 8:54:00 PM
Description: Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will begin training camp on the active/PUP list, according to Field Yates of ESPN.
Insight: Dobson had surgery on his foot this offseason and was expected to be back for minicamp, but he's taken much longer than expected. He should be back before the end of the preseason. The 22-year-old has the potential to turn into New England's No. 1 receiver in his second season and he comes with an 11th-round ADP. No other New England receiver has Dobson's combination of size and speed.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, KAN7/15/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: We like that Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe will come into camp in better shape than previous seasons, according to a USA Today report.
Insight: Bowe will be 30-years-old this season and we hope he has finally realized he can't slide through on just his talent anymore after the 57-catch, 673-yard, five TD performance of last season. He's still the best receiver on the Kansas City roster.
Titus Young, WR7/15/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: More bad news for the troubled wideout. He was arrested July 9 in Los Angeles and charged with battery with serious bodily injury, according to a Detroit Free Press report.
Insight: Its a shame that he could never get his life together, because he had talent. His NFL football career is over.