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Jarrett Boykin    WR   Carolina Panthers
 
Boykin signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Friday, ESPN's David Newton reports.

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Boykin caught just three passes for the Packers in 2014, after hauling in 49-of-82 targets for 681 yards and three touchdowns the previous season. He did well to land with a team that lacks complements to Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen, but Boykin will still have to prove in training camp that he's worthy of a role in the Carolina offense. With Benjamin locked in as the No. 1 wideout, the likes of Boykin, Jerricho Cotchery, Philly Brown, Ted Ginn and Brenton Bersin could all be part of a wide-open competition for snaps. Of course, the Panthers may still opt to address the position in April's draft.
Matthew Stafford    QB   Detroit Lions
 
Lions head coach Jim Caldwell wants Stafford to throw the ball less frequently in 2015, the Detroit Free Press reports. "When I tell you that we're not going to throw the ball any more than we threw it (last year), that's a fact," Caldwell said. "We're probably not going to throw it (more). If we do throw it more, that means we're behind, we're struggling, we're not winning, we're not a very good football team, plain and simple."

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Brian Quick    WR   St. Louis Rams
 
Quick is progressing in his recovery from the torn rotator cuff and separated shoulder that he suffered back in October, ESPN.com reports. "He's coming [along]," coach Jeff Fisher said Wednesday. "Making progress. It was a very, very difficult early rehab process. It was an extensive, extensive injury. He's starting to see the light now. He's doing good. He's worked hard.Ē

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With that in mind, it's unclear if Quick will be ready in time for training camp in July. "There will be some question marks there," Fisher acknowledged. "He may be. I can't say. The next three or four months are going to be important." Prior to sustaining his injury, Quick had recorded 25 catches for 375 yards and three touchdowns in seven games for the Rams, and once he is up to speed this summer the fourth-year wideout will look to reclaim a key role in the team's 2015 passing attack, which will be helmed by newcomer Nick Foles.
Darrius Heyward-Bey    WR   Pittsburgh Steelers
 
The Steelers have signed Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract, the Carroll County Times reports.

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Brian Quick    WR   St. Louis Rams
 
Quick (shoulder) has not been ruled out for being ready for training camp, Nick Wagoner of ESPN NFL Nation reports.

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Bryce Brown    RB   Buffalo Bills
 
New coach Rex Ryan failed to mention Brown's name when discussing the Bills' running back situation at the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix this week until prompted, ESPN.com reports. Said Ryan, "With us, when we made the LeSean McCoy trade, with Fred Jackson and Boobie Dixon and, uh, the fast dude. Brown is it? I'm not gonna learn his name until he holds on to the football."

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Victor Cruz    WR   New York Giants
 
Coach Tom Coughlin relayed Wednesday that he saw Cruz (knee) do some running recently, noting that the wideout looks lighter and in shape, Newsday reports.

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While Coughlin remains optimistic that Cruz will bounce back well from his torn patellar tendon, a firm timetable for the wideout's return to game action has yet to be solidified. "I'd be careful of what I would say there," Coughlin said. "Hopefully it's the first game, but, you know what, if it isn't, we've done that one before. We just went through it." Coughlin was, of course, referring to how Odell Beckham Jr. was sidelined for the first few weeks of the 2014 season, before returning to make a significant impact as the season progressed. Either way, the report suggests that the hope continues to be that Cruz will participate in training camp this summer, in some capacity.
Breshad Perriman    WR   Free Agent
 
Perriman, a receiver from UCF, was timed between 4.22 and 4.27 seconds in the 40-yard dash Tuesday, NFL.com reports.

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Jordy Nelson    WR   Green Bay Packers
 
Nelson, who recently underwent a procedure on his hip, is expected to be fully recovered in six-to-eight weeks, espnwisconsin.com reports.

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While any offseason surgical procedure is notable when it comes to key skill players like Nelson, coach Mike McCarthy has downplayed his receiver's hip issue. "He had some postseason work done," McCarthy said of Nelson. "Heíll be fine in a couple weeks. Iíve seen him. [I think] itís 6 to 8 weeks [recovery time], but really he should answer that. But itís nothing serious." McCarthy further noted that the issue Nelson had addressed was something that was "kind of hindering him after the Pro Bowl and something he felt he needed to get cleaned up." The wideout is coming off a career-high 98-catch season that resulted in a Packers' single-season franchise record 1,519 yards, to go along with 13 touchdowns.
Philip Rivers    QB   San Diego Chargers
 
The Chargers have no plans to deal Rivers (back), NFL.com reports.

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Frank Gore    RB   Indianapolis Colts
 
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano made comments indicating that the team expects Gore to handle a heavy workload in 2015, CSN Bay Area reports. "He's a tough, hard-nosed, every-down back. He can play all three downs," Pagano said of Gore. "I don't think we would've gone after him and made the investment and made the decision to bring him in if we didn't feel that way."

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Charles Clay    TE   Buffalo Bills
 
Clay said he will be an every-down player in 2015.

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Ladarius Green    TE   San Diego Chargers
 
Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said the team needs to use Green more in 2015, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

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Johnny Manziel    QB   Cleveland Browns
 
Browns coach Mike Pettine said he expects Manziel to be with the team when offseason workouts begin Apr. 20, NFL.com's Marc Sessler reports.

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