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Up-and-down start for rookie wideouts
Posted Aug. 04 at 10:49 PM
There's a reason why rookie wideouts are best avoided in re-draft leagues, and a lot of them are proving it thus far. Early on, positive signs of any kind with the six first-rounders appear to be 50-50 propositions.
- Oakland's Darrius Heyward-Bey is struggling with drops at training camp. Read about it right here.
- San Francisco's Michael Crabtree remains unsigned. By the time that gets worked out, he might be pretty far behind in the competition for a starting job this year.
- Philadelphia's Jeremy Maclin is finally under contract after missing the first week of training camp. He was working returning punts in his first day at practice; offensive coordinator Marty Morningwheg says "there's a lot of catching up to do."
- Minnesota's Percy Harvin was also late to camp, and apparently his rookie contract will need to be re-worked besides. But he, at least, is impressing the coaching staff thus far with his versatility. A Minneapolis Star-Tribune column can be read at this link.
- The Giants' Hakeem Nicks appears to be the most likely contributor as a rookie. Not only do the Giants not have a clear No. 1 wideout, but Nicks has been impressing observers thus far. NFL.com's Pat Kirwan writes glowingly about Nicks in his blog.
- Tennessee's Kenny Britt has been hampered by a lingering hamstring injury and is on the PUP list; his chances of contributing as a rookie look poor.
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