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Quiz on the AP First-Team All-Pro wide receivers

We’re only a few weeks away from the start of the NFL season, which means veterans are fighting to save their jobs, rookies are vying for spots, and Terrell Owens is still looking for work.
Yep, the erratic, 47-year-old pass-catcher still feels he is in NFL form despite being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
“I have no question in my mind that I am capable of playing in the National Football League today.”
I’m not a scumbag.
You don’t forget how to ride a bike once you know how to ride one.” Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day.
Even though Owens hasn’t played in an NFL game in nearly a decade, he is the last wide receiver to be named to the AP All-Pro First Team for two different teams.
Now, in five minutes, name as many of the last wide receivers to make the Associated Press First-Team All-Pro in the Super Bowl era (1967-present) for each NFL franchise.
Best of luck!

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Best wide receivers and sleepers to watch in college fantasy football in 2021

It’s time to start thinking about your college fantasy football draft, whether you’re a big-time college fantasy football addict or simply a casual player.
Wide receiver is a crucial position.
Even talented wideouts rely on their quarterbacks and offensive concepts to be successful, so determining which WR will have the best season takes a lot of effort.
Fortunately, CFBDynasty took care of it!
They recently released their WR rankings for the 2021 CFB season, and they’re giving SN readers a sneak peek at the top 50.
Purdue’s David Bell is the top receiver on the list.
Bell’s 2020 numbers may not catch your eye, but with a solid 6-2, 205-pound physique and a steady quarterback in Austin Burton, the potential NFL standout is poised to have a big-time breakout this season.
With a pass-first offense, he has a lot of potential, and he’ll no likely have a chance to show the rest of the CFB world what he’s capable of.
The SEC has nine top-50 wideouts this year, followed by the Big Ten with eight.
The Big 12 is known for being an air-raid, high-passing-volume league, so it may surprise you to learn that it only has four wide receivers in the top 50.
These “spread” offenses spread the ball around, making more wide receivers valuable in general but not necessarily the best targets.
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For the Eagles, an unexpected star is emerging at wide receiver.

There are a lot of unanswered questions for the Philadelphia Eagles all over the field.
How will Jalen Hurts fare as a starting quarterback in the NFL?
Would the Eagles’ reputation suffer as a result of Deshaun Watson’s addition?
Yet, one question appears to have been answered: Philly acquired a gem in the rough in wide receiver Quez Watkins.
Watkins was drafted in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Southern Mississippi.
After missing the first half of last season due to injury, he returned to sporadic playing time as a rookie.
Watkins is establishing himself as a bright spot in training camp as he enters his second season in the league and looks to make a huge mark.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Watkins made three amazing receptions in front of fans during an open practice on Sunday evening.
First, he high-pointed a deep pass in the end zone over Craig James.
Then, during red zone drills, he had a full-extension, diving catch near the goal line.
Finally, he high-pointed a second ball over Anthony Harris, reportedly the best grab of the entire camp.
Vertical deep ball receptions are entertaining to watch, but Watkins’ improved route-running is what really sticks out.
When questioned about the modifications he’s made, Watkins responded, “Being able to regulate my speed, being able to make 75 [percent speed] appear like 100.”
Last summer, Watkins was chastised for running every route at full speed, which meant he was never able to play the cat-and-mouse game with NFL defensive backs that is required for separation.
Because everyone in the league is athletically skilled, winning one-on-one battles often requires deception and the use of speed as a weapon.
It’s difficult to picture the Eagles having a very successful season this year (FanDuel Sportsbook has their win total at a massively juiced 6.5 and their odds to win the division at a dismal +470, the worst in the NFC East).
Watkins, on the other hand, is a little-known receiver who may be a good late-round fantasy sleeper or, better yet, a low-owned daily fantasy addition.
Don’t be surprised to see Watkins haul in a couple crucial fantasy touchdowns this season based on his performance in camp.
After all, in fantasy football, you can’t only own top guys; games are won and lost in the lower ranks by players who match up well against specific defenses.

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Rashod Bateman, a Ravens rookie, will miss ‘weeks’ due to a groin injury.

Rashod Bateman, the Baltimore Ravens’ rookie wide receiver, will be out for a few weeks.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced on Wednesday morning that first-round rookie wide receiver Rashod Bateman will be out for a few weeks due to a groin injury suffered in practice on Tuesday.
The No. 1 was used by Baltimore.
The former Minnesota Golden Gophers great wide receiver was selected as the 27th overall pick in the NFL Draft in 2021.
Given that Baltimore’s passing offense is one of the worst in the league, not having a true talent like Bateman available for what appears to be the majority of the preseason is a massive concern.
In 2021, the Ravens expected him to be a key contributor.
For a few weeks, the Ravens will have to adjust to life without Bateman in the receiving corps.
Rashod Bateman, the Ravens’ first-round pick, will miss “a number of weeks” due to a groin injury suffered during practice on Tuesday, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
On paper, Baltimore is one of just a few teams that can realistically represent the AFC in Super Bowl 56. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2021 Baltimore Ravens WR Rashod Bateman out for weeks with groin injury
After finally winning a playoff game last year, franchise quarterback Lamar Jackson needs to lead his team to the AFC Championship game this year.
Otherwise, the 2021 NFL season will be remembered as a huge letdown for the Ravens Flock.
They must reach the final four.
While Bateman will not change the world as a wide receiver for the Ravens, his addition to the roster will undoubtedly aid Jackson’s development as a passer in his fourth season in the league after graduating from Louisville.
Baltimore’s pursuit for a third Lombardi Trophy will benefit from a more balanced offensive.
For the time being, Bateman may not be seen in a Ravens uniform until the regular season begins.
Although Baltimore has time to react, this is not the type of injury news that will please supporters.

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The NFL has released new COVID-19 training camp and preseason protocols.

When players around the league report to their training camps across the country, the NFL has sent teams updated COVID-19 protocols for camp and preseason.
Nonetheless, regardless of vaccination status, the document contains details on the discipline that athletes will face.
The document was received by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, and it reportedly stated that anyone who refuses to wear a tracker will be fined $14,650, and refusing to submit a necessary COVID-19 test will be fined $50,000.
Unvaccinated players are nonetheless subjected to the most stringent protocols, as they are compelled to wear masks at all times, including while lifting weights in the weight room and during sessions “unless when doing so would interfere with their ability to engage in athletic activity.”
Nonetheless, certain teams, such as the Washington Football Club, have a vaccination percentage of just over 50% among their players.
According to Pelissero, 85% of the league’s players have received at least one dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination.
Vaccination has been controversial among certain athletes and coaches.
“I may die of covid, but I’d rather die genuinely living,” Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley said on Twitter. Mark Cuban offered to purchase Beasley’s wife Pfizer shares if the wide receiver got vaccinated, and he promoted the vaccine on his social media platforms.
In a since-deleted tweet, Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins stated the NFL’s new policy on COVID-19 outbreaks and immunization are making him “worry” about his future in the league.
Hopkins stated in a now-deleted tweet, “Never thought I’d say this, but being put in a position to hurt my team because I don’t want to take the vaccine is making me wonder my future in the NFL.”
These enhanced guidelines come just days after the league told clubs that if an epidemic of unvaccinated players happened and the game could not be postponed, forfeits would be imposed.
In addition, the league told ESPN’s Jenna Laine that any unvaccinated athletes who breach COVID-19 regulations this season will be fined $14,650.
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Randall Cobb, a former Pro Bowl wide receiver, is apparently being pursued by the Green Bay Packers.

The Green Bay Packers received excellent news earlier this week when it was revealed that Aaron Rodgers’ contract problem would be resolved through a contract renegotiation.
For the time being, at least.
We’re hearing whispers that Rodgers and the rest of his Packers teammates will welcome back an old acquaintance as training camp begins on Tuesday.
Green Bay is reportedly working on a deal with the Houston Texans to bring back veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

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According to a source, Chris Hogan has reached an agreement with the New Orleans Saints.

METAIRIE, LA METAIRIE, LA METAIRIE, LA
— Veteran wide receiver Chris Hogan will return to the NFL after moonlighting as a lacrosse player this summer, hoping to help the New Orleans Saints make up for the loss of injured star Michael Thomas.
A source told ESPN’s Mike Reiss that Hogan, 33, agreed to a deal with the Saints on Monday, confirming an NFL Network report.
Thomas was officially placed on the physically unable to play list on Monday, as expected, to begin training camp.
Following ankle surgery in June, he is anticipated to lose time at the start of the regular season.
After the Saints dismissed veteran Emmanuel Sanders this offseason, Hogan (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) will compete for a roster spot among Saints receivers Tre’Quan Smith, Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway, and others in a position group that is light on proven quality.
Throughout a nine-year career that included stops with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, and New York Jets, Hogan won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.
But, after appearing in just 12 games with the Panthers and Jets in 2019 and 2020 due to injuries, he briefly considered switching jobs and playing in the Premier Lacrosse League this offseason before being enticed back by the Saints.
Hogan was a standout lacrosse player at Penn State before transferring to Monmouth to play football for a year before joining the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012.
During his tenure in the PLL, he was relatively inactive, starting with the Cannons before being traded to the Whipsnakes.
Hogan, now back in the NFL, provides variety to the table in addition to his experience.
During the regular season, he lined up roughly equally in the slot and out wide, catching 216 catches for 2,795 yards and 18 touchdowns.
In the playoffs, he has 34 catches for 542 yards and four touchdowns.

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After knee surgery, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is ‘doing amazing.’

Odell Beckham Jr. claimed his medically repaired left knee is “feeling terrific” ahead of the start of the 2017 NFL season. On the eve of training camp, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said his surgically repaired left knee is “feeling amazing.”
On October 25, Beckham Jr tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 28-year-old had surgery to correct the damage caused by the accident and is optimistic about the start of the new NFL season on September 9.
“Everything is in wonderful shape.”
For being eight and a half to nine months pregnant,
On Sunday, Beckham Jr added, “I’m doing extremely well in all the progressions.”
Beckham Jr., who was injured last season and missed the final nine games and playoffs, would not specify whether he would be ready for the season opener against Kansas City on September 12th.
“For now, we’re simply running our race,” he explained.
“I feel like I’ve been caught up in this question in the past.”
I’m just not in the mood for it right now.
On October 25, the Cleveland Browns wide receiver tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. “It’ll be whenever I’m ready to get back on the field,” he said.
We’ll be ready to go as soon as the team, the docs, and my team have cleared everything.
“I’m not sure when that is, Week 1, Week 17, I’m not sure.”
The Browns, who are coming off an 11-5 season and their first postseason win since 1994, will hold their first practice of training camp on Wednesday.
In seven games in 2020, Beckham Jr caught 23 catches for 319 yards and three touchdowns.
After being picked 12th overall by the New York Giants in 2014, the three-time Pro Bowl selection has had five seasons with 1,000 yards.

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NFL COVID-19 regulations will result in severe sanctions for unvaccinated players.

Since the debate over vaccines continues in the United States, NFL COVID-19 protocols for the 2021 season will be highly stringent.
Unvaccinated players who violate the NFL COVID-19 health and safety regulations will be penalized $14,650 each violation, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com.
This comes after the NFL announced that if a COVID-19 epidemic occurs during the season among unvaccinated players, the teams responsible will be forced to forfeit games if they cannot be rescheduled.
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals is one of those who has spoken out against vaccinations.
Cole Beasley, a wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills, has been a outspoken opponent of COVID-19 vaccinations, causing friction with teammates Stefon Diggs and Jerry Hughes.

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Dez Bryant, a free agency wide receiver, believes he’ll be on a squad shortly.’

On the eve of training camp, Dez Bryant is once again without a spot on an NFL team.
It hasn’t stopped the veteran wide receiver from working hard in the hopes of being able to play in 2021.
Bryant stated on Friday that he believes he will be on a roster in 2021, but that “the struggle” will continue.