The Rams released an unofficial list of projected preseason starters in its media release Wednesday, where Kupp's name stood under Tavon Austin and Robert Woods as a starter in LaFleur's base offense. He'll need to fend off 2016 fourth-rounder Pharoh Cooper and 2017 fourth-rounder Josh Reynolds in order to hold on to the role, but the 6-foot-2, 204-pound rookie should be up to the task after finishing his collegiate career with 428 catches for 6,464 yards and 73 touchdowns in 52 games. Last year's No. 3 receiver, Brian Quick, notched 41 receptions for 564 yards and three scores across 16 games.
Spadola is coming off a season entirely wiped out by a pectoral injury and will likely need to separate himself on special teams in order to secure one of what is likely just one or two open roster spots at receiver. He made some nice catches in spring practices and was specifically praised by head coach Jim Caldwell during rookie minicamp, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, so he at least appears to have some momentum heading into training camp.
Jones is on thin ice with the Lions after logging three underwhelming and injury-marred seasons since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. The good thing is that he's currently healthy and none of the receivers he's competing with this offseason have been more productive in their respective careers. Since Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay all seem guaranteed to make the final roster, it's likely that only one or two roster spots at the position remain. Outside of Abbrederis, the likes of Jace Billingsley, Ryan Spadola and Keshawn Martin are the primary contenders that stand in Jones' way, but they'd probably need to be particularly impressive on special teams in order to pose as serious competition. Still, Jones will need to continue his level of play when the pads come on in training camp in order to maintain his standing.
Behind starters Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, just Kenny Golladay -- a 2017 third-round pick -- is a lock to make the Lions' final roster come September. Only one or two more receivers are expected to join them and the pair of fourth-year receivers in Abbrederis and Jones appear to be the frontrunners for those jobs. Jace Billingsley is in the mix as well, as are Keshawn Martin and Ryan Spadola, but the latter pair would likely only make the roster for what they could provide on special teams. Things may change when the pads come on in training camp, but Abbrederis (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) is just as tall and nearly as heavy as anyone he's competing with so his slender size shouldn't be too much of an issue.
Jeremy Maclin's arrival in Baltimore puts an interesting wrinkle on what can be expected from Perriman, who many have pointed to as a breakout candidate entering his third season. In one respect, Maclin's presence will command the attention of opposing defenses, which takes some of the pressure off of Perriman. In another sense, Perriman is almost assured to see fewer targets than initially expected now that Maclin's in the fold. Still, a full and healthy offseason has allowed Perriman to develop his route-running acumen and improve his chemistry with Joe Flacco. While he may not have the target volume necessary for a true breakout season, Perriman stands to benefit from his offseason work and Maclin's presence.
Dural, who signed with New Orleans in May after going undrafted out of LSU, will still count against the Saints' 90-man roster while on this list. It isn't clear how he was injured or what sort of injury he's dealing with so it's completely unknown when he'll be healthy again.
Allison's suspension stems from a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, which occurred during a traffic stop in September of 2016. He'll still be able to participate in training camp and all of the Packers' preseason games, but he won't be able to suit up Week 1 versus the Seahawks. The No. 4 spot on the depth chart at wide receiver is up for grabs heading into training camp, but Allison will likely be the favorite to fill that role. Jeff Janis could see additional snaps Week 1, however, while Allison serves the one-game suspension.
Floyd's punishment almost certainly stems from his 24-day stint in jail for pleading guilty to extreme DUI after being arrested back in December. Although his punishment comes as little surprise, Floyd missing the first quarter of the regular season still obviously hurts the Vikings' receiving options heading into the 2017 campaign. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen will lead the charge, but behind them, No. 3 wideout Laquon Treadwell, who caught just one pass as a rookie, is seemingly the best of the remaining targets. While Floyd will be free to participate in training camp and preseason games, he won't be able to make his true Vikings debut until their Monday night game in Week 5 against the Bears.
Thomas only caught three passes as a rookie, but was seemingly primed for a larger role in his second season as one of the Rams' few deep threats. Now, any improvement will have to wait until the second quarter of the campaign, as Thomas' suspension will sideline him until Los Angeles' Oct. 8 home game against the Seahawks. With Thomas unavailable, rookies Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds could benefit from more snaps.
Despite the boyish looks and spindly frame, Sanders is no longer a spring chicken at 30 years old and so the increased attention to fitness will help ensure that the speedster's play doesn't regress. Another key will be Denver's new offense under offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Sanders tallied 2,167 yards in two season in Gary Kubiak's more deliberate-moving attack, but it doesn't take a great memory to recall what Sanders did in a similar offense as McCoy's in 2014 - notching 101 catches for 1,404 yards despite Peyton Manning being hobbled down the stretch. Trevor Siemian nor Paxton Lynch are a clear upgrade to even a hobbled Manning, but a more pass-happy offense and healthier lifestyle should still lead to greater production for Sanders, who praised Siemian's throws on in- and out-breaking routes and Lynch's deep ball.