He was born on August 22, 1989 in Sayreville, NJ and attended South Brunswick High in Monmouth Junction, NJ. As a true freshman at Rutgers he started 12 of 13 games at wide receiver. He finished the year with 51 catches for 639 yards (12.5 avg) and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball 62 times working as a quarterback in their wildcat formations, totaling 346 yards (5.6 avg) and five touchdowns. He completed one of seven passes (14.3%) for 38 yards and a touchdown. He also returned 17 punts for 66 yards (3.9 avg). As a sophomore he started 11 of 12 games at wide receiver. He finished the year with 44 catches for 418 yards (9.5 avg) and two touchdowns. He rushed for 309 yards on 59 carries (5.2 avg) and four more scores, while completing six of nine passes (66.7%) for 160 yards and three additional touchdowns. He punted twice that year for a total of 67 yards (33.5 avg) and had an interception on a hail mary on defense. As a junior, he started all 13 games and caught a career-high 115 passes for 1,206 yards (10.5 avg) and seven touchdowns. His reception total broke school and Big East records for most in a single season. He rushed for minus-two yards on four carries and completed one of two passes for nine yards. He returned 12 punts for 55 yards (4.6 avg). He also earned first-team All-Big East honors as a junior. His career receptions mark of 210 also was a school and conference record. He declared early for the 2012 NFL Draft and was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round (83rd overall).
Signed by the Cincinnati Bengals on June 11, 2012 ... Placed on injured reserve with a foot injury by Bengals on December 4, 2012 ... Signed by Atlanta Falcons on March 10, 2016.
Signed a five-year deal with the Falcons in 2016, worth $32.5 million and includes $14 million guaranteed. That guaranteed portion is made up of a $7 million signing bonus and his first two years of base salaries. The deal also includes $1.25 million potentially in escalators. His base salaries for the deal include: $1 million (2016); $6 million (2007-19) and $6.5 million (2020). His cap hits will be: $$2.4 million (2016); $7.4 million (2017-19) and $7.9 million (2020).