NFL’s Top 7 Wide Receivers
As Sports Illustrated pointed out in it’s NFL preview issue, this is a golden age for wide receivers. You could shuffle the top four or five in any order you wish. Also something to consider is attitude: how does the distraction of being a diva factor in?
Here are the top seven wide receivers in the NFL entering the 2009 regular season:
7. Roddy White, Falcons
Not a big name, but his improvements over the last two seasons are a big reason why the Falcons offense has come alive.
6. Reggie Wayne, Colts
One of the most consistent players in all of football.
5. Randy Moss, Patriots
Tom Brady became statistically prolific once this man came aboard. The fact that Moss ranks fifth has to do with his shoddy blocking and route-running.
4. Steve Smith, Panthers
He makes plays that absolutely no other players in football can make. Run-after-catch ability is phenomenal and so is his timing on jump balls.
3. Calvin Johnson, Lions
Might seem like a stretch to rank him this high, but study the film and you’ll see the most freakish athlete in all of football.
2. Andre Johnson, Texans
Is a top-three possession receiver AND top-three deep threat in the NFL.
1. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
The difference between him and the two Johnson fellas is that he’s had a chance to play on the biggest stage. And he rose to the occasion when he did.
Notes: Athletically speaking, Terrell Owens and Brandon Marshall are both qualified for this list, but their negative impact on team chemistry can’t be overlooked. Greg Jennings is a fast riser and could be Top 7 next year. Chad Ochocinco should bounce back from a bad season. Anquan Boldin is legit, but his lack of speed renders him to the top of the second echelon. If Antonio Bryant matches his 2008 season, he’ll hover near the top five come January. Also, keep a close eye on Vincent Jackson in San Diego.
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