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06-05-2006, 10:44 PM
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1. Indianapolis Colts
Something had to give after the record setting season of 2004 in Indianapolis. The Colts' talented trio watched their overall totals dip from the prior season, but Indianapolis receivers as a whole trailed only Cincinnati for the NFL lead (31 total touchdowns).
Marvin Harrison is rehabbing from a second elbow surgery, but should be ready to go full-speed come training camp. Harrison caught 82 passes for 1,146 yards and 12 touchdowns last year. Running mate Reggie Wayne added 83 receptions for 1,055 yards and five touchdowns. They're back in tow for another run and will once again be joined by Brandon Stokley, whose stats took the biggest hit from 2004. Stokley caught only one touchdown pass after exploding on the scene with 10 scores in 2004.

Aaron Morehead and Roscoe Crosby round out the receiving corps for Indianapolis in 2006. The effect of Edgerrin James' departure remains to be seen, but the combination of Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes appears to be more than capable to keep the digits on the Indianapolis pinball machine rolling.

2. Arizona Cardinals
Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald look to continue their magic after a brilliant 2005 season. The pair combined for 205 receptions, 2,811 yards and 17 touchdowns last year without benefit of a running game. The Cardinals instead turned to the duo in short routes and let them make plays. The addition of Edgerrin James therefore cuts into their opportunities, but will instead give them more quality opportunities.
Behind this duo stands Bryant Johnson, who caught 40 balls for 432 yards. James' addition should benefit Johnson perhaps most of all this year. The Cardinals added veteran Troy Walters as a possession receiver. Seventh-round selection from 2005 LeRon McCoy also contributed 18 catches. He's see some time in three-receiver sets.

3.Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati wide receivers shone brightly in 2005 during Carson Palmer's breakout year. Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh became household names. This dynamic duo combined for 175 catches, 2,388 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. The weekly contributions of these players in 2005 boggled the mind.
The Bengals' third receiver in 2005 faces some legal troubles heading into training camp. Chris Henry caught 31 passes for 422 yards and six touchdowns a year ago. Former Packers wide receiver Antonio Chatman (49 receptions, 549 receiving yards and four touchdowns) and 2003 draft pick Kelley Washington (seven games and 10 receptions) will compete against Tab Perry (four receptions, 21 yards and one touchdown) for the third slot.

4. Oakland Raiders
On paper, the Raiders enter the season positively stacked at wide receiver. Oakland enters training camp with six viable options at the position, led by all-world talent Randy Moss. Running opposite Moss is Jerry Porter who frustrated fantasy owners in 2005 but still finished with a solid season for a No. 2 option (76 receptions, 942 receiving yards, five touchdowns).
Ronald Curry had hoped to build on a brilliant 2004 year, but saw his season end prematurely in Week 2. He will enter camp in competition with Doug Gabriel (554 receiving yards and three touchdowns) for the third receiver slot.

Alvis Whitted, Johnnie Morant, Carlos Francis and Randal Williams will battle for the remaining roster slots behind the big four.

The key to the equation remains the consistency of the quarterback. Kerry Collins shone brightly on occasion, but was disappointing on the whole in 2005. He's been replaced by Aaron Brooks, a quarterback who has been plagued by erratic tosses and spotty decision-making in the past.

5. St. Louis Rams
The mad genius Mike Martz has moved on to Detroit, but the strong passing game and receiving quartet remains intact. The Rams figure to feature running back Steven Jackson more prominently this year, but a healthy Marc Bulger and company will still put up numbers.
Torry Holt quietly puts up huge numbers year after year. He'll be joined once again by Isaac Bruce, who missed five games last season and watched his productivity drop markedly (decreases of 53 receptions, 767 receiving yards and three touchdowns). Shaun McDonald and Kevin Curtis combined for 106 catches and 1,324 receiving yards last season.

6. Dallas Cowboys

Terry Glenn (above) should see more single-coverage with defenses shifting their focus toward Terrell Owens. (Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

The biggest splash of the off-season came when Terrell Owens signed his deal with the Cowboys, thus ending the soap opera in Philadelphia. Owens brings his all-world talent and game-changing abilities to Drew Bledsoe and the Cowboys. Many await the inevitable meltdown and off-field distractions that come with having Owens on a roster. I believe those occur in 2007.

The Cowboys will run Terry Glenn opposite Owens. The double-teams sent to Owens will leave the speedy Glenn to thrive in single coverage. Glenn topped 1,000 receiving yards for the first time since 1999 and established a new career mark with seven touchdowns.

Patrick Crayton returns as the third receiver. He started last season strong before an injury sidelined him for five games and hampered him substantially for the remainder of the year. He'll face competition in training camp from rookie Skyler Green from LSU. Either way, between Owens, Glenn, Julius Jones and the tight end tandem, there won't be many balls left for the remainder of the receiving corps.

7. Washington Redskins
Santana Moss teamed with the Washington tight ends to put up huge numbers for the Redskins last year. He was a veritable one man wrecking crew last season as the next leading receiver for the Redskins was David Patten with 22 receptions. The Redskins addressed this issue in the off-season by opening the wallet to bring aboard Brandon Lloyd and Super Bowl hero Antwaan Randle El. This trio may be smallish, but they'll win out on speed and athleticism to let Mark Brunell throw quick routes and allow the receivers to make plays.
The aforementioned Patten is expected to be released before training camp, which will leave Taylor Jacobs and James Thrash to battle for reps behind the talented trio up front.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville offense took a hit last month when Jimmy Smith called it quits after recording his ninth 1,000-yard season in 2005. They had put themselves in the best position possible with the selection of several wide receivers in the last two drafts. Former college quarterback, turned-wide receiver Matt Jones showed great athleticism and ability in his first year as a receiver. He'll only get better in year two as he battles third-year receiver Ernest Wilford for the top spot. Wilford emerged as a tremendous red zone option last season with 681 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Smith's retirement puts Wilford in a great position to catapult into fantasy stardom.
The ascent of Jones and Wilford thrusts Reggie Williams into the third role. Williams made some steps forward last season, raising both his reception total and average yards per catch. He's certainly under the microscope after being passed on the depth chart by Wilford, who was drafted several rounds later in 2004. Cortez Hankton and Chad Owens will compete for the fourth slot this season.

25. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens addressed the receiving corps last year through free agency with Derrick Mason and the draft with Mark Clayton. Despite the inconsistency of quarterbacks Kyle Boller and Anthony Wright, Mason achieved another 1,000-yard receiving season (1,073) and the rookie Clayton caught 44 balls for 471 yards.
Baltimore went back to the NFL Draft for additional help this season with the selection of Demetrius Williams in the fourth round. Williams will battle 2004 producer Clarence Moore (24 receptions, 293 yards and four touchdowns) and third-year man Devard Darling for the third slot.

26. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers receiving corps will continue to be anchored by Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward. Ward earned his third double-digit touchdown season in the last four years in 2005 (11). He'll be joined in the starting lineup by Cedrick Wilson, who performed well in the AFC Playoffs last year. Wilson caught eight passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers' playoff run.
Pittsburgh lost Antwaan Randle El to Washington this off-season. He was replaced this off-season with another speedy option in first-round selection Santonio Holmes from Ohio State. Behind this trio stands a group of inexperienced options, led by Lee May (nine receptions for 137 yards in 2005). He's joined by Nate Washington, Sean Morey, Walter Young and third-round selection Willie Reid. Reid is expected to make more of an impact on special teams in his rookie season.

27. Cleveland Browns
Romeo Crennel switched out one big receiver for another this off-season. Top option in 2005 Antonio Bryant left for San Francisco, and 10-touchdown producer Joe Jurevicius came in from Seattle. He'll be counted on for veteran leadership and red-zone dominance alongside possession receiver Dennis Northcutt (42 receptions, 441 receiving yards and two touchdowns) among a mostly green receiving corps.
Braylon Edwards showed great field presence and speed in his short time on the field in 2005. The latest reports have him sidelined for perhaps the first month of the regular season. Behind Edwards is Frisman Jackson, who contributed most of his 2005 totals in a huge Week 1 effort. He finished 2005 with 24 catches for 287 yards and a touchdown. Third-round selection Travis Wilson is expected to challenge Jackson and Northcutt for playing time.

06-05-2006, 11:27 PM
The article lost it's credibility when I saw Jacksonville WR's ranked 8th. Alot of "potential" doesn't mean anything.

06-06-2006, 12:14 AM
i concur Jacksonville has the worst wideout core in the nfl right now, because no one on taht team ia proven, and i also would give the cards the edge of indy, i mean look at what the cards have done with crappy qbs like warner and _______, Indy's had the leagues best passer, not quateback mind you

Tha rock
06-08-2006, 02:07 PM
i like the raiders core if we can get better O-line play it will be pitch and catch for us

06-08-2006, 02:18 PM
This is the same idiot who predicted Minnesota would win the NFC north last year....If that doesnt prove his incompetence...how about the fact that he mentions Walter Young as one of their WR options...but forgets to mention former first rounder and playoff-contributor Quincy Morgan at all.....DUH!:dang: :dang: :dang:

tony hipchest
06-08-2006, 02:19 PM
falcons, vikings, cheifs, eagles, packers have no business being ranked higher than the steelers and some other teams down there. even if it is just FANTASY rankings.

Tha rock
06-08-2006, 02:22 PM
falcons, vikings, cheifs, eagles, packers have no business being ranked higher than the steelers and some other teams down there. even if it is just FANTASY rankings.

your right on with that one they ont have one WR who's better than ward. if yuor not counting gonzalez for the chiefs.

06-08-2006, 02:46 PM
This is the same idiot who predicted Minnesota would win the NFC north last year....
Last time I checked the Vikings weren't half bad last season.

I.C. Lights
06-08-2006, 09:27 PM
At best he's underestimating Nate Washington. He's gonna have a good season - just wait.