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Who is the best amateur in the NFL? Not based on the aftermost 10 years or one game, but over the aftermost year: Who was the best?
Good luck answering that one afterwards starting a fight, right?
Well, that’s what the NFL 1000 aims to do by scouting, allocation and afresh baronial the best players at anniversary position afore putting them in adjustment and breaking ties to arise up with the top 1,000 players. No narratives, no fantasy football points, no “QBR”—this is cold, adamantine scouting.
You can acquisition rankings for all added positions on our B/R NFL 1000 capital page.
The B/R 1000 metric is based heavily on aloof anniversary amateur and allocation the key belief for anniversary position. The belief are abounding according to accent for a accessible best account of 100.
Potential is not taken into consideration, nor are career accomplishments.
Wide receivers are judged, absolutely simply, on calmly (50 points), avenue active (25), dispatch (20) and their aggregate as starters or backups (5).
In the case of ties, our aggregation asked, “Which amateur would I rather accept on my team?” and set the rankings accordingly.
Subjective? Yes. But ties are no fun.
Each amateur was scouted by me and a aggregation of accomplished evaluators (Dan Bazal, Cian Fahey, Dan Hope, Marshal Miller, Justis Mosqueda) with these key belief in mind. The afterward aloof letters and grades are the assignment of months of blur abstraction from our team.
All statistics from Pro Football Focus. Players’ heights, weights and seasons played from NFL.com.
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Hands: 34/50; Avenue Running: 16/25; Speed: 15/20; Starter: 3/5
The New York Jets absitively to abandon David Nelson (6’5”, 215 lbs, 5 seasons) afterwards they acquired Percy Harvin in a barter from the Seattle Seahawks. Nelson started in bristles of the Jets’ aboriginal seven amateur but was acutely unproductive. He alone managed to t eight assurance for 65 yards in the six amateur he was on the field.
Hands: 29/50; Avenue Running: 19/25; Speed: 17/20; Starter: 4/5
It wasn’t a amateur division to bethink for Marqise Lee (6’0”, 192 lbs, 1 season). Aberration and injuries bound his atomic comedy to aloof a scattering of games. Lee needs to advance bigger address communicable the ball, but his all-embracing adeptness to run routes and assignment in amplitude should acquiesce him to advance into a affection receiver for the Jaguars over the connected term.
Hands: 31/50; Avenue Running: 19/25; Speed: 16/20; Starter: 4/5
A authentic ascendancy receiver, Michael Crabtree (6’1”, 214 lbs, 6 seasons) struggled this accomplished division to accretion yards afterwards the catch. He isn’t able to actualize abundant breach to be an accessible ambition on best of the routes he runs and has to await heavily on his anatomy accession to allowance off defenders. Crabtree will attending to abate his career as he active beyond the Bay Breadth to Oakland aing season.
Hands: 32/50; Avenue Running: 19/25; Speed: 16/20; Starter: 3/5
The career of Brian Hartline (6’2”, 200 lbs, 6 seasons) has been somewhat perplexing. The Miami Dolphins consistently appeared to apprehend added from him than they got and paid him accordingly. The 2014 division wasn’t spectacularly worse than what he had done in antecedent years, but the Dolphins absitively to absolution him. Hartline suffered with drops, bootless to consistently actualize breach beneath and offered no absolute blackmail deep. He wasn’t a acceptable fit in Bill Lazor’s offense, to aggravate matters.
Hands: 31/50; Avenue Running: 19/25; Speed: 16/20; Starter: 4/5
Injuries and age brought Reggie Wayne’s (6’0”, 203 lbs, 14 seasons) career in Indianapolis to a black end. A triceps abrasion appeared to abnormally affect his adeptness to acclimatize to the football at the t point. Wayne’s concrete adeptness artlessly beneath to the point that he couldn’t consistently actualize breach adjoin bigger arresting backs. Defenses began to focus added on T.Y. Hilton in 2014, not because Wayne a threat.
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Hands: 25/50; Avenue Running: 23/25; Speed: 18/20; Starter: 5/5
Victor Cruz (6’0”, 204 lbs, 5 seasons) about had abundant snaps this division to authorize for our account afterwards activity bottomward with a knee abrasion in Anniversary 6. Alike afore the injury, Cruz’ division wasn’t activity as planned. He wasn’t able to get connected breach while active his routes, and in alone six amateur he alone added passes this accomplished division (6) than he did during the absolute 2013 season. Cruz will attending to accept a bounce-back division and try to advice the Giants acknowledgment to the playoffs for the aboriginal time aback acceptable the Super Bowl in 2011.
Hands: 35/50; Avenue Running: 18/25; Speed: 16/20; Starter: 3/5
It’s absurd that the New York Giants will anytime attending at Preston Parker (6’0”, 200 lbs, 4 seasons) as a abeyant starter, but they should be annoyed with his comedy in 2014. Parker provided some explosiveness and about big assets at times. His calmly accepted to be untrustworthy, though, and his all-embracing adeptness as a accepting advantage is limited. The Giants invested a cogent aggregate of money in a bigger adaptation of Parker, Dwayne Harris, during the offseason.
Hands: 31/50; Avenue Running: 20/25; Speed: 16/20; Starter: 5/5
Marques Colston (6’4”, 225 lbs, 9 seasons) accomplished this accomplished division with his everyman cardinal of catches aback 2008, and the second-fewest of his career. Alike admitting he didn’t cull in as abounding assurance as antecedent seasons, he fabricated the best of his opportunities, acid up 15.3 yards per catch. He is a big-bodied wideout who can comedy concrete at the band of flat and use his admeasurement to actualize amplitude for Drew Brees to bandy the ball. Colston should aggregate heavily into the Saints casual advance for the accessible 2015 division afterwards they dealt abroad their two arch pass-catchers from a division ago, Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills.
Hands: 39/50; Avenue Running: 14/25; Speed: 17/20; Starter: 2/5
Primarily acclimated as a acknowledgment man, Jeremy Ross (6’0”, 215 lbs, 3 seasons) can actualize atomic plays on breach if he gets the brawl in space. He shows abundant short-area activity and has the adeptness to accomplish ambitious tacklers miss. His avenue active is subpar, and he doesn’t accept the admeasurement to bank off defenders aback activity beyond the middle.
Hands: 32/50; Avenue Running: 20/25; Speed: 17/20; Starter: 4/5
Cecil Shorts (6’0”, 202 lbs, 4 seasons) dealt with some bloom issues in 2014 but can’t aspect his poor performances to those. Shorts didn’t accept abundant advice from his quarterback, but he additionally showed off his limitations by authoritative so few appulse plays while additionally disturbing to t the brawl consistently. Shorts had seven alone passes while communicable aloof 53.
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Hands: 34/50; Avenue Running: 18/25; Speed: 17/20; Starter: 4/5
Allen Hurns (6’1”, 195 lbs, 1 season) accepted to be a actual arresting undrafted chargeless abettor for the Jacksonville Jaguars during his amateur season. His primary issues came with bottomward the ball, with both focus drops and disturbing to acclimatize to inaccurate passes from Blake Bortles. While he was inconsistent communicable the ball, his brawl abilities on the accomplished offered potential, while his athleticism and avenue active were about impressive.
Hands: 36/50; Avenue Running: 18/25; Speed: 16/20; Starter: 3/5
Coming into this accomplished season, Hakeem Nicks (6’1”, 208 lbs, 6 seasons) was attractive to rejuvenate his career in Indianapolis afterwards abrogation the New York Giants on a acerb note. Nicks wasn’t able to alike the success he had aboriginal in his career and had to action anniversary and every anniversary aloof to get assimilate the field. His disability to run brittle routes and actualize breach fabricated it difficult for Andrew Luck to accomplish a affinity with him on the field. Nicks will be arena for his third aggregation in three years, as he aing the Tennessee Titans this offseason.
Hands: 36/50; Avenue Running: 18/25; Speed: 17/20; Starter: 3/5
Andre Holmes (6’4”, 210 lbs, 3 seasons) has abundant breadth and athleticism with the alteration to acclimatize to the football in the air. He is primarily a deep-route-runner because of his angular frame, but that’s not his bigger issue. Holmes needs to appearance greater bendability communicable the football, as he had bristles drops and just 47 receptions in 2014.
Hands: 34/50; Avenue Running: 19/25; Speed: 18/20; Starter: 3/5
Because of the failures of Cordarrelle Patterson to this point in his career, Jarius Wright (5’10”, 180 lbs, 3 seasons) played a abundant greater role in the Minnesota Vikings breach than anyone accepted aftermost season. He showed off some versatility as a route-runner and explosiveness with the football in his hands, but aberration communicable the football bedridden his abeyant blemish season.
Hands: 37/50; Avenue Running: 18/25; Speed: 16/20; Starter: 3/5
Josh Morgan’s (6’1”, 220 lbs, 7 seasons) one and alone division in Chicago was a forgettable one. He struggled to get on the field, and aback he got some arena time he didn’t accomplish an impact. At this point in his career, Morgan is relegated to active short, beneath routes. He lacks the dispatch or admeasurement to be able downfield.
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Hands: 39/50; Avenue Running: 18/25; Speed: 15/20; Starter: 2/5
The best way I can call Jason Avant (6’0”, 210 lbs, 10 seasons) as a football amateur is “consistently average.” He doesn’t do annihilation amazing and isn’t activity to abstract anyone abroad with his dispatch or able-bodied ability. Avant does all the little things that go disregarded by about everyone. He is an accomplished acquaintance and never takes a comedy off, which is how he charcoal on the acreage as abundant as he does.
Hands: 33/50; Avenue Running: 20/25; Speed: 17/20; Starter: 4/5
Robert Woods (6’0”, 190 lbs, 2 seasons) fabricated accomplished strides in the appropriate administration in his additional division in the NFL. He is the absolute accompaniment to the atomic Sammy Watkins. Woods excels on beneath routes opened up by Watkins’ adeptness to amplitude the defense. If the Bills can accept some added connected comedy out of the quarterback position this accessible season, we could see Woods booty addition footfall adjoin acceptable an aristocratic advanced receiver.
Hands: 30/50; Avenue Running: 21/25; Speed: 18/20; Starter: 5/5
One of the best abysmal route-runners in the NFL, Torrey Smith (6’0”, 205 lbs, 4 seasons) has fabricated a name for himself by creating big-time plays bottomward the field. Teams were able to acclimatize a little to Smith’s d this accomplished season, captivation him to a career low in yards per t (15.9). Smith will charge run bigger short-to-intermediate routes to be a connected ambition on every down. He does, however, apperceive his strengths, which apparently went into his accommodation to assurance with the San Francisco 49ers, who bare a abysmal blackmail at advanced receiver.
Hands: 37/50; Avenue Running: 18/25; Speed: 18/20; Starter: 2/5
The Oakland Raiders were in charge of bigger advanced receiver comedy in 2014, so Brice Butler (6’3”, 210 lbs, 2 seasons) may feel afflicted that he didn’t see added time on the field. Butler had bound opportunities, communicable 21 passes while arena 278 snaps. Butler had two drops, but he did appearance some adeptness to artlessly acclimatize to the ball, application his admeasurement to accomplish catches over best arresting backs. Butler is an arresting amateur but needs to prove he can be able at this akin on a snap-by-snap basis.
Hands: 41/50; Avenue Running: 15/25; Speed: 18/20; Starter: 2/5
A sixth-round aces of the 2013 NFL draft, Corey Fuller (6’2”, 200 lbs, 1 season) assuredly saw the acreage in 2014 for the Detroit Lions. He didn’t comedy a big role, but the big receiver accepted to be reliable at the t point, alike if he was still actual raw in his routes. To breach on the acreage as such a bound route-runner, Fuller bare to be a bigger athlete. Therefore, he needs to advance as a route-runner to acquire his spot.
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Hands: 41/50; Avenue Running: 16/25; Speed: 17/20; Starter: 2/5
Philly Brown (5’11”, 180 lbs, 1 season) isn’t a aesthetic route-runner or big body. He can’t boss at the t point or actualize breach on a connected basis. Because of that, he agitated out a bound role for the Carolina Panthers breach in 2014. Straight-line dispatch is what accustomed Brown to actualize breach downfield aback accustomed opportunities. Brown needs to advance his routes to become a applicable starter, but his accustomed communicable adeptness should accord him a chance.
Hands: 37/50; Avenue Running: 18/25; Speed: 18/20; Starter: 3/5
In an ideal world, the Cleveland Browns acceptable wouldn’t accept looked to await on Taylor Gabriel (5’8”, 167 lbs, 1 season) as abundant as they did during the 2014 season. The undrafted amateur exceeded expectations for the Browns aural his role, but his limitations were additionally evident. Gabriel lacks the concrete aptitude to be a amateur in the NFL, while he’s not connected abundant with his avenue active and brawl abilities to atone for that. Because of his size, Gabriel will acceptable attending to become a aperture receiver over the advancing seasons.
Hands: 36/50; Avenue Running: 18/25; Speed: 18/20; Starter: 4/5
It took Martavis Bryant (6’4”, 211 lbs, 1 season) a about connected time to acquire the assurance of the Pittsburgh Steelers apprenticeship staff. Already he saw the field, there were affluence of highlight plays and abrogating plays to abutment either ancillary of the altercation for his place. Bryant fabricated several amazing catches for big plays, but he additionally had four drops that appeared to be a aftereffect of a abridgement of focus. Those drops and his inconsistent avenue active were all that captivated him aback as a affection starter.
Hands: 34/50; Avenue Running: 20/25; Speed: 17/20; Starter: 5/5
Roddy White (6’0”, 211, 10 seasons) adeptness be accomplished his prime, but aback advantageous he is still a reliable ambition for Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons offense. At age 33, White managed to booty in 80 assurance to go forth with seven touchdowns. He doesn’t get as abundant breach as he did a few years ago aback he racked up two beeline 100-catch seasons, but he is an accomplished route-runner who understands angles and anatomy positioning. White has consistently had a baby affair with drops, and this accomplished year was no exception, as he let 10 assurance abatement to the ground. It is alone a aggregate of time afore the Falcons will charge to alpha attractive for White’s replacement, but for now admirers should adore watching arguably the best advanced receiver in Falcons history.
Hands: 35/50; Avenue Running: 20/25; Speed: 16/20; Starter: 5/5
It would be accessible to advance that Dwayne Bowe’s (6’2”, 221, 8 seasons) career is advancing to an end based on his comedy aftermost season. However, while Bowe suffered from too abounding drops of altered kinds aftermost year, his aerial assembly was abundantly a aftereffect of his quarterback’s abhorrence to advance the brawl to him downfield. Bowe still understands how to get accessible and has abundant concrete aptitude to accomplishment arresting backs both in amplitude and in tight.
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Hands; 36/50; Avenue Running: 20/25; Dispatch 16/20; Starter: 4/5
It took Davante Adams (6’1”, 212 lbs, 1 season) best than he would accept accepted to booty Jarrett Boykin’s role as the Packers’ third accepting option. Already he supplanted the veteran, Adams consistently accent his abeyant by active brittle routes and assuming some backbone to dispense arresting backs at the band of flat and through his breaks. An all-embracing abridgement of explosiveness bound how able Adams could be, while he needs to be added reliable in communicable the ball.
Hands: 37/50; Avenue Running: 19/25; Dispatch 17/20; Amateur 4/5
Nate Washington (6’1”, 183 lbs, 10 seasons) had arguably the best division of his career in 2013 but couldn’t bout it in 2014. Poor quarterback comedy didn’t advice him, but Washington struggled to t the brawl with the aforementioned bendability of the division before. He had four drops and 40 receptions. At this date of his career, Washington’s dispatch is diminishing, but he can still be a admired ascendancy receiver if he shows added bendability at the t point.
Hands: 37/50; Avenue Running: 19/25; Speed: 17/20; Amateur 4/5
Stedman Bailey (5’10”, 194 lbs, 2 seasons) has a huge aggregate of abeyant that hasn’t been accomplished in the NFL aloof yet. His all-embracing explosiveness stands out on the acreage as he seamlessly moves through his routes and pulls abroad from arresting backs in space. Bailey isn’t a big player, but his adeptness to acclimatize at the t point and cull the brawl in is evident. He needs to appearance added bendability communicable the brawl and prove his affection in altered scenarios to rank academy on this list.
Hands: 41/50; Avenue Running: 18/25; Speed: 15/20; Starter: 3/10
The Carolina Panthers were acceptable assured added from Jerricho Cotchery (6’1”, 205 lbs, 11 seasons) aback they active him aftermost year. He had afflicted with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013 but bootless to sustain that capability in a added arresting role with the Panthers. He had a few too abounding drops, and he lacked the explosiveness to booty advantage of his route-running ability. Cotchery is still a acceptable abyss option, but his canicule as a admired amateur are gone.
Hands: 41/50; Avenue Running: 17/25; Speed: 17/20; Starter: 2/5
This accomplished division was the aboriginal year Kamar Aiken (6’2”, 215 lbs, 3 seasons) was able to see some affection arena time in his abbreviate career. He was a bit of a abruptness for the Baltimore Ravens and showed he could be a admired asset to their abhorrent attack. Aiken doesn’t accept atomic dispatch but has solid calmly and could become a acceptable ascendancy receiver if the bearings is right.
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Hands: 38/50; Avenue Running: 17/25; Speed: 19/20; Starter: 4/5
Tavon Austin (5’8”, 176 lbs, 2 seasons) has benefited added from the St. Louis Rams’ acceptability than anyone over the advance of his career. Too generally his failings are abhorrent on the Rams’ bearings or how he was used. 2014, like 2013, accent that Austin himself is best to accusation for his failings in the NFL so far. His dispatch is alone axiomatic in a beeline line, so his routes are actual limited, while his calmly accept accepted to be consistently inconsistent in the NFL.
Hands: 38/50; Avenue Running: 20/25; Speed: 17/20; Starter: 3/5
A few too abounding drops and bound brawl abilities to atone for his baby anatomy accomplish Jeremy Kerley (5’9”, 188 lbs, 4 seasons) a dispensable amateur for the New York Jets. Kerley is atomic and alarming alive alongside and runs acceptable routes to accretion accession downfield. He artlessly lacks the concrete accoutrement and bendability to alike be assured of a aperture role in the Jets’ revamped accepting corps.
Hands: 37/50; Avenue Running: 21/25; Speed: 16/20; Amateur 4/5
It’s safe to say that Danny Amendola (5’11”, 195 lbs, 6 seasons) hasn’t lived up to expectations aback signing with the New England Patriots as a antecedence chargeless agent. 2014 wasn’t a blemish year by any measure, but he did comedy an important role in the Super Bowl. Amendola is a bit-part amateur in the Patriots offense. He has bound opportunities to excel, and aback those opportunities arise with too abounding drops and too few atomic plays, it’s adamantine to see him earning a greater role affective forward.
Hands: 42/50; Avenue Running: 15/25; Speed: 18/20; Starter: 3/5
2015 is activity to be a make-or-break year for Cordarrelle Patterson (6’2”, 220 lbs, 2 seasons). At least, that’s the hope. 2014 may accept been the year that concluded his chance adjoin actuality annihilation added than a apparatus amateur in the NFL. There are two Pattersons: the explosive, absolute and awfully alarming amateur who appears aback he has ascendancy of the ball, and the timid, ambiguous and apathetic amateur who runs acutely aimless routes afterwards it. Patterson was benched in 2014 artlessly because he couldn’t get accessible as a accustomed receiver. He has a lot of assignment to do to abstain the athlete-over-receiver tag.
Hands: 41/50; Avenue Running: 19/25; Speed: 16/20; Starter: 3/5
Colin Kaepernick and Brandon Lloyd (6’0”, 200 lbs, 11 seasons) never absolutely fit calm as a partnership. The adept receiver alternate to the NFL and showed off arresting activity with the route-running adeptness to set up abysmal shots bottomward the amusement and on column plays. However, Kaepernick isn’t an advanced thrower or addition who will consistently get the brawl to his receivers on time and with acceptable accuracy. Lloyd’s opportunities were actual limited, as he aggregate snaps with added receivers and absent opportunities because of his quarterback.
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Hands: 40/50; Avenue Running: 17/25; Speed: 19/20; Amateur 3/5
Devin Hester (5’11”, 190 lbs, 9 seasons) had absolutely possibly his best abhorrent d as a able in Anniversary 1 of this accomplished season. He was electrifying, able and productive, acid up 99 accepting yards. It seemed as if the Falcons had absurd the cipher that the Chicago Bears never could. Afterwards that week, the Falcons didn’t advance Hester the aforementioned way, and his assembly fell off. He hasn’t anytime been the best route-runner, or had the best hands, but he is acutely alarming aback he has the ball, whether it be as a aftereffect of a active play, awning canyon or a camber beyond the boilerplate of the field.
Hands: 40/50; Avenue Running: 21/25; Speed: 15/20; Amateur 3/5
It wasn’t a acceptable year for Greg Jennings (6’0”, 195 lbs, 9 seasons) by his aerial standards. The accession of Teddy Bridgewater should accept ambulatory him, as Jennings excels active boilerplate routes while Bridgewater excels throwing to them. Jennings’ routes accepted to be aloof as able as ever, but his explosiveness alone off, and his brawl abilities were almighty inconsistent. He bootless to clue the brawl appropriately on a acutely approved basis, while on some plays he seemed to accord up aboriginal on passes he could accept caught.
Hands: 40/50; Avenue Running: 18/25; Speed: 17/20; Starter: 4/5
The development of Brian Quick (6’3”, 218 lbs, 3 seasons) came backward rather than never for the St. Louis Rams. In his third season, Quick showed off greater bendability tracking the football on routes bottomward the field. His avenue active is not varied, but he is able abundant on some routes to be alarming with his big anatomy and solid speed. Quick had two drops with aloof 25 receptions, so his calmly still charge to improve, but his all-embracing contributions were abundant greater in 2014 than they had been in the aboriginal two years.
Hands: 38/50; Avenue Running: 20/25; Speed: 16/20; Starter: 5/5
You never knew what you were activity to get from Kelvin Benjamin (6’5”, 240 lbs, 1 season) during the 2014 season. While the aggregate of his stats for the division as a accomplished were arresting in a vacuum, they came on a disproportionate number of targets. Benjamin bootless at the t point way too generally and showed a abhorrence to consistently run his routes through. His arduous concrete aptitude fabricated him a antagonism problem, but he needs to advance added bendability and bigger calmly to adeptness his abounding potential.
Hands: 40/50; Avenue Running: 20/25; Speed: 17/20; Starter: 3/5
The career of Miles Austin (6’2”, 215 lbs, 9 seasons) was decidedly batty by injuries afore aftermost season. He accepted his bloom to an admeasurement with the Cleveland Browns in 2014, but his all-embracing capability is bound now compared to what it was during his best years. He can still get in and out of his breach finer but is no best the atomic blackmail in amplitude that he already was.
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Hands: 37/50 ; Avenue Running: 21/25; Speed: 17/20; Starter: 5/5
It was a difficult year for Vincent Jackson (6’5”, 230 lbs, 10 seasons) in 2014. He wasn’t aided by arena on a poor breach with poor quarterback play, but Jackson consistently bottomward the football was the bigger issue. The 32-year-old receiver appears to be accident some of his alteration to acclimatize to the brawl in the air at this date of his career. He is still a acceptable route-runner and arresting straight-line receiver who should apprehend to backlash with Jameis Winston throwing him passes.
Hands: 37/50; Avenue Running: 22/25; Speed: 16/20; Starter: 5/5
Brandon Marshall (6’4”, 230 lbs, 9 seasons) was mostly his archetypal cocky in 2014. He showed off his accepted fluid, quick and absolute routes while application his admeasurement and brawl abilities to exhausted arresting backs to the football on a approved basis. He additionally fabricated his archetypal allowance of amazing plays while actuality a key cog of the offense. Marshall dealt with injuries, though, and they may accept contributed to his aberration communicable the football. The New York Jets acquired the receiver with the achievement that he will acknowledgment to his antecedent ample form.
Hands: 38/50; Avenue Running: 21/25; Speed: 18/20; Starter: 4/5
Eddie Royal (5’10”, 185 lbs, 7 seasons) is an undersized, athletically underwhelming advanced receiver who consistently puts up solid numbers. He makes his active beneath and consistently seems to accomplish ambitious tacklers miss, acceptance him to tack on a few added yards afterwards the catch. He was one of four Chargers to almanac over 50 catches and 700 accepting yards this accomplished season.
Hands: 38/50; Avenue Running: 22/25; Speed: 16/20; Starter: 5/5
After abrogation the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning for the New York Jets in chargeless bureau afore this accomplished season, Eric Decker (6’3”, 214 lbs, 5 seasons) accepted that he can be an able advanced receiver in this alliance no aggregate who the quarterback is. His 74 catches about angled the aing aing receiver on the aggregation (Jeremy Kerley). If the Jets can get added connected comedy out of their quarterback and added wideouts, afresh Decker should be alike added acknowledged in 2015.
Hands: 42/50; Avenue Running: 17/25; Speed: 19/20: Starter: 3/5
Paul Richardson (6’0”, 183 lbs, 1 season) didn’t comedy abundant as a rookie, but he did affect aback the Seattle Seahawks gave him opportunities. Richardson had bound brawl abilities and didn’t run a array of routes with abundant effectiveness. Instead, he showed off his straight-line explosiveness and aqueous activity to actualize breach both beneath and abysmal bottomward the field. Richardson would accept acceptable played a role in the Super Bowl and NFC Championship Bold had he not suffered the additional broken ACL of his career in the bounded round, which concluded his season.
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Hands: 41/50; Avenue Running: 19/25; Speed: 17/20; Starter: 4/5
Although Jordan Matthews (6’3”, 212 lbs, 1 season) angry in acceptable assembly for the Philadelphia Eagles during his amateur season, his performances on the acreage weren’t anytime impressive. Matthews suffered with a few too abounding drops, bristles with 67 receptions, while additionally disturbing to abstracted from man advantage on a connected basis. A abridgement of activity and explosiveness meant that Matthews was generally too codicillary on actuality advised accessible by the arrangement instead of creating his own breach with his alone traits.
Hands: 37/50; Avenue Running: 20/25; Speed: 19/20; Amateur 5/5
Much was accepted of Percy Harvin (5’11”, 184 lbs, 6 seasons) entering the 2014 season. Afterwards an arresting achievement in the Super Bowl, a advantageous Harvin was accepted to be a focal point of a alarming Seattle Seahawks offense. Instead, the Seahawks approved to force the brawl to Harvin, which artlessly didn’t work. They traded him to the New York Jets, breadth he played added like a archetypal advanced receiver but struggled in that role, too. Harvin alone too abounding passes and didn’t accomplish abundant atomic plays with the brawl to absolve his advertising in 2014.
Hands: 42/50; Avenue Running: 19/25; Speed: 17/20; Starter: 4/5
After aflame a lot of aptitude as a third receiver for the Seahawks in 2013, Jermaine Kearse (6’1”, 209 lbs, 3 seasons) begin himself amid into the starting calendar in 2014. While he is a accomplished receiver, his limitations were apparent to a greater aggregate aback asked to consistently exhausted bigger cornerbacks. Kearse bootless too generally at the t point for a receiver who flashes such arresting brawl skills, and his all-embracing athleticism can accomplish it difficult for him to separate. He is still a affection commutual allotment overall, but he apparently shouldn’t be a starter.
Hands: 40/50; Avenue Running: 21/25; Speed: 16/20; Starter: 5/5
Drops bedridden Andre Johnson’s (6’3”, 230 lbs, 12 seasons) final division in Houston. Some of Johnson’s nine drops were a aftereffect of aggravating to atone for poor quarterback play, but too abounding were focus drops breadth he artlessly let the brawl go through his hands. Johnson is still an outstanding route-runner with abundant concrete aptitude to be a high-quality amateur for the Indianapolis Colts in 2015.
Hands: 45/50; Avenue Running: 16/25; Speed: 18/20; Starter: 3/5
It’s attenuate for Brandon Tate (6’1”, 195 lbs, 6 seasons) to see the acreage on offense, but injuries paved the way for him in 2014. Tate showed off reliable calmly on a baby sample size, but his abstruse adeptness at the t point and as a route-runner larboard a lot to be desired. He is a beeline amateur whose top-end dispatch is still axiomatic but no best as arresting as it already was. Tate is a appropriate teams amateur who acceptable enjoyed the best amplitude of his career on breach in 2014.
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Any receiver who has bound athleticism and bound route-running adeptness charge be able at the t point. Chris Hogan (6’1”, 220 lbs, 3 seasons) accepted that he can be connected communicable the brawl in the NFL aftermost season. His admeasurement aids him adjoin abate cornerbacks, acceptance him to accretion advantage with his accession and strength, while his tracking of the brawl through the air makes him a accustomed receiver.
Hogan has actual bound upside as a route-runner. His anxiety can be apathetic at times and his all-embracing dispatch hampers what he can do. If faced with man advantage adjoin any of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, Hogan shouldn’t be the primary target. Breadth Hogan is able is adjoin breadth coverage. He can acquisition bendable spots and be able alive adjoin the amusement aback the aegis drops off.
An active amateur with actual bound short-area access and connected speed, Hogan is about an colossal aperture receiver who needs to use his admeasurement adjoin bigger awning cornerbacks because of his abridgement of athleticism.
It was a blemish division for Hogan in 2014. He may not accept set the alliance alight, but it was his aboriginal absolute befalling to prove that he belonged, and he took it. He will acceptable consistently be a abyss option, but you can carve out a connected career like that.
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Steve Johnson (6’2”, 207 lbs, 7 seasons) acceptable accepted to comedy a abundant greater role in San Francisco during the 2014 season. On about 300 snaps, he bent 35 passes for 435 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson showed off acceptable bendability communicable the ball, bottomward aloof two passes. Added cogent was his adeptness to acclimatize to Colin Kaepernick’s inconsistent brawl adjustment and afflictive velocity. Kaepernick doesn’t bandy an accessible canyon because he is adventuresome with his mechanics; Johnson didn’t arise to be too anxious with that.
The best beatnik route-runner in the NFL was already afresh at his artistic best in 2014. It wasn’t article that was accent as abundant in the 49ers breach because of the team’s quarterback, but Johnson was able to calmly actualize breach and set up defenders aggravating to awning him with about ease.
While he has never had abundant connected dispatch or acceleration, Johnson has consistently been a aqueous mover with quick feet. He isn’t as quick as he already was, but he is still added than able of bluffing the bigger arresting backs in the NFL.
There may not be a bigger quarterback in the NFL than Philip Rivers to get the best out of Johnson. With his advanced throws and connected brawl placement, Johnson’s avenue active should be accent with regularity. Johnson hasn’t played with a quarterback of Rivers’ adeptness in his career.
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While Riley Cooper (6’4”, 230 lbs, 5 seasons) has abounding flaws in his accomplishment set—catching the football isn’t one of them. In fact, Cooper is codicillary on his adeptness to t the brawl to be productive. He can consistently win at the t point by application his admeasurement and aggregate to advantage accession adjoin alike the bigger starting arresting backs in the NFL. Cooper didn’t absolutely fit with the Eagles breach in 2014 because he needs a quarterback who can bandy to him with absolute brawl placement. Aback he gets that, he can appearance off his arresting hands.
Cooper is a bound route-runner. He should apparently alone be acclimated on vertical routes and slants or screens, but his athleticism isn’t abundant abundant to absolve that adapted usage. Cooper has appropriate bottom abundance but lacks the upper-body alteration to get in and out of breach quickly.
An disability to abstracted adjoin man advantage assuredly balked the Philadelphia Eagles aftermost season. Cooper carries too abundant weight to be a burner downfield, and he lacks the alteration to appearance abundant activity underneath. His short-area access is arresting abundant for him to accept bound capability on routes such as screens.
Even admitting he’s not an ideal amateur for the Eagles, Cooper has abundant aptitude to absolve his atom on the acreage if acclimated properly. He’ll acceptable never be a high-quality amateur but should be a reliable backup advantage as a third or fourth receiver.
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As the Raiders’ primary receiver, James Jones (6’1”, 200 lbs, 8 seasons) saw a ample cardinal of targets in 2014. Abounding of those were uncatchable, but the receiver was able to consistently action his quarterback a advanced t ambit and the adeptness to acclimatize to the football adjoin bound coverage. His amusement receptions in authentic stood out, as his anxiety and calmly formed in concert with anniversary other. Jones understands how to use his admeasurement and backbone to accretion advantage at the t point.
He is a able receiver who can assignment the boilerplate of the acreage and set up abysmal routes adjoin the bigger cornerbacks in the NFL. Arena with Derek Carr in the Oakland Raiders breach bound how abundant of that could be apparent on targets.
Even in his prime, Jones never had abundant speed. He had abundant straight-line dispatch to be a abysmal threat, but his activity and short-area access weren’t a strength. In 2014, he still could’ve been a abysmal blackmail but was alike added codicillary on acceptable at the t point to atone for bound separation.
James Jones can still be a affection amateur in the NFL, but the Raiders acutely capital to move advanced with added adolescence at the position. He can still be an appulse amateur as the additional or third advantage on a alienated team.
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Rueben Randle (6’2”, 208 lbs, 3 seasons) can be a arresting advanced receiver. He is a accomplished amateur who can accomplish actual difficult receptions adjoin bound advantage bottomward the field. However, his bendability authoritative those plays isn’t acceptable abundant to absolutely action aggregate to his team. Randle was alone accustomed with four absolute drops aftermost year, but he larboard too abounding opportunities out on the acreage by not assault arresting backs to the ball.
For a amateur of such size, Randle has an arresting adeptness to run routes. He doesn’t bore into his breaks, but instead relies on quick, absolute anxiety with aqueous athleticism to about-face abroad from bound advantage and assignment his way through breadth coverage. Randle is too inconsistent ambience up his abysmal routes, which can generally aggregate him amplitude downfield.
Randle has above-average all-around dispatch afterwards any abundant alone trait. He is added codicillary on acceptable at the t point because of his bound all-embracing athleticism.
The Giants will be acquisitive that Victor Cruz can be absolutely advantageous advancing aback from his knee injury. If Cruz is healthy, Randle will acceptable be afflicted to advance with Dwayne Harris for his atom alfresco in three-receiver sets.
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Donte Moncrief (6’2”, 221 lbs, 1 season) is a reliable catcher of the football, but he should get added out of his admeasurement in agreement of adjusting to the football. Moncrief shows off accustomed communicable adeptness aback put in amplitude but allows arresting backs to behest too generally aback aggravating to action for position on the brawl adjoin bound coverage. He alone two passes while communicable 37.
The best notable aspect of Moncrief’s comedy is how he releases from the band of scrimmage. Too abundant averseness makes him accessible to cornerbacks who are accommodating to appoint him bound at the breeze and abuse his . Moncrief, on the whole, can appearance activity through his breaks, but he can additionally get too awkward and appearance off bound intelligence aback ambience up routes.
As he showed on a cardinal of occasions in 2014, Moncrief has the connected dispatch to actualize big plays bottomward the field. He shows off an accessible stride that allows him to run with awareness, and alike admitting he’s not awfully fluid, he is able to change administration with ease. Moncrief’s short-area access is arresting but not outstanding.
Moncrief’s comedy during his amateur division appropriate he would eventually become a amateur for the Indianapolis Colts, but the offseason moves fabricated by accepted administrator Ryan Grigson advance otherwise. He could bound acquisition himself abaft Andre Johnson, T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett.
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Long receivers with backbone in the NFL charge to appearance off an adeptness to use that backbone at the t point to be effective. Marlon Brown (6’5”, 214 lbs, 2 seasons) is still developing to the point that he can boss arresting backs with his size, but his brawl abilities and bendability communicable the brawl are already actual impressive. He can assignment aback to the brawl or cull it in over his accept aback accustomed opportunities downfield.
Brown is not a aciculate cutter or awfully aqueous athlete, but he can escape bound advantage by application his admeasurement and all-embracing athleticism. He understands how to cautiously angular on arresting backs afore absolution in the adverse direction. He doesn’t accomplish it accessible to avert amusement routes by actuality abrupt aboriginal in his routes. Breadth Brown absolutely needs to advance is adjoin breadth coverage. He needs to appearance bigger acquaintance and backbone to advice his quarterback.
A connected strider with the adeptness to advance his way downfield in a hurry, Brown is best-suited to run vertical as adjoin to accumbent routes because of his athleticism, but he isn’t necessarily a bound beeline athlete. His activity and short-area access acceptable won’t get bigger than they already are.
It’s accessible Brown will be the Ravens’ best important receiver aing division afterwards the abandonment of Torrey Smith. However, he’s abundantly still ambiguous at this point.
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Steve Smith (5’9”, 195 lbs, 14 seasons) was the Baltimore Ravens’ primary accepting ambition aftermost year. He showed off the adeptness to accomplish receptions all over the field, whether it was a acute third-down comedy over the boilerplate of the acreage or a abysmal amusement grab adjoin bound coverage. The alone botheration Smith had in 2014 was his consistency. He had too abounding drops—even aback because how complex in the breach he was.
Footwork is still what stands out best with Smith. It’s awfully difficult to comedy bound advantage from a columnist alpha adjoin him because of his activity and absorption to bandy defenders off balance. He understands how to acclimatize to breadth advantage and knows how to aggressively use his aerial anatomy both at the absolution of his avenue and through its breaks.
Smith looked abundant faster all-embracing in 2014 than he did in 2013, but the connected dispatch he possesses is still limited. His activity and short-area access are still axiomatic in his routes, though.
He may not accept addition division of high-quality football in him, but Smith was absolutely one of the bigger starters in the NFL in 2014.
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The Miami Dolphins gave Mike Wallace (6’0”, 200 lbs, 6 seasons) every adventitious to be acknowledged in their breach aftermost year. He bent 67 passes, and Miami quarterbacks targeted him 108 times. Wallace was alone accustomed with four drops, but his issues of bringing the brawl in came afore he approved to t it. Throughout his career, Wallace has struggled to clue the brawl consistently, and that became a abundant greater botheration in Miami than it was in Pittsburgh. In 2014, he additionally developed a addiction to try and accomplish one-handed catches that could accept been brought in with two, causing him to absence opportunities to accomplish plays.
Wallace has never been an awfully able route-runner, but he has run a baddest cardinal of routes to acceptable effect. In 2014, he showed off advance routes and bifold moves that were consistently able while additionally actuality featured heavily on abysmal bridge routes. He may annular his routes at times, but his dispatch generally makes up for that.
He is acceptable still the fastest amateur in the NFL. Wallace’s straight-line dispatch is the abject of his success, while his activity and short-area access could be apparent on bank bridge routes and screens aftermost season.
Although still a applicable starter, Wallace’s banal has acutely alone aback signing that massive free-agent deal. He should alpha in Minnesota and blot abundant of his time active abysmal routes or bridge routes. Teddy Bridgewater struggles to hit vertical routes but can consistently hit added accumbent routes like crossers.
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The bigger abruptness of the 2014 advanced receiver chic was acutely John Brown (5’10”, 179 lbs, 1 season) of the Arizona Cardinals. The amateur receiver’s explosiveness was accessible from the alpha of the season, but his adeptness to clue and acclimatize the brawl in the air to consistently accomplish able receptions was added of a surprise. Brown’s brawl abilities accustomed him to consistently get the best out of the breadth he does accept while he showed animation to blot big hits in bound advantage to focus on the football.
When you accept the affectionate of quickness, access and dispatch that Brown has, you don’t necessarily charge to be a absolute route-runner to be effective. Brown has both. He understands how to absolution from the band of scrimmage, set up arresting backs in amplitude and acquisition the bendable atom in zones.
The alteration and antithesis that Brown shows off while affective at a dispatch greater than anyone abroad on the acreage is incredible. His adeptness to change administration in an burning is what makes him so difficult to cover, while his connected dispatch fabricated him a connected blackmail if the accessory focused too abundant on the team’s added receivers.
All Brown needs to do is prove his bendability adjoin affection arresting backs to become a affection starter. He has all the accoutrement to be a abundant advanced receiver.
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Cole Beasley (5’8”, 180 lbs, 3 seasons) is a archetypal of bendability as a ascendancy receiver. He may not action a huge t ambit or the adeptness to accomplish amazing adjustments adjoin bound advantage bottomward the field, but Beasley is a accustomed calmly catcher who agreeably works the boilerplate of the acreage and sustains his focus alive on abbreviate and boilerplate routes to every breadth of the field.
Although he understands how to assignment abbreviate and boilerplate routes, Beasley doesn’t appearance off an compassionate of how to set up receivers to actualize chargeless releases on added routes. He additionally struggles somewhat alive adjoin columnist advantage aback confronted by arresting backs who can bout his activity and exhausted him with their strength.
While not a abundant route-runner, Beasley does accept the short-area access and activity to actualize breach adjoin man coverage. He lacks the connected dispatch to be a connected abysmal threat, but the Cowboys don’t charge him to be that affectionate of receiver.
It was a abruptness aback the Cowboys invested so abundant money in Beasley this offseason. While he is a connected and able amateur aural his role, that doesn’t arise to be a role that is all that boxy to fill.
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Despite actuality a commutual allotment in the New England Patriots’ casual attack, Brandon LaFell (6’3”, 210 lbs, 5 seasons) was a high-volume receiver in 2014. Tom Brady threw the brawl so generally that it didn’t aggregate if Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski were additionally on the field. LaFell’s bendability communicable the brawl has been a botheration in the past, and it was afresh in 2014—but to a bottom degree. He alone seven passes and bent 87 for the season.
It was abundant easier for LaFell to acquisition amplitude in the New England breach than it was aback he played for the Panthers. That’s because the Patriots’ arrangement spreads the acreage and the attendance of Gronkowski and Edelman. This put LaFell in one-on-one situations consistently breadth he relied on aggressive, absolute acid to actualize breach adjoin man coverage. He additionally showed off an adeptness to sit bottomward in his routes aback the advantage dictated it. The Patriots breach requires its receivers to be smart, and LaFell didn’t appearance any aloft issues adapting to it.
A receiver who is hardly aloft boilerplate in aggregate he does but lacks a absolutely abundant dispatch trait, LaFell has abundant straight-line dispatch to amplitude a accessory while actuality quick abundant to assignment the boilerplate of the field. He lacks the abruptness to be a alarming yards-after-the-catch receiver, though.
A amateur who has landed in an ideal bearings to be advantageous but not addition who will be assured of his starting atom affective forward, LaFell needs to abide to accumulate his drops to a minimum.
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Teddy Bridgewater and Greg Jennings fabricated the best faculty as a affection affiliation in Minnesota afore the season, but it was Charles Johnson (6’2”, 215 lbs, 1 season) who developed the bigger compassionate with the amateur quarterback. The Vikings best Johnson up during the season, but he bound fit into the breach and showed off a affinity with Bridgewater that accustomed him to consistently t the brawl on time aural his routes. Johnson didn’t appearance off aberrant brawl abilities by authoritative amazing catches, but he was rarely put in position to.
He may not be a abundant route-runner, but Johnson is acceptable abundant to fit into abhorrent coordinator Norv Turner’s offense. Advancing the centermost akin of the aegis in authentic appeared to be a backbone of Johnson’s. He doesn’t accept afire speed, but by actuality ambiguous with his movement aboriginal in his routes, he has the adeptness to arise chargeless on posts, bridge routes and abysmal amusement routes.
While Johnson is absolutely the slower of the Vikings’ two projected starters for the 2015 division (Mike Wallace actuality the other), he is fast abundant to not aloof be a ascendancy receiver. He isn’t congenital to booty screens beneath and actualize huge yards-after-the-catch numbers, but Johnson will cull abroad from defenders on bridge routes and bound change administration through his breach to lose bound coverage.
Consistency is activity to be important for Johnson. He somewhat afraid the alliance aftermost year, but that won’t be the case in 2015. He has the aptitude to be a full-time amateur but needs to prove it adjoin bigger arresting backs.
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It didn’t booty Allen Robinson (6’2”, 210 lbs, 1 season) connected to actualize action in Jacksonville. The ample receiver showed off arresting calmly with the adeptness to accomplish difficult adjustments to the football on a approved basis. He bare to—Blake Bortles’ passes commonly appeared to access either off ambition or not on time. Robinson’s adeptness to win at the t point adjoin bound advantage is activity to be acute in chargeless his approaching success.
Robinson ran a ample cardinal of abbreviate routes aftermost division that absolutely don’t fit his accomplishment set. He can finer run coil routes and added bank routes that crave him to face the quarterback or the sideline, but he is bigger congenital to advance downfield. Robinson doesn’t acquire blazing-fast speed, so he needs to outmuscle arresting backs aboriginal in his routes to acquisition space.
A abridgement of top-end dispatch and alteration absolute how Robinson can exhausted arresting backs. He is a actual beeline amateur who comes beyond as adamant in allegory to teammates Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee. While Robinson may be added able than those players appropriate now because of his strengths, he may not be able to get abundant bigger because of his bound concrete prowess.
It would be a abruptness if Robinson wasn’t the Jaguars’ No. 1 accepting advantage abaft Julius Thomas this season. He still has to advance and authorize himself over a greater sample size, however.
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Injury cut Brandin Cooks’ (5’10”, 189 lbs, 1 season) 2014 division short, but the Saints fabricated a able accomplishment to put the brawl in his calmly afore that point. He bent 53 passes in 10 amateur and alone accumulated two drops. His adeptness to get accessible accustomed him to t the brawl abundantly abroad from defenders, but there were a brace of contested catches that were arresting because that was a affair advice from college. Cooks is a accustomed receiver who should be a high-volume pass-catcher—so connected as he plays with Drew Brees.
Foot abundance for Cooks is awfully important for his success. He can get in and out of his breach in a bustle while accelerating abroad from defenders on abbreviate or boilerplate routes. Although he doesn’t consistently charge to, he can additionally set defenders up aboriginal in his abysmal routes to arise free.
Cooks is quicker than he is fast, but he’s awfully quick. His slight anatomy and quick anxiety accomplish it actual difficult for arresting backs to change administration with him, while his dispatch allows him to be alarming with the brawl in his hands.
The Saints are activity to await heavily on Cooks aing season. The abandonment of Kenny Stills took abroad a aloft aspect of dispatch from the casual game, so Cooks will charge to prove his bendability as a full-time starter.
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The assault that Wes Welker (5’9”, 185 lbs, 11 seasons) has taken throughout his career appeared to t up to him in 2014, but his adeptness to t the football wasn’t a problem. Welker was connected adjusting to low passes and able alive over his shoulders. His adeptness to bound clue the brawl and acquisition spots amid defenders afore arresting hits was still evident.
Although his routes may accept slowed bottomward somewhat, Welker’s dispatch through his breach was still bright in 2014. Declining physically didn’t affect his adeptness to acquisition bendable spots adjoin breadth coverage, while his intelligence in ambience up arresting backs was additionally larboard intact.
Welker is still actual quick, but his connected dispatch has diminished. He’s never absolutely had a abundant short-area access to be a alarming yards-after-the-catch receiver, but now he is added bound than anytime before.
It’s cryptic whether Welker will be on the acreage during the approved division in 2015. He apparently should retire afterwards the affectionate of career he has endured, but that accommodation may be taken out of his calmly altogether because of a abbreviating accomplishment set.
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Four drops put a damper on Andrew Hawkins’ (5’7”, 180 lbs, 4 seasons) appraisement in 2014, but there was abundant affirmation of his accustomed communicable adeptness to be impressed. Hawkins doesn’t accept abundant size, but he consistently attacks the football in the air and attempts to run through it on the arena to accord himself the aboriginal befalling to complete the catch. Alive the boilerplate of the acreage doesn’t arise with an browbeating factor, too, which is actual important for a amateur of his size.
An anniversary attitude of the offseason is Hawkins’ highlight reel of his avenue active from practice. Those convenance tapes are actual impressive, but the affection in his routes can be apparent on the field, too. His absorption and activity is distinctive, as he can cut bluff than best with added dispatch than most.
Hawkins has the affectionate of dispatch that makes him ambiguous in a buzz booth, but he won’t be assault his teammates in 100-meter sprints on a approved basis. His activity and dispatch advice him to be an ideal aperture receiver in the NFL.
As a starter, Hawkins is actuality asked to do too much. As a third advantage who can blot best of his time in the slot, Hawkins can be a actual admired commutual piece. He has yet to comedy with a quarterback who can bandy with apprehension and timing to get the best out of his elusiveness.
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It was one of Harry Douglas’ (6’0”, 183 lbs, 6 seasons) best seasons in the NFL aftermost year. A primary acumen for that was his adeptness at the t point. Not alone was he added connected communicable the brawl cleanly, but he additionally showed off the adeptness to clue the brawl and acclimatize to it with greater ease. Douglas isn’t a amazing catch-maker or addition who will t contested passes on a approved basis, but it’s still important to be able to acclimatize to aberrant passes in space.
Douglas is a acceptable route-runner with the versatility to band up all over the acreage and advance altered levels of the defense. He doesn’t accept any amazing traits, but he shows off an above-average compassionate of how to use his slight anatomy as able-bodied as his quick, absolute feet.
Douglas’ accomplishment set is ample but unspectacular. That is absolutely authentic of his dispatch also. He can run abroad from linebackers and safeties with about affluence but won’t be a connected abysmal blackmail adjoin cornerbacks in columnist coverage. His activity and short-area access are both effective, but he doesn’t accept the affectionate of aptitude that requires the breach to proactively put the brawl in his hands.
Douglas is a abyss amateur who should accord either as a circling allotment alfresco or in the slot. He assumes Nate Washington’s role as the adept receiver in Tennessee, alike admitting he may not get added than 400 snaps.
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The career of Michael Floyd (6’3”, 225 lbs, 3 seasons) took a amiss about-face in 2014. He accepted to be beneath atomic than in 2013 and struggled added at the t point. Not alone did he abort to outmuscle cornerbacks for advantage and accession as consistently as he did previously, but Floyd additionally struggled with drops. He had bristles drops while communicable 48 passes. Admitting his size, Floyd has the adeptness to acclimatize to passes that access at altered levels of his body. He should be a added able amateur at the t point than he is aback you accede his athleticism and brawl skills.
Floyd is a long, alpine receiver, but he doesn’t backpack abundant antithesis weight. This allows him to be adjustable in his avenue active whether adverse bound columnist advantage or zone. He shows off inconsistent assailment with his aerial anatomy aboriginal in routes, which is article that needs to be corrected, but Floyd’s all-embracing adeptness to actualize breach isn’t a aloft issue.
A connected strider who lacks abundant activity but is quick abundant to run a abounding avenue timberline to acceptable effect, Floyd’s athleticism is mostly about his adeptness to get into acceptable positions so he can win at the t point as adjoin to outrunning defenders in abounding sprints.
He may become surplus to requirements in Arizona if John Brown is as acceptable as advertised affective forward, but alike during a bottomward year aftermost season, he was still a affection starter.
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The Buffalo Bills will apprehend Sammy Watkins (6’1”, 211 lbs, 1 season) to appearance off added bendability at the t point affective forward. His calmly weren’t bad, but he did abort at the t point a bit too often. Watkins will appropriately feel that abounding of his struggles at the t point could be attributed to actual poor passes, as his quarterbacks consistently placed the brawl ailing or didn’t bandy it on time to him. Watkins’ t ambit is impressive, and he’s able fending off defenders to backlash the brawl aback it is in the air.
In academy at Clemson, Watkins wasn’t appropriate to run a array of routes. Therefore, it was somewhat of a abruptness that he was able to be able as a route-runner so bound in the NFL. His antithesis and aggressiveness alive through cuts accustomed him to account problems for affection awning cornerbacks such as Darrelle Revis, Brent Grimes and Xavier Rhodes. His adeptness to absolution from the band of flat adjoin columnist advantage additionally stood out on a approved basis.
Watkins’ straight-line dispatch wasn’t as arresting during his amateur division as you adeptness accept expected, but that additionally could accept been a aftereffect of arena through injury. His all-embracing quickness, short-area access and connected dispatch are actual impressive.
Although he may accept conceded the spotlight to added rookies, Watkins had an arresting amateur season. He is already a high-quality amateur who aloof needs to clarify his address and bendability and bigger quarterback play.
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Because of his big plays, Martavis Bryant overshadowed Markus Wheaton (5’11”, 182 lbs, 2 seasons) during the 2014 season. Yet Wheaton accepted to be the added reliable receiver. Wheaton is a accustomed receiver with the adeptness to acclimatize to ailing befuddled passes and a alertness to accomplish boxy receptions adjoin bound acquaintance or approaching hits. He can calmly extend his calmly abroad from his anatomy to backbone the brawl out of the air.
Wheaton shows off an adeptness to accomplish actual aciculate cuts in his routes. He has a aqueous aerial anatomy with the alertness to put burden on his lower-body joints to about-face abroad from defenders. Wheaton can calmly assignment the aperture or outside, primarily because of his route-running ability.
Wheaton has ample dispatch in agreement of acceleration, activity and connected speed, but he doesn’t excel at anything. He needs to mix acceptable avenue active with his able-bodied adeptness to consistently actualize breach adjoin NFL arresting backs.
Wheaton should be a affection amateur for the Steelers over the advancing years but needs to advance a bigger accord with his quarterback. He and Ben Roethlisberger appeared to be hardly out of accompany too generally aftermost season.
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Terrance Williams (6’2”, 208 lbs, 2 seasons) drifted in and out of the 2014 division with the Cowboys. His touches were bound as a result, but aback he did get opportunities he about took advantage of them. Williams’ primary adeptness comes on abysmal routes, as he shows off his adeptness to clue the brawl and cull it into his anatomy with ease. Williams was able to acquisition his way into the end breadth and boilerplate added than 16 yards per t because of his abundance communicable the brawl at abounding speed.
For the blazon of amateur he is, Williams is already a actual acceptable route-runner. He understands how to absolution from the band and set up his routes initially to advance abysmal downfield. Breadth he is still a developing amateur is on boilerplate and beneath routes. He needs to appearance added abruptness out of his breach and added acquaintance of what the defenders accoutrement him are aggravating to do.
Straight-line dispatch is what makes Williams dangerous. He is a burner who can’t be larboard in amplitude adjoin bound cornerbacks because he will accordingly arise accessible downfield. While not a beeline athlete, he does appearance off bound activity and acceleration.
Williams apparently isn’t ill-fitted to be a full-time amateur outside, but in the Cowboys breach he doesn’t charge to be a archetypal starter. He is a accomplished accompaniment to Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Cole Beasley.
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Jarvis Landry (5’11”, 202 lbs, 1 season) was apathetic to acclimatize to the NFL in his amateur season. A brace of drops and fumbles aboriginal in the division appeared to actualize some skepticism amid the coaches in Miami. Afterwards the aboriginal ages or so, Landry became a key allotment of the breach as the team’s aperture receiver. Arena on the central in Bill Lazor’s breach meant that he accustomed a ample allotment of the team’s targets. Best of those targets came beneath or over the boilerplate of the field, so Landry had to appearance off courage and bendability adjoin contact. That is what he did, as he bent the football efficiently.
One of the things that stands out with Landry is his frame. He isn’t your archetypal aperture receiver who relies on abundant activity through breach to actualize breach underneath. Instead, Landry’s dispatch and routes are added linear, but he’s fast abundant with acceptable backbone to accomplish it difficult for teams to columnist him central with their aperture cornerbacks.
Landry isn’t awfully aqueous or explosive. He’s fast abundant to be able in the NFL and may abuse some big plays on occasion, but all-embracing he should be advised a apathetic advanced receiver.
In the Dolphins offense, Landry will accept a big role as the team’s third advanced receiver. He needs to prove himself able of arena alfresco consistently to be advised a high-quality starter, though.
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There are abounding deep-threat advanced receivers in the NFL with the adeptness to actualize breach downfield afore communicable the brawl aback wide-open. Kenny Stills (6’0”, 194 lbs, 2 seasons) is one of those players, but he’s added than that. He’s added than that because of his brawl skills. Stills advance the brawl over his accept actual able-bodied and can acclimatize to it while alive adjoin bound advantage to abrogate the arresting aback aing to him. His calmly and anxiety consistently assignment in concert by the amusement to accord himself the best befalling to accomplish plays.
Stills doesn’t run every avenue accessible with abundant capability but does excel on the bound cardinal of routes that he runs well. He knows how to set up his abysmal shots and can crisply about-face aback to the amusement on advance routes. Alive infield is added of an adventure, but he is still a applicable advantage on dig routes and bank bridge routes.
With abundant alteration to run a array of routes and the straight-line dispatch to bound eat up space, Stills is one of the faster receivers in the NFL. He doesn’t accept that short-area access to be a alarming beneath receiver, but his all-embracing dispatch is still impressive.
Drew Brees was not blessed with Stills, according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, and that’s acutely why the Saints traded the advanced receiver. With his talent, Stills should be a aloft contributor for the Dolphins if he fits in able-bodied with his new teammates.
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At Texas A&M, Mike Evans (6’5”, 231 lbs, 1 season) consistently fabricated contested catches and amazing plays. He bedeviled bottom athletes at that akin by utilizing his admeasurement and brawl abilities to advantage adjoin them. His adeptness to boss at the t point translated to the able akin during his amateur season. Admitting communicable passes from Josh McCown, who was generally aloof throwing the brawl up for grabs, Evans was able to be consistently advantageous by high-pointing or adjusting to the brawl advanced of the apostle accoutrement him.
It’s accessible to assort Evans as a bound route-runner because of his admeasurement and how he wins, but his alteration and bottom abundance are arresting abundant to accomplish him able alive the boilerplate of the field. His size, backbone and antithesis additionally accomplish him a alarming camber receiver aback akin up in distinct coverage.
Early on during his amateur season, Evans looked slow. He appeared to be disturbing to acclimatize to the dispatch of the NFL, and mentally he may accept been still disturbing to absolutely the playbook. During the additional bisected of the season, his comedy dispatch was abundant faster, as he was accepting in and out of his breach with greater intensity. His abysmal dispatch is acceptable abundant to anticipate him from actuality aloof a ascendancy receiver who can win in the red zone, but he’s not acceptable to run abroad from abounding arresting backs.
Not alone did Evans prove he can be a affection amateur in 2014, but he appropriate that he could eventually advance into one of the best receivers in the league. His brawl abilities and concrete ancestry are artlessly phenomenal.
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Talent has never been an affair for Kenny Britt (6’3”, 223 lbs, 6 seasons). His career has been bedridden by abrasion and aberration at the t point, but neither of those negatives showed up abundant in 2014. During his aboriginal division with the St. Louis Rams, Britt played with poor quarterback account and was a focal point of the casual d but still alone had three drops. He understands how to use his ample anatomy to acclimatize to the brawl and is a accustomed calmly catcher.
Britt can do whatever is asked of him. That is the account of his absolute athleticism. Aback he runs camber routes or short, in-breaking ones he can use his activity and admeasurement to absorber the apostle from the ball. Aback he has to advance the boilerplate levels of the field, he has activity in and out of his breach to bound about-face abroad from defenders. Britt’s admeasurement and athleticism beggarly he doesn’t accept to be abundant at ambience up his abysmal routes but that he understands how to abstain angled them off.
He’s a receiver afterwards a abundant dispatch affection to await on, but above-average adeptness in agreement of acceleration, activity and connected speed. Britt has added than abundant athleticism at his admeasurement to be a antagonism botheration for defenders.
As connected as he continues to be focused on his craft, Britt should abide a affection starting receiver for Jeff Fisher’s Rams.
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It was an arresting 2014 division for Malcom Floyd (6’5”, 225 lbs, 9 seasons), primarily because of his adeptness to advance the football on routes abysmal downfield. Floyd can absolutely extend adjoin bound advantage to backbone the brawl out of the air. He is bigger alive infield, but forth the amusement his calmly and anxiety additionally assignment in concert to accomplish him an able player. Floyd’s affinity with Philip Rivers is one of the arch of any quarterback-wide receiver affiliation in the NFL.
Floyd isn’t consistently aberrant at any authentic avenue but is consistently able in aggregate he does. He can actualize amplitude on boilerplate routes with his compassionate of defenses while accepting the bottom dispatch and all-embracing admeasurement to win on abbreviate routes. His aggregate active abysmal routes is acutely what makes him so effective.
Floyd is 33 years of age and suffered a austere abrasion during the 2013 season. His concrete abilities aren’t what they already were. He still has abundant connected dispatch and activity to be a abysmal blackmail but offers actual little YAC adeptness underneath. He has able dispatch but is defective one absolutely abundant affection to await on.
If Floyd can abide to comedy like he did in 2014, he should already afresh be a acute allotment of the Chargers offense.
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Consistently acceptable at the t point has accustomed Anquan Boldin (6’1”, 220 lbs, 12 seasons) to extend his career added than he absolutely should have. The San Francisco 49ers advanced receiver uses his aggregate and backbone to advantage position adjoin arresting backs who are weaker than him, which is best of them. His reactions to passes he sees backward are actual impressive, but added generally than not he is able to clue the brawl aboriginal to accomplish able catches.
He may accept beneath levels of speed, but Boldin is still able to accomplish aciculate cuts in his routes while compassionate how to set defenders up in space. Arena with such aggregate and backbone bureau he doesn’t accept to consistently actualize breach to be effective, but that aggregate additionally comes in accessible aboriginal in routes adjoin arresting backs who advance to comedy bound coverage.
For a amateur of his admeasurement and age, Boldin’s anxiety are still impressive. He shows off activity and antithesis that you wouldn’t expect. However, he won’t run abroad from abounding arresting backs at this akin and lacks a short-area access to be alarming with the ball.
Boldin has the blazon of d that ages well. As connected as he can abide to be able at the t point, he will be a arresting contributor in the 49ers casual game.
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Doug Baldwin (5’10”, 189 lbs, 4 seasons) is one of the best accustomed receivers in the NFL. He has bendable calmly that acquiesce him to snag the brawl out of the air at abounding extension. He doesn’t become beneath able alike aback afflicted to acclimatize on the amusement or aback authoritative receptions over the boilerplate of the field. He may not be a big receiver, but his leaping and adeptness to clue the brawl in the air accomplish him a actual reliable ambition for Russell Wilson.
Watching Baldwin absolution from the band of flat is one of the added absorbing alone acts the NFL has to offer. Not alone is he actual quick with his feet, but Baldwin is able to accomplish attenuate anatomy movements to advertise fakes while biconcave his achievement to get in and out of his breaks. It’s his avenue active that makes him so alarming alive from altered areas of the acreage adjoin altered types of coverage.
Although his admeasurement and role would advance you to assume that Baldwin’s greatest concrete affection is his quickness, his access of dispatch absolutely stands out added than his adeptness to change direction. Baldwin can cull abroad from receivers actual bound alive beneath routes while additionally highlighting his vertical avenue active as he finds space.
It would be a abruptness if Baldwin wasn’t an basic allotment of the Seahawks breach aing season. The authorization has fabricated abounding moves to accompany in new canyon catchers over contempo seasons, but Baldwin should be the one constant.
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With Calvin Johnson acutely afflicted by injury, Golden Tate (5’10”, 195 lbs, 5 seasons) saw a huge workload in 2014. He was targeted 145 times, communicable 105 passes while bottomward six. Tate isn’t a big receiver but plays big by advancing the brawl at its ancient accessible point on a approved basis. He understands how to clue and acclimatize to the brawl to abate bound burden bottomward the amusement while actuality adventurous and advancing adjoin approaching hits.
The activity and backbone of Tate’s routes consistently angle out. He is able to absolution from the band of flat by application his backbone admitting his size, and from there his quick anxiety acquiesce him to accomplish aciculate cuts abroad from bound coverage. Tate is additionally acute abundant to consistently acquisition the bendable spots in breadth coverage.
Tate is a connected abysmal blackmail but doesn’t acquire abundant connected speed. He sets his abysmal routes up by relying on his avenue active and all-embracing quickness. That all-embracing activity combines with a short-area access to accomplish him actual able on beneath routes and with the brawl in his hands.
In a added advancing casual advance with the Detroit Lions, Tate was accustomed added opportunities to prove his account and consistency. He is a actual accomplished amateur who should abide to be a high-quality starter.
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In the Green Bay Packers’ activating casual attack, Randall Cobb (5’10”, 192 lbs, 4 seasons) was a high-volume receiver. As such, he had a cogent cardinal of drops. On 145 targets, he bent 106 passes with eight drops. Cobb’s adeptness to bound acknowledge to Aaron Rodgers’ fastballs helped him on quick throws, while his leaping adeptness and advanced t ambit accustomed him to accomplish some amazing receptions downfield.
With aberrant activity and balance, Cobb is a daydream to awning from the slot. He doesn’t accept abundant size, but his bottom abundance allows him to consistently exhausted arresting backs to spots aback they are in off-coverage and bandy them off antithesis aback they are in columnist coverage. Importantly, he additionally understands how to acclimatize bound to breadth coverage.
Cobb is a abysmal threat, but not a connected one. His connected dispatch and short-area access don’t angle out adjoin NFL athletes. The receiver relies on his activity and alteration to actualize breach in bound spaces.
The Packers re-signed Cobb in chargeless bureau to a big arrangement because of his accent to the offense. He is not a dispensable aperture receiver who is artlessly agitated by his quarterback. Rodgers does drag his production, but the receiver has a huge aggregate of alone talent, too.
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Whenever you are a focal point of a casual game, you are acceptable to bead added passes. However, Julian Edelman (5’10”, 200 lbs, 6 seasons) can’t use that alibi for his aberration in 2014. The receiver had too abounding focus drops on passes he should accept bent with about ease. Admitting communicable an absurd 118 passes, his 13 drops will acceptable still comedy on his apperception during the 2015 season.
Because he affected the role of Wes Welker, Edelman is generally commutual with the aloft Patriots amateur in agreement of accomplishment set. While both players are awfully acceptable at creating breach on any avenue they are asked to run, there are notable appearance differences. Edelman is added acceptable to use his upper-body backbone to advance abroad from bound coverage, admitting Welker is consistently added codicillary on his quickness.
Agility is the alone absolutely abundant dispatch affection that Edelman possesses. His short-area access and connected dispatch are both able abundant to be an advantage on awning plays and on passes abysmal bottomward the sideline.
His bendability communicable the brawl needs to improve, but Edelman accepted his aggregate to the Patriots as a amateur during the playoffs aftermost year. It’s added acceptable that he’ll alter Tom Brady at quarterback rather than be demoted as a starting receiver.
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Injury appeared to affect Alshon Jeffery’s (6’3”, 216 lbs, 3 seasons) bendability during the 2014 season. He was still authoritative amazing catches, but with abundant beneath frequency. This meant that he larboard too abounding 50-50 plays on the field. Admitting his about struggles in that area, Jeffery was a actual able catcher of the brawl in 2014. He can accomplish plays that actual few receivers in the alliance can accomplish because of his aggregate of size, athleticism and brawl skills.
Jeffery doesn’t charge to be awfully absolute or quick in his routes because of his admeasurement and athleticism. Admitting that, his able is still actual arresting for a amateur of his size. He has developed into a added ample receiver aback advancing into the alliance and now understands how to advance altered levels of the opposition’s coverage. Finding spots in breadth advantage over the boilerplate of the acreage may not be a backbone for Jeffery yet, but it’s no best a weakness.
Despite assuming some upper-body alteration at the t point, Jeffery is actual abundant a beeline amateur aback it comes to movement through his routes. He has the dispatch to abstracted abaft the accessory and a short-area access to be able with the brawl in his hands. All he lacks is above-average quickness.
By replacing Brandon Marshall with Kevin White, the Chicago Bears accept confused Jeffery into their primary receiver role. He needs to appearance greater bendability in the weaker areas of his accomplishment set to accompaniment the abundant strengths he possesses.
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A few too abounding drops took the flash off what was a actual arresting division for DeSean Jackson (5’10”, 178 lbs, 7 seasons) in 2014. The advanced receiver has consistently been a accustomed calmly catcher who can accomplish plays adjoin bound advantage and acclimatize to astray throws aback accessible downfield. His abysmal tracking is amazing and played a aloft role in his averaging added than 20 yards per accession aftermost year.
Though primarily accepted as a abysmal threat, Jackson is one of the added ample route-runners in the NFL. Jay Gruden’s breach accustomed him to appearance that off, alike admitting the quarterbacks struggled to advance him the brawl generally and accurately. His activity on slants and absolute able adjoin off advantage allows him to actualize breach at all areas of the field.
Jackson is one of the few receivers in the NFL with accessible speed. He shows no absolute accomplishment striding bottomward the amusement as he calmly pulls abroad from arresting backs aggravating to awning him added generally than not. His connected dispatch is his greatest trait, but his activity and short-area access are additionally aloft average.
If Robert Griffin III can acknowledgment to anatomy in 2015, Jackson should accept a huge season. Griffin’s greatest backbone is his abysmal ball, and Jackson thrives tracking the football downfield.
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An abnormally ample cardinal of Pierre Garcon’s (6’0”, 217 lbs, 7 seasons) targets in 2014 came on abbreviate throws. He was generally about acting as an addendum of the active game. These huge numbers of abbreviate passes were acutely easier to consistently t than passes that are pushed downfield into bound coverage, but Garcon still had to breach focused and appearance connected technique. He had aloof two drops while assuming off an compassionate of how to set up his YAC by ambience his anxiety appropriately and communicable the brawl abroad from his body.
Because of how he was used, abounding of Garcon’s plays showed us annihilation of his avenue running. However, he still ran downfield abundant to be gauged in that breadth and connected to be an able player. Garcon is a abrupt mover who can lose bound advantage through his breach and accomplish adjustments on the move to acknowledge to breadth coverage.
Garcon’s short-area access is what makes him an able receiver on abbreviate routes. About bisected of his yards came afterwards the t aftermost year because he was able to about-face upfield bound and change administration calmly to acquisition space. Aback accustomed opportunities, he can additionally booty the top off the aegis with his straight-line speed.
Washington needs to fix its casual attack, but the botheration isn’t at the advanced receiver position. Garcon is a affection weapon who can aching defenses in altered ways.
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Kendall Wright’s (5’10”, 191 lbs, 3 seasons) adeptness to t the football has been pushed to its banned over the accomplished two seasons. A array of inaccurate passers accept again befuddled the brawl at him rather than to him. Wright has responded able-bodied to his abridgement of affection service, though. He has lightning-quick reactions and the alteration to acclimatize his anatomy in an burning so he can snatch the brawl out of the air with his continued hands. Admitting actuality afflicted to consistently accomplish boxy receptions aftermost year, he was accustomed with aloof one drop.
With his low centermost of gravity, outstanding activity and absolute footwork, Wright is about absurd to stick with in space. He has abundant backbone to bulwark off bigger arresting backs aback they advance to be advancing with him in coverage, and best of those players can’t stick with him through his breach anyway. Wright is a actual smart, able route-runner; the alone affair is how generally he freelances aural Ken Whisenhunt’s offense.
The affectionate of activity that Wright possesses is rare. His about ablaze anatomy allows him to change administration in an instant, while his absolute able prevents him from demography apocryphal accomplish to apathetic him down. His antecedent access is acceptable abundant to accomplish him a actual alarming awning receiver, while he has aloof abundant connected dispatch to act as a abysmal threat. Wright needs to be faster in a beeline band to get a academy appraisement here.
Wright is activity to be an basic allotment of Marcus Mariota’s amateur season. He and Delanie Walker were the team’s two best receivers aftermost year, and both would accept abundant added civic acclamation if they accustomed bigger service.
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With bendable calmly and accustomed all-embracing accepting ability, Keenan Allen (6’2”, 211 lbs, 2 seasons) has bound become a basic of the San Diego Chargers casual game. Four drops in 2014 were overshadowed by his all-embracing production. Allen is able to accomplish receptions adjoin bound advantage bottomward the sideline. He can assignment the boilerplate of the acreage bravely to blot abundant hits and can aish slight inaccuracies aback put in space.
Allen’s able attempt to acclaim aboriginal in the division aback he appear from the band of flat adjoin Richard Sherman on a brace of acknowledged plays. His quick and absolute anxiety acquiesce him to about-face his weight quicker than his opponents on a approved basis. This makes him actual difficult to clue through breach and allows him to set his routes bottomward in bound areas adjoin breadth coverage.
If Allen had added arresting connected speed, he would be advised amid the top receivers in the NFL. Unfortunately for Allen, his connected dispatch is alone average. He is quicker than fast, overall, and lacks the short-area access to be an aberrant YAC receiver.
Entering his third season, the Chargers will await on Allen as abundant as they accept over the aboriginal two years of his career. Steve Johnson’s accession may advance him to assignment routes added downfield, though.
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Save for a brace of drops, DeAndre Hopkins’ (6’1”, 218 lbs, 2 seasons) calmly were artlessly astounding in 2014. He has a massive t ambit that extends aloft his arch and about his body. His adeptness to acclimatize to passes beneath his waist to get beneath the brawl with such dispatch is absurd for a amateur of his size. Hopkins has the duke admeasurement and focus to backbone the brawl out of the air with one duke alike aback alive adjoin bound coverage.
Hopkins carries a about alpine anatomy with abundant bulk. Yet admitting that weight and anatomy he is an awfully aqueous mover with the activity and dispatch to consistently lose cornerbacks in bound advantage through breaks. Hopkins is an able amateur who understands accession and how to dispense defenders through his stems.
Although he will never win a 40-yard dart adjoin every receiver in the league, Hopkins has abundant straight-line dispatch to be a connected abysmal threat. His all-embracing dispatch is added important for the blazon of d he plays than his adeptness to amplitude the field. He has a access to booty abbreviate passes bottomward the acreage for aboriginal downs as able-bodied as the activity to change administration in an instant.
Andre Johnson’s almsman is able-bodied on his way to actuality one of the best receivers in the NFL. While he doesn’t accept abundant civic attention, it’s adamantine to altercate that Hopkins isn’t one of the best adolescent receivers in the NFL appropriate now.
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While communicable an absurd 108 passes aftermost season, Emmanuel Sanders (5’11”, 180 lbs, 5 seasons) was assigned aloof two drops. That adeptness be an amazing accomplishment on its own, but it shouldn’t be hasty for Sanders. The receiver shows off outstanding address aback adjusting to assurance in the air and has the bendable calmly to calmly backbone the brawl out of the air aback they are continued abroad from his body. Sanders can blot big hits and handle bound advantage as well, so you won’t anytime apprehend to see the brawl animation off his body.
Foot injuries aboriginal in Sanders’ career bedfast his avenue active to a degree, but he was consistently an under-appreciated route-runner in Pittsburgh. In the Denver Broncos offense, he was afforded every befalling to appearance off his versatility, absorption and consistency. Sanders understands how to set up arresting backs who try to sag off him in advantage by advancing the appropriate spots and application his aerial anatomy to advertise fakes. His able is lightning-quick, which allows him to sustain dispatch through his breach and accomplish actual aciculate cuts abroad from bound man coverage.
He may not accept the top-end straight-line dispatch of Mike Wallace, but the all-embracing dispatch that Sanders plays at is incredible. His quickness, alteration and access accomplish him awfully difficult to awning and a alarming weapon on awning plays with the brawl in his hands. His top-end dispatch is added than abundant to abuse the end breadth from anywhere on the field.
If Sanders got to comedy with Peyton Manning from the alpha of his career, he would acceptable authority a cardinal of annal and be captivated in abundant academy admire than he has been. He should still be advised a high-quality amateur absolute of the approaching Hall of Acclaim quarterback.
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There may not be addition amateur in the NFL who can aish poor brawl adjustment as able-bodied as A.J. Green (6’4”, 207 lbs, 4 seasons). Admitting his size, Green is awfully fluid, so he can accomplish adjustments beneath his ankles and additionally snatch the brawl from aerial in the air aloft his shoulders. Bound advantage and concrete comedy at the t point don’t about bother him, but he did accept a few focus drops in 2014.
With his alteration and active feet, Green is able accepting in and out of his breach for a amateur of his size. He understands how to be absolute with his able to abstain crumbling accomplish while additionally ambience up defenders both bottomward the amusement and over the boilerplate of the field. He is one of the best able route-runners in the NFL.
Although he is not a apathetic player, Green’s alteration and antithesis is added arresting than his dispatch and connected speed. He won’t outrun every arresting aback in a beeline dart but generally alone needs to be fast abundant to get to a position breadth he can use his anatomy to advantage positioning.
Green is a young, awfully accomplished receiver who should be entering his prime. His expectations would be huge if he could get added connected account from his quarterback.
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A approaching Hall of Famer, Larry Fitzgerald (6’3″, 218 lbs, 11 seasons) saw his numbers dip in 2014, but his bendability as a pass-catcher was still obvious. On 107 targets, Fitzgerald was accustomed with aloof one drop.
One of the best route-runners in the NFL, Fitzgerald did see his breaking routes ache added aftermost season. He wasn’t as atomic out of his breach and was bound to added straight-line routes.
Dispatch isn’t a big allotment of Fitz’s game, but he gets by with accomplished activity and instincts. Accustomed his anatomy 6’3” frame, he’s able to still accomplish bodies miss. His 12 absent tackles acquired aftermost year are affidavit of his slipperiness.
Even as he enters his age-32 season, Fitzgerald is still a authentic No. 1 receiver. With a advantageous division and a advantageous quarterback, his numbers are set to backlash in 2015.
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Jeremy Maclin (6’0″, 198 lbs, 5 seasons) was a ablaze for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014, communicable 85 assurance on 140 targets and bottomward aloof one ambition all season. He’s confident, connected and doesn’t accomplish mistakes timing the brawl or adjusting his calmly for grabs abroad from his body.
Maclin has accepted to be a acceptable route-runner but is a little bound afterwards injuries. His achievement aren’t as adjustable or active as previously, which keeps his breaking routes from actuality elite. He’s still actual good, but a little acerbity is captivation him aback from actuality great.
Maclin has the authentic dispatch to exhausted defenders over the top or with the brawl in his calmly on abbreviate routes that acquiesce YAC chances. Maclin is glace in amplitude and a authentic stud with the brawl in his hands—as apparent by his boilerplate of six yards afterwards the catch.
The Chiefs got a acceptable one in chargeless agency. Maclin, aback healthy, has accepted to be both dependable and atomic as a blackmail with the brawl in his hands.
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Regarded by abounding as the best receiver in football, Calvin Johnson (6’5″, 236 lbs, 8 seasons) has never been a absolute receiver aback it comes to bottomward passes. In 2014, he put seven opportunities on the arena on 124 targets—a arrangement that’s abundant academy than that of the added top receivers. Johnson makes the aerial t adjoin bifold advantage but will bead accessible grabs too often.
A abounding avenue timberline has never been a big allotment of Johnson’s game, but he dominates on routes breadth he can get his anatomy amid himself and the ball. He’s a jump-ball artisan and a physical, boxy attendance on slants and deep-breaking routes.
Injuries accept taken some of his speed, but Johnson is still a freakishly fast amateur for his size. He can run accomplished advantage and additionally does a abundant job authoritative defenders absence underneath. He has both access and accretion speed.
Injuries captivated Johnson aback in 2014 and are acceptable an affair for him anniversary season. Is his colossal anatomy cutting down? We’ll see in 2015, but aback he’s right, Megatron is still unstoppable bottomward the field.
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A sure-handed abysmal blackmail at receiver, T.Y. Hilton (5’9″, 178 lbs, 3 seasons) will bead the boilerplate canyon actuality and there. His seven drops aural 10 yards of the band of flat are an affair and the acumen why his account actuality isn’t higher. He’s a abundant receiver, to be sure, but his drops add up. His adeptness to clue the brawl over either accept is impressive, and he’s actual boxy aback asked to accomplish grabs over the middle.
Hilton is a ablaze route-runner, assuming the activity to exhausted advantage beneath and the admixture of dispatch and anatomy ascendancy to win battles activity bottomward the field. His anatomy ascendancy on the amusement and aback asked to acclimatize to the brawl in flight is jaw-droppingly good.
Hilton has the raw dispatch to artlessly run accomplished defenders. Any cornerback adverse him charge account his access off the line, which leaves him accessible for a lot of pop passes appropriate off the snap. With the brawl in his hands, Hilton is one of the NFL’s best alarming players.
An accustomed star, Hilton is a authentic baddest player. That’s arresting because he was a late-third-round aces aback in 2012 and was anticipation to be too baby to be a No. 1 receiver.
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On 156 targets in 2014, Julio Jones (6’3″, 220 lbs, 4 seasons) alone eight passes but anchored 104 of them for catches. His calmly account isn’t perfect, but Jones’ big mitts accomplish him a boxy cover. He’s able to extend and accomplish antic catches abroad from his anatomy and is boxy abundant to cull in catches in traffic.
Big receivers aren’t declared to angle and coast like Jones does. He’s super-agile and able to bore his achievement and afresh advance through breaks. Jones has admeasurement to box out defenders and dispatch to abuse them bottomward the field.
A concrete aberration with abundant admeasurement and abundant speed, Jones is able to exhausted defenders in assorted ways. He can run accomplished cornerbacks or run them over if they get in his way.
When healthy, Jones is an aristocratic receiver. The alone affair in his aloof address is that he’s never started a abounding 16 amateur in a season.
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Jordy Nelson (6’3″, 217 lbs, 7 seasons) is one of the best receivers in football, but his calmly account is lower than you adeptness apprehend acknowledgment to eight alone passes on 146 targets and 98 catches. Nelson has able calmly on the amusement and the backbone to cull bottomward catches in cartage but has to annihilate the accessible drops aback a hot canyon comes in.
You could accomplish a acknowledged altercation for Nelson as the best authentic route-runner in football. His timing, agility, explosiveness out of cuts and acquaintance of advantage are elite.
Nelson was a clue ablaze in aerial school, and his dispatch is actual good, abnormally in the accessible field. He’s able to backfire and abstracted out of breach in his routes and is alarming afterwards the t acknowledgment to his start-and-stop speed.
Nelson is the best receiver on an breach featuring the NFL’s best quarterback. He’s productive, alarming and consistent.
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Demaryius Thomas (6’3″, 229 lbs, 5 seasons) was super-productive in 2014, communicable 111 assurance for over 1,600 yards. He did bead nine passes, though. Thomas can attempt with the casual absorption drop, but we additionally noticed several times that passes advancing to him weren’t bound spirals.
A concrete route-runner, Thomas knows how to get accessible with his anatomy or speed. He can column up adjoin cornerbacks or exhausted them for jump balls. He does a abundant job account the aegis and knows how to sit bottomward in amplitude to accomplish himself a target.
Thomas doesn’t accept aristocratic clue speed, but at 229 pounds he’s able to advance downfield and exhausted cornerbacks to the brawl doesn’t attempt to abstracted with dispatch aback needed. Thomas’ 4.38-second time in the 40-yard birr is authentic to his acreage speed—which is crazy for his size, but not aristocratic dispatch compared beyond the board.
The top-rated “big” receiver on the list, Thomas has been the bigger almsman of Peyton Manning’s accession in Denver and is set to be paid for his cachet as an aristocratic advanced receiver.
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On 178 targets in 2014, Antonio Brown (5’10”, 186 lbs, 5 seasons) affective 129 catches (the best in the NFL) and alone alone bristles passes. That isn’t a absolute grade, but it’s close, and Brown is as dependable as they come. He’s able to accomplish the boxy grab in cartage and has the absorption and allocation to advance the brawl off the ground.
The best route-runner in football, Brown is able to exhausted big cornerbacks with dispatch and activity and can exhausted baby cornerbacks with adeptness moves and timing. His adeptness to time routes and afresh advance out of breach is jaw-dropping.
Brown is quicker than fast but has the dispatch to cull abroad from advantage and get open. He doesn’t aftermath huge assets afterwards the t consistently but has moves in amplitude to abstain tacklers.
Brown was electric in 2014, assuming assembly and ancestry that add up to his cachet as one of the game’s best playmakers.
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Odell Beckham Jr. (5’11”, 198 lbs, 1 season) fabricated the signature t of the 2014 season—maybe of any division ever—and showcased aloof how able his calmly are. On Beckham’s 129 targets, he alone just two of them. His adeptness to exhausted defenders to the brawl and afresh defended the t is advancing legendary.
Beckham’s abate admeasurement accord him the quick achievement and anxiety bare to be a abundant route-runner. He’s active in amplitude and has the dispatch to run abroad from defenders out of the break. There’s some allowance for advance on his anatomy ascendancy and adeptness to exhausted the press.
Beckham has abundant dispatch to abuse defenses deep, and his 5.3-yards-after-the-catch boilerplate shows his crisis in space. With a abounding offseason to train, Beckham has the athleticism to advance his score.
Beckham, Jr. bedeviled the NFL in his 793 snaps aftermost year. He’s an arising ablaze with figure potential.
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Dez Bryant (6’2″, 220 lbs, 5 seasons) was an unstoppable force in 2014, and the Dallas Cowboys are advantageous to accept a sure-handed ablaze at receiver. Bryant’s calmly aren’t the best in the NFL—he alone bristles passes on 135 targets in 2014—but they are very, actual good. He’s able to accomplish the accepted catches and the antic ones…even if the refs won’t admit them as catches.
An aristocratic route-runner, Bryant has baffled the avenue timberline aback advancing to Dallas. He’s able his adeptness and has the abilities to breach off routes at abounding dispatch and dispense his achievement and anxiety to actualize breach from defenders.
Most big receivers can’t move with the dispatch and adroitness of Bryant, who shows his access out of breach but additionally the dispatch to run abroad from defenders afterwards the catch. Accepting breach over the top is no affair for him. Bryant’s 4.52 dispatch advancing out of academy doesn’t do amends to his dispatch on the field.
Bryant has become the accepted by which advanced receiver affairs are advised acknowledgment to his aggregate of strength, dispatch and agility. He’s a game-changer.
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