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    Team WR rankings: T.O. boosts Dallas to sixth

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    Team rankings: WR

    The off-season FOXSports.com NFL caravan rolls on.

    This week, I'm breaking down the world of wide receivers, reviewing offensive philosophies, personnel and ego for each team and assigning a rank. This process is part art, part science and a bit of gut feeling about the events to transpire this fall.

    The list begins with the high-flying offense of the Colts. Fantasy owners are a little gun shy in early drafts I've seen this year after perhaps being left at the altar during championship week because of the Colts' early clinching of home field advantage. The loss of Edgerrin James may also be playing a factor.

    I'm expecting more exploding scoreboards and piles of points at the RCA Dome this year. That's why Indianapolis lead my rankings.


    1. Indianapolis Colts
    Something had to give after the record setting season of 2004 in Indianapolis. The Colts' talented trio watched their overall totals dip from the prior season, but Indianapolis receivers as a whole trailed only Cincinnati for the NFL lead (31 total touchdowns).

    Marvin Harrison is rehabbing from a second elbow surgery, but should be ready to go full-speed come training camp. Harrison caught 82 passes for 1,146 yards and 12 touchdowns last year. Running mate Reggie Wayne added 83 receptions for 1,055 yards and five touchdowns. They're back in tow for another run and will once again be joined by Brandon Stokley, whose stats took the biggest hit from 2004. Stokley caught only one touchdown pass after exploding on the scene with 10 scores in 2004.

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


    2. Arizona Cardinals
    Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald look to continue their magic after a brilliant 2005 season. The pair combined for 205 receptions, 2,811 yards and 17 touchdowns last year without benefit of a running game. The Cardinals instead turned to the duo in short routes and let them make plays. The addition of Edgerrin James therefore cuts into their opportunities, but will instead give them more quality opportunities.

    Behind this duo stands Bryant Johnson, who caught 40 balls for 432 yards. James' addition should benefit Johnson perhaps most of all this year. The Cardinals added veteran Troy Walters as a possession receiver. Seventh-round selection from 2005 LeRon McCoy also contributed 18 catches. He's see some time in three-receiver sets.


    3.Cincinnati Bengals
    Cincinnati wide receivers shone brightly in 2005 during Carson Palmer's breakout year. Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh became household names. This dynamic duo combined for 175 catches, 2,388 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. The weekly contributions of these players in 2005 boggled the mind.

    The Bengals' third receiver in 2005 faces some legal troubles heading into training camp. Chris Henry caught 31 passes for 422 yards and six touchdowns a year ago. Former Packers wide receiver Antonio Chatman (49 receptions, 549 receiving yards and four touchdowns) and 2003 draft pick Kelley Washington (seven games and 10 receptions) will compete against Tab Perry (four receptions, 21 yards and one touchdown) for the third slot.


    4. Oakland Raiders
    On paper, the Raiders enter the season positively stacked at wide receiver. Oakland enters training camp with six viable options at the position, led by all-world talent Randy Moss. Running opposite Moss is Jerry Porter who frustrated fantasy owners in 2005 but still finished with a solid season for a No. 2 option (76 receptions, 942 receiving yards, five touchdowns).

    Ronald Curry had hoped to build on a brilliant 2004 year, but saw his season end prematurely in Week 2. He will enter camp in competition with Doug Gabriel (554 receiving yards and three touchdowns) for the third receiver slot.

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

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


    5. St. Louis Rams
    The mad genius Mike Martz has moved on to Detroit, but the strong passing game and receiving quartet remains intact. The Rams figure to feature running back Steven Jackson more prominently this year, but a healthy Marc Bulger and company will still put up numbers.

    Torry Holt quietly puts up huge numbers year after year. He'll be joined once again by Isaac Bruce, who missed five games last season and watched his productivity drop markedly (decreases of 53 receptions, 767 receiving yards and three touchdowns). Shaun McDonald and Kevin Curtis combined for 106 catches and 1,324 receiving yards last season.


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

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

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


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

    The aforementioned Patten is expected to be released before training camp, which will leave Taylor Jacobs and James Thrash to battle for reps behind the talented trio up front.


    8. Jacksonville Jaguars
    The Jacksonville offense took a hit last month when Jimmy Smith called it quits after recording his ninth 1,000-yard season in 2005. They had put themselves in the best position possible with the selection of several wide receivers in the last two drafts. Former college quarterback, turned-wide receiver Matt Jones showed great athleticism and ability in his first year as a receiver. He'll only get better in year two as he battles third-year receiver Ernest Wilford for the top spot. Wilford emerged as a tremendous red zone option last season with 681 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Smith's retirement puts Wilford in a great position to catapult into fantasy stardom.

    The ascent of Jones and Wilford thrusts Reggie Williams into the third role. Williams made some steps forward last season, raising both his reception total and average yards per catch. He's certainly under the microscope after being passed on the depth chart by Wilford, who was drafted several rounds later in 2004. Cortez Hankton and Chad Owens will compete for the fourth slot this season.


    9. Seattle Seahawks
    The Seahawks were the most proficient offense in the NFL last year, piling more than 28 points per game. They achieved this level of performance despite playing without top option Darrell Jackson for much of the year. Mike Holmgren effectively utilized the big play ability of Joe Jurevicius for 10 touchdowns.

    Bobby Engram assumed a larger role with 67 receptions and 778 receiving yards. He'll move back to the No. 3 role this season with the off-season acquisition of Nate Burleson. Burleson missed much of the 2005 season with an injury after his huge 2004 campaign (1,006 receiving yards, nine touchdowns).

    Rounding out the receiving corps will be D.J. Hackett and former No. 1 overall draft pick Peter Warrick.


    10. Carolina Panthers
    The addition of Owens in Dallas left veteran receiver Keyshawn Johnson expendable. He enters a perfect situation here, as speedster Steve Smith draws the double-team on the outside and allows Johnson to work over a cleared-out middle of the defense. Johnson caught 71 passes for 839 yards and six touchdowns last season for the Cowboys.

    There will likely be a three-man battle for the third receiver slot in training camp. Keary Colbert regressed to 25 receptions for 282 receiving yards and two touchdowns after a strong rookie season in 2004 (47 receptions, 754 yards and five touchdowns). He'll battle 6-foot-3 deep threat Drew Carter, who became a factor late in the year and in the NFC playoffs after returning from injury, and little-used veteran Karl Hankton.


    11. New Orleans Saints
    The 2005 season was filled with heartbreak and frustration for the Saints. They played without a home and spent much of their free time attending to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. That frustration showed on the field and prompted change to revitalize the squad.

    The Saints changed out quarterbacks with the signing of Drew Brees and added another piece to the backfield in Reggie Bush. The receiving corps remains intact, led by veteran Joe Horn. Injuries kept Horn out of three games and parts of others which resulted in his lowest reception and receiving yard totals since 1999 in Kansas City.

    Horn will be joined in the receiving corps by Donte' Stallworth, who continues to battle minor injuries and lapses in concentration. Nate Poole and Devery Henderson will enter camp in competition for the third receiver role. The speedy Henderson has a leg up as a deep ball threat. He caught 22 passes for 343 yards last season with three scores. He's worth a look-see in the late rounds with Brees under center.


    12. Detroit Lions
    The toys in the Detroit cupboard are well-known. The 2006 Lions offense will see Mike Martz behind the controls with a new quarterback duo of Josh McCown and Jon Kitna. We'll see if he can cure some of the ills of the past several years.

    Roy Williams is a tremendous force when he's on the field, but he continues to battle nagging injury concerns. Charles Rogers has battled injuries and suspensions to appear in only 15 games over three years. Mike Williams came into camp unprepared for the rigors of pro ball after 18 months away from football.

    The second-leading receiver to Roy Williams in 2005 was Scottie Vines. Vines caught 40 passes for 417 yards and will be given every opportunity to hold off his more heralded colleagues for a role this year.


    13. Denver Broncos
    The Broncos moved up in the first round of the 2006 draft to select Jay Cutler as the heir apparent to Jake Plummer. It was no surprise that they moved immediately thereafter to find him (and Plummer for 2006) another target to complement veteran standout Rod Smith (1,105 receiving yards, 6 touchdowns). Denver made the move during day one of the draft to trade their second-round selection to Green Bay for disgruntled receiver Javon Walker. Walker left the 2005 season opener with a knee injury and did not return. Battles with management necessitated the move, but it's now caused an issue on the Denver roster.

    Ashley Lelie regressed in 2005 after a breakout year in 2004. He finished with 12 fewer catches, 300 fewer yards and six fewer touchdowns in 2005. Lelie now wants out of Denver based on his demotion to the third receiver role with the addition of Walker. Time will tell whether he'll still be in tow as training camp hits. Behind him sit Todd Devoe, inconsistent third-year receiver Darius Watts, Charlie Adams and fourth-round selection Brandon Marshall from Central Florida.

    Denver will still be a run-heavy offense behind Tatum Bell and Ron Dayne, but the addition of Walker offers Plummer another consistent receiving option and sure-handed red zone target.


    14. San Diego Chargers
    Keenan McCardell put forth a huge year for the Chargers last season at the age of 35. He caught 70 passes for 917 yards and a career-high nine touchdowns. McCardell leads the team into 2006 and will serve as a steadying force for first-year start Philip Rivers. McCardell will be teamed with Eric Parker, who came on strong in the second half of the 2005 season. Parker finished with 57 receptions for 725 yards and three touchdowns. Despite the fact that Rivers is a first-time starter, Parker stands as one of my sleeper picks for this year. The presence of LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates will leave this speedy receiver to torch man coverage.

    The Chargers have two strong players at the position, but there is a significant drop-off in experience thereafter. San Diego added former 49ers first-round washout Rashaun Woods through a trade. He'll battle Kassim Osgood and Vincent Jackson for the third receiver role. I'm looking squarely at Jackson as one to watch this season. The 6-foot-5 second-round selection from last year causes match-up problems and could become a force in the red zone.


    15. Miami Dolphins
    Miami revamped the passing game by changing out its quarterback tandem for 2006. Gone are A.J. Feeley and Gus Frerotte. They've been replaced by Daunte Culpepper and Joey Harrington, both of whom exit tempestuous situations. The receiving corps looks much the same as it did last season, led by Chris Chambers and Marty Booker. The duo combined to tally 121 receptions, 1,804 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 2005.
    Wes Welker had the third-most catches among Dolphins wide receivers last year with 29. The Dolphins would like him to concentrate on his return duties for 2006. Therefore, they used their third-round pick this year on the all-time leading receiver for the Arizona State Sun Devils, Derek Hagan. At 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds, Hagan offers another sizable receiving option for the Culpepper/Harrington tandem.


    16. Atlanta Falcons
    Atlanta used top selections on receivers in 2004 and 2005, and Jim Mora and company will look for those players to pay huge dividends this season. Michael Jenkins and Roddy White worked extensively with quarterback Michael Vick this off-season to improve their timing, which should vastly improve the passing game to go alongside the perennial top ranking ground game. The duo combined for 65 catches, 954 receiving yards and six touchdowns a year ago.

    Veteran Brian Finneran returns in the third slot. The reliable veteran led all Falcons wide receivers with 50 catches for 611 yards a season ago. The Falcons added a speed option in Adam Jennings from Fresno State in the sixth round of the draft to execute deep patterns.


    17. Minnesota Vikings
    The Vikings continue to rebuild their squad under first-year coach Brad Childress. In just two seasons, the team has replaced former stars Culpepper, Moss and Burleson. In their places stand veteran quarterback Brad Johnson and receivers Travis Taylor and Koren Robinson.
    Taylor led Vikings receivers with 50 receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns a season ago, which constitutes a nice rebound from his early struggles in Baltimore. Robinson was signed as an injury replacement in-season and offered a great speed option to Johnson. Troy Williamson flashed great playmaking ability in his abbreviated time on the field. Minnesota expects Williamson to return at full speed by the end of September. Marcus Robinson also pulled down five touchdowns in his 31 receptions last year.

    Entering the season, all of the Minnesota options carry question marks. There's certainly great talent here, but past health and motivation concerns temper expectations.


    18. Tennessee Titans
    Tennessee added a veteran receiver in David Givens to pair with Drew Bennett while the Titans await the development of a plethora of young receivers. Brandon Jones, Courtney Roby and Roydell Williams each showed ability as rookies in 2005, but injuries stalled their progress. Of the trio, Jones stands as the favorite to win the No. 3 role behind Givens and Bennett. The Titans will also welcome back Tyrone Calico to the mix during training camp. He's been limited by injuries the last two seasons, but remains on the radar due to his tremendous 6-foot-4 frame and leaping abilities. Calico could be a red-zone threat much like Jurevicius was in 2005 if he remains healthy.

    19. New York Giants
    The Giants are an early NFC Super Bowl favorite based on the legs of Tiki Barber and arm of Eli Manning. His top target remains Plaxico Burress, who topped 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in three years in 2005 (1,214). He caught 76 passes and made seven touchdown receptions. Burress will be teamed with long-time Giants star Amani Toomer, who recovered nicely from a subpar 2004 campaign. Though Toomer failed to crack the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight year, he did catch seven touchdown passes.

    New York added Sinorice Moss in the second round of this year's draft. He'll offer the deep ball threat that has been missing for the Giants. Moss will have every opportunity to win the third role from the oft-injured and inconsistent trio of Tim Carter, Willie Ponder and David Tyree.


    20. Green Bay Packers
    The injuries in the Packers backfield were well-chronicled. What has been lost in the dissection of Brett Favre's disastrous 2005 season were the number of injuries and absences on the offensive line and in the receiving corps. Walker was lost in Week 1 for the season, and Robert Ferguson missed five games and parts of several others.

    The Packers return Donald Driver (86 receptions, 1,221 receiving yards and five touchdowns) and Ferguson in the starting lineup. Green Bay drafted Greg Jennings this April to shore up the receiving corps. He'll compete with off-season acquisition Marc Boerigter and former Washington standout Rod Gardner for the third spot in training camp. Gardner is one to watch as the season approaches.


    21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Jon Gruden relied heavily on the legs of Carnell Williams and the receiving talents of Joey Galloway in 2005. Galloway established new career-highs with 83 receptions and 1,287 receiving yards, and reached double-digit touchdowns for the first time since 1998.

    The drop-off at receiver after Galloway was significant. The next leading receiver was 2004 rookie phenom Michael Clayton, whose production dipped to 32 catches for 372 yards and zero touchdowns last year. Veteran Ike Hilliard offered 35 receptions for 282 receiving yards, and Edell Shepherd caught six passes for 103 receiving yards. Of the returning players beside Galloway, Shepherd offers the best chance to breakout and become a fantasy factor. He appears to be entering camp in a battle with Michael Clayton for the No. 2 spot.

    The Buccaneers added 6-foot-4 receiver Maurice Stovall from Notre Dame in the draft and recently signed former Arizona Cardinals star David Boston last week. Both players could become factors in the red zone given their size and strength.


    22. Philadelphia Eagles
    The Eagles begin life without the drama of Owens. Second-year receiver Reggie Brown finished last season with 43 catches, 571 yards and four touchdowns. He assumes the top spot with Owens' departure. He'll be joined in the starting lineup by Todd Pinkston. Pinkston missed the entire 2005 season with a leg injury.

    The third spot will be hotly contested by a quartet. Off-season acquisition Jabar Gaffney caught 55 balls for 492 yards for Houston last season. He'll compete with Greg Lewis (48 catches, 561 yards and one touchdown), and rookies Jason Avant and Jeremy Bloom.


    23. Kansas City Chiefs
    The first name associated with the Chiefs' passing game remains Tony Gonzalez, but we'll focus on the wideouts for this analysis. Tight ends will be considered separately.

    Veteran Eddie Kennison achieved new career marks in both receptions (68) and receiving yards (1,102) in 2005. Running opposite Kennison this season is one of my sleeper selections, third-year receiver Samie Parker. Parker became a bigger part of the Chiefs offense in the second half of 2005 with 27 catches for 378 yards (54 yards per game). Three quarters of Kennison's catches in the second half went for first downs.

    Veteran return man Dante Hall increased his role in the passing game last year with 34 receptions and a career-high 436 yards. The Chiefs will look for Jeris McIntyre and Craphonso Thorpe to emerge this summer to challenge for the third receiver slot. Neither player has a catch at the NFL level.


    24. New England Patriots
    New England changed out components of its receiving corps this off-season. Deion Branch (998 receiving yards, five touchdowns) remains the top option for Tom Brady, but the cast behind him has changed drastically except for one familiar face. Troy Brown returns to the receiving corps full-time after splitting time with the defense in 2005.

    The Patriots added two new faces to compete for the No. 2 role opposite Branch. Reche Caldwell joins the club after four seasons of unfulfilled promise in San Diego. He'll try to fend off 2006 draft pick (and fellow Florida product) Chad Jackson for the role. Jackson impressed coaches in early drills during a May mini-camp.

    Brandon Childress and Bethel Johnson will battle for the remaining roster slots.


    25. Baltimore Ravens
    The Ravens addressed the receiving corps last year through free agency with Derrick Mason and the draft with Mark Clayton. Despite the inconsistency of quarterbacks Kyle Boller and Anthony Wright, Mason achieved another 1,000-yard receiving season (1,073) and the rookie Clayton caught 44 balls for 471 yards.

    Baltimore went back to the NFL Draft for additional help this season with the selection of Demetrius Williams in the fourth round. Williams will battle 2004 producer Clarence Moore (24 receptions, 293 yards and four touchdowns) and third-year man Devard Darling for the third slot.


    26. Pittsburgh Steelers
    The Steelers receiving corps will continue to be anchored by Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward. Ward earned his third double-digit touchdown season in the last four years in 2005 (11). He'll be joined in the starting lineup by Cedrick Wilson, who performed well in the AFC Playoffs last year. Wilson caught eight passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers' playoff run.

    Pittsburgh lost Antwaan Randle El to Washington this off-season. He was replaced this off-season with another speedy option in first-round selection Santonio Holmes from Ohio State. Behind this trio stands a group of inexperienced options, led by Lee May (nine receptions for 137 yards in 2005). He's joined by Nate Washington, Sean Morey, Walter Young and third-round selection Willie Reid. Reid is expected to make more of an impact on special teams in his rookie season.


    27. Cleveland Browns
    Romeo Crennel switched out one big receiver for another this off-season. Top option in 2005 Antonio Bryant left for San Francisco, and 10-touchdown producer Joe Jurevicius came in from Seattle. He'll be counted on for veteran leadership and red-zone dominance alongside possession receiver Dennis Northcutt (42 receptions, 441 receiving yards and two touchdowns) among a mostly green receiving corps.

    Braylon Edwards showed great field presence and speed in his short time on the field in 2005. The latest reports have him sidelined for perhaps the first month of the regular season. Behind Edwards is Frisman Jackson, who contributed most of his 2005 totals in a huge Week 1 effort. He finished 2005 with 24 catches for 287 yards and a touchdown. Third-round selection Travis Wilson is expected to challenge Jackson and Northcutt for playing time.


    28. Houston Texans
    The addition of Eric Moulds finally puts a top-tier receiver opposite Andre Johnson. Moulds caught 81 passes for 816 yards in a sputtering Buffalo offense and should help to keep Johnson engaged in the game. At times, the frustration of another rough season for the Texans showed on Johnson. He finished with 63 receptions for 688 yards and two touchdowns.

    The talent level drops off markedly from these two stars with Chris Doering, Kevin Walter, Derick Armstrong and David Anderson competing for time behind Moulds and Johnson.


    29. Buffalo Bills
    The Bills bid farewell to longtime leading receiver Eric Moulds this off-season, which elevated speedy Lee Evans to the top spot. Evans remains a viable deep ball threat, but the question remains as to whom will deliver him the ball in 2006. Buffalo enters training camp with three players (J.P. Losman, Kelly Holcomb and Craig Nall) battling for the starting quarterback job.

    Buffalo also has big questions at receiver behind Evans. Peerless Price returned to the Bills after several unsuccessful seasons in Atlanta. Can he rediscover his early magic without Drew Bledsoe and Eric Moulds in tow? Andre' Davis showed flashes of talent in Cleveland, but hasn't been able to remain healthy. Josh Reed also has shown himself to be a solid possession receiver at times, but can he battle back to his 2003 form (58 receptions, 588 receiving yards and two touchdowns)?

    Roscoe Parrish and Sam Aiken will serve as lesser options to start the season


    30. New York Jets
    The Jets moved this off-season to shore up the quarterback position, which will serve to improve the receiving corps by default. Despite the struggles at quarterback, Laveranues Coles pieced together a solid season in 2005. He caught 73 passes for 845 receiving yards and five touchdowns after scoring only once in 90 receptions in 2004. Coles will line up opposite Justin McCareins, who saw his production hampered tremendously by the inability of Jets quarterbacks to throw the ball downfield. Of course, McCareins didn't help himself with a number of drops.

    New coach Eric Mangini will try to find another playmaker from the group of Tim Dwight, Dante Ridgeway, Jerricho Cotchery and rookie Brad Smith. Of the group, veteran wideout Dwight is the most experienced and steady performer. He came to the Jets this off-season with former Patriots staffer Mangini. Dwight will be counted on to help speed the learning curve of the young Jets receivers. One player to watch will be former Missouri quarterback Brad Smith, who will try to follow the blueprint to success set forth by Matt Jones of the Jaguars in 2005.


    31. Chicago Bears
    To no one's surprise, the Bears ranked 31st in receiving yards per game in 2005. Muhsin Muhammad and the passing game took a backseat to the running game. Muhammad led Bears receivers with 64 receptions, 750 receiving yards and four touchdowns after his monstrous 2004 campaign in Carolina. The Chicago coaching staff expects that second-year receiver Mark Bradley will return from off-season knee surgery in time to reclaim the No. 2 role in training camp.

    The battle for the third receiver role pits the long and lanky Justin Gage against the speedy Bernard Berrian. Berrian emerged as a valuable downfield weapon in the second half of the year. A full season of health for Rex Grossman and Brian Griese speaks well for a significant up-tick in his opportunities.

    Rashied Davis and Airese Currie offer depth at the position. The Chicago coaching staff believes that Currie will develop into an NFL starter.


    32. San Francisco 49ers
    San Francisco let athletic receiver Brandon Lloyd sign away to the Redskins and then added Bryant in his place. He had the best overall season of his career with the Browns last year when he compiled 69 receptions, 1,009 receiving yards and four touchdowns. After a strong 2002 rookie season in Dallas, Bryant disappeared in 2003 and early 2004 before joining the Browns. His impact on the development of Alex Smith remains to be seen.

    The 49ers will run Arnaz Battle opposite Bryant. Battle compiled 32 catches for 363 yards and three scores between injuries last year. Mike Nolan and the coaching staff expect an immediate contribution from third-round selection Brandon Williams. Williams has good hands and game-changing speed. Former Dolphins receiver Bryan Gilmore and Rasheed Marshall round out a mostly inexperienced 49ers receiving corps.

    In the next stop on the tour, I'll review the tight end position. It went unnoticed for years, but has emerged as a key variable in fantasy draft strategy over the last three years.

    FOXSports.com fantasy contributor Mike Harmon would welcome your comments and feedback. You can also learn more about him by reading "Welcome to my world."

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    Re: Team WR rankings: T.O. boosts Dallas to sixth

    Well, IMO, those are whack!! For one thing i wouldn't consider Burleson a "star"!!! And i don't know much about the Dolphins or the Saint's WR group but IMO we have better receivers than them!!!
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    i'd say we'll jump in those ratings as soon as t-will shows us what he's made of


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    They can continue to UNDERRATE us all they want...come the regular season, Coach Chill will unleash the beasts on the rest of the NFL and then they will all know the "Fury of the Norsemen"!!! :grin:
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    Re: Team WR rankings: T.O. boosts Dallas to sixth

    in all rankings it seems where at 17. the same as our draft pick if im not mistaken
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    Re: Team WR rankings: T.O. boosts Dallas to sixth

    the saints and and the falcons. u got to be kidding me, besides those 2 i agree until koren and troy scorch defenses

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    Re: Team WR rankings: T.O. boosts Dallas to sixth

    I am honestly really surprised they ranked our WR as high as they did! We should be really happy. Our WR core is a joke this season and so is Brad Johnson we are going to be like thRavens when the super bowl a few years back with a crappy offense and high powered defense. We should have been ranked at 27 right behind the Steelers. Yes I know the truth hurts but its the TRUTH.

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    Re: Team WR rankings: T.O. boosts Dallas to sixth

    The Redskins at 7??? Because they acquired Randle El, a 3rd-stringer?

    These things are stupid. I like our WR corps just fine.

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    I'll be pretty miffed if T-Will doesn't really show us something impressive this year, or if they don't get him involved more in the offense.

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    "PurplePeopleEaters89" wrote:
    Well, IMO, those are whack!! For one thing i wouldn't consider Burleson a "star"!!! And i don't know much about the Dolphins or the Saint's WR group but IMO we have better receivers than them!!!

    Chris Chambers is the real deal, and will be on of the top 4 or 5 receivers in the game if he is not already. Marty Booker is their second receiver and he is not a threat, there is not really much after that except Kelly (where's my Uzi) Campbell. Most Vikings fans are familiar with Campbell's the stupid penalties he gets, and his loud mouth!

    But with Chambers on there team and if it is the Daunte of 2004 they will be good, if it is the Daunte of 2005 then they are in trouble.

    This should be the break out year for Ronnie Brown, with weed head Williams in Canada (can somebody revoke his passport while he is up there?). Brown should have a 1300 to 1500 yard season not having to split time with one toke over the line Ricky!
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