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    Re: ESPN rates top receiving Cores in NFL

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    Come on guys. We have a #1 who has never had a 1000 yard receiving year, a #2 who is ALL potential so far, and a decent 3. We're not world beaters here and this article really seems to have ignited your guys' homer alert.
    I don't think there is anyone here claiming world beaters at WR but the potential is there, all we have to do is execute and get our recognition.

    Berrian was off a few yards from a 1000 yards on a bad offense, I think he can get 50 more. Rice is a weapon and has the ability to score and outcompete a DB. With these two at helm the future is bright and with time things will only get better with the QB continuety.
    Potential and 7 dollars will get you a cup of coffee at starbucks all day long.

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    Come on guys. We have a #1 who has never had a 1000 yard receiving year, a #2 who is ALL potential so far, and a decent 3. We're not world beaters here and this article really seems to have ignited your guys' homer alert.
    I don't think there is anyone here claiming world beaters at WR but the potential is there, all we have to do is execute and get our recognition.

    Berrian was off a few yards from a 1000 yards on a bad offense, I think he can get 50 more. Rice is a weapon and has the ability to score and outcompete a DB. With these two at helm the future is bright and with time things will only get better with the QB continuety.
    Potential and 7 dollars will get you a cup of coffee at starbucks all day long.
    Better than no potential or Troy Williamson being our top dog. We also have the potential on defense to be the best in the NFL. Potential is everywhere on our current team, now we have to show it on the field.

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    Re: ESPN rates top receiving Cores in NFL

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    "UffDaVikes" wrote:
    "VikingsTw" wrote:
    "litlharsh" wrote:
    Come on guys. We have a #1 who has never had a 1000 yard receiving year, a #2 who is ALL potential so far, and a decent 3. We're not world beaters here and this article really seems to have ignited your guys' homer alert.
    I don't think there is anyone here claiming world beaters at WR but the potential is there, all we have to do is execute and get our recognition.

    Berrian was off a few yards from a 1000 yards on a bad offense, I think he can get 50 more. Rice is a weapon and has the ability to score and outcompete a DB. With these two at helm the future is bright and with time things will only get better with the QB continuety.
    Potential and 7 dollars will get you a cup of coffee at starbucks all day long.
    Better than no potential or Troy Williamson being our top dog. We also have the potential on defense to be the best in the NFL. Potential is everywhere on our current team, now we have to show it on the field.
    No it isn't.

    Troy had potential too. It just never developed. Until our talent develops it is just potential also,which is worth nothing.

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    Re: ESPN rates top receiving Cores in NFL

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    "UffDaVikes" wrote:
    "VikingsTw" wrote:
    "litlharsh" wrote:
    Come on guys. We have a #1 who has never had a 1000 yard receiving year, a #2 who is ALL potential so far, and a decent 3. We're not world beaters here and this article really seems to have ignited your guys' homer alert.
    I don't think there is anyone here claiming world beaters at WR but the potential is there, all we have to do is execute and get our recognition.

    epsn is always like this and it continuously irritates me to no end they just take the stats from last season and rate those

    Berrian was off a few yards from a 1000 yards on a bad offense, I think he can get 50 more. Rice is a weapon and has the ability to score and outcompete a DB. With these two at helm the future is bright and with time things will only get better with the QB continuety.
    Potential and 7 dollars will get you a cup of coffee at starbucks all day long.
    Better than no potential or Troy Williamson being our top dog. We also have the potential on defense to be the best in the NFL. Potential is everywhere on our current team, now we have to show it on the field.

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    Re: ESPN rates top receiving Cores in NFL

    "UffDaVikes" wrote:
    "VikingsTw" wrote:
    "UffDaVikes" wrote:
    "VikingsTw" wrote:
    "litlharsh" wrote:
    Come on guys. We have a #1 who has never had a 1000 yard receiving year, a #2 who is ALL potential so far, and a decent 3. We're not world beaters here and this article really seems to have ignited your guys' homer alert.
    I don't think there is anyone here claiming world beaters at WR but the potential is there, all we have to do is execute and get our recognition.

    Berrian was off a few yards from a 1000 yards on a bad offense, I think he can get 50 more. Rice is a weapon and has the ability to score and outcompete a DB. With these two at helm the future is bright and with time things will only get better with the QB continuety.
    Potential and 7 dollars will get you a cup of coffee at starbucks all day long.
    Better than no potential or Troy Williamson being our top dog. We also have the potential on defense to be the best in the NFL. Potential is everywhere on our current team, now we have to show it on the field.
    No it isn't.

    Troy had potential too. It just never developed. Until our talent develops it is just potential also,which is worth nothing.
    A number of 'ridiculous' (link) rookie contracts every year would suggest that you are wrong.
    Potential is very valuable.
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    Re: ESPN rates top receiving Cores in NFL

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    "VikingsTw" wrote:
    "UffDaVikes" wrote:
    "VikingsTw" wrote:
    "litlharsh" wrote:
    Come on guys. We have a #1 who has never had a 1000 yard receiving year, a #2 who is ALL potential so far, and a decent 3. We're not world beaters here and this article really seems to have ignited your guys' homer alert.
    I don't think there is anyone here claiming world beaters at WR but the potential is there, all we have to do is execute and get our recognition.

    Berrian was off a few yards from a 1000 yards on a bad offense, I think he can get 50 more. Rice is a weapon and has the ability to score and outcompete a DB. With these two at helm the future is bright and with time things will only get better with the QB continuety.
    Potential and 7 dollars will get you a cup of coffee at starbucks all day long.
    Better than no potential or Troy Williamson being our top dog. We also have the potential on defense to be the best in the NFL. Potential is everywhere on our current team, now we have to show it on the field.
    No it isn't.

    Troy had potential too. It just never developed. Until our talent develops it is just potential also,which is worth nothing.
    Wow, potential is worth nothing? With no potential there is no potential, how can that be a good thing? Troy had potential and I've stated this so many times its getting repetative. What happened with Troy was a lack of homework on Mike Tice and crews part. They didn't seem to get down to the nitty gritties that would determine wether Troy had what it took to be a top WR.

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    Re: ESPN rates top receiving Cores in NFL

    I think the author is confusing our WR corps with our passing offense.
    If our receivers were sitting in Indy, they would be ranked a lot higher than 28th and would have much more impressive stats to back it up.
    As it is they are products of poor passing offenses and don't have the world beating stats to back up where they really sit talent wise across the league.

    By the same token, the packers receivers are getting a lot of their high ranking based on Favre last year chucking them the ball.
    Lets see how great this receiving corps looks after this year.

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    11. New York Giants
    . KPlaxico Burress was dominant last season despite struggling with injuries. Burress is a huge, athletic receiver with long arms and physical play strength. He has good hands, can out-jump defenders downfield and is valuable in the red zone. Amani Toomer is a solid possession receiver with outstanding experience. He is a good route-runner with good catching skills and can be effective in the short and intermediate areas. Steve Smith displayed good receiving skills late in 2007 after dealing with injuries throughout his rookie season. Sinorice Moss has been disappointing in his development but David Tyree was amazing in the Super Bowl. Tyree is a solid No. 4/5 receiver with tremendous value on special teams coverage units. Incoming rookie Mario Manningham could be a steal as a third-round pick, depending on how he matures and learns the Giants' complicated offense.

    12. New Orleans Saints

    The Saints have an explosive system under the guidance of QB Drew Brees, and head coach Sean Payton has one of the most creative offensive minds in the league when it comes to finding and attacking the weaknesses of opposing defenses. Former seventh-round pick Marques Colston is established as a productive frontline starter with good hands and good functional play strength in space after the catch. David Patten emerged as a solid option last season, while Lance Moore and Devery Henderson add quality depth. Second-year player Robert Meachem had a disappointing rookie season and didn't play in a single game, but he does display the play speed to stretch the field and open up shorter throws for the Saints' other wideouts. Rookie Adrian Arrington has good size and leaping ability and could work his way into the rotation this season.

    13. Houston Texans
    Andre Johnson is a premier No. 1 receiver who continues to play at a high level when healthy. He has the speed and quickness to attack all levels in the passing game and shows outstanding catching skills. He has good size and strength to allow him separation on different route combinations. Kevin Walter is a big, strong possession receiver who knows how to use his size to shield defenders downfield. Andre Davis has exceptional straight-line speed and can attack the deep vertical areas in the passing game. Jacoby Jones is an intriguing young player who must become more consistent but should increase his playing time thanks to his big-play capabilities.

    14. Carolina Panthers
    Steve Smith is one of the top five playmaking receivers in the NFL, an extremely tough player who has the receiving skills to attack all levels. He has soft hands and the ability to turn a short gain into an explosive play. The addition of D.J. Hackett gives the Panthers a solid No. 2 threat opposite Smith. Despite the fact that he has been hindered by injuries, Hackett has the speed and skill set to take pressure off Smith in the backend by changing the way teams cover him. Muhsin Muhammad returns to Carolina and should be a solid third option in the Panthers three-wide packages. Dwayne Jarrett is a talented player who could really upgrade this unit if he can mature and improve his work habits and preparation. If QB Jake Delhomme returns to full health after elbow surgery the Panthers' passing game should improve drastically in 2008.

    15. Philadelphia Eagles
    Both Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis are solid fits in head coach Andy Reid's West Coast attack but neither is a No. 1 receiver. Brown is a good athlete with balance and body control and has good quickness, cutting ability and hands. Curtis is a reliable player who runs good routes and has the toughness to go over the middle and make difficult catches in a crowd. Rookie second-round pick DeSean Jackson has explosive speed and home run ability and could contribute right away in the Eagles three- and four-wide packages. Jason Avant, Greg Lewis and Hank Baskett provide good alternate options and depth.

    16. Atlanta Falcons
    Roddy White established himself as a frontline starting receiver in the NFL last season and is a big receiver with natural route running skills and downfield setup. White displayed natural hands, receiving skills and strong run-after-catch ability. Laurent Robinson is a young, developing player with a vertical presence and solid receiving skills, while Michael Jenkins is a solid young receiver and a big target in the red zone. Jenkins has long arms and an extended radius outside his frame. Experienced veteran Joe Horn is a consummate pro who can make this group stronger should he stay healthy throughout the season. Rookie third-round pick Harry Douglas is an undersized receiver but can be electric with the ball in his hands.

    17. Denver Broncos
    Brandon Marshall is one of the best young receivers in the NFL and is only going to get better in his fourth NFL season. He is an explosive athlete with big-time speed and receiving skills. He has a natural setup and can make acrobatic catches downfield. However, this is a questionable group outside of Marshall. Keary Colbert was signed this offseason from Carolina to compete for the No. 2 spot, and while Colbert is a talented player he has struggled with inconsistency throughout his career. Brandon Stokley is an ideal No. 3 receiver who does his best work in the slot. Veterans Darrell Jackson and Samie Parker were also signed during the offseason to provide experience and depth. Jackson was a disappointment last season with the 49ers, while Parker's athleticism makes him an intriguing piece in the passing game.

    18. New York Jets
    The Jets have two solid starting receivers in Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles. Cotchery is a big target who knows how to shield defenders with his hands and is a smart, crafty route-runner who can be effective in the short and intermediate areas. Coles is a threat who still has the straight-line speed to attack the vertical seams. He has above-average hands with good run-after-catch ability. Converted QB Brad Smith is the Jets third receiver and has size and playmaking skills. Second-year player Chansi Stuckey flashes the speed and quickness to be effective after the catch, but there are questions about his durability. This is not a big-play group for the most part.

    19. Seattle Seahawks
    Even with the loss of Hackett, the Seahawks have a talented receiving corps around QB Matt Hasselbeck. Deion Branch is still rehabbing a torn ACL suffered during the playoffs, but when healthy he is a tough, reliable playmaker who can place a lot of pressure on opposing defenses. Nate Burleson has decent size, quick feet and functional play speed, and while he is talented he must show he can play at a high level. Veteran Bobby Engram set a single-season franchise record with 94 receptions last season and has been a reliable target for Hasselbeck with his smart, crafty routes, excellent hands and ability to get open in the short and intermediate areas. The Seahawks also have intriguing young players in Ben Obomanu, Courtney Taylor, Logan Payne and Jordan Kent.

    20. Jacksonville Jaguars
    Jacksonville has been lacking a true No. 1 wideout since the retirement of Jimmy Smith, but the offseason additions of Jerry Porter and Troy Williamson could change that. Porter is a tremendous talent but also brings some off-the-field baggage from Oakland. He has the physical tools to be a No. 1 in offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's passing attack, however. Williamson is hoping to turn things around after being labeled a first-round bust in Minnesota. Reggie Williams showed good development last season but it wasn't enough to keep the Jaguars from staying busy in the offseason. Backup Dennis Northcutt is best suited in the slot, while Matt Jones, another former first-rounder and a former college quarterback, could have a difficult time making the Jaguars 53-man roster.

    21. Washington Redskins
    New head coach Jim Zorn's offense will be similar to the one Mike Holmgren runs in Seattle, but look for the Redskins to emphasize the running game due to Zorn's lack of experience calling plays. Last year's starting wide receivers, Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El, are short, undersized players who rely on experience, speed and quickness. Moss is an injury waiting to happen but he makes explosive plays and has a lot of big-play flair. If healthy, he is a big-time threat. Randle El is fast and dangerous in open space but struggles against big, physical corners and is at his best in the slot. The Redskins added two big receivers in the 2008 draft with the additions of Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly, and James Thrash has been a reliable role player during his career.

    22. Baltimore Ravens
    New offensive coordinator Cam Cameron should make this offensive more explosive in 2008, but a lot still depends on getting consistent quarterback play. While Derrick Mason is on the decline, Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams are gaining steam in their development. Williams is the most explosive while Clayton is mature for a fourth-year player and has ascended rapidly. He is a dangerous possession receiver with quickness and route-running ability. Mason is a savvy, experienced veteran who is effective in the short and intermediate areas. Yamon Figurs has game-changing speed and can attack the deep vertical areas, and rookie fourth-round pick Marcus Smith is a tough possession receiver who could contribute early in his career.

    23. St. Louis Rams
    Torry Holt battled a knee injury throughout 2007 but he still continued to play at a high level. He is a smart, instinctive route-runner with excellent hands and is still one of the top receivers in the NFL. Drew Bennett should be decent replacement for the aging Isaac Bruce, who was released during the offseason. Bennett was disappointing last season but is a tall receiver who can be a big-time threat in the red zone. Speedy rookie Donnie Avery should compete with Dane Looker and Reche Caldwell for the No. 3 spot. Caldwell is an experienced player who is familiar with new offensive coordinator Al Saunders' system. Veteran Dante' Hall, second-year player Marques Hagans and rookie fourth-round pick Keenan Burton should add to the rotation.

    24. Buffalo Bills
    New offensive coordinator Turk Schonert will open the offense and attack through the air more behind second-year QB Trent Edwards. Lee Evans is an explosive playmaker whose numbers were down last season with the conservative offense and lack of playmakers around him, but the Bills have strengthened that supporting cast by drafting James Hardy in the second round this year. Hardy is a big, physical receiver with tremendous red zone presence and should help Evans improve his production. Josh Reed is an undersized receiver who is best utilized in the slot while Roscoe Parrish has big-time speed but is more valuable as a returner than a receiver at this point in his career.

    25. Kansas City Chiefs
    New offensive coordinator Chan Gailey will implement a run-heavy system that will try to take pressure off QB Brodie Croyle. In the passing game, though, TE Tony Gonzalez is the Chiefs' primary target. Second-year wideout Dwayne Bowe is poised to become the big-time No. 1 receiver the Chiefs need, however. Bowe is athletic for a player of his size, showing great balance and body control, natural route-running skills and good receiving skills, though he must become more consistent with his hands. There is a big-time dropoff after Bowe, however, with no proven full-time contributors behind him. Devard Darling, Jeff Webb, and rookies Will Franklin and Kevin Robinson will compete for roles within the structure of the offense.

    26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Joey Galloway continues to defy Father Time and is still an excellent receiver at 36, and he remains the team's No. 1 receiver. Galloway has supreme speed and the ability to make of explosive plays downfield. Ike Hilliard is a savvy veteran who knows how to get open in Jon Gruden's West Coast offense, but Michael Clayton's career has continued to nosedive since his impressive rookie campaign. Clayton has been inconsistent with his route-running and catching skills. Maurice Stovall is big and can create mismatches in the red zone, but overall there is little to get excited about outside Galloway. The team hopes second-round pick Dexter Jackson and street free agent Antonio Bryant can improve this group.

    27. Oakland Raiders
    The Raiders added Javon Walker and Drew Carter and drafted Arman Shields in the fourth round. Walker is a big-play threat who has the ability to attack all levels. However, he does have durability issues and has left two teams (Denver and Green Bay) on bad terms. Ronald Curry is a solid No. 2 who runs good routes and has soft hands. He is a good athlete and has overcome a lot during his NFL career. Carter is a fast, explosive receiver with the speed to stretch the defense but is not a polished route-runner and struggled to fill the No. 2 role in Carolina. Johnnie Lee Higgins is an intriguing young player who plays fast and aggressively. Despite all the activity during the offseason there is uncertainty about this group.

    28. Minnesota Vikings
    Even with the offseason signing of Bernard Berrian, the Vikings are in need of a true No. 1. If Sidney Rice continues to develop, however, the Vikings could have two complementary receivers starting opposite each other in 2008. Berrian, with his explosive vertical speed, is exactly what the team needed for attacking downfield. The key will be his ability to get on the same page as QB Tarvaris Jackson. Rice is a tall, athletic receiver who fits in well at the 'X' position in the Vikings' West Coast offense and has deceptive speed with natural cutting ability. Bobby Wade is an effective slot receiver who can find open short and intermediate areas, while Robert Ferguson is an experienced player who fits nicely as the fourth receiver.

    29. Tennessee Titans
    Offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger returns to Tennessee intent on refining the skills and development of franchise quarterback Vince Young. However, Heimerdinger will need to come up with some creative ways to do that as the team lacks a No. 1 target specifically and lacks speed in general. Justin Gage was the Titans' most dependable receiver last season, while Roydell Williams has the vertical speed to attack deep zones down the field. Gage is an effective short-to-intermediate receiver with good catching skills. Justin McCareins was re-signed this offseason and brings experience, size and playmaking skills to the offense. Brandon Jones is still young and has battled durability problems, while fourth-round pick Lavelle Hawkins could contribute early as a possession receiver in multiple personnel groupings.

    30. San Francisco 49ers
    New offensive coordinator Mike Martz faces an uphill task in turning around the worst offense in the league in 2007. The 49ers lack a true No. 1, and there are concerns about QB Alex Smith. Though new addition Isaac Bruce is very familiar with Martz's system from their days in St. Louis, Bruce is a declining player who no longer possesses the speed and burst to be a frontline No. 1. However, he is still a crafty receiver who knows how to get open and has good receiving skills. Bryant Johnson brings big-play ability to an offense that is in dire need of it, while Arnaz Battle should compete with Johnson for the No. 2 position but is best suited as a possession receiver. Ashley Lelie is mainly a vertical threat and lacks toughness, while second-year player Jason Hill must make strides in his development this season.

    31. Chicago Bears
    Offensive coordinator Ron Turner will rely on the Bears running game to set up the play-action and take pressure off QBs Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton. However, the Bears No. 1 option might be return specialist turned wideout Devin Hester, a dynamic threat with the speed to attack vertically and the ability to score every time he touches the ball. Marty Booker is an experienced player and a good route-runner who relies on savvy but has lost a step. Brandon Lloyd was a disappointment in Washington due to average speed and playmaking skills, but he is familiar with Turner's system from their days at the University of Illinois. Mark Bradley could make an impact if he stays healthy, and look for rookie Earl Bennett to get involved early in the season.

    32. Miami Dolphins
    Expect offensive coordinator Dan Henning to rely heavily on the combination of running back duo of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, because outside of Ted Ginn Jr. the Dolphins lack explosive playmakers on the perimeter. Ginn is a raw-route runner who can be inconsistent in his setup and separation because he relies too much on his speed. He needs refinement in his overall game but possess the speed to run by any corner in the NFL. Ernest Wilford has good size and receiving skills but is best suited as a possession receiver and can be effective in the red zone due to his size. Former third-round pick Derek Hagan is a big target with good route savvy but can be inconsistent with his hands. Overall, this is not an impressive group on paper.

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    1. New England Patriots
    Led by QB Tom Brady and his amazing supporting cast, the Patriots scored an NFL-record 589 points. WR Randy Moss is coming off one of the all-time great seasons by a wide receiver, with 98 catches for 1,493 yards and an NFL-record 23 TD catches. He is still a spectacular athlete who has the explosive ability to attack all levels in the passing game. Wes Welker is a very instinctive slot receiver with the knack to find soft spots and the ability to get open in the short and intermediate areas in the passing game. Jabar Gaffney is a solid No. 3 receiver who has a great rapport with Brady. He makes a lot of plays with the backend when opponents focus on stopping either Moss or Welker. Two players to keep an eye on this year are former second-round pick Chad Jackson, who has been hampered by injuries over his short career, and veteran backup Kelley Washington.

    2. Arizona Cardinals
    The Cardinals are the No. 2 team due to their amazing duo of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. Both players are big-time receivers who place a tremendous amount of pressure on opposing defenses' backend. These two thrive off of one another, and few teams in the league have a better situation at wide receiver. Fitzgerald has great size and enough speed to go along with his excellent hands and body control. He excels in the red zone and can stretch the field or eat a cornerback alive with his possession routes. Boldin is probably the No. 2 option in this offense, but he is a true No. 1 on just about any team in the league. He has great size and physicality. He is tough and makes a lot of big plays after the catch. There are a host of candidates who will compete for the No. 3 role, led by third-round pick Early Doucet, Steve Breaston, Jerheme Urban and Ahmad Merritt.

    3. Cincinnati Bengals
    Even with all the offseason distractions revolving around WR Chad Johnson, the Bengals have a very talented receiving duo with Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. However, without Johnson, this ranking would be a lot lower. Johnson is an explosive playmaker who draws enough attention on the backend to open up the passing game and spacing for other players. He is an excellent route-runner with soft hands and the ability to attack all levels in the passing game. Houshmandzadeh is an exceptional second option who exploits one-on-one matchups in the short and intermediate areas. He is a very smart route-runner with excellent receiving skills and is a big-time threat in the red zone. Rookies Jerome Simpson, Andre Caldwell and Mario Urrutia will be counted on early to contribute.

    4. Green Bay Packers
    Head coach Mike McCarthy places a high emphasis on a short, high-percentage passing attack out of multiple spread groupings to set up the run. The Packers have a talented receiving corps led by Donald Driver and Greg Jennings. Driver is the primary receiver and does a great job of occupying defenses, which allows Jennings more opportunities in the red zone. Driver is a terrific route-runner with very good athleticism and body control. He is a fearless player who will go over the middle and make a tough catch in a crowd. Jennings has good hands and is a very instinctive runner after the catch. James Jones is a solid possession receiver with natural catching skills and hands. He is a good route-runner with the ability to separate at break points. Rookie second-round pick Jordy Nelson will add solid depth to an impressive receiving corps.

    5. Indianapolis Colts
    Reggie Wayne might be the best receiver in the NFL. He is an excellent route-runner with great understanding of coverage concepts on the backend. He is an excellent athlete who can make plays on all levels and has a very good knack for attacking downfield balls. The biggest question mark is whether or not Marvin Harrison can get back to playing at a Pro Bowl level. If healthy, Harrison is one of the smartest route-runners in the NFL. He has outstanding receiving skills and a very good rapport with Manning. Backup Anthony Gonzalez is a good, young receiver who should continue to develop as a productive player in his second season.

    6. Cleveland Browns
    Under offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, the Browns have one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. With receivers Braylon Edwards, Donte' Stallworth, Joe Jurevicius and Josh Cribbs, the Browns can place a lot of pressure on opposing defenses. Edwards is one of top young receivers in the NFL. He has game-changing speed and the ability create mismatches all over the field. He has natural hands and downfield leaping ability. Stallworth is a solid No. 2 receiver with big-time explosive speed, while Jurevicius is a solid possession receiver. The Browns must find a way to incorporate Cribbs more in the offense due to his ability to score anytime he touches the ball.

    7. Detroit Lions
    New offensive coordinator Jim Colletto had implemented a balance attack with a heavy emphasis on improving the run now that the Mike Martz era is over. However, the Lions have a pretty talented receiving corps led by Roy Williams. If the Lions had more consistency in the passing attack, this group could easily move up. Williams is a tremendous talent who has the ability to be the total package. Calvin Johnson is a young, developing player who has all the tools to be an elite player in future years. Backup receiver Shaun McDonald led the Lions in receptions last season, while Mike Furrey has equal value to McDonald and can make a lot of plays as the fourth receiver. Both McDonald and Furrey are smart, instinctive receivers who can get open and make plays.

    8. Dallas Cowboys
    Even though the Cowboys extended Terrell Owens' contract recently, he still turns 35 this season. However, he continues to play at a very high level. Patrick Crayton can be a decent No. 2 receiver opposite Owens. He can align both in the slot and on the outside, where he can utilize his size and speed to get separation. He is above-average route-runner with big-play ability. Terry Glenn is an experienced player with explosive playmaking skills, but played in only one game last season due to a knee injury. There is uncertainty with his future playing status with the Cowboys. Sam Hurd, Miles Austin and Isaiah Stanback all contributed on special team units last season and must find consistent roles in offensive coordinator Jason Garrett's multiple spread sets. The Cowboys don't have a lot depth behind their experienced starters

    9. San Diego Chargers
    Last season's addition of Chris Chambers gives the Chargers a solid starting tandem with Vincent Jackson. Chambers is an experienced receiver with speed and quickness on the outside and has the ability to catch the ball in stride and hit explosive plays down the field. Jackson is a huge target in the passing game and takes advantage of his 6-foot-5 frame by out-jumping defenders down the field. Although he doesn't separate well at times, he has the ability to make tough catches in a crowd. Both Chambers and Jackson complement each other well in the Chargers' passing attack. Buster Davis is a young player with a lot of potential, while Malcom Floyd and Kassim Osgood give the Chargers a lot of depth at a critical position.

    10. Pittsburgh Steelers
    Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians loves to spread the field with multiple personnel groupings and attack through the air with the arm strength of QB Ben Roethlisberger. Hines Ward has been nicked up a good bit, and with his physical style of play and age, he needs to prove he can stay healthy for an entire season. However, Ward is still a very good football player who is effective in the short and intermediate areas in the passing game. Santonio Holmes is an intriguing young player who must become more consistent and durable. He is an explosive threat who can attack the vertical areas of the field. Nate Washington is the third receiver who could easily lose his job to rookie Limas Sweed, a second-round pick out of Texas. Sweed is a big, athletic receiver who has a tremendous upside to develop. Behind the starters, Pittsburgh's receiving corps is very average and it needs someone to step up as the No. 3 guy.

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    Re: ESPN rates top receiving Cores in NFL

    I personally would have ranked the bengals at #2.. followed by Green Bay.. then the Cards..

    I think the Steelers are rated a little high.. and the Chargers are definitely a little too high as well... as their receiving core is their weakest link on offense.. besides a #2 running back behind LT... although sproles is good.. i don't see Jacob Hester as a dynamic running back...


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