2010-2011 NFL Season Preview: Top 5 Wide Receivers

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Here is a list of the Top 5 Wide Receivers in the NFL heading into next season:

1. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

The Houston Texans have been a perennial underachiever in the AFC Conference ever since they became an NFL expansion team.

Obviously, when an expansion team gets started, no one expects much from them as they have a long way to go before they can contend with the best of the best in the NFL.

Even though the Texans may still need a few more season before they make the playoffs, they continue to improve with every passing season and wide receiver Andre Johnson has been arguably the best player on the team over the past couple of years.
Last season Johnson finished the year with 101 receptions, 1,569 yards and nine touchdowns. Those numbers are impressive to say the least and with the Texans improving with every passing season, Johnson’s numbers will only get better!

 

2. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts have had one of the best passing games in the NFL for quite some time now and next season will be no different.

Whenever the Colts have future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning behind center, Indianapolis’ offense has a chance of putting up 25 to 40 points on any given Sunday. This obviously has a lot to do with Manning’s ability to get everyone in the Colts’ offense involved, but the four-time NFL MVP wouldn’t be able to lead one of the best offenses in the NFL without superstar wide receiver Reggie Wayne.

The Colts may have not been able to come away with their second Super Bowl title last season, but they have high hopes for the future as Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark have become arguably two of the biggest offensive threats in the league.

Finishing with 1,264 yards, 10 touchdowns on 100 receptions, Wayne has made Indianapolis forget the name Marvin Harrison and become Peyton Manning’s new favorite target. I expect more big numbers from Reggie Wayne next season.

 

3. Randy Moss, New England Patriots

Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots veterans aren’t getting any younger, but even though they may not be the same team that dominated the NFL a few years ago, they are still a force to be reckoned with in
the AFC Conference.

This upcoming NFL season might be a make or break year for the Patriots as the sand in the hour glass is starting to run out, but as long as Tom Brady is behind center and Randy Moss is catching his long bombs, the New England offense will be amongst the best in the league with the ability to light up the scoreboard.

Next season Randy Moss should have repeat performance of last season in which he finished with 1,264 yards, 13 touchdowns and caught 83 passes.

 

4. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys

Whenever you think about the best wide receivers in the NFL the four other names on this list tend to come up in the argument, but last season we saw one wideout in Dallas that can now be added to the mix as Miles Austin quickly became Tony Romo’s favorite target on the Dallas Cowboys.

With 1,320 yards, 11 touchdowns and 81 receptions, Austin became one of the best wideouts in the league and should be a force to be reckoned with in the Dallas Cowboys offense once again next season.

 

5. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

A couple of years ago, Larry Fitzgerald would have been on top of this list without much debate, but after a somewhat down season (in terms of receiving yards), Fitzgerald was no longer considered the best of the best at the wide receiver position.

Even though it was considered a down season by his critics with only 1,092 receiving yards, Fitzgerald still caught 97 balls and scored 13 touchdowns. Those are still pretty big numbers, especially with the touchdown total which is tied with Randy Moss for the most on this list.

Next season will be completely different for the perennial Pro Bowler though and the main reason why he is fifth on this list is because future Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner decided to call it a career. Now Fitzgerald will be receiving passes from an unproven Matt Leinart which leaves speculation on whether or not he can keep up his production moving forward in the post-Warner era in Arizona.

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