2008 NFL Season: Top 10 Wide Receivers
With the conclusion of the 2008 NFL Regular Season, this is a great opportunity to look back at some of the best individual efforts across the league this year. This slideshow counts down the 10 best receivers this season.
Criteria used in the rankings include number of receptions, receiving yards, touchdowns, and yard per catch average.
No playoff games were taken into the account as these rankings are meant to equally encompass the 32 teams involved in the NFL Regular Season.
Wide Receiver No. 10: Randy Moss
After an unprecedented season a year ago, Moss' production was down this year without the services of Tom Brady at quarterback.
But while Moss only had 69 receptions on the year, he made a lot of them count. Moss averaged 14.6 yards per catch and hauled in 11 touchdowns.
Moss' season was good enough to eclipse the 1000-yard receiving mark.
Wide Receiver No. 9: Wes Welker
Welker had the second most receptions in the NFL this season, but had only three touchdowns and averaged a mere 10.5 yards per catch.
Welker's quantity over quality approach was still enough to easily break the 1,000-yard receiving mark, as Welker netted 1,165 yards receiving on the year.
Wide Receiver No. 8: Roddy White
This little-known wide-out was perhaps the only bright spot from the disastrous Falcon team a season ago, and is one of the main reasons for rookie Matt Ryan's great success this year.
White pulled in 88 receptions, including seven touchdowns this season. White averaged 15.7 yards per catch on the year, giving him 1,382 total receiving yards for the season.
Wide Receiver No. 7: Greg Jennings
The offense was certainly not the reason for the Packer's disapointing season this year, and Jennings put up some huge numbers.
Jennings pulled in nine touchdowns on 80 receptions for the year, while averaging 16.2 yards per catch.
Jennings finished with 1,292 total receiving yards for the season.
Wide Receiver No. 6: Brandon Marshall
In the explosive Broncos offense, Marshall was Jay Cutler's main weapon all season long.
Marshall was one of three receivers to have more than 100 receptions on the year. He caught 104 passes this year.
Marshall also had six touchdown receptions, but averaged just 12.2 yards per catch. This was still good enough to give him 1,265 receiving yards for the season.
Wide Receiver No. 5: Anquan Boldin
Despite not playing in four games this season, Boldin still pulled in 11 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards receiving.
Boldin's 89 receptions on the year could have easily been over 100 had he played a full 16-game season. He did average a meager 11.7 yards per catch on the year.
Wide Receiver No. 4: Calvin Johnson
The first team to go 0-16 in NFL History does have at least one player worth keeping around.
Johnson had a tremendous season in just his second-year playing in the NFL. He tied for the league lead in receiving touchdowns with 12, and averaged a whopping 17.1 yards per catch.
Johnson had 78 total catches, giving him 1,331 total receiving yards this season.
Wide Receiver No. 3: Steve Smith
One of the most dangerous receivers in recent memory, Smith again put up big numbers despite missing the first two games of the season.
Smith was the only receiver to average over 100 yards receiving per game this season and had the third-highest yards receiving total.
While helping the Panthers to the No. 2 seed in the NFC, Smith pulled in six touchdowns out of his 78 receptions. He averaged 18.2 yards per catch and had 1,421 yards receiving for the year.
Wide Receiver No. 2: Larry Fitzgerald
The combination of Fitzgerald and Boldin helped Cardinal quarterback Kurt Warner to an incredible season and the Cardinals to a division title.
Fitzgerald tied for the league lead in receiving touchdowns with 12 and was second in yards receiving with 1,431. He averaged 14.9 yards per catch, but was just shy of 100 receptions on the year with 96.
Wide Receiver No. 1: Andre Johnson
Perhaps the league's most overlooked player, there is no doubt that Johnson deserves this spot.
Johnson led the league in receptions and receiving yards while catching balls from two different quarterbacks this year.
Johnson finished the season with 115 receptions, 1,575 yards, eight touchdowns, and 13.7 yard-per-catch average.