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Starter 1: Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
Luck was not on Britt's side. He seemed poised for an unlikely breakout and had developed a good, quick chemistry with new quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Unfortunately, his season was ended by an injury, and the Titans' passing game struggled at times to replace him. Missing the playoffs on a tiebreaker, you have to wonder if his presence would have made a difference.
Starter 2: Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks
Rice has always had some issues with staying healthy, but his loss hurt an already-mediocre passing attack in Seattle. Rice was expected to be a No. 1 target for Tarvaris Jackson. The good news was that his absence paved the way for guys like Doug Baldwin and Mike Williams to make an unlikely impact and set things up for next season.
Backups: Mark Clayton, St. Louis Rams and Roscoe Parrish (KR), Buffalo Bills
Clayton was thought to be the team's best chance at a No. 2 receiver. Already thin at the position anyway, losing an experienced player like Clayton hurt the passing game, which never really got on track until Brandon Lloyd came aboard, and even then it was an issue. Parrish was a huge weapon for Buffalo and was also a great returner, but his loss forced Ryan Fitzpatrick to adjust and probably aided the emergence of tight end Scott Chandler, a favorite target.
Honorable Mentions: Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh Steelers and Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers
Both players played significant parts of the year, but there were stretches where they were either out or banged up and ineffective. One has to wonder if either team would have benefited from an extra pass catcher, particularly in San Diego where Philip Rivers had a few rough patches without Jackson.