Power Ranking the Best Wide Receivers Remaining in the NFL Divisional Round
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Although the game's best receiver (Calvin Johnson) is sitting at home watching the playoffs, there are still multiple guys who can get the job done.
From the dual-deep threats in Atlanta and Denver, to Green Bay where every receiver gets his opportunity to shine, there's a lot of talent left.
Here's a look at the 10 best receivers left in the playoffs.
10. Anquan Boldin
Boldin had his biggest game of the year against Indianapolis.
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When it comes to the playoffs, teams are looking for their top receivers to be clicking on all cylinders.
Boldin caught five passes for 145 yards and one touchdown, his highest output of the season.
However, it's not like it came out of nowhere. In the previous week against the New York Giants, Boldin had seven catches for 93 yards.
Boldin has never gotten a lot of press. But, he is still a good NFL wide receiver.
If the Ravens are going to have any chance against Denver, he has to have as good of a game (if not better).
9. Jordy Nelson
Jordy Nelson has big-play potential, but has struggled with injuries.
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Jordy Nelson burst onto the scene last year for the Green Bay Packers as he had 1,263 receiving yards.
Most thought with Aaron Rodgers continuing to feed him the ball, Nelson would top that this year.
However, it hasn't been the same as Nelson has struggled with injuries and only played in 12 games, catching 73 passes for 745 yards.
Still, in that offense, Nelson is a good receiver and can make defenses pay real quickly.
He's going to be depended on against San Francisco as the 49ers have one of the better secondaries in football.
8. Eric Decker
Eric Decker has 1,064 yards this year.
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Eric Decker is simply a better receiver because his quarterback is Peyton Manning.
Then again, every receiver with Manning as his quarterback is a better receiver.
The Denver Broncos receiver had 85 catches for 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns this year. Of the nine games he scored a touchdown in, four of those were two-touchdown efforts.
Decker is a great complement to Manning as he is sure-handed and doesn't drop many throws.
As the playoffs continue, that will be important if the Broncos are to make it to the Super Bowl.
7. Michael Crabtree
Michael Crabtree had his first 1,000-yard season this year.
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However, the 49ers also have a deep threat in Michael Crabtree. Crabtree caught 85 passes for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns.
For the first three years of his career, Crabtree underperformed to the high expectations he had.
Now, he is the No. 1 receiver in the San Francisco offense and gives quarterback Colin Kaepernick someone he can count on the in the passing game.
Crabtree has saved some of his best performances for the end of the season. In his last four games (including at New England and Seattle), Crabtree caught 28 passes for 437 yards and four touchdowns.
That's exactly how you want your top receiver to be entering the playoffs.
6. Randall Cobb
Randall Cobb has become an important part of Green Bay's offense.
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For those who try to cover Green Bay's Randall Cobb, good luck with that.
Cobb earns this spot on the list because of not only what he can do in the passing game, but also what he can do in the return game.
He has Devin Hester-like ability to change a game on special teams, but unlike Hester, is more than capable of holding his own on offense.
Cobb has 954 yards and eight touchdowns on the year, used mainly out of the slot.
While teams use their two best corners on the outside, Cobb usually finds himself against a linebacker or the No. 3 corner. And the Packers use that to their advantage.
With a lack of a running game, having a threat in the slot allows Green Bay to have success.
For the Packers to advance to the Super Bowl, Cobb is going to have to continue to come up big when the ball is thrown his way.
5. Wes Welker
Wes Welker has 1,354 yards receiving this year.
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Teams seem to underestimate Wes Welker on a weekly basis.
And, it's not like the New England receiver is not known for what he can do. It's quite the contrary.
Teams seem to not understand how elusive he is when he's trying to get open. I'll never understand it, but it works for the Patriots.
Welker turned in his fifth 1,000-yard season in six years with 1,354-yard effort and six touchdowns.
Tom Brady is going to get him the ball. Teams just have to figure out a way to limit his yards.
4. Julio Jones
Julio Jones had 1,198 yards receiving this year.
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There's a reason why the Atlanta Falcons traded so many draft picks to move up to select Julio Jones in the 2011 draft.
Jones gave the Falcons a vertical threat that allowed his teammates to succeed in other areas.
This year, Jones has helped open up Atlanta's passing game, catching 79 passes for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The only reason he's not the No. 1 receiver on the Falcons is because there's someone even better on the other side.
For Jones and the Falcons, it's playoff time. The regular season doesn't matter.
If the Falcons are going to move on, Jones has to have the game of his life because the Seattle corners are among the best in the league.
3. Andre Johnson
Andre Johnson had 1,598 yards receiving this year.
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Just when you thought he was washed up and his career was coming to a close, Andre Johnson came back with a vengeance in 2012.
Had it not been for Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson would've been the talk of the wide-receiving world.
The Houston Texans receiver caught 112 passes for 1,598 yards. However, he only found the end zone four times, which hurt Houston down the stretch.
In fact, he didn't have a touchdown in all three of the losses at the end of the season.
Last week against the Cincinnati Bengals wasn't any different as the Texans escaped with a victory.
If the Texans are going to get past the Patriots, Johnson has to stretch the field and get into the end zone.
He has the capability. Now, he just has to do it.
2. Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius Thomas had 1,434 yards this season.
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I'll admit I was a Demaryius Thomas hater at the beginning of the season.
But, the Denver wide receiver has done nothing but get the job done this year.
For the year, Thomas has 94 catches for 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns.
There's no doubt that Manning has made him a better receiver. However, the one thing Manning can't teach Thomas is speed, which is something he has a lot of.
Thomas has been spectacular during Denver's 11-game winning streak, having six games with at least 80 yards or more.
His best game of the year actually came against the Patriots when he caught nine balls for 180 yards.
Thomas should continue to keep it going as the Broncos look to make their way back to the Super Bowl.
1. Roddy White
Roddy White has 1,351 yards on the season.
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The best wide receiver left in the playoffs is Roddy White.
His ability to do all things in an offensive scheme is what places him here.
Not only can he run and catch, but he can also block on the outside for the running game and force defenses to take their focus off other good players.
White has 92 catches for 1,351 yards and seven touchdowns this year. Why not more?
Just look at who was on the other side.
Jones and White form the top receiving duo in the NFL and are a big reason why the Falcons have the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
For those who watched the first game between the Falcons and the Carolina Panthers, the end of the game is where White showed his magic.
From the 1-yard line, Matt Ryan threw a deep pass to White (which was a little short). White adjusted to the ball and made a spectacular catch for a 59-yard gain.
That play helped set up the Falcons for the game-winning field goal.
There are multiple other examples of White's play, but that one play just goes to show you when the game is on the line, White is the guy you want catching the ball.