The Top 25 Wide Receiver Debuts on New Teams in NFL History

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The Top 25 Wide Receiver Debuts on New Teams in NFL History
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Randy Moss on the night the 2007 Patriots went 16-0.

Whether as a free-agent signing or part of a trade, wide receivers have been running routes from city to city during the NFL offseason. This puts many faces in new places for the 2013 season.

The notable moves include trades for Percy Harvin (Seattle) and Anquan Boldin (San Francisco), and free-agent signings Mike Wallace (Miami), Wes Welker (Denver), Danny Amendola (New England) and Greg Jennings (Minnesota).

Five of those six teams made the playoffs last season, so expectations are high on the new receivers to help put them over the top.

But there are serious risks with going after a wide receiver this time of year. The system, quarterback and supporting cast the receiver played with on his old team had a major impact on his performance, and now teams must hope he adapts to their situation, which is all but guaranteed to differ in at least one area.

Sometimes you end up with instant successes like Brandon Marshall (Chicago) and Vincent Jackson (Tampa Bay) were last season. Other times you end up with David Boston (2003 Chargers) and Peerless Price (2003 Falcons).

Sometimes even the same receiver can have vastly different results after hitting the open market, such as Javon Walker in Denver (2006) compared to Oakland (2008).  

With so many big names moving to a new team this year, chances are some will be a smashing success, and at least one will be a huge failure.

With optimism in mind, we are going to look at the top 25 seasons by a wide receiver on a new team in NFL history. These are players that were either traded or a free agent that previously played for a different team.

Impact is the goal, and that is both about individual production and making the offense better. You will see some players who merely had good stats vs. others who changed the dynamic of his team’s offense.

Which flashy new receiver has the best chance of making this list for his 2013 season? We predict that following the list.

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