The Top Five Slot Receivers in the NFL

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The Top Five Slot Receivers in the NFL
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Slot receivers are often under-appreciated because rarely do they produce inflated statistics, and seldom do they ever get selected to a Pro Bowl.

However, these receivers often make big plays to keep drives alive, and can be valuable in keeping the attention away from the elite receiving targets on the team.

In 2007, Wes Welker caught 112 balls for 1,175 yards and eight touchdowns as a slot receiver for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

This is an unusual case, as it is uncommon for a No. 3 receiver to produce these type of numbers.

More likely, slot receivers on a good year will produce 40-50 receptions and a handful of touchdowns. This slide show is dedicated to predicting which players will make these modest, yet important contributions.

For example, in 2008, players such as Nate Washington of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Patrick Crayton of the Dallas Cowboys were both players who made solid contributions at opportune times, yet were far from being considered stars.

Without any further introduction, here are the five wide receivers who I believe will earn a role as a slot receiver, and will be the most valuable at their position in 2009.

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