Every year in the NFL a wide receivers production will differ, usually not to a significant degree but sometimes their numbers will drop horrendously or they will explode and break out into a career year. I am going to select five wide receivers that I think are going to step up and make a difference with a bigger production load this year.
5. Braylon Edwards
Edwards put up some great numbers in 2007 with over 1000 receiving yards and pulling 16 touchdown passes. In 2008 however Edwards dropped off terribly and only managed to pull in three touchdowns and gain 873 yards.
His drop off in production cannot be completely blamed on his lack off play, there was the terrible situation at quarterback, where two of the three QB's were placed on IR.
In 2009 though I believe the Browns will have more stability at quarterback and Edwards will thrive on this and put up just as good numbers as he did in 2007, if not better.
4. Marques Colston
Colston also had a breakout year on 2007 and being the number one receiver for Drew Bree's most people thought his numbers could only get better. 2008 however was not Colston's year as he tore a ligament in his thumb and was not the same from then on.
Colston is a huge target though 6'4", 225 and if he is fully recovered will bounce back hard and will be that number one receiver Drew Brees' need.
3. Jeremy Maclin
I'm going out on a limb here and predicting that this rookie is going to put up some great numbers, some will ask why I didn't pick Michael Crabtree. I didn't select Crabtree because of the system he is in, I believe he is a fantastic receiver and will be an All Pro someday, but in the 49er's system putting up big numbers is too much to ask.
Maclin will contribute immediately this is because he will be stepping right into Andy Reid's pass heavy offense and will see a lot of balls coming his way and with the 4.3 forty speed this guy posses, he will be able to run by a lot of people and pull down some long passes for some huge gains.
2. Chad Ocho Cinco
In 2008 Chad concentrated too much on getting out of Cincinnati than actually playing for Cincinnati that he damaged his stock a bit.
After only gaining 540 yards and pulling in three touchdowns (career lows bar rookie season in '01) and now it seems he will be in Bengal town for a long time to come, Chad has also come to realize this and now has stated he is going to put in a lot more effort to get back in shape and again become a lethal receiving threat.
This is an obvious selection as he is a great receiver and with a great quarterback in Carson Palmer there's no doubt he can do some great things.
1. Roy Williams
When Williams was traded to Dallas most people believed that his would now make their offense unstoppable, but unfortunately for Dallas things didn't pan out and Williams ended up with only 198 yards and one touchdown.
There is no doubt that at the moment Roy Williams is nothing but hype, but if he can get back to his 2006 pro bowl form and become more substance he will easily fill the void at receiver left by the departure of Terrell Owens.
All these receivers have something to prove, whether it's just the beginning for them, they're trying to prove they can come back from injury or that they can bounce back from a down year to be a great receiver.
One thing they all have in common is talent, all they have to do is prove they can use and they'll get those big pay checks and help their teams get those big W's!
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