Five Wide Receivers Whose Production Will Drop in '09
Receivers' numbers change every year, and sometimes their numbers drop drastically.
This is a list of five wide receivers whom I believe will drop off and, as a consequence, put up some pretty laughable numbers.
5. Lee Evans
Evans is coming off a pretty stellar season, where he recorded over 1,000 yards for the second time in his career. With the addition of Terrell Owens, however, and an offense that relies heavily on Marshawn Lynch and the running game, I don't believe there will be enough balls to go around, and the net result of this will be a drop-off in production.
4. Hines Ward
Ward had a nice season last year with 1,047 yards and seven touchdowns.
All of this production is nice, but with the rise of Santonio Holmes, the drafting of Limas Sweed last year, and the versatile tight end Heath Miller, Ward might soon see less balls thrown his way, which will result in his statistical drop-off.
To add to this, Ward is 33 years old and has maybe lost a step or two, which can mean a lot in the NFL and is why he is No. 4 on this list.
3. Reggie Wayne
This is a controversial pick, but one that had to be made nonetheless.
Wayne has been very reliable over the past four years, with over 1,000 yards in each of these seasons. Every one of those seasons, though, Marvin Harrison has been a player on the Colts team. Because of this, defensive coordinators have been forced to perhaps ignore Reggie Wayne. Now, with Harrison gone from Indianapolis, defensive coordinators can roll up their sleeves and come right at Wayne.
With third-year receiver Anthony Gonzalez and reliable tight end Dallas Clark, we may see a drop-off in Wayne's production.
2. Roddy White
Roddy White played great last year. He plays on a team which is run-heavy and still managed to put up great numbers. With the addition of Tony Gonzalez, though, I believe this great production will come to an end. Gonzalez will be Ryan's go-to guy, and with Michael "Burner" Turner in the backfield, White might not be seeing as many passes fired his way.
1. Terrell Owens
Terrell Owens has put up big numbers wherever he has gone. All of a sudden, though, I think that's about to change. With a quarterback that is unproven and usually unreliable, I do not see Owens putting up nearly as big numbers as he did in Dallas. He's still a big target in the redzone, but not nearly as reliable as he used to be.
You may be wondering why I put both Bills' receivers on this list. I believe Edwards will catch "Owensitis" and end up lobbing balls to Terrell all the time, but not to great success due to coverages, and will only sparingly throw to Evans.
Every year, receivers drop off. It can cause huge problems for a team's offense, and can also result in players losing their jobs. At the end of the day, though, the NFL is a business, not a charity.
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