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NFL Preseason Report Card: Wide Receivers

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29:  Hakeem Nicks #18 of the New York Giants runs a reception past James Ihedigbo #44 of the New York Jets for a fourth quarter touchdown on August 29, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Michael WhooleySenior Writer ISeptember 3, 2009

Week 3 of the NFL preseason is in the books, and for most teams, its the all-important “dress rehearsal”  that showcases the starters for at least the first half of the season.

As such, we’ll go around last week’s games and take a peek at “the good, the bad, and the ugly” performers from the wide receiver position.

THE GOOD

Hakeem Nicks (New York Giants) - Nicks, the team’s first-round draft pick in April, dominated in the team’s contest against the New York Jets catching six passes for 144 yards while scoring two touchdowns. His 208 receiving yards this preseason are the third-most in the NFL.

Chris Henry (Cincinnati Bengals) - Speaking of leaders, no player this preseason has more than the three receiving touchdowns that Henry can claim, and he’s tied with Denver’s Eddie Royal for the most receptions with 13. He caught just two passes in the Bengals’ loss to the St. Louis Rams, but they went for 62 yards and a score. He’s found the end zone in every game this preseason.

Derrick Mason (Baltimore Ravens) - Proving his steadiness and value to Baltimore, Mason was on the receiving end of six passes for 71 yards in Baltimore’s preseason win over the Carolina Panthers.

Randy Moss (New England Patriots) - Now that Tom Brady’s back, so too are Moss’s forays into the end zone. He traversed there twice in New England’s win over the Washington Redskins, catching a total of six passes for 90 yards.

Jerheme Urban (Arizona Cardinals) - In a crazy 44-37 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Urban did his part, with six receptions for 103 yards. He's in the top-20 in the league this preseason in receiving yards, though he has failed to cross the goal-line.

THE BAD

Domenik Hixon (New York Giants) - Hixon had one catch for only 10 yards in the Giants game against the New York Jets. He hasn't exactly flourished with his opportunity so far this preseason. He has just four catches for 40 yards so far.

Devin Hester (Chicago Bears) - Hester had three catches in the Bears’ win over the Denver Broncos in an emotional game due to Jay Cutler’s return. Three receptions isn’t bad, but he gathered just 27 yards with those catches, and he’s averaged just 8.6 yards per reception for the preseason and doesn’t have a catch over 20 yards. With Hester’s speed and Cutler’s arm, that shouldn’t be the case.

Malcolm Kelly (Washington Redskins) - Though he’s had a solid preseason overall, Kelly didn’t show much in his team’s loss to the New England Patriots. The second-year pro caught just one pass and traveled 11 yards with it.

Anthony Gonzalez (Indianapolis Colts) - Losing to the Detroit Lions isn’t a big deal in the preseason, but it likely didn’t feel too good nonetheless. What also didn’t feel good, at least to Gonzalez, was the fact that he only hauled in two passes for a measly 17 yards while dropping another.

Bryant Johnson (Detroit Lions)- One catch for nine feet is what Johnson got. The only thing saving him from being on the “Ugly” list, is that the catch did go for a touchdown. Still, three yards?

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NFL Preseason Report Card: Wide Receivers

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