With the 2009 NFL season fast approaching, and the top recievers up in the air after Fitz and Andre Johnson. While top guys like Brandon Marshall might not even see the field. Its unclear who makes up the bottom half of the list. You could go with consistent guys or guys who can be hit or miss. The NFL is a league where things change in the blink of an eye, and stuff you would never expect to happen, end up happening. Like the Dolphins who had been 1-15 the season before ending up winning the AFC East over the Patriots who had been 16-0 the season before. Crazy things happen. For all we know Larry Fitzgerald could gain under 1,000 Yards while a guy like Chad Ochocinco could come out of nowhere, and gain 1,500 Yards. Thats why we love the NFL you cant guarentee anything. So while after this season this list could be totally different it could also be the same. So be ready for a 2009 season with a lot of shocks.
Larry Fitzgerald is a guy who would be #1 on every list. He is with out a doubt the best WR in the NFL until some one emerges as better, and I dont see that happening this season or any time soon. Last season he re-wrote the playoff record books, and was almost as good during the regular season. Fitzgerald is the perfect athlete. Theres nothing he cant do. He has height. He has speed, he can jump, he can break tackles and he runs great routes. When his career is over he will probably go down as one of the greatest WR's of all time, but the scary part is hes only 26, and getting better.
My season perdiction: 103 Rec, 1,574 Yds and 14 TD's
A guy thats been just plain amazing in 3 healthy seasons. Including a 2008 season where he caught 115 passes for 1,575 yards. Hes a palyer that has been underrated for a long time now will not be any more. He has elite talent, and a QB in Matt Schaub who isnt afraid to air it out. He could very well put up numbers similar to last year if not better. Playing for a team that should be in a lot of shootouts the Texans will be forced to throw a lot.
My season perdiction: 105 Rec, 1,450 Yds and 10 TD's
As I said before Randy Moss is one of the greatest recievers of all time. Calvin Johnson is basically a younger Randy Moss. A big physical reciever with great hands, and speed it doesnt get much better then that. A pure athlete who will be the top reciever in the NFL for years to come. Its scary to know that hes doing all this without a legit QB under center. If Matthew Stafford can devolop into the player the Lions hope its scary to even think the type of numbers Calvin Johnson can put up.
My season perdiction: 88 Rec, 1,400 Yds and 12 TD's
He is one of the greatest, and yet contreversial WR's of all time. From mooning the crowd in Green Bay to his 23 Td catches for the Patriots in 2007. Last season he went for about 70 catches and 1,000 Yds. However with Tom Brady under center for this season he should have another stellar season for the Patriots. I dont expect 23 TD's again, but something more like 15 or so. Hes not going to repeat his 2007 season, but that doesnt mean he cant come close.
My seaon perdiction: 92 Rec, 1,382 and 15 TD's
One of the fastest recievers in the NFL. Smith has been known as an elite reciever ever since 2003 when he caught 88 passes for 1,110 Yds, and 7 TD's. That was only the beginning of a series of good seasons. Smith is the type of guy that can make the spectacular catch every time he lines up. He makes Jake Delhomme a way better QB, and he forces a double team every time hes on the field.
My Season perdiction: 95 Rec, 1,390 Yds and 8 TD's
Jennings is a guy who seemingly came out of no-where in 2007 when he gained 920 yards and saw the endzone 12 times. In 2008 he proved 2007 was no fluke as he gained 1,300 yards, and found paydirt 9 times. With QB Aaron Rodgers not afraid to throw the long ball, and a guy in Jennings who is known for catching passes down the field this could be an even bigger year for Jennings then last season. Especially considering the fact Donald Driver is now 34. Which means he will be phased out of the game-plan even more. Jennings proved that he was a elite last year, and this year I expect him to top his performance from last season.
My Season Perdiction: 82 Rec, 1,384 Yds, and 13 TD's
Although he comes with a lot of baggage as proven by his nickname "Baby T.O" He also comes with a whole lot of talent. A tall physical reciever. Marshall caught 104 passes last year in 15 games. Including 18 in Week 2 his first week playing due to suspension. While he wants out of Denver, and might not even play this season, I believe he will, and he'll do what he always does, and just cause mismatches for every defense he faces. Although with Kyle Orton as his QB he will not put up numbers like he did last season, but he will still put up numbers that show why his attitude is not the only reason for his nick-name.
My season perdiction: 84 Rec, 1,184 Yds and 11 TD's
Call me crazy for putting Chad Ochocinco as the 8th best WR, but keep in mind before last year he was a top 5 guy. Despite his 54 catch 540 yard season of last year. This year he will have a legit QB, and he seems a lot happier in Cincinnati. Also now with T.J Houshmanzadeh in Seattle he is the top dog for teh Bengals officially with out a doubt. Even with the Laverneus Coles signing that will just take away double teams, and not catches. Which will keep him even happier, and when he gives 110% hes just as good as any other WR reciever in the NFL, and i perdict a big season from #85.
My Season Perdiction: 98 Rec, 1,200 Yds, and 13 TD's
Despite contract troubles you cant deny the fact this guy has serious talent in a very explosive offense. Last season he had an unbelievable season sometimes overshadowed by a legendary playoff performance by teamate Larry Fitzgerald. In a season where he missed 2 games, and played through an injury he still put up numbers that were great. He had 89 Rec, 1,038 Yds and 11 TD's through 14 games. Although he may be un-happy with his current contract he will play, and I expect a big year with people forced to double Fitzgerald.
My Season Perdiction: 87 Rec, 1,184 Yds, 8 TD's
This Colts WR who burst on the scene in 2004 with a stellar season that included 77 catches for 1,210yards. Not to mention he found the endzone 12 times. That was as a #2 reciever. Now going into his second season as the # 1 guy, with one of the best QB's in football you better believe this guy is going to put up big numbers. In fact he would be higher on this list if not for losing his Head Coach, Tony Dungy.
My Season perdiction: 85 Rec, 1,084 Yds, 8 TD's
Heres a few guys who bareley missed out on making this list: Roddie White, Dwayne Bowe, Terell Owens, Wes Welker, Terell Owens, Marques Colston, Braylon Edwards and T.J Houshmanzadeh