Rookie Receivers Are The Stars This Season

Nick DuffyContributor IJanuary 19, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9:  Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs for a 76-yard touchdown in the second quarter on a pass from quarterback Michael Vick #7 against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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There seems to have been a trend this year with explosive rookie receivers. This has been quite a year for the rookies at this position. The Offensive Rookie of the Year was even a rookie wideout, being Percy Harvin.

Another rookie reciever that has had a great year is Austin Collie. It may have been because he has a sure shot Hall of Fame QB in Peyton Manning, or maybe its because he just knows how to play the game. He had 7 touchdowns, one of being 39 yards, which was the longest of the year for him. He also had 60 grabs for 676 yards with an average of 11.3 yards per catch. All of this being in his first ever regular season in the NFL.

The next noteable rookie receiver is a product of the Mizzou Tigers. That's right, Jeremy Maclin, the 6 foot, 198 pound wideout for the Philadelphia Eagles. In 15 games the rookie brought in 56 catches for 773 yards, the third most receiving yards for a rookie behind the Offensive Rookie of the Year and Hakeem Nicks of the Giants. His longest reception was for a 51 yard TD. Three of his 56 catches were for more than 40 yards and eleven of them were for more than 20 yards.

Kenny Britt of the Tennessee Titans is another roookie Wide Receiver worth talking  about. With his 42 receptions for 701 yards and he was a real threat to opposing teams. Also, he had two different starting Quarter Backs in one season. Its hard enough to be a rookie Wide Receiver in this league, let alone having your main gun slinger switched around on you mid-season.

The final rookie Wide Receiver is Mike Wallace of the Steelers. He was a great addition to the NFL Champs with his 39 receptions for 756 yards and having the highest yards per catch of any rookie Receiver with 19.4. His 6 touchdowns were a big key to the semi-success of the Steelers. And we can't forget about Wallace's Santonio Holmes-esque catch in Week 15 against the Packers, that's a grab a rookie won't soon forget.

The rookie Wide Receivers this year have been quite a treat to watch week in and week out, and seem like they will continue to be throughout their career.