The 2010 NFL WR Sleepers
If you're looking for 11 sleepers, and some riveting in-depth analysis, well you have come to the right place.
Representing 8 teams, here are 11 of the NFL's 2010 Wide Receiver sleepers.
When it comes to WR Sleepers speed is a virtual necessity; especially for rookies looking to break into GM's fantasy drafts.
Speed will not only give the player an advantage to make it on the roster, given most coaches are well aware of the premium speed adds to the team, but it will also give the receiver an opportunity to possess a multifaceted role in regards to their ability to be able to participate in the kick return game.
Having a sleeper who is racking up yards and TD's on both units... Priceless~!!
Devin Aromashodu, a seventh round pick of the 2006 NFL Draft has a 4.35 40 time, and is the starter in Mike Marts Bears offense.
Aromashodu was drafted by the Miami Dolphins, but never make the roster.
He became a member of both the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans's practice squads in 2007. Aromashodu managed to get 96 yards with the Colts, before moving on to the Redskins practice squad in 2008.
He then moved onto the Bears where he remained inactive until Jay Cutler lobbied to give Aromashodu playing time.
Devin caught his first NFL career touchdown pass after wide receiver Devin Hester was sidelined with a calf injury against the Green Bay Packers.
Devin caught the game winning touchdown in overtime, against Vikings 6th ranked defense in December. He had 7 receptions for 150 yards that game.
"[Devin] got hurt in the last preseason game. He hurt his hamstring, and he was out a couple weeks." Said Ron Turner, former Bears Offensive Coordinator. "When he came back, he wasn't back 100 percent. When he got back to the point that he was practicing at full speed and playing, we started to get him in the lineup. Could we have done it a couple weeks earlier? Possibly. But once he got healthy and started playing well in practice, we started getting him in the mix."
Jay Cutler says Aromashodu is ready to break out
"Aromashodu is having another great camp, I think. Juaquin [Iglesias] has definitely stepped up his game from last year. He's shown some great improvement..." Said Jay Cutler
There’s nothing like being the 3rd WR in Mike Martz pass happy system. Aromashodu looks to have come out of hibernation, and is one hungry Bear.
Armanti Edwards: 5'11" 4.41 40; Late 3rd round 2010 draft pick
If I was to use one word to describe this guy, it would be fearless. The way he ran without regard right up the middle of the gut time after time in his college career, was inspiring to see.
Edwards is a tremendous talent.
The Panthers traded away their 2nd round pick in 2011 to move up and select Edwards in the 3rd round. Steve Smith, just broke his arm over the weekend, so Edwards will get even more practice reps to prepare him for the season.
Edwards will more than likely start off in the slot in a "Wes Welker" type role, a place where the secondary opponent will be no match for the talent this young man brings to the table.
Edwards became the first player in NCAA history to throw for over 10,000 yards and rush for over 4,000 yards. Edwards had more rushing touchdown’s than Tim Tebow.
Edwards achieved 139 touchdowns in his career at Appalachian State with 74 passing and 65 rushing.
Edwards is someone who could run the ‘Wildcat’, much like everyone expects the Broncos to do with Tebow this season.
Edwards can play WR as well as return kicks.
Looking at his highlight reel, this is a cat that is not afraid to go across the middle, he will be perfect for the slot position.
The former high school wide out, is making a fluid and smooth transition to the wide receiver position. “Electrifying.” seems to be the mantra regarding those close to the scene of the progress Edwards is making. His grasp of the playbook is already way ahead of schedule. The guy is just a natural.
"It gets a little easier for me every day," Edwards said.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have three former college quarterbacks on their roster as wide receivers -- Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El and Arnaz Battle -- and the first two won Super Bowl rings at the new position.
Dallas WR, Patrick Crayton, was a former college QB.
Remember the huge upset of Michigan on opening day in 2007 by Appalachian State? I will give you one guess who the QB was?!
Darrius Heyward-Bey, was arguably the best player in the draft when he was picked seventh overall and given a $38.25 million contract. (sarcasm)
He is arguably a bust.
With one touchdown, nine catches and 124 yards, it is no wonder why he is working so hard to shake the bust label.
A foot injury forced him to miss the final five games.
"Last year was a learning experience," Heyward-Bey said. "I went out there and I played a lot, learned a lot, and then getting hurt at the end was something I never experienced through college or high school. So I just used it all as a learning experience. Going into this year, being a better pro, just being more in shape, taking care of my body and just doing what I've got to do to just play football here."
It appears by the looks of his performance in camp, that all the offseason work and attention to detail has really been paying off.
The offseason has been good to the Raiders as well, The presence of Jason Cambell in camp, has the Raider offense vastly improved over this time last season. The chemistry between the two is coming together nicely.
And with the light passing defenses scheduled, the Raiders ought to really have some success in their attempt to keep up with opponents this season.
I expect to see big numbers from starter and last years apparent bust Darrius Heyward-Bey. 1000 yards 7-10 TD's is not out of the question.
Eddie Royal has a strong hold on both the punt and kick return jobs
Eddie Royal has been spending the bulk of his offseason time working out. He too looks to be taking a "Wes Welker" type role in the slot.
After a terrible sophomore slump that caused Royal to dip to 37 receptions for 345 yards. This after lighting up my fantasy team the year before. He along with Chris Johnson and Desean Jackson, helped me overcome losing Tom Brady that year.
However last season Royal did not have one TD to speak of.
Josh McDaniels' very complex scheme, a scheme that has kept Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow out of the hunt for the starting role, looks to have played a huge role in Royals disappearance last season.
However, McDaniels expects Eddie Royal to bounce back this season.
“I don’t know, it’s tough to say,” Royal said about his quiet 2009 season. “It was everybody’s first year in the offense everybody was adjusting.”
"I think he's a smart player, a versatile player (and) a guy that we need to do better with," McDaniels said. "We didn't do a good enough job of getting Eddie involved in the offense in certain games and we have to do a better job of that. He is certainly capable."
“I think a lot of the guys are understanding the system and terminology, they have less questions than they had a year ago,” McDaniels said.
"There are a few players, obviously, the productivity maybe the year before they did not match it again last year. We are not happy about that either. Eddie Royal is kind of the same way, we want those players to continue to work and try to get better at what they do and then we need to try to find a way to integrate them in because they are all skillful players who do good things with the football in their hands." McDaniels said.
“We don’t think about pressure,” Royal said. “Our focus on the offense is everybody do their job and we’ll be OK.”
Orton said, "I just think a lot of it was I was new to him, he was new to me and we just kind of ... we missed some plays." Orton predicted Royal was "going to have a great year this year."
Jeremy Maclin is another former rookie looking to emerge this season as a starter. Maclin surprised some folks by coming into camp looking stout this season, by putting on six pounds of muscle, Maclin has acquired the mass to make him a force to contend with over the middle.
Last season, Maclin gave the Eagles a preview of great things to come. Now given the Eagles quarterback situation with Donovan McNabb being gone and all, Maclin possess a bit more of an uncertain disposition than your average sleeper.
Fact remains his performance this season will be based on the progress the unproven Kevin Kolb makes as a starter in this league.
Being in a pass first offense however, Maclin's stock as a sleeper remains on the rise, especially with all the attention DeSean Jackson will be getting on the opposite side of the field. Quarterback Kevin Kolb has been getting in tremendous rhythm with the receivers in camp. From the looks of minicamp, Maclin could wind up being Kolbs favorite receiver.
“The Greatest Show On Turf”, is Maclin's response to what the league should expect to see from the Eagles this season.
Mike Wallace: Steelers
Mike Wallace, a 4.33 40 time and a late 3rd rounder in the 2009 draft emerged as a hero during the Steelers' last 3 games in December of last year; against the Dolphins, Ravens and the vaunted Green Bay Packers.
The Rookie caught a TD with the first as well as last offensive play of the game. With just 3 seconds left to go, and the Steelers needing a TD for the win, Wallace was clutch, while being covered and smothered in the endzone.
A serious deep-threat, Wallace provides a great complement to the aging Hines Ward in the starting lineup.
Wallace’s 39 catches for 756 yards and six touchdowns during his rookie season, was enough for him to lead the league with more than 19 yards per reception; he has an uncanny ability to stretch the field.
Steelers are hoping the second year receiver from Ole Miss, can pick up where Holmes left off on the field, not off the field.
Wallace owes a lot of his quick development to having Hines ward and Santonio Holmes as his mentors. It is no wonder Wallace is looking exceptional in Camp this season. Byron Leftwich only needed one practice to realize that, Holmes may not be that sorely missed this season.
"I learned how to be a pro, coming in every day and working and never being satisfied with a good game or having one good week," Wallace said. "If you're hanging onto that, you're going to get whipped. Every day's a new day, that's the main thing."
"Anything I do, he's watching," Wallace said of Ward this week. "So it's kind of hard to be perfect with Hines out here."
"That's the nature of the business," Wallace said. "One guy's out and the next day I have to step in."
"Sometimes the (top) guys lined up on me, but for the most part they were on Santonio or Hines," Wallace said. "But I'm always ready for a challenge. I don't feel like I'm afraid of anybody, I don't fear anybody and they go to work just like I go to work. I'm going to be ready for them, just like they're going to be ready for me."
"I feel like they believe I can do the same things Santonio did," Wallace said. "I don't feel like there's anything Santonio did that I can't do. I'm still running some of the routes I ran last year, it's just that I have more of them to run."
"We all know what Santonio can do," said Leftwich, who is running the first-team offence during Ben Roethlisberger's absence. "Mike, he's running by a lot of people. He's got speed that not a lot of people have. We haven't seen that in the league a lot. There's only a few people who can run like that."
“I’m always looking forward to the challenge. What I did was last year, that was my rookie year. I was looking to take a step forward anyway.”
“Without ‘Tone here, that’s one less leader we have…so it’s time for someone else to step up and, hopefully, it will be me.”
With Byron Leftwich looking to take this opportunity and break out this season due to Ben Roethlisberger being suspended for possibly 6 games, and the Steelers looking to reemphasize the running game this season, well it all just reinforces Wallaces status as a sleeper.
"We know what type of business we're in and we're ready to roll with whoever in," Wallace said. "It's always going to be hard when he's not here, but we've got to keep rolling. I feel like when he comes back, we're going to pick up where we left off."
"When you think of Mike, you think of a deep threat," quarterback Dennis Dixon said. "Whenever you go up top with Mike, you've got to be sure to release it early because he can outrun your arm."
"They're all good quarterbacks, so it doesn't really matter to me," Wallace said. "Anyone of them lines up, I'll be ready to go."
Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders look to have a bright future with the Steelers, given their speed and the looks from mini camp this season, one of these guys could emerge as being a factor this season, I just have no idea which of the two it will be.
They are both not only talented and very fast WR's.
Kenny Britt, according to John Clayton, seem poised to have a good season. Britt and Vince Young seem to be developing a nice throwing relationship with the deep balls.
Blair White 6'2", 4.4 40 Great hands. Indianapolis General Manager Chris Polian singled White out as one of the players who impressed him in minicamp.