2010 NFL Preview: Top 10 Wide Receivers (With Video)
In the National Football League, good wide receivers can make a quarterback look great. The dominating receivers in today's game of football are often physically imposing figures, usually over six feet tall, with a huge frame that can overpower defensive backs and get to the ball no matter where it is placed.
Let's take a look at the top ten wide receivers heading into the 2010 NFL season, which is just a month away!
No. 10 Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy White is entering his sixth year in the National Football League, and is coming off of three consecutive 1,000+ yard seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.
Last season, White caught 85 passes for 1,153 yards. 11 of those receptions were for touchdowns, a career high. With Matt Ryan coming into his third season healthy, his favorite target is poised for another career year.
No. 9 DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
Standing at just 5-foot-11 and weighing just 175 pounds, the Philadelphia Eagles top wide receiver makes up for his lack of size with incredible speed.
Jackson led the National Football League in receptions of 40 or more yards with ten. With Donovan McNabb under center, Jackson caught just 62 passes, but they resulted in 1,156 yards and nine touchdowns.
Kevin Kolb is the new starting quarterback in Philly, and Jackson will definitely take a load off of his shoulders this season.
No. 8 Randy Moss, New England Patriots
Randy Moss is entering his 13th season in the National Football League, but is still putting up Pro Bowl caliber stats year in and year out towards the tail end of his career. It does help with quarterback Tom Brady passing the ball to him, but the 6-foot-4 Moss still has opposing defenses in fear every Sunday.
Last season Moss caught 83 passes for 1,264 yards and 13 touchdowns. It was the tenth season of his career that he gained over 1,000 yards. Moss has stated that this will be his last as a Patriot, and he will go out with a bang.
No. 7 Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers
Greg Jennings is a young receiver with a combination of size and speed that gives the fifth year receiver one of the best skill sets in the game today.
Aaron Rodgers is entering his third year as the starter for the Green Bay Packers, and Jennings will have a major role in the Packers passing attack. Last season he caught 68 passes for 1,113, but just four touchdowns. However, he averaged over 16 yards per reception, one of the highest in the league.
He is always a threat to make a huge catch, and with Donald Driver the opposite receiver, he is often in single coverage.
No. 6 Brandon Marshall, Miami Dolphins
Brandon Marshall is one of the best young wide receivers in the National Football League, and the former Central Florida Knight is coming off of his third straight season of 100+ receptions.
Marshall, traded from the Denver Broncos to the Miami Dolphins this offseason, is expected to make big things happen with second-year starter, Chad Henne, under center.
Marshall caught 101 passes for 1,120 and ten touchdowns last season. He has had his share of off the field incidents, but his play on Sundays can make fans forget that quickly
No. 5 Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing just under 230 pounds, Calvin Johnson is one of the most physically dominating wide receivers in the game today. Despite playing for an atrocious Detroit Lions offense for the first three seasons of his career, he's still averaged 15 yards per reception.
Last year, Johnson caught 67 passes for 984 yards and just five touchdowns, with rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford and veteran journeyman Donte Culpepper rotating under center. With Stafford coming into his second season and being the full-time starter, look for more consistency and more touchdowns from the "Megatron."
No. 4 Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin had a breakout year in 2009, catching 81 passes for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns. Austin was a touchdown threat on every play, as 21 of his 81 receptions resulted in gains of more than 20 yards.
The Cowboys No. 1 receiver this year is expected to be a key part of a passing attack that features stars like Tony Romo, Jason Witten, and rookie Dez Bryant.
No. 3 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
At just 26 years old, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, is entering his seventh NFL season. Fitzgerald is one of the hardest working players in the game, and his incredible stats are a testimony to that.
Fitzgerald was mentored by the legendary Cris Carter during his time as a ball boy for the Minnesota Vikings in his youth.
Last year, Fitzgerald caught 97 passes for 1,092 yards and 13 touchdowns, and is a huge factor of the Cardinals recent success. For his career, Fitzgerald already has eclipsed 7,000 receiving yards and has scored 78 touchdowns.
No. 2 Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Reggie Wayne is entering his 10th season in the NFL, all with future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning passing to him.
The former Miami Hurricane plays at a Pro Bowl level year in and year, why he is ranked No. 2 on this list. Last season, Wayne caught 100 passes for the second time in his career, for a total of 1,264 yards and 11 touchdowns.
With the Colts seeking revenge from the Super Bowl loss to the New Orleans Saints, Reggie Wayne will be a major factor of the Colts pass-heavy attack this season.
No. 1 Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
In a day and age where most top wide receivers are considered divas, Houston Texans wide receiver, Andre Johnson keeps his head down and lets his play on the field do the talking. Last season, Johnson led the National Football League in receiving yards, as he gained over 1,500 yards for the second straight season.
The Texans are a pass-first team with Matt Schaub under center and Johnson is expected to gain at least 1,300 yards this year.
Last year, the beast caught 101 passes for 1,569 yards and nine touchdowns. 22 of his receptions were for over 20 yards.