Malcom Floyd—San Diego Chargers
With the departure of wide receiver Vincent Jackson, quarterback Phillip Rivers will be looking for somewhere to successfully throw the football.
Week 1 shapes up very nicely for that target to be receiver Malcom Floyd.
The Chargers will be facing the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1, a team that allowed 230 yards per game through the air last season. There’s no doubt the Chargers will look to exploit this weakness in the Chiefs’ defense.
Another advantage for receiver Malcom Floyd will be the height advantage. Kansas City is known for its short corners on defense, so the 6' 5" Floyd should have no problem going up top on plays and winning the jump balls.
Projected Stats: five receptions, 85 yards, one touchdown.
Johnny Knox—Chicago Bears
The “Mike Martz era” will begin this weekend for Bears, as the offensive coordinator begins calling the plays in Chicago.
The Bears will be matching up with the Detroit Lions, and Martz should have no problem calling up plays to carve the Detroit pass defense. In 2009 the Detroit Lions were the worst pass defense in the NFL, giving up an 4,249 yards and 57 touchdowns to opponents.
Mike Martz has been known to love his speedy wide receivers, finding ways to get them involved early and often.
Johnny Knox should be that guy.
Look for Knox to get a handsome amount of touches in Week 1, be it on a long bomb or just a quick screen play.
Projected Stats: six receptions, 100 yards, one touchdown
Santana Moss—Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins will be facing their hated rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, in Week 1.
Dallas had an impressive run toward the end of the 2009 regular season, posting two shutouts against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins. Another stat to cast skepticism, the Redskins were only able to score just six total points against the Cowboys last season.
Yes, these 2009 stats could be a bit jaded because of the departure of quarterback Jason Campbell and arrival of veteran Donovan McNabb, but the Cowboys have retained many of their pieces and should still be just a gritty, tough defense.
Santana Moss definitely has the chance to break through with the help of Donovan McNabb this season, just don’t look for it to be in Week 1.
Projected Stats: three receptions, 45 yards
Anquan Boldin—Baltimore Ravens
With the quarterback controversy and questions in Arizona, wide receiver Anquan Boldin may have jumped ship just in time and should be very pleased to be playing for a Super Bowl contender in the Baltimore Ravens.
Boldin should also be very pleased to be playing for an up-and-coming quarterback in Joe Flacco.
Flacco and Boldin should make a great quarterback-receiver duo in 2010, but it’s very hard to make a case for them to put up huge numbers in Week 1 against the New York Jets.
The Jets led the league last season holding opponents to just 153.7 yards per game through the air. The New York defense has high hopes and a whole lot of swagger, anticipating a Super Bowl title in 2010. It’s hard not to imagine the Jets re-producing or improving on their 2009 stats.
Anquan will likely be Baltimore’s No. 1nreceiver heading in to Week 1 against the Jets.
With first week adjustments and the “blanket” that is Darrelle Revis covering Boldin, don't expect huge production out of him in Week 1.
Unless he's your best option or you're really thin at wideout, sit Boldin.
Projected Stats: three receptions, 60 yards
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