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Blue Chip: Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Reggie Wayne, Greg Jennings, Roddy White
Red Chip: Calvin Johnson, Marques Colston, Wes Welker, Brandon Marshall, Santonio Holmes, Steve Smith CAR, DeSean Jackson, Miles Austin, Mike Wallace, Vincent Jackson
At this point I was really questioning what was going on in Michael Lombardi's head as he was writing this. First of all, the league leader in touchdown receptions last year, Dwayne Bowe, was somehow completely snubbed, meaning he is not a top 15 receiver or an impact player in Lombardi's eyes. Yet somehow, Steve Smith from the Panthers is. Again, is this 2008? That's another Panther who was a joke last year and yet somehow managed to knock a valuable player off the rankings.
Of course, Lombardi did get some things right. I agree with his placement of four out of the five blue chip players. The one I disagree with however, is Greg Jennings. Why? Because for some strange reason, Greg Jennings is listed as better than CALVIN JOHNSON. The same Calvin Johnson who had one more reception, only 100 less yards, and the same amount of touchdown receptions as Greg Jennings. The only difference? Greg Jennings got to play with Donald Driver and Aaron Rodgers. Calvin Johnson had Shaun Hill, Drew Stanton, and Nate Burleson. Notice a difference in the quality of the talent around each receiver? And yet Calvin Johnson still put up numbers that should definitely qualify him for a top five or even top three spot at receiver. And yet, Greg Jennings, true to his overrated nature, got the nod.
How it should look:
Blue Chip: Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Reggie Wayne, Roddy White, Calvin Johnson
Red Chip: Greg Jennings, Dwayne Bowe, Wes Welker, Brandon Marshall, Santonio Holmes, Marques Colston, DeSean Jackson, Miles Austin, Mike Wallace, Vincent Jackson