Top 5 Wide Receivers in the NFL This Season

Jake WinieckiCorrespondent IIIOctober 24, 2011

Top 5 Wide Receivers in the NFL This Season

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    The NFL is without a doubt becoming a pass-happy league and Wide Receivers are at the forefront of that. In fact, a few notable players are on pace to break records at the receiver position.

    This is a list of the five best in the league based on how they have performed this season.  As you may notice, guys like Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald are not on this list. I still think they are two of the best wide outs in the NFL, but their production this year doesn't earn them a spot on my list of the top five receivers so far this season.

    Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

5. Greg Jennings (GB)

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    Greg Jennings has been spectacular for the undefeated Green Bay Packers this season. Despite Aaron Rodgers constantly spreading the ball around to all the other weapons the Packers have, Jennings has still managed to lead the team with 42 receptions for 677 yards and five touchdowns. 

    Jennings has been one of the many reasons why Green Bay's offense has looked unstoppable at times and he should be on his way to a career-best season.

4. Mike Wallace (PIT)

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    Mike Wallace has racked up a whopping 730 yards on only 36 catches this season. That is a 20.3 yards per catch average. On top of that, he has scored five touchdowns, too. 

    He has been one of the best deep threats in the league the last two seasons and is starting to finally put it all together this year.  

    Look for Big Ben to keep throwing his way as the season moves along.

3. Steve Smith (CAR)

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    Steve Smith has revived his career with Cam Newton under center. He has caught 39 passes for a league leading 818 yards and a 21.0 average. He has added three touchdowns and is helping Cam Newton adjust to the NFL game pretty well.

    We'll see if he can stay healthy over the course of the entire season, but as of now, it's hard to find many receivers playing better than Smith.

2. Wes Welker (NE)

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    Wes Welker is on pace to break the NFL's single season receiving yards mark currently held by none other than Jerry Rice. I seriously doubt that he ends the season with the record, or even close to over 2,000 yards like he's on pace for now, but he'll probably still put up monster numbers and and career bests.

1. Calvin Johnson (DET)

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    Calvin Johnson just seems unstoppable right now. He has caught 41 passes for 679 yards and an unbelievable 10 touchdowns. If any receiving record falls this year it will most likely be Calvin Johnson beating Randy Moss' mark of 23 TD's in a season.

    Right now, Calvin Johnson in the best wide receiver in the NFL.