The Conspiracy Against Wide Recievers Strikes Again

Erick SpaltiCorrespondent IApril 17, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots looks on during warm ups against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Wide receivers are collectively bring grouped as the problem position in the NFL. It all started a few years ago with Randy Moss and the Vikings. Before him there were a few headache wide receivers (Michael Irvin was a headache but he had a remedy, *sniff sniff*), but none so unanimously hated by so many people.

In each of the last few years we've seen current, former, and future receiver prospect be labeled prima donnas .

It's a conspiracy I say.

Wide receiver is in my opinion the most undervalued position in football. One or two bad years and your stock is worth a sack of potatoes (See Randy Moss traded to Patriots for afourth-round pick to validate that opinion). No other position in football besides quarterback is so highly critiqued.

Everything they do on and off the field is blown out of proportion. They can be the best player on a football team and yet are tossed around like candy between NFL teams. More recently we have begun to see high-profile trades of these so called prima donnas .

Santonio Holmes, Brandon Marshall, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Javon Walker, all were traded because of their so-called antics, many of which included common mistakes more than a few of us have made in our lives. But our mistakes never get spread all over the news like they do for wide recievers.

Michael Crabtree got to experience the treatment last year, while Dez Bryant is receiving it this year. Crabtree actually turned out to be a headache for the 49ers when it came time to sign his contract, but has been quiet ever since signing. He shows up, plays ball, and tries to help the team. He would have been a top-five choice if he hadn't been dragged through the mud like he was last year.

Players like Ocho Cinco and Steve Smith attract this attention to themselves, but are at least valued by their club. They may act like idiots, but they play ball on Sunday. Their teams are willing to put up with the antics as long as they stay on the field, not off of it (or at least if you're only assaulting your teammates).

It's becoming a common trend to label receivers with a tag if they've ever had any misfortune or lack of judgement in their lives. Prima donna , Problem Child, Diva, all are labels for many current and former NFL receivers .

Name any other position off the top of your head that get those labels?..........

Time's up, bet you couldn't pick one.

That's because there isn't. Now more than ever we're seeing these players enter the NFL Draft as well. The label has evolved now and even prospective players are being critiqued and questioned regarding everything from their family, to their friends, to their bowel movement habits, to everything they've ever done on or off a football field.

Name any other position that gets critiqued the way receivers do entering the draft?


Stumped you again huh?

Soon receivers are going to be required to wear ankle bracelets and GPS trackers in order to get into the NFL. It's ridiculous really, I believe something has to be done about the way draft prospects are absolutely ridiculed for no reason at all.

Now we're seeing a guy in Dez Bryant, who has no off-the-field incidents, no real on-the-field incidents, but is RUMORED to have a bad work ethic and poor time-management skills.

How does a bad work ethic help you become a possible top-10 draft choice?

If I worked out everyday of my life, I'd still never stand a chance of getting into the NFL. Yet someone who works out daily to stay in top shape, produces on a football field, and causes no one any problems is being dragged under the bus by scouts and journalists alike.

The only thing Dez Bryant ever did was be friends with Deion Sanders . If that entailed a new wardrobe and some shoes, he should of never made that choice. He did, however, and he owned up to it.

He didn't blame everyone else; he was a man.

He stayed in shape, stayed out of trouble off the field, and still attended every event he was allowed to while under suspension. He's a top-10 talent who deserves top-10 consideration, end of story, he made a mistake, owned up to it, and he's ready to move on. Everyone else should too.

As far as the conspiracy goes, you'll have to follow the rabbit hole. Bottom line is until we begin to see the behavior, or start critiquing and constantly slandering other positions other than wide reciever, I'll continue to believe there must be a reason that receivers are so unanimously hated by so many people.


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.