The Almost Gold Standard
These fellas just need to prove they can have another big season and then I’ll subscribe to their newsletters.
Victor Cruz – Like I wrote about Cam Newton and Matt Stafford, I just want to see him do it again. Ever since I took a chance early on Miles Austin after his breakout year, I have been so weary of receivers who come out of nowhere. Especially those who come out of nowhere and suddenly beg for stardom.
Mike Wallace – I love Wallace and I think he and Antonio Brown are a filthy combo, but I am always hesitant with any speedster who holds out because them hamstrings ain’t getting any looser, you know?
The Young Guns
Here are the guys who make this year’s receiver pool so deep. Any of these guys could end up being stars, while some are more certain than others.
Dez Bryant – If he obeys his new rules, he’ll be a TD machine.
Jordy Nelson – Can he do it again? Will you take that chance with a third round pick? (I won’t, but a lot of people have.)
Demaryius Thomas – Can he be an incredible deep threat often now that he has an actual QB throwing to him?
Percy Harvin – Can he stay healthy? Is he a true No. 1 threat? Do you trust Christian Ponder?
Antonio Brown – Brown is my favorite guy this year. He’s already looked fantastic in preseason games as the No. 1 guy in Pittsburgh with Wallace out. It won’t make much of a difference with Wallace back.
Eric Decker – I think Peyton likes Decker more than Thomas. Most people probably agree with that. Honestly, you could flip a coin between them and I think their points totals will be similar at the season’s end.
Torrey Smith – I like the potential, but I don’t like Joe Flacco. Still, I’d take a shot on Smith.
Greg Little – This is a stretch because of Cleveland’s QB situation, but Little has been hyped since college. He’s not a No. 1, but he’s available late for depth.
Justin Blackmon – Again, another guy who is more for depth because of his upside in the face of a shaky QB situation.
Darrius Heyward-Bey – Realistically, Oakland’s offense could be insane if it ever clicks.