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Top 10 in 2014: The best wide receivers in the NFL today

By cover32 Staff

May 26, 2014 8:43 am EDT

10. Antonio Brown

Brown put up monster numbers in relative anonymity

Few people would guess that the Steelers wide receiver finished second in the NFL last year in both receptions and receiving yards, an impressive feat for any pass catcher. Given the fact that Brown toils in Pittsburgh, a place typically associated more with defense and running the football than aerial attacks, he tends to slip under the radar a bit. But entering his fifth season, the 5-foot-10, 185-pounds wideout is one of the game’s best pass catchers.

9. T.Y. Hilton

T.Y. and Luck have formed a dynamic duo

In a world all-too-often dominated by fantasy stats, which tend to over-inflate the value of some players while diminishing others, Hilton isn’t typically considered an upper-echelon receiver. That’s what comes with only scoring five touchdowns in 2013. But as Andrew Luck gets more and more comfortable at the pro level, it’s becoming obvious that Hilton is his go-to wideout. Last year, with Reggie Wayne injured, he stepped up and proved he was a No. 1 guy.

8. Victor Cruz

Cruz is still among the game’s most-explosive receivers

Following the 2011 campaign, a season that saw Cruz explode for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns, the Giants wide receiver was a star on the rise. The past two years, however, his numbers have fallen, as opposing defenses have paid more attention to him. But that’s more of an indictment on the lack of talent around him than it is on Cruz’s abilities. Because he’s still amongst the game’s most-electrifying players.

7. Larry Fitzgerald

Fitz is an all-around great receiver

This may seem like somewhat of a lifetime achievement award, given that Fitzgerald is no longer the weekly highlight reel that he was earlier in his career. But that would be unfair to the veteran wide receiver, who remains one of the game’s best pass catchers. He runs impeccable routes, has great hands and still possesses the burst necessary to run away from defensive backs when he has to; there’s nothing wrong with this veteran wideout.

6. Demaryius Thomas

As with most players on Denver’s offense, Thomas gets a little bit of a bad rap because people think his numbers are inflated due to the fact that he catches passes from Peyton Manning. But a great QB doesn’t help a receiver once the ball is already in his hands, which is where Thomas excels. In 2013, he recorded 704 yards after the catch, the highest total in the league. That’s not because of Manning; it’s because DT has special talent.

5. Brandon Marshall

B-Marsh moves the chains and gets in the end zone

Some would argue that Marshall isn’t even the best receiver on his team, giving the nod instead to Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery. But Chicago gave the veteran a $30 million contract this offseason for a reason; he makes big plays. That was evident in 2013 when he reached the end zone 12 times, but even more prominent when it came time to move the chains. By season’s end, Marshall had caught 70 passes that resulted in a first down, tops in the league.

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Since getting Green, the Bengals have been a contender

The Bengals have made the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, an unprecedented run of success for the franchise that most people attribute to quarterback Andy Dalton. But it’s no coincidence that these seasons have all come since Cincinnati took Green with the fourth overall pick in 2011. He’s transformed their offense, giving them a big-play talent that stretches the defense and gives Dalton a primary target in all tough spots.

3. Julio Jones

Without Jones, the Falcons fell apart in 2013

If there was any doubt about how much the Falcons relied on this young receiver, it became evident in 2013 when Jones was limited to only five games. Without their main playmaker, Atlanta sputtered and struggled on offense, part of the reason why their season that went off the rails. It’s just impossible to replace the production of an 80-catch, 1,200-yard, 10-touchdown wide receiver; he changes the dynamic of the offense.

2. Dez Bryant

Dez is almost always the best player on the field

Tony Romo said it best, when he called Bryant the best player on the field during an in-huddle pep talk last season. In almost every game he plays, the wideout has more talent than anybody else out there, regardless of team or position. He’s simply that good, able to make spectacular plays that others only dream about. Does he have some maturity issues? Sure. But most of them stem from a desire to win, which isn’t exactly the biggest sin in the world.

1. Calvin Johnson

Megatron is in a class by himself

A season ago, Johnson caught 84 passes, for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns. And he did it in only 14 games, as injuries plagued him throughout the year. When completely healthy, the Lions wideout is on another level, living up his superhero nickname. Megatron’s 2012 season, when he caught 122 passes for a staggering 1,964 yards, was one for the ages, a sign of the video-game numbers he can post when given the opportunity.

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1. Calvin Johnson

2. Josh Gordon

3. AJ Green

4. Julio Jones

5. Dez Bryant

6. Demaryius Thomas

7. Brandon Marshall

8. Alshon Jeffrey

9. Larry Fitzgerald

10 Andre Johnson

And the best of the rest (in no order) Roddy White, Antonio Brown, Victor Cruz, Desean Jackson, Jordy Nelson, Vincent Jackson, Pierre Garcon

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1. Calvin Johnson

2. Josh Gordon

3. AJ Green

4. Julio Jones

5. Dez Bryant

6. Demaryius Thomas

7. Brandon Marshall

8. Alshon Jeffrey

9. Larry Fitzgerald

10 Andre Johnson

And the best of the rest (in no order) Roddy White, Antonio Brown, Victor Cruz, Desean Jackson, Jordy Nelson, Vincent Jackson, Pierre Garcon

On point.

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1. Calvin Johnson

2. Josh Gordon

3. AJ Green

4. Julio Jones

5. Dez Bryant

6. Demaryius Thomas

7. Brandon Marshall

8. Alshon Jeffrey

9. Larry Fitzgerald

10 Andre Johnson

And the best of the rest (in no order) Roddy White, Antonio Brown, Victor Cruz, Desean Jackson, Jordy Nelson, Vincent Jackson, Pierre Garcon

This list is far better than the OP's.

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A healthy Julio is the 2nd best wr in the league Roddy is in the top 15.

As much as I love Julio I gotta give that nod to Josh Gordon. Look what he did last year with no names throwing him the ball and no legitimate threat on the other side of him and yet still no one could stop him.

Of course just like with Julio, If you aren't on the field you are not doing your team much good. I'd take AJ Green between the 3. Stays on the field and constantly produces.

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