There isn’t much certainty from year to year at the wide receiver position. But Texas receiver Andre Johnson is one player you can definitely count on.
He has remained a consistent and durable threat throughout his NFL career – and his partnership with QB Matt Schaub promises big dividends again this season.
He tops our latest WR rankings:
1) Andre Johnson, Texans: Averaged 1,572 yards receiving over the past two season.
2) Randy Moss, Patriots: Needs a big campaign to earn one more big contract.
3) Brandon Marshall, Dolphins: Making bold statistical projections, but can QB Chad Henne keep him fed?
4) Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals: Retirement of QB Kurt Warner will hurt. Is Matt Leinart ready?
5) Reggie Wayne, Colts: He’s automatic: Six straight 1,000-yard seasons.
6) Miles Austin, Cowboys: Arrival of Dez Bryant will eliminate double teams.
7) DeSean Jackson, Eagles: Confident that he and QB Kevin Kolb will post numbers.
8) Calvin Johnson, Lions: Drew Stafford’s maturation, arrival of WR Nate Burleson and RB Jahvid Best create more dynamic offense.
9) Roddy White, Falcons: Resurgence of RB Michael Turner should keep things loose for him. He caught six or more passes in eight of the final 11 games.
10) Sidney Rice, Vikings: QB Brett Favre is expected to return and sustain WR value for Minnesota.
11) Greg Jennings, Packers: Big-play threat had six catches of 40 yards or more.
12) Marques Colston, Saints: He has averaged eight TD catches the last three seasons.
13) Chad Ochocinco, Bengals: Upgraded WR corps should help spring him.
14) Steve Smith, Panthers: Re-broke his arm during off-season flag football game, but he says he will be ready.
15) Mike Sims-Walker, Jaguars: No. 1 target for improving Jacksonville offense.
16) Steve Smith, Giants: Became a steady PPR forces during ’09 breakout.
17) Anquan Boldin, Ravens: Will Baltimore open up its offense with upgraded WRs? QB Joe Flacco should be up to the challenge.
18) Hakeem Nicks, Giants: If he can stay healthy, he will build on strong rookie season.
19) Michael Crabtree, 49ers: Full offseason of NFL work positions him for breakout.
20) Percy Harvin, Vikings: Chronic headaches could cut into production.
21) Pierre Garcon, Colts: Was AFC title game indicator of big things to come?
22) Donald Driver, Packers: Off-season repairs having him feeling like new.
23) Wes Welker, Patriots: Amazing progress from major knee surgery has Patriots excited.
24) Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs: Can he pull his head out and play up to his vast potential? Improved KC passing game under Charlie Weis should help.
25) Dez Bryant, Cowboys: Should displace WR Roy Williams as QB Tony Romo’s No. 2 target.
26) Antonio Bryant, Bengals: Provides a second big-time target for QB Carson Palmer. Caught 83 passes two years ago.
27) Steve Breaston, Cardinals: Moves into a bigger role with Boldin gone.
28) Jeremy Maclin, Eagles: Has explosive talent, but delivered just 100-yard receiving game as rookie.
29) Mike Wallace, Steelers: Gained 19.4 yards per catch as a rookie. But QB Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension hampers Pittburgh offense.
30) Devin Aromashodu, Bears: Can he build on big finish and become top Chicago target?
31) Braylon Edwards, Jets: This is the make-or-break season of his career. Will he quit dropping passes?
32) Vincent Jackson, Chargers: NFL suspension will cost him at least three games; contract dispute could cost him more, unless he’s traded.
33) Lee Evans, Bills: Buffalo’s QB quandary diminishes his value.
34) Hines Ward, Steelers: Advancing age, Roethlisberger’s suspension should erode his statistics.
35) Robert Meachem, Saints: His nine TD catches gave him surprising value in N.O.’s diverse offense.
36) Malcolm Floyd, Chargers: Jackson’s contract tiff could make this WR a primary Philip Rivers target.
37) Kenny Britt, Titans: Had a terrible offseason. Will that carry over?
38) T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seahawks: Pete Carroll will crank up Seattle’s passing game.
39) Demaryius Thomas, Broncos: Marshall’s exit opens door for rookie’s emergence. But will his foot problems linger?
40) Jerricho Cotchery, Jets: Reliable possession WR will benefit from QB Mark Sanchez’s growth.
41) Early Doucet, Cardinals: With Boldin gone, seems poised for a third-year breakout
42) Derrick Mason, Ravens: Boldin’s arrival creates dynamic passing game, gives this old-timer a boost.
43) Johnny Knox, Bears: New Air Martz offensive scheme keeps all the WRs busy.
44) Devery Henderson, Saints: Caught a career-high 51 passes last year. But wealth of good targets makes N.O. WRs hard to project.
45) Bernard Berrian, Vikings: Another benefactor of Favre’s likely return.
46) Golden Tate, Seahawks: Rookie could play big role in Pete Carroll’s passing game.
47) Josh Morgan, 49ers: Poised for a third-year breakout? Has serious big-play potential.
48) Anthony Gonzalez, Colts: Should return to his rightful role in the Indy offense.
49) Dexter McCluster, Chiefs: Will play multiple positions. Should become valuable flex player.
50) Santana Moss, Redskins: QB Donovan McNabb should make him somewhat more valuable.
51) Austin Collie, Colts: Return of Gonzalez should diminish role.
52) Santonio Holmes, Jets: Will miss the first four games while serving a NFL suspension.
53) Arrelious Benn, Buccaneers: Tampa Bay welcomes the addition of a big passing target.
54) Kevin Walter, Texans: Appears destined for a possession role in Houston offense.
55) Eddie Royal, Broncos: Can he make amends to fantasy GMs after horrendous ’09 season?
56) Chris Chambers, Chiefs: Caught 36 passes for 608 yards and four TDs in nine games in K.C. last season.
57) Nate Burleson. Lions: He got big bucks in Motown to help elevate fledgling offense.
58) Donnie Avery, Rams: Has big play potential, but still learning to run routes in this dreadful offense.
59) Devin Hester, Bears: Strangely quiet as a big-play WR last year. Will that change under Martz?
60) Jacoby Jones, Texans: Could emerge as the No. 2 target next to Johnson.
61) Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns: Good news: He’s the No. 1 receiver in Cleveland? Bad news: He’s the No. 1 receiver in Cleveland.
62) Devin Thomas, Redskins: He didn’t break out last season. What about this year?
63) Mario Manningham, Giants: Could slide into No. 3 role in a so-so passing attack.
64) Laurent Robinson, Rams: Best route-runner on a terrible team; could become QB Sam Bradford’s best friend.
65) Brian Hartline, Dolphins: Making bid for the No. 2 job across from Marshall.
66) Louis Murphy, Raiders: Could emerge as No. 1 target in Oakland.
67) Malcolm Kelly, Redskins: Another fledgling WR for McNabb to groom.
68) Josh Cribbs, Browns: Return menace and potential flex option.
69) Mardy Gilyard, Rams: Potential slot WR and KR for a team begging for big plays.
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