TOP NFL RECEIVERS THROUGH WEEK 4 2011-2012 SEASON

Jimmy Graham has become a great option for Drew Brees and the Saints.
Jimmy Graham has become a great option for Drew Brees and the Saints. | Source

#5 Jimmy Graham New Orleans Saints

Jimmy Graham is off to a great start after four games and he has been a big help to this powerful offense in New Orleans. He is a big target for quarterback Drew Brees and has helped the Saints reach their 3-1 record. Although he plays tight end, he has been able to line up as a wide out and causes mismatches for the opposing secondary.

Graham has put up some good solid numbers so far this season. He has 24 catches for 367 yards and he is averaging 91.8 yards per game. He has 3 touchdowns and is averaging 15.3 yards per catch. He has caught 7 catches for 20 or more yards, which is great for a tight end. His longest reception for the year is 59 yards.

As the season moves on, look for Graham to continue to cause havoc in the secondary with his big body. He is becoming a popular target for Drew Brees and he is also a great blocking tight end. If he keeps this pace up, it might get him a Pro Bowl selection.

Vincent Jackson is healthy and playing well for the 3-1 Chargers.
Vincent Jackson is healthy and playing well for the 3-1 Chargers. | Source

#4 Vincent Jackson San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers are off to a rare fast start compared to recent years and Vincent Jackson is one reason why. Coming off injuries last season, he has come back in a big way and has provided some extra spark to the Charger offense. Charger quarterback Philip Rivers is enjoying Jackson back on the field, something he didn't have at the end of last season.

Vincent Jackson is back to his old ways so far this season. He has 20 catches in 4 games and has 374 yards receiving. He has averaged 93.5 yards per game and has averaged 18.7 yards per catch. He has 3 touchdowns and a season best 55 yard catch. He already has 7 catches of 20 yards or more.

Vincent Jackson gives the Charger offense the ability to stretch the field and open the running game. He is a top choice for Philip Rivers and Jackson and Antonio Gates are two great options. Jackson will look to continue to this great start in the next coming games.

Mike Wallace has emerged as a young star in Pittsburgh.
Mike Wallace has emerged as a young star in Pittsburgh. | Source

#3 Mike Wallace Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Wallace has took over the role as the number one receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and rightfully so. Mike Wallace has showed the capability of beating anyone's best corner on the field. His ability to cut through the middle without hesitation has gave the Steelers a dangerous offensive weapon. Wallace was the leading Steelers receiver last season.

Mike Wallace has played very well for the first quarter of the season. He has been a constant target for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He has 25 catches so far with 454 receiving yards, which is 3rd in the N.F.L. He is averaging 18.2 yards per catch and is averaging 113.5 yards per game. Wallace has caught 7 passes for 20 yards or more and he has a season long catch of 81 yards. He also has 2 touchdowns on the young year.

Despite low scoring numbers so far, Wallace has showed he is a reliable number one option. His numbers will improve drastically if Pittsburgh can figure out their offensive line issues. None the less, Wallace is an outstanding receiver, at least top ten in the N.F.L.

Steve Smith has had a remarkable comeback since last season. His season numbers so far are great.
Steve Smith has had a remarkable comeback since last season. His season numbers so far are great. | Source

#2 Steve Smith Carolina Panthers

Steve Smith is putting up large numbers so far, thanks to a rookie named Cam Newton. Newton and Smith have created one of the top duos in the N.F.L. Smith has become Newton's favorite target and go to guy. Despite their 1-3 start, in all 3 losses, they haven't lost by no more then 7 points. They have been in every game.

Steve Smith is leading the N.F.L. in average receiving yards per catch at 22.1. Smith has caught 24 passes for 530 yards, which is second in the league. He is averaging 132.5 yards per game and leads the N.F.L. in catches of 20 yards or more with 12. He has scored two touchdowns and his season long catch is 77 yards. He is on pace for a big season.

Steve Smith's connection with Cam Newton is crucial for this Panther offense. Newton has put his trust in Smith and things are going great. As the season moves along, they will only build more chemistry. In time, they both can possibly be great, their names right up there with the legends.

What he lacks in size, he makes up with heart. Wes Welker has an important role on this Patriot offense.
What he lacks in size, he makes up with heart. Wes Welker has an important role on this Patriot offense. | Source

#1 Wes Welker New England Patriots

You can deny that he is the best receiver in the league right now. We are talking about New England receiver Wes Welker. Welker is off to the best start of his career. He has already tied a N.F.L. record with a 99 yard touchdown reception earlier this year. He lead all receivers in multiple categories and he is on pace to set a few more N.F.L. records. He is Tom Brady's favorite quarterback and that is a good thing.

Welker is off to a smoking start and his stats tell why. Welker leads the N.F.L. with 40 catches already this season. He also leads the N.F.L. in receiving yards (616), touchdowns (5), and average receiving yards per game (154.0). He is on pace to catch 160 passes, which would be a N.F.L. record. He also has 11 catches of 20 or more yards. His season long catch, which was 99 yards, tied the record.

With Tom Brady playing like he is, I really don't see Welker slowing down. He has the ability to play sideline to sideline and he catches almost everything that is near him. Although he is one of the smallest wide receivers in the league, he plays with an undeniable amount of heart. It will be interesting to see if he will be able to keep putting up these large numbers. If he can, he will have his name on all kinds of N.F.L. records.


SUMMARY

This is the top 5 receivers in the N.F.L. so far through 4 weeks of football. This is not a list of the best receivers overall, so keep that in mind, Thank you for your time.

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Manny2437 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

Where in the world is Calvin Johnson on this list???


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jfay2011 5 years ago

I'm a Pittsburg steelers fan. And being in New England have to vote for the home team too. Good hub and full of detail. I'll facebook this for my brother to read. He's into fantasy football and all sports. Interesting.


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Manny2437 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

jfay if your bro and dad are NFL fans, they will love my daily blog NFL Passion, updates and articles regularly


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thanks for the comments Jfay and Mr. Manny. He is in at number 6. Based it on stats. As far as talent, he is #2, after Andre Johnson.


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Manny2437 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

I can dig it, Andre Johnson been in the league alot longer and has proven more. Calvins got skills tho man. Nice hub overall and good explanation haha


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Appreciate the logics Manny. I give it to Cal, he is on his way. When you look at the two of them, the are very similar. They are 1 and 2, far away from anyone else. I would put Fitzgerald at #3.


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Manny2437 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

Amen


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

I thought about it and Fitz deserves to be in the conversation. They just can't get him the ball like Warner did.


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Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD

I'd disagree with Mike Wallace being a top five WR, even Steve Smith despite his numbers. Calvin Johnson is having a crazy season and is close to being unstoppable. Fitzgerald has Kolb throwing to him, and that's working against him in ways because Kolb is constantly under pressure.

As for who won't make the playoffs, for me it's easy. The Eagles won't make the playoffs. it is feasible that they won't win the next two games, @Buffalo, @Washington. Washington will be coming off their bye week for that game as well. Eagles would then be going into their bye week in week 7 with a 1-5 record. No matter what they do at that point it won't matter as it'll be to little to late. I see the Eagles finish at worst 7-9 and at best 9-7. The Steelers are also in danger of missing out


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Nickalooch, I agree Calvin is doing good. He was six on the list for me. I am just basing on the stats. Far as talent, he is #2 no doubt. Andre, Calvin, and Fitz. Top 3 talent.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi thelyricwriter! How good of you to provide this excellent commentary! Although I do not follow the NFL I am cheering you on for yet another great hub :-)


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Cloverleaf, thanks so much for reading and the comment. Well you know where to come if you ever feel like learning about it. Be good.


u_taughtem_1st 5 years ago

I also agree that Calvin should have been in the top five. The reason is not because of the stats you emphasized, but the major one. Touchdowns. He has more than any other receiver and that is all that matters.

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