Friday, December 28, 2012
Top rookie WRs to square off in finale
By Paul Kuharsky
John Glennon of The Tennesean wisely points out one thing that’s at stake in Sunday’s mostly meaningless Jaguars-Titans game:
The rookie receptions title.
The lines of the NFL’s most productive receiving rookies:
"The Jaguars have utilized the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Blackmon as more of a downfield threat, evidenced by his 786 receiving yards, tops among all rookie receivers.
"The Titans have used the 5-10, 196-pound Wright as more of a threat on screens and slants closer to the line of scrimmage, where he’s piled up a rookie-best 62 catches, four more than Blackmon."
The Titans have other guys they’ve tended to look to deep ahead of Wright, while Blackmon is higher in the pecking order in all situations because Laurent Robinson was a non-factor this year and emerging Cecil Shorts started slowly and will miss two of his team’s final four games.
Can Blackmon get five more catches in a head-to-head game on Sunday? It seems unlikely. And these guys are in line to do plenty more in their careers, where who caught more balls in their first year won't be a very big line on their résumé.
This division needed an infusion of receiver production. It should be fun to compare and contrast Wright, Blackmon and Hilton in the years to come.