Monday, August 15, 2011
Defending NFC West wideouts tall order
By Mike Sando
NFC West wide receivers are casting longer shadows these days.
Division teams have added three wideouts standing at least 6-foot-3 this offseason, led by Sidney Rice in Seattle and Braylon Edwards in San Francisco.
The NFC West now has more receivers listed at 6-5 than it has listed at 5-10.
Seattle is likely to field the tallest starting tandem, with the 6-5 Mike Williams opposite the 6-3 Rice.
The 49ers are the only team in the division with fewer than four receivers standing taller than 6-1. The St. Louis Rams have five. Arizona and Seattle have four apiece.
I've gone through rosters and broken out NFC West receivers by listed heights:
- 6-5: Stephen Williams (Arizona), Mike Williams (Seattle), Kris Durham (Seattle), Danario Alexander (St. Louis).
- 6-3: Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona), Braylon Edwards (San Francisco), Dominique Zeigler (San Francisco), Sidney Rice (Seattle), Austin Pettis (St. Louis), Greg Mathews (St. Louis).
- 6-2: Isaiah Williams (Arizona), DeMarco Sampson (Arizona), Isaiah Stanback (Seattle), Mike Sims-Walker (St. Louis), Dominique Curry (St. Louis).
- 6-1: Michael Crabtree (San Francisco), Patrick Williams (Seattle), Brandon Gibson (St. Louis), Greg Salas (St. Louis), Joe West (St. Louis).
- 6-0: Early Doucet (Arizona), Chansi Stuckey (Arizona), Josh Morgan (San Francisco), Kevin Jurovich (San Francisco), Ben Obomanu (Seattle), Mardy Gilyard (St. Louis).
- 5-11: Andre Roberts (Arizona), Max Komar (Arizona), Ted Ginn Jr. (San Francisco), Ronald Johnson (San Francisco), Lance Long (San Francisco), Donnie Avery (St. Louis), Danny Amendola (St. Louis).
- 5-10: Kyle Williams (San Francisco), Golden Tate (Seattle), Deon Butler (Seattle).
The chart breaks down NFC West teams by receiver height.
The Rams have eight receivers standing at least 6-1, no surprise given offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' history at the position.