NFL Nation: NFC South wide receiver rankings
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
Reader Lloyd in Baton Rouge, La., sent along a very good question to the mailbag:
"Within the past couple of months you made a ranking of WR duos for the NFC South teams. Would you change the duos and team rankings now?"
It took me a little while to find the post, but I got it. It ran back on Aug. 26, before the season even started. And, yes, I definitely would change my rankings because a lot of variables have been in play in the meantime. I ranked Tampa Bay's Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard as the division's best combination of starting receivers at the time and that, obviously, hasn't played out. Galloway missed a huge chunk of the season because of injury and hasn't been a factor since he's been back.
Since Lloyd's tossing me a "mulligan," I'll take it and re-rank the NFC South's starting receiver duos, based on what they've done to this point in the season. Here goes:
1. Atlanta's Roddy White and Michael Jenkins. This is a close call, but I'm going with the Atlanta guys over everybody else because White has the best numbers of any receiver in the division, by far, and he's helped by the fact Carolina's Steve Smith missed the first two games due to a suspension and the Panthers haven't been able to throw the ball in the last two weeks. Jenkins is showing he can be a strong complementary receiver. A lot has been made about how White and Jenkins are helping rookie quarterback Matt Ryan, but I think it might be the other way around. White and Jenkins looked like they were on their way to being busts when Michael Vick was the quarterback.
1:00 PM ET Indianapolis Cincinnati 1:00 PM ET Atlanta Green Bay 1:00 PM ET Cleveland New England 1:00 PM ET Oakland New York 1:00 PM ET Detroit Philadelphia 1:00 PM ET Miami Pittsburgh 1:00 PM ET Buffalo Tampa Bay 1:00 PM ET Kansas City Washington 1:00 PM ET Minnesota Baltimore 4:05 PM ET Tennessee Denver 4:25 PM ET St. Louis Arizona 4:25 PM ET New York San Diego 4:25 PM ET Seattle San Francisco 8:30 PM ET Carolina New Orleans