Walker Trumps Terrell

The Bears are still waiting for David Terrell to do much of anything, while Javon Walker started out slowly he's blossomed into one the best receivers in the game.

Green Bay traded up eight spots in order to select Javon Walker in the first round of the 2002 draft. He started just two games and came up with 23 receptions as a rookie, but it was his performance in the playoff loss to Atlanta that showcased his ability. He became the first rookie in team history to go over the century mark in receiving yards in a post-season performance.

Although he didn't have huge numbers during his sophomore campaign, he nearly doubled his production in every category. He caught 41 balls, averaged 17.5 yards per reception and had nine touchdowns.

He used his modest success to springboard this year into a Pro Bowl appearance. Heading into the season finale he's third in the NFC in receiving yards with 1,300 on 86 receptions (fifth in the conference). He also has 11 touchdowns, which is good enough for fourth best in the NFC. He leads the NFL in third-down receptions (31).

"I knew my capabilities as far as they type of athlete that I am," Walker said. " And I knew as soon as the opportunities came, I would get the chance to show people how I can really play and what I can really do."

David Terrell had 86 receptions in his first three years in the league. Despite staring the year off with two 100-yard games in the first quarter of the season, the production has dropped off dramatically over the final three months. He's still tied for the second most receptions on the team (38) and leads in yardage, but he has just one touchdown and has several memorable drops.

Of course, he's played with four different quarterbacks this year and that is no different from any other season in the league. In four years with the team, Terrell has played with nine different starting quarterbacks, which has stunted his growth to some degree.

Obviously Walker's success can be attributed to who has been throwing him the ball. Brett Favre has started 206 consecutive games and is arguably the best quarterback of all-time.

Still a receiver that is drafted in the top ten needs to a game changer and even at his best Terrell may be a second option. He's currently the top one for the Bears and that will be addressed in the off-season or the offense will continue to struggle.


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