The Skins lost a good wide receiver this off-season but also gained one as well. Former New York Jet, Laveranous Coles, was picked up by Washington this off-season. He grabbed a career high 89 catches for 1,264 yards (also a career high), he nabbed 5 Touchdown receptions and should help out Patrick Ramsey this year by allowing him to throw the ball deep down the field. The skins lost Derrius Thompson to free agency. He was Washington's leading receiver last season. The Miami Dolphins succeeded in signing him, and he will prosper when teamed up with Jay Fiedler in a Dolphins uniform. Thompson caught 53 passes for 773 yards season. In the long run however, the Skins signed a better receiver in Coles, to fill Thompson's void. Scott Cloman has brought some hopes to Washington entering his rookie season. The Skins WR crop is just too much of a mystery to find out what they are capable of. Were just going to have to wait and find out.
The addition of Terry Glenn has given the Boys some excitement this off-season. He joins Joey Galloway in the very promising Cowboys receiving core. Galloway tallied 61 receptions in 2002, for 901 yards and six Touchdowns; he could be used as a long ball threat. He caught 4 passes for over 40 yards last year, and an average of 14 yards per catch. He is perfectly used for third and long situations. Many feel that Terry Glenn was Dallas's most exciting off-season move. The Cowboys have every right to be excited; he grabbed 56 receptions last year with Green Bay for 817 yards. Those numbers certainly are not great, but it can only help Quarterback Chad Hutchinson. The Boys receiving group looks like one of the best in the league. The Boys WRs alone could make Dallas a contender this year.
With names like Amani Toomer, Ron Dixon and Ike Hilliard, the Giants have one of the best if not the best group of receivers in the league. The Giants have three long ball threats. Dixon's season ended early last year after a hard hit by Brian Dawkins, which many thought was dirty, but when replays were viewed, it indeed was a clean hit. In his three games started he grabbed 22 receptions, for 377 yards, brought in three Touchdowns, and was a perfect compliment to Amani Toomer. Dixon also had an injury problem in which he missed two games and only started ten; he did catch 52 passes for 671 yards and six touchdowns. Amani Toomer is entering his ninth year in the league, and just seems to get better by the year. He grabbed a career high 82 passes last year, for 1,334 yards, did not have any injuries, and grabbed eight Touchdowns. What's not to like about those numbers. Toomer is just one piece of the Giants puzzle, which creates a perfect wide receiver core.
This year's group of receivers for the Eagles has not yet been greatly improved over last. The team hopes that it will be improved from within by guys like Freddie Milons, Billy McMullen and James Thrash stepping up in 2003. The Birds did pick up a talented WR Billy McMullen out of Virginia, in the draft, he broke a couple of records while he was there, and the Eagles were lucky to have him on the board late in the third round. Also, a very potent receiver is second year man Freddie Milons out of Alabama. He missed last season with an injury but showed promise in the pre-season games. Milons likely will return kicks and be the Eagles fifth receiver on the depth chart. Todd Pinkston, the Birds best wide out, caught 60 passes last year, which was a team best, he brought in seven touchdowns (also a team best) and totaled 789 yards receiving. James Thrash put up considerable numbers, but disappears sometimes in crucial games. If he wants to help out McNabb and Pinkston, he must be more consistent. He caught 53 passes last year for 653 yards and six Touchdowns. That is nothing special considering the year before he caught 60 passes for eight Touchdowns. The Eagles WRs must be more consistent. If this never happens, the Eagles are in for a long year in 2003.
The Giants rule the NFC East passing game. With three long ball threats and two players catching over 50 passes, there is nobody even close to their production, in the NFC East. Ron Dixon is coming back from an injury to make the Giants already good WR core, even better. Look for the G-Men to be contenders this year, especially because of their solid passing game. In quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers, they have the real deal. Scary.