We've covered the runningbacks and passers, now we move onto the guys who will be catching the ball from their passer. Let me just say, when I use the graph, it is not my version of the depth chart. The top guys are starters/challengers and the bottom guys are bubble players/camp bodies. So let us begin on our receivers!
The Cardinals top three remain the same from last season. Floyd looks a lot better than last season, Roberts showed us he can be a good receiver, and Fitz is Fitz. It comes down to numbers four through six. I am one who has been saying we should just but Swope on IR and let him return in a year. Brown, from what I have seen and heard, could be a steal in the UDFA period, and makes the roster with Swope going to IR. Byrd has been publicly called out so we will see if he takes that to heart, as for Hawkins, he and Gill are interchangeable.
I don't know what Jeff Fisher thinks about starting Rookies, but my top three guys would be Quick, Austin, and Bailey. I remember Quick putting up some good numbers against Arizona and with Danny Amendola in New England, it appears he'll get the start.
I love this receiving unit. Harvin, Baldwin, Rice, and Tate are some of my favorite players. Williams was always a player who we Cardinals thought could breakout, but was said to have reached his "peak" in Training Camp, and suffered a rather tough injury when Derek Anderson was throwing the ball. After that I see a rookie or two making the roster, but as reserves of course.
Again I love this unit. All NFC West teams have a solid top three with maybe the exception here. I'm not sure about Jenkins because I know he didn't play much last year. Williams is known for his costly fumbled punt, but that's in the past, and Boldin is getting up there in age. However... If Crabtree can come back sometime during the season (I heard it's possible right?) The trio of Crabtree, Boldin, and Jenkins is dangerous. Also have to incorporate your dangerous ground game and Vernon Davis... That's nightmarish.
I'm going to knock this up to Arizona... And it's not because "oh lookie here we have Fitzgerald". It's because we don't know what Boldin can do without Flacco, or even if Kaep and Boldin will be on the same page early on. The Rams are insanely young at receiver which can lead to lots of mistakes early on. But I do think with a veteran in Sam Bradford those mistakes can be limited. As for the Hawks... Insane talent there. I'd honestly put Tate or Rice as the better receivers over Roberts, but Harvin had "migraines" for most of his years in Minnesota, so we'll see if those magically diminish.