Over on NFL.com, to further prep you for what will assuredly be another fantastic season, is a ranking of the top-10 receiving units in the league.
The Washington Redskins schedule, already considered to be a handful, features nine games against the following top-10 units.
1. Atlanta Falcons (Week 15)
–Julio Jones: Over 2,000 yards in two seasons.
–Roddy White: four-time Pro Bowler.
–Tony Gonzalez: Has more receptions, touchdowns and yards than any other tight end in NFL history. I guess you can call him a triple crown winner.
2. Denver Broncos (Week 8)
–Demaryius Thomas: Nearly record 1,500 receiving yards in 2012
–Eric Decker: Set career-highs in receptions (85), touchdowns (13) and yards (1,064) in 2012. His 13 touchdowns were also a team-high.
–Wes Welker: Has made five straight Pro Bowls.
3. Dallas Cowboys (Weeks 6 and 16)
–Dez Bryant: Only Cowboy to have double-digit touchdowns (12) in 2012.
–Miles Austin: two-time Pro Bowler.
–Jason Witten: In 20 career games against the Washington Redskins, the tight end has amassed 94 receptions for 1,060 yards and six touchdowns.
4. New York Giants (Weeks 13 and 17)
–Hakeem Nicks: two 1,000-yard seasons on his resume.
–Victor Cruz: 2012 Pro Bowler who has ranked in the top-10 in touchdown receptions in each of the last two seasons.
–Brandon Meyers: Led the Oakland Raiders in receptions (79) and yards (806) in 2012.
5. Green Bay Packers (Week 2)
–Jordy Nelson: 2,008 yards and 22 touchdowns in the last two seasons.
–Randall Cobb: team-high 954 yards were part of a league-high 2,342 all-purpose yards.
–Jermichael Finley: At least 650 yards in three of five seasons.
–James Jones: Team-high 14 touchdowns in 2012.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (Weeks 1 and 11)
–Jeremy Maclin: At least 700 yards in each season since being drafted in 2009.
–DeSean Jackson: Two-time Pro Bowler who had 700 yards in 11 games in 2012.
–Brent Celek: 3,473 yards and 20 touchdowns in six seasons.
Well as you can tell the secondary will be in the spotlight this season especially with all of those receivers lining up on the other side of the pigskin.
The secondary is one of the more fluid situations on this team. With the three aforementioned first-year players, the return of veterans such as DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson, free agent acquisition E.J. Biggers and the return of Brandon Meriweather, the unit certainly doesn’t have a shortage of talent at its disposal.
Make sure to get yourself a wide-screen TV before the fall starts if you haven’t already gotten rid of your clunky old box from 1997—you simply can’t miss the battles on the outside.
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