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08:08 AM ET 08.03 | The conversation about the NFL's best receivers essentially begins and ends with a "big three" in Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. By December, it will be at least the Big Four. I predict Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green will make it that way. "I definitely want to be mentioned with those guys," Green said. ... The race to be the next elite receiver looks to be a battle between Green and Atlanta's Julio Jones, who also showed well as a rookie last season after being a high first-round pick in 2011. The two know each other and spent time together in Atlanta this offseason. It's a friendly competition, but Green said it's a competition. "It's nice that we came in together," Green said.

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August 3, 2012  08:09 AM ET

That word sure gets thrown around a lot in the NFL.

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August 3, 2012  08:12 AM ET

Can't argue too much with that one. Dude can play.

August 3, 2012  08:17 AM ET

I suppose we shall see. Not the name that jumped out at me as I was reading.

August 3, 2012  08:20 AM ET

They left T.O. off the list...

August 3, 2012  08:20 AM ET

I'd say he and Jones could make it the Big five and everyone can fight it out for rankings.

They are all damned good.

August 3, 2012  08:33 AM ET

Gee, the NFL lists the 5 top receivers for the 2011 season as:

1. Wes Welker, New England
2. Roddy White, Atlanta
3. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans
4. Calvin Johnson, Detroit
5. Rob Gronkowski, New England

Yes, Andre Johnson was held back by QB injury issues in Houston, and Larry Fitz was held back by, well, by being on the Arizona Cardinals, but the numbers don't lie.

Welker is #1, and if you're looking for the next big one, they call him Mister Gronk.

August 3, 2012  08:50 AM ET

Welker, I believe has caught more passes over the last 5 years than ANY WR in the NFL and you might be adding B.Lloyd to that list as well.

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August 3, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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Gee, the NFL lists the 5 top receivers for the 2011 season as:1. Wes Welker, New England2. Roddy White, Atlanta3. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans4. Calvin Johnson, Detroit5. Rob Gronkowski, New EnglandYes, Andre Johnson was held back by QB injury issues in Houston, and Larry Fitz was held back by, well, by being on the Arizona Cardinals, but the numbers don't lie.Welker is #1, and if you're looking for the next big one, they call him Mister Gronk.

DD, I won't argue a season's stats with you because that is how the season ended. But, I have a difficult time calling Graham or Gronkowski or any other exceptional TE a WR based purely on stats. I'm not saying my way is right or wrong but you're a TE or you're a WR.

I say that because if you're building a team and looking for WRs, you're not going to look at a TE to fill that spot. That guy is marketed as a TE for a reason, whether it's size and blocking ability or the fact that maybe he's a bit slower and can't be considered a viable downfield threat but has great hands and can handle the contact over the middle. Primarily, I guess a TE is based on size.

Just my two cents.

August 3, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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Are we supposed to guess the next elite receiver? How about letting them unfold on their own.

I think Eli should tell us. He gave a pretty convincing argument for why he should be considered elite.

August 3, 2012  09:04 AM ET

How could you all be forgetting Cromartie? He's going to have 2k yards receiving with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions all returned for touchdowns this year.

August 3, 2012  09:05 AM ET

Interesting stuff. Nicks was the best receiver on the field in the Superbowl last February.

August 3, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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DD, I won't argue a season's stats with you because that is how the season ended. But, I have a difficult time calling Graham or Gronkowski or any other exceptional TE a WR based purely on stats. I'm not saying my way is right or wrong but you're a TE or you're a WR.

Yeah, I thought about that, but the thread says "Receivers" and that's how the NFL keeps the stats, too.

Makes me think of a guy like Revis seeing Gronk coming at him and saying, "That's not fair. He's not a wide receiver! I shouldn't have to tackle him! Why, he's as big as my head coach!"

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August 3, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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Can't argue too much with that one. Dude can play.

How about Brandon Marshall?

August 3, 2012  09:16 AM ET

When was the last time any of your so called elite recievers were with a Super Bowl Winner?

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August 3, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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I think Eli should tell us. He gave a pretty convincing argument for why he should be considered elite.

Eli might be better than Peyton.

 
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