Wide Receivers who could breakout in 2015
Last year, rookie wide receivers such as Odell Beckham Jr. and Mike Evans burst onto the scene and had great seasons. This year there could be a number of wide receivers who erupt and have outstanding seasons. Here is a look at four wide receivers who could breakout in 2015.
Matthews is entering his second year in the league and after a productive rookie year in Philadelphia, there is no reason why he shouldn’t surpass his 2014 numbers which included 67 catches for 872 yards and 8 touchdowns. With wideout Jeremy Maclin now in Kansas City there is no doubt that Matthews will get more targets than he otherwise would have. Expect Matthews to have a great year while being the most productive wide receiver in Chip Kelly’s offense.
This one might be a little more obvious given the injury situation in Green Bay. With Jordy Nelson going down for the year, Adams’ numbers should vastly improve from what they were a year ago. Adams had a fairly decent rookie year a season ago with 38 catches, 446 yards and 3 touchdowns. Now that he has been elevated to the number two wide receiver in a Aaron Rodgers led offense, expect Adams to put up excellent numbers for the Packers this season.
Wheaton is entering his third year in Pittsburgh and given the status of the teams wide receiver situation, Wheaton will have the opportunity to improve upon his 2014 numbers. Wheaton had 53 catches for 644 yards and 2 touchdowns last season and with the suspension of fellow wideout, Martavis Bryant, Wheaton will likely start alongside Antonio Brown for the first four games this year. Even when Bryant comes back, if Wheaton is reduced to the third receiver, he should still have the ability to put up numbers and have another productive year for the Steelers.
Cooks is another wide receiver who should benefit from players leaving the team. The Saints traded both Kenny Stills and Jimmy Graham this offseason which should give Cooks an opportunity to be a very productive wideout for a Saints team that still has Drew Brees as the quarterback. Cooks put up fairly good numbers a season ago with 53 catches, 550 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Cooks will have a chance to put up great numbers in New Orleans in 2015. Although the team still has Marques Colston, I expect Cooks to be the leading receiver for a passing game that will once again be among the best in the league.
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Colby Gatz covers the NFL for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @bostonfan_15