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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 1 Wide Receivers

By Colby Cavaliere | 9/9/21 |
Bye Weeks: N/A
QBs | RBs | WRs

Antonio Brown

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Antonio Brown vs DAL (THU)

With his demons seemingly recaged (for the time being) Brown has been able to focus on football these past few months. Reports from camp have him looking better than ever (his talent was never the question), and more time in this offense will enable him to expand his role in the scheme. With Chris Godwin a late-add to the injury report, there is a good chance Brown plays a more prominent role Thursday night. Brown should be able to get behind the defense for a few big hits, and a scenario where he leads the team in receiving this week is not impossible.

Corey Davis @ CAR

If you watched the Jets this preseason (not my choice living in Northern Jersey) you could see the obvious chemistry that Davis and rookie quarterback Zach Wilson have built. With rookie 2nd rounder Elijah Moore missing a chunk of time with a leg injury, and Jamison Crowder also banged up (and on the Covid list), Davis has looked fast and fluid. Although he largely was a disappointment in Tennessee as the 5th overall pick in 2017, he was a big free agent addition for the Jets and brings a size/speed/leadership element this unit has lacked since Robby Anderson left. Davis should easily lead this team in receiving early in the year, so take advantage.

Calvin Ridley vs PHI

With the sorry state of both of these defenses, the Philly/Atlanta match-up should feature some major fireworks this week. With Julio Jones shipped off to the Titans, Ridley is truly the alpha dog in the passing game. With only rookie Kyle Pitts to compete with for targets, Ridley has a legit shot to lead the NFL in several major receiving categories. Already a top-5 player at his position, Ridley should feast against a Philly secondary that gave up the 6th most points to receivers last year.

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Allen Robinson @ LAR

Call this the Ramsay effect, as a Rams #5 jersey figures to be draped over Robinson Sunday night. Add in the fact that Andy Dalton will likely be running for his life, itís going to be difficult for Robinson to shake free and make big plays down the field. Big Rob will have his moments, and is still too good to consider sitting, but the payoffs might not come until Justin Fields is able to find his way into the huddle. Temper expectations during a brutal match-up.

Courtland Sutton / Jerry Jeudy @ NYG

There is a ton of buzz surrounding this Denver team, and Iím struggling to figure out why. Sure Teddy Bridgewater is an upgrade, but his limited skillset doesnít suddenly make this offense deadly. Somehow they are favored by 2.5 on the road against a scrappy Giants team that nearly snuck into the playoffs last year. The G-men secondary was one of the best in the NFL in 2020, and that was before the additions in free agency and the draft. They yielded the 8th fewest fantasy points to receivers, and because Bridgewaterís arm talent is limited, they should be able to play tight coverage. There will be big games to be had this season for this Denver duo, but Week 1 isnít the place Iím counting on that happening.

Curtis Samuel vs. LAC

Sidelined for nearly the entire preseason, Samuel returned to practice this week and looked to be trending in the right direction for Sunday. (Reports have him leaving practice early on Wednesday so look out!). So while it's a decent bet Samuel will suit up, I can’t imagine he’s a big part of the game plan. I could see the WTF getting him some touches around the line of scrimmage to get him some work, but he doesn’t have the conditioning to do much more than a few scattered touches. I’d be inclined to bench Samuel this week in all formats until he gets his legs under him.

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