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Every year the question about who is the best comes up right before the NFL draft. When it comes to the wide receiver position there are only two names that come to the top. Before the combine workouts, everyone had AJ Green as the clear cut number one. One of the reasons is that Green comes from a passing offense that featured his skills and his skills alone. Julio Jones stepped his game up at the combine, basically outperforming Green in ever category. The only knock on Jones was supposed to be speed. Ironically he outran Green in the combine too.
When you watch these guys run routes, they are very similar. Jones is a more polished receiver in tight areas, where Green does appear to get better separation on the field. Jones is by far the better blocker as he had to be to allow guys like Mark Ingram to be dominant enough to win the Heisman.
The question remains, which will be the better pro. Make no mistake about it, both are worthy of being the first receiver taken. If you take a look at the board, the only team that may be looking for wide receiver help is early is the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals played with veteran wide receivers Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens this year as young guys like Quan Crosby, Andre Caldwell, and Jordan Shipley emerged as the heir apparent. Crosby is more of a special team’s guy but adds speed to the Bengals. Caldwell is dependable, and Shipley was arguably the best of the bunch last season.
Terrell “Eldorado” Owens has been quiet for the majority of the season and I can understand why. He has been productive and he has played well on a particularly bad team. All of this silence came to an abrupt end last night.
Teammate Chad Ochocinco asked Owens during "The T.Ocho Show" on Versus cable network Tuesday night why he thinks the team is 2-11.
"I think there's underachieving from the top down," Owens said. "You start with the owner, you start with the coaches. And obviously we as players, we are a product of what the coaches are coaching us throughout the course of the week.
Of course, we have to go out there and play the game. But in order for us to do what we're allowed to do at the best of our abilities, the coaches have to put the players in the best position."
Owens has been diplomatic for most of the season, which quickly spiraled out of control. He had only one catch for 22 yards during a 23-7 defeat in Pittsburgh on Sunday that was Cincinnati's 10th straight, matching the franchise record for consecutive losses in a season.
Like him or not, Terrell Owens made his point. He's nowhere near finished.
The 36-year-old receiver had trouble finding a team that would take him this off-season, something he took as a snub. The Cincinnati Bengals finally signed him, and now he's their leading receiver.
One of the league's best, too.
Owens has had a couple of very explosive games this year. Earlier this year Owens had 10 catches for 222 yards against Cleveland. In that game he also moved into second place on the career list for yards receiving, trailing only former 49ers teammate Jerry Rice. He became the oldest receiver in NFL history to have a 200-yard game, and the only one this season.
Owens performance has served as an eye-opener for a lot of people out there that have said a lot of negative things about him. I have heard everything about him from the fact that he has lost a step, or he just can't play.
Day 3 of breaking down the divisions has led us to the AFC North. When I say AFC North all you should think of is power football. This conference is responsible for earning Super Bowl titles with one word “physicality.” If you aren’t a physical team, you have no business even trying to compete in this division.
The Baltimore Ravens are the benchmark of being physical. They are led by their defense and when playing the Ravens expect to have the ball pounded down your throat. The Ravens offense is led by third year quarterback Joe Flacco. The running game for the Ravens is solid featuring a trio of backs headed by Ray Rice. The wide receiver core is a little aged but got better with the recent addition of Anquon Boldin. The offensive line pretty much returns in tact and the tight end postion is held down with the great Todd Heap.
Defensively the Ravens are immense. They have a ferocious defensive line led by newest addition Terrance Cody. The linbacking core is led by the great Ray Lewis. The secondary will be the biggest question as pro bowl safety Ed Reed will probably miss the first 5 – 6 games as former Cowboys safety Ken Hamlin steps in and takes his spot.