Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 9/5/12
Wide receivers in the NFL have always been players that need at least three years before they break out, but because of the expansion of the passing game in college football has led to more wide receivers every year making an impact in their first year. In 2008, it was DeSean Jackson that sparked the Philadelphia Eagles offense to the NFC Championship game. In 2009, Mike Wallace helped energize the Pittsburgh Steelers offense leading the league with a 19.4 yard per catch average and Percy Harvin added a dangerous element to the Minnesota Vikings passing game. 2011 saw A.J. Green spark the Cincinnati Bengals offense, after the loss of Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens in 2010. The only question is which wide receiver in 2012 has the best chance to be that impact player in his first season?
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