If you could build an All-NFC East team for 2014, which players would you choose? Over the next few weeks, we’ll debate that and break it down, position by position. Think about which players you believe will have the best 2014 seasons. Today we focus on wide receivers.
Here are the candidates:
Dez Bryant, Cowboys
Why choose him?—He still has a little bit of growing up to do and that’s a scary prospect for Cowboys’ opponents. He’s coming off of back-to-back seasons with over 90 catches, 1,200 receiver yards, and 12 TD’s.
Victor Cruz, Giants
Why choose him?—Even though he was the only credible receiving threat on the Giants and Eli Manning was having a terrible year, Cruz had a productive 2013 with 73 catches for 998 yards.
Riley Cooper, Eagles
Why choose him?—When teams loaded up to try to stop DeSean Jackson, Cooper made them pay. Cooper averaged 17.8 yards on his 47 receptions and scored eight touchdowns.
Pierre Garçon, Redskins
Why choose him?—He led the NFL in receptions with 113, which also broke the Redskins’ team record.
DeSean Jackson, Redskins
Why choose him?—Jackson is coming off of career highs of 82 receptions and 1,332 receiving yards. Will a chance of scenery help or hurt his production?
Tandler’s picks—Bryant is an easy choice. We’ll go with a three-receiver set and put Cruz in the slot and Garçon opposite Dez. It’s hard to leave Jackson off of the list but, as noted, there are questions about how well he will do adjusting to a new offense and new personnel.
Your pick—Let us know who your All-NFC East wide receivers are by hitting the poll and then defending your pick in the comments.
Tomorrow: We make our picks for the all-division safeties.