Training Camp Chronicle: Wide Receiver Chatter

By Sprung On Sports  |   Tuesday, August 04, 2009  |  Comments( 0 )

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-Reliable Toomer Still Looking For Work

After 13 years with the Giants, Amani Toomer is looking for work, even though he was mainly a reliable possession receiver and a veteran presence for what now is a very young New York receiving corps. Even though he averaged 53.5 receptions, 670 yards and 3.5 TD’s over the last three years, Eli Manning’s reliable target is looking for work. He would be a valuable complementary option alongside the unretired Derrick Mason in Baltimore, could probably start for the Bears, and would be a good fit for a number of other teams in a slot role.

“I do think he still has a place in this league” ESPN’s Matt Williamson said to SprungOnSports.com, “and in a way, Eli will miss him. Reliable. Maybe the Ravens? Bears make sense as well for sure.”

Teams like Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, the New York Jets and Dallas would also be good fits for Toomer. As training camp progresses and injuries mount, we’ll see what teams come calling for Toomer.

-Harvin Looking to make Instant Impact

Florida sensation and Vikings first round pick Percy Harvin recently signed a five-year contract, and Minnesota hopes he’ll be a better first round pick than their previous WR selection, Troy Williamson.

Harvin, when healthy, has a Reggie Bush-like game-breaking ability. But not many first year receivers fare well, just look at Devin Thomas and Malcom Kelly of Washington last year. But some, like Denver’s Eddie Royal and Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson, can make a big impact in a hurry.

“Harvin has a better chance to do what Jackson did because he could contribute on special teams right away.” said ESPN’s NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert told SprungOnSports.

Harvin, like Royal and Jackson, can potentially play a big role in the return game, and that, perhaps, can make Harvin the instant success that many predict him to be.

The Pressure’s On Coles in the Queen City

After playing seven of his nine NFL seasons with the Jets, WR Laveranues Coles is under a ton of pressure in his new home. After the Bengals let all-pro wideout TJ Houshmandzadeh leave via free agency to Seattle, Cincinnati tapped Coles to be his replacement.

Despite a 70 catch, 850 yard season with seven TD’s in 2008, the Jets released the 31-year-old, thinking he was on the downside of his career. Cincinnati swooped in with a four year, $28 million contract that was seen by many as overly generous for a player whose best days were seemingly behind him. But with Andre Caldwell and a rejuvenated Chris Henry breathing down his neck, it could be a competitive camp for Coles. ESPN’s AFC North blogger James Walker thinks differently.

“It’s pretty clear that Laveranues Coles is the No. 2 receiver.” Walker said to SprungOnSports. “If he isn’t, with the amount the Bengals are paying him this year, it would be a huge disappointment.”

So the pressure is squarely on Coles’ shoulder to have a bounceback season along with Carson Palmer and the rest of the Bengals, who are looking to get back to their winning ways of just a few years ago.
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