Key: D= Draft pick, FA= Free agent, T= Trade acquisition
This is an article from the July 25, 2005 issue
WRRoscoe Parrish Miami (D)
QBKelly Holcomb Browns (FA)
RBReShard Lee Cowboys (FA)
A burner who impressed in minicamps, the 168-pound Parrish, a second-round selection, will return punts and is a candidate to be the third receiver.
RBRonnie Brown Auburn (D)
QBGus Frerotte Vikings (FA)
RBHeath Evans Seahawks (FA)
Brown, who split time with Cadillac Williams at Auburn, will start--even after Ricky Williams is reinstated by the league.
New England Patriots
WRTim Dwight Chargers (FA)
RBChad Morton Redskins (FA)
WRDavid Terrell Bears (FA)
QBDoug Flutie Chargers (FA)
Two-time defending Super Bowl champions have the luxury of addressing backup and special-teams needs.
New York Jets
WRLaveranues Coles Redskins (T)
TEDoug Jolley Raiders (T)
RBDerrick Blaylock Chiefs (FA)
PKMike Nugent Ohio State (D)
QBJay Fiedler Dolphins (FA)
A conservative passing game gets a makeover with the return of Coles, plus the arrival of Jolley and coordinator Mike Heimerdinger.
WRDerrick Mason Titans (FA)
WRMark Clayton Oklahoma (D)
QBDerek Anderson Oregon State (D)
Mason, who averaged 86 catches a season over the past four
years, should make life easier for struggling QB Kyle Boller.
WR Chris Henry West Virginia (D)
At 6'5", Henry has size, but catches could be hard to come by playing behind the Chad Johnson--led receiver corps.
WRBraylon Edwards Michigan (D)
QBTrent Dilfer Seahawks (T)
RBReuben Droughns Broncos (T)
QBCharlie Frye Akron (D)
Some rated Edwards as the best player in the draft, but a run-first philosophy could limit his receptions.
TEHeath Miller Virginia (D)
WRCedrick Wilson 49ers (FA)
WRFred Gibson Georgia (D)
Miller, a first-round pick, and Wilson should get plenty of playing time, but don't expect the Steelers to get away from their grind-it-out, ball-control philosophy.
RBVernand Morency Oklahoma St. (D)
WRJerome Mathis Hampton (D)
TEMarcellus Rivers Giants (FA)
WRReggie Swinton Lions (FA)
Morency provides insurance for nicked-up Domanick Davis; speedster Mathis should make defenses think twice about doubling Andre Johnson.
RBAnthony Davis Wisconsin (D)
The NFL's top-scoring offense didn't need fixing, so the Colts drafted a player who could take over for Edgerrin James in 2006.
WRMatt Jones Arkansas (D)
RBAlvin Pearman Virginia (D)
A 6'6" target with 4.37 speed, Jones, a quarterback in college, is expected to be the third receiver by midseason.
RBTravis Henry Bills (T)
WRCourtney Roby Indiana (D)
WRBrandon Jones Oklahoma (D)
PKOla Kimrin Redskins (FA)
With the release of Derrick Mason, at least one of the rookie wideouts should see plenty of playing time.
WR Jerry Rice Seahawks (FA)
TEStephen Alexander Lions (FA)
RBRon Dayne Giants (FA)
RBMaurice Clarett Ohio State (D)
Rice will get a shot to be the third or fourth wideout, while Alexander could move into a starting role.
Kansas City Chiefs
WR Freddie Mitchell Eagles (FA)
WRCraphonso Thorpe Florida St. (D)
RBDee Brown Browns (FA)
The outspoken Mitchell, who wore out his welcome in Philadelphia, will fight with Samie Parker for playing time.
WR Randy Moss Vikings (T)
RBLamont Jordan Jets (FA)
TEJosh Norman Chargers (FA)
QBAndrew Walter Arizona State (D)
Motivated by the trade, Moss is in top shape and could have a huge year; Jordan, who played behind Curtis Martin for four years, becomes a No. 1 back.
San Diego Chargers
RBDarren Sproles Kansas State (D)
WRVincent Jackson No. Colorado (D)
The 5'6", 181-pound Sproles had a big minicamp and is getting looks at returner and third-down back.
QBDrew Bledsoe Bills (FA)
RBAnthony Thomas Bears (FA)
RBMarion Barber III Minnesota (D)
Strong-armed but immobile Bledsoe is reunited with the man who drafted him in '93, Bill Parcells.
New York Giants
WR Plaxico Burress Steelers (FA)
PKJay Feely Falcons (FA)
QBTim Hasselbeck Redskins (FA)
The 6'5" Burress can give the passing game a lift, but only if the Giants improve the blocking up front for QB Eli Manning.
WRReggie Brown Georgia (D)
RBRyan Moats Louisiana Tech (D)
QBMike McMahon Lions (FA)
With the status of disgruntled wideout Terrell Owens up in the air, Brown, a second-round pick, will get every opportunity to show what he can do.
WR Santana Moss Jets (T)
WR David Patten Patriots (FA)
WR Kevin Dyson Chargers (FA)
QBJason Campbell Auburn (D)
The receiving corps was overhauled, while Campbell, a late first-round pickup, is being groomed as the quarterback of the future.
RBCedric Benson Texas (D)
WRMuhsin Muhammad Panthers (FA)
WRMark Bradley Oklahoma (D)
PKDoug Brien Jets (FA)
QBKyle Orton Purdue (D)
A run-first philosophy is a perfect fit for the bruising Benson but not necessarily for Muhammad, who signed a lucrative free-agent deal.
WRMike Williams Southern Cal (D)
QBJeff Garcia Browns (FA)
TEMarcus Pollard Colts (FA)
WRKevin Johnson Ravens (FA)
A talented offense got even better; if QB Joey Harrington falters, Garcia is waiting in the wings.
Green Bay Packers
QBAaron Rodgers Cal (D)
WRTerrence Murphy Texas A&M (D)
With Brett Favre nearing retirement, the Packers couldn't pass up the chance to select Rodgers.
WR Troy Williamson So. Carolina (D)
WRTravis Taylor Ravens (FA)
RBCiatrick Fason Florida (D)
QBBrad Johnson Bucs (FA)
PKPaul Edinger Bears (FA)
Williamson can stretch the field, but with a slew of veterans he won't be rushed into the starting lineup.
WRRoddy White UAB (D)
PKTodd Peterson 49ers (FA)
On a team without a true No. 1 wide receiver, deep threat White will get a chance to contribute.
TEFreddie Jones Cardinals (FA)
RBEric Shelton Louisville (D)
QBStefan LeFors Louisville (D)
Once a receiving threat, Jones is being converted into a blocking tight end; Shelton will compete for time in a crowded backfield.
New Orleans Saints
WRAz-Zahir Hakim Lions (FA)
RBAntowain Smith Titans (FA)
TEShad Meier Titans (FA)
Close to signing with the Chiefs, Hakim ended up in New Orleans, where he will bid to be the third receiver.
Tampa Bay Bucs
RBCadillac Williams Auburn (D)
TEAlex Smith Stanford (D)
TEAnthony Becht Jets (FA)
WRIke Hilliard Giants (FA)
Williams displaces Michael Pittman as the starter; Smith has the speed to beat linebackers down the middle and should be a nice complement to the 272-pound Becht.
QBKurt Warner Giants (FA)
RB J.J. Arrington Cal (D)
WRCharles Lee Bucs (FA)
Arrington should start immediately; three talented young receivers boost Warner's bid to rebound.
St. Louis Rams
TERoland Williams Raiders (FA)
WRDante Ridgeway Ball State (D)
Marc Bulger will throw often,
but not necessarily to this duo; Williams's last catch was in 2002, and Ridgeway is no lock to make the team.
San Francisco 49ers
QBAlex Smith Utah (D)
RBFrank Gore Miami (D)
WRJohnnie Morton Chiefs (FA)
PKJoe Nedney Titans (FA)
The QB job is Smith's to lose, but Gore, a third-round selection, could have the bigger impact as the feature back ahead of Kevan Barlow.
WRJoe Jurevicius Bucs (FA)
QBDavid Greene Georgia (D)
Jurevicius brings good hands to an offense that has been plagued by the drops.