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SI PLAYER RANKINGS FOR 2008 with 2007 statsGAMESRECEPTIONSREC. YDSYDS/GM100-YD GMSTOTAL TDsBYE WEEK
1. Jason Witten, Cowboys16961,14571.64710
2. Antonio Gates, Chargers167598461.5499
3. Kellen Winslow Jr., Browns16821,10669.1355
4. Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs16991,17273.3556
5. Alge Crumpler, Titans144244431.7056
6. Dallas Clark, Colts155861641.10114
7. Chris Cooley, Redskins166678649.11810
8. Todd Heap, Ravens62323939.80110
9. Heath Miller, Steelers164756635.4076
10. Tony Scheffler, Broncos164954934.3158
11. Zach Miller, Raiders164444427.8035
12. Jeremy Shockey, Saints145761944.2139
13. Owen Daniels, Texans166376848.0038
14. Vernon Davis, 49ers145250936.4049
15. Greg Olsen, Bears143939127.9028
16. Benjamin Watson, Patriots123638932.4164
17. Anthony Fasano, Dolphins16141438.9014
18. Ben Utecht, Bengals143136426.0018
19. Donald Lee, Packers154857538.3068
20. Kevin Boss, Giants1391189.1024
21. L.J. Smith, Eagles102223623.6017
22. Leonard Pope, Cardinals132323818.3057
23. Dustin Keller, Jets*136888167.8375
24. Desmond Clark, Bears164454534.1048
25. Randy McMichael, Rams163942926.8035
26. Chris Baker, Jets154140927.3035
27. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars163739124.4027
28. Jeff King, Panthers164640625.4029
29. Alex Smith, Buccaneers143238527.50310
30. Robert Royal, Bills162524815.5036
31. Marcus Pollard, Patriots142827319.5024
32. John Carlson, Seahawks*124037231.0034

*Rookie (college statistics)

On the Rise

• ALGE CRUMPLER
Titans
The former Falcon needed a fresh start as badly as Vince Young needed this soft-handed receiver.

TONY SCHEFFLER
Broncos
His 49 catches and five TDs were the most for a Denver tight end since Shannon Sharpe in 2003.

ZACH MILLER
Raiders
The addition of WR Javon Walker will open up underneath routes for the sure-handed second-year man.

On the Decline

L.J. SMITH
Eagles
The oft-injured vet is a free agent in '09, so Philly will want to give its other options a look.

DESMOND CLARK
Bears
With TE Greg Olsen stepping up as the top receiver, this veteran will recede into the background.

CHRIS BAKER
Jets
Once seen as a promising pass catcher, he'll be relegated to blocking duties when rookie Dustin Keller settles in.

Sleepers

• BEN UTECHT
Bengals
Cincinnati's new starter caught 68 balls over the last two seasons as a reserve in Indianapolis.

LEONARD POPE
Cardinals
Despite amassing only 23 catches in his second season, he established himself as a red-zone target with five touchdowns in 13 games.

ANTHONY FASANO
Dolphins
Jason Witten's ex-caddie will get more opportunity in his new home to display the pass-catching skills he showed at Notre Dame.

PHOTODONN JONES (CRUMPLER)PHOTOFRANK VICTORES/US PRESSWIRE (UTECHT)