2018 White Wide Receivers

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  1. The Sapient

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    "Slow progress is still progress, optimism is better than despair/
    And if you’re someone like me who grew up in America 2.0, you know I’ve been brainwashed to give it less care/"

    But I am NOT brainwashed and NEITHER are you!

    Five White Wide Receivers were drafted in the 2018 NFL Draft. In 2017, we had four. In 2009, we had three (Hartline, Collie, and Edelman), but when was the last time we had at least 5 drafted?

    Someone may want to validate this since it was before my time, but I believe you have to scan all the way back to the 1985 NFL Draft to find at least 5 or more Whites drafted (7) at the WR position:

    WR Chuck Scott (RD 2 / Pick 50)

    WR James Maness (RD 3 / Pick 78)

    WR George Shorthose (RD 6 / Pick 145)

    WR Mike Young (RD 6 / Pick 161)

    WR Mark Pattison (RD 7 / Pick 188)

    WR Steve Tasker (RD 8/ Pick 226)

    WR Shane Swanson (RD 12/ Pick 315)


    Prior to the start of the 2017 NFL season, I questioned whether or not we were finally going to have at least 25 White WRs on an active roster.

    By year end, we had at least 24 White WRs suit up for at least one game:

    Jordy Nelson - Green Bay (roster)

    Adam Thielen - Minnesota (roster)

    Eric Decker - NY Jets (roster)

    Cole Beasley - Dallas (roster)

    Chris Hogan - New England (roster)

    Alex Erickson - Cincinnati (roster)

    Jeff Janis - Green Bay (roster)

    Danny Amendola - New England (roster)

    Adam Humphries - Tampa Bay (roster)

    Tanner McEvoy -Seattle (roster)

    Jordan Taylor - Denver (roster)

    Nick Williams - Atlanta (roster)

    Brenton Bersin - Carolina (roster)

    Jared Abbrederis - Detroit (roster)

    Michael Campanaro - Baltimore (roster)

    Jace Billingsley - Detroit (roster)

    Max McCaffrey - Green Bay/New Orleans/Jacksonville/Green Bay (roster)

    Cooper Kupp (rookie) - LA Rams (roster)

    Chad Hensen (rookie) - NY Jets (roster)

    Ryan Switzer (rookie) - Dallas (roster)

    Trent Taylor (rookie) - San Francisco (roster)

    Brandon Reilly (rookie) - Buffalo (roster)

    Tanner Gentry (rookie) - Chicago (roster)

    Griff Whalen - Baltimore (roster)

    If it weren’t for the preseason ending injury, Julian Edelman would have made it 25.


    We had an additional 12 on the practice squad:

    Nelson Spruce - LA/Chicago (practice squad)

    Drew Morgan (rookie) - Miami (practice squad)

    Cody Hollister (rookie) - New England (practice squad)

    Anas Hasic (rookie) - Kansas City (practice squad)

    Gehrig Dieter (rookie) - Kansas City (practice squad)

    Riley McCarron (rookie) - Houston/New England (practice squad)

    Richard Mullaney - Cleveland Browns (practice squad)

    Jake Lampman - Tampa Bay (practice squad)

    Ryan Spadola - Detroit (practice squad)

    Mitchell Paige - LA Chargers (practice squad)

    Isaac Fruchte - Minnesota (practice squad)

    Mitch Mathews - Miami (practice squad)


    In 2017, we tracked 50.

    2017 WRs:

    Jordy Nelson - Green Bay (roster)

    Adam Thielen - Minnesota (roster)

    Eric Decker - NY Jets (roster)

    Julian Edelman - New England (roster)

    Cole Beasley - Dallas (roster)

    Chris Hogan - New England (roster)

    Alex Erickson - Cincinnati (roster)

    Jeff Janis - Green Bay (roster)

    Danny Amendola - New England (roster)

    Adam Humphries - Tampa Bay (roster)

    Tanner McEvoy -Seattle (roster)

    Marc Mariani - Tennessee (Free Agent)

    Jordan Taylor - Denver (roster)

    Brian Walters - Jacksonville (Free Agent)

    Nick Williams - Atlanta (roster)

    Greg Salas - Buffalo (Free Agent)

    Brenton Bersin - Carolina (roster)

    Jared Abbrederis - Detroit (roster)

    Michael Campanaro - Baltimore (roster)

    Daniel Braverman - Chicago (Free Agent)

    Jace Billingsley - Detroit (roster)

    Max McCaffrey - Green Bay/New Orleans/Jacksonville/Green Bay (roster)

    Nelson Spruce - LA/Chicago (Practice Squad)

    Moritz Böhringer - Minnesota (Practice Squad/Free Agent)

    Cooper Kupp (rookie) - LA (roster)

    Chad Hensen (rookie) - NY Jets (roster)

    Drew Morgan (rookie) - Miami (practice squad)

    Ryan Switzer (rookie) - Dallas (roster)

    Trent Taylor (rookie) - San Francisco (roster)

    Jordan Westerkamp (rookie) - Tampa Bay/Miami (Free Agent)

    Thomas Sperbeck (rookie) - Tampa Bay (Free Agent)

    Cody Hollister (rookie) - New England (Practice squad)

    Brandon Reilly (rookie) - Buffalo (Roster)

    Mitchell Shegos (rookie) - Cleveland (Free Agent)

    Anas Hasic (rookie) - Kansas City (Practice Squad)

    Gehrig Dieter (rookie) - Kansas City (Practice Squad)

    Riley McCarron (rookie) - Houston/New England (Practice Squad)

    Jordan Simone (rookie) - Seattle

    Seth Coate (rookie) - Arizona (competed in Mini-camp)

    Cole Freytag (rookie) - Tampa (competed in Mini-camp)

    Tanner Gentry (rookie) - Chicago (roster)

    Riley Cooper - Tried out for Tampa

    AJ Cruz - CFL

    Richard Mullaney - Cleveland Browns (practice squad)

    Jake Lampman - Tampa Bay (practice squad)

    Griff Whalen - Baltimore (roster)

    Ryan Spadola - Detroit (practice squad)

    Mitchell Paige - LA Chargers (practice squad)

    Isaac Fruchte - Minnesota (practice squad)

    Mitch Mathews - Miami (practice squad)



    In 2018, we currently have 38 signed to a team.

    2018 WRs:

    Jordy Nelson - Oakland

    Ryan Switzer - Oakland

    Griff Whalen - Oakland

    Adam Thielen - Minnesota

    Jake Wieneke (Rookie) - Minnesota

    Julian Edelman - New England

    Chris Hogan - New England

    Cody Hollister - New England

    Riley McCaron - New England

    Braxton Berrios (Rookie) - New England

    Cole Beasley - Dallas

    Alex Erickson - Cincinnati

    Moritz Böhringer - Cincinnati

    Jeff Janis - Cleveland

    Danny Amendola - Miami

    Drew Morgan - Miami

    Adam Humphries - Tampa Bay

    Jake Lampan - Tampa Bay

    Justin Watson (Rookie) - Tampa Bay

    Tanner McEvoy - Seattle

    Caleb Scott (Rookie) - Seattle

    Jordan Taylor - Denver

    Michael Campanaro - Tennessee

    Daniel Braverman - Kansas City

    Nelson Spruce - Kansas City

    Gehrig Dieter - Kansas City

    Jace Billingsley - Detroit

    Max McCaffrey - San Francisco

    Trent Taylor - San Francisco

    Cooper Kupp - LA Rams

    Chad Hensen - NY Jets

    Brandon Reilly - Buffalo

    Austin Proehl (Rookie) - Buffalo

    Tanner Gentry - Chicago

    Dylan Cantrell (Rookie) - LA Chargers

    Jaelon Acklin (Rookie) - Baltimore

    Troy Pelletier (Rookie) - Philadelphia

    Chad Beebe (Rookie) - Indianapolis


    2018 Try out:

    Matt Vandeberg (Rookie) - NY Jets


    2018 Free Agents:

    Eric Decker

    Brenton Bersin

    Nick Williams

    Marc Mariani

    Greg Sales

    Thomas Sperbeck

    Mitchell Shegos

    Anas Hasic

    Jordan Simone

    Cole Freytag

    Ryan Spadola

    Mitchell Paige

    Isaac Fruchte

    Mitch Mathews

    Richard Mullaney


    CFL:

    Jordan Westerkamp (Toronto)

    AJ Cruz (Edmonton)

    Seth Coate - Tryout (Verge of deal with Ottawa)


    Retired:

    Jared Abbrederis

    Riley Cooper
     
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  2. chris371

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    Great Post! Thanks for the list!
     
  3. celticdb15

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    I second that!
     
  4. Extra Point

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    I third it! Excellent post by The Sapient. We can use this list to keep track.

    I was glad to see Ryan Spadola is still hanging on. I wouldn't have known that if not for this list. Spadola deserves to be playing.
     
  5. Chad

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    In your opinion will we exceed 50 this year?
     
  6. The Sapient

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    With regards to making their respective team’s 53 men roster or being activated for at least one game in 2018, I believe 25-30 is within range.

    The great thing about these WRs is that most of them are young.

    In addition, the 2019 NFL Draft looks like another solid class.
     
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  8. Chad

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    Thanks
     
  9. Thrashen

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    Great research, Sapient!

    I’m excited to see Amendola in Miami, as he was clearly signed to play the role Jarvis Landry played for several years.

    Adam Thielen and Cousins have a lot in common (religious, married, have young children) and should become fast friends. I’d love to see Adam lead the NFL in receiving yardage this year or at least be in the top 5.

    With Cooks gone, I think Chris Hogan will achieve his 1st 1,000-yard season. Edelman/Hogan/Berrios should be fun to watch in NE.

    Kupp had a fantastic rookie season (870 yards) and I like how he and Goff are very good friends ala Brady/Welker. An entire off-season to work together and I think he’ll be even better this year.

    With “Diva Dez” cut, Beasley should have more targets and hopefully gets close to 1,000 yards, as he did two years ago.

    Honestly, I don’t have a great feeling about Jordy Nelson in Oakland. He was paid starter money, but I think Bryant and Cooper will steal too many targets.
     
  10. The Sapient

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    Thanks @Thrashen

    Updating post to include recent signings:

    Thomas Sperbeck - Tampa Bay Bucs
    Nick Williams - Tennessee Titans

    That brings up our WR total to 40 signed to a team.

    I’m optimistic of Decker and Bersin getting signed at some point this season.

    In reference to White RBs being signed, does Nick Holley make it 6?

    Christian McCaffrey- Carolina Panthers

    Rex Burkehead - New England Patriots

    Zach Zenner - Detroit Lions

    Ryan Nall - Chicago Bears

    Dalton Crossan - Tampa Bay Bucs...TB has been making some interesting moves lately. They now have White 4 WRs and a White RB in their current roster.

    Nick Holley - LA Rams

    Am I missing anyone else?

    It’s a shame Danny Woodhead didn’t give it another go! Was hoping he joined Burkehead in New England.
     
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    As of August 13, 2018, we currently have 44 signed to a team.


    2018 WRs:

    Jordy Nelson - Oakland
    Ryan Switzer - Oakland
    Griff Whalen - Oakland

    Adam Thielen - Minnesota
    Brandon Zylstra - Minnesota
    Jake Wieneke (Rookie) - Minnesota
    Chad Beebe (Rookie) - Minnesota (Went from Indy to Minn)

    Julian Edelman - New England
    Chris Hogan - New England
    Cody Hollister - New England (On Patriots non-football injury list)
    Riley McCaron - New England
    Braxton Berrios (Rookie) - New England
    Eric Decker - New England

    Cole Beasley - Dallas

    Alex Erickson - Cincinnati

    Jeff Janis - Cleveland

    Trey Quinn (Rookie) - Washington

    Danny Amendola - Miami
    Drew Morgan - Miami

    Adam Humphries - Tampa Bay
    Jake Lampan - Tampa Bay
    Justin Watson (Rookie) - Tampa Bay
    Thomas Sperbeck - Tampa Bay (On IR)

    Tanner McEvoy - Seattle
    Caleb Scott (Rookie) - Seattle

    Jordan Taylor - Denver
    River Cracraft - Denver

    Michael Campanaro - Tennessee
    Nick Williams - Tennessee

    Daniel Braverman - Kansas City
    Nelson Spruce - Kansas City
    Gehrig Dieter - Kansas City

    Jace Billingsley - Detroit

    Max McCaffrey - San Francisco
    Trent Taylor - San Francisco

    Cooper Kupp - LA Rams

    Chad Hensen - NY Jets

    Brandon Reilly - Buffalo
    Austin Proehl (Rookie) - Buffalo

    Tanner Gentry - Chicago

    Dylan Cantrell (Rookie) - LA Chargers

    Jaelon Acklin (Rookie) - Baltimore

    Jake Kumerow - Green Bay

    Troy Pelletier (Rookie) - Philadelphia (can’t find any news on Troy being cut or if he’s still on the roster)


    2018 Free Agents (Latest Updates):

    Brenton Bersin - Performed a workout for New England in early August.

    Mitchell Paige (Playing in the German Football League for the Dresden Monarchs)


    CFL:
    Jordan Westerkamp (Toronto)
    AJ Cruz (Edmonton)
    Seth Coate - (Ottawa)


    Note:
    Moritz Böhringer - Cincinnati (Converted to TE - Has been removed from list)
     
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  12. rockybleier

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    Brandon Zylstra, I believe, is still with the Vikings......
    Low on the totem pole, for sure, but there.......
     
  13. The Sapient

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    Thank you @rockybleier. List has been updated to 43 WRs signed to a team.
     
  14. The Sapient

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    I can’t believe I left out the rookie Trey Quinn out of my original list.

    List updated to 44 WRs signed to a team.

    With that being said, what do you think will be the # of White WRs being on an active roster come opening day? I’ll say 22.

    What do you think will be the # of White WRs being on an active roster at least for one game in 2018? I’ll go with 25.
     
  15. Thrashen

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    Great list!

    One correction...it's Chad Hansen, not Chad Hensen.

    I'm very interested in how many of these guys will have 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2018. Hogan, Thielen, and Kupp are probably the most likely, with Nelson having an outside chance as he appears to have won the starting flanker job.

    Due to his suspension, Edelman would need to have numerous 100+ yard receiving games to have a chance at 1,000 yards.

    Beasley had 833 yards two seasons ago, but seems unlikely to ever have a larger role in the offense. With Witten and Bryant gone, perhaps he’ll become a primary weapon on short abc intermediate routes for the weak-armed Quotablack, Prescott.
     
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    I'll say 22 on opening day rosters, with several others on practice squads. Will be interesting to see if Oakland keeps Whalen in addition to Switzer, who's a lock. Zylstra seems to be getting better press than Wieneke, I'm hoping one of them makes the Vikings and the other the practice squad. I figure New England will keep either Berrios or McCarren with the other on the practice squad. Decker should make the team and start while Edelman is suspended but is getting horrible press right now.

    The thing to keep in mind about media reports is to look at whether the reporter is a long-time writer on the team beat with lots of contacts, or just one of a million bloggers out there. The insiders often have connections with the front office and are spouting the "party line" about various players, especially when the coverage is negative.
     
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  17. Leonardfan

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    It’s nice to see the Wes Welker effect have such an impact. It would be nice to see 44 white dbs or white RBs on nfl rosters too.
     
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    Thanks Sapient. Add another one to the list .

    Akron UDFA Austin Wolf signed with Arizona. They even cut a player to make room but I still think he is a long shot to make the 53 man roster. Interesting player. Has the requisite size/speed ratio and was grossly underused at Akron. If you ask me it was mainly due to the new modern day medical syndrome I like to call Black QBs not clicking with White WRs.

    So look for him to be on the practice squad and maybe get a chance down the road. He has shown the ability to get deep but I think scouts have to start factoring in the ill effects that black QBs have on white WRs. If it is a statistical pattern that can't be pushed under the rug then they should throw that aspect into the equation when evaluating talented white WRs who seem to be underperforming when playing with a black QB. Can this annoying pattern change over time? Absolutely. But the truth is at this point in time black QBs are not helping white WRs realize their potential. And until I see that pattern broken in a significant way these factors need to be looked at long and hard.

    It is a very disturbing trend. Of course keep in mind many of these black QBs are run first guys that can't pass the ball worth a damn so every WR suffers no matter their race. Nevertheless the black QB white WR factor does stick out like a sore thumb.
     
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    Has the backslide started? When you consider after the mini high of having 5 WRs chosen in the draft at the moment only one is on a roster, Justin Watson. And his chances of seeing playing time are pretty slim. Trey Quinn is on IR after injuring his ankle in the opening game. So a big question mark there.

    Is Jordy going to get back on track? Cooper Kupp looks like a keeper but only Adam Thielen falls into the "star" category at least for now.

    Edelman will be returning but he isn't a spring chicken. Chris Hogan's upward trajectory seems to have stalled and players like Cole Beasley have seen their roles diminished.

    None of the fringe prospects or practice squad types have emerged. Meanwhile black WRs of dubious ability are being snatched up by the truckloads as I type this piece.

    What looked like a bit of a breakthrough a couple of years back is now teetering near disaster. We could be headed back to the dark ages where there are close to no star white WRs and very few that contribute much of anything.

    All of a sudden the 2019 draft is on shaky ground too. About a month ago I envisioned two to five white WRs being drafted but at this moment that number could easily fall to one.

    Once you get a taste of something good you don't want to lose it. I don't like which way the wind is blowing already this season and I am sure like everyone else here we do not want to go back to the dark ages.

    It occurred to me the other day that things might actually be getting worse overall. Member Claim, in another thread, put up startling stats showing the precipitous decline of white participation in college football over the years. Perhaps I am just blinded by the moment but the relentless push to haul in black skill players is becoming unbearable.
     

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