2014 passing production (TE)
Olsen- 1008 yd, 6 TD's, 12 Yd avg
KB- 1008 yds, 9 TD's, 13.8 yd avg
Cotch- 580 yd, 1 TD, 12.1 yd avg
Philly - 296 yd, 2 TD, 14.1 yd avg
Jason Avant- 201 yds, 1 TD, 9.6 avg
Ed Dickson- 115 yds, 1 TD, 11.5
Bersin- 151 yds, 1 TD, 11.6
We lost Steve Smith, Ted Ginn, and Brandon Lafell in 2014. The question the league kept asking was "Who is Cam going to throw to?" Even with Kelvin Benjamin's drops, he and Greg Olsen both slated 1,000 yd receiving seasons. (I think that everyone forgets that even Greg Olsen had a couple of games where it seemed like he disappeared as well.) Our 3rd best receiver was Jericho Cotchery and we saw Philly Brown grow in his consistency.
2015 WR Roster (TE)
I think that we have to look at this and immediately be encouraged. Cotchery was our 3rd most productive receiver last year. And with the off season additions... he is instantly the 5th or 6th best receiver on this roster. Devin Funchess will be moved around on the line of scrimmage. His pro-day 4.47 40 time tells us that he is faster than KB, jumps higher than KB, and will get more yards after the catch than KB. I think we have to remember that Devin Funchess will not have the kind of pressure on him that KB had on him to be the number 1 receiver. This guy is a wideout, but there will definitely be some packages where he lines up in the 2nd TE spot. All he needs to do is come in and take advantage of his mismatches.
Adding Ted Ginn to the mix is big for Cam because of Ted Ginn's speed and familiarity with our quarterback and offense. Ted Ginn is not a #2 receiver... but he is a opportunistic guy who can exploit matchups and instantly upgrade our special teams. We are expecting Corey Brown to keep growing.... and everyone is pulling for Stephen Hill to make a big splash. (we'll see.) Jarrett Boykin adds experience and actual NFL caliber depth to our roster.
Towards the end of the year and in the playoffs, we saw KB making big Time plays against the best corners in the league. (Seattle) I don't know why we keep doubting his ability to be a #1 receiver. What rookie receiver have we ever had who came in with little to no help and had this kind of production? This guy is a baller and after 1 year he and Cam have developed a Stafford/ Megatron like chemistry.
Our receiver core is now in a position where our 3rd most productive receiver this year .... may not make the roster, much less start. That's a solid offseason guys. There is going to be real competition at the receiver position. I don't think that some fans realize the kind of physical challenge we are going to present defenses. We will have guys at the receiver position who are going to physically dominate DB's all game. 3 guys over 6'4 at receiver does great help to our running game... And don't forget that apart of that running attack is our 6'5 QB. We're in good shape guys.