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Calvin Johnson set the single-season receiving yards record in 2012, while also leading the league in receptions, yards per game and first downs. But he's far from the only elite receiver out there. Ten players had 1,350 receiving yards or more. Nine wideouts hauled in double-digit touchdowns. How do they stack up against each other as the 2013 season nears? Click the images below to set your rankings!

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NFL wide receivers

Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola

Patriots
2012: 63 rec, 666 yds, 3 TDs

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant

Cowboys
2012: 92 rec, 1,382 yds, 12 TDs

Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb

Packers
2012: 80 rec, 954 yds, 8 TDs

Marques Colston

Marques Colston

Saints
2012: 83 rec, 1,154 yds, 10 TDs

Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz

Giants
2012: 86 rec, 1,092 yds, 10 TDs

Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

Cardinals
2012: 71 rec, 798 yds, 4 TDs

A.J. Green

A.J. Green

Bengals
2012: 97 rec, 1,350 yds, 11 TDs

Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin

Seahawks
2012: 62 rec, 677 yds, 3 TDs

Vincent Jackson

Vincent Jackson

Buccaneers
2012: 72 rec, 1,384 yds, 8 TDs

Andre Johnson

Andre Johnson

Texans
2012: 112 rec, 1,598 yds, 4 TDs

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

Lions
2012: 122 rec, 1,964 yds, 5 TDs

Julio Jones

Julio Jones

Falcons
2012: 79 rec, 1,198 yds, 10 TDs

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

Bears
2012: 118 rec, 1,508 yds, 11 TDs

Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

Packers
2012: 49 rec, 745 yds, 7 TDs

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Panthers
2012: 73 rec, 1,174 yds, 4 TDs

Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas

Broncos
2012: 94 rec, 1,434 yds, 10 TDs

Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace

Dolphins
2012: 64 rec, 836 yds, 8 TDs

Reggie Wayne

Reggie Wayne

Colts
2012: 106 rec, 1,355 yds, 5 TDs

Wes Welker

Wes Welker

Broncos
2012: 118 rec, 1,354 yds, 6 TDs

Roddy White

Roddy White

Falcons
2012: 92 rec, 1,351 yds, 7 TDs

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Calvin Johnson set the single-season receiving yards record in 2012, while also leading the league in receptions, yards per game and first downs. Wes Welker was tops for most yards after the catch, whereas Vincent Jackson took the crown in average yards per catch. ESPN NFL analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter named Johnson as the league's best wide receiver, but do you agree? Click the images below to set your rankings!

NFL wide receivers

Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola

Patriots
2012: 63 rec, 666 yds, 3 TDs

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant

Cowboys
2012: 92 rec, 1,382 yds, 12 TDs

Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb

Packers
2012: 80 rec, 954 yds, 8 TDs

Marques Colston

Marques Colston

Saints
2012: 83 rec, 1,154 yds, 10 TDs

Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz

Giants
2012: 86 rec, 1,092 yds, 10 TDs

Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

Cardinals
2012: 71 rec, 798 yds, 4 TDs

A.J. Green

A.J. Green

Bengals
2012: 97 rec, 1,350 yds, 11 TDs

Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin

Seahawks
2012: 62 rec, 677 yds, 3 TDs

Vincent Jackson

Vincent Jackson

Buccaneers
2012: 72 rec, 1,384 yds, 8 TDs

Andre Johnson

Andre Johnson

Texans
2012: 112 rec, 1,598 yds, 4 TDs

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

Lions
2012: 122 rec, 1,964 yds, 5 TDs

Julio Jones

Julio Jones

Falcons
2012: 79 rec, 1,198 yds, 10 TDs

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

Bears
2012: 118 rec, 1,508 yds, 11 TDs

Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

Packers
2012: 49 rec, 745 yds, 7 TDs

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Panthers
2012: 73 rec, 1,174 yds, 4 TDs

Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas

Broncos
2012: 94 rec, 1,434 yds, 10 TDs

Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace

Dolphins
2012: 64 rec, 836 yds, 8 TDs

Reggie Wayne

Reggie Wayne

Colts
2012: 106 rec, 1,355 yds, 5 TDs

Wes Welker

Wes Welker

Broncos
2012: 118 rec, 1,354 yds, 6 TDs

Roddy White

Roddy White

Falcons
2012: 92 rec, 1,351 yds, 7 TDs

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Remember when the NFL really wanted to cut down on the number of kickoff returns this season? Yeeeeaahhh ... about that ... it doesn't really seem to be working. We're not sure about the total number of returns compared to last year, but returners are almost making a point of taking kickoffs out of the end zone, even if they're all the way at the back. Randall Cobb already tied the longest return ever on Thursday, and players like Ted Ginn and Percy Harvin both have returns of more than 100 yards already. Did the NFL's efforts fail?


Start of a trend?

We could be seeing more and more returners take kicks out of the end zone this season. Or it could just be a single-game fluke, and there could be fewer and fewer returners taking a chance.

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Anecdotal evidence?

We haven't seen any advanced stats yet suggesting that receivers are taking more risks, but it sure seems that way. Do you agree, or are our eyes deceiving us?

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Which returner?

Randall Cobb tied a return record, but both Ted Ginn and Percy Harvin have more established résumés. Considered purely as returners, it might be a difficult choice between the three of them.

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Gosh, if only every game this season was as good as last night's matchup between the Saints and Packers, we might never leave the house. The NFL's season opener didn't disappoint, with long kick returns, great plays, and even a last-second play-calling controversy! So, so awesome. It wasn't even particularly sloppy, which was a huge worry because of the shortened training camp schedule. Hopefully this weekend's matchups will live up to it.


Was it the right call?

A run up the gut on the last play of the game near the goal line isn't entirely unreasonable, but the Packers seemed to sniff the play out early on.

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Are returners taking more risks?

There was a large expectation that moving the kickoff up to the 35-yard line would reduce the number of runbacks, but for guys like Devin Hester, last night may have been a sign of hope.

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Could Cobb be great?

Randall Cobb had a pretty good first game last night -- he caught a touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown. Not bad, huh?

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