Though he is only the third-most-recognizable Johnson to play his position, behind Keyshawn and Chad, the former Miami Hurricane is making a name for himself. "In my opinion he's the best in the game," says Houston general manager Charley Casserly of Johnson, who made his first Pro Bowl appearance last season after catching 79 passes for 1,129 yards and six touchdowns. "The coaches at the Pro Bowl thought he was the best, too." The 6'3", 219-pound Johnson led the NFL in yards after catch with a 6.1 average.
BRONCOS, fourth season
A 6'3" 200-pounder with great speed and leaping ability, Lelie is blossoming into one of the league's top deep threats. In 2004, his first full season as a starter, the former Hawaii standout led the league in yards per catch (20.1, on 54 receptions); he also scored seven touchdowns, and in each of the last 15 games he had at least one reception of 20 or more yards. During the off-season Lelie focused on becoming more physical and running short and intermediate routes with more precision.
LIONS, second season
Watch Williams go against Pro Bowl cornerback Dre' Bly in practice, and you realize how good he is. Blessed with strength, speed and terrific hands, he breaks free after being jammed by Bly and catches pass after pass. "I look at myself as the prototype wide receiver," says the 6'3", 220-pound Williams. "I get better every day working against Dre'." Now Williams will look to improve on his rookie year: 54 receptions, 817 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games, many of which he played with a sore left ankle.
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