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Six receivers who have enjoyed the off-season

The No.1 receiving spot in Dallas is Roy Williams' for the taking.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Working out isn't the only way for a receiver to become better during the off-season. There are methods to improve a player's potential other than pushups and wind sprints.

Below we will look at six receivers who figure to have improved seasons in 2009.

Roy Williams, WR, Dallas - With the release of Terrell Owens, the No.1 receiving spot in Dallas is Williams' for the taking. In 2006, Williams posted 82 catches for 1,310 yards and seven TDs with Detroit. but the Lions are enamored with youngster Calvin Johnson and sent Williams and his big contract to "Big D." Last year was a complete disappointment for Williams with just 36 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns. Look for Williams to return to form and along with Jason Witten become as powerful a one-two punch as Owens and Witten were.

Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City - Bowe is already a great "red zone" receiver, but last year with Tyler Thigpen at quarterback became a complete receiver hauling in 86 passes for 1,022 yards and seven scores. Now with Matt Cassel at quarterback his numbers should only get better.

Tony Gonzalez, TE, Kansas City - Gonzalez was easily the best fantasy tight end in 2008 posting his second consecutive 90+ catch, 1,000-yard season. With the quarterback position now settled, like Bowe, his numbers should be at least as good in 2009. It would be hard to improve on the statistics, but he should again be No.1 at his position as long as the team stays with "The Pistol" offense.

Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Indianapolis - With Marvin Harrison now gone from the Colts starting lineup, Gonzalez should take over as the No.2 receiver behind Reggie Wayne. But with Peyton Manning at QB, there are plenty of passes and touchdowns available for all including Gonzalez and tight end Dallas Clark.

Devin Hester, WR, Chicago - Hester finally has a quarterback who can overthrow him. Jay Cutler's arm is as good as any in the game and the Bears didn't fork over all those No.1 draft choices so that Cutler can hand off to running back Matt Forte. He'll do that too, but he'll also throw the ball - a lot. Even though I expect the Bears to draft a wide receiver, there should be plenty of action headed towards Hester.

Randy Moss, WR, New England - It's hard to say that 69 catches for 1,008 yards and 11 touchdowns was a bad year, but compared to the previous season (98-1,493-23) it was a disappointment to fantasy owners who drafted him in the first round. Tom Brady is ready to re-take the reins and that's a good thing for everyone in the Patriots offense.

Honorable mention:

Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, WR, Arizona - Kurt Warner staying with the Cardinals means these two superstars won't have to worry about whether Matt Leinart can get them the ball next year..

Domenik Hixon, WR, New York Giants - With Plaxico Burress gone, who else is going to catch passes in New York? Over the final six games of 2008, Hixon had 28 catches for 351 yards. For a full season that would be 75 catches for 935 yards. Still, the reason Hixon didn't make the top-six is I expect the Giants to make a move on Draft Day to improve the position.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR Seattle - He'll be catching passes from Matt Hasselbeck, not Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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