For a large chunk of the 2013 season, Danny Amendola was sidelined with injuries, but when on the field he caught 54 balls for a total of 633 on 83 targets. Amendola was brought in originally to replace Wes Welker in the slot and he has the ability to do that with Tom Brady slinging him balls. The question, is whether or not he can stay on the field, and if Amendola can do that he will see a significant increase in production in 2014, easily eclipsing his career high of 689 yards in a 16 game season.
Straight out of Clemson, Sammy Watkins is a future star in the National Football League. To secure Watkins, the Bills jumped up to the 4th pick overall in the draft. Watkins has no dearth of talent and completely blew it up at Clemson in 2013 for almost 1,500 yards. With the right quarterback, whether EJ Manuel or Thad Lewis, the Bills star will have no problem transitioning the the NFL. Expect to see him up there with Dez and Brandon Marshall in a few seasons.
Edelman, Tom Brady's number one target, resigned with the Patriots this offseason. Edelman caught 105 balls last season for a total of 1,056 yards, serving as what many viewed as Amendola's offensive role, but Amendola was sidelined, and Edelman took advantage. He gave Tom Brady what he needed to forget about Wes Welker. Like Welker, Edelman caught over 100 balls, which earned him his way up on this list.
Leaving a Super Bowl caliber team, a hall of fame caliber QB in Peyton Manning, and leaving the city of Denver behind, Eric Decker signed with the New York Jets this offseason. Decker envisioned a bright future when he signed, and the Jets organization envisions the same thing for him. Decker caught for 1,288 yards last season on a total of 87 receptions. If Decker can solidify himself this season as a true number one receiver, he could see himself jump to number one on this list.
Last but surely not least, Mike Wallace is the AFC East's number one wide receiver. Most probably thought Decker would be here, but I expect an absolute MONSTER year in 2014 for Wallace. Last year he reeled in 73 catches for 930 yards. Those numbers should increase as Tannehill and the Dolphins improve as a team on and off the field. Tannehill's development will have a big impact on whether or not Wallace can produce. If the ball is there, Wallace will come down with it.