6. Indianapolis WR Austin Collie (BYU): He has been outstanding when he's been able to play this season, catching 50 passes for 562 yards and six touchdowns. He has only played sparingly since withstanding a devastating hit and suffering a concussion against the Eagles in Week 9.
It's too bad Collie has been dinged up. He started the season on fire, recording 44 receptions for 503 yards in the Colts' first six games. He was the league's top receiver after three games with 27 catches for 359 yards.
7. Philadelphia LB Stewart Bradley (Highland High): He has come back from missing all of the 2009 season with a torn ACL, and played mostly well at middle linebacker. He is the Eagles' second-leading tackler with 57 stops, one quarterback sack and an interception.
8. Carolina OL Jordan Gross (Utah): He is one of few quality players on a Panthers team (1-11) that is the worst in the league. He anchors an offensive line that has struggled, but Gross has played to the best of his abilities.
9. Carolina WR Steve Smith (Utah): The feisty veteran receiver is still an elite talent, but his season has been wasted by the subpar play of four different quarterbacks and the team's conservative play-calling. He has caught 39 passes for 498 yards and two touchdowns so far this season.
10. Washington TE Chris Cooley (Logan HS/Utah State): He is his team's second-leading receiver and among the top 10 tight ends in the league. He has caught 60 passes for 664 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Cooley has put together a nice career since being picked in the third round of the 2004 draft. He has caught 403 passes for 4,453 yards and 32 touchdowns.
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