I'm the author of that article. Let me see if I can clear up a few things.
Jeremy Maclin has immense potential, but he's unproven and he's had a fumbling problem in the preseason. I wrote that. I also wrote that "If Maclin develops, the Eagles could have a truly terrifying pair of wideouts." That's correct. That was the extent of my salivation over Jeremy Maclin.
I did write that DeSean Jackson will be the best WR in the NFC East this year. I don't think that's terribly controversial. He had a very good rookie season and he plays with a good quarterback. [I rated Donovan McNabb as the best quarterback in the NFC East in the Battle of the NFC East: Quarterbacks.]
I wrote that Moss was good last year and that his presence is why the Redskins were rated #2 in wide receivers in a poor division for wide receivers. No one else on the team has proven anything, apart from Antwaan Randle El, who has proven that he's a decent slot receiver who should not be a starting flanker in the NFL. Again, I don't think that's terribly controversial.
Maclin is unproven like Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly. However, Maclin didn't piss away his rookie season [at least not yet] the way Thomas and Kelly did. That's the difference. If Maclin does piss away his rookie season, I'll write that when the time comes. I would note, however, that Maclin could at least show up to training camp in decent shape -- unlike Thomas or Kelly.
Why do you view it a disappointment that Thomas may return kicks, Mike? There have been many great players that have played on special teams in the NFL. (And, no, I'm not saying that Thomas is a great player.)
How quick people are to write off WRs in this league, if they don't make an immediate impact. The general rule USED to be the 3rd year was the "breakout" year for receivers, but for some reason Skins fans expect performance NOW NOW NOW.
Let's give Devin a little more time before we label him a bust or disappointment. He's got all the raw-physical abilities he could ever need - just needs to screw his head on a little tighter and figure out the offense. Will he? Who knows, but I for one am not ready to just call him a waste after one season.
I always thought Thomas was more of a split-end type anyway and that he would be best at backing up Moss. Some time on teams with a few snaps a game at split-end while Moss takes a blow work fine for me where Thomas is concerned right now, especially with the way Kelly and Mitchell are playing. We need his speed but I think we need Kelly's hands more.