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Mike Martz says Johnny Knox is a No. 1 receiver

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Bears receiver Johnny Knox leads his team in catches (40) and receiving yards (740), and he's the team's most targeted player.

But he's a modest 16th in the NFL in receiving yards, he's tied for 27th in the NFC in catches, and he's scored jus two touchdowns.

So is the second-year receiver a true No. 1?

He is in Mike Martz's eyes.

"That's what it is in our offense," Martz said of Knox's spot. "The X position has a tendency get isolated. A guy with real speed like Johnny has creates a lot of opportunities. So one on one, like you saw in that game... I think he's an elite player.

"I'm not sure he even knows how good he can be with that much speed. He's just learning, too. So absolutely, he would be considered that position, X, and particularly Johnny with his speed... Yeah, he's a No. 1 receiver."

Knox is on pace for 58 catches for 1,076 yards. If he sticks to that projection, Knox will be the first Bears receiver to top 1,000 yards in a single season since Marty Booker in 2002.

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