NFL Rankings: Top 10 Wide Receivers vs Bleacher Report’s Top 10
As I was scrolling through my Facebook, I came across a post in one of the groups that I am a part of. It was ranking the NFL teams by the wide receivers. As I was looking at the list I began to see how messed it was. Teams in the top 10 that did not have receivers worthy of being up there. Then there were teams below the top 10 that probably should be in the top 10. As I did a couple of days ago with QBs, I felt the need to put out my own and compare it to theirs. Oh, by the way, Bleacher Report compiled the list. You can see their list here. This article will focus on the top 10. Without further ado, here we go.
- Cleveland Browns
How do you not put this team in the top 10? Josh Gordon is probably one of the best WRs in the game. When he stays out of trouble. Also, they traded for one of the best slot receivers in the game, Jarvis Landry. If they can get health from Higgins and Coleman this team can make some noise through the air of the AFC North.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
BR had this team a little higher. However, they only got solid production in 2017 from Mike Evans. Thus leading to a large contract extension. Godwin is a second-year player who can excel in the slot. If this team gets solid play from the tight end they will be a solid offense again.
- Los Angeles Rams
The Rams have one of the best young wide receivers in Copper Kupp. They then added the speed of Brandin Cooks to go along on the outside with Robert Woods. Head Coach, Sean McVay will use Cooks the way he is intended to be, deep. This unit could be ranked higher if they could get better production from the tight end.
- Los Angeles Chargers
Tight Ends – Virgil Green, Cole Hunt
This team would be ranked higher had it not been for the injury to Hunter Henry. Also, I look for the wide receiver corp to be stronger in 2018. Mike Williams got his feet wet in the NFL in 2017. Look for 2018 to be an improvement for him. Look for him to be a favorite deep target of Philip Rivers.
- Kansas City Chiefs
This is an interesting squad. They have a complete deep threat in Hill. He is also a threat in the slot. In fact, without the signing of Sammy Watkins, this group may not be ranked at all. Travis Kelce is a strong TE and may just have 100 receptions in 2018. He is a veteran that young QB Patrick Mahomes can lean on.
- New Orleans Saints
The loss of Brandin Cooks did not hurt this team in 2017. Michael Thomas stepped up his game. The addition of Cam Meredith in 2018 should boost this group of wide receivers. They also have probably the best receiving back in the NFL, Alvin Kamara in the mix.
- New York Giants
The Giants production will depend on the offensive line. If Eli Manning can get time, he can complete the ball to this group. After all, he did it last year with minimal time on his side. The Giants also have a resemblance of a running game in 2018. Having selected Saquon Barkley with the number two overall pick in the NFL Draft. Look for this group of wide receivers to be a surprise in the NFL in 2018.
- Minnesota Vikings
For this group not to be in the top ten is ridiculous. Not only did they finish sixth as a team in passing, Adam Thielen was the 5th best wide receiver in the NFL in 2017. They only got better with the signing of free agent QB Kirk Cousins. Seeing this group outside of the top 10 had me giggling.
- Atlanta Falcons
Jones is easily a top 5 receiver by himself. He and Sanu have been a great duo over the past couple of years. Now you add in the likes of newly drafted Calvin Ridley and this group could become lethal. Add in Hooper across the middle and Coleman underneath and Matt Ryan has several weapons.
- Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers have the best group of wide receivers in the NFL. Smith-Schuster joined Antonio Brown in 2017 as if they had been playing with each other for years. Now they add Washington out of Oklahoma State and they are just as deep. To go along with these three receivers is one of the best young TEs in the game, Vance McDonald. Look for another big year from this group in 2018.
I am not sure what Bleacher Report was thinking when they put the New England Patriots as number one in the NFL. Just because they have Tom Brady does not make them the best wide receivers in the league. He makes them good. The rest of these can be good on any team.
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