Ranking Every NFL Team’s Wide Receiving Corps From Worst To Best

Ranking Every NFL Team’s Wide Receiving Corps From Worst To Best

Source: Thesportster.com

 

 

 

 

Just like every year, there has been a ton of buzz surrounding free agency this year, and with only four more weeks until the 2017 NFL Draft, teams are beginning to finalize the names of who they want on their teams this season. While this draft is said to be one for the ages for drafting defensive players, there are quite a few teams that could really use the boost on offense by drafting a wide receiver.

Many players have flip flopped homes during free agency this year, a big majority of those players being wide receivers. Teams always feel the pressure to make a big splash in free agency and with great quarterbacks rarely hitting the free agent market, the next place GMs look to generate some buzz is at wide receiver. We saw some wideouts get paid ridiculous amounts of money as a result. Conversely, Alshon Jeffery surprised many by accepting a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. Clearly he’s betting on himself to have an amazing season before he hits the market again.

The NFL saw some amazing catches, touchdowns, and plays this year from these group of talented wide receivers, but which were the best of the best?

Let’s take a look at the rankings of all 32 NFL team’s wide receiving corps.

32. BUFFALO BILLS (WATKINS, GOODWIN, HOMES)

Let’s begin the list with the WORST wide receiving corps in the NFL; that disappointing trophy goes to the Buffalo Bills. Unlike every other corps in the NFL, the Bills were the only group that didn’t break 1,000 yards collectively. Combining all the yards totaled between Sammy Watkins, a former first round draft pick four years ago, Marquise Goodwin, and new comer Andre Holmes, they totaled 13 yards short of 1,000 yards (987). We all know the star of that Bills offense is LeSean Shady McCoy, and he put this corpse to shame since he ran for more then 280 yards(1,267) above their total yards receiving. If the Bills want any chance of competing against the rest of the league, let alone the AFC East, head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Doug Whaley need to get these guys to improve big time in 2017, or start surrounding Tyrod Taylor with better receivers.

31. CLEVELAND BROWNS (BRITT, COLEMAN)

Not to far from the bottom comes the first pick in the 2017 draft, the 1-15, Cleveland Browns. Even though Terrelle Pryor blossomed into a dominant wide receiver this year for the Browns, he signed with Washington. His replacement? Kenny Britt, the former Los Angeles Ram. After eight long years, he finally achieved his first 1,000 yard season, while Pryor did it in his first full year as a QB-converted- wide receiver. The rookie Corey Coleman was the only other receiver that showed much production behind Pryor. At least this combo of Britt and Coleman amounted to 1,415 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns in 2016. These two really need to step up if the Browns want to start winning more games this upcoming season.

30. LOS ANGELES RAMS (AUSTIN, WOODS, QUICK)

Heading across the country to the city of angels, the Rams did not play well during their first year back in L.A. A huge problem, along with many others, was the poor performances on the offensive side of the ball. Every level of the offense was shaky, from the offensive line, to the decline of Todd Gurley, and the lack of scoring from the first overall pick in the 2016 draft, Jared Goff. After releasing Kenny Britt, the Rams needed someone new, and here dashes in Robert Woods, the speedster from Buffalo. The Rams snagged the Bills’ leading receiver from 2016, but he lead the team with only 613 receiving yards and a touchdown.

This corps has a combined total of only 7 touchdowns and 1,600 yards from this past season. Four of those touchdowns coming from Brain Quick. This is a young, struggling offense that needs all the help they can get if they want Goff to develop as their star quarterback.

29. CHICAGO BEARS (MEREDITH, ROYAL, WRIGHT)

What a train wreck this year was for the Chicago Bears. Just a few years ago, the Bears were feared to be one of the most high powered offenses in the league, now none of those big name weapons are in Chicago. With Jefferey and Cutler both out, they were the last bridges connecting them from the Cutler era. This is truly a new regime for the Bears under new quarterback Mike Glennon. This new Bears offense had a few receivers making names for themselves like Cameron Meredith. However, there are still many questions that will be left unanswered until the season starts and we can see this new offense in action. With newcomer Kendall Wright, and if/when they had a healthy Eddie Royal, this corps managed 1,673 total yards and 9 touchdowns. Both those numbers need to increase this upcoming season if the Bears want this new era to be a turn around from their previous seasons.

28. NEW YORK JETS (ENUNWA, ANDERSON, DECKER)

There were so many reasons to be upset in 2016 if you are a Jets fan; almost having a taste of the playoffs in 2015, but coming short, and then dropping way off course the following year. The Jets had a complete meltdown on the offensive side of the ball this year and need to make changes. With no more Brandon Marshall, and a big question mark at quarterback, it seems like it is going to take a lot of work to turn the Jets around. However, some good news for the Jets was the production of rookie wideouts Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson. Since Decker was out for the majority of the season, these three only accumulated 1,600 yards and 8 touchdowns. With his production going into the 2017 season, and hopefully bringing back a healthy Eric Decker, they could be a solid corps, but there needs to be LOTS of improvement.

27. CAROLINA PANTHERS (BENJAMIN, FUNCHESS, BROWN)

Going from Super Bowl 50, to falling to last place in the NFC South, the Carolina Panthers went from first to worst. They can put a ton of that blame on their wide receivers and their poor offensive play this year. Even with Kelvin Benjamin’s return from his season ending knee injury from 2015, he didn’t have the year anyone expected him to, but I guess that goes to say with the entire Panther team. With little production from second year player Devin Funchess and third year player Corey Brown, the Panthers somehow managed to score 12 touchdowns and pulling in 1,588 yards. They need to improve big time if the Panthers want to get back to winning championships in 2017. Perhaps an improved o-line would help.

26. HOUSTON TEXANS (HOPKINS, FULLER)

The biggest bombshell dropped in free agency this year? The Houston Texans trading away Brock Osweiler to the Browns after only one year into his monster contract, which was worth $72 million. The only team that was able to afford him was the Cleveland Browns, whether or not he starts for the Browns is a mystery. What is known however, is the talent of DeAndre Hopkins and rookie Will Fuller. With little to no quarterback help this year, these two weren’t able to shine the way they could have, with only 6 touchdowns between the two of them. Even though Hopkins managed a 1,000 yard season, these two could be doing so much more damage with a better QB at the helm. I am sure this is what Bill O’Brien is focused on, so he can get these receivers the QB they deserve.

25. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (GARCON, KERLEY)

The 49ers had the 31st ranked offense from 2016, but with new head coach, offensive master, Kyle Shanahan this is a problem that should be fixed in 2017. Having Pierre Garcon for veteran leadership might have been a smart move in the long run, but how much more time does Garcon have left in this league? That is the biggest concern. Alongside Garcon will be Jeremy Kerley, who had a dynamic season for the 49ers, and they can be a pretty good duo if they can get a better quarterback. They combined for over 1,700 yards receiving, but only 6 touchdowns. This screams potential, but the NFL has to see Shanahan’s plan unfold to believe it. We’ll also have to see where the Niners go at QB.

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