Ranking Every NFL Team’s Wide Receiving Corps From Worst To Best
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)
31. CLEVELAND BROWNS (BRITT, COLEMAN)
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)
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.