NFL 2017: Ranking Receiving Cores

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NFC East

Eagles: RB Darren Sproles, WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Torrey Smith, TE Zach Ertz

New faces that provide leadership to young skill position groups. This will likely be the last ride for Sproles, but we’re only looking at one season here, so we should expect his usual x-factor impact. The Eagles haven’t had a prototypical number one receiver since Terrell Owens, and that is what Alshon Jeffery is. I expect him to sign long-term contract. Torrey Smith finds himself in a position to succeed while Jeffery and Zach Ertz command most of the attention. Ertz has posted consecutive 800-yard seasons, creeping into top-5 territory among tight ends.

Cowboys: WR Dez Bryant, WR Terrance Williams, WR Cole Beasley, TE Jason Witten

This veteran supporting cast will have time to get open. Between a strong O-line and the rushing attack, it’s up to them to take advantage of the play-action. Cole Beasley has become a reliable player in the slot and all, but they need Dez Bryant to put up more than 13 games and 796 yards. I’m not sure Terrance Williams will ever put up 1,000 yards. Jason Witten is a sure-handed future Hall of Famer, but father time is catching up. Last season he recorded under 700 yards for the first time since his rookie year. This group has adopted the “slow and steady wins the race” mentality that has made them consistent.


Giants: WR Odell Beckham, WR Brandon Marshall, WR Sterling Sheppard, TE Evan Ingram

I feel like everything with New York athletes has to do with maturity. Odell Beckham is no different, but it does present some challenges when a wide receiver becomes the face of a franchise. Honestly, it isn’t Eli Manning’s team. Beckham has wrecked havoc on the league in spite of the offense. Brandon Marshall is coming off a 2-year stint with the Jets, who didn’t have a quarterback, where he produced nearly 2,300 yards, 17 touchdowns, and a dozen triple-digit performances. Sterling Sheppard started his career with 8 touchdowns, and now he’ll get to learn from two of the best. Rookie tight end Evan Ingram should get the Jimmy Graham treatment and 1 on 1 opportunities. This may turn out to be the most explosive core in the division, I just question their leadership and the offense as a whole.

Redskins: Terrelle Pryor, WR Jamison Crowder, WR Josh Dotson, TE Jordan Reed

I don’t think Terrelle Pryor is a one-hit wonder. He eclipsed 1,000 yards, 4 TDs, and hit the century mark thrice in a Browns uniform. Washington feels good about signing him, as they believe he will make the Pro Bowl this season after some off-season work with Antonio Brown and Randy Moss. Jamison Crowder was a favorite of mine, sandwiched between DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. The kid made a believer out of me, so I’m looking forward to see what he can do in a larger role. Josh Dotson has speed, and from what I understand, has less pressure than the usual first round pick as the 3rd receiver. Jordan Reed is a top-3 tight end in the game. The guy is a great football player that easily creates separation, so hopefully he can find a way not to miss games. Nonetheless, Reed is the only returning starter in this group.


NFC West

49ers: WR Pierre Garcon, WR Marquie Goodwin, WR Aldrick Robinson, TE Vance McDonald

Cardinals: WR Larry Fitzgerald, WR John Brown, WR J.J. Nelson, TE Jermaine Gresham

Rams: WR Sammy Watkins, WR Tavon Austin, WR Robert Woods, TE Tyler Higbee

Seahawks: WR Doug Baldwin, WR Tyler Lockett, WR Paul Richardson, TE Jimmy Graham


NFC North

Bears: WR Cameron Meredith, WR Kevin White, WR Kendall Wright, TE Zach Miller

Lions: WR Golen Tate, WR Marvin Jones, WR Kenny Golladay, TE Eric Ebron

Packers: WR Jordy Nelson, WR Randall Cobb, WR Davante Adams, TE Martellus Bennett

Vikings: WR Adam Thielen, WR Stefon Diggs, WR Laquon Treadwell, TE Kyle Rudolph


NFC South

Buccaneers: WR Mike Evans, WR DeSean Jackson, WR Chris Godwin, TE Cameron Brate, TE OJ Howard

Falcons: WR Julio Jones, WR Mohammed Sanu, WR Taylor Gabriel, TE Austin Hooper

Panthers: RB Christian McCaffery, WR Kelvin Benjamin, WR Devin Funchess, TE Greg Olsen

Saints: WR Michael Thomas, WR Tedd Ginn, WR Willie Snead, TE Coby Fleener


AFC East

Bills: WR Jordan Matthews, WR Anquan Boldin, WR Zay Jones, TE Charles Clay

Dolphins: WR Jarvis Landry, WR DeVante Parker, WR Kenny Stills, TE Julius Thomas

Jets: WR Robbie Anderso, WR ArDarius Stewart, WR Charone Peake, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Patriots: WR Brandin Cooks, WR Julian Edelman, WR Chris Hogan, TE Rob Gronkowski


AFC West

Broncos: WR Demaryius Thomas, WR Emmanuel Sanders, WR Carlos Henderson, TE Virgil Green

Chargers: WR Keenan Allen, WR Tyrell Williams, WR Mike Williams, TE Antonio Gates, TE Hunter Henry

Chiefs: RB De’Anthony Thomas, WR Tyreek Hill, WR Chris Conley, TE Travis Kelce

Raiders: WR Amari Cooper, WR Michael Crabtree, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, TE Jared Cook


AFC North

Bengals: WR A.J. Green, WR John Ross, WR Brandon LaFell, TE Tyler Eifert

Browns: RB Duke Johnson, WR Kenny Britt, Corey Coleman, TE David Njoku

Ravens: RB Danny Woodhead, WR Jeremy Maclin, WR Mike Wallace, WR Breshad Perriman

Steelers: WR Antonio Brown, WR Martavis Bryant, WR Eli Rogers, TE Jesse James


AFC South

Colts: WR T.Y Hilton, WR Phillip Dorsett, WR Donte Moncrief, TE Jack Doyle

Jaguars: WR Allen Robinson, WR Allen Hurns, WR Marqise Lee, TE Marcedes Lewis

Texans: WR DeAndre Hopkins, WR Will Fuller, WR Jaelen Strong, TE CJ Fiedorowicz

Titans: WR Corey Davis, WR Rishard Matthews, WR Harry Douglas, TE Delanie Walker