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.
24 Arizona Cardinals (Fitzgerald, Brown)
Another team that faced big time disappointment, especially for a team that was thought to be a Super Bowl contender, are the Cardinals. The only bright spot on this receiving corps has been the long time Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald. I don't know if there is another player more deserving of a Super Bowl ring than Fitzgerald. His consistent force on the offense has been a saving grace for an aging Carson Palmer, but there needs to be more. The only other guy that was anywhere near close to the productivity Fitzgerald had on the team was John Brown.
Even with the down year Palmer had, they were able to obtain over 1,500 yards and 8 touchdowns. Not what the Cardinals had in mind, but there are positives going into 2017, especially with Fitz playing for another year, holding on to the possibility of a Cardinals Super Bowl, he is determined to bring a Lombardi trophy to Arizona.
23 Tennessee Titans (Matthews, Sharpe)
With Marcus Mariota blooming into a great young quarterback, it was a shame for him to get hurt at the end of the season. How he will preform after his recovery in 2017 is an important question. This young offense could be evolving into a top offense in the AFC. They may not have been a huge offensive threat this past season, but this was a very big first step. Rising star Rishard Matthews and rookie Tajae Sharpe ended the year combining for over 1,460 yards and 11 touchdowns with only 106 receptions between the two. Those are impressive numbers for only touching the ball 106 times. Coming off a 9-7 season, the Titans could very well be a playoff team this year.
22 Kansas City Chiefs (Hill, Conley, Maclin)
Questions surrounded Alex Smith when reports broke free of the Chiefs being a possible landing spot for star free agent QB Tony Romo. The defense is the pride of that Chiefs team, and it has to be when you play in a big hitting division like the AFC West. With the defense playing at a high level, the offense needs to match that if they want to win more playoff games. Their star receiver from a year ago, Jeremy Maclin, was hurt for some of the season, so to step up in his place, one of the most entertaining players to watch all year long, rookie receiver Tyreek Hill. While Hill was stealing the spotlight, Chris Conley, an under the radar receiver, was racking up yardage. The corps was able to reach 1,650 yards, and 8 touchdowns, but six of those came from Hill. We know where the future is headed for him, but the rest of the offense as a whole needs to improve in order to get back to winning playoffs games.
21 Minnesota Vikings (Diggs, Thielen)
For years the face of the Vikings franchise was the future hall of famer Adrian Peterson. Not since Randy Moss was a receiver in Minnesota creating a big buzz. However, that could very well change with the double trouble combo of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. These two made sure the NFC knew they weren't messing around in 2016. Together they racked in 1,870 yards, and 8 touchdowns. Not bad numbers catching passes from QB Sam Bradford, who has been an enigma himself jumping from team to team, after being a former first round pick for the Rams in 2010. Something finally seemed to have clicked for him this year with the Vikings, and if they continue to play solid offense, those numbers will only get better.
20 Philadelphia Eagles (Matthews, Jeffery, Smith)
Picking up one the biggest names in free agency this year, Alshon Jeffery, the Eagles hope he will bring intimidate help to their wide receiving corps. The longtime Chicago Bear already wants to help Carson Wentz get to a championship, so the chemistry seems to already be there. The addition of Torrey Smith also brings some talent that was lacking from the Eagles this past year. Jordan Matthews stood out among the corps, and these three receivers totaled 1,892 yards and 10 touchdowns. That's with a hurt Jeffery as well, even with missing games, they managed a good chunk of yardage. Will this be the right receivers to put around Wentz? Only time will tell, but this Eagles offense will look very different in 2017.
19 Baltimore Ravens (Wallace, Perriman, Aiken)
One of the most intense and dynamic play makers to wear wide receiver gloves, Steve Smith, retired after three years with the Ravens and 12 with the Carolina Panthers. With Smith gone, and Mike Wallace not getting any younger, there needs to be another play maker for Joe Flacco to throw to. The Ravens continue to get plagued with injuries, but the part of the Ravens that needs to stay healthy, and evolve quickly, is their receiving corps. Even without Smith, this new corps was able to put up impressive yardage, totaling 1,844 yards. However, with only ten touchdowns, that number would be way higher with Smith playing. The ball is in their court, and it will be interesting to see what the Ravens do with their receiving corps and if they can make a come back next season.
18 Washington Redskins (Pryor, Crowder)
One of the NFL's oldest aged receiving combos of Jackson and Garcon has ended in Washington. Now the team will be taken over by their young rising star, Jamison Crowder, but he won't do it alone, because he will also have Terrelle Pryor to help rebuild this wide receiving group. Although these two are a different type of combination then the speedy Jackson and reliable Garcon, they are a unique duo that has a lot of potential to be a dominant force in the NFC East. On separate teams, they managed over 1,850 yards and 11 touchdowns. With Kirk Cousins staying in Washington for another year, and second year man Josh Doctson stepping into his role in the offense, this could still be a dangerous group of receivers that the NFC East shouldn't sleep on.
17 Detroit Lions (Tate, Jones)
Mathew Stafford has proven he is on his way to being an elite quarterback in this league. What has been a huge help to him? Playing with one of the greatest receiver to ever play the position in Calvin Johnson. But as we have seen, Stafford has shown he can play with anybody. He has helped turn Golden Tate into a top tier receiver and did wonders with Marvin Jones. The three of them produced 2,oo7 yards and 8 touchdowns. While the number of scoring needs to go up, there were some offensive line struggles for the Lions.
With a more stable line, and more time for Stafford in the pocket, these two can both break 1,000 yards next year. One thing holding back Stafford from becoming elite is the playoff wins. They need to be able to win playoff games. This receiving corps can be those guys for Stafford, especially since they are one of two duos in the NFL that have over 2,000 yards just between two receivers.
16 Jacksonville Jaguars (Robinson, Lee, Hurns)
Similar to the Arizona Cardinals, as hard as it is to believe now, many people jumped on the bandwagon of the Jaguars possibly being a playoff team this past season. At 3-13, that was not the case. One of the biggest issues they had was on the offensive side of the ball. Blake Bortles threw 16 interceptions with only 24 touchdowns this year. This is not a stat you see on a playoff team. What isn't the problem is the wide receiving corps. An amazingly talented group lead by Allen Robinson, and backed up by Marquise Lee and Allen Hurns, these three are one of the most talented groups in the NFL.
However, without a quarterback that they can rely on, they are going to continue to not be used to their full potential. Even with Bortles' inconsistent playing, they racked in 2,211 yards and 14 touchdowns. Imagine if there was a Tom Brady or a Drew Brees in this offense. This would be one of the best wide receiver groups in football. Only time can tell if Bortles is still the guy for the Jaguars, but they cannot let this group of receivers go to waste.
15 Denver Broncos (Thomas, Sanders)
The other duo that has over 2,000 yards, next to the Detroit Lions' duo, is Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. This classic duo has been getting work done since Sanders came over from Pittsburgh in 2014. These guys were accompanied by one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Peyton Manning. Thomas has Manning's 500th touchdown pass, and they both have a ring from their trip to Super Bowl 50. Although these two might get overrated from time to time, they have done their best to prove that they are a force to not be taken lightly, no matter who is at quarterback. Even with the mixes of Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch throughout the season, they still impressively hauled in 2,115 yards and 10 touchdowns. John Elway and new head coach Vance Joseph need to focus on getting someone stable at QB so these two can continue to shine for the Broncos.
14 Seattle Seahawks (Baldwin, Lockett, Kearse)
One of the most improved wide receiving corpses has been the guys in Seattle. Led by a savvy Dug Baldwin, the speedster Tyler Lockett, and veteran Jermaine Kearse, they have improved heavily from a few seasons ago. It was a shocking transition watching Seattle go from pounding the ball with Marshawn Lynch, to Wilson trying to stay in the pocket and get the pass off. The biggest issue with this is the fact that the Seahawks have the lowest rated offensive line in the league. No doubt the O-line is the main concern of improvement going into next year, but even with line struggles, these three made big plays and hauled 2,235 yards in only 176 receptions between the three of them. With an improved O-line, the Seahawks can get back to reaching the Super Bowl in no time.
13 Cincinnati Bengals (Green, LaFell, Boyd)
This was the first year that Andy Dalton's Bengals didn't reach the playoffs in the six years he's been in Cincinnati. However, missing the playoffs results to the same feeling that the past five years has brought. With the Bengals losing in the wildcard round each those 5 years, for whatever reason, the Bengals just can't win a playoff game. One of the staple points of this team is it's receiving group. One of the NFL's most dominate receivers in A.J. Green, the rookie Tyler Boyd, and the rejuvenated Brandon LaFell, they still proved to be a stagnant offense in the AFC. The trio accounted for 2,429 yards and 11 touchdowns. While Dalton had some struggles during the season, he was still able to help produce a top tier offense, and keep this group of receivers a threat to fear going into 2017. Maybe this will be the year for the Bengals finally win a playoff game. Their offense gives them their best shot.
12 Indianapolis Colts (Hilton, Dorsett, Moncrief)
Andrew Luck has been under a lot of heat for his recent performances in Indy the past two seasons. He's battled injuries, had garbage protection, and at times hasn't been able to finish games. Hence why the Colts have had two back-to-back 8-8 seasons. Even though they have been the definition of mediocrity, what has been way above average was the receiving group from 2016. Not only do they have the league's leader in receiving yards in T.Y. Hilton, but the have finally seen guys like Phillip Dorsett and Donte Moncrief step into their roles in that offense. These three recorded 2,283 yards and 11 touchdowns. While 1,448 of those yards belong to Hilton, this is a group of guys coming into their own. They should be able to make that leap forward and have a winning season in 2017.
11 Dallas Cowboys (Bryant, Beasley, Williams)
America's team: the Dallas Cowboys had quite the blockbuster season in 2016. The fall of Tony Romo and the rise of Dak Prescott, the start of a top rushing career with Ezekiel Elliott, and only losing three games the entire season. Well four games when you count the loss they took from the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional round of the playoffs. They had an amazing run, and there's no doubt that Prescott, Bryant, and Elliott want to taste more of the playoffs. They have become a new triple crown threat in Dallas. The new era in Dallas showcased Prescott throwing 24 touchdowns and only four interceptions all season long. He guided his receivers to over 2,223 yards, and a whopping 17 touchdowns. A total of 833 of those yards came from the unexpected member of this group, as Cole Beasley became Prescott's favorite target. With the Cowboys embarrassing this new era, they hope to bring the Lombardi trophy back to Dallas. As amazing as the Cowboys were, they just barely missed the top 10.
10 Pittsburgh Steelers (Brown, Rodgers, Coats)
Starting off the top 10 are an unexpected pick in the Pittsburgh Steelers. I am sure most people would assume that the Steelers would be higher in the top 10. While they arguably have the best receiver in the game with Antonio Brown, he CAN'T do everything. While he can do a lot, including capping off a 1,284 yard season, there isn't much to talk about in the depth chart below him. With Markus Wheaton heading to Chicago, the next guy up would be Eli Rogers. The next man up to Brown was only able to rake in less than half of the yards that Brown obtained, with only 594 yards. The only player keeping them in the top 10 is the expertise of Brown and the 17 touchdowns between the three. No doubt that Brown is the star receiver on the team, but they need to be able to take some pressure off of him with another good receiver. As amazing as Brown is, he can't be the only receiver on the Steelers.
9 Los Angeles Chargers (Williams, Benjamin, Allen)
The Chargers will play their first season in L.A. after 56 years in San Diego. They will be returning to their birthplace with a top ranked receiving corps. Although Philip Rivers isn't completely soled on being in L.A., he did try his best to give San Diego another great offensive year. Because the Chargers battled so many injuries, I am sure not many thought this is where they would be placed. However, before you get skeptical, this is a group that hauled in 2,546 yards. Not to mention 15 touchdowns. With a healthy Keenan Allen hopefully returning next year, they hadn't needed him.
Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams really stepped up when they were needed. Williams even capped off a 1,059 season. With Allen's return, and this group playing at the level they played at in 2016, this could be the best in the west in 2017. But they still have a divisional opponent to give them a run for their money who accompanies them in the top 10.
8 Miami Dolphins (Landry, Stills, Parker)
The young Miami offense that got the Dolphins to their first playoff game since 2008 have one of the best trios in football. Ryan Tannehill's season fell short when he was injured late in the regular season, and he wasn't able to be play their playoff game in Pittsburgh. But this group of wide receivers has been one of the most entertaining and unbelievable groups to watch in the AFC. Led by past LSU Tiger, Jarvis Landry, he matches Odell Beckham Jr. for the NFL record in receptions by one receiver in their first three years in the league. Plus with Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker also playing a high level, these three pulled together over 2,606 yards and 17 touchdowns. They shared 192 receptions, showing how much Tannehill loves to throw to these group guys. With a breakout season coming from running back Jay Ajayi, this Dolphins offense could be one of the best in 2017.
7 Oakland Raiders (Crabtree, Cooper, Patterson)
The Raiders had the most emotional seasons you could think of this year. They knew it was a huge possibility that the Raiders would not be in Oakland for the 2017 season. Derek Carr did his best to get a playoff run for the city of Oakland. Sadly, he went down in Week 16, and his absence from their playoff bout against the Houston Texans probably was the key reason they couldn't win. But what Carr was able to do with the Raiders is nothing short of amazing. After 14 years of a QB carousel, they finally found their guy. Not only was Carr good, but so were his receivers.
Micheal Crabtree and Amari Cooper were the only two receivers from the same team that were in the top 15 in receivers this year. Alone they pulled in 2,156 yards. They also added FAST wide out Cordarrelle Patterson, who saved himself by having a breakout season in Minnesota. Combined with Cooper and Crabtree, they have 15 touchdowns and over 2,600 yards. With a healthy Raiders team, there is no doubt they could bring a championship to any city they play in this upcoming season.
6 New Orleans Saints (Thomas, Snead, Ginn)
The Saints turned heads in free agency this year with a trade that allowed the Patriots to grab Brandin Cooks for an extra first round draft pick.
With the breakout rookie season from Micheal Thomas, who knocked down Marques Colston's Saints rookie season record, the consistency of undrafted star Willie Snead, and now veteran and speedster Ted Ginn, this spells danger. Brees' best talent has been making those around him better, so even without Cooks, the Saints still have one of the best receiving corpses in the league. Thomas, Snead, and Ginn total to over 2,784 yards and 17 touchdowns. Keep in mind that Ginn played this past year with a struggling Panthers offense. Who knows how much time Brees has left in him, but by the way he is still playing, I'd say a few more seasons.
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Evans, Jackson, Humphries)
Finally the top 5. To start off the best of the best is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There were many questions on how Jameis Winston, the former first overall pick in the 2015 draft, would run this offense. After stepping into his role with the Bucs, he has proven he is the guy they were looking for. What the Bucs expected out of Winston is exactly what they got, and that includes helping kickstart star wide receiver Mike Evans. Now with the addition of DeSean Jackson, that gives the Buccaneers offense some much needed speed. This can be a high powered offense this upcoming season. Both Jackson and Evens had 1,000 plus yard seasons, and with third string guy Adam Humphries, they totaled almost 3,000 yards(2,948) plus 16 touchdowns to go with it. This is an offense on the rise and can be the best in 2017. But the biggest question is: can they reach the playoffs?
4 New York Giants (Beckham, Marshall, Sheppard)
The only team to beat the 13-3 Dallas Cowboys... twice. The New York Giants had two of the most exciting play makers in football with rookie Sterling Sheppard, and star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Although Victor Cruz will be missed from the Giants receiving corps, they did pick up Brandon Marshall, veteran wide out that can give this offense the grit and edge they need. Marshall will be a reliable target for Eli Manning, so when OBJ is double covered, he can look for Marshall. That is the most difficult part of playing the Giants offense, knowing how to cover their receivers. This is defiantly a top 5 offense, and collectively they raked in 2,838 yards and 21 touchdowns, the second highest amount of touchdowns out of any receiving corps in the league. The Giants proved they are a Super Bowl contender, even though they came up short in Green Bay. Only one other receiving corps has more touchdowns then the Giants, and they are coming up in the top 3.
3 Atlanta Falcons (Jones, Sanu, Gabriel)
Rounding out the big three are the NFC champions from 2016, the Atlanta Falcons. Dan Quinn did an excellent job coaching this team in his second year, as he got the Falcons to their first Super Bowl since the 1998 season. Everyone knows the biggest name on the team, and possibly the best receiver in the game right now, Julio Jones. It is unbelievable how talented Jones is in almost every category, he is the most uncover-able receiver in the NFC. Even though Matt Ryan's favorite guy is Jones, the two guys behind him had pretty good seasons too. Mohamed Sanu seemed to enjoy and thrive playing second fiddle to Jones rather then Green in Cincinnati. Same case for Tyler Gabriel as he transitioned from Cleveland. They combined for 2,641 yards and 16 touchdowns.
They may not have had the highest numbers, but this was an offense ran by Kyle Shanahan that made it to the Super Bowl. Even though the Falcons fell short in the Super Bowl, no one should put doubt on this offense. It is one of the best in the NFL and the Falcons could just as easily reach the Super Bowl again in 2017.
2 New England Patriots (Edelman, Cooks, Hogan)
At the number two spot, and the best wide receiving corps in the AFC, the 2016 Super Bowl champs, none other then the New England Patriots. What a shock to see that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick' offense is at the top of the AFC again. With five Super Bowls, Brady has his incredible wide receivers to thank for a lot of his successes. The NFL has watched Julian Edelman turn into a top receiver and Brady's favorite target.
It's hard to not give credit to what the Patriots have done since Brady entered the league. Let's not forget the new comer, Brandin Cooks, the Saints former first round draft pick. Cooks has had back-to-back 1,000 seasons in New Orleans, and going from Drew Brees to Tom Brady is a huge honor, one that Cooks should not take lightly. Cooks gives the Patriots an extra weapon to run their already high powered offense. Plus with guys like Chris Hogan and rookie Malcolm Mitchell stepping up when needed, there were no worries about Rob Gronkowski being out of the offense. This receiving group accumulated 2,959 yards, just a few short of 3,000. The Patriots still seem like they are an unstoppable force, and only seem to be going up. The true question is: how long will Brady play?
And now that leaves the number one wide receiving corps in the NFL...
1 Green Bay Packers (Nelson, Cobb, Adams)
Who else would take the cake for best receiving corps in the entire NFL but Aaron Rodgers' Packers. While Rodgers has been a magician at quarterback, he has had an amazing group of guys to catch the magical passes he throws. The biggest name here is Jordy Nelson, as he came back from a season ending injury he suffered in the preseason of 2015. It was apparent how important Nelson is to this offense this year as he hauled in 14 touchdowns himself.
Even though Nelson is Rodgers' favorite target, one of Rodgers' greatest abilities is to spread the ball around. The next two guys up also got their fair share of passes thrown their way: Randall Cobb and DaVante Adams. One of the main reasons these three come up atop the league is because they have the most touchdowns between the three of them then any other receiving corps in the NFL with a jaw dropping 30 touchdowns grabs between the three receivers. That is 9 more then the second place team, the New York Giants. With 232 receptions, these three also hauled in 2,864 yards. They are the only group to all be in the top 45 of receivers from 2016.
Even though the Packers fell flat against the Falcons in the NFC Championship game, what they did prove is that they have the most dominant wide receivers in the league. Will 2017 belong to the Packers? As long as Rodgers and his receivers stay healthy, it will always be a possibility.