The NFL preseason is rapidly approaching and teams will soon have to determine their finalized rosters. One position that always seems to be a challenge with finishing this mandatory task is wide receiver. Everyone knows that a team's offense is essentially dictated by their skill at this position and of course, quarterback. With that being stated, a team must pick the best players possible to help with their teams chances of success. With this apparent fact, a lot of players each season at wide receiver are let go once the preseason is completed. There is a lot of pressure with this, so teams must be aware of all potential situations that may be thrown their way.
With all that has been stated thus far, in this article, we will be looking at each team's worst wide receiver that they should get rid of. It is quite apparent that every NFL team has a wide receiver under contract that is a bit questionable as to why they would. Sometimes teams keep their wide receivers in hopes that they can reach their full potential, but once two or three seasons have passed and they still have minimal roles, it likely means it is time to cut them. In some cases however, players are actually good, but their teams simply have far too much depth to allow them the opportunity to thrive. In these specific cases, teams should aim to get something back in return via trade. Whatever the case may be, teams need to move on from these wide receivers in the upcoming season and we as fans should keep our eyes open as to when it actually occurs.
Let's look at the wide receiver on each team that they need to get rid of!
32 Arizona Cardinals: Brice Butler
The Arizona Cardinals have Larry Fitzgerald as their number one receiver, but it goes downhill quickly. Yet, when looking at who they should release, it has to be Brice Butler. Butler has struggled badly since being on the Cowboys.
The Cardinals are going to be entering a rebuilding period, so contracts like Butler's needs to be rid of as soon as possible. They could look to trade the veteran, but his value is definitely on the lower side at the end of the day.
31 Atlanta Falcons: Marvin Hall
The Atlanta Falcons have a star receiver in Julio Jones along with first rounder Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu, so they do not need much else. One player who has been underwhelming with them is Marvin Hall. The fact of the matter is that Hall simply is not given enough playing time.
The Falcons would be wise to let go of Hall and allow other players to compete for his spot. Hall would benefit from the change of scenery as well and could even become a reliable receiver elsewhere.
30 Baltimore Ravens: Breshad Perriman
Breshad Perriman had an outstanding collegiate career at Central Florida and appeared to be a future star in the NFL. However, at this present point in time, he currently is on the verge of losing a roster spot with the Ravens.
Perriman simply has not been able to compete with the immense amount of talent in the NFL thus far. If he continues to play at this pace, there is no question that he will end up being released by the team and known as a total bust.
29 Buffalo Bills: Jeremy Kerley
The Buffalo Bills made the postseason last year and want to continue this success. However, they clearly need some upgrades with their wide receivers. One player they could replace to make this happen is Jeremy Kerley.
Kerley is a veteran who just signed with the team. However, his career thus far has been pretty lackluster and he is a depth player at best. This seems like it will be a short-lived tenure, so it could benefit them letting him go.
28 Carolina Panthers: Damiere Byrd
The Carolina Panthers are trying to fight their way back to the top of the NFL. Their offense is fairly solid, but one player they could look to move on from is Damiere Byrd. Byrd has been essentially a practice player for them for two seasons.
The Panthers simply do not need Byrd on their roster. He currently is projected to be at the bottom of their depth chart, even with new rookies coming through. Byrd is simply far too expendable.
27 Chicago Bears: Joshua Bellamy
The Chicago Bears have been pretty bad these past couple of years and need to make some changes. Joshua Bellamy is the receiver they should move on from because he is average at best and his time of progression is over.
Bellamy has yet to have a season where he has been effective in the league, even as a starter. It would be wise for the Bears to move on from him and allow another younger player in their system to play.
26 Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Boyd
Tyler Boyd has yet to make any impact with the Bengals and that is truly a troubling sign for him. There is no question that he is a player who could very well end up being released before the start of the regular season because of this.
The Bengals are desperately trying to become contenders again and need to ensure they have the right players on the field. If Boyd again shows no progression with his overall play, a cut is inevitable and rightfully so.
25 Cleveland Browns: Rashard Higgins
Rashard Higgins is a player that could end up being the odd man out on the Browns. This is largely because of the fact that the team has seen some major improvements at the wide receiver position for this upcoming season.
Higgins is not a bad player, but he definitely will have a lot of trouble getting a spot on this roster. Unless he manages to put up a fantastic preseason, there is a good chance that he will be cut in the near future.
24 Dallas Cowboys: Deonte Thompson
Deonte Thompson was just added to the Dallas Cowboys, but the signing definitely is a bit confusing. The Cowboys are trying to win and Thompson simply does not appear to be a starter for them moving forward. This could end up being bad news for him.
Thompson's career has been pretty lackluster, aside from his Super Bowl title back in 2013. The Cowboys have a bunch of options in the wide receiver position, so he likely will be moved on from this season.
23 Denver Broncos: Isaiah McKenzie
The Denver Broncos are looking to turn their mediocrity around for the upcoming season. The challenge will be tough, but they can make some changes to help with it. Getting rid of Isaiah McKenzie may be a good start because he appears to be expendable now.
McKenzie failed to leave any impression with the Broncos in his first season. The Broncos need to start trying new experiments with different players to succeed. With McKenzie showing no signs of success, they should move him.
22 Detroit Lions: T. J. Jones
T.J. Jones has spent the last few seasons having very minimal playing time with the Lions. There is a good chance that the team could very well end up cutting him before the regular season starts if he does not improve at all.
The Lions desperately need to find a strong enough team for Matthew Stafford. Jones is not a bad player whatsoever, but it is absolutely apparent that they do not see him in their long-term plans. With that, he could very well be off the team soon.
21 Green Bay Packers: Trevor Davis
Trevor Davis has essentially been glued to the Green Bay Packers' bench over the past two seasons. It is fair to assume that Davis would probably like the chance to have a new start elsewhere and the Packers should do this. In fact, it would be wise to give other players a chance.
Davis is essentially leaving no impact with the Packers, so they would benefit letting other players take over. With Green Bay looking to win again, they need better depth options than Davis as well.
20 Houston Texans: Sammie Coates
Sammie Coates was added to the Houston Texans roster this off-season, so they will allow him the chance to play. Yet, when looking at Coates' career, it is clear that it has been lackluster so far.
If Coates does not improve this season, it is likely that the Texans will end up moving on from him. This is Coates third team in just four seasons, so it is apparent that he will be expendable if he does not do better.
19 Indianapolis Colts: Chester Rogers
The Colts are definitely looking to turn it around this season with Andrew Luck completely healthy. There are still some major question marks with how this roster is going to do, but it is clear that they should make some changes before the start of the season.
One move they should make before the start of the season is cutting Chester Rodgers. He has held a lackluster role with this team for far too long and they should use his roster spot for a better player. Cutting him seems far too likely at this point.
18 Jacksonville Jaguars: Rashad Greene
The Jacksonville Jaguars need to get some stronger offensive weapons, as that was their demise last season. Rashad Greene appears to be the player they should look to move on from this upcoming season to help with this.
Greene has been within the Jaguars' organization for a handful of years, but has yet to actually crack their lineup officially. 2015 was his best season, but he has gone downhill immensely ever since. It is time to let this veteran go.
17 Kansas City Chiefs: De'Anthony Thomas
This may finally be the preseason where the Kansas City Chiefs move on from De'Anthony Thomas. Thomas was supposed to be a top notch player at the NFL level when he was drafted by the team, but failed to reach these expectations.
Thomas could end up being traded because teams could be interested in his return specialist abilities. However, it is clear that he really does not have a role with this team anymore and it will result in either a trade or potential release.
16 Los Angeles Chargers: Travis Benjamin
The Los Angeles Chargers have an intriguing group of wide receivers under contract. They could look to move on from veteran receiver, Travis Benjamin, due to this clear fact. Benjamin has put up okay numbers, but is low on their depth chart.
If the Chargers are looking to get something in return from an expendable receiver, Benjamin is there guy. Teams would be interested in him because he has had some success in limited roles and of course, his leadership.
15 Los Angeles Rams: Pharoh Cooper
Pharoh Cooper has played two seasons in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams. Although he is the receiver they likely should move on from, he has still done a decent job, The Rams simply have too much depth to keep him.
Cooper would likely thrive in a different system where he has the chance to receive more play calls. Cooper could be a player who ends up being traded by the deadline. There should be some teams intrigued by him.
14 Miami Dolphins: Albert Wilson
The Miami Dolphins clearly have a lot of depth at the wide receiver position because of the great off-season they had. With this being the case, there is a very solid chance that veteran Albert Wilson will end up out of a job for the start of the season.
Wilson could enjoy a change of scenery that will allow him to have more opportunities to shine. However, with all the major moves in Miami this off-season, it is clear that his role would be diminished if he were not to be moved.
13 Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell
Laquon Treadwell had an absolutely amazing collegiate career at Mississippi and many envisioned him becoming a star in the NFL too. However, his play has been pretty awful for the Viking thus far because he has failed to earn a starting spot.
Treadwell will likely be let go by the Vikings by the end of the preseason and rightfully so. This is a player who needs a fresh start and the Vikings could use the extra spot. At the end of the day, Treadwell will either be cut or traded by the regular season.
12 New England Patriots: Cordarrelle Patterson
Cordarrelle Patterson was the free agent the New England Patriots brought in to help replace the many top receivers they lost this off-season. He definitely will not be a long-term replacement and will likely be moved. In fact, he may not even make the team if he shows signs of declining.
Patterson has been a below average wide receiver in his career thus far, so it is hard to believe that he will succeed in New England. The Patriots need to find a better replacement for him and fast.
11 New Orleans Saints: Brandon Coleman
Brandon Coleman has been with the New Orleans Saints over the past three seasons and has looked okay for the most part. However, with the Saints having a ton of depth in the wide receiver position, he will never be used effectively.
Coleman has had his fair share of chances to progress into a top receiver for them, but will never be the case. The Saints should look to move on from Coleman and give a younger player the chance to succeed in the role.
10 New York Giants: Roger Lewis
Roger Lewis has yet to leave any impact on the Giants and that could result in the team deciding to move on from him. It is hard to believe that he will be able to compete with the rest of the receivers on them, so he simply is the out man out.
Lewis likely could end up having a solid career elsewhere, but it will not happen in New York. The Giants are looking toward changing their entire roster around and Lewis has not done enough to be able to keep his job at this time.
9 New York Jets: ArDarius Stewart
ArDarius Stewart played his rookie season with the New York Jets this past season and did not produce much at all. Although he is young, the Jets could decide to move him for another need or even cut him. In fact, this honestly seems like the most likely scenario.
The Jets surprisingly have decent depth in the wide receiver position, so Stewart could very well end up being let go. Stewart could also thrive with a team that will give him more opportunities to succeed.
8 Oakland Raiders: Dwayne Harris
In 2o16, Dwayne Harris had a spectacular season and was even selected to play in the 2016 Pro Bowl. However, in just one season, his value as a player has dropped and he is now at the bottom of the Raiders depth chart.
With the Raiders looking to turn themselves into legitimate contenders, they need to rid of players like Harris. Harris could end up getting them something in return in a trade, as he has had success. Yet, last season should be enough for him to be moved.
7 Philadelphia Eagles: Markus Wheaton
Markus Wheaton has been in the NFL for a handful of seasons and now can be deemed a veteran. Wheaton was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles this off-season and will primarily be used as a depth player. However, there is concern.
Wheaton is a player who Philadelphia can move on from because he has not had much success at all. He failed to register a single touchdown last season with the Chicago Bears and the Eagles will need someone better if this continues.
6 Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Hunter
Justin Hunter spent last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but his role was definitely minimal. Hunter simply cannot compete with the vast amount of depth that Pittsburgh has and should be moved because of it.
Due to the fact that Hunter is a veteran, there could be teams who would be willing to trade for his services. Hunter is definitely not a number one type of receiver, but he could be effective if given a better role. At the end of the day, expect to see him out of Pittsburgh one way or another.
5 Seattle Seahawks: Brandon Marshall
For the first time in his entire career, Marshall is essentially playing for a contract. This preseason is massive for the veteran because if he is not good during it, he likely will be out of a career. These next few weeks are extremely important.
At the end of the day, if Marshall does not show that can be an important piece to the team, it likely will result in them releasing him. During his prime, Marshall was one of the best players in the league, so maybe he has more in the tank.
4 San Francisco 49ers: Max McCaffrey
Max McCaffrey was let go by the Jacksonville Jaguars just after one season with the team. His role was extremely limited and he essentially was a practice player for them. With the 49ers, he is hoping for this to change.
However, when looking the 49ers, they are a team on the rise and are now aiming to win. McCaffrey will have to work very hard to gain a role with the team. If he does not succeed, they should release him during the preseason.
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DeSean Jackson
DeSean Jackson was once one of the top wide receivers in the NFL, but age and injuries have not treated him well. He has not been a star player since 2013 and has gone downhill ever since. This off-season could now mark the end of his career.
The Buccaneers could very well decide to release him before the start of the season if no teams are interested in a trade. The Buccaneers simply have far too much depth at the position with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and as a result of this, Jackson is simply expendable.
2 Tennessee Titans: Tajae Sharpe
Tajae Sharpe missed out the entire 2017 season this past year and is looking to make the team again this year. However, with the Tennessee Titans getting far better, Sharpe may not end up having as big of a role this time around.
Sharpe is a player who is a bit of a wildcard because of his past injury. If he can come back and be an even better player, he could be worth keeping. However, with the chances of that being so slim, it could very well be time to let him go.
1 Washington Redskins: Brian Quick
Brian Quick is a veteran in the NFL and it makes sense that the Redskins gave him a chance for the 2017 season. However, it is quite clear that this is a player who likely will not be with the team before the start of the season now.
Quick simply has not done enough to keep his spot and should either be traded or released. The Redskins are desperately trying to make themselves contenders once again, so they should use his spot for a far better and productive player.