AFC West positional rankings: Who has the best wide receivers?
By Grant Tuttle
1. Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs made a splash signing this offseason in acquiring Sammy Watkins. It is clear that the front office wanted to build weapons around a young quarterback in a new offense. Watkins is another very debated receiver. With the Chiefs being his third team in five years, there is reason for being skeptical; however Watkins has shown very good ability on tape. I am a believer in this move and think that he will excel in a vertical offense.
2016-2017: (15 games)
39 receptions, 593 yards, 8 Touchdowns
80 receptions, 931 yards, 6 Touchdowns
2. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos:
Emmanuel Sanders does not appear to be the same player that he once was. At age 31, he does not appear to be as explosive as he once was. However, there is a chance that his numbers have deflated because of injury and Quarterback play. Sanders looks to bounce back with an off-season of rehab and Case Keenum commanding the offense.
2016-2017: (12 games)
47 receptions, 555 yards, 2 Touchdowns
68 receptions, 871 yards, 4 Touchdowns
3. Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers:
I like this guy a lot. Although Tyrell Williams took a bit of a step back last year, I believe that he will bounce back. As a big target, standing 6’4, Williams is an exceptional downfield target. In fact, last season, he averaged a whopping 16.9 yards per reception last season. For reference, T.Y. Hilton had the same average, tying for fourth in league. The difference is, Williams is a bigger target and catch more 50/50 balls. I look for Tyrell Williams to pick up production and be a solid target across from Keenan Allen.
43 receptions, 728 yards, 4 Touchdowns
63 receptions, 802 yards, 6 Touchdowns
4. Jordy Nelson, Oakland Raiders:
In a strange offseason move, the Raiders opted to sign Jordy Nelson, who is coming off of his worst season since 2012, instead of re-signing Michael Crabtree. Nelson, a 33 year-old veteran, looks to regain his prior dominance that he showed in Green Bay. However, I believe it is fair to say that Aaron Rodgers inflated his stats and that Derek Carr is not as talented as Aaron Rodgers. With Nelson in the fold, the Raiders look to increase offensive productivity.
2016-2017: (15 games)
53 receptions, 482 yards, 6 Touchdowns
58 receptions, 578 yards, 5 Touchdowns