The NFL continues to become a more pass-happy league, so we’ve identified the teams five with the best set of pass-catchers heading into the 2023/24 season.
Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd
While the start of NFL training camps always brings excitement, it can also unfortunately bring injury. That’s what the Cincinnati Bengals are dealing with after QB Joe Burrow’s calf injury, but they still have an elite group of weapons surrounding him.
Retaining RB Joe Mixon this offseason was a great boost, but we’re focused on those on the perimeter.
Burrow’s college teammate - Ja’Marr Chase - wasted no time making a name for himself as one of the best WRs in the NFL. He won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2021 after recording 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Despite playing in just 12 games last season, Chase still had over 1,000 yards and alongside Chase was another 1,000-yard receiver in Tee Higgins.
While most teams have strong duos, the Bengals have a great trio. Tyler Boyd had 762 yards himself and has eclipsed 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons in his career.
The Bengals are currently +1100 to win Super Bowl 58.
Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle
We have the Bengals atop our list thanks to a top-tier trio. No other team has three receivers that strong, but the Dolphins duo is as great as it gets.
Like Chase, Miami has a young receiver who wasted no time making his mark in the NFL. That would be Chase’s rival in college - Jaylen Waddle from Alabama.
If it wasn’t for Chase, Waddle very well may have won the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2021 after he had 104 receptions and 1,015 yards. He topped that last year with 1,356 yards.
That’s without mentioning Tyreek Hill, who joined the Dolphins after helping the Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.
Nicknamed the Cheetah, he’s arguably the fastest player in the NFL, and has recorded over 1,000 yards in five of the last six seasons.
The Dolphins are currently +2200 to win Super Bowl 58.
A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith
The theme of young WRs continues with the Eagles. They were able to make the Super Bowl just last season in part due to QB Jalen Hurts having weapons on the outside.
Waddle’s teammate at Alabama - DeVonta Smith - has proven he can hold his own despite his small stature.
Smith is an excellent route-runner with incredible agility and speed out of his breaks, which helped him rack up 1,196 yards last season.
The reason the Eagles have such a highly-ranked duo is because they had another 1,000-yard WR last season.
That would be AJ Brown, who recorded 1,496 yards, 11 touchdowns and a ridiculous 23 receptions of 20+ yards - between him and Smith they recorded 183 receptions.
The Eagles are currently +800 to win Super Bowl 58.
Keenan Allen and Mike Williams
They may not have the youth of those first three teams, but the Los Angeles Chargers have a young QB with weapons around him as well.
Justin Herbert became the highest-paid player on an annual basis in NFL history, so the Chargers are committed to him and, similarly, build around him.
If not for injuries, Keenan Allen may have had LA further up on this list. He’s a target monster who had 66 receptions on 89 targets in just 10 games last season.
In the five seasons prior, Allen had at least 1,000 yards in each, with the only outlier being 992 yards in 14 games.
As for the Chargers’ big-play threat, that would be Mike Williams. At 6-foot-4, the Clemson product had over 1,000 yards in two of the last three seasons he played at least 15 games.
The Chargers are currently +2500 to win Super Bowl 58.
DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett
Although not as young as Chase, Waddle or Smith, DK Metcalf is set to be one of the future faces of the NFL in terms of WRs.
He too is an SEC product, coming from Ole Miss, and his combination of size and speed is virtually unmatched. Metcalf helped QB Geno Smith win Comeback Player of the Year last season by racking up 1,048 yards.
Since entering the NFL, Metcalf has had at least 900 yards in all four seasons. Like the others in this list, Seattle had multiple 1,000-yard receivers last season.
The other was Tyler Lockett, who is a model of consistency.
He’s had over 1,000 yards for four straight years following a 965-yard season, which also included a 100-reception season, with the Seahawks +3300 to win Super Bowl 58.