We continue the NFC East rankings with part three dissecting the wide receivers. Unlike the running backs in the division, the NFC East showcases a pair of teams with outstanding groups of wide receivers and a pair of teams with potentially strong receivers.
The New York Giants enter the 2017 season with the top receiving core in the NFC East. Despite the loss of Victor Cruz, the Giants showcase Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard. This trio will provide plenty of firepower and will single-handedly extend Eli Manning’s run as the starting quarterback. OBJ is rightfully considered among the best receivers in the NFL, alongside Antonio Brown. Brandon Marshall comes in as a bigger bodied Victor Cruz who will dominate the interior of the field. Add that to rising sophomore Sterling Shepard, and the Giants have the best receiving core in the NFC East.
Dallas Cowboys: Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley
The Dallas Cowboys have the second-best receiving group in the NFC East but still rank as one of the best receiving groups across the NFL. Dallas will have Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley on Sunday Night Football against the Giants to start off the season. OBJ has outplayed Dez over the last few seasons, but Williams and Beasley are competitive versus Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard. Dallas kept Brice Butler and drafted Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown. Look for Dallas to get creative with two-slot sets as well as initiate a constant rotation of Beasley and Switzer to keep opposing defenses fatigued.
Philadelphia Eagles: Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Jordan Matthews
The Eagles entered this offseason with an anemic receiving corps but added Alshon Jeffery in free agency, a player who torched Dallas a few years ago with his red zone pass-catching ability. The Eagles will pair veteran Torrey Smith and Jordan Matthews to Jeffery which will give Carson Wentz talent on the outside. In a rather stacked position group, this Eagles group comes in as the third-most talented group.
Washington Redskins: Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder
The Redskins lost their top two receivers this season but they did sign Terrelle Pryor to a team-friendly deal. Add his length to speedsters Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder, and Kirk Cousins suddenly finds himself with three competent pass-catchers. All this being said, the youngsters are still young and starters on a bad offensive team. This Redskins groups ranks in as the least talented receiving group in the NFC East.
The Giants group is better than the Cowboys group which is considerably better than what the Redskins and Eagles have to offer. The Giants success this season will rely on their stingy defense and their pass-catchers.
[EDIT] We have revised the scoring system in this series, the best position group will get four points, down to the worst who get one point. Initially, fewer points were better, but after some confusion we’ve revised it so that more points are better.
New York Giants: 4 points
Dallas Cowboys: 3 points
Philadelphia Eagles: 2 points
Washington Redskins: 1 point
Interim Score Report after QBs, RBs and WRs
Dallas Cowboys: 11 points
New York Giants: 8 points
Philadelphia Eagles: 6 points
Washington Redskins: 5 points