NFC South Position Rankings: Do the Saints have the best receiving corps?
The NFC South boasts the most dangerous wide receivers across the league which include a few of the NFL’s best that’s with the New Orleans Saints.
The number 1, number 2, and number 3 leaders in receiving yards last year reigned from the same division: the NFC South. Saints prolific wideout, Michael Thomas led the NFL with 1,725 receiving yards, followed by Falcons pro-bowler Julio Jones with 1,394 receiving yards, according to FoxSports.com.
Then Buccaneers’ player maker Chris Godwin broke out last season with the 3rd most receiving yards in the NFL, 1,333 receiving yards.
These elite wide receivers aren’t the only potent receiving threat on their respected teams. The Buccaneers have centerpiece, Mike Evans, to pair with Chris Godwin, Evans, who’s been a proven top 5 receiver in this league for many years.
The Saints recently acquired Emmanuel Sanders this offseason, Sanders, who won a super bowl with the Broncos and recently played in his second super bowl with the 49ers last season but ended up losing this time.
Sanders, along with 2019 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, Michael Thomas, will look to provide Drew Brees with his best crew of receivers during his hall of fame tenure.
The propriety of talent doesn’t end there.
Julio Jones, wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons may be the most dangerous receiver in football, despite Mike Thomas earning high achievements and other receivers boasting about themselves on social media.
According to ESPN, Julio had the second-most receiving yards last season while having 21 plays of 20+ receiving yard gains(Thomas had 17), despite missing a game last year.
Finally, the Christian McCaffrey-led Panthers added some receiving help in the off-season by acquiring speedy Robby Anderson in free agency from the Jets, to pair with 2018 first-round pick D.J. Moore.
With Moore eclipsing 1,000-yard last year and Anderson recording 779 receiving yards according to Pro Football Reference for the Jets last year, it shows to be a very underrated wide receiving duo, that’s young and improving.
It’s hard to keep track of so many big plays being produced in this division. Elite receivers in this division have new counterparts from this off-season, so it’s scary to believe that these receiving corps got even better going into the 2020 NFL season.
Let’s take a look at where these NFC South receiving groups stack up to each other.