New Orleans Saints: Ranking the four No. 2 wide receivers in the NFC South

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Chris Godwin

Yes, this ranking may come off as crazy towards lots of NFL fans. Please hear me out, because there are lots of changes from in his division from last season.

How does the No. 3 receiving yards leader in the whole league rank as the No. 4, No. 2 wide receivers in his division?

His old starting quarterback, Jameis Winston, who threw 5,000 yards is gone, and there are two new No. 2 receivers in his division (Emmanuel Sanders and Robby Anderson), while another No. 2 receiver named Calvin Ridley missed three games last season.

Chris Godwin exploded onto the scene last season with 1,333 receiving yards and 9 receiving touchdowns. He maximized his production off an offense that threw the ball vertically 40 times a game.

Is he a good wide receiver? Yes. Does the yardage amount represent his ranking in this league? Absolutely not. Jameis Winston led the league in passing yards last year for the Buccaneers, and he’s now a backup quarterback for his old division rival, New Orleans Saints.

Chris Godwin will be around a 1,000-yard receiver throughout his career but expect his statistics should drop next season with a new quarterback, Tom Brady, who throws shorter passes. Rob Gronkowski was also added to their offense, and he will get his fair share of grabs.

Chris Godwin is an excellent wide receiver who would start on half of the AFC teams, but he may not even be a top 20 wide receiver in this league. He doesn’t have the elite speed or top-notch route running, that I see from other his counterparts in the NFC South.

Let’s take a look at who’s the next best No. 2 wide receiver in the NFC South.