NFL Wide Receivers 2021 : For a division that is considered one of the weakest in the history of the NFL, the NFC East boasts one of the best receiving groups in the whole league. After the Giants signed Kenny Golladay, the NFC East is shaping up to be one of the most competitive divisions in 2021.
The NFC East is STACKED at receiver.
Give us your top three ⏬ pic.twitter.com/WMOorb8hU6
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) March 20, 2021
NFC East Defensive Coordinators pic.twitter.com/1HJuCcXEYc
— Not Robert Griffin (@Pseudo_RGIII) March 18, 2021
With the Washington Football Team winning the division on only a 7-9 record in 2020, and both, the Giants and the Cowboys ending the season at 6-10, all three teams will be confident of winning the division in 2021. With that said, here are the rankings of the top 5 WR’s who could have the most impact in 2021:
1) Amari Cooper
Amari Cooper’s route running pic.twitter.com/Kq2oljzQQG
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) November 26, 2020
Amari Cooper signed the biggest WR contract in Cowboys history in 2020, a move that was definitely questioned by many. But Cooper silenced all doubters with a spectacular season in 2020.
Before Dak Prescott went down with an injury, the Coopper/Prescott duo was one of the most productive WR/QB duos in the league. Through the first 5 games of the season, Amari Cooper was on a year, racking up 39 catches for 424 yards. That’s on pace to record over 120 catches for 1200+ yards on the season with a remarkable 71% catch percentage.
Even after Prescott’s injury, Cooper ended the season with 92 catches, 1100+ yards and 5 touchdowns. But with Dak returning to full health in 2021, Amari Cooper could be one of the best WR’s in the whole league. Amari Cooper and his deadly route-running skills terrorized defences in 2020. And now with a proper quarterback to throw him accurate passes, Cooper will arguably have the most impact in 2021.
— The Cowboys Network (@TheCowboysNet) September 20, 2020
2) Terry McLaurin
Ryan Fitzmagic could be about to send Terry McLaurin to the Moooooon. Doge style.https://t.co/PlhpSXg3eW
— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) March 17, 2021
Terry McLaurin broke into the limelight in 2020 with the Washington Football Team. McLaurin had an amazing 87 receptions for 1,118 yards and 4 touchdowns. He did all of this with 3 different QB’s and without another wide receiver crossing the 500 yard mark.
Things will be much different in 2021. The WFT signed Terry McLaurin’s former Ohio State Teammate Curtis Samuel who himself had over 1000+ all purpose yards in 2020. And WFT signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a 1 year cap friendly deal which helped sure up the other holes in the offence.
With an experienced veteran throwing him balls, and another star WR to draw the attention of defences, Terry McLaurin could be a huge boon to the playoff hopes of all Washington Football fans.
Lookout for Washington’s offense in 2021 pic.twitter.com/dWqOAGABg2
— PFF (@PFF) March 18, 2021
3) Kenny Golladay
— NFL (@NFL) March 20, 2021
Kenny Golladay filled one of the Giants biggest needs for 2021. Golladay is one of the most dynamic wide receivers in the league, who had back to back 1000+ yard seasons in 2018 and 2019. And after an injury-riddled season that limited him to only 5 games in 2020, the former pro-bowler will be more motivated than ever to get back to his elite level
When healthy, Golladay has arguably the best hands in the game. He’s a phenom at 6-foot-4 and with his massive frame and incredible body control, he’s shown the ability to torture solid corners for contested catches.
With the likes of Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepherd to line up beside him, defences will not be able to double Golladay often and he will definitely use that to his advantage. The only thing that could limit Golladay from being the most impactful wideout in the NFC East is that he will have QB Daniel Jones throwing him the ball. Daniel has shown glimpses of magic but is still not consistent enough to threaten other teams.
If Jones can become the QB the Giants organization hoped he would be the 6 overall pick, Golladay could be on to hit career highs in 2021
Kenny Golladay to the New York freaking Giants!!! Daniel Jones is a touch thrower who likes to go deep and Golladay is the Perfect fit with his 17 YPC. This helps Slayton by giving him CB2 coverage and less safety help + Shep in the slot.
A match made in heaven for Big Blue! pic.twitter.com/Du3X9I1mjw
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) March 20, 2021
4) Ceedee Lamb
CeeDee Lamb from the slot among rookies last season:
69 receptions (1st)
877 yards (1st)
5 TDs (1st) pic.twitter.com/9ICt7OEv8q
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 7, 2021
Ceedee was a force in his rookie year with the Cowboys. The 2020 17th overall pick racked up 74 receptions for 935 yards and 5 scores. He did all this on a team that boasts a wideout core of Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Dak Prescott’s presence put Ceedee on notice throughout the league, but even after he went down, the former Sooner made big plays far more often than not.
Ceedee also impressed many with his willingness to become a solid blocker, a trait one rarely sees even in veteran wideouts. But the highlight of Lamb’s season was his catch against the Minnesota Vikings, which will probably top 3 amongst all catches in 2020
Similar to Cooper, with Dak and a star-studded O-line coming back to full health, Ceedee will be even better in 2021. With the likes of Dak Prescott, Zeke Elliot, Amari Cooper, Ceedee Lamb and Michael Gallup, the Cowboys offence will be one to look out for in 2021
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) February 17, 2021
Honorable mentions: Michael Gallup (843 yards in 2020), Darius Slayton (750 yards in 2020) and Sterling Shepherd ( 656 yards in only 12 games in 2020)