Ranking Redskins' 2016 Opponents: Wide receivers
Best WRs on the Redskins' schedule
A look at the wide receivers the Redskins will face in 2016. Washington brought in several defensive backs, including Josh Norman, to deal with these guys.
13. Corey Coleman, Cleveland
Coleman was the first receiver drafted this year. The Browns' shaky quarterback situation will go a long way towards determining how his rookie season will go.
12. Laquon Treadwell, Minnesota
Many thought he was the best receiver in the draft but he ended up being the fourth receiver taken. He's another tall one at 6-2 but we'll have to see how he adjusts with Sam Bradford and possibly Shaun Hill throwing him the ball.
11. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina
Benjamin had a promising rookie season with over 1000 yards receiving but a torn ACL ended his 2015 before it ever got started. At 6-5, 240 he can physically beat any cornerback in the league. He could be better than this by the time they play the Redskins in December but we'll have to see how he recovers from the knee.
10. Mike Wallace, Baltimore
The speedy Wallace hasn't been quite the same since he took the free agent money and ran away from Big Ben and his big arm (not that any NFL player should be criticized for cashing in). Maybe Joe Flacco has the arm to take advantage of Wallace's speed. Steve Smith is the leader of this receiving group if he is all the way back from the torn Achilles that ended his 2015 season.
9. Golden Tate, Detroit
Now that Calvin Johnson is gone, the No. 1 receiver spot falls on Tate. That doesn't automatically make him a true No. 1, however. But even with Johnson there he has still averaged 95 catches and over 1000 yards per season in his two years with the pass happy Lions.
8. Alshon Jeffrey, Chicago
He's another tall target with a monster catch radius who can make his quarterback look very good. Jeffery stuggled with injuries last year but he was effective when he played averaging six catches for 90 yards in the nine games he played in.
7. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia
Last year he was better than he was as a rookie in 2014 and there's no reason to think that he won't take another step forward. He's often overlooked in a division that has Dez, OBJ, and DeSean Jackson but he's a good one.
6. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay
It was not coincidence that Aaron Rodgers had one of his worst seasons after Nelson suffered a torn ACL in the preseason. We'll see if he can pick up where he left off in 2014 when he had 98 catches for over 1500 yards and 13 touchdowns. If he does he could be higher on this list by the time he faces the Redskins in November.
5. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
Given the way receivers are treated by the Hall of Fame committee, Fitzgerald isn't going to Canton on the first ballot but he should get there eventually. Last season was a revival year at the age of 32. He had a career high 109 receptions for 1,215 yards. No doubt, Carson Palmer was the best QB he's worked with since Kurt Warner retired but they fed off of each other.
4. Dez Bryant, Dallas
Last year was an off season for Bryant, to say the least. He suffered a foot injury, probably came back from it too early and, of course, he missed having Tony Romo throw him the ball. There are some bigger receivers out there but few know how to use their size as well as Bryant. Assuming he is healthy he will be a pain for Josh Norman and/or Bashaud Breeland.
3. A.J. Green, Cincinnati
At 6-4 he can catch just about anything thrown in his ZIP code. In five years in the NFL he has been to five Pro Bowls hand has three seasons with 1,300 or more receiving yards (counting last year, when he was just short at 1,297). He also has excellent ball skills, the kind of receiver who could catch a snowflake in a wind tunnel.
2. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
One of the reasons that the Redskins backed up the Brinks truck for Josh Norman is because Beckham has averaged nine catches, 120 yards and almost two touchdowns in three career games against them. He's pretty good against the other teams he's played against, too.
1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh
He had games with 17, 16, 13, 11, and 10 receptions. Brown had over 100 yards receiving in over half of his games, counting the playoffs. He will have Joe Barry and company up late ths week preparing so he doesn't have one of those big games.