The Buccaneers have the best wide receiver room in the NFL, and it isn’t even close.
Rarely in NFL history do you have an offense as good as the Buccaneers do now. A Hall of Fame quarterback like Tom Brady is enough to keep opposing defenses on their toes, but giving this transcendent talent at the most important position in the sport so many weapons is where we start to reach unfair levels.
Between a dominant offensive line, a decent run game with plenty of depth, and one of the greatest trios of tight ends in the league, the Buccaneer offense has plenty to keep defensive coordinators from sleeping, and that isn’t to mention the wide receivers.
The Bucs have the best group of wide receivers in the NFL. This unit is historically great, and a trio of receivers like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown has never taken the field for the same team in league history.
The addition of Antonio Brown last season seemed like an embarrassment of riches. Evans and Godwin are the best one-two punch in the league, and having to worry about Brown too makes this unit next to impossible to contend with through the air. We all saw what happened when the offense finally decided to start airing the ball out more.
This group is so great that a vast majority of the NFL wide receivers could join the Bucs today and wouldn’t even get a chance to start, including some of the other best wide receivers. Obviously, a few names would create real competition, but most would sit in the fourth spot at best.
One of the teams that draws plenty of comparisons to the Bucs from a receiver standpoint is the Cowboys, the Bucs’ week one opponent, but their trio doesn’t even come close to the one in Tampa.
With Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, the Cowboys are already set up to have one of the best trios in the league with anyone else as their number three, but the gap between the Bucs and the Cowboys is still substantial.
Cooper is one of the best route runners in the entire NFL, and he still wouldn’t crack the starting list with the Buccaneers. Who would you take out; Brown, Evans, or Godwin? The right answer is none of the starters have any business coming off the field for the Bucs. Evans’ verticality, Godwin’s RAC ability, and Antonio Brown’s hands are beyond anyone on the Cowboys, even Cooper.
This is much more about the talent on the Buccaneers rather than any deficiencies in Cooper’s game, but it is worth seeing just how stacked the Bucs are at one key offensive position.
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