Top 5 NFC South wide receivers in 2023 ranked

How many Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers make the top five?
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Tom Brady's retirement hurts the offense, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still have one of the league's best wide receiver rooms entering the 2023 season.

Regardless of whether it is Baker Mayfield or Kyle Trask throwing passes, they will have a dominant receiving duo to lean on.

But where do they rank among the top five wide receivers in the NFC South? Here are the top five receivers in the division this season.

5. Adam Thielen, Carolina Panthers

The Panthers traded star receiver DJ Moore to the Chicago Bears, and they hope Adam Thielen can fill the void.

The Minnesota Vikings signed Thielen as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He spent a decade in Minnesota, catching 534 passes for 6,682 yards and 55 touchdowns. He made two Pro Bowls and was named a second-team All-Pro during his time with the Vikings.

Can Thielen still play at a high level? That's the number one question.

Thielen turns 33 later this month, and his yards-per-reception average dropped to a career-low 10.2 last season. He hasn't hit the 1,000-yard milestone since 2018, but he did catch a combined 24 touchdown passes between 2020-21.

While Thielen is no longer the dominant player he once was, he is a reliable target for rookie quarterback Bryce Young.