Which Team Is Ahead Of Bucs In PFF’s Top Receiving Corps Rankings?


Professional Soccer Focus has come out with its receiving corps rankings for 2022 and the Bucs are ranked No. 2. Tampa Bay has an important trio of starters in Professional Bowler Mike Evans, $20-million man Chris Godwin and newcomer Russell Gage. However the Bucs don’t declare the highest spot within the new PFF rankings. So which group beat out the Bucs?

The Cincinnati Bengals.

Recent off a shock Tremendous Bowl look, the Bengals’ trio of receivers Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd is ranked No. 1. And it’s exhausting to argue with that distinction. Right here’s how these three Cincinnati receivers produced in 2021.

Ja’Marr Chase – 81 catches for 1,455 yards (18 avg.) and 13 TDs
Tee Higgins – 74 catches for 1,091 (14.7 avg.) and 6 TDs
Tyler Boyd – 67 catches for 824 yards (12.4 avg.) and 5 TDs

Right here is how Tampa Bay’s high trio carried out final 12 months, together with Gage’s numbers with Atlanta.

Bucs WRs Mike Evans and Chris Godwin – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Chris Godwin – 98 catches for 1,103 yards and 5 TDs
Mike Evans – 74 catches for 1,035 yards and 14 TDs
Russell Gage – 66 catches for 770 yards and 4 TDs

The Bengals’ trio totaled 222 receptions for 3,370 yards and 24 touchdowns. The Bucs’ trio totaled 238 catches for two,908 yards and 23 TDs.

PFF’s Receiving Corps Evaluation

Here’s what PFF needed to say in regards to the Bengals receivers.

No group has a extra spectacular assortment of younger pass-game expertise than the Bengals. Clearly, quarterback Joe Burrow is a giant a part of that, however the beginning extensive receiver trio of Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd that got here collectively final offseason contributed closely to Burrow’s development from his rookie season to 2021. 

Chase established himself as one of many NFL’s finest deep threats (league-high eight touchdowns on throws 20-plus yards downfield) and after-the-catch weapons (third amongst extensive receivers in yards after the catch) on the place. Cincinnati’s resolution to reunite him and Burrow additionally allowed Higgins and Boyd to profile as a few of the higher No. 2 and No. 3 choices within the league, respectively. 

And that is what PFF needed to say in regards to the Bucs receivers.

Tampa Bay’s receiving corps isn’t fairly as gifted because it was at full power final season. Antonio Brown and O.J. Howard are not on the roster, and neither is Rob Gronkowski (for now). Nonetheless, the Buccaneers nonetheless have Mike Evans and Chris Godwin — a stellar one-two punch when wholesome — and added Russell Gage from Atlanta through free company and tight finish Cade Otton within the 2022 NFL Draft. 

Gage makes a number of sense as a match alongside Evans and Godwin. He profiles as a possession receiver who can work the center of the sphere from slot or extensive alignments. Gage steadily improved his receiving yards per route run from 1.18 in 2019 to 1.96 final season (nineteenth amongst qualifying extensive receivers). 

Maybe if Gronkowski re-signs with Tampa Bay previous to coaching camp the Bucs can get elevated over the Bengals?

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