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Gus’ Tiers: NFL pass-catching units

todayMarch 20, 2024


Welcome to the latest edition of “Gus’ Tiers” at 1010XL/92.5 FM!

Each Wednesday, I’ll be using Tiermaker dot com to create a 100% correct ranking of a timely subject related to the Jacksonville Jaguars/NFL landscape.

For this week’s Tier, I ranked each team’s pass-catching unit (WR/TE/RB) following the first wave of free agency. I thought it’d be an interesting exercise after Calvin Ridley left the Jaguars for the Titans.

Elite: 49ers, Eagles, Dolphins, Bengals, Vikings

The Eagles, Dolphins, and Bengals boast a pair of top-20 wide receivers. The 49ers do as well, not to mention a top-three tight end and the reigning Offensive Player of the Year.

The Vikings have arguably the best receiver in football, plus another first-round rookie receiver, a top-five tight end, and a fantastic receiving back.

Good: Seahawks, Titans, Bucs, Rams, Bears, Chiefs, Bills, Packers

This tier includes a lot of aging star pass-catchers paired with younger counterparts (e.g., Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua). 

I also included the Packers here – they roster four startable wideouts and two startable tight ends all under 25 years old, plus an underrated receiving back.

Mid: Lions, Falcons, Texans, Jaguars, Cowboys, Raiders, Browns, Ravens

The Lions have an impressive young group too, albeit a perimeter threat may be needed. The youth movements for the Falcons and Texans are encouraging but I’d like to see healthy seasons from Kyle Pitts and Tank Dell before moving them up the rankings. 

The Jaguars have assembled a myriad of second-to-third-tier options for Trevor Lawrence. The current group is good enough to get by in the regular season, but a true no. 1 would be nice during the playoffs.

CeeDee Lamb and Davante Adams are one-man shows for the Cowboys and the Raiders; the Browns and the Ravens have solid WR1/TE1 combos. 

Weak: Panthers, Steelers, Commanders, Saints, Jets, Broncos, Colts

I liked the recent Diontae Johnson trade for the Panthers, which was previously relying on 33-year-old Adam Thielen to move the chains. The move did leave George Pickens as the only notable wideout on the Steelers. 

Similarly, the Commanders have Terry McLaurin and the Saints have Chris Olave, but their remaining depth charts are worrisome. As exciting as Garrett Wilson and Breece Hall are for the Jets, the options behind them are dire as well. 

The Broncos will be rolling with Courtland Sutton and Marvin Mims after Jerry Jeudy was shipped to Cleveland. The Colts look solid on paper but don’t include any needle-movers. 

Horrid: Patriots, Cardinals, Chargers, Giants

These teams hold picks no. 3, 4, 5, and 6 in the upcoming draft and should consider adding a first-round difference-maker.

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Written by: Gus Logue

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