Heading into the 2020 NFL season with the COVID-19 pandemic still a factor, it’s making teams change their approach a little to the season. One key for every team as they head into the season is to have strong depth in key positions. If a player or two tests positive for the coronavirus, the league isn’t going to shut down; the team is just going to need to find a way t0 replace that player. There are some teams who are in good shape if they lose a wide receiver or two, but there are other teams who are going to be in bad shape if that happens. Let’s take a look at the five NFL teams with the worst wide receiver depth entering the 2020 season.
Honorable Mention – Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings don’t quite make the list because they very well could turn out to have depth, but right now, there are a lot of question marks. After trading away Stefon Diggs, the Vikings have Adam Thielen, but after that there are a lot of question marks. The team signed Tajae Sharpe and drafted Justin Jefferson. If both guys have big seasons, the Vikings have the depth — but that’s a big question mark. The Vikings also have Bisi Johnson and Chad Beebe who need to step up.
5. Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers basically begged for the Packers to improve the wide receivers corps this offseason through the draft, but they didn’t do that. This was one of the most loaded draft classes ever in terms of wide receivers, and the Packers came away with a grand total of zero. The Packers did bring in Devin Funchess, but who knows how big of an impact he will really have.
The team still has Devante Adams and Allen Lazard — who showed some flashes last season — but outside of that, there are a whole lot of question marks.
4. New York Jets
Gone is Robby Anderson from the New York Jets, which leaves a whole lot of question marks for this team. The Jets have Breshard Perriman and Jamison Crowder still on the roster, but neither of these guys are real true number one receivers. The Jets did select Denzel Mims with the 59th overall pick in the draft, but at Baylor he was inconsistent. He showed flashes at times, but there were other times he struggled. Even if he steps up in a big way, this is a team that lacks depth.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars overall as a team don’t have a lot of depth on their squad, and wide receiver is one of the positions that is going to be in big trouble if they lose a player or two. D.J. Chark Jr. was the best wide receiver for the Jaguars during the 2020 season The team also have Chris Conley and Dede Westbrook back from last year’s team. The team also brought in Laviska Shenault Jr. in hopes he can turn into a number one, but that could be a few years down the road. With a young quarterback like Gardner Minshew, it’s important to have good wide receivers, something the Jaguars don’t have.
2. New England Patriots
Last season, the New England Patriots didn’t surround Tom Brady with a lot of strong talents, and trading for Mohamed Sanu didn’t work out too well. Brady is gone and Jarrett Stidham is now the quarterback, but the Patriots still haven’t surrounded him with a lot of talent outside. Julian Edelman is still strong, but it’s clear that Sanu has taken a step back. N’Keal Harry was a first-round draft pick last season, but last year was filled with struggles. Marquise Lee is also on the Patriots’ roster, but he seems to be another guy who is on the downswing of his career. A young quarterback wants targets, and the Patriots would have been smart to try and get a superstar out wide.
Trading for a guy like Stefon Diggs would have made a whole lot of sense.
1. Washington Redskins
The team with the worst wide receiver depth is the Washington Redskins, which is bad news for Dwayne Haskins. Terry McLaurin looked like a star during his rookie season, but outside of him, there are a whole lot of question marks. The Redskins did bring in Cody Latimer to help improve the wide receiver corps, but after that, there are a whole lot of question marks.
Kevin Harmon and Steven Sims did show some flashes during the 2019 season, but they were inconsistent. It’s a lot of question marks for these wide receiving corps in 2020.