Nov 30, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) reacts after he scored a touchdown with wide receiver Brandon Tate (19) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
This preseason positional ranking series will focus on the AFC North, looking at each position and where each team stands in comparison with its rivals. We’ve looked at each team’s quarterbacks and running backs, so now we will rank the division’s pass-catching committees.
Although the AFC North is a run-first division, it is still a division chock-full of talented receivers and tight ends. With elite receivers like A.J. Green and Antonio Brown, young up-and-comers like Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant and Taylor Gabriel and high-potential tight ends like Tyler Eifert and Maxx Williams, the AFC North boasts several exciting playmakers who should make some big plays in the upcoming season.
AFC North receivers and tight ends come in a wide variety. Cincinnati prefers tall pass-catchers like A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert. Pittsburgh and Baltimore like speedy receivers like Antonio Brown, Steve Smith Sr. and Martavis Bryant. Cleveland has a balance of veterans and youth with players like Dwayne Bowe and Taylor Gabriel.
But despite each team’s preference, only one team can claim the title of the AFC North’s best pass-catching team. Which team has earned that title?