AFC North Positional Rankings: Wide Receiver

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May 26, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) during OTAs at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

2. Cincinnati Bengals

WR1: A.J. Green (1st among WR1’s)

WR2: Marvin Jones (2nd among WR2’s)

Other receivers: Mohamed Sanu, Denarius Moore

TE1: Tyler Eifert

TE2: Tyler Kroft

A.J. Green, in my eyes, is the best receiver in the AFC North; Marvin Jones is two seasons removed from a 10-touchdown season and Mohamed Sanu is a solid slot receiver. Tyler Eifert has the most potential of any AFC North tight end, and Tyler Kroft is a great blocker who has pass-catching ability to compliment. However, the Cincinnati Bengals do not have the best receiving corps in the AFC North; that title belongs to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Jun 16, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) makes a catch during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

A.J. Green is the most explosive receiver in the AFC North and has physical gifts that Antonio Brown cannot match. Green is one of the NFL’s only elite receivers who does not owe anything to his quarterback; Green puts up incredible numbers despite over 30 percent of the passes coming his way being uncatchable. Green can run almost any route, he can take the top off of a defense and he is one of the most consistent receivers in the NFL. The Bengals’ success is dependent on Green’s performance, and Cincinnati needs to sign him before the preseason ends so his contract will not be an issue in the regular season.

Marvin Jones is one of the Bengals’ most underrated players, but he will have to prove that he can stay healthy in the 2015 season. Jones recorded 710 receiving yards along with his 10 touchdowns in 2013, so if he can match that production in 2015, the Bengals could end up boasting the best receiving corps in the division. But for now, Jones is still dealing with injuries that are causing slowing his progression. Jones is a quality receiver, but he needs to prove it this season or Cincinnati will let him walk in free agency.

Mohamed Sanu was the Bengals’ most polarizing player in 2014. He made progress as a receiver (and as a passer), but his production only came when he was Cincinnati’s primary receiver. With Jones and Tyler Eifert coming back from injuries this season, Sanu will need to prove that he is reliable as a secondary weapon rather than as the only serviceable target on the field. Sanu has talent, but like Jones, he will need to prove that he is valuable to Cincinnati in order to earn a new deal; otherwise, the Bengals will let him walk as well.

Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft, like the Ravens’ aforementioned tight ends, are relatively inexperienced. Effect, like Maxx Williams, is a first-round pass-catching tight end, while Kroft, like Crockett Gillmore, is a third-round tight end who is more of a pass-blocker than a pass-catcher. It will be interesting to see which tight end duo has more success in 2015.

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