1. Denver Broncos
Wide Receiver: Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker
Tight End: Joel Dreessen, Jacob Tamme
The Broncos top our list with as all three receivers are likely to pass the 1,000 yard mark in 2013. Each of the three receivers bring something different to the table, Thomas is the ultimate playmaker, Decker excels in the possession receiver role and Welker dominates the slot. There are plenty of balls to go around in Denver and there’s no reason to think any of these guys will get in each others way.
At Tight End, Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme know their roles and they excel at them. No, they will never be stud options, however, they are valuable glue guys in the Broncos offensive attack.
2. Atlanta Falcons
Wide Receiver: Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas
Tight End: Tony Gonzalez, Levine Toilolo (R)
Falcons QB Matt Ryan is blessed to have this devastating trio surrounding him as he enters the prime of his career. It’s no coincidence the Falcons came oh so close to making their second Super Bowl in franchise history last season. White and Jones provide a lethal one-two punch on the outside, while Gonzalez dominates the middle of the field. Atlanta’s corps is a close second on our list to Denver and might be first in some people’s minds.
3. Dallas Cowboys
Wide Receiver: Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Terrence Williams (R)
Tight End: Jason Witten, Gavin Escobar (R)
The Cowboys feature one of the most explosive receivers in the game in Dez Bryant. Still just 24, Bryant is finally starting to live up to hype he came into the league with. Pair Bryant, with the steady Miles Austin and the always reliable Jason Witten and you can see why the Cowboys rank third on our list. Bryant, Austin and Witten combined for 268 receptions, 3364 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2012. Witten set the all-time record of receptions by a Tight End with 110. Quarterback Tony Romo loves to spread the ball around so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Cowboys trio approach these numbers again in 2013.
4. New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver: Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Darren Sproles (RB)
Tight End: Jimmy Graham, Benjamin Watson
New Orleans has been an offensive powerhouse for the last 7 years and that doesn’t look to be coming to an end anytime soon. Quarterback Drew Brees, continues to pick apart defenses year after year to the tune of two straight 5,000 yard seasons and three of the last five. Brees loves to spread the ball around, if your open, Drew will find you. Leading the Saints charge is Wide Receiver Marques Colston and Tight End Jimmy Graham. Colston has passed the 1,000 yard barrier 6 of his 7 seasons in the NFL. Colston is remarkably consistent, he’ll never lead the league in catches or yards but when you need him to make a big play, he usually does.
Joining Colston atop the Saints depth chart is all world Tight End Jimmy Graham. When 85 catches for 982 yards and 9 TDs is a down year, you know your pretty good. Graham will benefit from the return of Head Coach Sean Payton to the sidelines as Payton is the master at getting Graham in advantageous matchups.
An added bonus for this Saints corps is RB Darren Sproles. Even though he isn’t a Wide Receiver, he has to be included on this list, because let’s be honest, Sproles is a Wide Receiver, he just lines up in the backfield.
It should be another explosive year in the Big Easy where points and yards will be plentiful.
T5. New York Giants
Wide Receiver: Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle
Tight End: Brandon Myers, Bear Pascoe
Nicks and Cruz are both explosive weapons that can take it the distance at any time. Over the last two seasons, the duo has combined for 297 receptions, 4512 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Gone is Tight End Martellus Bennett, replacing him is the underrated Brandon Myers, who was 4th in receptions by a Tight End behind Witten, Gonzalez and Graham. Myers is an excellent safety valve and should be a reliable target for Quarterback Eli Manning.
2012 was a down year for Manning and the rest of the Giants offense in general. When at their best, the Giants offense is tough to stop as evidenced by their 2011 Super Bowl run.
T5. Green Bay Packers
Wide Receiver: Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, James Jones
Tight End: Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless
The Packers post three excellent wide outs in Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones. Of the three, Cobb is the most explosive. Cobb burst onto the scene last season after rarely being involved in the offense his rookie year. In 2012, Cobb caught 80 balls for 958 yards and 8 touchdowns and is just scratching the surface as to what he can do with Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback. As great as Cobb was in 2012, Nelson was better in 2011 reaching the end zone 15 times. Jordy was in and out of the lineup in 2012 due to hamstring issues which crippled his stats. Someone had to pick up the slack for the injured Nelson and Greg Jennings who left for the Vikings in the offseason, that person was James Jones who racked up 14 TD’s last year. Jones is entering a contract year so don’t be surprised if he comes close to that TD total again in 2013.
And then there’s Tight End Jermichael Finley. What can you say about this guy other than he looks the part, has all the god given ability, yet, for some reason he has failed to put it together thus far throughout his career. If Finley can ever live up to the hype, the Packers could vault to the top of this list by mid-season. Finley has more than enough motivation to prove his critics wrong as he’s also entering a contract year and will want to cash in before it’s too late.