All four teams in the AFC North attempted to upgrade their receiving core this off-season. This past week the Cincinnati Bengals signed receiver Terrell Owens, which some analysts say gives the Bengals’ offense an edge in the division. This brings up a good question: Who has the best receiving core in the AFC North? Here’s a look at each team’s receivers, including tight ends.
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David Reed (rookie)
Todd Heap, TE
The team added Anquan Boldin and Donte Stallworth along with resigning Derrick Mason in the off season. In addition, the team drafted rookie receiver David Reed and two tight ends in the draft. If reports are accurate, rookie tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta will be factors in the offense. Dickson has been practicing with the first team offense. Todd Heap is finally healthy which is huge for the offense.
The Big Question:Much may fall on Donte Stallworth, can the speedy receiver give the offense the much needed vertical threat?
Overall: The team improved from last year with acquiring Boldin and has some serious depth at both wide receiver and tight end position.
Jordan Shipley (rookie)
Jermaine Gresham, TE (rookie)
There were questions going into the offseason about the receiving core for the Bengals. The team got busy and added Antonio Bryant and recently signed Terrell Owens. They also drafted WR Jordan Shipley and tight end Jermaine Gresham, arguably the top prospect at his position.
The Big Question: Can Antonio Bryant fill the void left by T.J. Houshmandzadeh? How does the T.O. experiment work?
Overall: This is solid group and will pose match up problems for opponents. They’ve added some outstanding excellent talent in free agency and the draft. Jermaine Gresham gives QB Carson Palmer a weapon at the tight end position–something they didn’t have last year.
Antwaan Randle El
Antonio Brown (rookie)
Emmanuel Sanders (rookie)
Heath Miller, TE
The big news was trading away their number one playmaker Santonio Holmes to the Jets. The team added Arnez Battle and Antwaan Randle El along with rookie Antonio Brown and Emmanual Sanders. Second year player WR Mike Wallace may be emerging as the teams biggest threat.
The Big Question: Who fills the void left by Santonio Holmes?
Overall: WR Hines Ward and TE Heath Miller still gives this unit has capable playmakers.
Joshua Cribbs, WR/KR
Bobby Engram, WR
Mohammed Massaquoi, WR
Brian Robiskie, WR
Carlton Mitchell, WR (rookie)
Joel Gamble, TE
The Browns were active to some extent picking up veteran Bobby Engram and drafting WR Carlton Mitchell. It seems they are counting on Joshua Cribbs and the younger receivers in Mohammed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie to step it up.
The Big Question: Will Mohammed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie provide enough production for the offense.
Overall: On paper this receiving core doesn’t strike too much fear into the hearts of their opponents.
Players in Bold = Veteran acquisitions