ESPN critiques AFC North WRs
[B]1. [/B][URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/pit/pittsburgh-steelers"][B]Pittsburgh Steelers[/B][/URL]: The Steelers don't have as strong as a wide receiver group as last year now that [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12601/mike-wallace"]Mike Wallace[/URL] is in Miami. That being said, Pittsburgh still has the best receiver combination in the division. [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13934/antonio-brown"]Antonio Brown[/URL] and [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13295/emmanuel-sanders"]Emmanuel Sanders[/URL] are one of the quickest tandems in the league and fit Todd Haley's short passing attack. Brown should have a career season and Sanders will establish himself as a solid No. 2 receiver. There's a reason New England signed him to an offer sheet. At the No. 3 spot, the Steelers can go with experience ([URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5633/jerricho-cotchery"]Jerricho Cotchery[/URL] and [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/2139/plaxico-burress"]Plaxico Burress[/URL]) or youth (rookie third-round pick [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/15873/markus-wheaton"]Markus Wheaton[/URL]).
[B]2. [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/cin/cincinnati-bengals"]Cincinnati Bengals[/URL][/B]: [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13983/aj-green"]A.J. Green[/URL] is clearly the best wide receiver in the AFC North. There's no one in his class. He has a shot at catching more than 100 passes for 1,500 yards and double-digit touchdowns. There's less of a concern about the No. 2 wide receiver this year, but the Bengals don't have a proven option either. [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14922/mohamed-sanu"]Mohamed Sanu[/URL], a third-round pick from a year ago, caught four touchdowns in three games before getting injured. Still, he had 16 total catches. Cincinnati has potentially better depth than Pittsburgh with [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13958/andrew-hawkins"]Andrew Hawkins[/URL] and [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/15072/marvin-jones"]Marvin Jones[/URL], who could be the biggest surprise in the Bengals' passing game this year.
[B]3. [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/bal/baltimore-ravens"]Baltimore Ravens[/URL][/B]: As I've written repeatedly, the Ravens are going to regret trading [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/4512/anquan-boldin"]Anquan Boldin[/URL]. He never had a 1,000-yard season for Baltimore, but he led the team in receiving yards and clutch catches for three seasons. [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14032/torrey-smith"]Torrey Smith[/URL], who is the second-best receiver in the division, is primed to take over Boldin's No. 1 spot. The question is who steps up at No. 2? [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/10517/jacoby-jones"]Jacoby Jones[/URL], who had 51 catches for Houston in 2010 and made big plays in the postseason, can handle that role but it will take him away from being a full-time returner, which is his bigger strength. Unproven draft picks like [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14190/tandon-doss"]Tandon Doss[/URL] and [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13442/david-reed"]David Reed[/URL] will also have a shot at making an impact.
[B]4. [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/cle/cleveland-browns"]Cleveland Browns[/URL][/B]: The Browns feel more comfortable with their receivers after watching what [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/15705/josh-gordon"]Josh Gordon[/URL] and [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14024/greg-little"]Greg Little[/URL] did last season. But you don't know if Cleveland's top two receivers are going to reach their potential this season because they have a combined three seasons of NFL experience. Gordon flashed big-play ability and Little showed signs of developing into a complementary No. 2 target. The Browns have more established depth than the Ravens after trading for [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/11678/davone-bess"]Davone Bess[/URL] and signing [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13621/david-nelson"]David Nelson[/URL]. Bess will prove valuable on third down. [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/15062/travis-benjamin"]Travis Benjamin[/URL] provides speed on the outside. This group will be even better next season.