Ranking the AFC East WR rooms: Where do Garrett Wilson and the NY Jets rank?

Where does the NY Jets' revamped WR room rank in the AFC East?
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3. Buffalo Bills

The depth chart: rookie Keon Coleman, third-year receiver Khalil Shakir, and veteran Curtis Samuel lead the way. Veterans Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Chase Claypool, and Mack Hollins round out the depth chart.

The Buffalo Bills made shockwaves earlier in the offseason shipping off veteran All-Pro receiver Stefon Diggs to Houston. Losing veteran deep threat Gabe Davis doesn't help either. Instead, the Bills rely on youth and versatility to build their wide receiver corps.

Coleman, a 2024 second-round pick, is the biggest unknown and X-factor here. At 6-foot-3, 213 pounds, he profiles as a physical X receiver who can make plays on 50-50 balls. On the flip side, his 4.61 40-yard dash leaves questions as to whether or not he can separate enough at the NFL level.

Shakir is an intriguing young player who came alive during the second half of the season last year. After tallying just 10 catches for 161 yards as a rookie, he hauled in 39 balls for 611 yards in 2023. Shakir posted 31 of his 39 total catches and 536 of his 611 receiving yards from Week 8 on.

Samuel is a veteran slot/gadget receiver who had near league-worst QB play in Washington last season. Still, Samuel is a player who was well below average in average depth of target and YAC per reception in 2023. He's primarily a manufactured touch player, who didn't generate much production after getting the ball in his hands.

Valdes-Scantling and Claypool are similar players in that they are both bigger-bodied vertical receivers. Valdes-Scantling posted his worst year as a pro in 2023 with just 21 catches for 315 yards and one touchdown for a Kansas City team begging for wide receiver production.

Claypool exploded onto the scene as a rookie in 2020 and a sophomore in 2021 with over 59 catches and 860 yards each year. Since then, however, attitude and work ethic concerns have plagued the former second-round pick and he posted the worst season of his career in 2023 with just eight catches for 77 yards for both Chicago and Miami.

All of this leads to a lot of volatility in possible outcomes for the Bills receiver unit. The veterans aren't productive enough to be floor raisers and young players Coleman and Shakir have a ton of talent but haven't proven that they can be go-to wideouts on a contending team in their short careers.

They have the benefit of playing with an elite creator in QB Josh Allen, and if they realize their potential this could be a dangerous unit. However, it's just as likely they don't realize their potential and hold the perennial contenders in Buffalo back.