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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1. Miami Dolphins

The depth chart: all-world receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle lead the way. Veterans Odell Beckham Jr., River Cracraft, former Jets wideout Braxton Berrios, and rookie Malik Washington round out the unit.

Hill is a top-three receiver in the game today. His blazing speed makes him a threat to beat defenses in a variety of ways. He's posted back-to-back 1,700+ receiving yards seasons and last year led the league in touchdowns with 13. Simply put, his speed makes him a nightmare to cover and a threat to score every time he gets the ball in his hands.

Waddle is another speed demon who would be a No. 1 receiver on many teams. He's started his career with three straight 1,000+ receiving yard seasons and led the league in 2022 in yards per reception with 18.1. One wonders how much more productive he'd be if Hill wasn't taking on so much volume.

That duo might be the best in the league. They also play in a scheme that emphasizes yards after the catch which makes their speed that much more deadly.

Following them up is Odell Beckham Jr. No longer a true No. 1 receiver, Beckham still has enough juice to produce in a more limited role as long as he stays healthy. Last season with Baltimore he caught 35 balls for 565 yards which was good for 16.1 yards per catch proving he can still make plays downfield.

Former Jet Braxton Berrios serves as the fourth receiver. As Jets fans know, that's a role he's suited for where schemed touches and gadget plays can allow his shiftiness in the open field to shine. If forced into a bigger role, however, his limitations begin to show.

Cracraft is a typical depth receiver. Never tallying more than nine catches in a season and now soon to be 30 he's nothing to write home about.

The real X-factor is rookie Malik Washington. At just five-foot-8 he's in the third percentile for height among receivers, but his 42.5-inch vertical is in the 98th percentile. That corresponds with his Virginia tape where he often made contested catches that receivers his size have no business making.

With some decent speed and YAC ability, he fits nicely with what Miami wants to do with their passing attack. Again the normal rookie caveat applies, but he could rise up the depth chart and supplant Beckham, Berrios, and Cracraft in the pecking order.

Miami's receiver corps doesn't have the variety that of the Jets, but the talent and pure speed as well as picture-perfect scheme fit make them the clear preseason number one unit. That could change with injuries or ineffectiveness further down the depth chart, but for now, the receiver crown resides in Miami.