On Second Thought: Wide Receiver Edition

A look at how my thinking about wide receivers has changed over the preseason.

It’s hard to believe we’re a week away from the NFL regular season. After spending more than four months focusing on every bit of minutiae, every tidbit, every coach’s quote, and adjusting our rankings and projections, accordingly, a lot can change from our original expectations. Here’s a quick look at some of the most significant changes from my initial thoughts back in early May.

On Second Thought...


Christian Kirk (ARI) may be a cog in the wheel

I still believe in Kirk’s talent, but I’m left doubting his role. We didn’t see much of Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid in the preseason, by design. But the beat writers have sung the praise – and criticized – a litany of Cardinals receivers this summer. For every Kirk tout, there have been KeeSean Johnson, and Larry Fitzgerald touts; not to mention touts for Andy Isabella, Damiere Byrd, and Trent Sherfield. If we’re so confident in the Air Raid’s translation to the NFL, why aren’t we also open to the idea there won’t be a 120+ target star among the receivers?

Miles Boykin (BAL) should be a priority target in dynasty leagues

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown universally ranked higher than Boykin in dynasty rankings a few months ago, and Brown still has a bright future. But anyone paying attention to Ravens camp noticed Boykin. The former Golden Domer stepped into NFL camp and made it look effortless. He’s fit from Day 1. It’s not clear the Ravens will throw enough this year for any receiver to be a must-start, but Boykin stands to be the odds-on favorite to prove us wrong.

John Brown (BUF) and all the Bills receivers are low-priority options

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