Rankings: Who is the best wide receiver in the AFC East?

Stefon Diggs Buffalo Bills
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Kendrick Bourne New England Patriots Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Kendrick Bourne New England Patriots Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /

9th best receiver in the AFC East: Kendrick Bourne

2021 was Kendrick Bourne’s first season in New England, and he had a solid all-around year statistically. He ranked second on the Patriots in receiving yards, 66 yards behind Meyers, while seeing 56 fewer targets. He also added 125 yards rushing on 12 attempts.

Look for Bourne to wind up second on the depth chart, a place he may not stay for long given the injury history of the player who will likely be Mac Jones’ primary target.

8. Jamison Crowder

Jamison Crowder was the leading receiver for the Jets in 2019 and 2020, during a time when New York ranked in the bottom three in the league in receiving yards. After catching passes from Alex Smith, Sam Darnold, and Zach Wilson over the last three years, he’ll be a part of a high-powered offense in Buffalo having signed a one-year deal with the Bills this offseason.

Crowder will likely end training camp as the third wide receiver on the depth chart, but that should be enough to make him one of the better pass catchers in the AFC East. Don’t be surprised to see him higher on this list next year.

7. Gabriel Davis

Gabriel Davis finished with just the fifth-most receiving yards of any Bills player in 2021, but he averaged the most yards per reception (15.7) and had the third-most touchdowns (6) of any pass catcher.

He’ll receive more opportunities this coming season with Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders both gone, and his familiarity with Josh Allen should help him beat out Crowder for the number 2 spot on Buffalo’s depth chart.