NFL Offseason Watch: Wide Receivers
NFL Offseason Watch: Wide Receivers

This article is part of our NFL Offseason Watch series.

This year's crop of free agent wideouts may not have looked good on paper, but there's still serious potential for 2016 fantasy breakouts, as most of the top guys signed with teams that already have solid quarterbacks to get them the ball.

Key Acquisitions

Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (five-year, $40 million contract)

The obvious gem of this group, Jones was efficient with limited volume for the Bengals, putting up 8.3 yards per target and a 63-percent catch rate between the 2013 and 2015 seasons, with 14 of his 116 receptions going for touchdowns. Although he doesn't have great size nor speed, Jones also doesn't have any real weaknesses, which makes him effective but not particularly exciting to watch.

Unlike former teammate Mohamed Sanu, the 26-year-old Jones never had a chance to be the featured target in Cincinnati, as A.J. Green's only serious injury occurred in 2014, when Jones missed the entire season with a broken foot.

He obviously won't be able to fully replace Calvin Johnson in Detroit, but Jones should easily top last season's 103 targets, and he has a good shot at his first 1,000-yard season. Given the Lions' lack of pass-catching depth, there should be more than enough targets to around for both Tate and Jones, even if TE Eric Ebron takes a big step forward – which I certainly won't be counting on.

Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons (five-year, $32.5 million)

This might be my least favorite contract of the free-agency period, especially

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Jerry Donabedian
Jerry was a 2018 finalist for the FSWA's Player Notes Writer of the Year and DFS Writer of the Year awards. A Baltimore native, Jerry roots for the Ravens and watches "The Wire" in his spare time.
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