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With Julio Jones gone, who’s the most dangerous receiver the Buccaneers will face in 2021?

With Julio Jones out of the NFC South, there’s a vacancy for Tampa Bay’s biggest receiving threat

NFL: Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won’t see Julio Jones in the 2021 regular season now that he’s been traded to the Tennessee Titans from the Atlanta Falcons.

While Bucs fans everywhere celebrate the departure of the most talented receiver to play in the NFC South in this generation, this now opens the door for new talent to climb to the top of the threat list.

In the division, this could be Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints), D.J. Moore (Carolina Panthers), or even Calvin Ridley (Atlanta Falcons) who ascends to being his team’s top target with Jones moving to Tennessee.

But what about this year alone? Which opposing wide receiver is the biggest threat? I chose three, and I’ll let you chose the best among them.

In alphabetical order they are...

(1) Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills

In his first year with the Bills, Diggs made the Pro Bowl, was a First-Team All-Pro, and helped get his team to the AFC Championship Game. Not bad for an attitude problem with an inaccurate quarterback with better legs than an arm.

Talent-wise, Diggs is one of the most complete receivers in the NFL and can help his team attack in the short, intermediate, and deep parts of the field.

New quarterback, new team, new offense, no preseason, and the poorest excuse for a training camp in the modern NFL era, and all Diggs did was set his career-high in yards by over 400 of them.

NFL: Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

And he did it while catching more than 75% of the passes thrown his way. The second act of this one should be really fun to watch. Except maybe, when he brings his show in front of the Buccaneers.

(2) Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team

Terry McLaurin is the latest Ohio State Buckeyes receiver to outplay his draft position thanks to a combination of his own talent and work ethic along with coaches who know how to accentuate his strengths.

In his first year under Ron Rivera’s staff McLaurin built on his impressive rookie season notching his first career 1,000-yard season and improving his catch percentage despite the fact he played with three different starting quarterbacks in the regular season. One of those being Dwayne Haskins.

This achievement alone shows just how talented McLaurin is, and he’s yet to max out on his potential.

(3) Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears

This was supposed to be the year Allen Robinson finally got free of his poor quarterback streak. Given the opportunity to find a team with a gunslinger worthy of Robinson’s talents, 2021 would be a banner year. Until Chicago slapped a franchise tag on him, further imprisoning one of the league’s best receivers on a team who hasn’t had a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback since 1985 (no, Mitch Trubisky’s replacement selection doesn’t count).

Maybe Justin Fields can improve things for Robinson who somehow still reached 1,000-yards receiving in each of the past two seasons. Even if he doesn’t, Robinson is still deserving of being on this spot on principals alone.


With Julio Jones out of the picture for 2021, which wide receiver is the best one facing Tampa Bay this season?

This poll is closed

  • 87%
    Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills
    (437 votes)
  • 5%
    Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team
    (28 votes)
  • 7%
    Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears
    (35 votes)
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