Ranking the Best AFC East Wide Receivers After Bills Trade Stefon Diggs

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Tyreek
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Tyreek / Jim Rassol / USA TODAY NETWORK / USA
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3. Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins

There are not many NFL teams that wouldn't be happy to have Jaylen Waddle as their WR1, but the Miami Dolphins have the luxury of Waddle being their second best wideout.

Even playing second fiddle to someone we'll see later in this list, Waddle has three straight 1,000-yard seasons to star this career, having turned 251 receptions into 3,385 yards (13.5 per reception) and 18 touchdowns.

At 25 years old the best is probably still yet to come for Waddle, and in a couple years we could see him flip spots with the other Dolphin on this list.

2. Garret Wilson, New York Jets

Even younger and even better than Waddle, Garret Wilson has 2,145 yards on 178 receptions with 7 touchdwons across his first two seasons, and he's just 23 years old.

It's not like Waddle has been catching passes from a superstar, but Wilson's also been doing it with a significantly worse quarterback situation. Even the most ardent Tua haters would dream of saying they'd rather have a mix of Zach Wilson, Trevor Siemian, Tim Boyle, Joe Flacco and Mike White than Tua Tagovailoa.

If Aaron Rodgers is 100%, 2023 will be a true breakout year for Wilson, who could be a legitimate threat to lead the NFL in receiving.

1. Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins

You didn't click on this list without assuming Tyreek Hill was coming in at No. 1. There's some debate around whether he's the best wide receiver in the NFL, but none of that debate is because of other receivers in the AFC East. Even Stefon Diggs wasn't on Hill's level in 2023.

Hill was not only PFF's top-graded AFC East receiver last year ()93.8 receiving grade, 934 overall grade), but he was also No. 1 among all wide receivers in both measures. No other WR even hit 92.0.

Anyone who thought it was Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid making Hill look so good in KC has been proven clearly wrong, as he's turned in an almost unfathomable 3,509 yards in just 33 games since then. The next highest mark in that time is CeeDee Lamb's 3,108 then AJ Browns' 2,952. They've each also played 34 games in that stretch, compared to Hill's 33.