Ranking the seven best wide receivers that will suit up for the Conference Championship Round of the 2021 NFL Playoffs and who will have a huge hand in determining Super Bowl 55.
With Conference Championship games for the 2021 NFL Playoffs that feature arguably the top four quarterbacks in the league, the games also boast elite talent at the receiver position. The Divisional Round saw receivers like Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry bow out of the title chase. But still, huge names remain as the field of four play to represent their conference in February.
In what has been a rather chalk postseason, the four teams still playing were inarguably the four best teams throughout the regular season. In addition to having a stud at quarterback; the Packers, Bills, Chiefs and Buccaneers also have offenses built around elite receiving corps.
Who are the best individual pass-catchers that will take the field on Sunday with a Super Bowl berth on the line, though? Let’s rank the seven best wide receivers suiting up for the AFC and NFC Championship Games.
7. Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills
Season Stats: 82 receptions, 927 yards, 4 touchdowns
Taking a majority of his snaps from the slot for the Bills, Cole Beasley has been Josh Allen’s security blanket all season. Things have slowed for Beasley in the past weeks. He was held to zero catches by Marlon Humphrey and the Ravens in the Divisional Round and comes into this week with an injury designation on his knee.
If he is good to go, however, expect him to take advantage of a more vulnerable slot corner in the Chiefs young defensive back L’Jarius Sneed.
Beasley has been instrumental in the Bills offensive success, especially on third down. For the season, the Bills have converted an average of 47 percent of their third-down opportunities. In the past three games in which Beasley has come in dinged up, their percentage has plummeted to 31 percent. A stark difference and, in a game where keeping Patrick Mahomes on the sideline is the key to success, the Bills will need a healthy Beasley.