It was an eventful second week of the 2023 NFL season. We had upsets, breakout and surprise performances and more. As we get ready for Week 3, here is each team’s highest-graded wide receiver from a week ago.
JUMP TO A TEAM:
Buffalo Bills: Gabe Davis — 76.0
Buffalo rebounded after their heartbreaking Week 1 loss with a convincing win over Las Vegas. Davis led the team in receiving with 92 yards. He gained a first down with each catch (tied for fifth), and three of his catches went for 15-plus yards.
Miami Dolphins: Tyreek Hill — 74.2
Tyreek Hill did not match his production from Week 1, but he still moved the chains and scored a touchdown. Hill continues to burn defenders deep. He averaged 13.9 depth yards per target against New England (11th) and ranks fourth in average depth of target through the first two weeks (15.0 yards).
New England Patriots: DeVante Parker — 70.2
Sunday night was a tough one for New England’s receivers. DeVante Parker paced the team with 57 yards and three first downs on six catches. He did his best to make New England’s defense work. Thirty-seven of his yards came after the catch (13th), and 53 came after contact (tied for seventh).
New York Jets: Garrett Wilson — 61.3 Grade
The Jets had an inspiring overtime win against the Bills last week, but they quickly came back to Earth against Dallas. Garrett Wilson was limited to two catches on seven targets and a dropped pass. He did gain over 15 yards each time, including a 68-yard touchdown.
Baltimore Ravens: Nelson Agholor — 88.5
Baltimore was able to stretch the field against the Bengals with Nelson Agholor. He averaged 18.5 yards per target (sixth) and registered two 15-plus-yard gains.
Cincinnati Bengals: Tee Higgins — 81.6
Cincinnati’s passing attack continued to struggle in Week 2, however, Tee Higgins was able to rebound after being shut out in Week 1. Higgins led the Bengals in receiving yards and recorded three explosive gains. He gained six first downs on eight catches and averaged 2.47 yards per route run.
Cleveland Browns: Amari Cooper — 80.5
Last week was a devasting loss for Cleveland. Nick Chubb suffered a season-ending knee injury, and the team continued to struggle to generate anything with its passing game. Amari Cooper led the way Monday night with 90 yards and three 15-plus-yard receptions. Two of his explosive gains came on third-down situations. No other receiver for Cleveland gained over 40 yards.
Pittsburgh Steelers: George Pickens — 78.1
Monday night was equally tough for Pittsburgh’s receivers. Diontae Johnson’s absence was felt, as George Pickens was the only receiver to gain over 15 yards. Pickens recorded an electrifying 71-yard score to put Pittsburgh up in the second quarter. He finished the game averaging 4.23 yards per route run (tied for eighth).
Houston Texans: Nico Collins — 91.4
Nico Collins may have entered a breakout season with CJ Stroud as his quarterback. Collins has led the Texans in receiving through Week 2 (226) and all receivers in receiving grade (90.8) this past week. He also led receivers with three missed tackles forced and five explosive gains. He finished ninth in yards per route run (3.65) and sixth in YAC yards per catch (7.7).
Indianapolis Colts: Josh Downs — 73.9
Josh Downs showcased his playmaking ability against the Texans. Three of his four catches came on third downs, and he converted each one. He also forced two missed tackles on one play.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Christian Kirk — 66.6
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Kansas City was able to contain Calvin Ridley, and Christian Kirk stepped up to the plate. Kirk and Ridley combined for four dropped passes. However, Kirk finished top 10 in yards and receptions in addition to picking up six first downs (tied for fifth).
Tennessee Titans: Chris Moore — 68.7
Tennessee won a thriller against the Chargers in overtime, however, the Titans receivers continued to struggle in Week 2. Moore’s lone catch came at an opportune time with his team trailing by four points late in the fourth quarter. His 49-yard play led to a scoring drive to help Tennessee take the lead.
Denver Broncos: Courtland Sutton — 77.1
Marvin Mims stole the show for Denver, recording two catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in the first half against Washington. Courtland Sutton paced the team for the rest of the game — all seven of his targets came in the second half. He gained three first downs and two explosive plays while leading the team in average depth of target (12.0 yards).
Kansas City Chiefs: Kadarius Toney — 69.7
Jacksonville was able to keep Travis Kelce quiet in his return (26 yards on nine targets) along with the rest of Kansas City’s receivers. Kadarius Toney had a redeeming performance after his disastrous Week 1. He didn’t fill up the stat sheet; however, he caught all five of his targets and gained three first downs. Ball security continues to be a concern. Toney had a fumble in this game after dropping two passes against the Lions.
Las Vegas Raiders: Davante Adams — 79.2
Jakobi Meyers’ absence was felt (81 yards and two scores in Week 1) against the Bills. No other receiver recorded over 25 yards for Las Vegas, making it easier for Buffalo to key in on Davante Adams. Adams was targeted eight times, gained five first downs and turned four of his catches into explosive plays (tied for fourth). Adams has gained nine first downs on 12 catches through the first two weeks of the season.
Los Angeles Chargers: Keenan Allen — 80.7
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Keenan Allen was able to turn nearly every catch into a big play against the Titans. He recorded 5 first downs, 2 touchdowns, and an explosive play on 8 catches. Both of his scores came in the red zone.
Dallas Cowboys: CeeDee Lamb — 77.5
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New York teams have had their hands full trying to cover CeeDee Lamb. Sauce Gardner and DJ Reed were able to limit Lamb to 56 yards, but he was still able to torch the Jets secondary with five explosive plays (tied for first). Lamb finished fifth in receiving yards for the day and was able to pick up seven first downs (tied for second). Lamb has not scored yet this season, however, he has 15 first-down catches and 220 receiving yards (sixth) through the first two weeks.
New York Giants: Jalin Hyatt — 89.9
Hyatt showcased his deep-play ability in the second half of the Giants' comeback win against the Cardinals. Hyatt was shut out in Week 1, but he secured both targets this week and generated big gains with each.
Philadelphia Eagles: DeVonta Smith — 74.0
Minnesota was able to keep AJ Brown quiet (four catches for 29 yards), however, the Vikings gave up big plays to DeVonta Smith, who recorded two explosive gains on four catches, including a 54-yard catch early in the first quarter. Smith led the team in receiving yards for the night and was the only receiver to score a touchdown.
Washington Commanders: Terry McLaurin — 60.8
The Giants weren’t the only team to overcome a large deficit this weekend. Washington’s receiving core struggled once again to get going, but it did get timely scores from tight end Logan Thomas and Terry McLaurin to help spark the team's turnaround. McLaurin’s score was a thing of beauty, as he split the coverage 30 yards downfield and secured the catch over two defenders. McLaurin led all Washington receivers in yards and was the only one to find the end zone.
Chicago Bears: D.J. Moore — 76.9
Chicago’s receiving group continued to struggle against Tampa Bay. DJ Moore led the way with 104 receiving yards. Moore tied for eighth in YAC yards per catch (7.7), three of his six receptions went for 15-plus yards, and he gained four first downs.
Detroit Lions: Amon-Ra St. Brown — 84.9
Seattle’s secondary struggled to keep up pace with St. Brown. He led Detroit in receiving yards and finished fifth among all receivers in yards per route run (3.78). He was also able to pick up two explosive gains.
Green Bay Packers: Jayden Reed — 82.9
Green Bay lost a close game in Atlanta, however, the Packers' young receiving core continues to make plays for the offense. Green Bay came into this game without its top-two offensive weapons in Christian Watson and Aaron Jones but still led this game most of the way. Jayden Reed led the team in targets and responded with three first downs and two touchdowns on four catches.
Minnesota Vikings: Justin Jefferson — 90.0
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Justin Jefferson had a costly fumble near the end of the first half on Thursday night, but he was still able to put together a great game. Philly kept him out of the end zone, but the Eagles still gave up five explosive gains (tied for first) and nine first-down catches (first) to Jefferson.
Atlanta Falcons: Drake London — 78.4
Drake London led Atlanta in receiving yards and catches in its victory over Green Bay. He was also the only Falcons receiver to score a touchdown. London recorded two explosive plays, including a third-and-15 conversion.
Carolina Panthers: Adam Thielen — 80.6
The growing pains continue for Bryce Young and Carolina’s receiving group. The veteran receiver led the way Monday night with a team-high seven receptions and one touchdown. Four of his receptions resulted in first downs, and he recorded one explosive gain.
New Orleans Saints: Chris Olave — 73.4
Chris Olave led the Saints in targets and receiving yards against Carolina. He did not score, but he did record a highlight play with his 42-yard one-hand grab over C.J. Henderson in the third quarter.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans — 85.4
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Mike Evans had a monster game against Chicago. He led all receivers in receiving yards (171) and yards per route run for the week (6.33) while averaging 13.7 YAC yards per catch (third). Evans also tied for fourth with four explosive gains on the day, including a 70-yard play in the second quarter that nearly went the distance.
Arizona Cardinals: Michael Wilson— 71.5
Arizona has lost both of its games to start the season, but the Cardinals have proved to be tougher than many anticipated without Kyler Murray. Arizona shut out the Giants in the first half of Week 2 and made Washington earn an “ugly” win last week. Michael Wilson provided a spark for the offense against the Giants. All three of his receptions went for 15-plus yards, including two that came on third downs.
Los Angeles Rams: Puka Nacua — 83.2
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Puka Nacua has been on a tear to start the season. He leads all receivers in targets (33) and receptions (25) in addition to being second in yards (266) through the first two weeks. Nacua recorded 147 yards (third) against the 49ers. He led the position with 15 catches, including seven first downs (tied for second) and two explosive plays.
San Francisco 49ers: Jauan Jennings — 91.4
The Rams were able to keep San Francisco’s receiving group relatively quiet. Deebo Samuel led the way with 63 yards. Brandon Aiyuk came back to Earth after Week 1 (three catches, 43 yards), and the Rams didn’t allow a touchdown through the air. Jauan Jennings was able to get loose for two explosive plays and finished second on the team with 51 receiving yards.
Seattle Seahawks: Tyler Lockett — 78.4
Tyler Lockett delivered big plays for the passing game in Sunday’s victory over Detroit. He recorded seven first-down catches (tied for second) and was the only Seahawk receiver to find the end zone (two).