10. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle is loaded at receiver, with Mike Williams, Sidney Rice, Ben Obomanu, Doug Baldwin, Deon Butler and Golden Tate all making big contributions to the passing game. Tight ends Zach Miller and Kellen Winslow will have to fight for targets with an offense this loaded.
9. Chicago Bears
Chicago made it a point to add weapons at receiver, and they hit a home run. Brandon Marshall, Eric Weems and rookie Alshon Jeffery will give the corps a new look in 2012. Tight end Kellen Davis should see his opportunities double with Mike Martz gone.
8. New York Giants
Losing Mario Manningham will hurt, but the Giants still have Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. By adding tight end Martellus Bennett, the Giants have a big target for Eli Manning in the red zone and someone to draw coverage off the edges. If rookie Rueben Randle plays up to his potential, the New York passing game has a chance to be Top 5 in 2012.
7. Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson is most of the reason for Detroit's ranking here, but the rest of the cast is pretty good too. Brandon Pettigrew is an underrated tight end who should put up big numbers this fall. The help at receiver is respectable and loaded with potential if Titus Young and Ryan Broyles play up to their ceilings.
6. Kansas City Chiefs
This may be a surprise pick to some, but Kansas City is loaded. Dwayne Bowe is a true No. 1, and Jonathan Baldwin is a second-year player ready to explode onto the scene. Add in Steve Breaston, Dexter McCluster and Devon Wylie, and the depth chart at receiver looks great. Now mention Tony Moeaki and Kevin Boss at tight end, and the KC passing game looks nasty.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers
Getting Mike Wallace signed is a major key to this ranking, but even outside of Wallace the roster is stacked. Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders are solid first and second options, Jerricho Cotchery is an underrated veteran, and the tight ends—starting with Heath Miller—add more options for Ben Roethlisberger to make plays.
4. San Diego Chargers
The Chargers lost Vincent Jackson to free agency, but they responded by reloading at an incredible rate. Philip Rivers can now choose between incumbents Vincent Brown and Malcom Floyd, but also newcomers Robert Meachem, Eddie Royal and Roscoe Parrish. Oh, and they still have future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates at tight end.
3. San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco passing game was hot and cold in 2011, but if that happens in 2012, it won't be because of a lack of talent at receiver or tight end. The 49ers added Randy Moss, Mario Manningham and A.J. Jenkins to complement Michael Crabtree. Toss in stud tight ends Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker for good measure, and Alex Smith has no excuses for anything but an amazing year.
2. Green Bay Packers
It probably helps that Aaron Rodgers is throwing to these guys but, holy smokes, the Packers are loaded at receiver. Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones are the best top five at the position in the game. Tight ends Jermichael Finley, Tom Crabtree and Andrew Quarless all bring matchup problems to the table as well, with Finley being a major factor in getting Jennings and Co.
1. New England Patriots
If it weren't for their two amazing tight ends, New England wouldn't be this high—or even close. But they do have Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez at tight end, and that makes a big difference. Wes Welker continues to defy scouting logic by tearing apart defenses with short catches for big gains. Adding Brandon Lloyd and bringing back Donte Stallworth should open up the outside game, making Tom Brady's passing attack even more impossible to defend.