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3 Best Pass-Catchers That Could Still Get Shipped at 2019 NFL Trade Deadline

Max Staley
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Established pass-catchers have been traded at a pretty much unprecedented rate this season. Mohamed Sanu was shipped to the New England Patriots, and Emmanuel Sanders got traded to the San Francisco 49ers earlier this week, while household names like Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown found new homes earlier in the offseason.

Due to the increased emphasis on passing, it should come as no surprise that receivers are seemingly in demand more than ever. With that in mind, here are three pass-catchers that could get traded ahead of the 2019 Trade Deadline.

1. O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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O.J. Howard entered the season with a ton of hype, and deservedly so. He was coming off a 2018 campaign that saw him on a 16-game pace to put up 904 receiving yards, and eight TDs while averaging 16.6 yards per reception, which led all tight ends. Unfortunately, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Bruce Arians as their new head coach, and he's seemingly fazed Howard out of the offense. The tight end has seen just 18 targets on the year – a total he topped through five weeks in 2018. With a high-draft pedigree (No. 19 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft), it will reportedly cost a first-round pick to acquire Howard at the deadline. Still, he's undoubtedly one of the most explosive TEs in the NFL, with a rare blend of size and speed, so don't be surprised if a franchise decides to gamble on his talent and make a deal.

2. Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets

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The New York Jets were big spenders in free agency this offseason, signing big names like Le'Veon Bell and C.J. Mosley, but at 1-6, they've underwhelmed so far this season. In fact, after shipping Leonard Williams to the in-stadium rival New York Giants, it looks like the Jets have become sellers at the deadline. And, if they're looking to get the most bang for their buck, WR Robby Anderson could likely get them a nice haul. Anderson can flat-out fly, having run a 4.34 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and he's proven to be a dangerous deep threat. There are no shortage of teams that could use his game-breaking ability, meaning he could be donning another team's jersey later this week.

3. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

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The Cincinnati Bengals have vehemently denied that they're shopping A.J. Green, but it might be time for them to consider moving on from their star WR. At 0-8, the Bengals are going nowhere fast, and adding draft capital is the most logical option for this franchise. Despite his lengthy injury history, Green would still fetch a hefty price on the trade market, and moving him could kick Cincinnati's rebuild into high gear. Green is more than capable of helping a contender right now, having averaged 85.9 receiving yards across eight healthy games in 2018.

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