Sports debates can be fun and informative if they are constructive. We are seemingly always looking to say what player, what team or which group is the best in their respective games. This time around, the topic is pass-catching units around the league. So are the #Pittsburgh Steelers truly in possession of the NFL’s top wide-receiving corps? There are numerous teams that could stake that claim as well. So we’re going to take a closer look at who quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has the luxury of throwing to and let the readers decide if Mike Tomlin’s club has the top array of #Wide Receivers in the game.

A formidable lineup

When you’re talking about the best wide receivers in the game today, #Antonio Brown is immediately a part of the conversation.

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A sixth-round draft choice by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, the seven-year pro has put up mind-boggling numbers the past four seasons. In 63 regular-season contests dating back to 2013, he’s amassed a combined 481 receptions for 6,315 yards and 43 touchdowns. He’s been named All-Pro three consecutive years and has caught 100-plus passes in four straight seasons. He’s joined by speedster Martavis Bryant, granted he can stay out of trouble and on the field. Bryant stayed out all of 2016 due to a league suspension. When available, he’s one of the game’s biggest deep threats. There’s also Sammie Coates and 2016 rookie Eli Rogers, the latter totaling 48 catches for 594 yards and three touchdowns in ’16.

Late in the year, rookie Demarcus Ayers began to make his presence felt. One-time first-round Oakland Raiders disappointment Darrius Heyward-Bey has found a home in the Steel City.

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In terms of free agency, the Steelers signed Justin Hunter this offseason. The one-time Tennessee Titans performer is a big-play wideout – totaling just 10 catches but for 189 yards and 4 TDs with the Buffalo Bills in 2016. Finally, Pittsburgh used a second-round pick in April on USC wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster.

Other units in the conversation

Yes, you can make a good case for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ wideout corps, but there are obviously other contenders to the “throne.” Thanks to the offseason addition of veteran Brandon Marshall, the New York Giants have a trio that consists of the well-traveled pass-catcher, as well as Odell Beckham Jr. and second-year pro Sterling Shepard. What about NFL MVP Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons and targets such as Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Taylor Gabriel and Justin Hardy? Of course, there’s quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers –featuring Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Jeff Janis and emerging Geronimo Allison.

And are Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the mix with reliable Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and newcomer Brandin Cooks? The truth is that there are a lot of teams with stacked wideout units. It’s the way of the passing game in the NFL these days. Are the Steelers first when it comes to this area of a team? Let the discussion continue.