It's been over a week since the last fanpost! So I had to do something.
Let's have a look at the main receivers from the opponents who we will be facing this season. I've listed the players who I felt were the most notable guys on each team, to give us a flavour of what we'll be up against. A pessimist might say "Get used to these names - because you'll be hearing them called a lot." Hopefully that's not the case....anyway, here they are (all wide receivers, unless listed as tight end):
Titans: Robert Woods / Treylon Burks / Nick Westbrook-Ikhine / Tight end: Austin Hooper
Panthers: DJ Moore / Robbie Anderson / Terrace Marshall
Cowboys: Lamb / Gallup (recovering from ACL injury) / Jalen Tolbert / James Washington / Tight end: Schultz
Bears: Darnell Mooney / Byron Pringle / Tight end: Cole Kmet
Packers: Lazard / Christian Watson / Sammy Watkins / Tight end: Robert Tonyan
Ravens: Rashod Bateman / Devin Duvernay / Tight end: Mark Andrews
Jaguars: Christian Kirk / Marvin Jones / Zay Jones / Tight end: Engram
Seahawks: Lockett / Metcalf / Tight end: Noah Fant
Texans: Brandin Cooks. I have honestly not heard of the other wide receivers and tight ends listed as starters for the Texans.
Lions: Amon-Ra St. Brown / DJ Chark / Tight end: Hockenson
Commanders: McLaurin / Dotson / Samuel / Tight end: Logan Thomas
Eagles: DeVonta Smith / A.J. Brown / Tight end: Goedert
Vikings: Jefferson / Thielen / Tight end: Irv Smith
Colts: Michael Pittman / Tight end: Mo-Alie Cox
I began this fanpost with the feeling that I was going to find a terrifying list of opposing receivers, and was preparing to write something about how we should shade safety help to Aaron Robinson's side and drop all defenders possible into coverage to avoid getting constantly burned on long passes. However, I've found that there are plenty of no-name WRs out there. Perhaps the coaches can take different strategies depending on who we're playing: we should be to play a lot of Martindale's man-to-man coverage, blitz-heavy schemes against the weaker receiving units like the Texans, Colts or Bears; then, when we play teams like the Eagles and Vikings who have strong receiver corps, we could go for my initial tactic of flooding the defensive backfield, lots of cover-2 and cover-3, lots of plays where we only rush four guys. I think Washington could be very good as well.
I know it's the 2nd outside cornerback that we're all worried about, but Adoree' Jackson could face problems as well. Let's take the example of the Eagles: if we're double-teaming the guy on Robinson's side, that could leave Jackson one-on-one with the other WR (Smith or A.J. Brown); we don't want to leave him there without a safety around.
By the way, I also noticed that the Lions have a backup wide receiver called Kalil Pimpleton.
Just a starting point for discussion.