Dukes & Bell: Top 6 Wide Receiver Duos In The NFL This Season
The NFL season is getting closer and closer and as we get ready for Training Camp to start for our Atlanta Falcons we began discussing duos in the NFL this season. First up, top Wide Receiver duos… and we couldn’t agree on a Top 5, so here’s our Top 6.
Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
A prototypical go-to target on third downs and in the red zone, Marshall is among the NFL’s top handful of receivers from the past decade. He was outplayed at times last season by Jeffery, who was a big-play machine en route to finishing second among NFL receivers with 1,521 yards from scrimmage.
Julio Jones and Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
The engine that makes the Falcons’ offense go, Jones was on pace for a monstrous season of 130 receptions and 1,850 yards before October foot surgery. White’s season was ravaged by ankle and hamstring injuries, but he still showed well down the stretch, averaging nearly nine receptions and 100 yards per over the final five games.
Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
Megatron’s greatness is undeniable. He’s been the best in the game for three years running. For the first time, he now has a playmaking sidekick in the underrated former Seahawks receiver. Owner of the NFL’s best drop rate since 2011, Tate also led all eligible receivers in forced missed tackles, yards after the catch per reception and punt-return efficiency last season, per Pro Football Focus.
Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Is Nelson the league’s most undersold superstar? He consistently makes spectacular catches look routine. Now healthy after missing 10 games in 2013, Cobb is not just one of the most versatile offensive weapons but also an elite slot receiver.
Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins
Garcon led the NFL with 113 receptions and finished second only to Demaryius Thomas in yards after the catch. He is one of the rare receivers capable of toasting cornerbacks deep and beating double teams on key third downs. Jackson is more one-dimensional than Garcon, but only T.Y. Hilton and a properly motivated Mike Wallace can match his speed and quickness.
Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
Thomas has led all NFL receivers in passer rating on throws in his direction since Peyton Manning took control of the Broncos’ offense. Welker seemed to take a step back after suffering a pair of concussions in the second half of last season. If Eric Decker was still in Denver, he and Thomas would be higher on this list.