NFL’s Best Wide Receivers
With the retirement of Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, the title of best Wide Receiver is up for grabs. While reaching a consensus on this topic is all but impossible, the following five wideouts are at least worthy of consideration. I’ve also taken a look at top running backs and the best quarterbacks.
1. Odell Beckham Jr. -New York Giants – The hype, the hair, the one-handed grab. Last season’s nonsense with Josh Norman nonwithstanding Beckham Jr. might just be the top wideout in the game. Sure, it does not hurt that he plays in New York but it is also hard to argue with last season’s numbers, 96 catches for over 1400 yards and 13 Touchdowns, all while being keyed on by every defense.
2. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – While an eyebrow or two might be raised placing Hopkins this high, they truly shouldn’t be. Hopkins had 111 catches last season for over 1500 yards and 11 touchdowns all while shall we say not getting the best in quarterback play, and not having Arian Foster healthy to take some of the pressure off him. Imagine what Hopkins will be able to do if Brock Osweiler turns out to be the Quarterback the Texans think is worth 18 million per year, opposing defenses shutter at this very thought.
3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – Simply put, Julio Jones is a beast. While it can be argued that he benefits from playing in a controlled environment for half of his games, what cannot be argued is that from a pure production standpoint there is anyone better. Last season Jones simply caught 136 passes (no that is not a misprint) for nearly 1,900 yards and 8 touchdowns. While it is unlikely the he duplicates those numbers, if anyone is up to the gargantuan task, it’s Jones.
4. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers – Julio Jones was not the only NFL Receiver to catch 136 passes last year, the Steelers Antonio Brown did so as well. Brown’s value to the Steelers cannot be overstated. Think about this, if Brown had not been knocked out by Vontaze Burfict in the AFC Wild Card round last year and missed the divisional round, the Steelers very well might have beaten the Broncos and Cam Newton might have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. While one can never be quite sure, Brown’s impact is a sure thing. I think they return to the playoffs this season.
5. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – Simply put, A. J. Green is an amazing Wide Receiver. Whether catching passes from Andy Dalton or AJ McCarron, all Green does is produce and as was once said about Cris Carter, score touchdowns. Green has 45 in just 5 years in the league. If Cincinnati is to ever take the next step and win a playoff game, it will surely come on Green’s shoulders.
June 14, 2016 / sportiwoda /