The wide receiver position has become one of the most versatile positions in the NFL. The wide receiver position also features some of the best athletes and talents in the league. Guys like Julio Jones, Davantae Adams, Amari Cooper, and many more are running rampant in the NFL nowadays.
There are also some dynamic duos at wide receiver across the NFL as well. Some examples, Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb in Dallas, the newly formed AJ Brown and Julio Jones in Tennessee, or even DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett in Seattle. So, with all of these great talents, the best thing now would be to make a top-five ranking of them right? Let’s check it out.
1.) Tennessee Titans: Julio Jones and AJ Brown
The newly formed duo of AJ Brown and Julio Jones in Tennessee should immediately hold the number one spot. Julio Jones is in the conversation for one of the greatest receivers of the 2010s and rightfully so. Jones posted 1,000-yards receiving for six consecutive seasons and has wreaked havoc on defenses. Obviously, the worry for Jones is his durability after playing seven games in 2020. However, when he is healthy, Jones is elite, plain and simple.
Jones counterpart in AJ Brown is no joke on the field as well. Brown has posted two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in his only two years in the NFL. Brown has emerged as one of the best receivers in the NFL and now has someone to share the workload with.
If Brown can cut down on dropped passes and Jones can stay healthy, this Titans offense is going to be fun to watch. The Brown and Jones duo will make this Titans team a favorite to play for a Super Bowl, which easily puts them at the number one spot.
2.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Chris Godwin and Mike Evans
This duo could definitely make a case for the best duo if they are both fully healthy. 2020 was not an ideal season for both Evans and Godwin as both missed some time from injuries.
In 2019, the two of them combined for 2,500 yards and have emerged as some of the best receivers in the game today. Both guys bring athletic ability and route running that can compete with any defensive back. It is also noteworthy that both guys are still in their prime and will be big pieces of any offense for many years to come.
Until the two of these guys are split up, the Tampa Bay offense features some dynamic wide receiver talent. If Godwin and Evans are healthy and producing, this Tampa offense is fun to watch. Godwin and Evans will definitely look to bring home another Super Bowl in 2021.
3.) Seattle Seahawks: DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett
This duo comes in at number three, but it is a rather close choice between the duo that comes after them. Metcalf and Lockett come in at this spot based on their already electric chemistry on the field. Only two teams featured dual 1,000-yard receivers in 2020, the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers.
Metcalf has ultimately cemented himself as an elite young talent after nearly eclipsing 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns. Lockett himself has accumulated over 3,000 yards and 18 touchdowns since 2018 and has become one of Russell Wilson’s number one options.
Metcalf has not shown weak points yet, and Lockett has been considered inconsistent at points, but overall this duo deserves this spot. Until Metcalf shows a downside and Lockett has a “bad season”, this duo will keep the Seahawks in contention for sure.
4.) Minnesota Vikings: Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen
Mike Zimmer has been blessed with a couple of good receiver cores in recent seasons. After the duo of Stefon Diggs and Thielen split up, Minnesota hit the jackpot with rookie sensation Justin Jefferson.
Thielen has remained one of the most consistent receivers in the league despite a drop in yards, but when the guy who shared those yards is Jefferson, no reason to worry. Jefferson in his rookie season finished top three in a few categories, and only dropped 4.3 percent of his passes.
The reason this duo comes in below Metcalf and Lockett is simply that Jefferson needs to have a solid sophomore season to move up this list. While Jefferson’s rookie campaign was more than enough to solidify him as a top receiver moving forward, I need to see identical production in year two.
5.) Buffalo Bills: Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley
Stefon Diggs in 2020 was easily the best receiver and I don’t think it was even close. It used to be rare that the best receiver in the NFL has a true number two guy behind him. However, today’s NFL seems to welcome the duo threat, and Diggs and Beasley are one of those duos.
Beasley was a solid receiver with a near 1,000-yard season to compliment Diggs in his NFL leading year in receptions (127) and yards (1,535). While this duo is not the typical duo where both eclipse 1,000 yards in a season, this is mostly a featurette for Diggs with Beasley as the supporting role. Beasley does, however, help this duo into the top five considering how much Diggs produced in 2021, but yet Beasley had a solid year too.
Honorable mentions: Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb (Dallas Cowboys), DJ Moore and Robby Anderson (Carolina Panthers), Keenan Allen and Mike Williams (Los Angeles Chargers), and Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods (Los Angeles Rams)
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