NFL 2 years ago

NFL: Which Team Boasts the Best Wide Receiver Pairing?

  • NFL: Which Team Boasts the Best Wide Receiver Pairing?

    (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

While every NFL franchise boasts a legitimate threat from the wide receiver position, very few can say they have two. The following list will discuss the best wide receiver pairings the league had to offer last season.

New York Jets: Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall

After going 4-12 under Rex Ryan the season prior, the Jets needed to turn things around under maiden head coach, Todd Bowles. The acquisition of Brandon Marshall from Chicago was a masterstroke. The 10-year veteran made an instant impact on offence and, alongside Eric Decker, quickly became a nightmare for even the best defensive backs. In fact, the duo's dominance were a key cog in the Gang Green machine that finished the regular season 10-6. In total, Marshall and Decker had a combined 2,529 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns by season's end, along with the NFL record for the most games in which both receivers manage to score a touchdown (nine). The Jets have inherited one of the tougher schedules for the upcoming 2016 season. Nevertheless, here's hoping this unstoppable pair can continue to produce.

You might also like

Jacksonville Jaguars: Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson

After just two seasons in the NFL, Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson have become one of the most dangerous duos in pro football. Be it a deep pass down the field or an easy hook-route for short gain, quarterback Blake Bortles was spoilt for choice last season as the pair's uncanny height, speed and catching ability left no secondary safe. While Hurns set an NFL record for the longest touchdown streak (seven games), Robinson's 14 receiving touchdowns were  a franchise-high. Together, the pair posted a combined 2,431 receiving yards in the 2015 season. As a result, it's no wonder why both fans and pundits alike are predicting these two to make the same impact in 2016.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant

Were it not for all Bryant's substance-abuse suspensions, this wide receiver pairing could well be the best in the league. Despite missing the first four games of the 2015 season, Bryant still manage to make an impact on offence with 802 yards and seven touchdowns. The greatest impact however was reserved for Antonio Brown. Arguably the league's greatest receiver, Brown finished last season with 1,834 receiving yards, second in this category only to Atlanta's Julio Jones. Fans in Pittsburgh have been dying to see both Bryant and Brown play one full season alongside each other. With Ben Roethlisberger throwing the ball with both power and accuracy, who's to say these two couldn't post a combined 3,000 receiving yards? Unfortunately, following Bryant's year-long suspension for the upcoming campaign it seems their wait will go on. Luckily, Brown can carry the load.

Denver Broncos: Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders

Despite Denver's struggles at the quarterback position, both Thomas and Sanders still managed to put up respectable figures last season. A Pro Bowl tandem in 2014, the dynamic duo had a combined 2,439 receiving yards for 2015. While the Broncos' Super Bowl winning season will forever be remembered for the exploits of their defence, credit must still go to their premier players out wide. However, with Mark Sanchez set to start their Week 1 encounter against the Carolina Panthers, the onus will be on both Thomas and Sanders to deliver the goods once again.

0 0
please wait...