Recently, ESPN analyst and former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson was quoted as saying ?I see it as a dynamic combination. What team has two receivers as good as these guys?? No, he isn?t talking about any of the duos that may have just flashed in your head, he is talking about Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco. All I have to say is child please! Maybe 5 or 6 years ago that?d be the case, but let?s get serious for a minute Keyshawn. Ochocinco is 32 years old and Terrell Owens is 36 years old. They aren?t spring chickens anymore and both players have lost a step. Ever since dropping ?Johnson? in August of 2008, Chad hasn?t been the same player. As for Owens, he is coming off of his worst season since 1999, but that is probably a combination of his quarterback situation in Buffalo and a decline in play due to his age. Both of these guys are still solid football players, but far from being the best duo in the NFL.
So naturally, it is my duty to list the top 5 WR duo?s for this season in the NFL. I will not be factoring in future potential past the 2010-11 season, injuries, the player?s quarterback or the other weapons around them.
5. Saints: Marques Colston and Robert Meachem- These are two very talented receivers who complement each other very well. Meachem is a lethal deep threat and Colston is the ultimate possession receiver.
4. Vikings: Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin- Like the Saints duo, Harvin and Rice complement one another very well. Rice has the size and leaping ability to be a threat anywhere on the field, just ask the Dallas Cowboys. Harvin is a great athlete who displays elite speed out of the slot for the Vikings. I expect a marked improvement this season from his offensive rookie of the year campaign last season.
3. Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon- Reggie Wayne is an elite receiver in the NFL. He puts his hard hat on and goes to work every day. He is the most consistent receiver in the game. Garcon is a young up and coming receiver who is a dangerous deep threat. He shined for the Colts in the playoffs last season and I expect his high level of play to continue into this season.
2. Greg Jennings and Donald Driver- These two guys are a quarterback?s dream. They play hard, run great routes, catch every ball thrown in their direction and aren?t the least bit selfish. Neither player is particularly great at any aspect of being a wide receiver but like Reggie Wayne, they show up every day and get the job done.
1. Randy Moss and Wes Welker- In my mind, this duo is as scary as it gets. They are like Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin on crack. Randy Moss is no spring chicken but there is a reason they call him the ?Super Freak.? At 33 years of age, he still has no problem burning DBs deep or just leaping over them to catch a touchdown. Wes Welker is the ultimate slot receiver, he doesn?t have the top end speed of a Percy Harvin but he is quick, shifty and runs precise routes. Both players are matchup nightmares for opposing defenses.
Here are other WR duos I would take over Ochocinco and Owens.
Cowboys: Miles Austin and Dez Bryant
Giants: Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks
Eagles: DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin
Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston
Lions: Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson
Texans: Andre Johnson and Jacoby Jones
Ravens: Derrick Mason and Anquan Boldin
Chargers: Vincent Jackson (ignoring current holdout situation) and Malcom Floyd