By Joseph Zbytek
Why have one great wide receiver, when you can have two? This seems to be the case for a handful of teams lately. Number two receivers can look like number one receivers and vice versa.
How do you know who is the true number one receiver on the team? Well for some these teams, you just don’t. These receivers are getting the ball spread evenly and are acquiring similar stats.
So who has the best duo in the NFL?
- Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns
The “A-Team” from the Jacksonville Jaguars were marvelous last season. Robinson hauled in 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Hurns caught 64 balls thrown his way for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns. These two Allens were dynamic together and quarterback Blake Bortles is thrilled to have them on his team. On NFL Network, Bortles made an appearance on NFL HQ and was asked about the duo.
“A-Rob is obviously the guy that can go downfield, jump and make the big play while Hurns is Mr. Reliable. He doesn’t drop a whole lot of balls and is always in the right place at the right time.” Bortles said.
These two receivers compliment and feed off of each other. Robinson’s playmaking is exceptional and Hurns’ dependability and consistency will give opposing defenders a run for their money during the upcoming seasons.
- Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker
This duo from the New York Jets were superb during the 2015 season. Marshall lead the team with 109 receptions, 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns. Decker nabbed 80 catches with 1,027 yards with 12 touchdowns.
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They set a new NFL record last year with the most games in which teammates caught one or more touchdowns passes with eight. The record was held by Randy Moss and Chris Carter in 1998 with seven.
Marshall and Decker are both veterans that have played for multiple teams. They know the system, they know how things work, and how to get open.
If the Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick can come to an agreement on a contract, then expect these two receivers to put up elite numbers again for years to come.
- Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb
In the beginning of the 2015 season, Jordy Nelson had suffered a season-ending ACL tear. With a full year to recover from his injury, he is ready to make a splash this upcoming season.
In 2014, Nelson had 98 receptions for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns. Randall Cobb caught 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. In that season they clearly established themselves as the best wide receiver duo in the game.
Does it help that these wideouts on the Packers have one of the best quarterbacks in the league? Yes. Aaron Rodgers is more than happy to have two superstar receivers to throw to. As long as both of these two receivers can stay healthy, then the NFC North is going to have a consistent division contender each and every year.