We all know that the NFL is a passing-dominated league, but aside from having an elite quarterback, teams need to have talent at the wide receiver position to ensure a quality passing attack. Nowadays, teams need more than just one good receiver on the field to effectively move the ball through the air; they need at least two. So let’s take a look at the top-10 wide receiver duos in the NFL heading into the season.
10. Green Bay – Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb aren’t the most conventional wide receiver tandem, but with Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball, those two should work well for the Packers in 2013. If healthy, Nelson can put up well over 1,000 yards receiving, while Cobb could end up being one of the top playmakers in the NFL.
9. Arizona – Larry Fitzgerald should be able to rebound from a sub-par season now that the Cardinals have a competent quarterback in Carson Palmer. Lining up opposite Fitzgerald will be second-year receiver Michael Floyd. After a slow start to his rookie season, Floyd finished 2012 on a high note, and he should be ready to make a big leap in production during his second NFL season.
8. Philadelphia – It’s too early to tell exactly how they’ll be utilized in Philadelphia’s new scheme under Chip Kelly, but DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin will be a talented duo no matter what type of offense the Eagles run. Philadelphia’s situation at quarterback is a little unclear heading into the season, but as long as the Eagles find a way to get the ball to Jackson and Maclin, those two will be able to make plays.
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7. Miami – The addition of Mike Wallace changes everything for the Dolphins. They already had a steady and dependable receiver in Brian Hartline, but now Wallace gives them a vertical threat. Hartline can be the possession receiver on short and intermediate routes, while Wallace will look to make plays down the field, giving Miami two receivers that should complement one another well and form a nice tandem together.
6. Denver – If this list were all about wide receiver trios, Denver would be considerably higher with the addition of Wes Welker, but the duo of Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker isn’t too shabby either. It’s easy to look good with Peyton Manning throwing the ball, but both Thomas and Decker are young and continuing to improve as players, and they’re both prime for a big year in 2013.
5. Tampa Bay – Both Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams are extremely talented receivers and capable of creating big plays. Both are big, strong receivers that can go up and get the ball, and make their quarterback look good.
4. New Orleans – Both Marques Colston and Lance Moore were big reasons why the Saints led the NFL in passing yards last season, with each racking up over 1,000 yards receiving. Drew Brees deserves a lot of the credit, but Colston and Moore are both talented wide outs that deserve a lot of recognition for the success New Orleans has had throwing the ball.
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3. New York Giants – Victor Cruz finally settled his contract situation, and now New York’s dynamic duo will get to stay intact. Hakeem Nicks may be coming off a down season, and dealing with offseason knee surgery, but he and Cruz are a perfect pair together, and with Eli Manning throwing them the ball they are a tough tandem to stop.
2. Dallas – The Cowboys have the benefit of also having a great tight end in Jason Whitten, but wide receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin by themselves are quite a potent duo. Bryant is one of the best wide receivers in football, while Miles Austin nearly eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark last season as the third option behind Bryant and Whitten. Austin and Bryant together are a handful for any defense to deal with.
1. Atlanta – There should be no doubt that the Falcons have two of the top receivers in the NFL, with Roddy White being 1 and Julio Jones being 1A in their passing attack. The two combined for nearly 2,500 yards receiving a year ago, and are a near-unstoppable tandem. White and Jones surely make up the best wide receiver tandem in the NFL.