It is a great time to be a pass-catcher in the NFL.
Today’s NFL features more and more signal-callers taking the high road to deliver their team’s yards, touchdowns, and highlights. The rules are clearly in favor of the offense with the nit-picky pass interference calls, and the refs eagerness to call defensive holding, offenses have the upper hand by far.
I decided to take a look at which five wideouts I deemed to be the best in the biz right now, based solely on ten weeks of play. Be forewarned that Calvin Johnson Jr. is NOT on this list. I have the utmost respect for the man and his game, but I couldn’t overlook the fact that he was injured and missed a large amount of time.
Drum Roll Please.
- Antonio Brown – AB is lightning in a bottle. Dude is listed at 5-10 186, and can fly. He has some of the fastest feet I have ever seen, in person. Antonio has the rare combination of hands, route-running ability, and can make a small play into a huge one with his YAC ability. Currently, Brown is tops in receptions (79) and yards (1,070), T-4th in TDs (8) , averages 13.5 per catch, and is 2nd in yards per game ( 107).
- Dez Bryant – I personally told Dez that there was no reason that he shouldn’t be the best receiver in the game, before I left the Cowboys (or shown the door, depends on who you ask). Dez is something like a science project. He’s 6-2 200 and is a lot faster than people think. The other thing is that he LOVES to play football. Bryant is T-7th in receptions (56), 9th in yards (793), T-4th in touchdowns (8), averages 14.2 yards per catch, and is 10th in yards per game.
- Jordy Nelson – 6-3 217 lbs, Jordy does benefit from playing with one of the best quarterbacks in the game today, but it seems like Nelson is, week in and week out, catching a go-ball down the sideline then will cut behind the safety and scamper for six. Jordy is the lone participant of my top five to show up on all five categories. He ranks T-7th in receptions (56), 5th in yards (889), T-4th in TDs (8), 5th in avg (15.9 per), and 5th in YPG (98.8)
- T.Y. Hilton – This Florida International product is only 5-9 178, but has earned comparisons to former Indianapolis Colt great, Marvin Harrison. That is high praise, but T.Y. is definitely living up the hype. Hilton is T-7th with Dez and Jordy in receptions with 56. He’s accumulated 951 (3rd ovr) of Andrew Luck’s passing yards while converting three of those into touchdowns. T.Y. is 3rd in avg per reception of receivers with 35+ receptions (16.7 yds), and is 3rd in YPG with 104.1.
Demaryius Thomas – Demaryius is another one of those science projects (6-3 229 and fast!) at the receiver position. Whatever they are doing at Georgia Tech weight room is working with him and Calvin Johnson Jr. both attending the ACC university. DT is 3rd in receptions with 65, and ranks 2nd in yards (1,002). He goes for 15.4 yards per catch (7th), and leads the league in YPG with 111.3. He only has six TDs on the year, but the other Thomas on the Broncos offense leads the league with 12.I have to be honest. If injuries to some of the game’s premier receivers like A.J. Green, and Calvin Johnson Jr, this list could be vastly different. And yes…if I, Anthony Armstrong, were on an NFL roster as off the post, you damn right I’d be number one on that list!
Honorable Mention – Me.
Do you agree with my list? Do you have any other candidates? Let me know in the comments below!