In today’s NFL, the quarterback, and his receivers chemistry have never been more important. The passing attack simply rules the game right now and teams have realized this. From veteran duos to newly formed ones, here are my top five QB-WR duos heading into the 2018 season.
1. Ben Roethlisberger & Antonio Brown – This one shouldn’t surprise you. Antonio Brown has been the leagues best receiver for a couple of years now and Big Ben is looking to prove he has multiple playing years left in him. This duo lit defenses up last season and this season could be even more explosive.
2. Deshaun Watson & DeAndre Hopkins – We may not have been able to see these two play an entire season together, but what Watson and Hopkins accomplished in that short time was incredible. Having a 104.1 passer rating when targeting Hopkins, Watson quickly formed a lethal chemistry with his top WR. 2017 was just a tease for what I believe these two will showcase this upcoming season.
3. Matt Ryan & Julio Jones – These two might have struggled last season, but don’t expect their slump to carry over into 2018. Last season, we witnessed an Atlanta team adjusting to a brand new offense. However, Ryan and Jones were still one of the leagues most dominant duos. Now that they have gotten more comfortable in the new system, expect this duo and Atlanta’s offense to put up much more TD’s this season.
4. Tom Brady & Julian Edelman – They aren’t the flashiest duo in the world, but they are certainly one of the deadliest. The Patriots offense took quite a blow last season when Edelman went down with a season-ending injury. That still somehow didn’t stop Brady and the Patriots from reaching the Super Bowl. I’m expecting these two to do a great deal of damage to opponents in 2018.
5. Drew Brees & Michael Thomas – It is about time to truly recognize this duo. Michael Thomas has grown into one of the NFL’s elite receivers since being drafted in 2016. Having Drew Brees tossing the rock obviously helps, but Thomas has proved he isn’t just another product of Brees. His ability to get open is absurd. In last season’s Wild Card Round, Thomas made Carolina’s defense look silly, putting up 131 yards on just 8 catches. These two are a couple of the leagues most fun players to watch because of how simple and easy they make it look.
– Collin Borron
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