NFL's Top 5 Receiving Duos Heading into 2012
You'll find few people who will disagree about who the top overall receivers in the game are.
The fact of the matter is, very few of the guys involved in that particular conversation have anyone close to their ability lining up opposite from them, making it all too easy to shut them down with certain coverage and schemes.
Things change when you have two guys who can change a game lining up on two different sides of the field. Peyton Manning had it with Wayne and Harrison. Montana had it with Rice and Taylor. Bradshaw had it with Swann and Stallworth.
So what NFL quarterbacks today have the luxury of two elite pass-catchers to look for downfield in a pinch?
Here are the top five duos of wide receivers on the same team heading into the 2012 NFL season.
5. Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd of the Patriots
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This is more about potential and the fact that they'll be catching balls from one of the best in history.
We all know the kind of damage Welker is capable of. What we have yet to see is how Lloyd will fare in this offense.
Somewhere between Randy Moss and Deion Branch sits Lloyd on the talent scale. If Lloyd has a big year and Welker does what he does, this duo could top the list next season.
4. Miles Austin and Dez Bryant of the Cowboys
You might not find a better combination of dependability and potential on any team in the NFL.
Austin is always there when Dallas needs him to be. Bryant is always waiting to explode and change the complexion of a game.
Together, the two of them drive opposing coordinators mad and make Tony Romo's life a bit less stressful.
3. Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson of the Packers
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If I Googled "NFL wide receiver," I would not at all be surprised if Greg Jennings was the first result listed. He is the prototype No. 1 wideout; possessing elite speed, dependable hands and crisp route running.
Nelson is the prototypical possession receiver who always seems to be open. Once he has the ball in his hands, he transforms into a tight end and makes a bee-line toward the end zone.
2. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin of the Eagles
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Speed kills, and these guy have tons of it. You'll find few arguments against the statement that these two are the fastest one-two combo.
Both possess the ability to turn a quick out into a 90-yard scoring play.
If both can stay healthy and play their full potential, they could be getting fitted for some new jewelry come February.
1. Roddy White and Julio Jones of the Falcons
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How lucky is Matt Ryan?
If there is a hole in your coverage, White is going to find it, settle into it and catch passes in it all day.
Once you make an adjustment and patch the hole, Julio Jones is going to run past you while you try to stop White.
When he wasn't nursing a bum hamstring last season, Julio Jones was as close to unstoppable as a receiver can be. That was as a rookie.
Add another offseason of learning to his resume and he could be downright lethal. Teams will be doing all they can to contain him in 2012.
After all of that, they'll still have to figure out White.