Although no group of teammates is more important to an NFL quarterback than his offensive linemen, it's his receivers with which the QB absolutely has to establish a healthy relationship.
Gold watches and steak dinners aside, O-linemen don't actually have a choice whether or not they're going to lay it all out to protect their quarterback. Hate him or love him, the QB won't be the first one getting benched or waived if his blockers don't do their jobs. Aside from the center, a quarterback and his linemen can spend the entire offseason in different parts of the country and it won't impact how they perform once they're back on the field.
Meanwhile, quarterbacks and receivers can't fake chemistry. Today's defensive schemes are so complicated and defensive players move so fast that if the timing or trust is off between pitcher and catcher, the incompletions and interceptions will pile up as proof that something isn't right. Quarterbacks and receivers living with each other in the offseason isn't even a new concept in the NFL.
As the NFL preseason gets underway this week with new faces in new places, rookies getting their first action, and players who were sidelined due to injuries and other circumstances last season returning to the field full-time, more than a few QB-to-WR connections are surfacing that have a lot of potential to be special.
Here are 11 passing combos that we haven't seen before or didn't see much of last season that could make highlight-reel magic this season:
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