Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery recently shared his belief that he and Brandon Marshall make up the top receiving duo in the NFL, an argument that their 2,716 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2013 supports quite nicely.
At this time last year, though, Falcons wideouts Julio Jones and Roddy White were coming off a year that saw them combine for 2,549 yards and 17 touchdowns on the way to a berth in the NFC Championship Game. Both Jones and White struggled with injuries last season, limiting their productivity and the Falcons’ chances of winning but that hasn’t shaken the duo’s confidence in their abilities.
White says that they are “going to be there to play in the party” in 2014 and Jones says they have designs on claiming the unofficial title of the league’s best 1-2 punch at wide receiver.
“When you step on the field, you should feel that you’re the best, you and whoever your partner is,” Jones said, via ESPN.com. “I feel like me and Roddy, we’re the best when we step on the field. We take it as a challenge every year: We want to go out and show everybody we’re the best one-two in the league.”
Such matters make for fun arguments and we’re sure that there are wideouts on other teams that also have their eyes on that prize. Whether Jones and White wind up with that kind of acclaim or not, a return to their 2012 productivity will make for much happier times in Atlanta this time around.