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Patrick Peterson: Falcons have toughest WR duo

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Julio Jones recently staked claim to the imaginary offseason title of the best receiving duo in the NFL (along with Falcons teammate Roddy White).

For what it’s worth, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson isn’t arguing.

“The best duo in the NFL, I’d probably have to say that’s pretty accurate,” Peterson told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Both of those guys are Pro Bowl caliber receivers, both of them are All-Pro caliber receivers. Both of them do a lot of good things for Matt Ryan to make his job a little easier. But to say they are the best tandem, I’d probably have to say that he’s probably right.”

Peterson said that as an individual receiver, Lions wideout Calvin Johnson was the toughest matchup.

“He’s just so big, fast, agile and he’s very quick,” Peterson said. “To be that big and move that well is unbelievable.”

On that score, Peterson might hear some arguments from teammate Larry Fitzgerald, who he works against in practice every day.

While it’s hard to argue with the Falcons’ tandem, we’re sure someone will come up with something in the next three weeks, when important things start happening.

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40 Responses to “Patrick Peterson: Falcons have toughest WR duo”
  1. tremoluxman says: Jun 30, 2014 4:12 PM

    I’m sorry, you said what? I was laughing so hard I thought you said ‘best receiving duo’.

  2. steelerben says: Jun 30, 2014 4:13 PM

    Calvin Johnson is 2 inches taller, 20 lbs heavier, and runs the 40 in .28 seconds faster than Larry Fitzgerald.

    You can’t take anything away from Fitz, but Calvin Johnson is a freak of nature.

  3. 4thquartermagic says: Jun 30, 2014 4:16 PM

    Such a waste of time discussion. Crown their a$$es the best duo. Fine.

    But it’s been pretty hard to keep both of them on the field together long enough to catch Matty Ice hail-marys.

  4. sandersmarcus10 says: Jun 30, 2014 4:18 PM

    Wasnt that tough last year!

  5. ttime90 says: Jun 30, 2014 4:19 PM

    Well sure you’re going to say Megatron when he beats you on a slant for 80 yards and a jump ball in the endzone for 2 TD’s

  6. lionsdraftguy says: Jun 30, 2014 4:22 PM

    Calvin is a BEAST!!

    Dont tell the little cub Bears in chicago that Peterson thinks the Falcons have the best duo. The little bears think they have it with marshall and jeffery…which is funny.

  7. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 30, 2014 4:35 PM

    What is the deal with the constant barrage of players telling us who is the best whatever? Best running back, best wide receiver, best wide receiver duo, best quarterback-wide receiver combination, who is a top 5 quarterback. I know we’re in a the sports abyss until training camps open, but do these guys have anything else to talk about?

  8. glb020971 says: Jun 30, 2014 4:36 PM

    Bears are very good as a duo. Marshall and Jeffery have good hands, fast and will go get the ball

  9. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jun 30, 2014 4:48 PM

    He’s right. Both guys run right by the Temple of Shame!

  10. louiedogg16 says: Jun 30, 2014 4:58 PM

    Megatron makes everything look very easy. As far as best duo, I would give it to the Falcons two years ago, but now I’m thinking Marshall and Jefferies. That’s what happens when you’re injured.

  11. cadillacjosh says: Jun 30, 2014 5:00 PM

    I might be wrong and I’m way too lazy to look it up, but I don’t think Patrick ever actually played the combo of Jeffery/Marshall. So yeah, pretty easy to see where he said that from.

    It’s an interesting discussion, because The Chicago duo and the Atlanta duo have only really had one year together. When Jones/White were on fire, Jeffery was hurt for quite a few games and only had 300 or 400 yards by season’s end. And Julio got hurt last year, allowing Chicago to be the best last year.

    Hopefully no injuries for either side and we can have a real head-to-head.

  12. wintermute00 says: Jun 30, 2014 5:26 PM

    Anyone crowning themselves the best anything most likely has security issues.

  13. brokebackbrees says: Jun 30, 2014 5:39 PM

    Every WR duo looks good stat wise when they play against the saints 2 times/year

  14. ravens2xworldchamps says: Jun 30, 2014 5:48 PM

    Nope.

    Torrey Smith – Steve Smith Sr

  15. chargersdiehard says: Jun 30, 2014 6:04 PM

    Who’s their QB? I’m sorry who?

  16. alshonsmeathooks says: Jun 30, 2014 6:13 PM

    that’s cute the lions fans have enough distance from their aborted defeat from the jaws of victory end of the season to start talking smack about better teams again

  17. lks311 says: Jun 30, 2014 6:16 PM

    Golden Tate just put two circles around that November date in the desert.

  18. mypercyhurts2 says: Jun 30, 2014 6:32 PM

    While Detroit’s Calvin Johnson is a one-man wrecking ball, he’s not a duo. Chicago’s Marshall and Jeffrey currently get my vote, and I’m a Packer fan. I would put Nelson/Cobb pretty close, they will be a handful if they stay healthy. The NFC North is bowling ball of knives on offense this year. Well, except for that little sister to the West that still can’t make ante to the adult game.

  19. dirtybird70 says: Jun 30, 2014 6:38 PM

    Smart man. Easy call.

  20. bucsorbust says: Jun 30, 2014 6:40 PM

    The toughest WR duo doesn’t mean jack if you can’t protect your own QB, or sack the other one. Dirty Birds lay another egg in 2014. Quack Quack.

  21. chc4 says: Jun 30, 2014 6:43 PM

    Funny how fans of other teams get so defensive when something like this comes out. Peterson was asked a question and answered it. He would know. Doesn’t mean it’s the gospel. And really, what does it matter… football is a team sport. Great WRs and no OL /defense equals the 2013 4-12 Falcons. A bad record doesn’t mean those 2 guys aren’t fantastic (which they are).

  22. rextraordinaire says: Jun 30, 2014 6:54 PM

    I go back and forth and whether Jones/White or Marshall/Jeffery is the superior duo, though if we were to add in TEs I’d give the nod to the Bears. Hopefully all 4 WRs(and the QBs throwing to them) stay healthy all year so we can see for sure.

  23. rextraordinaire says: Jun 30, 2014 6:54 PM

    I go back and forth and whether Jones/White or Marshall/Jeffery is the superior duo, though if we were to add in TEs I’d give the nod to the Bears. Hopefully all 4 WRs (and the QBs throwing to them) stay healthy all year so we can see for sure.

  24. gammynomnom says: Jun 30, 2014 7:06 PM

    they still have Matt Ryan throwing the ball, lol

  25. dalcow4 says: Jun 30, 2014 7:08 PM

    Roddy White wasn’t part of the best WR duo back when he was at his best, let alone now, and Julio Jones isn’t great enough to carry him to the top.

    Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey are tops right now. Maybe at this time next year it will be Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, but…

  26. mrlaloosh says: Jun 30, 2014 7:11 PM

    The best at every position are the players on the Super Bowl champions. Nobody else matters. Statistics and all-pro honors are for losers.
    As of this year, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin were the best receiver combo in the NFL. Russell Wilson the best QB..etc.etc.etc.

  27. GenXJay says: Jun 30, 2014 7:12 PM

    yup. read the article twice. nothing about that blowhard Marshall or his side kick in chicago.

  28. djvh2 says: Jun 30, 2014 7:50 PM

    Matty Mice or Cutler. Hard to tell who is better when both teams have average QBs.

  29. nirvana504 says: Jun 30, 2014 8:24 PM

    And yet they’ve won nothing.

  30. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 30, 2014 8:26 PM

    The Lions Suck! Lions fans are delusional.

    2 seasons above .500 since 2000, 0-16 in 2008!

  31. vikingspride says: Jun 30, 2014 8:51 PM

    I obviously don’t have the experience that Peterson has but as a fan I think Marshal and Jeffery are the best duo. It’s hard to compete with the size, strength, and speed they have.

  32. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 30, 2014 8:56 PM

    I’ll take Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffry…

  33. politicallyincorrect says: Jun 30, 2014 9:00 PM

    I go with Marshall and Jeffrey but DJax and PGarcon may enter the debate soon

  34. RegisHawk says: Jul 1, 2014 4:24 AM

    He’s returning the favor they did when they said he was better than Sherman. It’s a love-fest between divisional 3rd placers.

  35. lawrance4 says: Jul 1, 2014 7:40 AM

    White has lost a step for this duo to be #1. I have to agree that Marshall and Jeffry are the current duo to beat. The new combo that might challenge this season is Megatron & Golden Tate.

  36. atlfan31833 says: Jul 1, 2014 10:04 AM

    It’s pretty funny how fans of other teams seem to think the opponent is so terrible simply out of hatred. Even when someone who actually plays the game and actually plays against the player(s) gives their opinion they still have to bad mouth the opposition.

    Clue…both Jones and White wouldn’t have good numbers if Ryan was sooooo terrible and couldn’t throw the ball to them.

    It’s always a good discussion when people can intelligently discuss their views as opposed to constantly trashing the other players simply because they are on a team that you hate.

  37. higheriqthanyou says: Jul 1, 2014 10:11 AM

    Can’t wait for the Superbowl Champs new receiving corp to embarrass this guy.

  38. DitkasHair says: Jul 1, 2014 11:37 AM

    I’d ask Peanut ‘the punch’ Tillman how he covers Calvin so well…considering he’s giving up at least 4-5 inches in height.

  39. justautumnwindbaby says: Jul 1, 2014 12:52 PM

    Lol at fans disagreeing with actual players…
    shut up.

  40. deweyaxewound says: Jul 2, 2014 12:34 PM

    Lol at fans who think being a player in the NFL somehow magically makes you this objective infallible genius when it comes to evaluating all talent around the league…

    Have you seen the Pro Bowl voting results? Top 100 player rankings? Press conferences? Wonderlic scores? Arrest records?

    Shut up.

    (Of course, being a Raiders fan, the average NFL player probably is much smarter than you).

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