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Plenty of receiving duos are great; which is the best?

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Offenses that boast a pair of high-end receivers have a tremendous edge, because it’s impossible to double-team both of them. On Wednesday, former Colts punter and Barstool Sports contributor Pat McAfee and I teamed up to pick the best 1-2 punch at receiver in the league during PFT Live.

We disagreed, as the video demonstrates. One of us went with Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson of the Buccaneers, while the other opted for Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant.

And that shouldn’t be viewed as a slight to the many other great receiving duos, from Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall to Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree to Brandin Cooks and Julian Edelman to Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to Golden Tate and Marvin Jones to Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills (or Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker) to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb (or Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams . . . or Randall Cobb and Davante Adams) to several others that are or have the potential to be great.

If you didn’t chime in early, make your voice heard now in the comments. Especially if you agree with me.

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35 Responses to “Plenty of receiving duos are great; which is the best?”
  1. redsoxu571 says: Jun 21, 2017 8:39 PM

    Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley are better than at least have the duos mentioned here (though definitely not as good as at least a few)…

  2. sc5000 says: Jun 21, 2017 8:44 PM

    If D Thomas and E Sanders front get a mention, then why bring it up in the first place?!

  3. victorycruz says: Jun 21, 2017 8:46 PM

    Best triple WR squad is Beckham, Marshall and Shepard.

  4. larrytobin says: Jun 21, 2017 8:52 PM

    uhm…Julio Jones and Mohammad Sanu much????? Not even a mention? 2062 yds and 10 tds..Martavius Bryant didn’t even play last year!

  5. drakost says: Jun 21, 2017 8:53 PM

    If it was just based on receivers then Bryant and Brown. Though you would have to consider the QB throwing it to them and as much as I hate to admit it Cooks and Edelman ends up being the top duo next year.

  6. sportoficionado says: Jun 21, 2017 9:04 PM

    I’ll take Dez and committee or Julio and committee over any of the aforementioned duos. Seriously, they actually wrote Alshon Jeffery and Torry Smith as one example, are you serious? Terrible. With most defenses now geared toward a Nickle type defense (that’s one add’nl DB, one less LB than the normal alignment–in case Favre is reading), any credible pass offense has to have a dynamic 3 combo (X, Y and Z type) receivers, a dual threat TE, and an RB that can run routes out of the backfield or you are toast. Duos don’t get it done in today’s NFL, so the argument is really moot, unless you just want to pass some time arguing about inconsequential things.

  7. johnnnyschatzan says: Jun 21, 2017 9:19 PM

    I’ll take Mike Tolbert and Patrick DiMarco in Buffalo over all them bums

  8. tjacks7 says: Jun 21, 2017 9:37 PM

    Randall Cobb and Devante Adams.. Your humor knows no bounds.

  9. edsales87 says: Jun 21, 2017 9:38 PM

    The fact Julio Jones and Muhammed San weren’t even mentioned is a joke.

  10. binarymath says: Jun 21, 2017 10:02 PM

    AJ Green + DNA (darn near ANYBODY)

  11. TheodoreBabyHandsBustAqua says: Jun 21, 2017 10:23 PM

    In order:

    1) Beckham, Marshall
    2) Brown, Bryant
    3) Cooper, Crabtree
    4) Nelson, Adams
    5) Evans, Jackson

  12. whatjusthapped says: Jun 21, 2017 10:26 PM

    Moritz Böhringer and Laquon Treadslow, they didn’t have but 3 catches among the pair all season but boy did they get a ton of press at the draft. You know, the offseason, where the Vikings win all their paper championships.

  13. phillybrilliance says: Jun 21, 2017 10:27 PM

    If you’re gonna go Eagles it’s alshon Jeffery and Jordan Matthews. I like the signing of torrey Smith but they signed him for pennies on the dollar cuz he was a stiff the past two years in San Fran.

    Granted everybody on those teams were stiffs and he was catching passes from gabbert for a period of time.

  14. andystandsup says: Jun 21, 2017 10:38 PM

    Uhh.. David johnson and Larry Fitz? Over 180 catches for for over 1800 yards? Drops mic….

  15. bigdog2372 says: Jun 21, 2017 10:46 PM

    Brown and Bryant over Evans and Jackson? Come on. Antonio Brown is great, but Bryant isn’t in the same stratosphere as the other 3.

  16. tacomatiger says: Jun 21, 2017 10:48 PM

    Angry Doug Baldwin and Jimmy F-in Graham??

  17. southbeachnorth says: Jun 21, 2017 10:53 PM

    larrytobin says:
    Jun 21, 2017 8:52 PM
    uhm…Julio Jones and Mohammad Sanu much????? Not even a mention? 2062 yds and 10 tds..Martavius Bryant didn’t even play last year!

    Since when is a duo averaging 1031 yards and 5 TDs considered elite?!

  18. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Jun 21, 2017 11:01 PM

    “Isn’t that cute” – Cris Carter and Randy Moss

  19. thegreatjimbrown says: Jun 21, 2017 11:08 PM

    Any reason NOT to pick the two guys who were first and second in scoring in 2016? Nelson and Adams. Got them pretty far down the list.

  20. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jun 21, 2017 11:10 PM

    Duper & Clayton

  21. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jun 21, 2017 11:11 PM

    Slaughter & Langhorne

  22. carolinaike says: Jun 21, 2017 11:38 PM

    Stefon Diggs and Adam Theilen. Come on now. Don’t leave these guys out.

  23. chevron303 says: Jun 21, 2017 11:54 PM

    DeMaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are a Super Bowl winning duo- can of the other mediocre combos you listed say that?

    Also doesn’t a top duo require both members of the duo (A. Brown and M. Bryant) to actually play?

  24. chitowngronk says: Jun 22, 2017 12:09 AM

    Going from Marshall and Jeffery to 95% of bears fans not knowing the current receivers is disgusting

  25. aj66shanghai says: Jun 22, 2017 12:21 AM

    It is the Steelers duo by a country mile. What a dumb question.

  26. mogogo1 says: Jun 22, 2017 12:59 AM

    Honestly, that isn’t that many GREAT duos. Half of that list (or better) continues on the same pace if the secondary guy is swapped out.

  27. rdsdawgsnvkns says: Jun 22, 2017 4:59 AM

    I wasn’t a colts fan-Reggie Wayne n Marvin Harrison. John Stallworth n Lynn Swann, Greatest show on turf – Torrey Holt, Issac Bruce, Jerry Rice-John Taylor,

  28. teal379 says: Jun 22, 2017 7:21 AM

    Would have to say Nelson/Adams.

    1 and 2 in the league for scoring and both in the top 3 for PR when targeted.

    Others get the flash and highlights – those two just catch the ball, move the chains and put up points.

    Adams averaged a TD for every 5 receptions last year and h was BEHIND Nelson in the league in scoring.

  29. irishgary says: Jun 22, 2017 7:38 AM

    @tjacks7 says:
    Jun 21, 2017 9:37 PM
    Randall Cobb and Devante Adams.. Your humor knows no bounds.
    ——————————————————————–

    Nor does your jealousy. Adams and Cobb would actually make the Vikings contenders.

  30. randyschwimmer7 says: Jun 22, 2017 8:58 AM

    DT and Emmanuel Sanders? Didn’t even have a real QB throwing to them last year and still finished better than half hat list.

  31. TheDPR says: Jun 22, 2017 10:23 AM

    In today’s NFL a duo doesn’t get it done alone. It takes a solid third receiver, whether it be a slot WR, a TE, or a RB, to make an offense great.

  32. chaunceyb says: Jun 22, 2017 12:07 PM

    irishgary says:
    Jun 22, 2017 7:38 AM

    @tjacks7 says:
    Jun 21, 2017 9:37 PM
    Randall Cobb and Devante Adams.. Your humor knows no bounds.
    ——————————————————————–

    Nor does your jealousy. Adams and Cobb would actually make the Vikings contenders.

    ______________________________

    Adams and Cobb couldn’t even make the Packers contenders when Jordy was out. Cobb is nothing without a #1 by him, and we still don’t know if Adams is a wr1 without a Jordy.

  33. wafflestomp says: Jun 22, 2017 1:11 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    Jun 21, 2017 9:37 PM
    Randall Cobb and Devante Adams.. Your humor knows no bounds.
    ———————
    That’s alright, I’ll take Jordy Nelson and Adams, with their 2,200 yards and 26 touchdowns.

    The entire Barney roster couldn’t muster 26 receiving TDs.
    Now, that’s laughable.

  34. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 22, 2017 4:24 PM

    I could line up opposite AB and we’d be the best duo. And I’m outta shape and slow as hell. AB’s that good.

  35. ibillwt says: Jun 22, 2017 8:53 PM

    I guess the Pats are screwed. Forty-year old QB and no receivers or running backs listed in the top 20.

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