Let’s take a look at the six receivers duos that can be special for the 2018 season. This is a list that goes beyond the duos on the Steelers, Falcons, and other top tier duos. What does it take to be a elite receiving duo? It is about two receivers that can make each other better or take over a game if the other is struggling. For these six teams, they have what it takes to be consider in the best duo’s in the NFL.
The Minnesota Vikings duo was one of the best in the NFL for 2017 and will look to do the same in 2018. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen combined for 2,125 yards and 12 touchdowns. The two of them each bring something different to the game as Diggs uses his speed to stretch the field while Thielen has the ability to run great routes and come up with big plays. One big play each them made last season, was Diggs 61-yard touchdown catch to beat the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs. For Thielen, it was his 65-yard touchdown against the Rams on November 19, 2017.
The Kansas City Chiefs bring a new look to their offense this season as they have added Sammy Watkins. Watkins and Tyreek Hill should be able to spread the field with their speed. Last season, Hill had 1,183 receiving yards and seven touchdowns for Kansas City. Watkins brings 593 receiving yards and eight touchdowns to the Chiefs from last season with the Los Angeles Rams.
The Denver Broncos receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will both look to rebound this season as poor quarterback play was their downfall last season. Denver hopes newly acquired quarterback Case Keenum can help Thomas and Sanders get back to form. Last season, Thomas had 949 receiving yards with five touchdowns and Sanders had 555 yards to go along with two touchdowns. Thomas caught a 20-yard touchdown against the New York Jets to give them the lead on December 10, 2017. Sanders big play came against the New England Patriots when he beat Malcolm Butler on a curl route to keep a drive moving for Denver.
The Detroit Lions is another team that have a solid wide receiver duo. Last season, between Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr., they combined for 2,104 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Jones Jr. is a receiver that uses his speed to come up with big plays by getting past defenders down the field. Tate uses his good hands ability to catch 92 passes last season out of his 120 targets thrown to him. Tate works in and out of the slot making him a moving target for the defense while Jones Jr. lines up out wide.
The Oakland Raiders have added a new receiver to their team by bringing in Jordy Nelson. New coach Jon Gruden will hope that Nelson and youngster Amari Cooper can work together and be one of the league’s best wide receiver duo in 2018. Cooper, last season, had 680 yards and seven touchdowns while Nelson put up 482 yards and six touchdowns in Green Bay. Two key things the Raiders need from their two receivers for Nelson to bring his veteran leadership and Cooper to use his ability to stretch the field with his speed and great route running. If these two things can happen, they should both have a solid season. Nelson for his career has 550 receptions for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns. Cooper will look to get back to what did in his rookie as he had 83 receptions and had 1,153 receiving yards.
The final team to look at is a surprising team in the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have brought Jarvis Landry to the team for the 2018 season. Landry had 987 receiving yards and grabbed nine touchdowns for the Miami Dolphins. When pairing Landry with Cleveland’s other receiver Josh Gordon, they could be one of the league’s best young duos in 2018 and for many years to come. Gordon, for his career has 179 receptions, 3,089 yards, and 15 touchdowns. Both of them have the talent to gain 1,000 receiving yards in 2018. Landry has the ability to make incredible one hand catches and use his speed and awareness to find open field.
All of these receivers bring something different to the field whether it’s making one hand catches, beating defenders down the field with speed, or just running the perfect route to get open. It should be exciting to see what the players such as Landry, Nelson, and Watkins can do to help their new teams this season.