The NFL’s best wide receiver duos: Mike Evans and Chris Godwin? Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins? | NFL News

Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, Tee Higgins and Ja'Marr Chase... Which team has the most impressive wide receiver duo?

Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase… Which team has the most impressive wide receiver duo?

In today’s fast-paced, airborne NFL, what better way to thrive than with two explosive and prolific weapons on the sidelines?

We’ve seen the success of Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins on Cincinnati’s road to Super Bowl LVI (while Cooper Kupp devoured every goal and catch for the champion Rams), and we’ve seen a number of teams attempt attack and improve space this summer.

The Dolphins and Raiders went all out to win Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams despite having 100 catch wideouts in Jaylen Waddle and Hunter Renfrow last season. The Eagles added AJ Brown to 2021 10th overall pick DeVonta Smith.

Similarly, many of this year’s top draft picks at wide receiver — Garrett Wilson (now paired with Elijah Moore), Chris Olave (Michael Thomas), and Jahan Dotson (Terry McLaurin) — will offer their new quarterbacks excellent options on the outside.

So which duos are the best and why?

Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals

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Check out some of the best plays from Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins

Check out some of the best plays from Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins

We mentioned the deadly Cincinnati duo above, and it’s clear that they are the gold standard when it comes to young, prolific and exciting wideouts.

Chase had 84 catches, 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns for collegiate team LSU in 2019 and despite a season break, he still finished fifth overall in the 2021 NFL Draft and had 81 catches, 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in his freshman year as a pro.

Higgins, on the other hand, ramped up his performance in all three years at Clemson and did the same in his second season as a pro in 2022. He has secured 141 receptions, 1,999 yards and 12 touchdowns in two years, not counting his two TDs in Super Bowl LVI.

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With Joe Burrow at the helm for the foreseeable future, Chase and Higgins have a chance to be special.

Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins

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Check out some of the best plays from former Kansas City Chief Tyreek Hill and new Miami Dolphins teammate Jaylen Waddle

Check out some of the best plays from former Kansas City Chief Tyreek Hill and new Miami Dolphins teammate Jaylen Waddle

What do you get when you put two standout speedster wideouts on the same team? Their quarterback is under a lot of pressure to spread the wealth – and all eyes will be on third-year QB Tua Tagovailoa to perform and produce for Miami.

However, he arguably couldn’t have had a better pair of players to throw at. Waddle established himself as a target in his rookie campaign, finishing with a 104-1,095-6 line after being picked sixth overall last summer.

Offseason newcomer Hill claims he and new teammate Waddle are the fastest wide receiver tandem, not just in the NFL right now, but ever

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Offseason newcomer Hill claims he and new teammate Waddle are the fastest wide receiver tandem, not just in the NFL right now, but ever

Offseason newcomer Hill claims he and new teammate Waddle are the fastest wide receiver tandem, not just in the NFL right now, but ever

For Hill, Miami gave up a first-round pick, a second, two fourths and a sixth — then they made him the league’s highest-paid receiver. While Waddle is the short-to-mid range possession target, Hill spent six years with Kansas City and has proven to be one of the top deep threats in the NFL.

She will be difficult to stop, but only if Tagovailoa can make the most of her talents.

Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders

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Check out some of the top games from the Las Vegas Raiders’ wide receiver duo, newly acquired Davante Adams and veteran Hunter Renfrow

Check out some of the top games from the Las Vegas Raiders’ wide receiver duo, newly acquired Davante Adams and veteran Hunter Renfrow

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Las Vegas joined Miami in giving up a move to add an All-Pro player to an existing possession goal. Acquiring Adams would take first- and second-round picks, another contract in the league (back then), and probably a little flattery from his best college pal and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

Whether or not Adams can match his numbers at Green Bay remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt the five-time Pro Bowler and 29-touchdown scorer over the past two seasons will revolutionize Las Vegas’ offense.

But we shouldn’t overlook Renfrow, who rose in his first two seasons from 2019 fifth-round pick and mediocre producer to 103-1,038-9 and one Pro Bowl appearance in 2021. Carr could be in for a strong season spreading the ball these two.

AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles

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Check out some of the best tunes from Philadelphia wide receiver duo AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith

Check out some of the best tunes from Philadelphia wide receiver duo AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith

Just like in Miami, much of the discussion surrounding Philadelphia’s wideouts will hinge on how well quarterback Jalen Hurts fares in his sophomore year as a starter and his third year in the league. But in talent alone they could be something special.

Brown (6ft 1, 226lbs) is a hefty, yards-after-the-catch maker and touchdown scorer. He started his career in back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons before injuring himself and missing out in Tennessee last season before Philadelphia sent their first-round pick for his services this summer.

Smith (6-foot-0, 170) is lean, sleek, and silky. He wins with his route running, turning defenders inside out and making some of the most impressive catches in traffic you’ll see. In 2020, he became the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy since 1991, so there’s no doubting his credentials, and expectations are high in Philly.

Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings

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Check out some of the best plays from prolific Minnesota wide receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen

Check out some of the best plays from prolific Minnesota wide receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen

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One on the side, you have arguably the best receiver in the league in Jefferson, who broke records in his 2020 rookie campaign, hauling in 88 catches, 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns before surpassing those numbers last year with 108-1,616-10. He’s always open, he catches everything, and aspires to be the first player to bat for 2,000 yards in a season.

On the other hand, Thielen has been one of the Vikings’ most consistent options since his breakout in 2016, having gone undrafted in 2013. He has 464 catches, 5,966 yards and 49 TDs – all in Minnesota – including 24 points over the past two seasons.

These two can be unstoppable on their day.

Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Check out some of the top games from Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver tandem Mike Evans and Chris Godwin

Check out some of the top games from Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver tandem Mike Evans and Chris Godwin

Finally in the spotlight, Tom Brady’s frightening twosome in Tampa Bay. The first option is Evans, whose career consistency just can’t be matched. He has rushed for over 1,000 yards eight straight seasons – every year he was in the NFL. At 6-foot-5 and 231 pounds at breakneck speed, he’s the definition of an “alpha” receiver.

But Brady has two Alphas on the outside as Godwin has had two 1,000-yard seasons in the last three and would be a top pick on many offenses in the league. The only caveat for this duo currently on this list is that Godwin is only just returning to training after suffering an ACL injury in November of last season.

The best of the rest

within a few weeks, Allen Robinson could re-establish himself as one of the best wideouts in the league and if that’s the case, he and Cooper Kupp could possibly be an even scarier duo than all of those listed above.

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks argues Keenan Allen and Mike Williams The Los Angeles Chargers are the league’s top tandem as they offer the perfect combination of short and long options for QB Justin Herbert.

If Russell Wilson were still in Seattle, we’d expect DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett to continue their fantastic production?

All in all, the tandem at the top will likely fluctuate all season, but right now there are plenty of couples to look forward to. Who would you rank as the best receiving duo in the NFL right now?

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