Wide receivers have become one of the most dynamic talents in today’s sports. They are catered to often because the rules usually favor the modern NFL offense. There are many quality wide receivers because a lot of teams like to use three of them on the field.
If you don’t have at least two playmakers, it is hard to win in today’s NFL as well. Even the greatest quarterbacks of all-time need that kind of player nonetheless. A lot of players went over 1,000 yards receiving last season, but who separated themselves from the crop? Who are the top 10 wide receivers entering the 2020 NFL regular season?
10. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns
Landry is a very good wide receiver and he also runs routes well. Jarvis Landry is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of the wide receiver crew. He is a mature adult in the room. The former Miami Dolphin caught 83 passes for 1,174 yards, and six touchdowns last season.
9. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
Kupp is a very underrated solid slot receiver for the Los Angeles Rams. He runs tremendous routes and blocks very well. He is Jared Goff‘s top target. Last season, Cooper Kupp caught 94 passes for 1,161 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.
8. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns
Beckham Jr. and Landry are teammates in Cleveland and are two of the better wide receivers in football. He is a very flashy receiver, but 2019 was arguably the worst season of his illustrious career, but Odell Beckham Jr. is a highlight reel waiting to happen. He caught 74 passes for 1,035 yards receiving and four touchdowns last year.
7. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
Amari Cooper is in the top 10 wide receivers discussion in the NFL. He is maybe the most important piece of the offense to Dak Prescott. Cooper is the heartbeat of this receiving core. He caught 79 passes for 1,189 yards receiving and eight touchdowns last season. Amari Cooper is always a game-breaker.
6. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Godwin popped last season and became a pro bowler. Chris Godwin is going to be just as effective this season and now he has Tom Brady to catch passes from. Godwin caught 86 passes for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He definitely belongs in this wide receivers list
5. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
He’s one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, but even though Evans didn’t see a lot of receptions last season he is such a big playmaker down the field. Mike Evans is going to be a big part of this team for a very long time and he has never had a season where he didn’t reach at least 1,000 yards. Evans caught 67 passes for 1,157 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in 2019.
4. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
Allen was forgotten in the bunch of top wide receivers. No one really cared because of where is he despite Los Angeles being a big market. Tyrod Taylor or Justin Herbert will be throwing passes to him this season and not Philip Rivers because Rivers left in free agency to the Indianapolis Colts on a one-year deal worth $25 million. Keenan Allen is athletic and runs good routes. He caught 104 passes for 1,199 yards receiving and six touchdowns last season.
3. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals
Hopkins is going to make noise in his new home with the Arizona Cardinals. He was traded to Arizona from the Houston Texans for running back David Johnson. Houston and the Cardinals also swapped a fourth-round pick and a second-round pick. Hopkins caught 104 passes for 1,165 yards receiving and seven touchdowns last year. He also has the best hands in the league, making it an easy decision to put him on this wide receivers list.
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones continues to go for passes with ease. He blocks with excellence, but Jones is getting a little older. Jones is going to be the number one wide receiver in Atlanta for the next few years, but Calvin Ridley could take him over at some point. Julio Jones caught 99 passes for 1,394 yards receiving and six touchdowns last season. He is going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer in the immediate future.
1. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Michael Thomas may be the best wide receiver in football right now. He runs excellent routes and he is not a diva at all. Thomas is strong and he can take over a game at any moment. He is also Drew Brees‘s favorite target. Michael Thomas also won the Offensive Player of the Year Award last season. He caught 149 passes for 1,725 yards, and nine touchdowns last season. It broke Marvin Harrison‘s 143 receptions set back in 2002 with the Indianapolis Colts.
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