Top 5 NFL Wide Receivers Entering 2016


 

Note: This list is who is the best wide receiver right now.  Past accolades and accomplishments alone will not move you higher on the list.  This list is based on skill, talent, age, and the ability to perform.

Honorable Mentions: 

Mike Evans (Buccaneers), AJ Green (Bengals), Jordy Nelson (Packers)

5) O’Dell Beckham Jr., Giants

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O’Dell Beckham Jr. might be the most gifted receiver in the NFL since Randy Moss.  His ability to light up the hi light reel is second to none.  Once he continues to put in more work he will climb this list. 

4) DeAndre Hopkins, Texans

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After the departure of Andre Johnson, the potential of DeAndre Hopkins blossomed despite having mediocre quarterback play from Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett. The addition of Brock Osweiler will help elevate him to the next level.

3) Dez Bryant, Cowboys

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Dez Bryant has been an elite receiver in this league since the first day he walked on the field.  When he was younger immaturity got in the way of his true potential.  He has matured as he aged to  become rguably the best wide receiver. The Dallas Cowboys are in win now more so I’m curious to see if Dez will take his game to yet another level.

2) Julio Jones, Falcons

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Julio Jones, like Dez Bryant, has been in the elite category since his first day. Not only is Jones the quintessential deep threat, he also has the ability to burn you on a 5 yard slant pattern.  Other defenses know this and he is consistently double teamed.  That doesn’t stop Julio from making an impact on every game he is in.

1) Antonio Brown, Steelers

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Antonio Brown is not the fastest, strongest, or the quickest person on my list. He also is under 6 feet tall.  That didn’t stop him from topping my list.  How? His work ethic is legendary. His route running and hands are flawless. His speed, acceleration, and agility is deceivingly underrated. That combined with a very high football IQ made him an easy decision.

JGOOD.

Hardest Job In Sports


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You would think being a coach, manager, general manager, or owner would be the hardest job in sports because of the responsibility and impact they can have in an organization. Even with the tough criticism those positions endure in times of underachieving, those positions also receives accolades for their success.

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Being a referee (umpire in baseball) takes thick skin with no pride or ego. The title also requires integrity, humility, and confidence. You have to be able to call the game equally, be humble enough to admit your mistakes, but also be confident to make a call that you felt that was needed to be enforced. Unlike other positions, referees are usually in a lose-lose situation because someone somewhere is always going to be upset at a call OR lack of a call that was against their associated team. Reality is that every call is not going to be made and there are going to be bad calls made because of human error.

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At times, I am officiating flag football and organized basketball games at my second job. It can become difficult at times when you have both teams in your ear telling you what you are suppose to call or watch out for a certain illegal action. A lot of times it is a “lose-lose” situation because one team isn’t going to be happy either way.

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Refs are going to be highly criticized in the public eye, especially if the public and media feel that a game was decided by the officiating instead of the players. However, if everyone feels that game’s outcome was decided by the players, then you would hear little to nothing about the referees. It’s very rare to hear someone say that “the refs did a job officiating tonight” or “the weren’t any calls missed tonight”.

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At the end of the day, referees are the people that you will notice right away if a mistake is made, but you wouldn’t even think of mentioning if they are doing their job “correctly”.

JGOOD

NFL Sunday: What Did We Learn?


Finally… the NFL season has come back to a television set near you! There is nothing like the atmosphere of opening week in the NFL. I’m pretty sure Roger Goodell is the happiest person that the regular season has started (everybody’s attention is focused on football and not legal issues). We saw rookies making their NFL debuts. We witnessed incredible finishes. We even had a Johnny Manziel sighting! Even though we have a double-header for Monday Night Football tonight (I wished they did a couple more of those a year), we learned quite a bit on Sunday.

Romo Still Magical

If you watched the primetime Sunday Night Football game, you’ve witnessed something special. Everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) was going the Giants way. How does Tony Romo and the Cowboys respond to unfortunate interceptions, unexplainable penalties, and their best player going down (Dez Bryant out 4 to 6 weeks, possibly longer, with broken bone in foot)? They took advantage of every opportunity in the final few minutes of the game. The Giants have played a great game until their final drive. Poor clock management was their downfall. Here’ a clip or the Cowboy’s Game Winning Drive.

Tyrod Taylor Might Be The Answer

Coming into this game we knew that Buffalo’s defense was borderline elite (Adding Rex Ryan to an already respectable defense just pushed them into that category), but there were still question marks on offense. Granted, they did trade for a top-tier RB in LeSean McCoy, there was uncertainty wish the quarterback position. Taylor completed 14 of 19 passes for 195 yards and a TD. He also ran for 41 yards on 9 carries. The most impressive play came at end of the first quarter; 51 yard TD bomb to Percy Harvin.

Tennessee’s Future Is Bright

The Number One and Two overall picks squared off yesterday featuring Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. The Titans routed the Bucs 42-14, led by a 4 TD performance by Mariota. The Bucs defense was supposed to help out Winston, but… they were nonexistent. Winston struggled going 16 of 33 for 210 yards, including 2 TD’s and 2 interceptions. I believe Jameis Winston will be fine eventually (He was missing his number one target Mike Evans). Titans fans should be excited from what they saw from their newly franchise quarterback.

Chicago Looked Respectable

A lot of people expected Green Bay to run away with this game just like they have done in the past. Yeah… that didn’t happen. Chicago converted their 3rd downs, Matt Forte was an animal running the ball, and Jay Cutler actually played a decent game. Even though he threw one interception in a crucial point of the game, he made the right read (Clay Matthew’s defense was perfect on that play). Green Bay’s talent catapulted them ahead in the second half, and they never looked back. Bringing back James Jones was huge, but you did see moments where they missed Jordy Nelson and will continue to do so.

Baltimore Needs Help

It’s bad enough that I feel like Joe Flacco is the most inconsistent quarterback in the NFL, and the bad side showed yesterday (117 yards passing, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions). Denver’s defense doesn’t get enough credit. They are a borderline, top-tier defense in league, in my opinion. Baltimore NEEDS a number 2 receiver in the most desperate way. Maybe their rookie Breshad Perriman will be the answer whenever he gets healthy. Until then, their offense is going to struggle. OH…. just one more important detail: Terrell Suggs was carted off the field in the 4th quarter with an Achilles injury (Out for season).

Seattle Misses Kam Chancellor

Seattle’s hardball approach of not paying Kam Chancellor is starting to backfire. The “Legion Of Boom” didn’t look spectacular by any means allowing 297 passing yards and 2 TD’s to a mediocre quarterback by league’s standards. The Rams defense looked more dominant throughout the game than the Chancellor-less secondary of the Seahawks. Most importantly, Seattle is currently last in their division after Sunday’s loss. If Chancellor doesn’t come back, this division could have a new champion in December. I know it’s only the first week of the season but divisional games matter the most in the regular season. Their next opponent is Green Bay.

JGood