Just under 2 weeks until we are watching real football again and we are at the deepest position in the league. The position that is referred to as being the icing on the cake, but also looked at as the “divas” on the field. If you ask any ten football fans for their top ten receivers, you’ll get ten different lists. Well, here is mine.
HM: Terry McLaurin
As a commanders fan myself, I really did want to put Scary Terry in my top ten, but I’ll leave my biased out of this one. Terry is going into a season where is playing with the best QB he has played with so he should see a jump in what has already been consistent production. His hands are among the best in the league and I do believe that after this season, he will be on a lot of people’s top ten lists.
10. AJ Brown
Ranking AJ Brown relies a lot on using the eye test. Being in an extremely run-heavy offense, he still caught the attention of everyone around the league. He is coming off his worst season out of his first three, but the eagles obviously saw the potential. AJ Brown, Scary Terry, and a few more on this list are the leaders of the new generation of wide receivers.
9. Mike Evans
Mr. Consistent himself. Since coming into the league in 2014, Mike Evans has never had under a thousand yards in a season. Not only is that impressive, but he also has 75 career TDs to go along with 9300 career yards thus far. This is also despite up and down QB play during his tenure with the Bucs. With Evans being the only receiver available in week 1 from last yard team, his usage may even increase.
8. Keenan Allen
Similiar to Mike Evans, Keenan Allen has stayed loyal to his team and hopefully it will pay off like it did for Evans. Allen is a top 3 route runner in the league and finally has a QB that puts the ball where it needs to be.
7. Tyreek Hill
One of the most dangerous weapons in the entire league, Hill is in a whole new situation where his strengths do not exactly mesh well with his new QB’s weaknesses. But as long as Hill can get the ball, no matter where it is on the field, he will make magic happen.
After just one season, Chase is an absolute lock for being a top player at his position. After reuniting with his college Qb in Burrowm Chase racked up over 1400 yards and 13 TDs. He has to do better when it comes to drops, but Chase will be running this league for years to come.
5. Justin Jefferson
Deciding between college teammates Chase and Jefferson come down to a coin toss. I’ll go with Jefferson because of route running, fewer dropped balls, and he has been proven for one extra season. Jefferson is elite and has shown he can shine even in a loaded offense.
4. Cooper Kupp
I know a lot of people won’t agree with having someone that is coming off the NFL triple crown to be ranked at 4, but this is not a slight. Kupp is obviously special and his chemistry with QB Matthew Stafford was instant. He showed his dominance throughout the entire year last season, but these next 3 guys deserve their own praise too.
3. Stefon Diggs
Hands, route running and big play ability are what Diggs specializes in. He is also known for completely changing an offense. He is looking to go for his 5th straight 1k yard season and since arriving in Buffalo, he and Josh Allen have benefited greatly from each other. He opened the field up for Allen and has become one of the biggest deep ball threats in the league.
2. De’Andre Hopkins
Similar to Diggs, As soon as Hopkins arrived on his new team, his QB played much better. Kyler Murray didn’t have an elite option his first season in the league, but he received one in his second year in one of the most bizarre trades in recent memory. Although he is coming off of a down year and incoming suspension, Hopkin’s talent is undeniable, especially when it comes to his hands.
1. DaVante Adams
The eye test and numbers do not lie with this one. Adams is the NFL’s best when it comes to route running and his hands are amongst the best as well. He will be playing in a new offense with a new QB and coach, so he will have adjustments to make. One positive adjustment is fewer double teams since the defense will also have to focus on Waller and Renfrow.