The commerce for Julio Jones means one factor. The Tennessee Titans are all in on this season.
The deal vaulted their offense – no less than on paper – into the ranks of the NFL elite as a result of it gave quarterback Ryan Tannehill a large receiver duo on par with some other pair within the league.
Within the wake of the blockbuster deal, which improved Tennessee’s odds to win the Tremendous Bowl, it’s time to try how Jones and A.J. Brown stack as much as a few of the different one-two broad receiver punches within the league.
Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. The phrase for Thielen and Jefferson is effectivity. As a rookie final season, Jefferson caught 88 passes for 1,400 yards and 7 touchdowns with a catch fee of 70.4 %. Thielen, then again, produced a bounce-back season after lacking six video games in 2019. Within the 15 contests he performed in 2020, Thielen totaled 74 catches for 925 yards. He additionally grabbed 14 touchdowns, ok for third within the NFL.
They’ve the potential to every high 1,000 yards in a season. Nonetheless, their efficiency is stringent upon what model of quarterback Kirk Cousins the Vikings get from week to week.
In comparison with Brown and Jones: Just like the Thielen and Jefferson pairing, Brown and Jones can equally be 1,000-yard receivers this season. Jones, like Thielen a 12 months in the past, is a veteran in want of a bounce-back season from harm (he missed seven video games in 2020). Brown, like Jefferson, is a younger receiver who has proven nothing however expertise and potential in his first two seasons. The kids, Brown and Jefferson, every made the Professional Bowl for the primary time in 2020. Jones has been to the Professional Bowl seven occasions whereas Thielen has been chosen simply twice.
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Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Arguably essentially the most dynamic duo anyplace, Evans and Godwin, present two electrical targets for quarterback Tom Brady. In 2020, Evans noticed a slight dip receiving yards however nonetheless topped 1,000 (he had 1,006) for the seventh time in his seven tries. He did set a career-high with 13 landing receptions. In the meantime, Godwin solely performed in 12 video games, however he managed to provide 840 yards on 65 receptions and 7 touchdowns. Each had been higher late within the season. Godwin, for instance, had a season-best 133 yards in Week 17, and two 100-yard video games within the playoffs.
Godwin (25) and Evans (27) are each within the prime of their careers with 4 Professional Bowls between them. The Buccaneers offense ranked sixth in move makes an attempt final season. It’s solely affordable to imagine Tampa Bay shall be within the high 10 in that class once more.
In comparison with Brown and Jones: Brown and Jones have eight Professional Bowls between them, seven of which come from Jones. The place Godwin and Evans differ is that each are nonetheless of their 20s and so they appear to be they might be a formidable tandem for a number of years. Jones, at 32, seemingly is on the decline, however with the best system and quarterback, he ought to nonetheless be very productive. Brown is coming into his third season, that means he’s a great distance from his profession apex.
DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. The Seahawks’ passing offense obtained off to a fast begin in 2020 however fizzled out because the season wore on. But in some way each Lockett and Metcalf topped 1,000 yards receiving and every had no less than 10 landing catches.
Metcalf completed seventh within the league with 1,303 yards. He was a big-play risk on almost each down, averaging 15.6 yards per reception. Lockett is a flexible receiver who has a knack for locating the tip zone. He scored seven of his 10 touchdowns inside six yards of the aim line. He turned one in every of quarterback Russell Wilson’s favourite targets due to his positive arms and constant output. In 2020, he completed with a catch fee of 75.8, his third straight season over 74 %.
The regular arms of each Metcalf and Lockett, coupled with Wilson’s quarterback play, can instill concern in any protection.
In comparison with Brown and Jones: Metcalf, a university teammate of Brown’s at Ole Miss, and Lockett profit from glorious quarterback play, however the identical might be mentioned for Jones and Brown. Ryan Tannehill’s reference to Brown has been obvious from the time he turned Tennessee’s beginning quarterback. Neglect the concept opponents can double-team Brown on each snap, as was the case previous to the commerce. Consequently, each Jones and Brown’s receiving yards per catch and catch fee would possibly enhance to ranges corresponding to these of Metcalf and Lockett.
Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb. Cooper completed high 15 in catches (92) and receiving yards (1,114) final season and did so with a set of Andy Dalton, Ben DiNucci, and Garret Gilbert underneath middle for 11 video games. The final full season with Dak Prescott, Cooper set profession highs in yards and touchdowns. Lamb’s rookie season went properly, contemplating the circumstances. He notched 74 receptions for 935 yards and 5 touchdowns and shortly established himself as one of many league’s high main slot receivers.
With Prescott again within the fold, each Cooper and Lamb can moderately count on an increase in manufacturing. It’ll additionally assist that this would be the second 12 months of coach Mike McCarthy’s offense in Dallas.
In comparison with Brown and Jones: Cooper and Lamb get pleasure from a two-time speeding champion, Ezekiel Elliott, as part of their offense. Brown and Jones, in fact, have the identical luxurious with Derrick Henry. Meaning defenses can’t dedicate too many our bodies to move protection too typically. Meaning there shall be occasions for every staff when each receivers will face single, and chances are high that one in every of them will win.