Playing wide receiver in the NFL can seem like a challenging task, yet these game-stopping athletes make it look like a walk in the park. They boast incredible grabs out of thin air, tip-toe catches on the sideline, sure hands in high traffic and blazing speed down the field. Here is a list of my top five receivers in the game today:
5. DeAndre Hopkins
- Pros- Hopkins has great size and athleticism. His large hands make catching footballs an easy task and his physical nature make him tough to bring down.
- Cons- Instability at the quarterback position caused a drop in his numbers. His frustration was observed on and off the field with sharp words in interviews and lackluster performances in a number of games. Look for him to have a bounce back year with a promising new quarterback.
4. Dez Bryant
- Pros- He's a very physical player with exceptional athleticism. He can run any route on the field and rack of yards after the catch.
- Cons- He's highly emotional and at times his mental stability has a negative affect on his gameplay.
3. Odell Beckham, Jr.
- Pros- Beckham is an exciting player to watch. He has great hands and speed along with good route running capabilities.
- Cons- Also an emotional player that can be neutralized with the double team.
4. Julio Jones
- Pros- He has the best combination of size and speed at his position. He can also run any route on the field and has great playmaking ability.
- Cons- He can be neutralized with the double team.
5. Antonio Brown
- Pros- He can turn any play into a touchdown with his great speed and quickness. Probably the best route runner in the game.
- Cons- His size permits physical defenders to slow him down. The double team can neutralize this player.
Determining "the best" at any position in football is both complicated and subjective.
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