Cory's Corner: Best NFL WR duo is...

Quick, what is the best wide receiver tandem in the NFL?

The Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders? Or how about the Jets’ Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker? You could even throw in the Bengals’ A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert as a darkhorse.

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles thinks that his wideouts of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are the best duo in the league. There’s no way two Jaguars are the best receivers in the league — at looking at it from a macro level, no Jacksonville player is the best at any position.

"We are the No. 1 duo in the league," said Hurns. "You just look at what we've done this past season. Even though guys like Brandon Marshall and [Eric] Decker did a tremendous job, [and] Demaryus Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, but you look at it as far as we probably had like 50 less catches combined than all of those guys and our yardage is up there.”

Now I know a lot of you may be thinking, “What about Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb?” That’s a fair question but I want to see if Nelson can get back to his 2014 form when he racked up a career-high 1,519 receiving yards. And you cannot forget about the addition of tight end Jared Cook. Can he sneak into one of Aaron Rodgers’ top two targets next season?

So what tandem of receivers is the best in the league? I cannot say the Denver duo anymore because nobody really knows what is going to happen with the Broncos’ quarterback situation. And the Jets are counting on the 32-year-old Marshall to not lose a step after catching a career-high 14 touchdowns.

The aspect that cannot be overlooked when talking about the best receiver is the team’s quarterback. Bortles isn’t the worst quarterback in the league, but he still needs some seasoning.

And that’s why at this moment right now, I’m going with Arizona’s John Brown and Michael Floyd as the best receiving combo in the league. It obviously helps that trusted veteran Carson Palmer is throwing them passes and Larry Fitzgerald is clogging up the middle of the field as well.

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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Nick Perry's picture

April 09, 2016 at 07:20 am

Even with Martavis Bryant suspended for the 2016 season, I'd take Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton over Brown and Floyd in a heartbeat. I've also watched the Jags duo closely, Hurns mostly because of Fantasy Football. but those two can ball. Robinson and Hurns stats I'm sure are inflated because they play from behind most of the time. Personally I'd take either the Steelers or Jags duo ahead of Arizonas.

With that said I want to see what the Packers WR's do this year having their OWN position coach. Adams caught 223 balls in 2 seasons at Fresno St and was ONLY 21 years old the day he was drafted. The Kid WAS a Kid.

Jordy Nelson made himself a Great WR with obvious hours and hours of hard work. It wouldn't surprise me a bit to see Nelson come back and have a impact on the Packers like Peterson did for the Vikings and equel his 2014 stats because of his work ethic.

Cobb is the ULTIMATE Robin but needs his Batman. If Monty AND Cobb stay healthy this year with Adams and Nelson outside, WHO GIVES A DAMN ABOUT DUOS, I'll take those 4 anytime with AR.

I understand this was about Duos, but when you have the talent at WR the Packers do with the QB they have, it's tough to just look at a Duo : )

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

April 09, 2016 at 08:04 am

I'd take Antonio Brown and just about any starter WR over Brown and Floyd.

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Nick Perry's picture

April 09, 2016 at 08:29 am

Brown was a 6th round pick who made himself great. It's been said he spends hours upon hours (Still) catching balls on the Jugs Machine. Who knows, maybe Adams will put in that kind of work. I still believe Adams can be great but he obviously has to put in the work. Playing "Madden" won't help you catch the ball.

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gr7070's picture

April 09, 2016 at 08:33 am

Ignoring the "wide" I might take Gronk and Edelman. Gronk vs. a CB or S or LB just isn't fair.

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4thand1's picture

April 09, 2016 at 08:52 am

White lightnings, Janis and Nelson. They will cause nightmares this year for defenses. There will so many guys open AR won't know who to throw the ball to.

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dschwalm's picture

April 09, 2016 at 03:20 pm

So that will be Rodgers' excuse this year? "There were so many guys open, I didn't know to whom to throw the ball". Sounds better than throwing his receivers under the bus like he did last year!!

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4thand1's picture

April 09, 2016 at 03:38 pm

another Rodgers hater, yippie. cow junior. AR will win his 3rd MVP this year.

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Since'61's picture

April 09, 2016 at 04:50 pm

4thand1, I'm with you. Anyone who complains about ARs performance either didn't watch the games or if they did, they have no idea what they are watching. Thanks, Since '61

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barutanseijin's picture

April 09, 2016 at 08:07 pm

Really? I watched the games. There was something off from the SD game on. He wasn't as accurate, his placement wasn't as good making it harder for receivers to catch the ball, his downfield vision had big blind spots, his pocket awareness wasn't as good as in past years, he threw off his back foot often, he got sacked & fumbled a lot and his pouts per game were way up. That's borne out by his stats, too. He was down in every category, both compared to his previous seasons and relative to rival QBs. Yes, his receivers were bad, too, but it's not an either/or question.

We shall see if it was just a big bellyache type year. Maybe he'll go back to where he was like Ruth did in 1926.

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4thand1's picture

April 10, 2016 at 03:27 pm

He was down from the time Jordy got hurt. Then his receivers started dropping like flies. Then the running game tanked when Lacy came in a lardass. Switching offensive play calling. All in all a f-ed up year. There was no timing with the whole team.

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Rossonero's picture

April 09, 2016 at 10:05 am

Offensive line must stay healthy or depth players play better to give Rodgers time to throw.

One of the biggest reasons why Rodgers had an MVP season in 2014 was because the offensive line stayed together and gave him a ton of time to pick apart hapless defenses. It also opens up running lanes and the play action.

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dobber's picture

April 09, 2016 at 03:53 pm

We saw a lot of teams play physical coverage against the Packers and contain ARod in the pocket by getting their ends upfield, knowing the Packer OL was beat up and couldn't keep him clean for very long. Extending plays and taking advantage of defenses as they try to cover for 5 or 7 seconds is such a major part of ARod's game. How often, at the snap, were all 11 defenders within 7 yards of the LOS last season? A lot.

You're right on: the OL is the key variable here. Sure, ARod had a lousy year by his standards, and we still don't know the degree to which his ailments hurt his game, but if they can get consistent play from the OL, defenses will have to back off the LOS again and it will make a huge difference for receivers getting open.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

April 09, 2016 at 05:51 pm

I agree. I think teams took advantage of a banged up Aaron Rodgers, a banged up and inconsistent O-Line and horrible WR play. It's cool. Took it on the chin -- they'll bounce back this upcoming season. I'm confident Week 1 will look nothing like Week 4 - Playoffs from last season.

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dobber's picture

April 10, 2016 at 12:29 pm

They can't afford to approach this season as if last season was a bizarre aberration that will right itself on its own. I think Jared Cook is an initial attempt at moving things forward, but it's going to have to go deeper than that. You're absolutely right: a slow start on offense will start the wolves howling...

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Rossonero's picture

April 09, 2016 at 11:29 pm

Thanks Dobber. It was crazy how defenses played in the Packers face last season. Can't wait for week 1 to see a new team out there.

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EdsLaces's picture

April 09, 2016 at 09:45 pm

Gronk and Martellus might be best TE duo in past 20 years?

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Flow49's picture

April 10, 2016 at 01:51 am

What about Gronk and Hernandez half the time that was the most killer duo in the league.

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ray nichkee's picture

April 10, 2016 at 09:47 am

Half that duo was killer.

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