Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) warms up before the game against the New York Giants at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Where Does the Detroit Lions Receiving Duo Rank?

The Detroit Lions have the luxury of Calvin Johnson making up one half of a wide receiver duo. As arguably the top wide receiver in the NFL today, pairing Megatron with just about any NFL receiver is enough to make a top ten list but does the addition of Golden Tate make them contenders for the fake title of the NFL’s best duo?’s Chris Wesseling recently took up the task of ranking the leagues top wide receiver tandems and placed the Johnson-Tate combination third. Edging them out was the Atlanta Falcons duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White with the Chicago Bears’ Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery taking top honors. Wesseling offered the following commentary on Johnson and Tate:

Megatron’s greatness is undeniable. He’s been the best in the game for three years running. For the first time, he now has a playmaking sidekick in the underrated former Seahawks receiver. Owner of the NFL’s best drop rate since 2011, Tate also led all eligible receivers in forced missed tackles, yards after the catch per reception and punt-return efficiency last season, per Pro Football Focus.

Anwar Richardson went through the same exercise on Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner and also placed Marshall and Jeffery at the top. It takes a little more scanning to find Calving Johnson and Golden Tate on the list with Richardson placing them fifth. Also ahead of the Lions pair are Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb (Packers), Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker (Broncos) and Roddy White and Julio Jones (Falcons). Richardson comments:

Finally, Detroit found a young receiver with speed to complement Johnson. Nate Burelson, Titus Young and Ryan Broyles are the notable receivers who failed to take enough pressure off Johnson. Tate, a former Seahawks standout, should make Detroit one of the most exciting teams to watch.

With all the talk around the Lions’ interest in Sammy Watkins in the 2014 NFL Draft, it’s hard to not start wondering where a Johnson-Watkins duo might rank…

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  • William Rhoads

    You do not get it! we need three stand alone WR we have two and last year the two games that CJ missed was proof of how bad or WR core was we had only One WR CJ ! Tate is a nice addition but if either of them get hurt we our right back! to one WR! That is why we must make the move to get Watkins he is heads above the rest of all of this year WR ! we have tried the bargin basement/ injured late round players for WR ! This is a rare chance to get eventually CJ replacement in Watkins we must take him even if we have to trade up to do it! which would be a deal with the rams for this year second pick of the first round may cost a first pick and a second which by all purpose except for slay pick of the second round pick has not been good to Mayhew so lets use to get Watkins and the rest of the picks 7 can all go to defense!

  • mitch696969

    The lions have enough at wr to pass on taking another….. It would be nice to add just one more late in the first or in the third…….. a good draft is 4 starters ……… I personally like Kony Ealy Round 1 but would be pleased with Cooks in Round 1……… Round 2 holds a solid wr option after Buffalo picks their guy….The teams in front of Detroit are looking for WR and G too so movement in the draft would benefit them and San Fran is a threat to pluck anywhere

  • mitch696969

    Tate is an improvement over burleson in the same role. You would like to find another vertical threat receiver and that could be Robinson, Moncrief, Benjamin, Bryant but wrs will fly off the board this year ….. I still say Kony Ealy, Martavis Bryant, maybe you get Travis Swanson and you have 3 good picks for potential starters ….and now 5 more longshot choices for your depth charts…….. Broyles we hope is our slot guy, Ogeltree is seasoned, Durham was a mixed bag, Nobody has seen anything from Stewart, Fuller
    It is really between Ealy and Gilbert for no. 1 but you could thrown in Barr, Mathews, Donald…. Donald intrigues because you have to block him with a C if Chicago takes him….. Are they sure about sack production ? If not they pass on Gilbert