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?

NFL.com’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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