Dec 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Lions defeated the Bears 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
1. Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate
In shocking fashion, I must go with the Lions duo here at number one. If we are looking at 2014 stats alone, then I understand putting Cobb and Nelson at number 1. But the fact remains that the Lions still have the best receiver in the game. As long as we are talking stats, Calvin Johnson picked up his fifth straight 1000 yard season. What makes it even more impressive is that he missed three games and was used as a decoy in two others. Golden Tate had a big 2014 as well, leading the NFL in yards after catch. The Lions receiving core could have a monster year in 2015 with addition of what could be a solid run game and a bolstered offensive line.
2. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb
An extremely close second. These two combined for a big year in 2014. Aaron Rodgers should buy them both a new car because they had an awful lot to do with his MVP season. Why are they ranked second? Jordy Nelson may have peaked in 2014. At 30 years old the question now is can Nelson continue to put up big numbers as he continues to age? or will the reins soon be passed to Randall Cobb and Davante Adams? Either way with Aaron Rodgers at the helm, the Packers will always have solid receiving help.
Alshon Jeffrey and Kevin White
After the loss of Brandon Marshall, the Bears decide to go out and take Kevin White with their first round pick. Alshon Jeffrey had another productive season in 2014 but without Brandon Marshall demanding coverage, will Jeffrey be able to keep up the pace? Their success also deeply depends on which Jay Cutler they get in 2015.
4. Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson
Charles Johnson showed up in 2014 and proved to be an effective target. The Vikings biggest splash was trading for Mike Wallace during the offseason. The question is will Wallace continue to trend downwards? Since his two big seasons in 2010 and 2011, Wallace has consistently gotten worse, hence Miami’s willingness to trade him and try their luck with Kenny Stills.
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