Detroit Lions: Best Receiving Duo in the NFL?


There are some good wide receiver duo’s in the NFL today, but do the Detroit Lions have the best receiving duo in the NFL?

Dec 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver

Calvin Johnson

(81) during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

It could be argued that the best duo is Roddy White and Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons, Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas of the Denver Broncos, or even Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb of the Green Bay Packers. But, this year, I see the top spot going to Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.

Also at SLR: Detroit Lions Training Camp Stories

With training camp in full swing for every team across the NFL, Calvin Johnson has shown he is healthy in camp and is back in Megatron form. Last season he suffered from a banged up ankle that held him out of 4 or 5 games and limited him in a few as well. This season, though, he is back, to the demise of the doubters who say he is on a downhill slope.

"“What did I miss, four, almost five games last year? Still came up with just over 1,000 (yards). I still have some (good years) left” said Johnson to the Detroit Free Press"

Oct 19, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver

Golden Tate

(15) during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

While Megatron was out, Tate stepped in and showed he has what it takes to be a leading receiver on this team. He amassed a total of 1,331 yards (a career high) and scored four touchdowns during the 2014 season.

Golden Tate definitely has high hopes for this Detroit Lions squad for the 2015 season. In an article with Michael Schottey of Bleacher Report, he spoke a lot of these expectations and what he thinks of the direction of the team.

Both players have the ability to run good routes, juke defenders and make strong cuts on the field to gain many yards after the catch. They both have speed and an uncanny ability to go up and get the ball in places no human being should be able to catch.

Which, begs to question, are these guys even human? Watch out in training camp and game day and see for yourselves exactly what this pair can do together when healthy.

It doesn’t matter if you agree or disagree with the fact that they are the best duo. This season, you will see them prove to you that they, in fact, are the best duo of wide receivers not only for the Detroit Lions but in the NFL.

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