Every NFL season there is a discussion about who the best NFL wide receiver is, and every year it seems like it changes. So before the chaos of the NFL season starts up, let’s dive into who the best receivers in the NFL are heading into the 2021-2022 season.
Davante Adams arguably had the best 2020 season of any wide receiver. He had 115 receptions on 149 targets, 1,374 yards, and 18 touchdowns (which led the league last season). Davante is probably the best pure route runner in the league. It helps that he has 2020 MVP Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball but it still takes serious skill to put up those types of numbers in a season. Davante is probably the most popular choice for best receiver in the league as of right now because of how productive he was in the 2020 season.
Tyreek Hill is easily the biggest deep threat in football and since he has Patrick Mahomes throwing him the ball, he often connects on the deep passes for big chunk plays. Hill went for 87 receptions on 135 targets, 1,276 yards, and 15 touchdowns in 2020. He has to compete with Travis Kelce who is the best tight end in football for targets every single game so his stats are very impressive due to the competition for targets he faces. Tyreek also had one of the best single games of any player when he went for 13 catches, 269 yards and 3 touchdowns against Tampa Bay in week 12 last season.
Everyone has always known Stefon Diggs was a star receiver in the NFL when he played for the Vikings. The Buffalo Bills have turned him into a superstar. He is the lone focal point for the Bills offense and for superstar quarterback Josh Allen. Diggs turned in a great 2020 season as he went for 127 receptions (which led the league last season), 1,535 yards (which also led the league last season) and 8 touchdowns. As you can see, Diggs led the league in both receptions and yards last season and it helps to be the only real target in Buffalo, but Diggs very much capitalized on the volume of targets he got last season and he should get a ton of volume yet again in 2021.
DeAndre Hopkins was easily the best receiver in football for the first half of last season. He was insanely productive and the Cardinals were winning games. During the second half of the season his production dipped a little bit and the Cardinals also started to lose more games. Still, DeAndre went for 115 receptions, 1,407 yards, and 6 touchdowns in the 2020 season. It was also his first year with the Cardinals and with quarterback Kyler Murray so they should be more connected in year 2 together.
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