Which pairs of receivers across the square are the best NFL?
On Thursday, FOX Sports’ Greg Jennings joined the “The carton exhibition” to discuss the top three QB-WR duos — and revealed which pair fell a little further down his list.
Let’s dive in.
1. Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills
Key Stats: So far in 2022, Diggs ranks second in receptions (20), second in receiving yards (270) and first in receiving touchdowns (four). He finished last season tied for ninth, eighth and sixth in the same categories, respectively. This season, Allen has targeted Diggs on 33.3 percent of his pass attempts, tied for the third-highest mark in the NFL. Diggs’ 23 targets are tied for seventh most in the NFL entering Week 3. The Bills are 2-0 on the season, scoring 72 points in two games.
Jennings’ thoughts: “Right now, you have to credit Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs for what they’ve done — and they’ve been doing it now for the longest time.”
2. Joe Barrow and Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals
Key Stats: So far in 2022, Chase is tied for fifth in receptions (15) and ninth in receiving yards (183). He has just one receiving score on the season. In 2021, Chase finished tied for 20th in receptions (81), while ranking fourth in receiving yards (1,455) and third in receiving touchdowns (13) en route to being named NFL Rookie of the Year. This season, Burrow has targeted Chase on 28.1 percent of his pass attempts, and Chase’s 25 targets so far in 2022 are tied for the second most in the NFL. The Bengals started the season 0-2 after reaching the Super Bowl last season. Over the past three seasons, of the 40 teams that have made the playoffs, none of them have started 0-2.
Jennings’ thoughts: “Then I’m moving to Cincinnati — yes, absolutely — with Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase. I know they haven’t clicked on it [year]. (More on last year) and what they’ve done leading up to that.”
3. Matthew Stafford and Cooper Coupe, Los Angeles Rams
Key Stats: This season, Kupp ranks first in receptions (24), fourth in receiving yards (236) and tied for second in receptions (three). The reigning Offensive Player of the Year led the NFL in receptions (145), receiving yards (1,947) and receiving touchdowns (16) last season. Heading into Week 3, Stafford has targeted Kupp on 37.7 percent of his pass attempts, the highest mark in the NFL. After leading the league with 191 targets in 2021 — the most in a single season by any player since 2015 — Kupp boasts an NFL-high 29 targets so far in 2022. The reigning Super Bowl champion Rams are 1-1 on the season which begins Week 3.
Jennings’ thoughts: “I’d honestly put them third. … There’s Stefon Diggs and obviously Josh Allen, and then there’s the Bengals — and then I’ll go Cooper Kupp.”
Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (Honorable Mention)
Key Stats: So far in 2022, Jefferson is fifth in receptions (15), ranks fifth in receiving yards (232) and tied for seventh in receiving touchdowns (two), and Cousins has targeted Jefferson on 29.5% of his pass attempts . The third receiver has 23 targets so far on the season, tied for seventh most in the NFL. Last season, Jefferson finished fourth in receptions (108) and second in receiving yards (1,616). The Vikings look to stay above .500 this week after starting 1-1.
Jennings’ thoughts: “Let me say this: I’d throw Justin Jefferson and Kirk Cousins in there, but when I look at the quarterbacks — Kirk is that ‘TBD’ when it comes to, ‘He can continue to allow Justin to be that guy ?”
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