1. Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffery– You basically have the same type of receiver with these two when you look at it. Both guys are tall, physical receivers that both want to go up and get the football. Preparing to defend and take away one receiver is one thing but when you have another threat on the opposite side, that says something completely different. Brandon is one of the best in the business and I also feel that Alshon is a top ten receiver. They give Jay Cutler two weapons down the field and in the redzone and that’s where Brandon Marshall shines best. When Brandon is locked down on one side, you have a great complementary piece in Alshon on the other side.
2. DeMariyus Thomas/Wes Welker– Wes Welker has always been a guy that doesn’t mind being the second or third target and that’s what he’s been in Denver. DeMariyus Thomas has flourished in this offense since the arrival of Peyton Manning and that helps a great deal, wouldn’t you say so? They bring so much to the engine that is the Broncos offense. One guy works the outside and can go intermediate and make any catch thrown his way then you have another guy who runs the short route and works the slot and inside. These are the two key pieces to this Broncos offense along with Peyton.
3. Julio Jones/Roddy White– Julio has emerged as the go to guy on this offense. He’s become that number one receiver in Atlanta. Roddy is another threat and they allow Matt Ryan to get the ball down the field and depending on who’s open, they’ll make a play on the football and try to get to the endzone. Last year was a difficult season for both guys. Julio was injured with a foot injury and Roddy had his share of injuries. I’m looking for a bounce back season from both guys and when both are healthy and active, they are a very potent and dangerous duo for any defense to defend.
4. Jordy Nelson/Randall Cobb– When the Packers lost Greg Jennings and James Jones, many wondered who would Aaron get the football too. Seemed like they didn’t have guys that we all didn’t know about. I think Jordy and Randall have both answered those questions. Jordy Nelson has emerged as one of the best receivers in football. He’s a nice target for Aaron on the outside and makes that back shoulder catch look easy. Randall missed most of last year with a leg injury but when he’s healthy he brings that extra splash to a potent offense and he’s another weapon for Aaron. Randall has become one of the most versatile players in football today. He can play outside, line up in the slot and play in the backfield. Both these guys are capable of recording 1,000 yard seasons.
5. Michael Crabtree/Anquan Boldin– These two take a lot of pressure off Colin Kaepernick in that San Francisco offense. One guy does the little things as a receiver. Anquan can go short and intermediate and is usually relied upon to make that big catch on third down. Crabtree is the outside threat and Kap’s go to guy. Both are nice threats in the red zone and I truly believe that these two will open up the passing game for the 49ers this year. The key will be for Crabtree to stay healthy because when he is, he’s a nice added piece for this offense.