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Top 10 Wide Receivers Entering the 2018 NFL Season

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

Wide receivers are one of the most flashiest positions in all of football. They can make diving catches, catches on the run and then spin, and make one-handed catches. It is a highlight reel waiting to happen position. Wide receiver might be the deepest position in the NFL today. Teams must have at least two quality receivers in order to win. Who are the top 10 wide receivers entering the 2018 season?

10. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos: Thomas is physical at the point of attack and he is very good at out jumping defenders. Thomas has elite strength and speed. He has had to deal with Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch throwing him the football ever since Peyton Manning retired. For the first time since 2011, Thomas didn't have an 1,000-yard season. He has been consistent throughout his NFL career. Demaryius Thomas caught 83 passes for 949 yards receiving and five touchdowns.

9. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints: Ever since the middle of his rookie season, Thomas has emerged into New Orleans's top receiver. He has also emerged into one of the top receivers in the NFL. All Thomas does is play and he doesn't talk. Michael Thomas has started to develop a take over a game mentality. He caught 104 passes for 1,245 yards receiving and five touchdowns.

8. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers: Allen was a monster for the Chargers last season and he was fully healthy. Allen can play on the outside and line up in the slot. He was Rivers's favorite target along with tight end Hunter Henry last season. If Keenan Allen stays healthy in 2018, he will be a force to be reckoned with and the Chargers will have a great chance to make it to the postseason for the first time since the 2015 regular season and 2016 postseason. Keenan Allen caught 102 passes for 1,393 yards receiving and six touchdowns.

7. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Evans is one of the most consistent receivers in the NFL. He had to deal with Jameis Winston missing three games and Ryan Fitzpatrick threw the ball to him for three games. Considering that, Evans did a pretty good job. He is very good at out jumping defenders and being a possession receiver. Mike Evans is faster than people think he is. He will not have Jameis Winston for the first three games this season and will see how Evans responds. He would have won offensive rookie of the year in 2014 if it wasn't for Odell Beckham Jr.'s breakout. Mike Evans has had at least 1,000 yards receiving in his first four years of his career. He caught 71 passes for 1,001 yards receiving and five touchdowns last season.

6. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals: Green is a fast and athletic receiver. The problem is he has Andy Dalton to deal with for his entire career. Green is a great receiver as it is, but what if he had an elite quarterback throwing him the football? In the red zone, A.J. Green is a monster at getting the football. He caught 75 passes for 1,078 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

5. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald is an ageless wonder and he continues to play at a high level at 34 years old. Fitzgerald has talked about retirement for the past couple of seasons, but he loves the game so much that he doesn't want to. Larry Fitzgerald is trying to chase a Super Bowl ring and he continues to work hard in order to try and reach that goal. Fitzgerald is amazing at catching passes through traffic and making defenders miss. He is also a fundamentally sound receiver. Larry Fitzgerald caught 109 passes for 1,156 yards receiving and six touchdowns.

4. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans: Hopkins played at a high level when DeShaun Watson was throwing him the football last season and then when Watson went down with a Torn ACL injury, his numbers took a dip a little bit with Tom Savage throwing him the football. Hopkins has the talent to be the best receiver in football, but everyone likes to talk about Odell Beckham Jr., Julio Jones, and Antonio Brown instead. DeAndre Hopkins is a red zone threat and he is very fast and strong. If the Houston Texans did not have Hopkins, they would maybe have the worst receiving core in the NFL. He caught 96 passes for 1,378 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns.

3. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants: Beckham Jr. is a highlight reel waiting to happen every time the ball is thrown to him. He can catch a slant route and take it to distance or he can catch a pass one-handed. Beckham Jr. is always putting on a show for the fans in pre-game warmups with his one-handed grabs. He only played in four games last season. Beckham Jr. missed Week one against the Dallas Cowboys on the road because of an ankle injury. He injured his ankle in Week five against the Los Angeles Chargers at home and it caused him to miss the rest of the season. Odell Beckham Jr. is on the final year of his contract and he is looking for a new one in order to stay with the New York Giants. He won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2014. His behavior has been much better lately. Odell Beckham Jr. caught 25 passes for 302 yards receiving and three touchdowns last season. In 2016, he caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns.

2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons: Jones has become one of the most dominant forces at the wide receiver position and he isn't much of a talker on the field. All Jones does is just go out and play. He is a deep ball threat and Julio Jones is also very physical. He has posted at five 1,000-yard seasons in his first seven NFL seasons. Jones is often double teamed a lot and he is also amazing at making catches in traffic. Julio Jones caught 88 passes for 1,444 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers: Brown seems to take his game to another level year in and year out. He is very fast, elusive, and strong. Brown has very good hands and he rarely drops passes. Antonio Brown is also amazing at catching passes in traffic. He is the best receiver in the NFL, depending who you ask. Some people think it's Julio Jones, but I think Antonio Brown is the best receiver in the NFL considering how much of a game changer he is. Brown can also return punts. He was drafted in the sixth round (195th overall), in the 2010 NFL Draft. Brown has used it as motivation ever since he got into the NFL. Antonio Brown caught 101 passes for 1,533 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.

This article was originally published on @gk18