New York Giants: Ranking Odell Beckham, Top 5 wide receivers in NFL
1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Age: 28 (7/10/1988)
2016 Season Statistics: 15 games played, 106 receptions, 1,284 yards, 12 touchdowns
Career Statistics: 101 games played, 632 receptions, 8,377 yards, 50 touchdowns
If Julio Jones is cut from the same cloth as Randy Moss, then Antonio Brown is from the mold of Jerry Rice. Jones packs a powerful punch that’s almost impossible to defend, but Brown knows every trick in the book.
Pick your poison with Brown and Jones, but it’s the Pittsburgh Steelers superstar who gets the slight edge for the No. 1 spot.
Brown has recorded at least 100 receptions in four consecutive seasons—something only he and Marvin Harrison have ever done, per Pro-Football-Reference. During that four-year run, he’s amassed 6,315 yards and 43 touchdowns.
Brown ranks No. 1 in receiving touchdowns and No. 2 in receiving yards during that stretch. He has 15 more touchdowns than Jones in just two more games.
What makes Brown so special is that he’s not just targeted a high number of times, but hauls in passes with consistency. During the four-year run, he had a catch percentage of 70.3 percent—5.0 percent higher than Jones and 7.3 percent higher than Odell Beckham.
In what may be the NFL’s most high-powered offense, it’s Antonio Brown who’s the most consistently productive and impactful option.
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