Best 2020 NFL Wide Receiver Trio Preseason Tournament: FINALS (Round 5/Super Bowl): Colts v. Cardinals
You know what I hate? When I see stupid offseason content like ‘Best NFL Players Who Wore #10’ or ‘The Ten Best WR groups in the NFL’. Who cares what person I don’t even know thinks/writes about such things? It’s just clickbait.
I saw one of these ‘Best WR Group’ articles in my news feed the other day, and I rolled my eyes per usual. I caught the headline while I was strolling through my phone for a final check before bed. I put aside the phone. Pulled the covers over. Settled in. Started thinking about… Who would be the best WR group in the NFL in preseason 2020, according to me? You know…there is so much WR talent flooding the NFL, every NFL team has a great duo…some trio…some go four-deep. How would I judge ‘The Best WR Group in the NFL’?
As I entertained myself with the notion, I thought – well, hell…I’ll take the (click)bait. I’ll do a report out on the best WR groups because now I’m wondering who it might be, for no particular reason.
But, how would I do it?
Here are my criteria…
-- Looking at/judging the three most talented WRs the team has/likely starters. Ranking those three guys #1-2-3 for their team’s likely status/standing mixed with our feelings on the most talented, in my scouting eye/analytics for talent (not production numbers…because how can you account for rookies or their QB helping/hurting).
-- Pitting one team against another, the three WRs head-to-head against each other tournament style. When a team/trio wins their matchup and moves on to the next round to face another winner until we get down to the Super Bowl finals – best of the NFC v. best of the AFC.
-- It will be like a Royal Rumble, of sorts. Each team’s #1 ranked WR (according to be) will battle the other team’s #1 WR, and I will pick who I think is better. Then we do #2 v. #2 and #3 v. #3. Essentially a best of three, depth can overcome one great WR, winning team advances. Could a team get upset early rounds? Sure. But eventually, the strongest trios are going to survive and wind up in the end…you’d think.
Here’s how we’ll do it…
-- One matchup per day…so I can stretch the content out for the month of June. A little cheap snack of reading each day for June.
-- We’ll start within the divisions, seeding based on standings from last season. So, for example, in the AFC West, Kansas City will face the Chargers and Denver v. Las Vegas in the 1st-round.
2nd-round will be all the winners within a division facing off for best in their division.
-- We’ll get the eight divisional winners and seed them by AFC/NFC records from last season. And eventually go from this final eight, to final four, to the best AFC and NFC teams vying for the Super Bowl title of best WR trio in the NFL preseason 2020.
Got it? Good.
I’m going with gut for each winner – based on talent, based on age, based on injury-risk, based on if I ran an NFL team and you gave me the free choice of WR-a or WR-b to join my franchise, all things being equal…who would I take. You may disagree with my choice but that’s the point…to stir up cheap emotion over something meaningless but inherently ‘fun’.
FINALS (Round 5/Super Bowl): Colts v. Cardinals
IND = Hilton, Campbell, Pittman
ARI = Hopkins, Kirk, Fitz
#1) Hilton v. Hopkins
WINNER = DeAndre Hopkins (HOU leads 1-0)
DeAndre Hopkins runs the table as the lead-off matchup throughout this whole tourney. Tyreek Hill really would have been the only other WR who would have given me a pause on picking over Hopkins.
#2) Parris v. Kirk
WINNER = Parris Campbell (tie 1-1)
If I had to draft one versus the other, knowing Kirk is an established good+ NFL WR or betting on the come with Parris (who didn’t play enough in 2019 due to injury) – I take Parris Campbell. That’s how serious I am interested in what Campbell can do in the NFL. Campbell is bigger and faster than Kirk, and I think plays just as tough. Kirk is really good. Parris is a potential freak of nature.
#3) Pittman v. Fitzgerald
WINNER = Larry Fitzgerald (ARI wins 2-1)
I mean, Fitz is not in his prime…but he was still (arguably) the best WR on the Cardinals last year…amazing at his age. For just the 2020 season…I have to go with Fitz over the great but unproven rookie.
There you are…the Cardinals are the champs, and hopefully Kyler rides this to the league MVP this season!!
Tomorrow: The WR trio tourney is over, go home…new series on something will be starting soon!
Results so far…
NE def. MIA (2-1)
BUF def. NYJ (2-1)
BAL def. CIN (2-1)
PIT def. CLE (2-1)
JAX def. HOU (2-1)
IND def. TEN (3-0)
LAC def. KC (2-1)
LV def. DEN (2-1)
WAS def. PHI (2-1)
DAL def. NYG (3-0)
DET def. GB (2-1)
MIN def. CHI (2-1)
CAR def. NO (2-1)
TB def. ATL (3-0)
ARI def. SF (3-0)
SEA def. LAR (3-0)
NE def. BUF (2-1)
PIT def. BAL (2-1)
IND def. JAX (2-1)
LAC def. LV (2-1)
DAL def. WAS (3-0)
DET def. MIN (2-1)
TB def. CAR (3-0)
ARI def. SEA (3-0)
PIT def. NE (2-1)
IND def. LAC (3-0)
DAL def. DET (2-1)
ARI def. TB (2-1)
IND def. PIT (2-1)
ARI def. DAL (2-1)
ARI def. IND (2-1)
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