Best 2020 NFL Wide Receiver Trio Preseason Tournament: NFC North Finals (Round 2): Lions v. Vikings
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 according to 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’.
NFC North Finals (Round 2): Lions v. Vikings
DET = Golladay, Marvin Jones, Amendola
MIN = Thielen, Jefferson, Bisi Johnson
#1) Golladay v. Thielen
WINNER = Adam Thielen (MIN leads 1-0)
Remember, this is just about 2020/this season…who would I want if I were an NFL GM? Thielen is so terrific…so is Golladay, but Thielen is the unrecognized best WR in the NFL (potentially). Golladay is right up there as a serious weapon/talent. Very close, but I go Thielen.
#2) Mrv. Jones v. Jefferson
WINNER = Marvin Jones (1-1 tie)
Marvin Jones is an underrated veteran WR who has been more productive than many big name WRs of the day. Justin Jefferson is solid but mostly a Joe Burrow creation.
#3) Amendola v. Bisi
WINNER = Danny Amendola (DET wins 2-1)
Are you kidding me…it comes down to picking between these two? Amendola has won both his matchups so far, somehow. I take the veteran hand over the guy who shouldn’t even be starting for an NFL team but somehow did last year.
Tomorrow: Panthers v. Bucs
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)
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