NFL.com's Chris Wesseling has updated the wide receiver duo rankings that NFL Network put together last November. Wesseling wanted to adjust the rankings to reflect the return of guys like Julio Jones from injury, as well as upgrades to receiving corps around the league via free agency. Not surprisingly, Roddy White and Julio Jones were placed second on this list, behind Chicago's Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
Now, your initial reaction might be to yell that White and Jones are absolutely better than Jeffery and Marshall, and I say that because it was definitely my completely subjective initial reaction. However, when you factor in the fact that White and Jones earned the second spot coming off of a season where Jones was placed on IR early in the season and White spent the bulk of the season hindered by lingering injuries, their placement on this list speaks to Wesseling's understanding of and respect for the kind of impact players they are when healthy.
If you're going off of stats from last season as an indicator, Marshall and Jeffery are a reasonable choice for the top spot. Jeffery posted 1,421 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 89 receptions, and Marshall hauled in 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns. In an obviously down year, Roddy White had 711 yards and three touchdowns on 63 receptions, and Julio Jones put up 580 yards and two touchdowns on 41 receptions prior to being placed on injured reserve. It's reasonable to expect that a healthy White and Jones can really help Atlanta turn things around in 2014.
Some other notable duos on the list are Detroit's Calvin Johnson and newly-acquired receiver Golden Tate, who are third on the list, as well as Washington's Pierre Garcon and the recently-signed DeSean Jackson.
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