NFL Media’s Gil Brandt believes that there is now a better wide receiver duo in the league than the top two Minnesota Vikings pass catchers.
Prior to 2018, an argument could be made that the Minnesota Vikings had NFL’s the best wide receiver duo on their roster in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. But after this past season, there should be no doubts about Diggs and Thielen being regarded as the absolute best receiving duo in the league today.
Apparently this still isn’t the belief for everyone though. NFL Media’s Gil Brandt is among those who aren’t on board with Diggs and Thielen being considered as the league’s top wide receiver duo heading into the 2019 season.
Brandt recently ranked his top 11 NFL receiving duos for 2019 and the Vikings’ pair of pass catchers came in second on the list. Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry of the Cleveland Browns are currently the best wide receiver duo in the league according to his ranking.
Beckham and Landry are certainly talented, but let’s not award them with any titles just yet considering they haven’t even played a meaningful game together.
Diggs and Thielen are entering their fifth season as teammates in Minnesota and it doesn’t appear that they have even hit their peak yet. It’s not a crazy thought to have that these two current members of the Vikings make uo the best receiving duo the franchise has seen since the days of Cris Carter and Randy Moss during the early 2000s.
In their last 32 regular season games together, Diggs and Thielen have combined for 379 catches, 4,616 yards, and 31 touchdowns. Last year, they became the first two Minnesota wide receivers to both finish a single season with at least 1,000 yards since Carter and Moss did it in 2000.
Brandt thinks that Diggs and Thielen might see their production take a dip in 2019 due to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer wanting the team’s offense to shift back to focusing more on their rushing attack. But Minnesota’s talented receiving duo did just fine when the team finished second in the NFL in total rushing attempts in 2017.
This ranking is fine though. Now it will just motivate Diggs and Thielen to perform even better in 2019 and leave zero doubts about who really is the absolute best receiving duo in the league.