Best Active NFL Deep Threat Wide Receivers: Is Randy Moss Still the Best?

November 13, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

One of the most glamorous plays in american football is the deep pass. These plays are made possible by the deep threat wide receiver. With speed, amazing ball skills, height and springs on their feet, they physically dominate defensive backs and change the tide of games with 40+ yard touchdowns.
For the past decade, Randy Moss has been the gold standard for deep threat wide receivers. He is quick, tall, wins almost every jump ball situation, and has very sticky fingers.
I am grading wide outs on three main areas. Firstly, the ability to get open deep, either through out and out speed, size or just having a knack for it. Secondly, the stats to back up the claim. The important statistics are yards per catch, touchdowns and receptions over 40 yards. Thirdly, their overall effect on the game. This can make up for lack of statistical success, because if the player draws constant double coverage then they make a vital impact on the game and aid other players.
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