Toughest Wide Receivers – Number 2: Julio Jones
Julio Jones has been one of the best receivers in the NFL since the Falcons traded up to draft him sixth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. He’s totaled over 1,000 yards receiving in seven out of his nine NFL seasons and this past year, despite being 30 years old, showed that he’s still as dominant as ever.
Jones finished the season with 99 receptions for 1,394 yards and six touchdowns. The crazy thing is that that’s considered a “down year” for Jones, who has had as many as 1,871 yards in a single season during the course of his career.
While Jones is a reception machine, the one area where he hasn’t excelled at as much is in the touchdown department with the most he’s ever had in a single season being ten (which came back in 2012 – his second year in the league).
The Chiefs will have to figure out how to stop Jones when the two meet at Arrowhead in week 16 of the regular season.
Toughest Wide Receivers – Number 1: Michael Thomas
Despite the other four names on this list being really good receivers, Michael Thomas is far and away the best that they’ll face in 2020. Thomas is coming off a season in which he had 149 catches for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns.
This effort earned him winning the Offensive Player of the Year award for the 2019 season. Thomas is just a beast, point blank. It’s going to be really hard for the Chiefs to slow him down when the Chiefs and the Saints meet in the SuperDome in week 15.
The Chiefs might be able to slow him down, but their secondary won’t be able to stop Thomas all together. Thomas isn’t just the best receiver the Chiefs will face this year, but he might be the best player they’ll face all season. That’s how good he is.
As good as these five receivers are, the rest of the wide receivers on the 2020 schedule really aren’t all that intimidating. The Texans have Brandin Cooks, Keenan Allen of the Chargers is always a force to be reckoned with, and there will be a pair of Alabama rookies setting up camp in the division in Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy.
These five, however, are by far the scariest on the schedule and four out of five of them are from the NFC South, proving that’s one of the toughest divisions in the entire league.
What are your thoughts on these five wideouts, Chiefs fans? How do you think Kansas City will fare against these guys?