ESPN: Best WR Trios Ever

Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Photo: USA Today Sports Images

NFL Week 11 - New on ESPN+: I rank the best wide receiver trios ever based on harmonic mean of DYAR. Which current team makes it onto our top dozen? The picture is a hint.

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8 comments, Last at 30 Nov 2021, 11:48am

1 Dolphins in '84

Aaron-I know you were not looking at the traditional TD's, yds., and receptions but if you were I would think that the '84 Dolphins trio of Duper, Clayton, and Moore would be very high on the list.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Those 3 combined for 32 TD's, 187 Receptions, and 3,268 yards. Way more than that Bucs trio. But again, I realize you were looking at other numbers and I am having trouble seeing my ESPN+ account right now. 

2 wow

In reply to by Bob Smith

Disregard that comment above-I just checked the 2013 Broncos. WOW, what a receiving corps that was.

3 Going deeper

The 2013 Broncos got an extra 214 DYAR from their top tight end Julius Thomas. It's beyond the purview of the article, but makes that season all the more impressive to me.

Seeing that Nat Moore now needs an introduction makes me feel old.

The 2012 Packers are on here, but it was the previous season that they had probably the most illustrious ever depth chart at WR: Jennings, Nelson, James Jones, Cobb and Donald Driver. Okay, Cobb was a rookie, while Driver was washed up and in his final season, but it didn't matter as the three others stayed healthy, and block-shy TE Jermichael Finley added 165 DYAR. The least productive of the five receivers, Jones, gained nearly 6,000 yards in his career and once led the league in touchdowns. Cobb is the second least-productive to date, although he's been a starting WR for a decade, and has already accumulated more than 7,000 career yards.

Incredibly none of them is likely the best receiver of the Rodgers era.

7 I think the 2011 Packers…

In reply to by ammek

I think the 2011 Packers should actually be #4 on this list - Nelson (520 DYAR), Jennings (278 DYAR) and Jones (237 DYAR) for a harmonic mean of 308. However, I wonder if the reason they don't appear here is because Jones was only the fourth-most targeted WR on the team - he had one less target than Donald Driver, who only had 135 DYAR. (Driver was fading by that point but he was still pretty productive in 2011, his last season in 2012 was where he was clearly washed up and didn't see the field a ton.)

4 One time I wish I had ESPN+…

One time I wish I had ESPN+

I didn't have easy access to the full data I was only grabbing teams with 3 receivers in the DYAR top 18 (since 18 is what showed on my screen and I was flipping tabs) but did kinda make a basic list earlier this year (see post 44). I'm quite curious if that 1990 HOIL quartet actually ranked well in this metric. 4 receivers all with at least 94 targets and all with at least 228 DYAR. Also the 2013 Broncos didn't even make my listing since Welker was 25th that year, though I can see why they would still be rated highly with a 430, 381, 194 DYAR trio. Dangers of working with very limited data sets like I was.

6 Cool, thanks for letting me…

Cool, thanks for letting me know. I actually don't know anyone with an ESPN+ sub anymore, last friend who had one dropped it about a year ago, so can't see the article.

Which like I said kinda sucks since I'm obviously interested in the topic after doing that digging back in week 1.